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NACCA Event Video – Chief Darcy Bear, Whitecap Dakota First Nation

At the recent NACCA & PPF event in Ottawa, Chief Darcy Bear of the Whitecap Dakota First Nation speaks about First Nation’s peoples taking their rightful place as part of the economy and about the First Nation Land Management Act which opens its doors for business.

About NACCA: The National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association, is the national association for a network of Aboriginal Financial Institutions, or AFIs. The AFI network provides financing and support to First Nations, Métis and Inuit businesses. NACCA is membership-driven, committed to the needs of Aboriginal Financial Institutions and the Aboriginal businesses that they serve.

Government of Canada supports First Nations’ planning for the future of their communities

February 22, 2017 Winnipeg, MB Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

The Government of Canada is committed to working in partnership with First Nations across Canada to support long-term planning for the future of their communities.

Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, announced support for Comprehensive Community Planning (CCP). CCP is a mechanism for First Nations-led community engagement that promotes capacity building, and long term priority-setting. It is designed to foster new approaches to community planning, highlight best practices, and engagement with their membership to address areas such as infrastructure, health, culture, and economic development.

This year, the Government of Canada invested $6 million to support 75 communities participating in CCP. Over the next four years, 176 communities will join them for global investments of over $30 million in CCP for Indigenous communities across Canada.

As part of this initiative, the first national CCP workshop is taking place today in Winnipeg, Manitoba, which brings together over 90 First Nations and Inuit participants, Indigenous planners and facilitators from Coast to Coast to Coast.


“Congratulations to Long Plain First Nation on organizing the first national Comprehensive Community Planning workshop. We are proud to be partners in promoting community-driven and nation-based planning which is proven to build stronger, healthier and more sustainable communities.”

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.,
Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs

Quick Facts

  • In 2016, INAC supported a series of regional Comprehensive Community Planning workshops in Ontario, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia, designed to promote community development and planning.

Associated Links


Sabrina Williams
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett

INAC Media Relations
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada


New Scholarship for Arctic Communities Established at Carleton

The Arctic Fishery Alliance (AFA), in partnership with Carleton University, has established a scholarship for students of the AFA’s owner communities of Arctic Bay, Grise Fiord, Qikiqtarjuaq and Resolute Bay.

The Arctic Fishery Alliance Fund will be awarded to one student each year from one of the four communities. The students will attend Carleton’s Aboriginal Enrichment Support Program (AESP) and complete two university credit courses.

The AESP is a one-year, full-time transitional program that provides a supportive network and workshops to ensure ongoing success for enrolled students. Since its establishment, AESP students have earned degrees in business, engineering, environmental studies, economics, history, law, political science and many other fields.

The scholarship will cover the cost of tuition, accommodations, living expenses, travel to and from Ottawa, as well as all compulsory miscellaneous fees.

Upon successful completion of the AESP, students will have the cost of their remaining years at Carleton covered by the fund.

“This is a great opportunity to come to university with other Aboriginal students who share a common history. It is like having family with you while you undertake your first year,” said Rodney Nelson, AESP co-ordinator.

“The owners of AFA are very excited to provide young Inuit with opportunity to further their education and prepare themselves for today’s job market.” noted Jaypetee Akeeagok, chair of the AFA.

Details of a fair and transparent selection process are being finalized and both organizations are working toward holding the inaugural call for applications by spring 2017, with recipients beginning their studies in September 2017.

Media Contact
Steven Reid
Media Relations Officer
Carleton University
613-520-2600, ext. 8718


Ontario Introduces Legislation to Protect Human Trafficking Survivors

Province Increasing Protections and Holding Traffickers Accountable

February 22, 2017 3:30 P.M.

Women’s Directorate

As part of Ontario’s Strategy to End Human Trafficking, Minister of the Status of Women, Indira Naidoo-Harris, introduced legislation today that would, if passed, increase protection for survivors and those at risk of human trafficking.

The Anti-Human Trafficking Act, 2017 would create two statutes, Prevention of and Remedies for Human Trafficking Act, 2017 and Human Trafficking Awareness Day Act, 2017. These statutes, if passed, would:

  • Allow individuals to apply for restraining orders against human traffickers
  • Make it easier for survivors of human trafficking to get compensation from those who trafficked them
  • Proclaim February 22 of each year as Human Trafficking Awareness Day in Ontario.

In addition to these two new acts, the province has made two regulatory changes that would help survivors of human trafficking by allowing them to sue those who have been convicted of trafficking them for emotional distress and allowing community organizations that support survivors of trafficking to apply for grant funding under Ontario’s Civil Remedies Act, 2001.

The Strategy to End Human Trafficking, launched in June 2016, aims to increase awareness and coordination, enhance justice-sector initiatives and improve survivors’ access to services. It also reflects the diverse perspectives of survivors, front-line community agencies, public safety representatives, and Indigenous organizations.

Supporting survivors and protecting those at risk of trafficking is a part of the government’s vision to ensure that everyone in the province can live in safety — free from the threat, fear or experience of exploitation and violence.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing up to $72 million in its Strategy to End Human Trafficking.
  • Human trafficking is a criminal offence and involves recruiting, transporting, transferring, receiving, holding, concealing or harbouring a person, or exercising control, direction or influence over the movements of a person, for purpose of exploiting them or facilitating their exploitation.
  • Ontario has become a major centre for human trafficking in Canada, with 65 per cent of national human trafficking cases reported to police originating in Ontario.
  • Of Ontario’s reported cases of human trafficking, an estimated 70 per cent are for the purpose of sexual exploitation, and the majority of survivors are Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

Background Information

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“Human trafficking exploits the most vulnerable people in our communities. It is a deplorable crime and we must do everything we can to protect and support survivors. This legislation helps survivors live without fear, and access the services they need to recover.”

Indira Naidoo-Harris
Minister of the Status of Women

“Ontario is working on a number of fronts within the justice system to tackle the growing and complex problem of human trafficking. Not only are we supporting survivors in the aftermath of this crime with specialized victim services, but we are working to prevent further exploitation of other victims through more effective prosecution of traffickers. This new legislation will build on our ongoing efforts to protect survivors and keep our communities safe.”

Yasir Naqvi
Attorney General

“Moving forward with Anti-Human Trafficking legislation is a critical step of our provincial strategy that aims to protect survivors of this horrific crime. This legislation will empower survivors with legal mechanisms should they wish to bring perpetrators to justice and provide community organizations with funding they need to better support survivors.”

Dr. Helena Jaczek
Minister of Community and Social Services

Media Contacts

Deborah Lamb
Minister Indira Naidoo-Harris’ Office

Clare Graham
Minister Yasir Naqvi’s Office

Laura Sylvis
Communications Branch, Ministry of the Status of Women

Emilie Smith
Communications Branch, Ministry of the Attorney General
416 326-2210


CCSA: Two New Members Appointed to CCSA National Board of Directors

Ottawa, February 22, 2017 — The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) is pleased to announce the appointments of Lesley Carberry and Linda Dabros to its Board of Directors, adding further depth and expertise to a national board that is recognized for its diverse experience and dedication to reducing addiction harms and health impacts on Canadians.

Lesley Carberry (Yukon)

Lesley Carberry’s combined experience in consulting and in positions with the Yukon government Department of Justice spans more than four decades. Recognized for her work in restorative practices, facilitation and conflict resolution, she has led various initiatives in victim services, community justice, crime prevention and policing, with a focus on First Nations and rural communities.

“Canadians in the northern territories are disproportionately affected by all issues related to substance use and generational trauma. I am passionate about the North and our young people, and the long-held systemic perceptions and barriers they face,” said Ms. Carberry. “We have dedicated people and wonderful resources. Our young aboriginal northerners are our best hope for the future, for our country and for ourselves.”

“We welcome Ms. Carberry’s knowledge of the North and expertise in strategic planning, governance and training,” said Paula Tyler, the CCSA Board’s interim chair. “We hold in high regard Ms. Carberry’s personal commitment as a mother with two adult sons living with pre-natal alcohol exposure, as well as her involvement as a parent member of the FASD 10-Year Strategic Planning Group and numerous community organizations.”

The recipient of distinguished awards for performance from the Yukon Department of Justice and the Premier’s Award of Excellence, Ms. Carberry was honoured with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award in 2012. She completed the course work required for a Master’s degree in social work (University of Northern British Columbia) and holds a Bachelor of Social Work (University of Regina) and Bachelor of Arts (University of Manitoba). She is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in restorative practices through the International Institute for Restorative Practices.

Linda Dabros (Ontario)

Linda Dabros brings more than 25 years of public-sector experience in strategic planning, policy and regulations development, human and financial resource management, and multi-sectoral consultations working with federal, provincial and territorial committees, and international delegations to her board position with CCSA. As the former director general with the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC),

Ms. Dabros set strategic goals and managed the Commission’s research, policy and international programs, leading a team that prepared reports to Parliament and submissions to United Nations treaty bodies. Key priorities were addressing issues facing Indigenous peoples and engaging stakeholders at the national and community levels.

“I was first introduced to CCSA in 2003 and never has its work been more important than it is now with today’s changing landscape in drug policies and substance-related issues,” said Ms. Dabros. “Substance use and addiction are extremely complex — health, social and public safety factors all need to be considered and so many voices need to be heard. I have had the privilege of working with many people whose strength and passion in this field are incredible. It is so rewarding when progress is achieved.”

Prior to her work with CHRC, Ms. Dabros held executive positions with Health Canada (Canada’s Drug Strategy), the National Crime Prevention Centre (research, consultation and social policy development with federal, provincial and territorial governments, academia and NGOs) and the Privy Council Office. Ms. Dabros also serves as a volunteer on the management committee of Arteast, a not-for-profit organization that promotes visual arts in Eastern Ontario. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from Carleton University.

“Ms. Dabros brings the combined strength of health and human rights expertise at the provincial, territorial, federal and international levels that will inform CCSA’s current priorities, as well as future direction-setting by the Board,” said Paula Tyler. “The trifecta of a strong Board, performance-driven senior management team and dedicated research talent has solidified CCSA’s national leadership on matters related to substance use.”

About CCSA’s Board of Directors

CCSA’s volunteer Board of Directors is composed of 13 members. The Chair and four members are Governor in Council appointments. The remaining members-at-large are recruited from a number of sectors, including the business community, labour groups, and professional and voluntary organizations. Board members serve a three-year term, which can be extended to two additional terms.

About CCSA

Created by a federal Act of Parliament, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse is Canada’s only agency with the legislated mandate to reduce the harmful effects of alcohol, cannabis and prescription drugs on the health and safety of Canadians.

For close to 30 years, CCSA has provided trusted counsel to decision makers by harnessing the power of research, curating knowledge and bringing together diverse perspectives to address addiction harms in Canada. We are the source of evidence-based best advice that advances research knowledge, informs policy, changes practice and improves services for education, prevention, treatment and recovery. We represent the federal investment in addiction — a trusted asset for all stakeholders engaged in the field of substance use and addiction.

Media Contact


Celebration of Learning Brings VIU Students, Mentors and Elders Together

Annual event honours strength of VIU’s Aboriginal student mentoring program, Community Cousins

The fifth annual Celebration of Learning at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Shq’apthut Gathering Place was not just about learning but a celebration of mentorship, Indigenous resilience and the Aboriginal journey to university.

The Feb. 10 event was organized and facilitated by student mentors from VIU’s ‘Su’luqw’a’ Community Cousins Aboriginal Mentorship Program. It brings Aboriginal students, community members and Elders together to share their experiences and talk about what led them to attend university in the first place. It also provides an opportunity to share how Community Cousins supported them in their journey.

VIU President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Ralph Nilson is a big supporter of the mentoring program. He attended to welcome everyone to the event and stayed to participate in the day’s activities.

“The concept of Community Cousins started with the strength of traditional knowledge and learning. It is sustained through individual lived experiences and people coming together to learn from each other. Through that process everyone becomes stronger and that’s what education is all about,” said Nilson. “Mentorship plays a very important role in Indigenous communities and I congratulate the students, Elders and staff that had the vision to develop the Community Cousins program here at VIU and to build it into the powerful mentorship program it has become.”

Sheldon Scow is a VIU First Nations Studies and Anthropology student who shared his story with the crowd of participants. He talked about a journey of personal loss, grief, addiction and later triumph when he successfully pursued a degree program. Now in his second year at VIU and receiving top marks, Scow says he is spiritually, mentally and physically prepared to succeed.

“After the loss of someone very close to me I was a hurt, scared little boy who was too terrified to try at life. As a result, when I first attempted to come to VIU, I wasn’t ready. It took me a long time and many setbacks to really admit I wasn’t ready,” said Scow. “I finally took the time I needed to learn how to take care of myself. Even though I was hesitant, I joined Community Cousins and this place became my home away from home. I felt love here and it put me on the right path.”

He said joining Community Cousins and talking with VIU Elders-in-Residence sparked a thirst for his culture and a desire to learn about his language and people.

“I never thought I’d get here but I finally learned how to enjoy life and that was an important step. I have my mother, Community Cousins mentors and Shq’apthut staff to thank for that,” said Scow.

VIU Elder-in-Residence Gary Manson spoke about the ongoing reconciliation work being done at VIU and his participation in the Reconciliation Road series of events that took place on campus this past November. He says as an Elder it is important to him to talk with Indigenous youth about what suppression looks like.

“As we struggle to regain our language, health, traditions and culture we are reminded that colonization was very effective. These reminders of the injustices that took place bring up a lot of anger but it’s important for us to experience that together,” said Manson. “Thanks to the resilience of our young people who are, as best they can, carrying on with our ceremonies and traditions we are defining our future. I tell faculty members here – your kindness is a good start. In this gathering place we are visible and that is a good thing, a powerful thing.”

He said through the Community Cousins program they discuss their ceremonies, share traditional medicine, stories and much more.

“These are just a few of the topics we talk about here in this place and you can’t imagine how proud that makes us as Elders, as First Nations people, that we are having these conversations with our young people,” said Manson. “As Elders, we do this because we are striving to help our grandchildren have a better life – to not only survive in this world, but to thrive.”

To learn more about the mentoring program and to find out how to get involved go to VIU’s ‘Su’luqw’a’ Community Cousins Aboriginal Mentorship Program.



Dane Gibson, Communications Officer, Vancouver Island University

P: 250.740.6529 | C: 250.618.7296 | E: | T: @viunews


WLU: Lecture will explore impact on First Nations of Mohawk Institute and other residential schools

Feb. 22, 2017

Brantford – The history of Canada’s first Indian residential school will be explored in a free public lecture on Wednesday, March 1 at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Brantford campus. Amos Key Jr., First Nations language director of the Woodland Cultural Centre, will deliver the lecture entitled “Saving the Evidence to Save the Witness” at 7 p.m. in RCE 004 in the Research and Academic Centre, 150 Dalhousie St. This is the fifth in a series of free lectures about residential schools and the results of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School on Mohawk Street in Brantford was open from 1828 to 1970. The building now houses offices of the Woodland centre. It is one of only about 12 former residential schools still standing. Key will discuss the lasting impact of the efforts by the schools to eliminate the languages and cultural backgrounds of the First Nations students who attended them.

The lecture series is sponsored by the Friends and Neighbours Group, and presented in association with Wilfrid Laurier University. Friends and Neighbours is a grassroots committee of Brantford area residents supporting the Woodland Cultural Centre’s Save the Evidence Campaign. The campaign is raising money for repairs and renovations of the former Mohawk Institute Residential School building at 184 Mohawk Street, one of the last remaining residential school buildings in the country.

“The goal of the lectures is to educate people and promote a community dialogue about the school and reconciliation,” said Rob Knechtel, vice-chair of Friends and Neighbours.

Previous speakers have included Ontario Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell, historian Nathan Tidridge, former Ontario premier and federal MP Bob Rae, and Justice Gethin Edward of the Ontario Court of Justice.

After the Mohawk Institute closed in 1970, it reopened in 1972 as the Woodland Cultural Centre. Major roof leaks have caused significant and costly damage to the residential school building. So far, the Save The Evidence Campaign has received financial support from the Six Nations Elected Council, the City of Brantford and the Province of Ontario as well as other individuals and organizations.

About 150,000 First Nations children were removed from their homes in the 19th and 20th centuries and sent to the mainly church-run schools, sometimes hundreds of miles from home. The children were forced to abandon their own language and culture in order to be assimilated into Canadian society. They lived in substandard conditions and endured physical, emotional and sexual abuse. When they ultimately returned home – sometimes after a decade or more – they were outsiders in their own communities.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, led by Justice Murray Sinclair, delivered a report in 2015 that contained 94 “calls to action” on ways that all people – Indigenous and non-Indigenous – can work to heal the wounds left by the residential school system.

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Sacred Ceremony Marks Change of Leadership at Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health

February 22, 2017

Sudbury – A sacred ceremony – complete with songs, prayers, and the gift of tobacco – was held today at the Health Sciences North Research Institute (HSNRI) to honour the change in leadership of a national research institute devoted to Aboriginal health.

HSNRI is the new home of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health (IAPH). Dr. Carrie Bourassa, HSNRI’s Chair of Northern and Indigenous Health, was selected as IAPH’s Scientific Director.

At today’s ceremony, Dr. Bourassa announced Earl Nowgesic as the newly appointed IAPH Assistant Scientific Director.

Earl Nowgesic (RN, BScN, MHSc, PhD) is Anishinaabe from Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek (Gull Bay First Nation) and has over 20 years of experience working in the health sector in Canada. He is also a Status-only Assistant Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto (U of T). He has also been the Interim Associate Director and Interim Director of the U of T Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health, and the Director of the First Nations Centre of the National Aboriginal Health Organization. He was the inaugural Associate Director of the CIHR-IAPH, and the first Epidemiologist for the Assembly of First Nations.

Under the leadership of Dr. Bourassa and Earl Nowgesic, CIHR’s Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health will work with the Indigenous health research community and stakeholders to:

• identify research priorities
• develop research funding opportunities
• build partnerships
• translate research evidence into practice to improve the health of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

Today’s sacred ceremony also paid tribute to Dr. Malcolm King, who served as IAPH’s Scientific Director from 2009 to 2016. Dr. King is a member of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and a health researcher at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.

The ceremony was attended by elders and Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal health care and community leaders across Canada.

“The CIHR-IAPH team is strengthened by the skills and dedication of Earl Nowgesic, our new Assistant Scientific Director. Together, we want to engage with local Indigenous health professionals and leadership. We also want to formally acknowledge the land on which we will be working: the Robinson-Huron Treaty territory and the traditional territory of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek (Whitefish Lake First Nation).”- Dr. Carrie Bourassa, Health Sciences North Research Institute Chair of Northern & Indigenous Health and Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health.

“I am delighted to be returning to CIHR-IAPH at such a promising time for Indigenous health in Canada. Dr. Bourassa intends to advance research on the most pressing matters in Indigenous health, and I look forward to working with her in supporting researchers, First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples and other groups across the country. All my relations. Miigwetch.” – Earl Nowgesic, Assistant Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health.

“We are honoured to have Dr. Bourassa and Earl Nowgesic assume leadership of the CIHR Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health, because it speaks to the importance and quality of the research HSNRI is doing. Aboriginal health is a pressing concern across Canada, but particularly in northeastern Ontario.  We must rethink how the health care system approaches aboriginal health if we are going to improve the overall health and well-being of Canada’s aboriginal peoples. I have full confidence we’ll make great strides under their leadership.” Dr. Denis Roy, President and CEO of Health Sciences North and HSN Research Institute.


Zach Kunuk to screen Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change at UWinnipeg

WINNIPEG, MB — The University of Winnipeg’s office of Indigenous Affairs and the Prairie Climate Centre are pleased to host a free public screening of the film Qapirangajuq: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change on March 6, at Eckhardt Gramatté Hall from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. The co-directors of the film, Zacharias Kunuk and Ian Mauro, will be in attendance to introduce the film and answer audience questions.

“Inuit are on the front lines of climate change, we’re seeing it, we’re living with it, and our knowledge and experience helps everyone better appreciated that we’re collectively living through a period of tremendous change,” said Kunuk.

Qapirangajuq is the world’s first Inuktitut-language film on climate change. It takes viewers on the land with elders and hunters to explore the social and ecological impacts of a warming Arctic.

The film has won awards, been screened at numerous film festivals and academic conferences including the United Nations, Berlin International Film Festival, Smithsonian Institution, National Geographic, ImagineNative as well as on television. It has been hailed as “groundbreaking” by the Globe and Mail and other media.

“Zacharias is a remarkable filmmaker, it’s an honour to have been able to work with him over the years, and I’m exciting that we’re finally able to co-present the film at the University of Winnipeg and discuss some of the pressing issues facing the Arctic and world as a whole,” said Mauro.

Zacharias Kunuk is the acclaimed Inuk director behind Atanarjuat the Fast Runner — which is considered the most important Canadian film ever made — as well as numerous other documentary and feature projects, including his recently released film Maliglutit, which is playing at Cinematheque during his visit.

Ian Mauro is a professor, researcher and filmmaker at UWinnipeg and a director of the Prairie Climate Centre. He has developed numerous climate change films across Canada, including a new SSHRC funded and prairie-focused project called Climate, Cinema and Cartography.

Kunuk and Mauro’s collaboration was recently featured in a Canadian Art article called “Ganging Up: A cross-Canada survey of leading collaborative practices,” which highlighted their efforts to link Indigenous knowledge and science in dialogue with communities.


New YMCA on Membertou First Nation sign of aboriginal healing and wellness – CBC

CEO for YMCA Canada excited about possibilities for other First Nations communities

Feb 22, 2017

The grand opening of a YMCA branch on Membertou First Nation in Nova Scotia could be the beginning of a nation-wide healing journey for Indigenous people, says the CEO of YMCA Canada.

Peter Dinsdale, who is Anishinaabe from Curve Lake, Ont., was part of the celebration Wednesday at the YMCA’s newest facility, which tailors a number of fitness programs to address health concerns affecting Mi’kmaq people.

He said he has seen positive results in other places where the Y has done outreach work with First Nations people.

“We have to have examples that we can bring to chiefs and councils across the country,” said Dinsdale.

“It’s this kind of partnership that I think will open the doors for this to take place in so many other places.”

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School Boards Celebrate Anishinaabe Culture at Algoma U

(SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – February 22, 2017): Today, Grade Five students across the Algoma District School Board (ADSB), Huron Superior Catholic District School Board (HSCDSB), and École publique Écho-des-Rapides, will be celebrating Education Day at Algoma University, hosted by the Anishinaabe Initiatives Division (AID). This event marks a unique co-operation between the elementary school boards in the area as well as Algoma University.

As part of Ontario’s Grade Five curriculum, students are learning about Anishinaabe culture. In order to better understand Anishinaabe culture and heritage, Algoma University and the AID invites students from across the Algoma region to take part in a variety of traditional and contemporary events which fosters better understanding about Canada’s First Peoples.

Education Day also provides Grade Five students with the opportunity to interact with current university students and demonstrates the need to continue with higher education.

“Education Day is an outreach and immersion event for young students across Sault Ste. Marie. It’s a great opportunity for students to visit Algoma University and to become familiar with Anishinaabe culture and heritage,” said Melissa Agawa, Anishinaabe Cultural and Social Program Coordinator. “It’s important for younger generations to become aware of the rich Anishinaabe history and culture that exists right here in the community and on-campus.”

Over 500 students are expected to be in attendance and will learn about a variety of traditional and contemporary Anishinaabe culture activities such as trapping, wood and stone carving, drumming, Métis dance, and more.


BCGEU meets with Bernard Richard, newly confirmed BC Representative for Children and Youth

The BCGEU/NUPGE is pleased by Mr. Richard’s willingness to continue a working relationship on these vital issues and looks forward to working with him.

Vancouver (22 Feb. 2017) — On February 20, representatives of the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) met with the new Representative for Children and Youth. Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President, Doug Kinna, Vice-President for Social Information and Health, and Mike Eso, Regional Coordinator met with Bernard Richard to discuss key issues facing the child welfare system.

Replacing the long serving Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Richard was confirmed last week by the British Columbia Legislature as the province’s second Representative for Children and Youth.

New Representative for Children and Youth’s knowledge and commitment impressive

The Representative is a non-partisan, independent officer of the Legislature, reporting directly to the Legislative Assembly and not to a government ministry. Since 2007, British Columbia’s RCY has assisted young people and their families in dealing with the provincial child and youth welfare system. The RCY also provides oversight and makes recommendations for improvements to the system.

The BCGEU/NUPGE has worked cooperatively with the RCY’s office since 2007 and this recent meeting was very positive. Mr. Richard’s knowledge and commitment to the issues facing our child welfare system was impressive — those issues faced by staff in the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), and those faced by contracted and Aboriginal agencies who work in the sector.

Particular topics of discussion included: issues of staffing and workload, recruitment and retention challenges, and those faced by Delegated Aboriginal Agencies.

The BCGEU/NUPGE is pleased by Mr. Richard’s willingness to continue a working relationship on these vital issues and looks forward to working with him.


The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada’s largest labour organizations with over 370,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE


Manslaughter suspect fails to show in court –

February 22, 2017

Police issue warrant for arrest of Armand Cummings, 42, wanted in 2016 death of 35-year-old Manny Spence.

THUNDER BAY – City police are asking the public to help them track down a manslaughter suspect who failed to appear in court on Tuesday.

Armand Cummings has been charged in the Sept. 15, 2016 death of 35-year-old Manny Spence, whose body was found in a lot on the city’s north side. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Cummings is described as an Aboriginal male, standing about 5-foot-7 with a slim build. He has long black hair and brown eyes.

“We are encouraging Armand to turn himself into police immediately.”

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What’s On at Trent University

Upcoming events include Annual Elders Gathering & the Ryle Lecture Series

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Every week new and exciting things are happening at Trent University. Come and be inspired through a range of events, public lectures, panel discussions and debates, all open to the community. Here’s what’s on at Trent University this month:

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Webinar: The Trent Psychology Advantage

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

About: As a Psychology student at Trent University, you will study behaviour and the mind through lectures, labs, seminars and research. One of the best things about this program is the wide-array of topics that you will be exposed to – everything from dreams and dreaming to personality theory or abnormal psychology – all of which will help develop your ability to problem solve, think critically and teach you to understand, interpret and evaluate research. Join us for this webinar to learn more about completing either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Pine Tree Talk: Temagami – The Land in Stories and Song

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location: The Gathering Space, Gzowski College

About: Wayne Potts, Temagami First Nation singer and songwriter will share his stories and will encourage us to continue to work together to create places for Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth to come together in the protection of the earth.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Traditional Teachings: Tony Belcourt

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Gzowski College – The Gathering Space

About: All are invited to attend the Traditional Teaching workshop by Elder Tony Belcourt.

Recognized as a successful leader and innovative public relations and communications specialist, Tony was instrumental in creating a national voice for Canada’s Métis and Non-Status Indians. His efforts were an important contributing factor in the Métis being recognized in the Constitution Act, 1982, as one of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada. He was a negotiator involved in achieving recognition of the Constitutional protection of the Métis’ right to hunt.

Bachelor of Arts and Science Seminar Series Presents Dr. Ashlee Cunsolo

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Lady Eaton College room 201

About: Dr. Cunsolo is a passionate researcher and environmental advocate working with research and policy to make a difference in how we live with and in this world. As a community-engaged social science and health researcher working at the intersection of place, culture, health, and environment, she has a particular interest in the social, environmental, and cultural determinants of Indigenous health, intercultural learning and dialogue, capacity development, environmental ethics, and the social justice implications of social, environmental, and health inequality.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Symons Seminar Series

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Bagnani Hall, Traill College

About: The Symons Seminar Series features Trent graduate students sharing their research with the community. This edition features Ariel Lenske, Master of Science candidate in Environmental & Life Science; and Mackenzie Armstrong, Master of Arts candidate in Anthropology.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Infrastructural Imaginaries

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Bagnani Hall, Traill College

About: Media and communications technologies dynamically link perception, individuals, and communities to global ecological and geological effects and phenomena. A rebirthed interest in “infrastructure studies” names an intersection of contemporary media theory, materialist media, ethno/anthropological fieldwork and implicates particular art and design practices. This talk features Dr. Jamie Allen of the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design.

Friday, March 3, 2017 – Sunday, March 5, 2017

41st Annual Elders and Traditional Peoples Gathering

Location: Gzowski College, Trent University

About: All are invited to participate in the 2017 Elders Gathering. The gathering provides an opportunity to share Indigenous knowledge through a series of workshops, presentations and gatherings. The Elders Gathering is an opportunity for the students and the community to listen and learn from the stories and knowledge that the Elders and traditional people carry. Admission is $20 at the door, students and children under 12 are free. Visit the First Peoples House of Learning website for a full schedule.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Play at Time Well Wasted: Why Boomers Needn’t Act Their Age

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location: Room 102 Kerr House, Traill College

About: The Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies invites you to join us for a brown-bag lunch talk given by Dr. James Onusko, examining some nascent research on why baby boomers should not abandon play. In the transition to becoming older adults boomers should embrace play in its many forms. Building on Nietzsche’s premise that “play is the highest form of human activity,” this talk explores play in historical context, examines some of its meanings and forms, and advocates for the benefits of play, especially in local communities, for our wisest citizens.

Tuesday, March 15, 2017 – Thursday, March 16, 2017

Life According to Nature: Gilbert Ryle Lecture in Philosophy

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. each day

Location: Bagnani Hall, Traill College.

About: Dr. Catherine Wilson will be presenting the 2017 Ryle Lecture in Philosophy series with three talks: Theory After Darwin; The Way We Live Now; and Life According to Nature. Dr. Wilson is the Anniversary Professor of Philosophy at the University of York in England, as well as a Visiting Professor of Philosophy in the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. The Gilbert Ryle Lecture Series was established by the Philosophy Department at Trent in 1977 in honour of the late Gilbert Ryle.

Tuesday, March 16, 2017

March Break Open House Peterborough

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Location: Symons campus

About: All prospective students and families are welcome to attend March Break Open House. Speak with professors, staff and current students, tour the campus and take in a mini lecture or information session.

March 23, 2017

Putting the Cold War on Ice: Science, Sovereignty and Security in the Canadian Arctic during the Cold War, 1945-1972

Time: 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Bagnani Hall, Traill College

About: The North at Trent 2017 Lecture Series launches with Dr. Daniel Heidt, Frost Centre research associate, Trent University. During the second half of the 20th century, the Arctic sat below the shortest air route between the United States and the Soviet Union. Protecting North America from approaching Soviet bombers subsequently required an unprecedented buildup of military equipment and personnel in this sparsely populated and previously neglected region. Radar warning lines, airfields, and a host of other facilities were built in record time. Enhanced understanding of the Arctic environment was critical to these projects, and social scientists have traditionally studied Arctic science research within this context.

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Lakehead U: Research & Innovation Week 2017 invites community to presentations by faculty, students and special guests

Award-winning student, Sydney Stevenson, displays her research poster from the 2016 student research display, an annual event during the University’s Research & Innovation Week. Research & Innovation Week 2017 offers a chance for the community to learn about the fascinating research taking place at Lakehead. Events take place from February 27 to March 8 at the University Avenue campus. All events are free and open to the public.

February 22, 2017 – Orillia, ON

Lakehead Orillia’s faculty members and students are preparing for a series of showcase events next week – all open to the community – as the University celebrates its annual Research & Innovation (R&I) Week.

R&I Week at the Orillia campus kicks off on Monday, February 27 (11:30 am -1 pm) with a special poster presentation of current research projects by Lakehead Orillia faculty members. Dr. Beth Visser, who teaches Psychology and Criminology within the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, will present her recent research project examining the personalities of American presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump – “Does Personality Matter?” – as her colleagues showcase projects in a variety of disciplines, including business, science, social work, education, sociology, and more.

“All of our faculty members are involved in research activity within their discipline,” noted Lakehead University’s Dr. Andrew Dean, Vice-President, Research & Innovation. He explained that research is one of the three responsibilities of all professors, along with teaching and service.  “Our annual R&I Week is an excellent opportunity for the community to come and discover the many research projects taking place and to speak with faculty members and students about their projects, and the impact they are making.”

The events this year have been expanded to include three special guest presentations, including a talk by Dr. Peggy Smith, Lakehead’s Interim Vice-Provost, Aboriginal Initiatives. In her presentation, “Thirty Years of Indigenous Research: A Retrospective,” Dr. Smith will discuss her research journey on Indigenous Peoples’ involvement in natural resource development. She will also present an overview of Indigenous research at Lakehead University, and in particular, the University’s vision for establishing an Indigenous Research Centre. Her talk takes place on Tuesday, February 28 at 6:30 pm.

Lakehead’s Faculty of Business is presenting a special talk by Dr. Howard Lin, Professor of International Business and Entrepreneurship at Ryerson University, who will discuss “The State of Entrepreneurship in Canada: Research and Practice,” on Monday, February 27 at 6:30 pm.

And on Wednesday, March 8 at 5:30 pm, Lakehead’s Research Centre for Sustainable Communities presents a talk by Dr. Hugh MacIsaac, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Aquatic Invasive Species, Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, University of Windsor.

The always-popular display and discussion of student research projects takes place on Wednesday, March 1 from 11:30 am to 1 pm and from 2:30 to 4 pm.

All events during R&I Week take place at the Orillia campus, 500 University Avenue, and are free of charge and open to the public.

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New awards to honour Indigenous students – UM Today

February 22, 2017 —

The Office of Indigenous Achievement has created new awards to celebrate the exceptional achievements and contributions of Indigenous students. Indigenous Student Awards of Excellence will be presented to three students who are going above and beyond to make the University of Manitoba an inclusive and supportive learning environment.

“The U of M has made Indigenous Achievement a priority and Indigenous students are playing an integral role in advancing the commitments that the University made in its strategic plan,” says Frank Deer, acting Executive Lead of Indigenous Achievement. “This is one way we can recognize the efforts that students are making to engage the University community in conversations, events, research and other activities that betters our understanding of Indigenous peoples and ways of knowing, and that are building a more inclusive learning environment for future generations.”

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The University of the West Indies announces Canadian and Caribbean leaders to be honoured at the eighth annual Toronto Benefit Gala Saturday, April 1, 2017

TORONTO, Feb. 22, 2017 – The University of the West Indies today announced leaders of Canadian and Caribbean heritage to be honored at the eighth annual Toronto Benefit Gala, on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at The Ritz-Carlton Toronto, hosted by CBC News Anchor Dwight Drummond.

Desmond Mpilo Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa, will receive the Luminary Award. This award is given to people of Caribbean Heritage who are outstanding achievers on an international scale in their respective fields or people who have brought prominence to the Caribbean or to issues which affect the Region.

Archbishop Tutu has a strong passion for social justice, starting with his unflinching activism against Apartheid since the early 1970s, as the first Black Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa and as Chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa. He has also used his high-profile position to campaign globally for poverty, HIV/AIDS, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and land rights. This is the second time UWI is recognizing the Archbishop for his accomplishments as he received an honorary degree from the university in 1986. Other prestigious acknowledgements he has received include the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, the Gandhi Peace Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He will be represented at the UWI Toronto Gala by his daughter, Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu van Furth.

Canadian Senator Murray Sinclair will receive the G. Raymond Chang Award. The G. Raymond Chang award was established to honour outstanding individuals who exemplify the leadership and ideals of G. Raymond Chang (1948-2015). Mr. Chang was a recognized outstanding business leader and philanthropist who embodied great humility and commitment to his fellow persons. Chang, who passed away in July 2014, was the UWI Gala’s patron for five years.

Senator Sinclair served as the Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), documenting the history and legacy of Canada’s residential school system that affected the lives of more than 6000 indigenous women and men of First Nations, Inuit and Métis background. Sinclair also served as the justice system in Manitoba for over 25 years and was the first Aboriginal Judge appointed in Manitoba and Canada’s second. He served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Manitoba. Over the course of his career, he has been recognized for his work in his profession and his community as the recipient of numerous awards, including Honorary Doctorates from eight Canadian universities.

The University of the West Indies Toronto Benefit Gala will also honour one Caribbean organization and five Canadian and Caribbean leaders in the following award categories.

The Chancellor’s Award will be presented to GraceKennedy. Established in 1922 by Dr. John Grace and Mr. Fred William Kennedy, in Kingston, Jamaica, it is one of the Caribbean’s largest group of companies that began as a general mercantile, shipping and insurance business. It operates in the food and financial services industries, with operations in Jamaica, other Caribbean countries, and Belize, the U.S., UK, Canada and Africa. GraceKennedy has also contributed to Jamaica’s development through the years through its two Foundations, generously providing financial assistance to a host of worthy causes. They are the Grace & Staff Community Development Foundation (Grace & Staff) and the GraceKennedy Foundation. The Chancellor’s award is given to organizations, which have contributed significantly to the Caribbean, or outstanding organizations owned by persons of Caribbean heritage.

The Vice Chancellor’s Award, awarded to people of Caribbean heritage who have made significant contributions within their organizations and communities, will be presented to the five community leaders.

Dr. Renn Holness, Consultant Neurosurgeon
Dr. Holness is an alumnus of UWI’s Mona campus and recipient of an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science (DSc). He served as Professor and Head of the Department of Neurosurgery, Dalhousie University and Director of The UWI Clinical Training Programme in Nassau, Bahamas. He served as President of the Canadian Neurological Society and Chairman of the Examining Board in Neurosurgery, Royal College of Physicians of Canada. He is a Professor and Examiner in Neurosurgery in the DM (UWI) Neurosurgery Programme and teaches at Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Ms. Kay McConney, Businesswoman and Retired Diplomat
Ms. McConney was the youngest Consul-General of Barbados in Canada. She also served as a high-level diplomat at the United Nations (UN) in Geneva, Switzerland; and as a trade negotiator at the World Trade Organization (WTO). In 2009, she founded The Executive Minds which specializes in strengthening institutional and individual capacities for 21st century environments, through training, coaching and consulting.

Mr. Wayne Purboo, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
Mr. Purboo is the President, CEO and Co-founder of Quickplay, developing award-winning technologies and forging critical partnerships with market leading content providers, video service providers, handset manufacturers and mobile service operators. He is also active on a number of Boards in Toronto.

Dr. Vivian Rambihar, Cardiologist and Community Activist
Dr. Rambihar is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and a globally renowned cardiologist, involved in teaching, research and practice in Toronto for 35 years. Since 1990, he has lectured on ethnicity and health, and chaos/complexity and health across the West Indies. He is a pioneer in chaos and complexity science and is the first to apply these ideas to medicine, proposing their use in solving complex world problems, including peace, health, development, poverty reduction and climate change.

The Honourable Mr. Justice Michael H. Tulloch, Judge, Ontario Court of Appeal
The Honourable Mr. Justice Michael H. Tulloch has been a judge on the Court of Appeals for Ontario since 2012 following nine years on the Superior Court of Justice. He was an Assistant Crown Attorney in both Peel and Toronto.

In 1995, he entered private practice, specializing in criminal law and continued in this practice until his appointment to the Bench in 2003. During his private practice, Justice Tulloch was also appointed a special prosecuting agent with the Federal Department of Justice, participating in a number of commissions. He has been actively involved in post-secondary education as well as numerous community organizations.

In 2011, he was appointed a Distinguished Research Fellow for the Centre of Law and Policy at Ryerson University. He is the recipient of two Honorary Doctorate Degrees. A Doctor of Laws from the University of Guelph and a Doctor of Theology from Tyndale University and Seminary.

The UWI Toronto Benefit Gala brings together Canada’s business and academic communities to celebrate the greatness and tireless work of the honourees, making it a much-anticipated event on the Toronto social calendar. Former honourees include: Dr. Shirley J. Thompson, Food For The Poor, Mr. Stephen Ames, Mr. Wesley Hall, Dr. Paul Steinbok, The Honourable Dr. Hedy Fry, P.C., M.P., Dr. the Honourable Jimmy Cliff, OM, Tessanne Chin, Roger Mooking and Mr. David Taylor, retired boxer and undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, The Hospital for Sick Children, Mary Anne Chambers, Dr. Upton Allen, Dr. Budhendranauth Doobay, The University of Toronto, award winning author Malcolm Gladwell, The University Health Network, Zanana Akande, The Honourable Harry Belafonte; The Right Hon. Michaëlle Jean, former Deputy Chief of Toronto police Mr. Keith L. Forde; Hon. Michael Lee-Chin, OJ; the Hon. Jean Augustine; the Hon. Justice Dr. Irving André and Dr. Karl Massiah, Senator Vivienne Poy and Mr. Charles Coffey.

Under the theme “Light, Learning and Liberty”, The University of the West Indies Toronto Benefit Gala provides funds for scholarships. Over 250 scholarships have been awarded to date. Over 70 have graduated, most with first class honours. The Patron of the eighth annual Gala is The G. Raymond Chang Family (wife Donette Chin-Loy Chang, and children Andrew Chang and Brigette Chang Addorisio). Lead Sponsor is Scotiabank for the eighth consecutive year.

Please visit our website, or call 416-214-7848 or email the secretariat, for more information. At this time, the event is SOLD OUT.

About The University of the West Indies
The University of the West Indies was established in 1948 as a College of the University of London. It achieved full university status in 1962. Today it is the only pan-Caribbean tertiary level institution offering a wide array of diverse and accredited programmes to 45,000 students throughout the region, with campuses in Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Anguilla, Antigua, The Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Turks and Caicos.

Social Media
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“The intersection of people, policies, and priorities in research ethics review for research involving Indigenous” – Keynote Speaker Bull, J.

Mar 13, 2017 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

“The intersection of people, policies, and priorities in research ethics review for research involving Indigenous” – Keynote Speaker Bull, J.

Monday, March 13, 12 p.m.  – 2 p.m., CE 265 (Sydney Credit Union Room)


Missing 16-year-old Courtney Scott located – CTV

February 17, 2017

Police are asking for the public’s help finding a missing 16-year-old girl.

Courtney Scott was last seen on Tuesday evening near Old Montreal Road.

Police describe her as a 5-foot-4 Inuit girl, 120 pounds with a thin build, short brown hair with highlights and brown eyes.

Her family is concerned for her well-being.

Anyone with information is asked to call Ottawa Police Dispatch at 613-230-6211.

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National symposium on FASD in Regina – U Regina

February 22, 2017

A national symposium on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is being held at the University of Regina on Wednesday, February 22 and Thursday, February 23, 2017.

The symposium is called FASD, Justice and Reconciliation: Tough Questions, New Collaborations.

Guest speakers from British Columbia, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick are making presentations.

The symposium – organized by the Canada Northwest FASD Partnership and Michelle Stewart, associate professor in justice studies at the U of R – is in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Calls to Action, two of which focused specifically on FASD.

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Watch: Buffy Sainte-Marie & Tanya Tagaq “You Got To Run (Spirit Of The Wind)” – She Does The City

The Polaris Music Prize released its second collaboration session today, pairing the legendary Buffy Sainte-Marie with Tanya Tagaq for the first time. Their recording of Buffy’s song, “You Got To Run (Spirit Of The Wind)” was inspired by champion dogsled racer George Attla, who competed in the first-ever Iditarod dog sled race in 1973.

“It reminded me of growing up in Nunavut,” explains Tagaq. “Sometimes when things get difficult, you have to pick yourself up. You can’t let things bring you down. You could take it to be an anti-suicide message. I really appreciate its powerful lyrics.”

“There are very important things going on in Indian country right now,” Sainte-Marie adds. “This is a song I’d like to hand to any of our Aboriginal candidates who really are in a position, finally, to make a big difference.”

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National Summit focuses on improving rural health care access and equity

(February 22, 2017, Mississauga, ON) A national summit is being hosted today in Ottawa dedicated to improving health care access and equity in rural communities in Canada. Advancing Rural Family Medicine: The Canadian Collaborative Taskforce is a partnership between the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC) and the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). Discussions will focus on a new release called the Rural Road Map for Action that provides 20 recommendations to enhance rural health care. Stakeholders develop implementation strategies, identify priorities, and share innovative approaches and measures of success.

The recommendations identify four directions outlined in the Rural Road Map that aim to:

  • Reinforce the social accountability mandate of medical schools and residency programs to address health care needs of rural and Indigenous communities
  • Implement policy interventions that align medical education with workforce planning
  • Establish practice models that provide rural and Indigenous communities with timely access to quality health care
  • Institute a national rural research agenda to support rural workforce planning aimed at improving access to patient-centred and quality-focused care in rural Canada

The Summit agenda will focus on how the report recommendations can be translated into actions that are coordinated, comprehensive, measurable, and sustainable.  The aim is to engage all stakeholders in applying these recommendations to future policy-making and planning, as well as to identify roles in addressing issues related to health care equity for rural Canada.

The Summit unites national leaders in education, practice and human resource planning, as well as physicians of rural and Indigenous communities. Participants include leaders from health care organizations, educational bodies, government, research organizations, rural and Indigenous communities.

A final report with Summit outcomes will follow.

About Advancing Rural Family Medicine: The Canadian Collaborative Taskforce

In 2014, the CFPC and the SRPC embarked on a joint initiative to develop a pan-Canadian framework to strengthen the rural physician workforce, provide high-quality culturally safe care, and improve access for all people living in rural and remote communities across Canada. In 2015 the Taskforce conducted a focused review of rural training and practice at the education and health system levels and published their findings in a background document titled Review of Family Medicine Within Rural and Remote Canada: Education, Practice, and Policy.  More information about the Taskforce is available online.

About the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada

Founded in 1992, the SRPC is the lead advocate and representative for over 3,000 rural physicians practicing in Canada. Its mission is to provide leadership for rural physicians and to promote sustainable conditions and equitable health care for rural communities. The SRPC performs a wide variety of functions, such as developing and advocating health delivery mechanisms, supporting rural doctors and communities in crisis, promoting and delivering continuing rural medical education, encouraging and facilitating research into rural health issues, and fostering communication among rural physicians and other groups with an interest in rural health care.

About the College of Family Physicians of Canada

The CFPC represents more than 35,000 members across the country. It is the professional organization responsible for establishing standards for the training and certification of family physicians. The CFPC reviews and accredits continuing professional development programs and materials that enable family physicians to meet certification and licensing requirements and lifelong learning interests. It also accredits postgraduate family medicine training in Canada’s 17 medical schools. The College provides quality services, supports family medicine teaching and research, and advocates on behalf of family physicians and the specialty of family medicine.

CFPC Contact:
Jayne Johnston
Director, Communications
College of Family Physicians of Canada
905-629-0900 ext. 303
SRPC Contact:
Dr. Trina Larsen-Soles
Past President
Society of Rural Physicians of Canada
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Toronto Catholic District School Board hosts Northern Spirit Games –

Grades 4 to 6 students will snow shoe, skip rope

For three days this month, Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) grades 4 to 6 students will snow shoe, skip rope and run relays as part of the board’s 12th annual Northern Spirit Games.

Students will be taught 10 indoor and outdoor activities based on traditional First Nations, Metis and Inuit games, which focus on physical strength, agility and endurance.

Three sites are hosting the games this year, which will see 300 elementary students from 10 schools across the TCDSB at each location.

Dante Alighieri Academy in North York will kickoff the games on Thursday, Feb, 23, followed by St. Patrick Catholic Secondary School in East York on Monday, Feb. 27 and St. John Paul II Catholic Secondary School in Scarborough on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

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University of Lethbridge: Raising Spirit project receives Canada 150 grant

February 22, 2017

The Raising Spirit project by the Opokaa’sin Early Intervention Society, and supported by the University of Lethbridge’s Institute for Child and Youth Studies (I-CYS), has received a Canada 150 grant worth $10,000 that will allow it to undertake a series of workshops that will culminate in a public exhibit at Casa in September.

“The purpose of the exhibit is to showcase the creative work of southern Alberta Blackfoot children and youth,” says Dr. Erin Spring, a post-doctoral fellow with the I-CYS and Raising Spirit project manager. “They’re not only going to be creating the exhibit in terms of doing the art, they’re also going to be curating the exhibit. It’s going to feature their voices, their stories, their creative capacities.”

The Canada 150 Grant, awarded by the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta, is designed to encourage participation in Canada 150 activities and to inspire a deeper understanding of the people and places that shape the country. Raising Spirit is a project to help ensure Blackfoot history, language and values endure and help build future generations. The Canada 150 funding will be directed toward a series of art workshops for Blackfoot children and youth.

“It’s kind of a sub-project within Raising Spirit called Elders of the Future,” says Kaitlynn Weaver, a master’s student working with Dr. Kristine Alexander, a history professor and one of the principal investigators on the Raising Spirit project.

For older youth, Weaver organized a zine workshop that focused on art as a form of activism and resistance. Three- to six-year olds participated in a storytelling and art workshop. A collage-making workshop for older youth is scheduled for March and others will be held at Opokaa’sin, the U of L and Casa. As part of the curating exercise, youth will learn how to mat and frame a photo and how to create an exhibit.

“Our exhibit will mark the anniversary of Confederation by celebrating the resilience of Indigenous families and communities. It speaks to colonialism but also is a way of looking forward and talking about reconciliation, resurgence and resilience to show that their community is strong, that their culture is strong and that their people are strong,” says Spring.

During the exhibit, the digital library created from the Raising Spirit project will be launched to the public, along with a mobile application for the library. In addition to the materials generated from the Elders of the Future workshops, the library will contain photos from principal investigator Dr. Jan Newberry’s photo elicitation project and people’s responses to them, and storytelling sessions with elders and youth at Opokaa’sin.

Raising Spirit has been supported by funds from the Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network, PolicyWise for Children and Families and the U of L Office of Research Services. Funding from the Summer Temporary Employment Program enabled the hiring of two Blackfoot high school students, Tesla Heavy Runner and Hudson Eagle Bear, as ethnographers and curators.

Along with Newberry and Alexander, Tanya Pace-Crosschild (BSc ’98), executive director at Opokaa’sin and member of the U of L Board of Governors, has served as a community principal investigator. She is joined by Francis First Charger, project elder, and Dr. Michelle Hogue, research consultant and U of L professor in the First Nations Transition Program. Others who have been involved in the project include Ashley Henrickson, a master’s student; Taylor Little Mustache, an undergraduate student; and Amy Mack, lead researcher.


Phil Fontaine, former national chief, Assembly of First Nations, lead negotiator of Indian Residential Schools Settlement, to receive honorary doctor of laws degree at Convocation

February 22, 2017

Larry Phillip (Phil) Fontaine, OC, OM, former three-term national chief of the Assembly of First nations and lead negotiator of the historic Indian Residential Schools Settlement, former chief of the Sagkeeng First Nation, and former chief commissioner of the Indian Claims Commission, will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree at the law school’s Convocation ceremony June 9, 2017 for his outstanding commitment to community service and advancing Indigenous rights.

A staunch, passionate advocate for Indigenous peoples, and a residential schools survivor of physical, sexual and psychological abuse, Fontaine catapulted the tragic story of Canada’s degrading and shameful mistreatment of Indigenous peoples to national awareness.

In 1990, he was one of the first to speak openly about his experiences, and was integral in encouraging others to come forward. The successful negotiation of the Settlement Agreement in 2005—the largest and most expansive agreement in Canadian history—meant the resolution of more than 20 class actions and more than 15,000 individual claims relating to the 150-year period of injustices. His ardent and persistent work in raising the national consciousness about Canada’s sordid past helped pave the way for healing and for an improved future in Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples, through the establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and financial compensation.

Born in Sagkeeng First Nation on the Fort Alexander Reserve in Manitoba, Fontaine was inspired by his mother’s political activity and eventually became his community’s chief for two consecutive terms. He also served as a regional director general with the federal government in the Yukon, was Manitoba regional chief then grand chief for the Assembly of First Nations, and ultimately the national chief for an unprecedented three terms. He has also been chief commissioner of the Indian Claims Commission, special adviser to the Royal Bank of Canada, special adviser to what is now Norton Rose Fulbright, and director at numerous Canadian companies and organizations.

Currently, Fontaine is president of his company, Ishkonigan Consulting and Mediation Inc., which provides services to Indigenous communities, governments and the corporate sector. A political science graduate of the University of Manitoba, Fontaine counts 13 honorary degrees among his many accolades and awards, including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award, the National Aboriginal Achievement Award, and the Human Rights Education Award, Equitas.


The Inuit ‘Storyteller’ pays a visit – The Northern View

A special guest is coming to Prince Rupert to celebrate family literacy courtesy of North Coast Literacy Now and Prince Rupert Early Years.

Michael Kusugak, or “The Storyteller” and his wife will be appearing in multiple free events for children and families this week at the library, the Literacy Fair and many elementary schools as well as Prince Rupert Middle School and Annunciation School.

Kusugak is a children’s book writer and traveller who likes to explore his Inuit heritage and bring stories of nomadic life, dog-sled travel, hunting, fishing, building igloos and using such tools like a qulliq (soapstone, seal oil lamp).

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CBC Breaking Barriers Film Fund Triggers First Three Projects

Feb 22, 2017

Indigenous survival story ANGELIQUE’S ISLE from Michelle Derosier and Marie-Helene Cousineau

Bittersweet comedy MEDITATION PARK from Mina Shum stars Sandra Oh, Cheng Pei Pei and Tzi Mah

Ghost story OCTAVIO IS DEAD! from Sook-Yin Lee stars Sarah Gadon, Raoul Trujillo and Rosanna Arquette

CBC today announced the first three films selected by the CBC BREAKING BARRIERS FILM FUND , which was launched in November 2016 in support of underrepresented Canadian creators. Written by Michelle Derosier and directed byMarie-Helene Cousineau and Michelle Derosier, ANGELIQUE’S ISLE is a visually powerful and moving Indigenous survival story. From writer and directorMina Shum (Double Happiness) comesMEDITATION PARK, a bittersweet comedy starring Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy), Cheng Pei Pei (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and Tzi Mah (Arrival). Written and directed bySook-Yin Lee (CBC Radio’s DNTO and Sleepover), O CTAVIO IS DEAD! stars Sarah Gadon (Alias Grace), Raoul Trujillo (Sicario ), Dimitris Kitsos (Park) and Rosanna Arquette ( After Hours).

“The first three films selected for the CBC Breaking Barriers Film Fund underscore our commitment to supporting underrepresented creators who reflect the full range of voices throughout Canada,” said Helen Du Toit, interim senior director, CBC Breaking Barriers Film Fund. “All three projects go to camera before spring, and we look forward to bringing these films to CBC audiences immediately following their festival debuts and theatrical runs.”

“Today’s announcement ensures that these three films, which are also all financially supported by Telefilm Canada, will connect with an even greater number of Canadians right across the country,” said Carolle Brabant, executive director, Telefilm Canada.

Written by Michelle Derosier and co-directed by Marie-Helene Cousineau and Michelle Derosier, ANGELIQUE’S ISLE is a harrowing true tale of perseverance and survival on Lake Superior. During the copper rush of 1845, Angelique Mott and her French-Canadian voyageur husband Charlie are left for dead on a deserted island by a corrupt copper-hunter. A young Anishinaabe woman, the newly-married Angelique must struggle to survive the harsh winter as Charlie succumbs to the power of the Windigo. Adapted for the screen from the novella Angelique Abandoned by author James R. Stevens, the film will start production in March in northern Ontario and is produced by Circle Blue Films, Thunderstone Pictures Inc. and Freddie Films. In addition to CBC and Telefilm, other funding for ANGELIQUE’S ISLE includes the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp. and the Ontario Media Development Corporation.

Written and directed by Mina Shum (Double Happiness) and starring Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy), Cheng Pei Pei ( Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Come Drink With Me) and Tzi Mah (Arrival; Rush Hour 1 & 3), MEDITATION PARK is a bittersweet comedy about a devoted Chinese-Canadian wife and mother (Pei Pei) in East Vancouver whose life and family are forever altered after she discovers an orange thong in her husband`s pocket, forcing her on a journey of truth and liberation. The film starts production in Vancouver this month. In addition to receiving funding from CBC and Telefilm, MEDITATION PARK is also supported by the Harold Greenberg Fund.

Written and directed by Sook-Yin Lee, OCTAVIO IS DEAD! is a mysterious, sensual ghost story that follows Tyler (Gadon) on an adventure that will define her life. Escaping her domineering mother (Arquette), Tyler enters the rich and strange world of her deceased father Octavio (Trujillo), who she never knew. Sexual identity, the occult and the power of reality versus imagination confront her on the journey. With principal photography completed earlier this month in and around Toronto, OCTAVIO IS DEAD! is produced by Jennifer Weiss, Simone Urdl and Jamie Manning of The Film Farm, with Sarah Gadon also acting as executive producer on the film. In addition to CBC and Telefilm, OCTAVIO IS DEAD! is also funded by the Ontario Media Development Corporation and represented internationally by sales agent WTFilms.

Offering new opportunities for filmmakers who have historically been at a disadvantage in accessing financing and making their unique voices heard, the CBC BREAKING BARRIERS FILM FUND helps finance English-language feature film projects that are written or directed by Canadian women, Indigenous persons, visible minorities and persons with a disability who have had at least one feature-length film showcased at a recognized film festival. Submissions are now being accepted with no formal deadlines. Further information and application guidelines are available at arriers/ .

CBC will make an initial investment of at least $7.5 million in the CBC BREAKING BARRIERS FILM FUND over the next three years. The Fund will complement CBC’s existing and continued commitment to Canadian film, including licensing more than 50 Canadian feature films since 2014.

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Blood Tribe member becomes first Indigenous president of Harvard University’s legal aid program – CBC

University of Lethbridge grad Julian SpearChief-Morris is in his second year of law school at Harvard

Feb 22, 2017

A member of southern Alberta’s Blood Tribe has become the first Indigenous student to head Harvard Law School’s Legal Aid Bureau in the history of the 104-year-old organization.

Julian SpearChief-Morris was recently elected president of the bureau, the second largest provider of legal aid services in the Boston area.

The University of Lethbridge grad and second-year law student told the Calgary Eyeopener Wednesday “it means a lot” to hold the prestigious position.

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Nova Scotia, Mi’kmaq ‘bury the hatchet’ with on-ice round dance during hockey game – CBC

Mi’kmaq leaders and Nova Scotia officials face off in a friendly game for Heritage Day

Feb 22, 2017

Mi’kmaq leaders faced off against Nova Scotia government officials to mark the province’s Heritage Day in two hockey games over the weekend in Truro.

But the show-stopper came between the second and third periods of Monday’s game, when players from both teams joined at centre ice for a traditional round dance.

“Both games had the chief and council members versus the Nova Scotia provincial government staff and employees,” said Millbrook First Nation Chief Bob Gloade.

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RCMP looking for missing boy from Sask. First Nation – News Talk 980

Punnichy RCMP are asking the public for help in locating 12-year-old Jayden Sunshine, who is missing from the Muskowekwan First Nation area.

Police have described Sunshine as indigenous, five feet three inches tall, weighing around 110 pounds with brown eyes, short dark hair and a slim build.

Although not confirmed, RCMP believe Sunshine could be in Regina.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Punnichy RCMP at (306) 835-5200.

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Empowering Youth in Celebration of Ontario’s 150th Anniversary

Province Supporting Next Generation of Leaders Through 87 Innovative Projects

February 22, 2017 12:00 P.M.

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Ontario is supporting 87 community-based projects that will empower and engage the next generation of leaders, in celebration of the province’s 150th anniversary.

Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, was at City Hall in Mississauga today with MonstrARTity, which is receiving support through the Ontario150 Partnership Program for its Monster Artist Development (MAD) project. The project will pair young South Asian artists with experienced artists and music industry experts to provide mentorship, business skills, media training, and a support network. The project also includes the implementation of a collaborative marketing campaign and the creation of an online resource centre.

The Ontario150 Partnership Program provides youth with opportunities to actively participate in their communities in ways that reflect their creativity, cultural expression, diversity, inclusion, environmental stewardship, entrepreneurship, healthy living and civic engagement.

This investment is one of three Ontario150 grant programs that will promote community engagement, empower young people and contribute to economic growth. Together with the Community Celebration and Community Capital programs, these grants are funding more than 650 events, initiatives and infrastructure projects across the province to commemorate this historic milestone year.

Building new community partnerships for Ontario’s 150th anniversary is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing $5 million in the Ontario150 Partnership Program to support 87 projects in communities across the province.
  • Ontario is recognizing the historical significance of 2017 with Ontario150, a year-long commemoration that will honour Ontario’s past, showcase the present and inspire future generations.
  • In celebration of Ontario’s 150th anniversary, the province has also released a new recording of A Place to Stand (Ontario Song), the province’s unofficial anthem. The 50-year-old song has been refreshed to instil a sense of pride and belonging for all.
  • On February 8 the Ontario Government launched a unique new TV ad for Ontario150 that follows the stories of five very different people, all ultimately connected in the end as they find a place of belonging in an Ontario community.

Additional Resources


“The Ontario150 Partnership Program will help empower and engage youth in their communities. This year, as we celebrate Ontario’s 150th anniversary, we are investing in our youth, cultivating the next generation of leaders and charting a course to a successful future as a province.”

Eleanor McMahon
Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“It’s great to see Mississauga organizations like MonstrARTity that engage and empower our young people through its Monster Art Development project. This investment enriches our culture and makes a positive impact in our community.”

Charles Sousa
MPP for Mississauga South

“Thanks to this funding from the Province, MonstrARTity is able to support amazing, diverse, homegrown talent with this innovative Monster Artist Development project. These artists represent the voices in our community, and are a valuable part of our culture as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of confederation.”

Vikas Kohli
Executive Director, MonstrARTity

Media Contacts

Jeff Costen
Minister’s Office
(416) 314-4266

Denelle Balfour
Communications Branch
(416) 326-1724


New funding to boost northern economic growth

Feb 22, 2017

The Alberta government is helping northern Alberta communities grow and diversify their local economies with support from a new grant program.

Through the new Community and Regional Economic Support (CARES) program, communities across the province have access to $30 million over two years. The funding supports locally developed projects that promote long-term economic growth and diversification, particularly projects that communities and municipalities could not necessarily fund on their own.

The initiative is in addition to the ongoing work of the Northern Alberta Development Council (NADC).

CARES funding approved for the Grande Prairie region

The Grande Prairie area will receive approximately $175,000 in funding through the CARES program to launch three projects led by local counties and municipalities.

“Leaders in Alberta’s northern communities are focusing on regional approaches to economic growth that create more support for local business. We’ve received an overwhelming response to the CARES program across the province and that means more opportunities to keep working together to build an economy for the future and make life better for Albertans.”

Deron Bilous, Minister of Economic Development and Trade

Grants will be provided to the following organizations and projects:

  • City of Grande Prairie – approximately $17,500 to launch a retail incubator that will provide training and resources to help local entrepreneurs grow their businesses
  • County of Grande Prairie – approximately $120,500 to develop an economic development strategy that identifies actions for greater economic opportunity
  • Municipal District of Greenview No. 16 – approximately $37,000 to develop a site plan and analysis for opening the door to value-added petrochemical production in the Peace Region

These three projects are among many throughout the province that will receive support through the first intake of the CARES program. Successful projects in other regions of the province will be announced at a later date.

The CARES program evaluated 88 applications from regions and communities for the first intake. The second intake will run from April 1, 2017 to May 31, 2017. Eligibility criteria, along with more information on how to apply for funding, are available on the program webpage.

Recruitment starting for the NADC

Peace River MLA Debbie Jabbour has been appointed Chair of the Northern Alberta Development Council. The NADC is beginning recruitment for eight new council members to fill current and upcoming vacant positions.

For more than 50 years, the NADC has been advising the Government of Alberta on measures to foster, advance and promote development in northern Alberta.

Related information

Media inquiries

Jean-Marc Prevost
Press Secretary, Economic Development and Trade


Vancouver Council to vote on proposed ‘Drinker’s Lounge’ amid addiction initiatives – iNews 880

February 22, 2017

Vancouver City Council is voting on a long list of items as it seeks to combat the opioid crisis.

One item is a ‘Drinker’s Lounge’ for people with alcohol addiction.

“Will the city essentially be funding a bar, will alcohol be paid for?” wonders the NPA’s Melissa De Genova.

The pilot program would be managed by the Portland Hotel Society in the Downtown Eastside.

De Genova says she’s neither for nor against it but says it needs to be done right.

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Canadian educator in northern Quebec among finalists for Global Teacher Prize – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Feb 22, 2017 

MONTREAL _ A teacher from northern Quebec is in the running for the prestigious US$1-million Global Teacher Prize.

The Varkey Foundation says Maggie MacDonnell has been named a top-10 finalist for the award, which will be handed out in Dubai on March 19.

MacDonnell, raised in rural Nova Scotia, was chosen from among 20,000 initial nominations and applications from 179 countries.

She has taught for six years in the remote Nunavik region, where she has championed a healthier lifestyle and worked with a municipality to build a fitness centre that is open to adults and local schools.

MacDonnell also started a running club to keep kids motivated and has worked to improve the plight of girls in the region.

If she wins, MacDonnell has said she would establish a non-profit that runs environmentally focused programs for northern youth.

This year’s other finalists come from China, Jamaica, Kenya, Brazil, Germany, England, Spain, Australia and Pakistan.



Winnipeg police call for tips from public in cold case death of woman – CTV

February 22, 2017

Winnipeg police are renewing their call for tips from the public in a case involving a woman who was found dead in the city last year.

Marilyn Rose Munroe, who was 41, was last seen alive on Feb. 12.

Police say at the time, the aboriginal woman was wearing several layers of sweaters and carrying a plastic bag.

Her body was discovered 10 days later at a home in a north-end neighbourhood.

Const. Rob Carver, a police spokesman, says Munroe may have associated with people involved in methamphetamine and that could prove critical in finding out what happened to her.

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AGSM: Visiting Artist Speaker Series 2016-2017

Amy Malbeuf

January 23, 2017, 7:30PM, Glen P. Sutherland Gallery of Art

Amy Malbeuf is an emerging Métis visual artist from Rich Lake, Alberta, Canada. Through her interdisciplinary practice that moves between traditional caribou hair tufting, beadwork, installation, and performance, Malbeuf explores identity, place, language, and ecology. With a background in contemporary performance art as well as Inidgenous art practices, her fluid practice coveys narratives surrounding Indigeniety, place, tradition, myth, and consumerism. Having shown extensively throughout Canada, she is currently based in Kelowna, BC, and is receiving an MFA from University of British Columbia Okanagan.

January 24, 2017, 12:30PM Indigenous Peoples’ Centre, Brandon University

Email to register.

Workshop is free and genenrously sponsored by the Margaret Laurence Endowment Fund through Gender and Women Studies, Brandon University.

Zachari Logan
February 13, 2017, 7:30PM, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba

Zachari Logan is a Saskatoon based artist working in large-scale drawing and ceramic sculpture. Logan’s meticulously executed works quote freely from art historical references, including still life, decorative arts, tapestry, and scientific illustration. Engaging in a dialogue around masculinity and queer narratives, he re-wilds the body as a queer embodiment of nature and a site of intersections of masculinity, identity, memory, and place. He holds an MFA from University of Saskatchewan and has exhibited extensively and participated in residencies throughout Canada and abroad.

Divya Mehra
March 6, 2017, 7:30PM, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba

Divya Mehra’s research-fueled interdisciplinary practice explores marginalization, otherness and the construct of diversity. Through appropriating, editing, and reassembling a variety of literary, comedic and musical sources, Mehra’s work addresses head-on the consumption and construction of race and identity politics. Mehra’s work has been included in numerous exhibitions and screenings across North America and overseas, most notably with Creative Time, MoMA PS1, MTV, and The Queens Museum of Art (New York), Artspeak (Vancouver), Georgia Scherman Projects, and The Images Festival (Toronto). She holds an MFA from Columbia University, New York.

The Visiting Artist Series is co-produced with Brandon University Visual & Aboriginal Art Department, funded by Canada Council for the Arts, and Whitehead Foundation.

PAST TALKS 2016/2017

Colleen Cutschall
October 3, 2016, 7:30PM, Glen P. Sutherland Gallery

Colleen Cutschall is a senior Oglala-Sicangu Lakota artist originally from Pine Ridge, South Dakota. For over twenty years, she has been working and living in Southwestern Manitoba as an artist, art historian, educator and curator. Her early work in painting and installations focused on Lakota creation mythology and themes of sacred time and space. Continuing with apocalyptic scenes from some of her earlier work, her most recently drawings focus on the chemtrail patterns left by aerosol spraying. Cutschall, is Professor Emerita from Brandon University, Brandon, Manitoba, where she was instrumental in the establishment of its current Visual and Aboriginal Artprogram.

Aaron Nelson
October 17, 2016, 7:30PM, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba

Aaron Nelson is an established interdisciplinary ceramics artist based in Medicine Hat, Alberta. His research has been focused on integrating a rarely used highly translucent porcelain in complex sculptural installation, mold making, and exploration of intersections of digital technology with traditional ceramic practice. He is currently the Associate Director of Medalta, the most well-known international ceramics residency program in Canada. A graduate of Emily Carr University, he has exhibited extensively in Canada and abroad.

Paul Robles
October 24, 2016, 7:30PM, Location TBD

Paul Robles, originally from Philippines, currently lives and works in Winnipeg. Recognized for his intricate origami cut paper works, he combines the delicacy associated with fine and traditionally handwork with themes of trauma, grief and sexuality. Playing with ideas of the silhouette, popular in the 19th and 18th century as women’s art, and an early form of portraiture, Robles re-employs the practice as a narrative device that shatters cultural stereotypes of race and masculinity. A graduate of the University of Winnipeg and University of Manitoba, he has exhibited extensively throughout throughout Canada and the United States, including Plug In ICA, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Julie Saul gallery, and others.



Shawna Dempsey & Lorri Millan, November 26

The Winnipeg-based artist duo Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan has a rich collaborative career that spans twenty-five years of performance that continues to provoke, amuse, critique and pervert. Their wry, queer-based practice infiltrates popular media genres to challenge heterosexist bias and misinformed stereotyping from within.

An experimental diversity of media approach includes work in performance, video, film, publications, curating and public art projects. They have exhibited extensively across North America, Europe, Australia and Japan and recently released a DVD compilation of a selection of their twenty five years of video projects at the WNDX Festival of Moving Image this fall.

Daina Warren December 2nd, 7:30PM

Daina Warren is a contemporary Aboriginal art curator and artist of the Akamihk Cree Nation in Maskwacis (Bear Hills), Alberta. She completed her studio training at the Emily Carr University (BFA, 2003) and then received her Master’s in Art History in the Critical and Curatorial Studies program at the University of British Columbia in 2012.

Warren was the associate curator and administrator at grunt gallery (Vancouver) from 2000 to 2009. She has a critical curatorial focus that often involves experimental collaboration with her artists. Notable exhibitions include Home (2007), an online curatorial project with Rebecca Belmore and Don’t Stop Me Now (2010), produced while she was the Canada Council Aboriginal Curatorial Resident at the National Gallery in Ottawa. Since 2011, she has been director at Urban Shaman Gallery in Winnipeg

Adrian Stimson, October 8

Adrian Stimson is a member of the Siksika (Blackfoot) Nation in southern Alberta. He is an interdisciplinary artist, curator and educator with a BFA with distinction from the Alberta College of Art & Design and MFA from the University of Saskatchewan. As an interdisciplinary artist, Adrian’s work includes paintings, installations, sculpture and performance. Recent exhibits and performances include, Agnes Etherington Art Centre | Queen’s University, Sovereign Acts, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Story Telling: Contemporary Native Art Biennial, Art Muir, Montreal, Witnesses at the Belkin Gallery, UBC, Vancouver, Reconsidering Reconciliation, Buffalo Boy’s Coal jubilee, House of the Wayward Spirits- ANDPVA, Toronto, White Shame Re-Worked, Grunt Gallery, Vancouver, Photo Quai, Musee du Quai Branly, Paris, France.Adrian was awarded the Blackfoot Visual Arts Award in 2009, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003 and the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005.

Eric Simon

Eric Simon’s non-conformist artistic practice, that includes fiction writing alongside visual art, has a media focus on drawing and painting. His experimental mindset engages with a range of approaches from Art Brut to photorealism. His work is often determined in a conceptual or programmed manner but manages to be imbued with a wry, playful sense of humour. He is an assistant professor in the Painting department at Concordia University, Montreal and has exhibited extensively in Canada and Europe.

Amelie Proulx, April 1, 2015

Amelie Proulx’s engaging ceramics installations also have included a kinetic component that merges high and low technology. These works challenge the assumed permanent and stable nature of the ceramic material and allude instead to its potential state of change or impermanence. She has exhibited across Canada and participated in a Quebec ceramic survey show in Bandol, France and won the RBC Emerging Ceramics Award in 2013. She is also a ceramics and visual arts instructor at the Maison des métiers d’arts de Québec and Cégep Sainte-Foy in Quebec City.

Eliza Au, February 26, 2015

Eliza Au received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (2005) and her MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University (2009). Au’s work is ceramic based and centers around the process of slipcasting. She is interested in how sacred space is transformed by the use of pattern and geometry in Gothic and Islamic architecture. Her large scale ceramic and glass based projects investigate how systems work and how they relate to symmetry, repetition and scale. She has previously completed residencies with Greenwich House Pottery (NYC, NY), The Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, OR), and the Corning Museum of Glass (Corning, NY). Recent exhibitions include the 66th Scripps Ceramic Annual at Scripps College and The RBC Emerging Artist People’s Choice Award at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, ON. She has taught previously at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and the Alberta College of Art and Design. Currently she is a visiting professor at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

This series is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Whitehead Foundation


Local forestry safe under Trump: FSC president –

Forest Stewardship Council president Francois Dufresne believes the local and national forest industry will grow, despite tough talk on trade from the new President Donald Trump administration.

THUNDER BAY — A Donald Trump presidency doesn’t have to mean uncertainty for the local forestry industry or its environmental ethics, according to the head of Canada’s greenest forestry certification organization.

Forest Stewardship Council president Francois Dufresne pointed out the 35-year-old softwood lumber disupte between Canada and the United States far precedes Trump’s political career and he predicts the US market for the pulp produced in Thunder Bay will continue to grow.

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MLTC and NWRC ‘thankful’ for partnership – MeadowlakeNOW

A partnership between a local college and a tribal council has been heralded as a successful agreement for all of those involved.

Hundreds of First Nation students have benefitted over the years from a partnership between the North West Regional College (NWRC) and Meadow Lake Tribal Council (MLTC).

Dr. Willow Brown, director for the NWRC northern region said last year 107 MLTC members successfully completed adult basic education or skills programs with the college.

MLTC members are sponsored to attend the college for adult basic education (ABE) courses, skills and trades training and other post-secondary courses. The majority of students attend ABE training, however, any course the college offers is eligible for funding through the MLTC. Sometimes, Brown added, the MLTC contracts the college to offer a course strictly for its members.

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How Do Polar Bears Respond to Climate Change, Subsistence Hunting? –

Newswise — UW’s Kristin Laidre awarded Pew marine fellowship to study effects of climate change, subsistence hunting on polar bears

Polar bears depend on sea ice for essential tasks like hunting and breeding. As Arctic sea ice disappears due to climate change, bears across the species’ 19 subpopulations are feeling the strain.

But even as scientists try to quantify just how much melting sea ice is affecting polar bears, another group that depends on the iconic mammal for subsistence also is at risk of losing an important nutritional and economic resource. Indigenous people throughout the Arctic harvest polar bears each year. How that activity ― combined with climate change over the long term ― will impact bear populations in the future requires more science and monitoring.

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ALERT: Technical Issue with Nova

February 22, 2017

We are currently experiencing a technical issue affecting all applications created on behalf of organizations.

Currently you are not able to edit or create any new application on behalf of organizations. Please check back for further updates. We will also provide updates via social media, @ONArtsCouncil on Twitter and @OntarioArts on Facebook.
The following deadlines have been extended until this issue has been resolved:

  • Indigenous Arts Projects – February 22, 2017
  • Indigenous Artists in Communities Projects – February 22, 2017
  • Literary Organizations Projects – February 22, 2017
  • Ontario Arts Presenters Projects – February 22, 2017

If you have any questions about our grant programs or require technical support, please contact the Program Officer or Program Administrator for the program.


Buffy Sainte Marie delivers new song collaboration with Tanya Tagaq – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Feb 22, 2017 

TORONTO _ Two powerhouses of Canada’s indigenous music scene have lifted the curtain on a new collaboration.

Buffy Sainte-Marie and Tanya Tagaq paired for the track “You Got To Run (Spirit Of The Wind),” which has debuted online.

Sainte-Marie wrote the song about Alaskan dog sled racer George Attla who placed fourth in the inaugural Iditarod in 1973.

His story was retold in the 1979 film “Spirit of the Wind,” which was scored by Sainte-Marie. She reinterpreted the film’s theme song into the version she performs with Tagaq.

The singers joined together as part of a series of collaborations organized by the brain trust behind the Polaris Music Prize.

Both Sainte-Marie and Tagaq are former Polaris winners.

Sainte-Marie grabbed the 2015 award for “Power in the Blood” while throat singer Tagaq’s album “Animism” won a year earlier.

Tagaq says the song’s theme suggests “you can’t let things bring you down,” which she says could also be interpreted as an anti-suicide message.

Canada’s indigenous communities have been wracked by youth suicides amid calls for action to address the crisis.

A podcast about the song, hosted by Polaris, features Sainte-Marie telling Tagaq about lyrics she was forced to cut in the new version to keep it a certain length.

“We’re going to make a longer version too,” she assures Tagaq.

Listen to “You Got To Run (Spirit Of The Wind)”:



Blackstock Says No to Bribe from INAC – The Runner

February 22, 2017

Renowned Indigenous children’s advocate Cindy Blackstock knows well enough not to fall for an obvious bribe, even if it’s offered by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). A $149,000 donation by INAC was rejected by The First Nations Child and Family Services Society (FNCFSP) when it failed to meet the society’s “ethical screening.”

“We don’t accept funds from groups that are harming children or who are violating Indigenous rights,” Blackstock told APTN National News on Jan. 22. “Their conduct falls outside of our ethical screen to receive funds from donors.”

This kind of decision making is familiar for students at KPU, when in 2015 Trans Mountain agreed to donate $300,000 to KPU over 20 years—with an additional $40,000 towards KPU’s Environmental Protection Lab building—if the Kinder Morgan pipelines expansion program was approved. This “donation” also gave Trans Mountain exclusive naming rights on the EPT lab.

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Emergency response simulates a B.C. earthquake

Feb 22, 2017

A collaborative effort will test the province’s emergency plans and procedures by simulating a catastrophic B.C. earthquake.

Representatives from all levels of government, industry, post-secondary institutions, social organizations and emergency management agencies will work together Feb. 22-24 to review and practise emergency response plans.

“As we saw last year with forest fires, disaster can happen quickly and without warning. This exercise will help ensure that we are ready for anything and are able to protect Alberta families in their time of need.”

Shaye Anderson, Minister of Municipal Affairs

This year’s emergency management exercise focuses on the coordination that would be needed to provide effective disaster support to British Columbia in the event of a massive earthquake. B.C. is considered a high-risk earthquake zone and experienced a 4.3 magnitude earthquake in 2015.

The province has held annual emergency management exercises since 2001 to practise plans, improve response, and better prepare for future disasters.

Albertans can do their part by putting together a 72-hour emergency kit and signing up for Alberta emergency alerts.

Related information

Media inquiries

Shannon Greer
Press Secretary, Municipal Affairs


Nunavut budget: Finance minister wants Ottawa to fund infrastructure projects – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Feb 22, 2017

IQALUIT, Nunavut _ Nunavut’s finance minister is using his budget speech to ask the federal government for more money to fund infrastructure projects.

Keith Peterson says the territory will deliver a balanced budget in the coming year.

But he warns that’s due to federal transfers, which are expected to grow more slowly in the future.

He says Ottawa should fund transportation projects in the Arctic to unlock Nunavut’s ability to develop its resources and support itself.

Peterson’s budget mentions a port along the Northwest Passage, a road from Yellowknife to the coast and a highway from Manitoba to communities along Hudson Bay.



First Nation band councillor accused of selling drugs released on bail – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Feb 22, 2017 

YORKTON, Sask. _ A First Nation band councillor accused of selling drugs has been released on bail.

Clarence Papequash, 64, of the Key First Nation was in Yorkton provincial court today.

Papequash is charged with drug trafficking, firearm offences and one count of possession of property obtained by crime.

His next court appearance is set for March 14 in Kamsack.

Mounties executed a search warrant last week at a home on the reserve east of Saskatoon and Papequash was suspended as a councillor by the chief after charges were laid.

Papequash resigned as chief of Key First Nation in 2014 when he was given a six-month conditional sentence for selling a morphine pill to a man working for the RCMP.

He was elected as a band councillor in October.




Mining Association of BC Welcomes Budget 2017

February 22, 2017

The Mining Association of BC (MABC) welcomes BC Budget 2017 and commends government’s commitment to reduce the PST on electricity by 50% in October 2017 and fully eliminate by April 2019. Electricity represents a significant input cost for the operation of mines in B.C., and at most sites, it is the second largest cost.

As noted by the B.C. Commission on Tax Competitiveness and acknowledged by the government today, no other jurisdiction in North America levies a similar retail sales tax on electricity.  Mining is an industry that sells its products at a fixed, international price, therefore effective tax structures are of utmost importance to ensure the industry remains globally competitive and continues to protect and grow jobs in B.C.
“Reducing the PST on electricity in Budget 2017 and committing to the full elimination of the tax by April 2019 is an important and positive step toward improving B.C.’s competitiveness, which in turn attracts investment and protects jobs in every community in B.C.,” said Karina Briño, President and CEO. “We look forward to working with government to continue efforts to improve industry competitiveness to build healthy communities across the province.”
MABC is also pleased and recognizes government’s commitment to increase resources in Budget 2017 for mine permitting. From mine development to operation to closure, mining proponents and operators in B.C. participate in multiple regulatory processes, including environmental assessment reviews, mine permitting, mine inspections and reclamation. Permitting delays caused by a lack of resources halts private sector investment and job creation for both mining projects and operations.

“The mining industry has consistently advocated for adequate resources for the Ministry of Energy and Mines to ensure we have a predictable and clear permitting process that leads to timely decisions for industry,” said Briño. “As the outlook for mining continues to improve, we have the potential to grow our industry and provide family-supporting jobs across B.C., and to continue our long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship and positive partnerships with communities and First Nations,” concluded Briño.


For more information:
Karina Briño, President and CEO
604 681-4321, Ext. 120


Trudeau calls five byelections for April 3, including former PM Harper’s old riding – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Feb 22, 2017 

OTTAWA _ Byelections will be held on April 3 to fill five vacant seats in the House of Commons, including the one formerly held by Stephen Harper.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called the byelections for his Conservative predecessor’s riding of Calgary Heritage, as well as Calgary Midnapore, formerly held by one-time Harper minister Jason Kenney.

Kenney is now running for the leadership of Alberta’s Progressive Conservative party.

Byelections will also be held in the Montreal riding of Saint-Laurent and the Toronto-area riding of Markham-Thornhill, both of which were left vacant after veteran Liberal ministers Stephane Dion and John McCallum were named to plum diplomatic posts as part of a cabinet shuffle last month.

In addition to those four, Trudeau called an April 3 byelection for Ottawa-Vanier last weekend.

The seat has been vacant since the death last August of veteran Liberal MP Mauril Belanger from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.



Newfoundland and Labrador to cut 287 senior bureaucrats in bid to tame deficit – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Feb 22, 2017

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. _ Newfoundland and Labrador’s Liberal government is slicing 287 management jobs from its civil service as part of a wider effort to contain a deficit currently projected to be close to $1.6 billion.

Premier Dwight Ball, who promised to avoid layoffs during the 2015 election campaign, said it’s a difficult decision but the province’s dire finances demand a “flatter, leaner” government.

Ball said he didn’t realize how serious Newfoundland and Labrador’s fiscal situation was.

“It’s difficult because when those comments were made it was in a much different environment,” he said during a news conference on Wednesday.

He blamed Paul Davis, the former Progressive Conservative premier, for not telling him the size of the deficit during the electoral battle.

“The only individuals who had accurate information about the fiscal situation in the province was the former administration,” he said, as the former premier sat just metres away observing the news conference.

The province’s finance minister, Cathy Bennett, predicted the cut would save $20 to $25 million annually and said it is part of a wider push to meet current deficit projections.

“Our targets are ones we’re working hard to achieve. Whether we’ll hit it or not, we’ll let you know on budget day,” she said, adding she doesn’t yet have a date for the budget.

Ball said eliminating 17 per cent of the civil service’s management ranks won’t harm services.

“There are many opportunities for services not to be lessened or decrease. We think there are enough synergies there that the public service will be able to act more efficiently,” he said.

The premier also announced changes to several departments, saying that municipal affairs and environment will operate under a single cabinet minister, as will fisheries and land resources, and the departments of tourism and industry.

The department of intergovernmental affairs will include the office of Labrador affairs, and all government marketing operations will be consolidated into the government’s communications branch.

Bennett said 90 of the eliminated jobs are currently vacant, while the remainder of the total will result in immediate layoffs _ adding that many of the employees were only learning of their fate on Wednesday morning.

She and Ball both cited a higher number of civil servants per capita than most Canadian provinces, but didn’t comment on whether they expected to make further cuts.

Bennett originally hinted at the possibility of the layoffs in January of last year, after sending directives to departments and agencies seeking savings of 30 per cent over the next three years.

Ball had warned at about the same time that the province faced the risk of credit downgrading if he didn’t take actions to control the size of the deficit.

The provincial government said in its budget last year that it intends to gradually return to a balanced budget in a seven-year process.

_ By Michael Tutton in Halifax.

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Sphinx and SOQUEM identify coincident ground geophysical and geochemical anomalies and approve a drilling campaign on the Calumet-Sud zinc Project, Quebec

Montréal, February 22, 2017 – Sphinx Resources Ltd. (“Sphinx” or the “Corporation”) (TSX-V: SFX) and its partner SOQUEM are pleased to report positive results following a ground gravity and induced polarization survey (“IP”). over zinc soil targets at the Sonny and Sonny West Zone on the Calumet-Sud project (the “Project”). These geophysical surveys identified several high priority targets for an 11-hole drill program that will start around the mid-March 2017.

These results are in addition to the results obtained in 2016 from the following surveys:

  • HELITEM30C MULTIPULSE™ airborne survey (press release of September 7, 2016); and
  • soil geochemical survey (press release of December 20, 2016).

The Sonny Zone and the Sonny West Zone (located 150 m west of the Sonny Zone), are:

  • delineated by strongly anomalous values in soil for zinc and lead (with a peak value of 37,200 ppm Zn (3.72%) and 1,678 ppm Pb (0.17%); and
  • spatially correlated with the airborne conductors, chargeability anomalies as well as certain gravimetric highs. The Sonny Zone in particular represents a zone of coincident gravity, IP, soil and zinc in bedrock

These two zones are new and have not been tested by drilling or other surveys in the past.

In addition, the Sonny Zone, identified in 2014, has revealed a number of one-metre long channel samples (the true thickness of the mineralization cannot be determined) in carbonate bedrock that returned: Trench #1 – 1.9% Zn over 5 m, 3.7% Zn over 4 m, including 5.4% Zn over 2 m and Trench #2 – 3% Zn over 10 m including 6.9% Zn over 1 m.

Following the work performed in 2016 and the encouraging results obtained, several anomalies have been selected and jointly approved as drilling targets, by SOQUEM, manager of the Project, and Sphinx. To test these targets, a diamond drilling campaign comprising a minimum of 11 drillholes, totalling 800 m will begin around the middle of March.

The ground geophysical work was conducted by Geosig Inc. a geophysical consulting firm based in Quebec City, from December 6 to 23, 2016, under the supervision of SOQUEM and. MB Geosolutions of Fossambault-sur-le-Lac, Quebec. The surveys covered a total of 17.5 line-km with wood pickets and surveyed lines, but with no vegetation clearing.

The Project consists of 21 claims covering an area of 12 km2 optioned to SOQUEM in 2016. Under the option and joint venture agreement with SOQUEM, Sphinx grants SOQUEM the option to acquire an undivided 50% interest in the Project. If the option is exercised, a joint venture will be created between Sphinx and SOQUEM. SOQUEM is operating the Project’s exploration program. The Project is adjacent to the Green Palladium project held 100% by Sphinx, which includes a significant strike length of the carbonate stratigraphy of interest

The technical information presented in this press release has been approved by Normand Champigny, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sphinx, and a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101.


SOQUEM, a subsidiary of Investissement Québec, is a leading player in mineral exploration in Québec. Its mission is to explore, discover and develop mining properties in Québec. SOQUEM has participated in more than 350 exploration projects and contributed to major discoveries of gold, diamonds, lithium and other minerals.

About Sphinx

Sphinx is engaged in the generation and acquisition of exploration projects in Québec, a Canadian province which is recognized as an attractive mining jurisdiction worldwide.

For further information, please consult Sphinx’s website or contact:

Normand Champigny
President and Chief Executive Officer


Arctic killer whales intimidating narwhals into behaviour change: study – The Globe and Mail

Feb. 22, 2017

A study has concluded that the increased presence of killer whales in Arctic waters is intimidating narwhal into drastically changing their behaviour.

It’s another symptom of how climate change is remaking the delicate northern environment.

“Just having (killer whales) around is terrorizing their prey and causing them a lot of difficulties,” said Steve Ferguson of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, a co-author of the paper.

“They’re having to add this on top of all their other problems.”

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