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Patsy Thompson – President, First Nations Health Managers Association Conference

NationTalk Scene @ the recent 7th Annual First Nations Health Managers Association Conference (FNHMA) speaks with Patsy Thompson who discusses the FNHMA’s positive outreach, certification and the accreditation process. The conference presented thirty-one new graduations for 2017. The 2018 national conference will be in Banff, November 5-7, 2018. Please visit

Provincial and Federal Governments Sign Bilateral Agreement on Early Learning and Child Care

December 15, 2017

The Government of Canada is making significant investments in early learning and child care systems which will improve the lives of Canadian children and their families.

Today, the Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador; the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defense, on behalf of the Honourable Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development; and the Honourable Dale Kirby, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development for Newfoundland and Labrador, announced a three-year bilateral agreement that reaffirms their commitment to and support of the unique early learning and child care needs of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The agreement allocates just over $22 million, over three years, to Newfoundland and Labrador for early learning and child care investments.

The funding will support the existing 10-year child care strategy which will develop and implement innovative approaches to address early learning and child care challenges through subsidies, grants, bursaries and professional learning opportunities.

The strategy can be found online at:

This announcement follows an historic agreement, made on June 12, 2017, by Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers Responsible for Early Learning and Child Care on a Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework. The framework sets the foundation for governments to work towards a shared long-term vision where all children across Canada can experience the enriching environment of quality early learning and child care.

The Newfoundland and Labrador action plan is built on two main priority areas, aligning with the Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework. They are:

  • Improving accessibility and affordability of child care for low and middle income families by:
    • Enhancing the Operating Grant Program;
    • Implementing changes to the Child Care Services Subsidy program; and
    • Enhancing the Child Care Capacity Initiative
  • Enhancing the quality of early learning and child care across Newfoundland and Labrador by:
    • Enhancing grants, bursaries and professional learning opportunities for early childhood educators;
    • Introducing a Capital Renovation Grant Program for Licensed Child Care Centres; and
    • Developing a Quality Improvement Program.

The framework principles include increasing the quality, accessibility, affordability, flexibility and inclusivity of early learning and child care, with consideration for families that need child care the most.

The bilateral agreement is another step to help ensure that Newfoundland and Labrador children get the best start in life and is supported by long-term Government of Canada investments in early learning and child care announced in Budgets 2016 and 2017, totalling $7.5 billion over 11 years.

“As a government we recognize that child care plays a vital role in the healthy development of children and the well-being of families throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. We are very pleased to partner with the Government of Canada on this important bilateral agreement that will see much-needed federal support for enhancing early learning and child care in our province.”
Honourable Dwight Ball
Premier of Newfoundland Labrador

“For many families, access to high-quality, affordable child care is not a commodity—it is a necessity. That is why the Governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador strongly believe investments in early learning and child care will build a high-quality, flexible, inclusive and affordable early learning and child care system.”
Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos
Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

“The first years of life are essential for children’s development and future well-being. That is why I am pleased that the Government of Canada and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador are working together to improve the long term capacities of the early learning and child care system.”
Honourable Seamus O’Regan
Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

“We are very pleased to work with our federal partners on this significant initiative. This funding will help us deliver on our mandate for increasing access to affordable, quality childcare and making a clear difference in the lives of children, families and all of those involved in early childhood education in our province.”
Honourable Dale Kirby
Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development

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Learn More
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Media contacts
Michelle Cannizzaro
Office of the Premier

Debbie Marnell
Education and Early Childhood Development
709-729-1906, 699-9048

Émilie Gauduchon-Campbell
Office of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

For general information, please contact:
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada


Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Early Learning and Child Care Agreement

On June 12, 2017, Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers Responsible for Early Learning and Child Care signed a Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework. This is a significant milestone in which governments agree to work together to address some of the key early learning and child care issues across the country.

Governments will work towards achieving the shared long-term vision of the framework where all children across Canada can experience the enriching environment of quality early learning and child care. They have committed to increase the quality, accessibility, affordability, flexibility and inclusivity of early learning and child care with consideration for families that need child care the most.

The implementation of this framework, and a separate Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework to be co-developed with Indigenous peoples, is supported by federal investments announced in Budgets 2016 and 2017, totalling $7.5 billion over 11 years. Through bilateral agreements, the Government of Canada will provide provinces and territories with $1.2 billion, over three years, that outline the unique early learning and child care needs that will be addressed and funding allocation for each jurisdiction.

The Government of Canada and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador have signed an early learning and child care bilateral agreement. Through this bilateral agreement, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador will receive just over $22 million, over three years to be used towards strengthening their early learning and child care system through innovative approaches, subsidies, grants, bursaries and professional learning opportunities.

The focus will be on the following key areas:

  • Enhancing the Operating Grant Program for child care centres and developing an operating grant component for Family Child Care to address affordability challenges in rural and remote community settings;
  • Enhancing the Child Care Capacity Initiative funding and introducing a family child care capacity component of the Child Care Capacity Initiative to address unique accessibility challenges of early learning and child care in Newfoundland and Labrador, especially in rural, and remote communities where a child care centre may not be viable;
  • Enhancing and increasing eligibility levels of the Child Care Services Subsidy program;
  • Enhancing bursaries, grants and access to professional learning for early childhood educators; and
  • Adding consultative and financial quality improvement supports to regulated child care services.
  • Introducing a Capital Renovation Grant Program for Licensed Child Care Centres.

By the end of the three-year agreement, this funding will:

  • Reduce the child care costs for low and moderate income families and support the affordability of child care for all families in Newfoundland and Labrador;
  • Increase the number of families eligible for full and partial subsidies;
  • Increase the number of regulated child care services particularly in underserviced areas, with a focus on rural communities, linguistic minority communities, and Indigenous communities;
  • Enhance incentives to increase Early Childhood Education qualifications, thereby influencing the quality of the child care children receive in the province;
  • Make available a one-year Capital Renovation Grant program; and
  • Offer a Quality Enhancement Grant available to child care services participating in the Operating Grant Program to boost quality.


The Prime Minister announces a change in the senior ranks of the Public Service

Ottawa, Ontario
December 15, 2017

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced the following change in the senior ranks of the Public Service:

Sony Perron, currently Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Indigenous Services, becomes Associate Deputy Minister of Indigenous Services, effective December 18, 2017.

Biographical notes


GN and NTA reach tentative settlement on collective agreement

IQALUIT, Nunavut (December 15, 2017) – The Government of Nunavut and the Nunavut Teachers’ Association reached a tentative settlement on a new collective agreement on December 9, 2017.

The previous agreement expired on June 30, 2017. The agreement is subject to ratification by both parties, at which point more details will be provided.


Media Contacts:

Denise Grandmaison
Manager, Communications
Department of Finance

John Fanjoy
Nunavut Teachers’ Association
867-979-0750, ext. 221


Ontario Moving Forward with Environmental Assessment for High Speed Rail

Project Will Cut Travel Times for Commuters and Families

December 15, 2017

Ontario is continuing progress to introduce high speed rail to the Toronto-Windsor corridor, which will cut people’s travel times and create new opportunities for workers, businesses and families.

Ontario issued a Request for Bids (RFB) today to develop the environmental assessment terms of reference for the Kitchener-Waterloo to London portion of the corridor.

The terms of reference will provide a framework for planning and the environmental assessment, which will look at how all aspects of the project could affect the environment, including how stations are built, track locations, energy requirements, expected ridership, and parking needs. As high speed rail will be a new service for Ontario and Canada, new train and safety standards will be developed with Transport Canada to inform the environmental assessment process.

Investing in high speed rail is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

Quick Facts

  • The high speed rail line will serve more than seven million people. The proposed stops are Windsor, Chatham, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph and Toronto Union Station, with a connection to Pearson International Airport.
  • A transportation system that efficiently connects people, places and goods is part of Ontario’s plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) Region. The province is currently seeking input on a draft set of goals and objectives for the GGH Transportation Plan. Take the survey by Dec. 23, 2017.
  • Ontario will engage with Indigenous communities, private and public partners, including municipalities, during the environmental assessment, design work and ridership forecasting process.
  • Ontario launched a website that will be updated as the environmental assessment progresses, including what high speed rail will mean for people in Southwestern Ontario and across the province.
  • Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province’s history. To learn more about what’s happening in your community, go to
Additional Resources


“I am very happy to announce our progress in bringing high speed rail to southwestern Ontario—connecting communities and investing in a future-ready transportation system. This historic project is the first of its kind in Canada, and will be one of the largest planning and environmental assessments our province has ever completed. We are investing in modern, integrated transit that will make life easier for commuters and families, and get people where they need to go faster.”

Steven Del Duca
Minister of Transportation

Media Contacts

Celso Pereira
Minister’s Office

Bob Nichols
Communications Branch


Media Advisory: Government of Canada to announce essential skills training targeted to the manufacturing sector

From Employment and Social Development Canada

René Arseneault, Member of Parliament for Madawaska–Restigouche, will make an announcement about how the Government of Canada will support manufacturers in central and eastern Canada in developing new training models to help their employees succeed at work.

The announcement is being made on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.

A photo opportunity and media availability will follow.

Please note that all details are subject to change. All times are local.

DATE:     Monday, December 18, 2017
:      10:30 a.m.
:   Restigouche Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC)
41 Water Street
Campbellton, New Brunswick

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FOR INFORMATION (media only):
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada


B.C. gives biggest boost in more than a decade to gambling addiction services

Dec. 15, 2017

VICTORIA – Government is making the most-significant service increase in over 10 years for British Columbians who are at risk of gambling addiction.

The Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch (GPEB) will offer new and much-needed additional off-site services, and the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) will expand the GameSense Advisor program.

“Our government is committed to improving mental-health services for everyone,” said Attorney General David Eby. “We must address the long-neglected and underfunded addiction risks associated with gambling. These changes ensure prevention and support services will be more readily available for those who need them most — not just in casinos, but anywhere in the province.”

Under a new model, BCLC will assume full responsibility for and cost of the GameSense Advisor program, and will eventually hire additional advisors for all 18 community gaming centres (CGC) in the province. GPEB will keep the $1.2 million in funding that was previously dedicated to GameSense Advisors and will use it to immediately expand out-of-casino services, like early intervention, counselling and harm reduction. GPEB will address existing service gaps, including outreach to online players exhibiting problem gambling behaviour and the expansion of community training programs in Indigenous communities to provide culturally sensitive supports.

“Addiction is a complex health condition that comes in many forms and affects people from all walks of life. Like other addictions, a person struggling with a gambling addiction needs to know there is hope and help,” said Judy Darcy, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. “Expanding prevention and awareness programs for gamblers, while also enhancing counselling and clinical options, is an important step in allowing people to get access to the help they need.”

Quick Facts:

  • The government’s Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch will immediately use the $1.2 million to expand services that meet the changing needs of at-risk and online gamblers, including counselling, outreach to high-risk populations and community training for problem-gambling prevention and support.
  • In 2016-17, GPEB’s clinical treatment program provided counselling and treatment services to 1,390 individuals with a gambling problem — a fraction of the people believed to be suffering from problem gambling behaviour in B.C.
  • GameSense Advisors are responsible gambling specialists in casinos who help patrons make safer decisions about their gambling and provide support and information about accessing problem-gambling resources.
  • GameSense Advisors also play a vital role in the Voluntary Self-Exclusion program, which allows patrons to voluntarily exclude themselves from all gambling facilities and from accessing BCLC’s online gambling site.
  • Over the next 30 months, every casino and community gaming centre in B.C. will be staffed by these advisors, funded by BCLC.

Learn More:

For more information on the Responsible and Problem Gambling program:

For details on the GameSense Advisor program:

For job postings for the GameSense Advisor program:

For more information on A Plan for Public Health and Gambling in British Columbia:


Media Relations
Ministry of Attorney General
778 678-1572

Connect with the Province of B.C. at:


Male Inmate Escapes Custody in Saskatoon While on Temporary Absence

On December 14, 2017, William John KEEWATIN (DOB: May 31, 1990) reported to the Saskatoon Community Training Residence and was deemed to be in violation of his temporary absence.

At approximately 7:30 p.m., KEEWATIN escaped while staff were in the process of returning him to the Saskatoon Correctional Centre.  KEEWATIN had been living in the community on temporary absence from the Saskatoon Correctional Centre since November 29, 2017, and was scheduled for full release on December 29, 2017.

KEEWATIN’S description is as follows:
Height: 5’10” = 178 cm
Weight: 170 lbs = 77 kg
Eye Colour: Brown
Hair Colour: Black
Scars: Above right eye

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KEEWATIN was serving 236 days for Breach of a Conditional Sentence.  Saskatoon Police Service has been notified.

If you have information on the whereabouts of this individual, please contact Saskatoon Police Service, your local police service or any detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.  KEEEWATIN is not considered a threat to public safety.


For more information, contact:

Noel Busse
Phone: 306-787-8959


An emotional thing:’ Returning sacred objects lifts Indigenous communities – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Dec 15, 2017 

By Bob Weber


Ryan Heavy Hand had been helping First Nations bring home ceremonial objects from museums for years, but this call from an institution in Oregon was a first.

“The museum had a beaver bundle,” said Heavy Hand, referring to one of the Blackfoot people’s most sacred and ceremonially important objects.

Many institutions were reluctant for such items to leave their collections, but not this one.

“(This museum) actually phoned the tribe and said, ‘Can somebody come and pick this up? Our staff are hearing animals sounds in the storage .. where the bundle was kept.

“’They’d just like you to come and take it and bring it back home.”’

First Nations have been repatriating items for decades now. Masks, rattles, bundles, medicine pipes, bentwood boxes and headdresses in the hundreds have left urban museum cases and collection storehouses for the lands where they were made.

And, when they arrive, they no longer sit behind glass. Many have resumed their place at the heart of Indigenous cultural life. They have become spiritual and artistic inspirations to the descendants of those who made them.

“It definitely gave life to a lot of people,” said Jerry Potts Jr., a Piikani elder from southern Alberta, who was involved in many repatriations of Blackfoot ceremonial items. “There’s universities and collections all over that have given stuff back to the communities that’s back in full use right now.”

The movement home began in the 1970s, driven by the desire of young Indigenous people to revive their ceremonies and traditions before the elders who knew them died. Many of those ceremonies had one-of-a-kind objects at their heart and many, if not most, were in museums, universities and private collections.

Getting them back was hard work, said Heavy Hand.

In 1994, he sat down with a fat directory of museums worldwide and sent out 4,000 form letters asking them if they had any Blackfoot material. Almost 200 museums wrote back saying they did.

“There were many, many thousands of items,” he said. “All of the major museums in Canada have really big Blackfoot collections.”

On the West Coast, Andy Wilson, co-founder of the Skidegate and Haida repatriation committees, was getting summer students to look through museum catalogues and write letters.

“They had to be proactive about it,” he said. “Now, museums are starting to contact First Nations.

Sometimes negotiations took months; sometimes they took years.

Museums were reluctant to part with some artifacts or were uncertain about where they should go. First Nations had to work out who was entitled to receive the material and how the transfer should be done.

They were determined. Bundles are considered to be living things that gain strength from use and which connect their owners to their creation myths.

The objects started coming home. And, as soon as they did, the ceremonies and societies that depended on them resumed.

In 1992, a thunder medicine pipe bundle was used for the first time in 30 years. A decade or so later, the Blackfoot had possession of and were using all 25 bundles associated with the Horn society.

“I don’t think (that society) has been complete since about 1923,” wrote the late Kainai elder Frank Weasel Head in a recent book on repatriation titled “We Are Coming Home.”

For Wilson, repatriation involved artifacts and human remains. The Haida had almost lost the art of making bentwood boxes, used, among other things, for burials.

Wilson and others used the returned boxes _ and totem poles, drums, masks, paddles and rattles _ to relearn how to make them.

The boxes were painted, but not just with any design.

“It’s got to be your family crest,” said Wilson. “And if you don’t know what your crests are, then you have to go and ask your family about it. You have to open that line of communication and history.”

The return of the bentwood boxes also led people to recover the songs and language appropriate to their use.

“It’s an emotional thing,” Wilson said. “All this stuff was beaten out of them (and) when they’re doing it, they realize how much they’ve lost, so there’s quite a bit of grief in there.”

For the Blackfoot, repatriation has meant rejuvenation. Many of the traditional societies _ the Brave Dogs, the Horns _ have bounced back.

Potts said his reserve used to have the resources for one pipe ceremony a year, but now they can do two or three on the same day.

“There’s people that make vows to (bundles) for sickness, for good luck. There’s been nothing less than miracles that have happened from some of the ceremonial protocols.”

The ripples of repatriation, said Wilson, spread wider than anyone expected.

“One of the things we didn’t realize with repatriation was it said ‘Enough is enough. We’re not going to allow you to take away our ancestors, our sacred artifacts, our knowledge.’

“If we had all day, I couldn’t explain to you what it did for us.”


Whitehorse Salvation Army shelter sees higher demand, fewer donations – CBC

Demand for meals has gone up about 30 per cent this year, says executive director

Dec 15, 2017

The Salvation Army in Whitehorse says it’s serving 30 per cent more meals than last year.

Ian McKenzie says the new Centre of Hope in Whitehorse has been busy since opening on Oct. 6.

Staff at the facility have been preparing lunch for as many as 160 people some days. The dinner crowd is smaller, but some nights can see up to 90 people coming in for a meal.

McKenzie believes the dining hall at the new Centre of Hope is attracting more clients. Everyone is welcome, he says, but the increased demand requires more groceries and more work.

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National Energy Board Hearing for the Sundre Crossover Project Begins on Monday

December 15, 2017 – Calgary – National Energy Board

The National Energy Board (NEB) oral hearings on an application from NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL) to build a natural gas pipeline east of the Town of Sundre will begin on December 18. The hearing will start at 9 a.m. in the NEB’s hearing room in Calgary and is expected to run for two days. The public is welcome to attend.

NGTL applied to the NEB on March 24 for permission to build and operate the 21-kilometre long Sundre Crossover Project. If approved, the project would deliver sweet natural gas from the Edson Mainline and Edson Mainline Loop downstream to connections on the existing NGTL system. The estimated capital cost of the project is approximately $99 million.

NGTL applied to the NEB under section 58 of the National Energy Board Act. In general, these types of applications do not require a public hearing. However, given the elevated level of public interest in this project, the NEB has decided to hold a hearing in order to consider the input of those who could be directly affected or who have expertise to share.

Those unable to attend the hearing in person can access both a live audio feed and a daily transcript at

The National Energy Board is an independent federal regulator of several parts of Canada’s energy industry. It regulates pipelines, energy development and trade in the public interest with safety as its primary concern. For more information on the NEB and its mandate, please visit

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Quick Facts

  • The NEB received 10 applications to participate and granted Intervenor status to the five groups and individuals who requested it. Five applicants were granted Commenter status.
  • The NEB has made up to $120,000 in funding available to support meaningful participation by Intervenors in the hearing process.
  • As this project falls under section 58 of the National Energy Board Act, the NEB is the final decision maker.

Associated Links


Sarah Kiley
Communications Officer
National Energy Board
Telephone: 403-614-6526
Telephone (toll-free): 1-800-899-1265


Ontario Health Minister urged to ensure donor liver be provided to Labrador Inuk Delilah Saunders

The following letter from Nunatsiavut President Johannes Lampe has been sent to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care with the Government of Ontario, Hon. Dr. Eric Hoskins.

Letter to Minister Hoskins re Delilah Saunders


National Access Cannabis Establishes Landmark Limited Partnership Agreements with 3 First Nations in Manitoba

NAC and participating First Nations to host signing ceremony Friday morning

OTTAWA, Dec. 15, 2017  – National Access Cannabis Corp. (“NAC” or the “Company”) (TSX VENTURE: NAC), Canada’s best practices leader in delivering secure, safe, and responsible access to legal medical cannabis today announced that the Company has entered into Limited Partnership Agreements (the “Agreements”) with three Manitoba Indigenous First Nations. Under the terms of the Agreements, each of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Long Plain First Nation, and Peguis First Nation have partnered with NAC to establish a retail recreational cannabis distribution network in Manitoba, when legally permissible to do so.

Through the Agreements, NAC, in partnership with each of the three First Nations, intends to build out and operate a network of recreational cannabis stores located on the respective First Nation’s owned land in Manitoba, when legally permitted to do so and in response to the Manitoba RFP. It is intended that the locations will be staffed by First Nation’s members and trained using NAC’s proprietary model to ensure safe and secure distribution of legal cannabis.

“These unique partnerships present a fantastic economic opportunity for the participating First Nations,” said Mark Goliger, Chief Executive Officer of National Access Cannabis. “With the benefit of NAC’s established operating model, First Nation’s will supply legal cannabis, leveraging our deep knowledge of safety, security and harm reduction through a network of First Nation owned stores in Manitoba. This partnership not only supports Manitoba’s Indigenous First Nations, but also the province in meeting its obligations to provide Manitoban’s access to safe and legal cannabis. We are working towards more of these win-win partnerships here in Manitoba and elsewhere in other provinces.”

NAC and the participating First Nations will host a signing ceremony Friday, December 15, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Central Time at NAC’s Winnipeg medical clinic. All interested media parties are invited to join.



Friday, December 15th, 2017


10:00 a.m. Central Time (11:00 a.m. Eastern Time)


NAC Winnipeg

379 Broadway #101

Winnipeg, MB

R3C 0T9

About National Access Cannabis

National Access Cannabis is Canada’s best practices leader in delivering secure, safe, and responsible access to legal medical cannabis. NAC enables patients to gain knowledge and the legal medical documentation required to navigate Canada’s disparate network of authorized Licensed Producers of Cannabis. Through its Canada-wide network of care centres, NAC has partnered with health professionals to improve the quality of life of its local members and provide services designed to inform, educate and supply expert advice.

National Access Cannabis Corp. is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol (TSXV: NAC).

Cautionary Statements

This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws relating to the entering into of the limited partnership agreements and future developments including the establishment of a recreational cannabis distribution network in Manitoba and the structure. Although the Corporation believes in light of the experience of its officers and directors, current conditions and expected future developments and other factors that have been considered appropriate that the expectations reflected in this forward-looking information are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on them because the Corporation can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Readers are cautioned to not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Actual results and developments may differ materially from those that are currently contemplated by these statements depending on, among other things, the risks and failure to obtain distribution and operating licenses from applicable regulatory authorities. The Corporation undertakes no obligation to comment on analyses, expectations or statements made by third-parties in respect of the Corporation, its securities, or its financial or operating results (as applicable). The statements in this news release are made as of the date of this release.

For further information: National Access Cannabis Corp.: Mark Goliger, Chief Executive Officer, 1 (800) 411-1126,; Investor Relations: Robert Kelly, LodeRock Advisors Inc., (416) 992-4539,


Indigenous woman’s liver assessed after outcry over earlier transplant refusal – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Dec 15, 2017 

A young Inuk woman suffering from acute liver failure is being assessed at an organ transplant centre in Toronto after her family in Labrador launched a campaign to overturn earlier refusals to put her on a transplant waiting list.

Doctors had told Delilah Saunders she was not eligible to go on a waiting list in Ontario because the advocate for Indigenous rights had not abstained from alcohol for a minimum of six months.

However, her younger brother says she was transferred from The Ottawa Hospital late Thursday night to the University Health Network, where she is receiving treatment.

Garrett Saunders says his sister’s condition seems to be improving, and he says doctors told him they are assessing whether her liver may recover.

The 26-year-old women was admitted to The Ottawa Hospital with acute liver failure on Saturday.

Transplant physicians have said the six-month abstinence policy is widely applied, in part because there is research showing that some alcoholics resume drinking after a transplant, leading to liver failure.


Barkerville Announces C$10 Million Bought Deal Private Placement of Flow-Through Shares

VANCOUVER, B.C.–(Dec. 15, 2017) –

Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd. (“Barkerville” or the “Corporation”) (TSX-V:BGM) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with Haywood Securities Inc. and Canaccord Genuity Corp. as co-lead underwriters (together, the “Underwriters”), pursuant to which the Underwriters have agreed to purchase, on a “bought deal” private placement basis, 10,000,000 common shares of the Corporation that will qualify as “flow-through shares” (within the meaning of subsection 66(15) of the Income Tax Act (Canada)) (the “Flow-Through Shares”) at a price of C$1.00 per Flow-Through Share, for aggregate gross proceeds of C$10,000,000 (the “Offering”).

The Corporation has granted the Underwriters an option to purchase up to an additional 1,500,000 Flow-Through Shares at a price of C$1.00 per Flow-Through Share, for additional aggregate gross proceeds of C$1,500,000 (the “Underwriters’ Option”), which is exercisable in whole or in part by the Underwriters at any time prior to 48 hours prior to the closing date.

The Corporation intends to use the gross proceeds from the sale of the Flow-Through Shares for “Canadian exploration expenses” (within the meaning of the Income Tax Act (Canada)), related to the Corporation’s Cariboo Gold Project in central British Columbia. The Corporation has also agreed to renounce such Canadian exploration expenses with an effective date of no later than December 31, 2017.

The closing of the Offering is expected to occur on or about December 28, 2017 and is subject to the completion of formal documentation and receipt of regulatory approvals, including the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange. The Flow-Through Shares issued in connection with the Offering will be subject to a statutory hold period in accordance with applicable securities legislation. In consideration for their services, the Corporation has agreed to pay the Underwriters a cash commission equal to 5.0% of the gross proceeds from the Offering, excluding gross proceeds received from the sale of Flow-Through Shares to Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd and Osisko Mining Inc.

About Barkerville

Barkerville is focused on developing its extensive land package located in the historical Cariboo Mining District of central British Columbia. Barkerville’s mineral tenures cover 1,950 square kilometres along a strike length of 67 kilometres which includes several past producing hard rock mines of the historic Barkerville Gold Mining Camp near the town of Wells, British Columbia. The QR Project, located approximately 110 kilometres by highway and all weather road from Wells was acquired by Barkerville in 2010 and boasts a fully permitted 900 tonne/day gold milling and tailings facility. Test mining of the Bonanza Ledge open pit was completed in March of 2015 with 91,489 tonnes of material milled producing 25,464 ounces of gold. The Corporation has completed several drilling and exploration programs over the past 20 years and has compiled this data with all historical information in order develop geologic models which are assisting management in defining new deposits in the Cariboo Gold Project. An extensive drill program is currently underway with the goal of delineating additional high grade gold mineralization.

For more information about Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd., please contact:

Chris Lodder
President & Chief Executive Officer
155 University Avenue, Suite 1440
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Osisko Commences Drill Program At Osborne-Bell

(Toronto, December 14, 2017) Osisko Mining Inc. (OSK:TSX. “Osisko” or the “Corporation”) is pleased to announce it has commenced drilling with two drill rigs on its 100% owned Osborne-Bell gold deposit located in the Abitibi greenstone belt, Quévillon Township, Eeyou Istchee James Bay Region, Québec. Located 17 kilometres northwest of the town of Lebel-sur-Quévillon and 112 kilometres west of the Windfall Lake gold deposit, Osborne-Bell is part of Osisko’s Quévillon Project, which consists of a 2160 square kilometer land package hosting approximately thirty known gold showings. A map showing the location of the deposit and project is posted on our website at

The 50,000 metre drill program will re-evaluate the historical Osborne-Bell resource, and test regional exploration targets on the Quévillon Project. The Osborne-Bell deposit has seen significant historical drilling, which Osisko intends to re-log as part of the ongoing program.

The Company is also currently completing a 27,000 kilometre high-definition magnetic survey and 5,400 kilometre V-TEM airborne survey over the Quévillon Project.

Qualified Person

The scientific and technical content of this news release has been reviewed, prepared and approved by Mr. Mathieu Savard, B.Sc., P.Geo. (OGQ 510), Vice President Exploration – Québec, who is a “qualified person” as defined by National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101″).

About the Osborne-Bell Gold Deposit

The Osborne-Bell gold deposit is located 15 km north-west of Lebel-sur-Quevillon and 115 km to the west of the Windfall Lake gold deposit. A resource estimate was completed by Maudore Minerals Ltd on the Osborne-Bell gold deposit on October 26, 2012 (see press release on October 29, 2012 at which refers to an indicated mineral resource of 8,463,800 Tonnes at 2.0 g/t Au for 546,299 oz and an inferred mineral resource of 8,115,800 Tonnes at 4.8 g/t Au for 1,258,990 oz. During the acquisition of the Osborne-Bell gold deposit from Deloitte Restructuring in March 2017, Osisko had access to confidential information indicating that the historic mineral resource estimate for the Osborne-Bell gold deposit could possibly be significantly reduced. Osisko intends to explore the Quevillon project and unlock the potential of the newly acquired Quevillon project as well as the Osborne-Bell gold deposit.

For further details regarding the 2012 mineral resource estimate, key assumptions, parameters and methods used to estimate the mineral resources presented in respect of the Osborne-Bell Gold Deposit of the Comtois Property, please see the ” 43-101 Technical Report and Mineral Resource Estimate – Osbell Deposit, Comtois Property”, dated effective date October 26, 2012 and filed on SEDAR on December 7, 2012 under the issuer profile of Maudore Minerals Ltd at

About Osisko Mining Inc.

Osisko is a mineral exploration company focused on the acquisition, exploration, and development of precious metal resource properties in Canada. Osisko holds a 100% in the high-grade Windfall Lake gold deposit located between Val-d’Or and Chibougamau in Québec and holds a 100% undivided interest in a large area of claims in the surrounding Urban Barry area and nearby Quevillon area (over 3,300 square kilometres), a 100% interest in the Marban project located in the heart of Québec’s prolific Abitibi gold mining district, and properties in the Larder Lake Mining Division in northeast Ontario, including the Jonpol and Garrcon deposits on the Garrison property, the Buffonta past producing mine and the Gold Pike mine property. The Corporation also holds interests and options in a number of additional properties in northern Quebec and Ontario. Osisko continues to be well financed with approximately $190 million in cash and investments.

For further information please contact:
John Burzynski. President and Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (416) 363-8653


KWG Resources Inc.: Convertible Debenture Placement

Toronto, Ontario–(Newsfile Corp. – December 14, 2017) – KWG Resources Inc. (CSE: KWG) (CSE: KWG.A) (FSE: KW6) (“KWG”) has received listing approval from the Canadian Securities Exchange to complete a proposed private placement (the “Private Placement“) of up to $2,580,000 of debentures convertible at the option of KWG into units with a deemed value of $21 per unit (each a “Unit”). Each subscriber will receive an option to acquire an equal amount of additional debentures at any time within 120 days from closing.

Each Unit will be comprised of four KWG.A multiple voting shares and four multiple voting share purchase warrants with each such warrant enabling its holder to acquire one further KWG.A multiple voting share from treasury upon payment of $7.50 at any time within two years from the date of the debenture’s issue. The debentures will bear interest at a rate of 12% per annum, accruing daily, compounding annually and payable at the earlier of maturity, redemption or conversion, in KWG.A multiple voting shares from treasury at their volume-weighted average price (“VWAP“) for the ten trading days prior to payment. The debentures will secure repayment of the principal, plus interest earned thereon to the date of payment, plus a premium of 20% of the original principal amount payable immediately following issuance of the debenture by the issuance of Units with a deemed value of $21 per Unit. At any time and from time to time, KWG will have the right to redeem the debenture in whole or in part by payment in cash, or convert the debentures in whole or in part into Units.

The following officers and directors of the Corporation (collectively, the “Insiders“) are expected to participate in the Private Placement for an aggregate of $511,725 of debentures plus 4,873 Units representing a premium of 20% of the original principal amount, with the Units being comprised of an aggregate of 19,492 multiple voting shares and 19,492 warrants representing the equivalent of 1.08% of the Corporation’s issued and outstanding subordinate voting shares (calculated on the basis of conversion of the multiple voting shares into subordinate voting shares on a ratio of 300:1) on a partly diluted basis following closing of the Private Placement:

View Table

In the event that KWG exercises its right to convert the principal of all of these debentures, the Insiders’ ownership of KWG shares would increase as follows:

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The foregoing does not include any consideration of shares issuable for interest as the exchange rate cannot be calculated at this time as the amount of interest will depend on the length of time the debentures are outstanding and the number issuable is based on the VWAP for 10 trading days prior to conversion. As well, the foregoing does not include any consideration of the options to acquire additional debentures; however, if all such options are exercised the same numbers of shares and warrants would be issuable for the debenture premium and the conversion of the principal would result in the same number of shares and warrants being issued.

The cash proceeds received by the Corporation from the sale of the debentures will be used for the costs and fees associated with this Private Placement and for general corporate overhead expenses including repaying current debt. The working capital deficiency and balance sheet of the Corporation will be improved, which should facilitate future financings or other transactions.

All of the securities to be issued pursuant to this Private Placement will be subject to a four (4) month hold period.

The Private Placement, in part, will be a “related party transaction” within the meaning of Multilateral Instrument 61-101 – Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions (“MI 61-101“) as Insiders are purchasing debentures. A formal valuation is not required under MI 61-101 because the Corporation is not listed on any of the stock exchanges specified in MI 61-101. Minority shareholder approval is also not required as the fair market value of the consideration for the transaction involving the Insiders does not exceed 25 percent of the Corporation’s capitalization as of the date hereof which is approximately $21 million.

The directors participating to the Private Placement declared and disclosed their interest and did not vote on the matter. The directors who are not participating in the Private Placement approved the Private Placement.

Given the uncertainty as to whether Insiders would participate in the Private Placement, and to what extent, and the demands of creditors, the Corporation has not had the opportunity to announce this related party transaction 21 days in advance of closing. Closing is anticipated to occur on or about December 15, 2017.

About KWG:

KWG is the Operator of the Black Horse Joint Venture after acquiring a vested 50% interest through Bold Ventures Inc. which is carried for 10% (20% of KWG’s equity in the JV) by KWG funding all exploration expenditures. KWG also owns 100% of CCC which has staked claims and conducted a surveying and soil testing program, originally for the engineering and construction of a railroad to the Ring of Fire from Aroland, Ontario. KWG subsequently acquired intellectual property interests, including a method for the direct reduction of chromite to metalized iron and chrome using natural gas. KWG subsidiary Muketi Metallurgical LP is prosecuting two chromite-refining patent applications in Canada, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, and USA. The national phase filings are under review in each of those jurisdictions.

KWG Resources Inc.
Bruce Hodgman


Explor Increases Ogden Property

Rouyn-Noranda, Canada, December 14, 2017 – Explor Resources Inc. (“Explor” or “the Corporation”) (TSX-V: EXS, OTCQB: EXSFF, FSE & BE: E1H1) is pleased to announce the acquisition of two (2) mining claims (3 units) situated in the Ogden Township, in the Porcupine Mining Division, District of Cochrane, Province of Ontario for a total of 48.56 hectares. These claims are located in Ogden Township contiguous and to the east of the Timmins Porcupine West Gold Property. Highway 101 West is north of the property and provided excellent access to the city of Timmins. The claims were acquired because of encouraging results obtained in Explor’s past exploration on this property.

Explor Resources Inc. will pay CDN $2,000 and issue 100,000 common shares to acquire a 100% interest in the additional Ogden mining claims. The Optionors have retained a 2% NSR in the property. This acquisition is subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange.

With this acquisition, the Ogden property now consists of 23 mining claims (118 mineral claim units) and 7 patented mining claims covering 2,006.56 hectares situated in the Porcupine mining division, district of Cochrane, in the Ogden and Price Townships, Ontario. The Ogden property has been previously explored by Hollinger Mines, Tex-Sol Exploration, Inmet Mining Corporation, Amax Mineral Exploration, Noranda Exploration and Knick Exploration. The majority of the holes drilled by previous operators were less than 100 meters in length. Historically on the Ogden Property, the only hole that hit significant mineralization was a diamond drill hole by Tex-Sol Exploration in 1965 which returned 6.0 g/t Au over 9.1 m at a shallow depth. On the TPW Gold Property significant mineralization was intersected below 300 meters of vertical depth requiring drill holes of 500 to 600 m in length.

The most significant deposits in Timmins are spatially associated with porphyry units that are in proximity to the Porcupine Destor Fault. The deposits appear to be also associated with splay faults that trend off and to the North of the Porcupine Destor fault inside an interpreted splay fault corridor.

Chris Dupont P.Eng is the qualified person responsible for the information contained in this release.

Explor Resources Inc. is a publicly listed company trading on the TSX Venture (EXS), on the OTCQB (EXSFF) and on the Frankfurt and Berlin Stock Exchanges (E1H1).

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

About Explor Resources Inc.

Explor Resources Inc. is a Canadian-based natural resources company with mineral holdings in Ontario, Québec, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick. Explor is currently focused on exploration in the Abitibi Greenstone Belt. The belt is found in both provinces of Ontario and Québec with approximately 33% in Ontario and 67% in Québec. The Belt has produced in excess of 180,000,000 ounces of gold and 450,000,000 tonnes of cu-zn ore over the last 100 years. The Corporation was continued under the laws of Alberta in 1986 and has had its main office in Québec since 2006.

Explor Resources Flagship project is the Timmins Porcupine West (TPW) Project located in the Porcupine mining camp, in the Province of Ontario. The TPW mineral resource (Press Release dated August 27, 2013) includes the following:

Open Pit Mineral Resources at a 0.30 g/t Au cut-off grade are as follows:

Indicated:     213,000 oz (4,283,000 tonnes at 1.55 g/t Au)
Inferred:     77,000 oz (1,140,000 tonnes at 2.09 g/t Au)

Underground Mineral Resources at a 1.70 g/t Au cut-off grade are as follows:

Indicated:        396,000 oz (4,420,000 tonnes at 2.79 g/t Au)
Inferred:          393,000 oz (5,185,000 tonnes at 2.36 g/t Au)

For further information please contact:

Christian Dupont, President
Tel: 888-997-4630 or 819-797-4630
Fax: 819-797-1870


Rogue Closes Acquisition of the Snow White Project, a Permitted Silica/Quartz Quarry in Northern Ontario

  • Property has existing Silica/Quartz Pit-Quarry Aggregate Permit
  • High SiO2 and low impurities confirmed in historic bulk furnace testing by Silicon Metal Producers and positive thermal strength index test results from Rogue’s due diligence
  • Preliminary NI 43-101 technical report expected to be completed in Q1 2018

TORONTO, ON – Rogue Resources Inc. (TSX-V: RRS) (“Rogue” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce closing of its acquisition of the Snow White Quartz Project (“Snow White” or the “Project”), located near Massey, Ontario, Canada from a Sudbury-based prospector (the “Seller”) pursuant to an agreement (the “Agreement”) previously announced on October 20, 2017.

“We received promising results from our confirmatory due diligence and are pleased to have closed this acquisition”, said Sean Samson, President and CEO of Rogue Resources. “We are excited to begin advancing the Project, marketing the Snow White material, developing a viable Ontario business that is expected to generate cash flow for our investors and for the Company’s investment in further growth across its portfolio.”

The Agreement

Under the terms of the Agreement, Rogue has purchased the Project by delivering, among other things, the following to the Seller:

  • cash payment at closing (the “Closing”) of CAD$25,000;
  • issuance of 150,000 Rogue common shares (“Common Shares”) at Closing, subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange (“TSXV”);
  • additional cash payments of up to an aggregate of CAD$725,000 following Closing upon the earlier of achievement of certain milestones and anniversaries of Closing (the “Payment Period”);
  • additional issuance of up to an aggregate of 900,000 Common Shares during the Payment Period, subject to the approval of the TSXV; and
  • grant of a 2% net return on all quartz/silica from the Project, subject to a reservation by the Company of a buy back right upon payment of an additional $2 million to the Seller.

Upon an uncured event of default under the Agreement, the Project shall revert to the Seller and the Company shall have no interest in the Project.

Project Overview

The Snow White property consists of three staked mining claims representing approximately 160 hectares, located approximately 26 km northwest of the town of Massey, 125 km west of the city of Sudbury and 500 km north-northwest of Toronto. The Project currently has Class A and Class B Pit-Quarry-Aggregate Permits for unlimited annual silica/quartz production. Rogue has met with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to discuss and verify the existing aggregate permit.

The area surrounding the Project is equipped with good infrastructure, an existing access road, and is also proximate to deep-water ports on Lake Huron that the Company expects could be used to access export markets from the Project.

Rogue has been in contact with local contractors, as well as the port’s owners, for preliminary operations and logistics contracting discussions.

The work completed on Snow White at this stage is preliminary in nature and the limited drill data and metallurgical analysis are too speculative geologically to have economic considerations applied to them that would enable them to be categorized even as mineral resources. There is no certainty that this Project will be put into production.

Rogue plans to complete a preliminary National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”) technical report on Snow White and file to SEDAR in January 2018.

Similar to the past two years, the Company is also developing a detailed plan for 2018, outlining the major events anticipated for the year.

An investor conference call will be held in January to discuss Snow White and the 2018 Plan in further detail.

About Rogue Resources Inc.

Rogue is a mining company focused on generating positive cash flow. Not tied to any metal, it looks at rock value and good grade deposits that can withstand all stages of the metal price cycle. The Company remains focused on advancing its silica/quartz business with the Silicon Ridge Project in Quebec and the Snow White Project in Ontario, exploring its other assets, including the gold potential at Radio Hill, and identifying additional projects or mines that meet its criteria.

For more information visit

Qualified Person

The Company’s Projects are under the direct technical supervision of Paul Davis, P.Geo., and Vice-President of the Company. Paul is a Qualified Person (“QP”) as defined by NI 43-101.

For additional information regarding this news release please contact:

Sean Samson


MacDonald Mines Exploration Announces Private Placement of up to $1,000,000

Toronto, Ontario – December 14, 2017 – MacDonald Mines Exploration Ltd. (TSX-V: BMK) (“MacDonald Mines” or the “Company”) announces a non-brokered private placement of units (the “Units”) and flow-through units (the “Flow-Through Units”), in such combination to be determined by the Company, for gross proceeds of up to CAD$1,000,000 (the “Offering”). The Company intends to close the Offering on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 subject to the receipt of all regulatory approvals including the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange.

Each Unit is offered at a price of $0.09 and is comprised of one Class A common share (a “Common Share”) of the Company and one Common Share purchase warrant (a “Unit Warrant”), each Unit Warrant entitling the holder thereof to acquire one common share of the Company at a price of $0.12 per share for a period of 24 months from the date of closing of the Offering.

Each Flow-Through Unit is offered at a price of $0.10 and is comprised of one Common Share that qualifies as a “flow-through share” as defined in subsection 66(15) of the Income Tax Act (Canada) and one-half of one Common Share purchase warrant (a “FT Unit Warrant”) with each full FT Unit Warrant being exercisable to acquire one Common Share (on a non-“flow-through” basis) at a price of $0.15 per share for a period of 24 months from the date of closing of the Offering.

The net proceeds from the Units shall be primarily used for exploration and general working capital purposes. The proceeds from the issuance of Flow-Through Units will be used to incur Canadian Exploration Expenses (“CEE”), and will qualify as “flow-through mining expenditures” under the Income Tax Act (Canada), which will be renounced to the subscribers of Flow-Through Units with an effective date no later than December 31, 2017 in an aggregate amount no less than the proceeds raised from the issue of the Flow-Through Units.

This news release does not constitute an offer of securities for sale in the United States. The securities being offered have not been, nor will they be, registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and such securities may not be offered or sold within the United States absent U.S. registration or an applicable exemption from U.S. registration requirements.

About MacDonald Mines Exploration Ltd.

MacDonald Mines Exploration Ltd. is a mineral exploration company headquartered in Toronto, Ontario focused on gold and silica exploration in Canada. The Company has built a portfolio of safe-jurisdiction, infrastructure-rich projects that demonstrate the greatest market potential for return. The Company is aggressively advancing its highly prospective Wawa-Holdsworth Project.

The Company’s common shares trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “BMK”.

For more information about the Company visit 

Or contact:  

Quentin Yarie, President  & CEO, (416) 364-4986,
Or Mia Boiridy, Investor Relations, (416) 364-4986,


Cannabis stores to be built on Manitoba First Nations lands – CBC

Stores will be staffed by First Nations band members trained by NAC experts

Dec 15, 2017

Three Manitoba First Nations are joining forces to help establish a cannabis distribution network in the province.

Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Long Plain First Nation, and Peguis First Nation are banding together with National Access Cannabis, a health-care service provider that helps patients access medical cannabis through a licensed producer.

Through the partnership, they will build and operate a network of recreational cannabis stores on First Nation land.

The locations will be staffed by First Nations band members trained by NAC “to ensure safe and secure distribution of legal cannabis,” states a news release from NAC.

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Alterra Power Corp. Announces Shareholder Approval of the Arrangement

VANCOUVER, Dec. 14, 2017  – Alterra Power Corp. (“Alterra”) is pleased to announce that its shareholders have voted overwhelmingly to approve the previously announced plan of arrangement whereby Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. (“Innergex”) will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Alterra (the “Arrangement”).

99.89% of the Alterra shares represented at Alterra’s special meeting of shareholders held today were voted in favour of the special resolution approving the Arrangement.

Alterra will apply for a final order of the Supreme Court of British Columbia approving the Arrangement on or about Monday December 18, 2017. Alterra is in the process of obtaining various regulatory approvals and key third party consents. Completion of the Arrangement is expected to occur in the first quarter of 2018.

About Alterra Power Corp.

Alterra Power Corp. is a global renewable energy company that manages operations of eight power plants totalling 825 MW of hydro, wind, geothermal and solar generation capacity in Canada, the USA and Iceland. Alterra owns a 364 MW share of this capacity, generating over 1,500 GWh of clean power annually.

Alterra is also constructing the 200 MW Flat Top wind project in central Texas, which is expected to be in operation in the first half of 2018 (51% owned by Alterra). Upon the completion of Flat Top, Alterra will operate nine power plants totalling 1,025 MW of capacity and will own a 465 MW share of this capacity, generating almost 2,000 GWh of clean power annually. Alterra also has an extensive portfolio of development projects and a skilled team of developers, builders and operators to support its growth plans.

Alterra trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol AXY.

Luke Pangman, 604 235-6706,


PART I: How Prince Rupert schools teach Indigenous language to hundreds of students – Fernie Free Press

A multimedia series with videos and photos from children’s Sm’algyax classes on B.C.’s North Coast

Dec. 15, 2017

“Ama ganłaak!” The students echo “good morning” back to their teachers.

The kindergarten class sits on a rainbow-coloured mat, some of them bounce in excitement. Today at Lax Kxeen Elementary School the students will meet a real life baby and learn about growing up using Sm’algyax words and Tsimshian culture.

In front of them, a mother holds her newborn son. Their Sm’algyax teacher, Kelli Clifton, directs the class and works with elder and fluent speaker, Alex Campbell.

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Include more voices in the Aurora College review, says MLA – CBC

Registered nurses, teachers and social workers associations should get a say, says Shane Thompson

Dec 15, 2017

More voices should be included in the review of N.W.T.’s Aurora College currently underway, says the territory’s Standing Committee on Social Development, in order to speak to the proposed program cuts to teacher education and social work.

Proposed cuts to both the college’s social work and teacher education programs for 2017- 2018 were put on hold while the review is taking place. However, the programs are not currently accepting new students.

MLA Shane Thompson, committee chair, says the comprehensive review needs to include the Association of Social Workers in Northern Canada, the NWT Teachers’ Association, and the Registered Nurses Association of the N.W.T. and Nunavut.

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Discovery Air Inc. Announces Securities Conversion

Toronto, ON – December 14, 2017 – Discovery Air Inc. (“Discovery Air”) (TSX: DA.DB.A) and Clairvest Group Inc. (“Clairvest”) (TSX: CVG) announced today that affiliates of Clairvest have exercised (i) the pre-existing optional conversion feature pursuant to the terms of outstanding credit facilities between, among others, affiliates of Clairvest, Discovery Air and Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. (“DA Defence”) to convert amounts outstanding under such credit facilities to common shares of DA Defence and (ii) the swap option pursuant to a letter agreement between Discovery Air, DA Defence and affiliates of Clairvest, to exchange senior secured convertible debentures of Discovery Air for common shares of DA Defence (collectively, the “Conversion Transaction”).

Following the completion of the Conversion Transaction, Discovery Air will have approximately $60 million less of secured debt and will continue to own 26% of DA Defence. The future capital required to finance the upgrade of DA Defence’s aircraft pursuant to its obligations on the recently awarded contract with the Canadian government will be raised at the DA Defence level and will not increase debt levels at Discovery Air.

For more information regarding the Conversion Transaction, please refer to previous disclosures from Discovery Air, all of which can be found on SEDAR at

About Discovery Air

Discovery Air is a global leader in specialty aviation services including medevac equipped aircraft services, air charter services, helicopter operations, and transport and logistics support to ensure operational readiness, health, safety and vital lifelines for our clients and the communities we serve. Discovery Air’s unsecured convertible debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol DA.DB.A).

For further information, please contact Investor Relations at 866-903-3247.

About Discovery Air Defence Services Inc.

DA Defence and its U.S. subsidiary, Top Aces Corp., have the world’s largest privately-held operating fleet of fighter aircraft. The training provided supports the operational readiness of both current and future generation fighter aircraft. Discover more on how DA Defence is changing the face of air combat training at

About Clairvest

Clairvest Group Inc. is a private equity investor which invests its own capital, and that of third parties through the Clairvest Equity Partners limited partnerships, in businesses that have the potential to generate superior returns. In addition to providing financing, Clairvest contributes strategic expertise and execution ability to support the growth and development of its investee partners. Clairvest realizes value through investment returns and the eventual disposition of its investments.

For further information, please contact:

Maria Klyuev
Director, Investor Relations and Marketing
Clairvest Group Inc.
Tel: (416) 925-9270
Fax: (416) 925-5753


KWG Allowed Canadian Patent for Production of Chromium Iron Alloys Directly from Chromite Ore

Toronto, Ontario–(Newsfile Corp. – December 14, 2017) – KWG Resources Inc. (CSE: KWG) (CSE: KWG.A) (FSE: KW6) (“KWG”) has received from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office the formal Notice of Allowance that a Patent for PRODUCTION OF CHROMIUM IRON ALLOYS DIRECTLY FROM CHROMITE ORE will be issued upon payment of the specified fee. As permitted, the Company intends to indicate upon publication of the issued Patent that it is available for licence.

“This is thrilling news for The Ring of Fire”, said KWG CEO Frank Smeenk. “We believe the direct reduction method can be combined with exceptionally low-cost Canadian energy to potentially provide this very large chromite discovery with tremendous production cost advantages. The method will also be improved by the further research work recently completed under the Chromite Research Project of Natural Resources Canada’s CANMET Mining laboratories. The award of this Patent will enable us to now vigorously pursue an opportunity to further develop the process with pilot plant testing in one of the strategic locales that have been under consideration.”

About KWG:

KWG is the Operator of the Black Horse Joint Venture after acquiring a vested 50% interest through Bold Ventures Inc. which is carried for 10% (20% of KWG’s equity in the JV) by KWG funding all exploration expenditures. KWG also owns 100% of CCC which has staked claims and conducted a surveying and soil testing program, originally for the engineering and construction of a railroad to the Ring of Fire from Aroland, Ontario. KWG subsequently acquired intellectual property interests, including a method for the direct reduction of chromite to metalized iron and chrome using natural gas. KWG subsidiary Muketi Metallurgical LP is prosecuting two chromite-refining patent applications in Canada, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, and USA. The national phase filings are under review in each of those jurisdictions.

KWG Resources Inc.
Bruce Hodgman


Deadline this Friday, December 15: Baffinland launching Work Ready program in Igloolik to help prepare Inuit for work at Mary River Mine

December 11, 2017

Baffinland Iron Mines, in partnership with the Mining Industry Human Resource Council, is launching the Mining Essentials Program (Work Ready Program) pilot project in Igloolik from January 8 to April 2, 2018.

The free program will help prepare Inuit for work in a career in mining, providing practical skills and teaching Inuit what it’s like to work in a heavily industrial setting. The program will also provide skills for Inuit to adapt to the unique challenges of a fly-in-fly-out, two-week-on-two-weeks-off working rotation.

Are you eligible for the program?

If you are unemployed, over the age of 18 and have a grade nine-or-higher education, you are eligible to apply for the Work Ready Program.

How to applyTo apply, contact Judah Sarpinak, Baffinland’s Community Liaison Officer in Igloolik at the Baffinland Igloolik office in the Savik Enterprise building, or by calling (867) 934-4260. If you would like to learn more about the program, you can also contact Robert Tookoome, Baffinland’s IIBA Employment and Training Specialist at (416) 364-8820 extension 5040 or by email at

The deadline to apply is December 15, 2017.


Kelly Derrickson puts First Nations pride and healing into songs – Calgary Herald

Kelly Derrickson has her grandfather to thank for the twang in her tunes, and her heritage for the lyrical honesty in her music.

The West Bank First Nation singer was given her first acoustic guitar by her grandfather. Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Ole Days) by the Judds was a frequent request. The narrative line in the lyrics appealed to Derrickson’s desire to be a storyteller.

The multiple award-winning musician was most recently nominated for a Native American Music Award in the Best Female Vocalist and Best Country Record categories for her Warriors of Love release. Her latest album, titled I Am, features 11 tunes. The material ranges from the nostalgic 1st Avenue North to the moving look at the national crisis of native youth taking their own lives in Suicide Song.

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The Government of Canada launches renewed program to support the social inclusion of Canadians with disabilities

December 15, 2017          Gatineau, Quebec                         Employment and Social Development Canada

The Government of Canada is working to ensure greater accessibility and opportunities for Canadians with disabilities in their communities and workplaces. The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, today launched a call for expressions of interest under the renewed 2017 Social Development Partnership Program – Disability (SDPP-D). The call is open to not-for-profit organizations with a national reach and whose primary mandate is on the inclusion of people with disabilities.

This is the first step in a two-step process which will result in operating funding for national organizations that support the inclusion of people with disabilities.

Under this competitive process, eligible disability organizations are invited to submit their expression of interest before January 10, 2018.

Organizations that are successful in meeting the eligibility criteria (step one) will be invited to submit a full proposal for operating funding (step two) no later than March 31, 2018.

The SDPP-D provides funding for projects that support not-for-profit organizations in their efforts to improve the participation and integration of people with disabilities in all aspects of Canadian society, including identifying and sharing best practices, engaging community partners and supporting the development of tools and resources to address the needs of individuals, their families and communities to name a few.

To learn about the application process, organizations are encouraged to visit the Social Development Projects page.


“Canada is at its best and all of society benefits when everyone is included. Through this program, the Government of Canada supports projects intended to improve the participation and integration of people with disabilities in all aspects of life so that everyone has equal opportunities in their communities and workplaces.”
– The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities

Quick Facts

  • The Social Development Partnerships Program helps improve the lives of children and families, people with disabilities and other vulnerable Canadians. The SDPP has two funding components: Disability, and Children and Families.
  • The Disability Component of the SDPP supports projects intended to improve the participation and integration of people with disabilities in all aspects of Canadian society.
  • In 2012, about 14 percent of the Canadian population aged 15 years or older—1 in 7 Canadians—reported having a disability that limited their daily activities. That number is expected to grow with an aging population.

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Annabelle Archambault
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Office of the Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities
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Township and Kwantlen First Nation host first Aboriginal Business Match – Langley Times

Event to connect Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal businesses a success, say organizers

Dec. 14, 2017

Organizers of the inaugural Aboriginal Business Match (ABM) Lower Mainland are calling the first business development event a big success.

Co-hosted by the Township of Langley and Kwantlen First Nation Dec. 4 to 6 at the Langley Events Centre, the event helped to connect Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal businesses, organizations and governments to support business development, training and employment.

“We are tireless in our spirit to make a better world for our future generations,” said Kwantlen First Nation Chief Marilyn Gabriel in a press release.

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The Government of Canada announces new funding for energy efficiency and climate action in six provinces

December 15, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario

Helping Canadians improve energy efficiency is an important part of Canada’s action plan for growing the economy while meeting its climate commitments and creating good jobs in communities across the country.

Today the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced that the Government of Canada will provide over $1 billion from the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund over the next five years to the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.

The Low Carbon Economy Fund is an important investment under Canada’s clean growth and climate plan, which will help Canada hit its 2030 Paris Agreement target. The fund has two components:

  • a $1.4 billion Leadership Fund, which will help provinces and territories deliver on their commitments to reduce carbon pollution as part of Canada’s climate plan, and
  • the Low-Carbon Economy Challenge, which will support ambitious projects that can be submitted by all provinces and territories, as well as municipalities, Indigenous governments and organizations, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations.

Building on the priorities they identified in Canada’s clean growth and climate plan, provinces and territories have proposed concrete actions for Leadership Fund investments that will reduce carbon pollution and spur clean growth. Provinces estimate that the projects included in today’s announcement could create up to 40,000 new jobs in fields like construction, other skilled trades, and engineering.

The Leadership Fund as a whole is projected to reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas pollution by over 3 million tonnes in 2030, equivalent to taking nearly a million cars off the road that year. This is roughly equivalent to the emission reductions we expect to generate from proposed regulations for heavy-duty vehicles and engines announced in Spring 2017.

Provinces and territories become eligible to receive Leadership Fund dollars when they adopt Canada’s clean growth and climate plan, the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

The federal government will launch the Low Carbon Economy Challenge in 2018.


“Energy efficiency is a win-win – it helps Canadians save money and it cuts carbon pollution. I’m thrilled that we’re working in partnership with six provinces today to invest in energy efficiency in homes, commercial buildings, and on farms.”

– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Quick Facts

  • Every dollar spent on energy efficiency programs generates between four and eight dollars of GDP.
  • Energy efficiency in Canada improved by 25% between 1990 and 2014. This improvement helped avoid more than 85 million tonnes of carbon pollution, and saved Canadians more than $38 billion.
  • In order to further support the implementation of Canada’s climate plan, the Government of Canada is investing $21.9 billion in green infrastructure. Investments will be made in priorities such as clean electricity grid interconnections, electric vehicle charging stations and projects to safely manage wastewater.
  • The Leadership Fund as a whole is projected to reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas pollution by over 3 million tonnes in 2030, equivalent to taking nearly a million cars off the road that year. This is equivalent to the emission reductions we expect to generate from adopting stronger building codes by 2030.
  • The Leadership Fund will make homes and buildings more efficient, comfortable and affordable to run, help companies innovate and access technologies and help the forest and agriculture sectors to enhance stored carbon in forests and soils.

Associated Links


Marie-Pascale Des Rosiers
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Media Relations
Environment and Climate Change Canada
819-938-3338 or 1-844-836-7799 (toll free)


BR Ajax Mine – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Dec 15, 2017

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – A B-C company says it’s considering legal action after the province refused to grant an environmental certificate to a proposed mine near Kamloops.

The Ajax gold and copper mine — proposed by K-G-H-M International — has been under consideration since 2006.

It has faced staunch opposition from several First Nations bands and environmentalists.

Project manager Chris Wild says the company is disappointed and will consider asking the B-C Supreme Court for a judicial review.

Environment Minister George Heyman says impacts on Indigenous heritage, grasslands and a lake meant the risks outweighed the potential benefits.

Joe Foy of the Wilderness Committee says the province made the right call, and the project appears to be dead before the federal government renders its decision.

B-C’s Green party caucus says the consensus was clear in the community, where city council voted twice to oppose it.

(The Canadian Press, CHNL)



(The Canadian Press)


Manitoba News Release: Province Announces Indigenous Education Roundtables to Strengthen Support for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Students

December 15, 2017

The Manitoba government is holding a series of full-day Indigenous education roundtables in Winnipeg, Brandon and Thompson to strengthen education outcomes for First Nations, Métis and Inuit children, youth and adults, Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart and Indigenous and Northern Relations Minister Eileen Clarke announced today.

“Our government is committed to advancing reconciliation by working to improve education outcomes for Indigenous students,” said Wishart.  “Through these roundtables, we hope to foster meaningful engagement with Indigenous peoples and the education community to meet this commitment.”

The minister noted discussions will focus on three major themes including:

  • student and family well-being;
  • early childhood development and kindergarten to Grade 12 education; and
  • adult learning, post-secondary education and the workplace.

“The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada called upon all levels of government to develop culturally appropriate early childhood education programs for Indigenous families,” said Clarke.  “The Manitoba government accepts and embraces this responsibility.”

The first roundtable discussions were held last week in Thompson, with new sessions taking place in Winnipeg Dec. 18 and 19 at 1577 Dublin Ave. and Brandon on Jan. 15 and 16, 2018, at the Brandon Friendship Centre at 836 Lorne Ave.

Each roundtable discussion will include representatives from a variety of stakeholder groups including parents, educators, health-care professionals, community-based organizations and others with a vested interest in the education and employment outcomes of Indigenous families and communities in Manitoba.

Wishart noted the information shared during these discussions, as well as a three-day collaborative process with stakeholders in January, will inform the development a long-term provincial literacy and numeracy strategy.

These events are open to the public.  Interested parties are asked to RSVP to Wanda Spence at or 204-945-4653.

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House looking into Indigenous interpretation in the Commons – CTV News

December 15, 2017

OTTAWA – In 2018 a committee of MPs will be studying the potential of introducing simultaneous Indigenous interpretation in the House of Commons.

“We are going to do a study on the potential of having aboriginal languages in the House,” Procedure and House Affairs Committee chair Liberal MP Larry Bagnell told CTV News.

The question of including Indigenous interpretation was first raised in June, by Winnipeg Liberal MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette.

In May in the House of Commons, Ouellette made a statement in the Cree language of Nehiyo, which was not able to be translated for his colleagues, because simultaneous interpretation is only available for English and French on a regular basis.

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Malahat Nation and TimberWest Renew Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

December 14, 2017

Malahat and Nanaimo, BC: Malahat Nation and TimberWest Forest Corp. renewed their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that reaffirms both parties to their commitment to partner on cultural, environmental and economic opportunities around existing initiatives and future forestry operations.

“Working with the Malahat Nation over the past four years on conservation initiatives and mutual business opportunities, has led to a number of positive projects and outcomes,” says Jeff Zweig, President and CEO of TimberWest. “The renewal of our MOU signifies the strength of our relationship and the good work we have accomplished. We look forward to deepening this relationship over the next several years.”

The renewal of the MoU recommits both parties to sharing knowledge and expertise on sustainable forest management, and foster open dialogue on cultural and environmental objectives in forestry business practices.

“Malahat Nation has a long-term vision to work in collaboration with businesses who respect our cultural practices, and support our vision for a sustainable future,” says Renee Racette, CEO of the Malahat Nation Economic Development Authority. “TimberWest has proven over the last decade that it understands the importance of honest dialogue and collaborative approaches in conducting business, and we are confident that our future projects will continue to materialize good works.”

Photo: Renee Racette, CEO of the Malahat Nation Economic Development Authority and Jeff Zweig, President & CEO of TimberWest.

Malahat Nation territory includes lands and waters along the southeast coast of Vancouver Island.  The Nation is well along its journey to effective self-governance based on the principles of actively recognizing the past while moving toward the future.  Investment into the Malahat Community and Malahat Membership is a top priority and is taking the form of leadership of several business partnerships as well as forestry operations.

TimberWest is certified to the Progressive Aboriginal Relations program of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. The company is also third-party certified under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and has been operating on the BC Coast for over 100 years.  TimberWest is a Canadian company owned by two major Canadian public service pension funds.

For More Information:

Shannon Ralfs
Director of Lands
Malahat First Nation
Phone: 250.743.3231

Monica Bailey
Director, Communications
TimberWest Forest Corp.
Phone: 250.716.3744


An Historic Year for Makivik Corporation

Highlights from 2017

Kuujjuaq, Nunavik – Makivik Corporation continues to work on behalf of Inuit Beneficiaries of the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement, who live in 14 communities in Nunavik, Chisasibi and Montréal. 2017 was an historic year for Makivik as we created Nuvviti Development Corporation to oversee our subsidiary companies, and Tarquti Energy Corporation with the FNCQ to develop renewable energy projects in the Nunavik Region.

Makivik President Jobie Tukkiapik said, “On behalf of my fellow Makivik Executives – Adamie Delisle Alaku, Andy Moorhouse, Andy Pirti, and Adamie Padlayat – the Makivik Board of Directors, Nunavik Governors, and all our staff, we send you Christmas greetings, and wish you a safe and thoughtful holiday. We look forward to 2018 to celebrate Makivik’s 40th anniversary with you.”

Here are month-by-month highlights from Makivik’s activities in 2017:


Makivik Election Results

Makivik Executives Adamie Delisle Alaku and Andy Pirti both secured second mandates. Executive Vice-President of Renewable Resources Adamie Delisle Alaku was acclaimed, while Treasurer Andy Pirti won 68.3% of the votes cast to be re-elected for his second mandate as Makivik Treasurer.

“Sivumut Project” Extends Raglan Mine to 2041

Makivik and Glencore Mining announce amendments to the 1995 Raglan Agreement in support of the “Sivumut Project” which will extend the life of the Raglan Nickel mine from 2019 to approximately 2041. The Raglan mine is now operated by Glencore, a multi-national mining, energy, and agricultural company, which has over 4,500 employees across Canada.

The amendments were signed by Makivik President Jobie Tukkiapik, and Glencore Vice-President, Kristan Straub at Glencore’s office in Laval, Quebec.

The amendments provide additional mitigation measures for potential and unforeseen impacts resulting from the Sivumut Project. In addition Glencore committed to undertakings for community infrastructure, improved communications, and economic development measures.

“The Sivumut Project, supported by the amendments we signed on January 27th, will provide a major boost to the economic development in Nunavik,” said Makivik President Jobie Tukkiapik. “Additional capital will flow to the communities of Salluit and Kangiqsujuaq, as well as to the entire Nunavik region. Inuit will benefit from the jobs created at the mine, and the potential to create small businesses to provide services to the mine.”


New Direction in Nunavik Minor Hockey

Inuit leaders from Makivik and the Kativik Regional Government announced a new direction in Minor Hockey for Nunavik following a joint meeting to determine four hockey related funding applications to the Ungaluk Safer Communities Program, which took place on February 2, 2017.

The Joint Executives unanimously decided to develop Minor hockey at the community level in Nunavik, with more focus on regional development instead of competitions in southern Quebec, and to ensure that a greater number of youth have access to supported hockey for a longer period of time at the community level. This new approach is consistent with the findings of the evaluation of the Nunavik Youth Hockey Development Program (NYHDP) conducted by Goss Gilroy Inc. (GGI) – one of Canada’s leading program evaluation firms.

A special working group was created to develop recommendations and develop a new structure, called the Nunavik Minor Hockey Orientation Committee.

Creating Tarquti Energy Corporation

On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, Makivik President Jobie Tukkiapik, and FCNQ President Aliva Tulugak made history by signing a Memorandum of Understanding creating a joint venture called Tarquti Energy Corporation. It specializes in developing renewable energy projects in Nunavik.

At the signing in Ivujivik, Makivik President Jobie Tukkiapik stated, “This is an historic moment as the two main economic development organizations in our region will work together for the betterment of all Nunavimmiut. This new company will allow Nunavik Inuit to control the development of renewable energies in Nunavik and ensure that projects are environmentally sound and suitable for the region.”

“Tarquti” is a wooden or sometimes a piece of bone used to tend to a fire on a qulliq, a traditional Inuit stove fueled with oil from a seal or whale. The name was chosen at the Makivik Annual General Meeting in Tasiujaq. The name Tarquti was originally suggested by members of the FCNQ at their annual meeting in Kangirsualujuaq.

“Through our FCNQ Fuel division, Inuit currently play a major role in Nunavik’s energy market,” said FCNQ President Aliva Tulugak. “On an annual basis we are selling more than 50-million litres of diesel and other fuels for electricity generation, home heating, and transportation. We want Inuit to lead the development of the renewable energy industry in Nunavik, and in the process take advantage of economies of scale, and create projects tailored to the needs of each community, which we know very well.”


Historic Announcement – Makivik Creates a Development Corporation

On March 1st Makivik announced the creation of a new Inuit Development Corporation to further develop regional businesses in Nunavik, 100% owned by Makivik.

“This is a new chapter in our development,” said Makivik President Jobie Tukkiapik. “We have been successful in managing our investment portfolio, our subsidiary companies, and joint ventures over the years. We want to go to the next level of professional business management, and in doing so ensure that the Beneficiaries’ Equity carefully administered over the years has even greater opportunities to grow, as well as providing better oversight to our subsidiary companies and joint ventures.”

The new company was the result of 18 months of research and analysis by a Makivik Structural Review Committee composed of three members of the Makivik Board of Directors, and senior Makivik staff.

The new Development Corporation brings with it the creation of five new Board of Director positions for it, as well as for First Air, and Air Inuit. The Makivik Board of Directors is ultimately responsible for making the appointments.

2017 Makivik AGM Held in Tasiujaq

Makivik held its Annual General Meeting at the Ajagutak school gym in Tasiujaq from March 20 – 23, 2017

The AGM heard reports of the creation of Makivik’s new joint venture with the FCNQ – Tarquti Energy Corporation, and the newly created Makivik Development Corporation. A Nunavik-wide naming contest was launched during the AGM for the Development Corporation. The meeting was broadcast live on TNI Radio.


Makivik Concludes Five Year Housing Agreement

Negotiations on a Five Year Housing Agreement were concluded during 2017 which provides for the renewal of the housing agreement commencing April 1 2017 to March 31, 2020 and provides a 15% increase in funding commencing in the first year of the agreement together with increases based on inflation and population growth annually throughout the five year period. In addition, the agreement recognizes that the parties will continue to work together to improve access to housing for Nunavik residents and also contains a provision for the renewal of the agreement at the end of the five-year period. Funding for 2017-2018 under the agreement is $25.1-million.

In addition to this, for the 2018 construction season, Makivik continues its efforts towards securing new funding for the construction of social housing directly from the federal government based on an announcement in the March 2017 federal budget of $4-billion over an 11-year period for indigenous infrastructure needs.

16th Ivakkak Dog Sled Race Held from Umiujaq to Ivujivik

For the 16th year Makivik organized the Ivakkak dog sled race. The race finished in Ivujivik on April 16th, 2017. It began on 19 days earlier on March 28th in Umiujaq. Ten out of the 13 teams that started on March 28th finished the race.

Aisa Surusilak and his partner Aipilie Qumaluk won gold. Peter “Boy” Ittukallak and race partner Putugu Iqiquq won silver. Willie Cain Jr. and Putulik Saunders (Ivakkak 2016 champions) won bronze. Ivakkak 2017 is proud of our Inuit tradition of dog teaming that made our ancestors survive. Makivik thanks the over two dozen sponsors for their ongoing support and generous contributions to keep this vital Inuit tradition alive.


Parnasimautik: A Renewed Engagement

A two-day Parnasimautilirijiit meeting was held at the Makivik office in Kuujjuaq on May 2-3, 2017. It marked a renewed engagement in the process to identify a comprehensive vision of development according to Inuit culture, identity, language and traditional way of life. Leaders of the seven main Nunavik organizations (Makivik, Kativik Regional Government, Kativik Ilisarniliriniq, Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services, Avataq Cultural Institute, Nunavik Land Holding Corporations Association, and the Qarjuit Youth Council) confirmed their commitment to work together on the fundamental issues and priorities set out in the 2014 Parnasimautik Consultation Report. A newsletter was launched to keep Nunavimmiut informed of developments in the Parnasimautik process.

Makivik Expresses Deep Concerns over Nunavik Education

On May 9th, Makivik issued a press release to communicate its concerns with the news that Nunavik students had not been receiving standard Secondary School Diplomas for several years, and instead had been presented with “attestations” (Attestation of Equivalence of Secondary Studies, or AESS) from the Kativik School Board (now Kativik Ilisarniliriniq). The problem stemmed from the math and science programs not meeting the Ministry of Education requirements.

At the time Makivik President Jobie Tukkiapik stated, “The situation is critical for students in school. We will take all necessary actions to shed light on the situation. I am angry and disappointed that students and parents were not informed about the fact they were receiving an “attestation” instead of a real diploma when they were graduating for a number of years. I want to work with the KSB to solve the immediate issue, and more fundamentally address the education system in Nunavik,”

Makivik subsequently wrote to the Minister of Education calling for an independent audit of the education system in Nunavik. Quebec has since agreed, and Makivik will work with Kativik Ilisarniliriniq and the Ministry of Education to develop the scope of the audit.

Interim Rent Scale Announced

Makivik and the Kativik Regional Government announced a new Interim Rent Scale with the Government of Quebec. It was later ratified by cabinet in June. Makivik President Jobie Tukkiapik said at the time, “This will provide significant relief to the most critically affected families. Just under 70% of Nunavik families earn less than $34,000 per year. The new rent scale will help this segment of the Inuit population the most where rents will be reduced from 20% to as much as 75%. The change will free up much needed funds for food and clothing and I encourage Inuit to apply for reduced rent with the Kativik Municipal Housing Bureau (KMHB).”

Nunavik stakeholders are targeting July 1, 2020, for the implementation of a new permanent rent scale. The permanent rent scale will be based in part on more detailed analysis emerging from the Cost of Living in Nunavik Research Report released last November. The report was produced by Université Laval financed by KRG, Makivik, and the Government of Québec. It showed that low-income families in Nunavik were spending 70.3% of household income on food and shelter versus only 41.3% for residents of Quebec City.


Nuvviti Development Corporation Named – First Board Meeting Held

Makivik’s new development corporation received its name during a Board Meeting held in Kuujjuaq in early June.

“Nuvviti Development Corporation” was selected by the Makivik Board of Directors out of a list of eight finalists as the winning name. It was submitted by three JBNQA Beneficiaries – Lucy Tukai of Inukjuak, Allen Gordon of Kuujjuaq, and Johnny Mususiapik of Kangiqsujuaq. In Inuktitut Nuvviti is the strong thick rope where all the dog team leads meet, and connect to the qamutik (dog sled).

At the end of June, the new members of the boards of Nuvviti Development Corporation, Air Inuit, and First Air met in Montreal for a day-long meet and greet style meeting with Makivik Executives, and senior Makivik staff. The three new Boards held their first meetings the next day. Tommy Palliser was appointed Chairman of the Nuvviti Development Corporation BOD, Noah Tayara was appointed Chairman of the Air Inuit BOD, and Johnny Adams was appointed Chairman of the First Air BOD.

Inuit Customary Adoption

Makivik applauded the passing of Bill 113 on June 16th in Quebec’s National Assembly legalizing Inuit Customary Adoption. The Bill, formally known as “An Act to amend the Civil Code and other legislative provisions as regards adoption and the disclosure of information” was adopted with the unanimous consent of all parliamentarians.

Jobie Tukkiapik said at the time, “Nunavik Inuit have consistently called for Quebec’s laws to legally reflect the effects of our customary adoption regime. Although recognition is offered by the Constitution Act and at the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement, a practical inclusion of the effects of our adoptions on the kinship of our Inuit children and their parents was considered crucial.”

Under the Bill, effects of Inuit customary adoptions will be recognized by law, under a mechanism provided for the Quebec Civil code enabling the issuance of a unique birth certificate reflecting the new lineage resulting from traditional Inuit custom adoption.

Zebedee Nungak Receives Quebec’s Highest Honour

Former Makivik President Zebedee Nungak became a Knight of the National Order of Quebec during a ceremony at Quebec’s National Assembly on June 22nd. The Order of Quebec is the highest civilian honour Quebec’s government can bestow upon a person. It is awarded each year to individuals who, through some combination of achievements, values and ideals, have influenced Quebec’s growth, and contributed to its distinction.

Zebedee Nungak has contributed to Nunavik’s contemporary development through serving as a negotiator and signatory of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement (JBNQA), as former Makivik President, and Vice-President, CBC Radio commentator, author, linguist, hunter, and musician. Nungak has, in short, given over great portions of his life to the political, social and economic development of the Nunavik region.

Makivik Vice-President of Renewable Resources Adamie Delisle Alaku attended the ceremony in Quebec City to witness the historic event. In a press statement issued on the day of the event, President Jobie Tukkiapik said at the time, “Zebedee, on behalf of the Makivik Board of Directors, Governors, Executives, and all Nunavimmiut, we salute your contribution to improving life in Nunavik. Your critical spirit has served our region well, and continues to do so.”

Ullivik Official Opening Ceremony

Makivik was pleased to attend the official opening ceremony of the new Ullivik patient centre in Dorval on June 27th. Ullivik means “a place where we wait for the weather to clear”. The new centre provides a place for Inuit patients to stay, along with their families, while receiving health services unavailable in Nunavik. Makivik contributed the stone Inuksuk in front of the building.

Makivik President Jobie Tukkiapik was one of many officials who spoke at the ceremony. He said, “Four decades ago, Inuit had basic health care, or none at all. Now, in 2017 all our communities have health centres with at least Nurse Practitioners. We have small hospitals in Kuujjuaq and Puvirnituq. Patients with serious health issues are “medevac’d” – flown – to Montreal. Long term health care issues, notably cancer, require a place to stay for weeks, sometimes months.”


Tarquti Energy Officially Incorporated

On July 20th, Tarquti Energy Inc. was officially incorporated in the Quebec Business Registry, part of the Quebec Revenue Department. Tarquti is the renewable energy joint venture company between Makivik and the FCNQ launched on February 21, 2017, in Ivujivik at the Makivik Board of Directors meeting.

Historic Supreme Court Decision Supports Inuit Rights

On July 26, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada rendered a decision in favour of Inuit in the case of Clyde River vs. Petroleum Geo-Services Inc. (PGS). The case was years in the making as it involved the Norwegian company PGS that wanted to conduct seismic testing in the waters off Clyde River, Nunavut in search of offshore oil. Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) granted PGS a permit to conduct the testing, which Inuit contested in court, which ended up in the Supreme Court of Canada.

A key issue in the case was the Crown’s Duty to Consult Indigenous Peoples. Makivik was an intervener in the case, along with Nunavut Tungavik Incorporated (NTI), the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board, and the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC).

In their ruling, Justices Karakatsanis and Brown wrote, “While the NEB considered potential impacts of the project on marine mammals and on Inuit traditional resource use, its report does not acknowledge, or even mention, the Inuit treaty rights to harvest wildlife in the Nunavut Settlement Area, or that deep consultation was required.”

The Supreme Court concluded that the Crown breached its duty to consult the appellants (Inuit of Clyde River) in respect of the proposed seismic testing. The court supported the Inuit of Clyde River, awarded them court costs, and overturned the NEB’s permit to PGS.

Makivik’s Vice-President of Renewable Resources Adamie Delisle Alaku was in Ottawa for the historic decision, and was very pleased with the outcome. “Inuit harvesting must be considered as a constitutionally-protected treaty right, not as an afterthought.”


“Qanuilirpitaa? 2017” Health Survey Begins

The largest most complex health survey ever conducted in Nunavik began on August 19th in Kuujjuaraapik, and concluded in October in Kuujjuaq after visiting all 14 coastal Nunavik communities. It was initiated by Inuit for Inuit, and the data collected will belong to the communities. The survey was conducted using the Amundsen coast guard icebreaker. About a third of the $7.5-million study was funded by the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services (NRBHSS). Makivik contributed $500,000 over three years. The research includes questionnaires, clinical tests, and laboratory results analyzed. During the two-month journey, a total of 2,000 randomly chosen Inuit participants 16 years and over took part. A final report is expected in 2018.

Makivik Welcomes Abolition of Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Makivik Corporation welcomed the announcement by the Prime Minister of Canada on Monday, August 28th to dissolve the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs and create two new departments to better serve Inuit, Métis, and First Nations in Canada.

“Inuit of Nunavik take note of this historic change to reduce existing colonial structures so that relations with us can be improved. In making this change, the government has acknowledged that the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) was primarily charged with implementing the Indian Act, and not conceived of to support and partner with Inuit. The replacement of INAC with two new departments, we hope, will reflect the distinct place Inuit have in Canada,” said Makivik President Jobie Tukkiapik.


Makivik, the City of Montreal, and Véhicule Press co-host Zebedee Nungak Book Launch

On September 12th a remarkable event was held in the ornate foyer of Montreal City hall to launch Zebedee Nungak’s book, Wrestling with Colonialism on Steroids: Quebec Inuit Fight for their Homeland.

“Zebedee Nungak, signatory to the James Bay Agreement, and past President of Makivik Corporation, as well as many other important positions, has witnessed first-hand parts of our recent history that has brought Nunavik to where it is today. We all owe a great debt to Zebedee for his contribution to the development of our region,” said Makivik President Jobie Tukkiapik.

The book chronicles Zebedee Nungak’s perspective on the struggle of the Inuit of northern Québec in the 1970s to stand up to the Government of Quebec and halt construction of the James Bay Hydro project. The David and Goliath battle resulted in the eventual negotiation and signing, along with the Cree, of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement.

Nunavik Sivunitsavut Opening Ceremony

Makivik was present for the official opening of the Nunavik Sivunitsavut program in Montreal on September 20th. The first-year class has 18 students from Nunavik. The program is funded thanks to a grant of slightly over $665-thousand from the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). Major funding is also provided by the Kativik School Board, and John Abbott College. Makivik Corporation has contributed $80,000 towards the first year of the program. It is being given at the Avataq Cultural Institute offices in Westmount.

Makivik Treasurer Andy Pirti was at the opening providing words of support to the first-year students. Makivik President Jobie Tukkiapik was at an elder’s conference in Kuujjuaraapik on the day of the opening, and sent a note saying that Makivik and all Nunavik organizations encourage everyone in their studies ahead, and we support and encourage the teachers at NS.

The program is the first of its kind for Nunavik and is designed to graduate students with a better knowledge of their Inuit heritage and recent history. It’s to prepare Inuit youth for further post-secondary studies, develop skills relevant to positions in Nunavik institutions, and support the creation of a critical mass of culturally confident youth equipped to lead the political and social future of Nunavik and beyond.

Inuit to Crown Partnership Committee Meets Following ITK AGM in Nain

Makivik President Jobie Tukkiapik was at the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami Annual General Meeting held in Nain, Nunatsiavut during the week of September 25th. Makivik Treasurer Andy Pirti and Corporate Secretary Adamie Padlayat were also Makivik delegates at the ITK AGM.

Following the ITK AGM an Inuit to Crown Partnership Committee (ICPC) meeting was held. The Government of Canada was represented at the meeting by the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Canada, and the Honourable Ginette Petitpas-Taylor, Minister of Health. Parliamentary Secretary Arif Virani attended as an observer representing the Minister of Canadian Heritage. Parliamentary Secretary Yvonne Jones (CIRNA), Member of Parliament for Labrador, attended as an observer.

Inuit leadership was represented by National Inuit Leader Natan Obed, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, President Johannes Lampe of the Nunatsiavut Government, President Jobie Tukkiapik of Makivik Corporation, President Aluki Kotierk of Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, President and CEO Duane Smith of the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation. Inuit observers to the meeting were President Nancy Karetak-Lindell of the Inuit Circumpolar Council Canada, President Rebecca Kudloo of Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada and President Ruth Kaviok of the National Inuit Youth Council.

The ICPC was launched in Iqaluit in February 2017 following an ITK Board meeting. The Prime Minister and Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs were there for the launch of the process.

The work of the Committee is designed to transform the way Inuit and the federal government work together on ITK’s shared priorities with the federal government, including in the following areas: health and wellness; Inuktut revitalization, maintenance, and promotion; Inuit Nunangat policy; Inuit-Crown Land Claims Agreements; education, early learning, and skills development; and reconciliation measures. Convening the Committee three times each year, including once with the Prime Minister, will allow ITK to report back on and monitor the objectives and actions we have set out together.


Makivik Announced $16.8-million for Regional Initiatives for the fiscal year 2017-2018

Following its annual fall Board of Directors Budget Meeting Makivik announced $16.8-million for a wide range of Nunavik initiatives for the fiscal year October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018.

“Due to solid returns from our financial portfolio, which resulted in a $3-million dividend from First Air, and a $2-million dividend from Air Inuit, we are proud to once again be in a position to allocate funds to all communities,” said Makivik President Jobie Tukkiapik. “The $16.8-million in allocations is made possible as a result of a strong financial focus in recent years aimed at achieving immediate objectives while at the same time growing Makivik’s Beneficiaries’ Equity to ensure continued benefit for generations to come.”

$5.8-million of the funds were allocated to annual community donations based on per capita allocations, the Hospital Patients Fund, and Various Community Funds such as Recreation & Leisure, Elders, Junior Rangers, JBNQA Day, National Aboriginal Day, Church, and Community Donations.

$11-million were allocated from the Sanarrutik Fund for organizations and regional initiatives. Included was $1-million over two years for the new Isuarsivik Treatment Centre in Kuujjuaq, which would benefit the entire Nunavik region. It is a priority issue Makivik is supporting and bringing to the attention of the Quebec and Canadian governments.

“Together, over the course of three and a half days of discussions on a wide range of issues, the Makivik Board of Directors, Governors, and Makivik Executives have made funding decisions for the benefit of all of Nunavik,” said Makivik Treasurer Andy Pirti. A detailed chart was issued at the time of the announcement on October 11th.

Historic Agreement Reached on Conservation of Ungava Caribou Management

On October 17th, at a press conference in Montreal, the Ungava Peninsula Caribou Aboriginal Round Table (UPCART) signed an historic agreement to preserve and manage caribou in the Ungava Peninsula. The Agreement is between the seven Indigenous peoples who traditionally share this important food and cultural resource. It is in response to the population crashes in both the George River and Leaf River Caribou Herds.

UPCART Co-Chair Adamie Delisle Alaku, and Executive Vice-President of Makivik Corporation, Resource Development said at the time, “This is unprecedented. We believe there is no other agreement of this kind in Canada between Indigenous peoples for cooperative wildlife management. Caribou has always been a vital part of our Indigenous culture – spiritually, culturally, as well as providing food, shelter, and clothing.”

The agreement will implement a long-term caribou management strategy – the result of four years of meetings held in northern locations stretching across the 1.5-million square kilometer Ungava peninsula. The 55-page management strategy is called “A Long Time Ago in the Future: Caribou and the People of Ungava”.

Parnasimautilirijiit Meets in Kuujjuaq

A lengthy agenda with 19 items on it greeted leaders of the seven main Nunavik organizations that make up the Parnasimautik group on October 23-26, 2017 at Makivik’s head office.

Since May considerable work had been accomplished on many fronts in the process, notably the working groups on Lands and Avataq. The leaders discussed progress made on education, with KI reporting that standard High School Diplomas would now be awarded KI graduates. A presentation was made on the new Isuarsivik addiction treatment project in Kuujjuaq, and a discussion on the impending legalization of Cannabis was held. The group also continued work to develop a MOU for the Parnasimautik process and create an office within Makivik to provide administrative support for the initiative.

Quebec Premier Visits Nunavik

On October 26th Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard visited Nunavik accompanied by Ministers Geoffrey Kelley and Luc Blanchette, and Ungava MNA Jean Boucher. They met with the Parnasimautik group and had a prepared agenda of seven key items: Education, Health, Youth, Culture, Housing, Cost of Living, and issues related to the Landholding Corporations in Nunavik.


Charting the new Path of Hockey in Nunavik

Makivik announced details for the 2017-2018 Hockey Season, and progress made by the Nunavik Minor Hockey Orientation Committee.

For the 2017-2018 season Makivik hired a Regional Hockey Coordinator, provided funding to communities to hire Local Hockey Trainers (LHTs), the organization of coaching clinics for the LHTs, organization of youth hockey development clinics in the communities, and regional hockey tournaments at the end of the hockey season.

The Nunavik Minor Hockey Orientation Committee was formed in the spring of 2017. It is composed of representatives from Makivik, the Kativik Regional Government, Mayors, Youth, Parents, and local hockey representatives, was mandated to develop a vision for a minor hockey structure and development in Nunavik. The Committee is in the process of developing recommendations for its final report.

The mission statement developed by the Committee for hockey in Nunavik is “To have a self-sustaining, community-driven, culturally respectful hockey program that helps enrich the lives of youth in Nunavik.”

Makivik goes solar in Kuujjuaq

We report on a project to connect our head office and the Nunavik Research Centre to a series of solar panels installed on the roofs, and the side of the Nunavik Research Centre. The project was funded with a grant of $557,000 from the REACHE program (Northern Responsible Energy Approach for Community Heat and Electricity Program). It’s part of the Hydro-Québec Net Metering Program. The combined capacity of the solar panels is 70Kw.

Makivik’s Economic Development Department took the lead in carrying out the project, sourcing funding, finding a firm with experience in the design and installation of solar panels in Arctic communities, and applying to Hydro-Québec’s Net Metering Program.

“We would expect the amount of electricity generated to decrease in the winter months due to the lack of sun, but are very curious and optimistic about the amount of power we will generate in the spring and summer months. The system has an internet connection, so it can be monitored remotely,” said Makivik Vice President of Economic Development Andy Moorhouse. “We will be observing the electricity production and the effects of ice and snow on the solar panel array for the coming years. Makivik Corporation has spent over five years on renewable energy research in the region.”


Candidates Announced for the Makivik Presidential Election

On December 6th the names of the candidates running for the position of Makivik President were announced. They are: Alasie Saggiak Arngak, Lucy Grey, Jobie Tukkiapik, Charlie Watt Sr., Jackie Williams.

Election day is on Thursday January 18, 2018. Polling hours are from 10:00am – 6:00pm. Polling stations in Nunavik communities will be at the local Landholding Corporation office. In Montreal Inuit can vote at Makivik’s office in Ville St. Laurent. Advance polls are on Friday January 12, 2018 from 9:00am – 5:00pm.

Brief to the Government of Quebec on the issue of Cannabis

Makivik President Jobie Tukkiapik made a presentation to the National Assembly’s Committee on Health and Social Services in the context of the special consultations and public hearings held in Quebec City on Bill-157, An Act to constitute the Société québécoise du cannabis, to enact the Cannabis Regulation Act and to amend various highway safety-related provisions.

Presenting with Jobie Tukkiapik were QYC President Alicia Aragutak, Sarah Aloupa, Executive member of KI, and Françoise Bouchard, Director of Public Health for the NRBHSS.

“We felt it was essential to be here today to present our general support to the cautious approach proposed by Quebec on the legalization of cannabis but also to express the serious concerns we have with regards to the legalization of cannabis and its potential impacts for our population,” said Jobie.

During the presentation, Jobie Tukkiapik stated, “Similar to alcohol, we believe that the availability of cannabis in Nunavik should be limited and controlled as much as possible. While we fully support the objective to curtail the black market, at this point, we cannot support the establishment of retail outlets in our region. We need to consult our communities. We recommend that a working committee be created between our organizations, and possibly others, and the government to more fully explore the options and their impacts.”

Jobie Tukkiapik then concluded by requesting a commitment of financial and policy support from the government. The region’s organizations are requesting to get their fair share of the Cannabis Prevention and Research Fund, to be represented on the Oversight committee to be created to advise the minister on any cannabis-related matter, and that a working committee be established with the government to discuss the region’s concerns and fully explore options that will need to be culturally relevant.

New Social Housing Units Ready by Christmas

Makivik’s Construction Division had one of its busiest years ever with the building of 214 units in nine communities. All units are scheduled for delivery to Nunavik families by Christmas 2017. In the interim, a new Housing Needs Survey issued by the Kativik Municipal Housing Bureau in 2017 found that notwithstanding the 260 housing units constructed in 2015 and 2016, the housing deficit has in fact grown by 75 units from 1030 in 2015 to 1,105 units in 2017.


William Tagoona
Communications Coordinator and Media Relations
Makivik Corporation

Tel. 819-964-2925


Council approves funding to extend legacy and spirit of Canada 150+ program

“I’m also very proud that the flags of our three Host Nations will fly at City Hall to permanently acknowledge Vancouver’s location on Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh unceded homelands and to honour our Indigenous hosts.”

City Council today approved $350,000 in funding from the City of Vancouver Innovation Fund to enable collaboration with First Nations and urban Indigenous communities in support of arts and culture programs in our city.

The funds will support actions intended to extend the legacy of this year’s ‘Vancouver Commemorates Canada 150+’ program: hiring of an Indigenous cultural planner and, in collaboration with the Vancouver Park Board, funding for Indigenous-led events that would carry forward the Canada 150+ spirit of reconciliation.

Council recognized the three Host Nations – Musqueum, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh – along with programming partners Reconciliation Canada and the Pulling Together Canoe Society, for their collaboration in planning and mounting the year-long Canada 150+ program.

Flags of the three Host Nations a permanent fixture in Council chambers

Today the City also raised the flags of the three Host Nations in City Council chambers where they will remain a permanent fixture in recognition of Vancouver’s location on the unceded territory of the Musqueum, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

Councillors from the three Nations were present for the flag raising: Morgan Guerin and Gordon Grant representing Musqueam, Deborah Baker and Richard Baker representing Squamish, and Charlene Aleck and Michelle George representing Tsleil-Waututh.

“The theme of the Canada 150+ program was ‘Moving Forward Together’ and I am very pleased that the significant work we did alongside our three Host Nations over the past year has strengthened our relationships and helped to solidify Vancouver’s commitment as a City of Reconciliation,” Mayor Gregor Robertson said. “I am glad that Council supports the City’s continued investment in Indigenous-focused arts and culture programs that build on the work of Canada 150+. I’m also very proud that the flags of our three Host Nations will fly at City Hall to permanently acknowledge Vancouver’s location on Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh unceded homelands and to honour our Indigenous hosts.”

Canada 150+ events

Canada 150+ was Vancouver’s year-long celebration of Indigenous and non-Indigenous arts and culture – both traditional and contemporary. The program launched on New Year’s Eve and included more than 75 events and activities, with three large signature events – the Gathering of Canoes, the Drum is Calling Festival, and the Walk for Reconciliation.

There were close to 400,000 total participants in the various Canada 150+ events held throughout the year, including approximately 50,000 who came out for the second Walk for Reconciliation in September. The City also received national and international attention for its unique approach to commemorating Canada 150.

The year-long program created a number of legacies

The year-long program created a number of both tangible and intangible legacies, including:

  • A pilot apprenticeship program, which opened pathways into careers in the live event industry for Indigenous production apprentices; at the end of the program seven of the eight participants had secured employment or job offers in their area of training
  • A public art legacy in the form of multiple murals created by Indigenous artists
  • The Vancouver Public Library’s Story City  online exhibit, which captures the memories and experiences of people growing up in a diverse and changing city over the years – including Indigenous people
  • Infrastructure improvements along False Creek for specific events, which have potential for re-use by other cultural projects
  • Improved Indigenous cultural competency for City staff who have strengthened relations with the Host Nations and members of the urban Indigenous community


Dr. Michel Allard receives $100,000 Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research

Prestigious award recognizes Dr. Allard’s achievements in scientific research of Canada’s North

  • Renowned expert Dr. Michel Allard has devoted his nearly 40 year career to the study of permafrost and the impact of climate change in Canada’s North
  • Allard’s research has led to advancements in technology which have been applied to assist communities across the Arctic due to the unique engineering challenges of the north
  • During his time in Canada’s North, Dr. Allard forged a special trust and partnership with Inuit and First Nations communities, ensuring results are communicated in a form that can be understood and applied

QUEBEC CITY, QC – December 13, 2017 – Esteemed Canadian scientist, Dr. Michel Allard, received the Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research today, joining a prestigious group of individuals who have devoted their career to studying and understanding Canada’s North, a region integral to our identity as Canadians.

“By prioritizing engagement with First Nations and Inuit communities, Dr. Allard revolutionized the way research is conducted in the North. His work has led to significant advancements in scientific technology and the development of sustainable infrastructure that addresses the unique challenges of this region,” says Geordie Dalglish, Director of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation and Chair of its Northern Committee. “We are thrilled to present him with the Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research, recognizing his tremendous scientific and social contributions in Canada’s North.”

Dr. Allard’s career shows a lifetime of dedication to northern science and a commitment to applying his research and expertise to urgent environmental concerns of northerners. For almost four decades, he has conducted research in Nunavik, northern Quebec’s Arctic region, bringing important new insights into understanding permafrost dynamics and the impact of climate change on the Arctic environment. He has been profoundly successful in developing innovative methods and technologies that have been integrated into land-use planning and policymaking in communities across the Arctic.

A key component of his success has been the trust he built with Inuit and First Nations communities, working with them to ensure results are communicated in a form that can be understood and applied. His attentiveness to their concerns led him to develop practical solutions that contribute to their overall wellbeing and safety.

Dr. Allard has authored and co-authored over 130 papers in scientific journals and has written over 50 reports related to the impact of permafrost on communities and infrastructure. He has mentored over 120 students, inspiring the next generation of northern scientists with his passion for the Arctic and a respect for its people. He is also a member of advisory committees for Canada’s northern transportation and mining industries.

“I am humbled to accept the Weston Family Prize,” says Dr. Michel Allard. “With the support of fellow scientists, research professionals and graduate students, I’ve had the privileged opportunity to work closely with the Nunavik and Nunavut communities examining the impacts of permafrost in those regions and the vulnerabilities Inuit and First Nation communities face due to global warming.”

Dr. Allard accepted the $100,000 Prize at ArcticNet’s international Arctic Change 2017 conference, one of the largest interdisciplinary Arctic research conferences ever held in Canada. The Prize includes a $50,000 award to the recipient, $50,000 to support a postdoctoral fellowship of the recipient’s choice, and additional funds for Inuit engagement and travel.

Now in its 7th year, the Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research, donated by The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, honours an individual’s leadership and commitment to northern environmental research. Since 2007, the Foundation has focused on northern science and research in Canada due to the notable decline in funding available. To date, the Foundation has committed more than $28 million towards northern scientific research.

The Weston Family Prize is administered by the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS). Past awardees include Dr. Serge Payette (2011), Dr. Louis Fortier (2012), Dr. John Smol (2013), Dr. Charles Krebs (2014), Dr. Ian Stirling (2015) and Dr. John England (2016).


Yukon College recognized as ready to offer undergraduate degree programs

December 14, 2017

The Campus Alberta Quality Council (CAQC) has recognized Yukon College’s readiness to deliver and sustain high-quality undergraduate degree programs following an organizational evaluation process. This marks the first time that a post-secondary institution in any territory has been evaluated to grant degree programs.

CAQC is an arm’s-length agency that evaluates the quality of proposed degree programs. Following a memorandum of agreement between the Governments of Yukon and Alberta, CAQC reviewers visited Yukon College in June 2017 to assess the college’s preparations. This fall they confirmed that the college meets the organization criteria and standards to deliver degree programs.

As a result of a second memorandum of agreement signed between Yukon and Alberta in September 2017, CAQC will provide ongoing quality assurance for Yukon College. This includes the review of new degree programs and monitoring them after implementation.

Yukon College’s proposed Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Governance program is currently under evaluation. The college plans to launch the new made-in-Yukon degree in September 2018.


“The Government of Yukon is proud of Yukon College’s strong showing in this organizational evaluation. As the college prepares to become a university, this recognition shows that it already has a strong foundation and high standards for education and research. We will continue to work with Alberta and the Campus Alberta Quality Council to ensure the college’s proposed degree programs meet established national and international quality assurance standards so that students have more post-secondary opportunities here in Yukon.”

–Minister of Education Tracy-Anne McPhee

“We know the future prosperity of our provinces and country will benefit greatly from a skilled and educated workforce. For years, the Council has assisted in preparing Alberta’s post-secondary graduates in achieving success by ensuring high quality educational programs are offered. The Government of Alberta is proud that the Government of Yukon and Yukon College now have an ongoing relationship with the Campus Alberta Quality Council to ensure the same high quality educational opportunities are available to students in the north.”

–Government of Alberta Minister of Advanced Education Marlin Schmidt

“Achieving this significant milestone in our institutional journey was made possible by a remarkable team of faculty and staff at Yukon College. We are pleased their dedication and hard work was recognized by CAQC and look forward to presenting our first degree for evaluation.”

–Yukon College president and vice-chancellor Dr. Karen Barnes

Quick facts

  • Quality assurance councils or boards exist in most provinces to ensure quality and equivalency across degree levels and post-secondary institutions.
  • Yukon College does not currently require the approval of an external quality assurance council for any certificate or diploma programs it offers since certificate and diploma programs offered by post-secondary institutions in Canada are subject to internal quality assurance processes.


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Cabinet Communications

Jason Mackey
Communications, Education

Michael Vernon
Yukon College – Communications


Better airstrip needed after northern Saskatchewan plane crash: First Nations – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Dec 15, 2017 

FOND DU LAC, Sask. _ First Nations chiefs say a plane crash in northern Saskatchewan demonstrates the need for upgraded runways and all-season roads in remote communities.

A West Wind Aviation turboprop crashed Wednesday night with 22 passengers and three crew members aboard a flight from Fond du Lac to Stony Rapids.

No one was killed but at least five people were seriously injured and needed to be airlifted to hospital.

Fond du Lac Chief Louie Mercredi says the crash shows the airstrip in the fly-in community must be upgraded.

He says the community has one of the shortest runways in northern Saskatchewan, even though the size of planes using the airstrip continue to grow.

Mercredi says they could also use an all-season road so people have a choice about whether they want to fly in and out of the community.

“We as leaders need to sit down with the province regarding all-season roads and upgrades to our runways,” Mercredi said.

There is an ice road in the winter, but the chief says many people still fly.

Prince Albert General Council vice-chief Chris Jobb said similar concerns need to be addressed in other remote Saskatchewan communities such as Wollaston Lake and Hatchet Lake.



Opinion: Horgan wades in over his head on no-win Site C decision – Chilliwack Progress

Response ran the spectrum from ‘outrageous betrayal’ at worst to damning with faint praise at best

Dec. 14, 2017

Well that went well.

The Site C dam project was a political football the BC NDP passed around since before the last election, and one wonders if Premier John Horgan thought he’d have a win-win on his hands.

On the one hand, it almost did look as if the NDP played its cards beautifully as far as political issues go. Horgan came out opposed to Site C in solidarity with ranchers and indigenous groups, not to mention those who argued the electricity isn’t needed.

He then cleverly made the promise that kept the final decision off his desk. A bit of a pass-the-buck to let the B.C. Utilities Commission (BCUC) review it.

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Feds urged auditors to refocus Aboriginal jobs program review, documents show – National Post

OTTAWA — Federal officials asked the auditor general earlier this year to adjust the scope of his review of a key Indigenous skills training program, fearful the audit would miss its mark.

Michael Ferguson’s teams are focused on how effective two Indigenous employment programs are at helping people find work — a measure that Employment and Social Development Canada argued takes too narrow a view.

In a July 14 letter sent to the lead auditor, a department official argued a change in focus was needed because zeroing in on whether participants got jobs “may not fully consider the objectives of the Indigenous labour market programs.”

The letter urged Ferguson’s team to change its audit plan to “reflect the objective of continuous growth and learning,” reads the letter obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.

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Holiday Gift Guide Helps People and the Planet

The Social Enterprise Gift Guide helps you “buy social and green” with gifts that give twice

TORONTO, Dec. 13, 2017 – Each gift you buy this holiday season can have significant impact on your community. Thanks to the Social Enterprise Gift Guide 2017-2018, extending the impact of your gift giving is now easier than ever. This second edition of the guide features a wide variety of products created by Canada’s diverse social enterprise sector, representing non-profit and for-profit organizations, buy social certified, cooperatives and B Corps.

“This guide is a practical and unique way for anyone to support Ontario’s social enterprises,” says Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development and Growth. “It’s a win-win, the gifts allow you to give twice – to your loved ones and to your communities in need.”

Ontario has approximately 10,000 social enterprises that pursue social, cultural or environmental goals through the sale of goods and services. Poverty reduction is a common mission for these social enterprises, with many focusing on training and hiring people with barriers to employment as a direct solution.

The Social Enterprise Gift Guide includes a broad range of products and is fully searchable by product type, price range, region and other categories. Although the enterprises listed are located throughout Ontario, most of the gift ideas in the catalogue are available for purchase online.  For example, you’ll be able to purchase Indigenous-inspired warm and stylish Moccasins or Mukluks from Atlohsa Gifts, one-of-a-kind scarves that are eco-friendly 100% silk and handmade by youth facing homelessness in Toronto, a lifetime membership in the community-owned Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative, or a complete Quebec Sign Language dictionary and other resources from Resosurdite in central Ontario.

“We’re delighted to be a part of this special guide,” says Dan Kershaw of Furniture Bank, which recovers and upcycles affordable furniture.  “The gifts listed are not only of high quality, they produce such important impact.”

This project was made possible thanks to a collaboration of numerous community organizations and the financial support of the Government of Ontario. You can find the full catalogue of products and services online at

SOURCE Canadian Community Economic Development Network

For further information: For interviews and more information, please contact: Julie Forrester, or Julien Geremie: Julie Forrester, Social Enterprise Coach, Pillar Nonprofit Network,, 519-433-7876 ext. 213; Julien Geremie, Directeur général adjoint, Le Conseil de la Coopération de l’Ontario,, 416-364-4545


Flags of 3 First Nations permanently installed at Vancouver City Hall – CBC

The flags represent the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations

Dec 14, 2017

Vancouver City Council has installed the flags of three First Nations in recognition of Vancouver’s traditional Indigenous territories.

The flags will be permanent fixtures at City Hall’s council chambers.

On Wednesday, the city raised the flags of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations. Representatives from each nation were present along with Mayor Gregor Robertson.

Robertson said the gesture was meant to “to permanently acknowledge Vancouver’s location on Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh unceded homelands.”

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Prime Minister unveils themes for Canada’s 2018 G7 Presidency

Ottawa, Ontario
December 14, 2017

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced during a Facebook Live event the themes that will guide Canada’s 2018 G7 Presidency.

Canada’s 2018 G7 Presidency is an important opportunity for Canada to speak with a strong voice on the international stage, engage G7 counterparts on pressing global challenges, and make real progress on goals we all share.

This coming year, Canada will advance domestic and international priorities framed by the following five key themes:

  • Investing in growth that works for everyone;
  • Preparing for jobs of the future;
  • Advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment;
  • Working together on climate change, oceans and clean energy; and
  • Building a more peaceful and secure world.

In the months leading up to the Leaders’ Summit, Canada will host a series of G7 ministerial meetings that address these themes. Each of these meetings will also integrate a gender-based analysis and will include a focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

During today’s event, the Prime Minister also unveiled the 2018 G7 logo, which evokes Charlevoix’s rich natural landscape.


“Canada is proud to put forward a progressive agenda for the 2018 G7. The themes we have chosen for the year will help focus our discussions on finding real, concrete solutions to promote gender equality, women’s empowerment, clean energy, and economic growth that works for everyone. As G7 partners, we share a responsibility to ensure that all citizens benefit from our global economy, and that we leave a healthier, more peaceful, and more secure world for our children and grandchildren.”
— Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Quick Facts

  • Canada will assume the Presidency of the G7 on January 1, 2018, and will host the G7 Leaders’ Summit in the Charlevoix region of Quebec from June 8-9, 2018.
  • The country that holds the G7 Presidency sets the agenda for the year, and is responsible for hosting and organizing the Leaders’ Summit, ministerial meetings, and other associated events.
  • This will be the sixth Leaders’ Summit hosted by Canada, and the first in Quebec since 1981.
  • To coincide with the official start of Canada’s G7 Presidency, a social media campaign and website will be launched in early 2018 to engage Canadians. This will help us better understand people’s views on various aspects of the G7 themes and encourage youth participation on important issues that affect us all.
  • The previous Canadian-hosted Leaders’ Summits were held in Muskoka, Ontario (2010); Kananaskis, Alberta (2002); Halifax, Nova Scotia (1995); Toronto, Ontario (1988); and Ottawa-Montebello, Ontario and Quebec (1981).
  • The G7 is an informal grouping of seven of the world’s advanced economies consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The European Union was first invited to attend the G7 in 1977, but is not part of the hosting rotation.

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Results of cannabis survey released – Government of NU

December 15, 2017

IQALUIT, Nunavut (December 15, 2017) – Minister of Finance David Akeeagok released the results of the Government of Nunavut (GN) online cannabis survey today.

“Our newly elected government must make important policy decisions in the next few months, before the Government of Canada legalizes the recreational use of cannabis in July 2018,” said Minister Akeeagok. “The survey responses helped us understand what Nunavummiut think about the issue, and will guide us in our work to regulate cannabis in Nunavut.”

Between August 22 and September 22, 2017, over 1,400 Nunavummiut responded to the 26-question survey. The survey’s key findings show that respondents:

  • mostly favor legalizing cannabis;
  • have different views on how smoked and non-smoked cannabis products should be used in public;
  • have different views on who should distribute and sell cannabis;
  • think the GN should set the legal age at 19;
  • want the GN to focus most on fighting the illegal market and researching the impacts of cannabis use; and
  • want to be more informed about the impacts of cannabis use.

The GN will continue seeking input from Nunavummiut on cannabis legalization in early 2018 through public consultations in all three regions.

Views on cannabis in Nunavut – Highlights from the Government of Nunavut’s Cannabis Legalization Survey can be found at:

For more information about cannabis legalization, please visit the Government of Canada’s website at, or the GN’s website at:


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Denise Grandmaison
Manager, Communications
Department of Finance


Power line will create many jobs – The Chronicle Journal

Dec 14, 2017

A $777-million high-voltage power line to be built between Thunder Bay and Wawa will yield economic benefits for Indigenous people well beyond the 450-kilometre line’s construction, says Fort William First Nation Chief Peter Collins.

Collins says negotiations are to take place to ensure that the long-term maintenance contract for the 230-kilovolt (kV) line is overseen by an Indigenous company consisting of Fort William and five other First Nations along Lake Superior’s north shore.

As well, said Collins, Indigenous workers are expected to have a crack at an additional $150 million worth of extra contract work related to the line’s construction.

“This is a great endeavour for First Nation people,” Collins said Wednesday.

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Ontario Honouring Indigenous Youth with Bartleman Award

Five Talented Young Indigenous Writers Recognized

December 15, 2017 10:00 A.M.

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Ontario is honouring five young Indigenous writers from across the province with the James Bartleman Indigenous Youth Creative Writing Award.

The award celebrates the work of Indigenous youth and encourages them to share their unique perspectives and experiences with a broader audience. The 2017 award recipients are:

  • Nova Gull for her poem, “Where’s Our Voice?”, which highlights the lack of awareness of Indigenous issues.
  • Ava Morin for her untitled essay on the importance of being confident and embracing who you are.
  • Mike-Anthony Atlookan for his essay, “Are We Different?”, which discusses the differences between people and the roots of discrimination.
  • Kendra Kitchikake for her piece, “The Jingle Dress,” which describes the history and tradition of the Jingle Dress healing ceremony.
  • Sydney Flett for her poetry collection, “Cusp of Brilliance,” an honest and personal reflection on her life and experiences.

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, presented the awards at a ceremony in Toronto earlier today, with the Honourable James K. Bartleman, former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and Alex Bezzina, Deputy Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.

Quick Facts

  • The James Bartleman Indigenous Youth Creative Writing Award was created in 2008 to honour the province’s first Indigenous Lieutenant Governor.
  • James Bartleman is known for promoting literacy and organizing book drives for underprivileged communities.
  • Submissions are now being accepted for next year’s awards. The closing date is May 31, 2018.
  • Eligible participants must be 18 years of age or younger at the time they submit an entry, enrolled in an Ontario school, self-identify as an Indigenous person and be a permanent resident of Ontario.

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“By contributing to a dialogue outside their own communities, these five young authors are inspiring Ontarians to take notice of what it means to be an Indigenous youth today. Their talent and creativity are making a positive difference in the world.”

Her Honour the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell
Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

“Each year, I am inspired by the powerful submissions that are put forward by young Indigenous writers from across the province. These five recipients have bravely shared their stories with us, exemplifying courage and strength. Their unique perspectives are essential to improving the understanding of Indigenous communities in Ontario.”

The Honourable James K. Bartleman
former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

“The James Bartleman Award provides a platform for young Indigenous writers to gain an audience beyond their local communities. It is my hope that these young artists will continue to pursue their passion and hone their creative talents, so that their stories may live on.”

Laura Albanese
Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

“These five young award recipients are role models to us all. By sharing their perspectives as Indigenous youth in Ontario, they inspire others and promote empathy and understanding. Their efforts show how reconciliation can make a difference in the lives of everyone in Ontario.”

David Zimmer
Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

Media Contacts
Sara Amash
Minister’s Office

Laura Sylvis
Communications Branch


NB Industrial Emitters – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Dec 15, 2017 

FREDERICTON – New Brunswick is adopting federal targets for large industrial emitters that could make them pay to offset their pollution.

The province introduced legislation Thursday that it says would also redirect taxes on gasoline and diesel to programs that combat climate change.

The province’s new fund would reinvest in infrastructure adaptation, and energy efficiency in homes, businesses, industry and transportation.

In 2018, 2.33 cents per litre of existing gasoline taxes and 2.76 cents per litre of existing diesel fuel taxes would be transferred to the Climate Change Fund.

The province says that would amount to about $37 million in the first year.

Industrial facilities emitting more than 50,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases annually would be subject to the federal standards beginning in 2018.

(The Canadian Press)


13-year-old Anishinaabe water advocate to speak at United Nations – CBC

‘I’m representing my First Nations Peoples and I’m representing the water,’ says Autumn Peltier

Dec 14, 2017

A 13-year-old Anishinaabe girl from Wikwemikong First Nation will address world leaders at the United Nations next spring about protecting water.

Autumn Peltier has been invited to speak at the United Nations General Assembly in New York for the declaration of the International Decade for Action on Water for Sustainable Development.

“This is a huge thing that the world needs to hear … and pay attention to what’s going to happen to our planet,” Autumn said.

“I’m representing my First Nations Peoples and I’m representing the water.”

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