First Nations Pipeline Protest: 14 Land Protectors Arrested as Canadian Police Raid Indigenous Camp

Credits: Democracy Now!

Published on Jan 8, 2019

https://democracynow.org – In Canada, armed forces raided native Wet’suwet’en territory in British Columbia Monday, with at least 14 arrests being reported. Land defenders faced off with Royal Canadian Mounted Police as the police breached two checkpoints set up to keep pipeline workers out of protected territory. Indigenous leaders are reportedly being blocked from their territory. TransCanada Corporation has been seeking entry into indigenous territory, where they are planning to build the massive $4.7 billion Coastal GasLink pipeline. Land protectors from First Nations clans set up two encampments where they had been physically blocking entry to TransCanada workers.

We speak with Karla Tait, a member of the Unist’ot’en house group of the Gilseyhu Clan. She’s the mental wellness manager for the Northern Region with the First Nations Health Authority, serving the 54 First Nations in Northern British Columbia. Dr. Tait is also the director of clinical programming for the Unist’ot’en Healing Centre.

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Healing Our Spirit Worldwide – 2018 Sydney – Interview with Gene Tagaban

Gene Tagaban, a Tlingit, Cherokee, and Pilipino man of the Raven Freshwater Sockeye Clan from Hoonah Alaska, begins with a wonderful introduction in his ancestral language, describing his name and where he is from.

Gene is noted for carrying a small red dress with him as a part of the work he does to stop the violence and sexual assault against women. He explains that he carries the small dress for a few different reasons, but with the collective purpose of remembering the spirits of all who have been stolen, lost, or gone missing and that his red dress represents that they will not be forgotten. Further, as Gene explains his belief, the dress he carries also acknowledges the spirits of those who are lost or missing and, by doing so, he is bringing them closer to the fires of their ancestors. He also continues to explain the similarities to the beautiful red jingle dress carried by some women of ONWA (Ontario Native Women’s Association) and the spiritual meaning that it carries, whereas it is for those who are missing so they have their regalia.

As a man, Gene stands up and speaks to men, for men, calling on them to be a part of the spiritual awakening that is happening. To affect shift and change, he teaches other men to become mentors in their own communities and to share messages of awareness, growth and healing. Tagaban’s powerful words project a deep, traditional respect for women. This remains especially true as he invites others to see that every person that goes missing is your relative and family, so we all need to be involved in the healing and to put a stop to violence against women.

UN Rules That Canada’s Indian Act Discriminates Against First Nations Women

(Vancouver, January 17, 2019) In a decision released January 14, the United Nations Human Rights Committee ruled that Canada continues to discriminate against First Nations women and their descendants by denying them the same entitlement to full s. 6(1)(a) status under the Indian Act as First Nations men and their descendants. This long-standing discrimination affects First Nations women’s entitlement to status, their right to transmit status, and their equality with First Nations men.

The Committee ruled that Canada is obligated to remove the discrimination and to ensure that all First Nations women and their descendants are granted status on the same footing as First Nations men and their descendants.

Sharon McIvor who filed the petition with the UN Human Rights Committee that resulted in this ruling said, “This decision is a game-changer for First Nations women, and for Canada. If the Government of Canada fulfills its obligations and finally treats First Nations women as equals, it will be a new day for us, for our communities and for Canada. First Nations women have been fighting against this discrimination in the courts and at the UN since 1970. I hope that Canada will now bring this devastating discrimination to an end.”

In December 2017, the Parliamentary Budget Officer estimated that there are more than 270,000 women and their descendants who would be newly entitled to Indian status if 6(1)(a) status were granted to them on the same footing as Indian men and their descendants. “This is evidence of how profound and damaging the discrimination is” said Dr. Pamela Palmater, Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University. “Sex discrimination in the Indian Act has been a very effective tool of assimilation, defining First Nations women and their descendants out of the pool of status Indians to whom the Government of Canada owes recognition and benefits.”

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs stated, “Canada has clung to the sex discrimination in the Indian Act despite years of struggle against it by Indigenous women and their allies, in courts, at the UN, and in Parliament when amendments were being debated. Canada admitted in 2017 that the discrimination continues, and it put provisions into Bill S-3 that would eliminate the discrimination, but it never brought those provisions into force. Canada knows how to fix the discrimination. It just needs to do it. And do it now. On September 21, 2017, Prime Minister Trudeau told the United Nations General Assembly that ‘the world expects Canada to adhere strictly to international human rights standards …and that’s what we expect of ourselves too.’ That is what we all expect: that Canada will live up to its human rights obligations, now. We look forward to the Government of Canada’s response.”

Quotes:

Gwen Brodsky: “The UN Human Rights Committee says that Canada is obligated to provide an effective and enforceable remedy. This requires Canada to make full reparations, including: 1) ensuring that Sharon McIvor, Jacob Grismer, and all others excluded by, or granted only a lesser category of status, because of the sex-based distinctions in s. 6 of the Indian Act are granted full 6(1)(a) status; 2) addressing any residual discrimination in First Nations communities that arises from Canada’s sex-based discrimination in the Indian Act; 3) communicating the decision broadly in Canada; and 4) reporting back to the United Nations in 180 days to provide information about the measures it has taken to comply with this decision. This is a very significant remedy and one that requires immediate action.”

Kukpi7 Judy Wilson, Secretary-Treasurer of the UBCIC: “This decision brings the Government of Canada’s current consultation process into question once again. Some of the questions that Canada is consulting about, the United Nations has answered straightforwardly and clearly. All the women and their descendants who have been excluded by sex discrimination must be granted full status, including those born prior to 1951. There should be no delay in moving registration forward quickly and efficiently. The Government of Canada should address any residual discrimination in communities that could be caused because of the addition of new members to communities or Bands, and any need for additional resources, rather than continuing to focus all their energy on trying to force pipelines through and causing further human rights violations. We need this discrimination to end, and end now.”

Shelagh Day, Chair, Human Rights Committee, Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action: “This sex discrimination has been in the law in Canada for more than one hundred years. It has had a profoundly damaging effect. The fact that First Nations women have been treated overtly, in law, as though they are the property of men, second class, and not equal, has had the effect of marginalizing First Nations women in their own communities and in the broader society. It is not surprising that in their reports on the crisis of murders and disappearances of Indigenous women and girls, both the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) found that historical Indian Act sex discrimination is a root cause of the shocking levels of violence against Indigenous women. Canada cannot improve the lives of First Nations women and girls, and reduce their risk of violence, until Canada gets rid of Indian Act sex discrimination, completely and for all time.”

Contact Information:

Gwen Brodsky: 604-874-9211

Dr. Pamela Palmater: 905-903-5563

Sharon McIvor: 250-378-7479

Shelagh Day: 604-872-0750

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip: 250-490-5314

Kukpi7 Judy Wilson: 250-320-7738

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NWT Parks Break More Records In 2018

January 17, 2019

In spite of grey skies and rainy days, NWT Parks continued to shine through the 2018 season.

Led by a 122% increase in overnight stays in the Beaufort Delta, NWT Parks welcomed 36,526 visitors last year to campgrounds across the territory — an all-time record for territorial parks.

This is the fifth-straight year of increases in the use of NWT Parks.

The increases come on the heels of consecutive years of multi-million dollar investments by the GNWT and nearly $7 million in capital upgrades to parks in 2018-2019.

The results reflect a continued positive trend in the NWT’s tourism sector and ITI’s ongoing commitment to advance world-class parks infrastructure in accordance with the GNWT’s mandate for the 18th Legislative Assembly.

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“Our parks have once again proven to be prime locations for visitors and residents exploring our territory. As we see continued growth, it’s clear our approach to investing in world-class parks infrastructure is working. We are committed to supporting the growth of tourism through ongoing investments, and promoting these attractions locally, nationally, and internationally.”

-Wally Schumann, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment

Quick facts

  • Overall, camping was up 4% for NWT Territorial Parks
  • 56.7% of overnight visitors to territorial parks visited from outside the Northwest Territories.
  • On average, overnight visitors reported staying an average of 2.38 days.
  • The busiest parks by-region were:
    • Beaufort Delta: Happy Valley in the Beaufort Delta, over 3,400 campers
    • Dehcho: Sambaa Deh Territorial Park, 900 campers
    • North Slave: Fred Henne Territorial Park, over 11,000 campers
    • South Slave: Hay River Territorial Park, nearly 3,800 campers.
  • Data is based on camping permits and does not include seasonal or day use permits.
  • Tourism 2020 — the NWT’s strategic plan for tourism development in the NWT — supports NWT Park development and encourages tours that showcase and use territorial parks and infrastructure.

Related link

Media Contact

Mike Westwick
Senior Communications Officer
Industry, Tourism and Investment
1-867-767-9202 ext. 63039
Mike_Westwick@gov.nt.ca

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Media Advisory – The Library and Archives Canada travelling exhibition offers a unique opportunity to discover the Métis Nation

RED DEER, AB, Jan. 17, 2017  – The Alberta Métis Federation and the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery, in collaboration with Library and Archives Canada (LAC), are pleased to announce the opening event of a travelling exhibition that displays some of the rich history of the Métis Nation. Come celebrate Métis culture with live entertainment.

Date: January 20, 2019 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Location: Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery, 4525-47A Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

The exhibition Hiding in Plain Sight: Discovering the Métis Nation in the Archival Records of Library and Archives Canada presents selected artwork and photographs about the Métis Nation and aims to foster a better understanding of the history and culture of the Métis Nation.

Quick facts

  • The Métis Nation traces its origins to the Red River Valley area of North America. By the 20th century, the Métis had developed a unique culture and identity, which led them to be called otipêymisowak—the independent ones.
  • The Métis developed their own language, Michif. A unique mix of French and Plains Cree languages, Michif is still spoken by Métis today.
  • LAC holds a great variety of archival materials relating to the Métis Nation, including textual records, photographs, artwork, maps, stamps and sound recordings.

Associated links

For further information: General Inquiries: Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (https://www.reddeermuseum.com/contact/), Email: museum@reddeer.ca, Phone: 403.309.8405

Related Links

http://www.lac-bac.gc.ca

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Proposed framework for Government of Yukon carbon price rebate announced

January 17, 2019

The Government of Yukon has released its proposed framework for the territory’s carbon price rebate, which will form the basis of new territorial legislation to return carbon pricing revenues to Yukoners.

The framework outlines the amount, frequency and requirements for each group set to receive a territorial rebate.

The Government of Yukon has made a commitment to return all revenues returned from the Government of Canada to individuals, businesses, First Nations governments and municipal governments.

In recognition of challenges associated with prices set by world markets, the Government of Yukon will also rebate revenues to placer and quartz mining operations.

Yukoners are encouraged to review the framework by visiting engageyukon.ca. Feedback can be submitted via email to carbonrebate@gov.yk.ca until February 4, 2019.

The proposed framework for the carbon price rebate reflects engagement with Yukoners over the last two years and will inform the new carbon rebate legislation that is being developed. The legislation will ensure that Yukon’s competitiveness is not put at a disadvantage as a result of carbon pricing and that Yukoners who rely on fossil fuels will not be penalized. The proposed rebate structure will also reward Yukon businesses who invest in clean technology and operations in the territory as we continue to support the creation of good jobs in a sustainable environment.

Minister of Finance Sandy Silver

Quick Facts

  • The proposed framework will see each recipient group receive a larger rebate, on average, than costs paid in carbon pricing. This is because some groups including the Government of Yukon, federal government and tourists will not receive rebates.
  • Individuals can expect four annual payments as part of the carbon rebate while each other group will receive a single annual transfer.
  • The first payments to individuals will be made in October 2019 with a second payment in April 2020. Yukon businesses will receive a refundable income tax credit with their tax return. First Nations governments will receive annual transfers beginning on March 31, 2020. Municipal governments will receive annual transfers beginning on April 1, 2020. Placer and quartz mining operations can apply to the Government of Yukon for a rebate on January 1, 2020 for the previous fiscal year.
  • All Yukon individuals will receive a carbon rebate regardless of age. A remote supplement will also be provided to individuals who live outside of an urban area.
  • The tax credit for Yukon businesses will vary in size based on a weighting of assets that either consume fossil fuels or displace the consumption of fossil fuels. Businesses that invest more in Yukon will receive larger rebates and an additional super green credit will be provided to businesses who invest in clean energy generation and equipment.

Contact

Janine Workman
Cabinet Communications
867-393-7449
janine.workman@gov.yk.ca

Eric Clement
Communications, Finance
867-393-6482
eric.clement@gov.yk.ca

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Unifor Indigenous activists to join march in Washington

January 17, 2019

WASHINGTON D.C.—Unifor is showing international solidarity with U.S. Indigenous peoples by sending a delegation of Canadian activists to the January 18 march in Washington D.C.

“Unifor activists are passionate about human rights,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “We’re proud to stand with Indigenous peoples everywhere in their struggle for justice and respect.”

Unifor’s delegation includes Leanne Marsh (British Columbia), Don Wren (Saskatchewan), Anna Grizans (Ontario), Zack Ladouceur (Nova Scotia), and Gina Smoke (Unifor Indigenous Liaison).

“From our missing and murdered sisters to environmental ruin of our territories, there are too many reasons to march,” said Smoke. “The sitting American president regularly uses racial slurs to describe U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, which should tell you about the state of the national dialogue right now.”

The Indigenous Peoples March is a grassroots campaign organized by independent coordinators at the state and tribal level.

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

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VIU: Recognizing the Power of Place Names in the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region

January 17, 2019

Long before British Captain George Henry Richards named Mount Arrowsmith in the late 1800s, the largest mountain on southern Vancouver Island had many distinctive titles given to it, depending which side the 1,819 metre peak was viewed from. In 2000, the Arrowsmith moniker was used in the designation of the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region (MABR), a UNESCO recognized biosphere reserve.

The MABR is managed by a Roundtable of representatives from First Nations, local governments, stakeholders, and citizens, and the group is committed to taking action on a wide range of regional issues relating to sustainable development, education and conservation.  Included in this is the recognition and re-establishment of Indigenous place names that apply to features and places in the region.

Roundtable members Dr. Pam Shaw, Director of VIU’s Master of Community Planning,  Geraldine Manson, VIU Elder-in-Residence, Office of Aboriginal Education, Ashley Van Acken, and Graham Sakaki, MABRRI Research & Community Engagement Coordinator  have been awarded a $47,000 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation Connection Grant for the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region (MABR) project “Coast Salish Traditional Place Names: Reconciling a Colonial Past in the UNESCO-designated Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region.”

The project will engage with Elders, Knowledge Holders, the MABR Roundtable members, as well as the wider community, in conversations on place names and identity.

Sakaki, says as we move into the United Nation’s International Year of Indigenous languages 2019, the MABR and its affiliated research institute are committed to exploring place names within the biosphere region in respectful collaboration with Qualicum, Snaw-Naw-As, and Snuneymuxw First Nations.

“Through these partnerships, we are learning about the cultural diversity of names that apply to Mount Arrowsmith. Describing the mountain from the west coast of Vancouver Island, Indigenous communities called it Kulth-ka-choolth (meaning: jagged face). Here on the east coast, the Coast Salish refer to it as either A’alh’hume’ or TS’xuliqw’. ”

The research grant will fund step one of the project, updating and amending two MABR documents: Guiding Principles for Collaboration with First Nations and the MABR Roundtable Culture of Engagement. These two documents were formed together with Qualicum First Nation and Snaw-Naw-As First Nation in 2015. The MABR Roundtable members are interested in opening them up for further review and including the viewpoints of Snuneymuxw First Nation.

Shaw adds, “This grant will facilitate the revision of the guiding principles and we will use these new protocols to guide our place naming project in the biosphere region.”

“We can’t move ahead without recognizing the importance of language, it’s in our stories, in our songs, in our everyday speech,” says Manson.   “What we name our hills, our mountains, our rivers contains information about that place. As an oral society, the names chosen for physical sites, carry history, environmental understandings, information on was it a hunting or fishing village, natural knowledge and even directional guides for travelling the land. For instance, when speaking of Departure Bay, Snuneymuxw call it Stililup, which means deep waters. Using Indigenous names keeps all of that information alive.”

The Coast Salish Traditional Place Names project is a partnership between all members of the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Roundtable.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Annette Lucas, Communications Officer, Vancouver Island University
O: 250.741.2020 | C: 250.618.7296 | E: Annette.Lucas@viu.ca

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VS. Arts Grant – $5,000 for a musician in Canada who is Indigenous, Black or a person of colour, between the ages of 18–28, to create their debut EP recording

The inaugural VS. Arts grant includes $5,000 for a musician in Canada who is Indigenous, Black or a person of colour (IBPOC), between the ages of 18-28, to create their debut EP recording. Groups who meet these criteria are also welcome to apply. Deadline: May 15, 2019.

The grant also includes periodic conversations with musician Vivek Shraya to discuss album vision, promotion/marketing, industry resources/recommendations and any other music-related support (frequency and timing of these in-person/phone/Skype conversations to be negotiated when funding is granted).

I didn’t receive my first music grant until I was fourteen years into my music career. But to put this fact in context, up until then, I had applied for only a handful of music grants. An assumption that might be made is that it was my fault I didn’t receive grants earlier in my career, that I didn’t “put myself out there” enough. If this sounds familiar, it’s because this is what we often carelessly tell people (and ourselves) who aren’t successful in an endeavor.

I didn’t apply for many grants in my twenties because each rejection felt insurmountable, especially when I looked at the list of famous white names who had been awarded those grants previously. What was the point of applying? Those grant winners possessed an identity, an appeal, or a magic that I just didn’t have. Instead of filling out applications, I independently funded every album and music project I recorded from 2002 to 2016, largely by working a 9-to-5 job, with the understanding that institutional support was unattainable for me. Periodically, once enough time had passed after the previous grant rejection, I was able to conjure the emotional fortitude to write another grant application and try again. And fail again.

Rejection and creative practice go hand in hand. But when you are a marginalized body, it isn’t just your art that gets rejected. The lines aren’t as clean as “it’s not personal” or “so-and-so didn’t connect with my demo or my application.” Because of the ways our art is inextricably linked to our backgrounds and lived experiences, and the ways that arts industries are inherently racist, misogynistic and homophobic, any rejection a marginalized artist experiences has deeper implications. Did a white listener not connect with your album because it “lacked artistic merit” or because the sound was different, unrelatable or jarring—code for too brown/too feminine/too queer. In short, every rejection a marginalized body experiences in the arts industry is undeniably, and painfully, personal.

While, unfortunately, I can’t reduce the amount of rejection you will face as a marginalized musician or negate its impact on you, I wanted to create an opportunity that would increase your chances of success. In my experience, there is no “magic” element to achieving grant success aside from applying regularly. So I wanted to create a grant that—I hope—will feel worthy of the emotional fortitude you must conjure to apply, with the assurance that your application will be reviewed by someone who is brown and trans, someone who knows first-hand what it’s like to be rejected for making music that is different, unrelatable and jarring, and someone who, despite these barriers, remains, steadfastly, a music lover.

I sincerely urge you to apply for the inaugural VS. Arts Grant.

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AMC: Newborn apprehensions detrimental to baby and mother

January 17, 2019

Treaty One Territory, MB _ The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs has become aware that there are imminent newborn baby apprehensions that are continuing to happen in Winnipeg.

Birth alerts are placed on mothers suspected of not being able to care for their babies. Birth alert apprehensions are being carried out according to policy standards, not law. This is clearly disastrous and detrimental to the newborn, mother and family.

“To have a newborn baby taken away in the manner they are being apprehended is alarming. Our children are sacred. They are a gift from Creator. We are all responsible for the raising of our children and ensuring their well-being, nurturing, identity, culture, language and way of being is provided,” said Grand Chief Arlen Dumas of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs.

In December 2017, the AMC passed a resolution opposing Manitoba’s Child Welfare System Reform and a resolution for the restoration of First Nations jurisdiction over families and children.

“Our newborns and children must be provided care and nurturing in a home that is culturally appropriate. When Child and Family Services sweeps in and takes the baby, First Nations do not have the opportunity to provide these things for our children. Immediate family placements must be the first priority of placement for a newborn that will accommodate access for the mother to breastfeed,” said Grand Chief Dumas.

Last summer, the Manitoba government unilaterally amended its Child and Family Services Act to include customary care, where an Indigenous child would stay within the Indigenous community. However, last week even though arrangements had been made with a family member to transfer guardianship of a newborn baby, the baby was still taken away from the mother. Sadly, even though the province’s approach to customary care should have prevented the apprehension, it still took place.

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs continues to assert that First Nations have inherent jurisdiction over their children and families. In October this position was further supported by the AMC Chiefs-in-Assembly when it endorsed Bringing Our Children Home Act: A Manitoba Specific Federal Legislation for Children and Families. This draft federal legislation will be implemented as an overarching Manitoba-specific federal legislation that will empower original jurisdiction and give effect to the creation of the five template First Nations laws on children and families. Placing a newborn with immediate family is the first consideration if a mother or father or both are unable to care for the newborn or child. Only if they cannot look after the child would then an alternative placement within the Nation would be the second choice.

Grand Chief Dumas concluded: “With the ongoing issue of newborn apprehensions, it is imperative now more than ever to work swiftly to fundamentally change the system that so adversely affects our families and children. Right now is the opportune time for the province of Manitoba to finally end its destructive policies of apprehending First Nations newborns and children. It is also a time to better train frontline workers to recognize and understand the system. They need to do better, and instead of taking our babies away from us, they need to work with us to keep our families together.”

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Power of Many: Women march to say “We are not going back,” we demand equality and justice

January 17, 2019

(TORONTO, ON) Women across Ontario are joining the global march for equality on Saturday January 19, demanding change from the Ontario government. Women march to bring awareness to the changes needed to build a safer, more inclusive Ontario. Women are sending a clear message to policymakers that “We will not go back.” There are more than 18 marches scheduled across the province.

“Women demand equality. That means pay equity, publicly funded child care, decent work, an end to racism and hate, and an end to domestic and sexual violence. This government wants to roll back women’s rights, but we are not going back,” said Ontario Federation of Labour Secretary-Treasurer Patty Coates. “We are marching to show the Power of Many. Women are coming together to say yes to equal rights at work, at home, and in law, and yes to working together to win them.”

This past summer, the government shut down the expert panel on ending violence against women. Last month, the government passed Bill 57, cancelling the slated January 1 start of the Pay Transparency Act, 2018. It recently introduced Bill 66, which if passed, will remove a number of laws and regulations that support women’s equality, including changes to child care regulations and work laws.

“Women know that when we come together and push for change, we can win,” said Coates. “Women are 50 per cent of the voters in this province. It’s time for the government to meet our demands.”

“Women and men and gender nonconforming people, Indigenous and immigrants, of diverse faiths, abilities and ages – are all deserving of equality, justice, freedom, and inclusion,” said Coates. “We will continue to amplify these principals using education, mobilization, dialogue, engagement and collective action today, on International Women’s Day, and beyond.”

The OFL encourages everyone to download the petition demanding the government reverse course, withdraw Bill 66 and restore all programs and laws that support women’s equality. It can be downloaded here in English or en français. To sign the online petition, click here.

The OFL represents 54 unions and one million workers, advocating for the rights of unionized and non-unionized workers. Follow the OFL on Facebook, or on Twitter @OFLabour.

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For more information:

Meagan Perry
Director of Communications
Ontario Federation of Labour
mperry@ofl.ca | 416-894-3456

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RCMP Major Crime Unit North/Blaine Lake RCMP: Suspicious death investigation, Muskeg Lake Cree Nation

January 17, 2019
Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan

On January 13, 2019, at approximately 12:50 p.m., Blaine Lake RCMP responded to a report of an unresponsive adult female outside of her residence on the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation. EMS personnel were already present when officers arrived. The woman, 56 year-old Joanne Wolfe-Lafond, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

An autopsy was conducted in Regina on January 16. The death is being treated as suspicious.

MCU North continues to investigate with assistance from Spiritwood, Shellbrook and Blaine Lake RCMP, North Battleford Forensic Identification Section, Saskatoon Police Dog Services and the Saskatchewan Coroner’s Service.

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Rouge National Urban Park Management Plan Tabled in Parliament

First ever management plan for the Rouge prioritizes conservation and connects Canadians to nature, heritage and agriculture in the GTA

January 17, 2019        Toronto, Ontario        Parks Canada Agency

Rouge National Urban Park protects nature, culture, and agriculture in an integrated way, and stretches from Lake Ontario to the Oak Ridges Moraine across the cities of Toronto, Markham, and Pickering and the Township of Uxbridge.

The first ever management plan for Rouge National Urban Park was recently tabled in Parliament by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna. This plan will guide the management of Canada’s very first national urban park as the Rouge moves from establishment to full operations.

Canada’s protected areas help Canadians discover nature and learn more about the environment.

Highlights of the plan include:

· Enshrining ecological integrity as the park’s first priority with a focus on species at risk and programs to restore the park’s ecosystems.

· A commitment to reconciliation and working with Rouge National Urban Park’s First Nations Advisory Circle on all aspects of the park’s management and operations, including restoring the park’s ecosystems, preserving its cultural heritage and helping develop programming for visitors.

·  Long-term certainty for park farmers and protection of some of the last farms in the GTA, many located on Class 1 soil – the richest, rarest, and most fertile in Canada.

· A connected trail network from Lake Ontario to the Oak Ridges Moraine via dozens of kilometres of new hiking trails.

· An emphasis on “Learn-to” programming, where GTA residents, including newcomers to Canada, can learn to camp, paddle and hike for the first time as well as grow their own food.

· New visitor and learning facilities as well as welcome areas in the Toronto, Markham, Pickering, Whitchurch-Stouffville, and Uxbridge areas of the park.

· An expanded park shuttle service to connect GTA residents to the park.

Over the last decade, Parks Canada has engaged more than 20,000 Canadians and has worked closely with Indigenous Peoples, all levels of government, community groups, conservationists, park farmers, local residents, volunteers, and many other groups to establish Rouge National Urban Park and complete its first management plan.

In 2017, the Government of Canada passed amendments to the Rouge National Urban Park Act to prioritize ecological integrity in the management of the park, while also providing long-term certainty for park farmers. These amendments ensure the park will have the strongest ecological protections, while affirming the role of park farmers, so they can continue carrying out their important agricultural activities.

The tabling of this plan in Parliament marks another important milestone in the creation of Canada’s first national urban park. Through this management plan, Parks Canada is meeting its promise to protect the environment,  while also providing Canadians with opportunities to experience and discover nature and history in new and innovative ways.

The Rouge National Urban Park Management Plan is available for viewing on the Parks Canada website at: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/on/rouge/info/gestion-management/gestion-management-2019.

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“Canada’s national parks, historic sites, marine conservation areas—and Rouge National Urban Park—belong to all Canadians and tell the stories of who we are, including the history, cultures, and contributions of Indigenous peoples. The Government has followed through on its commitment to enhance Rouge National Urban Park and ensure ecological integrity is the first priority in park management. The vision for Rouge National Urban Park brings together multiple levels of government, Indigenous peoples, farmers, conservationists, and many other dedicated people and organizations.”

Catherine McKenna
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

Quick facts

  • Once completed, Rouge National Urban Park will encompass an area 79 km2 in size, making it one of the world’s largest protected areas in an urban setting – 19 times larger than Vancouver’s Stanley Park, and 23 times bigger than New York’s Central Park.
  • Rouge National Urban Park has a rich diversity of nature, culture, and agriculture, including more than 1,700 species of plants and animals; large tracts of some of the rarest and most fertile farmland in the country; and human history dating back more than 10,000 years, including some of Canada’s oldest known Indigenous sites.
  • Since 2015, Parks Canada has completed 41 restoration projects in Rouge National Urban Park in collaboration with Indigenous peoples, farmers, volunteers, conservation groups and community organizations – close to 124 acres of wetland and riparian habitat has been restored, more than 50 acres of forest habitat has been restored, and more than 70,000 native trees, shrubs and aquatic plants have been planted in the park.

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Contacts

Jeffrey Sinibaldi
Acting External Relations Manager
Rouge National Urban Park
647-271-8189
jeffrey.sinibaldi@canada.ca

Media Relations
Parks Canada Agency
1-855-862-1812
pc.medias-media.pc@canada.ca

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60s Scoop’ settlement process stirring up past trauma for survivors – APTN News

January 17, 2019

60s Scoop survivor Trina Slapcoff reaches up to a makeshift cinderblock shelf in her living room and pulls down an old shoebox.

“I meant to fix this,” says the 49 year old, fussing with the box.

“it’s getting all squashed.”

The first thing she sees once the lid comes off is a picture of her when she was six. In the posed photo for her summer camp she’s smiling, literally hugging a tree.

For most, a childhood photo like this would invoke waves of nostalgia.

Read More: https://aptnnews.ca/2019/01/17/60s-scoop-settlement-process-stirring-up-past-trauma-for-survivors/

Opinion: For Indigenous kids’ welfare, our government knows better; it just needs to do better – The Globe and Mail

January 17, 2019

Cindy Blackstock is the executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada. She is a professor at the School of Social Work at McGill University.

This week, the story of a newborn baby removed from her family in Manitoba added to a litany of reports about the over-representation of First Nations children in child welfare care. The number and persistence of these stories lead many to believe this is a problem without a solution. But real answers have been on the books for decades – governments just need to implement them.

In 1967, social worker George Caldwell observed that 80 per cent of the children placed in residential schools in Saskatchewan were there as child welfare placements. He called upon Indian Affairs to put more emphasis on services to support families and to ensure services were culturally appropriate.

Read More: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-for-indigenous-kids-welfare-our-government-knows-better-they-just/

Images on Stone: the Secrets of Rock Art in Canada

QUÉBEC CITY, Jan. 17, 2019 – Astonishing, mysterious images drawn or painted on rock walls or carved in stone across the Canadian landscape: rock art reflects the cultures of Indigenous Peoples who have been living on the territory for thousands of years. To provide the public with an opportunity to discover the wealth of this Indigenous cultural heritage, the Musée de la civilisation will present the Images on Stone. Rock art in Canada online exhibition on the institution’s website starting January 17, 2019.

The project funded primarily by the investment program of the Virtual Museum of Canada is the outcome of a partnership between the Musée de la civilisation, the Akufen creative studio, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and the Air Inuit regional airline. The project was made possible through the significant contribution of several members of the scientific community, national and provincial park employees and key figures from Indigenous Nations concerned with the sites selected for the exhibition: Mi’gmaq, in Kejimkujik (Nova Scotia), Innu, in Pepeshapissinikan (Quebec), Inuit, in Qajartalik (Nunavik), Blackfoot, in Áísínai’pi, at the Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park (Alberta) and the Hupacasath First Nation, in K’aka’win (British Colombia).

A Rich, Mostly Unknown Heritage

By exploring the Images on Stone. Rock Art in Canada exhibition online, the public will discover the mysteries surrounding the many rock drawings and carvings found throughout Canada. People will also learn about the various scientific and cultural aspects of this age-old phenomenon more widespread in North America than generally believed. Featuring encyclopaedic contents and a selection of five sites representative of the cultural and geographical diversity of rock art in Canada, the exhibition will highlight the means used to produce rock art, the significance of graphic contents, the Indigenous cultural communities associated with each site, the connection that they maintain with these sites and the preventive or curative measures taken to ensure their preservation.

This new exhibition is in line with the museum’s commitment toward Indigenous Peoples. It asserts the institution’s pledge to be a preferred partner of First Nations and Inuit in the affirmation and protection of their identity, to contribute to raising awareness about the reality, heritage and traditions of Indigenous Peoples by promoting the dissemination of their culture and to encourage the involvement of Indigenous groups in the Musée de la civilisation’s activities and projects of concern to them.

Word from the Executive Director:

“There are a large number of Indigenous rock art sites in Canada. Some of them are thousands of years old, while others were created before the first contact with Europeans. This unique, astonishingly rich heritage has long remained unknown by a great many people unaware of its value, let alone its existence. The purpose of the Images on Stone. Rock Art in Canada online exhibition is to allow the public at large to experience rock art up close. Neophytes and amateurs alike will learn about the origins and Indigenous spiritual beliefs at the source of these rock art creations, their significance and how rock art inspires today’s artists.”
Stéphan La Roche, Executive Director

Highlights:

  • The generic term rock art defines an age-old form of visual expression. Rock art includes paintings, drawings and carvings created on rock formations of every kind: caves, rock shelters, erratic blocks or exposed rock outcrops;
  • Rock art has been a means of “artistic” expression for at least 5000 years;
  • Rock art is found on every continent, except for Antarctica. Although this mode of expression is universal, sites on each continent have their own specificities in terms of location, representation, dating and purpose;
  • In Canada, rock art is found from coast to coast. The exact number of sites has yet to be determined, but they are estimated at 3 000;
  • British Columbia has an extremely rich rock art heritage. Some 1300 petroglyph and pictograph sites have been located on the Northwest Coast and inland. Some sites combine both forms of rock art;
  • About 800 sites with pictographs have been identified across the parts of the Canadian Shield stretching from Quebec to Saskatchewan, with most found in Ontario. In Quebec, some 20 sites have been located;
  • In the Atlantic Provinces, only 14 petroglyph sites have been confirmed in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, mainly on rock outcrops and erratic rocks or blocks, often found near bodies of water.

This online exhibition was designed and produced by the Musée de la civilisation in partnership with the Virtual Museum of Canada, the Akufen creative studio, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and the Air Inuit regional airline. The exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Daniel Arsenault, who laid the groundwork for this project. Through his teachings and extensive work, he contributed to increasing public awareness of this rich, mostly unknown heritage.

Related Links:
Musée de la civilisation: www.mcq.org and www.youtube.com/user/mcqpromo 
Virtual Museum of Canadawww.museevirtuel.ca

For further information: Media Contacts: Québec City: Valérie Denuzière, 418 643-2158, ext. 206; email: valerie.denuziere@mcq.org; Montréal: Rosemonde Gingras, 514 458-8355; email: rosemonde@rosemondecommunications.comRelated Links

http://www.mcq.org

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St. Thomas U: Upper-Year Scholarships and Bursaries – Deadline: February 8, 2019

January 17, 2019

Applications are now being accepted for a number of upper year scholarships and bursaries.

How to Apply

In a letter describe why you feel you are qualified to receive the award(s) for which you are applying based on the criteria listed for each individual award. Letters are to be submitted to the Registrar’s Office (GMH 101), and the deadline is Friday, February 8, 2019.

Scholarship Opportunities

ATV Media Scholarship

Value: $2,000
Number: 1
Criteria: Awarded annually to a student entering the third year of the Journalism Program who is a member of a designated group as defined in the Canada Employment Equity Act with preference given to a student who is a member of a visible minority or the aboriginal peoples, who demonstrates an interest in television journalism. If a candidate from one of the designated groups is not available, the University reserves the right to identify other deserving candidates.

CFUW Fredericton Adult Learner Scholarship
Value: $2,000
Number: 1
Criteria: Awarded annually in January to a female full-time student from New Brunswick who was admitted to the University as an adult learner and who has successfully completed the first year (a minimum of 30 credit hours) of the BA Program. Selection is based on academic achievement.

CFUW Fredericton Scholarship
Value: $2,000
Number: 1
Criteria: Awarded annually in January to a female full-time student from the province of New Brunswick in second or third year of an undergraduate degree program on the basis of academic achievement (GPA).

Chinese Cultural Association of New Brunswick Scholarship
Value: $1,000
Number: 1
Criteria: Awarded annually to a returning full time student with an annual GPA of 3.3 or higher who has demonstrated a commitment to, and involvement with, the Chinese community and multicultural activities. This scholarship is open to students in any department or program.

General Motors Scholarship
Value: $1,250
Number: 1
Criteria: Awarded annually with preference to a student enrolled in the Journalism Program.

Kay Robinson Award
Value: $500
Number: 1
Criteria: Awarded annually to a full time student in their 3rd or 4th year, or in the B.Ed. program who is a single parent. Selection is based on academic achievement.

Rev. Edmund J. Casey Memorial Scholarship
Value: $1,000
Number: 1
Criteria: Awarded annually to a third year student who has a GPA of above 3.5 and demonstrates high character and leadership within the St. Thomas Community.

Fielden & Constance Lambert Gerontology Leadership Award
Value: $1,000
Number: 1
Criteria: Awarded annually to a third or fourth year student from New Brunswick majoring in Gerontology with a GPA of 3.3 or higher. Preference will be given to students who have demonstrated a commitment to the well-being of older adults through employment, volunteer or community involvement.

Milton Levine and Marion Brien Scholarship

Value: $250
Number: 1
Criteria: Awarded annually on the basis of academic achievement and leadership. Preference will be given to a student from rural New Brunswick.

The Ethnographer Scholarship
Value: $500
Number: 1
Criteria: Awarded annually to a student majoring or honouring in Anthropology who has achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

Bursary Opportunities

Paul W. Dawson Memorial Bursary
Value: $1,000
Number: 1
Criteria: Awarded annually in second semester to a full-time student on the basis of financial need with preference given to students enrolled in either the Bachelor of Education Program or the Bachelor of Arts Program with an emphasis on political science. Preference will be given to students from Miramichi, New Brunswick.

Professor Harry Rigby Bursary
Value: $1,000
Number: 1
Criteria: Awarded annually on the basis of financial need with preference given to members of the Thomists, active participants in the musical life of St. Thomas University, or students who have demonstrated commitment and leadership in the residence community. This award is named for Prof. Harry Rigby, founder and director of the Thomists and former Dean of Men.

Kay Smith Memorial Bursary
Value: $500
Number: 1
Criteria: Awarded annually to a student in third or fourth year who is majoring or honouring in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing.
Funding: Generously funded by friends of the late Saint John poet, Kay Smith.

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Hé ho! Festival du Voyageur Celebrates 50 Years, Announces 2019 Lineup

January 16, 2019

With a loud “hé ho”, Festival du Voyageur has unveiled the programming for its 2019 festival. Manitoba’s premier winter festival has built a reputation for booking diverse acts covering just about every genre imaginable, from traditional tunes to country to indie rock to roots.

Beyond the ice sculptures, beard growing, and the warmth of caribou, the February institution is a busy music festival, offering music fans a celebration of Franco-Manitoban culture with music taking centre stage. The 10-day event, which kicks off on February 15, boasts over 150 musical acts, including plenty of homegrown talent and local heroes.

This year’s impressive list of artists includes some of the hottest local names in both French and English, including Alpha Toshineza, Amadians, Anthony OKS, Apollo Suns, ATLAAS, Bo Legged, Bright Righteous, Ça Claque, Carly Dow, Claude Bellefeuille, Dave Quanbury, Dylan & Katie MacDonald, Efflo, Erika Fowler, Ex Ømerta, Fever Rose, FINN, House Handshake, James Culleton, JD Edwards Band, Jérémie & The Delicious Hounds, Justin Lacroix, Kakagi, Kelly Bado, Kerji Stephens, Living Hour, Micah Erenberg, Mise en Scene, Moon Tan, Nation of Two, Odder Than the Otters, Okay Mann, Raine Hamilton, Roman Clarke, Rory Verbrugge & The Ruckus, Sebastian Gaskin, Sam Singer, Sean Burns, Slow Leaves, Slow//Steady, Suzanne Kennelly, Sweet Alibi, The Grey Jays, The Lytics, The Mariachi Ghost, The Osmond Davis Band, The Perpetrators, The Treble, viisi,  VIKINGS, Zrada, and many (many) more. See the complete lineup

Some of the touring headliners hitting Festival du Voyageur stages include Anomalie, Ashley MacIsaac, Astralblak, Chali 2Na, Isabelle Boulay, Kalle Mattson, Les Colocs, Reina Del Cid, Les Poules à ColinThe Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, and more.

This year’s anniversary will also see some old favourites taking the stage, including The Duhks, Hipshake, Mama Funk, Parazar, and Pisse de chameau, The New Meanies, and a Madriagaia reunion.

On Louis Riel Day (February 18), the Bell MTS Rivière-Rouge Tent will host a day of music from Indigenous artists featuring Asham Stompers, Leonard Sumner, and guests for a songwriters circle, Indian City, Sierra Noble with Kadence, and Florent Vollant of Kashtin.

Manitoba Film & Music will celebrate local talent on February 17, taking over the MTS Rivière-Rouge Tent for sets from JP Hoe, Super Duty Tough Work, and 3Peat.

Find all your Festival du Voyageur shows our free MB Live app, our online listings (quick search the “Festival du Voyageur” category), and in their official app.

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City of Victoria urged to keep casino vision on the table – Times Colonist

January 17, 2019

Victoria shouldn’t entirely deal itself out as a potential host of a casino, says Coun. Marianne Alto.

Mayor Lisa Helps has recommended that in view of recent problems that have come to light regarding money laundering at B.C. casinos, the city should withdraw its support to host a second casino in the capital region.

But Alto has now suggested council should leave the door open should a First Nations casino bid ever come forward.

Helps’ proposal was that “council direct the mayor to write to the British Columbia Lottery Corporation to indicate that Victoria is no longer interested in hosting a casino.”

In an amendment to be considered by councillors tonight, Alto is proposing that should one come forward council might consider a casino proposal by a local First Nation, “reflecting their right to economic development self-determination.”

Read More: https://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/city-of-victoria-urged-to-keep-casino-vision-on-the-table-1.23602823

MicroWorlds JR. available in Ojibwe, bringing together coding & language skill development

TakingITGlobal and LCSI’s Code to Learn Initiative funded by CanCode has reached over 50,000 Canadian students to date

FORT FRANCES, ON, Jan. 17, 2019  – Canadian students can now develop their computational thinking skills while reinforcing their knowledge of the Ojibwe language, thanks to a new Ojibwe language version of the award-winning MicroWorlds JR software released today. TakingITGlobal’s Executive Director Jennifer Corriero joined students and educators at Mine Centre School in Mine Centre, Ontario to demonstrate the new coding software.

MicroWorlds JR is designed for Pre-readers to Grade 4, putting children in full control with no reading necessary. It’s easy to learn and use with simple, point & click operations, using “child-friendly” symbols, and a comprehensive audio help, now available in Ojibwe. MicroWorlds JR develops creativity, problem solving, critical thinking skills and logic.

To make this release possible, LCSI and TakingITGlobal collaborated with Jason Jones, Ojibwe Language Coordinator at the Rainy River District School Board in Fort Frances, Ontario. Jason consulted a number of community experts and elders to seek the most accurate translations, including his grandmother Nancy Jones who provided the recordings for the audio help.

“With 2019 being celebrated as the United Nations Year of Indigenous Languages, efforts are underway to offer additional Indigenous language versions of MicroWorlds JR in the coming months” said Michael Furdyk, TakingITGlobal’s Director of Innovation. “We hope educators will take advantage of the free online courses at www.codetolearn.ca and contact us to receive training and support to engage their students.”

MicroWorlds JR also features artwork from Anishinaabe visual story teller Nyle Johnston, which was featured in the Connecting With Our First Family exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario during the summer of 2018. Students can utilize this artwork as they design their projects in the software, offering them an opportunity to create interactive cultural stories and games.

“Ojibwe language learning is a key priority for our schools, and we’re always looking for new resources and opportunities to bring language learning to life for students” said Heather Campbell, Director of Education at Rainy River District School Board. “I can’t wait to see what creative projects students develop as they develop their digital skills in MicroWorlds.”

“This is the first ever coding language available in Ojibwe” said Michael Quinn, President of LCSI. “This will enable children to reinforce their knowledge of Ojibwe and make them extremely proud of their heritage.  In addition, as highlighted as a Call to Action in the Truth and Reconciliation Report, teachers and students will now be able to create culturally appropriate interactive curriculum units.”

Code to Learn is made possible by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s CanCode program, the Government of Canada’s historic investment of $50 million to support digital skills development in over one million young Canadians from kindergarten to grade 12, and their teachers. TakingITGlobal is one of 21 CanCode recipients, and its Code to Learn and Create to Learn programs are also supported by Cisco and Deloitte.

“It’s impressive to see the combination of digital skill development and language learning thanks to TakingITGlobal’s Code to Learn program,” said the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. “This important contribution to the United Nations Year of Indigenous Language is encouraging students to strengthen their knowledge   of the Ojibwe language, while equipping them with the skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow.”

“I’m so pleased to see our local schools involved in this important digital skills initiative” said Don Rusnak, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay – Rainy River. “It’s critically important to strengthen Indigenous language learning resources, and I’m proud that our community has partnered with TakingITGlobal to launch the Ojibwe language version of MicroWorlds today for the benefit of Ojibwe language learners everywhere.”

MicroWorlds JR in Ojibwe can be downloaded free of charge for Windows or macOS at www.codetolearn.ca, with a getting started guide also available in Ojibwe.

About TakingITGlobal
TakingITGlobal’s mission is to empower young people to understand and act on local and global challenges. With over 25,000 educators engaged with TakingITGlobal for Educators (TIGed) programming, from over 5,000 schools in over 150 countries, including over 3,000 Canadian educators, we connect hundreds of thousands of students worldwide to meaningful, interactive learning experiences.

About Logo Computer Systems Inc. (LCSI)
Founded by MIT Professor Emeritus Dr. Seymour Papert in 1981, LCSI is a leading publisher of award-winning, constructivist educational software for K-12 schools around the world. The primary objectives of our software are to develop a child’s creativity, problem-solving and critical thinking skills. LCSI has won 28 prestigious educational software awards in North AmericaEurope, and Asia.

For further information: Press Contact, Michael Furdyk, mfurdyk@takingitglobal.org, (416) 977-9363 x313

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BC Government: Provincial grants boost rural communities

Jan. 17, 2019

VICTORIA – As part of its rural development mandate, the Province is providing $673,124 in project development grants to support rural communities throughout B.C.

In the fifth intake of the BC Rural Dividend program, 68 local governments, First Nations and not-for-profit organizations will receive funding to reinvigorate and diversify their local economies.

“It takes a lot of hard work to develop ideas that can stimulate local prosperity and create jobs for small communities,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “Rural citizens are resourceful, and the calibre of these project development applications reflects their ingenuity and commitment to community development.”

Under the Rural Dividend project development funding stream, up to $10,000 is provided to eligible applicants to do preliminary work that is necessary to pursue larger community projects in the future.

Successful project development grants range from the Tsal’alh First Nation to develop a clean energy plan, to the Slocan and District Chamber of Commerce to create a resident attraction strategy for the North Slocan Valley, and the District of Houston for a housing needs assessment.

In Budget 2018, the Government of British Columbia committed to extending the $25 million per year Rural Dividend to 2020-21. Final decisions on project applications for single applicants (up to $100,000) and partnerships (up to $500,000) will be announced in February 2019.

The Rural Dividend is one aspect of government’s rural development mandate, which is committed to making rural communities more resilient.

Quick Facts:

  • Projects were assessed and approved based on the following criteria:
    • rural communities most in need
    • improved community resiliency and economic strength
    • partnership building and enhanced shared prosperity
    • project feasibility and sustainability
    • economic impact on rural communities
    • attracting and retaining youth
    • innovation in economic development

Learn More:

Rural Dividend: www.gov.bc.ca/ruraldividend

A backgrounder follows.

BC Rural Dividend – Fifth intake grant recipients

Project development

Coast

  • Bella Coola Valley Sustainable Agricultural Society: $9,982
  • Black Creek Community Association: $10,000
  • Cowichan Energy Alternatives Society (Cowichan Valley): $9,960
  • Cutting Barriers Employment and Training Association (Squamish): $10,000
  • Gabriola Island Chamber of Commerce: $9,000
  • Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation (Mount Waddington): $10,000
  • Ladysmith Healthcare Auxiliary: $10,000
  • Mount Cain Alpine Park Society (Mount Waddington): $10,000
  • N’Quatqua First Nation (D’arcy): $9,903
  • Penelakut Tribe (Cowichan Valley): $10,000
  • The City of Port Alberni: $9,900
  • Tourism Pemberton Destination Marketing Association: $10,000
  • The Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce: $10,000
  • Village of Sayward: $10,000
  • Sechelt Downtown Business Association: $10,000
  • Seven Hills Golf and Country Club (Port Hardy): $10,000
  • Shawnigan Lake Historical Society: $10,000
  • Sointula Recreation Association: $10,000
  • Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (two projects): $16,002
  • Sunshine Coast Tourism (Powell River): $10,000
  • Vantage Point Strategies Society (Sechelt): $9,969

North

  • Village of Burns Lake: $10,000
  • District of Houston: $10,000
  • Hudson’s Hope Health Care and Housing Society: $10,000
  • Mackenzie Outdoor Route and Trail Association: $10,000
  • My Recreational Mountain Cooperative (Terrace): $10,000
  • City of Terrace: $10,000
  • Terrace Downtown Improvement Area Society: $10,000
  • District of Vanderhoof: $10,000
  • Upper Nechako Wilderness Council (Vanderhoof): $10,000
  • Whiskey Jack Nordic Ski Club (Fort St. John): $10,000
  • Witset First Nation (Moricetown Band): $10,000

Cariboo

  • Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association (Williams Lake): $10,000
  • Friends of Bouchie-Milburn Society (Bouchie Lake): $10,000
  • Lillooet and District Chamber of Commerce: $10,000
  • North Cariboo Agricultural Marketing Association (Quesnel): $10,000
  • District of Wells: $10,000

Thompson-Okanagan

  • The Corporation of the Village of Ashcroft: $10,000
  • Community Futures Development Corporation of Nicola Valley (Merritt): $10,000
  • Cook’s Ferry Indian Band (Spences Bridge): $10,000
  • Food Action Society of the North Okanagan (Vernon): $10,000
  • Golden Community Social Services Coop: $10,000
  • Lumby and District Chamber of Commerce: $9,500
  • The Corporation of the Village of Lytton: $9,704
  • The Corporation of the Village of McBride: $10,000
  • Neskonlith Indian Band (Chase): $9,455
  • O’Keefe Ranch and Interior Heritage Society (Vernon): $10,000
  • Penticton Indian Band Development Corporation: $10,000
  • Town of Princeton: $10,000
  • Ryga Festival Society (Summerland): $9,857
  • Shuswap Lifeboat Society (Salmon Arm): $10,000
  • Skul’qalt Forestry LP (Cawston): $10,000
  • Snpinktn Forestry Limited Partnership (Penticton): $10,000
  • Tsal’alh First Nation (Shalalth): $10,000
  • District of Sicamous: $10,000
  • Valemount and Area Recreation Development Association: $10,000
  • Westhills Aggregates Limited Partnership (Penticton): $10,000

Kootenays

  • Boundary Museum Society (Grand Forks): $10,000
  • Castlegar and District Chamber of Commerce: $10,000
  • Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce (Invermere): $10,000
  • Columbia Valley Learning Centre Society (Parson): $10,000
  • Community Futures Central Kootenay (Nelson): $10,000
  • Greater Trail Community Skills Centre: $10,000
  • Kootenay Sufferfest Society (Nakusp): $10,000
  • The Nakusp and District Chamber of Commerce: $10,000
  • Nelson’s Social Action Planning Network: $10,000
  • Slocan District Chamber of Commerce: $9,892

Total: $673,124

Contact:

Media Relations
Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural
Resource Operations and Rural Development
250 356-7506

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U of Winnipeg: 2019 Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence Garry Thomas Morse

January 17, 2019

UWinnipeg is pleased to announce that poet, novelist, and editor Garry Thomas Morse is the 2019 Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence.

Originally from Canada’s west coast,  Morse now calls Winnipeg home. His work has twice been short-listed for the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry, and twice short-listed for the national Re-Lit Award for fiction. Morse’s poetry book Discovery Passages explores myth, history, and the injustice of the potlatch ban against his Kwakwaka’wakw Indigenous  ancestors. His recent poetry title, Prairie Harbour, traces multiple lines of his mixed ancestry, including the nomadic Wakashan speakers who were later to form various West Coast First Nations, and Jedidiah Morse, the “father of American geography.” Morse is also the author of The Chaos! Quincunx, a genre-busting speculative fiction series in three books.

Morse serves as the Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence from February  4 – 15 and February 25 to March 8, 2019.  Members of the public, as well as students and other members of the University community, are encouraged to contact him at g.morse@uwinnipeg.ca to book a free writing consultation.

Garry Thomas Morse Events

Inaugural Reading
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 12:30 pm
Room 2M70, Manitoba Hall
Coffee, tea and cookies will be served.

The Carol Shields Distinguished Lecture
Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Room 2M70, Manitoba Hall
Refreshments will be served, cash bar.

The Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence Program at UWinnipeg was initially made possible by a generous donation from the Shields family. The program’s name honours the memory of Carol Shields, Pulitzer-prize winning novelist and Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg from 1996 to 2000. Shields was a generous mentor to emerging writers making this program a fitting tribute to her.

UWinnipeg is proud and grateful to be celebrating 14-years of the residency. Past writers in this program include Margaret Sweatman, Sandra Birdsell, John Weier, Maria Campbell, David Bergen, Ivan Coyote, Debbie Paterson, Gregory Scofield, Chandra Mayor, Jennifer Still, Rick Chafe, Katherena Vermette, and Méira Cook.

MEDIA CONTACT
Naniece Ibrahim, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg
P: 204.988.7130, E: n.ibrahim@uwinnipeg.ca

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Culturally appropriate services for First Nations critical during wildfire evacuations, study shows – Folio

January 17, 2019

New U of A research first to look at why Indigenous people want to leave or stay in their community after mandatory evacuation notice.

Members of Indigenous communities faced with abandoning home during mandatory wildfire evacuations should have the option to remain in their traditional territory or other nearby Indigenous communities if possible, according to new University of Alberta research.

In the first study of its kind, researchers led by Tara McGee in the U of A’s human geography program looked at how the Mishkeegogamang Ojibway Nation in northwestern Ontario responded to a mandatory wildfire evacuation in 2011. They found that some residents wanted to leave, but others were reticent until being encouraged by fellow community members or directed to leave by law enforcement.

Read More: https://www.folio.ca/culturally-appropriate-services-for-first-nations-critical-during-wildfire-evacuations-study-shows/

The Wet’suwet’en struggle is far from over – The Coast Halifax

January 17, 2019

The RCMP believed the fallout from their assault on the Wet’suwet’en would be contained and minimal. They have already been proven wrong.

Sixty-five kilometres up a logging road near Houston, British Columbia, just beyond a river from which you can drink directly, lies an unceded territory actively defended by its original people. To enter, you need to go through a free, prior, and informed consent protocol designed to keep people out who do not benefit the land and its people. Once inside, you find a flourishing off-grid community with gardens and large buildings for housing, food storage, cooking and healing, built by the land defenders and their allies.

The Unist’ot’en (one of the five Wet’suwet’en clans) have been building permanent infrastructure on their yin’tah (territory) since 2010 as a strategy to resist unwanted pipelines. They have built a holistic healing centre on the path of these pipelines, where people can go to heal from trauma while learning to live off the land.

Read More: https://www.thecoast.ca/halifax/the-wetsuweten-struggle-is-far-from-over/Content?oid=20266678

Court must balance rules of evidence while recognizing Indigenous traditions, B.C. judge rules – The Lawyer’s Daily

January 17, 2019

In a ruling being characterized as a first in Canada, a B.C. Supreme Court judge has ruled an Indigenous elder can present evidence as part of a panel during depositions in a land claims case, which the First Nation’s counsel is describing as “righting a historical wrong” and providing a method for evidence to be as reliable and meaningful as possible.

The plaintiffs in the case, Stk’emlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation (SSN) are claiming Aboriginal rights and title to 1.25 million hectares of land near Kamloops, B.C. The land in question includes the Ajax mine project, which is owned by KGHM Ajax Mining Inc., a defendant in the case along with the provincial and federal governments.

SSN was seeking to depose certain elders with the assistance of a word speller to translate from the Secwepemc language to English, and to depose the elders as a panel in accordance with their traditional customs and practices. There are no certified translators for the Secwepemc language in British Columbia and many words cannot be directly translated into English, so the role of a word speller is to provide a translation and to help the English speaker understand the meaning of the elder’s story.

Read More: https://www.thelawyersdaily.ca/articles/9700/court-must-balance-rules-of-evidence-while-recognizing-indigenous-traditions-b-c-judge-rules

Help reduce tobacco-use in Nunavut

January 17, 2019

In January, join the Department of Health and support Tobacco Reduction Month!

Smoking is harmful. It makes asthma worse, increases risks of pneumonia, decreases lung function and can lead to significant health concerns, such as cancer and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). It affects breathing and makes physical activity like singing or playing sports very difficult. The earlier someone starts smoking, the harder it is to quit. Chewing tobacco and snuff are also harmful and addictive, even after only a few uses.

The rates of tobacco use are high among adults, youth and children in Nunavut. Counselling support and quit medications double the chances of successfully quitting tobacco-use. Speak with a local Health Care Provider or call the Nunavut QuitLine anytime at 1-866-368-7848. Medications, like the nicotine patch, gum and inhaler, are available at no cost by visiting your local health centre or pharmacy.

This year, National Non-Smoking Week (NNSW) takes place towards the end of Tobacco Reduction Month from January 20 to 26, 2019. NNSW has been celebrated annually in Canada since 1977 to encourage quitting tobacco-use.

Check out the Tobacco Has No Place Here Facebook page this month for events and activities led by your local Community Health Representatives. To learn more about reducing or quitting tobacco, please visit www.nuquits.ca.

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Media Contact:

Sara Arsenault
Communications Specialist
Department of Health
867-975-5949
sarsenault@gov.nu.ca

NT5

Open Letter: Canada Must Stop Misleading on Joint Claims Reform and Adequately Fund Specific Claims Research

National Claims Research Directors
c/o 401-312 Main Street Vancouver BC V6A 2T2

Open Letter to Minister Carolyn Bennett:
Canada Must Stop Misleading on Joint Claims Reform and Adequately Fund Specific Claims Research

January 16, 2019
Dear Minister Bennett,

The National Claims Research Directors (NCRD) is a national body of specialized technicians who manage thirty-five Claims Research Units (CRUs) mandated to research and develop specific claims against the federal government. Collectively we have developed and advanced over 1500 claims.

As we have been doing since your government took office in the fall of 2015, we write to you today to urge you to take immediate action to restore specific claims research funding. In February 2014, then Prime Minister Stephen Harper radically cut funding to CRUs and individual First Nations across the country by 30 to 60 percent.

The research funding cuts maintained by your government continue to debilitate Indigenous research organizations across the country. As a result, work on hundreds of specific claims has slowed or ground to a halt, with no clear path forward. Your government’s 2017 one-time distribution of additional funding did not provide the continued, stable resourcing required to carry out the work to meet the requirements of the specific claims policy since each claim typically takes years to prepare.

Further, temporary infusions of research funding come at a cost to First Nations who are then denied necessary resources to participate in other parts of the process, effectively barring their access to justice. They also undermine your government’s commitment to claims resolution and your commitments to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, where Indigenous peoples right to access justice for historical losses is paramount.

Last month, you conducted a well-publicized television interview in which you stated that your government would soon announce a new specific claims process that had been co-developed with the Assembly of First Nations. You were obliged to retract that statement when we and the Nations we represent denounced your statements as inaccurate and misleading. We expressed concerns that like your predecessors, your government was acting unilaterally and willfully misrepresenting progress on promised specific claims reform.

In fact, since Prime Minister Trudeau took office in October 2015, your government has misled Indigenous Nations and the public about any productive steps toward meaningful claims reform. You have repeatedly issued empty reassurances about the importance of Indigenous-Crown relations while simultaneously impoverishing the current process: lack of resources is preventing Canada from meeting legislated timelines for claims review, denying First Nations access to the Specific Claims Tribunal, and jeopardizing negotiations.

Since October 2016, the AFN-INAC Joint Technical Working Group has been meeting to address recommendations made by the Office of the Auditor General. To our knowledge, this work has produced no joint recommendations. Further, our calls for a fully independent specific claims process that finally removes Canada’s conflict of interest have been substantively ignored.
This situation cannot continue. We repeat our calls for the immediate restoration of stable research funding to pre-cut levels. Failing to restore funding is widely viewed as a continuation of Harper-era dishonourable actions that utterly contradicts principles of reconciliation.

We request now that you respond to our letter immediately, explaining your government’s current allocation of funds and indicating how this drastic underfunding of specific claims research will be addressed.

Sincerely,
Algonquin Nation Secretariat Director, Policy & Research Peter Di Gangi
Alliance of Tribal Nations Research Director Mark Point
Conseil Tribal Mamuitun Research Director Denis Brassard
Cowichan Tribes Research Director Dianne Hinkley
Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke Chief Political Advisor Winona Poslon-Lahache
Nishnawbe-Aski Nation Research Director Luke Hunter Nlaka’pamux Nation Tribal Council Research Director Debbie Abbott
Six Nations Lands & Resources Director Lonny Bomberry
Specific Claims Research Centre, Director Mona Donovan
Stoney Nakoda Nation, Ken Christensen, Acting Tribal Administrator
T.A.R.R. Centre of Manitoba, Inc. Research Director Cam Stewart
T.A.R.R. Centre of NS, Inc. Research Director Jim Michael
T.A.R.R. Treaty 3 Research Director Andy Sky
Treaty 8 Tribal Association
T.A.R.R. Verena Hoffman
UBCIC Specific Claims Research Program Research Director Jody Woods
Union of Ontario Indians/Anishinabek Nation Treaty Research Coordinator Alicia McLeod

c.c.:
David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General
Hélène Laurendeau, Deputy Minister, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs
Kukpi7 Judy Wilson, Chair, BC Specific Claims Working Group
UBCIC Chiefs Council
National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Assembly of First Nations
AFN Chiefs Committee on Lands, Territories, and Resources
BC Assembly of First Nations
First Nations Summit
All First Nations
Federal Cabinet

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First Nations call on Ontario to fix unjust process threatening electrical transmission reliability – Net Newsledger

January 17, 2019

Toronto, Ontario – Today, leaders of six First Nations call on the Ontario Government to intervene and fix a broken process created by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) and the previous Ontario government that ignores First Nations’ rights and northern development pertaining to a necessary and important electricity transmission project planned for Northern Ontario.

The six First Nations are part of Bamkushwada Limited Partnership (BLP). BLP has developed a relationship with NextBridge, the East-West of the East-West Tie Transmission Project that was awarded Leave to Develop by the OEB in 2012. BLP becomes partnered with NextBridge in ownership of this Project when it goes into operation, providing many millions in business contracting and hundreds of employment opportunities for First Nations, and for northern municipalities.

Read More: http://www.netnewsledger.com/2019/01/17/first-nations-call-on-ontario-to-fix-unjust-process-threatening-electrical-transmission-reliability/

How designers can plan healthier communities, together with Indigenous families – The Conversation CA

January 17, 2019

We know that there is a vast gap between the health of Indigenous peoples and non-Indigenous Canadians; in fact Indigenous children fall well below national health averages for Canadian children.

Indigenous advocates and researchers have extensively documented causes contributing to this inequality. They include many social determinants of health and cultural factors — foremost, the colonial legacy of dispossession from lands, intergenerational trauma and infrastructure underfunding.

Research also shows that strong community ties and connections to culture and spirituality have measurable impacts on well-being, particularly for youth.

Read More: https://theconversation.com/how-designers-can-plan-healthier-communities-together-with-indigenous-families-107416

How sewage could become an energy resource for Arctic communities – Nunatsiaq News

Jan. 17, 2019

Sludge-to-energy systems are a sustainable solution to two problems remote Arctic communities face

What if you could create sustainable energy just by flushing the toilet?

While sewage is often perceived as a burden rather than a resource, communities around the world are using waste to generate energy and offset negative environmental impacts. Systems that transform sludge—a byproduct of wastewater treatment—to energy can make this a reality for many Arctic communities, addressing not one but two challenges: sustainable energy independence and sewage waste management.

A sludge-to-energy project in Xiangyang City, Hubei Provence, China is already cutting pollution and is on track to achieve its energy production goals, showing that these projects offer real economic and energy benefits. In Nunavut, in Canada’s Arctic, researchers are introducing BEAST technology, or Bioelectrochemical Anaerobic Sewage Treatment, that can treat waste on a small scale and has the potential to generate energy when applied at a larger scale.

Read More: https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/how-sewage-could-become-an-energy-resource-for-arctic-communities/

Media advisory: Government of Canada investing in (innovation and) economic development in Inuvik

Please be advised that Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories, will make an announcement on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), supporting innovation and economic development in Inuvik.

MP McLeod will be available to media following the event.

Media should assemble no later than 10:25 a.m.

Date:
Friday, January 18, 2019

Time:
10:30 a.m. MST

Location:
Aurora College
(East end of the parking lot of the Alex Moses building located at 106 Veterans Way)
Inuvik, Northwest Territories
Contacts

For more information:

Dani Keenan
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
343-291-1710

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and
Economic Development Canada
343-291-1777
ic.mediarelations-mediasrelations.ic@canada.ca

Craig Welsh
Communications Advisor
CanNor
867-975-3722
craig.welsh@canada.ca

NT5

VIU Research Will Inspire Youth to Preserve Culture and Protect Salmon

January 16, 2019

Having the opportunity to go back to her community as a scholar to support the development of programs to preserve her language and culture is exciting to Vancouver Island University (VIU) Indigenous/Xwulmuxw Studies Professor Dr. Georgina Martin.

Martin has been awarded a $50,000 dollar Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation Connection Grant for her project We will survive if the Salmon Survive.

“The preservation of the salmon is essential for the Secwepemc (Shuswap) peoples’ food sustenance and traditional practices,” says Dr. Georgina Martin. “Without the development of future stewards, both the salmon and the Secwepemc culture are threatened. Our language is nearing extinction.”

The project is a partnership with Bev Sellars, Xat’sūll (Soda Creek First Nation) and Jean William, T’exelc (Williams Lake Indian Band). William, Sellars, and Martin bring to the project their innate cultural knowledge, as well as their professional and lived-experiences.

The intent of the project is to investigate the concept and creation of a Secwepemc youth program to demonstrate the importance of protecting the Fraser River and the salmon.

Through outreach activities, the program will teach youth about the land, water, customs and their language.

“It’s bringing youth and Elders together,” says Dr. Martin. “It is a long term plan where the youth will connect with the wisdom holders or the knowledge keepers in the community, who will impart to the youth the cultural practices and traditional knowledge of five Secwepemc communities; the Stswecem’c /Xgat’tem (Canoe Creek, Dog Creek), Xat’sūll (Soda & Deep Creek), T’exelc (Williams Lake a.k.a. Sugar Cane), Esk’etemc (Alkali Lake) and High Bar First Nations. Our goal is to inspire our youth to take a lead and be active participants in learning the language.”

The We Will Survive if the Salmon Survive project is an opportunity to broaden Aboriginal research with other communities and contribute to the growth of Indigenous research methodologies across disciplines throughout Canada.

Dr. Nicole Vaugeois, VIU Associate Vice-President, Scholarship, Research & Creative Activity is excited that Martin received the SSHRC Connection Grant.
“VIU has a deep commitment to applied and community-engaged research. This project will foster mutually respectful relationships and further our capacity to respectfully engage with Indigenous ways of knowing and support community-based learning.”

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Annette Lucas, Communications Officer, Vancouver Island University
O: 250.741.2020 | C: 250.618.7296 | E: Annette.Lucas@viu.ca

NT5

Canadian Indigenous Groups Weigh Pipeline Deal to Ease Oil Glut – Bloomberg

January 16, 2019

Six First Nations approached government on buying line

Financing may come from bond market: Indian Resource Council

The Trans Mountain crude pipeline that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government bought from Kinder Morgan Inc. last year is getting interest from some indigenous groups hurt by Canada’s oil price crunch.

Five or six First Nation communities have approached the federal government with a view to potentially acquiring the line, Stephen Buffalo, chief executive officer of Canada’s Indian Resource Council, said in an interview at the Indigenous Energy Summit in Calgary.

Read More: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-16/canadian-indigenous-groups-mull-pipeline-deal-to-ease-oil-glut

‘It was uncalled for’: Family of man shot by Winnipeg police speak out- APTN News

January 16, 2019

Chad Williams was shot by Winnipeg police on January 11 and died early the next morning.

The family of the 26 year old say they’re hesitant to trust the police after this.

Police say they encountered a man acting suspicious shortly before 8 pm.

APTN spoke to the family of the man fatally shot to hear how they feel about what happened.

Read More: https://aptnnews.ca/2019/01/16/it-was-uncalled-for-family-of-man-shot-by-winnipeg-police-speak-out/

British Columbia Hereditary Chiefs Hold Strong As LNG Pipeline Tension Rages On – HuffPost Canada

“Our rights to those lands have never been extinguished.”

SMITHERS, B.C. — A Wet’suwet’en hereditary chief told a crowd of First Nation leaders gathered in Smithers, B.C., that no elected band council or Crown authority has jurisdiction over the land.

Chief Na’Moks said agreements signed by pipeline builder Coastal GasLink are illegitimate and the support shown by those gathered, and by many people around the world, proves the Wet’suwet’en hereditary leaders do not stand alone.

“Our rights to those lands have never been extinguished,” Na’Moks said during the gathering on Wednesday.

Read More: https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2019/01/16/british-columbia-hereditary-chief-lng-pipeline-tension_a_23644720/?utm_hp_ref=ca-politics

Media advisory: MP Matt DeCourcey to celebrate grand re-opening of renovated health centre in Saint Mary’s First Nation

Saint Mary’s First Nation, New Brunswick — Please be advised that the Member of Parliament for Fredericton, Matt DeCourcey, will celebrate the grand re-opening of the newly renovated Saint Mary’s health centre on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Indigenous Services.

Date:  Friday January 18,  2019

Time: 3:30 p.m.  (AST)

Where:
Saint Mary’s Health Centre,
440 Highland Avenue,
Fredericton, New Brunswick

Contacts

For more information (media only):

Rachel Rappaport
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan
Minister of Indigenous Services
819-934-2796

Media Relations
Indigenous Services Canada
819-953-1160
SAC.media.ISC@canada.ca

Sherry Parsons
Community Health Coordinator
St. Mary’s Veterans Memorial Health Centre
506-452-2750
sherryparsons@smfn.ca

ILR5

Missing persons: Rosanne Supernault and Nikaeo Supernault

Kamloops City

2019-01-16 14:25 PST

File # 2019-1317

The Kamloops RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 6 year old missing Nikaeo Supernault of Kamloops and 28 year old Roseanne Supernault.

On Sunday January 13, 2019, the Kamloops RCMP received a report to check the well being of a 6 year boy, Nikaeo Supernault of Kamloops. Nikaeo was being looked after by his aunt, Rosanne Supernault 28 yrs old. RCMP investigators believe that the child is with this relative.

Nikaeo and his aunt have not been in contact with the mother of Nikaeo Supernault since January 13th, 2019 and both are considered as missing.

Nikaeo Supernault described as 6 year old Aboriginal male

  • Weight: 45 lbs
  • Height: 3’ 6
  • Hair: light brown
  • Eyes: brown
  • Clothing description: Blue jacket, tan boots black bottom.

Rosanne Supernault described as 28 year old Aborignal female

  • Weight: 190 lbs
  • Height: 5’7
  • Hair: blonde (dyed)
  • Eyes: brown
  • Clothing description: Black jacket with white fur on hoodie, jeans, black boots,white fur at top, white/ light grey purse

The Kamloops RCMP are requesting that Rosanne Supernault, or anyone with information on the whereabouts of Nikaeo and Roaseanne Supernault to contact the Kamloops RCMP at 250 828 3000 if you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Released by:

Cpl. Dan Moskaluk
District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
South East District
Office No.: 250-770-4754
Cell No.: 250-863-7433
Email: dan.moskaluk@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

NT5

Alleged victim of spousal abuse says Cree police services lacking – CBC

Nikki Shecapio says the Eeyou Eenou Police Force wouldn’t accept her complaint about ex-partner

Jan 17, 2019

A Cree woman from Quebec says it took her several attempts and almost a month before she felt protected against an allegedly violent ex-partner.

Nikki Shecapio of Mistissini, Que., says she feels the Cree police and justice system let her down last August when she turned to them after leaving the father of her two children.

The 22-year-old Shecapio was seven months pregnant with her second child, when she first contacted the Mistissini detachment of the Eeyou Eenou Police Force in early August looking to file a complaint against her ex.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/cree-police-services-lacking-spousal-abuse-1.4981328

Wait until Trans Mountain pipe built before buying in, Indigenous investors told – BOE Report

January 16, 2019

CALGARY – Indigenous communities interested in taking an equity stake in the Trans Mountain pipeline should wait until after its controversial expansion is built to avoid risk, says Barrie Robb, a principal with Fivars Consulting Ltd. of Calgary.

Taking an ownership stake in a major energy project can deliver significant rewards, said the consultant who helped broker a $545-million investment by two northern Alberta Indigenous communities in a Suncor Energy Inc. oilsands storage tank farm in 2017.

Industry is a more reliable partner than the government ever has been, he added, speaking at the Indigenous Energy Summit on the Tsuut’ina Nation just south of Calgary on Wednesday.

Read More: https://boereport.com/2019/01/16/wait-until-trans-mountain-pipe-built-before-buying-in-indigenous-investors-told/

Harte Gold Strengthens Management Team for Operations

Toronto – January 17, 2019 – HARTE GOLD CORP. (“Harte Gold” or the “Company”) (TSX: HRT / OTC: HRTFF / Frankfurt: H4O) announces that with the transition to Commercial Operations, the Company has appointed Gordon K. Reed, P.Eng., as General Manager of the Sugar Zone Mine. Mr. Reed will lead the transition with an operational focus, responsible for overseeing all mining and processing activities at site.

Mr. Reed is a mining engineer with over 35 years’ operating and contracting experience in a variety of high grade underground mining environments. Most recently Mr. Reed served as General Manager of the Seabee Mine in La Ronge, Saskatchewan. Mr. Reed has also worked on a range of hardrock underground precious and base metals mines in Africa, Canada, the United States, Ireland, Mongolia and Russia.

Stephen G. Roman, President and CEO of Harte Gold, commented, “We are pleased to welcome Gordon to our management team. Gordon brings a depth of mining and operating experience that will be complementary to the existing skill sets of the Company.”

Steve Ball, former General Manager of the Sugar Zone Project, will be stepping down from Harte in a full-time capacity but continue to work with the Company in a consulting role to support a seamless transition. Mr. Ball joined the Harte Gold team to oversee project construction and commissioning and was successful in managing that phase to completion.

Mr. Roman added, “We would like to thank Steve for his commitment to the project over the last two years and the successful commissioning and ramp-up of the newest gold mine in Canada. We wish Steve all the best in his future endeavors.”

About Harte Gold Corp.

Harte Gold is Ontario’s newest gold producer through its wholly owned Sugar Zone Mine in White River Ontario. Using a 3 g/t gold cut-off, the NI 43-101 compliant Mineral Resource Estimate dated February 15, 2018 contains an Indicated Mineral Resource of 2,607,000 tonnes grading 8.52 g/t for 714,200 ounces contained gold and an Inferred Mineral Resource of 3,590,000 tonnes, grading 6.59 g/t for 760,800 ounces contained gold. The Company has completed a 90,000 metre drill program on near mine and exploration targets, results of which will be incorporated into an updated NI 43-101 compliant Mineral Resource Estimate and mine plan targeted for early 2019. Exploration continues on the Sugar Zone property, which encompasses 83,850 hectares covering a significant greenstone belt.

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Trevali Announces Preliminary Q4-2018 Production Results and Provides 2019 Production and Cost Guidance

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 17, 2019 — Trevali Mining Corporate (“Trevali” or the “Company”) (TSX:TV; BVL: TV; OTCQX: TREVF; Frankfurt: 4TI) reports preliminary fourth quarter (“Q4”) and 2018 full year production and sales results, and provides its production, cash costs, and capital and exploration expenditure guidance for 2019.

Dr. Mark Cruise, Trevali’s President and CEO stated, “2018 was an eventful year for Trevali. It was the Company’s first full year operating in Africa and we successfully increased production at both Perkoa and Rosh Pinah over 2017 levels and are on track to extend mine lives through our focus on exploration. Despite the challenges faced at Caribou, Trevali produced 407 million lbs of payable zinc in 2018, in-line with our initial guidance set out one year ago. Heading into 2019, the Company continues to drive forward on creating value through exploration, evaluating ways to reduce costs and maximize production and looks forward to delivering increased shareholder value.”

Key highlights include:

  • Total 2018 zinc production of 407 million payable pounds, in-line with initial guidance of 400 – 427 million pounds set at the start of 2018. Total lead production of 41.7 million payable pounds and silver production of 1.2 million ounces.
  • Consolidated Q4 production of 103 million pounds payable zinc, 9.7 million payable pounds of lead and 285,423 payable ounces of silver.
  • Zinc concentrate inventories reduced to 57 thousand DMT at year end, a 26 thousand DMT reduction from the third quarter. Normal shipping schedules were realized at all operations in the fourth quarter and there were no material inventory backlogs that affected concentrate sales.
  • Repurchased 12.7 million shares as part of the normal course issuer bid.
  • 2019 zinc production guidance of 361 – 401 million payable pounds, with the decline from 2018 attributed to the anticipated grade declines at Perkoa and Rosh Pinah. Lead and silver production are expected to modestly increase to 44 to 49 million payable pounds and 1.32 to 1.47 million ounces respectively as higher grades are mined.
  • We expect production in 2019 at Caribou to be in-line with 2018 as site continues to advance underground development to increase operating flexibility. At Santander, higher grades and increased throughput are expected to result in increased zinc production levels in 2019.
  • Operating costs in 2019 are expected to be higher than those in 2018 as additional investments are made to improve operating flexibility and ensure stable operating results.
  • Capital and committed exploration expenditures are expected to be $74 million and $8 million, respectively, with 2019 exploration to focus on regional targets at Perkoa and near-mine opportunities at Santander.
Table 1: Preliminary Consolidated Q4-2018 Production Results
Three months ended
December 31
Twelve months ended
December 31
2018 2017 2018 2017(1)
Tonnes mined 723,384 832,878 3,253,617 2,128,018
Tonnes milled 737,496 818,690 3,300,948 2,250,464
Payable production:
Zinc (million pounds)
Zinc (tonnes)
Lead (million pounds)
Lead (tonnes)
Silver (thousand ounces)
102.7
46,562
9.7
4,406
285
104.8
47,530
13.5
6,103
397
406.9
184,545
41.7
18,915
1,171
225.1
102,122
45.8
20,790
1,562

(1) Twelve months ending December 31, 2017 consolidated preliminary production includes only September 1 to December 31, 2017 for Rosh Pinah and Perkoa. Trevali acquired the Perkoa and Rosh Pinah mines on August 31, 2017.
(2) Please refer to “Use of Non-IFRS Financial Performance Measures” below.
Perkoa Mine, Burkina Faso

Perkoa delivered a strong performance in 2018 with annual production of 184 million pounds, materially above the Company’s initial target of 155 – 165 million pounds. In 2019, lower mined grades (estimated annual run-of-mine of 14.0% in 2019 versus 14.9% in 2018) will lead to reduced metal production and consequently slightly higher operating costs.

The new high-efficiency heavy fuel oil power plant is nearing completion. We expect cost savings of approximately $5 per tonne to be realized once it is fully operational. The reduction in power costs, however, is expected to be mostly offset by reduced production levels, resulting in similar costs per tonne as seen over recent quarters.

Record concentrate trucking during December lowered site inventories to 24 kilotonnes at year end, significantly below historic and anticipated inventory staging levels ranging from 30 – 35 kilotonnes. The Company continues to focus on logistic improvements and initiatives to minimize concentrate levels as far as feasible.

Table 2: Perkoa Preliminary Q4-2018 Production (100 percent basis)
Three months ended
December 31
Twelve months ended
December 31
2018 2017 2018 2017(1)
Tonnes mined 161,815 203,635 708,263 270,909
Tonnes milled 185,661 180,022 724,995 237,832
Payable production:
Zinc (million pounds)
Zinc (tonnes)
47.6
21,577
47.7
21,627
183.9
83,428
62.8
28,483

(1) Twelve months ending December 31, 2017 consolidated preliminary production includes only September 1 to December 31, 2017. Trevali acquired the Perkoa mine on August 31, 2017.
(2) Please refer to “Use of Non-IFRS Financial Performance Measures” below.
Rosh Pinah Mine, Namibia

Similar to the third quarter of 2018, harder ore and head grades above mill design from the new Western Ore Field resulted in lower throughput and recovery. Ongoing projects, such as a new filter press, as well as flotation circuit and grinding circuit modifications are budgeted to resolve these issues in 2019 and are being appropriately sized to facilitate any potential future throughput increases. The increase in capital expenditures planned for 2019 reflect these enhancements and are being incorporated into the Rosh Pinah 2.0 study, which is evaluating an increase in mill throughput by 50% and is advancing to P/BFS level study with final results anticipated in H2 2019.

Table 3: Rosh Pinah Preliminary Q4-2018 Production
Three months ended
December 31
Twelve months ended
December 31
2018 2017 2018 2017(1)
Tonnes mined 158,354 177,820 627,295 237,865
Tonnes milled 149,201 171,020 641,980 227,650
Payable production:
Zinc (million pounds)
Zinc (tonnes)
Lead (million pounds)
Lead (tonnes)
Silver (thousand ounces)
25.4
11,675
1.5
677
22
21.3
9,681
3.1
1,398
49
94.2
42,706
8.5
3,870
104
29.3
13,299
4.4
1,986
68,533

(1) Twelve months ending December 31, 2017 consolidated preliminary production includes only September 1 to December 31, 2017. Trevali acquired the Rosh Pinah mine on August 31, 2017.
(2) Please refer to “Use of Non-IFRS Financial Performance Measures” below.
Caribou Mine, Canada

Planned remediation works (increased development, ground support and installation of cemented fill in key areas of the mine) remain on track to return the mine to normal production levels in Q2 2019 but will result in higher operating costs particularly in Q1. The technical team continues to evaluate modifications to the extraction method in order to improve productivity and decrease costs, in addition to ongoing short- and long-term strategic reviews of the Bathurst Mining Camp.

Table 4: Caribou Preliminary Q4-2018 Production
Three months ended
December 31
Twelve months ended
December 31
2018 2017 2018 2017
Tonnes mined 184,635 250,225 887,141 937,459
Tonnes milled 174,180 252,857 884,529 945,436
Payable production:
Zinc (million pounds)
Zinc (tonnes)
Lead (million pounds)
Lead (tonnes)
Silver (thousand ounces)
13.7
6,214
5.5
2,485
122
21.7
9,826
8.7
3,941
250
72.0
32,639
25.3
11,456
632
79.9
36,264
30.9
14,026
890

(1) Please refer to “Use of Non-IFRS Financial Performance Measures” below.
Santander Mine, Peru

Over the course of the fourth quarter, Santander transitioned to fully owner operated, recovered from third quarter production disruptions and met its forecasted annual production target, delivering a 2018 monthly zinc production record in December. The mine is well positioned for production in 2019 with all development in place for the year.

Table 5: Santander Preliminary Q4-2018 Production
Three months ended
December 31
Twelve months ended
December 31
2018 2017 2018 2017
Tonnes mined 218,580 201,198 750,970 681,785
Tonnes milled 228,454 214,791 803,265 839,546
Payable production:
Zinc (million pounds)
Zinc (tonnes)
Lead (million pounds)
Lead (tonnes)
Silver (thousand ounces)
16.0
7,236
2.7
1,244
142
14.1
6,396
1.7
764
98
56.8
25,760
7.9
3,588
435
53.1
24,076
10.5
4,779
603

(1) Please refer to “Use of Non-IFRS Financial Performance Measures” below.

2019 CONSOLIDATED PRODUCTION GUIDANCE
Consolidated production guidance for 2019 is estimated between 361 – 401 million pounds of payable zinc, 44 – 49 million pounds of payable lead and 1.3 – 1.5 million ounces of payable silver.

Table 6: 2019 Consolidated Production Guidance (1&2)
Mine 2019 Zinc Production 2019 Lead Production 2019 Silver Production
Perkoa (100%) 151 – 168 million lbs
68 – 76 ktonnes
N/A N/A
Rosh Pinah (100%) 80 – 89 million lbs
36 – 40 ktonnes
10 – 11 million lbs
4 – 5 ktonnes
145 – 161 k ozs
Caribou 71 – 79 million lbs
32 – 36 ktonnes
24 – 27 million lbs
11 – 12 ktonnes
641 – 713 k ozs
Santander 59 – 65 million lbs
27 – 29 ktonnes
10 – 11 million lbs
4 – 5 ktonnes
536 – 595 k ozs
Total 361 – 401 million lbs
163 – 181 ktonnes
44 – 49 million lbs
19 – 22 ktonnes
1,322 – 1,469 k ozs

(1) Constitutes forward-looking information; see “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements”.
(2) Trevali’s ownership interest is 90% of Perkoa and 90% of Rosh Pinah.
Consolidated operating costs are forecast to range from $69 – $76 per tonne, with cash costs (net of by-product credits) of between $0.81 – $0.88 per pound of zinc (see Table 7). Including capital expenditures forecast of $74 million, consolidated AISC are expected to range from $0.99 – $1.09 per pound of zinc (for the purpose of AISC guidance, all capital is considered to be sustaining). Relative to 2018, higher capital expenditures at Rosh Pinah and Santander are planned, with incremental spending on process plant upgrades (new filter press and floatation and grinding circuit improvements) and power infrastructure, respectively, the main drivers.

Table 7: 2019 Consolidated Operating Cost and Capital Expenditure Guidance (1&2)
Mine Operating Costs
(per tonne)
Cash Costs net of
By-product
Credits ($/lb Zn)
All-in Sustaining
Costs ($/lb Zn)
Capital
Expenditures ($M)
Perkoa (100%) 106 – 117 0.84 – 0.92 0.91 – 0.99 11
Rosh Pinah (100%) 56 – 63 0.70 – 0.77 0.99 – 1.09 26
Caribou 72 – 79 0.95 – 1.02 1.15 – 1.28 16
Santander 45 – 49 0.71 – 0.78 1.02 – 1.13 21
Exploration 8
Total 69 – 76 0.81 – 0.88 0.99 – 1.09 82

(1) Constitutes forward-looking information; see “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements”.
(2) Trevali’s ownership interest is 90% of Perkoa and 90% of Rosh Pinah.

Quarterly Variability
Zinc: While production guidance has been provided on an annual basis, we expect moderate production fluctuations on a quarter-to-quarter basis due to mine scheduling. Zinc production overall is forecast to be slightly stronger in the second half of 2019, with Caribou in particular expected to deliver a weaker quarter in Q1 as the Company completes the advanced rates of development and production catches up in Q2 – Q4. Conversely, Rosh Pinah is forecast to have a stronger start to 2019, with production strongest in Q1 and declining thereafter as zinc grades decline from approximately 10% to 8%. Due to the mining sequence, lower grades are planned at Perkoa in Q2 and Q3.

Lead: Production is expected to show more quarterly variability than zinc, with consolidated lead production increasing in each successive quarter throughout 2019. Lead grades at Santander and Rosh Pinah are forecast to increase throughout the year, with Rosh Pinah expected to mine significantly higher lead grades in the second half of 2019.

Operating costs: The Company expects costs to generally be at their highest level for each mine in Q1 with consolidated costs per tonne to range from $73 – $81 per tonne during the quarter. Operating costs will be higher in Q1 compared to the yearly target due to the following:

  • Increased mining scope to build inventories and further de-risk annual production;
  • Seasonal impact of winter at Caribou Mine and reduced mined ore until planned development is in place;
  • Benefit of the HFO generating plant at Perkoa is forecast to improve costs starting in Q2;
  • Seasonal pumping requirements at Santander Mine;
  • Lower planned throughput due to planned maintenance.

Exploration – Targeting Resource and Reserve Growth and Mine Life Extensions

The exploration group is on track to successfully replace mined inventory at all the operations in addition to modestly increasing resources. Specific highlights include the emerging Santander Pipe deposit, which will remain a focus for 2019 and material extensions to the Perkoa deposit where the Hanging Wall zone was extended approximately 300 meters below the current mine plan. Finally, regional exploration drilling commenced at Perkoa in Q4 and to date has successfully intersected sulphide bearing (stringer – disseminated to narrow massive zones – non-economic to date) VMS systems at several of the targets. Drill testing is ongoing.

The 2019 exploration program will continue to focus on brownfield, near-mine, exploration targets to expand and discover new resources in proximity to existing mine infrastructure and extend the current mine lives. For 2019, the Company intends to invest a minimum $8.4 million on approximately 36,300 metres of diamond drilling from surface and underground primarily focused on the Perkoa and Santander mineral systems. Contingent on positive results and available funds, additional funding may be deployed towards further drilling.

Updated resource and reserve estimates at all sites are expected to be completed at the end of the first quarter of 2019.

Qualified Person and Quality Control/Quality Assurance
EurGeol Dr. Mark D. Cruise, Trevali’s President and CEO, is a qualified person as defined by NI 43-101, has supervised the preparation of, and has verified the scientific and technical information that forms the basis for this news release. Dr. Cruise is not independent of the Company as he is an officer, director and shareholder.

ABOUT TREVALI MINING CORPORATION
Trevali is a zinc-focused, base metals company with four mines: the 90% owned Perkoa mine in Burkina Faso, the 90% owned Rosh Pinah mine in Namibia, the wholly-owned Caribou mine in the Bathurst Mining Camp of northern New Brunswick in Canada, and the wholly-owned Santander mine in Peru.

The shares of Trevali are listed on the TSX (symbol TV), the OTCQX (symbol TREVF), the Lima Stock Exchange (symbol TV), and the Frankfurt Exchange (symbol 4TI). For further details on Trevali, readers are referred to the Company’s website (www.trevali.com) and to Canadian regulatory filings on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

On Behalf of the Board of Directors of
TREVALI MINING CORPORATION
“Mark D. Cruise” (signed)
Mark D. Cruise, President

Contact Information:
Steve Stakiw, Vice President – Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
Email: sstakiw@trevali.com
Phone: (604) 488-1661 / Direct: (604) 638-5623

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Bear Clan Patrol Receives $200,000 From Bell Canada and City of Winnipeg – Net Newsledger

January 16, 2019

WINNIPEG – NEWS – The Bear Clan Patrol in Winnipeg has received some serious funding which will assist the growing organization in helping people in Winnipeg.

Bell Let’s Talk and the City of Winnipeg today announced a combined donation of $200,000 to Bear Clan Patrol, the community-based organization providing safety and belonging, mental wellness support, conflict resolution and crime prevention for vulnerable people in the community.

“Over the last four years, The Winnipeg Bear Clan Patrol has provided community-based solutions that offer a sense of safety and kinship to both our members and the people we serve,” said James Favel, Executive Director of Bear Clan Patrol Inc. “It’s amazing what a group of people with a purpose can accomplish and our volunteers and staff are deeply gratified by this kind of support from Bell Let’s Talk and the City of Winnipeg.”

Read More: http://www.netnewsledger.com/2019/01/16/bear-clan-patrol-receives-200000-from-bell-canada-and-city-of-winnipeg/

Raw deal for Vancouver’s Jody Wilson-Raybould in Trudeau cabinet shuffle – The Record

JANUARY 16, 2019

As pre-election cabinet shuffles go, Justin Trudeau’s was a weird one.

The demotion — and that is the most polite word one can use — of Vancouver Granville MP Jody Wilson-Raybould from the politically vital justice portfolio to the political graveyard of veterans affairs is an acutely awkward message at an extraordinarily pivotal time.

It reinforces the cliché that this is a government willing to eschew operational competence for the vortex of optics, and that it has no long-term stomach to deal with slow-moving issues like First Nations reconciliation.

Read More: https://www.newwestrecord.ca/raw-deal-for-vancouver-s-jody-wilson-raybould-in-trudeau-cabinet-shuffle-1.23602067

Residential school survivor wants probe of how Ontario law society handled lawyer’s conduct review – CBC

Garnet Angeconeb says process failed complainants

Jan 17, 2019

A residential school survivor in northwestern Ontario is calling for an independent probe into the way the province’s law society handled a conduct review of a lawyer accused of mishandling settlement claims.

Garnet Angeconeb said he wants to see Canada’s Department of Justice investigate the process undertaken by the Law Society of Ontario that examined the conduct of Kenora lawyer Doug Keshen, who was accused by more than a dozen residential school survivors of mishandling their claims received from Canada’s Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/ontario-law-society-independent-review-1.4980648

Severe Weather Causes $1.9 Billion in Insured Damage in 2018

January 16, 2019 (OTTAWA) – Severe weather across Canada continues to highlight the financial costs of climate change to insurers and taxpayers. In 2018, insured damage for severe weather events across Canada reached $1.9 billion, according to Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc.

Ice storms, floods, windstorms and tornadoes, did damage to homes, vehicles and commercial properties across the country.

Notably, 2018 has the fourth-highest amount of losses on record. However, unlike the Quebec ice storm in 1998, the Calgary floods in 2013 or the Fort McMurray wildfire in 2016, no single event caused the high amount paid out for losses. Instead, Canadians and their insurers experienced significant losses from a host of smaller severe weather events from coast to coast. These included:

  • January storms and floods that caused more than $54 million in insured damage across Eastern Canada
  • February storms and floods that caused more than $57 million in insured damage across southern Ontario and Quebec
  • An early-April storm that caused more than $85 million in insured damage across Ontario and Quebec
  • A mid-April ice storm that affected southern Ontario and resulted in more than $190 million in insured damage
  • An early-May windstorm that affected Ontario and parts of Quebec and topped $410 million – with $380 million of this damage being in Ontario
  • Summer storms across the Prairies that caused more than $240 million in insured damage
  • A flood in Toronto on August 7 that caused over $80 million in insured damage
  • Ottawa-Gatineau tornadoes and windstorms on September 21 caused $295 million in insured damage
  • December storms in British Columbia that caused $37 million in insured damage

As the financial cost of a changing climate rises, IBC is working closely with governments at all levels to advocate for increased investment to mitigate the future impacts of extreme weather and build resiliency to its damaging effects. This includes investment in new infrastructure to protect communities from floods and fires, improved building codes, better land-use planning and, increasingly, creating incentives to shift the development of homes and businesses away from areas of highest risk.

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) reminds Canadians that it is not only insurers who foot the bill for severe weather damage. For every single dollar paid out in insurance claims for homes and businesses, IBC estimates that Canadian governments pay out $3 to recover public infrastructure damaged by severe weather.

Visit IBC’s website for information on how to prepare for a disaster and home flooding mitigation techniques.

Quotes

“Climate change is costing Canadian taxpayers, governments and businesses billions of dollars each and every year,” said Craig Stewart, Vice-President of Federal Affairs for IBC. “We must take the necessary steps to limit these losses in the future. The cost of inaction is too high.”

About Insurance Bureau of Canada

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is the national industry association representing Canada’s private home, auto and business insurers. Its member companies make up 90% of the property and casualty (P&C) insurance market in Canada. For more than 50 years, IBC has worked with governments across the country to help make affordable home, auto and business insurance available for all Canadians. IBC supports the vision of consumers and governments trusting, valuing and supporting the private P&C insurance industry. It champions key issues and helps educate consumers on how best to protect their homes, cars, businesses and properties.

P&C insurance touches the lives of nearly every Canadian and plays a critical role in keeping businesses safe and the Canadian economy strong. It employs more than 126,000 Canadians, pays $9 billion in taxes and has a total premium base of $54.7 billion.

For media releases and more information, visit IBC’s Media Centre at www.ibc.ca. Follow us on Twitter @InsuranceBureau or like us on Facebook. If you have a question about home, auto or business insurance, contact IBC’s Consumer Information Centre at 1-844-2ask-IBC.

If you require more information, IBC spokespeople are available to discuss the details in this media release.

To schedule an interview, please contact:
Vanessa Barrasa
Manager, Media Relations
416-550-9062
vbarrasa@ibc.ca

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Taseko to Release Year-End 2018 Financial and Production Results

January 16, 2019, Vancouver, BC – Taseko Mines Limited (TSX: TKO; NYSE American: TGB) (the “Company”) will release its year-end 2018 financial and production results after market close on Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

The Company will host a telephone conference call and live webcast on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (8:00 a.m. Pacific) to discuss these results. After opening remarks by management, there will be a question and answer session open to analysts and investors.

The conference call may be accessed by dialing (888) 390-0546 within North America, or (416) 764-8688 for international callers.

The conference call will be archived for later playback until February 20, 2019 and can be accessed by dialing (888) 390-0541 within North America or, (416) 764-8677 internationally and using the passcode 572084 #.

For further information on Taseko, please see the Company’s website tasekomines.com or contact:

Brian Bergot, Vice President, Investor Relations – (778) 373-4533 or toll free 1 (877) 441-4533

Russell Hallbauer
President and CEO

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Commentary: Historical lawsuit affirms Indigenous laws on par with Canada’s – Folio

Superior Court of Ontario decision informed by Anishinaabe principles could signal long-needed correction in treaty relations, says U of A legal scholar.

There is a tired joke, a standard for Indigenous peoples on the Prairies, regarding the five dollar bill. The bill is sometimes referred to as “treaty money,” and a chuckle is shared when it is exchanged. On the Prairies, five dollars is the annual payment “status-Indians” receive in exchange for the Crown taking up lands and accessing resources, among other things.

By all measures, it is quite a deal for Canada in the present day. For Indigenous peoples, it is an old joke, an annual reminder of sharp and unfair historical dealings among the treaty-making that aided the foundation of Canada.

These jokes can provide some comfort, but the recent decision from the Superior Court of Ontario in Restoule v. Canada provides considerably more relief than these small humours.

Read More: https://www.folio.ca/commentary–historical-lawsuit-affirms-indigenous-laws-on-par-with-canadas/

Art installation seeks to reconcile through the creative process – CollingwoodToday

Public screening and discussion called Envisioning a Future Toward Reconciliation at the Simcoe Street Theatre on Jan. 30

The Town of Collingwood unveiled a new reconciliation art project in council chambers on Monday night.

The project is titled Call to Action #83 after the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Action #83, which calls upon Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists to undertake collaborative projects and produce works that contribute to the reconciliation process. The project is a collaboration between the Town of Collingwood and the Wawasayguming Arts and Culture Board, and will be on display until March 8.

Project Curator Mary Louise Meiers brought together eight Indigenous artists and eight non-Indigenous artists (including local artist Peter Adams) in a quest for truth and reconciliation through sharing, learning, and collaboration.

Read More: https://www.collingwoodtoday.ca/local-news/art-installation-seeks-to-reconcile-through-the-creative-process-1198894

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SKP Signs Letter of Intent to Acquire the High-Grade Gold Willoughby Property in the Golden Triangle from Sojourn Exploration

January 16, 2019

StrikePoint Gold Inc. (SKP:TSX.V)(STKXF:OTCQB) is pleased announce the signing of a Letter of Intent to acquire the Willoughby Property from Sojourn Exploration. The property is situated about 30 kilometers east of Stewart, British Columbia, and 20 kilometers northeast of StrikePoint’s Porter Property. Key factors include:

  • 4,625 meters of diamond drilling completed on the property between 1989 and 1995 which defined mineralization over a one-kilometer strike which remains open.
  • 20.5 meters grading 24.99 grams per tonne gold and 184.22 grams per tonne silver, and 11.7 meters grading 40.11 grams per tonne gold and 109 grams per tonne silver, both from the North Zone target.
  • 13 meters grading 13.37 grams per tonne gold and 63.43 grams per tonne silver drilled in the Main Zone target.
  • Additional five target zones on the property have all returned significant gold and silver grades in drill core or channel samples at surface.
  • Rapid deglaciation of the area has exposed new prospective ground that has not been explored since the last campaign in 1996.
  • The closest nearby analogue to Willoughby is the Red Mountain deposit located 7 kilometers to the west. Red Mountain has a NI 43-101 mineral resource estimate of 1,827,900 tonnes of measured resources grading 8.92 grams per tonne gold, 943,400 tonnes of indicated resources grading 5.95 grams per tonne gold for a total of 704,600 ounces gold combined (June 2018 Resource Update; Arsenault / Hamilton). Like Red Mountain, mineralization is focused along the contact with Jurassic-aged Goldslide intrusive rocks. Mineralization hosted on the adjacent properties is not necessarily indicative of the mineralization hosted on the Willoughby Property. The Company is not able to verify the results of the Red Mountain deposit and there can be no assurances that the Company will obtain similar results from exploration activities on the Willoughby property.

Strengthening Regional Mineral Inventory

The proposed acquisition of the Willoughby Property compliments the Porter Project and other ground staked in 2018 by strengthening the known mineral inventory and providing significant exploration upside all within a localized and accessible area of British Columbia.

StrikePoint’s Porter Project hosts a historical resource with 394,700 tonnes grading 868 grams per tonne silver in the Indicated category for a total of 11 million ounces of silver. The mineral reserve cited above is presented as a historical estimate and uses historical terminology which does not conform to current NI 43-101 standards. This historical estimate is believed to be based on reasonable assumptions, and neither the company nor its qualified person has any reason to contest the relevance and reliability of the historical estimate. However, a qualified person has not done sufficient work to classify the historical estimate as current mineral resources or mineral reserves. Although the historical estimates are believed to be based on reasonable assumptions, they were calculated prior to the implementation of National Instrument 43-101. These historical estimates do not meet current standards as defined under sections 1.2 and 1.3 of NI 43-101; consequently, the Company is not treating the historical estimate as current mineral resources or mineral reserves.

The 2018 drilling campaign proved the grades used in the historic resource as well as making discoveries along neighboring vein systems and adding potential for resource growth in the future. In other areas of the land portfolio, our technical team identified a 200-meter long polymetallic vein on the Glacier Creek Property, significant propylitic alteration on the Boom Property and several Gold-Silver anomalies on the Big Nunatak.

The Willoughby Property provides an opportunity for exploration without significantly expanding established camp infrastructure or other overhead costs.

Terms of Acquisition

Strikepoint will hold 100% of the Willoughby Property for an $85,000 cash payment and issuance of 3,000,000 common shares. Sojourn Exploration will retain a 1.5% Net Smelter Return, although this can be reduced to 0.5% for an additional $1,000,000 cash payment.

About the Golden Triangle

The Golden Triangle is an area of northwestern British Columbia that has seen extensive historic mining and prospecting activity, and has recently been the site of modern discoveries, including the Premier Gold, Snip and Eskay Creek Mines. The area has seen a resurgence in infrastructure investment which supports exploration activities, including upgraded transmission lines supplying clean, affordable and reliable hydroelectric power. Other recent improvements include highway upgrades, new ocean port infrastructure at the ice-free port of Stewart and the commissioning of three hydroelectric facilities.

Qualified Person and NI 43-101 Disclosure

The technical content of this news release has been reviewed and approved by Andy Randell PGeo. who is a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.

For further information please visit our website: www.strikepointgold.com

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD of STRIKEPOINT GOLD INC.

Shawn Khunkhun CEO and Director

For more information, contact:

Shawn Khunkhun
604-602-1440
sk@strikepointgold.com

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Trevali Announces Leadership Transition

JANUARY 17, 2019

Dr. Mark Cruise to step down as President and Chief Executive Officer and Mr. Mike Hoffman to step down as Chair of the Board of Directors

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 17, 2019 — Trevali Mining Corporate (“Trevali” or the “Company”) (TSX:TV; BVL: TV; OTCQX: TREVF; Frankfurt: 4TI) wishes to announce that as part of the Company’s ongoing transformation, vision and strategy to be a premier global base metals mining company, Dr. Mark Cruise plans to step down as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and Mr. Mike Hoffman plans to step down as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Company. Both Dr. Cruise and Mr. Hoffman will continue in their current roles until their successors are appointed in order to ensure a smooth transition to a new leadership team for the long-term benefit of Trevali and its stakeholders.

Dr. Mark Cruise, Trevali’s President and Chief Executive Officer stated: “The Board and I have agreed that it would be an appropriate time for me to step down as an executive of the Company. Over the past decade Trevali has transformed from a successful explorer to a multi-operational, zinc focused, global base metal mining company.  2018 was a busy year as we built the new management and operating teams and the Company is well positioned for my successor to take the Company to the next stage of its evolution. Given my intimate knowledge of the assets I look forward to continuing to support the team going forward.”

Mr. Mike Hoffman, Chair of the Board of Directors said: “On behalf of the Board of Directors of Trevali, I would like to extend our sincere thanks to Mark for his vision and commitment as President and Chief Executive Officer.  He has worked tirelessly to build Trevali into the operationally diversified and well capitalized zinc focused producer it is today and leaves in place an excellent team and a bright future. We are pleased that Mark will remain with the Company in order to ensure a successful transition as we continue our evolution from a successful exploration company into a major producer.”

The Board of Directors has commenced searches for a new President and Chief Executive Officer and a new Chair of the Board. During the interim period, the Board of Directors has formed a Transition Oversight Committee to oversee the search process and ensure an efficient transition, and to provide additional oversight and support to the President and Chief Executive Officer and his team, as well as the Chair, throughout the leadership transition.

ABOUT TREVALI MINING CORPORATION
Trevali is a zinc-focused, base metals company with four mines: the 90% owned Perkoa mine in Burkina Faso, the 90% owned Rosh Pinah mine in Namibia, the wholly-owned Caribou mine in the Bathurst Mining Camp of northern New Brunswick in Canada, and the wholly-owned Santander mine in Peru.

The shares of Trevali are listed on the TSX (symbol TV), the OTCQX (symbol TREVF), the Lima Stock Exchange (symbol TV), and the Frankfurt Exchange (symbol 4TI). For further details on Trevali, readers are referred to the Company’s website (www.trevali.com) and to Canadian regulatory filings on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

On Behalf of the Board of Directors of
TREVALI MINING CORPORATION
“Mike Hoffman” (signed)
Mike Hoffman, Chair of the Board of Directors

Contact Information:

Steve Stakiw, Vice President – Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
Email: sstakiw@trevali.com
Phone: (604) 488-1661 / Direct: (604) 638-5623

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