Tony Geheran, Executive Vice-President and Chief Customer Officer, Telus
NationTalk speaks with TonyGeheran, Executive Vice-President and Chief Customer Officer of Telus. He talks about his keynote address in connecting urban and rural and Indigenous communities by bringing high-speed internet to all Canadians. This is a high-priority infrastructure issue for governments across the country. Having access to this must-have service means communities can boost their economic capabilities, take part in the knowledge economy and attract new residents and talent from around the world. He also talks about the challenges of reaching areas that are hard to reach geographically and socially.
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SK Government: Education Class Size And Composition Committee Set To Meet Next Week
November 21, 2019
Today, Education Minister Gordon Wyant released the membership of the class size and composition committee, which is scheduled to have its first meeting next week.
“The voice of parents, teachers, staff, leaders and Indigenous people was important as we worked to confirm membership on this committee,” Wyant said. “I am confident these individuals will help provide a path forward to address the challenges that exist in our classrooms.”
The committee will be chaired by Ministry of Education Deputy Minister Rob Currie.
Other ministry representatives are:
Thomas Sierzycki, Northern Education Advisor
Angella Pinay, Senior Indigenous Advisor
Lynn Harper-Harris, Student Support Consultant
The Saskatchewan School Boards’ Association representation is President Dr. Shawn Davidson.
Members at large include:
Dr. Michelle Prytula, Dean for the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan
Brian Lach, parent and former superintendent and teacher
Amy Redding, School Community Co-ordinator, Prairie Valley School Division
The committee will engage third-party expert, Dr. Andy Hargreaves, to assist in their work. Dr. Hargreaves is a world-renowned expert on Education policy and founder of the Altantic Rim Collaboratory. Dr. Hargreaves will advise the committee on best practices that are used around the world.
The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation has declined an invitation to participate. The organization is welcome to nominate their representative at any point throughout the process.
“While six of the eight members are former teachers, I would welcome the Federation’s input at the table,” Wyant said.
The committee’s work will include a review of class size and student demographic and class composition trends in Saskatchewan Prekindergarten to Grade 12 provincial schools as well as a review of best practices cited in research and in other jurisdictions. The committee’s work will be used to create a framework to guide decisions on appropriate class size and composition within Saskatchewan classrooms.
The Deputy Minister of Education will also engage with other education sector stakeholders during the process to gain further input into class size and composition within Saskatchewan schools.
MB Government: Province Seeks Community-Based Service Providers to Deliver 24-7 Supports to Vulnerable Children and Families
November 21, 2019
Community Helpers will Help Prevent Apprehensions, Placement Breakdowns: Stefanson
The Manitoba government is making $525,000 in grant funding available to recruit, train and employ ‘community helpers’ to provide services that reduce the risk of Child and Family Services (CFS) apprehension or placement breakdown, Families Minister Heather Stefanson announced today.
“Our government is focused on protecting kids and ensuring they have the opportunity to grow up in safe, loving homes,” Stefanson said. “Community helpers will deliver culturally appropriate services tailored to the unique needs of young people, which will help prevent them from having to leave their families or CFS placement.”
The new primary prevention program will match community-based support workers with families and caregivers residing in Winnipeg’s inner city who are experiencing challenges that could lead to separation. The workers, known as community helpers, will support the stability and wellness of vulnerable families by establishing trusting relationships outside the formal system. Through these relationships, the caregivers will feel supported, valued and empowered to access additional available services when they are needed.
Through facilitated family-led planning, in-home crisis counselling and skill building exercises, the community helpers will provide children and caregivers with the tools to help manage challenges independently in the long-term, limiting CFS involvement – an approach supported by leading experts.
“Everything we know about investing in the well-being needs of families tells us that preventing unnecessary family separation prevents trauma that can dismember families, communities and cultures,” said Kevin Campbell, an international child protection expert. “Every step a system takes to implement primary prevention is step toward a truly just system of support for families, communities and culture. This project is clearly one of those steps.”
One anticipated benefit of the community helpers program is improved overall individual and family wellness, the minister said. Through the community helper relationship, families and caregivers will be supported to manage or overcome mental health or substance abuse challenges, which can otherwise contribute to children entering care or placement moves.
The methods and teachings employed by the community helpers will also integrate traditional knowledge and wisdom to ensure a cultural connection strengthens the relationships that provide a gateway to services.
The minister noted this new funding also fulfils recommendations of the VIRGO, MACY and other reports to prioritize funding for services for children and youth.
Since the beginning of October, the Manitoba government has committed $18 million toward nine initiatives that will improve mental health and addictions services throughout the province. Further investments will be announced in the coming weeks.
Manitoba Families is looking for community organizations who will partner to deliver the community helper programming. An information session outlining the grant competition process and timelines will be held next week. Proposals will be accepted until Dec. 13.
Public information, contact Manitoba Government Inquiry: 1-866-626-4862 or 204-945-3744.
Media requests for general information, contact Communications Services Manitoba: 204-945-3765.
Media requests for ministerial comment, contact Communications and Stakeholder Relations: 204-945-4916.
Unicef Canada: Federal government must respect First Nation children’s right to a childhood
TORONTO, 21 November 2019 – UNICEF Canada congratulates the new members of Cabinet on their first day of business for Canada’s 43rd Parliament. As a leading organization for children and youth, UNICEF Canada reminds you — and all officials in the Government of Canada — that you play a powerful role shaping the lives of children and youth. Almost every decision you make will affect them.
As a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Canada has a duty to prioritize their rights and interests. The Convention provides a critical framework for ensuring the fundamental human rights of every child. UNICEF — the only organization named in the Convention — has a responsibility to speak out and defend children’s rights everywhere, including Canada.
On your first day as Cabinet Ministers, we urge you to demonstrate that fairness and justice for children and youth will be your priority. As a matter of urgency, we ask you to rescind the previous request made by the Government of Canada for a judicial review of the September 2019 ruling of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) and a stay of the CHRT order for compensation for First Nations families and children affected by Canada’s discriminatory child welfare policies and practices.
Justice is a matter of fairness and remedy, above all else. The harm suffered over many years by First Nations children, families and communities can only be partially remedied by the compensation ordered by the CHRT, but it is a remedy that can help them reach for a positive future and ensure that future generations will not endure similar harm. Please work with the other parties on developing a responsible compensation approach to help restore and foster some of the rights denied to the affected children and their families, including education, treatment, family and cultural connection and dignity. You must act now. A judicial review and stay will further delay the rights and well-being of some of Canada’s most vulnerable and subordinate justice to lesser considerations. Please show these children today that they are at the top of your priorities.
Children everywhere have the right to a childhood.
About UNICEF Canada’s One Youth
From 25th to 1st place, UNICEF Canada’s One Youth is working to make Canada the best place in the world to grow up in. As the global UN agency for kids, UNICEF has worked to improve conditions for every child around the world for more than 70 years, and has saved more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization. UNICEF Canada’s One Youth brings that work to Canada, by building the new gold standard for measuring child well-being, and developing and testing innovative solutions to the challenges they face. We are calling on Canadians to take action and do better for children and youth.
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UNICEF is the world’s leading humanitarian organization focused on children. We defend the right to childhood so children everywhere grow up safe, happy and healthy and able to reach their potential. UNICEF works in the most challenging areas to provide protection, healthcare and immunizations, education, safe water and sanitation and nutrition. As part of the United Nations, our unrivaled reach spans more than 190 countries and territories, ensuring we are on the ground to help the most disadvantaged children. While part of the UN system, UNICEF relies entirely on voluntary donations to finance our live-saving work. Please visit unicef.ca and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
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SK Government: Premier Announces The Recipients Of The 2019 Premier’s Award For Excellence In The Public Service
November 21, 2019
Today, Premier Scott Moe announced one emerging leader, two individuals and five teams from the public service who will receive the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Public Service for 2019.
“Saskatchewan is privileged to have such passionate and dedicated public servants,” Moe said. “I want to extend my sincere gratitude to the recipients of this award. They have gone above and beyond with their commitment to serving our province and have set a high standard of excellence in all they do.”
The Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Public Service is awarded in three categories: emerging leader, individual and teams.
Autism Spectrum Disorder Individualized Funding Team, Ministry of Social Services
Crop Walks Team, Ministry of Agriculture
Customer Connect Team – Constellation Initiative, SaskEnergy
Indigenous Procurement Initiative Team, SaskPower
Valley View Centre Transition Team, Ministry of Social Services
Individuals and teams from across government, including ministries, agencies, boards and crown corporations, are nominated for the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Public Service by their peers, the public, stakeholder organizations, clients and citizens. Final selections are made by an independent committee.
The Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Public Service has been recognizing exceptional work for 16 years. Honourable mentions are provided to third parties and/or private sector partners who have assisted team recipients in their projects.
The recipients will receive their award at an event held in their honour on November 25, 2019.
Reporting Period July 1, 2019 to September 30, 2019
1. Important Information for All IOGC Contacts and Clients:
On July 29, 2019, Indian Oil and Gas Canada (IOGC) changed from reporting to Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC) to reporting to Indigenous Services Canada (ISC). The change in IOGC’s reporting relationship has no impact for IOGC’s First Nations clients and industry stakeholders.
IOGC is pleased to announce that the Indian Oil and Gas Act, 2009, and its associated Indian Oil and Gas Regulations, 2019, both came into force and became law on August 1, 2019.
The official text of the 2009 Act and 2019 Regulations can be accessed at:
This important accomplishment and milestone would not be possible without the participation, review, and feedback from IOGC’s many contacts and clients.
The new legislative and regulatory regime is intended to strike a balance between: 1) the clarity and certainty required by industry when making their investment decisions; and, 2) the flexibility that First Nations desire so they can customize their business arrangements to fit the needs and aspirations of their communities and community members.
The coming into force of the 2009 Act and its 2019 Regulations marks the completion of the MARS Project. And so, beginning with this issue, this Newsletter will be changing its name from the “IOGC MARS Quarterly Newsletter” to the “IOGC Quarterly Newsletter.”
2. Implementation of 2009 Act and 2019 Regulations – Update Days 1 to 60
In the preceding IOGC Quarterly Newsletter, IOGC committed to providing more specific information to its First Nations clients and its industry stakeholders prior to the August 1, 2019 coming into force date for the 2009 Act and the 2019 Regulations. IOGC fulfilled this commitment by sending, via regular mail, printed copies of the “First Nations’ and Industry Information Guide” the week prior to August 1, 2019. The Guide was also posted on IOGC’s Internet website at:
On August 1, 2019, IOGC issued 288 Offset Notices under its new Act and new regulations.
By Day 30 under the new Act and regulations, IOGC had issued letters including:
24 letters to industry with no interests on First Nations lands but whose facilities process oil and gas originating from First Nations lands (under the 2009 Act, a 10-year limitation period for maintaining records is established);
11 letters internal to the department;
3 letters to other federal departments involved in managing information related to oil and gas exploration and development on First Nations lands;
2 letters to provincial / industry organizations (i.e., Petrinex; Orphan Well Association);
11 oil and gas-producing First Nation advocate organizations; and,
6 oil and gas industry advocate organizations.
By Day 90 (October 31, 2019), IOGC had fielded 34 enquiries related to the implementation of the 2009 Act and 2019 Regulations with the following distribution of categories:
Surface Tenure – 12
General Information – 4
Continuance – 3
Limitation Period – 2
Assignment – 2
Co-Management Board – 1
Record Search – 1
Well Abandonment – 1
Compliance and Enforcement – 1
Acquiring Mineral Rights – 2
Re-leasing Lands – 1
Royalty – 2
Exploration License – 1
Forms – 1
3. Engagement and Outreach on the Indian Oil and Gas Regulations, 2019
IOGC continues to host engagement and outreach meetings on the Indian Oil and Gas Regulations, 2019. If you would like to meet with IOGC on the regulations, please contact:
4. Information for First Nations Clients – Implementation of 2009 Act and 2019 Regulations
IOGC has entered into an agreement with the Indian Resource Council (IRC) that would assist the IRC in providing Readiness Training to First Nations in preparing for the implementation of the Indian Oil and Gas Act, 2009 and the Indian Oil and Gas Regulations, 2019. Oil and gas-producing First Nations are being contacted by the IRC to schedule these sessions. For more information, please contact David Shade, IRC’s JTC-1 Program Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org OR 403-281-8308).
5. Information for First Nations Clients – Due Diligence and Asset Acquisition
First Nations may be approached, by oil and gas companies, and asked if they would consider acquiring assets that the companies no longer require. Occasionally, IOGC is contacted by First Nations and asked to provide technical and financial advice on such proposed asset acquisitions. Due to IOGC’s trust-like responsibilities and its role as the on-reserve oil and gas regulator, IOGC cannot provide specific business acquisition advice to First Nations as it would be perceived as a conflict of interest. IOGC strongly recommends that First Nations, and First Nation-owned businesses, conduct their own due diligence including, but not limited to, engaging qualified independent experts to assess potential economic benefits as well as total liabilities.
6. Implementation of 2009 Act and Phase I regulations – Readiness Update:
Project tracking meetings were held with managers and groups of related managers to facilitate collaboration throughout Q1 and Q2. Prior to the coming into force date of August 1, 2019, IOGC held a series of dry-runs that were focused on cross-functional areas experiencing the greatest change (drainage and compensatory royalty, First Nations audit, continuances, and administrative monetary penalties for finance). Weekly leadership stand up meetings were held in July and August and continue to be held biweekly with the aim of identifying any roadblocks. Meetings with managers were carried out post-implementation to update and track implementation deliverables that were identified as Day 30 and beyond.
7. RIMS2 Project Update:
The RIMS2 systems development is independent of the “Implementation of the 2009 Act and Phase I regulations.” The new RIMS2 system functionality is projected to come on-line after the 2009 Act and Phase I regulations have both become law.
A major project milestone was reached during the past reporting period as new Gas Cost Allowance (GCA) capability was developed and deployed. IOGC’s contacts and clients will be using this new feature for the next period for their GCA reporting and the new tools and processes are expected to facilitate and streamline reporting.
The Sierra project team, with IOGC has completed over 90% of the task of developing the royalty calculation mechanisms needed for active leases in Saskatchewan. Ten major types have been identified; Development of the systems to process the data and to provide an assessment is continuing.
At the same time the development team is reviewing the design of the interfaces for the exchange of data between Petrinex and IOGC as well as internal interfaces within our systems (RIMS and RIMS2).
The RIMS2 Communications Plan, required for project gating approvals processes, is being updated and is undergoing internal review and approvals.
8. Phase II Regulations – Project Update
The Phase II regulations are out of scope of the “Implementation of the 2009 Act and Phase I regulations.” Phase II regulations will continue to be developed and brought into force, as they are readied. By the end of this process, the former Indian Oil and Gas Regulations, 1995 will have been entirely replaced by new, modern regulations.
With the 2009 Act and its 2019 Regulations now law, the IRC and the Joint Technical Committee (JTC) have decided to focus their efforts in ensuring First Nations are ready for the new legislative and regulatory regime. Work on the Phase II regulations will be postponed until Q3 of FY2019-2020. Currently, joint work between the JTC and IOGC is not projected to take place during Q1 or Q2 of FY2019-2020. In its place, the JTC will focus on developing a strategic approach for the Royalty Management and Environment regulation modules that would reflect both the position of the JTC / IRC but also of their respective individual First Nations. The results of this work is expected to be presented to IOGC in Q3 of FY2019-2020 when IOGC will be expected to re-engage the JTC on the development of regulatory drafting instructions.
9. Organizational Change Management (OCM) Update:
OCM has focused on staff engagement prior to the Coming into Force of the Act and Regulations. This involved working with business units and their cross-functional partners to plan, execute and collaborate on a series of dry-runs in areas experiencing the greatest change. These activities allowed for active staff engagement prior to the Coming into Force of the Act and Regulations. In addition, IOGC staff participated in ADKAR assessments which allowed them to self-evaluate their readiness. The results of both the dry-runs and the assessments are being used to address gaps and improve processes for Phase II. OCM is also tracking and evaluating the lessons learned on Day 1 and the activities leading up to Day 1.
For the RIMS2 project, OCM has been involved as IOGC engaged with Sierra on project governance and establishing a better defined process for working together.
10. Other News
The final version of IOGC’s Annual Report for FY2017-2018 is now available on IOGC’s Internet website at:
IOGC officials attended the Global Petroleum Show June 11 to 13 held at Calgary’s BMO Centre. IOGC officials were available to address any questions or concerns regarding the new Act and regulations.
Please note, effective June 17, 2019 – Canada Post has changed IOGC’s Postal Code to T3T 0E1.
For further information on IOGC or the IOGC Quarterly Newsletter, please contact IOGC at:
Indian Oil and Gas Canada / Pétrole et gaz des Indiens du Canada
100 – 9911 boul. Chiila Blvd.
Tsuut’ina AB T3T 0E1
Phone / Téléphone: (403) 292-5625
Fax / Télécopieur: (403) 292-5618
MNO ready to work with new federal cabinet
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his government’s new federal cabinet on Wednesday, November 20. The new cabinet includes 36 ministers, half of which are women.
As promised by the Liberal government, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples remains a priority, which will include working closely with the Métis peoples to address critical issues affecting their communities.
Recognizing this relationship, Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) President Margaret Froh stated: “In recent years, the MNO has worked alongside the Liberal government and has made incredible and long-awaited advances towards recognition and respect for Métis Rights, including our inherent right of self-determination and self-government.”The new cabinet includes the reappointment of Minister Carolyn Bennett, who will continues as Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations. Minister Bennett was signatory to the history-making Métis Government Recognition and Self-Government Agreement signed on June 27 of this year. The first agreement of its kind in Canada, the Agreement provides the MNO with long-sought-after federal recognition and a clear path forward towards realizing full recognition as a government.
The MNO expects to maintain close and productive working relationship with Minister Bennett and to continue to work together to address the needs of Métis communities and citizens.
The MNO also welcomes the appointment of Quebec MP Marc Miller, who will be joining cabinet as the new Minister of Indigenous Services.
The MNO looks forward to working with Ministers Bennett and Miller. “We have worked hard to secure investments from Canada that will bring measurable benefits to MNO citizens and communities throughout Ontario. We look forward to working with these ministers and all of cabinet on key priority areas that will make real change for our citizens and communities,” said MNO President Froh.
MNO: Notice to Federal Indian Day School Survivors
This notice is to make you aware of the Federal Indian Day Schools and Federal Day Schools Class Action Settlement Approval. There may be some Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) citizens that are eligible to submit a Claims Form as they may have attended a Federal Day School. If you or someone you know attended a Federal Indian Day School or a Federal Day School, please pass this information on to them.
On this page, you will find a link to a letter from the legal firm, Gowling WLG advising about the settlement approved for Survivors of Federal Indian Day Schools and Federal Day Schools.
To receive compensation, a person must be an eligible Class Member which are former students of a Federal Indian Day School or Federal Day School during the Claims Period and identified in Schedule K of the Settlement Agreement. Schedule K is part of the letter attached in this notice.
For more information about the Settlement and the Claims Process, please visit:
You may also contact Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP at:
160 Elgin Street, Suite 2600
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1C3
Toll Free Number: 1-844-539-3815
Fax Number: (613) 788-3629
MKO Hosts Chiefs Assembly on Child Welfare on National Child Day
November 20, 2019
Treaty One Territory, Winnipeg, MB – Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc. (MKO) is issuing this statement in recognition of National Child Day. The day falls on November 20 each year.
National Child Day is celebrated in Canada in recognition of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Convention was adopted 30 years ago by the General Assembly of the United Nations on November 20, 1989. Its anniversary is a good time to learn more about the rights of children and youth.
On National Child Day, MKO is hosting a Chiefs Assembly for its 26 Northern communities. The Assembly will take place at the South Beach Casino in Brokenhead Ojibway Nation. The Assembly will feature an in-depth look at Bill C-92 as well as provincial child welfare legislation; discussions, visions, and concerns regarding child welfare in Northern First Nations; a historical overview of child welfare; a presentation about MKO’s “foundational strategy;” and more.
“Children are sacred gifts from the Creator and they are at the center of our First Nations. Elders and traditional teachers tell us that our actions today will impact the next seven generations,” stated Grand Chief Garrison Settee. “MKO aims to empower First Nations in reclaiming jurisdiction over their own children and that’s a part of why we are hosting an Assembly starting today on child welfare.”
National Child Day provides an opportunity to promote the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and is an opportunity to encourage people to increase their understanding of children’s rights and why these rights are so important. MKO’s Child Welfare Secretariat will continue to work to advance the rights of First Nations children and youth.
We are pleased and encouraged by the Prime Minister’s new Cabinet appointments. They represent a good balance of new faces and experienced cabinet members who will provide a forward-looking and stable government. It was great to see the opportunities provided to those who together represent citizens from right across our country.
We are particularly pleased that Métis Nation Citizen the Honourable Dan Vandal has been appointed as Minister of Northern Affairs. We are also happy to see that the Honourable Jim Carr has been made the Prime Minister’s Special Representative for the Prairies. We congratulate everyone on their appointments.
The appointment of the Honourable Chrystia Freeland as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs is a positive signal to other governments, including our Métis Nation Government, of the federal government’s commitment to national unity and we look forward to a First Ministers Meeting.
As Canada’s negotiating partner in Confederation and founder of the province of Manitoba, the Métis Nation will return to our historical role of bringing the West into a united Canada. We will roll up our sleeves to continue to build our great country. We look forward to working with Prime Minister Trudeau, his new cabinet and doing our share for a prosperous and unified Canada.
Two short films focus on resistance, connection with land and water tonight at UPEI – SaltWire Network
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —
Resistance and connection with land and water are the themes running through two short films to be shown this evening at UPEI.
“Water Warriors” and “Upstream, the Stewards of the Land” tell the compelling stories of First Nations as they and their allies protect land and water from oil and gas development in New Brunswick on one side of the country and British Columbia on the other. Doors open at 7 p.m. in MacDougall Hall, Room 242. Everyone is welcome – admission is by donation. The films are being presented by the UPEI Environmental Studies Society with Cinema Politica Charlottetown.
In “Water Warriors”, members of the Mi’kmaq Elsipogtog First Nation and allies set up a series of road blockades in 2013 in response to the arrival in New Brunswick of Texas-based SWN Resources to explore for natural gas. After months of resistance, the community’s efforts not only halted drilling; they elected a new government and won an indefinite moratorium on fracking in the province.
Commission seeks public input for Dawson land use plan – CBC
Dawson Regional Planning Commission gathering information about issues in the region
Nov 21, 2019
The Dawson Regional Planning Commission in Yukon is releasing its work to date for public feedback.
The commission, which is developing a land use plan for a roughly 40,000-square-kilometre area in west-central Yukon, held an open house in Dawson City last week, and another in Whitehorse on Wednesday.
Senior planner Tim Van Hinte said the commission staff have been collecting information on things like minerals, wildlife, protected areas and climate change in the area to be covered by the plan.
They have also been researching key planning issues and interests, he said.
Yukon First Nations launch nutritional meals program in rural communities
November 20, 2019
Children and youth in Yukon First Nations rural communities will have access to two meals a day, five days per week with a new initiative launched through the Council of Yukon First Nations. A group proposal submitted by CYFN totalling $4.4 million in Jordan’s Principle funding was recently approved by Indigenous Services Canada (ISC).
The funding will be used to purchase and transport fresh, nutritious food into the communities; assist with harvesting traditional foods; pay for cooks; upgrade kitchen equipment and facilities, and to hire two CYFN coordinators to manage the program.
Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Brendan Hanley, supported the group proposal, stating: “Food insecurity is an urgent public health challenge in Canada that disproportionately affects First Nations peoples. Canada is the only country in the 34-nation Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) without a national school food program.”
Those participating include Liard First Nation, Little Salmon-Carmacks First Nation, Vuntut Gwitchin Government, Carcross/Tagish First Nation, Ross River Dene Council, Selkirk First Nation, First Nation of Na-cho Nyäk Dun, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation, Kluane First Nation, White River First Nation; Champagne and Aishihik First Nation, and Teslin Tlingit Council.
The food we eat is linked to our culture, our identity and our overall health, so assisting communities to build food security while revitalizing traditional diets, is vitally important for Yukon First Nations. We also know that a healthy diet improves concentration and learning. The potential benefits to this program are countless.
Council of Yukon First Nations Grand Chief Peter Johnston
In Ross River we have already implemented the hot meals program and, although it’s too early to say what effects it may have on our youth, we feel better knowing every child is guaranteed two balanced meals during the school week. We know this will have a positive effect on our community as a whole.
Ross River Dene Council Councillor Verna Nukon
CYFN is the service coordinator in the Yukon for Jordan’s Principle, a child-first and needs-based principle used to ensure that First Nations children have equitable access to all government funded public services. In order to ensure “substantive equality” this can also include services that are not ordinarily available to other children, such as a community-wide food program.
A 2016 report, Health and Health-Related Behaviours among Young People (Yukon) states that more than 25 per cent of Yukon students reported going to bed hungry because they do not have enough to eat.
The Public Health Agency of Canada reports that 58 per cent of all annual healthcare spending in Canada is for the treatment of chronic diseases caused by unhealthy eating and lack of physical activity.
As the Liberal cabinet was being announced in Ottawa today, Métis Nation-Saskatchewan President Glen McCallum watched with anticipation.
The two portfolios he was eyeing were Crown-Indigenous Relations and Indigenous Services.
“The MN-S is pleased the Liberal Government has decided to have Carolyn Bennett remain Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister,” said President McCallum. He added, “With Minister Bennett’s continued support of our efforts to be recognized as a independent government, through our MN -S core governance agreement, which has been negotiated with the federal government, great strides have been made, through community engagement, toward reforming the constitution.”
A new face around the table is Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller, someone President McCallum looks forward to working with.
The MN-S also wants to congratulate Chrystia Freeland on being named Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister, the first in more than a decade. President McCallum looks forward to continued partnerships with the Trudeau government and will work to further strengthen the relationship the two have forged.
For more information, contact:
Julia Burns, MN-S Communications Director 306.343.8285
SCO Acknowledges Federal Cabinet Appointments
November 20, 2019
ANISHINAABE AND DAKOTA TERRITORY, MB — Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) Grand Chief Jerry Daniels would like to take this moment to congratulate the Ministers sworn in to the Federal Cabinet today by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Grand Chief Jerry Daniels extends his welcome, “I look forward to working with this slate of Ministers towards building stronger relationships of mutual benefit of all of our peoples. I would like to extend a special acknowledgement to Ministers Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, and Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs. We look forward to meeting with you all and continuing our work together to help out our 34 southern First Nations.”
SCO send its congratulations to the following Federal Cabinet Ministers:
Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement
Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations
Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Youth
Mona Fortier, Minister of Middle-Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance
Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage
Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health
Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
Melanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages
David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney-General
Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence
Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services
Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Minister of Rural Economic Development
Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance
Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Natural Resources
Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Accessibility
Pablo Rodriguez, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Quebec Lieutenant
Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence
Filomena Tassi, Minister of Labour
Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs
Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
We wish you all the best in your new appointments, and look forward to seeing how First Nations can work together to better service our respective communities and constituencies.
The Southern Chiefs’ Organization represents 34 First Nations of Manitoba in agreement to establish an independent political forum to protect, preserve, promote, and enhance First Nations peoples’ inherent rights, languages, customs, and traditions through the application and implementation of the spirit and intent of the Treaty-making process.
Indigenous leaders react to federal cabinet appointments – Sudbury.com
Nishnawbe Aski Nation says it has ‘high expectations’ that its priorities will be addressed
OTTAWA — Now that the cabinet has been named, Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald and Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler are calling on federal ministers to collaborate with First Nations on issues that are important to them.
“We expect that this government will begin immediately to continue the work to create systemic change,” Fiddler said on Wednesday in a statement issued on behalf of the NAN executive council.
Archibald said the Chiefs of Ontario will reach out to ministers in new portfolios “to create new relationships and build on positive relations already established with the federal government.”.
Nunavut groups submit concerns, propose alternatives ahead of Education Act hearing – Nunatsiaq News
21 November, 2019
“Huge inequality between language groups” in Nunavut, coalition of DEAs says
Through written submissions to the government’s standing committee on legislation, several Nunavut groups have expressed their disappointment with Bill 25, An Act to Amend the Education Act and the Inuit Language Protection Act.
And some of those groups, like Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. and the Coalition of Nunavut District Education Authorities, have proposed amendments to the bill.
Those submissions will be discussed at an upcoming televised hearing of the standing committee on legislation.
The public was invited to make submissions to the committee after Bill 25 was introduced during the legislative assembly’s spring sitting in June.
Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald Welcomes the New Ministers Responsible for Indigenous Services Canada, Crown Indigenous Relations and all Newly Appointed Cabinet Members
(Toronto, ON, November 20, 2019) – Earlier today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named his cabinet for the House of Commons for the upcoming session of the 43rd Canadian Parliament. The Ontario Regional Chief offered the following statement upon the announcement of the cabinet.
“On behalf of the Chiefs of Ontario, I’d like to welcome and offer my congratulations to new Minister Marc Miller of Indigenous Services Canada and returning Minister Carolyn Bennett, of Crown and Indigenous Relations on their recent appointments. I look forward to renewing our relationship with Minister Bennett, and establishing a new, collaborative and positive working relationship with Minister Miller and getting to work immediately on addressing our priorities and outstanding issues.
We have much to do, and to be clear, as I have stated before, we call upon this government, again, to work in full partnership with the Chiefs in Ontario on addressing First Nations socio-economic priorities as outlined in the document, Towards a New Relationship.
I also welcome and look to continue the collaborative and respectful relationships with Ministers returning to their portfolios, such as Minister Lametti and Minister Monsef and with those in new portfolios, Minister O’Regan, Minister Hajdu and Minister McKenna.
Let’s start this new chapter and renewed relationship off right, with First Nations at the decision-making table, where we can take the lead in creating and implementing ‘community-centred approaches’ to address our priorities.
I look forward to working with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the new cabinet. We will reach out immediately to those in their new portfolios to create new relationships and build on positive relations already established with the federal government.
We very much hope that with today’s shuffle, the federal government and its new cabinet members are responsive and attentive to Ontario First Nations’ issues and will move forward collaboratively.”
Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald
The Chiefs of Ontario is a political forum and a secretariat for collective decision-making, action, and advocacy for the 133 First Nation communities located within the boundaries of the province of Ontario, Canada. Follow Chiefs of Ontario on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @ChiefsOfOntario.
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Province Signs Progressive Agreement with Manto Sipi Cree Nation to Advance Mineral Development in Manitoba
November 21, 2019
The Manitoba government signed a new consultation protocol with the Manto Sipi Cree Nation following the recent completion of negotiations, Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen and Chief Oliver Okemow of Manto Sipi Cree Nation announced today, adding it is the first to be developed through the Manitoba-First Nations Mineral Development Protocol initiative.
“The mineral development protocol helps to create certainty for all parties including First Nations, industry and government, and ensures that First Nations can be actively involved in all phases of mineral development to create and share in the benefits of growth in this sector,” said Pedersen. “We have a duty to consult in a meaningful way with Indigenous communities when any proposed provincial decision or action may adversely affect the exercise of Aboriginal or Treaty rights. Through a meaningful negotiation process with the Manto Sipi Cree Nation, we have arrived at a process for Crown-Indigenous consultation for all phases of mineral exploration and development.”
Following extensive engagement with First Nations leadership and industry representatives, the province released the Manitoba-First Nations Mineral Development Protocol in May 2019. The protocol defines how Crown–Indigenous consultations will occur during all phases of mineral development, creates certainty in order to advance projects in a timely way and ensures First Nations can be actively involved in all phases of development projects within their traditional territories. This will also provide mineral exploration and mining industries with a clear understanding of the requirements and processes for mineral development projects in Indigenous traditional territories.
“While negotiating with the province, we were able to have a number of discussions on historic issues including unresolved treaty land entitlements,” said Okemow. “We are very pleased with the discussions that took place, which have collectively helped us to address some of our historical concerns, and are excited to move forward with a renewed relationship and understanding with the province and to advance the mineral development opportunities within our traditional territory.”
“This agreement is significant as it advances reconciliation by fostering a mutually respectful relationship between the Crown and Indigenous communities, as well as between industry and Indigenous communities,” said Indigenous and Northern Relations Minister Eileen Clarke. “The certainty that these agreements bring will enhance public confidence in the mineral sector and the necessary assurance that Manitoba is the right place for business to invest, build and grow.”
The Manitoba government is in discussions with approximately 10 First Nations relating to the development of consultation protocols. The process is open to all Indigenous communities with immediate or potential mineral development opportunities.
The Look North Report and Action Plan for Manitoba’s Northern Economy highlights mining as a long-time net contributor to Manitoba’s economic prosperity and a top priority in the north. More information on the Look North initiative is available at www.gov.mb.ca/looknorth/index.html.
Public information, contact Manitoba Government Inquiry: 1-866-626-4862 or 204-945-3744.
Media requests for general information, contact Communications Services Manitoba: 204-945-3765.
Media requests for ministerial comment, contact Communications and Stakeholder Relations: 204-945-4916.
NAN Looks to New Liberal Cabinet to Accelerate Progress on First Nations’ Priorities
OTTAWA, ON (November 20, 2019): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, on behalf of the Executive Council, has issued the following response to the new federal Cabinet announcement today by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“We acknowledge Seamus O’Regan for his commitment to advancing many of our priorities and look to newly appointed Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller to accelerate progress on First Nations’ issues. Significant progress has been made over the past four years. NAN members have high expectations of this government to advance priorities in health care, education and infrastructure to close the gap in the quality of life between First Nations people and the rest of Canada. We expect that our work with this government will begin immediately to continue the work to create systemic change.”
NAN congratulates Patty Hadju (Thunder Bay-Superior North) on her appointment as Canada’s new Health Minister and looks forward to a continued relationship with Seamus O’Regan as Minister of Natural Resources.
NAN will work to strengthen the relationship with our federal Treaty partner and will engage immediately with this government to address priorities of our 49 member First Nations including:
Remoteness Quotient – Implementing the Remoteness Quotient to ensure funding for First Nations accounts for the true costs of services in rural and remote First Nations.
Choose Life – Making Choose Life a permanent program and ensuring Canada’s definition of Jordan’s Principle fully addresses the findings of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.
Mental Health & Addictions – Providing culturally appropriate mental health and addiction services within NAN First Nations to begin the transformation of mental wellness care for our citizens.
Environment & Climate Change – Recognizing the climate emergency in NAN territory and its impact on Treaty and inherent rights.
Child Welfare – Recognizing First Nation jurisdiction over children and their wellbeing.
Health Transformation – Supporting the transformation of the health care system away from the imposed colonial system to allow for equitable access to health for all NAN citizens, especially those living in remote First Nations.
Education Transformation – Continuing to support and work on the agreements made with NAN through the signing of the Education Jurisdiction Agreement-in-Principle.
NAN Fire and Emergency Management Service – Funding to develop a NAN-wide emergency response to wildfires, extreme weather, and other crises that affect community health and safety and forced evacuations.
Infrastructure – Funding allocations to allow for full operation and maintenance for on-reserve infrastructure.
For more information please contact: Michael Heintzman, Director of Communications – Phone: (807) 625-4965 or (807) 621-2790 (mobile) or Email: email@example.com
City of Campbell River: Highlights of Nov. 18/19 Council Meeting
Read highlights of the Nov. 18/19 Campbell River City Council meeting.
Please note Council meeting highlights are not a substitute for the City’s comprehensive Council meeting minutes, found on the City website: campbellriver.ca
Council meeting agendas, minutes and webcasts are available from the link on the homepage.
First Nations take action to evict drug dealers – rdnewsnow.com
Nov 21, 2019
Two Central Alberta First Nations are taking action to drive out the illegal drug trade and improve the lives of local youth.
Chiefs from the O’Chiese and Sunchild First Nation signed bylaws on Wednesday giving them the power to evict drug dealers from their communities.
“In the beginning, I wasn’t sure if I was doing the right thing, then some members approached me and said you have to do this, you have to stop this epidemic,” said Chief Douglas Beaverbones of the O’Chiese First Nation.
The new Residency and Trespass Bylaws will allow councils to evict anyone who has been found selling drugs. Penalties and appeals will be handled by a body made up of seven First Nations community members.
DeGroote students win first place in Ted Rogers Ethical Leadership Competition – Daily News
A team of DeGroote School of Business undergraduate students won first place, and the $4,000 grand prize, in the fourth annual Ted Rogers Ethical Leadership Case Competition this past weekend.
Only eight teams from across Canada were invited to participate: HEC Montréal, McGill University, McMaster University, Ryerson University, University of Calgary, University of Manitoba and York University.
The case for the competition featured a company that was contracted to install a water purification system for a First Nations community and discovered a defect in the system. The company had an operational issue to resolve or they would lose the whole contract.
The eight teams from business schools across Canada had one week to analyze the case and prepare their presentation to a jury of top business leaders. After presenting their plan to the first set of judges, four teams from McGill University, HEC Montréal, University of Manitoba, and McMaster University advanced to the finals.
Ottawa, ON (November 20, 2019): The federal government led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to formally reveal its new cabinet at the swearing in ceremony at Rideau Hall this afternoon. What do new faces in key portfolios mean for public policy in Canada? What are the key challenges the new ministers will face, and what policy ideas will they need to consider if they want to succeed in their mandates? The Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s experts are available to comment.
Available for interviews on the following portfolios are:
Global Affairs and Public Safety
Charles Burton, MLI Senior Fellow and Associate Professor at Brock University, specializing in Canada-China relations and human rights. He is the author most recently of the MLI study titled “Remaking Canada’s China Strategy”.
Margaret McCuaig-Johnston, Senior Fellow in the Institute for Science, Society and Policy at the University of Ottawa, Senior Fellow at the China Institute of the University of Alberta and former senior official in the governments of Canada and Ontario. She is the author of the new MLI study, “Dealing with the New China”.
Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Health
Richard Owens, MLI Munk Senior Fellow and University of Toronto Law professor, author of the MLI study “A Real Innovation Agenda For Canada”.
Finance and Trade
Philip Cross, MLI Munk Senior Fellow and former Statcan chief economic analyst who has written extensively on federal fiscal and monetary policy, trade, and the resource economy.
Jack Mintz, MLI Distinguished Fellow and one of Canada’s leading experts on taxation, trade and fiscal policy.
Heritage and ISED
Jill Golick, former president of the Writers Guild of Canada and television showrunner, writer and producer for over 30 years. She is the co-author of the recent MLI report, “Turning the channel on Cancon: How to unleash Canadian creativity in the digital age.”
Peter Menzies, MLI Senior Fellow, former newspaper publisher and former vice-chair of the CRTC.
Indigenous and Northern Affairs and Natural Resources
Ken Coates, MLI Munk Senior Fellow and leader of MLI’s internationally renowned Aboriginal Canada and the Natural Resource Economy project.
To arrange an interview please contact:
Communications and Digital Media Manager
Managing Editor and Communications Director
613-482-8327 x 103
Thunderbird’s CEO Named One of Canada’s Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network
VANCOUVER / November 21, 2019 – Thunderbird Entertainment Group Inc. (TSXV:TBRD) (“Thunderbird” or the “Company”) is proud to announce the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, Jennifer Twiner McCarron, has been named by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) as one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women. Presented in partnership with KPMG, the list of Top 100 Winners was released this week, paying tribute to the outstanding women across Canada who advocate for diversity in the workforce and seek to inspire the next generation of leaders.
Acknowledged in the Arts, Sports and Entertainment Category, for her many contributions in the entertainment industry, Twiner McCarron is highly deserving of her inclusion in this community of impactful women leaders. Under her guidance, all of Thunderbird’s divisions, including Atomic Cartoons, Great Pacific Media and Thunderbird Productions, are growing quickly. Fall 2019 saw the largest-ever number of Thunderbird productions to premiere in a single season, and the Company has more than 25 projects in development.
“Those who know Jenn will wholeheartedly agree she is more than deserving of such an acknowledgement. She is absolutely one of the 100 most influential women in Canada,” said Brian Paes-Braga, chair, Thunderbird Entertainment. “Now we are thrilled the rest of the world is getting a chance to learn more about Jenn, and how her remarkable leadership and compassionate spirit are guiding the incredible growth taking place across Thunderbird. Congratulations Jenn!”
The Top 100 Awards include the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. The initial candidates for inclusion were selected by WXN’s Diversity Council. The final vetting process for the 2019 Top 100 Award Winners was completed by WXN’s 2018-2019 Diversity Champions.
“We are celebrating 100 of Canada’s highest achieving women in fields ranging from arts and entertainment to sports and science,” said Sherri Stevens, Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Executive Network. “All 100 winners exemplify power not through their standing or abilities, but rather through how they inspire, champion and empower others – which is why it’s very important to recognize and celebrate their great achievements.”
Past WXN Award Winners include Canada’s most iconic women trailblazers: Margaret Atwood, best-selling author, Dr. Roberta Bondar, astronaut, Arlene Dickinson, chief executive officer, Venture Communications, Christine Magee, president, Sleep Country Canada, Michaëlle Jean, former governor general of Canada, Heather Reisman, founder and CEO, Indigo Books & Music, and Kathleen Taylor, chair of the board, Royal Bank of Canada.
Women’s Executive Network (WXN), a member-based organization, exists for the advancement, development and recognition of professional women in Canada. WXN delivers this advancement through training, events, mentoring, networking, and award and recognition programs for members and partners. At WXN, equity, inclusion and the advancement of professional women make industry stronger and society better. Their passion is 100% centered on empowering women and creating positive social change. WXN currently operates in Canada and Ireland.
About Thunderbird Entertainment Group Inc.
Thunderbird Entertainment Group (TSXV:TBRD) is a Vancouver-based global multi-platform entertainment company with offices in Vancouver, Los Angeles, Toronto, Ottawa and London (UK). Thunderbird creates award-winning scripted, unscripted and animated programming for the world’s leading digital platforms, as well as Canadian and international broadcasters. Thunderbird’s vision is to produce high quality, socially responsible content that makes the world a better place. The company develops, produces and distributes animated, factual and scripted content through its various divisions: Kids and Family Division (Atomic Cartoons), Factual Division (Great Pacific Media), and Scripted Division (Thunderbird Productions). Thunderbird also has a division based in the United Kingdom dedicated to establishing partnerships with production companies to develop the Company’s intellectual property (IP) and growth in key international territories. Thunderbird is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @tbirdent. For more information, visit: www.thunderbird.tv.
Qikiqtani Inuit Association: Notice of By-Election
Notice is hereby given to the voting members of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) that a by-election will be held in Pond Inlet and Sanikiluaq on January 20, 2020. This by-election was delayed by one week to allow all Inuit to fully participate, after the holiday season.
Positions contested are:
Community Director Pond Inlet (1 Term – 3 years)
Community Director Sanikiluaq (1 Term – 3 years)
To be eligible to vote you must be a Canadian citizen, at least 16 years old on Election Day, an Inuk registered with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. and permanently reside in Pond Inlet or Sanikiluaq.nad
Advance Polls: January 13, 2020
Election Day: January 20, 2020
Polling stations will be open from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. local time.
Nomination forms will be available December 2, 2019 from your local QIA Community Liaison Officer, at www.qia.ca or from the Chief Returning Officer.
Thunder Bay, November 21, 2019 – PREMIER GOLD MINES LIMITED (TSX:PG) (OTCPK: PIRGF) (“Premier”, “the Company”) is pleased to announce an update on its 42,000m exploration and delineation core drilling program at the Company’s 100%-owned Mercedes Mine, located in the State of Sonora, Mexico. The 2019 drilling campaign is currently focused on delineating new mineral resources in the Lupita Extension area as well as confirming potentially important discoveries at San Martin and Neo (See Figure 1, Table 1). Highlights from October drilling include:
1.4 m of 15.80 g/t Au & 69.00 g/t Ag (L19-457D)
4.6 m of 10.03 g/t Au & 57.65 g/t Ag (L19-496D)San Martin exploration drilling expands high grade zone with:
Ongoing delineation program at Lupita Extension – highlights:
8.9 m of 9.41 g/t Au & 34.15 g/t Ag (L19-488D)
3.6 m of 7.96 g/t Au & 31.69 g/t Ag (L19-480D)
“Our Lupita Extension and San Martin drill program has emerged as an important contributor to the future of Mercedes,” commented Stephen McGibbon, Executive Vice-President. “With true widths approaching 3 m and grades well in excess of 2019 production grades, each new result is quickly adding to the value of this operation.”
The Lupita discovery outcrop hosts a 3 m wide silicified vein of typical low-sulphidation epithermal textures and diagnostic green quartz. The Lupita Extension drill program was designed to expand the Lupita resource to the west. After a successful Phase 1 program of 18 drill holes with a 60 m spacing, Phase 2 started in May 2019 on a 30 m grid, aiming to create indicated mineral resource for the year end.
The Phase 2 drill program at Lupita Extension continues to delineate high grade areas and successfully expand mineralization 300 m to the west, where it remains open for expansion. The delineation program completed a total of 87 drillholes, of which 17 still have assays pending.
Based on drilling to-date, the average true width of Lupita Extension is approximately 2.9 m grading 5.56 g/t Au. Minimum mining widths in the Lupita area in 2020 are expected to be reduced from 4 m to 3 m, minimizing dilution in future mining at Lupita Extension. Development to access the Lupita Extension, which is displaying grades well in excess of the current reserve grade at Mercedes, is planned for H1-2020.
San Martin is a target located 600 m to the west of Lupita, discovered with an intercept of 1.5 m of 5.56 g/t Au (L19-396D) in the first hole in May 2019. Additional drilling (10 drillholes) suggest an average true width of approximately 3.2 m grading 6.95 g/t Au. The two new intercepts recently drilled at San Martin continue to expand high grade mineralization with 1.4 m of 15.80 g/t Au & 69.00 g/t Ag in L19-457D and 4.6 m of 10.3 g/t Au & 57.65 g/t Ag in L19-496D.
Although these new results increase the high-grade discovery of San Martin, management believes the distribution and tenor of grade at San Martin may be similar to Lupita Extension. More delineation is planned in 2020 with the intent to upgrade mineralization to an Indicated mineral resource. Given a spacing of less than 60 m of drilling at San Martin during 2019, a portion of the mineralization will warrant inclusion into mineral resources at year end.
Premier Gold Mines Limited is a gold-producer and respected exploration and development company with a high-quality pipeline of precious metal projects in proven, accessible and safe mining jurisdictions in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Premier remains focused on creating a low-cost, mid-tier gold producer through its two producing gold mines; South Arturo and Mercedes, and through future mine development opportunities at Hardrock in Ontario (Greenstone Gold JV) where permitting and development initiatives are ongoing and McCoy-Cove in Nevada.
Julie-Anaïs Debreil, Ph.D., P.Geo., is the Qualified Person for the information contained in this press release and is a Qualified Person within the meaning of National Instrument 43 -101. Mercedes assay results are from core samples sent to ALS Chemex, an accredited mineral analysis laboratory in Lima (Peru) or Vancouver (Canada), for preparation and analysis utilizing both fire assay and ICP methods. For a complete description of Mercedes’s sample preparation, analytical methods and QA/QC procedures refer to the technical report for the Mercedes Mine dated April 18, 2018 (effective date December 31, 2017), entitled “Technical Report on the Mercedes Gold-Silver Mine, Sonora State, Mexico.”
For further information, please contact:
Ewan Downie, President & CEO
B.C. salmon farmers heed U.N.’s call to develop aquaculture industry – SeaWestNews
Embracing sustainability as an opportunity, B.C.’s salmon farmers are heeding the call by the United Nations to develop the aquaculture industry as a win-win for a planet in need.
B.C.’s salmon farmers have embraced sustainability as an opportunity and are heeding the call by the United Nations to develop the aquaculture industry as a win-win for a planet in need.
Gathered in Victoria, British Columbia this week for the B.C. Salmon Farmers Association (BSCFA) AGM, industry leaders and businesses showcased eco-focused technologies and management practices to promote the raising of climate friendly food on Canada’s west coast.
“B.C. salmon farmers are a dynamic and forward thinking group of people, who have embraced sustainability as an opportunity,
Nunavik prepares to take action on suicide prevention strategy – Nunatsiaq News
First workshop sets out goals and path toward putting plan in place
21 November, 2019
Earlier this month, representatives from organizations across Nunavik gathered in Kuujjuaq to try to address the high rate of suicide in the region.
“What gave me a lot of encouragement was that these participants were very eager to start something, they were very ready to start something concrete in their own organization or department or role,” said Annie Nulukie, the suicide crisis intervention team coordinator for the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services.
Led by the health board, this work includes the school board, the housing board, Kativik Regional Government and Makivik Corp., among 15 organizations in total.
Avino Negotiates Sale of Bralorne Gold Mines Ltd. To Talisker Resources Ltd.
Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. (ASM: TSX/NYSE American, GV6: FSE), (“Avino” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Talisker Resources Ltd. (“Talisker”) for the sale of all of the issued and outstanding shares of Bralorne Gold Mines Ltd. (“Bralorne”) to Talisker (the “Transaction”) on the closing date of the Transaction (the “Closing Date”), for:
A cash consideration of C$8.7 million;
The issuance of common shares equal to 9.9% of the outstanding common shares of Talisker pro forma for the completion of the Transaction following any required equity financing;
The issuance of warrants equal to 50% of the number of shares issued in the above, exercisable at $0.25 per share for a period of three years after the Closing Date;
A cash payment of US$2.5 million, upon the commencement of commercial production at the Bralorne Mine and
The transfer of all future restoration and reclamation obligation liabilities to Talisker.
David Wolfin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Avino commented, “We are pleased to announce this agreement with Talisker to transfer Avino’s ownership of Bralorne while retaining material economic exposure to the project through a significant equity investment in Talisker and the contingent cash payment payable upon the commencement of commercial production. We believe that Bralorne is best suited for a management team with deep exploration expertise and access to strategic investment capital from partners such as Osisko Gold Royalties (OR: TSX & NYSE) and we look forward to seeing them advance their exploration strategy at Bralorne as a supportive shareholder. This transaction repositions Avino as a pure-play silver producer in Mexico and greatly improves our balance sheet and liquidity. We believe that Avino is vastly undervalued relative to our silver peers based on our silver equivalent production profile, relatively low production costs and extensive resource base. Now with our improved financial position resulting from this transaction, we can focus our efforts on creating value in Mexico through exploration and other initiatives. Finally, I would like to thank all our staff and contractors at Bralorne for their dedication and professionalism over the years”.
The completion of the Transaction is subject to a number of conditions, and is expected to close during Q4 2019.
Cantor Fitzgerald Canada Corporation is acting as Avino’s Financial Advisor and Harper Grey LLP is acting as its legal advisor.
Avino is a silver and gold producer with a diversified pipeline of gold, silver and base metals properties in Mexico and Canada employing close to 350 people. Avino produces from its wholly owned Avino Mine near Durango, Mexico. The Company’s gold and silver production remains unhedged. The Company’s mission and strategy is to create shareholder value through its focus on profitable organic growth at the historic Avino Property near Durango, Mexico, and the strategic acquisition of mineral exploration and mining properties. We are committed to managing all business activities in an environmentally responsible and cost-effective manner, while contributing to the well-being of the communities in which we operate.
On Behalf of the Board
President & CEO
Red Pine Intersects Unexpected Gold Zones at the Wawa Gold Project- Highlights Include 2 g/t over 11.28m including 6.13 g/t over 3.15m
Toronto, Ontario – November 21, 2019 – Red Pine Exploration Inc. (TSX-V: RPX) (“Red Pine” or the “Company”) announces drill results from its Fall 2019 Drilling Program at the Wawa Gold Project, located near Wawa, Ontario. The Company discovered 3 new gold zones, located away from the Surluga Deposit (Figure 1). Highlights include a discovery east of the Surluga Deposit (footwall) of 2.00 g/t gold over 11.28 metres, including 6.13 g/t over 3.15 metres, and a discovery west of the Surluga Deposit (hanging wall) of 4.72 g/t over 2.77 metres and 5.13 g/t over 1.80 metres. Also, drilling below the existing Surluga Deposit intersected, as predicted, mineralization at depth.
Quentin Yarie, Chief Executive Officer of Red Pine stated, “Our 2019 exploration results continue to successfully extend the Wawa Gold Project resource with gold intercepts in the Surluga Deposit, the Hornblende Shear Zone, and the Minto B Shear Zone. The new gold zones in the hanging wall and footwall of the Surluga Deposit indicate that new discoveries are still possible, and continue to be uncovered, near and beyond the footprint of the current resource. Also, results to date show that the resource can not only be expanded at depth, but also laterally. We now have evidence of the continuity of gold mineralization over a strike length of 1 kilometre in the Hornblende Shear Zone and 800 metres in the Minto B Shear Zone with both zones remaining open along strike and at depth.”
Video. 3D rendition of new gold zones intercepts
Highlights from the discovered gold zones in the Wawa Gold Corridor:
New gold zones discovered in the Wawa Gold Corridor:
New structure containing 2 g/t gold over 11.28 metres, including 6.13 g/t gold over 3.15 metres discovered in hanging wall of the Surluga Deposit;
New structure containing 4.72 g/t gold over 2.77 metres discovered between the Surluga Deposit and the Hornblende Shear Zone (footwall of the Surluga Deposit);
New higher-grade zone containing 5.13 g/t gold over 1.80 metres discovered in the Hornblende Shear Zone;
Extension of gold mineralization in the Minto B Shear Zone with the intersection of 3.06 g/t gold over 2.02 metres and 1.88 g/t gold over 3.52 metres.
Extension of higher-grade mineralization beneath the Surluga deposit:
5.21 g/t gold over 1.00 metre intersected below the Surluga Deposit with additional results pending.
Table 1. Highlights of the 2019 drilling results in some of the gold-bearing structures of the Wawa Gold Project
*Results in the Minto B Shear Zone, Hornblende Shear Zone and newly discovered structures are presented as core length. Because of the complex superimposition of different tectonic fabric in the Minto B structure, additional drilling is required to define the geometry of the mineralized zones contained in the Minto B Shear Zone.
Table 2. Collar locations
2019 drilling program on the Wawa Gold Project
Red Pine’s 2019 drilling program had three main objectives: 1) test the continuity of mineralization in the Hornblende Shear Zone located west of the Surluga Deposit, 2) test the continuation of the Surluga Deposit, at depth, beyond the current footprint and, 3) test the continuity of high-grade mineralization discovered at surface in the Cooper Shear Zone.
Drilling reported here in the Hornblende Shear Zone, west of the Surluga Deposit, successfully extended the strike of a zone of gold mineralization that was discovered in 2018 (hole SD-18-178 – 0.4 g/t gold over 73.8 m, including 13 g/t gold over 1.08 m). Hole SD-19-277 indicates that the higher-grade gold mineralization intersected in SD-18-178 extends along strike to the North in the Hornblende Shear Zone. In addition, holes SD-19-276 and SD-19-277 continue to show that multiple gold-bearing structures are located between the Hornblende Shear and the Surluga Deposit. SD-19-277 indicates these structures can host significant gold mineralization.
Drilling below the Surluga Deposit successfully showed that the mineralization of the deposit extends at depth. The results from SD-19-282 indicate that higher-grade mineralization occurs in the down-dip extension of the structure that hosts the Surluga deposit – the Jubilee Shear Zone. Hole SD-19-281 and SD-19-282 successfully extended the known strike length of gold mineralization in the Minto B Shear Zone to the north. The new mineralized structure discovered in hole SD-19-283 shows that new zones of mineralization are possible in the footwall of the Surluga Deposit, parallel to the Jubilee Shear Zone. This indicates that future diamond drilling, in the down-dip extension of the Jubilee Shear Zone, could lead to the discovery of new gold-bearing structures that could host significant zones of gold mineralization, thereby extending the Surluga Deposit. Results from the Jubilee Shear Zone intersections (beneath the Surluga Deposit) in holes SD-19-283 and SD-19-284 are still pending.
In the Cooper Shear Zone, diamond drilling proved that the structure extends at depth. Despite the observation of visible gold in some of the intercepts, drilling results did not replicate the high-grade mineralization encountered at surface with channel sampling. The Company believes that a very high nugget effect is responsible for the lack of grade continuity observed in the drill results of the Cooper Shear Zone. The high nugget effect would explain why some samples containing visible gold resulted in assay results that were below the gold detection threshold of the analytical method.
Wawa Gold Project Background
In July 2019, Red Pine filed a new NI 43-101 Technical Report for the Wawa Gold Project1 that outlines two (2) new resource estimates for the property:
The Surluga Deposit has an indicated resource of 1.2 million tonnes grading 5.31 g/t for 205,000 ounces gold and an inferred resource of 2.36 million tonnes grading 5.22 g/t for 396,000 ounces gold;
Over 2000 oz of gold per vertical metre in the Surluga Deposit.
The Minto Mine South Deposit has an indicated resource of 105,000 tonnes grading 7.5 g/t for 25,000 ounces gold and an inferred resource of 354,000 tonnes grading 6.6 g/t for 75,000 ounces gold.
Over 95% of the contained ounces at both deposits are located between surface and 350 metres depth;
Both deposits remain open at depth.
Six additional gold-bearing structures have been identified on the property that combined, form the Wawa Gold Corridor, a structure that extends for more than 6 kilometres on the property. These gold-bearing structures include the Cooper, the Hornblende, the Grace mine, the Minto B, the Parkhill #4-Minto Lower, and the southern extension of the Jubilee Shear zones.
Red Pine’s future drilling programs will be focused on converting these exploration targets into Mineral Resources and proving their continuity at depth.
On-site Quality Assurance/Quality Control (“QA/QC”) Measures
Drill core samples were transported in security-sealed bags for analyses to Activation Laboratories Ltd. in Ancaster, Ontario. Individual samples are labeled, placed in plastic sample bags and sealed. Groups of samples are then placed into durable rice bags and then shipped. The remaining coarse reject portions of the samples remain in storage if further work or verification is needed.
Red Pine has implemented a quality-control program to comply with best practices in the sampling and analysis of drill core. As part of its QA/QC program, Red Pine inserts external gold standards (low to high grade) and blanks every 20 samples in addition to random standards, blanks, and duplicates.
Quentin Yarie, P Geo. is the qualified person responsible for preparing, supervising and approving the scientific and technical content of this news release.
About Red Pine Exploration Inc.
Red Pine Exploration Inc. is a gold and base-metals exploration company headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Company’s common shares trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “RPX”.
Red Pine has a 60% interest in the Wawa Gold Project with Citabar LP. holding the remaining 40% interest. Red Pine is the operating manager of the Project and is focused on expanding the existing gold resource on the property.
For more information about the Company visit www.redpineexp.com
1National Instrument 43-101 Technical Report for the Wawa Gold Project, Brian Thomas P.Geo. Golder Associates Ltd, effective July 16, 2019.
Indigenous woman at centre of RCMP interrogation video goes public ahead of protest – APTN News
November 20, 2019
The woman at the centre of a disturbing video, recorded while she was reporting a sexual assault in Kelowna in 2012, is coming out publicly in advance of a protest against the Kelowna, British Columbia RCMP this Saturday.
Aden (Elicia) Withers, 25, is identifying herself to support other victims of sexual assault in Canada and to bring attention to the Kelowna detachment’s record on investigating sexual assaults.
The protest is planned for in front of the Kelowna RCMP detachment on Saturday, Nov. 23.
As previously reported by the Kelowna Capitol News, RCMP in the city deemed almost 40 per cent of reported sexual assaults to be “unfounded” in 2018.
New executive director takes the helm of Invasive Species Centre – SooToday
Sarah Rang has experience in environmental remediation, strategic coordination and program implementation for water protection
The Invasive Species Centre, a non-profit leader in collaboration, knowledge sharing, and invasive species prevention and management, is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Rang as Executive Director, effective Nov. 25, 2019.
Sarah Rang has helped create new environmental initiatives, including a $1.5 million annual community grant program; worked with First Nations and government to develop a $85 million trust fund for environmental remediation in Grassy Narrows, English Wabigoon River; and worked with the federal government on joint Great Lakes projects, including the Canada-Ontario Lake Erie Action Plan. Previously, as Deputy Director for the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, Sarah Rang worked with mayors and municipal leaders on Asian Carp prevention and nutrient reduction. She holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Toronto.
Fortune Minerals Signs Access Agreement With the Tlicho Government for the NICO Project Access Road
LONDON, Ontario– Fortune Minerals Limited (TSX: FT) (OTCQB: FTMDF) (“Fortune” or the “Company”) (www.fortuneminerals.com) is pleased to announce that it has signed an Access Agreement with the Tlicho Government that supports the development of the NICO cobalt-gold-bismuth-copper project (“NICO Project”) in Canada’s Northwest Territories. The NICO Project is one of the few mineral development assets outside of the Democratic Republic of Congo positioned to service the accelerating demand for cobalt in lithium-ion batteries as the global automotive industry transitions to electric vehicles. The NICO Mineral Reserves also contain more than one million ounces of gold.
The Access Agreement details the conditions under which Fortune can build and operate the 51 km NICO Project Access Road on Tlicho-owned lands between the community of Whati and the Company’s mineral leases. It also specifies the conditions for financial security for reclamation of the road that will be held by the Tlicho Government. Fortune can now complete the process to secure the water license and land use permit required to construct the road upon receipt of NICO Project financing.
Tlicho Government Grand Chief, George Mackenzie commented, “The signing of an Access Agreement with Fortune is an important step in the approvals process. We are now looking forward to concluding the required Impact and Benefits Agreement with Fortune Minerals, thereby ensuring Tlicho Citizens, communities and companies will benefit from the construction and operation of the NICO mine.”
Dr. Rick Schryer, Vice President of Environmental and Regulatory Affairs for Fortune stated that, “This Access Agreement is a significant step forward for Fortune Minerals as it provides for the access required to construct and operate the NICO mine. The Access Agreement demonstrates the strong working relationship between Fortune Minerals and the Tlicho Government as the Company advances the NICO Project toward construction.”
Fortune is also pleased to report that construction of the 97-kilometre, Tlicho All-Season Road (“Tlicho Road”) connecting the community of Whati with Highway 3 is progressing well. Government of the Northwest Territories land use inspection reports indicate that, as of October 31, 2019 Kiewit Canada Development Corp. had completed 32 km of brushing, 27 km of road bed stripping, and the road bed is constructed beyond Kilometre 25 where quarried material was being transported for use. The construction camp accommodating more than 100 workers had also been relocated from Kilometre 0 to Kilometre 19. The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships recently recognized the Tlicho Road with a Gold Award for project development innovation and excellence, noting it is among the first in North America with an Indigenous government cash-funded equity stake in the project.
When it is completed, the Tlicho Road will provide a permanent all-season road connection between Whati and the Territorial highway system to reduce the cost of living and improve the quality of life in this currently isolated community. Together with the NICO Project Access Road, Fortune will then be able to truck metal concentrates from its proposed mine to the rail head at Hay River for delivery to a refinery and downstream processing to value added products.
The disclosure of scientific and technical information contained in this news release has been approved by Robin Goad, M.Sc., P.Geo., President and Chief Executive Officer of Fortune, who is a “Qualified Person” under National Instrument 43-101. The amount of gold contained in the NICO Project mineral reserves disclosed in this news release is derived from the Technical Report on the NICO Project, entitled “Technical Report on the Feasibility Study for the NICO-Gold-Cobalt-Bismuth-Copper Project, Northwest Territories, Canada”, dated April 2, 2014 and prepared by Micon International Limited which has been filed on SEDAR and is available under the Company’s profile at www.sedar.com.
About Fortune Minerals
Fortune is a Canadian mining company focused on developing the NICO Cobalt-Gold-Bismuth-Copper Project in the Northwest Territories. The Company has an option to purchase lands in Saskatchewan where it may build the hydrometallurgical plant to process NICO metal concentrates. Fortune also owns the Sue-Dianne Copper-Silver-Gold Deposit located 25 km north of the NICO Project, which is a potential future source of incremental mill feed to extend the life of the NICO Project mill.
Vancouver, BC / November 20, 2019 – Durango Resources Inc. (TSX.V-DGO) (Frankfurt-86A1) (OTCQB -ATOXF), (the “Company” or “Durango”) announces that it has expanded its claim base via GESTIM online staking in the Windfall Lake gold camp of Québec.
Marcy Kiesman, CEO of Durango stated, “The market for junior exploration has not been favourable and has forced some explorers in the area to retreat on land position. During this downturn, Durango has seized the opportunity and expanded its land position and will continue to strategically develop its footprint in the Windfall Lake area. We are searching for a large scale deposit in the Windfall Lake gold camp to provide our shareholders maximum return on their investment.”
Durango’s primary properties of interest in the Windfall Lake area are the Trove and East Barry properties. The Trove Property runs along the main Barry Fault held by Osisko Mining Inc. (TSX-OSK) and the East Barry property runs parallel to the group of regional faults parallel to Barry Fault and part of NE-SW deformation corridor. A map with a larger scale of the Windfall Lake camp and Durango’s property holdings is being prepared and will be announced as it becomes available.
Durango owns 100% interest in the Trove claims which are surrounded by Osisko Mining Inc. (TSX: OSK) (“Osisko”) in the Windfall Lake area between Val d’Or and Chibougamau, Québec. The 1,150-hectare property is compelling due to the coincidence of gold in till with Magnetic highs, the number of Induced Polarization (“IP”) anomalies and the two faults crosscutting the property. The fault systems north and south of the Trove control gold mineralization indicating the Trove has excellent exploration potential. Durango received all the final drill permits for the Trove property in September and is undergoing its final reviewing process for the proposed 3,025m drill program.
East Barry, Québec
Durango owns 100% interest in the East Barry claims which run parallel to Trove claims. The East Barry block is over 4,700 hectares in size and borders the eastern perimeter of Osisko and the southern perimeter of Bonterra less than 4km south of the Gladiator deposit. The East Barry claims host a gold trend for approximately 10km in length subparallel to the main Barry Fault held by Osisko. In 2018 a till program was initiated and one of the till samples returned fourty-two (42) pristine gold grains with reported gold values of 2.184 g/t Au. (A high count of pristine gold grains usually suggests that the gold has travelled a very short distance from its source). The East Barry block underwent Induced Polarization (“IP”) in 2018 and returned a high priority target in the same area as the high count of pristine gold grains.
The technical contents of this press release were approved by George Yordanov, professional geologist, an Independent Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101. The property has not yet been subject to an NI-43-101 report.
Durango is a natural resources company engaged in the acquisition and exploration of mineral properties. The Company is positioned for discovery with a 100% interest in a strategically located group of properties in the Windfall Lake gold camp in the Abitibi region of Québec, Canada.
For further information on Durango, please refer to its SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.
Marcy Kiesman, CEO
Telephone: 604.428.2900 or 604.339.2243
Westleaf and We Grow Announce Filing of Information Circular, Estimated Closing Date, Consent from Debentureholders and Amendment to the Arrangement Agreement
CALGARY, Nov. 21, 2019 – Westleaf Inc. (the “Company” or “Westleaf”) (TSX-V:WL) (OTCQB:WSLFF) announces that it has filed a Joint Information Circular with respect to its proposed December 18, 2019 Westleaf Shareholder Meeting in connection with its previously announced Arrangement with We Grow BC Ltd. (“We Grow”) and certain securityholders thereof and has obtained approval of the Arrangement from holders of more than 662/3% of the principal amount of Westleaf Debentures. Westleaf also announces that Westleaf and We Grow have agreed to amend certain terms of the previously announced Arrangement Agreement between Westleaf and We Grow. It is anticipated that the Arrangement will close on or about December 20, 2019. A Transaction Presentation is now available on Westleaf’s website.
Westleaf announces that Westleaf and We Grow have executed an agreement (the “Amending Agreement”) to amend the terms of the previously announced definitive agreement (the “Arrangement Agreement”) between Westleaf and We Grow, whereunder the previously announced plan of arrangement under Division 5 of Part 9 of the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia) between Westleaf, We Grow and certain securityholders of WGBC (the “Arrangement”) will be affected.
Under the terms of the Amending Agreement, conditions with respect to the private placement financing of subscription receipts of We Grow to be completed prior to or concurrently with closing of the Arrangement (the “We Grow Financing”) have been amended to remove any required minimum raise under the We Grow Financing.
Westleaf has also received consent, in writing, from holders of more than 662/3% of the principal amount of previously issued and outstanding debentures of Westleaf (the “Westleaf Debentures”) to the Arrangement, which consent was a condition under the Arrangement Agreement.
In addition, the Company has made available a presentation containing information about Westleaf and We Grow dated November 7, 2019 (the “Transaction Presentation”), for use by shareholders, investors, industry analysts and others.
Joint Information Circular and Closing of the Arrangement
Westleaf is also pleased to announce the filing on Westleaf’s SEDAR profile of the joint management information circular and proxy statement (the “Joint Information Circular”) of Westleaf and We Grow in respect of the annual general and special meeting (the “Westleaf Shareholder Meeting”) of the holders of common shares in the capital Westleaf to be held on December 18, 2019 and the corresponding Arrangement.
It is anticipated that the Arrangement will close on or about December 20, 2019. As previously announced, the closing of the Arrangement is subject to, among other things, requisite Westleaf and We Grow securityholder approvals.
For further particulars regarding the Arrangement and the Westleaf Shareholder Meeting, please refer to the Joint Information Circular, the Arrangement Agreement and Westleaf’s press release dated November 7, 2019, each of which is available under Westleaf’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com. A complete copy of the Amending Agreement will also be available under Westleaf’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.
About Westleaf Inc.
Westleaf is a Canadian cannabis company focused on cannabis brands, extraction and production of derivatives, wholly owned retail, as well as cannabis cultivation. The Company’s Health Canada licensed extraction and processing facility, The Plant, is expected to produce high quality and consistent cannabis derivatives and consumables, both for Westleaf’s in-house brands as well as white label products. Westleaf’s retail concept, Prairie Records, leverages the instinctual tie between recreational cannabis and music with stores operating or in development across Western Canada. The Company’s Thunderchild cultivation facility is scheduled for completion at the end of this year.
About We Grow BC Ltd.
We Grow is an authorized licensed cultivator, processor and seller under the Cannabis Act (Canada). We Grow is located in Creston, British Columbia in the heart of the Kootenay’s, where British Columbia-grown marijuana originated, and holds a Cultivation License pursuant to the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations under Health Canada. We Grow has scalable production facilities currently consisting of 26,000 square feet which has been retrofitted for phase 1 cultivation including over 14,000 square feet of growing rooms, and up to 100-acre cultivation abilities for future production. We Grow’s cannabis production includes its brand Qwest, which is considered a preeminent ultra-premium cannabis brand achieving one of the highest realized flower prices in Canada.
The TSX Venture Exchange has in no way passed upon the merits of the Arrangement or the Amendment and has neither approved nor disapproved of the contents of this press release.
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The information contained in the Transaction Presentation is summary information only and is qualified in its entirety by the more fulsome information contained in the Arrangement Agreement and the Joint Information Circular. The Transaction Presentation is based on public information and is subject to updating, completion, revision, verification and amendment without notice, which may result in material changes. Westleaf and We Grow do not undertake any obligation to correct any inaccuracies that may become apparent or to update the information contained therein. Both Westleaf and We Grow encourage prospective readers of the Transaction Presentation to perform and rely on their own investigation and analysis of the Arrangement, including the merits and risks involved and are advised to seek their own professional advice on the legal, financial and taxation consequences of the Arrangement or an investment in Westleaf or We Grow.
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CanadaBis Capital Inc. Introduces Cannabis Root-Infused Product Line: Stigma Roots
Red Deer, November 20, 2019 – CanadaBis Capital Inc. (“CanadaBis” or “the Company”), a vertically integrated Canadian cannabis company focused on finding and capitalizing on growth and diversification opportunities, is pleased to announce their latest accomplishment: the launch of Stigma Roots; a lifestyle product line featuring cannabis root-infused creams and balms.
Stigma Roots seeks to bring the healing power of cannabis roots to those suffering from a wide range of ailments including: joint pain, inflammation, skin burns, gastrointestinal activity, eczema and more. Unlike the leaves and buds of the cannabis plant, which also offer a wide-range of benefits, but are strictly regulated, the roots of the cannabis plant contain only trace amounts of cannabinoids, and do not fall under the same, strict regulations.
“We are very excited to launch the first product under our Lifestyle Business Pillar” says Travis McIntyre, CEO of CanadaBis. “By using the roots of a cannabis plant as the primary ingredient in our lotions and balms, we offer three things: products capable of providing the relief and benefits people seek; a profit stream generated from roots that would typically be wasted; and, a way to reach an entirely new audience with our message — one that may not typically engage with a recreational cannabis brand.”
Stigma Roots products are ‘made by hand, with love’ in Red Deer Alberta, and as such, the Company will be offering small batches of product across a select group of retail outlets across Alberta, before launching their full line of products via their online store, nationally, in early 2020.
As of the date of this release, Stigma Roots products can be found exclusively at The Swag Shop a cannabis lifestyle and accessories store conveniently, and strategically located next to INDICAtive Collection in Red Deer’s Gasoline Alley. INDICAtive Collection, a cannabis retail store offering unique and upscale products and service, is also owned by CanadaBis. As new retailers are approved, their information will be available via the Stigma Roots website: www.StigmaRoots.ca.
For CanadaBis Capital Inc., the launch of their latest product line is just one of several exciting things currently underway. In addition to a major expansion to their cultivation facility scheduled for completion in the spring of 2020, the Company is actively considering several strategic partnerships as they position themselves to support the highly anticipated extracts and edibles phase of Canada’s cannabis legalization.
About CanadaBis Capital Inc.
CanadaBis Capital Inc. (TSXV:CANB) is a vertically integrated Canadian cannabis company focused on achieving large-scale growth in the fast-emerging global cannabis market. By targeting organic growth opportunities alongside the right-fit partners, we remain focused on finding and capitalizing on chances to grow, diversify and continue to lead our industry.
For more information on CanadaBis Capital, 1998643 (Stigma Grow), Stigma Roots or INDICAtive Collection please visit www.canadabis.com, www.stigmagrow.ca, www.stigmaroots.ca, www.indicativecollection.ca or contact:
Bennett keeps Crown-Indigenous portfolio in Trudeau’s new cabinet – Nunatsiaq News
20 November, 2019
Dan Vandal becomes northern affairs minister and Marc Miller gets Indigenous services
Toronto–St. Paul’s MP Carolyn Bennett, who’s worked for years with Inuit and northern leaders, will continue to serve as minister of Crown-Indigenous affairs, following her swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa this Nov. 20.
Bennett, 68, is one of 36 cabinet ministers that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has named from the 157-member Liberal caucus that emerged from the Oct. 21 national election.
She has served in that portfolio since 2015, and held on to Crown-Indigenous relations responsibility after the Trudeau government decided to divide the department and create a new department of Indigenous Services and put northern affairs into a separate portfolio.
Canada’s new natural resources minister to visit Alberta as first order of business – CTV News
CALGARY – Canada’s newly appointed natural resources minister is expected to make his first official visit to Alberta Thursday.
Seamus O’Regan, an MP from Newfoundland and Labrador, will waste no time in the effort to ramp up support and create more unity in western Canada. He is scheduled to arrive in Calgary Thursday and meet Energy Minister Sonya Savage in the evening.
O’Regan says he spoke with Savage on the phone from Rideau Hall after he was appointed to cabinet Wednesday and expects this trip to Alberta to be the first of many.
“I would say, firstly, Newfoundland and Labrador is the third largest oil and gas supplier in the country,” said O’Regan. “Most of my constituents are in some way or another affected by the industry in Alberta.”
MJardin Group Inc. Appoints Patrick Witcher as Chief Executive Officer
TORONTO, Canada, and DENVER, Colorado, November 20, 2019 – MJardin Group, Inc. (“MJardin” or the “Company”) (CSE: MJAR) (OTCQX: MJARF), a leader in premium cannabis production, announced today the appointment of Mr. Patrick Witcher as Chief Executive Officer of the Company.
Mr. Witcher held the role of MJardin’s Chief Operations Officer for the past year following his term as President, Global Operations. Previous to this he served as Vice-President, Strategic Partnerships of acquired Canadian cannabis company, GrowForce. Prior to joining the MJardin family, Mr. Witcher was President and Chief Compliance Officer of Buddy Boy Brands, a cultivation and retail/medical dispensary group located in Denver, Colorado. Mr. Witcher started his career in law enforcement where he served as a Special Agent in the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
“Pat’s in-depth knowledge and experience from an operational and compliance perspective, complemented by his leadership skills will benefit MJardin as the Company focuses on its growth objectives,” said Adrian Montgomery, Chairman of MJardin. “During the course of the past year, Pat has been instrumental in defining, implementing and executing our strategic goals, which will ultimately lead to the Company’s long-term success under his leadership as CEO. On behalf of the entire Company, I would like to congratulate Pat in his new role.”
About MJardin Group
MJardin is a cannabis management platform with extensive experience in cultivation, processing, distribution and retail. For over 10 years, MJardin has refined cultivation methodologies, developed state of the art facilities and implemented vertical integration for and on behalf of license owners. MJardin is based in Denver, Colorado and Toronto, Canada. For more information, please visit www.mjardin.com.
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November 20, 2019 – Rockhaven Resources Ltd. (TSX-V: RK) (“Rockhaven”) announces that it has closed its $500,000 non-brokered private placement with funds managed by Sprott Asset Management LP, as originally announced on November 6, 2019. The private placement consisted of the sale of 3,333,333 flow-through units at a price of $0.15 per unit, each unit consisting of one flow-through common share and one share purchase warrant, with each warrant entitling the holder to purchase one non-flow-through common share at a price of $0.20 until November 12, 2022.
All shares issued pursuant to this private placement, including any shares issued pursuant to the exercise of the share purchase warrants, are subject to a statutory hold period expiring on March 13, 2020.
Rockhaven Resources Ltd. is a mineral exploration company focused on growth through the advancement of its Klaza project. For additional information concerning Rockhaven or its Klaza project please visit Rockhaven’s website at www.rockhavenresources.com.
President, CEO and Director
Rockhaven Resources Ltd.
T: (604) 687-2522
Noront Closes C$2.06 Million Non-Brokered Private Placement As Provincial Government Re-Affirms Its Ring of Fire Commitment
TORONTO, Nov. 20, 2019— Noront Resources Ltd. (“Noront” or the “Company”) (TSX Venture: NOT) has closed a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of $2.06 million from the issuance of flow-through shares (the “FT Shares”) and units (the “Units”). The Company issued 7,900,000 FT Shares at a price of C$0.25 per FT Share for gross proceeds of $1,975,000 and 425,000 Units at a price of C$0.20 per Unit for gross proceeds of $85,000 (the “Private Placement”). Each Unit consists of one common share of the Company and one common share purchase warrant (each, a “Warrant”). Each Warrant entitles the holder to acquire one common share of the Company at a price of C$0.30 until November 20, 2021.
Net proceeds from the private placement will be used for the exploration and development of the Company’s Eagle’s Nest Project and chromite deposits located in the Ring of Fire metals camp in Ontario and for general working capital purposes.
Red Cloud Securities acted as finder and received a finder’s fee, paid in shares, equal to 491,250 common shares, 6% of the gross proceeds from the issuance of the Units, paid in cash, and 19,500 finder warrants. Each finder warrant entitles the holder to acquire one common share of the Company at a price of $0.20 until November 20, 2021. The securities issued are subject to a statutory hold period of four months plus one day, which will expire on March 21, 2020.
The FT Shares are issued on a “flow-through” basis and will be “flow-through shares” as defined in subsection 66(15) of the Income Tax Act. The securities issuable pursuant to the Private Placement are subject to a statutory hold period of four months plus one day, which will expire on March 21, 2020.
Ontario Fall Economic Update
In its 2019 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review, the Government of Ontario re-affirmed its commitment to developing Ontario’s mining and exploration industries. This includes taking a new approach to collaborating with First Nation partners to develop all season roads that will enable access to communities as well as resources in the Ring of Fire.
Noront Resources Ltd. is focused on the development of its high-grade Eagle’s Nest nickel, copper, platinum and palladium deposit and the world class chromite deposits including Blackbird, Black Thor, and Big Daddy, all of which are located in the James Bay Lowlands of Ontario in an emerging metals camp known as the Ring of Fire.
Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
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Colonial Coal Issues Stock Options
Vancouver, B.C., Canada – November 20, 2019 – Colonial Coal International Corp. (TSX-V: CAD) (the “Corporation” or “Colonial Coal”) is pleased to announce that it has granted stock options (each, a “Stock Option”) to acquire an aggregate of up to 2,100,000 common shares of the Company to each of a certain director and consultant of the Company in accordance with the provisions of the Company’s previously approved share option plan. The Stock Options are fully vested and are exercisable at a price of $0.35 per common share for a period of 10 years from the date of grant.
This grant of Options is subject to regulatory approval.
Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release.
About Colonial Coal International Corp.
Colonial Coal is a publicly traded coal corporation in British Columbia that focuses primarily on coking coal projects. The northeast Coal Block of British Columbia, within which our Corporation’s projects are located, hosts a number of proven deposits and has been the subject of M&A activities by Anglo-American and others. Additional information can be found on the Company’s website www.ccoal.ca or by viewing the Company’s filings at www.sedar.com.
For further information please contact:
Colonial Coal International Corp.
Trudeau taps Quebec MP Marc Miller for Indigenous Services – The Globe and Mail
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau turned to a Quebec MP and long-time personal friend on Wednesday to oversee the delivery of services to Indigenous communities.
Mr. Trudeau named Marc Miller as Indigenous Services Minister on Wednesday while the former minister on the file, Seamus O’Regan, was moved to Natural Resources.
Speaking outside of Rideau Hall, Mr. Miller said the Indigenous Services file is not one that can people can “jump in and jump out of,” adding former ministers still “feel very much a part of it.”
“We owe it to ourselves as Canadians to get this relationship right,” he said.
The AFNQL to the New Trudeau Government: “Now is the Time to Deliver”
WENDAKE, QC, Nov. 20, 2019 – The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) acknowledges the new Trudeau government’s taking office and asks that it gets to work today with First Nations, who are tired of broken promises and commitments.
“It is now time to deliver,” says Ghislain Picard, Chief of the AFNQL. “The situation of First Nations children and families, the safety of women and girls in our Nations, the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the essential reconciliation with First Nations, all of these and many other issues are at stake, that is what the Trudeau government must now deliver,” says Chief Ghislain Picard.
The AFNQL points out that the First Nations actively engaged with the Trudeau government during its first mandate, and that the results to date have not been up to the mark. The AFNQL is ready to maintain its collaboration with the two ministers responsible for Indigenous Affairs, both of whom have a good knowledge of the issues.
“No need to start from scratch and doing what has already been done. Now it is time to act. For a minority government, which is facing a particularly retrograde Conservative opposition on the environment and the recognition of Aboriginal rights, the challenge is considerable, and the AFNQL recognizes it. For our part, we intend to increase the pressure on all parliamentarians, to hold them accountable for their responsibilities to First Nations. I insist once again: no more false hopes, no more broken promises. Now is the time to deliver,” concludes Chief Picard.
About the AFNQL
The Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador is the political organization regrouping 43 Chiefs of the First Nations in Quebec and Labrador. Follow us on Twitter @APNQL.
For further information: Mélanie Vincent, firstname.lastname@example.org, Cell. : 418 580-4442
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Mourns the Passing of Former MLA Peter Kattuk
IQALUIT, Nunavut (November 20, 2019) – Speaker Simeon Mikkungwak today issued the following statement:
“Former Member of the Legislative Assembly Peter Kattuk passed away earlier today following a long illness. Peter represented the constituency of Hudson Bay for two terms and I join his family and former constituents in mourning his passing. Peter was well-respected for his commitment to public service and his environmental advocacy.”
The community flag of Sanikiluaq has been half-masted at the Legislative Assembly in honour of his passing.
For further information:
John Quirke, Clerk of the Legislative Assembly
The lesson behind Canada’s most dangerous cities – Macleans.ca
How can we talk about crime—and where it’s happening—without talking about the conditions that create and sustain it?
Nov 20, 2019
Canadian anthropologist Wade Davis tells a story in his 2004 Massey Lectures about a Malaysian tribal group called the Penan who when visiting Canada were struck by the homelessness they saw because they could not comprehend how in cities as rich as ours such a thing could exist.
Maclean’s recently ranked Canada’s most dangerous places and they are not the urban centres we often associate with high rates of violent crime. For the most part, they are rural Canadian towns and small cities: North Battleford, Thompson, Wetaskiwin, Portage La Prairie. As the feature article on Thompson, Man., which has held the top position of Canada’s most violent city three years running points out, it is a city which “faces the same, complex issues as much larger urban centres—transient populations, inconsistent funding, addictions and homelessness—plus the deep legacy of colonization.”
Update: Four Atlantic Canada MPs included in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s new cabinet – The Guardian
Nova Scotia MP Bernadette Jordan will be Canada’s new fisheries minister, while Newfoundland and Labrador’s Seamus O’Regan will take over the high-profile natural resources post.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled his cabinet team Wednesday, naming key players who will navigate the most important portfolios and adding some fresh faces at the same time.
P.E.I. MP Lawrence MacAulay remains minister of veterans affairs and associate minister of national defence, and Dominic LeBlanc will stay on as president of the privy council, considered a largely ceremonial role. According to the PMO, LeBlanc, who is fighting leukemia and arrived at the Rideau Hall ceremony wearing a surgical mask, will also take on a new role as chair of a committee that will be in charge of tracking key files and priorities within the minority government. New Brunswick MP Ginette Petitpas Taylor, who served as Canada’s health minister, has been removed from cabinet and will serve as deputy government whip, a role that will have increased importance as the Liberal minority is vulnerable to defeat on a vote of confidence.