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Parks Canada’s sites in Northern Ontario pleased to offer Free Admission Days

Youth, families, and visitors are invited to enjoy their local Parks Canada’s places

June 18, 2018        Northern Ontario           Parks Canada Agency

The Government is celebrating families and the importance of our protected areas with free admission to Parks Canada’s places for youth 17 and under, starting in 2018 and beyond. This year, Parks Canada is also pleased to offer free admission or lockage for one day at Parks Canada’s places across the country. This is a special thank you to the millions of Canadians who celebrated Canada 150 with Parks Canada. In 2017, more Canadians than ever before had amazing experiences at Parks Canada’s places.

Free admission day is site-specific and the date is determined by each national park or historic site. It is important to note that only admission is free on free admission day. Fees for recreational services and goods such as camping and firewood, boat launches, transportation, or special tours remain.Parks Canada manages one of the finest and most extensive systems of protected natural and cultural heritage areas in the world. Through its broad network of national parks, marine conservation areas and national historic sites, Parks Canada connects Canadians with their heritage. Pukaskwa National Park and Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site, both of which are located in beautiful Northern Ontario, are pleased to offer free admission day on June 21st and July 7th, respectively.In addition to free admission, Pukaskwa National Park will be offering bannock and tea, stories of Mud Bay with Elders of Biigtigong Nishnaabeg, as well as a hand drum social on June 21st to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day.Please note that road upgrades are ongoing within Pukaskwa National Park and we thank our visitors for their patience and cooperation. For further information on these upgrades, please consult the park’s important bulletins webpage.On July 7th, Fort St. Joseph will be offering voyageur-themed activities, including free rides in a voyageur canoe to celebrate National Historic Places Day.For a complete list of dates for each national park or national historic site, please visit Parks Canada’s website.


National parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas represent the very best that Canada has to offer. They tell the stories of who we are, including the history, cultures, and contributions of Indigenous peoples. Pukaskwa National Park and Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site are national treasures, and on Free Admission Days, I invite Canadian families, youth, and visitors to our country to explore them and connect with Canada’s nature and history.

The Honourable Catherine McKenna,
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

Quick facts

  • Canada’s national parks and national marine conservation areas provide outstanding examples of our country’s natural landscapes, generate economic activity by attracting visitors from Canada and abroad, and provide Canadians with access to our natural heritage.
  • Discovery Passes are available online, at Parks Canada’s entry gates and visitor centres, as well as through partners such as Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC). This pass provides families with unlimited opportunities to visit Parks Canada’s places throughout the year. Please visit the Parks Canada’s website for more information. The Discovery Pass is valid one year from the date of purchase.
  • The online reservation system for booking a campsite is available since January 2018 for visits during the period of April 2018 through March 2019.
  • As reiterated in Budget 2018, the Government of Canada is pleased to offer free admission to all Parks Canada’s places for youth aged 17 and under in 2018 and beyond.
  • On Sunday July 1st, Parks Canada’s places will welcome visitors with free admission to celebrate Canada Day.

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Stéphane Comeault
Public Relations and Communications Officer, Northern Ontario Field Unit

Media Relations
Parks Canada Agency


Avino Announces Appointment of New Director and Provides Corporate Update

June 18, 2018

Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. (ASM: TSX/NYSE American/GV6: FSE; “Avino” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce that Peter Bojtos has joined the Company’s Board of Directors as an independent  Director effective June 15, 2018; and in addition, we are also delighted to provide a corporate update to announce recent promotions.

Mr. Bojtos is a Professional Engineer with over 45 years of worldwide experience in the mining industry. He has an extensive background in corporate management as well as in all facets of the industry from exploration through the feasibility study stage to mine construction, operations and decommissioning.

Mr. Bojtos graduated from the University of Leicester, England in 1972, following which he worked at open-pit iron-ore and underground base-metal and uranium mines in West Africa, the United States and Canada. Following that, he worked in Toronto for Kerr Addison Mines Ltd., a Noranda Group company, in increasingly senior management and officer positions for 12 years. From 1990 to 1992 he was the President & CEO of RFC Resource Finance Corp. developing a zinc mine in Washington State. From 1992 to 1993 Mr. Bojtos was the President & CEO of Consolidated Nevada Goldfields Corp. which operated precious metal mines in the United States. From 1993 to 1995 he was Chairman & CEO of Greenstone Resources Ltd, constructing and operating several gold mines in Central America.

“Peter will be a valued addition to our Board given his extensive mining experience which includes his participation in financings, corporate acquisitions, mergers, development, building and re-opening of 19 mines, and his involvement in the operation of 24 producing mines, and we believe his expertise will assist the company as we continue to grow and move forward with our expansion at the Avino Mine in Durango, as well as the exploration and development of the Bralorne Gold property.” said David Wolfin, President and CEO. “Furthermore, I am very pleased that we have a talented group with which to draw from, and the recent promotions within our financial team are well deserved.”

In connection with the changes to the Board of Directors, Mr. Ross Glanville has decided to retire and has stepped down as a non-executive Director of Avino.  Mr. Glanville’s invaluable contributions have been extremely appreciated over the last 4 years, and the Board of Directors wish to thank him for his important service and leadership.

Corporate Development

Avino is also pleased to report that Nathan Harte, CPA has been promoted to Corporate Controller.  Nathan joined the team in September 2016 as a Senior Accountant and was quickly promoted to the position of Assistant Corporate Controller. Prior to joining the Avino team, Nathan worked with Deloitte LLP. as a Senior Associate with a focus on assurance and business advisory services.

“I would like to personally thank Nathan for his hard work and diligence while performing his duties and responsibilities. Nathan’s role will come with many challenges, and I have full confidence that he will continue to demonstrate his success,” stated Malcolm Davidson, Chief Financial Officer.

Further, the Company is pleased to announce that Ian Thomson, CPA, CMA has been promoted to Assistant Corporate Controller. Prior to joining the Avino team in 2016, Ian worked as a professional accountant in the real estate sector and focused on internal reporting and various business processes. Ian will continue to be involved with internal and external financial reporting, while assuming a more focused role on finance and accounting associated with operations.

As the Company continues to expand, the integration of finance and accounting into the operational side of our business will be important. I am confident Ian will have many new challenges and I look forward to sharing his success with the rest of the Company;” Malcolm Davidson, Chief Financial Officer.

About Avino

Avino is a silver and gold producer with a diversified pipeline of gold, silver and base metals properties in Mexico and Canada employing close to 600 people. Avino produces from its wholly owned Avino and San Gonzalo Mines near Durango, Mexico, and is currently evaluating the potential economics of possible future production at the Bralorne Gold Mine in British Columbia, Canada. The Company’s gold and silver production remains unhedged. The Company’s mission and strategy is to create shareholder value through its focus on profitable organic growth at the historic Avino Property near Durango, Mexico, and the strategic acquisition of mineral exploration and mining properties. Avino is committed to managing all business activities in an environmentally responsible and cost-effective manner, while contributing to the well-being of the communities in which we operate.

On Behalf of the Board

“David Wolfin”

David Wolfin
President & CEO
Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd.


Prairie Update – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Jun 18, 2018 

(Lindhout-Kidnapping) – Alberta note

A Somalian man found guilty in the kidnapping of Amanda Lindhout has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Robert Smith handed down the sentence for Ali Omar Ader today.

Smith ruled in December that Ader, a 40-year-old Somalian national, was a — quote — “willing participant” in the 2008 hostage-taking of Lindhout, who was working as a freelance journalist near Mogadishu at the time.

Lindhout was raised in Red Deer, Alta. (The Canadian Press)


Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has announced some changes to her cabinet.

Children’s Services Minister Danielle Larivee is taking on the added role of minister for the status of women and Brian Malkinson, member of the legislature for Calgary Curry, will be responsible for Service Alberta.

The two portfolios belonged to Stephanie McLean, who announced earlier this year that she will not run again in next spring’s election.

Brandy Payne, who was associate minister of health, has lost her cabinet assignment as she, too, has said she will not run again.


The Manitoba government will allow any municipality to hold a plebiscite if it wants to prohibit cannabis retail stores.

Municipal Relations Minister Jeff Wharton announced the move Monday after consulting with communities across the province.

The government will enact the Safe and Responsible Retailing of Cannabis Act.

If a plebiscite is held and approved by residents, it would allow the municipality to refuse cannabis store licences. (The Canadian Press)


Police say a massive blaze that burned through historic buildings in downtown Brandon last month may have been started by people.

On May 19, fire crews were called to the fire that ended up causing 25 million dollars in damages.

Police, the office of the fire commissioner and the Canadian Pacific Police Service are doing a joint investigation into the cause of the fire.

Multiple witnesses reported seeing several people in the area before the building went up in flames, but police say that have not yet been identified. (The Canadian Press)


A weekend fire destroyed the United Church on the Peepeekisis First Nation.

The Balcarres fire department responded Saturday night, but firefighters were unable to contain the fire, and the church was destroyed.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Originally built in 1906, the church was one of the oldest on a Saskatchewan First Nation. (CJGX)


Wadena R-C-M-P say a young girl is recovering in a Saskatoon hospital from injuries sustained from a dog attack on the Fishing Lake First Nation late last week.

Sgt. Burton Jones says Mounties received the call that a mauling had occurred.

It took place around 6 p.m. Friday on the Fishing Lake First Nation, he says.

Jones says it was two dogs, but he couldn’t confirm whether the dogs have been destroyed. (MBC)

(Prairie Update by The Canadian Press)

(The Canadian Press)

Ontario Update – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Jun 18, 2018 


Ontario’s incoming premier will enact a series of measures meant to limit spending as he re-examines the province’s books.

A spokesman for Doug Ford says the Progressive Conservative leader will put the public service under a hiring freeze.

He has also directed government ministries to cancel “subscription-based services” and restrict out-of-province travel.

Simon Jefferies says the Tories will review government spending line by line to ensure taxpayers’ money is going to the services people rely on.

A source within the party says essential frontline staff, including those in policing and fire services, are exempt from the hiring freeze. (The Canadian Press)


The man convicted of kidnapping journalist Amanda Lindhout has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Robert Smith handed down the sentence for Ali Omar Ader today in Ottawa.

Smith ruled in December that Ader, a 40-year-old Somalian national, was a “willing participant” in the 2008 hostage-taking of Lindhout.

She and Australian photographer Nigel Brennan were held in captivity for 15 months.

Smith says Ader will receive six years credit off his sentence for time already served. (The Canadian Press)


Police have nabbed a suspect in a double stabbing that left one man dead outside a bar in east end Toronto.

City police say one man was seriously injured, while 29-year-old Paul Spilchen of Toronto was pronounced dead in hospital.

They say Michael MacKinnon, of Toronto, was arrested Sunday and charged with one count each of second-degree murder and attempted murder.

He had a court appearance this morning.


Roberto Osuna won’t be in court today for his first appearance to face an assault charge.

His lawyer, Domenic Basile, says he will appear on the Blue Jays pitcher’s behalf.

The 23-year-old was charged with one count of assault by Toronto police early last month and Major League Baseball placed him on administrative leave in accordance with its domestic violence policy.

Osuna remains on the restricted list and continues to receive his $5.3 million salary but is ineligible to play. (The Canadian Press)


Jurors at a Hamilton murder trial are hearing that a local homeowner shot an alleged thief from about two metres away.

Doctor Allison Edgecombe examined the body of Jon Styres after Peter Khill killed him in February 2016 in his driveway and concluded that either of the two shots fired that night would have been lethal.

The prosecution says the early morning incident occurred as Styres was trying to steal Khill’s 15-year-old pickup truck from outside his house.

Khill has admitted to killing the 29-year-old man, who was Indigenous, but has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder. (The Canadian Press)


Severe thunderstorm watches are in effect for a swath of southern and southwestern Ontario.

Environment Canada says the storms could produce strong wind, large hail and heavy rain.

The weather agency predicts wind gusts could reach 100 kilometres per hour, and torrential downpours of 25 to 50 millimetres of rain in under an hour.

The watches affect a region that stretches from Windsor up to the Georgian Bay and east past Ottawa. (The Canadian Press)

(Ontario Update by The Canadian Press)

(The Canadian Press)


Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse National Historic Site Officially Opens and Grand Opening of the BEACONS BURNING BRIGHT! Exhibition

June 18, 2018          Pointe au Père, Quebec        Parks Canada Agency

Parks Canada sites represent the very best that Canada has to offer and tell stories of who we are, including the history, cultures, and contributions of Indigenous peoples.

On Saturday, June 16, the Pointe‑au‑Père Lighthouse National Historic Site launches Beacons Burning Bright, a new temporary exhibition presented by the Musée maritime du Québec. The event marks the opening of the 2018 season.Beacons Burning Bright takes you on a new and original tour of Quebec’s coastal landscape in the comfort of the Point‑au‑Père lightkeeper’s house. Set sail and explore the history of Quebec’s lighthouses through the lens of talented photographer Patrick Matte, whose work attests to his long-time collaboration with the Corporation of lighthouse managers of the St. Lawrence Estuary and Gulf. Beacons Burning Bright also features authentic lighthouse lenses and exquisite scale models of many St. Lawrence River lighthouses.Take a guided tour along the St. Lawrence River this summer and experience the magic of its glowing towers. Beacons Burning Bright shines a light on a fascinating maritime heritage.Millions of Canadians celebrated Canada 150 with free admission to Parks Canada sites in 2017 and more Canadians than ever before had amazing experiences. Building on that success, the Government has announced free admission to Parks Canada sites for youth aged 17 and under, starting in 2018 and beyond. This will make discovering nature and connecting with our history easier and more affordable for families.To have a memorable time and make the most of their Parks Canada experience, visitors are encouraged to plan their trip in advance. Visitors can order their Discovery Pass by visiting the Parks Canada website. Visitors are also encouraged to download the incredibly popular Parks Canada mobile app and follow Parks Canada on social media for more information about the breathtaking locations and hidden gems at national parks, marine conservation areas, and historic sites.


“This year, we are celebrating families with free admission for youth aged 17 and under. We want to inspire youth to discover, connect, and protect Canada’s remarkable nature and history. And as always, we encourage all visitors to plan their trips and discover new and exciting destinations across the country, by consulting Parks Canada’s website, or downloading the Parks Canada’s Mobile App for a list of hidden gems and other unique and memorable ways to experience our national treasures.”

The Honourable Catherine McKenna,
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

Quick facts

  • The Pointe-au-Père lighthouse is 33 metres (108 ft) high, making it one of the tallest in the country. Today the Pointe-au-Père Navigational Aid Station helps us better understand the complexity of the St. Lawrence River and the role played by the lighthouse. The fog alarm shed and lightkeeper’s house now host displays and exhibits on the history and evolution of sound signals and the world of underwater archaeology.
  • Pointe‑au‑Père Lighthouse National Historic Site is open daily from June 9 to October 8.
  • Beacons Burning Bright runs through to October 8, 2018.
  • Parks Canada manages a nation-wide network of 171 national historic sites, 46 national parks, one national urban park, and four national marine conservation areas.
  • Canadians are encouraged to order their Parks Canada Discovery Passes online. Discovery Passes are also available at Parks Canada’s entry gates and visitor centres. Please visit the Parks Canada website for more information.
  • Enter Parks Canada’s Discover Canada contest for a chance to win an amazing trip to Canada’s west coast and other bi-weekly prizes, including Discovery Passes and merchandise. We work in collaboration with our proud partners: MEC, CIBC and Air Canada.

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Michelle Sinnett
Forillon Field Unit
Manager, External Relations
Parks Canada

Media relations
Parks Canada Agency


Newly named U of A residences honour Indigenous culture and history – Folio

June 15 2018

Two new residence buildings will bear the names of former senator Thelma Chalifoux and the Cree word for a plant used to build sweat lodges.

The University of Alberta announced the names of its two newest residences today at a meeting of its board of governors.

Thelma Chalifoux Hall, named in honour of the Métis activist and former Canadian senator, and Nîpisîy House, based on the Cree word for willow, will be housing new residents in the fall of 2018.

Both names honour Indigenous history and the university’s location on Treaty 6 territory.

Student feedback from a group of residents was at the core of the months-long naming process, along with input from the rest of the campus community and a handful of engaged citizens.

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Alexco Expands Environmental Business in Canada with Acquisition of Contango Strategies Ltd.

June 18, 2018 – Alexco Resource Corp. (NYSE American: AXU) (TSX: AXR) (“Alexco” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary, Alexco Environmental Group Holdings Inc. (“AEG”), has acquired Contango Strategies Ltd. (“Contango”), a private company based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, for consideration of $1,388,000 comprising $971,600 in cash and 237,999 common shares of Alexco at a deemed value of $416,400. The common shares were valued at $1.75 per share using a 20 day volume weighted average price per share. Payment will be in two tranches with $1,018,000 (comprising $601,600 in cash paid on closing and $416,400 in Alexco common shares to be issued upon receipt of all requisite regulatory approvals) and the remaining $370,000 cash payment to be made on the first anniversary of the transaction closing.  The acquisition includes all of Contango’s operations including $450,000 in working capital, property, plant and equipment at an estimated value of $330,000 and 20 full-time staff.

Contango specializes in biological (passive, semi-passive and active) water treatment systems for mining, oil and gas, and industrial operations. Contango operates a year-round environmentally controlled pilot-scale facility, which allows for the development, testing and optimization of technologies such as bioreactors and constructed treatment wetlands. Additionally, genetic profiling using Contango’s in-house DNA sequencing facility and microbiology laboratories can detect and identify microbes for applications including bioreactor optimization, corrosion and fouling correction, and environmental remediation.

Jim Harrington, President of AEG commented, “With the addition of Contango’s advanced technology and research facilities it will enable AEG to continue to be leaders in the sector and at the forefront of applied environmental science, especially in mining related industrial applications. The Contango team will not only expand our capacity and bring with it a strong client base but it will enable AEG to provide a much broader and diversified service to the industry.”

Clynt Nauman, CEO and Chairman of Alexco added, “We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Simair, Dr. Friesen and the rest of the Contango team to Alexco and look forward to them being important contributors to the overall growth of AEG. This compelling transaction delivers immediate value to shareholders with annual revenue expected to be in excess of $2.5 million but more importantly, I believe this type of science and technology is the future of environmental remediation and provides AEG with important additional tools to tackle complex environmental issues for our many clients. This transaction is the next step in growing our environmental business and should be viewed as our commitment to see AEG reach its full potential.”

Monique Simair, President and Founder of Contango commented, “We are excited to join the Alexco team and look forward to expanding the range of services offered to our clients. This transaction enables us to contribute Contango’s unique technologies and services to a broader client base and provides, under one banner, a full breadth of water treatment capabilities. Our laboratories and pilot-scale testing facilities will complement AEG’s expertise in the construction and operation of water treatment systems and turn-key environmental site management and remediation.”

About Dr. Monique Simair, PhD, RPBio, PBiol, EP

Dr. Simair holds a PhD in applied microbiology and post-doctoral research associateship in environmental microbiology and biogeochemistry. Dr. Simair’s expertise in bioremediation and passive/semi-passive water treatment has focused on the mining sector and industrial sites, spanning from conceptual design, to technical and public regulatory hearings, through to implementation and long-term closure. Dr. Simair has worked on passive, semi-passive, and biological water treatment systems such as constructed wetlands, bioreactors, and in-situ treatment for mines across North America and some overseas locations. Since founding Contango in 2010, she has grown the company into a thriving water treatment firm with laboratories and dedicated pilot facilities. As a result, she has been named one of Canada’s future entrepreneurial leaders by Profit Magazine (2011) and added to its W100 list of Canada’s top female entrepreneurs (2015).

About Dr. Vanessa Friesen, PhD, EP

Dr. Friesen holds a PhD in applied microbiology and biochemistry and is a Partner and Principal Scientist at Contango.  Dr. Friesen has extensive background in scientific design and testing of biological treatment systems and is regarded by industry as a leading scientist in the discipline of biological treatment of selenium. Dr. Friesen has coordinated the designs and testing for passive and semi-passive water treatment systems and provided specialist support for bioreactor performance monitoring and correction, optimization and enhanced control. Dr. Friesen has led Contango’s internal technology development team for six years, guiding Contango to becoming the first independent company in North America to provide contract genomic microbial profiling for the environmental and water treatment sectors, and maintaining Contango at the forefront of this sector.

About Alexco

Alexco Resource Corp. holds the historical high grade Keno Hill Silver District located in Canada’s Yukon Territory.  Employing a unique business model, Alexco also provides mine-related environmental services, remediation technologies and reclamation and mine closure services to both government and industry clients through the Alexco Environmental Group, its wholly-owned environmental services division.


Clynton R. Nauman, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Jim Harrington, President, Alexco Environmental Group
Lisa May, Director of Investor Relations
Phone:  (778) 945-6577


Priorities and partnerships in Indigenous nursing – C.I.N.A.

Marilee Nowgesic has been the executive director of the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association since January 2018 and has more than 25 years of experience working on Indigenous issues. Originally from Thunder Bay, she is a member in good standing with the Fort William First Nation and is an Eagle clan member. Canadian Nurse sat down with her recently to get an update on what her association is working on.

What led you to take on the executive director role with CINA?

I have worked in various capacities for the federal government, private and public sector organizations, national Indigenous associations and non-profits. The knowledge collected in these positions over many years (along with my traditional teachings) is behind my interest in Indigenous health, continuous professional learning and supporting the voice of Indigenous health-care professionals in Canada.

I have several nurses in my family, and a number of my friends also work in various nursing roles. So, my admiration and respect for nurses has been part of my desire to connect continuous learning with knowledge exchange, data collection and corporate affinity partnerships — and to help Indigenous nurses integrate traditional health practices and have these recognized as part of their professional role.

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QIA announces 31 new QCAP projects: Qikiqtani Cultural Activities Programs taking place in all 13 communities

Iqaluit, Nunavut – June 18, 2018 – The Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) is pleased to announce the approved list of QCAP – the Qikiqtani Cultural Activities Program projects. The 31 successful applicants include projects from individuals and community organizations from all 13 Qikiqtani communities.

The projects include activities such as fishing derbies, hunting and on-the-land trips, throat singing print making workshops, sealskin preparation, and parka making.

Following extensive consultations with all 13 Qikiqtani communities in 2017, QIA heard clearly that Qikiqtani Inuit wanted cultural programs which foster traditional skills and strengthen Inuit identity, particularly land and sewing programs.

Under QCAP, each community can now access up to $53,000 for programs this year. The initial budget was for $33,000/community but because of additional money in the Benefits Funds, the QIA Board decided to increase the budget for this year’s program at the May board meeting in Qikiqtarjuaq.

Although land and sewing programs are given priority, QIA will also consider other Inuit cultural programs. The new program is designed to be more accessible, with simplified application and reporting processes.

“It’s exciting to see so many proposals for innovative projects across all 13 Qikiqtani communities,” says QIA president P.J. Akeeagok, “programs connected to our culture and traditions are essential for fostering Inuit pride and empowering our youth.”

QCAP was one of the programs selected by the QIA Board of Directors in October 2017 to be part of the new Benefits Fund spending. Money for the Benefits Fund is derived from the Legacy Fund, as the Legacy Fund grows its revenues go to the Benefits Fund to increase programs for Inuit.

The full list of  QCAP approved QCAP projects is attached. The second QCAP call-out will be issued in mid-July 2018.

View Table

For more information, please contact:

Sima Sahar Zerehi,
Director of Communications,
Qikiqtani Inuit Association


A Showcase of Indigenous Innovation and Success: RBC’s A Chosen Journey Report

TORONTO, June 18, 2018 – RBC is pleased to announce the release of the newest edition of A Chosen Journey: RBC Indigenous Partnership report. Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the report highlights a diverse range of success stories from within Indigenous communities across Canada, from community programs and entrepreneurial initiatives, to skills development and new employment opportunities.

The report was launched by RBC in 2008 in response to a challenge by the Assembly of First Nations to corporate Canada to partner with Indigenous communities. A Chosen Journey has been issued annually since, highlighting the many successful collaborations that continue to grow between Indigenous peoples and RBC.

“In this report, we are reaffirming our commitment to Indigenous societies by putting action into reconciliation, helping to remove systemic barriers and support success for Indigenous people and communities,” said Dale Sturges, National Director, Indigenous Financial Services Group, RBC. “This report represents just a handful of the many projects and initiatives in a number of areas, including access to financial services, community and social development, employment and education, and procurement.”

Through a broad and diverse spectrum of stories showcasing individual and community efforts, this year’s report highlights inspiring individuals and notable projects that are having a positive impact such as:

  • BC’s remote Xeni Gwet’in First Nation community’s remarkable quest to transition from diesel generation to solar energy to reduce their environmental footprint and secure a consistent power supply in a remote region. This RBC-supported project delivered $50,000 in annual savings, which are now being invested in improving the local economy, including the building and operation of greenhouses.
  • Entrepreneur Wilf Wilcox in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, who runs a successful plumbing, heating and electrical contracting company, and his mission to encourage apprenticeships for a young Inuit population and create employment opportunities for youth and economic investment.
  • How Port Alberni, BC’s Uchuklesath Tribe worked with local talent to build permanent government offices to bring together multiple local communities and provide much needed affordable housing.

The report also includes RBC-spearheaded initiatives that have been specifically designed to support Indigenous communities and individuals, such as:

  • The RBC Indigenous Talent Development Program, a two-year initiative launched this year to help promising individuals build capabilities in finance.
  • RBC Global Procurement’s efforts to foster a more inclusive supply chain. The report offers a glimpse into RBC’s work through a recent partnership with Innovana Solutions, an Indigenous women-owned company focused on developing Indigenous tech talent and championing entrepreneurship.
  • RBC’s efforts to promote cross-cultural understanding through a program designed and developed by employees—where employees make declarative statements on how they will take action to learn more about Indigenous histories, cultures, and peoples.
  • RBC Blue Water Project’s $200,000 gift to the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources, which is now helping 300 First Nations groups across Canada to resolve environmental challenges from within their communities.

Other stories focus on younger generation RBC employees and award recipients committed to promoting the principles of diversity and inclusion in the workplace and academia. For example, 27-year-old RBC Law Group articling student, Caitlin Tolley, recently received an Emerging Leaders Award from the Public Policy Forum for her work as an advocate for Indigenous people. Dylan Allary, a Métis Nation citizen, was RBC’s first hire out of the Indigenous Talent Development Program. Michael Polak, a member of RBC’s Global Diversity & Inclusion Group, talks about his participation with RBC’s latest Diversathon.

“Indigenous groups and individuals have achieved some remarkable successes in helping their communities and businesses,” Sturges said. “We are proud to be playing a role in supporting the tremendous work of talented people who are committed to improving the social, economic and physical well-being of their communities.”

The complete set of success stories can be found by clicking on A Chosen Journey: RBC Indigenous Partnership Report at

About RBC Indigenous Financial Services Group
For more than 100 years, RBC has been building strong relationships with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities across Canada. We are committed to serving Indigenous governments, communities, organizations, businesses and individuals by creating opportunities for sustainable economic development through access to banking and capital, community and social development, employment, education and training and procurement. RBC also provides donations and grants that support Indigenous interests. More information is available at

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Media contact:

Jeff Lanthier, RBC Corporate Communications, 416-903-7388


Pretium Resources Inc.: Underground Exploration Drilling Complete; Brucejack Mineralization Extends to the East

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 18, 2018 — Pretium Resources Inc. (TSX:PVG) (NYSE:PVG) (“Pretivm” or the “Company”) is pleased to report the results of underground exploration drilling. Both holes, over 1,500-meters in length, drilled east from the Valley of the Kings intersected Brucejack-style mineralization throughout, with anomalous copper and molybdenum mineralization suggesting proximity to porphyry-style mineralization at depth.

The drilling was conducted to test mineralization continuity between the Valley of the Kings and the Flow Dome Zone while assessing the potential for a porphyry source at depth.  The Flow Dome Zone is an area approximately 1,000 meters east of the Brucejack Mine, where drilling in 2015 intersected high-grade gold (see news release dated October 8, 2015). Holes VU-820 and VU-911 were drilled from the eastern edge of the 1200-meter level of the Valley of the Kings underground development.  Hole VU-820 was drilled 1,584 meters to the east at a -50 degree angle, and hole VU-911 was drilled 1,555 meters to the east at a -65 degree angle.

For a section view of the reported holes please see the following link:

Extending the known limits of the Brucejack Mine mineralization

Results confirm the presence of Brucejack-style mineralization starting from the eastern edge of the Valley of the Kings to beneath the Flow Dome Zone. Oriented core drilling intersected Brucejack-style alteration, veining, and mineralization along the length of both drill holes. The holes were directed to test the porphyry potential and were drilled subparallel to the stockwork veining.  Stockwork veinlets and significant stockwork breccia containing gold and silver mineralization were intersected in both drill holes. Four occurrences of visible gold were noted between depths of 105 meters and 802 meter in the steeper (VU-911) drill hole. (See Table 1 below for select assays.)  These results will be used for planning a future underground drill program focused on resource expansion of the Valley of the Kings to the east.

Selected drill highlights include:

Hole VU-820 intersected:

  • 1.71 grams of gold per tonne over 90.21 meters, including  5.12 grams of gold per tonne over 1.00 meter, 6.43 over 4.00 meters, 58.70 over 1.00 meter, and 6.06 over 1.00 meters;
  • 46.00 grams of gold per tonne over 1.00 meter;

Hole VU-911 intersected:

  • 157.00 grams of gold per tonne over 0.50 meters, visible gold was observed;
  • 142.00 grams of gold per tonne over 1.50 meters;
  • 76.30 grams of gold per tonne over 0.50 meters, visible gold was observed;
  • 33.60 grams of gold per tonne over 0.50 meters, visible gold was observed;

Exploration Drilling for Porphyry Source

Anomalous copper and molybdenum mineralization intersected at depth in both holes.  The zone of anomalous mineralization extends at depths of between 1,400 meters and 1,485 meters in drill hole VU-911, and occurs more diffusely over a broader area in drill hole VU-820 (1260 meters to 1585 meters down-hole depth). These intervals line-up sub vertically between both drill holes. The mineralized zone in drill hole VU-911 corresponds with a downhole total field magnetic high, change in alteration, and the presence of a coarse porphyritic host rock.  Pyrite grains from both holes show a transition from being zoned (Valley of the Kings style) to being unzoned with inclusions of chalcopyrite (Kerr style) downhole.  These features suggest increased proximity to porphyry style mineralization at depth below the Flow Dome Zone.

A follow-up surface geophysical program will be initiated utilizing the data from the downhole in-situ electrode. The drill results along with the geophysics will be compiled to refine targeting of this zone for subsequent drilling.  Mineral chemistry evaluation for porphyry vectoring and geochronology of porphyritic material at depth is currently underway.

Warwick Board, Ph.D., P.Geo, Pr.Sci.Nat., Vice President, Geology and Chief Geologist, Pretium Resources Inc. is the Qualified Person (“QP”) responsible for the Brucejack Mine exploration drilling.

Regional Grass-Roots Exploration

Crews have been mobilized to site and an MT geophysical survey is currently underway to refine high-priority targets for a 1,500 meter regional exploration drilling planned to commence in July.  The 2018 regional grass-roots exploration program follows up on the comprehensive regional exploration that has previously been completed on the 1,250-square kilometer property, including sampling, regional mapping, prospecting, airborne geophysics, ground geophysics, and hyperspectral mapping. To date, the program has resulted in the identification of several distinct areas that have the potential to host mineralized zones similar to the Valley of the Kings and Eskay Creek deposits.

Kenneth C. McNaughton, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., Chief Exploration Officer, Pretium Resources Inc. is the QP responsible for the regional grass-roots exploration program.

Table 1: Selected Exploration Drill Results, June 2018 (VU-820 & VU-911)(1,2)

VU-820 -50/90 53.00 56.00 3.00 0.71 5.00
74.00 75.00 1.00 11.30 20.70
121.00 122.00 1.00 3.53 2.70
153.00 154.00 1.00 24.10 12.30
177.00 178.00 1.00 1.25 96.00
181.00 182.00 1.00 1.20 40.40
229.00 230.00 1.00 1.11 60.60
307.80 309.41 1.61 17.38 822.29
incl. 307.80 308.33 0.53 18.10 1480.00
incl. 308.33 308.89 0.56 30.50 838.00
396.00 397.00 1.00 1.20 32.80
400.00 401.00 1.00 1.41 6.10
409.00 410.00 1.00 1.46 28.70
425.00 426.00 1.00 1.20 2.80
441.79 532.00 90.21 1.71 13.43
incl. 464.00 465.00 1.00 5.12 8.00
incl. 470.00 474.00 4.00 6.43 38.75
incl. 491.00 492.00 1.00 4.69 5.50
incl. 497.00 498.00 1.00 58.7 52.30
incl. 501.00 516.00 15.00 1.29 14.97
incl. 522.00 523.00 1.00 6.06 92.90
incl. 530.00 532.00 2.00 3.77 95.20
544.00 560.00 16.00 2.88 93.10
incl. 545.00 547.00 2.00 2.48 323.00
incl. 548.00 550.00 2.00 8.92 179.90
incl. 556.00 557.00 1.00 11.7 62.60
567.00 568.00 1.00 2.80 9.50
577.00 583.00 6.00 3.94 100.58
incl. 578.00 581.00 3.00 3.59 60.57
incl. 581.00 583.00 2.00 5.81 204.00
585.00 589.00 4.00 1.28 11.43
621.00 622.00 1.00 1.74 1.90
646.00 655.00 9.00 2.30 36.18
incl. 646.00 648.00 2.00 7.32 96.20
660.00 661.00 1.00 3.74 4.70
722.00 723.00 1.00 1.35 58.30
818.00 819.00 1.00 1.14 60.50
915.00 916.00 1.00 1.30 1.90
1128.00 1129.00 1.00 46.00 49.50
1143.00 1144.00 1.00 3.18 1.20
1148.00 1150.00 2.00 3.94 48.50
incl. 1149.00 1150.00 1.00 5.38 55.50
1161.00 1162.00 1.00 1.68 2.20
1193.00 1194.00 1.00 2.80 3.30
1329.00 1330.00 1.00 1.82 2.00
1518.00 1519.00 1.00 1.06 15.40
VU-911 -65/90 104.50 105.40 0.90 1.16 27.70
105.40 105.90 0.50 157.00 123.00 Visible gold
138.00 139.50 1.50 1.70 1.00
151.50 153.00 1.50 142.00 70.60
161.50 162.00 0.50 76.30 25.20 Visible gold
163.50 165.00 1.50 2.33 15.40
166.50 168.00 1.50 5.21 6.90
184.50 186.00 1.50 43.20 29.30
204.00 205.50 1.50 1.34 2.40
279.00 280.50 1.50 2.28 1.30
385.50 387.00 1.50 6.54 397.00
477.00 478.50 1.50 2.01 7.60
486.00 487.50 1.50 1.88 9.60
550.50 552.00 1.50 1.38 4.00
606.00 609.00 3.00 4.19 4.20
incl. 606.00 607.50 1.50 5.55 3.60
incl. 607.50 609.00 1.50 2.82 4.80
619.50 620.70 1.20 1.52 1.30
631.50 633.00 1.50 2.89 5.60
657.50 658.00 0.50 1.65 1.40 Visible gold
694.00 695.50 1.50 1.27 10.70
727.00 728.50 1.50 1.42 1.30
736.00 737.50 1.50 2.39 2.70
742.00 743.50 1.50 2.92 2.80
746.50 748.00 1.50 1.03 5.70
776.50 779.50 3.00 1.12 2.65
incl. 776.50 778.00 1.50 1.16 3.10
incl. 778.00 779.50 1.50 1.07 2.20
781.00 782.50 1.50 4.19 0.70
802.29 802.79 0.50 33.60 1825.00 Visible gold
811.00 812.50 1.50 1.17 4.80
820.00 821.50 1.50 2.66 2.50
860.50 862.00 1.50 1.52 1.90
1054.00 1055.50 1.50 1.58 1.40
1183.00 1184.50 1.50 3.94 3.30
1403.50 1405.00 1.50 1.53 3.90
1504.00 1505.50 1.50 1.04 0.25

(1) True thickness to be determined.                                                                                                                   
(2) All samples were submitted for preparation and analysis by ALS Chemex at its facilities in Terrace, B.C. All samples were analyzed using multi-digestion with ICP finish and fire assay with AA finish for gold. Samples with over 10 ppm gold were fire assayed with a gravimetric finish. Samples over 100 ppm silver were reanalyzed using four acid digestion with an ore grade AA finish. Samples over 1,500 ppm silver were fire assayed with a gravimetric finish. One in 20 samples was blank, one in 20 was a standard sample, and one in 20 samples had a sample cut from assay rejects assayed as a duplicate at ALS Chemex in North Vancouver, B.C.Half HQ core was assayed and the remainder stored on-site.

About Pretivm

Pretivm is ramping-up gold production at the high-grade underground Brucejack mine in northern British Columbia.

For further information contact:

Joseph Ovsenek Troy Shultz
President & CEO Manager, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications

Pretium Resources Inc.
Suite 2300, Four Bentall Centre, 1055 Dunsmuir Street
PO Box 49334 Vancouver, BC V7X 1L4
(604) 558-1784
(SEDAR filings: Pretium Resources Inc.)


Canada Lands Company opens Ottawa’s two newest parks at Wateridge Village

June 16, 2018

OTTAWA — Canada Lands Company officially opened the first two parks at its Wateridge Village residential development today, a major milestone for the sustainable new community that will eventually be home to approximately 10,000 residents just minutes from downtown Ottawa.

OTTAWA — Canada Lands Company officially opened the first two parks at its Wateridge Village residential development today, a major milestone for the sustainable new community that will eventually be home to approximately 10,000 residents just minutes from downtown Ottawa. The grand opening ceremonies featured remarks from the Algonquins of Ontario, Canada Lands Company, local Councillor Tobi Nussbaum, Mayor Jim Watson and Ottawa-Vanier Member of Parliament Mona Fortier among several other guests.

The smaller of the two new parks commemorates Wing Officer Willa Walker, a pioneer among women in the Armed Forces during World War II. Mrs Walker was a commanding officer of the 17,000-member Women’s Division of the Royal Canadian Air Force, and in charge of the Manning Depot at Rockcliffe.

In an incredible story of Canadian ingenuity, Walker and her husband – a Captain serving overseas — also developed a code system which allowed them to communicate and share maps through Red Cross packages while he was held captive by enemy forces.

Members of the Walker family were on hand to personally cut the ribbon on Willa Walker Park.

“The new parks in Wateridge Village are an important addition to this residential development on the former Rockcliffe Air Base, the single largest development within the Greenbelt since amalgamation”, said Jim Watson, Mayor, City of Ottawa.

“The new greenspace will serve as a recreation area for children and their families, and will be enjoyed by the community for generations to come”.

The second, larger park is named Alliance Park, which features design and landscaping that commemorates Canada 150. The name Alliance Park represents a celebration of the myriad relationships that make up the vision of Wateridge Village. Canada Lands Company has facilitated wide collaboration towards the design of Wateridge Village and its commemorative elements, which reflect the site’s connections to the Algonquins of Ontario, the military, the Francophone community and incredible natural features.

“Our projects speak to the importance of providing a lasting legacy in each community where we have a presence” said John McBain, President and CEO of Canada Lands Company.

“Alliance Park is a great example of Canada Lands’ commitment to public green space as a defining pillar of this development. These new parks are just the first of many to be established here at Wateridge Village”.

The two new parks, which are accessible via Codd’s Road, are now open to the public and feature exciting new amenities for the community, including: a splash pad, gathering space with seating, play structures and recreational spaces.


Wateridge Village

This 310-acre sustainable new community minutes from downtown Ottawa will eventually be home to approximately 10,000 people. Wateridge Village, overlooking the Ottawa River, will honour the rich history of the Algonquins of Ontario and the site’s military legacy.  The community will be home to design-forward residences, retail and office space, unparalleled amenities, beautiful parks and trails.

About Canada Lands Company

Canada Lands Company is a self-financing federal Crown corporation whose sole shareholder is the Government of Canada. Its role is to optimize the economic and community value obtained from former government properties. It is also a demonstrated leader in attractions management with its operations of the CN Tower in Toronto and the Montréal Science Centre.


Manon Lapensée
Director, Corporate Communications, Canada Lands Company


Gary Grabowski Joins iMetal Resources’ Advisory Board

Vancouver, BC / June 15, 2018 – iMetal Resources Inc. (TSX.V: IMR) (“iMetal” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the appointment of renowned Northern Ontario geologist Gary Grabowski to its Advisory Board.  Mr. Grabowski, who held the post of district geologist for the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines for more than 35 years, is currently a director of both the Northern Prospectors Association and the Ontario Prospectors Association.  He is also a Fellow of the Geological Association of Canada.

Johan Grandin, iMetal President and CEO, commented: “As we continue to see so many encouraging signs at Gowganda West, Gary brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our team.  His arrival could not be more timely as we ramp up activity over the summer and proceed to first-ever drilling.”

During his tenure with the Ontario government, Mr. Grabowski was responsible for monitoring, facilitating and stimulating exploration, development and production of the district’s mineral resources and providing professional technical advice and information about the district’s geology and mineral potential to a wide range of client groups.

Mr. Grabowski stated:  “After several visits to iMetal’s Gowganda West Property, I am very excited to represent the company. I believe they have assembled a highly prospective land package with excellent mineral potential, particularly in the Zone 3 area which is characterized by high-grade gold and copper assays at surface in association with a minimum 2.4 kilometer-long structural zone.  I am anxious to assist iMetal in all aspects of its exploration program which is in full swing.”

This Press Release was prepared by iMetal Resources Inc. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the Policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) has reviewed or accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.


“Johan Grandin”
President & CEO, iMetal Resources, Inc
Tel. (604-739-9713
510-588 Hornby St., Vancouver, BC, V6C 3B6 /


Celebrating our biggest year yet!

Celebrating our biggest year yet!

The CAMH and CAMH Foundation 2017/18 Annual Report is now online!

This year’s Annual Report showcases a year of tremendous achievement and well-deserved celebration at CAMH and provides many examples of the ways we are building a better mental health system to help more people get access to the right care at the right time.


Revitalizing First Nations Languages Demands Urgent Action: AFN National Chief to Meet with Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Culture and Heritage

Revitalizing First Nations Languages Demands Urgent Action: AFN National Chief to Meet with Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Culture and Heritage

on June 18, 2018

(Yellowknife, NWT) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde will meet tomorrow with federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for culture and heritage at a roundtable discussion in Yellowknife, NWT. National Chief Bellegarde will urge all governments to work with First Nations on immediate action to revitalize, maintain, preserve and protect First Nations languages, highlighting First Nations-led work to co-develop legislation with Canada.

“Action to revitalize First Nations languages is an urgent priority for reconciliation,” said National Chief Perry Bellegarde. “Language is a right. Language is fundamental to who we are as First Nations peoples. Language is life. We’re working together with First Nations and the federal government on collaborative co-development of federal legislation. The provinces and territories can also work with First Nations to strengthen languages, and it’s encouraging to see this is already happening in some regions. There is a role for every government and every jurisdiction to work with First Nations. Let’s keep moving and maintain momentum as we approach 2019, the International Year of Indigenous Languages.”

The meeting of federal, provincial and territorial ministers and leaders of the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Métis Nation will take place in Yellowknife June 19 and continues dialogue launched at a ministerial level last August.

“There is a resurgence of First Nations people eager to learn their languages and those who want to revitalize and strengthen our languages,” said National Chief Bellegarde. “Our languages are the original voices of these lands. They are fundamental to who we are as peoples and as nations. Our language rights are protected as inherent, constitutional and human rights. I look forward to continuing our collaborative efforts to ensure First Nations languages are spoken in this land by the coming generations.”

National Chief Bellegarde will advocate action by all levels of government to support First Nations priorities and jurisdictional authority, including committing sustained, long-term investments that would foster fluency and regular use of First Nations languages within our homes, educational institutions and operations of First Nations governments and in federal and provincial government services.

The AFN has been working together with the Department of Canadian Heritage, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Métis Nation, to co-develop Indigenous languages legislation that is ‘distinction-based’, reflective of the different needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis. Legislation is expected to be tabled Fall 2018. Prime Minister Trudeau announced his commitment to co-developing an Indigenous Languages Act at the AFN’s Special Chiefs Assembly in December 2016 which reflects the Assembly of First Nations 2015 Closing the Gap policy advocacy document.

A 2017 Nanos poll indicates that 74% of Canadians support the creation of an Indigenous Languages Act to ensure the protection, preservation, revitalization and maintenance of Indigenous languages in Canada.

There are more than 58 distinct Indigenous languages and more than 90 distinct languages and dialects spoken in Canada. There are no First Nations languages considered to be safe.

The AFN is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada. Follow AFN on Twitter @AFN_Updates.

For more information, please contact:

Jenna Young Castro
AFN Communications Officer
613-241-6789 ext 201
613-314-8157 (cell)

Monica Poirier
Bilingual Communications Officer
Assembly of First Nations
613-241-6789 ext. 382


Stronger Canada Child Benefit means more money for middle-class families

Canada Child Benefit is a larger monthly tax-free support that helps families who need it most

June 18, 2018         Montréal, Quebec           Employment and Social Development Canada

Helping hard-working families provide the best start in life for their children is a top priority for the Government of Canada. That’s why two years ago, the government launched the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) to help families with the high cost of raising kids. The CCB – which is targeted to middle class families and those working hard to join it – is simpler, tax‑free and more generous than previous child benefit programs.

Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced that starting on July 20, 2018, the benefit will be raised to keep up with the cost of living. This change comes two years ahead of schedule, as was announced in the 2018 Federal Budget, and will give Canadian parents even more money each month to help them provide for their children.

Indexing the CCB sooner will ensure that it will continue to play a vital role in supporting Canadian families and reducing child poverty. This means that the CCB, for the 2018-19 benefit year, will now have a maximum annual benefit of $6,496 per child under age 6 and $5,481 per child age 6 through 17. As an example, for a single parent with $35,000 of income with two children, the accelerated indexation of the CCB will contribute $560 towards the costs of raising his or her children, for the 2019-20 benefit year. For this parent, this means up to $12,992 in support every year.

Thanks to the CCB, 9 out of 10 Canadian families have more money. These families have received almost $2,300 more on average per year than under the programs the CCB replaced. Since July 2016, the CCB has given over $23 billion dollars each year to Canadian families to help pay for things like sports programs, music lessons and back-to-school clothes. And even more importantly, because of the CCB, more than half a million people—including 300,000 children—are being lifted out of poverty.


“The Canada Child Benefit has helped millions of middle-class Canadian families since its creation in 2016. Our Government is committed to ensuring that this tax-free benefit continues to help the middle class and those who are working hard to join it. The enhanced Canada Child Benefit will mean more money is on the way next month.”
– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Member of Parliament for Québec

Quick facts

  • Every month, CCB payments support 3.3 million Canadians, helping lift hundreds of thousands of children out of poverty in Canada.
  • Over 860,000 families in Quebec received approximately $5.4 billion from the CCB in the 2016–2017 benefit.
  • Across Canada, over $23.3 billion in benefits were paid between July 2016 and June 2017.
  • The CCB, together with initiatives such as the Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework with provinces and territories, and an Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework, is an integral part of a larger approach by the Government of Canada to support low and middle-income families and grow Canada’s economy.

Associated links


Michael Brewster
A/Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada


NIB Trust Fund Announces Mr. Arnold Blackstar as the new Executive Director

OTTAWA, June 18, 2018  – The National Indian Brotherhood (NIB) Trust Fund is pleased to announce the appointment of Arnold Blackstar as its new Executive Director effective July 16, 2018. The selection was made after an extensive national search and interview process.

“Arnold’s extensive knowledge and experience in Indigenous education, youth programming and strategic policy will make him an excellent addition to the NIB Trust Fund” said Keith Martell, NIB Trust Fund Chair. “He has advanced experience in First Nation post-secondary education and training systems while navigating a complex network of government, stakeholders and other organizations. Arnold will lead our talented team of staff in working with the Board of Trustees to advance NIB Trust Funds vision of preserving and revitalizing First Nations languages, cultures, and ways of life, and continue to create meaningful opportunities that improve the quality of life for First Nations People.”

Mr. Blackstar formerly served as the Director, Indigenous Education, for the Government of Ontario, where he was responsible for the development of programs, policies and strategic planning for Indigenous education initiatives. He also held positions as Director of Aboriginal Programs with the non-profit Canada World Youth, as Education and Labour Force Development Coordinator for Moosomin First Nation and Regional Manager for the Aboriginal Policing Directorate in Saskatchewan. Mr. Blackstar has a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Law degrees from the University of Saskatchewan.

“In this time of reconciliation where we are working to address the harms of residential schools, it is my honour and privilege to contribute to the advancement of healing, promoting Indigenous languages and culture revitalization,” said Mr. Blackstar. “This is a great opportunity to help facilitate First Nations people who are looking for support to bring about positive changes for themselves and their communities”.

The NIB Trust Fund allocates funds in accordance with the 2007 Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, the largest settlement agreement in Canadian history. The settlement agreement provided compensation to survivors for their experiences at residential schools. Funds are available to First Nation and Métis individuals, governments and organizations through a competitive application process.

For further information: Naomi Racette, NIB Trust Fund Programs Manager, 1-888-268-0520,

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Indigenous man about two metres from homeowner’s shotgun blast, court hears – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Jun 18, 2018 11:48

HAMILTON _ A forensic pathologist has told a murder trial that a homeowner near Hamilton shot an alleged thief from about two metres.

Dr. Allison Edgecombe examined the body of Jon Styres after Peter Khill killed him in February 2016 in his driveway.

Edgecombe says it’s not clear from the wounds which shotgun blast was first _ one striking the front chest and the other the top of the right arm _ but each shot would have been lethal.

The prosecution says the early morning incident occurred as Styres was trying to steal Khill’s 15-year-old pickup truck from outside his house.

Khill has admitted to killing the 29-year-old man, who was Indigenous, but has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder.

Court has heard that Khill, then 26, told responding officers he thought Styres was reaching for a gun.


B C Update – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Jun 18, 2018 9:44


Fish farms in the Broughton Archipelago off the northeast coast of Vancouver Island won’t be moving for at least another 60 days, even though tenures for 20 of the farms expire Wednesday.

Jeremy Dunn of Marine Harvest Canada says the company must receive 60 days notice of eviction — if that’s what the provincial government intends to do — and no notice has been received.

Talks are continuing between the province and First Nations who want the farms in their territories removed because of the risk of disease transfer to wild salmon.

Premier John Horgan has said an announcement about the expiring tenures will be made soon. (The Canadian Press)


Canadian opponents of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion can count on support from protesters south of the border.

Members of several Washington state First Nations are vowing to fight the multibillion-dollar project, calling it the Standing Rock of the north — which compares it to the Standing Rock Sioux protests in North Dakota that stalled the Dakota Access Pipeline for months.

Indigenous groups in Washington State are watching the Trans Mountain debate carefully because it will mean a seven-fold increase in tanker traffic through the Salish Sea, and could also lead to expansion of a pipeline spur from the Fraser Valley to refineries in Washington state.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee recently criticized the federal Trudeau government for buying the pipeline project from Kinder Morgan, calling it a “major step backward” in the climate change fight. (The Canadian Press)


Heat warnings are in effect for the B-C Peace River and Fort Nelson regions of northeastern B-C as most of the province gets an early taste of searing summer-like temperatures.

Northeastern B-C will see temperatures of 29 degrees or higher until at least Wednesday prompting warnings for the young, the elderly and those with chronic illnesses to guard against heat exhaustion or other heat-related problems.

Special weather statements are also in effect for the south coast and the north, central and southern interior regions — with Environment Canada calling for temperatures near 30 in the central Interior and 35 in the southwest.

As the heat moved in yesterday, four records fell in B-C including in Lillooet, which reached 34 degrees to make it the hottest community in the province — and more B-C records are expected to fall this week. (The Canadian Press)


Volunteers aren’t giving up the search for three First Nations fishermen who have been missing since early Friday morning when their small boat went down just off Tofino.

The official search for the three was scaled back over the weekend and the R-C-M-P has opened a missing persons case — but dozens of members of the tightly knit Tofino community continue to comb the waters and shoreline for the men.

Two other men on the small open boat survived the sinking.

Names of the missing men have not been officially released. (The Canadian Press)


For the second time in little over a week, a pod of orcas has cruised through Victoria harbour.

Whale watching captain Jackie Cowan says the pod of transient killer whales — which prey on seals and sealions — was following the incoming tide, which had been very low and was sweeping back into the harbour carrying nutrients that whales know will attract seals.

Cowan says the pod only spent about half an hour in the harbour before moving on.

A different pod of transient orcas toured Victoria harbour, including the inner and upper harbours, for about an hour on June 7th — the first time whales had been seen that far into the harbour in many years. (The Canadian Press)

(B-C Update by The Canadian Press)

(The Canadian Press)

Canada helps protect communities around Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin from flooding

St. Laurent, Manitoba, June 18, 2018—Investing in infrastructure that strengthens communities against the effects of climate change is critical to protecting the lives and livelihoods of Canadians, promoting economic growth and strengthening the middle class.

The governments of Canada and Manitoba will cost share up to $540 million in new flood management infrastructure for the Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin outlet channels, the Honourable Brian Pallister, Premier of Manitoba, and the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources Canada, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, announced today. The Government of Canada will provide $247.5 million for the project and Manitoba will provide matching funds in the amount of $247.5 million plus an additional $45 million to complete the project.

This is the first project to be funded under the recently launched Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund, which is part of the federal government’s Investing in Canada plan.

The governments of Canada and Manitoba identified the Channels Project as a major priority due to severe flooding in the area in 2011 and 2014. These disasters resulted in extensive damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure in the province, as well as emergency evacuations, particularly for communities around Lake St. Martin.

The project consists of building two approximately 23-kilometre-long diversion channels: the Lake Manitoba Outlet Channel will run northwards from Watchorn Bay on Lake Manitoba to Birch Bay on Lake St. Martin; the Lake St. Martin Outlet Channel will run northeast from Lake St. Martin to Lake Winnipeg south of Willow Point. The project also involves building bridges, water control structures, a 24-kilovolt distribution line, and adjusting surrounding highway infrastructure.

The project will significantly reduce the flood damage experienced by First Nations located along Lake St. Martin, complementing other regional flood protection infrastructure to ensure a more comprehensive provincial water control network that enables the province to effectively manage flows from the Assiniboine River and Lake Manitoba watersheds spanning Manitoba, southeastern Saskatchewan and the northeastern North Dakota.

Together, the channels will allow Manitoba to regulate lake levels and provide flood protection to individuals, businesses, communities and farmland around Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin.


“After 60 years of inaction, we are proud to stand today alongside our partners in the federal government to announce this vital project. We are focused on completing this project in a timely fashion to better protect Manitobans who have sacrificed so much.”

The Honourable Brian Pallister, Premier of Manitoba

“This funding shows that the Government of Canada is taking concrete steps to protect the vulnerable communities around Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin from disasters like the 2011 and 2014 flooding. Mitigating the effects of natural hazards before they happen is critical to reducing the devastating social, personal and economic costs of recovering after the fact. With investments like these we will make communities across Canada more resilient to climate change and ensure residents and businesses can thrive for generations to come.”

The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources Canada

Quick facts

  • Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
  • The Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund is a $2-billion program under the Investing in Canada plan that supports large-scale infrastructure projects designed to reduce the potential damage and disruptions to essential services associated with natural hazards such as floods, wildfires, seismic events and droughts.
  • Applicants wishing to be considered for funding under the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund have until July 31, 2018, to submit an Expression of Interest to Infrastructure Canada at

Associated links


Kate Monfette
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

Joey Dearborn
Press Secretary
Communications and Stakeholder Relations
Government of Manitoba

Infrastructure Canada
Toll free: 1-877-250-7154


In Bill Morneau’s riding, 40 per cent of children live in poverty, report says – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Jun 18, 2018 9:14

By Jordan Press


OTTAWA _ Four in every 10 children residing in Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s downtown Toronto riding live in poverty, one of the highest rates identified in a new report tracking child poverty rates across all 338 federal ridings.

The anti-poverty advocacy group behind the report, Campaign 2000, hopes the data will prod the government to approve a soon-to-be-finalized poverty-reduction strategy before next year’s federal election, and enshrine commitments in legislation so it cannot be undone by a future government.

The Liberals have promised to create a poverty reduction strategy before the end of this four-year mandate.

Morneau will have a say in how much new federal spending may be made available for the strategy, which would have an effect on his riding of Toronto Centre, where two-fifths of children live in low-income enclaves near the wealthy Bay Street corridor.

The downtown Toronto riding is home to a large number of visible minorities and recent immigrants, many of whom live in social housing, the report says.

The report being released Monday says ridings with high child poverty rates like Toronto Centre also had higher proportions of lone parent families and Indigenous Peoples, such as the Saskatchewan riding of Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River and Winnipeg Centre, which ranked second and third, respectively, for the highest child poverty rates in the country.

The northern Manitoba riding of Churchill-Keewatinook Aski, a predominantly rural riding home to multiple First Nations, had a child poverty rate of 64.2 per cent, more than three-and-a-half times the national average recorded in the most recent census.

“We might hear from some politicians that, ‘this is not an issue in my backyard’ and that really poverty is about either getting a job, or pulling up your bootstraps and it’s because of people’s individual choices. This really shows that there are systemic factors at play,” said Anita Khanna, national co-ordinator of Campaign 2000.

Data released by the group show about 18 per cent of children in ridings held by the federal Liberals live in poverty. About 29 per cent of children live in poverty in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s riding of Papineau, and 26.6 per cent in Heritage Minister Melanie Joly’s riding of Ahuntsic-Cartierville.

NDP-held ridings have child poverty rates of on average 22 per cent, while the figure is about 15 per cent for Conservative ridings.

The latest census found that 17 per cent of children 17 and under lived in low income, or about 1.2 million children overall.

Campaign 2000 is calling on the Liberals to set a target of cutting child poverty in half over the next five years, and boost the base amount of the Canada Child Benefit, the means-tested payments Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos will tout on Monday.

The group is also calling for the creation of a federal “dignity divided” of $1,800 per adult and child who live below the poverty line, which would be like a top up to the GST credit and could help lift hundreds of thousands out of poverty.

“Child poverty is an issue that affects all communities and therefore all MPs and all political parties should be working towards its eradication,” Khanna said.

“This is an issue that is affecting people in their ridings and they have a stake in the strength of the strategy.”


This is my life’: Grieving mother hopes teepee remains at Sask. legislature – CBC

Justice for Our Stolen Children camp dismantled, but teepee remains

June 17, 2018

The teepee was to be taken down by noon Sunday, and it was — briefly. But it was soon re-erected during a round dance held to recognize the 100-day effort to date.

Organizers of the Indigenous camp had decided to remove the eagle feather that stood atop the teepee, and move it to a safe place, lest the teepee be forcibly removed by authorities in the coming days.

Ministers Don Morgan and Ken Cheveldayoff said last week the camp had to be removed for safety reasons and maintenance, and that ministers had attempted to arrange meetings with the camp organizers, but were unable to arrange times that worked.

Robyn Pitawanakwat, a spokesperson with Colonialism No More, said last week the government had arranged meetings and then not shown up, or visited the camp when no one was around to talk.

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New outlets aimed at helping protect Manitoba communities from flooding – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Jun 18, 2018

WINNIPEG _ The federal and Manitoba governments have reached a deal to build two outlet channels to prevent heavy flooding around Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin.

Premier Brian Pallister says the two levels of government will jointly spend up to $540 million to build the channels, which will each measure 23 kilometres in length.

The area was severely flooded in 2011, which wrecked homes and forced about 2,000 people to leave.

The Lake St. Martin First Nation was hardest hit, and most of its residents spent years in temporary housing such as hotel rooms.

Federal Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says the outlets will help control lake levels and reduce the social, personal and economic toll of flooding.

Construction on the outlets, which will keep high water moving through to Lake Winnipeg, could start as early as the fall of 2019.

“It will allow us to better regulate water levels,” Pallister said Monday.

“This will be the largest and most significant water control and flood-mitigation project since the expansion of the Red River Floodway.”

The floodway was built in the 1950s to protect Winnipeg from high water along the Red River. It was expanded in 2006.


Submit Your Inuktut Songwriting to Qilaut 2018!

June 18, 2018

Do you write and sing in Inuktut? Do you want your song to be part of Nunavut’s cultural heritage? Submit your song to Qilaut 2018, Nunavut’s annual Inuktut songwriting contest.

This year’s theme is “Nunavutaaqsimaliqtilluta”. Your song must be original, and can be traditional, gospel, rock, jazz, mix or rap. You can submit as an individual, as a duo or as a band. The contest is open to all Nunavummiut.

You can win big! There is a total of $13,000 in cash prizes and if your song is selected, it will be recorded in a studio and added to the Qilaut 2018 CD. The winners will also be invited to perform their songs at a CD launch concert.

To see the official contest rules or for more information about Qilaut 2018, please visit The deadline to submit your song is September 21, 2018.


Media Contact:

Elizabeth A. Roberts
Communications Officer
Department of Culture and Heritage


National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls – Addressing the interim report

June 18, 2018

On November 1, 2017, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Women and Girls published an interim report.

The interim report included recommendations identifying changes to improve the functioning of the inquiry and better address the needs of survivors and family members going forward. The Government of Canada is taking action in response to some of these recommendations.

Health support and victim services supports

The Government of Canada is increasing health support and victim services by:

  • providing $21.3M over three years to complement the health supports provided by the inquiry, such as
    • allowing the expansion of services to include all survivors, family members and those affected by the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls
    • improving their access to health support services
    • extending the timeframe during which health support services will be available up to June 30, 2020
    • providing an additional $5.42 million in 2019-2020 to extend the timeframe for the two Department of Justice Canada initiatives: Family Information Liaison Units and funding for community-based organizations to support families beyond the life of the inquiry

Commemoration fund

Through Status of Women Canada, the government will establish a commemoration fund by providing $10 million over two years to honour the lives and legacies of Indigenous women, girls and LGBTQ2S individuals. The commemoration fund will support Indigenous communities in developing and implementing commemorative events. As the inquiry noted in the interim report, public commemoration is a powerful way to honour truths, support healing, create awareness, and to advance reconciliation.

Review of police policies

The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of addressing gaps in services to Indigenous peoples throughout the criminal justice system and enhancing law enforcement capabilities. Up to $1.25 million is being provided to organizations with expertise in law enforcement and policing to lead a review of police policies and practices with regards to their relations with the Indigenous peoples they serve.

National Investigative Standards and Practices Unit

$9.6 million over five years will support the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)’s new National Investigative Standards and Practices Unit. Members of this unit provide national oversight to major RCMP investigations. A significant proportion of this oversight will focus on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls investigations.


In the news today, June 18 – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Jun 18, 2018 8:33

Four stories in the news for Monday, June 18



Forty per cent of the children in Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s downtown Toronto riding live in poverty, one of the highest rates identified in a new report that tracks child poverty rates across all 338 federal ridings. The anti-poverty group Campaign 2000 is hoping its report will prod the government to approve a soon-to-be-finalized poverty-reduction strategy before next year’s federal election, and enshrine its commitments in legislation.



Indigenous protesters in Washington state are gearing up to fight the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Canada recently bought the project for $4.5 billion but it doesn’t only affect Canadian waters or lands. Many Indigenous activists in Washington trace their roots to both sides of the border and say they won’t give up until the expansion is stopped. They’re calling their fight against the project the Standing Rock of the north, comparing it to the fierce protests that stalled the Dakota Access Pipeline.



A former star witness in Quebec’s corruption inquiry says the Liberals must be defeated in October’s election in order to clean up politics in the province. Lino Zambito says most of the people convicted in the high-profile cases investigated by Quebec’s anti-corruption unit have pleaded guilty and served no jail time, while key figures at the provincial level have barely been touched. Zambito’s comments reflect a frustration in Quebec after recent acquittals in numerous high-profile fraud cases.



Margaret Perkins Hess spent a lifetime following her passion. And upon her death in 2016 at the age of 100 the lifelong educator, art collector and Order of Canada recipient bequeathed a collection worth as much as $5 million to the school where she received a doctorate of fine arts. The University of Lethbridge Art Gallery received word last year that Hess had donated her vast collection, which includes works by some of Canada’s most celebrated artists.



_ A public forum will be held in Halifax on prostitution and human trafficking in Nova Scotia.

_ A general court martial will be held in Halifax for Sgt. Kevin MacIntyre, a military police officer accused of sexual assault.

_ Federal byelection today in the Quebec riding of Chicoutimi-Le Fjord.

_ Sentencing arguments continue in Quebec City in the case of convicted mosque shooter Alexandre Bissonnette.

_ MP Stephen Fuhr, chair of the Commons defence committee, releases a report on Canada’s involvement in NATO.

_ Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna will make his first appearance in a Toronto court on an assault charge.

_ Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announces changes to her cabinet.

_ B.C. Premier John Horgan makes an announcement in Prince George about new housing for Indigenous people.



Two spirit N.B. First Nation chief says his election points to progress – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Jun 18, 2018 7:49

By Alex Cooke


FREDERICTON _ The new leader of a New Brunswick First Nation said he’s proud to be elected as the first openly LGBTQ chief in Atlantic Canada _ though he said he’s more well-known in his community for his leadership skills and creativity.

Allan (Chicky) Polchies Jr. identifies as two-spirited, an umbrella term referring to Indigenous people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or someone who has both a masculine and a feminine spirit.

“I’m proud of who I am. I always have been and I always will be,” he said during a phone interview Sunday. “Our community has risen the bar when it comes to diversity.”

Polchies was elected as chief of St. Mary’s First Nation last week, unseating incumbent Candice Paul, who had held the position for 14 years.

St. Mary’s is the second-largest Wolastoqiyik or Maliseet community in New Brunswick with a band membership of about 2,000 people.

For Polchies, his recent appointment points to progress within their society, saying that he hopes the outpouring of support during and after the election can help reassure young people who may be struggling with their sexuality or identities.

“This sends a message to all those young people that may think that it’s not OK to be who you are: to be two-spirited, to be however you want to label yourself,” he said. “But I know that I’ve inspired people to be who they want to be, and know that they have a voice and they have a purpose.

“That makes me so, so, so excited.”

Polchies and his partner of eight years are the foster parents of a toddler.

As he lays the foundation for his new role, he pinpoints health-care access, economic development and community opportunities as top-of-mind issues within the First Nation.

Access to mental health care in particular is a challenge, said Polchies, who was born and raised in the community and previously worked as an event organizer and a band councillor.

St. Mary’s First Nation has a mental wellness worker who services the community every two weeks, but Polchie said he would like to hire full-time mental health staff and build community programs to help those grappling with mental illness.

“In this day and age, there’s lots of folks struggling with mental health, and PTSD, and addictions,” he said, adding that problems with accessibility is widespread across the country.

“This is a shame that our governments do not focus highly on these issues.”

Polchies also said he wants to invest in the community’s young and old. By working with youth, he said he’d like to build mentorship programs that would encourage them to succeed and excel in their school, work and personal lives.

On the other hand, St. Mary’s First Nation doesn’t have a senior’s home, which is something Polchies said he’d like to change.

“They’re folks that we hold highly, and in regard,” he said of the community’s seniors and elders. “We all get older, so it’s going to affect us all.”

Reconciliation and environmental causes are also at the top of mind for Polchies.

While Canada has taken strides in recent years to address issues in Indigenous communities, Polchies said that there’s still a long way to go in terms of reconciliation and respecting Indigenous land.

He said education is the key to Canadians understanding who Indigenous people are and what they advocate for, adding that misunderstanding and misinformation is what’s keeping reconciliation from moving forward.

“Indigenous people are the landkeepers, and when we champion an environmental issue, we’re just protecting your children, your grandchildren, their grandchildren,” he said.

“It’s not just about us: it’s about everyone.”

Twelves band councillors were elected last week as well, with the new chief and council taking office next month.


PE Government: Funding available for community wellness projects

June 18, 2018

Communities and organizations can now apply for provincial government funding for wellness initiatives.

The annual Wellness Grant program provides up to $5,000 to support community-led wellness initiatives that address pillars of government’s Wellness Strategy, such as:

  • living tobacco free;
  • being physically active and reducing sedentary time;
  • healthy eating;
  • consuming alcohol responsibly; and
  • mental health promotion.

To apply (by July 6 at 4 p.m.) and for more information, visit

“This program is a chance for us to collaborate with community partners to positively influence individual and community well-being,” Health and Wellness Minister Robert Mitchell said. “We are the Mighty Island because our smallness connects us, allowing us to help each other by building on local partnerships and engaging Islanders.

“Ultimately the projects that are chosen for a Wellness Grant will support community-based efforts that enhance community resources, systems, and networks that can positively influence health outcomes and make healthy choices easier for all Islanders,” the minister said.

The Wellness Grant program has funded 44 projects over the program’s three years.

“The health of Islanders is being shaped not only by our health care system, but to a great extent by the conditions in which people live, learn, work and play,” said Dr. Heather Morrison, Chief Public Health Officer. “These wellness grants are designed to support collaborative approaches, across partners, sectors, and settings that promote healthy living and prevent chronic disease or injury before it occurs.”

The Chief Public Health Office is offering workshops to help organizations develop their ideas and complete their grant application. For more information or to register, contact (902) 620-3899 .

Media Contact
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Opening of the Kivalliq Regional Visitor Centre

June 16, 2018

Rankin Inlet, Nunavut (June 16, 2018) – The Kivalliq Regional Visitor Centre has officially opened in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut.

“The Kivalliq Regional Visitor Centre will provide a vital link between outfitters, tourist establishments, guides and tourists,” said Premier Joe Savikataaq. “The Government of Nunavut (GN) is committed to supporting the tourism industry and ensuring Nunavummiut benefit from this growing sector of Nunavut’s economy. Tunnganarniq—fostering good spirits by being open, welcoming and inclusive—is one of the guiding principles of Turaaqtavut. The visitor centre will give those who reside in the Kivalliq an opportunity to showcase their art and culture and provide visitors with a welcoming experience.”

This is the first regional centre for visitors in the Kivalliq. It was built at a cost of $3.8 million, funded by the GN. The centre will employ three staff, who will formally welcome visitors and showcase taxidermy wildlife. They will also encourage visitors to tour other Kivalliq communities.

The centre will advertise Kivalliq tourism outfitters and provide an avenue for regional businesses to promote their services. The Nunavut Development Corporation will also sell Nunavut artwork at the centre, in partnership with the Department of Economic Development and Transportation.


Media Contact:

Matthew Illaszewicz
Manager, Communications
Economic Development and Transportation


N.W.T. archery tournament takes aim at growing the sport in the North – CBC

Archers aged 14 and up shot arrows at 3D targets in Yellowknife over the weekend

June 17, 2018

The twang of bowstrings and the swish of arrows flying through the air rung out at the Yellowknife ski club this weekend.

It was the second annual N.W.T Archery Championships, where about 20 competitors of varying ages took aim at 3D bison, bear, rabbit, fox and frog targets.

Among the competitors was 19-year-old Arbah Syed, who said what she likes best about the sport is the stress relief.

“It’s great to take aim and just hit sometimes,” she said.

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Fish-Farm-Tenures – Audio Clip NAT023 – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Audio
Jun 18, 2018 4:09

023 – (Fish-Farm-Tenures)

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VANCOUVER. x–17s. The tenures for 20 controversial fish farms in B-C’s Broughton Archipelago are set to expire Wednesday, but an immediate eviction notice isn’t an option. Jeremy Dunn of Marine Harvest Canada says the Land Act requires the province to give the company 60 days notice if it plans to deny the tenure — which it hasn’t yet done. (“ some level.”) (SOURCE:The Canadian Press)

TAG: Last week, B-C Premier John Horgan said his government would make an announcement on the expiring tenures in the coming days, adding talks continue with the concerned First Nations.

“From The Land” Theme Highlights this Year’s Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival & Competition Pow Wow

Vincent Massey Park, Ottawa
Thursday, June 21 – Sunday, June 24, 2018

Ottawa, Ontario, June 12, 2018: The Assembly of First Nations* is proud to host the 2018 edition of the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival (SSIF) & Competition Pow Wow at Vincent Massey Park in Ottawa from June 21 to June 24. For over 20 years, SSIF has helped Canadians recognize the enormous contributions that Inuit, First Nations and Métis peoples make to Canada.

This year, the theme “From the Land” highlights a new indigenous culinary experience added to the Festival’s programming. Indigenous chefs David Wolfman, Cezin Nottaway and Trudy Metcalfe will offer exquisite indigenous fusion dishes crafted from local ingredients. The Long Table Lunch (12 noon, $25) and Dinner (6 pm, $55), both on June 22, are complimented with performances by Silla + Rise, Cris Derksen and David Finkle & Laura Leonard.

A returning Festival favourite is Education Day on Thursday, June 21. Five thousand school children will have the opportunity to experience a natural history lesson via crafts, foods, games, and dancing at Vincent Massey Park. That evening, a screening of the multi-award winning film, “Indian Horse,” will show Canada’s national game in a whole new light. Unforgettable!

The heart of the Festival is the International Competition Pow Wow on June 23 and 24. This competition attracts the best singers and dancers from across North America to compete for $75,000 in prizes. The Grand Entry associated with the competition Pow Wow is an audience favourite. All dancers enter the circle together at 12:00 noon and 6:00 pm on Saturday, and on Sunday at 12:00 noon.

APTN presents Indigenous Day Live from Winnipeg, Toronto and Ottawa on Saturday evening, June 23. Vincent Massey Park will first showcase emerging artists Cody Coyote, Mimi O’Bonsawin, and Nigel Irwin followed by headliners Lido Pimienta, Tom Wilson, Brooke Simpson and others filling the concert’s illustrious indigenous roster.

The popular Family Fun Zone combined with free admission makes the 4-day Festival an appealing destination for families. They can try out the following fun activities: Bungee trampolines, bouncy-inflatables, a rock climbing wall, interactive arts, crafts and culinary pavilions, and see live Birds of Prey. The Indigenous artisan and food marketplace completes a perfect weekend outing.

Pow Wow Pitch, like an Indigenous Dragon’s Den, gives Indigenous entrepreneurs a chance to score funding for their business ideas. It starts Sunday, June 24 at 8:30 am, and the highlight is at 2:30 pm when the top ten finalists get three minutes to pitch their ideas. And a new feature this year is REDx Talks, hosted by Cowboy Smithx, on Friday June 22 at 7:30 pm. This REDx Talk will explore Indigenous cuisine via dynamic Indigenous speakers.

More information at


*The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is the national representative organization of the First Nations in Canada. There are over 630 First Nation communities in Canada whose interests are represented by the AFN. They are determined to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of the First Nations communities large and small. AFN promotes social progress and better standards of life among the First Nations people. By virtue of their rich heritage, historical experience and contemporary circumstances, First Nations possess common interests and aspirations to exercise their political will in common and to develop a collective struggle or cause based upon their values of trust, confidence and toleration.

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BC Government: Funding to support men to live healthy, active lives

June 17, 2018

VICTORIA – The Government of British Columbia has provided $1.5 million to the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation (CMHF) to support men in British Columbia to live healthier lives.

Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, announced the funding in recognition of Father’s Day on Sunday, June 17, 2018, and as a part of Canadian Men’s Health Awareness Week (June 11-17, 2018).

“On Father’s Day, many people will be spending extra time with their dads, or recalling special moments shared together, and what better time to inspire healthier living for a father, grandfather or someone close,” said Dix. “I know how important it is to make healthy choices to help us lead longer, healthier lives, and the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation is helping men make those changes.”

CMHF is a national, non-profit organization that works to encourage men to adopt a healthier lifestyle, and prevent men’s health problems, such as prostate cancer. The funding will support the foundation to expand its programs, including Don’t Change Much, a campaign and website with quick recipes, easy tips on how to be active, and advice from celebrities, such as NHL great Trevor Linden and four-time Olympian Simon Whitfield. A CMHF study found that 72% of men who engaged in the Don’t Change Much campaign reported improvements in their health.

“The results from our Don’t Change Much initiative show that B.C. men and their families are more motivated when empowered with health information, lifestyle programs and support,” said Wayne Hartrick, Canadian Men’s Health Foundation president. “The initiative is enabling B.C. men to hear, absorb and act on the idea that small lifestyle changes may have significant, long-term health benefits.”

“We applaud the foresight of the B.C. government in demonstrating continued support of the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation,” said Dr. Larry Goldenberg, Canadian Men’s Health Foundation chair. “This support enables CMHF to continue to build and deliver programs, content and resources to B.C. men and their families, with the aim of encouraging better health behaviours now, for healthier dads, husbands, sons, brothers and friends later in life.”

The foundation will also continue to raise awareness of You Check, a risk self-assessment tool, with an online, 18-set questionnaire that men can use to get a snapshot of their health. You Check was developed to encourage men to learn about their risk of developing illnesses later in life. Men who complete the assessment are provided with personalized preventative health information, and are encouraged to visit their primary health-care provider.

CMHF will also expand Downtown Urban Knights Defending Equality and Solidarity (DUDES Club), a community-driven program focused on improving the health of Indigenous men. DUDES Club offers events and activities that focus on the spiritual, physical, mental, emotional, and social aspects of wellness. DUDES Club started in the Downtown Eastside and, in partnership with the First Nations Health Authority, is creating train the trainer programs to help expand the program into First Nations communities throughout British Columbia.

Quick Facts:

  • More than 4,800 men die from cancer each year in B.C.
  • More than 3,300 men die from heart diseases each year in B.C.

Learn More:

For more information on men’s health and the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation, visit:

For more information on Don’t Change Much, visit:

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Nunavut MLA calls for end to “language shaming” –

June 18, 2018

“That is going to be the first step when we’re talking about rebuilding our language and keeping it alive”


More Inuktut language training and less language shaming in Nunavut, these are among the key areas likely to be tackled by the new Savikataaq government.

“Even in this House myself here … I’ve felt little because I don’t speak Inuktitut. I know it’s not an excuse and it’s not even really a reason,” Iqaluit-Tasiluk MLA George Hickes, who is now back as a minister, said June 13 as the MLAs’ committee of the whole looked at the Department of Culture’s budget requests.

He said it’s one thing to laugh with somebody when they mispronounce something, but too often people are laughing at by someone when they mispronounce something: he wants to see the Nunavut government and members of the public work on ending language shaming.

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Indigenous protesters in Washington declare Trans Mountain won’t be built – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Jun 18, 2018 4:00

By Laura Kane


VANCOUVER _ Cedar George-Parker remembers the moment he decided to devote his life to defending Indigenous people and their traditional territories. It was the one-year anniversary of a shooting at his high school that killed four of his classmates in Marysville, Wash.

“I dropped to my knees and I said, ‘I’m going to make a change in the world,’ ” he recalled.

George-Parker is among the Indigenous protesters in Washington state promising to fight the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Activists call the project the Standing Rock of the north, comparing it to the fierce Standing Rock Sioux protests that stalled the Dakota Access Pipeline for months.

The Trans Mountain expansion _ recently bought by Canada for $4.5 billion _ doesn’t only affect Canadian waters or land. The project will increase tanker traffic seven-fold in the Salish Sea, which borders British Columbia and Washington, and Kinder Morgan has noted the expansion potential of a connected 111-kilometre pipeline that runs from B.C.’s Fraser Valley to Washington refineries.

Many Indigenous activists trace their roots to both sides of the border. George-Parker’s father is from North Vancouver’s Tsleil-Waututh Nation and his mother is from Washington’s Tulalip Tribes. He travels to B.C. often and in April disrupted a speech by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Vancouver.

“Our people never had borders,” he said. “We still try not to let borders separate us.”

The 2014 shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School deeply affected George-Parker, now 21. He found it outrageous that governments subsidize big business while underfunding education and counselling for young people. Canada’s purchase of Trans Mountain is the latest example of wasted government money, he said.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has criticized Trudeau’s government for buying the pipeline project, calling it a “major step backward” in the climate change fight.

Even though Inslee opposes the expansion, some protesters in his state don’t feel supported. Police arrested Janene Hampton in January and charged her with criminal trespassing after she and several other Indigenous women camped on the state capitol lawn to protest resource projects including Trans Mountain.

Hampton also camped at the Standing Rock protest for months. She joined the movement against pipelines to protect the water, said Hampton, a member of the Colville Okanagan Tribe, which has traditional territories spanning B.C.’s southern Interior to northeast Washington.

“One of the big fights for us as Aboriginal people is the whales,” she said, adding they use sonar, and existing vessel noise has already disrupted their communication.

Canada’s $1.5-billion oceans protection plan includes $7.2 million to increase the use of technologies that monitor underwater noise. It has also announced other steps to support the recovery of the endangered southern resident killer whale population, which lives in B.C. and Washington waters.

The Canadian government often touts its oceans protection plan as “world-leading,” but as recently as May 2017, officials in Washington raised questions about Canada’s preparedness for an oil spill.

Washington required Kinder Morgan to conduct a worst-case scenario exercise. The company simulated a spill of 3,024 barrels of heavy synthetic crude oil in the Sumas River, which runs from B.C.’s Fraser Valley to Whatcom County, Wash.

In a report following the exercise, state ecology department staff wrote that Kinder Morgan brought together a skilled spill management team including staff from U.S., Canadian, B.C. and Washington government agencies. But the report also said non-floating oil tactics planned on the Washington side were not planned on the B.C. side, and Canada did not discuss the type of equipment it would use to clean up a major spill.

The exercise was conducted to meet U.S. regulatory requirements and was not focused on the Canadian response, said James Stevenson, a spokesman for the National Energy Board. A joint U.S.-Canadian plan to respond to cross-border spills exists but was not activated during the May 2017 exercise, he said.

Canada’s purchase of the project includes the Puget Sound pipeline, a 111-kilometre line that diverts from the existing Trans Mountain pipeline in B.C. and carries oil to four Washington refineries. Environmental groups now fear an expansion to the Puget Sound line, citing 2017 financial disclosure documents in which Kinder Morgan touted the potential for increasing capacity.

“That is definitely a big concern,” said Rebecca Ponzio, campaign director for Stand Up to Oil, a coalition of U.S. groups that oppose new oil terminals and coastal exports.

Canada’s Department of Finance did not directly answer a question about whether it would consider expanding the Washington line, but it said it planned to follow Kinder Morgan’s 2018 construction schedule for the expansion of the pipeline in B.C. and Alberta.

Trans Mountain, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, said market conditions dictate how much crude oil is transported through the Puget Sound pipeline. While the line could be expanded, the company expects the majority of the expansion capacity from the Trans Mountain project will be for export from a marine terminal in Burnaby, B.C.

But protesters won’t allow construction on the expansion to proceed without a fight.

“That pipeline will never go through,” said Paul Wagner, a member of the Saanich First Nation who lives in Redmond, Wash., and goes by the traditional name Cheoketen.

“The people are rising up.”

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Premier Savikataaq announces changes to Cabinet portfolios

June 15, 2018

IQALUIT, Nunavut (June 15, 2018) – Premier Joe Savikataaq announced changes to Executive Council portfolios today.

The Honourable David Akeeagok is the new Deputy Premier and Minister of Economic Development and Transportation.

The Honourable George Hickes is the new Minister of Finance.

The Honourable Jeannie Ehaloak is the new Minister of Environment, in addition to her current portfolios.

Paul Okalik’s appointment as Chief Negotiator for Devolution is no longer in effect.

A replacement will be appointed at a later date.

“I understand the uncertainty that has transpired over the last week and I want to tell my fellow Nunavummiut that this cabinet is focused on ensuring strong, healthy and successful partnerships and outcomes,” said Premier Savikataaq. “Turaaqtavut lays out the foundation of our Governments’ work, and these appointments today will certainly embolden our steps, and help us as we move ahead, towards a better future for our territory.”

These changes take effect immediately.


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Angela A. Petru
Media and Languages Communications Coordinator
Department of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs


?Esdilagh First Nation, conservation officers working together to protect moose

June 15, 2018

QUESNEL – The ?Esdilagh First Nation has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the B.C. Conservation Officer Service (COS), to promote the sustainability of wildlife within its traditional territory.

The MOU strives to foster understanding of ?Esdilagh First Nation’s customs, traditions, and cultural and spiritual practices, as well as promote the management, protection and stewardship of moose in its traditional territory. A signing ceremony took place in ?Esdilagh on Friday, June 15, 2018.

“The B.C. Conservation Officer Service is pleased to work with the ?Esdilagh First Nation around enforcement and measures to minimize human-wildlife conflicts within its traditional territory,” said Andy MacKay, COS sergeant and provincial co-ordinator, restorative justice and First Nations. “This partnership will help strengthen the stewardship of wildlife and resources within ?Esdilagh First Nation territory.”

Collaboration and communication between the COS and the ?Esdilagh First Nation, on enforcement within its traditional territory, is another key component of the MOU. Notably, this includes the COS enforcing ?Esdilagh communal restrictions, which prohibits the harvesting of cow moose for ?Esdilagh First Nation membership in its traditional territory.

“The highest priority for the people of ?Esdilagh is moose preservation and increasing our moose population — that is our ultimate goal,” said ?Esdilagh Chief Roy Stump. “Overall, we want a sustainable wildlife population that everyone can benefit from.”

The MOU also encourages the promotion of proactive measures to lessen potential human-wildlife conflicts. This may include education and awareness activities, developing wildlife hazard assessments and management plans, and the installation of wildlife-resistant waste containers and other waste management systems.

Learn More:

To learn more about the ?Esdilagh First Nation, visit:

To learn more about the B.C. Conservation Officer Service, visit:


Media Relations
Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
250 953-3834

Chad Stump
Band Manager
?Esdilagh First Nation
250 991-6000


Former Cree leader testifies at public inquiry about racist treatment at Val-d’Or hospital – CBC

William Mianscum says there’s a pressing need to educate health care workers about Indigenous realities

June 17, 2018

A former Cree leader says he experienced racism at a northern Quebec hospital and that health care workers should be educated about the Indigenous patients they serve.

William Mianscum, a former chair of the Cree School Board and past chief of the James Bay community of Mistissini, Que., testified this week at public hearings held in the community by the Viens Commission — the provincial inquiry mandated to examine how Indigenous people are treated by public services in Quebec.

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BR Fish Farm Tenures – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Jun 18, 2018 4:00

VANCOUVER – Twenty fish farms will remain in the troubled waters off north Vancouver Island for at least another two months.

While some may be expecting the provincial government to either expel the farms from the Broughton Archipelago or grant them permission to stay when their tenures expire on Wednesday, the company that owns them says it’s likely they’ll continue operating on a month-to-month basis.

Jeremy Dunn of Marine Harvest Canada says the Land Act requires the government to give the company 60 days notice if it plans to evict the farms, which it has not yet done.

Dunn says it’s quite common for tenures that require extensive consultation to go into the month-to-month provision and he says the same thing happened the last time the tenures expired.

Last week, Premier John Horgan said his government is continuing nation-to-nation talks with the First Nations who say the farms are operating in their traditional territories without their permission and pose too great a risk to wild salmon.

He said there would be an announcement about the expiring tenures in the coming days.

(The Canadian Press)

GNWT and Union of Northern Workers Chose a Mediator

YELLOWKNIFE (June 15, 2018)—Mr. Vince Ready, a highly-regarded mediator with more than 30 years of experience, has been chosen to assist the Government of the Northwest Territories and the Union of Northern Workers attempt to conclude a new collective agreement.  Mediation dates have been scheduled with Mr. Ready for October 25-27, 2018 in Yellowknife.

The GNWT and the Union have been negotiating a new collective agreement since January 2016.  After multiple rounds of negotiations, agreement was reached on a number of items. Although the Union has not served the GNWT with notice of mediation under the Public Service Act for the outstanding issues, the parties agreed to proceed with identifying a mediator and determining dates.


“The GNWT is optimistic that a negotiated agreement can be reached with the UNW. Mr. Ready brings considerable experience in mediation, including public sector mediation, and we look forward to working with him and the UNW to reach an agreement during this period of challenging economic times.  We also remain prepared to return to the bargaining table prior to October should the UNW wish to continue working towards a resolution. ”

-David Stewart, Deputy Minister of Finance

Quick Facts:

  • Mr. Ready has arbitrated and/or mediated over 7,000 labour and commercial disputes across Canada.
  • He has been inducted into the National Academy of Arbitrators in the United States, and has been awarded the W.P Kelly Award for Lifetime Achievement as a Labour Mediator and the Bora Laskin Award for Outstanding Contributions to Canadian Labour Law.

Related Links:

The GNWT’s Job Action Q&A can be found at:

The GNWT’s Summary of Outstanding Issues can be found at:

For more information:

Todd Sasaki
Senior Communications Officer
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories 867-767-9151 ext. 14032


Tahltan Central Government will receive share of tax revenue from gold mine

June 15, 2018

VANCOUVER – The Government of British Columbia has signed an agreement with the Tahltan Central Government, to ensure the First Nation receives a share of mineral tax revenue collected from the Brucejack Gold Mine in northwestern B.C.

Provincial mineral taxes generated by the gold mine are expected to be approximately $48 million each year. The new revenue-sharing agreement is expected to transfer approximately $7 million in taxes from the Brucejack Gold Mine annually to the Tahltan Central Government.

The Brucejack mine, owned and operated by Pretium Resources Inc., is an underground gold mine. The mine was commissioned in April 2017, and will ramp-up production to 2,700 tonnes per day, once operating at full capacity. The mine is expected to create more than 300 jobs during its minimum 22-year lifespan.

In 2017, the Tahltan Central Government and Pretium entered into a co-operation and benefits agreement for the project. The agreement set out goals for collaboration during the permitting process, and provided financial and other benefits to the Tahltan as project milestones were reached. Pretium representatives have said that involving First Nations early in the process gave them the confidence to proceed with the project.

Under the co-operation and benefits agreement, Pretium committed to provide education and training for Tahltan citizens. They also established employment targets and ensured that Tahltan businesses will have access to contracting opportunities.

The annual payments the Tahltan Central will receive under the revenue-sharing agreement with B.C. are in addition to the benefits received under its agreement with Pretium.


Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation –

“Revenue-sharing agreements, like the one we have signed today with Tahltan Central Government, support a strong economy and share our collective wealth in ways that respect the rights of First Nations. Sharing the wealth from extraction of natural resources within First Nations territories is an important part of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, and an important part of supporting self-determining, healthy First Nations communities.”

Michelle Mungall, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources –

“As our government works for reconciliation with First Nations, economic development is key. These types of agreements set us on the right path to prosperity for all British Columbians.”

Chad Day, President, Tahltan Central Government –

“The Tahltan Central Government welcomes this agreement with the Province of British Columbia as we work to deepen our relationship, and ensure the uses of the land are consistent with the values of the Tahltan people.”

Chief Rick Mclean, Tahltan Band Council ­–

“This agreement is another step forward in our relationship with the Province, as we work to build community and ensure that our Tahltan people benefit from economic development.”

Chief Marie Quock, Iskut Band Council –

“The Tahltan people have been consistent in saying that they welcome economic development where social, cultural and environmental values are protected and enhanced. This agreement will allow us to further invest in our people’s well-being.”

Michelle Romero, executive vice-president, Pretium Resources Inc. –

“Mining companies and communities can benefit mutually from a project when their relationships are founded on good communication and understanding. Solid working relationships ensure that mining projects like Brucejack can be developed and operated sustainably and bring economic opportunity.”

Quick Facts:

  • More than $42 million in mineral tax revenue from mining has been shared with First Nations since payments began in 2013, under the Economic and Community Development Agreement program. To date, B.C. has signed 34 agreements to share mineral tax revenue with 45 First Nations, including this agreement with Tahltan, and another signed in April 2018 with the Nisga’a Lisims Government for the Brucejack Mine.
  • Tahltan Central Government is located in northern B.C., and represents the Tahltan Nation on matters of Tahltan rights and title, including the Iskut Band and Tahltan Band.
  • The Brucejack Gold Mine is located 65 kilometres north of Stewart on a parcel of land more than 122,000 hectares.

Learn More:

Tahltan Central Government:

Tahltan revenue-sharing agreement:

Economic and community development agreements:


Sarah Plank
Communications Director
Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
250 208-9621

Tahltan Central Government Office
250 771-3274


BR Trans Mountain US – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Jun 18, 2018 4:00

VANCOUVER – Indigenous protesters in Washington state are gearing up to fight the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Canada recently bought the project for 4.5 billion dollars but it doesn’t only affect Canadian waters or lands.

The expansion will increase tanker traffic seven-fold in the Salish Sea, which borders B-C and Washington.

Canada’s purchase also includes a pipeline that breaks away from the Trans Mountain line in B-C to bring crude to Washington refineries.

Many Indigenous activists in Washington trace their roots to both sides of the border and say they won’t give up until the expansion is stopped.

They call their fight against the project the Standing Rock of the north, comparing it to the fierce protests that stalled the Dakota Access Pipeline.

(The Canadian Press)


Play about mother and girl facing intergenerational trauma to premiere at Luminato festival – CBC

June 17, 2018

Anishinaabe playwright and actor wants to bring attention to cycle of trauma and addiction

One day as she was walking to school, Yolanda Bonnell came across a tiny bug trying to cross the road.

As she watched she had an epiphany related to the struggle of trying to get somewhere and also the fear of getting crushed.

“The treatment and the fear of insects compared to the treatment and fear of Indigenous People, particularly women, wasn’t lost on me,” said Bonnell.

This moment inspired her play, bug, which is set to premiere at the Luminato performing arts festival in Toronto.

The production looks to show the link between intergenerational trauma and addictions faced by Indigenous People as a result of colonization, informed by her own experiences as an Anishinaabe woman.

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Riding by Riding Analysis shows Child Poverty in Canada Knows No Boundaries

June 18, 2018

TORONTO – With Canada’s first federal Poverty Reduction Strategy expected within weeks, Campaign 2000 reveals a disturbing picture of the magnitude of child poverty in every federal riding. The ridings with the worst child poverty rates are home to the highest proportions of Indigenous and racialized people, recent immigrants and mostly mother-headed lone parent families. The report paints a stark portrait of inequality among children and recommends solutions and benchmarks necessary for the long-awaited strategy.

“Child and family poverty knows no boundaries in Canada: it is a reality in every single riding. Poverty means there are too many children suffering hunger, ill health and stress beyond their years in communities across the country,” says Anita Khanna, Campaign 2000’s National Coordinator. “Given Canada’s wealth, no child should go to bed hungry. No parent should be forced to choose between paying rent and buying medication or miss out on work or training for lack of quality affordable childcare. With every riding affected by poverty, every riding will benefit from a strong federal strategy.”

The picture that results from cross-referencing, riding by riding, child poverty with census data tells a tale of stark social exclusion. The riding with the highest child poverty rate is Churchill–Keewatinook Aski, Manitoba. Nearly two-thirds (64.2%) of children live in poverty in this northern riding, home to many First Nations. Four out of ten (40%) children live in poverty in Toronto Centre, the urban riding home to the upscale Bay Street corridor as well as large numbers of racialized people and recent immigrants.

Ridings with the highest child poverty rates have the highest unemployment and lowest labour market participation rates. They also have the highest proportion of renters and people spending more than 30% of their income on housing. The report shows how persistent discrimination and inequities underly poverty rather than mere bad luck or poor individual choice.

Campaign 2000 has called for a federal anti-poverty plan for decades. In recent years, we have welcomed important policy changes that support low income families, including the Canada Child Benefit, child care and housing investments and Canada Workers’ Benefit. There is much more to do to support children and families and to make poverty history in Canada.

“For the new PRS to deliver on its promise it must involve all three orders of government and Indigenous governments as well as the private and non-profit sectors,” says Dr. Sid Frankel, University of Manitoba. “But, the federal government must play a special leadership role. This includes intellectual and moral leadership in establishing targets and timelines and conditions for poverty reduction programs delivered by the provinces and territories to which the federal government contributes funds. The federal government must also exercise fiscal leadership in enabling provinces and territories to take bold action.”

The report calls for a legislated commitment to reduce poverty to be passed before the 2019 election. Further recommendations outline action to eradicate poverty among Indigenous people, stabilize and insure the adequacy of transfer payments, implement universal child care, implement universal drug and dental coverage, provide housing for all, improve income support programs like Employment Insurance and support for workers. The report lists clear targets and timelines to assess the strategy’s success, including calling for a halving of Canada’s child poverty rate by 2020.

“With every single federal riding in Canada home to significant numbers of children and families in poverty, all communities, all Members of Parliament and all political parties have a stake in the eradication of poverty in Canada,” Khanna adds. “The long awaited and historic Poverty Reduction Strategy must finally harness the political will, dedication and targeted investments required to ensure no child or family lives in poverty in any corner of Canada.

“After decades of waiting for federal action, the first Poverty Reduction Strategy must ensure Canada stops only tallying the number of children in poverty and starts to number poverty’s days instead.”

Trends and Background:

  • The riding by riding child poverty rates are organized in five ranges, called quintiles, each containing 67 ridings. The highest quintile comprises ridings with the highest rates of child and family poverty.
  • Child poverty rates in the highest quintile range from 22.8-64.2%. Child poverty rates in the fourth, third, second and lowest quintiles span ranges of 18.7-22.7%, 15-18.6%, 11.9-14.9% and 4.1-11.8%, respectively. The data tables can be accessed at
  • 162 out of a total of 338 federal ridings have child poverty rates at or above Canada’s national rate of 17.4%. The average rate in the highest quintile is 29.6%, representing more than 400,000 children
  • Twenty-six of the highest quintile ridings are in Ontario, half of these are within Toronto
  • The ridings with the lowest rates are still home to over 90,000 low income families and nearly 150,000 low income children.
  • Highest quintile ridings include the highest proportion of recent immigrants at an average of 15.7%. In contrast, recent immigrants constitute only an average of 5.9% of persons in lowest quintile ridings.
  • An average of 37% of people in highest quintile ridings are visible minorities. This compares with an average of 14% in the lowest quintile.
  • On average 45% of households in the highest quintile are renters as compared to an average of only 21% of those in lowest quintile
  • In Canada overall, four out of ten (40.6%) low-income children live in rural ridings.
  • Highest quintile rural ridings have higher average child poverty rates at 33%, compared with urban ridings at 28.2%.
  • The highest quintile rural ridings include 120,350 low-income children in 60,070 families. Provinces with the largest number of highest quintile rural ridings are Nova Scotia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, with four each. Of the rest, two are in British Columbia, while New Brunswick, Ontario, Alberta and Nunavut account for one each.
  • On average, one quarter (24.8%) of residents in highest quintile rural ridings indicate Aboriginal identity as compared to 2.6% in urban ridings.
  • Rural ridings have an average unemployment rate of 11.1% and an average participation rate of 60.7%. In urban ridings, comparable rates were 9.1% and 63.4%, respectively.

Campaign 2000 is a non-partisan, cross-Canada network of 120 national, provincial and community partner organizations committed to working to end child and family poverty that is hosted by Family Service Toronto. For all of Campaign 2000’ 2017 report cards, visit



Anita Khanna – National Coordinator, Campaign 2000, 416-788-3439 (cell),

Liyu Guo – Campaign 2000, 416-595-9230, ext. 244 (office) or 416-624-1885 (cell),

Francophone spokespeople available upon request; Regional media spokespeople from various provinces are available to comment upon request.


FNLC Statement on contracted Residential agencies for Children and Youth in Care

June 15, 2018

Coast Salish Traditional Territory/Vancouver: The First Nations Leadership Council is outraged at the continued risk that Indigenous youth in government care experience in government contracted residential agencies.

The First Nations Leadership Council has learned that Indigenous youth in government care continue to be put at risk by the Ministry of Children and Family Development failing to monitor and ensure simple administrative tasks such as criminal records checks are completed for staff working with our most vulnerable youth at contracted residential agencies.

Cheryl Casimer, First Nations Summit Political Executive, stated “We will not stand by and watch while one more of our youth are harmed or die while in government care. The system doesn’t work for us and we continue to advocate for a First Nations child and family well-being system that is based on self-determination and is fully funded and resourced.”

British Columbia’s Representative for Children and Youth announced yesterday that yet another contracted residential agency in the Lower Mainland was closed in May of this year due to several serious concerns related to staff who have gang-affiliations and drug use between staff and youth, including offering youth cocaine. Because of this closure 18 youth, youth who have likely experienced trauma and many moves, have had to be removed and placed in yet another resource. Of those 18 youth, 14 are Indigenous, another unacceptable over -representation of our youth in the broken child welfare system. Over the last number of years and 3 contracted residential agency closures, a disproportionate number of the 70 impacted youth have been Indigenous.

There has been no investment in First Nations residential services, despite these outrageous statistics. The First Nations Leadership Council expects this to change as soon as possible.

Chief Judy Wilson, Secretary-Treasurer of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, stated “We are outraged that the Province was aware of these issues for a number of years and our youth continued to be exposed to unacceptable and avoidable risk. This must be addressed immediately. The province must have accountability in its actions.”

The RCY released the report, Broken Promises, Alex’s Story in 2017. That report detailed the tragic circumstances of a suicide of an Indigenous young man who had been placed in a contracted residential agency where unqualified and inexperienced staff exposed him to an intolerable level of risk. At that time the RCY made recommendations that included ensuring ALL contracted residential agency staff have a completed criminal record check. As reported by the RCY, less than half of BC’s contracted residential agencies have complied with that recommendation.

BCAFN Regional Chief Terry Teegee stated, “Removing our children from their families and communities in the name of safety and then exposing them to further harm in these contracted residential agencies is unacceptable and must stop now.”

This situation cannot and must not continue. Removing an Indigenous child from his family, community and culture is a significant trauma and done with the premise of safety. The young man in Alex’s Story did not experience safety while in government care and now yet another contracted agency was unable to provide a safe environment for our youth.

The First Nations Leadership Council is asking Minister Conroy to provide a clear plan that outlines how they will ensure our youth are not continued to be placed in sub-standard contracted resources with staff who have criminal backgrounds, little to no training and expose youth to high-risk activities, including drug use. We will not stand for one more of our youth experiencing any further risk while “in care” of government.


The First Nations Leadership Council is comprised of the political executives of the BC Assembly of First Nations, First Nations Summit, and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.

For further comment please contact:

Regional Chief Terry Teegee, BC AFN:250-981-2151
Cheryl Casimer, First Nations Summit Political Executive:778-875-2157
Chief Judy Wilson, Secretary-Treasurer, Union of BC Indian Chiefs: 250-320-7738


Expiring fish farm tenures could go month to month: Marine Harvest – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Jun 18, 2018 4:00

By Amy Smart


VANCOUVER _ Twenty contentious salmon farms will remain in the troubled waters of the Broughton Archipelago for at least another two months.

While some may be expecting the provincial government to either expel the farms or grant them permission to stay, when their tenures expire on Wednesday, the company that owns them said it’s likely they’ll continue operating on a month-to-month basis.

Marine Harvest Canada spokesman Jeremy Dunn said the Land Act requires the government to give the company 60 days notice if it plans to evict the farms, which it has not yet done.

“It’s quite common for tenures that require a lot of consultation _ and these do because of the multiple First Nations claims _ to go into the month-to-month provision in the Land Act after the term expires. Whether it’s these tenures or shellfish tenures or docks, if there’s a lot of consultation required, it’s common that they go past the term,” Dunn said.

That’s what happened the last time these same tenures expired, he said. One by one, the tenures expired over the course of about five years and then the province renewed them all together.

“This is why we have so many up for renewal at the same time,” Dunn said.

Opponents to open-net pen fish farms have hosted protests and occupations on some of the farms, which they say pose a threat to already-threatened wild salmon stocks by spreading viruses, diseases and sea lice.

Many are Indigenous leaders who say the farms are operating in their traditional territories without the nations’ permission.

Last week, Premier John Horgan announced the formation of a 14-member advisory council to develop plans to restore and protect B.C.’s wild salmon stocks.

Horgan said the government will soon have further comment on the future of the farm tenures that are due to expire Wednesday.

Last fall, Horgan travelled with Agriculture Minister Lana Popham and other cabinet ministers to meet with Indigenous leaders in Alert Bay to discuss the issue. Since then, Horgan said they have been engaged in negotiations and discussions on a nation-to-nation basis.

“Those discussions continue and Lana will have more to say on that in the days ahead,” he said.


Government of Canada working with the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation to improve access to drinking water on reserve

June 18, 2018 – Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation, ON – Indigenous Services Canada

Everyone in Canada deserves access to safe, clean, and reliable drinking water.

Today, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, and Chief Don Maracle of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation announced that work on an 800-metre water main extension project is now underway in the community.

The extension continues the work needed to increase access to clean, treated drinking water in homes and buildings on reserve. In 2016 a new water treatment plant was constructed that distributes water to 67 homes and nine community facilities, as well as the installation of cisterns and fill stations. The federal government contributed approximately $27.6 million to this project, in addition to the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation’s contribution of approximately $3.3 million.

The water main extension will expand the distribution of treated drinking water to the Mohawk Community Centre, fire hall, home-support building, the Orange Lodge and four residential homes as part of a multi-phased approach to addressing long-term drinking water advisories in the community. Indigenous Services Canada is contributing $845,561 towards the cost of the water main extension. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.


“Everyone deserves access to clean, reliable drinking water. Our government is proud to partner with the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation to expand their water system. I commend Chief Maracle and Council for their efforts in improving water distribution that will carry many benefits for their community”

The Honourable Jane Philpott, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Indigenous Services

“Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation has had drinking water issues for quite some time, and we are pleased that funding has finally been approved for the extension of the water main. We are pleased to see the Government’s commitment to eliminating all First Nation drinking water advisories in action in our community.”

Chief R. Don Maracle
Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation

“I have known Chief Maracle and my neighbours among the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte for over twenty years, and I have been proud to stand with them to protect the safety of our whole community’s water. Today, I once again applaud Chief Maracle and Council for being such strong and steadfast advocates on behalf of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte. Their hard work and advocacy is continuously moving the bar forward. Likewise, I am very proud of our government for making historic investments to improve drinking water on First Nations reserves, and today’s announcement is an important local component of that commitment.”

Mike Bossio, MP Hastings
Member of Parliament, Lennox and Addington

Quick facts

  • Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation is located approximately 10 kilometres east of Belleville and west of Deseronto, and has approximately 9,850 members.

Associated links


Rachel Rappaport
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Jane Philpott
Minister of Indigenous Services

Media Relations
Indigenous Services Canada


Government of Canada funds project with International Union of Operating Engineers Local 115 to help apprentices in Burnaby

June 16, 2018            Burnaby, British Columbia       Employment and Social Development Canada

Canada’s changing economy and investments in infrastructure make skills training critical to our future. Union-based skills training is a key element to achieving the Government’s commitment to get more people working in the skilled trades while also reducing barriers for apprentices to complete their training.

That’s why today, the Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Vancouver South, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced a project that will invest in training equipment and materials to help apprentices get the skills they need to succeed. This project is funded under the Union Training and Innovation Program (UTIP).

The Government of Canada will provide over $575,000 over three years in the IUOE-TA Indigenous Training Partnerships Project, delivered by the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 115 Training Association. The organization will purchase equipment that will help participants as they develop their skills to help them get jobs in the Mobile Crane Operator and Heavy Equipment Operator Red Seal trades.

As a result of this project, which is being funded under Stream 1 of the UTIP, apprentices will get the chance to use high-quality equipment to develop improved skills and progress through their training. This practical experience will help apprentices, including Indigenous people and women succeed as they enter the workforce in their Red Seal trade.

To further help key groups facing barriers in the trades, Budget 2018 announced three new initiatives:

  • $46 million over five years, starting in 2018–19, with $10 million per year ongoing, for a new Pre-Apprenticeship Program;
  • $19.9 million over five years, starting in 2018–19, to support an Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women, a five-year pilot project where women in male-dominated Red Seal trades would receive a new grant of $3,000 for each of their first two years of training. This, in combination with the existing Apprenticeship Completion Grant valued at $2,000, will result in a total of $8,000 in support over the course of their training; and
  • $10 million over three years, starting in 2018–19, for the new Women in Construction Fund which will build on existing models that have proven to be effective in attracting women to the trades. These models provide supports such as mentoring, coaching and tailored supports that help women progress through their training and find and retain jobs in the trades.

As Canada’s economy continues to grow and create good, well-paying jobs, the Government will ensure that all Canadians share in and benefit from this success.


“Canada’s future success depends on building an economy that is as inclusive as it is innovative. Our government is proud of this project that will help apprentices in Burnaby, and especially those who face additional barriers to participate and succeed in the skilled trades, start exciting and well-paying careers in the trades.”
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

“The Union Training and Innovation Program will help new generations of workers benefit from the mentorship and training that unions are so well-equipped to offer. Through this project in Burnaby, our government is building stronger communities and strengthening the middle class.”
– The Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Vancouver South

“Through its financial support for the IUOE Training Association, the Government of Canada has shown that it recognizes the value of trades training. The new crane and excavator will provide our students with the best in hands-on experience. This equipment will ensure a training focus on safety and quality, and help us to build a skilled and inclusive workforce for the future.”
– Brian Cochrane, Business Manager, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 115

Quick facts

  • The UTIP was launched in 2017–18 with initial funding of $10 million and $25 million annually.
  • The Government of Canada also provides a range of supports to apprentices to help them complete their training and become certified. These include grants, loans and tax credits and Employment Insurance supports during technical training.
  • Between January 2015 and May 2018, more than 58,000 Canada Apprentice Loans totaling over $224 million have been provided to apprentices.
  • Since the introduction of the Apprenticeship Grants program, more than 774,000 grants have been issued to apprentices, representing over $993 million in funding. As of June 2018, more than 555,000 Apprentice Incentive Grants have been issued, representing over $555 million in funding, and more than 219,000 Apprentice Completion Grants have been issued, representing $438 million in funding to apprentices.

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Associated links


Véronique Simard
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada


Collection featuring Group of Seven paintings donated to University of Lethbridge – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Jun 18, 2018 4:00

By Bill Graveland


LETHBRIDGE, Alta. _ Margaret (Marmie) Perkins Hess spent a lifetime following her passion.

A lifelong educator and art collector, the Order of Canada recipient bequeathed a collection worth as much as $5 million to the University of Lethbridge following her death at age 100 in 2016.

The University of Lethbridge Art Gallery received word last year that Hess had donated her vast collection, which includes works from some of the most well-known artists in Canada and from around the world.

University president Mike Mahon knew Hess for eight years prior to her death. He said she created a masters-level scholarship for students at the university and her generosity was well known.

“I’ve seen her generosity in spirit, in volunteerism and in funds over the course of her life,” Mahon said

“I knew she had an amazing art collection partly because when I would have a cup of tea in her living room you’d be surrounded by the Group of Seven and Emily Carr and others hanging on the wall or stacked against a chair.

“She had art everywhere.”

The gallery at the University of Lethbridge, now renamed in her honour, has on display 112 of the 1,140 pieces she donated.

“It’s really exciting. I couldn’t possibly choose a favourite. It was hard enough to come up with a selection out of the gift to show this summer,” said assistant curator David Smith.

“What I’ve tried to do is replicate the areas of strength in her collection. More than half of her collection was work by Indigenous artists so more than half the works in this show are Indigenous artists,” he added.

“There’s a selection of Group of Seven works with Tom Thomson and an Emily Carr piece. They’re really great pieces. The Thomson is particularly exciting. A recent guesstimate says there are only about 75 of those panel sketches left in private hands.”

There are about 15 Group of Seven paintings safely behind Plexiglas.

Smith said the remainder of the collection will be displayed in years to come.

Hess, who was the daughter of a lumber magnate, never married and spent her life collecting art and lecturing on it.

She received a doctorate of fine arts from the University of Lethbridge and at one point was a member of the university senate.

“She was very close with A.Y. Jackson. He used to come and stay with her and visit her at her ranch near Cochrane. She’d drive him around to the best spots and they had a really great, lifelong friendship there.”

Also on display until Sept. 7 is an original sketch by Henri Matisse, a print by Pablo Picasso and the art of prominent Indigenous artists, including Alex Janvier, Bill Reid, Tony Hunt, Jessie Oonark and Helen Kalvak.

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BR Child Poverty – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Jun 18, 2018 2:30

OTTAWA – A new report says 40 per cent of the children in Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s downtown Toronto riding are living in poverty.

The report, released today by the anti-poverty advocacy group Campaign 2000, tracks child poverty rates in all 338 federal ridings — and Morneau’s numbers are among the highest.

The Trudeau Liberals have promised to create a poverty reduction strategy before next year’s federal election, and Campaign 2000 says it hopes its report will help prod the government to keep that promise.

The latest census found that 17 per cent of children 17 and under were living in low income, or about 1.2 million children overall.

Campaign 2000 is urging Ottawa to cut that number in half over the next five years.

Their report says the ridings with the highest child poverty rates are home to large numbers visible minorities and recent immigrants, lone parent families and Indigenous Peoples.

Topping the list is the northern Manitoba riding of Churchill-Keewatinook Aski where 64.2 per cent of the children reportedly live in poverty.

Quebec, meanwhile, had nine of the 10 ridings with the lowest levels of child poverty, ranging from 4.1 to 6.3 per cent.

(The Canadian Press)


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