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Rabies control measures in western New Brunswick

19 July 2019

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government will continue its rabies prevention and control measures in western New Brunswick this summer.

“We continue to work to prevent and control the spread of rabies in our province,” said Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Ross Wetmore. “While the effort we have made in recent years has been successful, we must remain vigilant to help prevent the spread of this life-threatening disease.”

Oral rabies vaccine bait for raccoons, skunks and foxes will be distributed by hand in St. Stephen, Saint Andrews, St. George, Blacks Harbour, Campobello Island, McAdam, Woodstock and Centreville from July 19 to Aug. 9. There is no effective vaccine available for rabies prevention and control in bats.

“Oral vaccination is the most efficient and cost-effective prevention method for controlling rabies in wildlife and preventing its spread to humans and domestic animals,” said Wetmore.

Oral rabies vaccine baits were distributed on Woodstock First Nation lands each year from 2016 through 2018, and will take place again this summer.

An aerial campaign will take place Aug. 11-17.

Wetmore said efforts to control rabies in wildlife have been working since no cases of raccoon-variant rabies have been detected in New Brunswick since late July of 2017, however rabies continues to occur close to the border with Maine.

The distribution of vaccine bait near Fredericton and Saint John was previously done as a precautionary measure in case a raccoon with rabies were inadvertently transported beyond the control zone. Vaccine baits will not be distributed in these locations this year since the risk of raccoon-variant rabies occurring there is low.

The vaccine poses little risk to humans or domestic animals.

People are urged to take steps to protect themselves, their families and their pets and livestock from rabies by keeping a safe distance from wildlife, refraining from relocating wildlife, ensuring the vaccinations of pets are up to date, and seeking medical attention promptly if they have been bitten or scratched by an animal that could potentially be rabid.

The public is urged to report animals with rabies-like clinical signs to Tele-Care 811.

More information on rabies, including a surveillance map of confirmed cases, is available online.

Media Contact(s)

Jean Bertin, communications, Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries, 506-444-5298.


Next phase of BC Hydro review to focus on climate goals, new opportunities

July 19, 2019

VICTORIA – To ensure BC Hydro is working for British Columbians, government is launching Phase 2 of the BC Hydro review, focusing on CleanBC electrification targets, new technologies, new roles for Indigenous Nations and examining future market opportunities.

Phase 2 of the BC Hydro review will leverage BC Hydro’s strengths and focus on:

  • BC Hydro’s role in supporting CleanBC and meeting British Columbia’s legislated 2030, 2040 and 2050 greenhouse gas reduction targets;
  • future opportunities or new roles for Indigenous Nations and for communities in the energy sector;
  • integrating new technologies and electricity market trends into BC Hydro’s structure, services and assets while keeping rates affordable; and
  • new opportunities for BC Hydro to expand its business in markets outside B.C. for the benefit of ratepayers.

The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources will work with energy industry experts with extensive experience in North American utility operation, regulation and electricity markets, BC Hydro and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy to produce an interim report before the end of this year.

Indigenous peoples and organizations, and stakeholders will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the interim report.

A final report with recommendations will be completed in early 2020.

CleanBC is a pathway to a more prosperous, balanced and sustainable future. CleanBC was developed in collaboration with the BC Green Party caucus and supports the commitment in the Confidence and Supply Agreement to implement climate action to meet B.C.’s emission targets.

Quick Facts:

  • About 98% of BC Hydro’s electricity generation comes from clean and renewable resources.
  • In December 2018, government released its CleanBC plan.
    • To achieve greenhouse gas reduction targets, the plan calls for increasing the use of B.C.’s renewable hydroelectricity and shifting away from a reliance on fossil fuels for transportation, industry and buildings.
  • In February 2019, government announced the results of Phase 1 of the BC Hydro review, including:
    • a new rate forecast that, subject to final approval from the B.C. Utilities Commission (BCUC), will limit bill increases to 1.8% in 2019 and 0.7% in 2020, and keep cumulative increases 20% below the forecast rate of B.C. inflation for the next five years; and
    • regulatory and legislative changes to enhance the BCUC’s power to make decisions on rate increases, deferral accounts and capital projects, as well as other decisions that affect British Columbians.
  • Phase 2 of the BC Hydro review will support BC Hydro’s development of its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to be filed with the BCUC in early 2021. The IRP outlines how BC Hydro plans to safely provide reliable, affordable, clean electricity to meet customers’ needs now and into the future.

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Kent Karemaker
Media Relations
Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
250 952-0628

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65 New Correctional Officers Graduate

Frontline Workers will Increase Public Safety in Their Communities

July 19, 2019

HAMILTON – Ontario is making the province’s adult correctional system safer by hiring 65 new correctional officer graduates.

“Correctional officers are essential partners in Ontario’s justice system,” said Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General. “They provide a vital service that directly impacts community safety across the province. I would like to congratulate every graduate for their hard work and commitment.”

Graduates have successfully completed the Correctional Officer Training and Assessment (COTA) program – a comprehensive eight-week course that includes mental health training, Indigenous cultural training, inmate management techniques and ongoing training and job coaching following deployment.

“Correctional officers across the province provide services that uphold our justice system, and I am very proud to see 65 new correctional officer graduates from COTA to serve across the province,” said Belinda Karahalios, Parliamentary Assistant to the Solicitor General. “I would like to express my gratitude for the hard work these officers have put in and thank them for their service to the people of Ontario.”

The officers will be assigned across Ontario to 11 different institutions. Of the 65 new correctional officers, three will go to institutions in the Northern region, 13 will go to the Western region, six to the Eastern region and 43 to the Central region. The new officers are assigned to facilities near their home regions to offer a local perspective on the unique challenges of each facility.

“We will continue to work directly with all of our frontline staff to ensure they have the resources needed to keep themselves safe, while supporting the rehabilitation of those in our correctional system,” said Jones.

Recent government action to support correctional officers in the North includes:

Media Contacts

Marion Isabeau-Ringuette
Office of the Solicitor General

Andrew Morrison
Communications Branch


Canada’s Ministers of Agriculture meet to drive a strong and innovative agriculture and agri-food sector

From: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

July 19, 2019 – Quebec City, Quebec

The Federal, Provincial, and Territorial (FPT) Ministers of Agriculture concluded their two-day annual meeting in Quebec City today, co-chaired by Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and André Lamontagne, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food for Quebec. The Ministers reiterated their commitment to help Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector seize new opportunities, and tackle important challenges to ensure businesses prosper and create economic growth.

Given the critical importance of exports to Canadian farmers and processors, the Ministers were unanimous in their support of international trade that is based on trade rules and science. Ministers agreed to continue to work together to take advantage of new trade agreements with key markets. Ministers discussed the current trade challenges facing industry, particularly the canola, pork and beef sectors, as well as durum wheat, pulses and soy, and recognized the need for urgent resolution and to work with the sector to support industry’s sustainability, profitability and growth.

In support of Canada’s supply management system, Ministers reiterated the importance of providing compensation to the supply-managed sectors in a full and fair way in response to the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). The federal government is taking the appropriate steps to announce details as soon as possible, to ensure that these industries are well positioned to thrive.

The Ministers acknowledged that the growing shortage of labour makes it difficult for agricultural businesses to operate and expand, despite their recruitment activities. The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) is a tool used by industry to access much needed labour resources. The Ministers reviewed sector concerns with the program and discussed the progress made. The Ministers emphasized the importance of finding solutions to immediate challenges agriculture and agri-food employers are encountering when recruiting workers through the TFWP, including challenges associated with administrative burden and processing delays. They look forward to continued engagement with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on short-term administrative changes to be implemented in a timely fashion. Provinces and territories affirmed the urgency of obtaining short-term administrative changes, acknowledging that labour is a multi-dimensional issue requiring action at all levels of government.

The Ministers underlined that business risk management programs are essential in helping farmers address risks, such as natural disasters, weather events, severe loss or market volatility, acknowledging program challenges raised by industry. The Ministers discussed adjustments that could improve existing programs to address the needs of producers and complement private sector tools. The Ministers directed officials to return with a set of proposed improvements to AgriStability for the Ministers’ consideration before year end. The Ministers committed to working with the industry to promote a modern and competitive sector. The collaboration depends heavily on the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, which is now in its second year and represents a five-year $3 billion investment by the governments to strengthen and grow Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector. In 2018-2019, governments invested close to $346 million in FPT cost-shared programming and $79 million in federal programs to benefit the sector. The Ministers noted the significant progress made to date under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership and will begin work on the next policy framework.

The Ministers highlighted their commitment to building a diverse agriculture sector by encouraging the full participation of youth, women and Indigenous Peoples. The Ministers welcomed a panel of young farmers, who shared their views on a range of topics from technology, to business management, to mental health.

The Ministers agreed to continue collaborating with industry representatives on a pan-Canadian action plan and implementing the plan to help proactively mitigate the potential impacts of African swine fever (ASF). Continued efforts in preparedness planning, biosecurity for small-scale farms and the strategic management of wild pigs were part of the discussion. The Ministers heard an update on the Animal Health Canada initiative and agreed to continue this work.

The Ministers also recognized the need to reduce regulatory red tape, and to put in place effective and responsive regulations that support innovation, growth and competitiveness, and protect health and environment. They endorsed a set of regulatory guiding principles, and committed to continuing their focus on traceability and surveillance activities.

The Ministers agreed to build on the progress made at the meeting over the upcoming year. The next annual meeting of FPT Ministers is in Guelph, Ontario, in July 2020.


“The future is full of promise for Canada’s agriculture and agri-food industry. We have the competitive advantages to sustainably supply the Canadian market and the world’s growing population with our high-quality products. A strong federal-provincial-territorial partnership will help ensure Canadian farmers and food processors are well positioned to meet the important challenges and pursue opportunities for continued success at home and abroad.”

– The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

“The agri-food sector is booming, and we are responsible for ensuring that our farmers and food processors benefit from all of the opportunities it offers. This meeting gave me the opportunity to see that a number of other provinces are facing the same issues we are, to varying degrees. It was agreed that it is important to urgently restore access to all our pork and beef export markets and to work together to ensure the growth and prosperity of the sector. I also reiterated the importance of fully compensating supply-managed producers who made sacrifices leading to the signing of various trade agreements. Finally, the provinces and territories agreed that the federal government must urgently make the administrative changes requested in order to respond to the labour issues being faced by our businesses.”

– André Lamontagne, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food for Quebec.

Quick facts

  • Canada’s agriculture and agri-food industry is a key driver of economic growth. The agriculture and agri-food system contributes over $142 billion to Canada’s GDP annually and employed 2.3 million people in Canada in 2018. Consumers worldwide recognize Canada as a trusted and reliable supplier of safe, high-quality foods and products.
  • In February 2017, the Advisory Council on Economic Growth identified Canada’s agri-food sector as having great potential for the economic growth of our country.
  • Under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership’s AgriScience Program, 17 clusters were announced, including, for example, the Canadian Agricultural Automation Cluster, the Bioproducts Agri-Science Sector, and the Beef and Forage Science Cluster. Provinces and Territories have complementary science and innovation efforts across Canada.
  • Farm operators under 35 years of age accounted for an increasing share of total operators and their absolute numbers also rose—from 24,120 in 2011 to 24,850 in 2016. This was the first absolute increase in this category of operators since 1991. (2016 Census of Agriculture, Statistics Canada)

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Justine Lesage
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
Mobile: 613-404-1168

Media Relations
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Ottawa, Ontario

Laurence Voyzelle
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food for Quebec.


Bison ground meat food recalls due to possible E-coli contamination

19 July 2019

The Department of Health is warning Nunavummiut about a food recall issued by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) due to possible E. coli contamination in food products from Northfolk Bison Distributions Inc. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the location where they were purchased.

Food contaminated with E. coli O121 and O103 may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, mild to severe abdominal cramps and watery to bloody diarrhea. If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, contact your local health centre.

The following is a list of Northfork Bison Distributions Inc. Bison – ground meat products that have been recalled:

Brand Name Common Name Size UPC Code(s) on Product
Natural Frontier Foods Bison – ground meat 280 g 6 76842 00147 7 EXP 190311
EXP 190314
EXP 190315 EXP 190316 EXP 190317 EXP 190318
Sensations Extra Lean Ground Bison 280 g 6 23682 11159 0 EXP 190311
EXP 190314
EXP 190315 EXP 190316 EXP 190317 EXP 190318
La Terre des Bisons Bison ground (lean) 1.5 lb 6 23682 11159 0 Packed on 19-02-22 Packed on 19-02-25 Packed on 19-02-26 Packed on 19-02-27 Packed on 19-02-28 Packed on 19-03-01
Northfork Canadian Bison Ranch Bison ground regular 1.25kg 86768420002577 Packed on 19-02-22 Packed on 19-02-25 Packed on 19-02-26 Packed on 19-02-27 Packed on 19-02-28 Packed on 19-03-01
Northfork Canadian Bison Ranch Bison ground 10 lbs regular 4.54kg 96768420111061 Packed on 19-02-22
Packed on 19-02-25
Packed on 19-02-26
Packed on 19-02-27
Packed on 19-02-28
Packed on 19-03-01
Northfork Canadian Bison Ranch Bison Ground 1 lb regular 0.45 kg/ 1 lb 96768420111054 Packed on 19-02-22 Packed on 19-02-25 Packed on 19-02-26 Packed on 19-02-27 Packed on 19-02-28 Packed on 19-03-01
Northfork Canadian Bison Ranch Bison Burger 20 x 8oz 2 Ib 96768420111092 Packed on 19-02-22 Packed on 19-02-25 Packed on 19-02-26 Packed on 19-02-27 Packed on 19-02-28 Packed on 19-03-01
Northfork Canadian Bison Ranch Bison Burger 4oz x 4 1 Ib 96768420111184 Packed on 19-02-22
Packed on 19-02-25
Packed on 19-02-26
Packed on 19-02-27
Packed on 19-02-28
Packed on 19-03-01

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Wende Halonen
Senior Communications Officer
Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs
(867) 975-6048


Little Red River Cree Nation benefits from several infrastructure improvements

From: Indigenous Services Canada

July 19, 2019 — Little Red River Cree Nation, Treaty 8 Territory, Alberta — Indigenous Services Canada

The Government of Canada is committed to working with First Nations communities to invest in building and upgrading on-reserve infrastructure that supports the well-being of their residents.

Today, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Indigenous Services, recognized Little Red River Cree Nation and Chief Conroy Sewepagaham for the completion of several significant infrastructure projects.

More than 30 infrastructure-related projects are currently underway or completed in this Alberta community of more than 4,600 people. Some of the completed infrastructure projects are:

  • The Fox Lake access road – a multi-phased, all-weather road project that improves accessibility and travel in Northern Alberta.
  • The John D’Or Prairie Primary Care Centre. The community health centre replaces an existing facility and will offer public health and community-based programs to local residents. The centre will also provide residents with round-the-clock access to urgent response, emergency and primary care support, and is equipped with telemedicine and video conferencing to reduce barriers to accessing health services. The building also features community support services that include pre-natal, youth and life-skills programming, as well as programs for community elders and other community services.
  • Renovations and improvements to three schools in the communities of John D’Or Prairie, Fox Lake and Garden River. These upgrades and expansions will serve hundreds of students now and into the future.
  • Improved water and wastewater infrastructure will ensure safe and clean drinking water for community residents.
  • 16 new homes constructed or procured.
  • An early learning and childcare facility will serve the community’s parents and caregivers.

The Government of Canada invested approximately $100 million to support the completion of these projects.


“Today we are celebrating the end of important projects and the progress of others as a true testament of what the Government of Canada and First Nations can accomplish together. I congratulate Chief Sewepagaham, the Council and the people of Little Red River Cree Nation on their dedication to improving infrastructure in their community.”

The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Indigenous Services

“The projects that are being done for our communities will not only help us catch up in some regions of our infrastructure; but thanks to the forward-thinking of this Government and knowing that part of reconciliation in a broader sense, involves modernizing our communities so our children’s children will have a better tomorrow.”

Conroy Sewepagaham
Chief, Little Red River Cree Nation

Quick facts

  • Little Red River Cree Nation is located approximately 750 km north of Edmonton and is made up of three communities: John D’Or Prairie, Fox Lake and Garden River. The community has a population of more than 4,600 people that live on the reserve.
  • In 2018, Little Red River Cree Nation issued two Band Council Resolutions (BCRs) stating their desire to transfer health programs and services currently delivered by the government to their control. Indigenous Services Canada is working with Little Red River Cree Nation and shares the Nation’s vision of self-determination and community sovereignty through the transfer of community health services.
  • In addition to the infrastructure projects, Little Red River Cree Nation also received funding support for the construction of a communication tower and fiber networks that will improve wireless communications across the three communities. Arrow Technology Group is leading the project for the Nation, which they have named “Connect to Innovate” (CTI). Arrow Technology Group is half owned by Technical Services Advisory Group (TSAG), a First Nations organization which is supported by Indigenous Services Canada.

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For more information, media may contact:

Kevin Deagle
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan
Minister of Indigenous Services

Media Relations
Indigenous Services Canada


A New Agenda for Indigenous Economic Empowerment: MLI study by John Paul and Ken Coates

OTTAWA, ON (July 18, 2019): With a federal election approaching, politicians and policy-makers must re-evaluate Indigenous policy. Financial transfers and program spending are not helping First Nation communities get ahead. The status quo of Indigenous living standards and quality of life is not acceptable to Indigenous peoples or to Canadians as a whole. Clearly, a new fiscal and governing approach is needed.

In the latest edition in MLI’s “A Mandate for Canada” series, Munk Senior Fellow Ken Coates and John Paul, Executive Director of the Atlantic Policy Congress (APC), make a persuasive case for re-setting the First Nation-government relationship.

The paper, titled Moving from Toxic Dependency: A New Agenda for Indigenous Economic Empowerment, explores how the postwar expansion of the welfare state led to an exponential increase in program spending on Indigenous peoples, but resulted in little obvious improvement in living standards. In fact, even with increased funding, First Nations communities have seen an increase in many social problems and pathologies.

“The soul-destroying, dependency-creating reliance on the federal government has not been a foundation for Indigenous revitalization and socio-economic development,” write the authors. “The evidence from the past 50 years suggests that government spending does not produce the desired results.”

Paul and Coates do not suggest that increased government spending caused the societal difficulties. Rather, they point out that increased government spending has failed to adequately address the fundamental challenges facing Indigenous peoples and communities.

The result was to create toxic levels of dependency. This occurred at the personal level, with individual Indigenous peoples and families relying on government transfer payments across generations. Indigenous governments also became locked into a perpetual cycle of applications, reviews, and reporting with Ottawa. Indigenous governments also lacked the own-source revenues needed to establish and maintain real autonomy from the federal government.

“Make no mistake: money is required. It will take more money, even much more money, to address generations-long problems and challenges. It is not the funding per se that is the problem, but rather the way the money is delivered to Indigenous communities and governments,” write Paul and Coates.

The authors make the case for a healthy autonomy for First Nation governments, drawing upon the well-documented insight that increased sovereignty is the way forward for addressing First Nation problems. Key elements of a new approach could include:

  • Expanding the co-production of government policy at all levels, including close consultations with affected Indigenous communities and organizations.
  • Establishing shared financial priority setting between governments and Indigenous communities.
  • Prioritizing a rough equivalence in government-funded infrastructure and public services during budget development. This includes rough equivalence between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
  • Accelerating the negotiation of appropriately funded and need-based self-government agreements, as and when Indigenous communities are ready for such a transition, subsequent to renegotiation and amendment over time.
  • Providing greater government support for Indigenous governance structures.
  • Revising and reforming funding arrangements between Indigenous governments and Ottawa toward long-term block funding and away from program and project-based allocations.
  • Reviewing and revising the financial arrangements between the federal government and Indigenous partners with a view to transferring authority to Indigenous groups when they are willing to do so.
  • Working with regional Indigenous groups, organized geographically, culturally, or through existing organizations, like tribal councils where appropriate and where desired by the Indigenous communities.

The issues facing Indigenous communities in Canada vary and are complex. While these recommendations will not fix all of the issues present, Coates and Paul argue that this new agenda is necessary to set economic empowerment back on track.

To read the commentary in full, click here.

Ken Coates is MLI’s Munk Senior Fellow in Aboriginal and Northern Canadian Issues. He is the Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation in the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan. John Paul is the Executive Director of the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

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Brett Byers-Lane
Communications and Digital Media Manager
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Métis Nation–Saskatchewan announces $89 million post-secondary fund

July 19, 2019

Batoche, Saskatchewan – Métis Nation–Saskatchewan (MN–S) President Glen McCallum and Minister of Education Dr. Earl Cook announced a new 10-year, $89 million post-secondary fund specifically for Métis students.

The new post-secondary fund provides direct financial support for Métis post-secondary students in the form of tuition, books and living allowance. In addition, the fund will support student services and increase education governance capacity at the post-secondary level. Student funding and services will be delivered primarily through Gabriel Dumont Institute (GDI) of Native Studies and Applied Research (GDI) an arm of MN-S.

“We know that there is a significant gap in post-secondary education attainment levels between Métis and non-Indigenous populations in Saskatchewan. We have heard from grandparents, parents, students and youth that this is a priority and we raised the issue with our federal government partner that included our solution and we have achieved that. This is an important moment for our Nation and its citizens and our collective future,” said President Glen McCallum, “As a government we remain committed to prioritizing the needs of Métis students. The funding announced today is key to building the diverse professional educational levels required by the citizens of the Métis Nation.”

“As the education arm of the MN–S, GDI is widely recognized for its capacity and its reputation for providing services to the Métis of Saskatchewan and creating awareness and sharing knowledge on Métis history, culture and education,” said Dr. Earl Cook, Education Minister and chair of Gabriel Dumont Institute Board. “There is so much research that correlates post-secondary education as a critical factor in closing the socio-economic gap between Métis and non-Indigenous populations.”

In the coming weeks GDI will launch an online portal for Métis post-secondary students to submit their applications for funding at

Media inquiries, please contact:

Richard Quintal

Chief Executive Officer

Métis Nation–Saskatchewan

(306) 227-3798


Inaugural Indigenous Aviation Camp to Take Flight at FNTI

July 19, 2019

(Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Ont.) — After training Indigenous pilots since 1990, the First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI) will be hosting its first annual Indigenous Youth Aviation Camp next week.

From July 21 – 28, twelve Indigenous youth from across Canada will converge at FNTI’s Tyendinaga Aerodrome to attend ground school, C-172 training flights, simulator sessions, cultural events and more. Youth will also have access to an on-site Elder, receive a swag bag and camp apparel and stay in residence.

“We are excited to be providing this new opportunity to our youth,” said Jo-Anne Tabobandung, dean of aviation. “Indigenous-owned airlines and industry partners are always looking for meaningful ways to encourage a career in piloting to the younger generation, which is considered to be key to the sustainability of many of our communities. We are thrilled to receive so much support from them to carry it out.”

Tabobandung goes on to say how impressive it is that 10 out of the 12 youth are female recruits. FNTI’s First Peoples’ Aviation Technology – Flight three-year advanced diploma program trains a high percentage of female learners – historically more than 35 percent — for careers in what is widely considered a male-dominant field.

According to the International Society of Women Airline Pilots, just over five per cent of airline pilots are female and industry moguls such as Boeing are predicting a massive global pilot shortage with as many as 617,000 new commercial airline pilots needed by 2035.

“These statistics are staggering. Indigenous Peoples and females are critical to building capacity, averting skills shortages and creating sustainability to the aviation sector,” said Tabobandung. “Moreover, pilot shortages are exacerbated in rural and remote communities. FNTI is a driver to overcome this challenge seeing as our graduates usually wish to return to their home communities.”

Student counsellors, Tabobandung and other FNTI employees will be meeting the youth at Toronto YYZ for pick up on July 21 to start off the week. Air travel has been made possible through the generous provisions made by Air Creebec, Missinipppi Airways, Air Borealis, PAL Airlines, West Jet, Air Canada, Jazz Aviation and the Air Transportation Association of Canada (ATAC).

While on-site media coverage will not be permitted due to safety regulations and youth duty of care considerations, one-on-one interviews with Tabobandung are available. FNTI will also provide related imagery upon request.

The First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI) is an Indigenous-owned and governed post-secondary institute founded in programming rooted in Indigegogy and Indigenous ways of knowing. FNTI is a registered charitable organization, accredited by the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC), and a member of Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan). FNTI has over 3,000 graduates with certificate, diploma and degree credentials issued in partnership with recognized Ontario colleges and universities and will begin the delivery standalone bachelor’s degrees in January 2020 in accordance with the Indigenous Institute Act, 2017.

For more information, please contact:

Jessica Charette

Director of Marketing, Recruitment and Community Partnerships


Provincial, federal governments and First Nations work together to address Big Bar rockslide

July 19, 2019

VICTORIA – Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, and B.C. Premier John Horgan have confirmed their joint determination to do everything possible to ensure Fraser River chinook, steelhead, coho and sockeye are able to navigate past the Big Bar slide to their spawning grounds.

The federal-provincial commitment came during a brief meeting in Victoria on July 18, 2019, at which Premier Horgan updated the Prime Minister on the collaboration to date to overcome the rockslide that threatens to block the river to millions of returning salmon.

“Although the challenges ahead are significant, I want to express my sincere thanks to all those working hard to protect the millions of salmon that will soon be arriving to their spawning grounds,” said Doug Donaldson, B.C.’s Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “Yesterday, Premier John Horgan discussed the severity of this issue directly with Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, and I’m proud to say that with support from First Nations, the team has developed a multi-pronged plan to address the changing river conditions and the risk to the salmon.”

Over the past weeks, experts from the three levels of government have worked to develop a series of parallel responses to the slide that will allow them to respond to the rapidly changing conditions on the river. Crews have been dropping some rock and scale into the area and will soon begin manipulating larger rocks to improve the passage of fish.

“Our government, alongside the Government of B.C. and First Nations communities, is working around the clock to ensure we do everything possible to see the fish pass safely in the Fraser River,” said Jonathan Wilkinson, federal Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. “DFO officials and members of the Canadian Coast Guard have been on the ground since day 1 and have been working with local partners to reach a solution. Collaborative efforts like this one, with all partners, including local First Nations, the Premier of B.C. and Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, are crucial and will give the best chance of survival to these stocks.”

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After more than 100 years, gov’t makes good on Treaty 8 promise to N.W.T. First Nation – CBC

K’atl’odeeche First Nation members received portion of $28.3M settlement earlier this week

Jul 19, 2019

Members of the K’atl’odeeche First Nation (KFN) near Hay River, N.W.T., finally saw the federal government make good on a promise more than 100 years old.

On Tuesday, K’atl’odeeche Chief April Martel handed out cheques to community members representing a portion of the $28.3-million ‘cows and plows’ settlement stemming from unfulfilled Treaty 8 promises.

Treaty 8 was ratified by both the First Nation and the federal government in 1900, and contained a promise of “cows and plows” to First Nations that wanted to take up farming.

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Forest fire near Keewaywin First Nation has stopped expanding: officials –

KEEWAYWIN FIRST NATION, Ont. – Officials say a large forest fire heading towards a northwestern Ontario First Nation community has stopped expanding.

The fire forced the evacuation of Keewaywin First Nation on July 7, sending 450 residents to Timmins and Sioux Lookout.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry says the fire is 965 square kilometres in size and heavy rainfall Thursday night helped slow its growth.

Fire information officer Chris Marchand says they are starting to take down hose lines where there is no fire activity.

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Media Advisory: Sacred Eagle Feather ceremony

23 July 2019

EDITOR’S NOTE: A ceremony and reception will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23, at Government House, 51 Woodstock Rd., Fredericton, to celebrate the partnership between First Nations and the provincial government to introduce the Eagle Feather into New Brunswick’s court system. Elders will be gifting sacred Eagle Feathers during a traditional ceremony. Premier Blaine Higgs, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Jake Stewart, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde and Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Roger Augustine will participate.

All news media are asked to register upon arrival and to follow First Nations protocol by refraining from taking photos or video during the opening and closing prayer or during the gifting ceremony. Elders have asked that any questions during the event be addressed to chiefs in attendance.

Media Contact(s)

Jennifer Vienneau, communications, Department of Aboriginal Affairs, 506-447-2908.


Fish farm on Cape Breton reserve pairs up with Cooke Aquaculture – CBC

Rod Googoo calls it ‘an incredible opportunity’ for Cooke to market product produced by Indigenous people

Jul 19, 2019

The We’koqma’q First Nation in Cape Breton is partnering with fish farming giant Cooke Aquaculture to help with the sales and marketing of the reserve’s Bras d’Or Lakes steelhead trout.

Since 2011, a trout farm has been in operation at the reserve. Chief Rod Googoo said it has grown to have more than 50 people work at the fish farm, hatchery and processing plant. The operation has about 60 cages in the Bras d’Or Lakes.

“We started off small and we gradually built up steam and we got bigger and we got better at what we do, and we did it over a short period of time,” said Googoo, who estimates they will harvest between $10-$12 million of fish this year.

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GN improves surveillance standards for Nunavut’s drinking water – Nunatsiaq News

19 July, 2019

“We’re just trying to make sure that the drinking water meets national best practice … because Nunavut deserves that”

Nunavut has improved its drinking water surveillance systems, which could make an increase in turbidity announcements a sign of progress rather than a sign of declining water quality.

“We’ve adopted a more forward-thinking approach when we look at our facilities and their production of drinking water,” said Michele LeBlanc-Havard, an environmental health specialist with the Government of Nunavut.

Turbidity is a measurement of the cloudiness of water. This cloudiness comes from fine particles, like silt or bits of vegetation, suspended in the water.

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Iqaluit Parks Day celebrations postponed

19 July 2019

The activities scheduled to take place at the Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park to celebrate Parks Day on July 20, 2019 are postponed due to bad weather.

Parks Days is an annual celebration that takes place across Canada to promote healthy outdoor living.

For more information, please contact Caroline Ipeelie-Qiatsuk at 867-975-7784 or at and Leesee Papatsie at


Media Contact:

Karen Flaherty
Manager of Communications, Education and Outreach
Department of Environment


Tŝilhqot’in Nation hold ceremony to commemorate wrongful hanging of Chief ʔAhan

New Westminster, BC – Today, July 18, 2019, the City of New Westminster hosted the Tŝilhqot’in Nation who held a ceremony commemorating the wrongful trial and hanging of Chief ʔAhan. On this same day in 1865, Chief ʔAhan was the last of six Tŝilhqot’in War Chiefs that were hanged during the Chilcotin War of 1864/65. The ceremony began in prayer at the old court house on 668 Carnarvon Street, which is where Chief ʔAhan was executed. From there, those gathered visited the current court house on 651 Carnarvon Street and performed a smudging ceremony. Lastly, the gathering moved to New Westminster Secondary School where it is believe Chief ʔAhan could be buried. Guests received a tour around the school and library, followed by speeches and lunch.

The ceremony was held with the purpose to reflect on the Tŝilhqot’in history and honour the memory of Chief ʔAhan. The Tŝilhqot’in Nation appreciate the City of New Westminster hosting the ceremony in the spirit of working towards reconciliation.


Nits’ilʔin (Chief) Joe Alphonse, Tribal Chairman of the Tŝilhqot’in National Government:

“The Tŝilhqot’in are gathered here, on the 154th anniversary of Chief ʔAhan’s trial and hanging to honour his life and his legacy. The sacrifice of our six War Chiefs is something we as Tŝilhqot’in remember and carry with us in all that we do. Our War Chiefs are heroes to our people and Canada and BC have both acknowledged this and exonerated all six of them. We see support once again from Western Canada’s oldest city, the City of New Westminster, by its decision to remove the Judge Matthew Begbie Statue at the Court House and to graciously host this memorial in respect for and to honour our War Chief.”

Mayor Jonathan X. Coté, Mayor of New Westminster:

“The work with the Tŝilhqot’in Nation is an important component of the reconciliation work the City of New Westminster is currently undertaking. Hosting this commemoration is a significant step forward, and we hope to continue to develop this relationship and work to establish a formal sister city relationship between our two communities.”

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Media Contact:

Jacey Beck

Communications Manager

Tŝilhqot’in National Government

403-998-7581 or


Ashleigh Young

Communications Officer

City of New Westminster

604-527-4559 or


Create that spark’: Software testing program seeks to increase Indigenous people in IT sector – CBC

PLATO program in Regina sends students directly off to internships; many get jobs

Jul 19, 2019

Saskatchewan has a new six-month software testing program that aims to bring more Indigenous people into the IT industry.

There are 14 students enrolled in the Professional Aboriginal Testing Organization (PLATO) program in Regina. With classes five days a week for 15 weeks, they focus on testing application methodologies.

“At the end of it we think that as far as the testers go we’re on par with pretty much any program in Canada,” said PLATO managing director Denis Carignan.

The program is thanks to a partnership with the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council development corporation, FHQ Developments, which was propelled to bring the program to Saskatchewan to address the gap of Indigenous people in the IT sector.

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Centre for Indigenous HIV research awarded $4.8-million CIHR grant – Daily News McMaster

July 19, 2019

McMaster researcher Randy Jackson and his research partner Renee Masching, from the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN), have been awarded a $4.8-million CIHR grant for a massive, multidisciplinary, cross-Canadian project that will respond to the growing problem of sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs) among Indigenous populations.

The grant, which amounts to nearly $1 million a year for five years, supports the creation of the Feast Centre for Indigenous STBBI Research, which will be based at McMaster.

Jackson, an associate professor in the School of Social Work, will co-lead the project with Masching, who is director of research and policy at CAAN and the director of the Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Community-Based Research Collaborative Centre (AHA Centre).

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Media Advisory: First Nations Leaders and Delegates from Across the Country Gather for the AFN Annual General Assembly July 23-25, 2019 in Fredericton, NB

First Nations Leaders and Delegates from Across the Country Gather for the AFN Annual General Assembly July 23-25, 2019 in Fredericton, NB

July 19, 2019

(Ottawa, ON) – Hundreds of First Nations Chiefs, leaders, Elders and youth are set to gather July 23-25, 2019 for the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Annual General Assembly (AGA) taking place at the Fredericton Convention Center on unceded Wəlastəkewiyik (Maliseet) territory in Fredericton, New Brunswick.  Chiefs and delegates will gather under the theme “Celebrating our Successes and Giving Thanks” to assess progress, set priorities and strategic direction for the coming year.

AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde will deliver his Opening Address on the first day, July 23, at approximately 9:30 a.m. St. Mary’s First Nation Chief Alan Polchies and AFN Regional Chief Roger Augustine will also address the Assembly on opening day, as well as New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs, the provincial Minister of Indigenous Relations, Jake Stewart, the Mayor of Fredericton, Michael O’Brien, and the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett.

The AGA will feature discussion and decision-making on key priorities for First Nations. The AGA will include honouring ceremonies for Autumn Peltier, the former Chair of the AFN Women’s Council Denise Stonefish, First Nations veteran Phillip Favel and others.

Delegates will hear from federal representatives including Green Party leader Elizabeth May, NDP representative MP Guy Caron, Minister of Indigenous Services Seamus O’Regan and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, Gary Anandasangaree.

The provisional agenda and updates are available on the AFN website at

The AGA will be webcast on the AFN website at

Media accreditation is required and media are encouraged to register in advance through the contacts listed below.

The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing First Nation citizens in Canada.  Follow the #AFNSCA on Twitter @AFN_Updates.

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Contact information:

Monica Poirier
Bilingual Communications Officer
613-292-0857 (Cell)

Jenna Young Castro
Senior Communications Advisor
613-314-8157 (cell)


Statement from Minister Carolyn Bennett and Minister Seamus O’Regan: Celebrating Back To Batoche in Saskatchewan

From: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

BATOCHE, SASKATCHEWAN (July 19, 2019) — The Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, Carolyn Bennett, and the Minister of Indigenous Services, Seamus O’Regan issued the following joint statement today:

“Today we are excited to attend the Back To Batoche Festival, an annual celebration to recognize the contributions of the Métis Nation’s rich culture, traditions and heritage. May this be a memorable four days of festivities for the Métis Nation and all of the festival’s participants.

This event, held on the national historic site of The Battle of Batoche – a symbol of Métis resilience – provides an opportunity for the Métis to honour national heroes, including Louis Riel, Gabriel Dumont, Maxime Lépine and Moise Ouellette, who charted a way towards an even stronger and more vibrant Nation. This is also an opportunity to pay tribute to Métis veterans, who overcame incredible difficulties and hardships to enlist and serve. Finally, Back To Batoche allows us to highlight how far we’ve come since 1885.

For far too long, Métis were the forgotten people. Today, we wish to pay tribute to the Métis Nation and take this opportunity to highlight a number of historic milestones that were achieved in partnership with the Government of Canada to advance our renewed government-to-government relationship. This includes the signing of Métis Government Recognition and Self-Government Agreements with the Métis Nation of Alberta, the Métis Nation of Ontario and the Métis Nation Saskatchewan, the signing of the Canada–Mٞétis Nation Accord, the Métis Housing Sub-Accord and the Canada-Métis Nation Post-Secondary Education Sub-Accord with the Métis National Council.

Together with Métis Nation partners, we have worked long and hard to achieve these historic milestones that help amend past wrongs and advance the well-being of the Métis Nation, for the benefit of all Canadians.

Celebrations like the Back To Batoche Festival provide an opportunity for all Canadians to experience the diverse cultures and traditions of the Métis Nation and to recognize their contributions and distinct place in Canada. Let’s celebrate Métis history and culture, as we walk together on the path of reconciliation.”


For more information, media may contact:

Crown Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Matthew Dillon-Leitch
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

Media Relations
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Indigenous Services Canada

Kevin Deagle
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan
Minister of Indigenous Services

Media Relations
Indigenous Services Canada


Yamana Gold Announces Early Results of Cash Tender Offers for Certain of Its Outstanding Public Notes

TORONTO, July 19, 2019  — YAMANA GOLD INC. (TSX:YRI; NYSE:AUY) (“Yamana” or “the Company”) today announced the early results of its previously announced cash tender offer for its 4.95% Senior Notes due 2024 and 4.625% Senior Notes due 2027 (collectively, the “Public Notes”).  According to information received from D.F. King & Co., Inc., the Information Agent for the tender offer, as of 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on July 18, 2019, the following Public Notes have been tendered to the tender offer:

Title of Notes CUSIP Number Principal Amount
Priority Level
4.95% Senior Notes due 2024 98462YAB6
347,891,000 2
4.625% Senior Notes due 2027 98462YAD2 114,529,000 3

The tender offer is made pursuant to Yamana’s Offer to Purchase, dated July 5, 2019 (the “Offer to Purchase”), in which Yamana has also offered to purchase several series of its other Senior Notes, which are referred to in the Offer to Purchase as the Private Notes. As set out in the Offer to Purchase, if $415,000,000 aggregate principal amount or more of the Private Notes are tendered in the tender offer, Yamana will not accept any tenders of Public Notes for purchase. In addition, the principal amount of each series of Public Notes that is purchased in the tender offer will be determined in accordance with the acceptance priority level (in numerical priority order) specified above.

The $462,420,000 of Public Notes tendered under this Offer to Purchase is well in excess of the $415,000,000 available to the Public Note Holders. This well positions the Company toward achieving its goal of meaningfully retiring outstanding debt and thereby significantly improving its financial position in order to pursue organic growth and value creating opportunities.

For all details regarding the tender offer for the Public Notes and the Private Notes, investors should refer to the Offer to Purchase. Requests for documents and questions regarding the tendering of Public Notes may be directed to D.F. King & Co., Inc. either by email at, or by phone (212) 269-5550 (for banks and brokers only) or (866) 521-4487 (for all others toll free). Questions regarding the tendering of Private Notes may be directed to AST Trust Company (Canada) by phone (416) 682-3860 or 1-800-387-0825 (toll free). Yamana expressly reserves the right, in its sole discretion, subject to applicable law, to terminate or amend the tender offer for the Public Notes.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or purchase, or a solicitation of an offer to sell or purchase, or the solicitation of tenders with respect to, the Notes. No offer, solicitation, purchase or sale will be made in any jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful. The Tender Offers are being made solely pursuant to the Offer to Purchase and the related Letter of Transmittal made available to Holders of the Notes. Neither Yamana or any other person or entity referred to herein or in the Offer to Purchase is making any recommendation as to whether or not holders should tender or refrain from tendering all or any portion of their Public Notes or Private Notes. Holders are urged to evaluate carefully all information in the Offer to Purchase and the related Letter of Transmittal, consult their own investment and tax advisers and make their own decisions whether to tender Public Notes or Private Notes, and, if so, the principal amount thereof.

About Yamana

Yamana is a Canadian-based gold producer with significant gold production, gold development stage properties, exploration properties, and land positions throughout the Americas including Canada, Brazil, Chile and Argentina. Yamana plans to continue to build on this base through existing operating mine expansions, throughput increases and optimization initiatives, development of new mines, the advancement of its exploration properties and, at times, by targeting other gold consolidation opportunities with a primary focus in the Americas.


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Tervita Corporation Announces Timing of Second Quarter 2019 Results and Conference Call Details

CALGARY, ALBERTA (July 18, 2019) – Tervita Corporation (“Tervita”, the “Company”) (TSX:TEV) announced today that it expects to release the results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2019 after market close on Thursday, August 1, 2019. Interim Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis will be posted to Tervita’s website and SEDAR following the release.

Tervita will host a conference call on Friday, August 2, 2019 at 7:00 a.m. MST to discuss the second quarter results.

To participate in the conference call, dial 647-427-7450 or toll free: 1-888-231-8191. To access the simultaneous webcast, please visit For those unable to listen to the live call, a taped broadcast will be available at and, until midnight on Friday, August 9, 2019 by dialing 855-859-2056 and using the pass code 9791344.

About Tervita

Tervita is a leading waste management and environmental solutions provider offering waste processing, treating, recycling, and disposal services to customers in the oil and gas, mining, and industrial sectors. We serve our customers onsite and through a network of facilities in Canada and the United States.

For 40 years, Tervita has been focused on delivering safe and efficient solutions through all phases of a project while minimizing impact, maximizing returns™. Our dedicated and experienced employees are trusted sustainability partners to our clients. Safety is our top priority: it influences our actions and shapes our culture. Tervita trades on the TSX as TEV. For more information, visit

For more information, or to speak to a Tervita representative, please contact:

Investor Relations:
Anne Plasterer


GPM Metals Announces Private Placement Financing

July 18, 2019 (Toronto, Ontario): GPM Metals Inc. (“GPM” or the “Company“) (TSXV:GPM) is pleased to announce that it proposes to complete a non-brokered private placement (the “Offering”) pursuant to which it will issue up to 7,000,000 units (“Units”) at a price of $0.075 per Unit to raise aggregate gross proceeds of up to $525,000. Each Unit shall consist of one common share of the Company (a “Share”) and one share purchase warrant (a “Warrant”), with each such Warrant exercisable to acquire one additional Share at an exercise price of $0.10 for a period of 36 months from the closing of the Offering. Insiders of the Company may subscribe for up to 4,000,000 Units in the Offering.

The Offering is currently scheduled to close on or about August 9, 2019, proceeds of the Offering will be used for exploration expenditures at the Company’s properties, and general corporate purposes. The securities issued pursuant to the Offering will be subject to a statutory four month and one day hold period. The Offering is subject to certain conditions including, but not limited to, the receipt of all necessary approvals, including the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange.

For further information please contact:

Peter Mullens, CEO

GPM Metals Inc.

Suite 1101- 141 Adelaide Street West,

Toronto, Ontario M5H 3L5

Telephone: + 416 628 5904



Athabasca Denesųłiné take Minister Bennett to Court to force her back to the negotiating table

BLACK LAKEFOND DU LAC and HATCHET LAKE FIRST NATIONS, July 19, 2019  – For 20 years, the Athabasca Denesųłiné have been negotiating an out-of-court settlement with Canada for recognition of their Rights within their traditional territories in what is now known as Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.  Suddenly, without notice or discussion, Canada, unilaterally stopped negotiating in mid-June. Yesterday, the Athabasca Denesųłiné were forced, due to a legal deadline, to file an Application for Judicial Review of Minister Carolyn Bennett’s decision to shut down negotiations.

The Denesųłiné and Canada were on the verge of initialing a land claim agreement.  Then on June 12, 2019, without warning or prior notice, the Minister postponed initialling and stated that further work cannot be expected in the near future. Minister Bennett claimed more consultation was required with Indigenous peoples in NWT. This was despite Crown consultations starting in 2016. At the negotiating table, Canada had previously agreed to initial the agreement while these NWT consultations continued.

After nearly a month of repeated requests, Minister Bennett has refused to explain her action. On June 21 the Athabasca Denesųłiné requested of the Federal Court, and the Court agreed, that a mediated process be initiated to find a way to resume negotiations. The Application for Judicial Review is in case the mediated process proves unsuccessful.

The Athabasca Denesųłiné expectations were high that after decades of struggle they were going to have rights in their traditional territory in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories finally recognized. Minster Bennett’s actions have shattered this hope.

“When you take away a community’s hope, you take away a part of their future and destroy some of the past.

We worked extremely hard with this federal government to build a relationship based upon respect, cooperation, partnership and trust. I felt like we were finally in a position to truly trust this government and Minister Bennett. As an Indigenous person, a Dene person, to be in a position where I was starting to trust government was a very special thing.  I feel that this trust has been betrayed by Minister Bennett. We need to be working together to rebuild this trust,” said Chief Negotiator Ron Robillard.

For further information: Ron Robillard, Chief Negotiator, Athabasca Denesųłiné, (306) 953-7287 Ext. 1,


Suncor Energy releases 2019 Report on Sustainability

CALGARY, Alberta, July 18, 2019- Suncor today released its annual Report on Sustainability which details the company’s environmental, social and economic performance. Suncor’s perspective on the challenges and opportunities of climate change, and the transition to a low-carbon economy are contained in its third Climate Risk and Resilience Report available within the Report on Sustainability and as a stand-alone downloadable PDF. The annual Report on Sustainability is available both online and as a downloadable PDF.

Suncor’s sustainability goals reflect focused efforts on strengthening relationships with Indigenous Peoples and communities in Canada, and harnessing technology and innovation to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity of its operations. Driving sustainability performance improvement is critical to the company’s business strategy, and it’s woven into the very fabric of the organization. As always, actions speak louder than words. The Report on Sustainability provides several examples of these actions.

“We are living in an era of transformation – as a company, as an industry and as a global community. We have choices to make about our shared energy future and the role we will all play in shaping it,” said Mark Little, president and chief executive officer. “Globally, we are beginning to transform our energy system toward a low-carbon economy. Suncor is engaged in this transition and we believe innovation will be critical to our success.”

Suncor’s sustainability performance included:

Technology and innovation: In 2018, Suncor invested approximately $635 million in technology development and deployment including digital technologies.

Partnering with Indigenous businesses: $703 million spent with 83 Indigenous businesses across Canada in 2018.

GHG performance and mitigating emissions: With Fort Hills, our newest mining facility, we have deployed extraction technology that removes carbon from the oil before it is sent to market.

Water performance and stewardship: Approximately 88% of the water used by our mining and extraction operations in 2018 was recycled tailings water.
The report also provides senior leaders’ perspectives in these areas:

A discussion about energy challenges and opportunities with Suncor president and chief executive officer, Mark Little.

A Q&A with Eric Axford, executive vice president and chief sustainability officer, on the progress made last year, the priorities ahead, and the company’s sustainability journey.
Suncor has been named to various Dow Jones Sustainability (DJSI) indices for 19 consecutive years, as well as 10 consecutive years to the FTSE4Good index. Suncor was also named to the 2019 Corporate Knights Global 100 index, and the 2018 Corporate Knights Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada. In 2019, Suncor received the Alberta top 75 employer, and Canada top 100 employer awards. Also in 2019, Suncor received Finance Montréal’s Finance and Sustainability Initiative award for best sustainability report.

For more information about Suncor, visit our web site at, follow us on Twitter @Suncor or

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MMF Commemorates 80th Anniversary of the Ste. Madeleine Tragedy

July 19, 2019

Binscarth, MB – Today, the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) began three days of remembrance of a tragic and historic time in Métis History. In 1939, 80 years ago, the Metis Community of Ste. Madeleine was burned to the ground and hundreds of Métis Citizens were forced to relocate to make way for a community pasture.

“I am so proud to welcome people back to the site of this historic wrong,” said MMF President, David Chartrand. “The burning of Ste. Madeleine is a story that needs to be told as we work towards reconciliation with all Manitobans. To be on this site with descendants from Ste Madeleine and to be able to share this story is something I am grateful for.”

The survivors today, many of whom will be attending the event, were children at the time. Their childhood memories include the horror of coming back to town and seeing the flames consuming their homes and the impacts on their parents. Today the school foundation, cemetery, and the memories remain.

The Ste. Madeleine tragedy stemmed from the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration. The government deemed certain lands across the Prairies to be marginal and were designated to become community pastures.

One of those designations included Ste. Madeleine near Binscarth. Métis Homes were expropriated, and Citizens were to receive land in kind, but only if families were paid up on their property taxes. Many Métis Citizens were not able to pay their taxes and were forced from their homes.

“We must never forget what happened in Ste. Madeleine,” added President Chartrand. “This is very recent history that we must all learn from. I hope all Manitobans will take the time to learn about the wrongs inflicted on these Métis families. Remember – these Métis families lost their homes to feed cattle.”

“We are commemorating the strength of the survivors and their families,” President Chartrand went on to say. “Today, they need permission to cross the pasture to visit their Ancestors graves or bury their loved ones. In the face of such disrespect, each year this community comes together to dance, sing, and celebrate the lives of their Ancestors.”

The MMF will continue to pursue both the Province of Manitoba and Canada to return these historic and traditional lands in and around Ste Madeleine back to the Manitoba Métis. We look forward to Canada’s assistance and support in repatriating the hearths and traditional lands back to our Community.

Along with being a time for reflection, the MMF is also making Ste Madeleine Metis Days a time of celebration of the Métis People and Culture. The free event runs until Sunday evening.


Believe in Yourself; Believe in Métis.

The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) is the official democratic and self-governing political representative for the Métis Nation’s Manitoba Métis Community. The Manitoba Métis are Canada’s Negotiating Partner in Confederation and the Founders of the Province of Manitoba.

For media information, please contact:

Al Foster, Communications Director
Manitoba Metis Federation
Office: (204) 586-8474 x324
Cell: (204) 806-4752


Building the legacy of the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages

July 19, 2019

The 12th session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP), which took place from 15 to 19 July in Geneva, Switzerland, celebrated the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages.

During the Opening Session, H.E Mr Coly Seck, President of the Human Rights Council, and Ms Mona Rishmawi, Chief of the Rule of Law, Equality and Non-Discrimination Branch, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), reaffirmed the full commitment of the Expert Mechanism to join global efforts for the implementation of the International Year by endorsing the proposal to proclaim a decade of indigenous languages.

The proclamation of a decade is strongly supported by a wide range of stakeholders. There is consensus that the decade would contribute to raise global awareness about the importance of indigenous languages for sustainable development, peace-building and reconciliation, and mobilize further resources for the support and promotion of indigenous languages worldwide.

Craig Ritchie, CEO of the Australian Institute and Torres Strait Islander Studies & Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for the organization of the International Year, noted: “As a Steering Committee, we have agreed to support to follow an International Decade of Indigenous Languages (…). But more than that, we need to give substance and focus to this agenda going forward”.

Aili Keskitalo, Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for the organization of the International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019, also emphasized how preserving and promoting indigenous languages requires a long-term strategy and joint commitment at different levels: “keeping our languages alive is the work of generations (…). Our languages are like sinews that ties us to our heritage and our ancestors; they might tear, but can be mended, with care, with love, and with lots of hard work”.

As expressed by Irmgarda Kasinskaite-Buddeberg, Programme Specialist, Communication and Information Sector at UNESCO, the IYIL2019 represents a unique opportunity for UNESCO, as lead agency for the implementation of the year, through the cooperation of multiple stakeholders, to mainstream a vision that linguistic rights are the integral component of human rights and fundamental freedoms: “a person’s freedom to use his or her language is a prerequisite to freedom of thought, freedom of opinion and expression, access to education and information, cultural expression, and other values in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (…). We believe that it is key to unlock national strategic assets – indigenous languages – which have the potential to benefit humanity as a whole by providing original solutions to contemporary challenges”.

Progress made towards the implementation of IYIL2019 was discussed in the side-event organized by UNESCO and the Steering Committee of IYIL2019, that took place on 16 July 2019. Participants ranged from government representatives, indigenous peoples, UN Agencies representatives, researchers, activists, and experts in the area of indigenous languages. The discussions centered around existing normative frameworks for language protection, support and promotion, including the 4th Consolidated Report on the measures taken by UNESCO Member States on the implementation of the 2003 Recommendation concerning the Promotion and Use of Multilingualism and Universal Access to Cyberspace

Participants also reflected on latest developments in language policy-making in different countries, including Australia and Canada. Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild, Ms Valerie Galley Bellegarde, Member, Assembly of First Nations, and Mr Paul Joffe, a lawyer for the Grand Council of the Crees, presented the Indigenous Languages Act that recently received Royal Assent by the Canadian Government.

It was also stressed that it is important to invest in capacity-building activities, create further synergies, and mobilize new partners to concretely set the future path towards the revitalization and support of indigenous languages worldwide. As emphasized by Ms Marina Fedina, Director of the Centre of Innovative Language Technologies, Republic of Komi (Russian Federation), particular efforts should be made to support the application of latest technological developments to issues of internet accessibility for indigenous groups, as well as develop new technologies in lesser-used, minority and indigenous languages.

On the margins of the 12th EMRIP session, the members of the Steering Committee for the organization of the International Year engaged in discussions on the preparation of the Global Strategic Outcome Document, one of the key outcomes of the 2019 International Year, which would set the path for long-term plans in the area of indigenous languages. UNESCO is engaged in a series of regional consultations that aim to identify recommendations to be integrated in the document.

Learn more about the IYIL2019


BC Government: Public Accounts confirm investing in people pays dividends

July 18, 2019

VICTORIA – The B.C. government is reporting higher income and stronger economic growth in 2018-19 that is helping make life more affordable, improving the services people count on and supporting a strong economy in British Columbia.

“For years, the old government chose to work for the few at the top,” said Carole James, Minister of Finance. “We’re making different choices that are making life better for people and putting B.C. on strong fiscal footing. Our plan to put people first and build a brighter future is working. We’re an economic leader this year, with the strongest employment growth and among the top in wage growth in the country, boosting families’ incomes and paying dividends to the people of B.C.”

Budget 2018 put B.C. on a different path. It made a record $1-billion investment in a made-in-B.C. child care plan that is making quality, affordable child care available to tens of thousands of families. To tackle the housing crisis, Budget 2018 invested $7 billion in affordable housing — the biggest housing investment in B.C.’s history — and introduced a 30-point plan to build affordable homes and help moderate the real estate market.

The release of Public Accounts 2018-19 shows that government’s plan is yielding positive fiscal results. Improved economic growth, wage growth and 2017 income tax returns led to a $2.9-billion increase in revenue, allowing government to re-invest in people and the services they need, like health care and education. The year ended with an operating surplus of $1.5 billion, placing B.C. in a stable position amidst signs of global economic uncertainty.

“Unlike the previous government, which ran large surpluses while people struggled to make ends meet, we put these additional resources to work by investing in our province’s greatest resource — our people,” said James. “We’ve put money back into people’s pockets by eliminating unfair MSP premiums, removing interest on student loans and introducing the new B.C. Child Opportunity Benefit, to name a few initiatives. Together, these measures amount to the biggest middle-class tax cut in a generation.”

Government has chosen to confront tough challenges head on, rather than ignore issues like fiscal deterioration at ICBC and misuse of rate-regulated accounting at BC Hydro. Because of government’s actions, BC Hydro is on a more sustainable path and ICBC’s finances are beginning to benefit from product reform. Tackling the problems left behind at ICBC remains a government priority.

After years of skyrocketing real estate prices, where the benchmark price for single family homes spiked 75% in Metro Vancouver in five years, B.C.’s 30-point housing plan is helping moderate the market, contributing to a decline in property transfer tax revenues.

“A housing market and economy driven by speculative investment and money laundering isn’t good for people,” added James. “The previous government put maximizing property transfer tax revenue first, while owning and renting a home became further out of reach for too many people. We’re working to build a sustainable economy that works for people in the long run. We don’t believe in short-term gains at the expense of future generations. I’ll be watching housing trends closely and I’m pleased by the moderation we’re seeing in the market so far.”

At 14.5%, British Columbia now has the lowest taxpayer-supported debt-to-gross domestic product ratios in a decade, which continues to contribute to B.C. being the only province with an “AAA” credit rating from the major international credit rating agencies.

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Two backgrounders follow.


Executive compensation remains fair and affordable

Government is committed to ensuring that executive compensation is fair and transparent for the public, and that public sector boards are held accountable for their compensation decisions.

That is why each year, the Ministry of Finance discloses executive compensation to provide the public with a clear, concise description of the link between pay and performance for senior management and executive employees in key decision-making positions across the provincial public sector.

British Columbia is considered a national leader in reporting standards of executive compensation, which includes base salary, pensions, holdbacks, bonuses, severances and an explanation of the compensation paid.

The Public Sector Employers Act requires disclosure of an organization’s CEO/president and the next four highest ranking or highest paid executives with decision-making authority, earning an annualized base salary of $125,000 or more during a fiscal year. These disclosure requirements apply to over 120 of B.C.’s public sector employers, including the public service, Crown corporations, post-secondary institutions, research universities and health authorities. The 60 K-12 school districts disclose by the end of year.

Disclosure statements can be found on the websites of the employers, as well as the Public Sector Employers’ Council Secretariat:

The highest paid executives in B.C.’s public sector in 2018-19:

1. Thomas Bechard, president and CEO, Powerex

Salary: $358,800
Holdback/bonus: $540,000
Benefits: $19,348
Pension: $17,512
All other compensation: $2,839
Total compensation 2018-19: $938,499
Total compensation 2017-18: $898,258

2. Santa J. Ono, president and vice-chancellor, University of British Columbia

Salary: $470,000
Holdback/bonus: $0
Benefits: $11,931
Pension: $46,050
All other compensation: $73,791
Total compensation 2018-19: $601,772
Total compensation 2017-18: $595,848

3. Chris O’Riley, president and COO, BC Hydro

Salary: $365,190
Holdback/bonus: $34,223
Benefits: $29,273
Pension: $78,516
All other compensation: $47,698
Total compensation 2018-19: $554,900
Total compensation 2017-18: $529,184

4. Brenda Leong, chair, BC Securities Commission

Salary: $439,764
Holdback/bonus: $0
Benefits: $12,754
Pension: $43,317
All other compensation: $7,013
Total compensation 2018-19: $502,848
Total compensation 2017-18: $639,702

5. Ken Cretney, president and CEO, BC Pavilion Corporation

Salary: $247,797
Holdback/bonus: $173,872
Benefits: $13,254
Pension: $24,408
All other compensation: $13,620
Total compensation 2018-19: $472,951
Total compensation 2017-18: $372,453

6. Nicolas Jimenez, president and CEO, ICBC

Salary: $381,601
Holdback/bonus: $0
Benefits: $17,443
Pension: $67,257
All other compensation: $2,482
Total compensation 2018-19: $468,783
Total compensation 2017-18: $382,132

7. Andrew Szeri, vice-president academic and provost, University of British Columbia

Salary: $395,698
Holdback/bonus: $0
Benefits: $8,312
Pension: $38,620
All other compensation: $1,785
Total compensation 2018-19: $444,415
Total compensation 2017-18: $326,124

8. Andrew Petter, president, Simon Fraser University

Salary: $328,870
Holdback/bonus: $33,000
Benefits: $9,986
Pension: $32,468
All other compensation: $35,586
Total compensation 2018-19: $439,910
Total compensation 2017-18: $439,460

9. James Cassels, president and vice chancellor, University of Victoria

Salary: $378,388
Holdback/bonus: $0
Benefits: $7,318
Pension: $47,138
All other compensation: $135
Total compensation 2018-19: $432,979
Total compensation 2017-18: $423,215

10. Mark Poweska, executive vice-president, operations, BC Hydro

Salary: $285,667
Holdback/bonus: $54,303
Benefits: $20,484
Pension: $61,418
All other compensation: $874
Total compensation 2018-19: $422,746
Total compensation 2017-18: $405,720

Note: Total compensation includes base salary, holdback or bonus, statutory and health benefits and pension contributions, as well as other allowances and/or payments, which may include vacation payout, sick leave payout, vehicle allowance, paid parking, severance/salary continuance, retirement allowance, professional fees and administrative leave.


Public Accounts 2018-19

Economic growth

British Columbia’s economy grew by an estimated 2.4% in the 2018 calendar year, which was the third highest rate in the country. Economic growth was led by goods-producing industries with notable gains in mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction, construction and manufacturing.

B.C. has the strongest employment growth in Canada this year, as well as the lowest unemployment rate at 4.7% in 2018 — a decrease from 5.1% in 2017 and the lowest in Canada for 23 consecutive months to June 2019. Wage and salary growth also led the country at 5.9% in 2018, and B.C. continues to rank among the top provinces for wage growth this year.

Balanced budget, year-end surplus

Public Accounts 2018-19 confirms a balanced budget with an operating surplus of just over $1.5 billion, which is $1.3 billion higher than the surplus forecast in Budget 2018.

The larger surplus is primarily due to $2.9 billion in increased revenue, reflecting improved economic growth, higher household incomes and strong 2017 income tax returns.

Approximately $2 billion in increased spending went toward health care, education, economic development and significant wildfire, emergency response and preparedness activities in the natural resources sector.

Improved revenues allowed government to eliminate the operating debt earlier in the year, enabling government to authorize one-time funding for priority areas through Supplementary Estimates, such as infrastructure improvement and internet connectivity for rural and Indigenous communities and health research grants.

Confronting fiscal challenges head on

Addressing ongoing fiscal challenges at ICBC continues to be a focus for government. Public Accounts show ICBC’s fiscal challenges stabilized as forecast in the third quarter with a net loss of $1.2 billion, which was $174 million lower than its prior year’s net loss of $1.3 billion.

With government oversight, ICBC continues to implement major product reforms as it works to operate in a fiscally sustainable way while continuing to offer fair and affordable vehicle insurance rates.

A recent credit rating report from Fitch acknowledges the Province’s new cost-control efforts for ICBC and notes that these measures should help improve ICBC’s ongoing fiscal performance.

For the past two years, the auditor general of British Columbia issued a qualification on the use of rate-regulated accounting in the audit opinion for Public Accounts. In response to the first qualification, government made a $950-million adjustment to the balance of rate-regulated deferral accounts in the 2017-18 Public Accounts. In 2018-19, government made changes to its regulatory framework and BC Hydro formally adopted International Financial Reporting Standards. As a result, the auditor general has removed her qualification on the use of rate-regulated accounting for the 2018-19 fiscal year.

Taxpayer-supported debt down

British Columbia’s operating debt was eliminated for the first time in 40 years, contributing to a $926-million decrease in taxpayer-supported debt. This means B.C. is in one of the strongest fiscal positions in the country.

The taxpayer-supported debt-to-gross domestic product (GDP) ratio for the 2018-19 fiscal year-end is 14.5%, which is the lowest it has been in a decade. B.C. continues to have one of the country’s lowest taxpayer-supported debt-to-GDP ratios after Alberta and Saskatchewan.


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Media Relations
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Nunavut expands choice, reduces mark-up on cannabis products – Nunatsiaq News

19 July, 2019

Only licensed weed is legal, GN warns

The Government of Nunavut and the Nunavut Liquor and Cannabis Commission have taken steps to expand the range of legal cannabis products available to Nunavut residents and reduce prices, the GN said this week in a public service announcement.

“The NULC has worked with its agents to expand the selection of products available for sale. Effective July 2019, the NULC has also reduced its retail mark-up on cannabis products to $1 per gram,” the announcement said.

(Although the initials don’t line up, “NULC” is the GN abbreviation for Nunavut Liquor and Cannabis Commission.)

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Funding arrives for Abegweit First Nation baseball field – CBC

Jays Care Foundation gives $70,885 for construction

The Abegweit First Nation in Scotchfort, P.E.I., received its funding for a new baseball field from the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday.

Three months ago, the Jays Care Foundation announced it would fund $70,885 for the new diamond.

It’s part of the Field of Dreams grant program that is intended to help communities with infrastructure and other projects.

“I think you see it whether it’s professional sports or in a local community,” said Jays Care executive director Robert Witchel. “When you get a new facility it drives excitement.”

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OHRC: Letter to Minister Pablo Rodriguez on Canada’s Anti-Racism Strategy

July 19, 2019

Hon. Pablo Rodriguez
Minister of Canadian Heritage
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

Dear Minister Rodriguez:

I hope this letter finds you well. On behalf of the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC), I wish to commend the government of Canada on the recently released Building a Foundation for Change: Canada’s Anti-Racism Strategy 2019–2020.

As I stated before the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage in 2017, “the existence of racism isn’t an idea to be debated – it’s a lived reality.” All levels of government must take action to address racism, and Canada’s Anti-Racism Strategy is an important step in the right direction. The OHRC strongly encourages the federal government to take a further step by enshrining these commitments into law through legislation. This was done in Ontario with the enactment of the Anti-Racism Act, 2017, which requires, among other things, that the government maintain an anti-racism strategy, prepare regular progress reports, review the strategy every five years, and consult with Indigenous peoples and diverse racialized communities as part of the review process.

We are pleased that the Anti-Racism Strategy is consistent with recommendations made by the OHRC before the Standing Committee, including committing to race-based data collection through Statistics Canada. This data will be extremely useful to the OHRC as we work to eliminate systemic discrimination in Ontario. To ensure that the data is collected in a way that maximizes its utility, we encourage you to consult with provincial human rights commissions, as well as provincial governments that have undertaken similar data collection initiatives. For example, Ontario’s Anti-Racism Directorate engaged with the OHRC and other stakeholders to develop its Data Standards for the Identification and Monitoring of Systemic Racism. The OHRC’s guide to collecting human rights data, Count me in!, may also be useful.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if we could be of some assistance as you move forward to implement your Anti-Racism Strategy.


Renu Mandhane, B.A., J.D., LL.M.

Chief Commissioner

cc. Hon. Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General of Ontario (Minister responsible for Ontario’s Anti-Racism Directorate)
Marie-Claude Landry, Chief Commissioner, Canadian Human Rights Commission
OHRC Commissioners


Minister Coady Highlights Provincial Interests at Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference

July 18, 2019

The Honourable Siobhan Coady, Minister of Natural Resources, was joined by federal, provincial and territorial colleagues earlier this week for the Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference in Cranbrook, British Columbia.

Minister Coady participated in a number of discussions of importance to Newfoundland and Labrador including:

  • Improving Canada’s global competitiveness and regulatory framework;
  • Driving gender equality and diversity in both the private and public sectors,
  • Advancing innovation that will make resource development safer and more productive and sustainable, and
  • Making Canada a global leader in clean growth.

Minister Coady also took the opportunity to discuss a number of issues surrounding the Newfoundland and Labrador natural resource industry– including the ability to remain competitive and ensure clarity and certainty in regulation and the province’s clean energy future.

Newfoundland and Labrador’s developed and undeveloped renewable resources can assist other provinces to meet their energy needs and greenhouse gas reduction targets, which can also help this province grow revenue and achieve rate management. Newfoundland and Labrador has vast renewable energy resources including wind, tidal and hydro and the province is working to create a low emission future by reducing diesel generation in isolated diesel systems as well as through electrification, which is a key energy policy priority to grow electricity revenue and reduce carbon emissions.

At the meeting, ministers also agreed to advance actions under the Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan, such as creating a national geoscience strategy; increasing Indigenous and local procurement; a reclamation and remediation initiative; programming for more effective innovation; a mineral literacy campaign; and the establishment of a Canada brand for mining. The first in a series of Action Plans is set for release in early 2020.

Through the Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan, Mining the Future 2030, and Advance 2030, the Provincial Government is creating growth in our natural resource sectors and driving competitiveness.


“At the Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference, I again raised and continued to lead the critical issue of Canadian competitiveness. Colleagues agreed to continue to work together and focus on improved timelines and process certainty to ensure Canada is the leading global supplier of natural resources. This complements the work we are doing in Newfoundland and Labrador through Way Forward initiatives such as Advance 2030 and Mining the Future. It is also part of our ongoing lobbying efforts to the Federal Government to ensure our concerns around Bill C-69 are addressed.”
Honourable Siobhan Coady
Minister of Natural Resources

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Learn more
Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference

Advance 2030 – A Plan for Growth in the Newfoundland and Labrador Oil and Gas Industry

Mining the Future – A Plan for Growth in the Newfoundland and Labrador Mining Industry

Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan

Media contact
Lisa Lawlor
Natural Resources
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Media Advisory – Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, Treaty 57 Territory, Ontario

Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, Treaty 57 Territory, Ontario – Members of the media are invited to attend an important infrastructure event on drought mitigation and the construction of a water servicing expansion project with the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Indigenous Services; Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings–Lennox and Addington, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; and R. Donald Maracle, Chief of the Mohawks Bay of Quinte.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

12:00 p.m. EDT

Mohawk Community Centre
1807 York Road
Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Ontario

For more information, please contact:

Ann-Clara Vaillancourt
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

Kevin Deagle
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan,
Minister of Indigenous Services

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Indigenous-led research centre to address HIV among First Nations, Inuit and Métis

USask researchers to lead $2.9-million project.


Jul 18, 2019

SASKATOON—The rise in HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among Indigenous people in Saskatchewan and Manitoba is to be addressed by a new $2.9-million Indigenous-led research centre to close gaps in prevention and care.

First Nations researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) have been awarded a $2.84-million federal grant over five years from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to establish an Indigenous-led centre in the region. The location of the centre will be determined by the researchers and members of Indigenous communities.

“This centre will provide the much-needed infrastructure to leverage the Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers, clinicians, government, and community to work together to address the rise in HIV,” said lead investigator Dr. Alexandra King (MD) of the USask College of Medicine.

Almost 80 per cent of new HIV cases in Saskatchewan—the province with the highest rates of HIV in Canada—are among indigenous people. With 2,091 cases reported between 1985 and 2016, the number of new HIV cases in Saskatchewan is almost triple the national average. There are also high rates of HIV transmission in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.

Saskatchewan also has the highest rates of Hepatitis C—a viral infection that can cause liver damage—among First Nations people, who are estimated to be seven times more likely to be infected than the non-Indigenous population.

The new centre will employ the concept of Two-eyed Seeing: the careful bringing together of both Indigenous and Western worldviews and knowledge.

Indigenous and non-Indigenous health professionals and educators based in Saskatchewan and Manitoba will collaborate in new and innovative ways to address health inequities in the diagnosis and treatment of HIV, sexually-transmitted infections and blood-borne infections (STBBIs), and Hepatitis C among First Nations, Inuit and Métis. Prevention and harm reduction will also be key areas of focus.

”Saskatchewan and Manitoba have rich and diverse expertise in the areas of HIV, Hepatitis C and STBBIs,” said King, who holds the USask Cameco Chair in Indigenous Health and Wellness. “This centre will employ the best of Indigenous and Western capabilities. It will build approaches grounded in Indigenous philosophies and methodologies. For Indigenous people, place, history and social contexts matter and are integral to developing interventions that work.”

Each province will have a hub, with USask as the administrative core. Governance will be based on Indigenous governance practices, with a scientific oversight council spanning the region.

Basing research within Indigenous communities, the centre will develop ways to address inequalities in access to screening, treatment, care and social support. The centre will also improve awareness of HIV, Hepatitis C, and STBBIs in Indigenous communities, creating education programs that are culturally responsive and that utilize an “anti-oppressive approach.”

The centre will develop a network of Indigenous researchers on HIV, Hepatitis C and sexually-transmitted infections in Canada and internationally, and address a gap in Indigenous academic leadership at the regional level.

In addition to King as lead investigator, Indigenous educators and health-care professionals will have the following roles at the centre:

  • Michelle Johnson-Jennings (PhD) (Choctaw Nation), USask College of Arts and Science, Scientific Director
  • Derek Jennings (PhD) (Anishinaabe/Sauk; Dehiga Sioux/Quapaw), USask College of Medicine, Community Engagement Director
  • Alex Wilson (EdD) (Opaskwayak Cree Nation), USask College of Education, Training Director
  • Malcolm King (PhD) (Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation), USask College of Medicine, Senior Advisor
  • Albert McLeod (Hon JSD) (Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation/Métis), Consultant Specializing in HIV/AIDS and Indigenous peoples, Winnipeg

“Given colonialism and resulting historical trauma, Indigenous health and well-being has been interrupted, resulting in widespread disparities. HIV/AIDS is just one of the disparities that has arisen. However, it is preventable and treatable,” said Johnson-Jennings, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Community-Engaged Research in USask’s College of Arts and Science.

“Working in partnership with Indigenous communities, we hope to identify specific needs around HIV/AIDS prevention, testing and treatment and assist in building the infrastructure to lower these rates, which cannot be ignored.”

The centre will also mentor and train a new generation of Indigenous experts in HIV prevention and treatment, with opportunities for students to specialize in HIV care.

“This research is significant not only because is it led by Indigenous people but also because it is grounded in Indigenous intellectual, spiritual and land knowledge. The educational component of the research will centre that knowledge, rather than centring Western knowledge and adding Indigenous,” said Wilson, academic director of the Aboriginal Education Research Centre at the College of Education.

“For those of us who have been working in this field or who have been personally impacted by HIV/AIDS, we can see the potential with this research to make meaningful systemic change.”


For more information, contact:

Jennifer Thoma
Media Relations Specialist
University of Saskatchewan


Tungasuvvingat Inuit – Underserved Inuit in Ontario continue to be Marginalized

On July 8th, 2019, the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, Carolyn Bennett announced changes and additional funding for a Federal Labour Program now known as the Indigenous Skills and Employment Training program (ISET). The program was formerly known as the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Program and has been in existence in various forms for almost three decades. Tungasuvvingat Inuit (TI) has delivered highly effective frontline programs and services for more than thirty years. However, as a result of the lack of additional funding, TI will be underserving the already marginalized Inuit community in Ontario.

The updated name and funding for ISET will continue to offer federal funding to help Indigenous people develop and enhance skills that will ultimately improven opportunities for finding employment or starting new businesses. Of the $2 billion over five years identified in the 2018 budget, $161.2 million over five years has been earmarked for Inuit specific ISET programs. The Inuit agencies previously identified as recipients of the program funding include Kativik Regional Government, Nunatsiavut Government, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Kakivak Association, Kitikmeot Inuit Association, Kivalliq Inuit Association and Tungasuvvingat Inuit (TI) in Ottawa.

TI Executive Director, Jason LeBlanc stated, “this is a positive announcement and investment in our Inuit communities. This further investment will provide many new opportunities and TI celebrates our continued partnerships with the north. TI has successfully implemented programs such as iSisters Technology Mentoring programs, construction programs, landscaping among others. “

LeBlanc went on to say, “The news is exciting however, clarification on funding allocation is required for full transparency. Tungasuvvingat Inuit will not receive a single dollar of new money from this additional funding. As the population continues to leave Inuit Nunangat and relocate into the Ottawa and Ontario region, it is very clear that our current base funding is completely inadequate to support the current population of Ontario Inuit. As data collection on the Inuit population in the south continues, we are talking upwards of 40% of the total Inuit population in Canada that now reside in the south. The fact that no additional monies will be allocated to TI means we cannot serve the community in Ottawa and Ontario that requires this muchneeded funding.”

Once the five-year term is completed, the government stated that there is a promise of ongoing funding of $32.6 million per year for Inuit specific programs. All funding is locked in for ten years. Which means as the Inuit population increases in the south, there will be no new money to service the skills and training needs. Inuit living away from communities are already vulnerable and TI provides many of the services and programs they use in Ontario. The lack of direct funding will further marginalize the Inuit of Ontario.

LeBlanc added he is grateful for the continued partnerships with the north, “Some of our partners in the north do see the value and need for continued investment in their beneficiaries living away from home. We are thankful to Kakivak Association and Kitikmeot Inuit Association for committing funds that will support beneficiaries that
have relocated to Ontario away from their home region.



Canada and First Nations in Treaty#4 and Treaty#6 Mark Settlement of Specific Claims

July 18, 2019 — North Battleford, Saskatchewan— Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Working together in a spirit of co-operation and renewal to find shared solutions through dialogue is the best way to help right past wrongs, honour treaty obligations and advance reconciliation with First Nations in Canada.

Today, the Government of Canada and First Nations in Treaty #4 and Treaty #6 marked the settlement of a number of specific claims for past damages relating to treaty annuity payments withheld from the First Nations during the Northwest Rebellion period between 1885 and 1888.

Settling claims is a key step forward to renew relationships with Fist Nations and a key path to economic growth. Working collaboratively to renew the nation-to-nation relationship based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation and partnership, is key to achieving reconciliation with Fist Nations in Canada.


“Achieved through a true spirit of partnership and renewal, settling claims is a key step toward healing and reconciliation with First Nations. As we build a new future with First Nations, reconciliation requires that we acknowledge the wrongs of the past and work collaboratively with First Nations to take the necessary steps to respectfully resolve them.”

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

“This settlement is an important step along the path forward for the members of the Chakastaypasin Band of the Cree Nation as we seek to restore our Nation to its rightful position. Our ancestors were wrongly denied benefits to which they were entitled under Treaty 6 because they were improperly labelled a “rebel” Band during the Northwest Rebellion. This settlement brings closure with respect to one of our historic grievances, but this was not the only breach of Treaty that our people suffered. Today is an important day, but our work continues.”

Chief Calvin Sanderson
Chakastaypasin Band of the Cree Nation

“The Crown’s misconduct underlying this claim has been hanging over our treaty relationship since 1885. If Canada truly wants to advance the mandate of reconciliation, it begins by concrete action, and requires that we address the wrongs of the past. Today’s meeting and the recent settlement of this aspect of our claim is a positive step, and we look forward to working with Canada in the coming months to conclude the remaining issues at the core of this long-outstanding claim.”

Chief Tricia Sutherland
One Arrow First Nation

“Red Pheasant Cree Nation is pleased to see Canada taking this incremental step toward making right on our long history of broken promises. We see this as an opportunity to take a broader look at repairing the treaty relationship and engaging in an open and meaningful process to advance the principles of reconciliation.”

Chief Clint Wuttunee
Red Pheasant Cree Nation

“For the Poundmaker Cree Nation, the events of 1885 were truly devastating. Our members were subjected to a slate of unlawful and unjustified punitive measures, our leaders were deposed, and Chief Poundmaker imprisoned without access to justice or any true due process. Acknowledging these breaches of treaty is a step in the right direction, as is establishing an open and constructive dialogue between our governments based on the principles of truth and reconciliation. The exoneration of Chief Poundmaker and the settlement of the first phase of our claim are encouraging milestones, but it is important to acknowledge that there remains significant work to be done. We look forward to working with Canada to achieve further milestones in months to come, including the settlement of the remaining aspects of this claim.”

Chief Duane Antoine
Poundmaker Cree Nation

“Its great to have Canada at the table to address their historical neglect. It is good to move forward, but to do we will need to address some hard truths about our history and our treaty relationship.”

Chief Wayne Semaganis
Little Pine First Nation

“Canada breached the Treaty in 1885. This breach of treaty is the basis of this claim, and has impacted our Nation for generations. While the Thunderchild Nation is pleased to have found common ground in resolving part of this claim, it is important to recognize that this is only a step towards resolving the larger claim and addressing the other issues in our continuing treaty relationship.”

Chief James Snakeskin
Thunderchild First Nation

“Sweetgrass First Nation is encouraged to see the Government of Canada come to us to acknowledge its past wrongs and begin process of addressing the historical breaches of treaty and setting the record straight. Our Nation looks forward to further meetings with Canada to begin the process of the full implementation of treaty, Nation to Nation.”

Chief Laurence Paskemin
Sweetgrass First Nation

“Reconciliation has neither a beginning nor an end, but it does have landmarks. While we work towards the continued improvement of our treaty relationship, it is critical to acknowledge and address the past and our “outstanding business” with Canada. Settlement of the annuities portion of the Rebellion claim is a landmark, however, much work is left to address the Crown’s failures of the past. The effects of the breaches of treaty at the core of this claim have weighed on our nation and the treaty relationship for generations, having stunted our ability to thrive culturally, economically, and spiritually. We look forward to continuing on with Canada to address these historical harms in order to create a prosperous and sustainable future for our Nation.”

Chief Tanya Agular-Antiman
Mosquito Grizzly Bear’s Head Lean Man First Nation

Quick facts

  • Between May 2018 and January 2019, the Government of Canada and nine First Nations in Treaty #4 and Treaty #6 negotiated settlements to resolve the Treaty Annuity Rebellion Claims.
  • The basis of the claims is that Canada unlawfully withheld treaty annuity payments from the First Nations during the Northwest Rebellion period between 1885 and 1888.
  • The settlements were successfully settled with the following First Nations: Poundmaker Cree Nation; Sweetgrass First Nation; Thunderchild First Nation; One Arrow First Nation; Mosquito, Grizzly Bear’s Head, Lean Man First Nation; Little Pine First Nation; Chakastapasyn Sector of James Smith First Nation; Onion Lake Cree Nation and; Red Pheasant Cree Nation.
  • In addition to the negotiated settlements, the Beardy’s and Okemasis Cree Nation settled a Treaty Annuity Rebellion claim with the Government of Canada through the Specific Claims Tribunal process in 2017.

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For more information, media may contact:

Matthew Dillon-Leitch
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

Media Relations
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada


Sixteen Schools Receive 2018-19 NWT Drop the Pop Awards

July 18, 2019

Glen Abernethy, Minister of Health and Social Services, announced the 16 schools chosen to receive awards as part of the 2018-19 Drop the Pop campaign.

Forty-eight NWT schools participated in the 2018-2019 Drop the Pop challenge using funding to promote healthy foods and beverages. The winning schools will be awarded prizes ranging from $800 – $1,500 in recognition of their activities for the annual campaign.

Some of the highlights from this year’s winners included:

  • Students and families in Tsiigehtchic accepted the challenge to “Drop the Pop” and saved $1,918 by not buying pop for the month of October.
  • Student leadership in several schools organized Drop the Pop fairs to show the effects of sugary drinks on the body.
  • Students at Charles Yohin School in Nahanni Butte engaged Elders in making traditional beverages and learning about the importance of water.
  • Students conducted healthy beverage surveys and shared findings during school assemblies.

Drop the Pop is one of many initiatives that support the 18th Legislative Assembly’s priority of creating opportunities for healthy lifestyles and community leadership for our youth.


“Sugary beverages and low-nutrient food can negatively affect children’s health. Initiatives like the Drop the Pop provide opportunities for students to learn about the effects of drinking sugary beverages and encourages leadership skills when it comes to making healthy lifestyle choices. Congratulations to all winners and participants of this year’s Drop the Pop challenge.  ”
-Glen Abernethy, Minister of Health and Social Services

Quick Facts

  • Drop the Pop is an annual campaign supported by the Department of Health and Social Services that encourages students, families, schools and communities to:
    • drink healthy beverages, especially water;
    • eat a wide variety of healthy, local foods from the land;
    • learn new skills and knowledge in order to be more self-sufficient, and;
    • Foster long-term healthy food and beverage habits so families can maintain and/or improve their overall wellbeing.
  • This is the 13th year for the Drop the Pop campaign.
  • Sugary drinks contribute to obesity-related chronic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes.

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Minister O’Regan signs a Regional Education Agreement with the Sunchild First Nation

July 18, 2019 — Edmonton, Treaty 6 Territory, Alberta — Indigenous Services Canada

The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Indigenous Services, along with Sunchild First Nation Chief Jonathan Frencheater, signed a Regional Education Agreement today benefiting approximately 330 First Nations students.

The official signing ceremony took place in Edmonton, Alberta, in Treaty 6 territory.

This agreement responds to the education goals and priorities set by the Sunchild First Nation. The agreement supports a culturally responsive, high quality education that improves student educational outcomes, while respecting the principle of First Nation control of First Nation education.

The Government of Canada is working in partnership with First Nations to support students in achieving academic success. To further these goals, the agreement will:

  • Implement a sustainable, predictable and more flexible funding model;
  • Recognize and respect the diversity of its community; and
  • Work to empower each student to improve their educational outcomes


“What this agreement does is put control over education exactly where it belongs – here with Sunchild First Nation. This Regional Education Agreement represents a new form of collaboration between Canada and First Nations that I believe will benefit generations of students. I respect the vision and leadership of  the Elders and members of Sunchild.”

The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Indigenous Services

“Today marks a historical day where we can highlight a real and genuine partnership between Sunchild First Nation and the Crown (Indigenous Services Canada). This agreement shows clearly the positive paths that can be taken when parties openly choose to work collaboratively towards a common goal: “Transformational Change Through Education.”

Chief Jonathan Frencheater
Sunchild First Nation

Quick facts

  • Sunchild First Nation is located 150km northwest of Red Deer, Alberta, and is located in Treaty 6 Territory.
  • Sunchild School employs over 50 professional and para-professional staff.
  • The Education Authority provides K-12 administration for Sunchild School, which is located on-reserve.

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For more information, media may contact:

Kevin Deagle
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan,
Minister of Indigenous Services

Media Relations
Indigenous Services Canada


Reflections on social inclusion and cohesion on campus and in community – Daily News McMaster

July 18, 2019

As I reflect on my first year at McMaster, I feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment in being a part of an exceptional Canadian university – exceptional by many measures of excellence, including its commitment to embodying equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI).

Exemplifying this commitment to EDI is the recent launch of McMaster’s EDI Strategy, which signals possibility and promise for achieving inclusive excellence aspirations at McMaster. All work undertaken to advance EDI takes place on the traditional territories of the Mississauga and Haudenosaunee Nations and within the lands protected by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Agreement.

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Saugeen Ojibway Nation and Bruce Power forge new partnership to collaborate on life-saving medical Isotopes

July 18, 2019

The Saugeen Ojibway Nation (SON) and Bruce Power have entered into a collaboration agreement to jointly market new isotopes in support of the global fight against cancer while also working together on creating new economic opportunities within the SON territory by establishing new isotope infrastructure.

The agreement will leverage a project announced by Bruce Power last week to produce Lutetium-177 used to treat prostate cancer with production starting in 2022 following regulatory and other approvals. By working together on the Lutetium project, Bruce Power and SON will engage on marketing and collaboration while working with government to leverage this opportunity and create sustainable economic benefits.

“This is a historic partnership between Bruce Power and the SON that will see us join forces in the fight against cancer worldwide as we work to develop new isotopes, starting with Lutetium-177,” said Mike Rencheck, Bruce Power’s President and CEO. “By working together we can find innovative ways to market and promote this global leadership opportunity for both Ontario and Canada while creating economic benefits for SON.”

Bruce Power and SON have been exploring this opportunity to work together for several months, and this agreement followed extensive dialogue and community engagement sessions at both Saugeen First Nation and the Nawash Unceded First Nation in June and July.

“Many of our community members have been impacted by cancer in some way, and I believe that working with Bruce Power on the next generation of life-saving isotopes in the SON Territory is an opportunity for us to have a positive impact on the people and families touched by cancer,” said Greg Nadjiwon, Chief of Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation. “This is a historic partnership not only for us here in our Territory as the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, but it is bigger than us as we work to develop a project that will be important for Canada and the world.”

The partnership will seek to build on an announcement last week where Bruce Power teamed up with Kinetrics and Framatome Canada Ltd. to develop an Isotope Production System deployable on all Bruce Power units that can also support the future production of other isotopes in addition to Lutetium-177. This will leverage the multi-unit Bruce Power site to provide a stable, redundant supply for many decades to come.

“This partnership will allow us to jointly market this project and engage governments to align this Project with their priorities and goals. We will be playing a leadership role in the fight against cancer and at the same time building economic opportunities within the SON Territory and for our SON Communities and Community members,” said Lester Anoquot, Chief of Saugeen First Nation.

This will leverage the multi-unit Bruce Power site to provide a stable supply for many decades to come which is welcome news to the 1-7 men diagnosed with prostate cancer.

“An average of 11 Canadian men die from prostate cancer every day. We’re working with our partners to change that statistic by developing innovative radioisotope treatments,” said Peter Coleridge, President and CEO, Prostate Cancer Canada. “Radioisotopes play a crucial role from diagnosis to treating advanced forms of the disease for which there is no cure. That’s why we’re excited about new treatments in the pipeline that are giving men and their families hope for the future. Together, we can save and improve more lives.”

Bruce Power is a founding member of the Canadian Nuclear Isotope Council (CNIC), whose members are working together to ensure Canada remains a world leader in the production of life-saving radioisotopes by raising awareness and supporting long-term policies at the domestic and international level.

“This partnership between Bruce Power and SON will send a strong message across Canada and the world that we are committed to doing our part in the fight against cancer by ensuring our country remains at the forefront of isotope innovation and supply,” said James Scongack, Chair of the Canadian Nuclear Isotope Council. “A partnership of this nature will create a needed export and supply opportunity for Lutetium-177 and can align well with many public policy priorities at both the provincial and federal level.”

Kim Rudd, MP for Northumberland-Peterborough South and a strong advocate for the nuclear industry in Canada, offered praise for the announcement.

“Our government has been committed to renewed relationships with Indigenous peoples, based on reconciliation and recognition of rights, respect, and co-operation. This partnership between the Saugeen Ojibway Nation and Bruce Power to collaborate on isotope production will not only help to expand Canada’s leadership role in the global community by supporting new and innovative patient treatments, but also demonstrates a real commitment to working hand in hand with our indigenous partners to ensure shared prosperity, for themselves, their families and their communities.”

Bill Walker, Associate Energy Minister and MPP for Bruce-Grey-Huron who attended the announcement, congratulated all involved for the innovative new partnership.

“Our government supports private sector action to create economic growth in Indigenous communities. This historic announcement between Bruce Power and the Saugeen Ojibway Nation to collaborate on Lu-177 production, a life-saving isotope for prostate cancer, will create opportunities for indigenous peoples in Bruce County and generate high-tech export sales to help Ontario businesses grow.”

A joint Bruce Power and SON website has been launched to share more information on the partnership and on the project. It can be found at the Fighting Cancer Together website.

About Bruce Power
Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an electricity company based in Bruce County, Ontario. We are powered by our people. Our 4,200 employees are the foundation of our accomplishments and are proud of the role they play in safely delivering clean, reliable, low-cost nuclear power to families and businesses across the province. Bruce Power has worked hard to build strong roots in Ontario and is committed to protecting the environment and supporting the communities in which we live. Learn more at


Dene prepare to discuss its nation’s future at off-the-grid assembly in N.W.T. wilderness – CBC

Absence of internet and cell service will promote stronger focus and relationship-building, chiefs say

Jul 19, 2019

The Dene Nation will do things a little differently when chiefs, elders and community members from the five regions of Denendeh come together for their annual gathering this year.

The 49th Dene National Assembly from July 29 to 31 will be held on the land at Midway Lake, N.W.T., in a wooded area with no electricity, no internet and no cell service.

Instead, the event will run on generators and people will have to drive five minutes up a hill to access a cell phone signal.

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BC children’s minister says she is looking into birth alert system – CFJC Today Kamloops

Jul 18, 2019

KAMLOOPS — B.C.’s children’s minister says her ministry is looking at its use of birth alerts after a pair of Indigenous inquiries called on governments to change the system.

Birth alerts are issued to flag at-risk babies. In a recent case at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, a baby was apprehended by social workers 90 minutes after birth.

Both the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Inquiry Report touched on the system, with the latter report labeling it an act of violence.

Among the MMIWG report’s 231 Calls for Justice is a call to end the birth alert system.

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Canada supports the efforts of Saskatchewan Indigenous groups to rebuild their nations

July 18  2019 – Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan – Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

The Government of Canada has committed to transformative change to renew relationships with Indigenous peoples, and continues to support Indigenous groups seeking to rebuild their nations in a manner that responds to the priorities and unique needs of their communities.

Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, announced that Canada has provided $1,600,000 this fiscal year to five Indigenous groups in Saskatchewan through the Nation Rebuilding Program. This week Minister Bennett met with Tribal Chief Richard Ben of the Meadow Lake Tribal Council, one of the funding recipients, to learn more about their communities’ unique priorities and needs relating to rebuilding their nation.

Made possible by Budget 2018, the Nation Rebuilding Program provides funding to support activities facilitating Indigenous groups’ own path to reconstituting their nations. The program is an important step forward in renewing nation-to-nation relationships, improving their well-being and economic prosperity and developing healthier, more sustainable communities.


“Strong and self-reliant nations are critical to advancing the priorities and needs of their constituent communities. Investments in nation-rebuilding activities, like those with Meadow Lake Tribal Council and other Indigenous groups in Saskatchewan, are one way we are working together to support our mutual goal for a renewed nation-to-nation relationship.”

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

“MLTC wants to thank Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, Treaties and Aboriginal Government branch for their continued support. The role and scope of governments, including First Nation governments, is complex. In order for our communities to make advances in education, health, justice and economic matters, we need programs like the Nation Rebuilding Program.

Good decisions and good communications are critical to law making and nation building; nation building leads to effective, accountable and transparent governments. This is the ultimate goal of our leaders.”

Tribal Chief Richard Ben
Meadow Lake Tribal Council

Quick facts

  • The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (1996) recommended that Indigenous groups should begin to reconstitute themselves as nations.
  • Under the Nation Rebuilding Program, $100 million in funding has been made available for five years starting in 2018-19 to support Indigenous groups of the same nation coming together to build capacity at the nation level.
  • The five Indigenous groups in Saskatchewan who will receive Nation Rebuilding funding for 2019-20 are: the Meadow Lake Tribal Council, the Saskatoon Tribal Council, Treaty 10, Treaty 4 Nations, and the Whitecap Dakota First Nation.

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For more information, media may contact:

Matthew Dillon-Leitch
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

Media Relations
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada


Lakehead Public Schools – Building Strong Math Skills

Students work with professional carpenters at Math Camp

July 18, 2019

For the third summer, elementary students are again constructing stronger math skills this summer by learning carpentry! Seventeen Lakehead Public Schools students entering Grade 7 this coming September are working on their math skills and learning about carpentry at a special camp through a partnership with Carpenters Local 1669 and the Indigenous Friendship Centre.

“Our students have had an amazing experience building their math skills with the members of Carpenters Local 1669,” says AJ Keene, Principal of Program and Early Learning, Lakehead Public Schools. “The participating students build their math skills as they complete a number of hands on carpentry projects with the carpenters. They have a lot of fun and learn in a very practical way.”

The three week camp will wrap up this week and the students will be receiving certificates of completion on Friday, July 19 at the Carpenters’ Local Union 1669 Training Centre.

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Jim McCuaig Education Centre
2135 Sills Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7E 5T2
Phone: (807) 625-5100
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Federal training scheme marginalizes southern Inuit, TI says – Nunatsiaq News

18 July, 2019

StatCan estimates about 40 per cent of Inuit now live outside Inuit Nunangat

A federal Indigenous training program that Carolyn Bennett, the minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, promoted in Iqaluit earlier this month “further marginalizes” the Inuit of Ontario, the head of Tungasuvvingat Inuit said yesterday.

Bennett “announced” the program this past July 8 at a pre-election photo-op in Iqaluit.

The program is called ISET, short for Indigenous Skills and Employment Training, and replaces an earlier scheme called “ASET.” The Inuit-specific component is worth $161.2 million over five years and $32.6 million a year thereafter.

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MNBC Opens Dawson Creek Regional Community Resource Office

July 16, 2019

Métis Nation BC is pleased to announce the opening and complete renovation of our Dawson Creek Regional Community Resource Office, and we invite you to drop by.

Many renovations and a whole lot of TLC has gone into transforming this space into a place of gathering and warmth for the community to access services and resources.

Check out the transition for yourself.

Before and AFTER – Dawson Creek Office Presentation (PDF download)

Stop by, we’re at 1005 – 102 Ave. Dawson Creek, BC


Saskatchewan First Nation receives money to help bison from Prince Albert National Park – Preeceville Progress

July 18, 2019

MISTAWASIS FIRST NATION, Sask. — A First Nation in Saskatchewan will receive federal funding to help conserve a dwindling population of free roaming plains bison from Prince Albert National Park.

Officials with Environment and Climate Change Canada say the Mistawasis Nehiyawak Guardians Program is one of 22 First Nations-led projects to receive a total of $6.4 million through the Indigenous Guardians Pilot Program.

Research published in May shows that the Sturgeon River herd’s population has decreased to about 120 animals from 500 in 2005.

It showed overhunting by First Nations on private lands outside the national park was contributing to the decline.

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Laurier researchers receive over $5M in funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

July 17, 2019

Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University researchers have received more than $5 million in funding through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Thirty-six Laurier faculty members working in a broad range of areas, from advancing Indigenous environmental stewardship to studying the effects of paternity leaves on men’s career outcomes, received funding through the Connection, Insight and Talent programs, while 14 doctoral students and 18 master’s students received funding through fellowships and scholarships.

“We are extremely proud of the innovative and high-quality research that is conducted at Laurier,” said Jeffery Jones, interim associate vice-president: research. “Our researchers are leaders in a wide range of social sciences and humanities fields, from economics to social work and education. This funding will provide the essential support they need to continue to make an impact, both locally and globally.”

Lea Caragata, professor and associate dean of the PhD program in the Faculty of Social Work, has been studying the experiences of low-income single mothers for more than a decade. She has received Insight Grant funding of just over $223,000 to turn her attention to the contributions of youth in these families.

Caragata will study the roles that youth play through paid and unpaid labour, including domestic and caring work, to support their families. She will conduct interviews and focus groups with youth in Vancouver and Toronto to determine how and to what extent youth are working for their families and the impact of this labour on their health and well-being. She will also look for factors within the family and community that can help support youth resiliency, or not, and the effects of a youth’s contributions on their resiliency.

The results of Caragata’s study could be used to inform and improve social welfare policies and programs in Canada and the U.S., where income disparity has led to an increasing number of families living in poverty.

Jenna Hennebry, associate professor at Laurier and the Balsillie School of International Affairs and co-founder of the International Migration Research Centre, has been awarded nearly $350,000 through SSHRC’s Insight Grants to support her work examining the role of gender in labour migration governance and its impact on the human and labour rights of women migrant workers around the world.

Hennebry examines bilateral labour migration agreements between governments to regulate the movement of migrant workers between states. She says many agreements serve to entrench gender discrimination and it is not clear whether these agreements help protect the labour and human rights of women migrant workers. The question is increasingly pressing since more women are migrating independently for work than they ever have, and many face gender discrimination and violations of their rights.

Along with collaborators from Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Qatar and the University of West London, the funding will help Hennebry analyze hundreds of these agreements, interview organizations and governments and conduct focus groups with women migrant workers over several years in several different countries, including Morocco, Spain, the Philippines, Germany, Qatar and other Gulf states, Mexico and Canada. The research collaborators will also be developing an online gender-based assessment tool, which they hope governments and organizations will use to improve their own public policies.

Victoria Daniel, a PhD student in the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management program, is one of six doctoral students at Laurier who has been awarded a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship. As part of her dissertation work, she is studying when and how personal activities – those that are outside of work and separate from family, such as exercise, volunteering and art – can help employees develop skills, knowledge and perspectives that improve their work performance.

A shift away from traditional family roles and obligations has meant more time for personal activities for many Canadian workers, but it is not clear how and why these activities can improve performance at work or how to harness that benefit. To better understand this issue, Daniel will survey employees across North America to determine the conditions under which employees are able to apply the skills, knowledge and perspectives they’ve gained from these activities to their work. With this knowledge, she will create a tool to help employees better apply what they’ve gained from their personal activities to their work. Her research will also be useful for businesses looking to create more inclusive work-life policies that meet the needs of the entire workforce, rather than just those with conventional family demands.



Kitigan Zibi man wins business competition with tea leaves – APTN News

July 18, 2019

Kayoki Whiteduck, the owner of Kayo-Tea, an organic tea company he grew from scratch, is hoping to expand after winning a competition.

Whiteduck recently won top prize in an Indigenous entrepreneurial competition called Pow-Wow Pitch.

“Then they select winners and I was fortunate to win the first place prize,” said Whiteduck.

The winning serves as a reminder he’s on the right path and the $5,000 that comes with it helps too.

Whiteduck has been tending to his three gardens which total about half a hectare for about five years and space is getting tight.

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