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Anishinaabeg: Art & Power

June 17, 2017

Explore the life, traditions, and sacred stories of the Anishinaabeg as told through their powerful art over the last two centuries. Anishinaabeg: Art & Power takes you on a journey through the artistic evolution of one of the most populous and diverse Indigenous communities in North America.

With their homeland in Ontario, and communities stretching from Quebec to Alberta and Michigan to Montana, the Anishinaabeg have communicated and expressed their knowledge and cultural traditions through art for centuries, depicting the relationships between humans, their ancestors, nature, ceremony and supernatural beings known as spirits. Over time, their art was deeply influenced by both inter-community relationships with other Indigenous groups and the arrival of the Europeans to Canada. From early art forms and intricate beaded regalia to paintings and drawings from the Woodlands School art movement, these richly colourful and vibrant pieces reveal the artistic transformation of Anishinaabeg art. By showcasing the great beauty and power of this cultural history, Anishinaabeg: Art & Power highlights the shared connections among Indigenous groups, and between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Canadians.

See these stunning works steeped in tradition, and gain a greater understanding of Indigenous art forms, beliefs and worldviews.

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Government Launches Solar Program for Community Buildings

April 24, 2017

More communities in the province will be able to participate in clean electricity generation with a new solar pilot program.

Energy Minister Michel Samson launched the Solar Electricity for Community Buildings Program, a commitment of the 2015 Electricity Plan today, April 24.

“Our province is a leader in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and Nova Scotians have said they want to see even more renewable energy as part of our shift towards a cleaner energy future,” said Mr. Samson. “This new program will provide a way for communities to lower emissions by adopting a renewable source of energy.”

The program is open to registered non-profit or charitable organizations, municipalities or organizations owned by municipalities, universities or community colleges and Mi’kmaw bands in Nova Scotia.

“This program may be the entry point for many who are trying to set up solar for the first time,” said Warden Russell Boucher, Municipality of the County of Antigonish. “I am looking forward to seeing the advancements in renewable energy that this program makes across the province.”

Applications will propose a price per kilowatt hour (kWh) for the electricity they generate. Successful organizations will enter into a 20-year agreement with their electric utility.

All applications will be overseen by an independent procurement administrator, and the impact to ratepayers will be capped at 0.1 per cent, which is already built into the rate stability plan.

“We’re excited about this new opportunity for community groups and First Nations to generate solar electricity at their buildings,” said Gord Wilkie, chair of Solar Nova Scotia. “This is a great way for communities to be involved and learn first-hand about the benefits of solar energy.”

The program was developed following consultations with the industry and stakeholders in 2016. Applications will open May 31.

Visit novascotia.ca/solar to learn more about the program and to download a workbook to help you apply.

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Media Contact: Barbara MacLean
902-424-0438
Cell: 902-237-3512
Email: barb.maclean@novascotia.ca

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NAN Congratulates Award-Winning Journalists

THUNDER BAY, ON (April 24, 2017): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, on behalf of the Executive Council, congratulates journalists from CBC Thunder Bay and CBC Sudbury recognized by the Radio Television Digital News Association of Canada (RTDNA) at an awards ceremony in Toronto on the weekend:

“The receipt of four RTDNA awards shows the value of local journalism, especially in northern and remote communities, and we are pleased to congratulate these deserving journalists. We especially recognize Jody Porter and CBC Thunder Bay for outstanding reporting during the Seven Youth Inquest. Jody’s work was followed Canada-wide, presenting the circumstances around the tragic loss of seven NAN youth and the challenges faced by First Nations students while pursuing their education far away from their home communities. Jody’s unflinching reporting questioned the responsibilities of the governments and institutions that played critical roles in the lives of these youth, and shed much-needed light on the circumstances surrounding their deaths.”

Porter received the Digital Media Award for use of new media technology and the Dan McArthur Award for excellence in investigative reporting for Deep Water, an in-depth feature on the loss of seven NAN youth who were the subject on an eight-month inquest in Thunder Bay. She also received the Dave Rogers Award for best short feature for A Promise Kept, the story of Norman Shewaybick’s 1,000-kilometre awareness walk from Thunder Bay to Webequie First Nation in honour of his late wife.

Amy Hadley, also from CBC Thunder Bay, received a Sports Feature Reporting Award for her reporting on a local curling bonspiel. CBC Sudbury was recognized for excellence with the Ron Laidlaw Award for reporting on efforts to save local schools.

For more information please contact: Michael Heintzman, Director of Communications – (807) 625-4965 or cell (807) 621-2790 or by email mheintzman@nan.on.ca

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Government of Canada launches Rail Safety Week and, announces investments in Rail Safety

April 24, 2017              Montreal, QC              Transport Canada

With over 44,000 kilometres of track across the country, and approximately 14,000 public and 9,000 private grade crossings, everyone has a role to play in railway safety.

Today, The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, launched Rail Safety Week and announced 131 new projects and initiatives that will keep Canadians safe, contribute to the reduction of injuries and fatalities, and increase public confidence in Canada’s rail transportation system. Collectively, the projects receive more than $20 million under the Government of Canada’s Rail Safety Improvement Program.

As part of this funding, the Government is providing renewed support to Operation Lifesaver, a national public outreach initiative whose goal is to increase public awareness about railway crossings and the dangers of trespassing.  It achieves this by providing rail safety awareness briefings to schools and communities, and by developing and promoting videos, exhibits and sponsoring outreach events across Canada.

In addition to renewed support for Operation Lifesaver, Minister Garneau’s announcement included funding for:

  •  125 projects that focus on infrastructure, technology and research, including safety improvements on rail property, the use of innovative technologies; research and studies; as well as the closures of grade crossings that present safety concerns, and;
  •  Five new regional and municipal rail safety education and awareness initiatives that focus on reducing injuries and fatalities in communities across Canada.

Transport Canada’s Rail Safety Improvement Program is a $55 million, three-year initiative that provides federal funding, in the form of grants or contributions.  The program’s objective is to improve rail safety, contribute to the reduction of injuries and fatalities, and increase public confidence in the Canada’s rail transportation system. Applications are now being accepted for new projects beginning in 2018-2019.

Quotes
“Rail Safety is my top priority. With 44,000 kilometres of track, we all need to share the responsibility of a safe railway system in Canada.  The Rail Safety Improvement Program is an essential component of our commitment to improving rail safety by collaborating with railway companies, local communities and road authorities.”

The Honourable Marc Garneau,
Minister of Transport

“People often think they can judge with their own eyes and ears how far away a train is, or they expect a train to be able to stop on a dime. The reality is, today’s trains are big and fast. They can appear slower and further away than they actually are, and can take more than two kilometres to come to a complete stop. You really don’t want to get in the way of one – either by trespassing on railway property, or trying to beat a train at a rail crossing.”

Sarah Mayes,
Interim National Director, Operation Lifesaver

Quick Facts

  • Almost half of all railway-related deaths and injuries result from accidents at crossings. The Government of Canada is committed to reducing the number of these accidents by working closely with railway companies and communities to identify grade crossings that require safety improvements.
  • This year, Transport Canada is funding six public education and awareness activities, 113 infrastructure projects, including grade-crossing improvements across the country and 12 technology and research projects.
  • Rail Safety Week, taking place this year from April 24 to 29, is a national celebration aimed at increasing awareness of safety around railway operations and highlighting government and industry commitment to making the rail system safer for Canadians.

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Associated Links

Contacts

Delphine Denis
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
613-991-0700
Delphine.Denis@tc.gc.ca

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa
613-993-0055
Media@tc.gc.ca

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Province Announces Sexual Violence Strategy Grant Recipients and Online Training

April 24, 2017

NOTE: A list of Prevention Innovation Grant recipients follows this release.

Twenty-four community groups from across Nova Scotia are receiving more than $630,000 in Prevention Innovation Grants through the province’s Sexual Violence Strategy.

Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard announced the recipients today, April 24, in Annapolis Royal.

“Once again, so many Nova Scotians are coming forward to raise awareness and help prevent sexual violence,” said Ms. Bernard. “I applaud the grant recipients for using their creativity and passion to put their ideas into practice, and in many cases with projects that engage young people.”

The grants support community groups and organizations, including youth and underserved populations such as African Nova Scotians, First Nations and the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community, to reach out to their peers in innovative ways.

“In Fall 2016, LOVE started offering a bi-weekly sweat lodge ceremony in Sipekne’katik, which has received a high level of engagement from youth,” said Sarah MacLaren, executive director, Leave Out Violence Nova Scotia. “With this grant we will be able to build a new teepee on the same property as the sweat lodge to help create a pro-social network made up of positive peer support and intergenerational mentorship with Elders. The teepee will give us a sober and safe place to gather and will help build a connection to a traditional means of well-being.”

This is the second round of Prevention Innovation grants given out through the strategy. In 2015/2016, $650,000 was awarded, for a total investment of more than $1.2 million over two years.

The province also launched a new online training course that is available free of charge for Nova Scotians to learn more about sexual violence, how to respond to a disclosure of sexual violence and how to support someone who has survived it.

Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence: A Nova Scotia Resource is for service providers, friends, family members, neighbours, teachers, first responders, counselors, and anyone who is acting as a support person, or is concerned about sexual violence.

“Thanks to the expertise and unwavering passion of a committee of people from communities across the province, Nova Scotians can access a resource to help them handle a very difficult subject that needs to be addressed,” said Ms. Bernard.

The training has six separate topics, including an introduction to sexual violence, responding to a disclosure, choices following sexual violence, exploring sexual consent, enhancing the well-being of support people and Indigenous perspectives.

The training is available at nscs.learnridge.com.

Since development of the Sexual Violence Strategy began three years ago, the province has:
— established Community Support Networks across the province to enhance service co-ordination and increase accessibility, visibility and navigation. A total of $2.5 million was invested to support their work
— provided training on trauma-informed practices specific to sexual violence and support to 811 and 211 staff in fall 2015 and will again for 811 staff in winter 2017
— engaged with the Mi’kmaq community to provide opportunity for Indigenous service providers and community leaders to address the unique needs of their communities. A similar process is about to begin with African Nova Scotian communities
— launched a public awareness campaign on sexual violence last fall. The campaign includes videos, posters and a website www.breakthesilenceNS.ca
— supported a student forum last fall that brought together student leaders from across Nova Scotia to focus on creating consent cultures on campus and engaging youth in preventing sexualized violence
— established an inter-departmental committee that conducted an inventory and analysis of policies and programs relevant to sexual violence that support prevention and support services across various departments, as well as the Status of Women and the Public Prosecution Service.

More information on the sexual violence strategy can be found at novascotia.ca/coms/svs.

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Media Contact: Heather Fairbairn
902-717-2151
Email: heather.fairbairn@novascotia.ca

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Ontario Seeking Applicants for New Indigenous-Led Fund to Help Survivors of Human Trafficking

Ministry of Community and Social Services

As part of Ontario’s Strategy to End Human Trafficking, Ontario has announced a call for applications for the new Indigenous-Led Initiatives Fund that will increase supports and protection for Indigenous survivors, as well as those at risk of human trafficking.

The Indigenous-Led Initiatives Fund will support community-focused anti-human trafficking services and supports designed for, and by, Indigenous people. The three-year fund will enhance services across Ontario, including:

  • Meeting the complex needs of survivors by increasing access to services dedicated to helping those who have experienced the trauma of being trafficked, especially in urban, rural/remote, fly-in and Northern Indigenous communities
  • Helping to prevent at-risk people from being trafficked with new innovative community initiatives and long term strategies
  • Meaningfully engaging Indigenous survivors in the planning and implementation of supports
  • Strengthening system coordination for survivor-centered services across sectors.

This call for applications follows consultations with 50 Indigenous organizations, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities, to seek input and advice on how the Fund could support Indigenous survivors, their families and communities.

Ontario’s Strategy to End Human Trafficking is a part of the government’s vision to ensure that everyone in the province can live in safety — free from the threat, fear or experience of exploitation and violence.

Quick Facts

  • The Indigenous-Led Initiatives Fund will provide up to $9.6 million over three years.
  • Applications must be submitted by June 8, 2017, and successful applicants will be informed by early July.
  • Individual grant sizes will depend on the type of project. Projects can be funded for a possible duration of up to three years to provide enough time for programs/services to demonstrate results.
  • The Strategy to End Human Trafficking includes an investment of up to $72 million to increase awareness and coordination, enhance justice-sector initiatives and improve survivors’ access to services.
  • Ontario is a major centre for human trafficking in Canada, accounting for roughly 69 per cent of police-reported cases nationally in 2015.
  • In Ontario, Indigenous women and girls are among the most targeted populations for human trafficking.

Additional Resources

Quotes

“Our government is committed to being responsive to the needs of Indigenous survivors, and communities affected by human trafficking. The design of the Indigenous-Led Initiatives Fund is respectful of both tradition and culture while reflecting the contemporary realities of Indigenous peoples and their communities.”

Dr. Helena Jaczek
Minister of Community and Social Services

“It is an urgent government priority to support projects designed by Indigenous communities for Indigenous human trafficking survivors, many of whom are women and girls. This funding will enhance access to services that address the complexity of survivors’ needs, and reinforce the traditions and cultures that are vital to helping survivors rebuild their lives.”

Indira Naidoo-Harris
Minister of the Status of Women

“Our government’s support for community-based solutions to human trafficking is an important part of our work with Indigenous partners and communities to support survivors, end human trafficking and advance reconciliation. The Indigenous-Led Initiatives Fund is one of the ways we are helping Indigenous organizations deliver supports to survivors and those most at risk in their communities.”

David Zimmer
Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

Media Contacts

Lyndsay Miller
Minister’s Office
416-325-5572

Takiyah Tannis
Communications
416-325-0216

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One year later: Red Cross remains committed to recovery in Fort McMurray

April 24, 2017

One year later: Red Cross remains committed to recovery in Fort McMurray
$244 million spent to help the people of Wood Buffalo
Almost one year ago, the people of the Wood Buffalo region were fleeing as wildfires tore through their communities and homes. In the months following the disaster, an unprecedented $323 million was donated by individuals, community groups and companies across Canada, including matching funds from the Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta, to directly help those affected by the fires. The Red Cross has spent and committed $244 million to date, which represents 75 per cent of the total funds.

From providing immediate emergency assistance in the early aftermath and continuing to assist with unmet needs, to funding community projects, and providing financial assistance to eligible local small businesses, the help provided reflects what citizens and authorities in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo have identified as priorities for their communities. With the impact of the fires still being felt first-hand by individuals, families, small businesses and local community groups, the support of the Red Cross remains crucial to recovery.

QUICK FACTS

The generosity of Canadians is enabling the Red Cross to have impact in the following ways:

  • 231 million allocated; ($183 million spent and committed to date) to support individuals and families.
    • Nearly 65,000 families registered to receive support from the Red Cross.
    • More than 126,400 electronic fund transfers provided direct financial assistance to help residents pay for things like rent, mortgage, utilities, household goods, food, gas and clothing.
    • More than 19,000 one-on-one confidential appointments have helped assist people through their personal recovery process.
  • 50 million allocated; ($24 million spent and committed to date) to support community groups and initiatives.
    • 54 partnerships with community organizations are being funded to provide holistic, community-driven recovery activities. This includes a variety of projects and initiatives such as special events for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and Indigenous communities, supplying teachers and students with back-to-school items, providing summer and recreation camps for children and youth, providing support to local food banks and the local homeless shelter, supporting community-led wellness groups, and supporting several community celebrations upon returning home.
  • 30 million allocated; ($28.5 million spent and committed to date) to support eligible small businesses.
    • More than 3,200 eligible small businesses received financial assistance to help cover costs such as the replacement of essential items including business tools and equipment; assistance with clean-up expenses; moving or storage; professional cleaning; small repairs; help with overdue utility bills; lease payments; and, short-term lease of business equipment or vehicles.

These allocations reflect the needs that have been identified to date, as of April 13, 2017. Red Cross works with communities to help assist and guide them along their road to recovery, at the pace in which they are ready. Many needs emerge over time and the allocation amounts may be adjusted accordingly. Red Cross assistance will not duplicate existing support available from municipal or provincial governments, or from insurance.

Donations are held in a separate trust fund to be used only for Alberta Fires relief and recovery efforts. The fundraising costs related to this emergency appeal will not exceed five per cent. All remaining donated funds will be used for Red Cross operations to support vulnerable people, families and communities affected by this disaster. This includes a small portion of funds, one and a half percent, which ensures the Canadian Red Cross is ready and prepared to respond to future disasters. Fundraising costs are associated to the total funds donated to date ($189 million), not the grand total including the matching funds ($323 million).

QUOTES

“One year after the wildfires, the Canadian Red Cross is still working alongside the people of Wood Buffalo. We know that recovery from a disaster takes time, and we will continue to support these resilient communities at their own pace, helping in times of struggle, and cheering in times of success. To the residents of the Fort McMurray area, as long as you need us, the Red Cross will be with you.” Conrad Sauvé, president and CEO, Canadian Red Cross

“Canadians everywhere responded to the Fort McMurray wildfire with enormous generosity, saying both in spirit and in hard cash: “Hey Fort Mac, we’ve got your back!”. The Government of Canada was proud to match Canadians’ donations of over $104 million dollars to the Red Cross in support of urgent and long-term relief efforts for the costliest fire disaster in Canadian history.  I am very grateful for the hard work the Red Cross did to make this happen for the courageous people of Fort McMurray.” The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

“Assistance from the Canadian Red Cross has had a direct, personal impact on tens of thousands of individuals, families and businesses in our community. Your support has sustained us at every step of this journey and we are deeply grateful for your kindness and generosity.” Melissa Blake, Mayor, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

LEARN MORE

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

About the Canadian Red Cross

Here in Canada and overseas, the Red Cross stands ready to help people before, during and after a disaster. As a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement – which is made up of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and 190 national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies – the Canadian Red Cross is dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and throughout the world.

CONTACTS

  • English Media Line: 1-877-599-9602
  • French Media Line: 1-888-418-9111
  • Alberta Media Line: 1-403-541-4431

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Inquest Into Death of Kinew James

April 24, 2017

The rescheduled public inquest into the death of Kinew James will take place May 8-12, 2017 and May 15-19, 2017. The inquest is being held at Court of Queen’s Bench in Saskatoon.

Kinew James was an inmate at the Regional Psychiatric Centre in Saskatoon. On January 19, 2013, she was found unresponsive in her cell. The 35 year-old was transported to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Section 20 of The Coroners Act, 1999 states that the Chief Coroner shall hold an inquest into the death of a person who dies while an inmate at a jail or a correctional facility, unless the coroner is satisfied that the person’s death was due entirely to natural causes and was not preventable.

The Office of the Chief Coroner is responsible for the investigation of all sudden, unexpected deaths. The purpose of an inquest is to establish who died, when and where that person died and the medical cause and manner of death. The coroner’s jury can also make recommendations to prevent further deaths.

Coroner Tim Hawryluk of Saskatoon will preside at the inquest.

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For more information, contact:

Noel Busse
Justice
Regina
Phone: 306-787-8959
Email: noel.busse@gov.sk.ca

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Canadian Journalism Foundation names Greg Clark Award winner

TORONTO, April 24, 2017 – The Canadian Journalism Foundation is pleased to announce Jennifer Bieman, a reporter with the St. Thomas Times-Journal in St. Thomas, Ont., as this year’s winner of the Greg Clark Award for early-career journalists. The CJF selected Bieman for her proposal to explore how the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshall and its counterpart in Alberta, the Office of the Fire Commissioner, conduct investigations.

The Greg Clark Award, unique in Canadian journalism, offers working journalists a $5,000 stipend to spend a week gaining insight, gathering strategic information and meeting key decisionmakers on a specific issue or beat.

“Fires are an essential part of community coverage, and Jennifer Bieman provided a solid proposal that would explore an area that traditionally isn’t given much attention,” says Susan Harada, a jury member and associate director of Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication. “Bieman is right to note that coverage of fires often ends with the line, ‘The Ontario Fire Marshal has been called in to investigate.’ The project she proposes would provide insight into that process and a range of fire-safety issues. Her work will benefit any reporter, especially those with a regional beat.”

With this opportunity, Bieman plans to explore how these investigative agencies’ findings shape legislation and how their recommendations impact fire-prevention strategies. She will also seek to understand the offices’ role in emerging issues like fire prevention in First Nations communities or in homes of vulnerable populations such as low-income families, newcomers, seniors and adults with disabilities.

This award was created in memory of Greg Clark, one of Canada’s greatest journalists – a war correspondent, an avid outdoorsman, a humorist and a great reporter who excelled at storytelling.

Bieman will be honoured at the CJF Awards (#CJFawards) at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto on June 8. For ticket, table and sponsorship opportunities of the gala event, visit the CJF Awards  page.

The CJF would like to thank Shaw Communications and the Toronto Star for their generous support of this award.

About The Canadian Journalism Foundation
Established in 1990, The Canadian Journalism Foundation promotes excellence in journalism by celebrating outstanding journalistic achievement. Our signature events include an annual awards program featuring a must-attend industry gala where Canada’s top newsmakers meet Canada’s top news people. Through J-Talks, our popular speakers’ series, we facilitate dialogue among journalists, business people, academics and students about the role of the media in Canadian society and the ongoing challenges for media in the digital era. The foundation also fosters opportunities for journalism education, training and research.

For further information: Wendy Kan, The Canadian Journalism Foundation, 416-955-0975, programs@cjf-fjc.ca

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Minister Duclos visits the United Kingdom to study social innovation approaches to improve social and economic outcomes for people and communities

April 24, 2017              Gatineau, Quebec              Employment and Social Development Canada

While Canada is a relatively prosperous country, it still faces important social issues that affect the most vulnerable Canadians. Recognizing that new and innovative approaches are required to build stronger and more inclusive communities where all Canadians have a fair chance to succeed, the Government has committed to develop a social innovation and social finance strategy for Canada.

As part of this effort, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development is travelling to London, UK, from April 24 to 27 to learn about best practices of social innovation by government, civil society and the private sector.

During the visit, Minister Duclos will meet with key organizations, think tanks and academics to discuss how the UK has used social finance investments to support community development and social entrepreneurs and to learn how socially innovative approaches are driving solutions that improve peoples’ lives. The Minister will have the opportunity to exchange with local community organizations and learn about how they have achieved better social outcomes for citizens in their communities through social innovation and social finance.

The Minister will also address an audience at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His talk will focus on his transition from professor to politics and his work to help build and support a strong middle class.

Further, since the softwood lumber industry is a priority for the Government, the Minister will also meet with UK timber industry experts to discuss a range of trade activity including new market opportunities for lumber export.

On April 26, he will be interviewed for the British Broadcasting Corporation show, HARDtalk, by Sarah Montague, a television and radio journalist.

Quotes

“The Government of Canada is taking action towards finding innovative solutions to help Canadians most in need, such as Indigenous Peoples, immigrants, youth at risk and women fleeing violence. These individuals often face complex challenges that cannot be easily solved using traditional approaches or by any single level of government or organization. Collaboration is an important element of social innovation and of social finance and we are inspired by initiatives outside Canada as we embark on creating a social innovation and social finance strategy of our own.”
– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

“Our government will develop a social innovation and social finance strategy that finds creative solutions to real challenges faced by people in our country—solutions that will grow our middle class and give more Canadians a real and fair chance at success.”
– The Honourable Patricia A. Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

Quick Facts

  • Social innovation can improve people’s quality of life through creative ideas, collaborating with new partners and delivering measurable outcomes for the most vulnerable Canadians and communities.
  • Social finance is a tool that seeks to mobilize private capital for public good. It is a new way of implementing more effective solutions to complex social challenges that leverages the resources of all members of a community.
  • The Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour have a mandate commitment to develop a social innovation and social finance strategy.
  • A steering group will soon be appointed to co-develop a social innovation and social finance strategy with the Government, consisting of leaders, practitioners and experts from multiple fields, including Canada’s community, philanthropic organizations, financial and research sectors.
  • In the United Kingdom, multisectoral partnerships for social finance helped generate over 1 billion dollars in social investment over the past five years.
  • In the United States, the Social Innovation Fund, created in 2009, has so far resulted in the evaluation of 26 strategies in fields such as youth development and healthy living. Eighty-five percent of these strategies were found to have had a positive impact on targeted outcomes.

Associated Links

Contacts

Émilie Gauduchon-Campbell
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
819-654-5546
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
819-994-5559
media@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

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Ontario SPCA responds to urgent appeal from Kashechewan sending 750 lbs of dog food

Ontario, Canada (April 22, 2017) – The Ontario SPCA has responded to an urgent appeal from the Kashechewan First Nation for food for their resident dogs as the community evacuates from rising flood waters

“The Ontario SPCA has been a resource for animals during natural disasters all across Ontario,” says Deputy Chief Jennifer Bluhm, Ontario SPCA. “We are pleased to be able to extend a helping hand to the Kashechewan First Nation community and the animals we all care for so deeply.”

750 lbs of food was transferred on Saturday, April 22, 2017 to Kashechewan.

To learn more about the Ontario SPCA’s programs and services, visit Ontariospca.ca

This transfer was made possible thanks to the generosity of donors.

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MEDIA CONTACT

Melissa Kosowan
Ontario SPCA
mkosowan@ospca.on.ca
289-383-5968

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National Arts Centre Orchestra’s Canada 150 Tour Arrives in Saint John

April 24, 2017

Tour includes a performance at Imperial Theatre in Saint John and a Young Artist Summit for Indigenous Performers

OTTAWA– On Thursday, May 4 at 8 p.m., the National Arts Centre Orchestra led by Alexander Shelley will perform a concert featuring the internationally renowned James Ehnes at the Imperial Theatre in Saint John, presented by Symphony New Brunswick.  The concert is part of the NAC Orchestra’s nation-wide Canada 150 Tour in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation. It is the first NAC Orchestra tour to be led by its highly acclaimed Music Director Alexander Shelley.

James Ehnes is a GRAMMY® Award and 10-time JUNO winning violinist who is widely considered one of the world’s finest living soloists. He will perform Eric Korngold’s Violin Concerto. The program includes Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, “From the New World.”

I LOST MY TALK

The concert will culminate with I Lost My Talk by Edmonton-based composer John Estacio. The work is based on the poem by Mi’kmaw elder and poet Rita Joe, C.M., about her experience at Shubenacadie Residential School in Nova Scotia. I Lost My Talk will be performed with a film created by Barbara Willis Sweete, featuring choreography by Tekaronhiáhkhwa Santee Smith and with live narration by Guna and Rappahannock actor Monique Mojica.

This lush and powerful multi-media work was created under the artistic leadership of Alexander Shelley and Creative Producer and Director Donna Feore, and premiered during the NAC Orchestra’s 2015‒2016 season.  Reviewer Christophe Huss from Le Devoir called it one of “Estacio’s very best compositions for orchestra … a truly powerful and overwhelming creation.” I Lost My Talk was commissioned for the NAC Orchestra to commemorate the 75th birthday of The Right Honourable Joe Clark, P.C., C.C., A.O.E. by his family.

In addition, a pre-concert performance at 19:20 will feature the Saint John High School choir.

For tickets to the NAC Orchestra concert on May 4, please phone (506) 674-4100, or buy online.

EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

The Atlantic leg of the Canada 150 Tour includes 80 education and community engagement activities that will unite the musicians of the Orchestra with 6,000 students, educators, community leaders and artists. The tour will also include a series of meaningful events that will focus on reconciliation through the arts.

YOUNG ARTIST SUMMIT FOR INDIGENOUS MUSICIANS

From April 27 to April 30, the NAC will hold a Young Artist Summit in Saint John for 10 young Indigenous musicians. The Summit will be led by multidisciplinary Métis artist Moe Clark and Wolastoqiyik visual artist Natalie Sappier, in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts and the East Coast Music Association.  It will culminate with a showcase performance incorporating hip-hop, folk, blues and traditional indigenous musical styles, called Indigenous Voices Rising:  Spiqitaqotal.

The Summit is part of the Music Alive Program, which is being piloted in Atlantic Canada during the Canada 150 Tour. The program, which is active in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Nunavut, sends local teaching musicians to work with children in rural and remote communities, and its programming promotes musical and cultural diversity. It is now being developed for Atlantic Canada, in partnership with community leaders, local organizations, classroom teachers, arts specialists and teaching artists, and will run in all four Atlantic Provinces.

MEDIA INFORMATION:

Young Artist Summit for Indigenous Musicians

Date: April 27-30

Location: Manchester Room, Delta Hotel, 39 King Street
Time: 10:00 – 12:00, 13:15 -14:15

Indigenous Voices Rising: Spiqitaqotal

An Emerging Artist Showcase

Date: April 30

Location: BMO Studio Theatre at the Saint John Theatre Company, 112 Princess Street

Time: 12:00 – 13:30

Free – open to the public

SAINT JOHN SCHOOL DISTRICT STRING PROGRAM

On Thursday, May 4, musicians from the NAC Orchestra will work with senior string students from Saint John and Fredericton at Harbourview High School.

MEDIA INFORMATION:

Date: Thursday May 4
Time: 15:00-16:30
Location: Harbourview High School auditorium and various classrooms

FOLLOW THE TOUR ONLINE

People from across Canada and around the world can follow this extraordinary tour by visiting nacotour.ca.  Daily reports will also be posted on the NAC Orchestra’s Facebook page, on Twitter at @NACOrchCNA (#nacotour), and on Instagram at @nac.cna.
PARTNERS IN MUSIC PERFORMANCE AND EDUCATION

The Canada 150 Tour is made possible with leadership support from Tour Patrons Gail and David O’Brien, Presenting Supporters Alice and Grant Burton, Supporting Partners Peng Lin & Yu Gu, Education Partner Dasha Shenkman, and Digital Partner Facebook.

ABOUT ALEXANDER SHELLEY AND THE NAC ORCHESTRA

In September 2015 Alexander Shelley took up the mantle as Music Director, leading a new era for the National Arts Centre’s Orchestra. Shelley has an unwavering reputation as one of Europe’s leading young conductors, notably as Chief conductor of the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra and most recently as the Principal Associate Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Formed in 1969 at the opening of Canada’s National Arts Centre, the NAC Orchestra gives over 100 performances a year with renowned artists including Itzhak Perlman, Renée Fleming, James Ehnes, Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma. It is noted for the passion and clarity of its performances and recordings, its ground-breaking teaching and outreach programs, and nurturing of Canadian creativity. Since its inception the Orchestra has commissioned 80 works, mostly from Canadian composers. In 2001 it inaugurated the National Arts Centre Awards for Canadian Composers and the recipients thus far have been Denys Bouliane, John Estacio, Peter Paul Koprowski, Gary Kulesha, Alexina Louie and Ana Sokolović.

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TO BOOK AN INTERVIEW, PLEASE CONTACT:

Andrea Ruttan

Communications Officer, NAC Orchestra
(613) 947-7000, ext. 335
Andrea.Ruttan@nac-cna.ca

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ROM Friday Night Live is Back!

TORONTO, April 24, 2017— Friday Night Live (#FNLROM), presented by Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd, makes a splash when it returns to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) on Friday, May 5, 2017. #FNLROM happens every Friday evening from 7:00 to 11:30 pm. The new season of Toronto’s greatest adult-only social event (19+) features a line-up of the best DJs, delicious food vendors, and themed parties each week. This season’s program partners include Ocean Wise, Toronto Fashion Incubator, Zista Arts Society, SexPosium, ANDPVA, and others.

Mark your calendars! This season’s Friday night themes include:

May 5: Splash
Dive into the deep with complimentary access to our exhibition, Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story. Live performances include The Darenots, Lou Cannon, Mel Monaco, and the University of Toronto Jazz Music Program.

May 12: Fashion
Celebrate the fabulous world of Fashion with gorgeous objects from the ROM’s own collections, and amazing pieces from talented local designers. Catch a performance from Ralph, who mixes funky 1970s beats and 1980s pop with contemporary melodies. Also performing live is Del Hartley.

May 19: Get out of Town
Kick-off your Victoria Day long weekend with a British invasion at #FNLROM. Live performances by Wannabe, the effervescent Spice Girls tribute band, and a performance from Highs.

May 26: Flash
Shine a spotlight on the ROM’s new exhibition The Family Camera, a primary exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Musical performance by The Spoons.

June 2: DinoNite
Dance the night away with the dinos. Enjoy great local talent with the funk and blues of Yasgurs Farm and the melodic sounds ZimZum Jazz.

June 9: Love
Explore the eternal forces of attraction, romance, lust, and sexuality through art, culture, and nature. This scintillating night features a performance by the legendary Carole Pope, as well as an exciting activation from PRISM Festival. DJ Lina Bradford, along with Sofonda Cox and Friends, also take the stage.

June 16: Indigenous Now
Discover the life, traditions, and sacred stories of the Anishinaabeg as told through their powerful art over the last two centuries. The new ROM exhibition Anishinaabeg: Art & Power takes you on a journey through an artistic evolution of one of the most populous and diverse Indigenous communities in North America. Performers include Association for Native Development in the Performing & Visual Arts (ANDPVA) artists Joey Stylez, Rosary Spence, Sean Conway, and Manifest Destiny’s Child.

June 23: Colour ROMProud
Presented in partnership with Pride Toronto, Colour ROMProud is an official PRIDE Week party featuring performances from local and notable musical guests.

June 30: Oh Canada!
#FNLROM ends with a huge, birthday bash celebrating Canada. Get a head start on your Canada Day celebrations with this incredible finale of FNL! Complimentary access to Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story included.

Every Friday, ElectriCITY Events sets the scene with the sounds of Toronto’s best DJs. New to #FNLROM this season is the exclusive Indie88 stage, the hottest place in town to catch your favourite live artists.
Advance tickets are available online and a limited number of tickets are available at the door starting at 7:00 pm each Friday. FNL Tickets are $17 for adults, $15.50 for students, and $5 for ROM Members. For guaranteed entry, purchase advance tickets here.

The ROM offers special rates and packages for groups attending #FNLROM. Groups of 20 or more receive 20% off admission. For more information, email groupsales@rom.on.ca, or call 416.586.5801 ext. 2.

Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story, Anishinaabeg: Art & Power, and The Family Camera are supported by Ontario150.

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Media Contact

Wendy Vincent, Bilingual Publicist
416.586.5547
wendyv@rom.on.ca

Social Media

Like: ROM Facebook

Tweet: @ROMToronto

Instagram: romtoronto

Watch: ROM YouTube

Blog: ROMblog

Join the Conversation: #FNLROM #atROM

ABOUT THE ROM

Opened in 1914, the ROM showcases art, culture, and nature across time and around the globe. Among North America’s most renowned museums, the ROM is Canada’s largest with the dual mandate of natural history and world cultures. The Renaissance ROM expansion project (2007) preserved the best of the Museum’s beautiful historic architecture while merging its iconic heritage building with the Studio Daniel Libeskind-designed Michael Lee-Chin Crystal. The ROM is the country’s largest field research institution and an international leader in areas encompassing the visual arts, material culture and archaeology, biodiversity, palaeontology, and earth sciences — originating new information towards a global understanding of historical and modern change in the natural and cultural worlds. For tickets and 24-hour information in English and French, visit www.rom.on.ca or call 416.586.8000. For Membership enquiries, please call 416.586.5700.

Special thanks to #FNLROM partners

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Manitoba Artists and Music Companies Ready to Shine at 2017 Western Canadian Music Awards

April 24, 2017

Manitoba will have a strong presence when the Western Canadian Music Awards are handed out in Edmonton this fall. Artists and music companies picked up 34 nominations in 19 categories for the 15th annual celebration of music from the western provinces and territories. Manitoba’s world music, Indigenous, Francophone, hip hop, and spiritual communities have a strong presence their respective categories while Manitoba’s music companies and industry entrepreneurs have earned recognition for community excellence and impact in live music, music marketing, and artistic development. Winners will be celebrated at the Western Canadian Music Awards Networking Reception and Industry Awards Brunch during the BreakOut West festivities, September 13-17, 2017.

Vocal powerhouse Begonia, aka Alexa Dirks, is up for two awards this year with nominations for BreakOut Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. Dirks shares the songwriting nod with Matthew Schellenberg, who is also up for Visual Media Composer of the Year for his scoring and soundtrack work on the locally-produced film, Lovesick.

Bilingual singer/songwriter Kelly Bado is also a double nominee with nods for World Artist of the Year and Francophone Artist of the Year. Hip hop artist Alpha Toshineza is also up for Francophone Artist of the Year while musician/dancer/choreographer Casimiro Nhussi and Latin jazz ensemble Papa Mambo round out Manitoba’s domination of the World Artist of the Year category.

Manitoba’s First Nation, Inuit, and Métis music communities are a strong leader yet again this year, landing nominations for Indigenous Artist of the Year for rock outfit Indian City and country singer/songwriter Jade Turner.

Singer/songwriter William Prince, who recently picked up a JUNO Award for Contemporary Roots Artist of the Year and won a WCMA in 2016 for Indigenous Artist of the Year along with a pair of Canadian Folk Music Award nods, is up for BreakOut Artist of the Year.

Hip hop heroes The Lytics and up-and-coming rap triumvirate 3PEAT both landed nominations for Rap/Hip Hop Artist of the Year.

Acclaimed singer/songwriters Jaylene Johnson and Steve Bell, who both picked up JUNO Award nominations this year, are up for Spiritual Artist of the Year.

Other artistic award nominees include Big Dave McLean for Blues Artist of the Year; Madame Diva et Micah le Jeune Voyageur for Children’s Artist of the Year; Doc Walker for Country Artist of the Year; Steve Kirby’s Oceanic Jazz Orchestra for Jazz Artist of the Year; Mobina Galore for Rock Artist of the Year; Saskatchewan/Manitoba duo Karrnnel Sawitsky & Daniel Koulack for Roots Duo/Group of the Year; and Alek Rzeszowski for Video Director of the Year for Yes We Mystic’s “No Harm”. Manitoba-born, Ontario-based artist iskwé is up for Electronic/Dance Artist of the Year.

Manitoba’s venues, festivals, and artist development companies have earned several nominations this year. The West End Cultural Centre and Winnipeg Folk Festival are double nominee this year for the Industry Awards, landing nods for Impact in Live Music and the Community Excellent Award. Emerging company Prairie Mix, which manages William Prince among others, is up for Impact in Artist Development alongside veteran company Paquin Artist Agency. Festival du Voyageur is up for Impact in Live Music while community organization Sunshine House is up for the Community Excellence Award for its music-related programming. Le 100 NON’s Eric Burke, The Park Theatre’s Kevin Mozdzen, and Pipe & Hat Music Group round out the nominees list with three out of five nods for Impact in Music Marketing. Producer/composer/musician Mitch Dorge is up for Visual Media Composer of the Year for his work on The Advocate.

BreakOut West features a conference and music festival with over 50 showcasing acts, offering an incredible opportunity for emerging and established artists to be a part of the Western Canadian music community. Participating artists and other music professionals have the chance to meet key industry stakeholders creating opportunities for new waves of exciting industry developments from business deals to international tours.

Many of this year’s Manitoba nominees have participated in Manitoba Music’s professional and market development programs during their careers, accessing assistance to develop their business skills, showcase in new markets, and in make critical industry contacts. Manitoba Music’s programs are supported by the Province of Manitoba, FACTOR through the financial support of the Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters, and Manitoba Film & Music.

For a complete list of 2017 WCMA nominees, please visit breakoutwest.ca.

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NADF Business Awards

27th Annual NADF Business Awards

October 20th, 2017 Valhalla Inn – Thunder Bay, NO

The NADF Business Awards will celebrate six award recipients for their achievements and contirbutions to supporting the growth of Northern Ontario’s economy. Save

Awards will be presented in the following categories.

  • Youth Entrepreneur
  • Businesswoman
  • Businessman
  • Partnership
  • Corporation
  • New Business

Nominations close Friday, August 18, 2017.

We look forward to celebrating Aboriginal business with business, government and industry leaders.  Join in the celebration!

For more information visit www.nadfawards.com

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Family of young boy with Leukodystrophy trying to find cash to go to U.S. for treatment – APTN

April 21, 2017

A Manitoba family is hoping for a miracle after an incurable disease has left their young boy fighting for his life.

The genetic disorder is rare – with only a handful of cases in Canada.

Read More: http://aptnnews.ca/2017/04/21/family-of-young-boy-with-extremely-rare-cancer-trying-to-find-cash-to-go-to-u-s-for-treatment/

Grandmother Josephine Mandamin Starts Water Walk – Netnewsledger.com

24 April 2017

THUNDER BAY – Grandmother Josephine Mandamin is once again walking for the water. Starting at Spirit Mountain, Duluth MN, and heading east along the shores of Lake Superior, Josephine will walk from sunrise to sunset. She will carry water in a copper pail the entire journey.

Mandamin first began walking for water to raise awareness of the pollution and poisoning of our water in 2003. Since then she has walked around the Great Lakes, and to-date has walked over 25,000 km. Many people have joined in her efforts to protect the water.

The For the Earth and Water 2017 walk will take place along the Great Lakes to Matane, Quebec, joining the water of the St. Lawrence Seaway covers 2285 km, and is expected to take approximately 4 to 5 months.

Read More: http://www.netnewsledger.com/2017/04/24/grandmother-josephine-mandamin-starts-water-walk/

Indigenous student advisor wins National Academic Advising Association grant – UM Today

April 24, 2017 —

The National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) has named Carla Loewen as the recipient of the Region 6 Tribal Advisor Grant.

Loewen, who is Cree and from Pukatawagan, Man., is a student advisor at the Indigenous Student Centre and has worked at U of M since 2005. She holds a Bachelor of Arts [03], a Bachelor of Education [01] and a Masters of Education [16], all from U of M.

“Being recognized for my advising work is a nice feeling,” says Loewen. “My passion is helping the Indigenous students I work with to succeed and get the best possible experience at the University of Manitoba – this award inspires me to do even more.”

NACADA supports quality academic advising in institutions of higher education to enhance the educational development of students. The Region 6 Tribal Advisor Grant recognizes advisors who are responsible for advising Indigenous students in Region 6, which includes the Northwest Territories, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota. The grant covers the entire registration fee for the regional conference and provides a one-year NACADA membership.

Read More: http://news.umanitoba.ca/indigenous-student-advisor-wins-national-academic-advising-association-grant/

Halifax schools could acknowledge aboriginal territory in daily announcements – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Apr 24, 2017 

By Alison Auld

THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX _ The morning ritual for Halifax students may soon be expanded beyond the national anthem, to include a daily reminder that their school sits on traditional Mi’kmaq territory.

A member of the Halifax Regional School Board is proposing that an acknowledgment be read out as part of morning announcements.

Jessica Rose, the board’s Mi’kmaq representative, said Monday that the proposal was brought up at a committee meeting last Wednesday and is going to be studied in hopes it be adopted and in place by September.

Rose said the gesture may help aboriginal students gain a sense of pride in their heritage.

“I think it’s fantastic,” she said. “For some of our First Nations students they might not feel comfortable talking about their culture and they might not feel comfortable self-identifying … so I think this could really help with that.”

She said it would likely be a simple statement that could be understood by children of all ages and would be read along with housekeeping announcements and the singing of the national anthem at each school.

Rose said the idea came from a colleague, who saw that the Toronto District School Board had introduced a similar motion last year. The message, read every morning at that board’s roughly 585 schools, recognizes they sit on traditional First Nations territories.

Halifax board spokesman Doug Hadley said staff have been asked to bring back a report with more information on the proposal, adding that board meetings now start with a similar statement that reads, “We acknowledge that this meeting is being held on Mi’kmaq territory.”

Hadley said he believed the board unanimously approved the inclusion of that statement when it voted on it last year.

Rose said the effort to raise the profile of aboriginal history comes out of a report by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which spent six years examining the legacy of the government-funded, church-operated schools that operated from the 1870s to 1996.

But, she said the daily message isn’t enough.

She said the history of indigenous people has to become a more meaningful part of the education system and extend beyond Grade 6.

“My only concern is that there needs to be the education piece that goes along with it,” she said. “A couple of lines in the morning isn’t going to educate all of our students on this history of our First Nations people.”

Rose said staff are looking into the logistics of the daily message and will consult with Halifax’s Mi’kmaq Native Friendship Centre about how to word it.

INDEX: EDUCATION NATIONAL ATLANTIC POLITICS

 

Call for Applications for the 2017 NGO Stabilization Fund

YELLOWKNIFE (April 24, 2017) – Today, the Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA), Caroline Cochrane, announced the annual call for applications for the 2017 NGO Stabilization Fund.

The NGO Stabilization Fund provides special funding to help NGOs that deliver critical GNWT-funded programs or services to the public to stabilize or develop their capacity to manage programs and services.

Support can be granted for eligible one-time general management, governance, organizational development, and extraordinary general operations costs related to the delivery of critical GNWT funded programs or services. Collaborative projects that build the capacity of more than one NGO are encouraged.

For more information and to obtain an application form, please go to:

www.maca.gov.nt.ca

Phone (867) 767-9166 Ext. 21107
Fax (867) 920-6467
or e-mail ashley_gillis@gov.nt.ca

The 2017-2018 application deadline is Friday May 12, 2017.

For media inquiries, contact:

Jay Boast
Communications and Website Advisor
Municipal and Community Affairs
Government of the Northwest Territories
Phone: (867) 767-9162 ext. 21044

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GroundWire: April 24, 2017 – Media Co-op

Hands off Syria, Apprehension of Indigenous Children, CRTC hearing of Indigenous Radio Station Applicants

This episode of GroundWire was produced on Anishinabe territory in Thunder Bay, ON part of the Robinson Superior Treaty, home of the Fort William First Nation

Headlines

The Worsening fentanyl Crisis in Vancouver’s downtown Eastside | Omme-Salma Rahemtullah with files from Gunargie O’Sullivan, Community Access Television

The Walk for water begins on the shores of Lake Superior | Jayal Chung, CILU

Read More: http://www.mediacoop.ca/audio/groundwire-april-24-2017/36509

 

BreakOut West Announced the Nominees for the 2017 Western Canadian Music Awards and Industry Awards

April 24, 2017, Edmonton, AB: The Western Canadian Music Alliance is excited to reveal the nominees for the 2017 Western Canadian Music Awards and Industry Awards! Winners will be announced and honoured at the Western Canadian Music Awards Networking Reception, and Industry Awards Brunch; September 13-17, 2017. The countdown is on to the 15th annual BreakOut West, hosted in Edmonton AB with special thanks to the Government of Alberta and the City of Edmonton.

Delegate registration is open now and may be purchased through breakoutwest.ca.

The nominee announcement also signals the commencement of the member voting period, which is open until May 8th, 2017 at 11:59pm CT. Members of Music BC, Alberta Music, SaskMusic, Manitoba Music, MusicYukon, and MusicNWT are eligible to vote for nominees in all categories.

2017 Western Canadian Music Awards Nominees:

Blues Artist of the Year

Big Dave McLean (MB)

Harpdog Brown (BC)

James Buddy Rogers (BC)
Kenny ‘Blues Boss” Wayne (BC)

Ryan McNally (YT)

Steve Kozak Band (BC)

BreakOut Artist of the Year, presented by CKUA Radio Network

Andy Shauf (SK)

Begonia (MB)

Dan Davidson (AB)

The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer (BC)

William Prince (MB)

Children’s Artist of the Year

Ginalina (BC)

Madame Diva et Micah le Jeune Voyageur (MB)

Stella Swanson and the Rosie Joyfuls (BC)

The Oot n’ Oots (BC)

Will Stroet (BC)

Classical Artist/Ensemble of the Year, presented by Canadian Music Centre

Alan Rinehart (BC)

Daniel Janke (AB)

duo corvi (BC)

Standing Wave (BC)

Vancouver Intercultural Orchestra & Laudate Singers (BC)

Classical Composition of the Year

“Magnetic North” – Carmen Braden (NT)

“Pots ‘n Pans Falling” – Edward Top (BC)

“Immersion” – Jordan Nobles (BC)

“Raven Tales” – Marcus Goddard (BC)

“Choir Practice, A Comic Opera in One Act” – Stephen Chatman (BC)

Country Artist of the Year, presented by Dauphin’s Countryfest

Aaron Pritchett (BC)

Dan Davidson (AB)

Doc Walker (MB)

Madeline Merlo (BC)

The Washboard Union (BC)

Electronic/Dance Artist of the Year

DiRTY RADiO (BC)

Esette (AB)

I M U R (BC)

iskwé (BC)

Kytami (BC)

Francophone Artist of the Year

Alpha Toshineza (MB)

Ariane Mahrÿke Lemire (AB)

Kelly Bado (MB)

Ponteix (SK)

Shawn Jobin (SK)

Indigenous Artist of the Year, presented by Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN)

Blue Moon Marquee (AB)

Cindy Paul (AB)

Indian City (MB)

Jade Turner (MB)

Jay Gilday (AB)

Instrumental Artist of the Year

Adam Dobres (BC)

Five Alarm Funk (BC)

Fond of Tigers (AB)

Kent Sangster’s Obsessions Octet (AB)

The Fretless (BC)

Jazz Artist of the Year

Al Muirhead (AB)

Michael Kaeshammer (BC)

Quatuor André Lachance (BC)

Quinn Bachand’s Brishen (BC)

Steve Kirby’s Oceanic Jazz Orchestra (MB)

Metal/Hard Music Artist of the Year

All Else Fails (AB)

Black Thunder (SK)

Soul Mates (SK)

Striker (AB)

Untimely Demise (SK)

Pop Artist of the Year

Andy Shauf (SK)

Dear Rouge (BC)

Jocelyn Alice (AB)

Ruth B (AB)

The Zolas (BC)

Producer of the Year, presented by Nimbus School of Recording & Media

Andy Shauf – Andy Shauf ‘The Party’ (SK)

Clayton Bellamy – The Dungarees (AB)

Jesse Gander – The Pack AD ‘Positive Thinking’ (BC)

Jesse Zubot – Jesse Zubot/Fond of Tigers (BC)

Russell Broom – Rebecca Lappa/David Bradford/JP Maurice/The Static Shift (AB

Rap/Hip Hop Artist of the Year

3PEAT (MB)

Factor Chandelier (SK)

Merkules (BC)

Snak The Ripper (BC)

The Lytics (MB)

Recording of the Year

Andy Shauf – The Party (SK)

Big Little Lions – Just Keep Moving (BC)

Dear Rouge – Black to Gold (BC)

Scenic Route to Alaska – Long Walk Home (AB)

The Zolas – Swooner (BC)

Rock Artist of the Year, presented by Radio Starmaker Fund

Dan Mangan (BC)

Mobina Galore (MB)

Scenic Route to Alaska (AB)

The Matinée (AB)

The Pack AD (BC)

Roots Duo/Group of the Year

100 Mile House (AB)

Big Little Lions (BC)

Kacy & Clayton (SK)

Karrnnel Sawitsky & Daniel Koulack (SK/MB)

The Bills (BC)

Roots Solo Artist of the Year

Corb Lund (AB)

Jen Lane (SK)

Joe Nolan (AB)

Maria Dunn (AB)

Sarah Jane Scouten (BC)

Songwriter(s) of the Year, presented by The Society of Composers, Authors, and Music Publishers

Andy Shauf – “The Magician” (SK)

Corb Lund – “Washed-Up Rock Start Factory Blues” (AB)

Sam Tudor – “Joseph In The Bathroom” (BC)

The Zolas – “Swooner” (BC)

Alexa Dirks (Begonia) & Matt Schellenberg – “Juniper” (MB)

Spiritual Artist of the Year

Heritage Hill (BC)

Jaylene Johnson (MB)

Jon Bauer (AB)

Steve Bell (MB)

Warren Dean Flandez (BC)

Urban Artist of the Year

Damian La Grange (AB)

DANI (BC)

DGS Samurai Champs (SK)

Nuela Charles (AB)

Sophia Danai (BC)

Video Director of the Year

Alek Rzeszowski – Yes We Mystic “No Harm” (MB)

Anthony Creech – Andino Suns “Aire Libre” (SK)

Brandon Fletcher – Nuela Charles “Crumbling Down” (BC)

Dylan Roberts – King Dylan “Untouchable” (AB)

Zach Wilson – The Dead South “In Hell I’ll Be In Good Company” (SK)

Visual Media Composer of the Year, presented by Green Sky Labs Inc.

Factor Eight – “The Lion” (SK)

James Murdoch – “Fishcamp Soundtrack” (AB)

Jared Robinson – “Music is a Part of All Our Lives” (SK)

Matthew Schellenberg – “Lovesick” (MB)

Mitch Dorge – “The Advocate” (MB)

World Artist of the Year

Andino Suns (SK)

Casimiro Nhussi (MB)

Jocelyn Petit (BC)

Kelly Bado (MB)

Papa Mambo (MB)

2017 Western Canadian Music Awards Industry Nominees:

Audio Engineering Award
Russell Broom – JP Maurice, Amy Metcalfe, Chixdiggit (AB)

Ryan Worsley – Said The Whale, Courage My Love, Derrival (BC)

Sheldon Zaharko – Plans & Disguises, Head, Ajaye Jardine (BC)

Spencer Cheyne – Jocelyn Alice, Ruben Young, Hello Moth, Al Muirhead (AB)

Steve Bays – The Zolas, We Are The City, Leeroy Stagger, Hot Hot Heat (BC)

Community Excellence Award

Fire Aid Organizing Committee – Fort McMurray Benefit Concert (BC)

Sunshine House (MB)

The Dungarees (AB)

The Exchange (SK)

West End Cultural Centre (MB)

Winnipeg Folk Festival (MB)

Excellence in Visual Design

Adin Wridgway – tune silo records (BC)

Bronwin Parks – Feisty Creative (BC)

Jared Robinson – Nebulus Entertainment (SK)

Matt Schuurman (AB)

Renée Mak (BC)

Impact in Artist Development

BOP Management & Consulting (AB)

Paquin Artist Agency (MB)

Prairie Mix (MB)

Sakamoto Agency (AB)

Tonic Records (BC)

Impact in Live Music

Festival du Voyageur (MB)

Rawk Entertainment Group Inc. (SK)

West End Cultural Centre (MB)

UP & Downtown Music Festival (AB)

Winnipeg Folk Festival (MB)

Impact in Music Marketing

Eric Burke – Le 100 NONS (MB)

Kevin Mozdzen – The Park Theatre (MB)

Live Nation Canada (BC)

Pipe & Hat Music Group (MB)

Susan Busse – Susan Busse PR (SK)

2017 Heritage Award:

Ken Regan – CKUA Radio Network

After years spent reporting from the CKUA newsroom in the 80’s and 90’s, Ken took over as CEO shortly after the station went dark (and was resurrected) in 1997. His dedication and leadership helped bring CKUA back from the edge and shaped the station into what it is today. Ken worked to help secure the station’s future, including the move to the current HQ in Edmonton’s Alberta Hotel. As soon as that big move was done, Ken set his eyes on Calgary. With the CEO of the National Music Centre, Ken shared a dream of creating a true home for music in Canada and to introduce its treasures to CKUA listeners. That led to 2016, when CKUA opened a new broadcast studio in Calgary – The Calgary Foundation CKUA Studio – at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre. More than just being the big boss, Ken has been an unfailingly friendly and warm presence for staff, volunteers and donors. He’s a big supporter of arts and culture in Alberta, serving on numerous boards and involved with organizations across the province.

2017 Kevin Walters Industry Builder Award:
Kirby (posthumously)

In 2014 Edmonton’s music scene lost one of its most passionate, generous and beloved champions, (Kathy) Kirby. Over the course of five decades, Kirby worked tirelessly as a venue booker, manager, publicist, writer, and live sound engineer. She was a priceless mentor to hundreds, if not thousands, of young musicians, writers, techs, and promoters, making them feel welcome and respected as she helped usher them into the music scene. The immense contribution Kirby made to the Canadian music scene will not be forgotten.

2017 Hall of Fame Inductee:

Paul Brandt

About BreakOut West:

BreakOut West is an annual gathering to celebrate, develop and support the best of western Canadian music, taking place this year in Edmonton, AB from September 13-17, 2017. Western Canadian artists are developing sustainable careers of national and international scope, and BreakOut West is an integral component of this development. Through the annual conference and festival, industry from around the world and western Canadian artists are given the opportunity to discover, educate, network and grow. The event consists of the BreakOut West Festival; showcasing the talent contained in the “left half” of Canada and delivering Western Canadian Music Awards to honoured nominees, and the Conference itself with educational panels, networking events, and so much more.

Check out: The 2016 Western Canadian Music Awards Winners

Use hashtag #BOW2017 when tweeting about BreakOut West and join in the conversation!

More exciting announcements are coming soon from BreakOut West, visit www.BreakOutWest.ca for the latest information.
Please contact Joelle May for all press requests, interviews, event accreditation and more information.

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No arrests following apparent double homicide in Whitehorse – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Apr 24, 2017 

WHITEHORSE – Two women have been identified as the victims of an apparent double homicide in Whitehorse.

Insp. Archie Thompson, the officer in charge of the Whitehorse RCMP detachment, says the bodies of the women were found last Wednesday as officers were called to a home in a subdivision just west of the downtown core.

An RCMP release says the victims are 51-year-old Wendy Carlick and 53-year-old Sarah Macintosh, both of Whitehorse.

No arrests have been made.

Thompson says there is no identified risk to the public.

Macintosh was a member of the Kwanlin Dun First Nation and the government of Kwanlin Dun is offering support to family members and the community. (CKRW)

INDEX: JUSTICE

 

Indigenous Circle of Empowerment wraps up successful year – UM Today

April 24, 2017 —

The Indigenous Circle of Empowerment (ICE) ended its 2016/17 year with two significant events.

In March, the Indigenous student leadership group met with Mayor Brian Bowman at Migizii Agamik – Bald Eagle Lodge to discuss potential collaboration opportunities and what it means to be a leader.

Then earlier this month, in recognition of their efforts throughout the year – which included a donation drive for Winnipeg’s homeless – U of M’s President David Barnard hosted a reception for ICE at his residence. The evening included music and a presentation of gifts to the ICE members.

Read More: http://news.umanitoba.ca/indigenous-circle-of-empowerment-wraps-up-successful-year/

CNSC Speaker Series welcomes Robert Watts

CNSC guest speakers

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) guest speakers (2017) | (2016) | (2015)

The CNSC hosts guest speakers on topics of interest to CNSC staff. These sessions take place on a regular basis throughout the year. The Guest Speaker Series is open to all CNSC staff and members of the public.

Members of the public are welcome to attend and are encouraged to RSVP 24 hours in advance.

Upcoming guest speakers

April 25, 2017

The CNSC Speaker Series is pleased to welcome Robert (Bob) Watts on Tuesday, April 25. Mr. Watts will be speaking at CNSC headquarters (280 Slater Street, Ottawa) in room 14-032, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Mr. Watts’ interactive session is titled “Complex or Complicated?: Social Licence in Shifting Sands”. The presentation explores themes such as social licence, Indigenous knowledge, well-being‎, partnership and Indigenous rights as they relate to siting a major project in the increasingly uncertain social landscape in Canada.

A graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and fellow at Harvard Law School, Robert Watts has been involved in Indigenous issues for more than 30 years. Currently, he is the Associate Vice-President of Aboriginal Relations at the Nuclear Waste Management Organization. In addition, he is adjunct professor and fellow at Queen’s University’s School of Policy Studies and is a member of the Leadership Council to McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development. Previously, he was Chief of Staff and Chief Executive Officer for the Assembly of First Nations and Interim Executive Director of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. A former public servant, he was an assistant deputy minister with the Government of Canada and senior executive with the Province of Ontario. He has taught, debated and lectured at a number of universities in Canada and the United States, as well at the Canada School of Public Service. Robert is of Mohawk and Ojibway ancestry and resides at the Six Nations Reserve.

The event will be held at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission headquarters at 280 Slater Street, Ottawa.

For further information or to RSVP, please contact Haajarah Ahmed.

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Giigewigamig Traditional Healing Centre Opens its Doors – Netnewsledger.com

23 April 2017

Pine Falls/Sagkeeng Traditional Territory – On May 8, marking eleven years since a vision of a healing centre was received through a First Nation ceremony, the grand opening for the new Giigewigamig Traditional Healing Centre will take place on site at the Pine Falls Health Complex.

Giigewigamig (pronounced Kee-gay-ga-mik) means “place of healing” in the Anishinabe (Ojibway) language. The centre, named a year ago by Black River First Nation Elder, Ernest McPherson, is intended to reflect the identity and healing traditions of the First Peoples of the area.

Four First Nation communities surrounding the Pine Falls Hospital (Sagkeeng, Black River, Hollow Water and Bloodvein) have united as the Giigewigamig First Nation Health Authority to manage the centre. Following protocols of the Anishinabe Nation, the chief and councils of each community have recognized the leadership of their Elders to oversee the centre, which received the go-ahead for construction after years of discussions with the communities, regional health authority and province.

Read More: http://www.netnewsledger.com/2017/04/23/giigewigamig-traditional-healing-centre-opens-doors/

First Nations students from remote B.C. community find voice through music – Global News

April 21, 2017

he First Nations youth from one of the most remote communities in B.C. are learning to express themselves through music as part of a collaboration initiative that brings a mobile recording studio and video production team into schools and youth centres in native communities across Canada.

Tsay Keh Dene is a small northern B.C. community of a few hundred people, over seven hours away from the nearest city centre, that has struggled with isolation, relocation and the impact of residential schools among other social issues.

Read More: http://globalnews.ca/news/3393038/first-nations-students-from-remote-b-c-community-find-voice-through-music/

Key nursing partnership launched to advance mobile health technologies in First Nations communities

Ottawa,  The Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association (CINA), the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), and Health First are proud to announce a formalized partnership to advance uptake of an innovative mobile health system for nurses working in Indigenous communities. CINA and CNA have embraced the potential of this technology, which was developed by Health First, to greatly empower nurses to deliver timely, person-centred, high-quality care. This formal partnership enables CINA, CNA and Health First to expand the awareness, reach and impact of this powerful platform.

CINA president Lea Bill said, “we are pleased to have entered into this formal partnership. It will help CINA serve our mission to support Indigenous nurses in making the greatest possible positive impact in the health of those living in Indigenous communities.”

The Health First app, which is freely available to nurses, offers a highly secure, cloud-based, user-friendly way to capture and share information. It will eventually replace the current paper-based systems that can slow and complicate information management. The first pilot tests of the app are underway with Big River First Nation nurses who work with clients living with hepatitis C. As the system is refined and customized, it will expand to support care for clients with other infectious and chronic diseases and will improve on-reserve information management for other health and social services. The new partnership will ensure that nurses, who are the experts on how technology can best support them to deliver care, will guide the refinement of the app.

“For nurses to deliver the highest quality care, they need access to a range of critical information and resources,” said CNA president Barb Shellian. “The Health First app is a vast improvement over the tools currently available to nurses working on reserve and we believe our partnership is key to advancing the scale and spread of this innovative technology to deliver the best care.”

John MacBeth, president and CEO of Health First, added, “over 90 per cent of all primary care is delivered by nurses. This is where the greatest impact on health can be achieved. We are proud of this partnership as it will bring our vision to life. Close collaboration are our core philosophies and we will persist until First Nations nursing solutions realize significant innovative service improvements.

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The Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association, a national, not-for-profit nursing organization, has the mission to improve the health of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples by supporting Indigenous nurses and by promoting the development and practice of Indigenous health nursing.

The Canadian Nurses Association is the national professional voice representing over 139,000 registered nurses and nurse practitioners in Canada. CNA advances the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada’s publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.

Health First Mobile Efficiency and Stability Systems Inc. is a not-for-profit company focused on empowering direct-care nurses and health-care professionals in rural and remote and First Nations communities with mobile solutions technologies to enhance the delivery of health care and education to patients.

For more information, please contact:
Kevin Ménard
Communications Advisor
Canadian Nurses Association
Tel.: 613-237-2159, ext. 543
E-mail: kmenard@cna-aiic.ca

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A dialogue on Indigenous law, song and opera – Queen’s University

April 24, 2017 —

Aboriginal Business Education Partners (ABEP) celebrated its largest-ever cohort of graduating students at a special dinner on Thursday, April 13, 2017.

Fourteen members of ABEP — a community for Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) business students at the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business — will join the convocation ranks on June 7 to receive their Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degrees.

Program Director Peter Pomart says the 2017 class is not only the ABEP’s largest to date, but also its most diverse.“Many of our students have received Manitoba Aboriginal Youth Achievement Awards for their academic, athletic, and personal achievements. Our graduates are mothers and fathers. They are entrepreneurs and community leaders. We are confident that they have a bright future and will make meaningful contributions to their respective fields.”

Read More: http://news.umanitoba.ca/abep-celebrates-biggest-year/

for the time being: 2017 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art opens at the Art Gallery of Alberta and Walter Phillips Gallery

May 27 – September 10, 2017 | Art Gallery of Alberta | youraga.ca | @youraga
June 24 – September 10, 2017 | Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity | banffcentre.ca | @banffcentre

BANFF, AB, April 24, 2017 — The Art Gallery of Alberta and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s Walter Phillips Gallery are pleased to present for the time being: 2017 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art. Spread over the two sites, it opens at the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton on May 27, 2017 and Walter Phillips Gallery in Banff on June 24, 2017, with public programming at both sites throughout the exhibition’s duration.

Curated by Peta Rake and Kristy Trinier, and jointly organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, the 2017 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art features new works by 24 Alberta artists.

Art Gallery of Alberta

  • Ashley Bedet
  • Devon Beggs
  • Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal
  • Roy Caussy
  • Mark Clintberg
  • Craig Fahner & Neal Moignard
  • Svea Ferguson
  • Megan Green
  • Tia Halliday
  • Kristopher Karklin
  • Kristopher Lindskoog
  • Jay Mosher
  • Marigold Santos
  • Nicole Kelly Westman

Walter Phillips Gallery

  • Andrew Buszchak
  • Roy Caussy
  • Mark Clintberg
  • Gerry Dotto
  • Svea Ferguson
  • Taryn Kneteman
  • Wil Murray
  • Justin Patterson & Stacey Watson
  • Paul Robert
  • Parker Thiessen
  • Justin Waddell

“Peta Rake and I travelled approximately 5000 km to meet with artists in studios across the province,” said Kristy Trinier. “Our research resulted in rich conversations from many accomplished artists. The exhibition presents a summary of these conversations, through selecting artists to represent a diverse selection representation of contemporary art practices in communities from Fort McMurray to Lethbridge.”

The cohort of 24 Alberta artists met at Banff Centre in the summer of 2016 for the Alberta Biennial Sessions to further develop their artworks and expand upon the exhibition themes together with the curators. Two international guest curators, Kendal Henry and Lorenzo Fusi, led an intensive series of workshops with the artists and facilitated an open conversation on the status of biennials and their impact regionally and internationally. This was the first time that artists had been brought together in such a way prior to the opening of the exhibition.

“The Alberta Biennial Sessions were generative for both the artists and curators because they were able to connect and share their practices in advance of the exhibition development. We prefaced ‘conversation’ as paramount in structuring the Biennial and emphasized the importance of thinking through our community collectively, hopefully creating a richer, more intertwined exhibition,” said Peta Rake.

for the time being: 2017 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art approaches the political implications of self-organization and wayfinding in new and unknown territories that may or may not be visible. Spread over two sites — the Art Gallery of Alberta and Walter Phillips Gallery — the Alberta Biennial investigates the distribution of wealth and labour through the provisional practices of 24 artists from across the province. In conversation with the artists, the curators acknowledged common threads that emerged relating to interstitiality and site — albeit physical or virtual — and a preoccupation with language and echoes that reflect the way in which artists see reverberations within larger discourses in their communities. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue featuring essays by the curators Peta Rake and Kristy Trinier and guest curator Lorenzo Fusi.

Since 1996, the Art Gallery of Alberta has presented the Alberta Biennial as a survey of contemporary art from across the province. Over its course, the exhibition has included new and exciting works by 222 Alberta-based contemporary artists, promoting them across the country and bringing national attention to Alberta’s art scene. In 2017, we celebrate the tenth Alberta Biennial.

for the time being: 2017 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art is jointly organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and presented by ATB Financial. The exhibition at the Art Gallery of Alberta is supported by Artist Patrons: Bruce and Carol Bentley, Marie Gordon, John and Maggie Mitchell, Sheila O’Brien, and Allan and Marianne Scott. The exhibition at Walter Phillips Gallery is supported by the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Outstanding Artist Program. We would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Canada Council for the Arts, Edmonton Arts Council, and the City of Edmonton.

For more information about the 2017 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, visit youraga.ca or banffcentre.ca

For more information, please contact:

Nikki van Dusen, MA
Head of Marketing and Communications
Art Gallery of Alberta
tel: +1 780. 422.6223 ext. 2466
cell: 780.993.6261
nikki.vandusen@youraga.ca

About Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity: Founded in 1933, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is a learning organization built upon an extraordinary legacy of excellence in artistic and creative development. What started as a single course in drama has grown to become the global organization leading in arts, culture, and creativity across dozens of disciplines. From our home in the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity aims to inspire everyone who attends our campus – artists, leaders, and thinkers – to unleash their creative potential and realize their unique contribution to society through cross-disciplinary learning opportunities, world-class performances, and public outreach. banffcentre.ca

About The Art Gallery of Alberta: Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta and the only museum in the province strictly devoted to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture. Serving both the city of Edmonton and the province of Alberta, the Gallery maintains a collection of nearly 6,000 objects. The AGA is focused on the development and presentation of original exhibitions of contemporary and historical art; on building national and international curatorial partnerships for the creation of new exhibition projects; and on the development and delivery of a program of touring exhibitions that disseminate contemporary and historical art within Alberta and across Canada. youraga.ca

The AGA is a not-for-profit organization that relies on the generous support of its Members, donors, sponsors and government. The Art Gallery of Alberta is grateful for the generous support of the many public and private donors and sponsors who have made the AGA’s New Vision possible, as well as the ongoing support of the City of Edmonton, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts and its Members.

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Aboriginal University Transition Program on the chopping block at SFU – iNews 880

April 24, 2017

“It’s the only program at SFU that has the capacity to support Indigenous students.”

An instructor at SFU’s Aboriginal University Transition Program is speaking out, after learning the university is cancelling the program almost immediately.

Natalie Knight says AUTP blends Indigenous ways of knowing with traditional academia, helping prepare students for university.

“If we want Indigenous people to go through university, we have to make adjustments to curriculum, and AUTP does that.”

Read More: http://www.inews880.com/syn/112/299765/aboriginal-university-transition-program-on-the-chopping-block-at-sfu

AFN Side Event: Implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – Opportunities in Canada

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Tree Canada marks national launch of #Canada150 celebrations at event in Regina, SK

April 23, 2017 (Regina, SK) — In honour of the 150th anniversary of Confederation, Tree Canada is pleased to announce the launch of its national #Canada150 celebrations with a free, family-friendly community event in Regina, SK.

The celebrations include 150 tree planting initiatives in communities in every province and territory across the country and are proudly coordinated by Tree Canada with the generous support of CN and the Government of Canada.

The launch event will take place in Regina’s Victoria Park on April 23 from 3 pm until 6:30 pm CST. It is open to the public and includes a free live musical performance from Milkman’s Sons, a powwow drum troupe, free BBQ, and other family-friendly entertainment.  The event will feature dignitaries including The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and MP for Regina-Wascana and Noel Starblanket of the Star Blanket Cree Nation.

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“All across the world, trees are a symbol of growth, strength, sustainability, hope, and peace,” said Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada. “Our #Canada150 tree-planting celebrations are a perfect way to commemorate Canada’s legacy in a positive, meaningful and lasting way, all while engaging people from coast to coast to coast.”

“We are proud to be part of a program that helps make communities across Canada better places to live, work and play,” said Luc Jobin, president and chief executive officer of CN. “In hundreds of Canadian communities, the railway has been a part of life for generations. We honour that history, and we proudly look toward our shared future with these Canada 150 celebrations.”

“The environment is one of the major themes at the heart of the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Confederation, which is why the Government of Canada is pleased to support Tree Canada. The Canada 150 project “Tree to Our Nature” will not only leave a lasting legacy for future generations, but also allow Canadians to get closer to nature and increase their environmental awareness. As Minister of Canadian Heritage, I would like to acknowledge everyone taking part in this inspiring and unifying project. I applaud your efforts to help build healthy, sustainable communities.”

– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

About Tree Canada:

Tree Canada is a non-profit charity dedicated to improving the lives of Canadians by planting and nurturing trees. Since 1992, we’ve planted more than 80 million trees, greened more than 580 schoolyards, helped restore places hit by natural disasters and brought together urban forestry experts greening cities all across Canada. Get involved or learn more about us at treecanada.ca.

About CN:

CN is a true backbone of the economy, transporting more than C$250 billion worth of goods annually for a wide range of business sectors, ranging from resource products to manufactured products to consumer goods, across a rail network spanning Canada and mid-America. CN – Canadian National Railway Company, along with its operating railway subsidiaries — serves the cities and ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the metropolitan areas of Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Chicago, Memphis, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information on CN, visit the company’s website at www.cn.ca.

More information:

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Contacts:

Paul Jorgenson
Manager of Communications and Marketing, Tree Canada
pjorgenson@treecanada.ca
819-208-8230 (cellular)

Lesley Sturla, High Road on behalf of Tree Canada
Lesley.sturla@highroad.com
613-688-1185 (main)
613-889-4440 (cell)

Steve Dominey, High Road on behalf of Tree Canada
Steve.Dominey@highroad.com
613-688-1188

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65,000 community volunteers get behind local activities for Canada’s 150th – Community Foundations of Canada

April 23, 2017

(OTTAWA, ON) – With Canada’s 150th upon us, tens of thousands of volunteers across the country are taking part in 2017 activities supported by communities participating in the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th.

The Fund has so far granted to over 1,150 projects in more than 350 communities throughout Canada. Nearly 65,000 volunteers are helping to bring these activities to life by contributing their time and resources, which recipient organizations implementing 2017 projects have valued at more than $2.8 million. As the Fund continues to grant to initiatives in all parts of Canada, these figures will grow even further.

One of the key pillars of the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th is to engage the broadest possible array of Canadians, including volunteers from all walks of life, with a particular focus on initiatives involving youth, Indigenous Peoples, official language minorities, and groups reflective Canada’s cultural diversity.

“Volunteers are at at the heart of strengthening civic engagement, fostering social inclusion and building resilient communities,” says Laurel Carlton, Director, Leadership Initiatives and Governance with Community Foundations of Canada. “The participation of volunteers in 2017 activities and projects supported by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th is a remarkable story. We’ve seen tens of thousands of volunteers from all corners of the country come together to contribute time and energy toward some inspiring initiatives for our sesquicentennial.”

Victoria Foundation, Central Okanagan Foundation, Edmonton Community Foundation, and Guelph Community Foundation are just a few of the philanthropic organizations supporting projects that specifically highlight volunteers, which include:

  • 150 Reasons: An initiative organized by the Greater Victoria Volunteer Society to support a series of pop-up projects designed and led by youth to mark Canada’s 150th. 150 Reasons will train 20 young people in volunteer leadership and project management, and then engage 240 locals in youth-led and youth-inspired projects. (Victoria, BC)
  • Canada 150 for 150 Volunteer Challenge: Taking up a national challenge from Volunteer Ottawa, the Kelowna Community Resources Society will encourage Central Okanagan residents to volunteer 150 hours during 2017. (Kelowna, BC)
  • 150 Edmonton Volunteer Voices: A 2017-inspired digital media campaign from the Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations to share 150 unique stories throughout the year that are reflective of the city’s diverse volunteer community. (Edmonton, AB)
  • Celebrating 150 Years of Volunteerism: A project from Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington to create a mural that celebrates Canada’s 150th and pays tribute to the country’s long-standing history of volunteerism with a focus on local volunteer efforts in Guelph. (Guelph, ON)

Registered Canadian charities, municipalities and other qualified donees are eligible to apply to the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th through the community foundation that serves their area.

To learn more about the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, including its funding priorities and which communities are currently accepting grant applications, visit www.communityfoundations.ca/cfc150.

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About Community Foundations of Canada

Community Foundations of Canada is the national network for Canada’s 191 community foundations. We are a philanthropic movement working across sectors to help Canadians invest in building strong and resilient communities.

About Community Fund for Canada’s 150th

The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th is a collaborative effort, seeded by the Government of Canada and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast, and delivered locally by Canada’s community foundations.

Community Fund for Canada’s 150th contact:

Laurel Carlton
Director, Leadership Initiatives and Governance
Community Foundations of Canada
P: (613) 915-1637
E: cfc150@communityfoundations.ca

Media contact:

David Venn
Director of Communications
Community Foundations of Canada
P: (613) 236-2664 ext. 302
E: dvenn@communityfoundations.ca

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ABEP celebrates biggest year – UM Today

April 24, 2017 —

Aboriginal Business Education Partners (ABEP) celebrated its largest-ever cohort of graduating students at a special dinner on Thursday, April 13, 2017.

Fourteen members of ABEP — a community for Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) business students at the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business — will join the convocation ranks on June 7 to receive their Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degrees.

Program Director Peter Pomart says the 2017 class is not only the ABEP’s largest to date, but also its most diverse.“Many of our students have received Manitoba Aboriginal Youth Achievement Awards for their academic, athletic, and personal achievements. Our graduates are mothers and fathers. They are entrepreneurs and community leaders. We are confident that they have a bright future and will make meaningful contributions to their respective fields.”

Read More: http://news.umanitoba.ca/abep-celebrates-biggest-year/

Province Announces New Appointments to Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba Board

April 24, 2017

A  new chair, vice-chair and new directors have been appointed to the board of the Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba, Justice Minister Heather Stefanson announced today.

“The board of the Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba plays an important role in our province providing responsible oversight and regulation of these important services,” said Stefanson.  “Once age eligible, participation in liquor and gaming services is a right for all Manitobans and our government depends on the guidance and direction of the board to ensure these services are delivered to Manitobans in a responsible and sustainable manner.  We look forward to the wealth of knowledge and experience that our incoming board members will contribute to the operation of the Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba.”

The Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba is mandated under the public interest to license liquor sales, service and manufacturing, and license gaming employees, products and operations.  The board is responsible for governance and strategic direction of liquor and gaming in Manitoba.

The newly appointed chair and vice-chair are Bonnie Mitchelson and Eric Luke.

Mitchelson was a long-serving member of Manitoba’s legislature, sitting as the MLA for River East for 30 years and serving separate periods of time as the provincial minister of lotteries; culture, heritage and citizenship; status of women; and family services.  She also has an extensive volunteer background with various community organizations.  Previous to her work in government, Mitchelson worked as an intensive care unit and post-operative recovery room nurse.

Luke is currently the president of E.R. Luke & Associates consultants. He was previously the executive vice-president of gaming operations for the Manitoba Lotteries Foundation and is a former RCMP staff sergeant.  His work in gaming consultation is extensive at both the provincial and federal levels with experience giving advice and direction to First Nations and also providing gaming and legislative assistance to provinces in the creation of Canada’s current gaming legislation.

The newly named directors are Sheila Atkinson, Catherine C. Cronin, Stéphane Dorge, William Duff, and Courtney Hirota.

Atkinson has extensive experience in board governance, formerly serving as chair of the Manitoba Liquor Licensing Board.  She is committed to volunteerism and has served her community through her role as chair of the YMCA board on women’s shelter.

Cronin has a wealth of financial expertise developed through her career as a chartered accountant and auditor.  She has demonstrated her commitment to volunteerism by supporting various sporting groups, community clubs and school boards.

Dorge has experience in corporate and commercial law working at the Competition Bureau of Canada and the Université de Saint-Boniface, where he has been the institution’s University Secretary since 2004.

Duff has extensive experience owning and managing licensed establishments and venues as the former owner of the Howland Hotel and general manager of the Royal Canadian Legion Charleswood Branch.

Hirota currently serves as director of strategic communications for Pulse Canada, where she is responsible for strategic planning, corporate communications, public and stakeholder relations, and team management.  Prior to working with Pulse Canada, she spent eight years with the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association.

The minister would like to thank the outgoing board members for their past service to the Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba and to the province of Manitoba.

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Halifax schools could acknowledge aboriginal territory in daily announcements – CTV

April 24, 2017

HALIFAX — The morning ritual for Halifax students may soon be expanded beyond the national anthem, to include a daily reminder that their school sits on traditional Mi’kmaq territory.

A member of the Halifax Regional School Board is proposing that an acknowledgment be read out as part of morning announcements.

Jessica Rose, the board’s Mi’kmaq representative, said Monday that the proposal was brought up at a committee meeting last Wednesday and is going to be studied in hopes it be adopted and in place by September.

Rose said the gesture may help aboriginal students gain a sense of pride in their heritage.

Read More: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/halifax-schools-could-acknowledge-aboriginal-territory-in-daily-announcements-1.3382181

Yukon close to expanding role of pharmacists, finally catching up to provinces – CBC

Apr 24, 2017

Under draft regulations, pharmacists could extend prescription refills, substitute generic drugs

It may soon be easier for Yukoners to get prescription drug refills, thanks to proposed regulations that would expand the role of pharmacists.

Yukon is seeking feedback on draft pharmacist legislation, which gives pharmacists the authority to carry out certain tasks previously reserved for doctors.

“We’re very pleased to see the regulations come out for public consultation, that’s great news,” said Josianne Gauthier, president of the Yukon Pharmacists Association.

She said the association has been working with the territory to renew the legislation for more than three years.

Read More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/yukon-pharmacists-regulations-1.4082058

Building future wealth for First Nations – Canadian Lawyer

April 24, 2017

Howard Morry has been associated with First Nations work since the 1980s in the early days of his career. Often, he was focused on economic development projects and occasionally observing the obstacles First Nations faced in trying to grow their economic base.

Over time, as a tax lawyer working with First Nations doing the first joint ventures and settlement trusts, he started to see the market growing, in part due to some Supreme Court Cases related to the duty to consult and impact benefit agreements. In these instances, First Nations were starting to be “dealt into” resource development in Canada.

In setting up economic development structures for First Nations both upstream and downstream, he saw how difficult it was for these communities to use the structures he helped them create for their own wealth-generating opportunities that would ideally allow them to improve their lives and move beyond just operating on the often insufficient funds they received from federal transfers. In many cases, there were institutional problems getting in the way.

Read More: http://www.canadianlawyermag.com/6414/Building-future-wealth-for-First-Nations.html

Assembly of First Nations National Chief to Participate in United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

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Assembly of First Nations National Chief to Participate in United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

April 24, 2017

(Ottawa, ON):  Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde will join the 16th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in New York, NY this week. He will be at UN headquarters Monday April 24 and Tuesday April 25 to mark the tenth anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and will speak about the steps needed to advance its implementation.

“The adoption of the UN Declaration is a milestone in the history of advancing the rights of Indigenous peoples in Canada and around the world,” said National Chief Bellegarde. “It took almost 10 years for Canada to express its unqualified support for the Declaration. Now that we have this commitment, we must work together effectively as partners to realize those rights. The work we are doing as Indigenous peoples with the Government of Canada to co-develop an Indigenous Languages Act is an example of how we can work together on essential, important work. This must be our approach to advance all our rights using the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as our framework for reconciliation.”

On Tuesday April 25, National Chief Bellegarde will deliver a statement at the UN General Assembly Hall on behalf of the Coalition on the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

On Tuesday afternoon from 1:15 – 2:45 PM, AFN is co-hosting a special side event on the Implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. For details on this special side event please visit the AFN website at www.afn.ca.

The UN Declaration sets out minimum standards for ensuring Indigenous peoples enjoy fundamental human rights, including the collective right to self-determination and rights to our lands, territories and resources.  The Declaration is an essential framework for reconciliation and renewing the nation-to-nation relationship as called for by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).  The Government of Canada gave its unqualified support to the UN Declaration on May 10th, 2016.

The 16th Session of the UNPFII’s special theme is “Tenth Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: measures taken to implement the Declaration”. For live video streaming of all open meetings visit http://webtv.un.org/

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

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For more information, please contact:

Alain Garon
Bilingual Communications Officer
Cell: 613-292-0857
agaron@afn.ca

Trending: For the week of April 24 – 30 – UM Today

April 24, 2017 — 

Welcome to ‘Trending’, where each week we share a few things to watch for on social media.

Here’s what we’re talking about this week:

  • Spring has hit campus in full force and we’re loving all the green finally popping up on #umanitoba! How about those beautiful evening skies in our shot of the week? Stunning.
  • Speaking of great shots…have you entered the UofM Student Instagram Photo Contest for April? There’s one week left to enter for your chance to win!
  • It’s National Volunteer Week from April 23rd to 29th. Watch for profiles of our campus community volunteers on social media this week and find out what’s happening nationally at #NVW2017.
  • On May 2nd, we celebrate the incredible achievements our alumni at the annual University of Manitoba Distinguished Alumni Awards. Find out who’s performing, learn more about the recipients and get event sneak peeks at #UMDAA2017 on Twitter and Instagram.

Read More: http://news.umanitoba.ca/trending-for-the-week-of-april-24-30/

IRC Provides Distribution Payments To Beneficiaries

April 21, 2017

The Board of Directors of Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) announces a distribution payment of $400.00 to all enrolled Inuvialuit beneficiaries over the age of 18.

In accordance with the IRC Distribution Policy, each enrolled Inuvialuit beneficiary will receive $400.00. A total of $1,814,400 will be paid to 4,536 beneficiaries over the age of 18 enrolled in the Inuvialuit Trust. Payments can be expected May 1 in the Inuvialuit communities; please contact your Community Corporations for the exact distribution date. For those living outside the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, the payments will be mailed May 1.

The distribution payments are based upon 15% of the Average Comprehensive Income for the preceding ten-year period as determined from IRC’s audited consolidated financial statements, prepared in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards.

IRC subsidiaries – Inuvialuit Development Corporation, Inuvialuit Investment Corporation, Inuvialuit Land Corporation and Inuvialuit Petroleum Corporation – are contributing to the distribution. The IRC Distribution Policy ensures that there is sufficient reinvestment of profits to guarantee the preservation and growth of the land claim capital for future generations of Inuvialuit. The establishment of the Inuvialuit Harvesters Assistance Program, the core funding of the Inuvialuit Education Foundation, Inuvialuit Charitable Foundation and community corporations have all been made possible through such reinvestments.

Download Press Release – IRC Provides Distribution Payments To Beneficiaries

For further information, contact:

Beneficiary and Enrolment:
Emily Arey
Tel: (867) 777-7000
Email: earey@inuvialuit.com

Address Changes:
Cheryl Day
Tel: (867) 777-7000
Email: cheryl.day@inuvialuit.com

Media Inquiries:
Taylor Giffin or Peggy Jay
Tel: (867) 777-7000
Email: pr@inuvialuit.com

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School board responds to compelling need for engagement – TimminsToday.com

Board of trustees, senior administrative staff, principals, teachers and support staff complete Indigenous Cultural Competency Training

Members of the board of trustees, senior administrative staff, principals, teachers and support staff from the Northeastern Catholic District School Board participated in an Indigenous Cultural Competency Training session on Apr. 19.

In alignment with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Calls to Action regarding education and training, the Government of Ontario has taken proactive measures to ensure that all Ontario Public Servants participate in mandatory Indigenous cultural competency education.

The strategy seeks to enhance understanding of Indigenous cultures and serves to inform policy and program decisions involving Indigenous communities.

Read More: https://www.timminstoday.com/local-news/reconcilliation-and-healing-594537

MNO Grand River Métis Council Governance and Finance Training

On March 25-26, 2017, The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Grand River Métis Council (GRMC) participated in a Governance and Finance Training session in Guelph. Training was facilitated by MNO Community Relations Coordinators Glen Lipinski and Beth Boros. The two-day training session focused on policies, procedures, aspects of budgeting and general reporting.

The MNO benefits immensely from the dedicated volunteers who are members of its chartered community councils. These hard-working individuals spend hundreds of hours building and strengthening their Métis communities.

Through funding provided by Ontario’s New Relationship Fund, the MNO has been able to develop and deliver a Governance and Finance Course that helps community councils perform their important work.

Since the MNO has offered this training, the following community councils have participated: the MNO Moon River, Sunset Country, Kenora, Northwest, Windsor, Clear Waters, High Land Waters, North Bay, Temiskaming, Northern Lights, Thunder Bay, Atikokan and Area, Niagara Region, Peterborough and District Wapiti, Grand River, Credit River, Toronto and York Region, Sudbury, Ottawa Region, North Channel and Georgian Bay Métis Councils.

The course is a two-day seminar held locally that explains the role of community councils as the MNO’s local governments, whose structure and purpose is coordinated through each council’s charter agreement with the MNO. The course covers everything from how to run effective meetings and engage citizens in council activities to budgeting and the various financial practices, regulations and legislation that community councils follow.

The MNO will be updating these training programs in the coming months based on feedback from community councils.

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Giving More People an Opportunity to Get Ahead and Stay Ahead

Ontario Basic Income Pilot to Launch in Thunder Bay, Hamilton and Lindsay

April 24, 2017

Ontario is launching a pilot project to assess whether a basic income can better support vulnerable workers, improve health and education outcomes for people on low incomes, and help ensure that everyone shares in Ontario’s economic growth.

Premier Kathleen Wynne announced details of the Ontario Basic Income Pilot (OBIP) project today at LiUNA Station in Hamilton. The three-year study will test how a basic income might expand opportunities and job prospects of those living on low incomes while providing greater security for them and their families.

Ontario’s economy is in a relatively strong position, however many people in the province are not feeling that growth in their everyday lives. People are struggling to keep up with the rising cost of living and facing “precarious employment” with little job security or benefits. This pilot will study whether a basic income can bridge that gap and give people the security and opportunity they need to achieve their potential.

Three regions will take part in the study. Pilots will start in late spring in Hamilton, including Brantford and Brant County; and in Thunder Bay and the surrounding area. The third pilot will start by this fall in Lindsay.

The Basic Income model Ontario has developed will ensure that eligible participants receive:

  • Up to $16,989 per year for a single person, less 50 per cent of any earned income
  • Up to $24,027 per year for a couple, less 50 per cent of any earned income
  • Up to an additional $6,000 per year for a person with a disability.

A basic income supports people to begin or continue working, or to further their education. Participants in the pilot will be able to increase their total income by combining a basic income with 50 cents from every dollar they earn at work.

Through this pilot, people who earn less than the basic income amount through employment will receive regular payments to help them better afford basic needs such as housing and food. The three test regions will host 4,000 participants eligible to receive a basic income payment, between the ages of 18 to 64. By late spring, people in these areas will begin receiving information about the pilot and how to participate. The province is partnering with these communities and other experts to make sure that the Ontario Basic Income Pilot is fair, effective, and scientifically valid.

Ontario is also in the early stages of planning a separate, parallel First Nations Basic Income Pilot, co-created and designed with First Nations partners.

Our approach to basic income is a simplified way to deliver income support that provides a floor under which nobody can fall, regardless of their circumstances. The design was based on advice received from Special Advisor on Basic Income, Hugh Segal, who delivered his report in November. It was also informed by the thousands of people and organizations we heard from during our province-wide consultations.

Ensuring everyone has the opportunity to reach their potential is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is one of a number of places, including Finland, Kenya and the Netherlands, that have launched or are considering a basic income program.
  • People eligible for the Ontario Basic Income Pilot will be randomly chosen to receive the basic income or to be part of a control group who don’t receive it.
  • People receiving support through Ontario Works who enter the pilot will continue to receive the Ontario Drug Benefit, and people on the Ontario Disability Support Program will continue to receive the Ontario Drug Benefit and dental benefits.
  • A single person earning $10,000 per year from a part-time job would receive an additional $11,989 in basic income ($16,989 less 50% of their earned income), for a total income of $21,989.
  • A third-party research consortium that will evaluate the study will be announced shortly. The province will form an advisory group with research and evaluation experts to ensure that the pilot is conducted with the utmost integrity, rigour and ethical standards.
Background Information

Additional Resources

Quotes

“Everyone should benefit from Ontario’s economic growth. A basic income will support people in our province who are reaching for a better life. It gives people the security of knowing they can cover their basic needs and the ability to earn more through work. I believe this pilot is one way that government can be a force for good, and I am excited that Ontario is a leader in piloting this approach to help more people in our province get ahead and stay ahead.”

Kathleen Wynne
Premier of Ontario

“The Ontario Basic Income Pilot will be testing a new approach to income support in a careful, step-by-step way to ensure we get it right. We are starting small, and using the lessons learned as we build the pilot out in further phases. Our goal is to better understand whether this approach could help people living on low incomes in their everyday lives.”

Dr. Helena Jaczek
Minister of Community and Social Services

“Every person struggling in poverty is a person denied the ability to reach for a better life. The Basic Income Pilot will help us test ways to make everyday life easier for Ontarians by removing barriers that still stand in the way of improved health, employment and housing for too many among us. Testing a Basic Income is just one way we’re working to ensure that every family has the dignity and security of a life free from poverty.”

Chris Ballard
Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy

NT5

BC NDP, BC Greens & BC Liberals respond to First Nations Leadership Council BC Election Questionnaire

The First Nations Leadership Council is committed to changing the course of First Nation-Crown relations in BC in a way that empowers First Nations and results in real, concrete change to our children, families, and communities. The FNLC has identified the upcoming provincial election as a critical turning point in which First Nation voters have the potential to significantly shift not only the focus of the election but the outcome as well.

To assist you and your community’s participation in this year’s provincial election, the FNLC has compiled the attached 2017 Provincial Election Package.

The FNLC’s 2017 Election Package is being provided to all 203 First Nations in BC. Included in the package are:

  1. Questions posed to all provincial parties;
  2. Responses from the parties (BC NDP, BC Green Party and BC Liberal Party); and
  3. Basic voting information from Elections BC.

Please note that the FNLC encourages not only the further distribution of this information to your community members but encourages each community to pose questions to your respective riding candidates. Please feel free to use or adapt the attached letter if you wish to do your own correspondence on election issues of significance to your community.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Matthew Norris matthew@ubcic.bc.ca or Colin Braker cbraker@fns.bc.ca.

For further information about voting, contact Elections BC at:

http://elections.bc.ca/
Toll-Free: 1.800.661.8683
electionsbc@elections.bc.ca

Phone: 250.387.5305
Fax: 250.387.3578
Toll-Free Fax: 1.866.466.0665
TTY: 1.888.456.5448

Yours truly,

FIRST NATIONS LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

[Original signed]

On behalf of the FIRST NATIONS SUMMIT:

Grand Chief Edward John

Robert Phillips

Cheryl Casimer

On behalf of the UNION OF BC INDIAN CHIEFS:

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip

Chief Bob Chamberlin

Kukpi7 Judy Wilson

On behalf of the BC ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS:

A/Regional Chief Maureen Chapman

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Cannes competition all revved up over First Nation filmmaker and his ’67 Cutlass – APTN

April 21, 2017

A First Nations filmmaker in Vancouver is getting International attention – and approval.

Gordon Loverin’s script, “Restoration,” written around his 1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass, which happens to be his pride and joy, was selected as one of the top ten finalists in the prestigious Cannes short screenplay competition.

Read More: http://aptnnews.ca/2017/04/21/cannes-competition-all-revved-up-over-first-nation-filmmaker-and-his-67-cutlass/

RTDNA Canada announces Central region award winners

Toronto, ON – (April 22, 2017) – RTDNA Canada is pleased to recognize journalistic excellence with the winners of the Central Region RTDNA Awards of Excellence.

RTDNA Canada Awards honour the best journalists, programs, stations and news gathering organizations in radio, television and digital. “Congratulations to the winners for another year of breathtaking work which kept our judges busy in all our regions” said RTDNA Canada President Ian Koenigsfest. “On all platforms, the entries were of an exceptional caliber illustrating yet again that winning an RTDNA Award of Excellence is a true indicator of industry distinction. Everyone has risen to the challenge and produced memorable work, well done!”

2017 RTDNA Awards – CENTRAL Region Winners:

Digital

Adrienne Clarkson Award – Diversity

  • CBC Montreal: Real Talk on Race

Charlie Edwards Award – Spot News

  • CBC Toronto: Rob Ford’s Death Coverage

Data Storytelling Award

  • CTV News Ottawa: Fort McMurray Fire Spread Comparison Graphic

Digital Media Award (Large Market)

  • CBC Montreal: CBC Web: Engaging our Audience Digitally

Digital Media Award (Small/Medium Market)

  • CBC Thunder Bay: Deep Water

Ron Laidlaw Award – Continuing Coverage

  • CBC Hamilton: Tim Bosma Murder Trial Coverage

Sam Ross Award – Editorial / Commentary

  • CBC Montreal: Editorial Value: Politics, Sports and Indigenous Affairs

Gord Sinclair Award – Live Special Events

  • CBC Toronto Pride Facebook Live

Sports Feature Reporting Award (Large Market)

  • CBC Montreal: Montrealer’s Collection is a Snapshot of Baseball History

Multiplatform

Dan McArthur Award – In-Depth or Investigative

  • CBC Thunder Bay: Deep Water

Radio

Adrienne Clarkson Award – Diversity

  • CBC Quebec City: Facing justice: Canada’s Treatment of Indigenous Offenders

Byron MacGregor Award – Best Newscast (Medium Market)

  • CBC Windsor: Windsor Morning: Tornadoes Land

Byron MacGregor Award – Best Newscast (Large Market)

  • 1310NEWS: The 1310 Morning News

Charlie Edwards Award – Spot News

  • 680 NEWS: Stakeout, Shootout, and a Stabbing

Dave Rogers Award – Short Feature (Small/Medium Market)

  • CBC Thunder Bay: A Promise Kept

Dave Rogers Award – Short Feature (Large Market)

  • NEWSTALK1010: City Hall Lunacy: James Moore

Dave Rogers Award – Long Feature (Small/Medium Market)

  • CBC Quebec City: Unique Home Care Program for Mentally Ill Patients

Dave Rogers Award – Long Feature (Large Market)

  • CBC Montreal: Two Veterans, Decades Apart

Dick Smyth Award – Creative Use of Sound

  • CBC Toronto: Metro Morning: “Letters to Mohammed”

Gord Sinclair Award – Live Special Events

  • 570News Kitchener: Live Remembrance Day Broadcast

Peter Gzowski Award – Radio News Information Program

  • CBC Quebec City: Six Quebecers Killed in Burkina Faso Terrorist Attack

Ron Laidlaw Award – Continuing Coverage

  • CBC Sudbury: The Fight to Save Local Schools

Sam Ross Award – Editorial / Commentary

  • NEWSTALK1010: Pulse Nightclub Aftermath: Jim Richards

Sports Feature Reporting Award (Small/Medium Market)

  • CBC Thunder Bay: Drunkinental Cup

Sports Feature Reporting Award (Large Market)

  • CBC Montreal: Andie’s All Stars: Fiona Robinson

Television

Adrienne Clarkson Award – Diversity

  • City: Transgender Surgery

Bert Cannings Award – Best Newscast (Medium Market)

  • CTV Kitchener: Bosma Verdict

Bert Cannings Award – Best Newscast (Large Market)

  • CTV News Toronto: CTV News at Six

Charlie Edwards Award – Spot News

  • CTV News Ottawa: Sinkhole Swallows Rideau Street

Dave Rogers Award – Short Feature (Small/Medium Market)

  • CTV Kitchener: Calendar Girls

Dave Rogers Award – Short Feature (Large Market)

  • CTV News Ottawa: Making An Impression: 13-Year-Old Evan Sharma is Being Called “The Next Picasso”

Dave Rogers Award – Long Feature (Small/Medium Market)

  • CTV Windsor: Windsor Essex EMS Ride Along

Dave Rogers Award – Long Feature (Large Market)

  • Global News: Cold Case

Gord Sinclair Award – Live Special Events

  • CP24: Olympic Parade

Hugh Haugland Award – Creative Use of Video

  • CTV News Toronto: In an Officer’s Shoes

Ron Laidlaw Award – Continuing Coverage

  • CBC Montreal: Controversial Dog Regulations Hit Montreal After Woman’s Death

Sam Ross Award – Editorial / Commentary

  • Global Toronto: God Has Left Twitter

Sports Feature Reporting Award (Small/Medium Market)

  • CTV Kitchener: On The Roster: Blind Curlers

Sports Feature Reporting Award (Large Market)

  • CTV News Ottawa: Joe Sandulo in the Battle of his Life

Trina McQueen Award – Television News Information Program

  • Global Television: Focus Ontario: Budget Lock Up: Behind the Scenes

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Video: Why have a survey done on First Nations land?

Have a look!  Here is a great video on the many reasons for surveys on First Nations land, by Canada Land Surveyors.

Please take a moment to watch this informative video by clicking here!

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Yukon budget for dummies: Making sense of the numbers, ahead of budget day – CBC

Premier Sandy Silver will introduce his government’s first budget on Thursday

April 24, 2017

Yukon’s new government will table its long-awaited first budget this week, and the speculation is intense — it’ll be the territory’s first Liberal budget in 15 years, as the Yukon Party held office from 2002 to 2016.

There will be many questions in the legislature about government spending, both in question period and during budget debate.

So to help Yukoners cut through the rhetoric and sift through the numbers headed their way, here’s a “look at the books” — a kind of Yukon budget primer.

CBC enlisted the help and expertise of the government’s Management Board Secretariat to make sense of the numbers.

First of all: terminology.

Read More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/yukon-budget-primer-2017-1.4080929

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