On Earth Day, Government of Canada targets plastic waste and marine litter, with launch of online consultation

April 22, 2018 – Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia

Plastic waste and marine litter pose an increasingly serious threat to our oceans and marine life. Canada is committed to protecting our environment and preserving our waterways, so that all Canadians can continue to enjoy the beauty, health and economic benefits that our oceans, lakes and rivers provide. The Government of Canada is working at home and with international partners to address this serious and growing problem.

As Canadians celebrate Earth Day, Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, launched Canada’s Dialogue on Plastic Waste to gather Canadians’ views on plastics and identify ways we can achieve zero plastic waste and reduce marine litter.

In consultation with Canadians, Indigenous peoples, industry, municipalities, non-profit organizations and research institutions, the Government of Canada will work with provinces and territories to develop an approach to keep plastics within the economy and out of landfills and the environment.

Canadians are invited to share their ideas for potential solutions in areas such as sustainable design and production (changing how we create plastics to extend their life and eliminate waste), and collection and management (improving how we collect and manage plastics at their end of life).

While marking Earth Day, Minister McKenna also participated in a shoreline cleanup hosted by the Ecology Action Centre, the Friends of McNabs Island Society and Oceans North, in the seaside community of Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia, overlooking McNabs Island and Halifax Harbour. As plastics and other debris pollute shorelines across the country, Canada is encouraging citizens to take the time to care for their local marine areas and coastlines.

Throughout its G7 Presidency, Canada will advance global and domestic action on marine plastic litter and ocean preservation. Canada is working with G7 and G20 countries and others to reduce plastic waste and prevent marine litter from polluting our oceans. At the cleanup, Minister McKenna launched the G7 Shoreline Sweep Challenge, encouraging Ministerial counterparts from G7 nations to launch their own shoreline cleanup. Canadians are also invited to take part, and to send video and pictures of their own Shoreline Sweeps leading up to World Environment Day, on June 5.


“Plastic products are polluting our oceans and waterways—not just in Canada but around the world. That’s why Canada is taking action through this year’s G7 and beyond, to keep plastics out of our oceans, waterways and landfills. I look forward to working with our partners here at home and our G7 counterparts and others abroad to make sure plastics are reused and recycled smartly in a way that benefits both our economy and our environment.”

– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

“As a province heavily dependent on our oceans, Nova Scotia has the opportunity to set the stage in Canada and take strong action on reducing single use plastics and expanding extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs. This event is an opportunity for politicians and the public to come together to learn first-hand about the effects of plastic pollution on our oceans. It’s encouraging to have Minister McKenna here today to bear witness to the effects of plastics to our oceans. We hope that the government will take the necessary steps to support the transition away from plastics to a renewable economy.”

– Colleen Turlo, Sustainable Food Coordinator, Ecology Action Centre

“For over 27 years, the annual Friends of McNabs Island beach cleanup has shown first-hand how ocean plastics pollute our shoreline.  So far, we’ve collected about 13,000 bags of garbage, and countless other large items. The debris ranges from furniture to tires to lobster traps to shopping carts. Sadly, enough to fill two olympic-sized swimming pools. But in the end it doesn’t matter whether it’s an unusual item, or the many coffee cups and tampon applicators that pollute Halifax Regional Municipality. None of it belongs in the environment.”

– Royce Walker, Vice President, Friends of McNabs Island Society

“Ocean Conservancy is thrilled that Canada is tackling ocean trash as part of its leadership role as president of the G7. With over 8 million metric tons of plastic flowing into the ocean every year, we must solve this problem. From participating in local cleanups in Canada and around the world, to making smarter choices about what we buy and use, to incentivizing waste collection and recycling for a circular economy in places where the flow of trash from land to the ocean is greatest, every individual and every government has a role to play in meeting our goal of trash free seas.”

– Janis Searles Jones, CEO, Ocean Conservancy

“Coastal communities from Halifax to Iqaluit depend on a healthy and abundant ocean. Reducing plastic use is an urgent global issue that requires real leadership. We commend Canada for providing that leadership domestically and internationally.”

– Louie Porta, Vice President, Oceans North

Quick facts

  • One of Canada’s G7 themes is working together on climate change, oceans, and clean energy.
  • Worldwide, there is more than 150 million tonnes of plastic waste in the ocean.
  • Every year, approximately eight million tonnes of plastics enter our oceans from land.
  • At this rate, plastics could outweigh fish in the oceans by 2050.
  • Globally, less than 10 per cent of all plastics are recycled and kept in the economy.
  • In January 2018, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, 11 global companies including Coca-Cola, Walmart, Evian and Unilever committed to work towards 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by 2025.

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Speech – Economic Club of Canada

Minister Jane Philpott
April 13, 2018

Thank you very much and good afternoon, everyone. It’s a real privilege to be here. Thank you, Regan for the introduction. Both Regan and Rhiannon have already acknowledged that we’re gathered on the land that has been walked on for many, many years and cared for many years before us by the Mississauga New Credit, by the Haudenosaunee, by the Huron-Wendat and other nations. I want to acknowledge those who have gone before and continue to live in this land and territory and care for it.

I am very pleased to welcome you all here today. It is an honour for me to be here with you, discussing issues that are so important to the future of this nation, and I thank you for being here.

I’m so pleased as well that IBM has hosted an event like this. They have certainly, as an organization, demonstrated a commitment to engagement with vulnerable people through work across North America. They are now increasing participation in Indigenous education in Canada which is to be commended and I want to thank Regan and IBM for your leadership in this area.

Some of you may be aware of the work that IBM has done through P-Tech in finding ways to connect education and jobs and this is ground-breaking work. It’s work that I think has much more capacity in Canada and we’re very lucky that you’re engaged on this issue.

I was thrilled to see that Rhiannon started her presentation referring to the Arctic and in fact, that’s where I wanted to start as well. I want to start with sharing with you some comments that were in a piece in the Globe and Mail that you may have come across about a week or so ago. A doctor, Kevin Patterson, brought up the story of two teenagers from the Arctic who had actually died in recent months with a diagnosis of tuberculosis. He noted in his comments that tuberculosis is an expression of poverty as much as it’s an expression of a microbacterial infection.

The point was that in 2018, when Canadian teenagers each year die from tuberculosis, the cause is more than bacterial. The etiology includes things like nursing shortages, language barriers, weather delays associated with medical transportation to remote communities and some of the most overcrowded housing in our entire country. The article described Arctic homes where six people often share a bedroom and in fact, he wrote of one woman who came from the community of Naujaat, Nunavut, who said that these days, she had 20. They sleep wherever they can find room, bedrooms, kitchen, living room.

Canada has failed. We have failed to address the upstream causes of tuberculosis among many other topics, but tuberculosis indeed among Indigenous people. The result is that the rate of tuberculosis amongst Inuit who live in the Inuit Nunangat which is the Inuit homeland across the north of this country, the rate of tuberculosis is 300 times that of the non-Indigenous Canadian born population. First Nations have tuberculosis rates that are 40 times the non-Indigenous Canadian born population.

On World Tuberculosis Day this year, just a couple of weeks ago, I joined Nathan Obed, a remarkable leader. He’s the president of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. President Obed and I announced that Canada will claim a very serious target, to eliminate tuberculosis in Inuit Nunangat by the year 2030 and on our way there, to make sure that we reduce active cases by half by the year 2025. It’s something that’s never been achieved before, but we will not achieve it unless we deal with these issues like housing – recognizing that overcrowding rates in Nunavut, which you just saw here on the screen, overcrowding rates are as high as 52% across Inuit Nunangat.

I raise the topic of an ancient infectious disease that, while being the No. 1 infectious killer in the world, is not necessarily felt to be compatible with a modern audience in an urban context. I do so in order to flag for us those vast socio-economic gaps that exist and that face Indigenous communities on a daily basis. It’s 2018 and we’re still facing outbreaks of a completely preventable treatable infection in one of the wealthiest countries on the planet.

Secondly, I wanted to highlight this story because it shows the value of a target and I don’t need to tell people in this audience that what gets measured gets done. We’re trying to use this approach in almost every area of our work. Without setting defined targets like this and holding ourselves accountable to them, we struggle to mobilize the resources that are necessary and the partners that need to come together for success.

My final point in raising this, and I thank Regan and others for the kind words that they said about the work that I’ve been able to do, but when I hear things like that, I want so much for people to understand that no single person, no single government can actually address these gaps and that we will not be successful without partnerships. In the case of the tuberculosis elimination strategy, we’re working closely in partnership not only with territory governments, but most importantly, with the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. These vast gaps that exist socio-economically between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians need this kind of partnership in order to get done. We should also understand if it’s not entirely clear, that Indigenous peoples will lead the way and the implementation of the solutions that already exist in Indigenous communities.

So what I wanted to do today, and I’m very pleased just to give you a little bit of a taste of what’s to come, is that I will spend a bit of time speaking about some of the challenges and opportunities as I see them. Then I’m going to be inviting J.P. Gladu to join me here on the stage. J.P., I’ll tell you a bit more about him in a few minutes, but he’s the CEO of the Canadian Council on Aboriginal Business.

I very often have the wonderful privilege of sharing my thoughts and some of the issues associated with my portfolio but I think that the voices of Indigenous business leaders are even more important for you to hear. They need to be amplified because it is leaders like J.P. that will set the agenda for economic development and how we will actually move more quickly down the path of reconciliation.

For my part, I’m going to address this issue in a couple of contexts that I think are critical if one of our goals is the full engagement and participation of Indigenous people in the economic and social fabric of our country and that is the issues of both human capital and physical capital.

So let’s start first talking a little bit about human capital. You all know very well that our Canadian economy that we value so greatly will not thrive without a fully engaged workforce to drive it. We’re proud to be one of the best educated countries in the world. We have created a hugely talented innovative workforce that creates jobs and in fact, doing a very good job right now creating those jobs and growth. But Indigenous people in this country, we must all acknowledged have suffered from the denial of rights, from neglect when it comes to participation in the education and employment opportunities of the land. Our economy and our society are the weaker for it.

If you look at something like high school graduation rates and I often ask when I go to high schools, what they think the graduation rate is across the country and I get a range of guesses on that. The rate across this country, it’s about 88% of young people who graduate from high school which is not bad. We could do probably a little better, but if you look at First Nations on reserve, the graduation rates from high school are 44%, half that of the national average.

And then you look at something like the number of non-Indigenous Canadians who have post-secondary credentials. I suspect in this room, it’s probably pretty high in terms of post-secondary credentials, but across the country, it’s about 65.5%.and yet only 49% of Indigenous Canadians across the country have post-secondary credentials. As a result, Indigenous peoples are under-represented in almost every sector of the workforce. The gaps are particularly concerning given the fact that we know that Indigenous youth are the fastest growing sector of our Canadian population.

The good news is that change is happening and it is being led without a doubt by Indigenous people. For example, you can go back actually some time, to 1999, when the Mi’gmaw of Nova Scotia won the right to manage education. Actually I should clarify – they didn’t win the right, they always had the right, the right was affirmed by the courts to manage education for their own children for the first time in a century. As a result, students in the Mi’gmaw school board have now the highest graduation rate in their entire province, a stunning 90%, higher than the national average.

A few months ago, we launched a First Nations school system in Manitoba and another one is coming very soon in Alberta. We look forward to working across the country to support First Nations who are ready, willing and able to take over the control, the design and the delivery of education in their communities. I should also comment at this point in the post-secondary space that there’s a lot of work being done. I know that there are representatives here from Indspire. Indspire is a fantastic organization, a not-for-profit that is led by the amazing Roberta Jamieson. They provide more than 3,700 funding awards to Indigenous students every year and they absolutely cannot meet up with the demand.

Nearby in Six Nations, we recently celebrated the launch of an amazing academy called the STEAM Academy and this has been done in part with the support of IBM to implement an amazing curriculum. It is founded on STEAM. You all know about STEAM, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math and I hope all you make sure that the ‘A’ is in STEAM because it’s absolutely essential. I met with somebody just a few minutes ago from the National Ballet and promised to make sure we give a shout-out because the technology is nothing without the arts.

Here’s to the humanities, long may they live. The STEAM Academy really takes us to the next level because STEAM is the first school in Canada that offers Indigenous students the combination of being able to acquire a high school diploma along with a college diploma concurrently. Students are taking courses, college courses as early as a grade 10 level. They finish the program in five or six years and they have their Ontario Secondary School diploma as well as a two-year college technician diploma. So I want to really give a shout-out to the outstanding work of Roberta Jamieson who is here and maybe Roberta can give a wave to us all.

She is the genius behind Six Nations polytechnic as well as Aaron Hobbs who is the president of the STEAM Academy. They are here today with three very special people who I will ask to stand, three of the academy students, Wayne General, Kayla Choir-Esquire, and Christian Tiel.

Thank you so much for being here. I had the opportunity to visit the STEAM Academy. What actually impressed me the very most is not only the amazing technology that they’ve got there and the fantastic education these young people are getting, but a beautiful blending of technological education with Indigenous arts and culture. Imagine what happens when you’ve got these fantastic computer-assisted design technology and 3D printers in one room and in the room next door, you have people who are understanding Haudenosaunee arts and culture and history and learning the language and offering programs in Indigenous languages and offering the ability to be able to have elders who can come in to teach Indigenous knowledge and ceremony. Combining that and the technology that will come out of that place will be the best in this country. So kudos to STEAM at the Six Nations Polytechnic.

There are so many examples of progress to highlight but there’s much more that needs to be done. We have to continue to support the capacity of Indigenous communities across the land to control the delivery of culturally appropriate education. I’m very proud to say that with the result of investments  from our government, we’re going to reach the time very soon, this year, where for the first time, there will be equitable funding for First Nations students on reserve. Stunning that we haven’t gotten there yet, but per capita student funding will, for the first time, be as good as or better than provincial per capita funding in every part of this country.

Education is the key to hope and opportunity for every one of us and the STEAM Academy shows how to unleash the potential of Indigenous youth. We need many more programs like it across the country. I hope you and your organizations will be looking at other ways to develop similar partnerships between the private sector and Indigenous communities to design and test some of these creative ways of getting Indigenous youth into the workforce and being able to enjoy what they will be able to contribute there. Later this afternoon, I’m really looking forward to meeting with business leaders and STEAM Academy leaders and students as we explore these kinds of partnerships and find ways that we can particularly make sure that we create self-evident pathways for high-skilled jobs as a part of our discussions.

In my role as Minister of Indigenous Services, I have an incredible privilege of meeting and learning from inspiring First Nations, Inuit and Métis leaders across the country. I hope that you are seeking ways to be able to do the same. In your communities, in your organizations, in your companies, I hope as you look at your board of directors, your senior executives, your staff, making sure that you find ways to have fulsome Indigenous representation. Also how you can particularly attract Indigenous youth to your organization. We should be very clear, this is not about charity, this is about enlightened self-interest, it’s about making your organizations better than they are now.

The National Indigenous Economic Advisory Board has estimated that by engaging Indigenous Canadians in the economy at the same rate as non-Indigenous Canadians, we could boost Canada’s GDP by 1.5% and create at least $28 billion in annual economic growth. Many have suggested that the number is actually much higher. This past week, the McDonald Laurier Institute posted an article written by Carol Ann Hilton who is a First Nations business leader from British Columbia. She proposed that Canada should be preparing for a $100-billion Indigenous economy. I hope you’re going to be ready for that.

So let’s move on. I will ask J.P. to talk more in a few minutes about the human capital side of things, but let me turn to physical capital. Canada, I hope you feel it, is in the midst I think of an infrastructure renaissance. In this city alone, the federal government is investing billions of dollars in public transit, housing, flood mitigation and more. I trust that many of you know that our government plans to invest $186 billion in infrastructure over the next ten years.

Many of us would argue that there is nowhere that this is more than in Indigenous communities and I know we have, I think, an entire table here today from the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships, wave there to the CCPPP. They have actually done work to try to estimate what the gap is. Looking at First Nations on reserve alone, they estimate that the infrastructure gap on reserve is in the order of $30 billion and quickly growing.

I was recently in Pikangikum First Nation with the Prime Minister. The Chief had his council around him and said to the Prime Minister, as he pointed down the table to one of his council members, that she had approximately 20 people living in her house. Not unlike the example that I spoke of earlier in the Arctic. She said that of those 20 people living in the house were young people and that they had to sleep in shifts because that was the only way 20 people in a two-bedroom home could try to be able to get a good night sleep. A young man in her family had to recently drop out of high school for the mere fact that he couldn’t actually get a decent night sleep. Again, this is happening in this rich province, in this rich country.

So we have made significant investments in Indigenous housing including working with Inuit regions and the Métis region on ten-year plans for their own strategic approach to housing. We’re in the process of working with First Nations partners on a ten-year approach on housing, a housing strategy on reserve. We cannot do this alone. The gap is too big and we certainly can’t address this gap by doing business as usual. I think that there are significant opportunities while recognizing Indigenous rights, including treaty rights. I believe that there are significant opportunities to engage the private sector and the not-for-profit sector in this work. New financing procurement models and designs are necessary to build and maintain what some have estimated is a gap of 80,000 housing units for First Nations communities on reserve.

So we’ve begun to work with Indigenous partners to develop the possibility of a housing and infrastructure challenge fund which you’ll hear more about in the months to come, I hope. It will feed innovative work in these areas and let me give you an example – this is the really fun stuff that happens when smart people get together. The Métis Nation of Alberta has a housing corporation associated with it and when I was in Edmonton recently, I went to see their family reunification project. What they have done is solve two problems at once: solved the housing problem and solved the very serious problem in this country around the severe over-representation of Indigenous children in the child welfare system.

What they did was they bought a housing unit, a small apartment building with eight units and renovated it and the dollars that they used to renovate that apartment building came from the funding that would have gone to foster families, non-Indigenous foster families to care for these kids. By doing that, they were able to bring parents, sometimes single parents, back together with their children, able to do it for actually less than the cost of supporting these kids in the foster care system. They were able to provide 24/7 coverage of nurses, support workers, counselors, social workers to be able to help these moms and dads reunite with their families, get back into the workforce, build their skillsets, stay with them for – anywhere from one to three years until they were able to launch out in their home with their families intact. This is the kind of amazing opportunity that we have before us, if we use our minds and our resources better.

Another area where we’re seeing exciting opportunity is in the energy sector. A few weeks ago, I was in Thunder Bay to celebrate a really fantastic project. It’s a $1.6 billion investment from the federal government in order to support Watay Power. Watay Power is a First Nations-led partnership of 22 First Nations from Northern Ontario who have combined forces with Fortis. Through their network, they are going to be connecting 16 First Nations communities in Northern Ontario to the provincial electricity grid.

Our funding, the federal funding for that, a portion of it at least comes from booking savings in advance and recognizing that when we connect those First Nations to the electricity grid, we will save money that is currently being spent on diesel generated power in these northern communities over the next number of decades. So First Nations investors then are also going to be reinvesting the profits from their portion of the corporation to build their share over time until they will be full owners of this transmission corridor.

And then the other area that I can’t help but mention is the issue of clean drinking water which I know some of you are following. It’s one of the Prime Minister’s boldest commitments. He announced in 2016 our firm commitment to ensure that all long-term drinking water advisories for public systems on reserve will be eliminated within five years and we have made the investment appropriate for that. We’ve undertaken now over 400 projects across the country, to date have lifted 57 long-term drinking water advisories.

A few weeks ago, I was in Slate Falls who has the most spectacular, probably the most beautiful water system I’ve ever seen, perhaps partly because it’s brand-new but it’s also a beautiful state-of-the-art facility. They were able to lift 11 long-term drinking water advisories, most of which had been in place for 14 years. So we still have 78 long-term advisories in place. We’re always keeping an eye on high-risk systems that may become long-term advisories. There’s a lot more to be done, to get to 2021, but we’re well on our way.

I hope that many of you are thinking about ways that you may participate, for example, in things like a housing and infrastructure challenge fund that we would like to launch in the coming months. This would be a way to provide support to these kinds of innovative partnerships between the private and not-for-profit organizations with Indigenous communities and leaders, to develop new financing models, design procurement operations models, for housing, energy, broadband, all kinds of other critical infrastructure.

I’m convinced that we will not properly address the infrastructure gap that exists on reserve without significant innovation, including recognizing Indigenous ways of knowing and doing. From the housing perspective I think that this means looking at designs that are more culturally and geographically appropriate, rediscovering traditional ways of building styles and techniques, sourcing and manufacturing materials locally, hiring and training locally. We’re also working with the Canada Infrastructure Bank and chair, Janice Fukakusa to ensure that Indigenous infrastructure is a key part of their portfolio as they go forward.

We’ve started to engage with Infrastructure Ontario to develop pilot projects using their procurement models with Indigenous partners. I believe that somewhere in the audience is Ehren Cory – hi, Erin, nice to see you – who is the head of Infrastructure Ontario and really helping to dream up some of these ideas.

You should know that there are 40,000 Indigenous small and medium enterprises. Maybe Dave will refer to this a little bit later, but the number of Indigenous businesses in this country is steadily growing and they operate in every province and territory of this country. It’s no longer just gas bars and convenience stores, but it’s a whole range of large complex ventures like franchise food chains, high-tech start-ups for renewable energy projects, etc. The majority of Indigenous businesses in the country are located off reserve. Indigenous tourism for example contributes $1.4 billion to Canada’s GDP and employs more than 33,000 people.

To give you one more great example, from Muskowekwan First Nation in Saskatchewan, they have formed a joint venture with Encanto Potash. They are building a $3-billion potash mine on reserve in Lestock, which is about 100 kilometers north of Regina. They’re working with the federal government, with provincial and First Nations governments to make this happen. The project currently has a present value over $1 billion. In a recent edition of the Canadian Mining Journal, their Chief, Reginald Bellerose, has spoken about the venture as more than just about revenue and jobs in his community. He’s spoken about it from a recognition of rights perspective in terms of the building of the local economy, saying that the goal is to have control over their lives and their priorities.

In the article I referenced earlier, that Carol Anne Hilton wrote, she said, “Today’s new reality is that First Nations are emerging as economy powerhouses”. Canadian business leaders like you in this room should be looking for respectful and fair ways to participate in the opportunities of the Indigenous economy. Hilton asks the question: “Is this the time that Canada will finally get it? That Indigenous peoples are actually the most integral part of the value chain of this country?”

My work in this portfolio of Indigenous Services isn’t easy, but I see so much hope every day. In spite of a national history that has neglected and discriminated against Indigenous peoples, they persevered. With resilience, strength and dignity, First Nations, Métis and Inuit have found ways to innovate, thrive and grow. Indigenous leaders and communities are ready and willing and able to lead. All Canadians have a responsibility to be involved in repairing the wrongs of our national past, learning about our obligations to truth and reconciliation, and to ensuring that all Canadians can succeed.

There is no shortage of ways to participate. I hope that you are increasingly using your skills, experience, networks and creativity to partner in this collective effort. Now it’s my great pleasure to invite J.P. Gladu to join me here, the CEO of the Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business. I’m going to tell you a bit more about him once we sit down together. Thank you very much.


Blackfoot First Nations give traditional blessing at Waterton Lakes National Park and honour two Parks Canada’s team members with traditional names

April 20, 2018            Waterton Park            Parks Canada Agency

Across the country, Parks Canada and Indigenous peoples are partners in conserving, restoring, and presenting Canada’s natural and cultural heritage. Today, Parks Canada was honoured to host a traditional Blackfoot blessing ceremony by Kainai and Piikani First Nations in Waterton Lakes National Park. The blessing ceremony is a traditional event and a way to give thanks for the past, present, and future.

The blessing ceremony highlights the physical, cultural, and spiritual significance of Waterton Lakes National Park for the Blackfoot Confederacy, as part of their traditional territory, and recognized the impact of the 2017 Kenow Wildfire on the land and the courageous efforts of Parks Canada and their many partners in managing the fire. The event also included a naming ceremony for two Parks Canada team members as a reflection of the expanding working relationship between Waterton Lakes National Park and the Blackfoot. The ceremony included representatives from Kainai, Piikani, Siksika, and Blackfeet Nations, as well as representatives from Parks Canada, Glacier National Park (U.S.A), and local community groups.

Waterton Lakes National Park is part of the traditional territory and a place of significance for the Blackfoot (Niitsitapi). The land, water, air, animals, and plants are all interconnected with significant meaning, and are woven together into the fabric of contemporary Blackfoot life. Parks Canada is working closely with Kainai and Piikani First Nations to jointly develop interpretive programming that will provide opportunities for visitors to learn about Blackfoot culture, history, and connection to Waterton Lakes National Park.

Waterton Lakes National Park currently features a robust Indigenous program offer, and we invite visitors to participate in one of our Blackfoot interpretive programs this summer. Parks Canada very much values the relationship with the Blackfoot, and will continue to work closely with Kainai and Piikani First Nations on matters relating to the management of Waterton Lakes National Park.

Quick facts

  • The Government is committed to reconciliation and renewed relationships with Indigenous peoples, based on a recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership.
  • Parks Canada works with more than 300 Indigenous communities and organizations across Canada in conserving, restoring, and presenting Canada’s natural and cultural heritage. Parks Canada is committed to developing a system off national heritage places that recognizes the role of Indigenous peoples in Canada and in the traditional use of these special places.
  • Waterton Lakes National Park is open to visitors. When planning your visit, remember that the Kenow Wildfire of 2017 has impacted the park in a number of ways. The fire affected 38% of Waterton Lakes National Park, including 50% of the park’s vegetation. There continue to be many recreation opportunities for visitors to experience in Waterton Lakes National Park, however some areas of the Park remain closed as a result of hazards. A full list of what is available, along with information on recreational opportunities is available on our website to help visitors plan their trip. Additional details on the 2018 visitor offer will be provided in the near future.
  • The Kenow wildfire has revealed previously unknown archeological evidence of the traditional Indigenous presence on the land. Together with local Indigenous partners, Parks Canada will examine these findings to develop a richer understanding of Blackfoot history in the area.

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April 20, 2018

SURREY – Women escaping violence, Indigenous families healing from intergenerational trauma, and youth needing mentorship to resist gang involvement will benefit from nearly $6.5 million in grants supporting government’s crime prevention priorities.

In all, more than 170 local programs and projects – led by community organizations, school districts, police agencies and others – will receive a one-time grant from civil and criminal forfeiture proceeds.

“Sharing proceeds of crime back with communities, to prevent crime and victimization and help victims to become survivors, is one more way we’re enhancing the services that people count on,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, at an announcement coinciding with Prevention of Violence Against Women Week in British Columbia. “Many of this year’s grant recipients are working with some of our most vulnerable citizens, helping to rebuild and heal after years and, in some cases, lifetimes of violence.”

Farnworth announced the grants today at DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society. DIVERSEcity is receiving nearly $30,000 to enhance domestic violence supports provided to women through transition houses and second-stage recovery houses in Surrey. Another grant of $75,000 will further their Women’s Crime Reduction Program, which targets the intersection of crime reduction and mental health for women from multicultural, Indigenous and non-Indigenous backgrounds, who have been in conflict with the law.

“As our name implies, our organization promotes a safer, more inclusive Surrey,” said Neelam Sahota, CEO of DIVERSEcity. “We envision a community where everyone feels they belong and can achieve their goals.

“These grants will further this important work, helping to empower women who have experienced domestic violence to seek supports they need to maximize their safety and live without violence,” added Sahota. “The grants will also facilitate change and growth for women who experience conflict with the law, to help create better outcomes for children and families.”

Community programs and services that address violence against women, including domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking and sexual exploitation, are receiving more than $1.7 million in all. In addition, more than $1.4 million will go to address Indigenous healing and rebuilding. The remaining grants will help fund community initiatives that further crime reduction and community safety, child and youth advocacy centres, restorative justice, and police training and special equipment.

“For many British Columbians, including women and children, violence is a reality in their lives – but it doesn’t have to be that way,” said Mitzi Dean, Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity. “Our government is proud to partner with community groups and front-line workers to address violence, support survivors and bring positive change to our communities.”

This year’s grant recipients include:

  • Sexual Assault Prevention Education, Lake Trail Middle school and Cumberland Community school (Nanaimo, $18,000): To educate grades 8 and 9 students about healthy sexual relationships with the ultimate goal of preventing sexual assaults.
  • Peer Support, Canadian Mental Health Association (Prince George, $75,000): To help groups of up to 15 inmates with one year or less remaining on their sentence to develop coping skills, find suitable and safe housing, and develop strategies to deal with mental-health and addiction issues.
  • Vernon Women’s Transition House Society (Vernon, $50,000): To support the Oak Child and Youth Advocacy Centre Project, ensuring it can sustain and expand its capacity.
  • Cowichan Tribes, Community Safety Building on Healthy Relationships (Duncan, $30,000): To deliver a curriculum focused on anger, empathy and respect to Indigenous families and individuals dealing with intergenerational trauma, toward healing and rebuilding.
  • Family Services of Greater Vancouver, Counter Exploitation Unit (Vancouver, $25,000): To fund a victim service worker who will support victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation as they navigate the justice system.

The Civil Forfeiture Office (CFO) continues to undermine the profit motive behind criminal activity, by taking away tools and proceeds of crime and putting them back into programs that support community crime prevention and safety. Since 2006, the CFO has provided more than $33.5 million to help organizations throughout B.C. to further their crime prevention efforts, including $2 million in victims’ compensation. This year, more than $5 million is coming from the CFO and more than $1 million from the Criminal Asset Management Fund.

Learn More:

Full list of 2017-18 grant recipients: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/crime-prevention/community-crime-prevention/grants

DIVERSEcity programs and initiatives: http://www.dcrs.ca/

Contact:Media Relations
Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
250 387-1693

Connect with the Province of B.C. at: news.gov.bc.ca/connect


Manitoba Builds on The Climate Atlas of Canada to Coincide with Earth Day

New Section on Impact to Agriculture Launched Today

The Manitoba government provided $200,000 to the Prairie Climate Centre to support the continued development of the Climate Atlas of Canada, with a new section devoted to agriculture unveiled to coincide with Earth Day, Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires announced today.

“The effects of climate change are real, and our support of the Prairie Climate Centre will allow them to further customize the Climate Atlas of Canada for Manitoba,” Squires said.  “With our Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan we are working to make a difference.  Having this kind of information will support applied decision-making for all Manitobans.  The newly released agriculture section can help guide local producers directly affected by climate change.”

The Climate Atlas of Canada is a next generation climate science and communication tool that allows users to see data from 12 global climate models for about 2,000 towns, cities and regions, and has 250 corresponding interactive map layers developed across the country.  Included in the atlas are videos, articles and topics that help tell the story of climate change, its potential impacts in Manitoba and opportunities for Manitobans to be part of the solution.

“Our researchers are deeply committed to working with partners to make science accessible and solve problems,” said Dr. Annette Trimbee, president and vice-chancellor, UWinnipeg.  “The support of the provincial government allows the research team at our Prairie Climate Centre to continue creating data and narratives on climate change that Manitobans, and all Canadians, from every walk of life can use to make informed decisions.”

The theme of this year’s Earth Day, which falls on Sunday, April 22, is a call to end plastic pollution.  Manitoba has taken strides in that direction with industry stewardship programs that champion recycling.  Squires has established a Recycling Task Force, which will provide further recommendations on waste reduction and recycling as well as addressing the issue of single use plastic bags.

“Manitoba is committed to the goal of making this the cleanest, greenest, most climate-resilient province,” Squires said.  “Through the continued work of my Recycling Task Force, and the information and expertise provided by the Prairie Climate Centre, we’ll be able to closely monitor our progress.”

The University of Winnipeg embraces the concept of plastic reduction and in 2009, was the first university in Canada to ban the sale of water in plastic bottles on campus, effectively diverting about 38,400 plastic water bottles from the landfill every year.

For more information on the Climate Atlas of Canada, visit www.climateatlas.ca.

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For more information:

  • Public information, contact Manitoba Government Inquiry: 1-866-626-4862 or 204-945-3744.
  • Media requests for general information, contact Communications Services Manitoba: 204-945-3765.
  • Media requests for ministerial comment, contact Communications and Stakeholder Relations: 204-945-4916.


Grants available for Alberta Culture Days events

Applications are now open for communities and organizations interested in hosting events for Alberta Culture Days this fall.

“Alberta Culture Days is an opportunity for communities across the province to demonstrate and share their passion for art, music, history and culture with Albertans and visitors. I encourage every community and community organization to join in the celebration at the end of September, and to apply for Alberta Culture Days grant funding.”
Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism

Alberta Culture Days, Sept. 28 – 30, is an annual celebration that promotes diversity and encourages participation in cultural experiences across the province.

  • Up to $10,000 is available for communities that want to be designated a Feature Celebration Site.
  • Up to $5,000 is available for communities interested in being a Host Celebration Site.
  • Up to $1,000 is available for groups wishing to host a one-day Pop Up event.

Applications for Alberta Culture Days grants can be downloaded from the Alberta Culture Days website. Grants are open to cultural organizations, non-profit groups, libraries, venues and facilities, schools and community groups interested in hosting a one- two- or three-day cultural event during Culture Days. The deadline to apply is June 1.

Last year, there were 421 events in 56 communities across the province, providing Albertans of all ages the opportunity to celebrate the diversity of culture, heritage, art and provincial pride.

Alberta Culture Days is part of National Culture Days, a pan-Canadian effort to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the artistic and cultural life of their communities.

Related information

Media inquiries

Marion Nader

Press Secretary, Culture and Tourism


Repeat: MMIWG National Inquiry to close registration for Part 1 of Truth Gathering Process on April 20, 2018

Vancouver BC- The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls today announced that registration for family members and survivors wishing to share their truths with the National Inquiry’s Truth Gathering Process-Community Hearings and Statement Gathering-will close on April 20, 2018.

Commissioners encourage all family members and survivors who wish to share their truths to register with the National Inquiry before the closing date of April 20, 2018. To do so, individuals simply need to provide their name, contact information and location in any of the following ways:

  • Phone: 1-844-348-4119
  • Fax: 604-775-5009
  • Mail: PO Box 500, Station A – Vancouver, BC, V6C 2N3
  • Email: profile@mmiwg-ffada.ca

“The stories of families and survivors are the heart and soul of the National Inquiry, which is why we created an inclusive and supportive process to hear from as many voices as possible,” said Chief Commissioner Marion Buller. “Every truth shared will guide the next important stages of the investigation and help to inform our recommendations for change.”

Since the National Inquiry opened the registration process during Fall 2016, more than 1400 family members and survivors have registered to participate. To date, approximately 880 family members and survivors have shared their personal stories through community hearings and statement gatherings across the country.

The National Inquiry will work with organizations and communities to raise awareness of the closing date and make a concerted final call for registrations.

The Commissioners’ mandate is to examine and report on the systemic causes of all forms of violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQ people in Canada by looking at patterns and underlying factors. The mandate also includes examining institutional practices and policies implemented in response to violence experienced by Indigenous women and girls, including examining police investigation practices and responses, as part of this public investigation

We commit to review the possibility of re-opening the registration process once the government has officially responded to the National Inquiry’s extension request.


Released by:

National Inquiry Communications

Email: media@mmiwg-ffada.ca



Founding Meeting of the American Council of Indigenous Peoples – Metis Nation

April 19, 2018

On April 18, 2018, President Chartier made an intervention at the Dialogue with the President of the General Assembly on Indigenous Participation expressing the disappointment of the Métis Nation in the failure of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly at last year’s session to adopt measures to increase Indigenous peoples enhanced participation in the General Assembly which was an outcome of the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples held by the General Assembly. In the period from 2014 to the fall of 2017 the President of the General Assembly undertook consultations with Indigenous peoples and reported back last fall with recommendations which were not acted upon.

The President of the GA is undertaking another round of consultations, the one yesterday being part of that process. He is to report back to the GA in 2019. President Chartier expressed the intention of the Métis Nation to continue its involvement in the consultations going forward.

President Chartier also informed the session that several Indigenous nations and peoples last week in Lima, Peru formed an Americas-wide organization, the American Council of Indigenous Peoples (ACIP) and that this new body would also engage in these consultations going forward, but that ACIP would concentrate much of its efforts on seeking greater engagement within the Organization of American States (OAS) as it is severely lacking in such participation.

Read More: http://www.metisnation.ca/index.php/news/founding-meeting-of-the-american-council-of-indigenous-peoples

BC Assembly of First Nations Applauds BC Supreme Court Decision in Ahousaht

(Lheidli T’enneh Territory, Prince George, BC – April 19, 2018) – Today, Nuu-chah-nulth Fishing Rights were confirmed in the BC Supreme Court in the Ahousaht et al v. Canada.  The Court found that the Government of Canada was not justified in infringing on the Aboriginal rights of the five plaintiff First Nations.  The Judge ruled that Canada must change its policies and give effect to this aboriginal right with a deadline of one year.

“The BC Assembly of First Nations stands united with the five Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations, the Hesquiaht, Ahousaht, Ehattesaht, Mowachaht/Muchalaht and Tla-o-qui-aht in their legal battle to protect and implement their fishing rights.  We call on the Federal Government to take immediate action in implementing the courts findings,” stated BC Regional Chief Terry Teegee.

In particular, the BCAFN calls on the government to immediately enter into discussions with BC First Nations on the following decisions of the Judge:

  1. The Judge found that the salmon allocation framework cannot be justified and must be changed.
  2. The Judge found that the Department of Fisheries (DFO) policy of giving recreational fishermen priority to Chinook (Spring) salmon cannot be justified and must be changed to give effect to the aboriginal priority.
  3. The Judge found that the Department of Fisheries (DFO) policy of giving recreational fishermen priority to Coho salmon cannot be justified and must be changed to give effect to the aboriginal priority.
  4. The Judge found that the plaintiff First Nations have the right to fish for halibut and other ground fish and sell their catch.  DFO had been trying to restrict that right.
  5. The Judge found that the aboriginal commercial fishing right must be a viable one.

“Today’s decision is a step in the right direction towards meaningful reconciliation and we must see foundational changes in DFO policies and regulations which truly reflects this court decision, as well as the many other fishing related decisions, that support our rights to fish,” concluded Regional Chief Teegee.  Regional Chief Teegee who also co-chairs, alongside Regional Chief Roger Augustine (AFN New Brunswick/PEI), the AFN National Fisheries Commission, will be advocating for these fisheries changes during the upcoming AFN Special Chief’s Assembly being held in Gatineau on May 1 and 2.

For further information, contact:

Regional Chief Terry Teegee
Phone: (250) 299-2030
BC Assembly of First Nations


Victims grant may be missing parents in need due to eligibility rules: report – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Apr 20, 2018

OTTAWA _ A federal grant for parents of murdered and abducted children may be inadvertently failing to provide important financial help to those who are “more vulnerable economically,” a newly released report says.

The federal evaluation, made public Friday, cautions against drawing any hard conclusions from the numbers, given how few parents have applied for and received the grant since it launched in January 2013.

Only 29 of 50 applicants between 2013 and 2017 received the grant, and they were predominantly female and living in urban areas mainly in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta.

The evaluation, which was finalized in December, says rejected applicants tended to be single and unemployed people who earned less income during the year before the incident, compared with those parents who received the grant.

The report also cites interviews with police, government and victims services officials who say Indigenous Peoples living on reserve don’t know about the program. The need for financial assistance is higher for Indigenous families, the report says.

Since its launch in 2013, the program has spent less than one per cent of its annual $10 million budget on grants, which the evaluation chalks up to a variety of issues, including strict eligibility criteria.

Administrative costs between January 2013 to March 2017, the period covered by the review, totalled more than $2.8 million _ about nine times the $315,350 in grants handed out over the same period.

The grant program aims to provide up to $12,250 to parents whose children have been killed or have gone missing as a result of a probable criminal offence in Canada. It requires, however, that the victim be under 18, the parents neither working nor receiving employment insurance benefits, and the offence less than a year old.

The government also limits payments under the program to within one year of the incident and requires parents to have earned at least $6,500 in the preceding 12 months.

Some government officials interviewed for the evaluation of the underused program felt the earnings requirements should be dropped. Many also believed the age requirement was likely set too low, acting as a barrier to the program.

The anticipated federal evaluation is the latest in a string of critical reports on the program created by the previous Conservative government, which estimated annual funding of $10 million would help 1,000 families each year.

But the evaluation questions whether that figure would ever be met under current criteria. Three-quarters of missing children are runaways, the report says, and most are cleared within one week. A second study cited in the report found on average four cases of child abductions over a 40-year period.

And Statistics Canada data cited in the evaluation has shown between 40 and 60 children were victims of homicide in Canada in the last 10 years.

The evaluation suggests the grant may never reach the same coverage rate as other income-replacement programs like employment insurance benefits to self-employed workers “considering that the incidence of murdered and missing children cases is low in Canada.”

The report says the program is unlikely to achieve “significant economy of scale” because the grant can “only provide support to a limited number of individuals” and some fixed costs to run the program may remain high relative to the funding given to parents.

Annual spending on administering the fund has seen a steep decline since 2013 when there was “significant investment that was made in start-up activities,” including a computer system to process applications and payments. In 2013, administrative costs totalled almost $1.4 million; by 2017, that figure was $191,112.


BC First Nations get clarity on fishing rights from top court – Trail Times

Apr. 19, 2018

Nations call federal government to settle fishing rights ‘within the true meaning of reconciliation’

Five Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations from Vancouver Island are ready to negotiate for fishing rights, following another legal victory—this time in BC Supreme Court. It’s a victory that will have far-reaching implications in British Columbia, says the First Nations Fisheries Council of B.C.

The five nations—Ahousaht, Ehattesaht/ Chinehkint, Hesquiaht, Mowachaht/ Muchalaht and Tla-o-qui-aht—have been fighting the federal government for Aboriginal fishing rights since 2006. In this last court appearance, labeled the “justification trial”, the federal government failed to justify its infringement of these five nations’ Aboriginal right to catch and sell fish from their territories.

In a 400-page judgment, the judge called for changes to government policies, and gave the federal government one year to make those changes.

Read More: http://www.trailtimes.ca/news/b-c-first-nations-get-clarity-on-fishing-rights-from-top-court/

McMaster U: New Wilson Leadership Scholars show exceptional leadership potential

April 20, 2018

This year’s Wilson Leadership Scholar Award winners have been selected after a rigorous multi-stage process involving written submissions and online and in-person interviews.

Sarah Brooks, Integrated Science; Erik Joy, Chemical and Bioengineering; and Carol Markos, Indigenous Studies and Political Science represent the third cohort of Leaders for the award, which was launched in 2016.

Sean Van Koughnett, director of the award and Associate Vice-President, (Students and Learning) and Dean of Students says, “The Wilson Leadership Scholar Award recognizes students with exceptional leadership potential. Our award recipients this year are representative of the outstanding breadth of talent at McMaster.”

In addition to receiving $50,000 over two years to cover educational costs, Wilson Leaders meet mentors and speakers, shape their learning about significant national issues through problem-based learning sessions, work with a coach on development goals, lead community projects, and participate in other customized programming.

This programming is necessarily intensive, given the award’s ambitious goals, says its founder, L.R. Wilson. The WLSA aims “to select and recognize promising undergraduate students, cultivate their potential, and prepare them to serve among Canada’s next generation of leaders.” Wilson Foundation President Pete Sharpe adds, “We’re looking for students who have the required DNA and the passion to acquire the skill sets to become great leaders.”

Brooks is a Duke of Edinburgh International Award winner. As Director of Pangaea, she has coordinated one of McMaster’s largest student celebrations. This past summer, Brooks explored the impacts she could make through the public service while interning at the Caribbean Community Secretariat.

Joy was recently one of Canada’s top wrestlers in his weight class, until an injury led him to adjust his focus. While still active with McMaster’s wrestling team, Joy volunteers with Let’s Talk Science, recently helped to redesign a course in his academic program, and has sought out opportunities to develop others’ leadership skills.

Markos has several long-term volunteering and work commitments with youth, ranging from youth counsellor, to tutor and summer camp programming creator. At McMaster, she has been a Welcome Week Representative and VP of Fundraising for the Mac Soup Kitchen.

This year’s winners will experience leadership development alongside Monish Ahluwalia, Alyssia Jovellanos and Josh Young, who are entering their second year as Wilson Leaders.

The Wilson Leadership Scholar Award is one of Canada’s most valuable undergraduate awards. It is offered by the Wilson Foundation and proudly hosted at McMaster. More information is available at www.wilsonleader.ca.


Nunavut drum dance festival needs boost in funding and exposure, volunteer says – CBC

Qaggiit drum dance festival brings 40 participants to Rankin Inlet

Apr 20, 2018

Rosalie Pissuk says she’s volunteered with Western Nunavut’s drum dance festival for the past 19 years in an effort to keep the art alive.

Her father-in-law, who was part of the annual Qaggiit drum dance festival, introduced her to the art when she was 33 years old, and she says she was hooked.

“It tells a lot of stories through singing, it relaxes you and it’s hardly around now,” Pissuk said.

She said when she first became a volunteer in 1999, there were more festival participants, but as elders have died, it’s been work to attract young people to drum dancing.

Read More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/drum-dance-festival-rankin-inlet-1.4627360

NU Government: Sport Awards nominations

April 20, 2018

Do you know an outstanding athlete, coach or volunteer in your community? Nominations are now open for the 2017-2018 Sport Awards!

The Sport Awards recognize the accomplishments and contributions of Nunavut athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers in the following categories:

  • Male/Female Athlete of the Year.
  • Team of the Year.
  • Coach of the Year.
  • Official of the Year.
  • Special Recognition.

Territorial sport and recreation organizations, hamlet councils, non-profit organizations and individuals are encouraged to submit nominations. The deadline is May 10, 2018.

To nominate, please contact SRinfo@gov.nu.ca or call 1-888-765-5506.


Media Contact:

Kris Mullaly
Policy Analyst/Communications Officer
Department of Community and Government Services


Abandoning Trans Mountain harms economic prosperity and climate action: Arthur Hoole for Inside Policy – MLI

The Trudeau government must act deliberately and quickly now to build the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion. The full force of Canada’s constitutional mandate should be brought to bear to make this happen.

The project’s support and approval is a key element in advancing Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan, Canada’s contribution to reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under the Paris Agreement, and the government’s intention to fully implement the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. Canada will suffer an immense blow to our national prosperity and severe setbacks in our efforts to fight global warming if the project is abandoned.

The UN Paris Agreement aims to hold global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius relative to pre-industrial levels. Canada has committed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. We’re still a long way from meeting that goal amid the acrimonious ‘pipeline politics’ that has materialized. All of this is playing out against the backdrop of relentless growth in global fossil fuel consumption.

Read More: https://www.macdonaldlaurier.ca/abandoning-trans-mountain-harms-economic-prosperity-climate-action-arthur-hoole-inside-policy/

Sara Kopamees interviews IBM to celebrate the company’s centennial

TORONTO, April 20, 2018  – Interactive publishers Industry Media announced the release of the latest issue of Canadian Industry Online (CIO) magazine, featuring a cover interview with IBM. As part of the magazine’s tech series, the interview celebrates over 100 years of IBM’s influence on innovation and technology in Canada and beyond.

Other features include a focus on TransLink, a look at Wayfair’s entrance into the Canadian market, a story on up-and-coming health club franchise Orangetheory Fitness, and a spotlight on BC Housing as well as the Aboriginal Housing Management Association.

Readers are invited to share their comments on this month’s content via Facebook, and by email at sara.kopamees@industrymedia.ca. Contributions to the magazines are welcomed, and will be reviewed by the Industry Media team for inclusion in the next issues. Current contributors include Mergermarket, CNW, and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

About Industry Media

Industry Media is an interactive publishing company dedicated to serving the information needs of business professionals in Canada and abroad.  Headquartered in Kitchener-Waterloo, Industry Media produces online magazines Canadian Industry Online (CIO) and Global Renewables Online (GRO), with a mandate to share Canadian innovation success nationally and beyond, as well as showcase the best in international renewable energy development.

For further information: Sara Kopamees, Editor in Chief, Industry Media, Sara.Kopamees@industrymedia.ca


Students from Calgary and Tsuut’ina share traditions, create mural – CTV

Nearly 1,000 students gathered on Thursday for a celebration of Indigenous and western culture.

Students from Tsuut’ina Middle School and Chila Elementary School walked alongside their counterparts from Calgary’s Connect Charter School from the southwest neighbourhood of Lakeview to Mount Royal University.

The students have been collectively studying Indigenous history, including residential schools, and have been identifying ways to move forward together.

“I believe this is the beginning,” said Nicole Rabbit, principal of Chila Elementary School. “Using children for their understanding so when they become adults they can say I was a part of this.”

“Now we’re looking at Indigenous ways of teaching, learning and knowing,” said Phil Butterfield, principal of Connect Charter School. “What can we take from that that can be brought into our classrooms?”

Read More: https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/mobile/students-from-calgary-and-tsuut-ina-share-traditions-create-mural-1.3894563

We’re going to keep going,’ says passenger rail advocate – Country 104.3

April 20, 2018

The Northeastern Ontario Passenger Rail Summit brought together a number of experts and guest speakers Thursday to talk about the issues and impacts surrounding passenger rail service.

It’s the first conference of its kind for the Northeastern Ontario Rail Network (NEORN), which counts the Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) as one of its member organizations.

To link up to the SooToday story click here…

So I chatted Friday with Musician , teacher, organizer Greg Ryckman, about next Friday the 27th of April’s ‘Really Big Gig!’taking place at the Marconi Club, 450 Albert!!
He was super excited and that in turn, as a fellow musician and MC, equally as excited.

Tickets are gong quickly, so get yours at KORAH today as “Mustang Sally’ has it’s 50th Reunion Tour stop at the school next Friday night.

Read More: http://www.country1043.com/2018/04/20/going-keep-going-says-passenger-rail-advocate/

Northern Ontario School of Medicine Establishes Cross-Border Project – KiSS 99.3 Timmins

April 20, 2018

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) and University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth (UMMSD) have established a cross-border program to improve the health and educational opportunities of First Nations, Métis and Native Americans in Northern Ontario and Northern Minnesota.

The program will provide an exchange among cross-border experts in Indigenous health profession programs and ideas on mentorship programs for undergraduate and postgraduate learners including students, residents and faculty, as well as compare models for health research with Indigenous communities and examine each school’s ties to and relationships with Indigenous communities.

Leaders, faculty, staff and community stakeholders from UMMSD and NOSM will meet in Thunder Bay today to discuss the project and Indigenous health as it relates to their respective institutions.

Read More: http://www.kisstimmins.com/2018/04/20/northern-ontario-school-medicine-establishes-cross-border-project/

SK Government: Permit Process for Cannabis Wholesale Permits Now Open

April 20, 2018

The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) is now accepting applications for wholesale cannabis permits as well as licensed producer registrations.

Permitted wholesalers will be able to purchase cannabis from federally-licensed producers that are registered to supply the Saskatchewan market or from other permitted wholesalers operating in the province.

Wholesale permittees can only sell to retailers, not the general public, and must physically operate within Saskatchewan.  There is no limit to the number of wholesale permits and no deadline to apply.  Federally-licensed producers must also register with SLGA if they want to sell cannabis to Saskatchewan wholesalers or retailers.
That registration process is now open.

“Our government is committed to ensuring that the legalization of cannabis is focused on protecting the public,” Minister Responsible for SLGA Gene Makowsky said.  “Having SLGA permitted wholesalers and federally-licensed producers will help ensure that the supply of cannabis in our province is safe.”

Wholesale permittees will be required to meet criteria regarding good character, storage and transportation security, and capacity to track and report inventory and sales.  The fee for a wholesale permit is $5,000 ($2,000 non-refundable application fee, $3,000 annual permit fee).  The registration fee for federally-licensed producers is $2,000 ($500 non-refundable application fee, $1,500 annual permit fee).

The process to select 51 retail cannabis permits in 32 Saskatchewan communities continues to move forward.  SLGA received more than 1,500 submissions for cannabis retail permits when the deadline closed on April 10.

“Interest in the cannabis retail sector was very strong,” Makowsky said.  “The evaluation process is now underway and submissions that meet the requirements will be randomly selected for permits.  We expect to announce the successful cannabis retail permittees in the coming weeks prior to federal legalization.”

More information can be found at www.slga.com.


For more information, contact:

David Morris
Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority
Phone: 306-787-1721
Email: dmorris@slga.gov.sk.ca


Yukon premier stands behind embattled health minister – CBC

Minister Pauline Frost is under opposition fire, but Premier Sandy Silver says she’s doing ‘amazing’ work

Apr 20, 2018

Yukon Premier Sandy Silver offered a full-throated defence of his health minister on Thursday, amid opposition calls for her to be demoted or re-assigned.

Health and Social Services Minister Pauline Frost has been under fire from the opposition in recent weeks, for how she’s handled allegations of abuse and neglect within Yukon’s child protection system.

On Thursday, Yukon Party MLA Patti McLeod suggested in the Legislature that Frost was in over her head.

“It’s not her fault. The premier has put too much on her plate, which means she can’t focus on the important files she needs to,” McLeod said.

Read More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/pauline-frost-opposition-premier-confidence-1.4627758

Lakehead Orillia launches lecture series for lifelong learners

April 19, 2018 – Orillia, ON

Do you love to learn? Lakehead University Orillia has just the ticket for you.

Open U is a day of dynamic and inspiring lectures for those who love to learn minus the homework or tests. It’s an opportunity to relive your university or college experience – no matter your interest!

“We’re very excited to bring these scholars together for our first Open U,” said Lakehead University Orillia Principal Dr. Dean Jobin-Bevans. “It’s an attempt to peel back the layers of diverse and rich topics that not only impact our daily lives but offer a level understanding that will challenge and invigorate your mind.”

Participants will enjoy lectures on the challenges of health services delivery in rural and northern communities, a biographical look at an iconic First Nations artist and learn how to begin the conversation about death and dying with family members and loved ones.

Retired Lakehead University professor Dr. Pam Wakewich is the recipient of the University’s prestigious Distinguished Researcher Award in 2017.  In association with the Centre of Rural and Northern Health her current work focuses on the challenges of equity and access to maternity care in the north as seen through the eyes of birthing moms as well as care providers and stakeholders. Her work also addresses regional engagement on addictions and mental health service, training and educational needs.

Queen’s University associate professor Armand Garnet Ruffo will provide an illustrated lecture based on his biography Norval Morrisseau: From Man to Thunderbird, of the iconic and troubled First Nations artist Norval Morrisseau published earlier this year by Douglas & McIntyre. Ruffo goes beyond the known historical benchmarks of the artist’s troubled and tangled life as he explores the mysticism of his friend and mentor. Ruffo is a member of the Ojibwe nation with familial roots to the Sagamok Ojibwe First Nation and the Fox Lake Chapleau Cree First Nation. He is a scholar, filmmaker, writer and poet.

Lakehead University professor Dr. Katherine Kortes-Miller will present based on her new book Talking About Death Won’t Kill You: The Essential Guide to End of Life Conversations published in early 2018 by ECW Press.  She is the Palliative Care Division Lead at the University’s Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health. Dr. Kortes-Miller is widely known as an unconventional death educator and researcher with a passion for palliative care and improving end of life care for all.

Open U runs from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 and is open to everyone. There is a registration fee of $59 per person which also includes a coffee and refreshment break. Each lecture is scheduled for one hour including a question and answer period.

Copies of Kortes-Miller and Ruffo’s books will be available for purchase at Lakehead Orillia Book Store.  The authors will also be available for signing.

Lakehead University’s Open U is generously sponsored by Mayo & Associates – BMO Nesbitt-Burns.

Register today at https://ec.lakeheadu.ca/events/open-u. Registration closes Sunday, May 6 at 11:59 p.m.

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Media contact:  Jaclyn Bucik, Marketing & Communications Associate, 705-330-4008 ext. 2014, or jbucik@lakeheadu.ca

Lakehead University has approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff in 10 faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies. Maclean’s 2018 University Rankings place Lakehead University among Canada’s Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities, as well as first in Total Research Dollars, second for Citations, and third for Scholarships and Bursaries. In 2017, Research Infosource named Lakehead Research University of the Year in its category for the third consecutive year. Visitwww.lakeheadu.ca.


Iqaluit hunters investigating illegal caribou hunting – CBC

Apr 20, 2018

Hunters in Iqaluit are investigating allegations of illegal caribou hunting around the city.

Every Baffin Island community has been on a restricted quota system since 2015, after a 2012 survey found the herd had decreased 95 per cent since the 1990s.

Iqaluit’s 25 tags for this hunting season were all used up by September, but the chair of the Amaruq Hunters and Trappers Association, Pitseolak Alainga, says some hunters may have been harvesting animals anyway.

“Right now we’re investigating a few hunters and we’d like to get some hunters not to go out caribou hunting because the caribou season only opens in August,” said Alainga.

He says as many as 10 caribou may have been poached.

“Maybe more, maybe less,” he said. “We’d like to stop people from hunting caribou until the caribou season opens.”

Read More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/iqaluit-illegal-caribou-hunting-investigation-1.4627122

NIC celebrates a decade of community-led health in remote First Nations communities

April 18, 2018

Join NIC’s Global Learning Initiative Thursday, April 26 at NIC’s Comox Valley campus to celebrate how 10 years of nursing field schools in remote Indigenous communities has changed nursing education on Vancouver Island.

Date: Apr 26, 2018

Time: 05:00 PM – 07:00 PM

Location: Puntledge Hall, Room P121, Comox Valley Campus

Cost: Admission by donation to NIC’s Global Learning Initiative

Course Code: NUR-410

Twelve years ago, NIC received an invitation from Chief Frank Johnson of the Wuikinuxv Nation. This led to a conversation between NIC instructor Joanna Fraser and Dr. Evelyn Voyageur that turned nursing education on its head.

Voyageur took on NIC’s first elder-in-residence role and the college began to build Aboriginal perspectives into all four years of its Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, cumulating in a fourth year course offered in collaboration with the Wuikinuxv and Dzawada’enuxw First Nations living in Northern BC’s coastal region.

A decade later, more than 80 NIC students, educators and health professionals have benefitted from the people of Rivers and Kingcome Inlets as part of the Health and Wellness in Aboriginal Communities (NUR-410) course.

“I really believe this experience has helped our students to be better nurses,” said Voyageur, who recently won the Indspire award for health. “Where our graduates are working you hear nothing but praise. It makes me very proud.”

The goal is to allow students and health professionals an opportunity to explore Aboriginal perspectives of health, wellness, social justices and cultural safety from elders and community members themselves. They leave with a better understanding of the nurse’s role in community.

“The things nurses learn here are not just about Indigenous people. It impacts how they nurse with all people,” said Chief Johnson. “We do the work together and everyone benefits. It is reciprocal. We all tell stories and we all learn.”

As NIC faculty, students, alumni and community members come together April 26 to celebrate a decade-long commitment to community-led healthcare, participants will share food and stories of openness, ambiguity, courage and vulnerability.

Instructors will also share their research on land-based and relational learning in remote North Island communities.

Admission is by donation to NIC’s Global Learning Initiative, which aims to foster awareness of global issues through partnerships with local British Columbia communities as well as globally in Uganda, Nepal and Mozambique. Fair trade coffee will be available for purchase at the event.

The evening takes place Thursday, April 26, from 5 to 8 pm at the Comox Valley campus’ Puntledge Hall, in Room P-121. Everyone is invited. For more information, contact Joanna Fraser at Joanna.fraser@nic.bc.ca or visit www.nic.bc.ca.

Media Contact
Christiana Wiens
Media Liaison, North Island College
O. 250-334-5280 | M. 250-218-4097


Teachers learn tools to incorporate aboriginal content into classroom – The Nelson Daily

April 19 2018

Educators in Kootenay Lake School District were given more tools to incorporate Aboriginal content into all subject areas in the classroom during a Professional Development workshop Monday at Redfish Elementary School.

The new curriculum is part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission federal initiative the provincial government is introducing into the education system.

“(This initiative includes) the call to “integrate Indigenous Knowledge and teaching methods into classrooms” and “build student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy and mutual respect,” said instructor Kathryn McCooeye.

McCooyee is with Four Nations Coalition of Indigenous Medicines, a social enterprise that operates outdoor cultural education and wellness programs for children, youth and adults from its base in the Slocan Valley.

Read More: http://thenelsondaily.com/news/teachers-learn-tools-incorporate-aboriginal-content-classroom#.WtoKPJch1PZ

Better Health Care, More Support for Ontario Nurses

Significant Investments Will Support Patients, Health Care Workers and Hospitals

April 20, 2018 9:30 A.M.

Office of the Premier

Ontario is making major investments in the health care system to address capacity issues, reduce wait times and provide better care closer to home.

Premier Kathleen Wynne was at the annual meeting of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario in Toronto today to discuss how the government is supporting nurses by strengthening the health care system so it can better meet the needs of a growing and aging population.

Premier Wynne shared how Ontario is increasing funding for the hospital sector with an $822 million investment in 2018-19 — a major increase of 4.6 per cent on average. This increase, in addition to the over 3 per cent provided last year, is allowing hospitals to expand essential services, provide faster access to critical care and priority procedures, and invest with precision in the specific needs of their patients and community. Ontario is also providing more than $19 billion over the next 10 years to build and expand hospitals. Together, these investments support nurses and other hospital staff in providing better care.

To create a stronger, more integrated mental health system in Ontario, the government is launching a historic expansion of mental health and addiction services, with a funding boost of $2.1 billion that brings total mental health care spending to more than $17 billion over four years. This is the biggest mental health investment in Canadian history and will ensure that people are able to access mental health care where and when they need it.

The Premier also highlighted how the province will continue to improve care in long-term care (LTC) homes by:

  • Investing more than $300 million over the next three years, including $50 million in 2018-19, to hire an additional registered nurse at every LTC home
  • Increasing the amount of direct care for each person in LTC to a provincial average of four hours daily by 2022, providing residents with more direct, one-on-one patient care, including nursing, personal support and therapeutic care
  • Creating 5,000 new LTC beds across Ontario by 2022. These beds, which will include nearly 500 for Indigenous communities, are part of Ontario’s commitment to create more than 30,000 new beds over the next decade.

Supporting Ontario’s nurses in providing better and more accessible care is part of the government’s plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, and free preschool child care from 2 ½ to kindergarten.

Quick Facts

  • From 2013 to 2017, the number of nurses working in Ontario increased by 9,589. The number of RN employment positions in the hospital sector increased by 2,356 between 2012 and 2017.
  • The government is investing an additional $650 million in home care over the next three years. This includes $180 million in new funding in 2018-19 for an estimated 2.8 million more hours of personal support — including respite for caregivers, 284,000 more nursing visits and 58,000 more therapy visits.
  • Last April, Ontario provided nurse practitioners with the authority to prescribe controlled drugs and substances.
  • Across the province, up to 40 major hospital projects are under construction or in planning stages.
  • Since 2010, Ontario has created 27 new nurse practitioner-led clinics, providing faster access to family health care for more than 60,000 patients across the province.
  • Ontario is boosting access to primary care by investing $102 million over three years to support the creation or expansion of interprofessional primary care teams. In 2017-18, this will help create 19 new or expanded teams that will recruit nearly 100 new health professionals, including nurse practitioners and registered nurses.

Additional Resources


“As Premier, it’s my job to make sure Ontario’s highly trained and dedicated health care professionals have the resources they need to provide the best care to families across the province. That is why the number of nurses employed in Ontario has increased every year since I became Premier. Nurses are essential to every aspect of patient care. As the health care system continues to evolve to keep up with the changes in our growing and aging communities, our investments will ensure that people can continue to rely on excellent care — no matter who they are or where they live in Ontario.”

Kathleen Wynne
Premier of Ontario

“As our population grows and changes, the role of nurses will only become more important. The investments we make today to support our health care workers will improve our system now and lead to better health for all Ontarians.”

Dr. Helena Jaczek
Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“Adding an additional registered nurse (RN) in every nursing home in the province is an essential step toward improving the quality of care residents receive and brings us closer to our call for a long-term care (LTC) staffing mix of at least one attending NP for every 120 residents, a minimum of 20 per cent RNs, 25 per cent RPNs, and no more than 55 per cent personal supports workers (PSW).”

Dr. Doris Grinspun
CEO, Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario


David Suzuki, Indigenous leaders demand justice for Grassy Narrows – Thestar.com

“My inspiration comes from the fact you haven’t given up,” Suzuki told a Toronto audience, addressing decades of mercury contamination in the northern Ontario First Nation.

April 19, 2018

Standing alongside Indigenous leaders and advocates, David Suzuki broke down Thursday evening while issuing a call for justice on behalf of mercury-poisoned Grassy Narrows First Nation — after decades of government inaction and new promises to clean the river of contamination.

The resilience of the people of Grassy Narrows, Suzuki told a Toronto audience, gave him hope that his grandchildren can live full lives despite what seems to be a bleak future for the Earth.

“My inspiration comes from the fact you haven’t given up,” said the environmentalist and broadcaster, his voice choked with tears. “… We have the opportunity to learn from you.”

Resilience was a central theme of the event. Advocates and community members — including Grassy Narrows Chief Rudy Turtle and community elder Judy da Silva — spoke about the mercury contamination that has sickened generations in the northern Ontario community, but also about historic fights by residents over land rights and the haunting legacies of residential schools, flooding and relocation.

Read More: https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2018/04/19/david-suzuki-indigenous-leaders-demand-justice-for-grassy-narrows.html

Departing Auditor General offers commentary to MLAs and Albertans on the importance of thinking long term on decisions being made today

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada … In his final communication to the Members of Alberta’s Legislative Assembly, and to Albertans, Auditor General Merwan N. Saher FCPA, FCA stresses the importance of long-term fiscal reporting as the path to a sustainable financial future for Alberta.

In his commentary — Putting Alberta’s Financial Future in Focus — Saher says the role of the Auditor General is to report on whether risks are being identified, studied and dealt with by government.

“Alberta faces unique financial risks from its oil and gas revenues. Given these risks, longer-term reporting is critical to show Albertans how the programs and services they have today will be sustainable for future generations,” says Saher. “Considering the impact of today’s decisions on future generations of Albertans is not just important but without question the right thing to do.”

No government in Alberta has reported about Alberta’s financial condition in the long term.

Without a long-term outlook, a government cannot show whether decisions made today are likely sustainable in the long run. Without long-term reporting, Albertans are being asked to accept on faith that we can carry on borrowing indefinitely or that government has an acceptable plan to increase revenues or reduce expenditures which will kick in as oil and gas revenues decline.

“Alberta’s structural deficit — or fiscal gap — is the biggest risk to the province being able to provide quality programs and services in the future. Albertans should be shown through long-term reporting whether the government of the day intends to narrow the fiscal gap and if so at what speed.”

Saher further comments: “The problem that politicians, in general, face is that thinking and making decisions for the long term rather than thinking from the perspectives of short-term politics, election cycles, isolated controversies and lobbying for local interests tends to be seen as a risk to long term job security. Paradoxically, the electorate is satisfied with this state of affairs. It’s much easier to focus on the here and now; the future is complex and frightening; and it’s the job of others to look out for our best interests.”

“But surely, for both politicians and members of the public, longer-term thinking and debate is not a question of political ideology. It is simply common sense.”

Saher completes his eight-year term as Alberta’s Auditor General on April 28, 2018.

W. Doug Wylie FCPA, FCMA, ICD.D becomes Alberta’s 11th Auditor General effective April 29, 2018.

Putting Alberta’s Financial Future in Focus, and a companion At A Glance document, are available below.

Putting Alberta’s Financial Future in Focus: A Commentary by the Auditor General

Putting Alberta’s Financial Future in Focus: At a Glance


Chris Light receives award – Westman Journal

April 19, 2018

The Interprovincial Association on Native Employment (IANE) Inc. Westman Chapter, held its Champion Luncheon on April 12. Chris Light of Turtle Mountain Resort was recognized with a Champion of Aboriginal Employment Award.

A bit about IANE — IANE is a non-political, non-profit, nonsectarian, volunteer organization promoting the employment of Aboriginal people by networking and sharing information on best employment practices. One of IANE’s objectives is to recognize employers and individuals demonstrating successful employment initiatives supporting the hiring, training, retention and advancement of Aboriginal people.

“I’m very honoured and thankful to be a recipient of this great award for 2018. It’s a great feeling to have had some wonderful employees that share our grass roots heritage. During a time of reconciliation, it’s nice to be recognized and to be accepted and supported throughout our lake community means so much.”

When asked what advice he had for the youth Light answered, “To the youth, be proud of who you are and your heritage, listen and learn from the elders in your life, they are so valuable in forming you into the person you will become. You can do anything in life if you have a vision of what you want, followed by hard work, perseverance, and strength.

Read More: http://www.westmanjournal.com/regional-news/chris-light-receives-award-1.23273846

Roundtable on gender and trafficking in persons held in advance of G7 Security Ministers’ Meeting

April 20, 2018
Ottawa, Ontario
Public Safety Canada

Women and girls account for the vast majority of victims of trafficking in persons. The Government of Canada is committed to countering this terrible crime, which occurs in every region of the world, exploiting human vulnerability that may be created by poverty, racism, conflict and lack of social support networks.

On April 19, 2018, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, held a roundtable with experts from academia, non-governmental and Indigenous organizations on gender and trafficking in persons. These discussions focused on how gender considerations can be better integrated into efforts to counter human trafficking. They also provided insights on what actions Canada can take to boost gender-based analysis in international dialogues, starting with the G7 Security Ministers Meeting (April 23-24) in Toronto, Ontario.

Information exchanged during this roundtable will also help inform upcoming discussions on ways to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment at the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Charlevoix, Quebec on June 8-9.


“Most victims of human trafficking are women and girls. The Government of Canada is committed to fighting this abhorrent attack on basic human rights and dignity. We’re grateful for yesterday’s discussions with a broad range of experts from civil society, academia and the Gender Equality Advisory Council. They have helped us understand the best approaches to address factors that contribute to human trafficking and will help inform Canada’s way forward in preparation for the G7 Security Ministers Meeting.”

– The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Quick facts

  • Human trafficking is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. The extent of human trafficking, in Canada and internationally, is difficult to assess due to the hidden nature of the crime, the reluctance of victims and witnesses to come forward to law enforcement and the difficulty of identifying victims.
  • Canada was among the first countries to ratify the United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children.
  • Canada’s Strategy to address Gender-Based Violence is being expanded. Following investments of $101 million over five years in Budget 2017, Budget 2018 invested an additional $86 million over five years, starting in 2018-19, and $20 million per year ongoing.
  • Budget 2018 also invested $14.51 million over five years, beginning in 2018-19, and $2.89 million per year ongoing, to establish a National Human Trafficking Hotline that will serve to report tips to law enforcement, refer victims and survivors to the appropriate services, and collect data to better understand and respond to this issue.

Associated links


Scott Bardsley
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Media Relations
Public Safety Canada


Ontario Chiefs may discuss how to deal with a Tory government at upcoming conference at Nipissing First Nation – My North Bay Now

By the time the Chiefs of Ontario hold their conference at Nipissing First Nation (NFN) in late June, the provincial election will have come and gone and Ontarians will know who will lead the province.

NFN Chief Scott McLeod says one agenda item the Chiefs will undertake is putting together a strategy on how to raise First Nations issues with the provincial government.

However McLeod says if Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford becomes Premier, how First Nations approach the new government with their strategy will have to change.

“Over the years we’ve had a difficult time dealing with Conservative governments at both levels to get any type of recognition or to move the yardstick forward on issues.” McLeod said.

“I don’t think a (provincial) Conservative government in this election will be any different. I think we’ll have more challenges with them.”

Read More: https://www.mynorthbaynow.com/29211/ontario-chiefs-may-discuss-how-to-deal-with-a-tory-government-at-upcoming-conference-at-nipissing-first-nation/

Apply For Inuvialuit Child Care Program Beginning May 1

APRIL 19, 2018

The Inuvialuit Child Care program will begin to accept applications on May 1, 2018 through the Program Coordinators at your community’s Child Development Centre or Aboriginal Head Start.

As a reminder to parents, you must register your child every year to be eligible. Please ensure that your application is sent and received by June 18, 2018. Applications received after this date will be placed on a wait list.

Final decisions on acceptance into the Inuvialuit Child Care program will begin on June 29, 2018. You will notified of the decision.

Download an application

Learn more about the Inuvialuit Child Care Program

The Inuvialuit Child Care program works with Child Development Centres (Aklavik, Tuktoyaktuk, and Ulukhaktok) and Aboriginal Head Start initiatives (Inuvik and Paulatuk) across the Inuvialuit Settlement Region. Aboriginal Head Start programs are intended for three to four year olds while Child Development Centres accept children aged six months to five years.

Application forms for this program are available online and can be found by visiting our Inuvialuit Child Care Program page. Once complete, these applications should be submitted to the Program Coordinators in each respective community.

If you have any questions concerning the application process, or the Inuvialuit Child Care program in general, please contact:

Inuvialuit Regional Corporation
Prenatal and Early Childhood
Tel: (867) 777-7088
Fax: (867) 777-4023


INIS sets up new training Program Thanks to Support from Netflix – Tv-eh.com

INIS (L’institut national de l’image et du son) announced today that it has secured Netflix’s support to develop and implement, over the next three years, a brand-new film and television production apprenticeship program intended for participants from First Nations, Aboriginal communities and diverse cultural backgrounds in Quebec. This is Netflix’s first partnership agreement with a Quebec organization as part of its commitment to support industry development opportunities in Canada, with a focus on developing the next generation of Canadian creators and talent.

The creation of this intensive six-month program is a continuation of many actions carried out by INIS in recent years. These actions were all intended to encourage the arrival and accelerate the professional development of new creators in the audiovisual sector so that they can share their vision and reality through documentary and fiction. This new program will promote access to high quality training for talented and motivated individuals.

Offered at a low cost to its participants, the program will be developed with the collaboration of several partners who already work with targeted clientele. It aims to counter the exclusion often experienced by members of these communities. By taking the proven structure of INIS and its educational philosophy, the program will cover essentials, alternating theoretical workshops (always centred on the practice) as well as a series of concrete creative exercises, offering the possibility to apply the learnings in a tangible way.

Read More: www.tv-eh.com/2018/04/20/inis-sets-up-new-training-program-thanks-to-support-from-netflix/

What do First Nations really think about Trans Mountain? – National Post

Ask Greenpeace, and they’ll tell you First Nations are eco-warriors bravely protecting the ocean from rapacious pipeline-crazed plutocrats. Ask the Fraser Institute, and they’ll say First Nations are enthusiastic, hard-hatted oilmen who are tired of the “environmentalist propaganda” saying otherwise.

The reality is somewhat more complex. The 1,147-km Trans Mountain pipeline expansion would affect more than 100 First Nations, each with their own unique economy, motivations and feelings about bitumen.

Below, some context for the current state of affairs between oil pipelines and Western Canada’s various First Peoples.

The chief who invited Neil Young and Jane Fonda to Fort McMurray? He supports a pipeline

This is one of the more surprising developments of the last few weeks. Allan Adam, chief of Alberta’s Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, has spent years as the world’s most visible opponent of oil sands development. From Neil Young to Leonardo DiCaprio to Jane Fonda, if a celebrity is in Fort McMurray to badmouth the oil sands, chances are they came on the invitation of Chief Adam. Then, last week, Adam expressed his support for any pipeline that could be built with an Indigenous ownership stake. “Let’s move on and let’s start building a pipeline and start moving the oil that’s here already,” he told CBC.

Read More: http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/what-do-first-nations-really-think-about-trans-mountain

Buffy Sainte‑Marie inspires at Belong Forum after receiving honorary degree – Dal News

April 19, 2018

An honorary degree is the highest tribute a university can bestow. Beyond that fact, the packed crowd gathered Tuesday night at Dal’s Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, to see Buffy Sainte-Marie receive her honorary degree during Dalhousie University’s 200th year, could sense this would be no ordinary ceremony.

Sainte-Marie’s address was part of the Belong Forum series, in which internationally recognized thinkers, trailblazers and change-makers wrestle the question: “What would it take to create a world where we all feel we truly belong?”

Decades of impact

The evening began with a slideshow of some of Sainte-Marie’s highlights: with Pete Seeger at an anti-fracking rally; in concert, dancing with frenetic energy belying her 77 years; with Big Bird and Grover, teaching The Count one through five in Cree; with some of her striking artwork; in an Idle No More t-shirt. The images give a sense of decades of relentless activity, all with a grander purpose and tangible impact on communities and individuals.

Read More: https://www.dal.ca/news/2018/04/20/buffy-sainte-marie-inspires-big-crowd-after-receiving-honorary-d.html

Auditor’s Reports and NEB Financial Statements


Sodexo Canada and Xposure PR Earn International Communications Award

Burlington, Ontario – April 20, 2018 – Sodexo Canada and its public relations agency, Xposure PR, have been honored with a 2018 Gold Quill Award of Merit in Media Relations from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).

The Gold Quill recognizes excellence in strategic communications worldwide and is acknowledged as one of the most prestigious award programs in the industry. This year’s award honoured an innovative media campaign that highlighted the importance of Indigenous participation in the Canadian economy. The campaign also engaged the support of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB).

“Our campaign was designed to draw attention to the economic and societal value created by strong Indigenous-owned businesses,” says Katherine Power, vice president, communications and corporate affairs, Sodexo Canada. “By working closely with the CCAB, we developed a compelling narrative for concerted private sector action.”

The campaign generated an earned media reach of more than 7.7 million. An Op-Ed, penned by Katherine Power and JP Gladu, president and chief executive officer of the CCAB, was featured in several daily newspapers across the country. The campaign sparked dialogue and sharing through Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

“Support for Indigenous businesses from corporations like Sodexo is integral to advancing business partnerships that strengthen our First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities,” says JP Gladu. “We’re proud to be a part of this campaign and hope to expand media coverage of an energetic, innovative sector of our economy.”

The IABC competition drew almost 700 entries from all over the world, representing a cross section of public and private sector organizations, both large and small.

“Only exceptional work earns an IABC Gold Quill Award,” said Cindy Schmieg, IABC Fellow, chair of the awards committee. “Each entry is rigorously reviewed by multiple experienced communicators from around the world who are trained in applying IABC’s Global Standard of the Communication Profession. The award winners represent our profession of ethical practitioners contributing to organizational outcomes.”

The awards will be presented at the Excellence Gala on Tuesday, 5 June, as part of IABC’s World Conference in Montréal. For more information on the Gold Quill Awards, including the full list of winners, on the Gold Quill Awards website.

Sodexo in Canada
Sodexo has been delivering On-Site Services in Canada for over 40 years. Recognized as a strategic partner, Sodexo Canada is dedicated to providing Quality of Life Services for clients, their employees and visitors in the corporate, education, healthcare and energy and resources segments. These Quality of Life Services create healthy, safe, and efficient environments allowing individuals and organizations to grow and succeed.  Delivering food and facilities management services for over 175 clients, Sodexo is a market leader in Canada in terms of revenue and consumers served, and has been recognized as a top employer for the past six consecutive years.  Sodexo Canada is proud to have created the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation, an independent charitable organization that has donated more than 1 million meals to at risk youth in Canada since it was founded in 2000.

About Xposure PR
Xposure PR is national, full service communications firm made up of creative public relations professionals with decades of strategic communications experience in corporate and not-for-profit sectors.  We are relationship gurus, writers, strategists, media hounds and, ultimately, experts in the art and science of persuasion through earned media. To learn more please visit http://www.xposurepr.com/.

About the International Association of Business Communicators
With 10,000 members and more than 100 chapters worldwide, the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is the only global association that connects business communication professionals with the people and insights needed to drive business results. Founded in 1970 and supporting professional communicators at the heart of every organization, IABC serves the collective disciplines of business communication professionals through professional development offerings, certifications, awards and recognition programs, online resources, Communication World magazine and the annual World Conference.

Media contact:
Leslie Booth
Xposure PR
416 427 1588


Manitoba Metis Federation and government dispute who cancelled meeting – CBC

MMF president says he’s going anyway

Apr 19, 2018

The Manitoba Metis Federation and Manitoba government can’t even agree on who cancelled a meeting set for Friday.

The meeting between Crown Services Minister Cliff Cullen and MMF president David Chartrand, along with Manitoba Hydro president Kelvin Shepherd, was supposed to address an agreement Hydro had negotiated with the MMF.

The meeting’s apparent cancellation won’t stop Chartrand, who says he’s going to show up at the Legislature anyway.

Last month, the province said no to a deal between the MMF and Hydro that would have seen the Crown corporation pay the MMF just under $70 million over several decades.

Read More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/mmf-hydro-deal-pallister-cullen-board-chartrand-1.4627729

Boralex enters into a purchase agreement to acquire the Kallista Energy Investment SAS portfolio


  • Boralex strengthens its position as France’s largest independent producer of wind power by increasing its installed capacity from 609 MW to 772 MW. Worldwide, Boralex increased its total installed capacity by more than 11%, from 1,456 MW to 1,619 MW.
  • Acquisition of 163 MW of wind power projects in operation with a weighted average remaining life of 8 years under contract, a 10 MW ready-to-build project and a portfolio of projects totalling about 158 MW, bringing Boralex’s potential in Europe to nearly 1,000 MW without considering the 152 MW in projects in France set out in the Growth path.
  • Total consideration of €129.4 million (C$202 million).
  • Boralex expects the transaction to add approximately €23 million (C$36 million) to EBITDA(A) based on the anticipated results of Kallista calculated in accordance with French GAAP.
  • Integration into Boralex of the Kallista Energy Investment SAS development team, whose highly specialized expertise in repowering wind power projects can be leveraged immediately.

Montréal, Canada and Lille, France, April 20, 2018 – Boralex Inc. (TSX: BLX) (“Boralex”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a purchase agreement with Ardian Infrastructure to acquire 100% of the outstanding shares of Kallista Energy Investment SAS (“Kallista”), for a consideration of €129.4 million (C$202 million) and the assumption of €94 million (C$146.7 million) in project debt.

The consideration will be paid by Boralex from its recently enhanced revolving credit facility. Boralex anticipates an increase in discretionary cash flow per share following the transaction.

In the medium term, the integration of Kallista’s assets should enable development and operations team synergies. In the longer term, given Boralex’s presence in France for nearly 20 years, the number of development projects completed or in the process of completion, and its dynamic team, Boralex will have the strength it needs to exert greater influence with the various stakeholders and take full advantage of its leadership role.

Boralex President and CEO Patrick Lemaire applauded the deal: “This transaction is very strategic and beneficial for Boralex and will strengthen our position as France’s largest independent producer of onshore wind power and allow us to take full advantage of our unique and integrated model as developer, prime contractor and operator of our

projects. Boralex will enjoy a number of operational synergies and significantly improve its growth prospects in light of the very ambitious renewable energy development goals set by the French government.”

“Since 2003, Boralex has had a pioneering vision in France developing its wind power operations,” said Patrick Decostre, Vice-President and General Manager of Boralex Europe. “The major acquisition announced today is a hallmark of steady, well-controlled growth. It shows that with the agility of a company on a human scale like ours, along with our financial strength, we have become a leading player in the current market consolidation as France’s largest independent producer of onshore wind power.”

Each of the projects under construction or under development may benefit either from a known and predictable rate under an existing feed-in premium scheme or, once all licences are obtained, be submitted under the open-window scheme or future requests for proposals.

The transaction is expected to close in or around late June 2018, once regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions have been met. An adjustment mechanism has been provided to confirm the consideration payable at closing.

Summary of projects acquired

The following map shows the locations of the projects acquired and Boralex’s geographic coverage in France once the transaction is completed.

With the portfolio of acquired projects, Boralex’s new installed capacity will be 1,619 MW, including nearly 800 MW in France, representing an increase of over 11% worldwide. Considering this announcement and the projects already under development in France and the United Kingdom, Boralex will have a portfolio of potential projects totalling approximately 1,000 MW in Europe alone.


Messier Maris & Associés served as financial advisors and New York- and Paris-based K&L Gates served as legal advisors to Boralex in connection with the transaction.

Caution regarding forward-looking statements and non-IFRS measures

Some of the statements contained in this press release, including those regarding the EBITDA(A) expected from the acquisition of Kallista, increase in discretionary cash flows, future results and performance, are forward-looking statements based on current expectations, within the meaning of securities legislation. Boralex would like to point out that, by their very nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties such that its results or the measures it adopts could differ materially from those indicated by or underlying these statements, or could have an impact on the degree of realization of a particular forward-looking statement. The main factors that could lead to a material difference between the Corporation’s actual results and the forward-looking financial information or expectations set forth in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the general impact of economic conditions, currency fluctuations, volatility in energy selling prices, the Corporation’s financing capacity, competition, changes in general market conditions, the regulations governing the industry and raw material price increases and availability, regulatory disputes and other issues related to projects in operation or under development, well as certain other factors described in the documents filed by the Corporation with the different securities commissions.

Unless otherwise specified by the Corporation, the forward-looking statements do not take into account the possible impact on its activities, transactions, non-recurring items or other exceptional items announced or occurring after the statements are made.

There can be no assurance as to the materialization of the results, performance or achievements as expressed or implied by forward-looking statements. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. Unless required to do so under applicable securities legislation, Boralex management does not assume any obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect new information, future events or other changes.

“EBITDA” is calculated by the Corporation as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, and EBITDA(A), EBITDA adjusted for items such as net earnings from discontinued operations, losses on redemption of convertible debentures, net loss on financial instruments, foreign exchange losses (gains) and other gains. Historical EBITDA and EBITDA(A) are reconciled to the most comparable IFRS measure, namely net earnings (loss), in the Corporation’s management’s discussion and analysis. “Discretionary cash flows” are equal to net cash flows related to operating activities before change in non-cash Items related to operating activities, less (i) distributions paid to non-controlling shareholders, (ii) additions to property, plant and equipment (maintenance), and (iii) repayments on current and non-current debt (projects); plus (iv) development costs (from the statement of earnings). When evaluating its operating results, “discretionary cash flows” is a key performance indicator for the Corporation. Historical discretionary cash flows represent the cash generated from the operations that management believes is representative of the amount that is available for future development or to be paid as dividends to common shareholders while preserving the long-term value of the business. Discretionary cash flows are reconciled to cash flows from operations, which is reconciled to the most comparable IFRS measure, namely net cash flows related to operating activities, in the Corporation’s management’s discussion and analysis.

The historical financial statements and anticipated results produced by the seller Ardian Infrastructure are prepared in accordance with general accepted accounting principles in France (French GAAP) but will be reconciled to IFRS by the closing date of the transaction. We do not expect any significant differences between (i) anticipated EBITDA(A) disclosed in this press release and derived from the anticipated results of Kallista calculated in accordance with French GAAP and (ii) anticipated EBITDA(A) to be derived from the anticipated results of Kallista reconciled to IFRS by the closing date of the transaction.

About Boralex

Boralex develops, builds and operates renewable energy power facilities in Canada, France, the United Kingdom and the United States. A leader in the Canadian market and France’s largest independent producer of onshore wind power, the Corporation is recognized for its solid experience in optimizing its asset base in four power generation types — wind, hydroelectric, thermal and solar. Boralex ensures sustained growth by leveraging the expertise and diversification developed over the past 25 years. Boralex’s shares and convertible debentures are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbols BLX and BLX.DB.A, respectively. More information is available at www.boralex.com or www.sedar.com.

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Pump prices, airline tickets help propel Canada’s annual inflation rate to 2.3% – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Apr 20, 2018 

By Andy Blatchford


OTTAWA _ The country’s annual inflation rate continued creeping higher last month to hit 2.3 per cent, Statistics Canada said Friday.

The March figure shows the pace of inflation inched a little farther past the midpoint of the central bank’s ideal range of between one and three per cent.

By comparison, inflation was 2.2 per cent in February and 1.7 per cent in January. The March increase was the largest year-over-year move since it hit 2.4 per cent in October 2014, just as the oil-price slump was getting underway.

The upward forces on inflation in March were led by higher costs for gasoline and air transportation, while cheaper prices for video equipment, digital devices and electricity applied downward pressure.

The report also said the average of the Bank of Canada’s three measures of core inflation, which are designed to leave out the noise of more-volatile items like gasoline, was two per cent last month.

The Bank of Canada scrutinizes inflation data when it considers interest-rate decisions. Its rate hikes can be used as a tool to help prevent inflation from climbing too high.

But the recent readings above two per cent are unlikely to have a major impact on upcoming interest-rate decisions _ because the central bank is now expecting them.

Earlier this week, the central bank said that due to the temporary effects of higher gas prices and minimum wage increases it has raised its inflation projections. The bank is now expecting the measure to average 2.3 per cent this year before settling back down to 2.1 per cent in 2019.

Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz has raised the benchmark interest rate three times since last July and is expected to remain on his rate-hiking path with economy operating close to its capacity.

But Poloz hasn’t moved the rate since January, including his most-recent announcement Wednesday. Poloz said that despite the recent improvements, the economy’s still unable to continue running at full tilt without the stimulative power of lower rates _ for now.

In a separate report Friday, Statistics Canada said retail sales increased 0.4 per cent in February to $49.8 billion, with the biggest increases coming from new car dealers and general merchandise stores.

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Elements Casino Victoria Announces the Launch of its Community Partnership Program – Elements of Community

Victoria, BC (April 19, 2018): Elements Casino Victoria is pleased to announce that it will be launching a brand new community program – Elements of Community – focused on supporting charitable and community organizations that are located in the Island Capital Regional District and the West Shore municipalities of Colwood, Highlands, Langford, Metchosin, Esquimalt, Sooke and View Royal.

As part of the Elements of Community initiative, Elements Casino will offer its Platinum Room, a multi-use entertainment venue, free of charge to charitable, non-profit and community organizations for the purpose of hosting events and other such activities for up to 50 days over the course of the upcoming year.

“As an active community participant we wanted to create a positive community experience for organizations that are in need of space and resources. We will be able to accommodate large or small groups in a variety of configurations and provide support that would not have been there otherwise,” said Raj Mutti, Vice President, Operations West, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation.

Organizations interested in booking the Platinum Room will be required to complete an application that can be found on http://elementscasinovictoria.com/community/.

On May 5, 2018, Elements Casino Victoria, will host a Grand Opening celebration that will showcase the multi-million dollar redevelopment of the property. With the new 70,000 square foot gaming floor featuring approximately 800 slot machines, up to 26 table games and a variety of dining options, Elements Casino will be the entertainment hub for the whole lower island marketplace.

The Grand Opening festivities will include a performance by Tom Cochrane, Canada’s iconic rock star and eight-time Juno Award winner at the Platinum Room.

Elements Casino Victoria is owned and operated by Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, a leading owner and operator of 25 gaming entertainment venues across Canada and Washington State.


Founded in 1982, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation is a BC based company that operates 25 gaming, entertainment and hospitality facilities in British Columbia, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Washington State. Fundamental to the company’s culture is its commitment to social responsibility. “PROUD of our people, our business, our community” is Great Canadian’s brand that unifies the company’s community, volunteering and social responsibility efforts. Under the PROUD program, Great Canadian annually invests over $2.5 million in our communities, and in 2017, over 1,900 charitable organizations were supported by Great Canadian. In each Canadian gaming jurisdiction, a significant portion of gross gaming revenue from gaming facilities is retained by our crown partners on behalf of their provincial government for the purpose of supporting programs like healthcare, education and social services.

For further information:

Sonja Mandic
Director, Media Relations & Social Responsibility
Great Canadian Gaming Corporation / 604.889.7114 / smandic@gcgaming.com


Nemaska Lithium Launches a USD 300-350M Bond Offering

April 20, 2018

Nemaska Lithium Inc. (“Nemaska Lithium” or the “Corporation”) (TSX:NMX)(FRANKFURT:N0T) is pleased to announce that it is launching an offering of senior secured callable bonds (“Bonds”) on a private placement basis for proceeds of USD 300-350M (the “Bond Offering”).

The Corporation has engaged Clarksons Platou Securities and Pareto Securities (collectively, the “Managers”) as managers, on a best efforts basis, for the Bond Offering. The Managers will, in connection with the Bond Offering, arrange a series of investor meetings over the following weeks.

The Nordic-style Bond Offering will be USD-denominated and the Bonds will be senior secured obligations of Nemaska Lithium, having a five-year term, unless earlier repurchased or redeemed, and bearing interest payable quarterly in arrears. The Bonds will be guaranteed against the Project and against the intangible assets of the Corporation.

The proceeds will be kept in a trust account pledged in favor of the Bondholders and the initial release, as well as subsequent drawdowns, of funds are subject to certain conditions precedent customary for these types of transactions including, but not limited to, the evidence that the required equity proceeds and the proceeds under the previously announced Streaming Agreement with Orion Mine Finance II LP (“Orion”) have been spent on the Corporation’s project. The Corporation intends to apply to list the Bonds on the Nordic Alternative Bond Market (ABM) after the closing of the Bond Offering, expected on or around May 18, 2018.

Financing Endeavors Update

The Corporation had outlined, in its March 28, 2018 press release, the components of its overall USD775-825M financing structure to fund the construction, commissioning, working capital and reserve funds for its Whabouchi lithium mine and Shawinigan electrochemical plant (the “Project Financing”) and also for general corporate working capital. Since that time, in addition to launching this Bond Offering, the Corporation:

  • Signed a USD 150M streaming agreement with Orion announced in its April 12, 2018 press release (the “Streaming Agreement”); and
  • Has pursued its efforts pertaining to private and/or public offerings, and:
    • Obtained, on March 29, 2018, a receipt from Canadian securities regulatory authorities for its final base shelf prospectus (filed on Sedar the same day);
    • Issued, on April 5, 2018, a press release outlining the agreed terms of a private placement for up to CAD 99M with SoftBank Group Corp. (“SoftBank”) to hold no more than 9.9% of the shares outstanding once the Project Financing is completed;
    • Expects to close the SoftBank private placement (subscription receipts) on or around April 25, 2018; and
    • Expects to provide further details in the short-term on current discussions for the additional equity financing required (the “Equity Offerings”).

“We continue to show solid progress on our project financing, firstly with the SoftBank private placement, then with the Streaming Agreement and now with the launching of the Bond Offering. We are getting closer to putting together a comprehensive project financing that will take us through project construction and onto commercial production,” added Guy Bourassa.

Closing of Financing Transactions

The financing transactions contemplated by the Bond Offering, the Streaming Agreement, the SoftBank private placement and the Equity Offerings are intended to provide a comprehensive project financing package for the Whabouchi mine and the Shawinigan plant. Closing of these financing transactions and the release of funds thereunder will be subject to, among other things, the successful marketing and closing of the Bond Offering and Equity Offerings and the execution of definitive agreements in connection therewith, and the receipt of regulatory approvals (including approval of the TSX). Each such financing transaction will be conditional on the completion of one another.

About Nemaska Lithium

Nemaska Lithium is a developing chemical company whose activities will be vertically integrated, from spodumene mining to the commercialization of high-purity lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate. These lithium salts are mainly destined for the fast-growing lithium-ion battery market, which is driven by the increasing demand for electric vehicles and energy storage worldwide. With its products and processes, Nemaska Lithium intends to facilitate access to green energy, for the benefit of humanity.

The Corporation will be operating the Whabouchi mine in Québec, Canada, one of the richest lithium spodumene deposits in the world, both in volume and grade. The spodumene concentrate produced at the Whabouchi mine will be processed at the Shawinigan plant using a unique membrane electrolysis process for which the Corporation holds several patents.

Nemaska Lithium is a member of the S&P/TSX SmallCap Index, S&P/TSX Global Mining Index, S&P/TSX Global Base Metals Index, S&P/TSX Equal Weight Global Base Metals Index, and the MSCI Canada Small Cap Index. For more information, visit nemaskalithium.com or twitter.com/Nemaska_Lithium.

Important notice

The information contained in this announcement is for background purposes only and does not purport to be full or complete. The announcement does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy Bonds or other securities in any jurisdiction. The publication, distribution or release of this announcement may be restricted by law in certain jurisdictions and persons into whose possession any document or other information referred to herein comes should inform themselves about and observe any such restriction. Any failure to comply with such restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

The Bonds have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”), and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act and in accordance with applicable U.S. state securities laws. The Corporation does not intend to register any securities referred to herein in the United States or to conduct a public offering of securities in the United States.

Further information regarding Nemaska Lithium is available in the SEDAR database (www.sedar.com) and on the Corporation’s website at: www.nemaskalithium.com.


Abacus announces grant of stock options

Vancouver, BC — April 20, 2018.  Abacus Mining & Exploration Corporation (“Abacus” or the “Company”) (TSXV:AME) announces that the Board of Directors has approved the grant of stock options to directors, officer, employees and consultants of the Company allowing for the acquisition of up to, in the aggregate, 447,500 shares of the Company. The grant is a result of the Company’s annual compensation review and the issuance is made under the Company’s approved stock option plan.  The options are exercisable at a price of $0.22 per share for a period of five years from the date of grant and are subject to regulatory policies.
For further information, please contact Investor Relations at (416) 722-2456.

On Behalf of the Board,

Paul G. Anderson
President and COO

About Abacus
Abacus is a mineral exploration and mine development company currently focused on its optioned Willow copper-gold property located near Yerington, Nevada in which it can acquire up to a 75% ownership interest, and the contiguous Nev-Lorraine claims subject to a ten year lease agreement.  The Company also holds a 20% ownership interest, together with KGHM Polska Miedz S.A. (80%), in the proposed copper-gold Ajax Mine located southwest of Kamloops, B.C., which has recently undergone a joint provincial and federal environmental assessment process. The Ajax project awaits a final decision from the Federal Cabinet on whether the project can proceed. On December 14, 2017, a decision was made by the B.C. Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy and Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum resources to decline to issue an environmental assessment certificate for the Project.  For the latest reports and information on Abacus’ projects, please refer to the Company’s website at www.amemining.com.


Trudeau ends three country tour with his global reputation, alliances intact – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Apr 20, 2018 

By Lee Berthiaume


LONDON _ Justin Trudeau is heading home from a lengthy, three-country foreign tour in which the prime minister appeared to recapture his international mojo and reassert several key alliances, but didn’t sign off on any big deals or declarations.

When the 10-day trip to Peru, France and the U.K., with a quick stop in Ottawa, started last week, one of the top questions was whether Trudeau could rediscover his footing on the world stage after recent controversies in China and India.

This time, there were no eye-catching outfits as Trudeau stuck to tried-and-true business suits and, on occasion, his patented button-up shirt and rolled-up sleeves as he met with world leaders, industry representatives and students.

There were no noticeable gaffes or tensions as the prime minister pushed his progressive trade agenda, women’s rights and ocean protection while issuing warnings against rising authoritarianism and inequality around the world.

Mixed with those higher ideals were closed-door discussions _ first in Peru with Mexico and the United States about the North American Free Trade Agreement; and then in the U.K. about Russia, Syria and cybersecurity.

The prime minister didn’t make it easy on himself, either, as he flew briefly back to Ottawa from Peru to meet with the premiers of Alberta and B.C. on the Trans Mountain pipeline, and then onto France, rather than directly to Paris as originally planned.

Yet that stop back home may have represented the most concrete outcome as Trudeau announced plans to draft legislation affirming federal jurisdiction over the pipeline and negotiations with Kinder Morgan for financial support for the project.

In Peru, just hours after meeting Trudeau, U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence did predict a new NAFTA within several weeks. In Paris, Canada and France agreed to co-operate and push other countries to honour their commitments under the Paris climate agreement.

In London, the prime minister also joined his counterparts from Britain, Australia and New Zealand to reaffirm their tight-knit global security alliance.

And Trudeau reportedly used every opportunity to promote Canada’s G7 priorities and bid for a UN Security Council seat. That included in meetings on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Peru and a Commonwealth leaders’ summit in London with leaders from Chile, Peru, Argentina, New Zealand, Rwanda, Kenya, South Africa and the Caribbean.

However, there were no significant business deals, despite a high-profile address to industry leaders in Peru and several meetings in Paris and London. There were minor foreign-aid announcements.

Trudeau did have some bold moments, such as when he used his speech to the French National Assembly to make the case for the Canada-EU free trade deal _ to the anger of some French MPs and approval of others.

He was also unapologetically tough on the Venezuelan government, which he described as a murderous, authoritarian regime. And he was critical of the Commonwealth _ or at least some of its members _ for not championing LGBTQ rights.

But the prime minister was ambiguous in a variety of other areas, including his plans to fight plastic waste in oceans and whether Russian hackers were a threat to average Canadians.

And despite touting democratic ideals, there was no mention of human rights as he met with Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who has been accused of growing authoritarianism. He also veered away from any significant criticism of Cuba.

Supporters will likely say that the trip was a success as the prime minister met key allies and advanced Canada’s interests on a number of fronts, including trade, security, gender rights and the environment.

Critics will point to the lack of any significant new agreements or business deals and his ambiguity on several files as proof that the trip, which came at a critical time in the pipeline debate back home, was a waste.

During his final news conference in London on Thursday, Trudeau was asked for his own assessment.

“Here in London and in France and in Lima, we were very much engaged in promoting Canada’s interests and creating opportunities for greater trade, greater relationships that are going to benefit Canadians and benefit the world,” he said.

“We know that government and governance and serving Canadians is a process that stretches out over time and we focus every day on defending and advancing the interests of Canadians _ whether there’s a headline in it for you guys or not.”

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Canada given one year to sort out B.C. First Nations commercial fishery: court – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Apr 19, 2018

VANCOUVER _ A group of West Coast First Nations has won the right to harvest and sell fish commercially after a 12-year court battle.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Mary Humphries has ruled Fisheries and Oceans Canada has one year to establish a commercial fishery for the five First Nations collectivelly known as Nuu-chah-nulth.

However, Nuu-chah-nulth president Judith Sayers says that if the government is serious about implementing their rights, it should let the bands begin fishing immediately.

In the 400-page judgment, Humphries sets out the parameters for the Indigenous fisheries involving species including a variety of salmon, groundfish, crab, prawn and shellfish.

Fisheres Minister Dominic LeBlanc says in a statement that he has directed his ministry to take immediate steps and review the Pacific salmon allocation policy, while collaborating with First Nations groups and stakeholders on new policy.

Gord Johns, a Vancouver Island member of Parliament, says he’ll be in Ottawa next week to remind the government of its obligation.


Much left to fight for beyond legalization, pot activists say as they mark 4 20 – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Apr 20, 2018

By Daniela Germano


TORONTO _ Cannabis activists say although this year’s 4-20 celebrations across the country will likely be the last before recreational pot use becomes legal, there’s still a lot to fight for.

The federal government has committed to making marijuana legal by the summer, but the task of regulating the sale and consumption of the drug has been handed down to the provinces and territories.

Lisa Campbell with the Ontario Cannabis Consumer and Retail Alliance said she doesn’t think 4-20 events across the country will disappear with the new legalized system _ but they will likely evolve.

“There is still a lot to fight for, including cannabis lounges, consumption spaces and having special events permits. But there comes a certain point where you can shout from the sidelines or you can put down your protest sign and have a chance to work with government to influence policy,” Campbell said.

“For me and my activism, I’ve gone from fully disobeying the law and civil disobedience to now pausing my illicit activity and trying to find a way to work in the legal market.”

The provinces have been rolling out their plans on regulating legalized pot. Ontario, for instance, intends to sell marijuana to people 19 and older in up to 150 stores run by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario. Consumption in public spaces or workplaces will be banned.

Campbell said she wants to see a mixed retail model in the province, with regulated lounges and bars where marijuana can be purchased and consumed.

“The only benefit to government stores is that argument that if you’re going to regulate it like alcohol, that we also need to have all these other licences that we have for alcohol,” Campbell said. “So, for example, at festivals there should be the ability to have a vapour lounge that is like a designated area like a beer garden, where you can purchase and consume cannabis.”

She acknowledges that the province’s Ministry of the Attorney General has finished its consultation on cannabis consumption spaces, and it will take some time before changes are made.

April 20 has long been a day to celebrate cannabis and the culture that surrounds it. In cities such as Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver, pot enthusiasts gather by the thousands in public squares, defying the authorities.

But Campbell noted that 4-20 isn’t just about having a massive outdoor smokeout anymore; there are events such as cannabis business speeches from CEOs from publicly traded companies, as well as movie nights with cannabis edibles.

She did say, however, that she’s concerned police will crack down harder on this year’s 4-20 events.

“While legalization is exciting, I also think a lot of people are fearful,” she says.

Abi Roach, the owner of Toronto’s Hotbox Cafe, says she has heard similar concerns from customers as police continue to crack down on illegal pot dispensaries in the city ahead of this summer’s legislative change.

She says with legalization looming, her activism will also centre on creating safe public spaces for cannabis consumption and fighting against what she called the “white-collarization of cannabis.

“It’s the corporate takeover of big alcohol, big pharma, big tobacco, now taking over cannabis and creating a business that never really existed, looking for a customer base that isn’t interested in it,” Roach said.

“I think the problem that not only corporations are going to have, but also the government stores, is how do you get my customers _ the people we have been serving for the last 18 years _ to switch from their current purchasing ways and go to the legal government stores?”

She says governments need to include the current industry, which has been flourishing for decades, into the legal framework.

“And that’s not happening and that’s what we’re fighting for,” she said.


Wasaya Group and Exchange Income Corporation Complete Transaction

THUNDER BAY, ON, April 19, 2018  – We are pleased to announce Wasaya Group (“Wasaya”), its shareholders and Exchange Income Corporation (“EIC”) (TSX:EIF) have successfully closed the transaction that was first announced on February 1, 2018.

“Completing this milestone is one of the most significant events in Wasaya’s 29 year history,” said Michael Rodyniuk, President and CEO of Wasaya. “The strength of our combined aviation assets coupled with our capable and motivated people will result in a strong company ensuring Wasaya continues to be a fixture in the communities for years to come.  The enhanced level of service in Northern Ontario will benefit the people in our ownership communities as well as those in the non-owner communities we serve. Partnering with EIC is a natural fit. They understand aviation, servicing the north, and of utmost importance they have a great history working with First Nations across Canada to provide quality air service to these communities.”

“Partnering with the communities we serve is fundamental to our values,” said Mike Pyle, CEO of EIC. “This transaction allows us to directly partner and engage with our customers. Wasaya’s strong brand and legacy in northern Ontarioprovides a solid foundation to expand passenger and cargo service into more communities within the region.”

Carmele Peter, President of EIC, stated “This would not have been possible without the strong working relationship during the establishment of our partnership. This relationship will continue to grow delivering positive results for First Nations People, communities served, travelers, cargo shippers, and our mutual shareholders, all while celebrating and exemplifying success within First Nations’ business.”

About Wasaya Group

Wasaya Group, including Wasaya Airways and Wasaya Petroleum, is directly or indirectly owned by 12 First Nations: Bearskin LakeFort Severn; Kasabonika Lake; Keewaywin; Kingfisher Lake; Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug; Muskrat Dam; Nibinamik; PikangikumSandy Lake; Wapekeka; and Wunnumin Lake. Wasaya serves 25 destinations in Northwestern Ontario with 60 daily flights and employs 320 employees, of which over one third are First Nation.

About Exchange Income Corporation

Exchange Income Corporation is a diversified acquisition-oriented company, focused in two sectors: aerospace and aviation services and equipment, and manufacturing. The Corporation uses a disciplined acquisition strategy to identify already profitable, well-established companies that have strong management teams, generate steady cash flow, operate in niche markets and have opportunities for organic growth.

The Corporation currently operates two segments: Aerospace & Aviation and Manufacturing. The Aerospace & Aviation segment consists of the operations of Perimeter Aviation (including Bearskin Airlines), Keewatin Air, Calm Air International, Custom Helicopters, Regional One, Provincial Aerospace and Moncton Flight College, and an investment in Wasaya Group. The Manufacturing segment consists of the operations of Overlanders, Water Blast, Stainless Fabrication, WesTower Communications, Ben Machine and Quest. For more information on the Corporation, please visit www.ExchangeIncomeCorp.ca. Additional information relating to the Corporation, including all public filings, is available on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).

For further information: Mike Pyle, Chief Executive Officer, Exchange Income Corporation, (204) 982-1850, MPyle@eig.ca; Michael Rodyniuk, Chief Executive Officer, Wasaya Group, (807) 474-2305, mrod@wasaya.com


Recognizing the Public Interest in Nation to Nation Fishery Negotiations

VANCOUVER, April 19, 2018 – “Reconciliation isn’t just about negotiations between First Nations and the Crown, it has to directly involve those whose livelihoods might be affected in keeping with previous Supreme Court of Canadadecisions,” said Gary Wharton, legal counsel and spokesperson for the intervenors representing the BC Seafood Alliance and the BC Wildlife Federation.

“The BC Supreme Court decision requires that the delineation of Indigenous fishing rights must include consideration of the rights and interests of all stakeholders,” he added, noting that both the Supreme Court of Canada and the judge are clear that Crown is in a fundamental conflict of interest between its fiduciary responsibilities to First Nations and its duty to represent other interests in fishery matters.  “Reconciliation must now explicitly include consideration of these interests.”

“That’s why we intervened,” said Christina Burridge for the BC Seafood Alliance and Alan Martin for the BC Wildlife Federation.  “It’s a very complex case, going back almost a decade,” they said, “but we intervened to make sure that the Supreme Court of Canada requirement that delineating Indigenous rights required consideration of other rights and interests did indeed take place.  We represent the common property right that goes back to Magna Carta.”

They added, “the judge’s decision is complex, but we are always ready to engage in constructive discussions over how we manage our fisheries to ensure conservation of the resource, enjoyment of eating or catching seafood and economic benefits to all Canadians.”

For further information: Gary Wharton, Bernard LPP, 604.661.0601, wharton@bernardllp.ca; Christina Burridge, BC Seafood Alliance, 604.377.9213, cburridge@telus.net; Al Martin, BC Wildlife Federation, 250.480.9694, alan.martin1710@gmail com


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