First Nations Finance Authority Issues 4th Debenture, rating upgrade to A2 from A3 by Moody’s Investors Service

First Nations Finance Authority Issues 4th Debenture, rating upgrade to A2 from A3 by Moody’s Investors Service

Westbank, British Columbia (October 19, 2017) The First Nations Finance Authority (FNFA) has issued its largest debenture (bond) to date at $126 Million. The demand for FNFA’s debenture exceeded supply as institutional investor orders for the bond totaled $278 Million, making the debenture over 2x oversubscribed. The bond carries a coupon of 3.05% was purchased by 19 institutional investors in the global financial markets. FNFA’s 4th such debenture since 2014, bringing the total debt issued by FNFA up to $377 million.

This 4th debenture will improve housing, infrastructure and economies on 19 First Nations across Canada. The bonds are backed by First Nations “Own Source Revenues” which are stable, predictable revenues self-generated by the First Nation government through revenue sharing agreements with municipal, provincial and federal governments, as well as lease contracts, royalties, rents, and business revenues.

“It has been 5 years since our first loan went out,” explains Ernie Daniels, President and CEO. “We have proven that our process is an effective solution to the challenges facing First Nations governments. The projects financed by this and our previous debentures create jobs and growth in and around First Nations communities. Our members, investors and staff continue to raise the bar and add immense value to the Canadian economy.”

228 First Nations across Canada have voluntarily opted into the First Nations Fiscal Management Act, signifying their desire to join the FNFA. To date, 72 First Nations from 7 provinces and 1 territory have completed FNFA’s steps-to-membership; the balance are working to complete these steps. Since FNFA’s first loan was issued in 2012 there has never been a late payment or a default on payment.

“It is very humbling to see how many First Nations are joining,” states FNFA Deputy Chair Chief Warren Tobobondung of Wasauksing First Nation, ON. “In many cases, the monies expended on projects in our communities circulate up to 5 times in the local economy. It is wonderful to be a part of the progress being made to improve the lives of First Nations people and helping them to close the gap on housing, infrastructure and economic development.”

The FNFA is a not-for-profit First Nation led institution established pursuant to the federal First Nations Fiscal Management Act, that provides any qualifying First Nation from across Canada with access to the capital markets. The First Nations govern the FNFA, as members elect from amongst themselves a Board of Directors. FNFA facilitates loans to Borrowing Members from the proceeds of bond issuances. These loans can have repayment terms up to 30 years and offer fixed-rate options to assist the member First

Nation’s budgeting needs. In order to fund member’s borrowing requirements prior to an expected bond issuance date, the FNFA also offers short-term loans at below Bank Prime. Short-term loans are rolled over into each new bond. As more First Nations qualify to become Borrowing Members, the FNFA will continue to grow and diversify, looking to strengthen its credit rating and consequently the financial benefits to its members and investors.

“First Nations can be thought of as an emerging market within a first-world economy,” explains Daniels. “There is still much work to be done on housing, clean water, infrastructure, renewable energy, as well as continued economic growth and diversification. The FNFA will continue its efforts to benefit all stakeholders and help First nations achieve the same quality of life as the rest of Canada.”

The Board of Directors, membership and staff of the FNFA looks forward to continuing its work with

First Nations governments from coast to coast to coast.

For More Info:

Ernie Daniels
President and CEO
First Nations Finance Authority
PH: (250) 768-5253
Fax: (250) 768-5258


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The Downie and Wenjack Families: Thank you, Canada

Oct 20, 2017

The Downie and Wenjack Families would like to thank each and every person who has reached out with memories of our brother Gord. There has been a massive outpouring of love and support for both our families at this difficult time and we are truly grateful for the tributes, messages and donations to the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund.

Gord’s message to us was clear, each and every one us has a role to play in bringing real reconciliation to Canada’s next 150 years.


“When Gord said at the Tragically Hip’s last concert, ‘We’re going to figure it out. You’re going to figure it out.’ He was telling us that it was going to take every living Canadian to figure out a way to make this country whole and fix our long neglected relationship with Indigenous people. Gord dreamed of a Canada that was truly inclusive – a country  where Indigenous culture and teachings come to the fore – a country that our Indigenous brothers and sisters can one day be proud of.  I share my brother’s dream and I hope millions of Canadians will too. It’s time we got to know each other, it’s time to get to work.” — Mike Downie, Co-Founder of the Downie Wenjack Fund

“Inuit will always be appreciative of the significant contributions Gord made on the path to reconciliation… Gord’s work for Indigenous peoples in the face of personal adversity will be an enduring and extraordinary example of true courage and dedication to building a better Canada.” — National Inuit Leader, Natan Obed, ITK

“I want to thank Gord Downie for his call for action to all Canadians. He asked you to “Do Something”  It is people like Gord that help brings awareness to the history of residential schools to a larger Canadian audience, so that people can become more conscious of the work we all must do to make Reconciliation a success in this country. — Atlantic Regional Chief Morley Googoo, Assembly of First Nations

“Through the establishment of the Downie Wenjack Fund, Gord has left Canada with an incredible gift. A platform and opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadian to engage, and grow together on our path towards reconciliation. As Canadians we have a responsibility to understand our shared history, Gord recognized this and took action, in a way that only he could, to “do something” to help build a better Canada. Now it is our turn.” — Sarah Midanik, Program Director, Downie Wenjack Fund.

Key/Important facts:

  • Gord Downie’s Secret Path in Concert will make its broadcast premiere on Sunday, October 22 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC TV and streaming at, commemorating the 51st anniversary of Chanie Wenjack’s death.
  • People all across Canada are gathering to pay tribute to Gord and Chanie this week by holding watching parties, fundraisers and gathering to toast Gord’s lifes work.
  • The Fund is accepting donations on its website


Media Advisory: Summit on Criminal Justice System in Labrador

Justice and Public Safety
October 20, 2017

The Honourable Andrew Parsons, Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Attorney General, will deliver opening remarks at a justice summit on Monday, October 23, at 9:30 a.m. Minister Parsons will be joined by Justice Malcolm Rowe of the Supreme Court of Canada.

The event will take place at the Hotel North Two, 382 Hamilton River Road, Happy Valley-Goose Bay. The summit is open to invited participants only.

The day-long event, organized by the Department of Justice and Public Safety, will provide an opportunity for open and productive dialogue on how the criminal justice system is currently operating in Labrador. Participants include representatives from Indigenous groups, as well as representatives from the criminal justice system, and other community groups.
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Media contact
Lesley Clarke
Justice and Public Safety
709-729-6985, 699-2910


Government of Canada announces judicial appointment in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador

News Release
From Department of Justice Canada

October 20, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Justice Canada

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointment under the new judicial application process announced on October 20, 2016. The new process emphasizes transparency, merit, and diversity, and will continue to ensure the appointment of jurists who meet the highest standards of excellence and integrity.

Vikas Khaladkar, Crown counsel with the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Justice and Public Safety, is appointed a judge of the Trial Division of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador in St. John’s. He replaces Mr. Justice R. LeBlanc, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective September 26, 2017.


Mr. Justice Vikas Khaladkar was born in Dar es Salaam, which was then in the British colony of Tanganyika. At age seven, he was sent to boarding school in India – where one of his school friends was the future Freddie Mercury of the rock band Queen. In 1962, Justice Khaladkar and his family immigrated to Canada. His father was convinced, after much deliberation, that Canada was the best country to raise a family. While his father had practised law in India and Tanganyika, he found employment in rural Saskatchewan as a high-school teacher.

Justice Khaladkar received his B.A. with distinction from the University of Saskatchewan in 1972. Soon after beginning law school, he took a year off to work as an archaeologist on an environmental impact assessment of the Churchill River in northern Saskatchewan. There he met his future wife, Susan, a Newfoundlander and Labradorean who was working on the same study.

Justice Khaladkar completed his LL.B. at the University of Saskatchewan, articled with the firm of Morgan and Tufts, and was called to the Saskatchewan Bar in 1977. He practised law in that province for 30 years, focusing on First Nations law. Justice Khaladkar was the first General Counsel for the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (as it is now called). He represented the Federation in negotiations leading up to the Charlottetown Accord, as well as agreements related to gaming jurisdiction and on-reserve policing. In 1984, he successfully argued one of the first Charter cases heard by the Supreme Court of Canada – Therens, dealing with the right to retain counsel upon detention or arrest.

In 2007, Justice Khaladkar accepted a one-year contract as a Crown attorney in Newfoundland and Labrador. The one-year contract turned into a permanent move. Since 2007, Justice Khaladkar has prosecuted cases at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

Justice Khaladkar and Susan have two children still resident in Saskatchewan and two wonderful grandchildren.

Excerpts from Justice Khaladkar’s judicial application will be available shortly.

Quick Facts

  • Budget 2017 includes additional funding of $55 million over five years beginning in 2017-2018 and $15.5 million per year thereafter for 28 new federally appointed judges. Of these new positions, 12 have been allotted to Alberta and one to the Yukon, with the remaining 15 being assigned to a pool for needs in other jurisdictions.
  • To ensure a judiciary that is responsive, ethical and sensitive to the evolving needs of Canadian society, the Canadian Judicial Council will receive $2.7 million over five years and $0.5 million ongoing thereafter. This will support programming on judicial education, ethics and conduct, including in relation to gender and cultural sensitivity.
  • Federal judicial appointments are made by the Governor General, acting on the advice of the federal Cabinet and recommendations from the Minister of Justice.
  • The Judicial Advisory Committees across Canada play a key role in evaluating judicial applications. There are 17 Judicial Advisory Committees, with each province and territory represented.
  • Significant reforms to the role and structure of the Judicial Advisory Committees, aimed at enhancing the independence and transparency of the process, were announced on October 20, 2016.
  • The Judicial Advisory Committees in 15 jurisdictions have been reconstituted. Most recently, Minister Wilson-Raybould announced the composition of five new Judicial Advisory Committees on June 28, 2017.
  • This process is separate from the Supreme Court of Canada judicial appointment process opened on July 14, 2017. Nominees to the Supreme Court of Canada are selected by the Prime Minister from a thoroughly vetted list of candidates.


For more information, media may contact:

Kathleen Davis

Communications and Parliamentary Affairs Advisor

Office of the Minister of Justice


Media Relations

Department of Justice Canada



Support in wake of Gord Downie’s death ‘helps with the sadness’: brother Mike – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Oct 20, 2017 14:25

By David Friend


TORONTO _ The outpouring of public support in the days since Gord Downie’s death has been “unbelievable,” says one of the brothers of the Tragically Hip frontman.

“It helps with the sadness because it’s so uplifting,” Mike Downie said through tears during an interview in Toronto on Friday.

“But it actually makes you a little sadder too because you realize there’s a lot of people who are really hurting.”

Downie died Tuesday night at age 53. It was in May 2016 that he revealed his diagnosis with glioblastoma, an invasive brain tumour with one of the poorest survival rates of any cancer.

Candlelight vigils were organized on Wednesday in Downie’s hometown of Kingston, Ont., and in Bobcaygeon, Ont., a community immortalized in one of the Hip’s most popular songs.

A private family gathering for the singer was being held Friday and Mike Downie said the family was also considering a public memorial in the future.

“We’ll pull something together in the coming days, I guess,” he said.

“It’ll be something that Gord would like and appreciate so we’ll just have to figure that out.”

Gord and Mike Downie worked together on the “Secret Path” project, an album, graphic novel and animated film about Chanie Wenjack, a 12-year-old Ojibway boy who died after escaping a residential school in 1966.

They also established the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund to serve as a catalyst in the movement towards reconciliation. The initiatives include support for educational tools and grants that enable “reconcili-actions,” or tangible efforts to help the lives of Indigenous people and unite communities.

“We want the fund to inspire people to find their own way to get involved and to make a difference,” Downie said.

“What that really does on the whole is make people think more about Indigenous lives here _ something we’ve taken for granted here for a long time _ and just get into that action phase. It’s a big step, but I think it’s the most important part.”


NSERC awards $2.3 million to Lakehead researchers

October 20, 2017 – Thunder Bay, ON

Lakehead University researchers are receiving more than $2.3 million in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) for innovative research.

The funding will support research projects that explore a variety of areas – from biology and chemistry and physics to engineering and geology and computer sciences.

“Our NSERC grant recipients demonstrate the breadth of high-calibre, innovative research being undertaken at Lakehead University,” said Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Vice-President, Research and Innovation. “We are very proud of our recipients, who are exceptional scientists seizing opportunities to excel in their research.”

Dr. Laura Curiel, an assistant professor in Electrical Engineering, received $120,372 for a Verasonics Ultrasound device that will allow Dr. Curiel and her team to continue their work finding new materials, new electronics and new processes that will make significant improvements to ultrasound therapy and imaging.

“Our hope, in particular for Canada, is to make ultrasound therapy more affordable and more portable, to allow remote locations to benefit from it without having to move to urban centres,” she said.  “This will also be translatable to developing countries.”

Dr. Vijay Mago, an assistant professor in Computer Science, has received $100,000 to develop the software platform and hardware for a real-time analytic tool that will analyze large-scale social networking websites to determine the effectiveness of public health awareness social media campaigns.

“We know that more and more people rely on online sources for health information including symptoms, treatments and general health-related advice,” said Dr. Mago.

“With this research we will be able to identify the effectiveness of public health awareness strategies used by health agencies and medical associations around the globe, by monitoring the reach and engagement with their content versus the onset of public health events.”

Dr. Amanda Diochon, an associate professor in Geology, is receiving more than $100,000 over the next three years to develop an outreach program that provides culturally responsive, hands-on learning opportunities for Indigenous youth in Northwestern Ontario.

“We hope that integrating Aboriginal and Western ways of knowing into learning will encourage Indigenous students to pursue careers in science,” Dr. Diochon said.

Funding from NSERC also generates support from the federal Research Support Fund to offset the indirect costs of research incurred by universities. In 2017/18, Lakehead University will receive nearly $2 million in assistance from the Research Support Fund to support the indirect costs of research, which includes costs for supporting the management of intellectual property, research and administration, ethics and regulatory compliance, research resources, and research facilities.

The following Lakehead University researchers have also been awarded NSERC grants and scholarships, for a total of $2,329,414.

Collaborative Research & Development Grant (four-year grant)

  • Dr. Pedram Fatehi, Department of Chemical Engineering, Process Development for the Production of Lignin Based Flocculants and Dispersants, $320,000 (in partnership with FPInnovations).

Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) Grant (one-year grant)

  • Dr. Laura Curiel, Department of Electrical Engineering, Increasing Efficiency of Focused Ultrasound Transducer Applications,   $120,372.
  • Co-applicants:
  • Dr. Carlos Christoffersen, Department of Electrical Engineering
  • Dr. Samuel Pichardo, Department of Electrical Engineering, Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute (TBRHRI)
  • Dr. Oleg Rubel, McMaster University
  • Dr. Han Chen, Faculty of Natural Resources Management, LI-8100A-S2 Soil Gas Flux System Survey Package, $40,838.
  • Dr. Pedram Fatehi, Department of Chemical Engineering, Particle Size Analyzer for Investigating Flocculation and Dispersion Systems, $121,393.

Discovery Grants – (five-year grants, unless otherwise indicated)

  • Dr. Wensheng Qin, Department of Biology, $140,000, Understanding and optimizing enzyme efficiency for cellulose biodegradation.
  • Dr. Pedram Fatehi, Department of Chemical Engineering, $24,000, Design of lignin based flocculants/dispersants for various aqueous systems.*
  • Dr. Md Nur Alam, Department of Chemistry, $110,000, Applications of highly-reactive chemical cellusloses and their derivatives with novel properties and unique functionalities.
  • Dr. Mitchell Albert, Department of Chemistry, TBRHRI, $225,000, Hyperpolarized Xenon MRI biosensors development program.
  • Dr. Zi-Hua Jiang, Department of Chemistry, $110,000, Modulation of innate immune responses.
  • Dr. Xiaoping Liu, Department of Electrical Engineering, $110,000, Finite-time adaptive control of nonlinear systems and its applications.
  • Dr. Peter Hollings, Department of Geology, $110,000, Geochemistry of pyroxene-phyric komatiites in the Southern Superior Province; implications for Archean geodynamics.
  • Dr. Gautam Das, Department of Physics, $105,000, Investigation into optical fiber waveguides, lasers and applications.
  • Dr. Hubert de Guise, Department of Physics, $105,000, Understanding quantum systems with higher symmetries.
  • Dr. Vijay Mago, Department of Computer Science, $100,000, Reliable and efficient real-time tools for collecting and analyzing large health datasets.

*One-year grant.

Discovery Development Grants (two-year grants worth $20,000)

  • Dr. Carlos Christoffersen, Department of Electrical Engineering, Design of circuits for biomedical therapy devices.
  • Dr. Eltayeb Mohamedelhassan, Department of Civil Engineering, Integrated electrokinetic-phytoremediation of contaminated soils.

Engage Grants (up to six months)

  • Dr. Lew Christopher, Biorefining Research Institute, Department of Biology, Generating Sugar Streams from Pulp and Paper Mill Sludge, $25,000.00 (in partnership with Domtar Inc.).
  • Dr. Ayan Sadhu, Department of Civil Engineering, Cost-effective Fault Diagnostics of Material Handling System in Critical Mining Site, $24,290.00 (in partnership with North American Palladium Lac des Iles Mine Ltd).
  • Dr. Salama Ikki, Department of Electrical Engineering, Quadrature Spatial Modulation for Large-Scale MIMO Systems, $25,000.00 (in partnership with Ericsson).
  • Dr. Ehsan Rezazadeh Azar, Department of Civil Engineering, Improving Productivity of Material Cutting and Movement in Steel Fabrication Plants, $22,198.00 (in partnership with Coastal Steel Construction Ltd.).
  • Dr. Amir Hossein Azimi, Department of Civil Engineering, Innovative Methods for Condition Assessment of Wastewater Collection Systems, $25,000.00 (in partnership with the City of Thunder Bay).
  • Dr. Aicheng Chen, Department of Chemistry, In situ Electrochemical Determination of the Surface Area of Aluminum Targets, $25,000.00 (in partnership with Hupe Manufacturing Ltd.).
  • Dr. Salama Ikki, Department of Electrical Engineering, Mine Safety System Using Wireless Sensor Networks, $25,000 (in partnership with GoldCorp Inc.).
  • Dr. Baoqiang Liao, Department of Chemical Engineering, Identification of the Causes and its Control of Foaming in Membrane Bioreactors, $25,000 (in partnership with Goldcorp Inc.).

PromoScience Grants (three-year grants)

  • Dr. Amanda Diochon, Department of Geology, Bridging Ways to Knowing Over Water, $100,758.00.
    • Co-applicants:
      • Dr. Robert Stewart, Department of Geography and the Environment
      • Dr. Michael Rennie, CRC in Freshwater Ecology and Fisheries, Department of Biology
      • Dr. Peter Lee, Department of Biology
  • Dr. Christopher Murray, Sustainability Sciences (Orillia Campus), EcoReach,         $21,000.00.
    • Co-applicants:
      • Dr. Thamara Laredo, Sustainability Studies/Chemistry (Orillia Campus)
      • Dr. Victoria Te Brugge, Laboratory Coordinator, Sustainability Studies (Orillia Campus)
      • Dr. Rosario Turvey, Sustainability Studies/Geography (Orillia Campus)
      • Dr. Maria Grazia Viola, Department of Mathematics (Orillia Campus)

Connection Grant (up to three months)

  • Florence Bailey, Economic Development and Innovation Office, Lakehead University Industry Connections, $8,865.00.
  • Dr. Amir Hossein Azimi Department of Civil Engineering, Experimental and Numerical Modeling of Multiphase Flow Systems,    $2,700.00.
  • Dr. Lew Christopher, Biorefining Biorefining Research Institute, Department of Biology, International Forest Bioeconomy Planning Summit, $15,000.00.

Graduate Student Awards

Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral Program (two-year award)

  • Eric Searle, Faculty of Natural Resources Management, $70,000.

NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral Program (three-year award)

  • Islam Abu Mahady, Department of Electrical Engineering, $63,000.

Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program– (one-year awards)

  • Jeffrey Andrew-Cotter, Electrical Engineering, $17,500
  • Nicholas Frayn, Electrical Engineering, $17,500
  • Sophie Kurucz, Geology, $17,500
  • Zeke Sedor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, $17,500

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Media: For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact Brandon Walker, Media Relations Officer, at (807) 343-8177, or

Lakehead University has approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff in 10 faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies. Maclean’s 2018 University Rankings place Lakehead University among Canada’s Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities, as well as first in Total Research Dollars, second for Citations, and third for Scholarships and Bursaries. In 2016, for the second consecutive year, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead first among Canada’s undergraduate universities. Visit


Tłı̨chǫ Government: Kwetı̨ı̨ɂaà Environmental Monitoring Work-to-Learn

October 20, 2017

From Aug 31-Sep 15, 2017 the Tłı̨chǫ Government Lands Protection, in collaboration with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada Contaminants and Remediation Division, sent 5 Tłı̨chǫ student/workers to Kwetı̨ı̨ɂaà – the old Rayrock mine – for environmental hands–on learning/work. With Job Shadow, Lisa Marie Zoe (Whatì), and students Damon Grosco (Behchokǫ̀), Nikita Mantla (Behchokǫ̀), Alex Williah (Behchokǫ̀) and Ryan Mackenzie (Behchokǫ̀), everyone was building on their previous learning including the 3-week BEAHR (Building Environmental Aboriginal Human Resources) Contaminated Sites Training from 2016. The student/workers did many things while on site such as sediment sampling, water sampling, wildlife tissue prep and travelling with canoe to follow drainage paths. Tłı̨chǫ Government is happy to assist with building partnerships between students and industry, which may open doors for future employment for graduates of Tłı̨chǫ environmental monitoring programs.

Over 8-days of hydrology study from Gamma Lake to Marian River, we worked as a team and the nature of this complex and rushed program developed a special bond between us. We learned how to learn from each other. We shared our skills and made a great team based on respect, compassion, and effectiveness. They learned the basics of hydrology, measuring velocity and how to calculate the discharge of a flow. They also learned how to obtain surface water and sediment samples from ponds, lakes, and rivers. I learned a lot about their land, how to properly paddle a canoe and safely fall a tree. I would like to take this opportunity to say, “Great Job Guys” and “Thank You” for your hard work and enthusiasm. – Matt Pourabadehei, Hydrologist (Arcadis Canada)

For more information, please contact:

Tyanna Steinwand
Lands Regulator
Department of Culture and Lands Protection
Tłı̨chǫ Ndek’àowo / Tłı̨chǫ Government
Box 412, Behchokǫ̀, NT X0E 0Y0
Phone: 867-392-6381 Ext 1357


A talking online Mi’kmaq dictionary that helps preserve the language – CBC

Nearly 4,000 words with recorded pronunciations are contained in Mi’gmaq-Mi’kmaq Online

October 20, 2017

Unsure how to say “Hello” or “Thank you” in Mi’kmaq, never mind something more complex?

There’s an online resource where you can hear three different Mi’kmaq speakers pronounce nearly 4,000 words, in some cases including their regional variants.

Mi’gmaq-Mi’kmaq Online is the result of the efforts of several people working independently to preserve the language.

Diane Mitchell, of Listuguj First Nation in Quebec, is one of them. She’s a Mi’kmaq language teacher and became interested in creating a resource for learners when her daughter was just a toddler. She realized the child wasn’t hearing Mi’kmaq all the time as Mitchell herself did growing up.

“We were living in southern Ontario,” Mitchell said, “and I thought, ‘Hmm, what can I do to fix it?’ Initially, I was just actually going to do a small recorded database for her, and over years it grew into an online dictionary.”

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Final submissions coming sentencing hearing for La Loche school shooter – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Oct 20, 2017 14:31

By Jennifer Graham


MEADOW LAKE, Sask. _ The Crown and defence have finished calling witnesses at the sentencing hearing for a teenager who shot and killed four people and injured seven others at a home and a high school in northern Saskatchewan.

Dr. Mansfield Mela, a psychiatrist for the defence, testified that the teen has fetal alcohol syndrome, also referred to as FASD.

Mela based his confirmation on the findings of a Gladue report, which examines an Indigenous offender’s background for the judge to use when determining a sentence. That report said the teen’s mother drank while pregnant.

Both parents confirmed “there was significant alcohol use in the first trimester,” Mela told court Friday in Meadow Lake, Sask.

Crown prosecutor Scott Barlett questioned why Mela wouldn’t confirm the diagnosis until after the Gladue report was complete, even though Mela interviewed the teen, the teen’s biological mother and adoptive mother.

Court heard the biological mother denied drinking during a phone conversation with Mela, but the doctor said she likely had more trust in the woman writing the Gladue report.

Mela said he “suspected pre-natal alcohol exposure all along” and also based his diagnosis on brain deficits and the teen’s impairment.

The teen has pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and seven counts of attempted murder in the January 2016 shooting in La Loche.

The hearing is to determine whether the teen is sentenced as an adult or a youth _ he cannot be named because he was just shy of his 18th birthday when the shootings occurred.

Lawyers for both sides were to make final arguments to the court Friday afternoon. Judge Janet McIvor has said she will hand down the sentence at a later date.

The teen could get six years of custody and four years probation if he’s sentenced as a youth, but he faces a life sentence as an adult.

Some victims have already told court that the teen should be sentenced as an adult because of the severity of his crimes.

An agreed statement of facts heard when the sentencing hearing started in May detailed the shooter’s murderous path from the home in La Loche to the community’s high school.

Court heard the teen first killed Dayne Fontaine, 17, and then his brother Drayden, who was 13. Dayne pleaded for his life before he was shot 11 times, including twice in the head. Drayden was shot twice.

The teen then drove to the high school, where surveillance footage captured his frightening walk through the halls, his shotgun raised, as students and staff ran in fear.

When police arrived, the shooter ran into a women’s washroom where he put his weapon down and gave himself up.

The teen said he didn’t know what he was thinking when he pulled the trigger.

In June, a neuropsychologist testified for the defence that the teen had an IQ of 68, which is considered well below average.

A child psychiatrist who testified for the Crown has already said the teen did not come across as being clearly developmentally delayed or slow.


GNU: National Foster Family Week

October 20, 2017

National Foster Family Week started October 16. The Department of Family Services wants to thank Nunavut’s foster families for their dedication year-round, and encourages other Nunavummiut to consider fostering a child today.

To celebrate National Foster Family Week in Nunavut, the department is hosting appreciation events in communities across the territory. To learn about an event in your community, contact your local children and family services office.

In Iqaluit, foster parents are invited to a foster parent appreciation event on Saturday, October 28, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Anglican parish hall.

This is an opportunity to connect with other foster parents, learn about the rewards of fostering, or apply to our Foster Care Program.

Refreshments will be served.


Media Contact:

Jade Owen
Communications Specialist
Department of Family Services


New art exhibition explores themes of belonging, identity and sense of place – Government of YT

October 20, 2017

On Our Way Home, an exhibition of new works that have joined the Yukon Permanent Art Collection, is now on display at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre.

The exhibition explores themes of belonging, identity and sense of place with pieces by established artists such as Meshell Melvin, Mark Preston and Mary Caesar, as well as emerging artists including Violet Gatensby and Cole Pauls.

On Our Way Home features traditional First Nations dog blankets worn by the ceremonial opening team at the 2017 Yukon Quest and 16 other works in a variety of media – including paintings, fibre art, photography, carving and glass work.

The exhibition will be available until March 4, 2018.


“The Yukon Permanent Art Collection offers an invaluable cultural legacy that captures the history of our territory’s visual arts. Each of these wonderful new art works is a unique and integral part of that fascinating and evolving story–and I encourage Yukoners and visitors alike to explore and experience the On Our Way Home exhibition.”

–Minister of Tourism and Culture Jeanie Dendys

“The Yukon First Nation Dog Blanket Project was first proposed by Shirlee Frost, who suggested that traditional dog blankets be made in order to be showcased at the 2017 Yukon Quest. Inspired by this, I put a call out on Facebook to recruit First Nations artists to make this project a reality. These nine amazing women answered my call and made this collaborative project a huge success.”

–Artist Florence Moses

“The painting Obscured Provenance was part of IBC: Death Prophecy, my second solo exhibition at the Diaz Contemporary Gallery in Toronto. In the exhibition I continued my use of Indian Brand Corporation, or IBC, a fictional company that produces complex narratives that combine conflicting Indigenous and non-indigenous world views. Obscured Provenance brings symbols from art history together with imagery of land extraction to question notions of authority, title and usage.”

–Artist Joseph Tisiga

Quick facts

  • The new acquisitions were selected by the Friends of Yukon Permanent Art Collection through an arms-length adjudication process. Artists submit their work for consideration through a call for submissions.
  • Five of the new acquisitions were donated to the collection or purchased privately, outside the call for submissions.
  • Works from the collection are displayed in public areas of Yukon government buildings in Whitehorse, Dawson, Faro, Haines Junction and Mayo. Artwork from the collection is also periodically displayed in special curated exhibitions produced by the Department of Tourism and Culture’s Arts Section or through loans to other institutions.
  • There are currently over 430 art works by 235 artists in the collection.

Learn more: Yukon Permanent Art Collection
Watch livestream: Opening Night
See backgrounder: 2016/17 Yukon Permanent Art Collection Acquisitions


Sunny Patch
Cabinet Communications

Linnea Blum
Communications, Tourism and Culture


2016/17 Yukon Permanent Art Collection Acquisitions

Title of Work Artist Media
Water Like Ink Christian Bucher Photography
Words and Names They Called Me Mary Caesar Painting
Dempster K160 Halin de Repentigny Painting
Berry Pouch Lyn Fabio Fibre Art
Fog Woman Bentwood Box Design Violet Gatensby Painting
Second Avenue, Dawson City, January 2017 Jeffrey Langille Photography
Spring Break-Up Lumel Hot Glass Glass
Kitchen Corner Meshell Melvin Fibre Art
Moon Cole Pauls Painting
Abstract Portrait Mask Mark Preston Carving
Obscured Provenance Joseph Tisiga Painting
Arrival of the Dog Team Traditional First Nation Dog Blanket Project: Shirley Adamson, Deb Enoch, Nyla Klugie-Migwans, Karen Lepine, Pauline Livingstone, Elizabeth Moses, Florence Moses, Diane Olsen, Velma Olsen Beadwork/Fine Craft

Works Acquired Outside Call for Submissions

Title of Work Artist Media
New Beginnings Lynn Blaikie Fibre Art
The Colourful Five Percent, Portrait of Jim Robb Halin de Repentigny Painting
Watchmens Alex Dickson Carving
Wigwam Harry Jim Robb Painting
Men’s Mitts Gertie Tom Beadwork/Fine Craft


Bob McLeod: Working Together for the Northwest Territories

October 20, 2017

Mr. Speaker, before Members finish this Sitting and go their separate ways ‘til the House sits again, I wanted to take a few moments to reflect on our experiences together over the past few weeks and the past two years.

When the 19 of us met in November 2015 as newly-elected Members, we agreed that the 18th Legislative Assembly needed to change the way it does business. I supported that priority then and I still support it today. So too, I believe, do all my other colleagues on both sides of this House.

One of the first changes we made included publishing the first-ever four-year Mandate of the Government of the Northwest Territories. As well, for the first time in 20 years, we agreed to formally review our progress, and Ministers’ ability, to meet that mandate halfway through our term.

These are all positive steps towards improved transparency and accountability. Although we may not have fully anticipated how these changes would play out, I still think our intentions were for the best and that there are valuable lessons to be had.

Change is never easy, Mr. Speaker. I don’t think any of us should be surprised that making that change has been difficult, but we should not let that discourage us. We have done a lot over the last two years, but we still have much to do.

Consensus has served the territory well and gives us the tools we need to make the best decisions for the residents of the Northwest Territories.

Consensus is about working together to make collective decisions, it is not about one side or the other winning. That does not mean there will be unanimous agreement on every decision, but it does mean that Members on both sides always need to be prepared to listen to and consider diverging opinions inside this Chamber, in Committee and in our private discussions with each other.

The people of the Northwest Territories want and deserve the best government that we can be. As Premier, I am committed to doing whatever I can to live up to their expectations, and so are all the Members of this Legislative Assembly.

Cabinet has heard clearly from Members about their frustrations and their concerns. We have all worked hard, but we can do better.

As a consensus government, the contributions of Regular Members and Standing Committees will be essential to our success as a Legislative Assembly. I hope that we will be able to count on all Members for their support where it is warranted, criticism where it is deserved, and their best ideas and suggestions always.

We were elected because people believed that we could make life better for both current residents and for those in our future. Let’s work together during our remaining two years to make a better territory for our people.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.


Plan underway to supply Churchill with ice road as rail remains knocked out – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Oct 20, 2017 15:23

WINNIPEG _ Plans are underway to supply Churchill, Man., with an ice road as the rail link that normally provides a lifeline to the community remains out of commission.

Mark Kohaykewych, president of Polar Industries, said Friday the company has partnered with the Fox Lake Cree Nation and Churchill-based Remote Area Services to carve out an ice road along the 300 kilometres of wilderness between the end of the working rail line at Gillam, Man., and Churchill.

He said the partners hope to see some financial support from the Manitoba government, but for now plan to operate on their own tight budget.

“This is a go. Right now without any support from any level of government, we’re sort of tied to a shoestring budget. But we’re hoping that they’re going to come to the table and step up and assist us,” he said.

Kohaykewych said they plan to haul construction equipment and supplies, fuel, as well as potentially food and necessities for stores in the town.

He said the route would take about 30 hours to run, but that time could be cut by as much as half if the company has enough resources to run dedicated teams to maintain the route.

Government support would help with that, Kohaykewych said, while he’s also hoping government will step in with more direct food subsidy support for people in Churchill.

Climate change has made some ice routes more difficult to maintain in recent years, but Kohaykewych said they’ll just adjust maintenance and scheduling to changing conditions to make sure the route remains open.

“All that’s going to happen is we’re going to have to be vigilant with the changing weather, and at times have to shut down like we did last year, just to preserve the integrity and longevity of the road.”

Kohaykewych said the ice road backup plan has been in the works since June when he surveyed the land and realized it could work, but kept quiet to not disrupt rail plans.

“We wanted to make sure we didn’t overstep the town’s plan to try and get the rail line fixed, which is a more permanent solution for them.”

Last week the federal government issued an ultimatum to Omnitrax, the company that owns the broken rail line, to fix the track within 30 days or face a $19-million lawsuit because it’s obliged to maintain the line.

Kohaykewych, however, that time is running out to repair the line, so they’re going ahead with their plan.

“As winter draws near, I mean they had a snowstorm a couple days ago up in Churchill, this plan needs to get executed.”


Reconciliation ambassador Robert Joseph to speak at UFV Oct 25 – UFV Today

October 19, 2017

A hereditary chief and residential school survivor who serves as ambassador for Reconciliation Canadawill share his story at UFV on Wed, October 25 at 6 pm.

Chief Dr. Robert Joseph will speak as part of the President’s Leadership Lecture Series at UFV, which this fall is aligned with the Witness Blanket exhibit currently on display, and examines the residential school experience. His talk will take place in the Student Union Building on the Abbotsford campus. Admission is free and the public is welcome.

Chief Joseph is a true peace-builder whose life and work are examples of his personal commitment. A hereditary chief of the Gwawaenuk First Nation, he has dedicated his life to bridging the differences brought about by intolerance, lack of understanding, and racism at home and abroad.

His insights into the destructive impacts these forces can have on peoples’ lives, families and cultures were shaped by his experience with the Canadian Indian Residential School system.

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Emera Q3 Earnings Release and Conference Call

October 20, 2017

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia–Today Emera (TSX: EMA) announced that its Q3 2017 earnings will be released after market close on Friday, November 10, 2017. The company will be hosting a teleconference at 11:00 am Atlantic time on Monday, November 13, 2017 (10:00am Toronto/Montreal/New York; 9:00am Winnipeg; 8:00am Calgary; 7:00am Vancouver) to discuss the Q3 2017 financial results.

Analysts and other interested parties in North America wanting to participate in the call should dial 1-866-521-4909 at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. International participants wanting to participate should dial (647)427-2311. No pass code is required. The teleconference will be recorded. If you are unable to join the teleconference live, you can dial for playback, toll-free at 1-800-585-8367. The Conference ID is 53138266 (available until midnight, December 1, 2017).

The teleconference will also be web cast live at and available for playback for one year.

About Emera Inc.

Emera Inc. is a geographically diverse energy and services company headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia with approximately $29 billion in assets and 2016 revenues of more than $4 billion. The company invests in electricity generation, transmission and distribution, gas transmission and distribution, and utility energy services with a strategic focus on transformation from high carbon to low carbon energy sources. Emera has investments throughout North America, and in four Caribbean countries. Emera continues to target having 75-85% of its adjusted earnings come from rate-regulated businesses. Emera’s common and preferred shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and trade respectively under the symbol EMA, EMA.PR.A, EMA.PR.B, EMA.PR.C, EMA.PR.E, and EMA.PR.F. Depositary receipts representing common shares of Emera are listed on the Barbados Stock Exchange under the symbol EMABDR. Additional Information can be accessed at or at

Ken McOnie, 902-428-6945
Vice President, Investor Relations & Treasurer


Manitoba News Release: Work of Seniors Across Province Acknowledged with Manitoba Council on Aging Recognition Awards for 2017

October 20, 2017

The Manitoba Council on Aging is acknowledging the hard work of seniors across the province with recognition awards, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen said today.

“Seniors and others from across the province are working to strengthen their communities and make life better for all residents,” said Goertzen.  “These awards recognize their contributions and thank them for taking the time to make their communities better places to live.”

The Manitoba Council on Aging is an advisory body to government that strives to ensure seniors’ perspectives are shared with government.  The Manitoba Council on Aging Recognition Awards were created to recognize the many seniors who are community leaders and to celebrate their contributions.  Awards were presented in a ceremony at the Legislative Building.

George Fleury of Minnedosa was the recipient of the prestigious Murray and Muriel Smith Award.  Fleury is a lifelong advocate for Métis people, working for positive change in the development of Métis education after overcoming race-related adversity.

In addition, recognition awards in the 65+ category were presented to:

  • Lionel Guerard (Winnipeg) for volunteering with several organizations including the Air Cadet Corps, Toastmasters International, the Transportation Options Network for Seniors, board member for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Canadian Condominium Institute, Royal Canadian Legion and the Manitoba Association of Parliamentarians.
  • Mian Hameed (Winnipeg) as the founder and president of the Manitoba Muslim Seniors Association, he is recognized for his work with Muslim seniors including the development of a new housing project in south Winnipeg.
  • June Letkeman (Plum Coulee) for her work with several organizations in her community including the local chamber of commerce, the Plum Fest committee, Prairieview Elevator Museum committee and the Plum Coulee Community Foundation board of directors.
  • Guy Lévesque (Ste. Anne) for his volunteer work in the areas of health, sports, education, heritage, financial services, public affairs, humanitarianism, culture, literacy, faith and charity.
  • Marjorie MacIver (Lac du Bonnet) for volunteering with projects related to housing, meal programs and seniors transportation.
  • Connie Newman (Winnipeg) for volunteering with the University of Manitoba’s Centre on Aging, the Retired Teachers’ Association of Manitoba, the Coalition for Healthy Aging in Manitoba committee and the Transportation Options Network for Seniors.
  • Corinne Nesbitt (Elkhorn) for volunteer work with the Seniors Access to Independent Living, the Elkhorn Leisure Centre, Trinity United Church, the Elkhorn Manor Health Auxiliary and the Elkhorn Agricultural Society.

“Each of these people volunteer and devote their skills to supporting others and improving their communities,” said Dave Schellenberg, chair, Manitoba Council on Aging.  “Everyone benefits when seniors take the time to share their expertise and we want to thank these individuals for their hard work in making their communities stronger.”

The North Centennial Seniors Association’s Grandma and Grandpa Swim Program of Winnipeg received the recognition award in the intergenerational 65+ category.  The project pairs seniors with preschoolers from participating local child-care centres for playtime in the indoor pool at the North Centennial Recreation and Leisure Facility.  The sessions help children overcome any fear of water, while also teaching them basic water safety skills.

Honourable mention certificates were awarded to Alice Alarie (Winnipeg), Bjorgvin (Beggi) Anderson (Arborg), Lois Armstrong (Winnipeg), Benjamin Arroz (Winnipeg), Keith Bradley (Winnipeg), Patricia Cassie (Winnipeg), Leonard Collier (Virden), Bernice Fedelechuk (Winnipeg), Lynda Jolicoeur (Winnipeg), Barbara Morris (Winnipeg), Lois Patterson (Winnipeg), Roseanne Reichert (Morden), Susan Reimer (Winnipeg), Marielle Rémillard (Winnipeg), Bernice Still (Isabella), Juan Schwersensky (Winnipeg), Elizabeth Towle (MacGregor), John Zacharias (Hamiota), the Grade 3 and Seniors Buddy Program (Hamiota) and Krystal Simpson (Winnipeg).

For more information on seniors and healthy aging, visit

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The University of Sudbury celebrates Indigenous scholarship recipients

On Thursday, October 19th, at 10 a.m., a ceremony was held to recognize Indigenous students who were recently awarded substantial scholarships at the University of Sudbury.

A total sum of over $21,000.00 was recently awarded in scholarships. The recipients recognized this year were: Ruby Thompson, the very first recipient of the continuing $7,000 Dr. Constance Elaine Jayne Williams and Charles L. Williams Educational Trust Scholarship; and Gabrielle Pellerin, who received the $7,500 Maple Grove United Church Scholarship. In addition, Stepfanie Johnston, another involved student and last year’s recipient, again received the annual amount of $7,000 from the Rotary Aboriginal Scholarship Fund, as she continues to meet the requirements of this continuing scholarship and remains in good academic standing.

Ruby Thompson aspires to work with Aboriginal children, youth, and Elders. She hopes to help bridge the generation gap and encourage renewed relationships, and revive the traditional and cultural ways. In her opinion, today’s youth is our future and fostering solid relationships will encourage them to be as the Creator has intended. Once she completes her degree in Indigenous Studies at the University of Sudbury, Ruby plans to study Art Therapy at the Toronto Art Institute in order to be a Registered Art Therapist. Her experiences in community education, health and social services have guided her towards career plans that include operating her own practice on Manitoulin Island, assisting First Nations in healing through art therapy.

Gabrielle Pellerin is a heavily involved student. She has been President of the Indigenous Students Circle on campus since 2016, and since then, has contributed to the organization of a number of initiatives to advocate for Indigenous issues. She also enjoys helping youth reach their full potential by volunteering at the Shkagamik-Kwe Community Centre, where she mentors youth through the 10-week Choices Program designed to encourage life-skill development and personal growth. In addition, Gabrielle helped organize Take Back the Night, relating to the issues surrounding missing and murdered Indigenous women, and was selected to be the leader of the Indigenous Peoples National Party for the 2018 Model Parliament in January. She always looks forward to being a voice for her people.

The University is pleased to be able to offer such scholarships to assist these dedicated students in their studies and help foster their success as they continue their academic journey and career. We extend our most sincere congratulations to these recipients, who will surely use their knowledge and experience to make a difference.

About the Dr. Constance Elaine Jayne Williams and Charles L. Williams Educational Trust Scholarship
Established in 2017, this scholarship is awarded to an Indigenous student pursuing full-time studies in the Indigenous Studies program at the University of Sudbury, from any of the following Ojibway bands: M’Chigeeng First Nation, Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation, Wikemikong Unceded Indian Reserve, Sheguiandah First Nation, Sheshegwaning First Nation.

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

About the Rotary Aboriginal Scholarship Fund
Established in 2016, the Rotary Indigenous Scholarship was established at the University of Sudbury due to the generous donation of the Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar. This scholarship is meant to assist Indigenous students in meeting their financial needs during the course of their full-time studies within the Laurentian Federation.


2017 Edmonton Election results now official

October 20, 2017

Edmonton Elections Returning Officer Linda Sahli submitted official election results to Alberta Municipal Affairs today, as required by the Local Authorities Election Act.

The official results are posted on the Edmonton Elections website and Open Data . City-wide, ward summary and detailed station-by-station results are available for election races. The public can also view the results in person at:

Office of the City Clerk
3rd floor, City Hall
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Election and Census Office
16304 114 Avenue
Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For more information:

Media contact:
Anna Batchelor
Communications Coordinator


National Inquiry to host youth workshop on final day of Winnipeg Community Hearings

October 19, 2017

Winnipeg, Manitoba- The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls will host a youth art workshop and presentation at the Oodena Circle on Friday, October 20, 2017. The presentation is part of an artistic expression panel.

Leading the workshop is Jaime Black, Winnipeg-based artist who is of Anishnaabe/Cree and European descent. She will use installation, photography and performance to examine themes of gender, identity, place and resistance.

Black is the creator of The REDress Project. A permanent exhibit can be seen at the Human Rights Museum, and has become a nationally recognized symbol of the struggle and response to the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Who: Jaime Black, The REDress Project

What: Discuss how art can influence MMIWG issue

Where: Oodena Circle at The Forks

When: October 20, 2017 @ 3:30 PM

The questions the National Inquiry are expecting Black to respond to include:

  • Can you tell us a little bit about the REDdress project, how you came up with the idea and why do you think so many people became engaged and motivated into action by this project?
  • Why do you think it is important for children to be involved in art, in all its forms, what do you think it can do for children, and then explain a little bit about the artistic expression workshop you did with the Indigenous students from RB Russel School here in Winnipeg.
  • What do you think of the National Inquiry collecting artistic expressions to add to its records and the important role it can play in its’ overall mission?

Media are encouraged to attend the event. There will be plenty of opportunity for photography and videography during the Artistic Expression Panel.

Closing Ceremonies will follow. We welcome media to also take part and help close this week in a good way. However, because this is Sacred Ceremony, no audio or visual recordings allowed.


Trent U – Medicine Unbundled: A Journey Through The Minefields of Indigenous Health Care

Event Date: November 2, 2017
A Pine Tree Book Talk – Chanie Wenjack – School for Indigenous Studies

A talk by Gary Geddes, the author and editor of 49 books, recipient of the Commonwealth Poetry Prize (American Region) and Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence. “Medicine Unbundled” is the result of 4 years of research with Elders to uncover shocking stories from a segregated, underfunded Indian hospital system. Forced sterilizations, electric shock experiments, and other abusive treatments were a part of this system, designed to keep Indigenous people separate from other segments of society.

Sponsored by Pine Tree Talks, Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies and the Office of the Provost, Trent University


Carleton’s Patricia Ballamingie Secures SSHRC Connections Grant to Support Bring Food Home Conference in Ottawa

October 20, 2017

Carleton University’s Patricia Ballamingie, professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, and Research Associate, Phil Mount, with support from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) will sponsor students and Indigenous peoples from across Ontario to attend Bring Food Home, a sustainable food systems conference in Ottawa.

When: October 26 to 29, 2017
Where: Social Sciences Building, University of Ottawa
Information and Registration:

Local and regional partners are coming together to present this dynamic conference, where food and farming actors share experience and expertise, build capacity for upstream collaboration and reconciliation within Ontario’s local food networks, and co-ordinate actions that will lead to sustainable transformations of food systems in Ontario and beyond.

Ballamingie, board chair of Just Food, the local host of the Bring Food Home conference, is using her SSHRC Connections Grant to support Indigenous participants and students from across Ontario involved in policy work to attend the conference. FASS will also contribute, to sponsor Carleton students who wish to attend the conference.

About Bring Food Home
Bring Food Home was born in 2010 and, in Sudbury 2015, was attended by more than 250 individuals, including farmers, academics, municipal staff and anti-poverty activists. It featured over 35 workshops and presentations on rebuilding the food system through sector-specific initiatives. The fifth biennial conference, in eastern Ontario for the first time, promises to build on that success, with a focus on increasing Indigenous participation in all aspects of the conference. Sustain Ontario, a province-wide, cross-sectoral alliance that promotes healthy food and farming, serves as the co-lead organization, along with Just Food, Ottawa’s regional, community-based food systems organization.

Media Contact
Steven Reid
Media Relations Officer
Carleton University
613-520-2600, ext. 8718


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

Oct. 19, 2017 – Evoking the image of strength and straight paths, and celebrating promises made with honesty and integrity, Kainai Kaahsinnoonik(Grandparent) Peter Weasel Moccasin gave Lethbridge College a Blackfoot name this morning at a ceremony that kicked off the institution’s annual Indigenous Celebration Day.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


imagineNATIVE Launches the imagineNATIVE Institute


As the kick-off event at imagineNATIVE’s annual Industry Series this morning, the Festival announced the launch of the imagineNATIVE Institute, a new organizational department for a year-round professional development hub in their new spaces The Commons. imagineNATIVE welcomed Industry, filmmakers and media artists to their newly renovated offices and public activation spaces The Commons at the historic 401 Richmond Building to reveal this exciting announcement.

imagineNATIVE’s Industry Director, Daniel Northway-Frank, detailed the imagineNATIVE Institute’s vision to create professional development opportunities for Indigenous artists at all levels of experience, expand and enhance the depth and quality of current programming in a year-round context. The imagineNATIVE Institute will be the focal point for advocacy and research fostering change in the arts and culture industries that increase support and opportunities for Indigenous content creators. Growth funding for the Institute’s activities have been made possible with generous support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) and the Toronto Arts Council’s Open Door program. Earlier this year, OTF gave the Centre for Aboriginal Studies a two-year $234,900 Grow grant to help renovate the new space and implement year-round media arts professional development programs. On Thursday, Abdullah Snobar, a member of OTF’s Board of Directors was there to formally congratulate the organization.

In the announcement, imagineNATIVE Institute’s programs and enhancements were detailed; and applications and proposals were launched, including:

  • Expansion of the Festival’s Industry Series into a year-round activation at The Commons
  • Enhancing Key Creative Labs for filmmakers, including the new imagineNATIVE/Harold Greenberg Fund (HGF) Indigenous Screenwriting Intensive supporting four new screenplays from treatment to optioning.
  • imagineNATIVE/HGF Indigenous Story Editing Mentorship, a nine-month program pairing an Indigenous recipient living in Canada with script reader mentor
  • Growing Mentorship Commission Programs for emerging filmmakers across Canada
  • Creating new spaces for Indigenous-led digital media exploration, imagineNATIVE VR/AR Residency currently in progress
  • Continue the annual Interactive Partnership with the National Film Board of Canada supporting new digital interactive work
  • Supporting producers with market-ready feature film content for development or acquisition as part of the NATIVe Indigenous Cinema Stand at the Berlinale European Film Market
  • Leader in advocacy and research, including the in-progress On-Screen Protocols & Pathways: A Media Production Guide to Working with First Nations, Métis and Inuit Communities, Cultures, Concepts & Stories
  • Building an Indigenous and Industry-specific social media presence for with new Facebook, Twitter and e-bulletins to promote Indigenous programs and celebrate Indigenous Talent
  • Launch of the Indigenous Industry Opportunities Database (IIOD), a new online tool for Indigenous film and media creators that aggregates professional development, training, exhibition and project support funding programs available for Indigenous film and media art content creators

Daniel Northway-Frank, Industry Director remarks “The imagineNATIVE Institute has been in development for several years now. The realization of new activation spaces and new partnerships, paired with a watershed of awareness for the complexity of the Indigenous experience, made for the right moment to envision new directions that we can support the Indigenous film and media arts community. We look forward to working with new Institute investment and program partners to realize this vision.”

The imagineNATIVE Institute activities including new application and proposals are all available and can be followed via e-bulletin on the imagineNATIVE website, and can be followed @iNativeINDUSTRY on Facebook and Twitter.

As an agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities.

Media Contact: FLIP PUBLICITY, 416.533.7710, Damien Nelson,

About the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival – The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is the world’s largest Indigenous festival showcasing innovation in film, video, audio and digital media. The Festival presents the most compelling and distinctive works from Canada and around the globe, reflecting the diversity of the world’s Indigenous nations, and illustrating the vitality and excellence of Native art and culture in contemporary media.


AER: Notice of Application – Athabasca Oil Sands Area

Notice of Application
Application No. 1899100
Suncor Energy Inc.
Athabasca Oil Sands Area

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has received Application No. 1899100.

This application is being submitted as part of an integrated development application, allowing applicants to apply for multiple activities under a single application.

Description of the Application
Suncor Energy Inc. (Suncor) has applied under the Oil Sands Conservation Act and the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, Oil and Gas Conservation Act, Pipeline Act, Public Lands Act and Water Act to construct, operate, and reclaim the Meadow Creek West Project. The project would recover 6359 cubic metres per day (40 000 barrels per day) from the McMurray Formation using steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) technology. The project would include

  • a central processing facility with associated facilities,
  • cogeneration facilities,
  • thermal injection wells,
  • production wells,
  • water source wells,
  • disposal wells,
  • well pads,
  • stormwater ponds, and
  • associated infrastructure, including multiuse corridors, pipelines, and roads, as well as land access.

Construction would start as early as 2022.

The project would be located in northeast Alberta about 30 kilometres (km) south of the city of Fort McMurray and about 35 km southwest of the hamlet of Anzac, within Townships 84 to 85, Ranges 9 to 12, West of the 4th Meridian in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

Suncor has also submitted an environmental impact assessment report. This report forms part of the application to the AER.

For a copy of the application, contact
Suncor Energy Inc.
150 – 6 Ave SW
Calgary, AB T2P 3E3
Attention: Michael Morden
Telephone: 403-296-3972

To receive a copy of the application, EIA, and supporting documents, submit an information request, as outlined at, to

AER Order Fulfillment
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 0R4
Telephone: 1-855-297-8311
(toll free; option 2)

Refer to this notice when requesting information for a speedier response.

Copies of the application will also be available at

Alberta Government Library
44 Capital Boulevard
11th Floor, 10044 – 108 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 5E6
Telephone: 780-427-2985
(toll free: 780-310-0000)

Requirement to File a Statement of Concern
If you have concerns with this application, you must file a statement of concern as described below. If you do not file a statement of concern, the AER may approve the application without further notification.

How to File a Statement of Concern
For your submission to be considered a valid statement of concern, it must be filed before 4:00 p.m. on January 15, 2017. Send one copy of your statement of concern to Suncor Energy Inc. at the name and address above and one copy to

Alberta Energy Regulator
Suite 1000, 250 – 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R4
Fax: 403-297-7336

Contents of a Statement of Concern
For your submission to be considered a valid statement of concern, it must include

a) why you believe that you may be directly and adversely affected by a decision of the AER on the application;

b) the nature of your objection to the application;

c) the outcome of the application that you advocate;

d) the location of your land, residence, or activity in relation to the location of the energy resource activity that is the subject of the application; and

e) your contact information, including your name, address in Alberta, telephone number, and e-mail address or, if you do not have an e-mail address, your fax number.

Section 49 of the Alberta Energy Regulator Rules of Practice (Rules of Practice) requires that all documents and information filed in a proceeding be placed on the public record. If you file a submission, you must not include any personal information that you do not want to appear on or are not authorized to put on the public record. Section 49(2) of the Rules of Practice states how to apply to the AER for an order to keep information confidential. The Rules of Practice is available on the AER website at

Submissions relating exclusively to compensation for land use are not dealt with by the AER and should be referred to the Alberta Surface Rights Board.

Under section 21 of the Responsible Energy Development Act, the AER does not have the jurisdiction to assess the adequacy of Crown consultation associated with the rights of aboriginal peoples as recognized and affirmed under the Constitution Act, 1982.

For information on AER procedures, contact the Hasin Haroon, In Situ Authorizations, telephone: (780) 642-9236; fax: (780) 422-1459; email:


Peace and Friendship Treaty days at UNB to examine indigenous political traditions

October 20, 2017

The Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre at the University of New Brunswick is hosting its third annual Peace and Friendship Treaty Days on Oct. 23 and 24, examining the contributions of indigenous political traditions to Confederation.

On the 150th anniversary year of Canada’s Confederation, the event will feature a keynote speech by Nova Scotia Senator Dan Christmas – the first Mi’kmaw to be appointed to the upper chamber.

Senator Christmas, sworn in as an independent last December, has been active throughout his career with a number of international, national, provincial and local agencies in a wide range of fields including aboriginal and treaty rights, justice, policing, education, health care, human rights, adult training, business development and the environment.

The public is invited to attend his keynote address on “re-reconciliation” on Monday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wu Conference Centre on UNB’s Fredericton campus.

The two-day conference will feature traditional Indigenous ceremonies, speeches and panels. Among those featured at the event are:

– University of Calgary law professor Kathleen Mahoney, who served as chief negotiator for aboriginal peoples’ claim for cultural genocide, achieving the largest financial settlement in the nation’s history for the mass human rights violations against the indigenous peoples of Canada. She was the primary architect of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and led the negotiations for the historic apology from Parliament and from Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican.

– Marilyn Poitras, an assistant professor of law at the University of Saskatchewan who was appointed, and later resigned, as a commissioner from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Her expertise and passion are around constitutional and aboriginal law with a life study of customary laws. Her legal career began as a native court worker and moved into the area of constitutional law after articling with the Saskatchewan Department of Justice. She has developed a number of legal education initiatives.

– Pam Palmater, a Mi’kmaw lawyer, author, social justice activist from Eel River Bar First Nation. Currently holding the Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University, she has been volunteering and working in First Nation issues for more than a quarter century on a wide range of issues like poverty, housing, education, aboriginal and treaty rights, and legislation impacting First Nations. She was one of the spokespeople and public educators for the “Idle No More” movement in 2012 and 2013 and has continued her public advocacy in many forums since then.

– Imelda Perley, elder-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick. She is a Wolastoqew (Maliseet) from Tobique First Nation, St. Mary’s First Nation and Houlton Band of Maliseets who serves as a cultural adviser for community organizations, provincial and federal agencies. She teaches Maliseet language and Wabanaki worldview courses at UNB and the University of Maine and co-teaches a native studies module at St. Thomas University. She is founder and coordinator of the Wolastoq Language and Culture Centers Inc., situated at Tobique and St. Mary’s First Nations.

For more details on the location of events, agenda and to register for Peace and Friendship Treaty Days, see


Athabasca U: Vivian Manasc Inducted into Alberta Order of Excellence

October 19, 2017

University board chair lauded by province with prestigious citizen’s honour

One of eight Albertans to receive this year’s Alberta Order of Excellence is also one of Athabasca University’s own: Vivian Manasc, Chair of the university’s Board of Governors.

The Alberta Order of Excellence recognizes the broad and significant impact of Manasc’s work, provincially and nationally, in the field of sustainable building and community design. It also speaks to her passion for art, architecture, the environment, people and communities that have “formed the blueprint for her work and life.”

Athabasca University President Neil Fassina echoes those acknowledgments and has expressed his delight with respect to his esteemed colleague’s notable accolade.

“On behalf of the entire Athabasca University community, I am pleased to congratulate Vivian on this great recognition — the highest honour the Province of Alberta can bestow on one of its own,” said Fassina.

“Throughout her career and her many contributions to the Edmonton community, the province of Alberta, and in her role at Athabasca University, this most recent honour is testimony of Vivian’s dedication, vivacity, commitment and passion in everything she sets out to accomplish — more importantly, with her end goal always being to create lasting and impactful change.”

Blueprint for success

Manasc studied architecture at McGill University and completed an MBA at the University of Alberta. In 1997 she created Manasc Isaac, an Alberta-based architectural and engineering  studio, taking the helm as its senior principal. Shortly thereafter, she launched Manasc Isaac’s reimagine initiative, focused on the greening of existing buildings.

She was also the visionary behind the Blue Sky Award to assist non-profit organizations to visualize and launch their own dream facilities. Additionally, she developed the First Nations’ Conference on Sustainable Buildings and Communities, to enhance the quality of life in First Nations communities across Canada.
On behalf of the entire Athabasca University community, I am pleased to congratulate Vivian on this great recognition  — the highest honour the Province of Alberta can bestow on one of its own.

~Dr. Neil Fassina, president, Athabasca University

Her passion and commitment to outstanding sustainable architecture has been recognized nationally. Most recently, Manasc unveiled her namesake architectural studio in Bucharest, Romania: Latitudine 53.

For her part, Manasc says her outlook on both work and life is positive and that she is “endlessly optimistic” —  always believing “in the world of the possible.”

Last March, the Lieutenant Governor in Council appointed Manasc to a three-year term as Chair of the Athabasca University Board of Governors. Three months later, at the university’s convocation last June, Alberta Advanced Education Minister, the Hon. Marlin Schmidt, formally installed her as Board Chair.

Today, at 4 p.m. (MST), in an investiture ceremony at Government House, Manasc will join 164 members inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence — members whom Lt.-Gov. Mitchell says are “inspiring citizens … sharing the best of their energy, ideas and abilities in their work to strengthen communities and foster enhanced opportunities for Albertans.

“They are great mentors and leaders who inspire us all in our collective efforts to build the best possible province,” she adds.

To learn more about Vivian Manasc and her important role with Athabasca University, please visit: Prominent Edmonton architect to chair university Board


The First Nations Education Council is proud to present the 2nd annual parental and community involvement conference on November 16 and 17, 2017, at the Manoir Saint-Sauveur.

This year’s theme of the I’M INVOLVED! Conference is “Building Relationships”. Participants will have the opportunity to attend workshops and seminars on a variety of subjects like community involvement, bullying, parent-school relations, parenting skills, and technology in schools.

The conference is primarily intended for parents, grandparents and anyone else with parental responsibilities in our member communities.
This year, school principals in these communities are also invited to take part in this event.*

*If you are not a member of our communities, feel free to get in touch with us. We will be happy to explain how you can register. You are welcome to attend!

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Conference Information

Registration mandatory by November 6, 2017

For additional information and to obtain the registration form, please contact Annie Duchesneau at 1-855-842-7672 or
Information Brochure


If you have any questions regarding the Conference, please do not hesitate to contact our Parental and Community Involvement Counsellors Ms. Eve Lapointe at or M. Pierre Lainé at or at our toll-free number: 1-855-842-7672


TRU: Aboriginal health researcher named a Difference Maker

October 19, 2017

His extensive background in Indigenous health has made TRU faculty member Dr. Rod McCormick one of the country’s 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health.

McCormick is from the Mohawk (Kanienkehaka) Nation. His work has included advocating for dedicated research on Indigenous health, founding and co-chairing the National Aboriginal Health Steering Committee and strengthening Indigenous data with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

As the BC Regional Innovation Chair of Aboriginal Health at TRU, he is developing All My Relations, a research and training centre for Indigenous family and community health in the Faculty of Education and Social Work. Through a $1 million CIHR grant, McCormick also leads the international branch of Ombaashi at TRU, a network of Indigenous health researchers and knowledge keepers.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) selected McCormick as a Difference Maker from 3,700 candidates nominated countrywide.

On Oct. 19, he and 26 other people from BC and northern Canada were honoured as part of celebrations of the CAMH Difference Makers being held across the country. The centre has chosen to recognize a total of 150 people who are making major impacts in the mental health field.


ROM – Anishinaabeg: Art & Power Closes November 19, 2017

When I walked in there, I felt such intense power … reminded of your connection to your history and your culture.” – Chief Stacey LaForme, Mississaugas of New Credit First Nation

“Smart takes on Indigenous themes and materials that take the interaction between Anishinaabeg and Western art to the next level” – Kate Taylor, Globe & Mail

“… fresh, and critically, very much alive …” – Murray Whyte, Toronto Star

TORONTO, October 19, 2017 — The acclaimed, ROM-original exhibition Anishinaabeg: Art & Power, is on display at the Royal Ontario Museum only until Sunday, November 19, 2017. The beauty, power, and passion of Indigenous art over several hundred years is celebrated as the exhibition explores the history, traditions, and legends of the Anishinaabeg.

The art of the Anishinaabeg, one of North America’s most populous and diverse Indigenous communities, is deeply influenced by their interactions with different communities over time. The exhibition builds on a universal theme of art moving with people, changing in interesting directions as communities intersect.

The exhibition was developed by three curators whose collective goal was to open pathways between museum-goers and the Indigenous community. Arni Brownstone, the ROM’s specialist on cultures of the North American Great Plains, collaborated with Saul Williams, a painter and Woodlands School of art member from North Caribou Lake First Nation in northern Ontario, and historian Alan Corbiere from M’Chigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island.

Anishinaabeg: Art & Power is included with ROM General Admission. Complimentary guided tours for the general public are led by Indigenous docents paired with the ROM’s Department of Museum Volunteers.


CARAS: Remembering Gord

Today, with a heavy heart and with all Canadians, CARAS remembers the remarkable Gord Downie. His undeniable mark on the Canadian music industry, his lyrical genius, dazzling showmanship, philanthropic efforts, and of course, his love affair with Canada, will be remembered forever.

“There is no replacing someone like Gord Downie. His genuine love for humanity and his ability to create lyrics that resonate with the human spirit is uniquely perfect and incomparable,” said Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts. “His influence on our country, our culture, and the music industry will continue to resonate with us all”.

An inductee into Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2005 with The Tragically Hip, a 15-time JUNO Award winner with the band, and most recently a two-time recipient with his Secret Path project, CARAS will continue to honour Gord Downie’s career and legacy and we send our thoughts to his family during this time.


STC Treaty Assembly 2017 Information

October 19, 2017

Delegates of the Saskatoon Tribal Council member First Nations have elected Mark Arcand as the STC Tribal Chief at the assembly held today at the Dakota Dunes Casino on the Whitecap Dakota First Nation.

Tribal Chief Mark Arcand is a member of the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation and has served the tribal council for two terms as Vice Chief before his election to Tribal Chief. He formerly worked as the Labour Force Development Partnership Manager and as Youth Sport, Culture and Recreation Coordinator.

Former Tribal Chief Felix Thomas of the Kinistin Saulteaux Nation held the position for three three-year terms consecutively.

We welcome to Tribal Chief Arcand to his new role and look forward to continuing the movement to excellence in programs and services under his leadership.


MRU team lands in top three in AmazonYYC Student Challenge

A white-board animation project, a mock podcast and a live action video filmed by Mount Royal University students were selected this week as the top Calgary post-secondary efforts to lure Amazon to Calgary.

With the city hoping to convince the Internet behemoth to locate a second headquarters in an underused downtown, Mount Royal University’s Bissett School of Business put out a call last month for students’ best and brightest ideas to help generate support for Amazon HQ2.

Calgary’s bid was officially forwarded to Amazon on Thursday, Oct. 19.

“Amazon HQ2 will transform the winning city,” said Elizabeth Evans, PhD, Dean, Faculty of Business and Communications Studies at Mount Royal.

“The AmazonYYC Student Challenge is about harnessing the creativity of the thousands of university and college students to make a difference to their city and their future.”

Imagine, it’s Jan. 1, 2027. Amazon HQ2, a second headquarters for the online retailing titan, has utterly transformed the city. In 2026, Calgary was awarded The Best City in the World to Live In by a major consulting firm. It is recognized as a progressive and diverse place with a thriving arts and culture scene, its start-up sector has exploded and its growth now rivals some of the biggest cities in the world.

Calgary’s universities have grown dramatically as they introduce new programs that support the city’s shift to high-tech powerhouse, while the arrival of Amazon has also ushered in improvements in social metrics ranging from equality to affordability to homelessness and health.

That’s the scenario students were asked to consider for AmazonYYC Student Challenge, a crowdsourcing initiative organized by Bissett School of Business, answering a call for ideas from Calgary Economic Development.

Students were encouraged to take the scenario further and consider how different aspects of the city were transformed by Amazon HQ2. To do that, they could use a short film or video, an infographic, an advertisement, a graphic novel, a song, podcast or short story.

“We wanted students to envision the impact on all sectors of our society, from entrepreneurs to arts and culture to education to social services and Indigenous communities (to just name a few),” says David Finch, PhD, professor in the Department of Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Social Innovation at Bissett School of Business.

“It’s a medium for post-secondary students in Calgary to get involved and envision the impact of HQ2 on their city.”

Teams of up to six students were encouraged to use any outside resources they could find. The contest was open to students in any discipline in any university or college in Calgary.

A panel of judges selected the top three based on their ability to tell stories and to inspire. The winning submissions are now up online.

Winning team Dream Big’s entry, titled “On the Way to Success,” features whiteboard and marker animation with a voice-over.

In second place was Spotlight YYC’s “The Amazon Effect,” an imaginary podcast produced using SoundCloud.

Third place finisher Focal Point, made up of students from Mount Royal, in a submission titled More Time To Live, created a more elaborate video with live actors portraying a Calgary of the future where transportation has been transformed by Amazon’s project, freeing residents from sitting in traffic and giving them more time for outdoor pursuits.

“It was intriguing to create a project with the purpose of inspiring Calgarians,” said Mount Royal team lead Piper Goodfellow. “It was also intriguing to compete with other talented students around the city, research the actual impact Amazon would have on Calgary, and do it all on such a tight timeline.

“I think Amazon would bring a new and exciting energy and momentum to Calgary. I love this city and believe it’s full of really powerful people with big ideas. We have all the right ingredients, with a jump-start like Amazon, this city could take off.”

In another submission titled “The Missing Piece Poster Series,” submitted by team PuzzledYYC, Amazon is portrayed as the missing piece in a jigsaw puzzle made up of other key sectors in Calgary’s economy. Team JMZs uses Prezi to describe a Calgary of the future as a thriving education hub, driven by Amazon HQ2 and education-related products like the Amazon Echo. Team MD+3, meanwhile, imagines Amazon HQ2 in Calgary becoming an “epicentre for reconciliation” with Indigenous peoples.

The Calgary Economic Development AmazonHQ2 Marketing Committee included current Mount Royal marketing student Tyler Barbieri and marketing alumna Chantal Padavattan, along with executives from a range of Calgary companies.

“Amazon explicitly identified post-secondary education as a critical dimension of HQ2,” said Lisa Corcoran, Vice President, Marketing & Communications Calgary Economic Development. “The fact that all our universities and colleges collaborated so quickly on the Student Challenge speaks to the innovative and agile partners Amazon is looking for.”

Amazon claims that the winning metropolis could see up to 50,000 fulltime employees earning an average of $100,000 a year working at the second headquarters that is expected to involve more than $5 billion in capital expenses over the next 10 to 15 years.

The Government of Alberta is also in on the act with The Amazon HQ2 Leadership Team that is helping Alberta cities bidding on Amazon’s HQ2, including identifying opportunities for the provincial government to support their bids.

Calgary and Edmonton both expressed interest in wooing Amazon. Cities across North America are also expected to vie for the project. Amazon says the final site selection will be announced in 2018.


Keynote from Senator Patricia Bovey on the Future Role of Museums

October 18, 2017

The keynote address was delivered during the 2017 British Columbia Museums Association Conference

Patricia Bovey, FRSA, FCMA

Independent Senator for Manitoba

OCTOBER 4, 2017

It is great to be back again with my colleagues in the BCMA – thank you for inviting me!

It is a particular honour to be here as a member of the Senate of Canada. As the first art historian and museologist ever in the 150 years of the Senate’s existence, I feel a great responsibility and hope I am beginning to bring an increased awareness to the Chamber of the arts, the visual arts and material history.

As Canada enters its second 150 years as a nation we face huge challenges. As we all know we are a country built on diverse immigrant peoples, our citizenry is comprised of people from every country around the world – the only nation to be so – and of course we are blessed with the richness and depth of Canada’s Indigenous, Métis and Inuit peoples, many of whom have been here for millennia. With this diversity and depth, we are the envy of many around the world. Globally people are wanting to know more about Canada. We can fulfil that need!

The Prime Minister said last Thursday, as reported in Friday’s Globe and Mail: “Canadians have world-class content creators and creative industries and we know that investing in them and supporting our creators is the best way to ensure that Canadians hear our stories [and] people around the world hear stories Canadians have to tell.” Canada’s museum community tells our stories, and does so with real objects and works of art – the immediate voice of makers and artists. It was clear from the recent discussions I was part of with the Speaker of the Senate, in both France and Latvia, that culture is essential in all our international relationships.

We are now in the midst of NAFTA negotiations, having concluded the CETA agreement. And, with the US having pulled out of TPP, we are now facing the question of future Pacific trade deals. The arts, culture, intellectual property and copyright are critical in each of these trade negotiations. I am very sorry that I was not able to accept John McAvity’s invitation to be part of the recent museum delegation to China. I am trying to learn that I cannot be in two places at once! I gather it was a great success and I cannot stress enough how important those delegations are. We as the museum sector must be aware of the details on the international table. We must take our place in ensuring a strong cultural understanding of Canada and between nations.

Museums by virtue of their nature have the tools to take a lead in those international cultural understandings – in our exhibitions at home, our publications, our digital presence and through our artist, staff and exhibition exchanges. The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, for instance, has done much over many years to further cultural understandings with Japan, China, and more recently with Korean and Viet Nam; the Royal British Columbia Museum is doing that with Egypt next year; and has done so in sharing exhibitions of BC’s First Nations internationally over a number of decades. All have met with tremendous interest and support. So too did the Group of Seven exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London, which was followed the more recently by the Emily Carr exhibition. Both of these major exhibitions included works from BC’s public collections, from the Island and from Vancouver.

How is what I do now different from what I have done for decades in the gallery/museum sector? There are many commonalities between my curatorial and gallery director roles and that as senator. Both involve the presentation of multiple viewpoints, vision, and national and international concerns, issues, scholarship, and information. Canadian museums and the Senate of Canada both give voice to those who may not otherwise have the opportunity to be heard, either within our gallery’s walls and outreach, or in the Senate itself. Both strive to give hope.

When I received the call to serve in the Senate, the Prime Minister made it very clear to me that I was to work on everything, I was an independent and my role was to improve legislation, and that I was to look at it all through the lens of arts and culture. That is what I am doing. I have spoken on a number of issues in the Senate Chamber, including basic income and poverty, palliative care, the Churchill crisis with the broken railway link, and the many interconnected short and long-term issues in the Arctic affecting its peoples, mobility, lifestyles and traditions, climate change and sovereignty. Indeed, last Wednesday, we agreed to establish a special committee on the Arctic and I can assure you we will start our work soon. As we know Canada’s artists are affected by all these issues. They make up the highest percentage of working Canadians who earn less than the poverty line.

On the arts front specifically, I have sponsored a bill calling for a Visual Artist Laureate on Parliament Hill, to take advantage of the visual arts as an international language in highlighting the work of Parliament, and making it accessible to all. That Bill is now through second reading and in Committee.

I have also supported and spoken on the need for a National Portrait Gallery. This summer I received a letter from the Prime Minister in which he says: “We look forward to continuing the conversation on the establishment of a National Portrait Gallery in the National Capital Region.” I know this initiative will continue, and I will be updating its progress in Kingston later this month when I speak at this year’s exhibition of the National Portrait Competition. .


Lobster seized at Halifax airport amid tensions over Indigenous fishery – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Oct 20, 2017 12:51

HALIFAX _ Fisheries officials have seized three tonnes of lobster amid tensions over the Indigenous fishery in Nova Scotia.

The lobster was seized Monday at Halifax Stanfield International Airport, the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans confirmed Friday.

“An investigation is currently underway into the sale of fish not harvested under commercial licence. As part of our investigation … a seizure of lobsters was made,” DFO said in a statement.

The airport is a major lobster-shipping hub, with $187 million in seafood and lobster exports in 2016.

The seizure follows protests organized by fishermen in southwestern Nova Scotia who say Indigenous fishermen are using their food, social and ceremonial fishery as cover to illegally sell lobster out of season.

Indigenous fisherman can trap lobster outside the commercial lobster season, but they can’t sell it.

Last week, federal authorities confirmed they had seized more than 300 illegal traps, most of them in St. Marys Bay, but it remains unclear who owns the gear.

Tensions among lobster fishermen have been rising ever since the protests started in September. Earlier this month, a drydocked boat owned by a non-Aboriginal fisherman was torched, followed a few days later by a boat owned by a Mi’kmaq man.

“DFO will continue to work with all participants engaged in the Nova Scotia lobster fishery to ensure an orderly, safe, and sustainable environment for all harvesters,” the department said in its statement Friday, adding it would make no further comment.

The ongoing dispute stems from a September 1999 ruling from the Supreme Court of Canada that confirmed First Nations have sweeping fishing and other treaty rights but left lingering questions about the limits.

The decision also said Mi’kmaq, Maliseet and Passamaquoddy bands in Eastern Canada could hunt, fish and gather to earn a “moderate livelihood,” though the court followed up with a clarification two months later, saying the treaty right was subject to federal regulation.

Most First Nations in the Maritimes and Quebec have since signed interim fishing agreements with Ottawa, which has spent more than $600 million providing Indigenous bands with boats, equipment and licences.

But those interim agreements remain just that _ temporary fixes that are now the subject of negotiations that have dragged on for almost 10 years.

A senior federal official has said the negotiations are making progress, but Bruce Wildsmith, legal adviser to the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs, has suggested some First Nations may be getting impatient with the pace of talks.

The federal government says the court decision made it clear that a “moderate livelihood fishery” for Indigenous people must be conducted under federal regulations to ensure conservation of the resource.

Wildsmith has said that issue has yet to be resolved at the negotiating table.

(The Canadian Press, Global)


2017 CRAFTED: Show + Sale Expands with Artists from Labrador and Northwest Territories

Winnipeg, Manitoba, October 19, 2017: The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Manitoba Craft Council, and Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association, along with this year’s new partner, Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, are thrilled to present the third annual juried CRAFTED Show + Sale at the WAG. Running November 3 and 4, this one-of-a-kind event highlights Manitoba and Northern artists, features DIY workshops, craft demonstrations, and a fantastic display of donated knitted items that will be given to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Winnipeg.

Shop unique creations by close to 60 artists, and experience the pleasure of making something with your own hands in six exciting workshops: Beadwoven Earings, Stencil Print Tote Bags, Elk Hide Hand Drums, Indigo Wall Hangings, Introduction to Crochet: Throw Blankets, and Block Print Linen Scarves. All led by artist instructors, workshops are $50 (plus kit fee, if applicable) and pre-registration is required at

In the philanthropic spirit of CRAFTED, this year handmade toques, mitts, and socks will go to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Winnipeg. Donations will be accepted until November 3 at designated locations. Past years saw the handmade become the hand given with scarves for Chase the Chill and quilts and pillowcases for children and teens at CancerCare Manitoba Foundation and the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba.

To learn more about this extraordinary event and to see the full list of artists, check out

Quick facts:
• CRAFTED 2017 takes place Friday, November 3 (11-9pm); Saturday, November 4, (11am-5pm) at the WAG.
• 45 Manitoban artists and 14 artists and collectives from Nunavut, Nunatsiavut, the Northwest Territories, Newfoundland and Labrador are participating in this one-of-a-kind event.
• Sign up for one of six artist-led DIY workshops and make a handmade item to take home.
• Donate mitts, hats, and socks to Boys & Girls Clubs of Winnipeg until on November 3.
• CRAFTED 2017 admission is $5 per day, free for kids under 12. Tickets are available at the door.
• Entry includes admission to WAG galleries.
• The WAG is Canada’s oldest civic art gallery and holds the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art in the world.

CRAFTED: Show + Sale continues to grow bigger and better each year. We could not be more excited to welcome new artists and collectives from the North alongside Manitoba artisans, showcasing their incredible work.
-Sherri Van Went, WAG Manager of Retail Operations

Once again, CRAFTED: Show + Sale brings the community together with the handmade becoming the hand given as generous knitters donated hats, mitts and socks to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Winnipeg.
-Juanita Giesbrecht, CRAFTED 2017 chair

Sponsors and Committee:
The WAG is grateful to Title Donor Mary Lou Albrechtsen, Ayoko Designs, and Media Sponsor, the Winnipeg Free Press.

CRAFTED 2017 Volunteer Committee: Juanita Giesbrecht (Chair), Yoko Chapman, Aynsley Cockshott, Barbara Filuk, Justin Ford (NACA), Bettyanne Hershfield, Rowena House (CCNL), Siri McCaulder, Tammy Sutherland (MCC), and Celeana Tennant.

For more information or to prearrange interviews, please contact:
Catherine Maksymiuk
Manager, Media & Marketing
Winnipeg Art Gallery

Tammy Sawatzky
Public Relations Coordinator
Winnipeg Art Gallery


Federal and Provincial Support Helps a Northern Ontario First Nation Cut Reliance on Diesel

A joint investment of $3.76 million enables the Whitesand First Nation to pursue biomass electrical production and new business growth opportunities

October 20, 2017 – Thunder Bay, ON – Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario – FedNor

The Northwestern Ontario Indigenous community of Whitesand First Nation will develop an industrial park to support new biomass and wood processing facilities thanks to a Government of Canada investment of $2.81 million and a Government of Ontario investment of $949,539.

The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, and Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Superior North, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedNor, and the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services. The Honourable Michael Gravelle, Ontario’s Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Chair of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) made the announcement on behalf of the Province of Ontario.

Once completed, this innovative and environmentally responsible industrial development project will attract new business and provide meaningful year-round employment opportunities for community members and those in surrounding far northern communities. The first tenants of the industrial park will be the community-owned and operated Sagatay Cogeneration LP and Sagatay Wood Pellets LP. Under Sagatay, Whitesand First Nation has negotiated a 20-year renewable agreement for electrical generation to ensure a guaranteed revenue stream and the sustainability of the industrial park project. The new park, offering fully serviced land for lease, will be located on Highway 527, approximately one kilometer south of the Town of Armstrong.

Today’s announcement is an example of how Government of Canada departments can work collaboratively with all partners to support community prosperity. Through its Community Opportunity Readiness Program, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canadahas provided $1.8 million to support this initiative, which will promote economic reconciliation by supporting a strong socio-economic future for Whitesand First Nation, creating meaningful employment, and building a robust local economy.  FedNor’s investment of $949,539 is provided through its Northern Ontario Development Program, while the provincial investment of $949,539 is provided through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation.

This funding complements previous Government of Canada support of $1.1 million provided by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) under its Indigenous Forestry Initiative through the federal Strategic Partnerships Initiative. This funding supported project planning and pre-development, and the negotiations for the power purchase agreement, which will allow the community to secure capital financing and loan guarantees to advance the development of the new biomass and wood processing facilities.


“The Government of Canada is proud to invest in strategic initiatives that fuel the economy and accelerate growth in Northern Ontario’s Indigenous communities. Today’s announcement will help usher in a new era of economic development, energy self-sufficiency and environmental stewardship for the people of the Whitesand First Nation.”

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

“Today’s announcement demonstrates what can be achieved when First Nations and federal and provincial partners work together. The Industrial Park sets the stage for future businesses and economic growth; and the Biomass Plant will create an alternate source of clean energy that will eliminate reliance on diesel. This is great news for Whitesand First Nation, the town of Armstrong and for the environment as a whole.”

– The Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services

“The funding announced today will empower the Whitesand First Nation to take charge of its economic future, create meaningful employment, and support a strong, sustainable local economy. In addition to eliminating their reliance on diesel power, this project will provide opportunities for business development and growth previously unavailable to the community, and will offer residents good jobs in many sectors including forestry, plant operation and silviculture.”

– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, and Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Superior North

“With this NOHFC investment, Ontario is supporting the development of the Whitesand First Nation Industrial Park site and future forest bio-mass facilities. Through the NOHFC, Ontario is investing in infrastructure that will advance economic development and increase opportunity and fairness for the community’s residents.”

– The Honourable Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines, Chair of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC)

“Whitesand First Nation is proud to partner with the Governments of Canada and Ontario to make this game-changing, generational project a reality. We have been pursuing this complex development for many, many years and we could not be happier to finally see it moving from development towards construction and implementation. The industrial park will be known as the Bio-Energy Centre and will provide a home for our biomass co-generation facility, wood pellet plant and wood merchandising yard.  Whitesand First Nation will capitalize on the new low carbon economy to create meaningful employment, while respecting the environment and providing clean, renewable power.”

– Chief and Council, Whitesand First Nation

Quick Facts

  • Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada’s investment of approximately $1.86 million is provided through the Department’s Community Opportunity Readiness Program. This program provides project-based funding to Indigenous communities for a range of activities to support economic opportunities.
  • FedNor’s investment of $949,539 is provided through its Northern Ontario Development Program which supports projects that promote sustainable community economic development, enhance business development and growth, and facilitate innovation throughout the region.
  • The provincial investment of $949,539 is provided through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, which works to build strong, prosperous communities across Northern Ontario and supports the province’s top priority to create jobs, grow the economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Associated Links


Paul Denis
Communications Officer

Jeff Dean
Office of the Honourable Michael Gravelle

Darius Byrne
Communications Branch – Northern Development and Mines


MNA: Métis Week 2017

October 20th, 2017

November 13th – 18th 2017

The Métis Nation of Alberta is pleased to announce the schedule of events for Métis Week 2017! We have planned six days of celebrations to commemorate the outstanding contributions of Métis people to Canada. Beginning with the Louis Riel Commemorative Walk on Monday, November 13th, there is something for everyone, including; City Hall flag raising, Louis Riel Commemorative Ceremony at the Alberta Legislature, MNA open house, Métis Urban Housing 35th Anniversary Gala, senior’s and veterans tea, and much more.


Create Your Path gateway mural to West Toronto Railpath an homage to street art

October 20, 2017

Deputy Mayor Ana Bailᾶo (Ward 18 Davenport) will be joined by artists Alexander Bacon and Que Rockford as well as representatives from the community to celebrate a new gateway mural on the underpass on the north side of Dupont Street between Osler Street and Dundas Street West.

The official unveiling will take place on Saturday, October 21 at 11 a.m.

“This powerful mural is a mix of Indigenous, abstract and graffiti art, and marks the first mural jointly created by Indigenous artist, dancer and musician Que Rockford (Anishnawbe) and renowned street artist Alexander Bacon,” said Deputy Mayor Bailᾶo. “This piece is an homage to street art in two visual languages – an Indigenous language and a street art language in balance and harmony, showcasing a forward-looking story for the 21st century where all beings live in balance with the earth and in harmony with one another.”

Bacon mentored Rockford in the art of mural-making while Rockford taught Bacon about sacred Indigenous geometry and the deep and powerful meanings behind his work.

This is the first mural to be executed by the Create Your Path (CYP) street art project in the West Toronto Railpath. CYP was initiated in 2014 by Deputy Mayor Bailᾶo. The City’s StART program was approached to install art projects along selected buildings facing the West Toronto Railpath. This request was rooted in a community desire for change along the trail. The project is managed by StART in collaboration with the Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division.

StreetARToronto (StART) is a suite of innovative programs specifically designed for streets and public spaces. Initiated as an integral part of the City’s Graffiti Management Plan, StART has been successful in reducing graffiti vandalism and replacing it with vibrant, colourful, community-engaged street art. StART programs encourage active transportation such as walking and cycling, make our streets more beautiful and safe, reduce overall infrastructure maintenance costs, showcase local artists, mentor emerging talent, and create opportunities for positive engagement among residents, business, artists, arts organizations and City staff. While based on themes relevant to local
neighbourhoods, StART art works and artists also reflect the City of Toronto’s motto: Diversity our Strength and foster a greater sense of belonging among all. StART is an initiative of the City of Toronto, Transportation Services Division, Public Realm Section.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities. In 2017, Toronto is honouring Canada’s 150th birthday with “TO Canada with Love,” a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on Twitter at on Instagram at

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Transportation Services
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Indigenous Dinner and Film fundraiser – The Peterborough Examiner

October 20, 2017

Tickets now available for Traditional Indigenous Dinner

Peterborough, ON – October 6, 2017 – The public is invited to a unique opportunity to taste the flavours of our local indigenous communities’ traditional foods. The event is a fundraiser for The Flint Corn Community Project. There will also be a silent auction of Haudenosaunee and Anishnaabe-made items, and a screening of the National Film Board film The Gift. This Ontario-produced film tells the story of flint corn, one of the predecessors of the sweet and field corn widely grown today in North America.

Since 2015, the Flint Corn Community Project has offered culturally appropriate and science-based teachings of the Haudenosaunee people around growing Flint corn using the Three-Sisters method. This exciting initiative has engaged more than 125 volunteers, and close to 500 youth from across the province. Nikki Auten, Flint Corn Project Manager, works with youth camps and elementary schools each year to help youth understand the system, the stories and the science behind the three-sisters garden. The fundraiser will help support the on-going efforts to revitalize this corn seed and to extend outreach into more schools in Peterborough and surrounding areas.

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A call to arms for public interest journalism in Canada – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Oct 20, 2017

By Robert Cribb, Investigative Reporting Lecturer, Ryerson University


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Author: Robert Cribb, Investigative Reporting Lecturer, Ryerson University

Over the past year, 34 students at four Canadian journalism schools _ Concordia, Ryerson, Regina and the University of British Columbia _ joined together with senior journalists at three national news organizations _ the Toronto Star, Global News and the National Observer _ in an unprecedented reporting collaboration.

Together, we have been exploring the impact of the oil industry on rural communities in Saskatchewan and Ontario, the financial underpinnings of political decisions affecting the industry and whether governments responsible for monitoring serious health risks to residents and industry workers have acted in the public interest.

With the assistance of The Michener Awards Foundation and the Corporate Mapping Project, more than 50 journalists and editors pored through thousands of documents, analyzed terabytes of data, interviewed countless experts and created an investigative series of vital public interest that is entirely unique in scope and scale in this country.

In our first articles and broadcasts, which appeared Oct. 1, we reported on the contents of hundreds of internal government and industry documents never before seen that reveal industry and provincial government officials in Saskatchewan were aware of significant public safety hazards from potentially deadly hydrogen sulphide (H2S) gas since 2012.

For years, amid troubling emission data and oil facility failures, they debated whether to share this information with the public.

In the end, it was not shared.

Until we published it.

Complaints ignored

Our reporting uncovered ongoing public complaints about H2S emissions in the province that have sickened and hospitalized residents with no public warnings, fines or prosecutions.

A second set of stories focused on the health effects of oil and gas production in Sarnia, Ont. and a troubling pattern of secrecy around potentially toxic spills and leaks from industrial facilities that sit across the street from residential homes and parks.

For more than a decade, residents of Sarnia and the nearby Aamjiwnaang First Nation had been asking the provincial and federal governments to fund an independent study on the health effects of air pollution in the area.

It didn’t happen.

Until we published these stories.

Forty-eight hours later, the province’s environment minister announced funding for an independent health study along with “stricter” regulations for industry.

The federal environment minister responded a day later with promises to toughen Canada’s environmental laws.

A project that spans the country

This journalism project has spanned the country and addressed the reporting challenges presented by Canada’s vast geography and regional divisions.

It has built bridges between classrooms and newsrooms, addressed the shrinking resources of mainstream media organizations that have undermined so much ambitious investigative work, held governments and industry to account and, most importantly, presented Canadians with significant new information and triggered positive change.

We are proud of this work. But we are aware that it may never happen again. There simply isn’t enough support for it in Canada.

Journalism’s brutal economic realities have given birth to a vibrant non-profit investigative model in the United States where collaborative investigative teams in every state are now doing groundbreaking public interest reporting with deep financial support.

They range from large-scale, national non-profit news organizations doing agenda-setting reporting _ such as ProPublica and the Center for Investigative Reporting _ to regional newsrooms such as Watchdog New England and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism that represent new models for local in-depth reporting.

The reality in Canada is much different.

There is no philanthropic equivalency here when it comes to investigative journalism. The charitable sector is smaller. And even within it, public interest journalism is not on the radar.

The work by our faculty members on this project and forthcoming portions of the ongoing series required hundreds of hours of volunteer work outside the parameters of our jobs.

It was a passion _ an attempt to prove the merits of a model that could bring under-reported stories to the public while supporting shrinking newsrooms, training the next generation of investigative reporters and shining light where it is most needed.

We think we did that. But it is not sustainable. Making it so has proven challenging.

Fellow journalist Patti Sonntag and I have been developing the infrastructure for a national network of professional and student journalists that would publish an annual national investigation on a matter of pressing importance, known as the National Student Investigative Reporting Network, or NSIRN.

A new journalism blueprint

This is a blueprint for a new investigative journalism model in Canada, as demonstrated by our ongoing work.

We believe we have the skills and tools that we need to carry out the public interest mandate. We have proof of concept.

But we still don’t have a funding base.

We are calling on Canadian educational institutions, the federal and provincial governments and on our readers to support NSIRN and other efforts like it.

The prospects aren’t rosy.

Even as our year-long investigation was about to publish earlier this month, more disheartening evidence about the sustainability of ambitious, independent reporting arrived.

Heritage Minister Melanie Joly made it clear that while journalism is “critical” to democracy, no federal support would be forthcoming for the economically battered business of original reporting.

We believe our model, bringing together traditional media outlets with journalism schools and academics in the collaborative pursuit of vital public interest information, is a uniquely Canadian solution to a uniquely Canadian problem, drawing on one of our greatest assets: Our ability to get along in the interests of the collective.

We need support to carry out the watchdog function that we, and journalists like us, want to serve.


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Mother of missing woman says police said daughter was probably drinking – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Oct 20, 2017 

WINNIPEG _ The mother of an Indigenous woman who disappeared in 2008 says the RCMP have failed her.

Bernice Catcheway told the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women that she and her family have spent years doing their own investigative work to try to find her daughter.

Jennifer Catcheway was last heard from in Grand Rapids, Man., on the morning of her 18th birthday, when she called her mother and said she was heading to the family’s home in Portage la Prairie.

Bernice Catcheway says she went to the RCMP detachment a few days later to report her daughter missing and a Mountie told her not to worry because her daughter was probably out drinking.

She says a woman told her later on that she saw men burning clothes in a field, which she reported to the RCMP, but an officer told Catcheway the witness was a drunk.

The inquiry is concluding five days of hearings in Winnipeg, and has added three days of hearings in Norway House, Man., in November.


Government of Canada congratulates Acadia First Nation for its community development

October 20, 2017 – Halifax, NS – Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

The Government of Canada is committed to renewing Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples by contributing to improved quality of life and economic growth in Indigenous communities.

Don Rusnak, MP for Thunder Bay—Rainy River, on behalf of the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, today offered congratulations to the Acadia First Nation for completing an Addition to Reserve, and for undertaking renovations to existing businesses – both of which will lead to long-term benefits for the community.

The Addition to Reserve represents approximately 12 acres of property located on the Hammonds Plains Road, within the Halifax Regional Municipality, for the use and benefit of the Acadia First Nation.

The creation of this urban reserve will provide the required space for community growth and new economic development opportunities for Acadia First Nation and its members. It will also benefit the neighbouring communities through increased tourism, potential new employment opportunities and increased use of local municipal goods and services.

As well, Acadia First Nation has made important renovations to its gas station, convenience store, gaming facility, and restaurant development.

The project, on the Gold River Reserve, will provide training and job opportunities, as well as significant, long-term economic benefits. The Government of Canada supported this vision by providing $800,000 of the $3.2 million costs including petroleum infrastructure, site lighting, water and wastewater systems at the site and building costs.


“Acadia First Nation’s project and Addition to Reserve are exciting opportunities – both for its members and for surrounding communities. These accomplishments will help Acadia First Nation achieve their vision of a stronger, more resilient, and prosperous community.”

The Honourable Jane Philpott
Minister of Indigenous Services

“On behalf of Acadia First Nation, I thank Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada for supporting us in this exciting endeavor. The development has many positive implications for the future of our people and the community at large. We look forward to creating careers and providing important services to the surrounding area.”

Deborah Robinson
Acadia First Nation Chief

Quick Facts

  • The 6,000 sq. ft. completed project will employ 33 full and part-time people while also generating over $700,000 in annual revenue to the First Nation.
  • Budget 2016 funded projects include the construction of two Community Centres in the Acadia First Nation, one in Yarmouth and the other in the community of Gold River. Acadia First Nation was allocated $650,000 from Budget 2016, for the Centres.  Construction is approximately 80% completed at both Community Centres.
  • The Order in Council for the addition of this land to the Acadia First Nation was granted on June 20, 2017, and the property now forms part of the Acadia First Nation Reserve.
  • This fulfills a legal obligation of Canada in accordance with the Ponhook Settlement Agreement, a First Nations claim under Canada’s Specific Claims Policy alleging outstanding lawful obligations on the part of Canada with respect to the subsequent use and disposition of four lots on the east side of the river at Ponhook, Queen’s County, Nova Scotia.
  • Acadia First Nation has done significant and positive work with the Halifax Regional Municipality and the Province of Nova Scotia in regard to this Addition to Reserve.
  • Acadia First Nation’s commercial development will be situated on the Gold River Reserve.

Associated Links


Andrew MacKendrick
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Jane Philpott

INAC Media Relations


No dress rehearsal, this is our life:’ Gord Downie and the Canadian conversation – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Oct 20, 2017 

By Patrick Finn, Associate Professor in the School of Creative and Performing Arts, University of Calgary


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Author: Patrick Finn, Associate Professor in the School of Creative and Performing Arts, University of Calgary

Canadians are lucky to have the creative contributions of Gord Downie, frontman for the Tragically Hip, who passed away this week at the age of 53. He embodied a beautiful paradox in our conversation about Canadian culture. He wrote poetry about hockey and our complicated history, quoting both news and literature, and singing those poems to diverse audiences in hockey arenas.

Where America’s poet, Walt Whitman, spoke of “containing multitudes,” Downie connected multitudes. Like Downie, the country he loved resists summation. What is Canada? What is Canadian culture? Who is a Canadian?

Canadians do not agree on what it means to be Canadian. Our conversations on the subject end with more questions than we had when they began. Two approaches are often used when trying to capture the essence of Canada. The negative, “I don’t know what it means to be Canadian, but I am not American,” is countered with positive summaries like, “We are a cultural mosaic.” Downie’s work avoids such shortcuts. And somehow, that works. We like the questions.

I first met Gord Downie while I was still in high school. It was the late 1980s and I was playing music in clubs, trying to make it in an industry the Tragically Hip were about to conquer. They were a little bit older than I was, and a whole lot better. I saw them many times in those days and followed their rise.

Back when the Hip started to take off, I left the road for graduate school. I became an English professor, but I missed performance. So, I did theatre and media arts on the side, eventually completing a Master of Fine Arts in directing, extending my interests in language, performance and technology. My work as a performer and as a researcher in literary and performance studies has deepened my appreciation of the Tragically Hip.

When news broke that Downie had the same cancer that took my father a few years earlier, I took it hard. Friends and musicians from my early days called, and, because of my work, the press called. I went back out on the road to see as many of their final shows as I could. I wrote, I did interviews, I saw old friends, I sang and I cried.

The Saturday before Gord died I spent the afternoon talking with music journalist Michael Barclay who was finishing his forthcoming book on the Hip. Before we hung up the phone, we both said we hoped Gord would be with us for a long time. Barclay submitted his manuscript just before Downie passed away.

There is a lot to write about Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip, but for now I will draw on my experience and my research to share some of what I think Gord Downie’s legacy offers to Canadians and to those of us who study cultural production: writing, performance and the Canadian creative identity.

The prosperity model for art

Gord Downie was a relentless worker and a mentor to many. Just like the hockey players Downie admired, artists create work that appears effortless but requires tens of thousands of hours of labour.

Downie started as the guy who memorized more lyrics than anyone else. When he began writing, he studied poetry and spoken-word. Next, he turned to dance, and learned from experts like choreographer, Crystal Pite, to refine stage movement.

Downie benefited from the Canadian economy and a collaborative approach to prosperity. Incentives in our economy ensured Downie’s words reached across our country _ a great return on our taxpayer investment.

As a small business, the Tragically Hip followed a shared-prosperity model. Musicians make money for performing and from song rights. When they founded the Hip, all five members agreed to share writing credits equally. They said that if some members grew wealthy while others did not, the band would end.

Their collaborative business model was crucial for Gord’s success. It gave him money to live and to send his children to school, but its greatest value was the partnership. Broadcaster Ron MacLean said the band members ran the Tragically Hip like a great hockey team. Without the team, there would be no final tour. No chance to say goodbye. No one to hold him up as he travelled the Trans-Canada Highway one last time.

Great stories

Downie said Canadians had great stories that would have been famous if only they had happened in America. Downie’s career was that of an amateur historian. He knew history as more than names and dates; for him, it was a conversation.

Gord Downie mined Canadian history. For example, in Fifty Mission Cap, Downie sings about the legendary hockey player, Bill Barilko. He retold famous tales and shared those of forgotten figures like the wrongfully convicted David Milgaard. Canadians celebrate Downie for asking questions and telling these stories.

He reminds us of the importance of history and, in his constant questioning, provides an opportunity to bring us closer to what happened here, on this land, when we started calling this place Canada. “Canada is not Canada. We are not the country we think we are,” wrote Downie in his introduction to Secret Path. His rejection of nationalism was a stand against an ahistorical Canada.

Friendship, truth and reconciliation

Speaking to the University of Calgary’s Class of 2016, Senator Murray Sinclair shared his knowledge and his experience leading the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Resolving complexity into words we could understand, he told a packed arena, “All you need to do is be my friend. My job,” he said, “is to be your friend.”

Downie took this same idea of friendship to heart when writing the album In Violet Light a decade earlier. He said in order for him to improve his performance he would need to be a better friend. In the years prior to his diagnosis, he began to connect with First Nations, Metis and Northern communities.

Secret Path, recorded prior to his illness and released alongside a foundation dedicated to truth and reconciliation, tells the story of Chanie Wenjack, a young Indigenous boy who died while running away from a residential school. Chanie’s family welcomed Gord into their home; they gave their blessing and helped Gord tell their story.

Downie spoke of this work as the most important of his life. Speaking from the stage during his final performance with the Tragically Hip, he called on the prime minister and all Canadians to build the Canada we could have if we lived a little more like the Canadian stereotype we sometimes wished were true.

Lyrics as a conversation

Downie was a performance poet who knew the power of language. He was a writer with a love for words, but he wrote for the performance. He wrote lyrics the same way Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen did, but he worked on performance in a manner more like David Bowie.

He told interviewers his writing was not complete until it was performed. He referenced John Cage on this point, adding that every performance is one more attempt to complete the work. This iterative approach to art is pure performance. Where Whitman spoke of contradicting himself, Downie was consistent. He integrated all aspects of his role in the service of his message.

In this, Gord Downie reminded us politics can be collegial. A brief example of this emerged on Parliament Hill, the day after his death.

On Oct. 18, members of parliament from all parties rose to honour Gord, then joined Speaker of the House Geoff Regan in a moment of silence. After that, it was business as usual: people yelling at each other. During interviews in the hallways, representatives from the New Democratic Party, the Conservatives and the Liberals joked more than once that only Gord Downie could get them to agree.

Were there any students in the gallery for the Downie moment? Let’s hope so.

The conversations Downie started were a public act. Whatever our scholarly or political interests, maybe we could all work to be more collegial and try to be better friends. To do that we need to hear one another.

Gord Downie heard us, and we heard him. He was a lucky man, who worked hard to make the most of the opportunities Canada provides. In the end, his greatest contribution was to get people talking. If he leaves one lesson, perhaps it can be found in these two lines from a song on In Violet Light, “Let’s get friendship right / Get life day-to-day.”


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OCAD U receives $1 million from feds for refurbishment of historic building – Daily Commercial News

Oct 20, 2017

TORONTO – OCAD University has been awarded $1 million from the federal government which will go towards its $3 million project to refurbish the historic George Reid House.

The funding is from the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program through the Federal Development Agency for Southern Ontario.

The refurbishment includes the creation of new event and meeting spaces, an enhanced space through the hallway that will allow for interpretive displays and restoration of the west side portico.

According to a release, the building’s refurbishment is part of OCAD University’s larger, Creative City Campus revitalization project which “boldly re-imagines the use of space to expand studio-based and experiential learning, upgrade learning-and-teaching technology, intensify research capacity and nurture innovation-minded thinkers and makers.”

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Food Security, Indigenous Resistance Focus of U of G’s Canada 150 Symposium

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The University of Guelph’s “Canada 150 Symposium: Reflect and Envision” will feature dialogue and debate on subjects relevant to Canada’s past, present and future.

A reprise of a U of G symposium held 25 years ago — one related to the potential breakup of Canada — the Oct. 27-28 event will explore food security, border issues and Indigenous resistance, all currently affecting the country.

A thought-provoking performance art piece by the Kika’ige Historical Society will be a highlight of the symposium.

Meghan Clark, manager of marketing, communications and enrolment in Open Learning and Educational Support, says: “The symposium is for anyone who has a general interest in these subjects and wants to get involved in the dialogue. There are three very different topics of conversation, but they are three very relevant and current topics.”

The opening session, “Food Security: Global and Canadian Perspectives,” will take place Oct. 27, 7 p.m., at War Memorial Hall.

Panellists include geography professor Evan Fraser, director of U of G’s Arrell Food Institute; food and social justice activist Tammara Soma; Tim Benton, a University of Leeds professor of population ecology; and Dawn Morrison of the BC Food Systems Networking Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty. The discussion will be moderated by CBC Radio host Paul Kennedy and recorded for broadcast Nov. 16 and Nov. 23 on the Ideas program.

On Oct. 28, David Akin, chief political correspondent for Global News, will moderate a panel discussion on “Borders: National Security, Trade, Immigration and Citizenship.” The event will begin at 10 a.m. in War Memorial Hall.

International affairs experts on the panel will be lawyer Jacqueline Swaisland, a specialist in Canadian citizenship, immigration and refugee law; author and lecturer Amarnath Amarasingam; and Christopher Sands of the Center for Canadian Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

An “Indigenous Resistance” panel will feature the Kika’ige Historical Society, a performance art trio of U of G Profs. Kim Anderson, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and Brittany Luby, Department of History; and Lianne Leddy, an Indigenous studies professor at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU). Along with Bonnie Whitlow, an Aboriginal support coordinator at WLU, they will discuss Indigenous perspectives on Canada 150 and Confederation.

The Kika’ige performance will begin at noon and the panel at 1 p.m., both in Creelman Hall.

OpenEd will co-host the event with the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences and the Arrell Food Institute. Register at for the symposium. About 400 attendees are expected.

Organizers view the event as an “extension” of the symposium held 25 years ago at U of G.

“Twenty-five years ago, we met to consider the future of Canada as a country,” said Byron Sheldrick, associate dean (academic) in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences. “Today, while our future may no longer be in question, we still face many problems and issues.  Canada is poised to play a leading role in offering solutions to pressing issues of both national and global importance. This dialogue is an important opportunity to play a role in that process.”


Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre space set to expand – Queen’s Journal

October 20, 2017

On Oct. 11, Director of Indigenous Initiatives Janice Hill (Kanonhsyonni), revealed that Queen’s would be expanding the Four Directions Aboriginal Centre.

During the Gender Matters Speaker Series, Hill announced that the expansion of Four Directions would follow the recommendation set out by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in April.

“I’m feeling very upbeat and positive right now,” Hill said. “When we found out that Four Directions was going to be expanded, we were all ecstatic.”

The Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre has served as a resource for Indigenous students on campus since 1996. Moving to 146 Barrie St. in 2000, it has since been used as a hub for learning about Indigenous culture through cultural programming and provides students with a safe and inclusive place to study.

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TRU: Learning from the land

October 18, 2017

During a recent visit to Pipsell (Jacko Lake), a cultural keystone area in Secwepemc territory near Kamloops, 120 second-year TRU Lawstudents were each asked to bring a rock from the territory in which they primarily live or grew up in, to be placed on a cultural heritage marker.

By placing the rocks, students were participating in an important cultural protocol symbolic of building an understanding of the various places and stories that connect us all. It also established the tone for a day of land-based learning at Pipsell, which is an area currently subject to legal issues relating to both Secwepwemc and Canadian law.

While the Stk’emlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation (SSN) Division of Secwepemc Nation has declared Aboriginal title to the area and initiated title litigation, it is also the location central to the controversial Ajax mine proposal.

The visit is in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) calls to action. TRU Law is designing a series of annually designated days of learning, called TRC days, for each cohort of first, second and third year law students.

The TRC calls to action specifically ask law schools to include in their curriculum teachings on Indigenous peoples and the law, the history and legacy of the residential schools, Indigenous law, Aboriginal-Crown relations as well as skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights and anti-racism.

Assistant Professor Nicole Schabus, Aboriginal law expert and visionary behind the initiative, says the visit opened up a different space for learning.

“We first conducted a preparatory session that included exercises in anti-racism and learning about cultural protocols, so the students would understand the space being shared with them. Then, during the visit, the students were welcomed to Pipsell by Secwepemc people who generously shared their knowledge, imparting an understanding of the importance of the place and the land on the students, including through land-based learning,” said Schabus.

“Kukpi7 (Chief) Ron Ignace shared the Trout Children story and how it is connected to Pipsell. The story carries important Secwepemc law and is very complex, containing teachings from three worlds: the land, the water and the air,” she said.

“The S’tkemlups te Secwepemc Assessment process (the SSN’s autonomous environmental assessment of the proposed Ajax mine) was aligned with this, looking at impacts of the proposed project on the land, water and air. SSN panel members shared their knowledge and what they had learned through the assessment process, and students were also taught about specific land use activities including hunting and fishing and collecting foods and medicines,” added Schabus.

Meanwhile, students reflected on how being on the land changed their perspective.

Aanchal Mogla says the site visit empowered her to see and think about the land differently, and ask herself new questions about the proposed resource extraction project.

“The visit to Pipsell allowed us to connect our textbook learnings with the territory in a powerful way that cannot be replicated in a classroom. It broadened our perceptions of very real issues happening all over BC by exposing us to a side of the story we don’t hear much about,” Mogla explained.

Charlotte Munroe is a student who participated and also had a large hand in organizing the day. Munroe spent the summer as Sc


Targeted Tax Fairness Measures Will Protect Canada’s Next Generation of Innovators and Entrepreneurs

October 20, 2017 – Waterloo, Ontario – Department of Finance Canada

When you have an economy that works for the middle class, you have a country that works for everyone. As the Government of Canada lowers the federal small business tax rate to nine per cent, it is committed to ensuring that Canada’s competitive corporate income tax rates are not being used by high-income individuals to gain a personal tax advantage.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Minister of Small Business and Tourism Bardish Chagger today announced the next steps in the Government’s plan to move forward on changes to the tax system that will ensure that Canadian-controlled private corporation (CCPC) status is not used to reduce personal income tax obligations for high-income earners rather than supporting small businesses.

Minister Morneau announced that as the Government moves forward with corporate tax changes, including targeted measures on passive investments, it will ensure incentives are maintained so venture capital and angel investors can continue to invest in the next generation of Canadian innovation.

The Government will work with the venture capital and angel investment sectors to identify how this can be best achieved. With this proposal, and the Innovation and Skills Plan announced in Budget 2017, the Government’s objective is to support and enhance Canada’s growing innovation and technology sector.

Based on its consultations on tax planning using private corporations, the Government announced this week its intention to lower the small business tax rate to 10 per cent, effective January 1, 2018, and to nine per cent, effective January 1, 2019. To support this change, the Government also announced its intention to make changes to the tax system that will ensure that private corporation status is not used to reduce personal income tax obligations for high-income earners rather than to support small businesses to invest and grow.

This week, the Government is announcing further steps towards fairness for the middle class that will take into account feedback received from Canadians during the consultation period. The Government’s approach will ensure the measures are focused on a small number of high-income individuals who get the biggest advantage from existing rules.

Since the launch of consultations on July 18, Canadians have engaged in an important discussion on proposed measures to address tax planning using private corporations. Through town halls and roundtables held from Vancouver to St. John’s, Ministers and Members of Parliament heard and carefully considered the views and perspectives of small business owners, farmers, fishers, professionals and experts.


“Our government wants to encourage young firms to grow. We will ensure that people who wish to invest in innovative start-ups are encouraged do to so, and we will work with the venture capital and angel investment sectors to ensure the appropriate incentives are in place. Financing helps young firms create well-paying jobs in Canada, thus further strengthening the middle class.”

– Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance

“Small businesses, especially innovative start-ups here in Waterloo and across the country, are the drivers of growth and job creation in the Canadian economy and strengthen our communities, from coast to coast to coast. It’s a pleasure to join Minister Morneau today to meet with stakeholders representing angel and venture capital investors to update them on our proposals, and to commit to working with them going forward. We listened to their feedback, and will only take actions that will ensure our tax system is both competitive and fair, without unintended consequences on Canada’s innovation economy. I am proud of the actions our government has taken to support small business owners, especially the reduction of the small business tax rate, which will save small businesses up to $7,500 per year.”

– Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism

Quick Facts

  • According to the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association, $3.2 billion in venture capital was invested in 530 innovative companies in 2016.
  • Venture capital is being invested across sectors, including information communications technology, health and life sciences, clean tech and agricultural technologies.
  • The Government is also advancing initiatives to provide direct support for venture capital. Budget 2017 announced that $400 million in new financing would be made available through the new Venture Capital Catalyst Initiative.
  • The Government intends to move forward with measures to limit the tax deferral opportunities related to passive investments, while providing business owners with more flexibility to build a cushion of savings for business purposes – for example to deal with a possible downturn or finance a future expansion – as well as to deal with personal circumstances, such as for parental leave, sick days or retirement.
  • The Government intends to simplify the proposal to limit the ability of owners of private corporations to lower their personal income taxes by sprinkling their income to family members. The vast majority of private corporations, including corporations with family members who meaningfully contribute to the business, will not be impacted by the proposed income sprinkling measures.
  • The Government will not be moving forward with measures relating to the conversion of income into capital gains.
  • With a reduction of the federal small business tax rate to 9 per cent, the combined federal-provincial-territorial average tax rate for small business would be lowered to 12.9 per cent from 14.4 per cent, by far the lowest in the G7 and fourth lowest among Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries. Small businesses can retain more of their earnings to reinvest, supporting the growth of their business and job creation.
  • In the course of the consultations, over 21,000 written submissions were received by the Department of Finance Canada.

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Nation to Nation: Specific claims process to be overhauled again – APTN

October 19, 2017

The Nation to Nation political panel had a rare moment on the show this week – all three MPs agreed that the specific claims process needs another update.

Specific claims deal with past failures by the federal government to manage First Nation lands and assets.

There are currently 528 outstanding claims where Ottawa has acknowledged an outstanding liability of $5.3 billion.

In the past claims took years and were costly to resolve.

So in 2007, the Conservative government started a new process, Justice at Last, that promised speedier resolutions to claims.

On Tuesday the Office of the Auditor General appeared before the House’s standing committee on Aboriginal affairs to say the process had been a failure.

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Premier Pallister Meets with North Dakota Governor Burgum to Discuss Shared Priorities: Trade, Water, Public Safety

October 19, 2017

FARGO, N.D.— Premier Brian Pallister and North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum and met today in Fargo to discuss the critical partnership between the United States and Canada as well as several shared interests and key issues facing both jurisdictions including trade, water and public safety.

“North Dakota and Manitoba are more than neighbors – we have been friends and trading partners from the earliest days of the Red River Trail, to today when the Pembina-Emerson port of entry sees a million vehicles per year cross our shared border,” Pallister said. “We also share the same economic reality, as jurisdictions with big geography and small populations – we need open markets for the wide range of goods and services we produce for our communities and economies to thrive. Working together on these issues just makes good, prairie common sense.”

“We are grateful for the collaborative partnership and friendship we have with our Manitoba counterparts,” Burgum said. “From our Midwestern heritage with strong agricultural and energy roots, to our trade, tourism and manufacturing sectors, to the International Peace Garden that celebrates our nations’ friendship, we look forward to continuing to build strong relationships and economies that are mutually beneficial for our businesses and citizens.”

During a luncheon with First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum and the premier’s wife, Esther Pallister, the leaders discussed the importance of the open, balanced trading relationship between the United States and Canada to the long-term prosperity and viability of communities large and small in North Dakota and Manitoba, especially as the two countries work to update their trade agreements. Manitoba and North Dakota are both Midwestern economies with strong agricultural economies, robust energy resources and innovative manufacturers. U.S.-Canada trade supports more than 28,000 jobs in North Dakota, and North Dakota exports more to Canada than to all other countries in the world combined. Last year, Manitoba exported more to North Dakota than to Mexico, and imported more from North Dakota than from China. Burgum and Pallister agreed to remain in regular contact on Canada-U.S. trade developments.

The governor and premier discussed the strong co-operation between North Dakota and Manitoba on many water issues they have in common, including flood mitigation and forecasting in shared watersheds, joint support for the Assiniboine River Basin Initiative, and continuing work through the International Joint Commission to improve management of the Souris (Mouse) River. Manitoba also appreciates North Dakota’s continued work to complete its Nutrient Reduction Strategy.

Burgum and Pallister shared their views and concerns on other water issues, including the Northwest Area Water Supply Project, the Red River Valley Water Supply Project and the Pembina Road/Dike. They also discussed the importance of long-term flood protection, including Winnipeg’s nearly 50 years of success with the Red River Floodway diversion and the proposed Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project. They agreed it’s critical for both jurisdictions to remain engaged and communicate openly about these issues, with a view toward moving forward and finding solutions that would be acceptable to both sides wherever possible.

The governor and premier also discussed the work that both North Dakota and Manitoba have been undertaking to manage changes to the regulation of cannabis – the creation of rules for medical marijuana in North Dakota and the implementation of the Canadian federal government’s decision to legalize recreational cannabis use in Manitoba. Both agreed on the importance of proceeding thoughtfully and on implementation.

Pallister also updated Burgum on recent developments with respect to unauthorized asylum seekers attempting to cross the border irregularly from the United States into Manitoba, some of whom are transiting through North Dakota. Attempting to cross the border through open countryside is extremely dangerous, and those attempting to do so face serious risk of injury or even death from natural hazards. Although there have been efforts to build a greater awareness of these risks among communities of potential asylum seekers, the premier and governor agreed that it was important for communities and landowners on both sides of the border to be aware of this issue and to watch for individuals or families who may be at risk of injury or in distress, particularly with the onset of winter.

The leaders also discussed the economic and social costs associated with the disease of addiction and the challenges facing American Indians in North Dakota and First Nations in Manitoba.

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The Province of Manitoba is distributing this release on behalf of the Government of Manitoba and the Governor of North Dakota.


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