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Civeo celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day 2018

Credits: Civeo

Civeo employees celebrated National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21, 2018.

We were honoured to have special guests join us and teach us about the importance of National Indigenous People’s day. Festivities included Inuit throat singing, Metis jigging and First Nations dancing performances as well as Rockin’ Fiddle music.

Statement by Minister Bennett on the re-election of the President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

From: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO (August 16, 2018) – The Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, Carolyn Bennett, issued the following statement today:

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to extend my congratulations to Mr. Natan Obed on his re-election as President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.

I look forward to continuing to collaborate with Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami to bring about positive change in the lives of Inuit in Canada and to advance our mutual commitment to a renewed Inuit-Crown relationship based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.

Together, we will continue to bring about the type of transformative change that we need to make a real difference for Inuit, for the benefit of all Canadians.

I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Mr. Peter Ittinuar and Mr. Peter Williamson on their decision to run and thank them for their commitment and dedication to address the concerns of Inuit. I wish them all the best in their future endeavours.”

James Fitz-Morris
Director of Communications and Issues Management
Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett

Media Relations
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada


VIU Fulbright Canada Jarislowsky Foundation Visiting Research Chair Focuses on Aboriginal Learning

August 16, 2018 – 9:00am

“I feel very humbled,” says Drywater-Whitekiller. “It seems surreal that I have been honoured to contribute in this way.”

“I am excited to welcome Virgina Drywater-Whitekiller to Vancouver Island University as the Fulbright Canada Jarislowsky Foundation Visiting Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies,” says Dr. Carol Stuart, VIU Interim Provost and Vice-President Academic. “Her approach to research and her focus fits well with VIU’s commitment to supporting Indigenous students and communities. Access and success in educational endeavors is critical for progress toward reconciliation and Dr. Drywater-Whitekiller’s research will help us understand success from a student perspective.”

As a single-mother, Drywater-Whitekiller pursued a post-secondary education to build a better life for her child and herself. She received her doctoraldegree in Higher Education Administration at Oklahoma State University in 2004, after becoming the first-ever university graduate in her immediate family.

“My Cherokee grandparents taught me with having a higher education I have a responsibility to give to Indigenous peoples,” she says. Drywater-Whitekiller contributes to supporting Indigenous peoples through education.

Drywater-Whitekiller is a professor at the Northeastern State University (NSU) of Oklahoma, an institute with the highest retention rate in the United States for Aboriginal peoples and was originally founded to support Indigenous learners. Twenty-five per cent of students at NSU self-identify as Indigenous.

“First Peoples in Canada and the United States share similar situations; the majority of us are in poverty, live in poor health, and have intense struggles,” says Drywater-Whitekiller. “Having a higher education helps address those problems and empowers tribes and future generations.”

She has over 20 years’ experience developing and teaching undergraduate and graduate level social work and indigenous studies courses.

Drywater-Whitekiller carries on the legacy of Chief Wilma Mankiller, the first elected female chief of Cherokee Nation, by continuing to teach a Native American leadership course they developed together before Mankiller passed away. “I hold this project very dear to my heart,” she says. “I promised her I would continue this meaningful work, and it’s gratifying to support Aboriginalyouth to develop strong leadership skills.”

Drywater-Whitekiller has developed a fifth year medical school program to encourage more Indigenous learners to pursue medical professions. She has served as the principle investigator for several federal funding initiatives, including NSU’s Child Welfare Workforce Traineeship for the U.S. Children’s Bureau.

Drywater-Whitekiller has contributed extensively to social work practice with Aboriginal populations in aspects of health care, education, juvenile offenders, and child welfare. “This is a way of life for my husband and I. It is our desire to go out in the communities and help in any way that we can,” she says. During her stay in Nanaimo, Drywater-Whitekiller hopes to be invited to First Nations for the opportunity to visit and learn from those communities.

Drywater-Whitekiller’s Fulbright proposed research “Indigenous Cultural Resilience: Supporting Higher Pathways” will explore cultural factors and coping mechanisms of Canada’s Indigenous peoples in college retention. The strength-based research focuses on Indigenous concepts that assist Indigenous peoples in navigating challenging life tasks.

“I hope my work will be informed by the Elders-in-Residence and they will become co-researchers with me,” she says. “Once my time here is over, my wish is the research will continue to be relevant and applied.”

Drywater-Whitekiller will be at VIU conducting her research from August 7thto December 19th, 2018.



Rae-Anne LaPlante, Communications Officer, Vancouver Island University

P: 250.740.6673 | E:| T: @VIUNews


imagineNATIVE announces The Beat

imagineNATIVE’s music showcase The Beat, co-presented by Revolutions Per Minute (RPM), returns Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Lee’s Palace with live performances and the $10,000 iN Bullseye Prize award presentation.

The Beat will feature live performances by 2018 Polaris Music Prize short listers Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Inuit throat-singing and beat mashup Silla + Rise, Indigenous rapper from Guanajuato by way of Oakland Chhoti Maa, and Winnipeg producer DJ Boogey the Beat.

imagineNATIVE and Slaight Music will also announce the winner of the 2018 iN Bullseye Prize at The Beat. Launched in 2016, this indigenous music talent search contest seeks to nurture Canada’s newest music talent with unprecedented opportunities, including a $10,000 cash award, to turn their talent into a career.

For more information visit:

The 19th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival returns October 17-21, 2018. More programming will be announced in the coming weeks.

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
October 17-21, 2018
Festival Passes + Package Available Until September 24 Only
Tickets for single screenings and events go on sale October 1
Call – TIFF Box Office on 416-599-TIFF (8433)
Online – TIFF Festival Partners and Third Party Events
In Person – TIFF Box Office at 350 King St W, Toronto, ON

Stay tuned for our programming announcements and follow @imagineNATIVE on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest #iN19 news.

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Media Contact: Damien Nelson,, 416.693.4425


Three new curators to work with Beaverbrook Art Gallery

16 August 2018

FREDERICTON (GNB) – Three new curators have been selected by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery to help in preparations for, and the celebration of, the 50th anniversary of the New Brunswick Art Bank.

Emma Hassencahl-Perley of Tobique First Nation, Emilie Grace Lavoie of Moncton and Erin Goodine of Fredericton were selected as emerging artists who represent the francophone, anglophone and First Nations communities.

In May, the provincial government announced an investment of $82,000 to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery for this celebration. As part of the investment, three emerging curators were selected to work with the gallery to develop a unique exhibit about the art bank. The exhibit will be displayed at the gallery and will travel throughout the province over the next year.

“Our government is proud to support the arts and culture sector in the province,” said Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister John Ames. “We look forward to the work of our emerging curators and to their role in nourishing the New Brunswick Art Bank.”

In addition to the provincial touring exhibition, the three curators will also create an exhibition catalogue of contemporary artists in New Brunswick.

More information about the New Brunswick Art Bank is available online.

Media Contact(s)

Barbara Day, communications, Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, 506-444-5185.


Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada Request for Proposals: Innusunni Aqqusaaqtara My Journey – Communications Plan

Aug 15, 2018

Cancer is a leading cause of death among Inuit living in Canada. The rate is nearly twice as high as the rest of the country. There is a need to provide Inuit with more information about cancer. Since 2012, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada has been increasing Inuit knowledge about cancer and providing tools for cancer patients, cancer survivors, families and health care providers working with Inuit. With financial support from the Public Health Agency of Canada, Pauktuutit initially developed the Kaggutiq Inuit Cancer Glossary. Pauktuutit then partnered with the Canadian Cancer Society though funding from Jaguar Land Rover Canada to continue the dissemination of the glossary and to develop new tools and resources to support patients, cancer survivors, family members and health care professionals. The entire body of work on cancer is called Inuusinni Aqqusaaqtara – My Journey.


Phase 1: Kaggutiq Inuit Cancer Glossary

From 2012 – 2014, Pauktuutit obtained funding through the Public Health Agency of Canada and held focus groups to engage the Inuit community and reach out to community health representatives and health care providers working with Inuit cancer patients. The project included a cancer terminology forum where Inuit medical translators and cancer experts collaborated on region-specific terminology that then contributed to the Inuktitut cancer glossary.

The Kaggutiq Inuit Cancer Glossary is the cancer resource for Inuit regarding cancer terminology and definitions. It is intended to provide Inuit patients and caregivers, as well as health care professionals, plain language information in English along with five dialects of Inuktitut about cancer.

The cancer glossary inspired a strategic partnership that brought together organizations with complementary experience and expertise through recognizing that a lack of commonly understood and used Inuktitut vocabulary was a barrier to communicating effectively about cancer.

Phase 2: Inuit Cancer Project

Pauktuutit is now working in collaboration with the Canadian Cancer Society and the project advisory committee through funding provided by Jaguar Land Rover Canada. This phase focusses on collaboratively developing and providing accurate information and culturally-appropriate resources to support recently diagnosed Inuit cancer patients through their cancer journey, and improving communication among Inuit patients and their medical interpreters, and health care providers. The patient resource, “Inuusinni Aqqusaaqtara” (My Journey) has been successfully launched throughout the regions of Nunangat. Enhanced outreach and dissemination to the cancer healthcare community serving Inuit patients remains a steady focus.

Goals of the Project

The purpose of these resources is to provide information to Inuit recently diagnosed with cancer to better support them throughout their journey and facilitate culturally appropriate engagement with healthcare professionals. A better understanding of cancer can reduce fear and empower Inuit to seek healthcare services sooner and more frequently. Often, early diagnosis and treatment means a better chance of survival. Building knowledge will help to empower not only patients, but their families and friends who want to offer support. Improved health literacy – for patients and healthcare providers – results in fewer misunderstandings and better quality of care.

As a result of this project we hope Inuit will be more knowledgeable and less fearful about cancer so they will be more likely to see their healthcare providers. Ultimately, reducing cancer incidence and mortality rates and improving the quality of life of Inuit living with cancer.

For ease of reference, the Project Logic Model, created in collaboration with Pauktuutit and the Project Advisory Committee at the outset of the project, is provided on the following page. It illustrates the project’s goals and objectives, activities and outputs, and expected outcomes. It serves as a “road map” for the project and its evaluation.


This is an open call to individuals, firms, or organizations to provide a comprehensive proposal for the development of a communications strategy and plan for the cancer project. With the development of new cancer resources, Pauktuutit would like to see these and existing resources highlighted as an important tool for patients and their families or caregivers and can provide valuable support and information when going through the cancer journey. The communications strategy should focus on care that is a strengths-based, wholistic approach to healing and re-centers Inuit culture and community as a key element for improving the quality of life of Inuit living with cancer. The strategy will be designed with input from both the Pauktuutit Health Department and the Cancer Advisory Committee.


  • Design an innovative and culturally relevant communications strategy and plan that is consistent with current My Journey branding and all previously created project tools and resources. A brand style guide will be provided.
  • Social media plan aligned with our partners and funders (Canadian Cancer Society and Jaguar Land Rover Canada) that includes Facebook and Twitter.
  • Special events/dates calendar related to Cancer or Health to take into consideration for our project’s awareness campaigns, social media posts, resource launches, etc. Must include a clear timeline until the end of the project (March 2020).
  • Design of an innovative and culturally relevant awareness campaign to increase visibility of the new My Journey resources, e-learning modules, and regional resource launches.
  • Engage patients and communities in a way that not only illustrates the value of the resources and captures how we are achieving our project goals and outcomes, but also encourages patients and communities to feel empowered. This could include creation of video. Please include specific costs if this is a recommendation.

In addition, the successful applicants will be required to:

  • participate in project meetings and teleconferences as appropriate;
  • provide progress updates as required; and,
  • submit all final project documents upon completion.


The duration of the contract will be August 30th, 2018 – March 31st, 2019.

  • bids accepted until August 23rd, 2018;
  • contract begins August 30th, 2018;
  • delivery of final products by March 15, 2019; and
  • contract ends March 31, 2019.

Pauktuutit’s Roles and Responsibilities

The primary contact at Pauktuutit for this project is Savanah Ashton, Manager of Health ( Pauktuutit commits to provide the information and materials necessary to complete the work, and will respond to requests for information in a timely fashion.

Pauktuutit will provide a decision within three business days.

Confidentiality, Privacy and Copyright

The successful applicant shall not disclose to any party any confidential information gained or resulting from activities undertaken under this project, nor shall the applicant disclose any information concerning Pauktuutit or their affairs where such information is obtained through this Project.

Pauktuutit and the successful applicant will agree to publicly and mutually acknowledge and accord appropriate credit for each other’s contribution in this project, including any products developed and disseminated as a result. Both parties will come to an agreement on how credit is attributed, depending on the nature and degree of each organization’s contribution.

It is understood that Pauktuutit retains ownership of any and all materials and intellectual property created, designed, or produced as a result of activities undertaken by the successful applicant when awarded this project.

It is understood that the successful applicant will generate original work for this project.

Proposal Instructions

  • Applicants must submit their company name, and confirm their incorporation, references, and/or portfolio;
  • Submit by email to;
  • Word format or PDF;
  • Estimates/budgets must remain firm until August 30th, 2018;
  • No payment will be made for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of a proposal in response to this RFP;
  • No costs incurred before receipt of a signed contract can be charged to the proposed contract;
  • Travel that may be required will be separate from this scope of work budget and will be paid for by Pauktuutit; and,
  • Pauktuutit reserves the right not to award a contract as a result of this RFP.


The proposal must:

  • Include a detailed budget not to exceed $10,000-15,000 + HST and that demonstrates that the objectives and deliverables for the project can be met;
  • Indicate the billing rate;
  • List any other expenses that might be applicable; and
  • Total bid MUST include 13% HST tax.

Rights of the Organization

Pauktuutit reserves the right to:

  • Enter into negotiations with one or more bidders on any or all aspects of this proposal.
  • Accept any proposal in whole or in part.
  • Cancel and/or re-issue this requirement at any time.
  • Award one or more contracts.
  • Verify any or all information provided by the bidder with respect to this requirement.


Premier Savikataaq congratulates ITK President

16 August 2018 

Premier Joe Savikataaq today released the following statement:

“On behalf of Nunavummiut, I want to offer congratulations to Natan Obed on his re-election as President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. His work over the last three years has put the culture, challenges and priorities of Inuit on the national and international stages.

I look forward to continuing our strong working relationship, advocating for Nunavut Inuit. We are stronger together. I’m confident we can use our common voice to ensure fair recognition and representation of Inuit in initiatives like suicide prevention, the Indigenous Rights’ Framework, the Arctic Policy Framework, and improvements to the Nutrition North program.

Thank you for your work so far, and all the best as you move onto your second term.”


Media Contact:

Cate Macleod
Press Secretary
Office of Premier Savikataaq


People of the Land: Indigenous Fine Art’ now on display at Gibson Centre in Alliston – Simcoe County

It’s a stunning showcase you won’t want to miss.

People of the Land, Indigenous Fine Art, is now on display at the Gibson Centre in Alliston.

The one-of-a-kind exhibit, which has been displayed at galleries across Canada, features paintings and limited edition prints by Norval Morrisseau, sculptures by Bill Nasogaluak and carvings by Joe Greene.

Both Nasogaluak and Greene will attend the opening reception taking place Aug. 16 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The exhibit runs until Sept. 21 and many of the items are available for purchase.

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Natan Obed re elected head of Canada’s national Inuit group – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Aug 16, 2018

INUVIK, N.W.T. – Canada’s national Inuit organization has re-elected Natan Obed as its leader.

The vote was taken today in Inuvik, Northwest Territories.

It’s Obed’s second term at the helm of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, which represents 60,000 Inuit people across Canada.

Obed has brought greater profile to the concerns of Inuit as the federal government tries to reconcile with Indigenous people.

He has also not been afraid of controversy and has called for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League to change their name.

(The Canadian Press)


Government of Canada creating a more inclusive Canada by helping to improve the access of people with disabilities to the workforce

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

News release

August 16, 2018 Vancouver, B.C. Employment and Social Development Canada

Ensuring people with disabilities have fair chance at obtaining gainful employment is a key part of the Government of Canada’s plan to create a more inclusive, accessible Canada. Today, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, announced that organizations across Canada will receive financial support through the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities (OF).

The Minister made the announcement at the Vancouver location of the Neil Squire Society, one of the national organizations that Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) will be working with under the OF as a result of the program’s 2018 call for proposals. The Neil Squire Society will receive up to $10 million for its Working Together with Employers and Enhancing Employment project that will provide work experiences and enhanced employment assistance services to persons with disabilities, as well as employer supports to ensure the successful inclusive integration of employees with disabilities into the workplace.

As a result of the competitive Call for Proposal process that ran between January and March 2018, the Department will be working with approximately 70 organizations across Canada on projects that support persons with disabilities in preparing for, obtaining and maintaining employment or becoming self-employed, thereby increasing their economic participation and independence.

Through programs like the OF, the Government of Canada is working collaboratively with partners in both the public and private sectors to create opportunities for the full participation by people with disabilities in their communities and workplaces, and helping to change the way society thinks, talks and acts about disability and accessibility.


“Our government is committed to ensuring all Canadians have an equal opportunity to succeed. Thanks to programs such as the Opportunities Fund, and partner organizations such as the Neil Squire Society, people with disabilities can get the support they need to find and keep good jobs. Everyone benefits when we’re all included, can contribute, and have the chance to earn a living.”

– The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility

Quick facts

  • The Opportunities Fund has an annual budget of $40 million.
  • The Government of Canada is investing an additional $18.4 million, over six years to enhance OF program activities through matching services and in-house recruitment and retention strategies for small- and medium-size enterprises with the aim of improving the labour market participation of people with disabilities.
  • The OF provides financial support to community organizations that assist people with a permanent physical or mental disability that restricts their ability to perform daily activities.
  • Since its inception in 1997, the Opportunities Fund has helped approximately 110,000 people with disabilities across Canada.
  • In 2017-2018, 5,230 people with disabilities were served through OF programming with 2,268 participants finding employment, 307 returning to school and 3,266 enhancing their employability.

Associated links


Ashley Michnowski
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada


The Past, Present, and Future of Ottawa’s Role in Health Care: New MLI Report

OTTAWA, ON (August 16, 2018):  Although most Canadians tend to think of health care as being a responsibility of the provinces and territories, the federal government has slowly yet steadily intruded on provincial jurisdiction when it comes to health. With the federal Department of Health centenary in 2019, now is the time to re-examine the past and present of Ottawa’s now $43-billion role in health care.

To help politicians, media, and the general public better understand the federal role in Canadian health care, MLI has released a new report titled The Federal Department of Health Nears 100: The Origins and Evolution of the Federal Role in Health Care and the Case for Reform.

Authored by MLI Munk Senior Fellow Sean Speer, this paper examines how Ottawa’s role has expanded over the past 100 years, how this expansion fits into our current health care model, and what the federal role means in terms of encouraging and discouraging positive health care reforms for better health outcomes. Building on an earlier MLI report from Wayne Critchley and Richard Owens, Speer sets out a positive yet narrow vision for the role of the federal government in our health care system.

Ottawa has become a key player in the form of federal transfer payments to the provinces and territories, pandemic preparations, drug approvals, public health initiatives, and health-related research. Federal spending on health (including the Canada Health Transfer) now exceeds $43 billion per year representing more than 15 percent of total program spending in Ottawa’s budget. Some of this expansion is to be expected due to the changing nature of medicine, health care and other related areas, but a major factor is simply federal overreach.

Speer’s key finding is that to move forward on improving health care, the scope of the federal role should be limited.

The full report is available here.

“As the Trudeau government contemplates an expansion of the federal role in Canadian health care, this paper’s analysis points in another direction – one that narrows the ambition of federal involvement in health care and instead grants the provinces and territories greater flexibility to experiment with different models of reform,” writes Speer.

The paper sets out a number of key recommendations for policy makers, including:

  • Reduce federal spending that duplicates or encroaches on provincial responsibility for health care administration and delivery;
  • Reform the Canada Heath Act to enable greater provincial and territorial experimentation;
  • Review the Department of Health’s regulatory role to minimize duplication and overlap with other governments;
  • Explore options to devolve responsibilities for First Nations and Inuit health
  • Launch a comprehensive review of federal spending in health-related areas

“Adopting these recommendations would not eliminate the federal role in health care,” Speer explains. Instead, they would help “reshape the status quo in the name of leveraging the strengths of federalism to achieve better outcomes for Canadians.”

To learn more about the evolution of Ottawa’s role in health care and how it could be improved, read the full report here.


Sean Speer is a Munk Senior Fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. He previously served in different roles for the federal government including as senior economic advisor to the Prime Minister and director of policy to the Minister of Finance.

For more information please contact:

Brett Byers-Lane
Communications and Digital Media Manager
613-482-8327 x105


APTN’s First Contact Premieres This September, Takes Six Canadians On An Extraordinary Journey Through Indigenous Canada

Produced by Animiki See Digital Productions, Nüman Films, and Indios Productions, the series will air as a three-night television event on APTN starting September 11 at 7:00 pm. ET/PT

FIRST CONTACT is narrated by George Stroumboulopoulos

APTN Reveals the Six Canadians Joining the 28-Day Exploration of Indigenous Canada

Click here to watch the trailer

August 15, 2018- Winnipeg, MB – APTN, in association with Animiki See Digital Productions, Nüman Films, and Indios Productions, announced today that it will premiere the documentary-series, FIRST CONTACT (3 X 60). A compelling exploration into indigenous culture in Canada, the three-part series is narrated by host and social justice activist George Stroumboulopoulos and takes six Canadians, all with strong opinions about Indigenous people, on a unique 28-day exploration of Indigenous Canada. It is a journey that will turn their lives upside down, challenging their perceptions and confronting their prejudices about a world they never imagined they would see. This exploration will change the participants’ lives forever.

Airing on Tuesday, September 11 at 7:00 p.m. ET, the series will continue with episode two on Wednesday, September 12 and episode three on Thursday, September 13. The second and third episodes will be followed by a two-part reunion special airing September 12 and 13 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Following the second episode on Wednesday, APTN will air the first of a two-part reunion special featuring three Indigenous hosts that appear in the series. James Favel (co-founder of the Bear Clan Patrol), Michael Redhead Champagne (award-winning community organizer, public speaker and Shamattawa Cree Nation member) and Bernadette Smith (MLA, Assistant Director of Wayfinders Program in the Seven Oaks School Division) will come together in front of a live Winnipeg audience to reflect on the journey of the six participants and share their goals on how all Canadians can help strengthen relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

Part two of the dramatic reunion special airs after the finale on Thursday evening, and will see the six participants come together before a live studio audience, to reflect on their experience during and since their journey together.

“We are incredibly proud of all of the people who participated in this journey with us,” says Executive Producer Vanessa Loewen, Animiki See Digital Productions Inc. “It takes a lot of courage to immerse and expose oneself to an experience like this and we are blessed that the communities across Canada opened their doors to us. This raw and honest account will undoubtedly inspire empathy and awareness of Indigenous culture by Canadians coast-to-coast.”

The following six participants will leave their everyday lives behind to travel deep into Winnipeg, Nunavut, Alberta, Northern Ontario, and the coast of BC to visit Indigenous communities:

Ashley Mathieu
Age: 32
Hometown: Ottawa, ON
Occupation: Personal trainer

About: Ashley’s life has been a truly transformative journey. The daughter of a Canadian Royal Mounted Police Officer and a Portuguese immigrant mother, she was a shy little girl who got bullied throughout most of her childhood. Having been through many challenges and hard times, Ashley is an empathetic person who is interested in learning about other people before passing judgment. She is also a direct and outspoken person and believes every Canadian has a right to their own opinion and the right to express it.

Avonlea Collins
Age: 28
Hometown: Chilliwack, BC
Occupation: Stay-at-home mom

About: Avonlea has spent her life caring for others, from her brother to her young sons. Her big-heart and compassion are her defining qualities. Open to learning and changing, Avonlea dreams of living overseas one day and hopes her children get a chance to learn about other cultures in the world; something she never got to do. Avonlea considers herself open to new cultures, people and environments.

Dallas Cormier
Age: 26
Hometown: Saint John, NB
Occupation: Lobster fisherman/welder

About: Outgoing and athletic from childhood, Dallas spent his adolescence playing sports and hanging out at the community centre with the same group of kids he is still friends with to this day. Dallas’ parents pushed him to be someone who cared about others and he does his best to help others however he can. His mom is his role model, as she always made sure he was able to participate in activities with friends, despite a limited household income.

Donald Wright
Age: 65
Hometown: Ardrossan, AB
Occupation: Retired truck driver

About: Donald is proud to consider himself honest, with a strong work ethic and integrity. A self-proclaimed opinionated conservative, he considers that the freedom to live in a safe, clean place without war and suffering is the best thing about Canada. He’s not a fan of the current government’s focus on diversity, though he enjoys exploring the world with his wife of 18 years.

Jamie-Sue Sykes
Age: 36
Hometown: Ingersoll, ON
Occupation: Team leader, auto manufacturing

About: Country-born and bred, Jamie-Sue loves big trucks and small-town Canada. She defies any stereotypes that go along with country life with her open-mindedness and compassionate nature. She wants to see the country do much more to help its most marginalized communities, like those suffering from addiction or mental health issues. She believes we are only as good as the way we treat those most in need.

Ross Jackson
Age: 50
Hometown: Edmonton, AB
Occupation: Accountant

About: Family man Ross has his roots firmly planted in Alberta, but has explored the world as well, first as a young child living in New Zealand with his family, and later as an officer in the Navy. A father of three, Ross has strong opinions and believes,that hard work and traditional Canadian values are the key to success. He expects anyone who has the opportunity to live in Canada to feel the same.

First Contact is produced by Animiki See Digital Productions, Nüman Films, and Indios Productions, with the financial participation of the Canada Media Fund. Producers are Vanessa Loewen and Desiree Single for Animiki, Jeff Newman and Jocelyn Mitchell for Nüman Films, and Stephanie Scott for Indios Productions. Written and Directed by Jeff Newman.

Social Media Info:

Twitter: @FirstContactTV
Instagram: @firstcontacttv

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About APTN

APTN launched in 1999 as the first national Indigenous broadcaster in the world, creating a window into the remarkably diverse mosaic of Indigenous Peoples. A respected non-profit, charitable broadcaster and the only one of its kind in North America. Sharing our stories of authenticity in English, French and a variety of

indigenous languages, to approximately 11 million Canadian TV subscribers. With over 80% Canadian content, APTN connects with its audience through genuine, inspiring, and engaging entertainment through multiple platforms.

About Animiki See Digital Production

One of Canada`s leading producers of Indigenous content, Animiki See Digital Production has been creating original and captivating programs that reflect Indigenous People for over 10 years. Recent projects include the annual broadcast concert and celebration of Indigenous Day Live, one- hour dramatic pilot Wynter, and the documentary series “First Contact” based on the Australian series format.

About Nüman Films

Nüman Films is a Gemini Award winning Production Company that produces compelling, original, and entertaining documentary and lifestyle programming for the international and national marketplace. From the rock‘em sock’em rinks in Hockey Brawl (CTV) to the flooded plains of Manitoba in Treading Water (CBC/APTN), and the inner workings of a family in crisis in Being Greene (CBC), Nüman Films has built a reputation for delivering exceptional programming with engaging stories, captivating characters, and a unique perspective. Nüman Films is a full-service production company located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. We have worked with a variety of partners and broadcasters including CTV, CBC, Discovery, National Geographic, Bravo!,CityTV, History, MTS, Slice, APTN and OLN.

About Indios Productions

Indios Productions Inc. is a 100% Indigenous owned production company. Stephanie Scott is Anishinabe who has over 15 years of experience working for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, National Film Board and W. She has produced over 100 hours of television including documentary series, a live talk show, national events and short films. Stephanie also worked with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) where she helped manage the gathering of almost 7,000 digital audio and video recorded statements by former residential school survivors and others impacted by the schools. Stephanie is a proud grandmother, and mother.


Unit Publicist
Alina Duviner

APTN Publicist
Ginger Shewell


Media advisory: Government of Canada to provide skills training and job opportunities for young Canadians in Quebec

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, will visit and tour the Carrefour jeunesse-emploi Drummond, where he will witness first-hand how the Government of Canada is helping youth find and keep good jobs.

This visit wil be made on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.

The Minister will take questions from the media after the tour.

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

DATE: Friday, August 17, 2018

TIME: 11:30 a.m.

PLACE: Carrefour jeunesse-emploi
749 Mercure Blvd
Drummondville, Quebec

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Oilpatch fears delays as U.S. judge orders further review of KXL pipeline route – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Aug 16, 2018

By Dan Healing


CALGARY _ Potential delays in the completion of the Keystone XL pipeline following a U.S. judge’s order mean that Western Canadian oil producers could suffer current price discounts for a longer period of time, an industry spokesman says.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris ordered additional environmental study of the altered route through Nebraska for TransCanada Corp.’s proposed pipeline.

The potential setback illustrates how difficult it has become to relieve market access woes that have resulted in larger-than-usual price discounts for Western Canadian crude, said Chris Bloomer, CEO of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association.

“We need the pipeline, we need it yesterday and we need more market access across the board,” he said in an interview.

“We’re not getting a fair price for our crude in the U.S. because of a lack of capacity. That’s just fundamentally an issue.”

The difference between Western Canadian Select and New York benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude was about US$25 per barrel on Wednesday, down from peaks over US$30 earlier this year but higher than historic averages in the mid-teens.

Crude-by-rail exports from Canada reached an all-time record high of 199,000 barrels per day in May, up from about 131,000 bpd in May 2017, despite higher costs and a poorer safety record than pipeline shipments, Bloomer pointed out.

The U.S. lawsuit was brought by plaintiffs including the Indigenous Environmental Network and Northern Plains Resource Council after Nebraska state authorities approved an alternative route to the one TransCanada had proposed through the state.

The groups argued the U.S. State Department violated several acts in issuing a presidential permit for the pipeline without a proper environmental assessment of the changed route, but the judge rejected their request to revoke the permit issued by Donald Trump soon after he took office last year.

TransCanada spokesman Terry Cunha said the company was studying the ruling and had no immediate comment.

Environmental groups cheered the decision and called for TransCanada, which has not officially sanctioned the project, to abandon it.

“Today’s ruling is a victory for clean water, climate, and communities that would be threatened by the Keystone XL pipeline,” Sierra Club senior attorney Doug Hayes said in a news release.

“This proposed project has been stalled for nearly a decade because it would be all risk and no reward, and despite the Trump administration’s efforts, they cannot force this dirty tar sands pipeline on the American people.”

The proposed 1,897-kilometre, $10-billion Keystone XL pipeline would carry crude from Hardisty, Alta., to Steel City, Neb.

Two other export pipelines, the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline being sold to the federal government and Enbridge Inc.’s Line 3 pipeline replacement, also face uncertainty.

In 2017, Canada’s oil supply was 4.2 million bpd, which exceeded existing available pipeline capacity, according to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

In June, CAPP predicted total Canadian oil production will increase to 5.6 million bpd by 2035 mainly due to a rise in oilsands production to 4.2 million bpd from 2.65 million bpd in 2017.

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Trudeau to move forward to create residential schools holiday – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Aug 16, 2018 

By Morgan Lowrie


SAINT-EUSTACHE, Que. _ The federal government will move forward to create a statutory holiday dedicated to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday.

The holiday will be aimed at remembering the legacy of residential schools and reflecting on a path toward reconciliation, he said in Saint-Eustache, Que.

“Over the past decades, generations, and centuries, Canada failed in one of its fundamental commitments to respect and be partners of the Indigenous People who lived on this land for millennia,” he said.

“We broke that relationship, we failed to uphold the honour of the Crown and, more than that, we did our best to try to erase Indigenous cultures with such projects as residential schools.”

He said the government is currently consulting with First Nations, Inuit and Metis groups to choose an appropriate date and to decide how the holiday should be framed.

The creation of a statutory holiday is one of 94 recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation commission.

A private member’s bill introduced by NDP MP Georgina Jolibois currently proposes establishing a statutory holiday on June 21, which is National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde has said First Nations support a national day to “recognize the tragic and painful legacy of residential schools” and respect and remember the “too many children taken from their homes and families,” while also honouring survivors and their families.

“The residential schools era is indeed a dark chapter, and we must never forget,” he said in a statement.

The government-funded, church-run residential schools operated for more than a century. Indigenous children were ripped away from their families, usually starting in late September, and sent to schools where they endured widespread sexual, emotional and physical abuse.

The previous Conservative government issued a formal apology in 2008.

If Parliament did approve a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as a statutory holiday, it would only apply to federally regulated workplaces _ the civil service, marine ports, airports, airlines and telecommunications companies.

Provinces and territories would have to amend their existing labour codes to establish any additional day off.

Debate on the bill will resume in the fall after the House of Commons reconvenes.

Last year, a majority of MPs voted to give Remembrance Day the same legal status as Canada Day.

Nov. 11 is a holiday for federally regulated workers, and all other provincially regulated workers outside of Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Royal Canadian Legion has been a critic of making Remembrance Day a legal holiday, fearing that public attitudes towards Nov. 11 would change and obscure the solemn local ceremonies that mark the occasion each year.

_ With files from Jordan Press in Ottawa



Address by OSSTF/FEESO President Harvey Bischof at Leadership 2018

August 16, 2018


Welcome delegates and guests.

Bienvenue aux délégués et invités. J’espère que vous avez tous passé un été agréable.

I want to again acknowledge and thank the Anishinaabe, Huron-Wendat and Haudenosaunee
Nations, on whose traditional lands we are gathered today.

I also want to take a moment to welcome our newest Bargaining Unit. In June, approximately 100 PSSP employees of the Durham District School Board in my home District voted overwhelmingly to join the OSSTF/FEESO family. We are so pleased to have you with us.

When we gathered here a year ago, we were just beginning to prepare for the provincial election that took place in June. And when I spoke to this gathering last year, I said that the political landscape in Ontario at that time was anything but predictable, and that OSSTF/FEESO would need to be prepared for all possible electoral outcomes.

As it turns out, there was one potential outcome I believe none of us could have foreseen.

In preparation for this most uncertain of elections, OSSTF/FEESO made significant efforts to engage members and to create dialogue around important current issues in education.

In October of last year and again in February of this year, we brought local leaders and Political Action Officers to Toronto to consult with them on the issues, and on the political climate in the ridings encompassed by their Districts.

We developed an Education Platform that clearly and concisely articulated our concerns about key issues, and pointed to specific actions that we believed the next government needed to take in order to address those issues.

Your Provincial Executive settled on an election strategy of endorsing all incumbent NDP MPPs as well as NDP candidates in ridings where that party had finished second in the 2014 election.

Given our heightened concern about a potential PC majority under the leadership of Doug Ford, we initially also endorsed a small handful of Liberal candidates. That changed abruptly when the Liberal campaign unleashed an unprincipled and disingenuous attack on Ontario’s unions, and…

Download: Address by OSSTF/FEESO President Harvey Bischof at Leadership 2018



Province Announces Funding for Additional 225 Community Development Projects

The Manitoba government will provide $3.7 million in grants to projects for non-profit and community-led organizations, Municipal Relations Minister Jeff Wharton announced today.

“Investing in non-profit organizations helps to build Manitoba’s communities while encouraging economic development across the province,” said Wharton.  “Our government is pleased to provide increased financial support for non-profit and community-led organizations that will benefit Manitobans, rejuvenate and preserve infrastructure, and strengthen our province.”

A total of 175 projects were approved through the Community Places program, which provides funding and planning assistance to build, upgrade, expand or acquire community facilities.  Successful grant applicants must also contribute to project costs, often through local fundraising efforts, grants from other sources, or donated labour and materials.

“We see the tangible impact of this funding in our communities every day,” said Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister Cathy Cox.  “With this level of support, local community organizations across the province can ensure all Manitobans have continued access to safe, updated and inclusive spaces to enjoy now and in the future.”

Another 47 projects were approved through the new Community Support Small Grants program, which supports Manitoba’s non-profit and community-led organizations to build capacity, and support community-driven goals that have a public benefit.

This year Community Places and Community Support Small Grants programs funding through the single portal application intake process has increased an 11 per cent over last year, Wharton noted.  In fact, in 2018-19 the province has committed more than $21 million to support community development, he added.

Three additional projects were approved through the Community Planning Assistance Grants program, which provides financial assistance to planning districts and municipalities for the preparation of land use bylaws and policies.

The Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) contributed to the evaluation process for the community development programs.  AMM’s involvement helps to align key priorities between provincial and municipal partners to ensure the community benefit is maximized at the local level.

“The Community Places program is an essential program that leverages funding from multiple sources to promote economic development and sustainability,” said Chris Goertzen, president, AMM.  “The AMM greatly appreciates our expanded role on the selection committee and can attest the 225 projects announced today are helping to build stronger communities across Manitoba.”

Wharton noted the funding is in addition to the $848,000 in grants announced earlier this summer.

More information on the Community Places program can be found at

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  • 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.


Baffinland submits Final Environmental Impact Statement Addendum for Phase 2

OAKVILLE, ON, August 16, 2018 – Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation (Baffinland) announced today that it has submitted the Environmental Impact Statement for its Mary River Project Phase 2 to the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB). Baffinland is seeking a coordinated review process whereby the informational requirements for the NIRB environmental assessment review process and the Nunavut Water Board licensing process are undertaken jointly.

The study outlines the development of Baffinland’s proposed 12-million tonne expansion project and associated effects assessment. The project is highlighted by the development of a railway from the Mary River Mine to Milne Inlet Port, and associated infrastructure. The expansion represents the first step of Baffinland’s larger expansion program, which also includes the previously-approved construction of a railway from the Mary River Mine, travelling south to Steensby Inlet.

Brian Penney, Baffinland President and CEO stated: “The submission of this report represents a significant milestone in the development of our Phase 2 Expansion Program. The expansion of the Mary River Mine is critical to the long-term viability of our operation, and the key to bring enhanced benefits to the North Baffin communities and our partners.”

Public consultation has been an ongoing component of the expansion application process. Led by the NIRB, the permitting process will now move to a public consultation phase, which will include activities across the North Baffin region. The goal of these activities is for the NIRB and Baffinland to listen to, and meaningfully consider feedback from community members as the projects plans move forward.

About Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation

Jointly owned by Nunavut Iron Ore and ArcelorMittal, Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation operates a high-grade iron ore mine located on Baffin Island, Nunavut. Our mine produces the highest grade of direct shipping iron ore in the world. Baffinland has applied for permits to increase annual shipments to 12 million tonnes. Baffinland is committed to operating the Mary River Mine in an environmentally and socially responsible manner that benefits all stakeholders.

Media inquiries can be directed to:
Jason Leite
Communications Specialist
Phone: (416) 364-8820
ext. 5032 Cell: (416) 529-2624


Gold Eagle Casino earns two international marketing awards for third straight year

August 16, 2018 – North Battleford, SK – The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA)’s

Gold Eagle Casino (GEC) has been honoured with winning two Silver Romero Awards for excellence in casino marketing.

At an awards ceremony held in Las Vegas, Nevada, Gold Eagle Casino received awards for Casino Floor and VIP promotions.

“This is the third year in a row that Gold Eagle Casino has captured two Romero Awards for SIGA,” says SIGA President and CEO Zane Hansen. “These awards are a testament to our teams who work hard to create memorable customer experiences through innovative and diverse entertainment offerings. Congratulations to Gold Eagle Casino and its entire marketing team!”

Kelly Atcheynum, Gold Eagle Casino General Manager, is thrilled for his team to be recognized.

“To be recognized at the Romero Awards again this year is quite an honour. It speaks to the excellence we strive for at our casino, the enthusiasm of our staff, and the loyalty of our guests,” he says. “Winning these prestigious awards means a lot to the team.”

Last year, GEC received the Diamond Award in Online Marketing (website and social) and the Silver Award in Casino Floor Promotion. In 2016, GEC took home the Gold Award in Casino Floor Promotion and the Gold Award for VIP Promotion.

Gold Eagle Casino is a premier entertainment and tourist destination located in West-Central Saskatchewan. Founded in 1996, GEC is owned and operated by SIGA, which operates six, soon to be seven, First Nation casinos in Saskatchewan. GEC regularly draws more than 28,000 visitors each month from the local area and surrounding provinces.


For more information, please contact:

Melody Lynch

Director of Communications

Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority




Osisko Mining Announces $68 Million “Bought Deal” Private Placement of Flow-Through Shares

(Toronto, August 15, 2018) – Osisko Mining Inc. (TSX:OSK) (“Osisko” or the “Corporation“) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with a syndicate of underwriters led by Canaccord Genuity Corp. and including Haywood Securities Inc., Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd. and National Bank Financial Inc. (collectively, the “Underwriters“) in connection with a “bought deal” private placement financing (the “Offering“) of an aggregate of 26,176,471 common shares of the Corporation that will qualify as “flow-through shares” (within the meaning of subsection 66(15) of the Income Tax Act (Canada) and, in relation to FT Tranche One (as defined herein), section 359.1 of the Taxation Act (Québec)) (collectively, the “Flow-Through Shares“).

The Flow-Through Shares will be issued in two tranches:

  • Tranche 1 will consist of 14,035,088 Flow-Through Shares to be issued at a price of $2.85 to residents of Québec (“FT Tranche One“) for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $40 million.
  • Tranche 2 will consist of 12,141,383 Flow-Through Shares to be issued at a price of $2.30 to residents outside of Québec (“FT Tranche Two“) for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $28 million.

The gross proceeds from the issue and sale of the Flow-Through Shares will be used by the Corporation to incur eligible “Canadian exploration expenses” that will qualify as “flow-through mining expenditures” as such terms are defined in the Income Tax Act (Canada) (the “Qualifying Expenditures“) related to the Corporation’s projects in Québec on or before December 31, 2019. All Qualifying Expenditures will be renounced in favour of the subscribers of the Flow-Through Shares effective December 31, 2018.

The Offering is expected to close on or about September 18, 2018 and is subject to certain conditions including, but not limited to, the receipt of all necessary approvals including the approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange and the applicable securities regulatory authorities. The Flow-Through Shares to be issued under the Offering will be subject to a hold period in Canada expiring four months and one day from the closing date of the Offering.

The securities offered have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities in any State in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

About Osisko Mining Inc.

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

For further information please contact:

John Burzynski
President and Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (416) 363-8653


Arrests in Burnaby, B.C., as order against Kinder Morgan protest camp enforced – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Aug 16, 2018 

BURNABY, B.C. _ The RCMP arrested protesters Thursday as officers enforced a court injunction to dismantle a protest camp and snuff a sacred fire at a site where the Trans Mountain pipeline ends in Burnaby, B.C.

Cpl. Daniela Panesar said police began enforcing an order obtained by the City of Burnaby last week from the B.C. Supreme Court.

An update posted on social media by the detachment said 11 people were removed from the site known as Camp Cloud.

“Five were subsequently arrested and have since been released from custody,” the post said.

Environmental activist Tzeporah Berman, who works with the Watch House group that has an Indigenous protest site near Camp Cloud, said she understood the arrested demonstrators promised to stay away.

“The folks agreed to sign the terms and they were released,” she said in a phone interview.

Officers moved in after continuing to talk with camp residents in the hope that they would obey the injunction and leave within a 48-hour deadline set by the court, the RCMP said in a news release.

That deadline passed Sunday and protesters at the camp said Monday they were prepared to protect a sacred fire, which has been burning since the camp was set up late last year. They also said they were prepared to tie themselves to structures rather than obey the injunction.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey Gomery was specific in the injunction that the fire was to be put out because it was burning in dry conditions near an aviation fuel tank farm.

Camp residents had refused requests to extinguish the fire despite the increasing risk of wildfires.

RCMP placed a large exclusion zone around Camp Cloud on Thursday as the dismantling began. They said they would arrest anyone, including media, who violated the zone.

“Our paramount concern is safety,” said Panesar.

“We ensure that everybody is out of the exclusion zone and then the City of Burnaby can come in and start cleaning up the protest site.”

Dipak Dattani, Burnaby’s acting city manager, said crews were doing an inventory of any personal property, as well as of the structures on the site.

“Once that is done, we will then start looking at dismantling. To give you a date or time, it’s hard for me to say right now because we just got on the site.”

Hazardous materials, needles or other dangerous items were among the things crews were checking for before dismantling could begin, Dattani said.

Peaceful protests are still permitted, but when public safety is threatened, the City of Burnaby has to act, he said.

The nearby Indigenous protest site wasn’t included in the injunction application.

The City of Burnaby allowed the Watch House to stay because it had already agreed to several key conditions, including removal of its sacred fire.

“The city asked it to be removed so there was a proper ceremony with Indigenous elders and (the sacred fire) was removed until after the fire ban,” Berman said.

Camp Cloud has grown since last November when opponents of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion parked a single trailer at the gates of the Kinder Morgan tank farm on Burnaby Mountain.

The camp grew to include two-storey structures, several vehicles and a make-shift shower.

It has also become a rallying point for demonstrators opposed to the pipeline’s expansion, which would more than triple the amount of bitumen and other oil products moving from Edmonton to Burnaby for shipping overseas by tanker.

As opposition built against the expansion, the federal government offered $4.5 billion to purchase the project. Kinder Morgan is presenting that offer to its shareholders and expects the sale will be approved later this month or in September.

The purchase price, which includes the existing pipeline, pumping stations, rights of way and the Westridge marine terminal in Burnaby, does not cover the construction costs of building the new pipeline, previously estimated at about $7.4 billion.


Difference Maker: Marc Maracle has built a better future for Indigenous people – Algonquin College

August 16th, 2018

The Algonquin College Marc Maracle attended in 1979 was in many ways the same college that presented him with an honorary degree four decades later. But in at least one way, today’s Algonquin has profoundly changed, he says.

Algonquin remains as great a place to learn as it was when he studied Architecture Technology and Mechanical Systems from 1979 to 1983, says Maracle, Executive Director of the Gignul Non-Profit Housing Corporation. But now it is also a welcoming place for students of diverse backgrounds, and an institution conscious of the values inherent in its name.

When Maracle arrived on the Ottawa campus in 1979, he saw it as an opportunity to experience a bigger world than the Tyendinaga Mohawk reserve community outside Kingston where he grew up.

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ITK Election Results – Natan Obed re-elected President of ITK

Thursday, August 16, 2018 – Inuvik, Inuvialuit Settlement Region

Natan Obed has been re-elected President of Inuit Tapiriit Kantami by delegates from the four Inuit regions and the Inuit Circumpolar Council Canada at the ITK Annual General Meeting in Inuvik.

Obed was sworn in as President and officially closed the AGM.

To schedule an interview with the newly elected ITK President:

ITK Communications
613-238-8181; 613-292-4482


ᓈᑖᓐ ᐆᐱᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑕᐅᑲᓂᖅᑐᖅ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑕᐱᕇᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᖓᓄᑦ

ᓯᑕᒻᒥᖅ, ᐋᒡᒌᓯ 16, 2018 – ᐃᓅᕕᒃ, ᐃᓄᕕᐊᓗᐃᑦ ᓄᓇᖓᑦ

ᓈᑖᓐ ᐆᐱᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑕᐅᑲᓐᓂᖅᑐᖅ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑕᐱᕇᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᖓᓄᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᓄᑦ ᑭᒡᒐᖅᑐᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐊᕕᒃᑐᖅᓯᒪᔪᖁᑎᖏᑦᑕ ᑎᒥᖁᑎᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᓕᒫᕐᒥᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᒻᒪᕆᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᑲᑎᒪᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑕᐱᕇᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᑕᒫᖅᓯᐅᑎᖓᓐᓂᒃ ᐃᓅᕕᖕᒥᑦ.

ᓈᑖᓐ ᐆᐱᑦ ᐊᖏᖅᑎᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᖑᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᑕᒫᖅᓯᐅᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᓂᖅ ᒪᑐᔭᐅᓪᓗᓂ.

ᐊᐱᖅᓱᕈᒪᒍᕕᐅᒃ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑕᐅᓵᖅᑐᖅ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑕᐱᕇᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᖓᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᒋᐊᕐᕕᒋᓗᒍ:

ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑕᐱᕇᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᑐᓴᐅᒪᖃᑦᑕᐅᑎᓕᕆᔨᖏᑦ
613-238-8181; 613-292-4482


Grand Council Treaty #3: Alvin Fiddler re-elected as Grand Chief of Nishnawbe Aski Nation

August 16, 2018

Grand Council Treaty#3 extends congratulations to the Nishnawbe Aski Nation on their recent elections at the Keewaywin Conference hosted by Chapleau Cree First Nation.

The Treaty#3 leadership acknowledges the achievements of Alvin Fiddler, Muskrat Dam First Nation, who was re-elected as Grand Chief and re-elected Deputy Grand Chiefs Jason Smallboy, Moose Cree First Nation, and Derek Fox, Bearskin Lake First Nation. We also welcome newly elected Deputy Grand Chief Walter Naveau, Mattagami First Nation.

Grand Council Treaty#3 – and the Treaty #3 Women’s Council in particular – would like to recognize former Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum for her dedication to the families of MMIWG and advocacy for child welfare. She was a strong proponent for her people and we extend our best wishes in her future endeavours.

Grand Council Treaty#3 looks forward to continuing our working relationship with Nishnawbe Aski Nation on issues of shared priorities.

For more information, please contact:
Janine Seymour
Political Advisor


UBCIC OPEN LETTER: Kinder Morgan Canada Authorization Requests Dear Premier Horgan, Minister Heyman, and Minister Mungall

August 16, 2018

We are writing to you regarding a recent letter that was sent to the Neskonlith Indian Band from Ian Anderson, President of Kinder Morgan Canada (enclosed). This letter, which provides detail on the transfer of control of the Trans Mountain pipeline from Kinder Morgan to the Government of Canada, makes mention of the fact that Kinder Morgan will soon request specific authorizations from the Government of British Columbia to resume construction. We urge you to continue to stand with the First Nations and British Columbians who are justly opposed to this pipeline, and to deny all authorization requests sent to the Province from Kinder Morgan.

This letter, written under the guise of “consent,” does not request the consent of the Neskonlith Indian Band to build a dangerous pipeline through collectively-held Secwépemcul’ecw territory. Not a single question appears in this letter. Rather, Anderson tells Neskonlith that this is what Kinder Morgan is going to do: request the consent of the Government of British Columbia for the appropriate licenses and permits, as required. This indicates that Kinder Morgan has been and will continue to perform only the bare minimum of their legal obligations, with blatant disregard toward the laws, protocols and sovereignty of First Nations. In addition, the language, structure, and tone of this letter suggests that it was not personally sent to Neskonlith, but is a form letter that may have been sent to multiple First Nations.

This letter fails to recognize and respect the governance structure under which the Neskonlith Indian Band operates. The proper holders of Title and Rights are determined according to Indigenous law. Under Secwépemc law, the Secwépemc people, including members of the Neskonlith Indian Band, collectively hold Aboriginal Title and Rights regarding Secwépemcul’ecw territory. Kinder Morgan Canada, through the distribution of these letters by individual band council, is attempting to divide and conquer Aboriginal Title and Rights within Secwépemcul’ecw territory while ignoring the voices and input of the proper titleholders—the Secwépemc people, collectively.

Anderson states that Kinder Morgan is “working with the government of British Columbia to obtain this consent.” This further indicates that they do not fully understand what the concept of “consent” means, nor do they care. Consent cannot be obtained through coercion, erosion, force, or bribery; however, despite the fact that Neskonlith has repeatedly made their opposition to this pipeline clear, they are still receiving correspondence such as this that indicates one message and one message only: the Trans Mountain pipeline will be built, and it doesn’t matter if a First Nation says “no” now—they will be forced to say “yes” eventually, or they will just have to accept it.

This is not consent. Consent, according to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN Declaration), which your government has committed to fully implement, must be free, prior and informed. Approving Kinder Morgan Canada’s authorizations requests and ignoring these coercive tactics would be in direct violation of several articles of the UN Declaration, namely:
Article 32
1. Indigenous peoples have the right to determine and develop priorities and strategies for the development or use of their lands or territories and other resources;
2. States shall consult and cooperate in good faith with the Indigenous peoples concerned through their own representative institutions in order to obtain their free and informed consent prior to the approval of any project affecting their lands or territories and other resources, particularly in connection with the development, utilization or exploitation of mineral, water or other resources.
3. States shall provide effective mechanisms for just and fair redress to such activities, and appropriate measures shall be taken to mitigate adverse environmental, economic, social, cultural or spiritual impact.

By UBCIC Resolution 2011-54, the UBCIC Chiefs Council calls upon the BC Government to respect the laws and authority of First Nations, and to protect the environment, fisheries, and the health and safety of all BC communities, by opposing and rejecting the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker expansion.

We urge you to deny all authorization requests from Kinder Morgan Canada to build the Trans Mountain pipeline. We request that you continue to stand with all First Nations who have voiced opposition to this pipeline and are now targets of the coercive, forceful tactics that Kinder Morgan and the Government of Canada are employing to wrongfully obtain consent to build this environmentally dangerous, economically unstable project.

Please do not fall victim to these dangerous tactics. For the future of our waters, our lands, our Nations, and our planet, please stand by your commitment to stop the Trans Mountain pipeline and demonstrate to the Government of Canada what true consent is.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip

Chief Robert Chamberlin

Kukpi7 Judy Wilson

CC: Neskonlith Indian Band

Encl: Letter from Ian Anderson to the Neskonlith Indian Band “Re: Trans Mountain Pipeline” UBCIC Resolution 2011-54 “Support for the Save the Fraser Declaration, the Coastal First Nations Tanker Ban, and the Indigenous laws Banning Crude Oil Pipeline and Tanker Shipments through British Columbia”

For media inquires please contact Chief Judy Wilson, UBCIC Secretary-Treasurer, 250-320-7738


Trudeau to move forward to create residential schools holiday – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Aug 16, 2018 

SAINT-EUSTACHE, Que. _ Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government will move forward to create a statutory holiday dedicated to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

Trudeau confirmed today the holiday will be aimed at remembering the legacy of residential schools and reflecting on a path toward reconciliation.

He told reporters in Saint-Eustache, Que., the government is currently consulting with First Nations, Inuit and Metis groups to choose an appropriate date and to decide how the holiday should be framed.

The creation of a statutory holiday is one of 94 recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation commission.

Trudeau said Canada failed in its duty to respect Indigenous Peoples, who for more than a century were ripped away from their families and sent to residential schools where they endured widespread sexual, emotional and physical abuse.

A private member’s bill introduced by NDP MP Georgina Jolibois currently proposes establishing a statutory holiday on June 21, which is National Indigenous Peoples Day, but Trudeau said a date has yet to be set.



Ongoing battle’: Northern Saskatchewan desperate for more mental health services – CBC

First Nations leaders demand action after 2nd volunteer firefighter takes his own life

Aug 16, 2018

Northern Saskatchewan is in dire need of improved mental health services, Indigenous leaders say.

The call follows the unexpected death of volunteer firefighter Frank Jr. McDonald, 22, who took his own life on on Aug. 4, leaving behind several family members including his parents, siblings and a young daughter.

He’s the second Fond-du-Lac firefighter to take his own life in three years. Deajay Mercredi, a volunteer firefighter in his early 20s, died in 2015.

“We need immediate actions taken on this,” said Fond-du-Lac Denesuline First Nation Chief Louie Mercredi. “We’re losing people.”

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Métis Nation: Organization of American States celebrates First Inter-American Week of Indigenous Peoples

August 15, 2018

The Organization of American States (OAS) General Assembly in June 2016 adopted the American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In June 2017, it adopted a four year Plan of Action for its implementation which this year involves the declaration of the Indigenous week and “American Indigenous Languages” as this year’s theme. This is contained in the attached OAS Note (Concept Paper).

On August 9, 2018, President Chartier addressed the OAS Permanent Council on behalf of the Métis Nation and the newly created American Council of Indigenous Peoples (see video of presentation). Canada has not yet adopted the American Declaration. President Chartier had earlier written to the Prime Minister and a number of his ministers encouraging them to adhere to the Declaration and embrace the 2017 Plan of Action. He also worked with the Canadian Mission to the OAS in Washington which took a lead role in working toward the success of this first event.


NAMHR Annual Meeting – August 24, 2018

August 24, 2018

Indigenous Healing, Resilience and Well-Being
Intergenerational Determinants of Health • Opiate Use
Culturally Based Mental Health Promotion
Cultural Safety and Research Mentorship

Presenters will include
Amy Bombay • Jacob Burack
Mario Incayawar • Suzanne Stewart
Melissa Walls • Dennis Wendt

The Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research (NAMHR), established with funding from the CIHR Institute for Aboriginal Peoples Health, brings together students, researchers, community members, and mental health practitioners from across the country to build capacity for culturally safe and appropriate mental health and addictions research, and promote knowledge exchange to meet the needs of Indigenous communities.

The annual meeting provides opportunities to present new research and emerging priorities, develop collaborations and find mentors.

Papers are welcome on any topic related to Indigenous mental health research.

To register and/or to submit an abstract (oral or poster presentation),
please complete the attached registration and abstract form.

Abstract submission deadline: August 7,2018

There is no fee for the meeting
but registration is required.
To register please send the completed form
by e-mail to:

Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research
Culture and Mental Health Research Unit
Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry
4333 Côte-Ste-Catherine Road
Montréal, Québec H3T 1E4 (Tel: 514-340-7549)

The NAMHR conference will be preceded by the annual McGill Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry summer program workshop on

Indigenous Mental Health Research

August 20-23, 2018

For information visit:


NDP MP fears Liberals will ‘play politics’ with proposed Indigenous holiday – APTN News

August 16, 2018

A Dene MP is concerned the Liberal government will radically change her proposed bill to establish a national Indigenous holiday acknowledging the dark legacy of Canada’s residential school system.

On Wednesday, the Liberals announced they intend to support a private member’s bill introduced by NDP MP Georgina Jolibois that proposes setting a statutory holiday on June 21, which is National Indigenous Peoples Day.

The government has been consulting with Indigenous organizations about creating a holiday to honour survivors and raise awareness about the church-run, government-backed schools – one of the 94 recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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Montana Judge orders environmental review of altered Keystone XL pipeline route – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Aug 16, 2018 

CALGARY _ A federal judge in Montana has ordered an environmental assessment for the altered route of TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

The ruling comes as the latest potential setback for a pipeline that the Calgary-based company has been trying to build for a decade.

Plaintiffs including the Indigenous Environmental Network and Northern Plains Resource Council had brought the lawsuit after Nebraska approved an alternative route to the one TransCanada had proposed through the state.

They argued that the U.S. State Department violated several acts in issuing a presidential permit for the pipeline without a proper environmental assessment of the changed route.

United States District Court Judge Brian Morris ruled that federal defendants need to supplement their environmental assessment, but declined to revoke the presidential permit.

Morris said in his ruling that the added environmental assessment should be completed before TransCanada’s planned start to construction in the second quarter of 2019, and will consider further remedies if that becomes no longer possible.

TransCanada did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The proposed 1,897-kilometre, $10-billion pipeline would carry crude from Hardisty, Alberta to Steel City, Nebraska.

Companies in this story: (TSX:TRP)


Watch the 2018 Indspire Awards Online

August 15, 2018

This past March, the Indspire Awards, an event honouring Indigenous success and achievement, celebrated its 25th anniversary in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Celebrating exceptional First Nations, Inuit, and Métis individuals, this year’s Indspire Awards highlighted the significant contributions of Indigenous people in Canada. Click here to watch the 2018 Indspire Awards.

This year’s show was co-hosted by award-winning comedian and screenwriter Darrell Dennis (Moccasin Flats) and actor Kyle Nobess (Mohawk Girls).

The 2018 Indspire Awards also features special performances by Indigenous talent from across Canada. This year’s list includes:

Indian City led by Vince Fontaine (2018 Juno-nominated)
Sanikiluaq singer and songwriter Kelly Fraser (2018 Juno-nominated)
Dancer and choreographer Santee Smith
Singer, composer, and producer Jennifer Kreisberg (Genie Award winner for Best Achievement in Music)

Classically trained Canadian cellist Cris Derksen, with members of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
Dance troupe Asham Stompers, with 13-year-old twin fiddler brothers Double the Trouble and Gustin Adjun.

The Youth Award presenters will be award-winning Canadian film and TV actress TantooCardinal, Rosanna Deerchild, host of Unreserved on CBC Radio, and community leader, Arctic Sports coach, and Inuit High Jumper, Johnny Issaluk.

The live voice over artist for the show is broadcaster, voice artist, actor, and Winnipeg local Holly Bernier.

The 2018 Indspire Awards recipients are:

Lifetime Achievement: Dr. Gloria Cranmer Webster, ‘Namgis First Nation, BC
Arts: Greg Hill, Kanyen’kehaka at Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, ON
Business & Commerce: Nicole Bourque-Bouchier, Mikisew Cree First Nation, AB
Culture, Heritage & Spirituality: Kye7e Cecilia Dick DeRose, Secwepemc Nation, BC
Culture, Heritage & Spirituality: Theland Kicknosway, Walpole Island Bkejwanong Territory, ON
Education: Dr. Lorna Wanosts’a7 Williams, Lil’wat Nation, BC
Health: Dr. Evelyn Voyageur, Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw, BC
Law & Justice: Paul Chartrand, Métis, St. Laurent, MB
Public Service: Dr. Mike DeGagné, Animakee Wa Zhing, ON
Sports: Michael Linklater, Thunderchild First Nation, SK
Youth – First Nation: Ashley Callingbull, Enoch Cree Nation, AB
Youth – Inuit: Donna May Kimmaliardjuk, Nunavut, Inuit Nunangat
Youth – Métis: Tracie Léost, Métis, St. Laurent, MB


MFNERC: Register for our Sept. Math Roundtables

Math teachers, mark your calendars for these upcoming sessions:

September 18 & 19, 2018, Thompson, two-day roundtable for Early Years Math Teachers
Best practices in math instruction for early years including planning, assessment, learning targets and The Big Ideas
Letter of Invite and Registration Form (for both Thompson & Winnipeg)

September 20 & 21, 2018, Thompson, two-day roundtable for Middle Years Math Teachers
Best practices in math instruction

September 24 & 25, 2018, Winnipeg, two-day roundtable for Early Years Teachers Math Teachers
Best practices in math instruction for early years including planning, assessment, learning targets and The Big Ideas
Letter of Invite and Registration Form (for both Thompson & Winnipeg)

September 26 & 27, 2018, Winnipeg, two-day roundtable for Middle Years Math Teachers
Best practices in math instruction

Should you have any questions regarding any of the above, please contact Robin Mousseau, Administrative Assistant, 204-594-1290 ext. 2179. Thank you.


Province delays funding to Indigenous education program –

The Biwaase’aa program has provided educational and social assistance to at-risk students in seven local schools.

THUNDER BAY – More than 1,600 students are on the verge of being without a long-standing program for the upcoming school year.

Funding for the Biwaase’aa program – a service designed to address child poverty issues by increasing life skills of Indigenous youth – has been delayed by the Ministry of Education.

“We’re devastated that we didn’t hear the funding would come through,” Marilyn Junnila, executive director of the organization that runs the Biwaase’aa program said.

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Dancing to a heartbeat: A visitor’s guide to powwows – CBC

Powwow season is a chance to gather with other families, honour tradition and perhaps try a dance

Aug 16, 2018

At the Oromocto First Nation, grass dancers are stomping the ground, clearing the grass of sticks and rocks while their fringed, bright regalia sways to a beat, like grass blowing in the wind.

Summer on Turtle Island means powwow season. All summer long in Canada, drum groups, dancers and spectators have been clearing their weekend schedules to get to the nearest gathering.

“Powwow to me is a time when families get together and share the teachings and culture and have a good time,” says Gilbert Sark of Lennox Island First Nation, a Mi’kmaq reserve in Prince Edward Island.

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Junior Canadian Ranger Wins NAN Youth Award – NetNewsLedger

August 16 2018

THUNDER BAY – A Junior Canadian Ranger from the small Cree community of Peawanuck near the Hudson Bay coast has won a prestigious youth award for her leadership and commitment to preserving her Indigenous culture.

“I think what she has done is great,” said Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler of Nishnawbe Aski Nation {NAN} as he presented the award to 17-year-old Nova Gull. “I think it’s important that we encourage our youth in preserving their culture. She has done that and I can see that she has benefited from the Junior Canadian Ranger program.”

The Junior Canadian Rangers are a Canadian Army program for boys and girls aged 12 to 18 in remote and isolated communities across the Canadian North. Nova has been a Junior Ranger since she was 12. NAN represents 49 First Nations across the Far North of Ontario.

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Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Government of Canada Announce Opening of Shushepeshipan Group Home

From: Indigenous Services Canada

August 16, 2018 – Sheshatshiu, NL – Indigenous Services Canada

Today, Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Government of Canada celebrated the opening of the new Shushepeshipan Group Home. This Innu-led, operated and staffed group home is part of the Innu’s larger vision to have placement resources available in the communities of Sheshatshiu and Natuashish when Innu children and youth require a period of out of home care.

Representatives of the Innu Nation, Sheshatshiu Innu and Mushuau Innu First Nations, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Government of Canada worked in partnership to develop capacity within the Innu communities for residential placement options. This new group home, located in Sheshatshiu, will increase staffed residential group home and emergency placement options in Innu communities.

The Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development and Shushepeshipan Ishpitentamun Mitshuap Inc. have entered into a service agreement that clearly outlines the provincial requirements and standards of care for a Level 4 Staffed Residential Placement Resource. These standards include those related to programming, daily care and supervision, staff training and qualifications, and home safety. The department will provide oversight through minimum monthly visits with the children and youth placed in the group home and monthly monitoring of compliance with departmental policies and standards.

The Shushepeshipan Group Home will recognize Indigenous culture and values as an essential component to healthy Indigenous children, while supporting their understanding and appreciation of the proud history and culture of the Innu people. The home will provide unique cultural programming and a significant role for community elders to engage with Innu children and youth in care. This initiative and partnership between the Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Government of Canada is an example of an important step in improving the well-being of children in Canada.”


“The Government of Canada recognizes that Indigenous culture and values are an integral component to the health of their children and youth. I am pleased that Indigenous Services Canada has worked with Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador towards the inauguration of the Shushepeshipan Group Home – an Innu-led initiative that will provide a safe and healthy placement resource for Innu children and youth, allowing them to connect to their culture and values.”

The Honourable Jane Philpott, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Indigenous Services, Government of Canada

“The Shushepeshipan Group Home is an Innu-led initiative built on the foundations of Innu culture. This home is a wonderful example of three partners recognizing and supporting Indigenous culture as a key component to ensuring the health and well-being of Indigenous children. The Government of Canada is proud to have worked with the Innu and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador on this important initiative.”

Yvonne Jones, Member of Parliament for Labrador and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, Government of Canada

“Our government is extremely pleased to work in partnership with Innu leadership and the Government of Canada in the development of an Innu led placement resource, the Shushepeshipan Group Home. This new group home and the Innu staff will offer an Innu Care Approach to residential care that is consistent with our Level 4 Staffed Residential Placement Resource policies and provide culturally appropriate and supportive care for Innu children and youth in their communities.”

Honourable Lisa Dempster
Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

“Our Innu children and youth, and particularly those in care, are some of the most vulnerable in society. For too long, Innu children have been taken from families and communities. We are proud with the opening of the Shushepeshipan Group Home to have worked with federal, provincial and private partners and to have met the highest provincial standards. We will finally be able to care for our own children in our own way and we will continue to work to ‘bring our Innu children home.”

Chief Eugene Hart
Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation

Quick facts

  • Indigenous Services Canada provided more than $1.05 million to the Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation for salaries as well as staff training and youth programming needed to meet the requirements for operating a Level 4 Staffed Residential Placement Resource.
  • The training component focused on the development and delivery of child and youth care training for group home staff and included research and curriculum development, job shadowing opportunities and elder participation.
  • The funding also supported on-the-ground coaching and mentoring with staff to ensure programs delivered for youth in the home are evidence-based and culturally appropriate.


Rachel Rappaport
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Jane Philpott
Minister of Indigenous Services

Media Relations
Indigenous Services Canada

Gina MacArthur
Children, Seniors and Social Development
709-729-3768, 730-2977

Donna Paddon
Kashkuan Communications


Students Cite Having Fun, Peer Pressure and Campus Culture as Leading Reasons for Heavy Drinking

Ottawa, August 16, 2018 — In a new report released by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA), post-secondary students express their thoughts on binge drinking. Heavy Episodic Drinking among Post-secondary Students: Influencing Factors and Implications provides student views on heavy drinking and the major factors for participating in it, and addresses possible solutions and alternatives.

Binge or heavy drinking, referred to technically as heavy episodic drinking, poses serious health and safety risks. Young adults, particularly post-secondary students, are more susceptible to these risks. However, student participants in the focus groups upon which this report is based generally did not recognize their drinking behaviours as harmful.

This study demonstrates the extreme nature of binge drinking and its risks for students. It explores high-risk drinking consequences such as alcohol-induced blackouts and non-consensual sexual encounters, and drinking to cope with other issues such as stress and anxiety. Students also discussed how their experiences with alcohol changed over time as they learned to understand and manage their limits.

Key findings and recommendations

The frequently reported causes for participating in binge drinking include:

  • The campus culture of drinking to socialize, have fun and be with friends;
  • Peer pressure to keep up with others’ drinking through various activities, including drinking games and buying rounds of drinks; and
  • Boredom and having nothing else to do.

The students also proposed solutions to help curb participation in such behaviour. Their recommendations include:

  • Educating students early and often about alcohol;
  • Normalizing moderate drinking as a part of everyday life rather than condemning it;
  • Finding fun alternatives for students in the evening rather than spending time at bars and clubs; and
  • Eliminating risky behaviour through smart practices such as:
  • Bringing a set amount of money to a bar or club, or a set amount of alcohol for pre-drinking occasions;
  • Asking friends to monitor or stop their drinking after a specified amount; and
  • Consuming non-alcoholic drinks during drinking occasions.

The technical report, a report at a glance and a separate document of recommendations are available on the CCSA website.


“CCSA will continue to work with our partners on post-secondary campuses across Canada to reduce harms from alcohol. Student perspectives are invaluable in understanding and addressing this important issue.”

Bryce Barker, Knowledge Broker, CCSA

“The findings tell us that more needs to be done to help students better understand what the true risks of drinking are, particularly through more engaging methods of prevention and education. At a broader level, it may also be important to look at ways to modify the culture of student drinking.”

Shawna Meister, Research and Policy Analyst, CCSA

Media contact

Lee Arbon, Communications Advisor, CCSA

Tel.: 613-235-4048, ext. 276 I   Email:   I    Twitter: @CCSAcanada


Race against time: Engineers use Apex River to refill Iqaluit’s water supply before freeze up – CBC

If all goes to plan, the city will have moved 400 million litres of water before winter sets in

Aug 16, 2018

Iqaluit’s public water supply will start getting a refill in the next few days as the city begins to pump water from the Apex River into the Lake Geraldine reservoir.

There is construction work underway at the end of the Road to Nowhere alongside the Apex River, near the Iqaluit shooting range.

“The pumps are getting placed in the deeper part of the Apex,” said Matthew Follett, a civil engineer with Stantec’s Iqaluit office, pointing out over the river.

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NSI IndigiDocs short Cedar Tree of Life screens at festivals in San Francisco, Edmonton, New York – NSI

NSI IndigiDocs short Cedar Tree of Life from director Odessa Shuquaya and producer April Johnson has upcoming festival screenings in the US and Canada over the next two months.

It screens at San Francisco Green Film Festival on Saturday, September 8 and at Edmonton International Film Festival on September 29.

It also screens in the American Museum of Natural History’s Margaret Mead Film Festival in New York on October 20.

The film follows three Indigenous women who hold knowledge of cedar, passed down from their grandmothers and mothers. They commune with this sacred tree as they practice and share their culture and art in both traditional and contemporary contexts. Cedar is a life-giver. Cedar is a transformer.

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Line 3 Replacement Project Moving Forward, Growing the Canadian Economy While Protecting the Environment

August 16, 2018 – Morden, Manitoba – Natural Resources Canada

Canada is a place where the environment and the economy go hand in hand. Providing a stable, effective regulatory regime to approve and oversee pipeline operations is integral to safeguarding the environment, while supporting projects in the national interest that create good jobs, strengthen and grow the middle class and help get Canada’s resources to world markets will deliver economic benefits for all Canadians.

Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, was in Morden, Manitoba, today for a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction of the Line 3 Replacement Project in Manitoba. The project is the replacement of aging infrastructure — Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline between Hardisty, Alberta, and Gretna, Manitoba — and creates economic benefits for Canadians living in the communities by the pipeline while at the same time strengthening the energy relationship between Canada and the United States.

Newer, thicker and safer pipe is replacing the nearly 50-year-old pipeline, improving the safety and integrity of our energy network and ensuring we get our resources to market while protecting the environment.

This event marks an important milestone in the ongoing construction of the project. It involves the local community, creates partnerships and opportunity and represents jobs and new skills training for Indigenous peoples.

The project is also moving forward because of the Government of Canada’s investment in the co-developed Line 3 Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee. Indigenous peoples, alongside federal officials and the National Energy Board, will monitor construction and life-cycle activities to ensure this project moves forward in the right way: the safest and most sustainable way possible. This includes ongoing monitoring via a 24-hour computerized monitoring system and routine inspections, once operational.

This project generates significant economic benefits, including the creation of thousands of jobs on both sides of the Canada–U.S. border. The Government of Canada’s approach to resource development is one that will grow our economy, create middle-class jobs and protect the environment. These priorities go hand in hand.


“Canada is a place where the environment and the economy go hand in hand and where projects that are in the national interest get built. The Line 3 Replacement Project creates economic benefits for Canadians and Americans while at the same time strengthening the energy network between Canada and the U.S.”

Amarjeet Sohi
Minister of Natural Resources

“Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Program generates jobs, financial spinoffs and business opportunities for local communities along the construction right of way in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota. We’re particularly proud to report that the project has already created more than $120 million in Indigenous economic opportunities and we expect that to more than double upon completion of construction.”

Leo Golden
Vice President Line 3 Project Execution, Enbridge

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada approved the Line 3 Replacement Project in November 2016, subject to 37 conditions and informed by the National Energy Board’s recommendation report, an assessment of upstream greenhouse gas emissions, public views and enhanced consultations undertaken with potentially impacted First Nations and Métis communities.
  • The Line 3 project strengthens Canada’s capacity to get our products to the United States, serving as a vital link to Minnesota, Wisconsin and other North American refinery markets.
  • As we make the transition to a low-carbon economy, significant demand for refined petroleum products, including gasoline for vehicles and jet fuel for commercial airlines, is expected to remain in North America.
  • The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved an application by Enbridge for a certificate of need and a route for the Line 3 Replacement Project on June 29, 2018. This approval was granted after over three years of review, consultations with communities and formal hearings.


Natural Resources Canada
Media Relations

Alexandre Deslongchamps
Director, Communications
Office of the Minister of Natural Resources


Defence Minister wraps-up trip to Canada’s Arctic

From: National Defence

August 16, 2018 – Ottawa (Ontario) – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan has wrapped up a three day visit to Canadian Armed Forces installations in the North where he saw first-hand how the Defence Team is enhancing its ability to operate in the Arctic and keep Canada strong at home, which is a key commitment of the Department of National Defence’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged.

On Monday, during the first stop in Yellowknife, NT, the Minister highlighted how the Government is equipping its CAF presence in the North. His announcement included presenting the 1 Canadian Rangers Patrol Group with their new C-19 Ranger rifle. The event also highlighted the modernization and life extension of the CC-138 Twin Otter aircraft, a highly adaptable and indispensable aircraft that allows the CAF to operate in the unforgiving environment of Canada’s north.

While at Canadian Forces Station Alert, NU, which plays a key role in projecting Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic, the Minister met the CAF, DND and Environment and Climate Change Canada personnel currently living and working at the northernmost permanently inhabited location in the world. The visit included a tour of the CAF facilities in Alert to announce a number of infrastructure improvements, as well as a demonstration of defence research underway to improve the CAF’s capacity in the Arctic.

The trip concluded with a stop at the future Nanisivik Naval Facility which is completing construction at its location near Arctic Bay, NU. The CAF will begin operating this port facility in the next year as one of a number of new Arctic-focused capabilities to improve the Navy’s ability to sustain operations in Canada’s North.


“As an Arctic nation, Canada’s presence and ability to operate in the North is key to meeting current and future security and defence needs. Through our defence policy we are ensuring Canadian Armed Forces members have the facilities they need to effectively work and train as they serve alongside our most remote communities well into the future.”

Harjit S. Sajjan, Defence Minister

Quick facts

  • In September 2016, Canada announced a $32.8 million contract with Colt Canada to procure 6,820 new rifles for the Canadian Rangers.
  • The primary role of 440 Transport Squadron in Yellowknife, which operates the Twin Otter, is airlift, utility and liaison flights in support of Joint Task Force North, the Canadian Rangers, and other Canadian Armed Forces activities in the North, including sovereignty patrols. The Squadron also conducts search and rescue missions as a secondary duty like all RCAF flying squadrons.
  • The more than $10 million in infrastructure investments announced for CFS Alert include upgrades to fire alarm and suppression system ($5 million); replacement of fuel storage tanks ($2.5 million); and a power plant generator ($2.8 million).
  • Work is ongoing to complete the Nanisivik Naval Facility which will support operations of the new Harry DeWolf-class patrol vessels and other government maritime vessels as a berthing and refuelling facility. The facility is expected to be operational in summer 2019.
  • The Defence team’s extensive Northern footprint includes more than 800 buildings at over 60 sites.
  • Joint Task Force North, headquartered in Yellowknife with detachments in Whitehorse and Iqaluit, anchors the Canadian Armed Forces’ Northern presence.

Associated links


Renée Filiatrault
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of National Defence
Phone: 613-996-3100
Media Relations

Department of National Defence
Phone: 613-996-2353


Northwest First Nations build a future in forestry – Northern Ontario Business

Joint venture deal provides Agoke group jobs, economic benefits to three communities

A walk through the Nakina sawmill in early August got Mark Bell excited.

A decade after the operation had been shuttered, Buchanan Sawmills had reopened the mill in January and was back in business as staff painstakingly worked out the mechanical bugs at the northwestern Ontario sawmill and planer facility.

Of the 60 workers on shift, most were Aboriginal workers drawn from the nearby Aroland First Nation.

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Coroner’s office starts releasing stats on suicide deaths in Saskatchewan – CBC

More men than women died by suicide, high numbers of young people, statistics show

Aug 16, 2018

Nearly 1,900 people in Saskatchewan have lost their lives to suicide in the past 12 years, according to new figures published by the provincial coroner.

Posted to the corner’s website, the statistics show how many suicide deaths its office has seen in the province from 2005 to 2017.

​Statistics shows 1,895 people died because of suicide during that time, 1,421 of whom were men and 474 women. It shows over the years the number of suicide deaths has not decreased, but remained relatively static, with fluctuations from year to year.

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Dene Nat’l chief wants Indigenous judge appointed – CKLB

August 15, 2018

The outgoing Dene National Chief is calling on officials to appoint an Indigenous judge in the Northwest Territories.

Bill Erasmus says that ideally at least fifty percent of the judges in the NWT should be if Indigenous descent, reflecting the Indigenous population of the territory.

The NWT is currently in the process of hiring a territorial court judge to replace Bernadette Schmaltz who retired in May of this year.

Erasmus says the person appointed as judge should be extremely well aware of Indegenous rights in Canada and a specialist in Indigenous law.

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Media Advisory: Treaty No. 6 Recognition Day ceremony at City Hall

August 16, 2018

Media and the public are invited to attend events for Treaty No. 6 Recognition Day, celebrating the historic and ongoing partnership between the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations and the City of Edmonton. A flag raising ceremony will take place at the Community Flag Pole at 8:15 a.m., near the Homeless Memorial Sculpture, north of City Hall.

Date: Friday, August 17
Time: 9 a.m. — Grand entry and commemorative reception
Location: City Room, City Hall

Photo opportunity : Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, Richard Feehan, Alberta’s Minister of Indigenous Relations, Mayor Don Iveson and Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild will exchange gifts. These gifts are the winning entries from the Treaty No. 6 Recognition Day Art Contest.

For more information:

Media contact:
Francis Asuncion
Communications Advisor
Citizen Services


Northern College Host Outland Youth Employment Group at Campuses

August 16, 2018

TIMMINS, ON: Northern College had the opportunity to host the Outland Youth Employment Group at our Timmins, Kirkland Lake and Haileybury campuses on July 30th till August 3rd. The week provided an opportunity for the youth to spend time discovering Northern’s campuses, while learning about post-secondary and training programs available to them after high school. Students also had the opportunity to experience college student life by staying at the Timmins campus Student Residence.

Activities that took place over the week across our Northern campuses included; hands-on activities in Residential Wiring, OPP Forensics & Virtual Reality, firefighter demonstrations, and Cultural Teachings with our Campus Elder at the Timmins Campus. While in Timmins, students also spent time visiting Science Timmins and participated in a community project clearing brush with Mattagami Conservation Authority. At the Northern College Haileybury campus, students participated in an activity associated with the Wildlife Rehabilitation program and learned about the Vet Sciences programs. Lastly, at the Kirkland Lake Campus, youth participated in activities with our Water Treatment Plant as part of the Environmental Water & Waste Water Program and got to experience hands-on welding in support of Northern’s suite of Welding Programs. Campus tours highlighted the close sense of cultural inclusiveness, family and team embraced at Northern College.

Vice-President, Dr. Audrey Penner remarked “It was an absolute pleasure hosting this wonderful group of young students. We wish they could have stayed with us longer. It’s clear to see that they all have a bright future ahead of them!”

“The Outland staff are incredible, bringing a real sense of compassion and respect between staff and student. Northern College provided the group with the “real northern experience” and I hope to see some of these brilliant minds return to the college to continue their studies. Northern College was honored to have been given the opportunity to host the group for their Science Week.” added Amy Danchuk, Indigenous Liaison Officer for Northern College who coordinated the week with Outland Camps.

This is the first time the camp has come to Northeastern Ontario, thanks to Outland Camp partnering with Temagami First Nation. The camp is being held at Esker Lake Park Campground, 30mins from Kirkland Lake, with their closing ceremony to take place on August 21st at Northern College’s Kirkland Lake Campus.

Background on Outland Youth Employment Group:
The Outland Youth Employment Program has been successfully operating in Ontario since 2000 employing over 430 Indigenous Youth. This multi-year program offers a variety of natural resources based field work opportunities and hands-on learning experiences. Youth spend six weeks living in a remote camp setting in Northern Ontario alongside the full camp management team, trainers and on-site teacher. During the program the youth have the opportunity to gain two senior level high school coop credits and spend a week participating in Science Week at a local College or University.


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Jaret Dicks
Manager of Marketing, Communications, Student Recruitment and Alumni
705.235.3211 x2253


Law grad recognized for advancing reconciliation at Queen’s – Queen’s Gazette

August 16, 2018

For many years before pursuing a legal education, Jason Mercredi worked with several organizations dedicated to advancing Aboriginal rights. It was his involvement with Treaty 1-11 that familiarized him with treaty histories and law, and influenced him to study law in the first place.

“I wanted to be in a position where I could make ‘yeses’ happen for Indigenous people, and that’s why I chose to go to law school,” he says.

During his three years at Queen’s the Mushkegowuk Cree from Winnipeg has honoured his heritage within the law school and the university, making “enormous and transformative contributions.” At this year’s convocation, he was awarded the Dean’s Key for best embodying the school’s community values, collegiality, professionalism and service.

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UBCIC: MMIWG Coalition dismayed by essential transport service cuts

calls for safe, affordable, reliable transit

(August 15, 2018 – Coast Salish Territories) The recent elimination of Greyhound services across western Canada has had a devastating and chilling effect upon Indigenous community members, especially upon Indigenous women and girls. The Coalition on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (“the Coalition”) calls upon the government of British Columbia to implement a permanent transit solution for affected areas, especially those that are rural and remote, and one that is safe, affordable and reliable.

Greyhound’s cuts to service will have an immediate impact on those trying to reach essential services in urban areas, such as medical appointments, as well as trying to access family and friends across western Canada. Furthermore, women and their families who are seeking to flee violence will face yet another barrier with this lack of transit. Community members, advocates, and survivors fear that these transit cuts will lead to an increase in hitchhiking, which is directly correlated to the ongoing crisis of murdered and disappeared Indigenous women and girls across the country.

Six years have passed since the final report of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry (Oppal Inquiry) was released, which called upon the Province to act immediately on two of its 65 recommendations. One of these urgent recommendations calls for an enhanced public transit system connecting northern BC communities, particularly along Highway 16—colloquially known as the “Highway of Tears,” this stretch of isolated highway between Prince George and Prince Rupert got its name due to the disappearances and murders of several Indigenous women along this route over several decades.

While the BC government has committed to implement 12 months of service along and around the Highway of Tears, this is not a permanent solution. This will not create a safe transit solution for rural and remote communities, and will contribute further to violence against Indigenous women if a suitable replacement is not immediately implemented.

This Coalition was formed in response to the failures of the Oppal Inquiry, and will continue to advocate for justice and dignity for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Signatory Coalition Members:

West Coast LEAF
WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre, Beverly McEwan, 604-255-6228 ext: 242
Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Centre Society
Union of BC Indian Chiefs, Chief Judy Wilson, 250-319-7383
Union Gospel Mission
Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter
Provincial Council of Women of BC
Neskonlith Indian Band
Myrna Cranmer
Ending Violence Association of BC
Butterflies in Spirit, Lorelei Williams, 778-709-6498
BC Native Women’s Association
BC Federation of Labour
BC Civil Liberties Association, Meghan McDermott, 778-783-3011
BC Assembly of First Nations, Regional Chief Terry Teegee, 250-981-2151
Atira Women’s Resource Society
Amnesty International – Canada
Aboriginal Women’s Action Network, Fay Blaney, 778-714-0161

The Coalition on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in BC is comprised of family members and survivors, and more than 40 entities including Indigenous nations, Indigenous organizations, front-line service organizations, feminist and women’s organizations, legal advocates, faith-based groups and provincial organizations.


K’atl’odeeche First Nation commemorates site of former residential school, rectory and churches – CBC

‘These kids deserve to be remembered and honoured,’ says K’atl’odeeche Chief Roy Fabian

Aug 16, 2018

Members of the K’atl’odeeche First Nation gathered Wednesday for the unveiling of a new Parks Canada plaque that recognizes the important but strained historic relationship between the Dene of the South Slave and Euro-Canadian settlers.

The plaque commemorates the Hay River Missions National Historic Site.

The site was once home to a hospital, residential school, rectory, cemetery and Anglican and Catholic churches. Some of the structures are still standing, many in varying stages of decay.

K’atl’odeeche Chief Roy Fabian’s grandmother was one of the first students to attend the mission school.

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