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BCAFN Regional Chief Terry Teegee congratulates Grand Chief Stewart Phillip’s Re-Election for 8th Term as President of UBCIC

(Xwməθkwəy̓ əm, Musqueam Territory, BC – Sept. 20, 2019) – The BC Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN) Regional Chief Terry Teegee congratulates Grand Chief Stewart Philip on his re-election by acclamation to President of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC). As a visionary and committed leader he continues in this position to advance and protect the interests, Title and Rights of Indigenous peoples where he is a strong advocate on First Nations issues on provincial and national levels.

“I am pleased and look forward to continue our collaborative work with Grand Chief Phillip and the UBCIC as we work together on many critical fronts,” stated Regional Chief Terry Teegee. “As a strong and inspirational leader with a long-distinguished career, he has been a mentor to many First Nations leaders. I hold up my hands to him and the good work he has done to forge a pathway for others to follow.”

UBCIC works collectively amongst Indigenous Nations in B.C. and is an advocating body that provides a cohesive voice at all political levels in Canada to support, promote and protect each BC First Nation’s exercise of Sovereignty within their traditional territories. The BCAFN works with the UBCIC along with the First Nations Summit collectively as the First Nations Leadership to advocate for the advancement of Aboriginal Title, Rights and Treaty Rights.

BCAFN is one of ten regional organizations affiliated with the national Assembly of First Nations whose members include 633 First Nations across Canada. The BCAFN Regional Chief sits on the AFN Executive Committee whereby his/her role is to ensure regional concerns of BCAFN members are included in National political discussions and decision-making processes. The Regional Chief also holds specific portfolios that deal with national policy issues and concerns.


Annette Schroeter, Communications Officer, cell phone (778)281-1655.


Video: 2019 MNO AGA

September 20 2019

The 2019 MNO Annual General Assembly took place this August in Sault Ste. Marie, home of the Métis rights landmark court case R v. Powley. A celebration of Métis governance, culture and way of life, and the recent signing of the self-government agreement, the 2019 AGA brought citizens together to set the direction for upcoming year. If you were unable to attend this year’s AGA, see the above video for highlights from the event!


Media Advisory – Unifor to host conference on a sustainable economic transition for Canada

SASKATOON, Sept. 20, 2019 – Unifor and several like-minded organizations devoted to fighting climate change will hold a conference to discuss next steps for the economy and mobilizing for a worker-centred approach to green jobs.

“Unifor supports the students around the world participating in this week’s ‘climate strike’ actions,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Our conference will engage workers from every sector of the economy in a dialogue about how climate change impacts their lives and how Canada can make the transition to a sustainable economy.”

WHAT: Just Transition Conference
WHO: Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor Western Regional Director; Dr. Priscilla Settee, University of Saskatoon Indigenous Studies; Ryan Meili, Leader of the Saskatchewan NDP; Jim Stanford, economist; Nikolas Badminton, futurist and researcher; Deron Bilous, former Alberta Minister of Economic Development and Trade
WHEN: September 22 (evening) to September 24
WHERE: Delta Hotel Saskatoon (405 20th Street)

Members of the media that wish to attend must register via email with before noon on September 22.

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

For further information: Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at or 778-903-6549 (cell)
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Outstanding BC First Nations artists honoured with Fulmer Award

September 20, 2019

VANCOUVER – The BC Achievement Foundation (BCAF) today announced the six recipients of the Fulmer Award in BC First Nations Art. The recipients will be recognized for their artistic excellence in traditional, contemporary or media art at the 13th annual awards in First Nations Art celebration in November.

“BC Achievement is honoured to showcase these artists whose respect for tradition directs and inspires their creative practices,” said BCAF chair Anne Giardini. “The 2019 awardees join 73 artists from the program’s past 13 years. Together, Fulmer Award alumni ensure British Columbia is a place filled with innovation and wonder,” she added.

The 2019 recipients, chosen by an independent jury, are:

Gus Cook, Namgis, Kwakwaka’wakw, Victoria
Henry Green, Tsimshian, Prince Rupert
Maynard Johnny Jr., Coast Salish/ Penelakut Tribe, Vancouver
Doreen Manual, Neskonlith, North Vancouver
Michelle Stoney, Gitxsan, Hazelton

This year’s celebration of the Fulmer Award in First Nations Art includes a public showcase of the awardees’ art at The Roundhouse from November 18th until 21st, 2019. BC Achievement thanks its event partner, The Roundhouse and its media partner, The Georgia Straight for their support of this exhibition.

Members of the 2019 jury include:
Philip Gray, a past recipient and Tsimshian artist; Lou-ann Neel, Repatriation Specialist at the Royal BC Museum and an Mamalilikulla and Kwakwaka’wakw artist; and Connie Watts, Emily Carr University Aboriginal Program Manager and artist of Nuu-chah-nulth, Gitxsan and Kwakwaka’wakw ancestry.

Special advisors to the jury include Emily Carr University Aboriginal Program Director, Brenda Crabtree, a member of the Spuzzum Band with both Nlaka’pamux and Sto:lo ancestry; and the UBC Museum of Anthropology’s Curator Emeritus, Bill McLennan.

The BC Achievement Foundation is an independent foundation established in 2003 to celebrate community service, arts, humanities and enterprise. For information on BC Achievement, visit

The Fulmer Award in First Nations Art is made possible through the generous support of the Vancouver-based Fulmer Foundation.

Detailed information about the 2019 recipients and a list of past awardees is posted on the foundation’s website at

Cathryn Wilson
Executive Director
BC Achievement Foundation

2019 Fulmer Award in First Nations Art
Awardee Backgrounders

Gus Cook
Gus Cook is a respected repoussé and chasing artist from the Namgis community, which is part of Kwakwaka’wakw nation. Repoussé and chasing are ancient techniques which involve forms of sculpting 3-D pieces out of flat sheet metal by hammering both sides of the metal. From a young age, Gus was encouraged by his mother and father to work hard, be proud and take care of his surroundings. Mentored closely by his brother and fellow artist Rande Cook, Gus has combined skill and artistry with his work ethic, to create beautiful jewellery, frontlets, rattles, spoons and plates.

Henry Green
Tsm’syen artist Wii Gwinaalth, (Henry Green), has an extensive record of multi-disciplinary practices in a variety of mediums and has been involved in local and international exhibitions. Henry’s art embodies a spiritual process and his work is guided by blending Tsm’syen mythology with historical, ideological and modern references. He credits Haida artists Freda Diesing and her nephew, Don Yeomans, for stimulating his interest in the arts and in woodcarving. Henry’s artistic practice includes the training of over 400 apprentices and mentoring many young artists, therefore ensuring the continuance of Tsm’syen cultural knowledge and traditions for future generations.

Maynard Johnny, Jr.
Coast Salish artist, Maynard Johnny Jr., has been drawing portraits of his family and replicating comics since early childhood. His exploration of First Nations Art began at age 17 when he designed and created his first painting on a seven-foot by three-foot door skin panel. Primarily self-taught, Maynard has been influenced by accomplished artists and has expanded his reach significantly, designing logo and identity pieces for organizations, movie sets and television series. An internationally recognized artist, Maynard’s work continues to share the beauty of Coast Salish art through graphic painting, wood, glass, large metal sculptures and precious metals.

Doreen Manuel
A member of the Neskonlith First Nation, Doreen learned traditional beading from her grandmother. Her mother was also an intricate bead artist who taught Doreen that she should learn to bead well so she could use her work, when necessary, to provide for her family. Now Doreen beads for her love of the art, carrying on the legacy of her traditions with future generations. Doreen is the sixth child of Grand Chief Dr. George Manuel and spiritual leader Marceline Manuel and comes from a long line of Indigenous oral historians and storytellers.

Michelle Stoney
The recipient of this year’s Crabtree McLennan Emerging Artist Award, Michelle Stoney incorporates the traditions of her two distinct First Nations cultures: form line from her Gitxsan heritage and bright colours with black outlines from her Cree heritage. Recently painted murals in her hometown of Hazleton, as well as in Terrace and Vancouver reflect Michelle’s innovative painting style as well as her goal to create unique First Nations art. In addition, Michelle has been learning the fundamentals of jewelry-making from established artists and contributing positively to the future of First Nations Art.


ITK Pre-Budget Submission 2020

ITK is pleased to share our 2020 pre-budget submission. This pre-budget submission recommends that the key to supporting climate mitigation and adaptation in Inuit Nunangat is to make major investments in infrastructure,
renewable energy, and Inuit-led climate and research initiatives. It focuses on the importance of broad infrastructure investments across Inuit Nunangat, as well as measures which enhance the competitiveness of Inuit Nunangat by reducing the high cost of living. Inuit Nunangat experiences a crippling infrastructure deficit that impacts on health and safety, economic development, cost of living, and transportation and connectivity. These challenges are compounded by climate change and further complicated by the opening of the Arctic to increasing shipping traffic, tourisms, and natural resource extraction.

ITK_Pre-Budget Submission 2020


Seniors around British Columbia to benefit from age-friendly supports

September 20, 2019

VICTORIA – British Columbia communities are encouraged to support seniors so they can live active, socially engaged and independent lives, as $500,000 in a new round of age-friendly grants are open for application.

“Seniors who are connected to their communities and stay active live longer and healthier lives,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “Age-friendly grants are instrumental in supporting seniors and I hope communities around British Columbia apply so there can be local supports in place so seniors can live as independently as possible.”

The age-friendly communities grant program is a partnership between the Province and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities.

“Seniors are at the heart of our Province – they built British Columbia into the great place that it is today,” said Anne Kang, Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors. “There is a lot of wonderful work being done by local communities to help seniors stay engaged, healthy, and active. Congratulations to all those who have achieved age-friendly recognition this year, and I encourage new communities to apply for a grant.”

Local governments and First Nations communities must submit their applications for 2020 grants to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities by Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. They may apply for a grant of up to $25,000 for age-friendly assessments and action plans. Once an assessment and action plan has been developed, communities may apply for subsequent grants of up to $15,000 to support age-friendly projects.

Some examples of projects in demand of funding include seniors housing and transportation strategies, programs to support social connectedness and mental health, and strategies around healthy eating and physical activity.

There were 37 communities that received 2019 age-friendly grants, up from 33 in 2018, and 18 in 2017.

The Province also provides communities that have completed steps toward becoming age-friendly an official recognition by the Province as an age-friendly British Columbia community.

There are 10 communities being recognized in 2019 as age-friendly, meaning they are taking steps to ensure British Columbia seniors can live active, socially engaged and independent lives. Cranbrook, Gibsons, Houston, Kelowna, Lake Cowichan, Nanaimo, Naramata, Okanagan Falls, Osoyoos and Rossland have received a digital badge to promote their status on their website, and on any other promotional material. As well, they will be invited to join the national and global network of age-friendly communities. There are 57 officially recognized age-friendly communities in B.C. in 2019, up from 47 in 2018.


Councillor Arjun Singh, president, Union of British Columbia Municipalities –

“This funding program is helping B.C. communities build capacity to improve service delivery for older residents. I appreciate the ongoing support of the provincial government for the Age Friendly program.”

Learn More:

More information about Age-Friendly BC can be found by visiting:

The UBCM age-friendly funding application page is available online:


Ministry of Health
250 952-1887 (media line)


ITK Outlines Priorities For Election 2019 And Budget 2020

September 20, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario – Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami is calling on the next federal government to take action on Inuit priorities and bring Inuit Nunangat – the Inuit homeland – into the rest of Canada as a nation building exercise comparable in scale to the development of the trans-Canadian highway or the trans-national railway connected Western and Eastern Canada.

Inuit Nunangat encompasses nearly one third of Canada’s landmass, its entire Arctic coastline, and significant offshore areas. Inuit Nunangat is synonymous with the term “Arctic”, and its future should be central to the platform of every national party in this election at a time of surging international interest and activity in our homeland.

Long-standing challenges such as the infrastructure gap between Inuit Nunangat and the rest of Canada are impediments to the prosperity of Inuit and the sustainability of the region.

Inuit experience extreme inequity compared to other Canadians, and to other Canadians within Inuit Nunangat. Addressing social and economic inequity, both between Inuit Nunangat and within Inuit Nunangat itself, is a necessary pre-condition to the development of a healthy, resilient and secure Inuit Nunangat.

One-third of Inuit are under the age of 14, meaning policy interventions that target health, education and social development will have a disproportionately beneficial impact in Inuit Nunangat compared to other regions within Canada. As a result, Canadian policy should commit to ambitious investments throughout Inuit Nunangat, with the goal of eliminating infrastructure gaps and social and economic inequities throughout the region.

In ITK Priorities for Election 2019, ITK calls on the next federal government to take action in the following areas:

  • Social infrastructure and suicide prevention (including Inuit mental health, family violence shelters and transitional housing, and addictions treatment centres)
  • Housing
  • Renewable energy and climate action
  • Inuit-Crown partnership
  • Infrastructure and economic self-reliance (including marine and air infrastructure, and telecommunications infrastructure)
  • Education
  • National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Calls to Action
  • Poverty reduction and food security
  • Advancing Inuit self-determination in research

ITK’s 2020 Pre-Budget Submission similarly suggests that the only way to bring Inuit Nunangat into Canada is through major federal investments in climate action and renewable energy, infrastructure, Inuit-led research, and Inuit primary education. It calls for Budget 2020 to be built on progress made in the past four federal budgets by continuing to implement an Inuit Nunangat fiscal policy in the allocation of Inuit-specific funding.

“ITK calls on all parties to commit to implementing an Inuit Nunangat policy throughout government, to ensure that Inuit are able to access and benefit from policies, programs and initiatives that are intended to benefit our people. Relationship-building and bringing about systemic change within the machinery of government are key to creating social and economic equity for Inuit, as well as for ensuring that federal investments in Inuit Nunangat are efficient and impactful in advancing nation building,” said Natan Obed, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.

For more information:

ITK Media
office 613-238-8181
cell 613-292-4482


UNESCO to promote new vision of education and measures to fight climate change at UN General Assembly in New York

September 20, 2019

The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, will promote, and mobilize support for the Organization’s leadership in areas of global concern with a special focus on education, environmental science and press freedom at this year’s United Nations General Assembly which she will attend from 21 to 25 September.

Ms Azoulay will officially launch UNESCO’s global initiative on the Futures of Education, with the participation of several Heads of State and Government including the co-sponsors of the event President Sahle-Work Zewde of Ethiopia, and President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa of Portugal. This will mark the beginning of a global debate on how education needs to be re-imagined to meet the challenges of today’s increasingly complex world. Attending Heads of State and Government will share their perspectives on the future of education. UNESCO will announce the establishment of an International Commission on the Futures of Education and the appointment of President Sahle-Work Zewde as its chair. (25 September, 1.15pm – 2.45pm, Conference Room 1)

UNESCO will also take an active part in the Climate Summit, including the Youth Climate Summit, with the participation of climate activist Greta Thunberg and some 60 young members of the Youth Network of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) programme, representing 50 countries. Many other young activists will attend the summit alongside innovators, entrepreneurs, and change-makers committed to tackling the climate crisis. (21 September, 10am – 1pm, UN General Assembly)

Also, UNESCO and the Government of Greece will co-organize a side-event, Cultural Heritage Partnership to Enable Ambitious Climate Action, on ways to draw on cultural and natural heritage to address the challenges of climate change. On behalf of Director-General, Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, will focus on UNESCO’s scientific, educational and cultural expertise to fight climate change, and embed new development models into UNESCO’s cultural and natural sites (21 September, 11.30am-1pm, Conference Room 5)

The Director-General will also speak at a high-level event on Media Freedom and Safety of Journalists alongside UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and UK Special Envoy for Media Freedom Amal Clooney. The event is organized by the United Kingdom of Great Britain, which, along with Canada, initiated a global campaign on media freedom in early 2019. During the London Global Conference for Media Freedom last July, they established a new Global Media Defence Fund, to be administered by UNESCO, which will take forward the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity. (25 September, 8am – 9.30am, Conference Room 5)

The Director General will take part in a high-level event, Christchurch Call, to promote UNESCO’s efforts to counter hate speech and violent extremist content online. The event will focus on multilateral efforts in this area and progress in mobilizing support for the Christchurch Call for Action, launched by France’s President Emmanuel Macron, and New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in May this year following the live-streamed murder of 51 Muslims in an attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15. (23 September, 4.30pm – 6pm, Conference Room 1)


More on futures of education initiative:


Media Contact:

Aurélia du Vignau, Press advisor for the DG in New-York: sends e-mail)

Matthieu Guével, UNESCO Public Information Director ad inter


Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh meets with municipal leaders to address current issues facing region

September 19, 2019

Kenora, ON — Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh, Grand Chief of Treaty #3 met with municipal leaders from across Treaty #3 territory today in Naotkamegwanning First Nation to renew relationships and collaboratively address challenges with the mounting substance abuse and homelessness issues within the region.

“This is the inaugural meeting so it’s historic and my hope is that additional municipalities within the Anishinaabe Nation of Treaty #3 undertake similar agreements with First Nations,” said Ogichidaa Kavanaugh. “The well-being of our communities and our citizens rely on our ability to work collaboratively and holistically. We share this land we call home and we share in the responsibility of providing for our citizens safety and well-being.”

The meeting between Ogichidaa Kavanaugh and the mayors and representatives from communities in Treaty #3 is historic and is based on the principles of the Common Land, Common Ground Friendship Accord, which provides a framework for First Nations and municipal leaders to discuss issues of mutual concern.

“For the sake of our families and future generations we need collaborative action – action that results in people working together and taking responsibility to seek long lasting strategic solutions,” said Dryden Mayor Greg Wilson.

Similar agreements exist with the Sioux Lookout Friendship Accord and the Declaration of Intent and Friendship between Fort Frances and Agency One First Nation. The agreements are the first steps in renewing relationships between the First Nations and municipalities and outline the importance of collaborative development.

Treaty #3 leadership identified substance addiction as a health crisis within their First Nations and has worked to develop strategies to address the issue. Grand Council Treaty #3 has created a Drug Task Force and Drug Strategy in an effort to address drug addiction in the First Nation communities. Meeting with municipal leaders is the next step in supporting the communities.

First Nations have a disproportionately higher rate of drug addiction therefore it is vital that First Nations have the ability to determine, develop, access, implement, and evaluate their own solutions to address the needs of their people.


For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact: Janine Seymour, B.A., J.D., LL.M, Political Advisor to Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh 807.464.1261 (cell)


Portage College and Artists to Officially Unveil Three Commissioned Art Pieces with Artist Talk

September 19, 2019

The Portage College Museum of Aboriginal Peoples’ Art and Artifacts (MOAPAA) is hosting an exciting and unique event October 3. Chief Museum Curator, Joseph Sanchez, one of the last two living members of the Professional Native Indian Artists Inc., will moderate an artist panel featuring Jason Carter, Stewart Steinhauer and Order of Canada recipient Dr. Jane Ash Poitras in celebration of three official public art commissions.

The three guests are internationally renowned Indigenous artists, all from Alberta. “It is rare to have the opportunity to meet one of these three artists let alone all three, and then to add on meeting the celebrated artist and living legend Joseph Sanchez as well is amazing!” said Donna Feledichuk, Director of MOAPAA.

The Artist Talk is to commemorate the unveiling of three commissioned pieces for MOAPAA’s “Celebrating New Dawn” project. This project was awarded to MOAPAA in April 2018 by the Alberta Government through the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) and provided an opportunity to mark the anniversaries of Portage College (50 years) and MOAPAA (40 years).

The three public art commissions celebrate the rich Indigenous cultural and natural heritage that are at the roots of Portage College’s organization, community and province.

The artists were asked to consider the importance of the context of the organizational history, the location in Treaty Six territory and the natural and human heritage of the area as central to the creation of their artwork.

The free event starts with the panel discussion at 6:30 P.M. in the McGrane Theatre at Portage College’s Lac La Biche campus. A meet and greet with Carter, Poitras, Sanchez and Steinhauer will follow in the main foyer where guests can receive autographs. Museum tours will be available throughout the evening with the College Bookstore staying open late so visitors may purchase beautiful items and gifts inspired by artists within the MOAPAA’s collection.

“We hope to see you there,” said Feledichuk. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, not to be missed.”

Date | October 3, 2019
Time | 6:30 P.M.
Location | Portage College McGrane Theatre
Meet and greet and tours to follow.

Get a head start and watch the videos produced for the Celebrating New Dawn project:

Crusaders of the Land by Jason Carter:
Preservation Reservation 2020 by Jane Ash Poitras:
Newokatew-ayisiyin’ (Four-legged Spirit Being) by Stewart Steinhauer:

Media Inquiries:
Jaime Davies, Corporate Communications Manager
780-623-5581 or email


Unifor supports Ontario Human Rights Commission recommendations to end racial profiling in law enforcement

September 20, 2019

Toronto – Unifor supports recommendations from the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s ‘Policy on Racial Profiling in Law Enforcement’ final report.

“I applaud the Ontario Human Rights Commission for tackling the serious issue of racial profiling head-on, as this is the only way to root out this dangerous practice,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Our union will continue to work with all stakeholders to build a society that is free from hate and discrimination.”

In 2018, the Ontario Human Rights Commission released its interim report into racial profiling and racial discrimination of Black persons by the Toronto Police Service. The final report aims to be a resource for law enforcement to identify and prevent both individual and systemic racial profiling in law enforcement.

“This report is monumental in addressing racial profiling in our communities,” said Naureen Rizvi, Unifor Ontario Regional Director. “As a union, Unifor has and will continue to educate members on the impacts of institutional and systemic racism faced by Indigenous, Black and racialized communities in Canada.”

The policy directed to the Ontario Government, Police Boards and Police authorities sets out multiple recommendations from how best to engage with racial communities to developing internal policies to help end racial profiling and racial discrimination in policing.

“I hope that jurisdictions across the country heed the vital lessons learned from this report and that in Ontario and nationally we see the deep systemic changes needed to end racial profiling by law enforcement,” said Rizvi.

Unifor members have highlighted the violence and destruction that state-sponsored racial profiling causes to Black, Indigenous and racialized communities across the country, bringing forward resolutions to end the practice through the union’s Regional and Canadian Councils.

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

For more information, please contact Unifor Communications National Representative Hamid Osman at or 647-448-2823 (cell).


Council of UArctic concludes meeting in Stockholm

September 20, 2019

Over 130 participants from UArctic’s member institutions attended the Council meeting at Stockholm University and KTH Royal Institute of Technology from Sept 18-20, 2019, from 14 countries both in the Circumpolar North and from outside the region.

Stockholm University’s Elisabet Idermark greeting participants: “It has been great to welcome everyone to Stockholm for this key meeting in UArctic’s history – the last meeting of the Council before the transition of our organization.”

The key decision of this year’s Council meeting was the move to change UArctic’s legal status to a registered non-profit association. This change will help undertake fundraising initiatives for the development of existing network activities as well as the creation of new ones. As a consequence of this decision, the Council will be known as the Assembly.

Chair of the Council, Liisa Holmberg of the International Sámi Film Institute, sees these developments as “strengthening UArctic’s role as a bridge between people, higher education, research and business in the Arctic. UArctic provides a platform for innovation and creating a great environment for sustainable development.”

The Council also made substantial contributions to the development of the organization’s next Strategic Plan, which will focus UArctic’s operations over the next decade and strengthen the network’s position as the key driver of circumpolar research and education.

UArctic President Lars Kullerud remarks, “The change to the legal status together with our next Strategic Plan puts UArctic on a strong footing to continue our mission of improving the lives and livelihoods of northerners through research and education that is relevant to their needs, in a true partnership.”

The annual Council meeting of UArctic is an opportunity for representatives of all our member organizations to shape the future of the network, and forge closer cooperation through our various programs including Thematic Networks, north2north student mobility, joint academic offerings and research initiatives that benefit the North on its own terms.

The energy proved by UArctic members in a series of networking sessions demonstrates how we can learn and grow from our collective experience of developing and delivering higher education and research in and for the Circumpolar North. This is essential to direct our future development, while also helping new members better understand how they can actively participate in UArctic cooperation.

UArctic welcomed 11 new members to the network, bringing UArctic’s total membership to 212:

  • Agricultural University of Iceland (Iceland)
  • Alaska Pacific University (USA)
  • Hólar University College (Iceland)
  • Norwegian University of Life Sciences (Norway)
  • University College Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • University of New Hampshire (USA)
  • University of Southern Maine (USA)
  • Anchorage Museum (USA)
  • ARCTICenter – University of Northern Iowa (USA)
  • Battelle (USA)
  • National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (India)

The Council also welcomed three new Thematic Networks to UArctic:

  • Thematic Network on Arctic in Asia and Asia in the Arctic (led by UiT The Arctic University of Norway)
  • Thematic Network on Collaborative Resource Management (led by Nordisk Fond for Miljø og Udvikling, Denmark/Greenland)
  • Thematic Network on Local-scale Planning, Climate Change and Resilience (led by the University of Alberta)

The UArctic Assembly will normally meet between April and July each year. However, a meeting of the Assembly will need to be held as early as possible in 2020 for members to make important decisions, such as formally elect the Officers of the Assembly, the Board Chair and other members of the Board.


In support of the Policy on eliminating racial profiling in law enforcement

September 20, 2019

Amnesty International

Amnesty International entirely agrees that the need to address racial profiling in law enforcement is one of the most pressing human rights concerns in Ontario. The Ontario Human Rights Commission’s new policy is a welcome and urgently-needed tool for pressing forward with the concrete progress that is long overdue. It is a policy that will require and benefit from ongoing review and updating. Amnesty International calls on the Government of Ontario and all law enforcement entities in the province to recognize their responsibilities to bring racial profiling to an end and take immediate steps to take up the Commission’s recommendations.

Black Action Defense Committee (BADC)

The impact of racial profiling on the Black community and other communities of colour is catastrophic. It prevents us from reaching our highest potential in a country that boasts about its diversity being its strength. It is similar to slavery and it feels like it. We feel more terrorized by the people who our tax dollars pay their salaries and benefits to police us, than the relatively few people who participate in the madness of violence. If that is not unacceptable and shameful, nothing else is.

We fully endorse the principles and recommendations of the OHRC’s Policy on eliminating racial profiling in law enforcement.

– Valarie Steele, Vice-President

Canadian Civil Liberties Association

Racial profiling is a harmful reality: it harms those caught up unnecessarily in the criminal justice system; and it harms public safety and effective policing through the erosion of community trust and collaboration. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association strongly endorses this thorough Policy of the OHRC that seeks to end racial profiling by all measures necessary from training, to policy, operations, accountability and oversight.

– Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, Equality Program Director

Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers)

We can no longer ignore the impact of racial profiling on our communities and the ways that deeply-seeded biases within our mainstream culture have led to practices that harm Indigenous and racialized people. We recognize that racial profiling is a systemic issue that has contributed to the gross overrepresentation of Indigenous and racialized people within our criminal justice system and needs to be addressed by all levels of law enforcement. The OHRC’s Policy on eliminating racial profiling in law enforcement offers us a roadmap that can help us dismantle not only the practice of racial profiling, but some of the underlying attitudes and biases that have led us to this point.

Community Coalition Against Racism, Hamilton

We applaud the OHRC for publishing this extremely comprehensive new policy which we feel, if followed, will significantly reduce incidents of racial profiling by police. CCAR participated heavily in the public campaign vs carding which forced the provincial government to introduce regulations limiting the practice. Now, we look to the security services to dismantle their municipal “Countering Violent Extremism” tables which disproportionately target Arab and Muslim Canadians.

– Ken Stone, Chair

Human Rights Legal Support Centre

This new OHRC Policy is an important resource – for law enforcement authorities, advocates, affected individuals and communities. We know that the Policy will help our clients identify and rectify individual and systemic racial profiling in law enforcement. The Human Rights Legal Support Centre appreciates the recommendations made for policing organizations and the government. The seven key principles must form the basis for positive change and respect for human rights in law enforcement.

– Sharmaine Hall, Executive Director

Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario

Under its mandate in the Human Rights Code, the Ontario Human Rights Commission makes an important public contribution when it issues policies on significant issues. This policy will be an important reference for all to consider.

Kutty & Associates

Thank you Ontario Human Rights Commission for your continued leadership in making Ontario a better and safer place for all of us. Racial profiling is a deeply troubling and longstanding problem that exists despite it being illegal and against the conscience of most of us. I am optimistic that these 62 well thought-out recommendations which begin by calling on stakeholders to acknowledge the elephant in the room and then to take concrete steps to tackle the problem will be a turning point in combating this scourge.

– Faisal Kutty, J.D., LL.M., Principal


Maytree welcomes the release of the OHRC’s Policy on eliminating racial profiling in law enforcement. We know that racial profiling has a negative impact on people’s dignity and mental health as well as their opportunities for employment, education, and social mobility. The policy is an important guide on how best to confront the harms of this systemic problem. With its recommendations, the OHRC continues to further human rights protections for everyone in Ontario.

– Elizabeth McIsaac, President, Maytree

Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres

Urban Indigenous communities across Ontario routinely experience systemic discrimination, racial profiling, over-policing and under-policing. Our experience is shaped by colonialism, which continues to harm the health and well-being of Indigenous communities. Law enforcement agencies have an obligation to address and prevent racial profiling and the OHRC’s Policy on Eliminating Racial Profiling in Law Enforcement is an important resource for creating and sustaining organizational change, which will have a positive impact on our communities.

– Sylvia Maracle, Executive Director

Ontario Federation of Labour

The reality is that workers of colour – particularly Indigenous and Black workers – believe that the justice system fails to protect them and instead, it actively works against them. The Ontario Human Rights Commission’s policy and recommendations on racial profiling in law enforcement reinforce the collective ownership we share in ensuring justice for all.

– Ahmad Gaied, Executive Vice President

OHRC Community Advisory Group member

Racial profiling is harmful. It can be deadly. This policy takes a unique systems change approach to an issue impacting communities of colour across Canada. Without a systems change mindset in policies that mean life of death for many, much of our efforts may go
in vain. It is now our collective responsibility to hold institutions such as law enforcement accountable and this is a powerful and groundbreaking tool.

– Mojdeh Cox, human rights expert and advocate for victims of carding

Rexdale Community Legal Clinic

The Ontario Human Rights Commission has rendered its recommendations after a thorough and careful consultation and review. Rexdale Community Legal Clinic was pleased to host consultation meetings so that members of the community of Northwest Toronto could make their voices heard. The resulting recommendations reflect the hard work of the commission staff. The recommendations to law enforcement agencies and oversight bodies are fair, thoughtful, current, and faithful to what they heard and observed. These recommendations offer many challenges, but also hope for a way forward.


Unifor members have highlighted the violence and destruction that state-sponsored racial profiling causes to Black, Indigenous and racialized communities across the country, bringing forward resolutions to end the practice through our union’s regional and Canadian councils. I applaud the Ontario Human Rights Commission for tackling the serious issue of racial profiling head-on, as this is the only way to root out this dangerous practice. Our union will continue to work with all stakeholders to build a society that is free from hate and discrimination.

– Jerry Dias, Unifor National President


The Policy on racial profiling in law enforcement report is monumental in addressing racial profiling in our communities. As a union, Unifor has and will continue to educate members
on the impacts of institutional and systemic racism faced by Indigenous, Black and racialized communities in Canada. I hope that jurisdictions across the country follow the vital lessons learned from this report and that Ontario and nationally, we see the deep systemic changes needed to end racial profiling by law enforcement.

– Naureen Rizvi, Unifor Ontario Regional Director

Urban Alliance on Race Relations
UARR is happy to endorse your recommendations to end racial profiling and racial under-policing in the report.

– Neethan Shan, Interim Executive Director

Other endorsing organizations
Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO)
ARCH Disability Law
Canadian Arab Federation
Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic
Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA)
National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM)
South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario
Toronto Police Accountability Coalition


Three Indigenous women appointed to KPU Board of Governors

September 19, 2019

Kwantlen Polytechnic University welcomes three new members to its Board of Governors. The new Indigenous governors include community member Rhiannon Bennett and two elected student board members, Taylor Lanthier and Samantha Jack.

“Our new board members bring with them different backgrounds, expertise and diverse voices that will help us tackle issues and new ideas as we move forward at the university,” says Sandra Case, chair of KPU’s Board of Governors.

Bennett was the first Indigenous person elected to the Delta Board of Education in 2014. Professionally, Bennett has worked with Indigenous youth and families with the majority of her work in decolonization and reconciliation. She is Musqueam and was raised in Ladner.

“I am looking forward to utilizing skills and experiences gained from my term as a trustee on the Delta Board of Education,” says Bennett. “I bring with me a unique perspective shaped by being an Indigenous woman who has worked in and alongside education systems for over 20 years.

“I am hoping to lead institutional changes around decolonization and reconciliation that will reach higher standards than what can be achieved without an Indigenous perspective at the table.”

Lanthier and Jack are fourth-year KPU students. Lanthier is a non-status Métis student majoring in criminology. She is interested in Indigenous peoples and women in the criminal justice system. Lanthier aspires to become a lawyer with a focus on Indigenous and environmental law.

“I decided to join the board to get more involved at KPU in a way that would be meaningful to me,” says Lanthier. “I am hoping that, as one of the student representatives, my experiences and views will provide a unique perspective to the board on various discussions and topics.”

Jack is an Indigenous student from Nuu-Chah-Nulth and Yale First Nations. She is majoring in political science.

“I believe we will be very influential in terms of supporting KPU’s commitment to decolonization and resurgence. I hope to do my position justice and to do so to the best of my ability,” says Jack. “I look forward to supporting the future and vision of the university.”

She founded the Indigenous Student Council at KPU and is involved in the Indigenous Advisory Committee as well as the President’s Diversity and Equity Committee.

Learn more about the KPU Board of Governors here.


PAVED Arts turns Saskatoon Transit buses into mobile art galleries with 5th annual Toon’s on Transit exhibition

September 19, 2019

Photographers chosen from the 2019 Toons on Transit call for submissions were unveiled tonight at a reception hosted by PAVED Arts.

Starting Wednesday, September 25, as part of the fifth annual Toon’s on Transit campaign, forty-four local photographers will have their work on display in Saskatoon Transit buses and on four Bus Shelters, as part of a two-month roaming gallery exhibition. The works will also be on display for two weeks at PAVED Arts (424 ​20th St W).

After its successful launch in 2015, PAVED Arts once again requested Saskatoon and area photographers to submit photographs, this time exploring the theme “Saskatoon is Magic”.

This Open Call resulted in submissions from more than 90 photographers.

Submissions were narrowed down to 44 by a community jury consisting of Laura St. Pierre (Established mid-career artist and long-time PAVED member), Kiyara ​McNab (Founding Member of Indigenous collective Chokecherry Studios), and Tyler Babiy (Founder of Social Made Local, a community of photographers, videographers and content creators/apparel company.).

For eight weeks, 40 city buses will feature these unique photographs that explore the eccentric, mysterious, and often humorous side of the city where we live.

As an added extension to the project, PAVED Arts will print the winning photos in their Digital Photography Suite and display all 44 photos in their Production Centre, upstairs. This area is open to the public Tuesday to Friday, from noon to 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays from noon – 4:00 p.m. This is a unique opportunity for visitors and residents to view the City through the eyes of the artists and honours the artists with a professional print of their work.

Toon’s on Transit is a continuation of PAVED Arts programming that highlights the talents of local artists through outreach and exhibitions. Located in the heart of Riversdale, PAVED Arts has been facilitating independent media artists for over a decade. Their gallery space often highlights emerging artistic talent from the community. “We are excited to take Toon’s on Transit into every neighbourhood of Saskatoon,” says Travis Cole, PAVED Arts Executive Director.

For more information on the Toon’s on Transit Exhibition please visit or look for the hashtag #TOT2019 on twitter and Instagram (@PAVEDArts, @StoonTransit).


Premier vows to upgrade Bamfield road after bus crash – Times Colonist

September 20, 2019

Premier John Horgan vowed Thursday to upgrade Bamfield Main logging road, where two UVic students died in a bus crash last week, but he did not say what changes would be made or when.

“It’s terrible that a tragedy of two lives being lost had to focus our attention on it, but I know that we’re going to be working … to try and find a way to improve that road,” Horgan said.

A Wilson’s Transportation coach bus carrying 45 University of Victoria students, two teaching assistants and the driver went off the gravel logging road and slid down an embankment between Port Alberni and Bamfield last Friday. The bus was bound for the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre on Vancouver Island’s west coast.

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Sarnia poet and writer set for double book launch – Sarnia and Lambton County This Week

September 20, 2019

Noted Sarnia writer and poet Sharon Berg is having a book launch on Sept. 29.

But rather than taking the conventional path of launching a single book at her free instore event at The Book Keeper, Berg decided to go big by launching a pair of her books at the same time.

So from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Berg will be reading from, talking about and unveiling both a recently published compilation of her short fiction entitled Naming the Shadows, as well as a new, mixed genre non-fiction book detailing the incredible history of a school founded to recover and restore First Nations identity, a publication entitled The Name Unspoken: Wandering Spirit Survival School.

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Northern federal election hopefuls face off in Thompson – CBC

Forum aimed to see where candidates stand on northern, First Nation issues

Sep 20, 2019

People in Thompson got the chance to meet some of the candidates running to represent their riding for the first time on Thursday night at a forum focused on issues First Nations people will consider when heading to the polls.

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) hosted a federal candidates town hall at the University College of the North’s campus in the northern city, located about 750 km northwest of Winnipeg.

The event was part of the assembly’s “I’m First Nation and I Vote” campaign and was intended to highlight what the candidates would do, if elected, to address the concerns of First Nations people.

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Morning Brief: Wilson-Raybould slams politicians ‘seeking power for the sake of power itself’ – iPolitics

Sep 20, 2019

Good morning, readers.

Former Liberal MP Jody Wilson-Raybould is warning Canadian politicians, in a newly published book, that financial support for women’s equality initiatives cannot be used as a “hall pass” to cover for bad behaviour or systemic problems.

“A woman’s lived experience is still often used against us, as a reason for marginalization, as a basis for blame,” Wilson-Raybould writes in ‘From Where I Stand,’ a collection of her speeches and adapted addresses published on Friday. “Rather than upholding experience, using it as a lens to reconsider the norms of what one perceives or believes or chooses to uphold, we see a lack of reflection, or, as it has sometimes been stated, that we ‘experience things differently.’”

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Pot raid should not have happened—Sudbury-area native leader – The GrowthOp

Ted Roque said the band council put laws in place governing the operation of marijuana dispensaries to safeguard the community

The arrest this week of Derek Roque–co-owner of the Creator’ s Choice cannabis dispensary on the Wahnapitae First Nation–should never have happened, said a band council member.

“We don’ t need (an Ontario) licence to do this,” councillor Ted Roque told reporters at a protest outside the Sudbury Courthouse on Thursday, referring to the sale of cannabis. “It is the Indigenous right to be economically self-sustaining… We don’ t need to get permission from the province of Ontario to do this.”

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Saskatoon college instructor let go over racist comments posted on social media – APTN News

September 19, 2019

A Saskatoon college confirms that a hair styling instructor who was being investigated for racist comments is no longer employed with the institution.

The MC College in Saskatoon, Sask., had previously suspended a staff member without pay while it investigated screenshots posted on social media, last weekend.

The personal messages were shared on Facebook by Tami Eileen Whitehawk and widely shared.

The messages were from Chelsea Kowalchuk, a hair styling instructor at the college.

“Hahaha sorry you’re a fat ugly bitch that his family hates!!! You are an Indian let’s face it his family disowns you. You are pathetic. You will never compare to me!!!” Kowalchuk wrote to Whitehawk.

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Treaty 3 Grand Chief supports federal compensation for victims of on-reserve child welfare system – Daily Miner and News

September 20, 2019

The Grand Chief of Treaty 3, Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh, is supporting the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal’s order for Canada to compensate First Nations children, youth and families affected by the on-reserve child welfare system.

Under this system, children were removed from their homes on reserves and made wards of the state. The tribunal found that Canada discriminated against First Nations children by under-funding on-reserve child welfare services, declaring the government’s actions “willful and reckless.”

Children and families will receive the maximum compensation the tribunal can legally offer: $40,000 per child taken into care unnecessarily between Jan. 1, 2006 and a date to be determined by the tribunal, as well as for the parents or grandparents caring for such children. Estimates place the number of potentially affected children at around 50,000.

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Scheer Says He’d Fast-Track Pipeline Challenges Straight To Supreme Court – Huddle Today

Sep 19, 2019

A Conservative government would overcome legal objections to building new petroleum pipelines by fast-tracking any cases right to the Supreme Court of Canada, party leader Andrew Scheer says.

Scheer and other Conservatives have for years said Ottawa has to “assert federal jurisdiction” to get important projects built, but he has not until now explained what that would mean in practice.

At a campaign stop Wednesday, Scheer was pushed on comments he made in recent days about asserting jurisdiction in the face of objections from Indigenous communities or provincial governments, including Quebec.

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Noront Signs Agreements with Algoma Steel and Hatch Ltd. – Net Newsledger

September 20, 2019

THUNDER BAY – BUSINESS – Noront Resources Ltd. (“Noront”) (TSX Venture: NOT) announced agreements with Algoma Steel Inc. and Hatch Ltd. today to facilitate the development of the Ring of Fire mineral district and the associated Ontario-based processing facilities.

“Noront is partnering with two Ontario-based industrial and engineering giants to advance Ring of Fire development,” said Alan Coutts, President and CEO of Noront Resources. “This is truly a ‘made in Ontario’ collaboration on one of the most economically and socially important projects our province has seen.”

The agreement with Algoma provides Noront with a 5-year, renewable option to lease a brownfield property in Sault Ste. Marie for a period of 99 years. Noront plans to design, construct and operate a ferrochrome production facility which will service the company’s Ring of Fire chromite deposits. This agreement provides Noront and Algoma with an opportunity to re-purpose an existing brownfield location with a view to sharing infrastructure.

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Prescribed burn in partnership with Cook’s Ferry Indian Band – BC Gov’t

SPENCES BRIDGE – The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development and Cook’s Ferry Indian Band plan to conduct a prescribed burn on the Shaniken 3 Indian Reserve, located southwest of the community of Spences Bridge.

The prescribed burn is scheduled to start between Sept. 23 and Oct. 4, 2019, if weather, site and venting conditions allow.

Staff from the Cook’s Ferry Indian Band and the BC Wildfire Service will carefully prepare, control and monitor the fire at all times. Smoke will be visible from nearby communities and Highway 1, but ignition will proceed only if conditions are suitable and will allow for quick smoke dissipation.

This prescribed burn is intended to reduce wildfire risks, as well as increase traditional values on land used by the Cook’s Ferry Indian Band. A low- to moderate-intensity surface fire will be lit within a pre-established boundary with established hose lines. It will remove combustible materials and mimic naturally occurring ground fire.

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City of Thunder Bay: 2019 Mayor’s Community Safety Award Nominations Open

September 19, 2019

The Thunder Bay Crime Prevention Council is calling for nominations for the Ninth Annual Mayor’s Community Safety Awards, which recognize Thunder Bay residents and groups who are working to make our city safer.

Nominations officially open today, and the deadline for submissions is Oct. 4 at 4:30 pm.

The awards will be presented during a special ceremony that will take place during the Nov. 4 meeting of Thunder Bay City Council.

“I’m proud to open the nomination period for the 2019 Mayor‘s Community Safety Awards, recognizing individuals and projects that work to make our city safer and more welcoming for everyone,” said Mayor Bill Mauro. “Now in it the ninth year, these awards continue to showcase the excellent work being done in our community.”

The 2019 awards fall into three categories:

Community Hero Award – For an outstanding individual effort that contributes to a safer community. Sponsor: Apex Investigation & Security

Young Leader Award – For outstanding contributions by a youth who demonstrates and encourages active participation in community safety. The youth is a leader in a project in their community. Sponsor: Generator

Outstanding Community Project Award – For outstanding results in community safety or crime prevention through partnership and collaboration. Up to four projects may be awarded. Sponsors: Thunder Bay Police Services and Thunder Bay Police Services Board, Union Gas, Matawa First Nations Management, and Circle K.

“We are proud to once again present these awards,” said Jeff Upton, Chair of the Crime Prevention Council. “It is important for us to recognize those who are making a difference in our community. First of all, they deserve that recognition, and second, showcasing their work inspires others to make a difference too.”

“Crime prevention is truly a community effort,” Upton said. “We are seeing results from the tireless efforts of these individuals and groups, and these awards celebrate those who are making a difference in our city.”

Award recipients will receive an official certificate recognizing their award-winning work. They will also be the subject of a short video documenting their achievements and will be acknowledged in the MyTBay Citizen Newsletter, on the City website, and in the 2019 Mayor’s Community Safety Awards souvenir program.

For more information and nomination forms, visit:

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Contact: Lee-Ann Chevrette, Coordinator, Crime Prevention Council, 625-2554


Liberals could have done more on Indigenous issues, Jody Wilson-Raybould says –

The Liberal government lost an opportunity to bring meaningful change for Indigenous Peoples over the past four years, Jody Wilson-Raybould argues in her new book, published against the backdrop of the federal election campaign.

“Yes. Progress was made on Indigenous issues. But we still cannot say with confidence that the ship’s course has been shifted sufficiently to turn it in a new direction — away from denial and towards recognition,” the ex-Liberal cabinet minister wrote in the introduction to From Where I Stand.

“With courage and transformative leadership and action, more could have been done,” she wrote.

The book is not a tell-all memoir of her time in cabinet or how it came to an end over the way Justin Trudeau and his top advisers in the Liberal government handled the SNC-Lavalin controversy — a major scandal that eventually led to her being ousted from the Liberal caucus.

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GPRC hosts Juno nominee at student welcome event

September 19, 2019

GPRC’s Circle of Indigenous Students is hosting Juno-nominated Indigenous artist Kelly Fraser at its annual Student Welcome Celebration.

The event held Thursday, September 25, 2019 in the Douglas J. Cardinal Performing Arts Centre is open to the community and will also feature Krazystone Traditional Drummers and Dancers, Metis Red Feather Jiggers and Kokum Cookie. Admission is by donation to the College’s Room of Plenty, the on-campus student food bank.

“We’re really excited to be bringing Kelly Fraser to the community,” said Casey Caines, President of the Circle of Indigenous Students. “We’d love to see as many people as possible attend to celebrate with us.”

Originally from Sanikiluaq, Nunavut, Kelly Fraser has performed countless concerts across Canada, especially in the Arctic (Nunavut/Nunavik), where she is a well-known performing artist/songwriter.

Kelly was nominated in 2018 for a Juno for Indigenous Album of the Year, Indigenous Music Awards for Best Pop Album and just won the Inuk 2019 Indspire Award for her work teaching traditional Inuktitut song-writing workshops and for Inuit advocacy through music.

Kelly Fraser sings pop covers in Inuktitut, sings original EDM and pop music and also uses her traditional Inuit drum and throat singing before she starts her usual dancing and singing to pay homage on her Inuit culture.

Like many Inuit, Kelly has been through many personal struggles and she uses her pain as inspiration to make art that can positively impact other native youth. She seeks to spread her messages of joy, healing, and cultural pride through a blend of traditional Inuit music and modern production.

Her sophomore album is influenced by contemporary pop, EDM, and hip-hop. Kelly sings and raps in both English and Inuktitut, seamlessly blending the two languages with her powerful, insightful, and politically-relevant lyrics.

Besides her busy schedule as a recording and performing artist, Kelly teaches Inuktitut language lessons, does cultural and motivational speaking, teaches songwriting, and helps to organize Nunavut Hitmakerz, a project which aims to give underprivileged Nunavummiut youth opportunities to learn creative expression and technical skills.

“We are partnered with the local school boards to bring students from across the region to the event, so it’s a really inclusive celebration of Indigenous culture and students,” said Caines

More information about the event can be found on the GPRC website at

About GPRC
GPRC is a comprehensive community institution, publicly supported to provide opportunities in post-secondary education in northwestern Alberta. Established in 1966 in Grande Prairie, GPRC now includes campuses in Fairview and Grande Prairie, and learning centres in Edson, Grande Cache, Hinton and Jasper. GPRC offers a wide variety of career certificates and diplomas, pre-employment and apprenticeship trades, university transfer studies, and several opportunities for on-campus degree completion at baccalaureate and master levels through collaborations with four-year universities. For more information visit


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Mark Evans
Director, Communications and Marketing


OHRC’s new policy will support law enforcement to eliminate racial profiling

September 20, 2019

VAUGHAN—Today, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released its new Policy on eliminating racial profiling in law enforcement at the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) CEOs Day. This policy, the first of its kind in Canada, offers practical guidance to help law enforcement identify and end racial profiling. The OACP is committed to the principles outlined in the policy, and more than 20 community and advocacy groups have added their support or endorsement.

The OHRC’s 2017 consultation report, Under Suspicion, found that racial profiling is harmful, and has a profound negative impact on the everyday lives of Indigenous peoples, and Black and racialized communities. The OHRC’s policy builds on this work by explaining the difference between racial profiling – which is illegal under Ontario’s Human Rights Code – and legitimate criminal profiling. It also offers guidance on emerging concepts such as racial under-policing and the use of predictive policing and other artificial intelligence tools.

The policy outlines seven key principles for eliminating racial profiling and includes recommendations to law enforcement agencies, private security organizations, oversight bodies and government. In addition to endorsing these principles, the OACP and OHRC will collaborate to provide practical guidance to police services across the province. Our shared goal is to create safer communities where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

“Racial profiling is illegal, ineffective and inefficient – it diminishes trust in public institutions and does not make our communities safer,” said OHRC Chief Commissioner Renu Mandhane. “Police have a difficult and complex job. That’s why it is essential that the OHRC and OACP work together to provide practical guidance to front-line officers who are responsible for putting our Policy on eliminating racial profiling in law enforcement into practice.”

“Ontario police services depend on the public’s trust and confidence to effectively serve their communities. It is important that all law enforcement personnel deliver policing services in a fair and respectful manner,” said Chief Paul Pedersen, OACP President. “The OACP is committed to the seven key principles outlined in the OHRC’s Policy as the basis for preventing and addressing racial profiling in law enforcement. The recommendations in the Policy are far-reaching. We look forward to working with the OHRC to address issues related to the recommendations and providing guidance to our organizations.”

“Police Boards are responsible to ensure their police services are both effective and fair; and the principles articulated in the OHRC’s new Policy on eliminating racial profiling in law enforcement will help everyone understand how best to achieve that,” said OAPSB Chair Phil Huck. We will be encouraging all member police boards to create and enforce local policies that embrace the OHRC’s tenets and recommendations regarding racial profiling,” added OAPSB Executive Director Fred Kaustinen.

The OHRC calls on police and other law enforcement organizations to create public plans, with clear timelines, to implement the recommendations in the policy.

Community comments:

Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres

Urban Indigenous communities across Ontario routinely experience systemic discrimination, racial profiling, over-policing and under-policing. Our experience is shaped by colonialism, which continues to harm the health and well-being of Indigenous communities. Law enforcement agencies have an obligation to address and prevent racial profiling and the OHRC’s Policy on eliminating racial profiling in law enforcement is an important resource for creating and sustaining organizational change, which will have a positive impact on our communities.

– Sylvia Maracle, Executive Director

Human Rights Legal Support Centre:

This new OHRC Policy is an important resource – for law enforcement authorities, advocates, affected individuals and communities. We know that the Policy will help our clients identify and rectify individual and systemic racial profiling in law enforcement. The Human Rights Legal Support Centre appreciates the recommendations made for policing organizations and the government. The seven key principles must form the basis for positive change and respect for human rights in law enforcement.

– Sharmaine Hall, Executive Director


Media contacts:

Yves Massicotte
Communications & Issues Management
Ontario Human Rights Commission/Commission ontarienne des droits de la personne

Event day: Rosemary Parker, Manager, Communications & Issues Management
Ontario Human Rights Commission
Cell: 647-202-7460

Joe L. Couto
Director of Government Relations and Communications
The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police


Two of Ontario’s Largest Industrial and Engineering Firms Partner With Noront to Advance Ring of Fire Development

SAULT STE. MARIE, Ontario, Sept. 20, 2019  — Noront Resources Ltd. (“Noront”) (TSX Venture: NOT) announced agreements with Algoma Steel Inc. and Hatch Ltd. today to facilitate development of the Ring of Fire mineral district and the associated Ontario-based processing facilities.

“Noront is partnering with two Ontario-based industrial and engineering giants to advance Ring of Fire development,” said Alan Coutts, President and CEO of Noront Resources. “This is truly a ‘made in Ontario’ collaboration on one of the most economically and socially important projects our province has seen.”

The agreement with Algoma provides Noront with a 5-year, renewable option to lease a brownfield property in Sault Ste. Marie for a period of 99 years. Noront plans to design, construct and operate a ferrochrome production facility which will service the company’s Ring of Fire chromite deposits. This agreement provides Noront and Algoma with an opportunity to re-purpose an existing brownfield location with a view to sharing infrastructure.

Michael McQuade, CEO Algoma Steel Inc. commented on the agreement, “We view the Noront project as a valuable business partnership for Algoma Steel and an exciting opportunity for Sault Ste. Marie. Our discussions have uncovered numerous economic synergies through the shared use of assets and services, and we look forward to exploring these options further with Noront, the City and the many stakeholder groups who may be engaged in this project.”

In addition, Hatch will perform engineering and project support services for the Eagle’s Nest and Ring of Fire Chrome Projects as part of a Master Services Agreement. As part of this unique collaboration, Hatch will participate as an equity partner with Noront, and form an integrated project management and engineering team to manage development and execution of projects in the Ring of Fire.

“The Ring of Fire represents a significant opportunity, not only for Noront and Algoma, but also for Northern Ontario and local First Nations. We’re excited to be a part of these transformative projects and committed to partnering with Noront to develop innovative solutions that will bring long-term prosperity to the region,” said Joe Lombard, Hatch’s Global Managing Director of Metals.

Today’s agreements mark another step toward a larger goal established by Noront to develop the Ring of Fire in true partnership with local First Nations, contractors, suppliers and the communities of Northern Ontario. Noront previously signed agreements with Marten Falls First Nation and Aroland First Nation, which made both communities Noront shareholders, established ongoing working and communications protocols and created a dialogue regarding mutually beneficial economic development opportunities.

“Developing the Ring of Fire and securing the ferrochrome facility in Sault Ste. Marie has been my number one priority over the past few years,” said Ross Romano, Member of Provincial Parliament for Sault Ste. Maire. “With agreements now in place, I look forward to the next phase of the process and will be working with our business partners every step of the way.”

In consideration for entering the term sheet, Noront will issue Algoma 750,000 common shares and 750,000 warrants to purchase common shares, subject to approval from the TSX Venture Exchange. Each whole warrant will entitle Algoma to purchase one common share at a price of $0.26 per share on or before September 11, 2024. The common shares will be subject to a statutory hold period of four months plus one day from the date of issuance. Upon exercising the option, a ground lease agreement will be established with principal terms including a 99-year lease period and a land tenancy payment determined as 0.325% of the gross values of product produced and sold from the site.

About Noront Resources
Noront Resources Ltd. is focused on development of its high-grade Eagle’s Nest nickel, copper, platinum and palladium deposit and the world class chromite deposits including Blackbird, Black Thor, and Big Daddy, all of which are located in the James Bay Lowlands of Ontario in an emerging metals camp known as the Ring of Fire.

About Algoma Steel Inc.
Based in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Algoma Steel Inc. is a fully integrated producer of hot and cold rolled steel products including sheet and plate. With a production capacity of an estimated 2.8 million tons per annum, Algoma Steel’s size and diverse capabilities enable us to deliver responsive, customer driven product solutions straight from the ladle to direct applications in the automotive, construction, energy, defense and manufacturing sectors. We are your partner in steel. Since 1901.

About Hatch
Whatever our clients envision, our engineers can design and build. With over six decades of business and technical experience in the mining, energy, and infrastructure sectors, we know your business and understand that your challenges are changing rapidly. We respond quickly with solutions that are smarter, more efficient and innovative. We draw upon our 9,000 staff with experience in over 150 countries to challenge the status quo and create positive change for our clients, our employees, and the communities we serve. Find out more on

For Noront please contact:

Janice Mandel
(647) 300-3853

For Algoma please contact:
Brenda Stenta
(705) 945-2209

For Hatch please contact:
Lindsay Janca
(905) 403-4199


Nunavik faces big backlog for infrastructure repairs – Nunatsiaq News

20 September, 2019

“We always receive very good service from the Ministry of Public Works, but there is insufficient funding”

KUUJJUAQ—Jeannie Nungak, Nunavik’s regional councillor for Kangirsuk, received some good news last week when she heard that funding had been secured to knock down the community’s arena, which has been an eyesore since it was badly damaged by fire in April.

She also received some bad news: funding for a new arena probably won’t be flowing any time soon.

Paul Parsons, the Kativik Regional Government’s director of public works, told regional councillors on Sept. 11 that a plan to build a new arena for the community was deemed “eventual.”

“For a new arena, that’s still going to be something we’ll work with the Northern Village on,” Parsons said. “That’ll be quite expensive to replace this.”

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Sixties Scoop Foundation begins consulting child welfare system survivors on mandate – CBC

1st engagement session is Saturday in Montreal

Sep 20, 2019

The interim board of the foundation funded by the Sixties Scoop settlement will begin consulting Indigenous people across Canada this weekend on how it can best serve those affected by child welfare removal.

Ten engagement sessions will take place across Canada between September and February 2020. The first takes place in Montreal on Sept. 21.

“It’s a survivor-led approach to developing the foundation,” said Conrad Prince, director of engagement at the foundation who is also an adoptee and survivor of the Sixties Scoop.

“Survivors never had a space like this in the past where they’re able to come together to discuss their shared experiences, differences, and how they would like to move forward in their healing journey.”

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Announcing Three New Leadership Appointments – UM Today

September 19, 2019 —

The University of Manitoba is pleased to announce three new leadership appointments: Dr. Michael Yellow Bird has been named Dean of the Faculty of Social Work, Dr. Anastasia Kelekis-Cholakis has been named Dean of the Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry and Ms. Lisa O’Hara has been named Vice-Provost (Libraries) and University Librarian.

Dr. Michael Yellow Bird
Dean, Faculty of Social Work

A celebrated Indigenous scholar in social work and Indigenous studies, Dr. Michael Yellow Bird has been appointed Dean of the Faculty of Social Work.

Dr. Yellow Bird brings his dedication to creating a new dialogue in decolonizing social work approaches, cultural rights and Indigenous peoples’ health. He is the former Director of the Tribal and Indigenous Peoples Studies Program at North Dakota State University.

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Origin House Announces Additional C$15 Million Tranche of Debt Financing from Opaskwayak Cree Nation

Ottawa, Canada – September 20, 2019 – CannaRoyalty Corp. d/b/a Origin House (CSE: OH) (OTCQX: ORHOF) (“Origin House” or the “Company”), a North American cannabis products and brands company, announced that it has received a further C$15 million advance of debt financing (the “Financing”) from Opaskwayak Cree Nation (“OCN”).

Marc Lustig, Chairman and CEO of Origin House commented, “We appreciate the continued support of OCN. This non-dilutive funding enables us to maintain our focus on our California growth plans while simultaneously preparing for the closing of the acquisition by Cresco Labs, upon receipt of regulatory approvals.”

In addition to the previously disclosed funding from OCN totalling C$12 million, the proceeds from this Financing are expected to be used by Origin House for the construction and expansion of its premium craft cannabis production facilities in Sonoma County – Cub City and FloraCal, for costs related to closing of the previously announced plan of arrangement (the “Arrangement”) with Cresco Labs Inc. (“Cresco Labs”), and for general corporate purposes. The Financing is subject to a 7.5% commitment fee, bears interest at a rate of 10% per annum on the amount advanced and matures on December 31, 2019.

As disclosed on September 17, 2019, Cresco and the Company announced substantial compliance with the request for additional information from the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division, in connection with the Arrangement. The Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (“HSR Act”), as amended, waiting period was extended by the issuance of the Second Requests to Cresco Labs and Origin House. That extended waiting period terminates 30 days after substantial compliance, and the parties would be free to close unless the DOJ obtains an injunction against the transaction. That waiting period is expected to expire on or around October 17, 2019. The expiration of the waiting period under the HSR Act, is the last significant condition to completing the Arrangement, and the parties are expecting to be in a position to close the Arrangement following the expiration of the waiting period.

About Origin House

Origin House is a growing cannabis brands and distribution company operating across key markets in the U.S. and Canada, with a strategic focus on becoming a preeminent global house of cannabis brands. Origin House’s brand development platform is operated out of six licensed facilities located across California, and provides distribution, manufacturing, cultivation and marketing services for its brand partners. Origin House is actively developing infrastructure to support the proliferation of its brands internationally, initially through its acquisition of Canadian retailer 180 Smoke. Origin House’s shares trade on the CSE under the symbol “OH” and on the OTCQX under the symbol “ORHOF”. Origin House is the registered business name of CannaRoyalty Corp. For more information, visit

For further inquiries, please contact:


Priyam Chakraborty
Senior Communications Manager, Origin House


Jonathan Ross
LodeRock Advisors Inc., Origin House Investor Relations


We have come a long way toward reconciliation. But we are not there yet – The Globe and Mail

For Jody Wilson-Raybould, transforming Canada’s relationship to Indigenous people is a mission passed down through the generations. She says the work has only just begun

Jody Wilson-Raybould is the Independent Member of Parliament for the British Columbia riding of Vancouver Granville. She is the author of the new book From Where I Stand: Rebuilding Indigenous Nations for a Stronger Canada, from which this essay has been adapted.

A central lesson instilled in me from a very young age was to be careful with words because you cannot take them back – you must always speak the truth. This has been a vital teaching and one that has guided me in how I have approached the various roles I have been fortunate to play, including as a Crown prosecutor in Vancouver from 2000 to 2003, as Regional Chief of the Assembly of First Nations for British Columbia from October, 2009, to June, 2015, and as the first Member of Parliament for the riding of Vancouver Granville from October, 2015, to the present. And it guided me when I was subsequently appointed the first Indigenous minister of justice and attorney-general of Canada, from November, 2015, to January, 2019.

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Rubicon Minerals Announces Marketed Private Placement for up to C$12 Million of Common Shares

TORONTO, Sept. 20, 2019  – Rubicon Minerals Corporation (TSX: RMX | OTCQX: RBYCF) (“Rubicon” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with Cormark Securities Inc. to act as lead agent and including Canaccord Genuity Corp., Mackie Research Capital Corporation, BMO Capital Markets, Industrial Alliance Securities Inc., Laurentian Bank Securities Inc., Legacy Hill Capital Ltd. and TD Securities Inc. (collectively, the “Agents”), pursuant to which they have agreed to act as agents in connection with a fully marketed private placement offering of common shares of the Company (the “Shares”) at a price of $1.00 per Share for aggregate gross proceeds to the Company of a minimum of $8 million and a maximum of $12 million (the “Offering”).

The proceeds from the Offering will be used for exploration and development expenditures at Rubicon’s Phoenix Gold Project and for working capital and general corporate purposes.

The Offering is scheduled to close on or about October 10, 2019 and is subject to certain conditions including, but not limited to, the receipt of all necessary regulatory and other approvals including the approval of the TSX Exchange.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any of the securities in the United States. The securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”), or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to or for the account or benefit of a U.S. person (as defined in Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act) unless registered under the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws or an exemption from such registration is available.

About Rubicon Minerals Corporation

Rubicon Minerals Corporation is an advanced gold exploration company that owns the Phoenix Gold Project, located in the prolific Red Lake gold district in northwestern Ontario, Canada. Additionally, Rubicon controls the second largest land package in Red Lake consisting of over 285 square kilometres of prime, strategic exploration ground, and more than 900 square kilometres of mineral property interests in the emerging Long Canyon gold district that straddles the Nevada-Utah border in the United States. Rubicon’s shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (RMX) and the OTCQX markets (RBYCF). For more information, please visit our website at

George Ogilvie, P.Eng.
President, CEO, and Director


ARC Canada Supply Chain Event a Success with Major Milestone Announcement Coming

SAINT JOHN, Sept. 20, 2019 – Reflecting on the tremendous success of the September 12th Supply Chain Roundtable Event in Saint John, New Brunswick, Norman JD Sawyer, President & CEO of ARC Nuclear Canada, Inc. (ARC Canada) states “I was very impressed with the level of support from all levels of government and by the various companies and organizations that joined us for our event. Our vision of manufacturing an inherently safe, low cost and emission free technology right here in our backyard was very well received and I firmly believe that this event laid the foundation for this to occur”.

More than 130 manufacturers and nuclear industry members joined ARC Canada to discuss its long-term goals. “As we continue to develop the full scope of our supply chain, it is easy to see that the economic impact would be significant and beneficial for both New Brunswick and Canada” said Norman Sawyer. “Our vision is not to exclude any other province, but to build a manufacturing hub that includes New Brunswick, leading to a truly integrated and inclusive Canadian nuclear industry”.

The event attracted several notable keynote speakers who displayed their support for ARC Canada including the Hon. Mike Holland New Brunswick Minister Energy and Resource Development, Karen Ludwig, representing the federal riding of New Brunswick Southwest, Don Darling, Mayor of Saint John and Gaetan Thomas, President & CEO NB Power. Also in attendance was the Hon. Andrea Anderson-Mason, Q.C., Minister of Justice, Attorney General & Minister Responsible for the Regional Development Corporation, and provincial Liberal Leader Kevin Vickers.

Panellist at the event included Dr. Herbert Emery, University of New Brunswick, David Paul, Aboriginal Resource Consultant and Ron Marcolin, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters who all agreed that a significant opportunity has presented itself to New Brunswick. In fact, several speakers and panel members noted similarities in terms of the long-term economic impact comparable to the New Brunswick forest industry, a major force in the provincial economy.

Furthermore, during his speech to the full capacity crowd on hand, Norman Sawyer pointed out that “since the basis of our technology has proven itself safe and reliable by world leading experts, over a number of decades, we are poised to meet the requirements put forth by NB Power and other clients in Canada and worldwide”.

ARC Canada is now preparing for its first-year anniversary of opening its office in Saint John, New Brunswick on October 2nd. In addition to this celebration, ARC Canada will make an announcement regarding a significant milestone being reached in its program.

About ARC Nuclear Canada

ARC Nuclear Canada, Incorporated (ARC Canada), is currently planning and developing its’ strategic presence in the province of New Brunswick. In keeping with its primary focus of promoting business and economic development within the province, ARC Canada has established its Head Office in Saint John.

ARC Canada is honoured to establish its headquarters in New Brunswick, as the province possesses a strong nuclear background, has a safe and effective nuclear operator, a flexible work force and an ideal academia to support development and innovation. Our extensive vision will result in a supply chain delivering economic growth, well-paying supply chain jobs and the opportunity for New Brunswick to take the lead in the advanced small modular reactor technology field.

More Information on ARC Nuclear Canada is available online at

For further information: ARC MEDIA CONTACT: Carol Lynn Landry,


Even if you have one ounce of Indigenous in you:’ Durham Catholic students urged to self-identify –

DCDSB says identifying can help students find cultural connections

DURHAM — With a new school year underway, Durham’s Catholic school board is reminding students with Indigenous ancestry to self-identify.

“You don’t need to have any sort of verification,” says Melanie O’Neill, Indigenous education adviser with the Durham Catholic District School Board.

And, you don’t need to be “fully” Indigenous, either.

“Even if you have one ounce of Indigenous in you, you are Indigenous,” she says.

The Catholic board currently has about 220 students who have voluntarily self-identified.

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RNC Minerals Closes Oversubscribed $18.5 Million Bought Deal Financing

TORONTO, Sept. 20, 2019  – RNC Minerals (TSX: RNX) (“RNC” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has closed its previously announced bought deal financing, including the partial exercise of the over-allotment option, of 46,156,000 units of the Company (the “Units”), at a price of $0.40 per Common Share (the “Issue Price”), for gross proceeds to the Company of $18,462,400 (the “Offering”). Each Unit consists of one common share in the capital of the Company (a “Common Share”) and one-half of one common share purchase warrant (each whole common share purchase warrant, a “Warrant”). Each Warrant shall be exercisable to acquire one Common Share (a “Warrant Share”) at a price per Warrant Share of $0.50 for a period of 24 months from the closing date of the Offering. The Warrants are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol RNX.WT.

The Offering was underwritten on a “bought deal” basis by a syndicate of underwriters led by Haywood Securities Inc. and including CIBC World Markets Inc. (the “Underwriters”). Red Cloud Klondike Strike Inc. acted as selling agent.

The securities offered in the Offering have not been, and will not be, registered under the U.S. Securities Act or any U.S. state securities laws, and may not be offered or sold in the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, United States persons absent registration or any applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act and applicable U.S. state securities laws. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities in the United States, nor will there be any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

About RNC

RNC is currently focused on the integration of its Beta Hunt Gold Mine with its recently acquired Higginsville Gold Operation (“HGO”) in Western Australia.  A significant high-grade gold discovery – “Father’s Day Vein” – was made in September 2018 at Beta Hunt. The significant Beta Hunt gold resource potential is underpinned by multiple gold shears with gold intersections across a 4 km strike length which remain open in multiple directions adjacent to an existing 5 km ramp network. RNC has a 100% interest in HGO, which is comprised of a low cost 1.4 Mtpa gold mill and a substantial portfolio of gold tenements. In addition, RNC owns a 28% interest in a nickel joint venture that owns the Dumont Nickel-Cobalt Project located in the Abitibi region of Quebec which contains the second largest nickel reserve and ninth largest cobalt reserve in the world. RNC also owns a 24% interest in Orford Mining Corporation, a mineral explorer focused on highly prospective and underexplored areas of Northern Quebec. RNC has a strong management team and Board with over 100 years of mining experience. RNC’s common shares trade on the TSX under the symbol RNX. RNC shares also trade on the OTCQX market under the symbol RNKLF.

For further information: Rob Buchanan, Director, Investor Relations, T: (416) 363-0649,


3 Concordia researchers collaborate to engage Indigenous knowledges in the study of physics – Concordia University News

A New Frontiers in Research Fund grant will support interdisciplinary approaches to decolonizing science

September 20, 2019

Interdisciplinary research is becoming increasingly relevant in our complex world. Yet, as many modern scholars are aware, it also can be a challenge.

For two science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) researchers and an Indigenous scholar at Concordia, the study of light provided the nucleus of an unconventional opportunity.

Since winning the university’s first New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) award in May, Tanja Tajmel, Louellyn White and Ingo Salzmann have begun collaborating to reimagine approaches to physics education and research by involving Indigenous knowledges.

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Maskwacis celebrates new chapter with grand opening of first public library – CBC

‘Everyone that seems to utilize it has nothing but good things to say about it’

Sep 20, 2019

A trip to the local library has finally become a possibility for 15,000 people living in Maskwacis.

The library, in the Howard Buffalo Memorial Centre, will celebrate its grand opening Friday afternoon, although it has been open since June.

Before then, residents of Maskwacis who wanted to borrow books and other materials, had to rely on a mobile library.

Maskwacis, about 90 kilometres south of Edmonton, includes the Samson Cree Nation, Ermineskin Cree Nation, Louis Bull Tribe and Montana First Nation.

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Planned Power Outage in Arviat

Qulliq Energy Corporation (QEC) would like to inform the residents of Arviat that there will be a community-wide planned power outage on Sunday, September 22 from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

This power outage is required to perform repairs and maintenance to improve reliability in the distribution system.

QEC would like to thank the residents for their understanding and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


Media Contact:

Renee Boucher
Acting Manager, Corporate Communications
Qulliq Energy Corporation
(867) 979-7524


New NAFTA deal isn’t perfect but ‘in the circumstances’ is good for Canada: Brian Mulroney – National Post

‘There are a lot of people down there in that administration who are protectionists, whereas Ronald Reagan and Bush and Clinton were free traders’

ANTIGONISH, N.S. — It may be imperfect, but the new NAFTA is a “good deal” for Canada, Brian Mulroney said Wednesday, despite Andrew Scheer’s insistence that the Americans “took it all.”

The current administration in Washington is different from others of the past, Mulroney said Wednesday after the official opening of a new governance centre at St. Francis Xavier University, bearing his name.

“There are a lot of people down there in that administration who are protectionists, whereas (former U.S. presidents) Ronald Reagan and (George H.W.) Bush and (Bill) Clinton were free traders. So, it made it easier for me than it is for the present government,” Mulroney, who was prime minister when both the original Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and the North American Free Trade Agreement were negotiated, told reporters.

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Child welfare agency breaches privacy looking for children’s mother – APTN News

September 19, 2019

A northern Manitoba child welfare agency claims it published the names of a mother and her children in a local newspaper because it couldn’t find the woman any other way.

The Cree Nation Child & Family Caring Agency confirmed it placed a quarter-page advertisement in the Opasquia Times in August.

The ad, which names the woman and her three children, said the agency was applying for a six-month temporary order of guardianship under the Child and Family Services (CFS) Act.

It also identified the children’s First Nation and their birthdates.

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Moneta Announces Closing Of Strategic Investment By Eric Sprott

Toronto, Ontario – September 20, 2019 – Moneta Porcupine Mines Inc. (TSX:ME) (OTC:MPUCF) (XETRA:MOP) (“Moneta” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the closing of a non-brokered private placement financing with Eric Sprott of (a) 4,545,455 common shares at a price of $0.11 per share (the “Shares”) and (b) 15,625,000 common shares at a price of $0.16 per share, issued on a flow-through basis (the “Flow Through Shares”), for total gross proceeds of $3.0 million and an aggregate total of 20,170,455 shares (the “Placement”).

The placement increases Mr. Sprott’s shareholding to 27,870,455 shares, or 9.0% of the total shares outstanding.

Gary O’Connor, CEO and Chief Geologist stated “We are pleased to have the continued confidence of Eric Sprott as a strategic long-term investor in Moneta. In addition to a forthcoming resource estimate update at South West, these additional funds will allow us to expand and accelerate the drill program to test the resource expansion potential at the immediately adjacent deposits and test new zones of mineralization identified on our Golden Highway Project”.

The proceeds of the Flow Through Shares will be used to incur Canadian exploration expenditures that are “flow-through mining expenditures” (as such terms are defined in the Income Tax Act (Canada)) on the Company’s Golden Highway project, which will be renounced to the subscribers with an effective date no later than December 31, 2019, in the aggregate amount of not less than the total amount of the gross proceeds raised from the Flow Through Shares. The Placement is subject to a standard four month hold period and final regulatory approval. Paradigm Capital acted as Moneta’s financial advisor in connection with the Placement.

About Moneta

The Company holds a 100% interest in 6 core gold projects strategically located along the Destor-Porcupine Fault Zone in the Timmins Gold Camp with over 85 million ounces of past gold production. The projects consist of the Golden Highway, North Tisdale, Nighthawk Lake, DeSantis East, Kayorum and Denton projects. The Golden Highway Project covers 12 kilometres of prospective ground along the DPFZ of which 4 km hosts the current 43-101 mineral resource estimate comprised of an indicated resource of 383,400 ounces gold contained within 2.59 Mt @ 4.61 g/t Au and 873,200 ounces gold contained within 6.46 Mt @ 4.21 g/t Au in the inferred category reported at a 3.00 g/t Au cut-off.


Gary V. O’Connor, CEO and Chief Geologist
Ian C. Peres, President and CFO


Bawating Urban Indigenous Hub and housing proposed for Gateway site – Sault Star

A proposed $40 million development for the Gateway site will be presented to city council Monday. If they agree to move forward on a Memorandum of Understanding, a community consultation process and environmental assessment are the next steps.

September 19, 2019

Sault Ste. Marie’s Gateway site could be transformed to a Bawating Urban Indigenous Hub.

City council will need to give its approval and allow staff to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Bawating Urban Indigenous Committee to make the site available for the development, subject to finalizing the terms and conditions of an agreement.

That’s the first step before the group begins its initial input of $40 million dollars into the project, media were told Thursday as the project was unveiled.

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Federal candidates make pitches to B.C. First Nations at AFN meeting – CBC

Candidates focused on climate change, UNDRIP and reacted to Trudeau’s brownface photos

Sep 19, 2019

Several federal election candidates delivered their pitches to B.C. First Nations leadership at a meeting in Musqueam on Thursday, speaking about their commitments to issues like climate change, Indigenous rights and title and the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Elected leadership and delegates from 58 First Nations at the B.C. Assembly of First Nations’ annual general assembly listened to what they can expect from the Green, Liberal and New Democratic parties if elected. A Conservative Party candidate was invited to speak but couldn’t attend, according to organizers.

Among the seven candidates who spoke, five were First Nations from communities across the province.

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Unifor: Workers at seven Crown corporations set to strike

September 19, 2019

REGINA—Unifor members at four more Crown corporations have voted overwhelmingly to strike if necessary, bringing the province-wide total to seven.

“Scott Moe is steering Saskatchewan towards a major service disruption,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “All because he refuses to grant Crown workers the same pay increase that he gave himself.”

Strike votes were counted Thursday morning at SaskEnergy, SaskPower, SaskWater, and the Water Security Agency. All delivered a strong strike mandate to their respective bargaining committees. They join SaskTel, SecurTek, and DirectWest in a legal strike position.

Unifor says some progress has been made in recent days on non-monetary items in SaskTel negotiations, but the government’s mandate of a two-year wage freeze for public sector workers is a sticking point that will almost certainly result in job action if no flexibility is granted with the mandate.

If a collective agreement cannot be bargained next week, job action at SaskTel is set to begin at 12:01 a.m. on September 30.

“Scott Moe saw fit to give himself a 2.3% wage increase, so it’s certainly unfair to ask Saskatchewan’s hard-working Crown workers to swallow a wage freeze,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor Western Regional Director.

Jerry Dias will be joining negotiations on September 26 after a 10 a.m. news conference at the Hotel Saskatchewan.

For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at or 778-903-6549 (cell).


Engagement begins on Yukon’s Mineral Development Strategy

Joint news release with the Council of Yukon First Nations and the Government of Yukon

A new independent panel will engage with Yukoners to develop a mineral development strategy for the territory. Its members are Math’ieya Alatini, Angus Robertson, and Doug Eaton. Robertson is the Chair of the panel. The three-member panel has been appointed based on recommendations from the Mining Memorandum of Understanding (MMOU) Main Table.  The MMOU was signed in 2017 by the Government of Yukon and all eleven Self-governing Yukon First Nations.

The panel will conduct an inclusive engagement process involving First Nations, industry, stakeholders and interested Yukoners to determine how to enhance Yukon’s mineral investment climate while respecting the rights and traditions of Yukon First Nations, upholding environmental standards and improving regulatory certainty.

The panel’s public engagement process begins today with the launch of their new website for the mineral development strategy, which includes:

  • information on the overall process;
  • approximate timelines;
  • engagement opportunities for the public;
  • an overview of the strategy development process; and
  • information about the independent panel’s membership.

Yukoners can also access the mineral development strategy website via Engage Yukon.

Yukon’s mineral development strategy will set a unified, long term vision for responsible mining in Yukon, and this independent panel will ensure it reflects the vision, objectives and interests of all Yukoners. Our government is pleased to be working in full partnership with Yukon First Nations and alongside industry to develop a mineral development strategy that will shape the course of exploration and mining in Yukon in a manner that benefits Yukoners over the long term.

Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources Ranj Pillai

We encourage Yukon First Nations to provide input during the engagement process to help shape the draft strategy. It is important that we jointly plan for the long-term vision of mining in the Yukon, while balancing environmental and economic realities.

Council of Yukon First Nations Grand Chief Peter Johnston

The work of the mineral development strategy will be important to ensure that the public mineral resources will be managed for the benefit of current and future generations of Yukon First Nations and other Yukon residents without compromising the integrity of our environment or way of life. We invite Yukoners to share their perspectives with the mineral development strategy panel to ensure that the modern mineral management regime in the Yukon reflects our values and interests.

First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun Chief Simon Mervyn

We are excited to take on drafting this mineral development strategy for Yukon. Everyone will have a chance to provide their input and we are eager to hear from Yukoners. Our aim is to listen and understand what people’s values are. This strategy will take into account the comments we receive and will set the course for the responsible use and enjoyment of Yukon’s mineral resources.

Mineral development strategy panel Chair, Angus Robertson

Quick facts
  • The three independent panel members bring a wealth of experience and expertise relating to lands and resources management, including mineral exploration.  They are:
    1. Math’ieya Alatini is a former Chief of Kluane Fist Nation, and brings experience as a leader and knowledge of the mineral and mining sector.
    2. Angus Robertson is former Deputy Minister for several Government of Yukon departments and former Panel Chair for the Stakeholder Engagement Panel for the Northwest Territories Mineral Development Strategy.
    3. Doug Eaton is a long time partner in Archer, Cathro & Associates (1981) Limited and brings a wealth of experience working in the Mineral sector and working in partnership with Yukon communities and First Nations.
  • The Mining MOU is an agreement between the Government of Yukon and Self-governing Yukon First Nation governments to collaborate on improvements to the management of Yukon’s mineral resources and develop tangible improvements to Yukon’s mineral regime.

Matthew Cameron
Cabinet Communications

Natalie Pendergast
Communications, Energy Mines and Resources

Juliann Fraser
Communications, Council of Yukon First Nations
867-393-9200 ext.: 9223

Mineral Development Strategy panel


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September 19, 2019

Employment Insurance, July 2019

In July, 450,600 people received regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, up 5,100 (+1.1%) from June. The number of EI beneficiaries increased in seven provinces, notably in New Brunswick and Alberta. In contrast, there was a decline in Quebec, while there was little change in Newfoundland and Labrador as well as in Manitoba.

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Construction Union Wage Rate Index, August 2019

The Construction Union Wage Rate Index (including supplements) for Canada remained unchanged in August compared with the previous month. The index for all trades (including supplements) rose 0.5% over the 12-month period ending in August.

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Study: Upgrading and high school equivalency among the Indigenous population living off reserve

A new study, “Upgrading and high school equivalency among the Indigenous population living off reserve,” is now available as part of the series Insights on Canadian Society.

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Future contacts with the criminal justice system in Saskatchewan: A microsimulation study

Criminal justice statistics are often descriptive in nature, summarizing current issues or analyzing past trends. However, this pilot study presents projections—using Statistics Canada’s Demosim microsimulation model and based on 2011 conditions—of the number of individuals in Saskatchewan who could come into contact with the criminal justice system (i.e., the police) as persons accused of committing crime between 2011 and 2036. The study also presents projections that show the potential impact of reducing the educational attainment gap between Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) and non-Indigenous people in Saskatchewan, and how reducing this gap could impact the number of contacts with police in the years to come.

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Government Finance Statistics, second quarter 2019

Quarterly data for Government Finance Statistics (GFS), a system that presents fiscal statistics using the international standard GFS developed by the International Monetary Fund, are now available. This standard allows consistent aggregation and analysis between participating countries.

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