Canada’s Laws Must Respect First Nations Rights: AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde on Supreme Court of Canada Decision on Mikisew

Canada’s Laws Must Respect First Nations Rights: AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde on Supreme Court of Canada Decision on Mikisew

October 19, 2018

(Ottawa, ON) – Following today’s decision by the Supreme Court of Canada regarding Mikisew Cree First Nation stating that the federal government does not need to consult with First Nations prior to tabling legislation, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde says Canada still has a duty to ensure its laws respect and honour First Nations rights and title.

“Today’s decision is disappointing, but it does reaffirm the federal government’s duty to uphold the Honour of the Crown, and that means respecting First Nations rights in any legislation,” said AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde.  “This case is the result of misguided attempts by the previous federal government to override our rights. The court itself says any legislation that does not respect First Nations rights or meet the Crown’s obligations can be challenged.  First Nations are up for the challenge when these obligations aren’t met, but it shouldn’t have to get to that.  With full and meaningful engagement with First Nations at the outset of any initiative that could impact rights or our territories, we can and will produce better results and avoid costly, lengthy legal challenges.”

The 78 page judgment in the case of Chief Steve Courtoreille on behalf of himself and the members of the Mikisew Cree First Nation v. Governor General in Council et al., SCc 37441 was released this morning.

“First Nations are rights holders, not stake holders, and I lift up the Mikisew Cree for their fortitude and fully support them and all First Nations in asserting rights,” said National Chief Perry Bellegarde.  “The federal government has pledged to honour First Nations’ inherent rights and Treaty rights and to work with us to implement the UN Declaration, and I will continue to hold them to this standard. I will continue to push for a full review of all federal laws and policies to ensure that First Nations rights are reflected and respected.”

The Courtoreille/Mikisew Cree Nation case deals with Canada’s duty to consult with First Nations before introducing legislation. It arose in 2012 when the Minister of Finance introduced two omnibus bills that amended Canada’s environmental protection and regulatory legislative scheme. In 2013, Mikisew Cree First Nation, under Chief Steve Courtoreille, filed a judicial review application on the basis that Canada did not consult the Mikisew Cree First Nation on these changes which had potential to impact Mikisew’s Treaty rights. Canada does have an established duty to consult and accommodate when Indigenous rights and Treaties are affected. The issue in this case if that duty applies to the legislative process.

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The University of Sudbury celebrates Indigenous recipients of substantial scholarships

During a ceremony held at the University of Sudbury on Thursday, October 18th at 10 a.m., three Indigenous students were recognized and were officially awarded their substantial scholarships.

A total sum of $18,000 was recently awarded in scholarships to deserving students of the Indigenous Studies program at the University of Sudbury. The recipients recognized this year were: Erin Fairbairn, who received the continuing $7,000 Dr. Constance Elaine Jayne Williams and Charles L. Williams Educational Trust Scholarship; Bneshiinh McLeod, who received the $4,000 Maple Grove United Church Scholarship; and Sonnie Debassige, who received the continuing $7,000 Rotary Aboriginal Scholarship Fund.

Erin Fairbairn is from Wikemikong Unceded Indian Reserve. She is a full-time student currently in her third year of the Indigenous Studies program, while concurrently working towards her Bachelor of Education. Working hard at balancing academics and her home life, as she has a family of her own, Erin says that she has dreamt of becoming a teacher of Indigenous Studies for as long as she can remember and that she looks forward to doing her part in the decolonization of education

Bneshiinh McLeod is an Anishinaabekwe from Mississauga First Nation, and a full-time student working towards a Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies. She is currently the Vice-President of the Indigenous Students Circle, where she provides outreach and support to the Indigenous student population of the Laurentian Federation.

Sonnie Debassige, from M’Chigeeng First Nation, is a full-time student who is also working towards a Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies and hopes to pursue her studies in that field at the doctoral level. Sonnie is very involved in offering cultural teachings within the Laurentian Federation, which she indicates can contribute to the reconciliation efforts.

The University is pleased to be able to offer such scholarships with the help of its donors, to assist these dedicated individuals in their studies and help foster their success as they continue their academic journeys and careers. We extend our most sincere congratulations to these recipients, who will surely use their knowledge and experience to make a difference.

About the Maple Grove United Church Scholarship
The Maple Grove United Church Scholarship was established in 2014 to assist Indigenous students in meeting their financial needs during the course of their full-time studies within the Laurentian Federation.

About the Dr. Constance Elaine Jayne Williams and Charles L. Williams Educational Trust Scholarship
Established in 2017, this scholarship is awarded to an Indigenous student pursuing full-time studies in the Indigenous Studies program at the University of Sudbury, from any of the following Ojibway bands: M’Chigeeng First Nation, Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation, Wikemikong Unceded Indian Reserve, Sheguiandah First Nation, Sheshegwaning First Nation. This is a continuing scholarship, meaning that the recipients will continue to receive the annual amount until completion of their degree, as long as they continue to meet the requirements and remain in good academic standing.

About the Rotary Aboriginal Scholarship Fund
Established in 2016, the Rotary Indigenous Scholarship was established at the University of Sudbury due to the generous donation of the Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar. This scholarship is meant to assist Indigenous students in meeting their financial needs during the course of their full-time studies within the Laurentian Federation. This is a continuing scholarship, meaning that the recipients will continue to receive the annual amount until completion of their degree, as long as they continue to meet the requirements and remain in good academic standing.


Confederation College Unlocks the Future of Technology, Education and Collaboration with TEC Hub Grand Opening

THUNDER BAY, ON, October 19, 2018 – Confederation College was proud to celebrate the Grand Opening of its new Technology, Education and Collaboration (TEC) Hub Friday, unlocking endless possibilities for students and the region.

The 45,000 square foot facility, an extension of the College’s McIntyre Building, will have an immediate impact on the region and will contribute to the development of a skilled, employment-ready technology and trades workforce for northwestern Ontario. It will also host vibrant research, incubation and technology transfer services to support the region’s advanced manufacturing, technology and resource sectors. The facility includes three main clusters: industry skills and sustainability instruction, advanced manufacturing technology, and innovation and incubation.

Since the beginning of the academic term in September, the TEC Hub has been supporting the College’s engineering technology programs and welcomed the Aerospace Manufacturing program, formerly located within the school’s Aviation Centre of Excellence. The new facility will also provide pathways for skilled trades programming, specifically for Indigenous learners. All of this will lead to the ability to support more students through learning and will open the door for new programming to be developed as industry needs continue to evolve.

The TEC Hub will also create important opportunities for collaboration, inviting community partners to participate in research and development, and offering space for regional groups and individuals to pursue their own projects. Fostering innovation and entrepreneurship are a cornerstone of the new facility.

The design-build contract for the TEC Hub was awarded to a joint venture between Penn-Co Construction Canada (2003) Limited (build) and Stantec Architecture Limited (design). Colliers Project Leaders was hired by the College to lead project management.

The $19 million project was funded by the Government of Canada through the Strategic Investment Fund, the Province of Ontario, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) and Confederation College.


“We are pleased to celebrate in the TEC Hub’s completion with our many project partners and supporters. The facility significantly expands our capacity to support our students and programming, in turn supporting the workforce needs of the region. With this facility, we are well positioned to improve our current programs, explore new partnerships and develop new opportunities to contribute to the advancement of the manufacturing, technology and resource sectors in northwestern Ontario.”

– Kathleen Lynch, President, Confederation College

“This historic investment by the Government of Canada is a down payment on the government’s vision to position Canada as a global centre for innovation. This means making Canada a world leader in turning ideas into solutions, science into technologies, skills into jobs and start-up companies into global successes.”

– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

“The TEC Hub will be an incredible example of what we are able to achieve when we work together. The new facility ensures our region will be a leader in innovation, offering students access to new equipment, new partnerships and new ideas. Congratulations to Confederation College on this monumental day.”

– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, and MP Thunder Bay-Superior North

“Huge congratulations are in order for Confederation College and all the partners that came together to make the TEC Hub happen. This centre will be an excellent addition to the school, as well as the innovation, entrepreneurship and trades sectors of northwestern Ontario. Northwestern Ontario is a hub for innovation, and it is innovative projects like this that make this a reality. I look forward to seeing the wonderful things the TEC Hub will bring to our region!”

– Don Rusnak, MP Thunder Bay-Rainy River

“This new facility is not only a welcome addition to Confederation College, but it is a great asset for the Thunder Bay region and greater Northwestern Ontario. Through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund, Ontario’s government for the people is proud to support this project, to better equip Northwestern Ontario with the tools to offer world-class education and create jobs in the region. I am glad to celebrate continued growth in Northwestern Ontario and congratulate Confederation College on the grand opening of the TEC Hub.”

– The Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, and Chair of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC)

“I am delighted to celebrate the grand opening of The Technology, Education and Collaboration (TEC) Hub. This project is instrumental in providing meaningful support to students in the advancing technology and trade sector. I am very proud to have supported Confederation College in securing $7 million in the 2016 Provincial Budget and an additional $2 million thanks to the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund.”

– Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North

“Congratulations to Confederation College on the creation of The Technology, Education and Collaboration Hub here in Thunder Bay! It will create opportunities and contribute to the development of a skilled, employment ready technology and trades workforce, for our community and region. I believe we are on the cusp of great opportunities and growth here in Northwestern Ontario, and this facility will help ensure we are equipped with the people to make that happen.”

– Judith Monteith-Farrell, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan

“On behalf of the City of Thunder Bay and the Thunder Bay CEDC, I would like to offer congratulations to everyone who has worked tirelessly in support of making the TEC Hub a reality. This facility significantly expands our capacity to support students and programming, and in turn, support the workforce needs of our region. This new space will also invite collaboration with the community and foster innovation and entrepreneurship. We are so excited to see the design of a facility that is built to develop and support the future we all want to see!”

– Iain Angus, Acting Mayor, City of Thunder Bay and Representative for the Thunder Bay CEDC


Confederation College has been serving the citizens of northwestern Ontario since 1967 meeting the educational needs of students in a catchment area of some 550,000 square kilometres. Along with its main campus in Thunder Bay, Confederation College has eight regional sites located in Dryden, Fort Frances, Geraldton, Kenora, Marathon, Sioux Lookout, Red Lake and Wawa.

Confederation College delivers exceptional education and training to an average of 6,500 combined full- and part-time students per year and currently has a total of 850 full- and part-time employees. Confederation’s regional economic impact and contribution is valued at $643.4 million annually.

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The Government of Canada marks the 20th anniversary of Aboriginal Head Start on Reserve program

From: Indigenous Services Canada

October 19, 2018 — Ottawa, ON — Indigenous Services Canada

October 19 marks the 20th anniversary of the Aboriginal Head Start on Reserve (AHSOR) program. For two decades, AHSOR has touched the lives of First Nations children on reserve and their families through providing enriching, early-learning environments focused on cultivating a strong sense of identity and belonging.

AHSOR’s programming is designed to serve the learning and developmental needs of First Nations children from birth to 6 years of age. AHSOR’s model integrates traditional activities identified by communities alongside the promotion of Indigenous languages and cultures. In addition, the program’s holistic approach encourages First Nations parents, families and community members to play an important role, while building on relationships with other community-based programs and services to ensure that First Nations children get the best care throughout their development.

Evidence from the First Nations Regional Longitudinal Health Survey suggests that AHSOR’s approach helps to instill a strong sense of cultural identity that will follow children throughout their lives, while also having a positive impact on the broader promotion of Indigenous languages and cultures. For example, a significantly higher percentage of children who had attended AHSOR had some knowledge of a First Nations language, and were more likely to take part in traditional activities, such as singing, drumming and dancing, than those who did not attend the program.

The Government of Canada provides more than $48 million annually to support AHSOR programs across the country. In Budget 2016, investments in Early Learning and Child Care helped support repairs and renovations of facilities, as well as build further capacity in existing Indigenous early learning and child care services.


“For two decades, AHSOR has provided First Nations children and their families with high-quality early learning experiences focused on building pride and a strong sense of identity. AHSOR helps children learn and retain their First Nations languages, as well as develop meaningful connections to their culture that stay with them throughout their lives. Thank you to everyone who has helped make AHSOR a success.”

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

Quick facts

  • Language, culture and learning are crucial elements of early childhood development and have an important impact on Indigenous children throughout their lives. AHSOR provides culture and language services and supports that allow children to develop a strong sense of identity, and helps them to learn and retain their First Nations languages.
  • Evidence from the First Nations Regional Longitudinal Health Survey suggests that AHSOR has a positive impact on the promotion of Indigenous languages and cultures. For example, a significantly higher percentage of children who had attended AHSOR had some knowledge of a First Nations language, and a significantly higher percentage of children who had attended AHSOR took part in traditional activities, such as singing, drumming and dancing, outside of school hours at least once a week, compared to those who never attended AHSOR. Having a strong sense of cultural identity has been shown to positively influence outcomes for Indigenous youth.
  • The Government of Canada provides more than $48 million annually for the AHSOR program to offer services across the country. In the 2015-16 reporting year, more than 14,000 First Nations children on reserve across Canada were served by AHSOR.
  • Through Budget 2016 Early Learning and Child Care investments, the Government of Canada provided $12.8M in 2016-17 and $38.4M in 2017-18 for urgent repairs and renovations of the facilities used by the AHSOR program and to build capacity in existing Indigenous early learning and child care services.
  • An Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework was announced on September 17, 2018. This Framework was co-developed with Indigenous partners.

Associated links


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

Media Relations
Indigenous Services Canada


Alberta Justice adding $4.5 million for services, tools to aid victims of crime – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Oct 19, 2018

CALGARY _ Alberta is adding another $4.5 million to its victims of crime fund.

Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley says the money will go to a number of initiatives, including $1.1 million to help police help victims.

The money, spread out over the next three fiscal years, will go to victim service units in Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

The units help victims cope as their cases move from the investigation phase to court.

There will also be more money to support victims of domestic violence, with details to be announced in the coming months.

Funds will also be used to help indigenous communities, pay for restorative justice measures and buy tools to aid victims in court, such as screens and closed-circuit TV upgrades.

Ganley said funding for the services has been flat for years.

“Helping victims in their darkest days is meaningful and important work,” Ganley said Friday.

“The government’s role is to support these organizations to ensure that they can do this work.”


Bodies of 3 men recovered on Lake of the Woods – CTV

October 19, 2018

Ontario Provincial Police said the bodies of three men from Big Grassy First Nation, Ont. were recovered this week on Lake of the Woods after a boat capsized near Manitou Island.

The men were reported missing at 8:45 p.m. Monday, police said, and investigators found out the boat had capsized but the men had not resurfaced.

Two of the men were found Tuesday, OPP said, and the third on Thursday. They’ve been identified as John Copenace, 50, Bluebird Major, 19, and Marshall Morrison, 42.

Police encourage boaters to wear life jackets and remind members of the public that Ontario law requires personal floatation devices must be readily available to all people on boats, adding “the weather can turn in a matter of minutes.”

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First Sixties Scoop sharing circle a success: Doucette – MBC Network Radio Online

Oct 19, 2018

Survivors of the Sixties Scoop adoption process will be gathering for the second time in North Battleford for a sharing circle.

Robert Doucette of the Sixties Scoop Indigenous Society of Saskatchewan says the first event in Meadow Lake a success, as it allowed some survivors for the first time to share their experience of the adoption process.

“This sharing circle, this first one, was the first opportunity for Sixties Scoop survivors to show up, to tell their story, to have somebody listen and at some point act on what they are actually saying to the participants in the sharing circle,” Doucette said. “With a lot of the stories being shared they’re [survivors] not alone. The path that they have journeyed and the common experiences that they have are a lot of the same experiences that most of the other survivors have experienced in their lifetime.”

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Jordan’s Principle: Supporting First Nations children living off reserve in Manitoba

Treaty One Territory, MB – Today Grand Chief Arlen Dumas of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) and Robert Falcon-Ouellette, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre, announced $1,187,715 in funding for 2018-2019. The funds support Jordan’s Principle for First Nations children living off reserve.

The AMC is administering the funds for programming, a project coordinator, and respite workers. Programming support delivered to off-reserve residents includes dental, medical appointments, therapy programs, and respite support to families with children ages 0 to 21.

Jordan’s Principle is a child-first principle named in memory of Jordan River Anderson. Jordan was a First Nations child from Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba. Born with complex medical needs, Jordan spent more than two years unnecessarily in hospital while the Province of Manitoba and the federal government argued over who should pay for his care at home. Jordan died in the hospital at the age of five, never having spent a day in his family home.

“Jordan’s story is tragic. He should have received the care that was his Treaty right. Children are at the center of our communities and they deserve the best,” said Grand Chief Arlen Dumas. “It really shouldn’t matter what health issue a child is living with. Jordan’s Principle is a law that works to support First Nations children in accessing the services they need.”

Jordan’s Principle for children living off reserve is delivered through the AMC’s EAGLE Urban Transition Centre (EUTC) in Winnipeg. It supports families in caring for their children in a way that promotes family unity and community strength. The Centre provides individualized support services through a tri-level delivery model that is child-centered, family focused, and community-based. The EUTC coordinates and directly funds all off-reserve short-term respite and other activities in partnership with off-reserve Tribal Council case managers.

“First Nations families have struggled to access services for their children for far too long. Jordan River Anderson is an inspiration and we honour him at the AMC by helping as many children as we can. Our staff put their hearts into advocating for First Nations children and families every day. I acknowledge the First Nations and Tribal Councils throughout Manitoba for providing advocacy and respite support to ensure children and families have timely access to services.”

First Nations families living off reserve in Manitoba can access Jordan’s Principle through the EUTC by calling 1.844.622.4433 or emailing


Call for better trained social workers in report on dead Manitoba teen – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Oct 19, 2018 

By Steve Lambert


WINNIPEG _ An Indigenous teen who struggled with addiction and died in 2016 did not get the help he needed from social workers, school officials and others, Manitoba’s advocate for children and youth said Friday.

The 17-year-old, who is not identified in Daphne Penrose’s 104-page report, was repeatedly let down in efforts to curb his drinking and drug use, and was left in unsafe homes by social workers who should have known better, she said.

“His story is not uncommon. He was a young Indigenous youth who lived in a First Nations community and the service equity wasn’t there,” said Penrose, an independent officer of the Manitoba legislature.

The boy had a happy childhood by all accounts, her report says, but started having trouble when he found out his father was not his biological parent. He started acting out at his high school, started drinking and doing drugs and pleaded guilty to setting a fire at his school when he was 14.

Even before the arson, the school reacted to the boy’s problems by repeatedly suspending him.

“It is important for schools to employ alternatives to school suspensions whenever possible since … excluding youth from school can increase their risk of experiencing negative outcomes,” the report states.

The boy opened up about his addiction and suicidal thoughts to an addictions counsellor based in the school, the report adds, but his parents were never brought in and appeared to be unaware of the depths of his despair.

Manitoba’s troubled child-welfare system also let the boy down, Penrose said. Social workers failed to properly assess a home where the boy was staying as unsafe. One agency worker wrote that the boy’s dad was abusive, but there was no followup.

Later, the boy stayed at a home where a woman was on probation for a firearms-related offence, but the local child and family services agency approved of the living arrangement anyway.

“It came back as high risk and they did not appear to do anything to follow up to mitigate that risk,” Penrose said.

At 16, the boy was couch-surfing and was at one point placed overnight in an acute mental-health facility for his suicidal thoughts. He checked out the next day and there was limited assessment of his condition, Penrose said.

Her call for better training of social workers echo concerns raised at a public inquiry into the death of Phoenix Sinclair in 2005. The girl was beaten to death by her mother and mother’s boyfriend after she repeatedly fell through the cracks of the child-welfare system.

Social workers often lost track of Phoenix, closed her file without seeing her, and were unaware that her mother’s boyfriend had a long history of domestic violence.

Friday’s report is a first for Penrose. Until recently, she was not allowed to publicly release her investigations into individual cases. She was also recently given expanded powers to look beyond child welfare and examine schools, the justice system and other areas.

In the coming months, Penrose hopes to complete her investigation into the case of Tina Fontaine, a 15-year-old girl whose body was pulled from the Red River in 2014. Tina had walked away from a hotel where social workers had placed her. The man charged in her death, Raymond Cormier, was found not guilty earlier this year.


Mikisew Group of Companies now a CCAB Patron Member

Mikisew Group of Companies now a CCAB Patron Member

Toronto, ON – October 18, 2018 – The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) is pleased to announce the Mikisew Group of Companies has become a Patron Member.

“Mikisew Group of Companies is both honored and proud to become a Patron Member of the CCAB. Our goals and objectives as an Aboriginal business align with the vision and values of CCAB. I’m fully confident that the success of our company will continue to prosper through the support of CCAB. We’re committed to developing sustainable and long-lasting business relations across Canada and becoming a Patron Member allows us to develop and maintain partnerships that will strengthen our community and Country both socially and economically,” said Edward Courteoreille, CEO, Mikisew Group of Companies.

CCAB Patrons represent the innovators who have made the highest commitment to bridging gaps between Aboriginal– owned businesses, Aboriginal Economic Development Corporations, and corporate Canada.

“We’re honoured and excited to welcome the Mikisew Group of Companies as a Patron Member,” says JP Gladu, CCAB’s president and CEO. “This is a significant commitment to our organization as well as to Aboriginal businesses from coast-to-coast-to-coast.”


About CCAB

CCAB is committed to the full participation of Indigenous peoples in Canada’s economy. A national, non-partisan association, CCAB offers knowledge, resources and programs to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal owned companies that foster economic opportunities for Indigenous peoples and businesses across Canada.

About Mikisew Group of Companies

Mikisew Group of Companies is the owned economic development arm of the Mikisew Cree First Nation. The Mikisew Cree First Nation is a First Nation in Northeastern Alberta with approximate membership of 3,000 individuals predominantly residing in Fort Chipewyan, Fort McMurray and Edmonton. The Mikisew Group of Companies is comprised of two main operating entities (wholly owned) and 11 limited partnerships (majority owned) servicing the Alberta oil sands in various industries including site services, fleet maintenance, transportation services, emergency medical response and fire response, camp and catering services, construction services, structural steel, electrical and instrumentation services, aerodrome handling and facilities maintenance. For more information, please visit

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Xposure PR
905 339 6668

In Canada, more than a million people have donned a piece of moose hide to stamp out violence against women – National Observer

October 19th 2018

Hundreds of people gathered on a cold, crisp Thursday in Ottawa to honour a national movement against violence towards Indigenous and non-Indigenous women and children.

The third national gathering of the Moose Hide Campaign included a day of fasting, workshops and speeches, a “walk to end violence” to Parliament Hill and in the evening, a ceremony and community feast.

The campaign is named from a small square of moose hide that adherents pin to their clothing to signal a commitment to stamp out violence and show respect and honour for women and children.

It’s not just about being a non-abuser: it’s about going beyond that, speaking up, taking action and holding each other accountable.

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AB Government: Improving support for victims of crime

October 19, 2018

The Alberta government is ensuring victims of crime have the help they need with a five-point plan that will strengthen support for victims.

An additional $4.5 million in available money from the Victims of Crime Fund will improve the scope and quality of programs for victims of crime in five key areas. The increase in available funding will go towards police-based victim services units, support for domestic violence survivors, help for victims in court, restorative justice initiatives and expanding outreach services for Indigenous victims.

“Albertans affected by crime deserve to feel supported and respected during an incredibly difficult time. These funds will ensure programs and services can continue to support victims of crime when and where they need it. I commend the staff and volunteers who do this important work day in and day out.”

Kathleen Ganley, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General

Victim service units work across Alberta supporting victims of crime during police investigations and throughout the criminal justice process. Available funding will nearly double for police-based victim services units in seven municipalities – Edmonton, Calgary, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Red Deer, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat.

“This new funding announcement will have a huge, positive impact on the lives of victims of crime in Alberta. The additional funding for victim service units across the province will afford them the ability to hire additional staff as well as enhance the already indispensable services they currently offer toward supporting victims, survivors and their families. We look forward to continuing to work with our government to grow, maintain and enrich the services delivered to victims of crime in Alberta.”

Brian Turpin, past president, Alberta Police Based Victim Services Association

“People often have no idea where to go for support or what rights they have when they become victims of crime or tragedy. Victim assistance teams are a vital link that helps people navigate the criminal justice process and connect with the supports they need while they deal with very complex and emotional situations. The funding announced today will help ensure that police agencies across the province can offer this critical service to Albertans when they need it.”

Roger Chaffin, Chief Constable, Calgary Police Service

“Victim service units do invaluable work across Alberta. I learned this first-hand when my husband was murdered in 2009 in the Crowsnest Pass. After his death, volunteers were there for me. They listened to me through my grief, they picked up their phones day and night to answer my questions about court processes, and they sat beside me during the trial. I don’t know where I would be today, if it wasn’t for their help and guidance.”

Cindy English, wife of George Steve English

Highlights of the plan to strengthen support for crime victims

Funding boost for police-based victim services units

Additional money will ensure high demand programs in Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo can continue helping Albertans, and enable these assistance teams to provide support to surrounding areas.

Support for survivors of domestic violence

Preventing and addressing family violence is a high priority, and additional funds will be used to enhance province-wide services that address the complex needs of survivors of domestic violence. More information about these initiatives will be available in the coming months.

Aiding victims in court

Dedicated staff and the purchase and upgrade of testimonial aids, such as screens and closed-circuit television upgrades, in courtrooms across the province will help ensure vulnerable victims and witnesses are able to participate in court processes, provide testimony and navigate the justice system with more confidence.

Helping Indigenous communities

Expanding the existing Indigenous Victims Outreach Services program into more communities will increase access to support for Indigenous victims of crime in both urban and rural settings.

Creating opportunities for restorative justice

An increase in grant funding available will help support restorative justice initiatives in communities across the province.


  • Funding for police-based victim services units in Edmonton and Calgary will increase from $300,000 to $500,000 each in 2018-19 and to $600,000 for the next three fiscal years.
  • Funding for police-based victim services units in Red Deer, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat will double from $150,000 to $300,000 each in 2018-19 and the next three fiscal years.
  • Grant funding for the police-based victim services unit in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo was quickly increased to help victims after the Wood Buffalo Region wildfire in 2016. Available funding for the area will increase from $265,000 to $300,000 in 2018-19 and the next three fiscal years.

Related information

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Annalise Klingbeil
Press Secretary, Justice and Solicitor General


Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth Releases First Public Child Death Report Under New Mandate

October 19, 2018 – MANITOBA –In her first publicly released child death investigation since the proclamation of The Advocate for Children and Youth Act in March 2018, Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth, Daphne Penrose, shares the story of an Indigenous youth who died tragically in a vehicle accident in a rural community.

“This is the story of a young man who was loved dearly by his family,” said Penrose as she summarized the report, “and many of the public child-serving systems in Manitoba were involved with him and his family in the final five years of his life.” The report, Documenting the Decline: The Dangerous Space Between Good Intentions and Meaningful Interventions investigated and analyzed services that were provided to the youth by education, mental health, addictions, youth justice, and child and family services. The Advocate’s investigation reveals that while there were good intentions from service providers, those services did not provide the meaningful interventions he needed and missed countless opportunities to help him change the course of his life.

“We have not named this youth,” explained Penrose, “because while my legislation allows my office to gain access to and comprehensively review provincially-funded system providing services to children and youth, the federal Youth Criminal Justice Act expressly prohibits me from publicly identifying any young person who had involvement with that federal system.”

Throughout the course of her investigation, the Advocate’s office consulted with the family of the youth, which is a long-standing practice at the office. “We know that service files do not paint a full picture of a child, and so we always invite the participation of family and others who knew and loved the child,” Penrose noted, “By travelling to the home communities, sitting with families, and listening to their stories of the child they loved, our ability to assess accurately the quality of services is made all the richer.” In this story, since the Advocate is prevented from publicly naming the youth, the Advocate asked the family to provide the name for the report, and the family asked the Advocate to use his Spirit Name, Circling Star. In the time leading up to today’s release, the Advocate and members of her team met again with Circling Star’s mother to review the final draft. “We are honoured and grateful that Circling Star’s family has endorsed this report and its recommendations,” Penrose shared, “They hold hope that in his memory, improvements to systems can be made so as a province we can prevent future tragedies from occurring in similar circumstances.”

Documenting the Decline is a collection of missed opportunities. It includes descriptions of the many public services that never worked together in any meaningful way to support a boy who was in a deepening crisis. After two particularly significant events in Circling Star’s life, many public services became involved. However, instead of coordinating their interventions in the small region in which Circling Star lived and attended school, these public systems worked in isolation from each other and, as such, delivered disjointed services to Circling Star and his family. They were ill-coordinated and sometimes even worked at cross purposes.

In today’s report, the Advocate makes six formal recommendations for changes to public systems. Among others, these include calling on the government to implement one of the key recommendations from the recently-released “Virgo report,” so existing barriers are eliminated and so young people can access mental health supports, especially for Indigenous youth, who continue to experience persistent challenges to service access at times when they most need the support. Further, building on her recently released statement of concern regarding addiction treatment for Manitoba youth, the Advocate makes the recommendation today that the province must move immediately to work with frontline services and subject matter experts to create a youth addiction action strategy. Additional recommendations are made to Education, Justice, and CFS.

“There is no more important work that we must do,” Penrose urged, “When a child has died, we have an obligation to learn lessons and make changes so we can find the gaps in our systems and move quickly to ensure we are doing everything we can to fix those gaps and prevent the deaths of other children.”

“We have to see each child as all of our responsibility,” Penrose concluded, “The expertise and the passion exist here in our province and so, if we work together, we can improve the lives of all children and youth.”

While today’s report is the first child death report publicly released, the Advocate is also looking ahead and she noted that her team is concluding special reports on several additional matters, which she intends to release publicly in the coming months. Documenting the Decline: The Dangerous Space Between Good Intentions and Meaningful Interventions is available from the website of the Advocate:


The Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth Office is an independent office of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly, which represents the rights, interests and viewpoints of children, youth, and young adults throughout Manitoba. We do this by advocating directly with children and youth and by reviewing public services after the death of any young person who received child welfare services in the year preceding their death. The Manitoba Advocate is empowered by legislation to review, investigate, and provide recommendations on any matter relating to the welfare and interests of children, youth, and young adults throughout Manitoba.

For media enquiries contact:

Ainsley Krone, Deputy Manitoba Advocate,, or at (204) 451-3190.


Saskatchewan must wait until next year for court to hear challenge of carbon tax – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Oct 19, 2018

REGINA _ Saskatchewan will have to wait until the spring for the province’s Appeal Court to hear the government’s challenge of Ottawa’s constitutional right to impose a carbon tax.

Environment Minister Dustin Duncan says it’s disappointing the case won’t come up until next year.

Duncan says the federal government asked for more time, which is what pushed the case back.

The Saskatchewan government had been looking for a ruling by the end of the year.

Duncan wonders why Ottawa can’t wait for a court ruling before bringing in the tax.

The federal government has given January as the deadline for provinces to get onboard with the tax, or have it imposed on them.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has already said he supports Saskatchewan’s constitutional challenge of the levy.


Saskatoon’s aboriginal engagement conference encourages community organizations to take action

October 18, 2018

Leading experts, community leaders, elders and youth are coming together in Saskatoon for the Wîcihitowin (wee-chee-HEE’-toe-win) conference to discuss the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action and address Aboriginal engagement and inclusion issues.

“Over the past few years, we’ve noticed a growing sense of awareness of Aboriginal engagement and inclusion issues facing our community. Saskatoon is leading the way in Canada right now with bold initiatives like the community-driven naming process of Chief Mistawasis Bridge and the University of Saskatchewan’s new strategic plan which focuses on Indigenization,” says Neal Kewistep, Executive-in-Residence, Johnson Shoyama Institute of Public Policy.

“However we must not forget that real and lasting change is hard. We must continue to push for systemic change within our organizations, institutions and governments. What is needed now is less talk, more action,” Kewistep says.

This year’s conference theme is Voices of the people – past, present and future with key note speakers Senator Murray Sinclair, Former Chairperson of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and Dr. Marie Wilson, Former Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

“During the National Truth and Reconciliation Events held here in Saskatoon and across Canada, we documented the history of Indian Residential Schools in Canada and heard the accounts of more than 6,750 residential school survivors. It’s more important now than ever to learn from those voices of the past if we’re going to take the next step forward on the path to reconciliation,” says Senator Murray Sinclair.

“Creating safe, collaborative spaces for open discussion like Wîcihitowin is crucial.  This way we can make sure those voices are part of the conversation to affect real and lasting change in our community,” says Sinclair.

This conference is presented in partnership with the United Way of Saskatoon, Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Health Authority, Johnson Shoyama Institute of Public Policy and the City of Saskatoon, and supported by community sponsors such as Nutrien, Saskatoon Community Foundation and Affinity Credit Union.

“Our audience has grown to be incredibly diverse and we now have people attending from all over Canada. Now in our fourth year, our numbers have peaked to over 600 showing how much this conference is needed and supported by the community,” says Brad Bird, Director of Community Impact & Strategic Partnerships, United Way.

Wîcihitowin is Cree/Saulteaux for “helping each other” or “working together”, which is an important component of delivering enhanced programs and services.

Wîcihitowin supports the City’s Strategic Goal of “Quality of Life” by identifying actions for enhancing Aboriginal well-being and participation in our community.


City of Kingston announces Elder in Residence for the Grand OnStage 2018-19 season

Oct. 19, 2018 –

The inaugural Elder in Residence for the Grand Onstage 2018-19 season has been confirmed as Grandmother Kathy Brant. Grandmother Brant has worked with the Indigenous Community in Kingston and area for the last five years as an Indigenous Community Development Worker with Kingston Community Health Centres. Her role begins Monday, Oct. 22, when she will be supporting Xara Choral Theatre’s presentation of Fatty Legs. The three sold-out performances are part of the Grand Theatre’s programming for students and educators.

The City of Kingston is committed to a shared path of reconciliation and in the context of the Grand OnStage Program at the Grand Theatre to providing Indigenous cultural and educational experiences centered on the performing arts to Kingston residents. As a new initiative over the 2018-19 Grand OnStage Season, the City of Kingston released a call for an Elder in Residence/Traditional Knowledge Keeper who is able to share his or her knowledge, traditional teachings and offer cultural support to patrons and artists.

All applications were reviewed and assessed by a jury of peers with Grandmother Kathy Brant being selected as the successful applicant for the 2018-2019 Grand OnStage season. Grandmother Kathy Brant will provide her knowledge and support to performances and operations throughout the programming year.

“I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to work with Grandmother Kathy Brant as we strive to deepen the relationship between the Grand OnStage program, the exceptional Indigenous artists in our season and the Indigenous community” states Jayson Duggan, performing arts manager for the City of Kingston.

Grandmother Brant is Mohawk of the Haudenosaunee Six Nations Confederacy and has worked with Indigenous Communities for close to 25 years. She is passionate about sharing her own teachings and to working with other Knowledge Keepers to share their teachings as well. The goal of the Elder in Residence position is to increase awareness of Indigenous culture for patrons of the Grand Theatre as well as provide traditional medicine and knowledge to artists and patrons as needed over the term of the appointment. Involvement in engagement activities such as participation in talks, question and answer sessions, and informal dialogue at performances will be part of the duties of this position and more details for specific performances will be released as they are confirmed.

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SKTC: Little Sisters in Action

October 18, 2018

Walk, dream, run, and believe you can soar like an eagle! Be inspired to discover yourself by enhancing self-confidence and leadership skills, and being physically active in this 6-week program.


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  • Leadership with Lindsay Knight
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Sweat lodge ceremony offers new perspectives as part of Thunder Bay police change project – CBC

Oct 19, 2018

Community working group makes revamping police Aboriginal Liaison Unit first priority

A recent visit to a sweat lodge provided members of the community, who are working with the Thunder Bay Police Service on its organizational change project – ‘Shaping Our Future’ – some new ideas and a new perspective on building relationships.

The first priority of the working group is to revamp the police Aboriginal Liaison Unit (ALU), says Leisa Desmoulins, who is an associate professor of education at Lakehead University, and a consultant on the change project.

In order to do that, people felt it was important to learn more about Indigenous culture and traditions.

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Physician assistants descend on Victoria to urge NDP government to start using PAs to address gaps in care

More than 180 physician assistants are in Victoria from October 18 to 21 to discover the latest clinical practice developments and tell the government that British Columbia needs PAs

VICTORIA, Oct. 19, 2018 – Canadian physician assistants (PAs) have gathered in Victoria to urge the NDP government to recognize and introduce PAs in the province to address doctor shortages and poor access to care.

“It’s time for British Columbia to catch up with Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick and many other parts of the world when it comes to leveraging PAs to tackle wait times and escalating health care costs,” said Trevor Stone, President of the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants. “Putting PAs with the right skills in the right settings, starting with rural communities, is an obvious way to save money and improve the health of British Columbians, yet the government refuses to act.”

From coast to coast, CAPA has members with tremendous skills and experience who would come to B.C. and make immediate contributions but are completely thwarted by bureaucratic hurdles. CAPA members are calling on Health Minister Adrian Dix to modernize the Health Professions Act to include PAs and create a plan to integrate them into communities with the greatest need.

“It’s a disgrace that military veterans, who served as PAs abroad and right here at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, cannot maintain a career in their chosen field when they transition to civilian life,” said Stone. “These individuals would love nothing more than to use their skills and training to provide care in their home communities.”

More than 180 Canadian and international PAs are converging in Victoria for the annual CAPA conference, where they’ll discuss emerging trends in clinical practice and showcase examples of how PAs improve quality and drive efficiencies. CAPA is also meeting with local politicians and health system leaders, encouraging them to take action so PAs can start making a difference.

Some of the critical topics to be addressed at the four-day conference, happening from October 18 to 21, include:

  • Mental health — a look at the landscape of mental health services and how PAs can help bridge gaps in access to care.
  • Indigenous health care — an exploration of the role of elders in health services and applying Indigenous Culturally Safe Practice in patient encounters.
  • Rural and remote medicine — learnings from the first PA in Manitoba who serviced 26 northern and remote communities more than 800 kilometres from a tertiary care centre.

The conference is the largest annual event that brings together these advanced practice clinicians to build their skills and highlight the diverse roles they play in cancer centres, long-term care facilities, emergency rooms and beyond.

Media are invited to attend – please consult the online program and check in at the registration desk to access the sessions.

About the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants
The Canadian Association of Physician Assistants is the national voice of physician assistants in Canada. We support quality standards and competencies and help establish the profession within the national health care framework. Learn more:

For further information: Media Contact: Andrea Tiwari, Director, Communications and Stakeholder Relations, or 613 614 6863.

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Blackfoot name Ohkotoki’aahkkoiyiiniimaan, or Stone Pipe, given to Lethbridge College at Indigenous Celebration Day

October 19, 2018

Evoking the image of strength and straight paths, and celebrating promises made with honesty and integrity, Kainai Kaahsinnoonik (Grandparent) Peter Weasel Moccasin gave Lethbridge College a Blackfoot name this morning at a ceremony that kicked off the institution’s annual Indigenous Celebration Day.

The name given to the college is Ohkotoki’aahkkoiyiiniimaan, which means Stone Pipe. As Elder Peter Weasel Moccasin explained during the ceremony, stone pipes are used in sacred ceremonies of the Blackfoot people to make an offering to Iihtsipaatapi’op, the Source of Life. The pipe, he said, kept and keeps the Blackfoot people at peace.

Read the entire meaning behind the name Ohkotoki’aahkkoiyiiniimaan here.

Weasel Moccasin described how that the offering of a stone pipe is a promise or a peace bond made with the honesty and integrity needed to fulfill the commitment. During the offering of the pipe, everyone involved must uphold and carry out the promises made.

“We are so incredibly grateful to receive this name from our local Blackfoot community,” says Dr. Paula Burns, President and CEO of Lethbridge College. “We recognize the importance of Indigenous education and the vitally important perspectives that the local Indigenous community bring to the work that we do here every day. We will respect our name with a promise to continue on the straight path to improving the lives of our students and the communities that they call home.”

The land where Lethbridge College sits is the traditional territory of the Blackfoot people and the giving of a Blackfoot name is an important step towards strengthening ties with the local Indigenous community.

“Today is a very important day in the college’s history,” says Marcia Black Water, Lethbridge College Indigenous Services coordinator. “The Blackfoot name received today has great significance to the land Lethbridge College is situated on. The stone found for Blackfoot ceremonial pipes can be found in the coulees’ river bottom on the west side of the college. The name will see us through the future, a future in which Blackfoot people, all Indigenous people will be reminded that quality education is a promise our college will hold true. The name promises a coming together, good relations.”

Shanda Webber, Lethbridge College manager of Recruitment and Indigenous Services, adds: “It truly is an honour for Lethbridge College to be receiving a Blackfoot name. The naming ceremony recognizes and celebrates the meaningful relationship between the college and the local Blackfoot community, as well as solidifies our commitment and responsibility in making Indigenous education a priority.”

This fall, 374 Indigenous students are taking diploma, degree or certificate programs at Lethbridge College, representing 8.6 per cent of the college’s diploma, degree and certificate students. Lethbridge College’s efforts towards serving Indigenous students both in and out of the classroom earned it a bronze Indigenous Education Excellence award in May from Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan). The college has proudly had Indigenous students on campus for most of its 60 years and provides a “Circle of Services” to assist Indigenous learners.

Indigenous Services at Lethbridge College, in collaboration with many internal and external stakeholders, developed a three-year Niitsitapi Indigenization Plan for 2016-19. In addition, in recognition of the recommendations emanating from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and as a signatory of CICan’s Indigenous Education Protocol, the college has also implemented an Indigenous President’s Council. This council is composed of college and Indigenous community leaders and provides guidance and direction to an internal Indigenous committee as it works to implement a three-year Indigenization Plan, which will further enhance its already extensive program and service offerings.


Patrick Kelly says farewell after successful time as CFN Board Chair

October 19, 2018

After a highly successful time as CFN Board Chair, Patrick Kelly has decided “to hang up the paddle” and move on. We wish him the best! Below is his note to the CFN Board, staff, program managers and communities.

In March 2000 the First Nation Leaders and Chiefs of the central and north coast and Haida Gwaii came together and defined a bold vision for the long-term wellbeing of the people, the communities, and the lands and marine environments. They honoured the ancestral wisdom and teachings and wrapped each other in the blanket of generational leadership. Throughout the 18 and a half years that I have had the privilege to work with the Coastal First Nations, all the community representatives that served on the board of directors embraced the leadership challenges and responsibilities with courage, conviction and grace.

Having facilitated the founding meeting, thereafter I served as the Board Chair. I also had the privilege to work with a small, in-house staff team and program managers that I must say have provided the organization and its communities with great gifts of their talent, dedication, partnership networks, and hard work.

One need only look at the results to see how the combination of great board leadership and excellent staff produced many benefits for all the member communities. At the beginning, there was no organization, no office, no staff, no money, and no programs. Since its creation, the Coastal First Nations has transacted in excess of $600 million dollars, established a Coast Opportunity Fund, operates stewardship offices in every community, owns very successful and growing businesses, and is a strong and respected voice throughout the coastal region and beyond.

The Coastal First Nations is also blessed to have an extensive network of funding partners. The Governments of Canada and British Columbia, and non-governmental funders have worked hand-in-hand with the organization and its member communities to produce some strong environmental, economic and community well-being results. Much good works remains ahead to build on the successes already achieved.

Many see the Coastal First Nations collaboration as a durable model that supports and enables the achievement of coastal regional interests and benefits.

I have decided it is time to hang up the paddle and focus on other interests. It has been a great honour and a privilege to work with the Coastal First Nations. I am most grateful to the Board of Directors and staff, present and past, for all that you have provided me in our time together. I wish you all the best for continued success.

T’esots’en (Patrick Kelly)


First Nations Education Council (FNEC) wishes to establish close collaboration with the new CAQ cabinet

Wendake, October 19, 2018 9:19:29 AM– With the goal of forging strong relationships with the new CAQ government over the next four years, the First Nations Education Council (FNEC) wishes to begin working closely with Mr. Jean-François Roberge, Minister of Education and Higher Education, as well as Deputy Minister of Education Ms. Isabelle Charest and colleague Ms. Sylvie D’Amours, Minister of Indigenous Affairs.

As an indispensable partner in the promotion of First Nations student success, the FNEC is prepared to collaborate with the new cabinet to continue pursuing its mission to defend the interests of all First Nations in educational matters.


  • The FNEC is an association that is based on the collective strength of its 22 member communities that leads them towards the common goal of offering quality education to all First Nations children.
  • The FNEC helps ensure the academic success of more than 4,600 students attending band schools, as well as many other students enrolled at provincial schools.
  • In 2011, the FNEC established the Kiuna Institution, the first postsecondary establishment founded by and for First Nations.

In keeping with their mission, the FNEC would like to reach out to the new government and invites it to call on its expertise to build a solid understanding of their mutual concerns.


“Understanding the fundamental issues that affect First Nations in the field of education is essential. To ensure the healthy development of our students of all ages, we must quickly begin engaging in a dialogue between our respective entities. ” (Lise Bastien, FNEC Director General)

About the FNEC

The FNEC is an organization that has been working for more than 30 years towards the recognition of the First Nations right to exercise full control over their education, equipped with the necessary resources that are designed and managed based on their values and cultures. For more information about the FNEC, visit


Thanissa Lainé, Communications Officer
418-842-7672, ext. 3002


Task force chair says everyone needs to obey the rules on legalized cannabis – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Oct 19, 2018 

By Kevin Bissett


FREDERICTON _ The former chair of the federal cannabis task force says she expected the initial celebration of recreational weed legalization _ but it’s now time for everyone to play by the rules.

Anne McLellan said her caution applies to the producers, government and private retailers, and Canadians buying the products.

McLellan said she expected some industry players would push the limits, and members of the public would smoke cannabis in places they shouldn’t this week.

“I think we probably knew that would happen because that’s the exuberance of entering into the new legalized epoch. Hopefully those people would have had their joyful moment of transformative change and will start to obey the law,” she said.

Police in British Columbia seized thousands of dollars worth of marijuana from two private dispensaries this week and accused both stores of being open without provincial licences.

Hours after people lined up outside Newfoundland cannabis stores to buy the first legal bud in Canada, police in St. John’s, N.L., say they ticketed a man accused of having more than 30 grams of weed in a public place without a licence.

Halifax district RCMP said they issued a $295 fine after officers spotted an open bag of government-supplied cannabis within the driver’s reach after he was pulled over for having expired plates at 2:30 a.m. Thursday in Dartmouth.

The website of New Brunswick’s Crown agency, Cannabis NB, has come under question for its product descriptions and images of people smiling and taking a selfie or holding a yoga pose _ things that may violate federal regulations.

Thierry Belair, press secretary to federal Health Minister Ginette Pettipas Taylor, would only say “Health Canada is looking into it.”

Cannabis NB spokeswoman, Marie-Andree Bolduc, said the number one focus of their website is education.

“Our Occasions, ‘Discover, Refresh and Connect’, are educational tools meant as a starting point of discussion between our guides and the customers to help them chose the product that might be more suitable for them. Naturally, we expect Health Canada to be interested in what all jurisdictions are doing, and we look forward to having continued discussions with them,” she said.

“We are open to receiving feedback from the public, provincial and federal officials and modify the content accordingly if required.”

McLellan, a former Liberal deputy prime minister, said the lesson has been learned from legalization in some American states _ you have to enforce the rules now if you expect them to be obeyed in the future.

“We heard over and over again in Colorado and Washington, whenever you establish the regime you have to enforce it. Otherwise people will continue to break the law. You will continue to have illegal producers and sellers and it undermines the legal regime,” she said.

McLellan said the task force was also told that regulations should be very strict at the start, and could always be loosened in the future. She said Colorado had to make revisions so that their regime would be more restrictive.

Many retailers across the country have already reported running out of some products. McLellan said that was expected, and it will take a few months to get a better handle on supply and demand.

She said while there is a lot of news and discussion now, the legalization isn’t going to affect the majority of Canadians who don’t use cannabis.

“By and large life will go on as we knew it before. I have every confidence we can work this out in a respectful way, as long as everybody plays by the rules,” she said.


RDN Unveils First Nations Artwork at Administration Building

Four works of art by local First Nations artists were unveiled prior to last night’s Board meeting. The pieces were commissioned by the RDN and have been installed in the Board Chambers and in the lobby of the Administration Building at 6300 Hammond Bay Road.

The pieces and artists are:

  • Q’ul-lhanamucum i Stqeeye’ (killer whale and wolf panel) – by Snuneymuxw First Nation artist Noel Brown
  • Consumer Ling Cod – by Snaw-Naw-As First Nation artist Brian Bob
  • Heron Spindle Whorl – by Qualicum First Nation artist Jessie Recalma
  • Killer Whale, Thunderbird and Salmon – by Snuneymuxw First Nation artists James Johnny and James Johnny Jr.
  • A fifth piece by Snuneymuxw artist William Good has also been commissioned and will be installed when it is complete.

“This is an opportunity for us to honour and acknowledge the Snuneymuxw, Snaw-Naw-As and Qualicum First Nations and to continue the work of building positive relationships in the region,” said RDN Chair Bill Veenhof. “We hope that the art serves as a reminder of the rich culture and history of this place, as well as our shared future here.”

The art was commissioned through an Expression of Interest and RFP process launched in 2017. Three members of the RDN Board sat on the committee that oversaw the process.

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Geoff Garbutt
General Manager, Strategic and Community Development
Regional District of Nanaimo


Nordik Institute: Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Development Webinar Series – Oct. 29 – Nov. 1

October 19, 2018

Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (SEE) is delivering a series of development webinars for business developers and social enterprises, from Oct. 29 – Nov. 2.  Below is webinar registration links.

The webinars will be recorded and posted at at a later date.

Please refer to the attached poster for more details.

We look forward to having you join us!

Social Enterprise Development Webinars Schedule and Registration:

  1. SE 101: Oct 29, 12:00 – 1:00 pm:  To register click here:  
  2. From Ideation to ‘Go’ or ‘No Go’: Oct 29, 1:00 – 2:00pm:  To register click here: 
  3. Social Enterprise Start Up: Oct 30, 12:00 – 1:00pm:  To registerclick here:
  4. Scaling-up Social Enterprise: Oct 30:  1:00 – 2:00 pm:  To register click here:
  5. Measuring Social Impact: Oct 31, 12:00 – 1:00pm:  To register click here: 
  6. Peer Mentoring and Lending Circle: Oct 31, 1:00 – 2:00pm:  To register click here:
  7. Community Asset Mapping: Nov 1, 12:00 – 1:00pm:  To register click here:
  8. SEE Online Resources for Northern Ontario: Nov 1, 1:00 – 2:00pm:  To register click here: 
  9. Peer Mentoring Circles: Nov 2, 2:00 – 3:00pm:  To register click here:

Upon registration a confirmation email will be sent to you with the link and call in number to join the meeting the day of.

Again, all webinars will be recorded and made available at at a later date.

Click on the poster link below for more details.

Social Enterprise Development Webinars-Poster


Government of Canada announces funding for projects to restore fish habitat and protect nature in British Columbia

October 19, 2018 – Vancouver, British Columbia

Protecting the environment and growing the economy are priorities for the Government of Canada. By working with Canadian organizations, businesses, and Indigenous Peoples across the country to protect nature and its wildlife, the Government is ensuring that our kids and grandkids can have a healthier and more prosperous future.

Environment and Climate Change Canada is committed to supporting projects that help restore, conserve, and protect nature. The Government of Canada’s Environmental Damages Fund is an effective way to respond to environmental damage by making sure that funds received from fines, court orders, and voluntary payments from environmental violations are used to carry out projects that benefit our environment and our economy.

Today, Environment and Climate Change Canada announced $2.86 million in funding to support seven environmental projects based in the Kootenay River and Columbia River watersheds in British Columbia. The projects will focus on restoring and improving fish access to high quality and healthy habitat. Of this amount, $1.44 million is being directed to projects being undertaken by Indigenous organizations.

The following seven organizations will receive funding:

  • Salmo Watershed Streamkeepers Society ($219K)
  • British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development ($253K)
  • British Columbia Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy ($796K)
  • Lower Kootenay Band ($619K)
  • Okanagan Nation Alliance ($248K)
  • Ktunaxa Nation Council ($571K)
  • British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure ($149K)

Quick facts

  • This funding is the result of court penalties paid by Teck Metals Ltd. after the company pleaded guilty, in March 2016, to three offences under the Fisheries Act, related to releases of effluent materials deleterious to fish, into the Columbia River. Eligible applicants included not-for-profit groups, Indigenous communities and organizations, universities, and provincial, territorial, and municipal governments.
  • Created in 1995, the Environmental Damages Fund is a Government of Canada program administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada.
  • The Environmental Damages Fund follows the polluter pays principle to help ensure polluters take responsibility for their actions. Funds are invested in projects that help to restore the natural environment in the area where the environmental damage occurred.
  • Environmental Damages Fund project proposals, received through an open and transparent call for proposals, are thoroughly assessed to determine how best to use the available funds.
  • The Environmental Damages Fund receives funds from fines, court orders, and voluntary payments from various legislation including the Fisheries Act; the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999; the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994; and the Canada Shipping Act, 2001.

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Caroline Thériault
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819-938-3338 or 1-844-836-7799 (toll-free)


U of Winnipeg: Community-based participatory research book launch

October 19, 2018

There is increasing pressure on university scholars to reach beyond the “ivory tower” and engage in collaborative research with communities. UWinnipeg’s Dr. Shauna MacKinnon (urban and inner-city studies) launches her edited book, Practising Community-Based Participatory Research, Stories of Engagement, Empowerment, and Mobilization on Friday, November 8 at 12:00 pm at Merchants Corner, 541 Selkirk Avenue.

This book presents stories about community-based participatory research (CBPR) from past and current Manitoba Research Alliance projects in socially and economically marginalized communities. Bringing together experienced researchers with new scholars and community practitioners, the stories describe the impetus for the research projects, how they came to be implemented, and how CBPR is still being used to effect change within the community.

The projects, ranging from engagement in public policy advocacy to learning from Elders in First Nations communities, were selected to demonstrate the breadth of experiences of those involved and the many different methods used. The issues they address are applicable to urban centres and rural and Indigenous communities throughout North America and beyond. By providing space for researchers and their collaborators to share the stories behind their research, this book offers valuable lessons and rich insights into the power and practice of CBPR.

MacKinnon will be joined by three of the books contributors for a discussion about research partnerships that fully engage grassroots organizers, community practitioners and Indigenous community leaders throughout the research process, Josie Hill is Executive Director of Blue Thunderbird Family Care Inc., and honorary alumna of UWinnipeg, having received an honorary doctorate in 2010; Diane Roussin is Project Director of Winnipeg Boldness Project and Chair of the UWinnipeg Indigenous Advisory Council; and Darlene Klyne is Program Director for CEDA Pathways to Education.

Naniece Ibrahim, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg
P: 204.988.7130, E:


Government Releases Annual Financial Report

October 19, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Finance Canada

The Government of Canada is committed to sound fiscal management as it continues to make investments to support long-term economic growth, help create more good, well-paying jobs, and provide more opportunities for the middle class and people working hard to join it.

The Department of Finance Canada today released the Annual Financial Report of the Government of Canada for 2017–18, which provides an overview of the Government’s spending and revenue performance for the previous fiscal year and discusses the factors affecting these results.

The Government posted a budgetary deficit of $19.0 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018, down from a projected budgetary deficit of $19.9 billion in Budget 2018, while the federal debt-to-GDP (gross domestic product) ratio stood at 31.3% at March 31, 2018, down 0.7 percentage points from the previous year.

The report also shows that the Canadian economy was remarkably strong in 2017, growing at a pace well above that of all other Group of Seven (G7) countries, and at its strongest pace since 2011.

Canadians added 427,300 jobs in 2017, leading the unemployment rate to fall to 5.8% in December 2017—matching its lowest recorded level in over 40 years.

Canada’s solid economic performance was driven by growth in consumer spending, sound regional housing markets as well as supportive monetary and fiscal policy, while stronger global economic conditions contributed to a rebound in business investment in Canada.

Going forward, the Government will continue to focus on creating economic conditions where more Canadians and more Canadian businesses succeed, and to grow the economy for the benefit of everyone.

Quick Facts

  • The Government posted a budgetary deficit of $19.0 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018.
  • Revenues increased by $20.1 billion, or 6.9%, from 2016–17. Program expenses increased by $19.5 billion, or 6.7%, reflecting increases in all major categories of expenses. Public debt charges were up $0.7 billion, or 3.1%.
  • As reported by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Canada’s total government net debt-to-GDP ratio, which includes the net debt of the federal, provincial/territorial and local governments, as well as the net assets held in the Canada Pension Plan and Quebec Pension Plan, stood at 27.8% in 2017. This is the lowest level among G7 countries, which the IMF expects will record an average net debt of 87.5% of GDP for the same year.
  • Real GDP grew 3.0% after posting subdued growth rates in 2015 (1.0%) and 2016 (1.4%).
  • Canada’s nominal GDP grew 5.4% in 2017, up from 2.0% in 2016. Both real and nominal GDP growth in 2017 were in line with the Budget 2018 forecast.
  • For 2017–18, there has been an accounting change in how the Government values its unfunded pension obligations, following recommendations from the Auditor General of Canada. This represents a fundamental change in the Government’s accounting approach and has been applied on a retroactive basis, resulting in a restatement of prior years’ financial results. As a result:
    • The projected budgetary balance for 2017–18 reported in Budget 2018 of $19.4 billion has been restated to $19.9 billion; and
    • Fiscal results have been restated starting in 2008–09. With the revision, the debt has been revised up over this period such that the opening balance of the federal debt for 2017–18 has been restated to 32.0% of GDP from 31.0% as originally published in Budget 2018.

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Government of Canada recognizes Eagle Urban Transition Centre in supporting First Nations children off-reserve through Jordan’s Principle

October 19, 2018 — Treaty 1 Territory, Winnipeg, Manitoba — Indigenous Services Canada

Working in partnership with First Nations, Indigenous Services Canada is committed to providing children with the supports and services they need, when they need them.

Today, Robert-Falcon Ouellette, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services Canada, highlighted the work by Eagle Urban Transition Centre (EUTC) to support off-reserve First Nations children, to help meet their needs under Jordan’s Principle. Since April 1, 2018, EUTC has provided health, social, and educational support to 278 First Nations children living off-reserve in Manitoba.

In 2016, the Government of Canada announced the implementation of Jordan’s Principle across Canada. This funding ensures timely access to necessary products, services and supports that address the needs of First Nations children, regardless of whether they live on- or off-reserve. Since 2016, $134 million in funding has been provided for implementation of Jordan’s Principle in Manitoba.

Thanks to EUTC, Manitoba is the first region in Canada that has a coordinated response to assist off-reserve First Nations children who have needs under Jordan’s Principle. EUTC also provides respite services to caregivers, and acts as an advocate for First Nations children to access other government programs – such as housing, child and family services system supports, and income assistance – that contribute to the wellbeing of First Nations children living off-reserve. By working with other government agencies and Tribal Council, EUTC helps connect people with communities (as families move off and on reserve) by providing a continuity of care.


“Substantive equality for First Nations children is about more than fairness. Our commitment in implementing Jordan’s Principle is not based on where a child lives, but rather on ensuring they receive the best possible support. Eagle Urban Transition Centre provides important resources to meet the needs of children living off-reserve in Manitoba, and I encourage caregivers to learn more about their services.”

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

“In Canada every child should be able to access excellent care. We need to help every child no matter what health issue they are dealing with. Jordan’s Principle is about ensuring that all First Nation children receive the services they need when and where they need them.

For far too long, First Nations families have had to struggle to access services for their children. Jordan River Anderson has helped to change this. We honour Jordan’s life by helping as many children as we can through the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs. I commend the staff at the AMC’s EAGLE Urban Transition Centre for the advocacy work they do in support of First Nations children and families on a daily basis.

I also acknowledge the First Nations and Tribal Councils throughout Manitoba for providing advocacy and respite support to ensure children and families have timely access to services.”

Grand Chief Arlen Dumas
Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

Quick facts

  • Jordan’s Principle is named in memory of Jordan River Anderson. He was a young boy from Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba.
  • Jordan’s Principle makes sure all First Nations children can access the products, services and supports they need, when they need them. It can help with a wide range of health, social and educational needs.
  • From July 2016 to August 31, 2018, more than 122,000 requests were approved under Jordan’s Principle.
  • The Government of Canada has programs to support the needs of First Nations children living on- and off-reserve. For children living on-reserve, these needs are met by their First Nation. For children living off-reserve in Manitoba, Eagle Urban Transition Centre has a range of programs available to meet special needs. In either case, these costs are supported through Indigenous Services Canada.
  • Eagle Urban Transition Centre is a division of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs. Indigenous Services Canada provides funding to Eagle Urban Transition Centre for their Special Needs Advocacy Unit, which works with caregivers and Indigenous Services Canada to evaluate and act on requests that address the needs of First Nations children.
  • If a child needs immediate care, please call 911 or your local emergency services number, or visit the nearest health facility. For non-urgent requests for support under Jordan’s Principle, caregivers can call 1-855-JP-CHILD (1-855-572-4453), open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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

Media Relations
Indigenous Services Canada

Melanie Ferris
Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs


Hiking minimum wages has slowed income growth: MLI’s Labour Market Report

OTTAWA, ON (October 19, 2018): The Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s Labour Market Report for Q3, 2018, has been released, with key indicators suggesting that minimum wage hikes have actually slowed real income growth.

“Overall the hoped-for boost to household incomes did not materialize for several reasons,” writes MLI Munk Senior Fellow and report author Philip Cross. “The number of people affected was relatively small, the increase in wages was confined to those earning the minimum, and employment softened so far this year.”

This quarterly report focuses on how Canada’s labour market has fared in terms of employment figures, wages, and employment insurance claims. The report also seeks to explain why, despite seemingly strong employment numbers, actual labour market conditions are telling a somewhat different story.

Despite government efforts to increase incomes through minimum wage hikes, real income growth remains persistently slow. According to Cross, this is further evidence that minimum wage increases are a poor way to increase income growth.

While minimum wage increases did positively impact the incomes of workers who kept their jobs, the overall effect of the policy on the labour market has fallen short of proponents’ promises. With slow wage growth, particularly in Ontario following its minimum wage hike, and increases in consumer prices, real income growth has continued to decelerate.

“This is the opposite of what governments intended when they raised minimum wages this year.”

Despite disappointing real income growth figures, Cross finds that overall labour market conditions in Q3 have been fairly mixed – a change from weak and volatile conditions experienced in Canada during Q2. However, with many employment increases originating in the public sector and with increasing EI claims, there is still reason to be skeptical.

“Labour market conditions remain sluggish,” concludes Cross. “The Canadian economy continues to struggle to create more jobs and higher incomes in 2018.”

Read the MLI Labour Market Report for Q3, 2018 to find out more.

For more information media are invited to contact:

Brett Byers-Lane
Communications and Digital Media Manager
613-482-8327 x105


U of Victoria: New study details ownership of Canada’s fossil fuel sector

October 17, 2018

Who owns and controls Canada’s fossil fuel sector? A new study identifies how 25 owners together account for more than 40 per cent of overall revenues from 2010 to 2015. After mapping the network of ownership relationships, researchers found fossil fuel production is controlled by a small number of corporations, investment funds, wealthy families and governments.

“Substantial ownership and strategic control of Canada’s fossil fuel industry are in the hands of a few major players, including all the Canadian big banks and several US investment funds, governments and some wealthy families—many of which are located outside Canada,” says Bill Carroll, a sociologist at the University of Victoria and co-author of the new study. “These entities have both an interest in the sector’s continued growth and the economic power to shape its future.”

The study, Who Owns Canada’s Fossil-Fuel Sector? Mapping the network of ownership and control, is part of a multi-year project announced three years ago and jointly led by UVic, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (BC & Saskatchewan offices) and the Parkland Institute. The Corporate Mapping Project, a six-year research and public engagement initiative, brings together researchers, civil society organizations and Indigenous participants to study the oil, gas and coal industries in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Funding for the project was provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

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Inuit walk away from talks on reforming federal northern food subsidy program – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Oct 19, 2018

Talks to reform a subsidy program to make food more affordable for northern families appear to have stalled over concerns from Inuit.

A letter to Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett dated April says the five groups that represent Inuit people have walked away from talks to reform Nutrition North.

The program subsidizes northern retailers to reduce the cost of perishable food in the North, which can be several times higher than that paid by southern families.

The program has been criticized for resulting in grocery shelves full of stale, unreliable food that isn’t much cheaper.

As well, the letter from the president of Canada’s national Inuit group Natan Obed says the government should create separate talks to address specific Inuit concerns.

Nutrition North applies to all northern communities, including those in seven provinces.


It’s time to be ambitious on climate action: NWAC engages with IPCC in support of the latest report on climate change

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its latest special report (SR1.5) on Monday detailing the scientific community’s best understanding of the impacts of 1.5°C global warming, and the results are staggering.

Over the last week, NWAC joined Canada’s delegation with other members of the IPCC in Incheon, South Korea for the panels 48th Session (IPCC48). The primary task of the members at IPCC48 was to review and approve the details of SR1.5’s summary report for policy makers (SPM). The SPM is designed to clearly explain to all levels of government around the world the unequivocal scientific consensus that failure to take meaningful and immediate actions to address climate change will cause painful and irreversible impacts on natural and human systems.

The IPCC is the international body responsible for providing the international community with the latest, most reliable science on climate change. Hundreds of climate scientists contributed to the SR1.5 report which reviewed thousands of studies. The SPM is a very brief summary of the SR1.5 and while the vast majority of the world’s population will likely never read the SPM, they should.

According to the IPCC’s latest report, without significant actions to reduce net anthropogenic (human induced) global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by about half before 2030 and then further reducing net GHG emission to zero by 2050, global warming will not be contained to 1.5°C. Beyond reducing GHG emissions to zero by 2050, measures to remove as much as 1,000 gigatonnes will also have to be undertaken to limit global warming to 1.5°C. To put that in perspective, global energy-related carbon emissions hit a record high of 32.5 gigatonnes in 2017.

Failing to contain global warming to 1.5°C will result in extreme weather events, including heat waves, heavy precipitation, drought, major losses to biodiversity, continued ocean acidification (and coral bleaching), and water and food insecurity for hundreds of millions of people.

While the IPCC has previously released reports that spoke to the heightened vulnerability of persons of intersecting marginalization to climate change, this latest report has not addressed the issue. Indigenous women are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change due to their indigeneity and their gender. Further research is needed to better understand these effects and measures must be taken to help protect Indigenous women from these effects and to include them in low-carbon economic activities.

The federal, provincial and local governments must do much more to meet Canada’s GHG emission reduction targets  of 30% below 2005 levels by 2030 under the Paris agreement, and this is nothing compared to the transformative metamorphosis of the global economy that will have to take place to transition to a net zero economy by 2050. While Canada’s delegation team skillfully and vociferously advocated on behalf of science and cooperation throughout IPCC48, this report is clear that the scope of the climate challenge domestically and internationally is a mammoth one – perhaps the greatest and most significant challenge of shared human history.

It is time to be ambitious.

 Find out more about the IPCC report at: IPCC REPORT


Halifax’s Nocturne festival curated by Indigenous artist for the first time ever – CBC

For the first time in Nocturne’s 10-year history, an Indigenous artist, Raven Davis, curated the annual nighttime art festival.

The Anishinaabe artist was chosen after the Halifax-based festival partnered with the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective.

“This is a giant step for Nocturne,” Davis told Unreserved host Rosanna Deerchild.

According to Davis, there was a 50 per cent increase in applications to the Oct. 13 festival this year — the majority coming from Black, Indigenous and people of colour. She sees that as a “great success.”

“It means that there is 50 per cent more new artists, who maybe haven’t felt like they’ve been represented at these festivals, are coming out to make work.”

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Lethbridge College President receives Blackfoot name

October 18, 2018

Lethbridge College President and CEO Dr. Paula Burns received a Blackfoot name at a ceremony held in conjunction with the college’s Indigenous Celebration Day Thursday. Burns’ name is Piita’gaaksiimaaki which means Eagle Whistle Woman. It was bestowed by the college’s Kainai Kaahsinnoonik (Grandparent) Peter Weasel Moccasin.

Weasel Moccasin said the name represents the overcoming of challenges in life and how a person can rise to to face adversity. He told a story of how a journey in his life to retrieve a sacred family object helped him in his battle with alcoholism, and led to a role as a weather dancer for a sacred Okan (Holy Woman). Dr. Burns’ name is tied to the leadership and sacrifice of that Holy Woman.

“I felt that it was a very appropriate name for her because she helps numerous people globally and locally,” said Weasel Moccasin. “She helps them get educated in a good way, so that when they leave this college, they’ll be able to find the things they want to do in life. She has that responsibility.”

The college’s eighth president and CEO, Dr. Burns came to Lethbridge in February 2013. She has worked closely with local Indigenous communities both inside and outside of the college to advance awareness, education and inclusion of Indigenous culture.

“I am blessed and I am humbled,” said Dr. Burns. “I am very respectful of what it means to be given a Blackfoot name, and the responsibility that goes with it. It’s a huge honour to be made a part of this community and it means that we have leadership opportunities.”

During her tenure, Lethbridge College has collaborated with many internal and external stakeholders to develop a three-year Niitsitapi Indigenization Plan for 2016-19; to permanently raise the Blackfoot Confederacy flag on campus in 2017; and to create an Indigenous President’s Council. Dr. Burns maintains an ongoing dialogue with local Indigenous leaders on that council.

Dr. Burns has also served as a member of Colleges and Institutes Canada’s (CICan) Indigenous Education Committee that launched the Indigenous Education Protocol for Colleges and Institutes in 2015, of which Lethbridge College is a signatory member. Lethbridge College’s efforts towards serving Indigenous students both in and out of the classroom earned it a bronze Indigenous Education Excellence award in 2017 from CICan.

“I am so proud and honoured to work for a post-secondary institution that is so invested in making Indigenous education a priority,” said Shanda Webber, manager of Recruitment and Indigenous Services. “Our goal is to provide a sense of belonging, a ‘home away from home’ for all Indigenous students, First Nations, Métis and Inuit learners, and assist them in their journey of attaining a post-secondary education.”

Earlier in the day, the college unveiled the permanent Ohkotoki’aahkkoiyiiniimaan display in Centre Core. Named after the college’s Blackfoot name, which means Stone Pipe, the display strongly identifies the college’s location on traditional Blackfoot Territory, while welcoming visitors to campus.

Display pieces include moccasins made by alumna Torry Eagle Speaker and student Dylan Daniels; an authentic buffalo robe; the raw materials needed to create a traditional stone pipe; and a custom art piece created by Blackfoot artist William Singer III. The artifacts were chosen to help weave the story of the Blackfoot people and their ties to the land.

“Lethbridge College has been working and learning together to give honour to Blackfoot Territory, our students and community of the Blackfoot Confederacy nations, to give a sense of pride in culture and home,” said Marcia Black Water, coordinator, Indigenous Services. “Our hope is to have people come into our college and be able to learn about what it means to stand on Blackfoot lands.”

The Ohkotoki’aahkkoiyiiniimaan display was made possible thanks to funding from the RBC Foundation. RBC presented the college with a gift of $50,000 to continue the long-term partnership between the sides.

Indigenous Celebration Day featured traditional music, dancing, food and cultural displays. This fall, 356 Indigenous students are taking diploma, degree or certificate programs at Lethbridge College, representing 7.7 per cent of the college’s students. Lethbridge College has a “Circle of Services” to support its Indigenous learners. More information can be found at


-Dr. Paula Burns, Lethbridge College President and CEO
-Marcia Black Water, Lethbridge College Indigenous Services coordinator
-Peter Weasel Moccasin, Lethbridge College Kainai Kaahsinnoonik (Grandparent)
-Pronunciation of Piita’gaaksiimaaki


Portion of c̓əsnaʔəm village and burial site returned to Musqueam Indian Band

October 16 2018

“Returning the City’s parcel on the c̓əsnaʔəm site to its original caretakers is one of many necessary steps we need to take as a city that is truly committed to building a deep and meaningful relationship with Indigenous communities.”

The City of Vancouver has returned a parcel of land located at 8902 Milton Street in present day Marpole to the Musqueam Indian Band, the two parties announced this evening.

The land donation marks the return of a portion of the site known as the Great Fraser Midden, Eburne Midden, and Marpole Midden. It has never ceased to be c̓əsnaʔəm to Musqueam.

Council made the decision to donate the property as part of its ongoing commitments as a City of Reconciliation and to provide assistance for the conservation of the land as protected heritage property under the Vancouver Charter. The land was returned to a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Musqueam Indian Band.

“As part of our traditional territory, c̓əsnaʔəm is very important to the Musqueam people.  It has never ceased to be part of our identity, as we have a sense of knowing and belonging to our land that is very strong. c̓əsnaʔəm has special significance to us, as it is one of the named places that our ancestors lived and practiced their culture and way of life. The site is invaluable in preserving a small, tangible and intangible part of our history and culture that, unlike so much else, has to date survived non-Aboriginal settlement in our traditional lands. It is the final resting place of many of our ancestors, and contains belongings of immense cultural value to Musqueam, British Columbians and Canadians.

Musqueam has successfully acquired several portions of the c̓əsnaʔəm site in order to protect and preserve our heritage. Seeking the return of the remaining parcels of c̓əsnaʔəm is consistent with our responsibilities as caretakers of our culture and history, and our long-term goal of ensuring the protection of the entire village site, while publicly recognizing the heritage significance of c̓əsnaʔəm and celebrating our ancient roots,” said Chief Wayne Sparrow.

The donation was announced at a community event held at the Musqueam Cultural Education and Resource Centre this evening.

“As a City of Reconciliation, Vancouver is committed to working with the Musqueam Indian Band to move forward together,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Returning the City’s parcel on the c̓əsnaʔəm site to its original caretakers is one of many necessary steps we need to take as a city that is truly committed to building a deep and meaningful relationship with Indigenous communities.”

While Musqueam people had many villages, the main winter village was always located at the mouth of the Fraser River. Over 8,000 years ago, that village was səw̓q̓ʷeqsən (south footing of the Alex Fraser Bridge). As the delta grew and the mouth of the river moved, many Musqueam people moved with it. c̓əsnaʔəm is over 4,000 years old, and it was Musqueam’s largest village 2,500 years ago. With the changing delta, most people moved to xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam’s present community) approximately 1,500 years ago.

c̓əsnaʔəm, like so much of Musqueam’s territory, was converted into an industrial and residential area. Ancestral remains and belongings were unearthed, collected and traded. In 1991, Musqueam purchased the Fraser Arms Hotel to protect the portion of c̓əsnaʔəm buried underneath it. In 2012, development on another portion of the site unearthed more ancestors.  Musqueam advocated for protection to prevent further desecration. Community members held vigil at c̓əsnaʔəm for over 200 days, supported by many Vancouverites and people from around the world, until an agreement was finally reached and Musqueam purchased the parcels imminently threatened by development to protect them.

The return of the parcel of land at 8902 Milton Street by the City of Vancouver protects and recognizes the important history, culture, and heritage of c̓əsnaʔəm for Musqueam, and for all Canadians.

Musqueam is working on remediating the site to protect the ancestors and belongings still there.  The long-term vision is to protect and commemorate c̓əsnaʔəm, with further details to be confirmed through future engagement with Musqueam community members.

The costs to Musqueam associated with the donation are the usual land title transfer fees, Land Title Office application, registration fees and its own legal costs, and the Band will also be responsible for payment of the GST associated with the land transfer. The estimated market value of the property is $2.3 million.


Mba-Child-Advocate-Report – Audio Clip NAT119 – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Audio
Oct 19, 2018 

119 – (Mba-Child-Advocate-Report)

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WINNIPEG. x–14s. Manitoba’s children and youth advocate is once again calling for better training for social workers and more support for teenagers. Daphne Penrose has released a 100-page report into the case of a 17-year-old Indigenous boy, who died in a single-vehicle accident two years ago. Penrose says the boy, like many others, had a hard time getting help for addictions, housing and other issues. (“..wasn’t, wasn’t there.”) (SOURCE:The Canadian Press)

TAG: Penrose’s report says Child and Family Services workers failed to properly assess a home where the boy was staying as unsafe, and also failed to act on concerns of potential abuse at another home.

Mba-Child-Advocate-Report – Audio Clip NAT118 – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Audio
Oct 19, 2018

118 – (Mba-Child-Advocate-Report)

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WINNIPEG. x–10s. Manitoba’s children and youth advocate says an Indigenous teenager who died after struggling with addiction did not get the help he needed. Daphne Penrose says the 17-year-old died in a single-vehicle accident in June 2016 after he had been drinking. Her 100-page report says Child and Family Services workers failed to properly assess a home where the boy was staying as unsafe, and also failed to act on concerns of potential abuse at another home. (“..mitigate that risk.”) (SOURCE:The Canadian Press)

TAG: Penrose says the boy’s high school suspended him repeatedly instead of dealing with his problems and that an addictions counsellor at the school did not involve the boy’s family in efforts to stem his drug and alcohol use.

Nunavut’s cannabis commission sees “a lot of interest” in local retail – Nunatsiaq News

Territory’s sole supplier doing brisk sales in first week of business

October 19, 2018

It’s only just become legal, but Nunavut’s newly renamed Liquor and Cannabis Commission says it has received “a lot of interest” from potential retailers hoping to sell cannabis within the territory.

Nunavut’s Cannabis Act allows private retailers to sell marijuana in Nunavut communities, but the commission has said it won’t consider that until next year, at the earliest.

The agency can’t even accept applications at this point, said the NULC’s director, Dan Young, until after it finalizes its permitting regime.

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TransAlta Renewables’ New Brunswick wind power expansion complete

Supports New Brunswick Power’s provincial energy strategy

CALGARY, Alberta (October 19, 2018) – The 17.25MW expansion of the TransAlta Renewables Inc. (“TransAlta Renewables” or the “Company”) (TSX: RNW) wind facility at Kent Hills, in New Brunswick is now fully operational, bringing total generating capacity to 167 MW.

Under the 17-year power purchase agreement, New Brunswick Power receives both energy to the province’s electricity grid and renewable energy credits.

“Our partnership with New Brunswick Power reflects our commitment to customize every project to meet the unique needs of our customers,” said TransAlta Renewables President John Kousinioris. “We value the close collaboration with our customer and with our stakeholders, which was the cornerstone of our first Kent Hills wind project in 2008 and remains with this expansion to the original wind facility.”

“The additional renewable capacity of Kent Hills 3 achieves the production targets and is great news for the environment. It will also give NB Power the potential to facilitate other business development opportunities in the green energy export sector,” said Gaëtan Thomas, CEO, New Brunswick Power.

TransAlta Renewables’ engagement with project stakeholders and indigenous communities is a great example of working together to bring important new infrastructure to a modern grid.

As part of the development and regulatory approval process, TransAlta Renewables worked with the government, neighbouring Indigenous communities, Mi’gmawe’l Tplu’taqnn Inc. and Fort Folly First Nation, and local stakeholder groups such as the Snowmobilers Association.

The Kent Hills 3 expansion is located on approximately 20 acres of Crown Land and consists of five Vestas V126 turbines. Kent Hills is located about 55km southwest of Moncton, in the southeastern section of Elgin Parish in Albert County, N.B. Natural Forces Technologies Inc., a wind-energy developer based in Atlantic Canada, co-developed and co-owns the wind farm with TransAlta Renewables.

Construction began in April 2018, achieving completion in under six months.

About TransAlta Renewables Inc.

TransAlta Renewables is among the largest of any publicly traded renewable independent power producers (“IPP”) in Canada. Our asset platform and economic interests are diversified in terms of geography, generation and counterparties and consist of interests in 21 wind facilities, 13 hydroelectric facilities, seven natural gas generation facilities, one solar facility and one natural gas pipeline, representing an ownership interest of 2,421 MW of owned generating capacity, located in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick, the States of Wyoming, Massachusetts, Minnesota and the State of Western Australia. Our objectives are to (i) provide stable, consistent returns for investors through the ownership of, and investment in, highly contracted renewable and natural gas power generation and other infrastructure assets that provide stable cash flow primarily through long-term contracts with strong counterparties; (ii) pursue and capitalize on strategic growth opportunities in the renewable and natural gas power generation and other infrastructure sectors; (iii) maintain diversity in terms of geography, generation and counterparties; and (iv) pay out 80 to 85 per cent of cash available for distribution to the shareholders of the Company on an annual basis.


Call for better trained social workers in report on dead Manitoba teen – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Oct 19, 2018 

WINNIPEG _ Manitoba’s children and youth advocate says an Indigenous teenager who died after struggling with addiction did not get the help he needed.

Daphne Penrose says the 17-year-old, who she does not identify, died in a single-vehicle accident in June 2016 after he had been drinking.

Penrose’s 100-page report says Child and Family Services workers failed to properly assess a home where the boy was staying as unsafe, and also failed to act on concerns of potential abuse at another home.

The report says at one point, the boy’s file was closed when there were still concerns about his living arrangements.

Penrose is calling for better training of social workers and says her call echoes concerns raised in the public inquiry into the death of Phoenix Sinclair in 2005.

She says the boy’s high school was problematic because it suspended him repeatedly instead of dealing with his problems, and an addictions counsellor at the school did not involve the boy’s family in efforts to stem his drug and alcohol use.


Durango Resources Reports Further Results on IP Geophysics Program at Windfall Lake

Vancouver, BC/ October 19, 2018 – Durango Resources Inc. (TSX.V-DGO) (Frankfurt-86A1) (OTCQB-ATOXF), (the “Company” or “Durango”) reports that further to the news of September 21, 2018, Durango has received a final report on its induced polarization (“IP”) survey on its North and East claim blocks at Windfall Lake.

Geophysical field work was completed by Durango in the Windfall area during the spring and summer of 2018 with the purpose of finding anomalous geophysical targets.  The target areas for the IP survey were determined based on the high gold particles discovered in the till samples. A 10km resistivity survey was completed on three grids on a dipole-dipole configuration (a = 25m, n = 1-10), which permits increased penetration below surface (~ 80m) with good resolution.  This is important because in some areas of the Urban-Barry camp the overburden can be influential, so this type of configuration is highly recommended and has been used successfully with neighbours in the area.

The IP survey targeted three areas named P1, P2, and P3. A total of 51 individual IP anomalies were grouped as 27 chargeable lineaments and were further defined in P1 and P2 targets. The two targets are in direct contact with Osisko Mining Inc.’s (“Osisko”) (TSX.V-OSK) claims and cross cut by NE-SW fault systems striking towards the reported Windfall Lake main mineralized system.

The chargeability values are mostly controlled by the amount of metallic minerals contained in the ground, including graphite, sulphides and oxides such as magnetite. These may be found as disseminated or in more massive form; therefore, chargeability is used as the main targeting tool for gold mineralization in Windfall Lake. Increased chargeability associated with decreased resistivity are more likely to be caused by semi-massive/stringer mineralization. The east end of Durango’s P2-4 anomaly is located at the border of Osisko’s claims and represent top priority for the geophysics survey report.

Weakly mineralized (sulphides) silicified structures are of interest for gold exploration, especially in the Windfall Lake area since it has proven to be a mining district where gold mineralization is often associated to resistive quartz veins and low sulphides. Durango’s IP survey identified four anomalies (P1-2, P1-8, P1-10 and P2-3) that appear to be related to this type of disseminated mineralization associated with gold.

Marcy Kiesman, CEO of Durango stated, “The location and size of our claims in the area, coupled with the recent positive high priority IP results, position Durango for discovery in the Windfall Lake Gold Camp. Earlier this year, Durango discovered gold in the till immediately adjacent to Osisko Mining (TSX.V-OSK) and this same block of claims host the highest priority IP target to date. Durango’s claims in Windfall Lake area become more compelling each time we work on them. We look forward to completing additional work this year to further advance our properties in the gold camp.”

Six other targets in the P1 and P2 also require additional field work as they were deemed by the IP survey to be of interest for gold exploration.

Follow up work recommended by the report states stripping and sampling to completed as soon as possible to allow for the generation of future drill targets. Short drill holes will be necessary to verify the nature of the anomalies in the most interesting areas and in the areas with significant overburden cover.

Twenty rock samples were submitted to Act Labs for analysis and 15 till samples were submitted to Overburden Drilling Management. Further updates will be released as they become available.

The technical contents of this news release were approved by Mr. George Yordanov, a “qualified person” as defined by National Instrument 43-101.

About Durango

Durango is a natural resources company engaged in the acquisition and exploration of mineral properties. The Company is positioned for discovery with a 100% interest in a strategically situated group of properties totaling over 11,000 hectares in size in the Windfall Lake Gold Camp in the Abitibi Region of Québec. The Windfall Lake gold deposit is located between Val d’Or and Chibougamau in the Abitibi region of Québec, Canada and is currently one of the highest-grade resource stage gold projects in Canada.

For further information on Durango, please refer to its SEDAR profile at

George Aizpurua, VP of Communications
First Canadian Capital Corp.
Telephone: 416.742.5600 or 647.500.2389

Marcy Kiesman, Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: 604.428.2900 or 604.339.2243


Granada Closes Private Placement

October 18, 2018 – Granada Gold Mine Inc. (TSXV: GGM) (the “Company” or “Granada”) is pleased to announce that further to its news release dated October 9, 2018 the Company has closed its private placement financing raising gross proceeds of $441,321.The Company has issued 2,942,140 units at a price of $0.15 per unit.Each unit comprises one common share and one share purchase warrant.Each warrant will entitle the holder thereof to purchase one additional common share of the Company at an exercise price of $0.18 per share for a period of three years from closing, subject to TSX Venture Exchange approval.

All securities issued in connection with the private placement are subject to a four-month and a day hold period expiring on February 19, 2019, in accordance with applicable Securities Laws.

The proceeds of the Private Placement will be used for surface exploration, trenching, and historical resampling of drill core on the Company’s Granada Gold Property in Québec and for general working capital purposes.

An insider of the Company purchased a total of 525,474 units under the Private Placement, which is considered a related party transaction within the meaning of Multilateral Instrument 61-101 Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions (“MI 61-101”). The Company relied on the exemptions from the valuation and minority shareholder approval requirements of MI 61-101 contained in Sections 5.5(a) and 5.7(a), respectively, of MI 61-101 in respect of such insider participation. No new insiders and no control persons were created in connection with the private placement.

About Granada Gold Mine Inc.

Granada Gold Mine Inc. is developing the Granada Gold Property near Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec. The property includes the former Granada gold mine which produced more than 50,000 ounces of gold in the 1930s before a fire destroyed the surface buildings. The highly prolific Cadillac Trend, which has been the source of more than 50 million ounces of gold produced in the past century on a line running from Val-d’Or to Rouyn-Noranda, cuts through the north part of the property.

An updated Mineral Resource Estimate and revised Block Model dated June 30, 2017, with effective date of May 16, 2017, includes the first material estimate of high-grade gold resources discovered in zones at depth immediately north of the LONG Bars Zone open-pit deposit.

An initial Inferred underground resource of 10,386,500 tonnes grading 4.56 g/t Au at a cut-off grade of 1.5 g/t (1.5 million oz. Au) has been outlined along 600 metres of strike, north of the original near-surface discovery at Granada. Open-pit-constrained resources have 625,000 ounces Measured at 1.14 g/t Au and 182,700 ounces Indicated at 1.26 g/t Au with a cut-off grade of 0.39 g/t Au (807,700 ounces M&I at 1.16 g/t Au) representing a major increase in Block Model estimates for Granada vs. 2012 Block Model.

The Company has obtained all necessary permits for the initial mining phase, known as the “Rolling Start”, for which stripping has already begun, and has been conducting exploration drilling in order to expand the reported mineral resource for the property. Additional information is available at

The Company has signed a provisional milling agreement with Canada Cobalt Works (TSX-V: CCW) to process an initial 600,000-to-2,000,000 tonnes of mineralized material at a grade of 4.5 g/t Au. Canada Cobalt Works has retained the engineering firm Wood Group to undertake the necessary studies to obtain the required permits to install a 600-tonne-per-day mill at the Castle mine site in Gowganda, Ontario.

As well, Granada Gold has selected Ausenco Limited to commence a feasibility study for the development of a producing mine with a capacity of 80,000-to-100,000 ounces of gold per year at its 100-percent-owned Granada property, located in Quebec in the town of Rouyn-Noranda.

“Frank J. Basa”

Frank J. Basa P. Eng.
President and Chief Executive Officer

For further information, please contact:
Frank J. Basa, P. Eng., President and CEO at 1-819-797-4144 or
Wayne Cheveldayoff, Corporate Communications, at 416-710-2410 or


New owners to take over Wolverine Mine, says Yukon gov’t – CBC

Mine fully flooded, will need work before it’s up and running again, say officials

Oct 19, 2018

Ownership at the Wolverine Mine is about to switch hands — according to the Yukon government.

The mine, located southeast of Ross River, Yukon, has been in temporary closure since January 2015.

Minister of Energy, Mines, and Resources Ranj Pillai told the legislature last Thursday the new ownership group is in discussions with the Yukon Water Board.

“As of today we do have a new, it looks like its a new owner, that wants to restart and open the mine,” he said. “There was a negotiation that was ongoing over the last number of weeks that is now subsided with that particular group. We did support the process.”

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Imperial Reports Third Quarter Production Results

Vancouver | October 18, 2018 | Imperial Metals Corporation (the “Company”) (TSX:III) reports that its Red Chris and Mount Polley mines produced 16.14 million pounds copper and 16,488 ounces gold in the third quarter of 2018.

Red Chris metal production was 13.55 million pounds copper and 8,741 ounces gold, a decrease of 31% and an increase of 4% respectively, from 19.66 million pounds copper and 8,426 ounces gold produced in the comparable 2017 quarter. Mill throughput averaged 30,544 tonnes per calendar day during the third quarter ended September 30, 2018. Metal recoveries were 74.92% copper and 45.65% gold, compared to 78.94% copper and 43.09% gold in the third quarter of September 2017.Gold recoveries and grades continue to exceed budget, while copper recoveries continued to be lower than planned. As mining activities progress deeper into phase 4 of the Main zone pit, the copper recovery is increasing. The October month to date copper recovery was 78.1%, an increase from the average copper recovery of 74.92% achieved in the 2018 third quarter.

Mount Polley metal production during the September 2018 quarter was 2.60 million pounds copper and 7,748 ounces gold, a decrease of 34% and 22% respectively from the 3.98 million pounds copper and 9,989 ounces gold produced in the third quarter ended September 30, 2017. Mill throughput averaged 15,145 tonnes per calendar day. Metal recoveries were 38.39% copper and 65.06% gold, compared to 61.44% copper and 67.22% gold in the comparable 2017 quarter.

The unionized employees at Mount Polley returned to work in August following the strike that began on May 23, 2018. Following the return to work, mining in the Cariboo pit was restarted and the mill no longer relied solely on low grade stockpiles. Mining at the Cariboo pit is anticipated to be completed by mid-November, following which the mill will process feed from the low grade stockpiles. The dredging operation to remove tailings from the Springer pit now expected to be completed by the end of the 2019 first quarter. The low grade stockpiles are sufficient to maintain milling operations until mid-2019.

Red Chris 2018 production targets have been revised to an estimated 61.9 million pounds copper and 43,200 ounces gold, approximately 83% and 135% respectively of the mid-point production target totals set in early 2018.

Mount Polley 2018 production targets have been revised to an estimated 15.6 million pounds copper and 39,500 ounces gold, representing about 87% of the mid-point production target totals set in early 2018.


About Imperial

Imperial is a Vancouver exploration, mine development and operating company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, owns the Red Chris, Mount Polley and Huckleberry copper mines in British Columbia. Imperial also holds a 50% interest in the Ruddock Creek lead/zinc property.

Company Contacts

Brian Kynoch | President | 604.669.8959
Andre Deepwell | Chief Financial Officer | 604.488.2666
Sabine Goetz | Shareholder Communications | 604.488.2657 |


Public Health commits to working with Indigenous People to promote health and well-being –

PHSD launches first ever Indigenous engagement strategy

Public Health Sudbury and Districts celebrated the launch of its first ever Indigenous engagement strategy entitled “Finding Our Path Together” on Oct. 18.

Thursday’s event marked an important step in the organization’s goal of health equity by bringing Indigenous people to the table to engage in the conversation about providing the best possible health outcomes for all Greater Sudbury and district residents.

The mission is one that is simple, yet complex, and aims to bring PHSD and Indigenous communities together to work collaboratively to strengthen public health services.

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Mountain Province Diamonds Results of Eighth Diamond Sale of 2018

Toronto and New York, October 18, 2018 – Mountain Province Diamonds Inc. (“Mountain Province”, the “Company”) (TSX and NASDAQ: MPVD) today announces the results of its eighth diamond sale completed on October 5th 2018.

Total proceeds from the sale were US$24.2 million (CDN$31.4 million) from 366,505 carats at an average realized value of US$66 per carat. These results were in line with our expectations and reflect current market conditions. We saw good price bids for our better quality larger goods where the majority of our value lies. In the lower qualities and smaller sizes, we saw average price declines in the mid single digits. We believe the price pressure is predominantly driven by the recent rapid weakening of the Indian Rupee against the US Dollar and to some extent the seasonal lower demand for rough diamonds ahead of the Diwali celebrations.

Encouragingly, we have noted some good reporting of diamond retail jewellery sales particularly in the US where demand remains strong. This news is supportive as we enter into the major selling seasons for the US and Far East markets. Consumer sentiment in the US remains strong on the back of a healthy economy and strong labour market. The Chinese retail market, and the jewellery retail in particular is also strong and showing positive momentum despite the most recent uncertainty in Chinese Capital Markets.

Said Stuart Brown, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, “The eighth sale of the year totalling US$24.2 million was a good result considering the current market and time of the year and we did well to sell all our categories at current best market prices. We are encouraged to see positive diamond jewellery retail sales and we believe that with a positive retail selling season we will see better demand for rough diamonds in the near future.”


Mountain Province Diamonds is a 49% participant with De Beers Canada in the Gahcho Kué diamond mine located in Canada’s Northwest Territories. Gahcho Kué is the world’s largest new diamond mine, consisting of a cluster of four diamondiferous kimberlites, three of which are being developed and mined under the initial 12-year mine plan.

Qualified Person

The disclosure in this news release of scientific and technical information regarding Mountain Province’s mineral properties has been reviewed and approved by Keyvan Salehi, P.Eng., MBA, a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.


Mountain Province Diamonds Inc.
Keyvan Salehi
Investor Relations and Engineering Services
161 Bay Street, Suite 1410
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2S1
Phone: (416) 361-3562


Kwanika Copper Corporation Drills 514 Metres of 0.64% Cu, 0.80g/t Au (2.15 g/t Au Eq) Including 168 Metres of 0.81% Cu, 1.71 g/t Au (3.42 g/t Au Eq) at Kwanika

Vancouver, B.C., October 18, 2018. Serengeti Resources Inc. (SIR: TSX-V) (“Serengeti” or “the Company”) is pleased to report the first batch of assay results from the 2018 drilling campaign completed at the Kwanika Project in north-central BC. The fully funded 2018 drilling program is part of the ongoing Kwanika Pre-Feasibility Study (“PFS”) scheduled for completion in mid-2019, as described in Serengeti Resources’ press release dated September 11th, 2018.  Kwanika Copper Corporation (“KCC”), is a private company jointly owned by SERENGETI RESOURCES Inc. (65%) and POSCO DAEWOO Corporation (35%).

“These outstanding results are from the first two holes of our 2018 drill program at Kwanika. The long intervals show excellent grades near surface within the potential open pit domain, and also demonstrate that strong gold and copper-rich mineralization is present within the potential underground domain outlined in our 2017 PEA. We’re looking forward to incorporating the full set of results from this year’s drilling into a revised resource estimate which is a priority input into the prefeasibility study scheduled for completion mid-2019. One of our key strategic objectives for 2018 is to expand the resource tonnage and to increase the overall resource grade of the Central Zone. If we’re successful, it will open up a number of alternatives for our engineers to optimize the project design and potentially enhance the overall project economics” stated David W Moore, President & CEO of Serengeti and President of Kwanika Copper Corp.

Project Highlights

  • K-180: 0.80 g/t Au, 0.64% Cu, 2.08 g/t Ag (2.15 g/t AuEq) over 513.9 m, from 33.00 to 546.9 m
  • Including 0.68 g/t Au, 1.02% Cu, 3.07 g/t Ag (2.82 g/t AuEq) over 101.5 m, from 33.00 to 134.5 m
  • And 1.71 g/t Au, 0.81% Cu, 2.58 g/t Ag (3.42 g/t AuEq) over 168.2 m, from 257.00 to 425.2 m
  • K-181: 0.46 g/t Au, 0.64% Cu, 1.95 g/t Ag (1.81 g/t AuEq) over 319.62 m, from 215.98 to 535.5 m
  • Including 1.03 g/t Au, 1.25% Cu, 3.49 g/t Ag (3.66 g/t AuEq) over 95.37 m, from 215.98 to 311.4 m

See attached plan and drill sections or view them on the company’s website at Results remain pending for an additional 13 holes which have been submitted for assay and will be released in batches as additional results become available.

Table 1: Kwanika Drill Program – Reported Analytical Results Current Release
Hole K-180





Interval (m)







CuEq (%) AuEq (g/t) Comments
Interval  33.0 546.9 513.9 0.64 0.80 2.08  1.03 2.15 Opit, ug domains
Including  33.0 162.5 129.5 0.85 0.55 2.54  1.13 2.36 Opit domain
Including  33.0 134.5 101.5 1.02 0.68 3.07  1.36 2.82 Opit domain
And Including  162.5 546.9 384.4 0.56 0.88 1.92  1.00 2.08 Ug domain
Including  257.0 476.94 219.94 0.74 1.43 2.54  1.15 2.40 Ug domain
Including  257.0 425.2 168.2 0.81 1.71 2.58  1.65 3.42 Ug domain
Hole K-181





Interval (m)







CuEq (%) AuEq (g/t) Comments
Interval  215.98 655.6* 439.22 0.52 0.37 1.59 0.71 1.47

May extend

Ug domain

Including  215.98 535.5 319.62 0.64 0.46 1.95  0.87 1.81 Ug domain
Including  215.98 311.4  95.37 1.25 1.02 3.49  1.76 3.66 Ug domain

Intercept lengths in the table above are not necessarily true widths given the fact that holes are being drilled at different angles through forecast mining shapes within a variably oriented mineralized body. Gold and Copper equivalents are calculated using the formulae below based on metal prices of $3.00/lb of copper, $1,200/oz of gold and $15/oz of silver, with all metal prices quoted in USD. Metal recoveries as stated in the PEA as follows; Cu 91%, Au 75%, Ag 75% have been applied to the equivalent calculations..* End of Hole.

AuEq = Augpt + ((Aggpt/31.1034*AgPrice*AgRecovery)+(Cu%*CuPrice*CuRecovery*22.0462))/(Augpt/31.1034*AuPrice*AuRecovery)

CuEq = Cu% + ((Augpt/31.1034*AuPrice*AuRecovery)+(Aggpt/31.1034*AgPrice*AgRecovery))/(CuPrice*CuRecovery*22.0462)

Open pit (Opit), and Underground (Ug) domains are as outlined in the Company’s NI-43-101 Technical Report for the Kwanika Property, Preliminary Economic Assessment Update 2017, dated 19 April, 2017 and filed on SEDAR and on the Company’s website.

Table 2: Kwanika Drill Hole Parameters
Hole number Azimuth (degrees)





Elevation (m) UTM E UTM N Purpose
K-179A 214.4 -75.2 138.3* 1014 351244 6156543 Deepen prior hole K-179
K-180 181.1 -66.2 664.5 1001 351499 6156313 Test the S wall of OP and tall stope S side
K-181 94.2 -62.2 655.6 997 351364 6156212

Test tall stope

E side

*DDH-K-179A was drilled from the bottom of prior hole K-16-179 which ended previously at 909 m. The new hole  encountered strongly quartz-sericite-ankerite-pyrite altered monzonite with numerous quartz-tourmaline vein breccias containing locally anomalous gold values before being terminated in a major fault zone at 1047.5 m, which is thought to be a strand of the regional Pinchi Fault. The hole lies to the north of and approximately 400 m below the potential mining shape intersected by the other two holes reported here.

DDH-K-180 drilled in a southerly direction from the potential open pit and encountered strongly quartz-chalcopyrite veined monzonite over the portion of the hole lying within the proposed pit as well as a substantial gold-copper rich interval deeper in the hole characterized by vein and disseminated chalcopyrite and bornite cut by numerous thin late-mineral dykes which may be related to the gold enrichment of this interval. K-180 intersected mineralization within current mining shapes over a vertical range of 475 m and a horizontal extent at the mid point of the intercept of approximately 200 m. The current pit-constrained mineralized zone extends for a further 150 m north of the top of the mineralized zone encountered in K-180.

DDH-K-181 drilled in an easterly direction through the post-mineral sedimentary rock basin that overlies a portion of the deposit before encountering a supergene-enriched interval containing native copper gradational to underlying chalcocite containing strong grades of copper and gold. The drill hole ended in mineralization, albeit lower grade than observed higher in the hole and potentially extends the mineralized zone to depth and to the east. The hole  intersected mineralization within the current underground mining shape over a vertical range of 290 m and a horizontal extent of approximately 150 m.

About Serengeti Resources Inc.

Serengeti is a mineral exploration company managed by an experienced team of professionals with a solid track record of exploration success.  The Company is currently advancing its Kwanika copper-gold project in partnership with POSCO DAEWOO Corporation and exploring its extensive portfolio of properties in north-central British Columbia.  A number of these other projects are available for option or joint venture and additional information can be found on the Company’s website at

Quality Assurance/Quality Control

Sample analysis for the 2018 Kwanika drilling program was completed at Bureau Veritas Minerals Laboratory in Vancouver, BC, which is ISO 9001:2015 and 17025 accredited. A robust quality assurance/quality control program was completed by KCC which included inserting field blanks, standards and duplicates into the sample stream before being shipped to the laboratory. QAQC samples accounted for a minimum of 20% of the samples which were analyzed in addition to the laboratory’s own quality assurance program. Copper and silver analyses were determined by AQ 270 which is a combined ICP-ES/MS method following Aqua-Regia digestion and is capable of determining up to 100,000 ppm Cu and 1,000 ppm Ag; Au was determined by FA430, a lead collection, Fire Assay/AAS method using a 30 gram sub-sample and has an upper detection limit of 10 ppm Au. The field program was supervised by Serengeti Resources Inc. staff and the technical information in this news release has been prepared in accordance with Canadian regulatory requirements as set out in National Instrument 43-101, and reviewed by the Company’s qualified person, David W. Moore, P. Geo., President and CEO of Serengeti Resources Inc.


David W. Moore, P. Geo.

President, CEO and Director


AltaGas Announces the Filing of the Final Prospectus and Pricing for the Initial Public Offering of AltaGas Canada Inc., Which Includes AltaGas’ Canadian Utilities and Certain Renewable Power Assets in Canada

AltaGas continues to execute on its strategy to reshape the company with a focus on Gas and U.S. Utilities

CALGARY, Oct. 18, 2018

  • Final pricing for AltaGas Canada Inc.’s (“ACI”) initial public offering (“IPO”) at $14.50 per common share (the “Offering Price”) for between 16,500,000 and 18,975,000 common shares for aggregate gross proceeds from the sale of common shares of between $239 million and $275 million (if the over-allotment option is exercised in full).
  • Total cash proceeds for AltaGas from the IPO are expected to be between $874 and $910 million1, which will be funded by ACI through the sale of common shares and $635 million in debt.2
  • Upon successful completion of the IPO, AltaGas will exceed its $2.0 billion target on its asset monetization plan with respect to the repayment of its bridge facility, with approximately $2.4 billion expected to be raised.
  • AltaGas expects to hold common shares of ACI within a range between approximately 37% (if the over-allotment option is exercised in full) to 45% (if the over-allotment option is not exercised) following the IPO.

AltaGas Ltd. (AltaGas) (TSX: ALA) announced today that ACI has filed and obtained a receipt for the final prospectus and pricing with respect to the IPO from the securities regulatory authorities in Canada. At the Offering Price, ACI has agreed to sell between 16,500,000 and 18,975,000 common shares for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $239 million to $275 million (if the over-allotment option is exercised in full).

“The successful initial public offering of ACI represents another important milestone in reshaping AltaGas, to focus on Gas and U.S. Utilities,” said Mr. David Cornhill, Chairman and interim co-Chief Executive Officer of AltaGas. “At the same time, the IPO also serves to strengthen our balance sheet, with up to $910 million in proceeds being used to pay down a significant portion of our bridge facility.”

AltaGas has been rapidly repaying its bridge facility and expects to meet its commitment to have the bridge facility retired in the fourth quarter of 2018. The final step for the bridge repayment is approximately US $1.1 billion in financing, which is expected to include term debt and hybrid securities offerings.

The IPO is being made through a syndicate of underwriters jointly led by RBC Capital Markets, TD Securities Inc. and J.P. Morgan Securities Canada Inc. (the “Underwriters”). AltaGas, ACI and the Underwriters have entered into an underwriting agreement in respect of the IPO.

The IPO is expected to close on or about October 25, 2018. Completion of the IPO is subject to, and conditional upon the receipt of all necessary approvals, including regulatory approvals. The Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) has conditionally approved the listing of the common shares of ACI under the symbol “ACI”. Listing of the common shares of ACI on the TSX is subject to ACI fulfilling all of the requirements of the TSX on or before January 8, 2019, including the distribution of the common shares of ACI to a minimum number of public shareholders.

The Underwriters have been granted an over-allotment option exercisable at the Underwriters’ sole discretion, to purchase up to an additional 2,475,000 common shares (for a total 18,975,000 common shares if the over-allotment option is exercised in full) of ACI at the Offering Price, exercisable in whole or in part up to 30 days after closing of the IPO.

There can be no assurance that the IPO will be completed. An investment in the common shares of ACI is subject to a number of risks. The final prospectus contains important information relating to the IPO. For more information, potential investors should read the final prospectus which is available on SEDAR at This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale or acceptance of an offer to buy the common shares in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the time a receipt for the final prospectus or other authorization is obtained from the securities commission or similar authority in such jurisdiction.

No securities regulatory authority has either approved or disapproved of the contents of this press release. This press release is not for distribution, directly or indirectly, in or into the United States (including its territories and possessions, any state of the United States and the District of Columbia) or any other jurisdiction outside Canada. This press release does not constitute or form a part of any offer or solicitation to buy or sell any securities in the United States or any other jurisdiction outside of Canada. The securities offered pursuant to the amended and restated preliminary prospectus have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”), or any state securities laws. Accordingly, these securities may not be offered or sold within the United States or to a U.S. person unless registered under the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws or except pursuant to exemptions from the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws. There will be no public offering of securities in the United States.

About AltaGas
AltaGas is an energy infrastructure company with a focus on natural gas, power and regulated utilities. AltaGas creates value by growing and optimizing its energy infrastructure, including a focus on clean energy sources. For more information visit:


AFN Comments on Supreme Court Decision Regarding Duty to Consult – Water Canada

October 19, 2018

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) has commented on the Supreme Court of Canada decision regarding Mikisew Cree First Nation’s case on the duty of the federal government to consult when legislative changes could affect Treaty rights, such as impacts to water on First Nation lands.

AFN Manitoba Regional Chief Kevin Hart said this week that the Supreme Court decision does not mean Canada can ignore or deny First Nations rights or the duty to consult.

“The Supreme Court may have ruled that the federal government does not have a duty to consult before tabling legislation, but it does not mean First Nations will stop asserting and defending their rights, their peoples and their traditional territories,” said Regional Chief Hart. “The Crown still has a duty to consult on any activities that affect our lands, our waters or our rights and the Crown will be held to account. We are serving notice that we fully expect the Honour of the Crown to be upheld and that we will challenge any attempts to override our rights.”

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