Restoration of historic Haida pole sets new path of respect and reconciliation

In a ceremony emphasizing co-operation and reconciliation, a replica of a Haida totem pole has been raised on Semiahmoo First Nation traditional territory, at Peace Arch Provincial Park.

Participating in the ceremony were Semiahmoo Chief Harley Chappell, Kwakwaka’wakw Hereditary Chiefs Bill Cranmer and David Mungo Knox, Council of the Haida Nation President Peter Lantin and Premier John Horgan.

“It’s exciting to see three Nations come together, as well as the provincial government, to bring life back to this pole,” said Semiahmoo Chief Harley Chappell (Xwopokton). “The rest of society needs at least a glimpse into our world. It brings an understanding, which brings less fear. And when there’s less fear, it brings appreciation for our differences.”

The totem pole is a replica of a pole from the Haida village of Skedans and was carved for the Royal British Columbia Museum by respected Kwakwaka’wakw carver Mungo Martin. The pole was raised at the Peace Arch border crossing in the 1950s. It was removed without consultation or notice during the provincial government’s reconstruction of the Peace Arch Visitor Centre in November 2008.

At the ceremony, Premier Horgan apologized for the treatment of the pole.

“On behalf of the Province of British Columbia, I offer a sincere apology to the Haida Nation, the Semiahmoo Nation, the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation and the family of the late Mungo Martin. The Province acknowledges its mistreatment of the totem pole during its abrupt, undignified removal from the Peace Arch border crossing 10 years ago.

“As we stand up the pole, we stand up together to set things right and honour the traditions of the communities it is connected to. Acknowledging the wrongs of the past is key to moving forward with reconciliation and setting a new path of respect and partnership,” said Premier Horgan.

The pole has been restored and raised in accordance with the cultures and traditions of the Semiahma, Kwakwaka’wakw and Haida peoples.

A formal apology will follow when the B.C. legislature resumes.


Kwakwaka’wakw Hereditary Chief Bill Cranmer (Kwaxalanukwama’yi) –

“If it wasn’t for Mungo Martin, we wouldn’t be able to do this important work, the ability to carry on with our ceremonies. He hung on to Indigenous culture when it was illegal, so we have a lot to be thankful for.”

Kwakwaka’wakw Hereditary Chief David Mungo Knox (‘Walas ‘Namugwis) –

“This is one small step to bury the hatchet about the ugliness that was put forward way back when the boat-people first came here. It’s time to move on; to embrace, to think happy thoughts as best we can, and all walk together as one Nation.”

Council of the Haida Nation President Peter Lantin (kil tlaats ‘gaa) –

“This beautiful pole is the creation of three nations coming together – it’s a Haida story told through the hands of Mungo Martin, a high-standing Kwakwaka’wakw artist and leader, and the Pole is being stood up on Semiahmoo traditional territory. It’s meaningful that this pole is being raised today; three nations standing together is an important message for visitors to receive as they come across the border, especially today in these fractious times.”

Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture –

“This replica Haida pole stands at the Canadian border as a reminder of our shared history. Today, we come together in the spirit of reconciliation and renewal, and celebrate the knowledge, history and contributions of the nations that are represented in this important piece of cultural heritage.”


The Prime Minister announces changes in the senior ranks of the Public Service

September 21, 2018
Ottawa, Ontario

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced the following changes in the senior ranks of the Public Service:

Graham Flack, currently Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage, becomes Deputy Minister of Employment and Social Development, effective October 9, 2018.

Philip Jennings, currently Associate Deputy Minister of Natural Resources, becomes Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet (Plans and Consultations), Privy Council Office, effective October 15, 2018.

Hélène Laurendeau, currently Deputy Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, becomes Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage, effective October 9, 2018.

Chantal Maheu, currently Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet (Plans and Consultations), Privy Council Office, becomes Deputy Minister of Labour and Associate Deputy Minister of Employment and Social Development, effective October 9, 2018.

Isabelle Mondou, currently Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet (Priorities and Planning), Privy Council Office, becomes Associate Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage, effective October 22, 2018.

David Morrison, currently Associate Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, becomes Associate Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Personal Representative of the Prime Minister (Sherpa) for the G7 Summit, effective October 1, 2018.

Daniel Watson, currently Chief Executive Officer of Parks Canada, becomes Deputy Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, effective October 9, 2018.

The Prime Minister took the opportunity to congratulate Peter Boehm, Deputy Minister for the G7 Summit and Personal Representative of the Prime Minister (Sherpa), on his upcoming retirement, and Lori Sterling, Deputy Minister of Labour and Associate Deputy Minister of Employment and Social Development, on her retirement from the Public Service. They both led exceptional careers marked by dedication and excellence in serving Canadians.


Governments of Canada and British Columbia sign agreement to improve health-care services

Canada’s universal, publicly funded health system is a source of pride for Canadians.

The Government of Canada is working with provinces and territories to strengthen health care and adapt the system to the changing needs of Canadians.

The governments of Canada and British Columbia have signed a bilateral agreement outlining how the Province plans to invest its share of targeted federal funding. The agreement represents a shift in how the federal and provincial governments work together to advance shared health priorities.

With support from the Government of Canada, the Government of B.C. will invest in a range of initiatives to expand home and community care, and mental-health and addiction services. These include:

  • improving the integration of specialized community care programs and primary care networks for adults and seniors with complex medical conditions;
  • improving access to, and the responsiveness and quality of, community-based palliative care; and
  • implementing a series of early action initiatives designed to take immediate action to address the most-pressing service gaps and pave the way for the Province’s new mental-health and addictions strategy.

Through this agreement, B.C. will invest approximately $394 million in targeted federal funding for home and community care and $262 million for mental health and addictions over five years, as part of a 10-year federal financial commitment of approximately $1.4 billion.

These activities are fully aligned with the objectives and the pan-Canadian priorities set out in the Common Statement of Principles on Shared Health Priorities endorsed by the federal government, provinces* and territories in August 2017.


Ginette Petitpas Taylor, federal Minister of Health –

“I am pleased that the governments of Canada and B.C. have finalized a bilateral agreement outlining investments in home and community care, and mental health and addiction services. The Government of Canada is committed to working with provinces and territories so that Canadians can have access to the health services they need.”

Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, British Columbia –

“This agreement will provide timely access to home and community care. The goal for seniors is to live healthier and to enjoy better quality of life. Together with the federal government, we are making sure individuals and families have access to quality public health care when they need it.”

Judy Darcy, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, British Columbia –

“As Canada’s first Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, we are creating a system of care where you ask for help once and get help fast. As we develop our comprehensive mental-health and addictions strategy, greater access to services and supports for children and youth, working with our First Nations partners and responding to the overdose emergency are the priorities. The key in addressing long ignored service gaps is early intervention and prevention. This investment supports actions underway to create a seamless system of care for all British Columbians.”

Quick Facts:

  • In Budget 2017, the Government of Canada committed $11 billion over 10 years in new funding for provinces and territories to improve access to home care and mental-health services for Canadians.
  • Canadians will see how targeted federal funding for home care and mental health will be invested in each province and territory, and they will be able to track progress based on a focused set of common indicators being developed.
  • In 2021-22, these agreements will be renewed for the remaining five years of the 10-year commitment.

* The federal government has agreed to an asymmetrical arrangement with Quebec, distinct from the Common Statement of Principles.

Learn More:

Read the Common Statement of Principles news release:

Read the Common Statement of Principles on Shared Health Priorities:

A backgrounder follows.


Canada–British Columbia bilateral agreement to improve health-care services

September 2018

The governments of Canada and British Columbia  have signed a bilateral agreement outlining how the province plans to invest approximately $656 million in targeted federal funding over five years to improve access to home and community care, and mental health and addiction services. In 2021-22, this agreement will be renewed for the remaining five years of the 10-year commitment.

B.C.’s Action Plan aligns with the objectives and pan-Canadian priorities set out in the Common Statement of Principles on Shared Health Priorities and will be implemented through a multi-pronged approach.

Home care and community care

Over the next five years, B.C. will strengthen its home and community-care services, including enhancing supports that will allow British Columbians with increasing care needs to stay in their homes as long as possible. Federal funding in this area will focus on:

  • The development of specialized community services programs (SCSPs), which will incorporate all services needed by adults with complex conditions/frailty into a single, accessible and efficient program. The programs will focus on easy access and care co-ordination through interdisciplinary teams to meet the needs of clients and their families, in alignment with primary care networks.
  • Expanding client access to palliative and end-of-life care services, increasing the availability of expert resources for consultative advice and increasing investments in education, orientation and training for all care providers.

Mental-health and addiction services

British Columbia will use federal funding for mental-health and addiction services to implement a series of early action initiatives to respond to some of the most pressing gaps in the Province’s mental-health and addiction services system. Federal funding in these areas will focus on:

  • strengthening the capacity of primary care to respond to mental-health and addiction issues, with a focus on prevention, early intervention, and children and youth;
  • expanding access to culturally appropriate and trauma-informed mental-health and addiction services for Indigenous communities throughout B.C.;
  • creating a seamless system of mental-health and addictions care, so that people can ask once and get help quickly;
  • increasing access for students to mental-health and addictions prevention and early intervention services, and;
  • expanding access to evidence-based treatment and recovery options for vulnerable populations.

Federal provincial and territorial collaboration to strengthen health care

Budget 2017 committed $11 billion over 10 years in new federal investments to improve access to mental-health and addiction services as well as to home and community care across Canada. Provinces and territories already received the first year of this funding through a legislated transfer following their endorsement of the Common Statement of Principles on Shared Health Priorities.* Funding for the remaining years will flow to provinces and territories through a series of bilateral agreements.

The Common Statement of Principles sets out the objectives and pan-Canadian priorities for federal investments in home care and mental health. It commits governments to addressing specific health system gaps and to focusing efforts in areas that will have the greatest impact. Bilateral agreements will set out the details of how federal funding will be used in alignment with the Common Statement of Principles. As of August 2017, provinces and territories accepted their share of the $11 billion in federal health funding.

Provinces and territories have also committed to working collectively and with the Canadian Institute for Health Information to develop a focused set of common indicators to measure progress and report to Canadians.

Federal, provincial and territorial governments have also committed to engaging with regional and national Indigenous leaders on their priorities for improving the health outcomes of Indigenous peoples.

* The federal government has agreed to an asymmetrical arrangement with Quebec, distinct from the Common Statement of Principles.


Royal Saskatchewan Museum Commemorates Orange Shirt Day

September 21, 2018

The Royal Saskatchewan Museum is hosting several events to recognize national Orange Shirt Day, which commemorates the experiences of residential school victims and honours the survivors and their families.

“Our province is committed to achieving reconciliation, and Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity to reflect on the past and ensure these stories are passed on to future generations,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minster Gene Makowsky said. “The events at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum will give people a stronger understanding of the hardship and suffering that many children experienced.”

Orange Shirt Day was inspired by Phyllis Webstad, an Indigenous woman who was not able to wear her orange shirt in the fall of 1973. She was six years old when she was stripped of her shirt on her first day of school in Williams Lake, BC. Since September 30, 2013, Canadians have been wearing orange on this day as a symbol of support and hope for those impacted by the lasting effects of residential schools and to serve as a reminder that every child matters.

Leading up to Orange Shirt Day on September 30, the Royal Saskatchewan Museum is hosting a series of programs that are open to the public.

September 28 – Commemorate the survivors of the Residential School System with a 10-minute film “Little Moccasins” at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The film follows a group of Calgary school children who learn about the lives of Indigenous children who attended Dunbow Residential School. Life Speaker Noel Starblanket will be in attendance at the screening and will speak of his own experiences as a survivor. Participants will receive an Orange Shirt Day T-shirt, while supplies last.

September 29 – Watch “Elder in the Making”, a film which portrays the journey of a Chinese Canadian newcomer and a Blackfoot man as they travel across traditional Blackfoot territory. Together they rediscover their shared heritage and begin the long road of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. and the film begins at 6:30 p.m. A discussion with director Chris Hsiung and Life Speaker Noel Starblanket will follow. The evening will conclude with a reception in the lobby, catered by Dickie the Sioux Chef.

September 30 – The Royal Saskatchewan Museum will present the documentary “RIIS from Amnesia” telling the story of the Regina Indian Industrial School at 1 p.m. One of the directors, Janine Windolph, will be present to speak on the experience, along with Life Speaker Noel Starblanket. Participants will receive an Orange Shirt Day T-shirt, while supplies last.

For more details on these events and more, visit


For more information, contact:

Sean St. George
Parks, Culture and Sport
Phone: 306-787-9087


Minister Bennett and MMF President Chartrand to make reconciliation announcement at the Manitoba Metis Federation’s 2018 Annual General Assembly

From: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Please be advised the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, and David Chartrand, President of the Manitoba Metis Federation, will be making an important announcement in relation to progress made under the MMF-Canada Framework Agreement on Advancing Reconciliation during the opening ceremonies of the Manitoba Metis Federation’s Annual General Assembly.

Date: September 22, 2018

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (CDT)

Where: Assiniboia Downs
3975 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB
R3K 2E9

The announcement and the Manitoba Metis Federation’s General Assembly can also be live streamed here:

MMF President Chartrand will hold a media availability following the opening ceremonies.

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

CIRNAC Media Relations

Barney Morin
Communications Coordinator
Manitoba Metis Federation
Office: 204-586-8474 ext. 277
Cell: 204-391-0717


Métis Nation BC Annual General Meeting 2018 “A Great Time to be Métis”

MNBC is extremely proud of the success it has achieved this past year, including a number of milestones and historic signings for the Nation. Nearly 300 Métis delegates, guests, dignitaries and friends of the Nation attended over the weekend to celebrate at the Annual General Meeting with those whose contributions made it all possible.

Among the many highlights of the AGM was the MNBC Annual Women’s Meeting that took place with nearly 40 Métis Women participants in attendance, as well as their Regional Representatives and Minister of Métis Women BC Victoria Pruden. Métis Youth British Columbia held their Annual Youth Meeting with 35 Métis Community Youth Representatives, alongside the Minister Responsible for Youth, Cassidy Caron, and the Regional Youth Representatives. Furthermore, the AYM delegation honoured Métis hero, Terry Fox, by hosting a Terry Fox Run on Sunday, September 15th.

On Saturday, September 15th, the AGM opened with the Grand Entry, led by our Métis Youth Fergus Dalton (Jigger), followed by Drew Nagao and Syenna Mitchell on fiddle, the Métis Veterans Flag Party, Sergent at Arms Frazer MacDonald, and the Métis Veterans of BC.  President Clara Morin Dal-Col led the dignitaries which included the MNBC Board of Directors and National President, Clément Chartier.

Métis Youth, Syenna Mitchell, led the Assembly in the singing of the Canadian National Anthem, which was followed by the Métis Nation Anthem, and closed with Senator Philip Gladue delivering the opening prayer.

Debra Sparrow brought greetings and an inspirational message on behalf of Musqueam Nation Chief Wayne Sparrow. She noted how Aboriginal people are of one people with a common struggle and as such, we must consider one another as an extension of each other to achieving solutions. David Chartrand, Vice President of the Métis Nation, and President of the Manitoba Métis Federation, greeted the Assembly and highlighted the many exciting program and funding announcements for the Métis Nation as a whole, and MNBC.

President Morin Dal Col welcomed delegates to the 2018 AGM. She extended thanks to Senator and Elder Philip Gladue for the Opening Prayer, the corporate sponsors and government partners, and the MNBC staff for the support and hard work in the preparations and planning of the AGM.  Delegates were extended special thanks for their attendance and participation.

In President Clara Morin Dal Col’s opening address, she told delegates that “the Canada-Métis Nation Accord which was signed with the Prime Minister in April of last year has opened up doors for Ottawa that were previously closed.” The President then listed some of the funding announcements that will flow to MNBC and Métis people in British Columbia each year including at least $6.25 million for housing, $1 million for an education endowment, and several million dollars each year for early learning and child development, and health, along with improved funding for employment and training. President Morin Dal Col said, “In the case of every one of these funding agreements MNBC and Métis people in this province will hugely benefit from the new dollars flowing to us over the next five to ten years.”

The President also talked about the positive working relationship with the new provincial government noting that they have reached out to us seeking Métis input on reconciliation, poverty reduction, early learning and child care and mental health and addictions. She also mentioned the very significant commitment by the Minister of Children and Family Development to transfer jurisdiction of Métis children in care to MNBC.

President Morin Dal Col then underlined the important role that our Chartered Communities play pointing out that this year MNBC is providing more than $15,000 to each Community to help them look after capacity and needs at their level. As she pointed out, MNBC communities have never received that level of funding before. The President also announced funding will be made available to each Community for Louis Riel Day in November.

MNBC Vice President, Lissa Smith, and Region 2 Director, Gary Biggar, brought greetings, welcoming comments and special recognition to the Assembly and Dignitaries. Emcee, Jason Simmonds, followed by reading a letter of greetings from Métis Nation of Alberta’s President, Audrey Poitras, who was unable to attend.

Dave Peltier was successfully nominated to Chair this year AGM, supported by Dale Drown as Clerk and Chris Gall as Deputy Clerk.  With the voting delegation of 169 registered Métis citizens, the business of the 2018 AGM was called to order and deliberations of three (3) resolutions were presented and ratified.  These ratifications will require changes to the MNBC Governance Acts, which will be posted on the MNBC website.

Métis National Council President, Clément Chartier, brought greetings on behalf of the Métis Nation and provided an update on the Nation’s affairs, highlighting achievements, challenges. He commended the Métis Nation BC on the work that is being done in BC through the Nation to Nation relationship with the Provincial Government and with the Government of Canada.

Saturday evening’s banquet was well attended with nearly 300 guests.  The evening began with inspirational remarks and greetings from Minister Scott Fraser on behalf of the BC Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. MNBC honoured retired President of MIKISIW Métis Association, Bryce Mercredi, by providing the Order of the Sash for his more than 20 years of service to the community of Comox and to the Metis Nation. Métis Nation Columbia River Society was honoured with the 2018 Community Excellence Award, while the Boundary Community Métis Association (Grand Forks) and Two Rivers Métis Society (Kamloops) were given honorable mentions. The evening was alive with Performances by the Mike Sanyshyn Trio, an incredible trio that included a talented fiddler, guitarist, and recording singing artist.

In her closing comments, MNBC President commended the communities for their work and commitments and recognized the Métis Youth, Women, Veterans, Elders and Staff for all their work and contributions to the AGM and to the nation.

The Chair adjourned the meeting early Sunday afternoon following the delegate’s decision to support the community bid to hold the 2019 AGM in Prince George. The 2019 AGM will be held on September 13, 14 and 15.

Other Highlights:

  • MNBC President’s Address – AGM 2018
  • MNBC and Interior Health Authority second signing of the Letter of Understanding
  • Métis Veterans BC (MVBC) Annual Meeting (AVM);
  • BC Métis Assembly of Natural Resources (BCMANR) Annual Meeting;
  • Métis Reconciliation “What We Heard So Far” presentation;
  • Métis Children & Families Jurisdiction Joint Agreement presentation;
  • Mammography Mobile Screening
  • AGM Tradeshow
  • AGM Reception and Banquet

Official AGM 2018 photo album

Video gallery

Our Special Thanks!!

  • MNBC extends warm and sincere appreciation to this year’s official AGM Partners and Sponsors: Government of Canada, Province of BC, O’Brien Training, Taylor Professional Driving, Enbridge, TransCanada, LiUNA Local 1611, William Scotsman, Matterhorn, Lisa Shepherd, PIC, Métis Financial Corp of BC, Coastal Gas Link, NATS Nursery, Workforce Development Consulting, BC Hydro, Western One, Fortis BC, ITA Training Authority, Construction Maintenance and Allied Workers Canada and TECK. Thank you for your support and generosity!
  • BC Cancer Society BC, Mobile Screening;
  • Métis Veterans BC “Dumont Scouts” for their service to our Nation and AGM;


  • President Clément Chartier, Métis National Council
  • President David Chartrand, Manitoba Métis Federation and Vice President of Métis National Council
  • Debra Sparrow, Musqueam Nation
  • The Honourable Minister, Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
  • Her Worship, Linda McPhail, Acting Mayor (City of Richmond)
  • Métis Nation BC Children and Family Delegated Service Agencies: Commitment of Transfer of Jurisdiction, for Métis Children in Care – Memorandum of Understanding
  • Interior Health Authority
  • Manning & Elliott, Professional Chartered Accountants
  • MNBC Legal Counsel, Gereluk & Lo offices


Captains of BC Métis Assembly of Natural Resources (BCMANR)
Chartered Community Leaders
Métis Elders
Métis Women – BC (MWBC) Regional Representatives and Community Representatives
Métis Veterans – BC (MVBC) Regional Representatives
Métis Youth – BC (MYBC) Regional Representatives and Community Representatives

Special performances:

  • Aimee and father Phil Fauteux, AGM Social/Reception
  • Mike Sanyshyn Trio, AGM Banquet Performers


  • ASETS, Finance, Registry and all MNBC staff members for their tremendous support, and service to our citizens throughout the events;
  • Fraser Valley Printing, AGM Kits;
  • Eden Jager photo credit: framed awards;
  • Jason Simmonds, Emcee of AGM and AGM Banquet and dinner;
  • AGM Chair David Peltier, Clerk Dale Drown, Deputy Clerk Chris Gall, service to the MNBC Annual General Meeting;
  • Pacific Gateway Vancouver Airport Hotel, official AGM venue and accommodation
  • RainCoast Ventures Ltd, AGM recorder
  • MNBC Chartered Communities and Métis people and Citizens, for your continued support.

Photo credits:

MNBC Staff

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Media Contact:

Tracey Thornhill, Manager of Communications & Special Events
Métis Nation British Columbia
604-557-5851 / 1-800-940-1150


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The Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) represents nearly 90,000 self-identified Métis people in British Columbia, of that, nearly 18,000 are provincially registered Métis Citizens with MNBC.  The Métis National Council and the Provincial Government of British Columbia, as well as the Federal Government of Canada, recognizes the MNBC as the official governing organization for Métis in BC.


Métis Nation BC Ministry of Health LOU Signing

Métis Children & Families Jurisdiction MOU

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MMF Welcomes Early Learning and Child Care Framework

Winnipeg, MB – On Monday, September 17, Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) President and Métis National Council Vice-President and Minister of Social Development, David Chartrand, joined the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Canada’s Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, and other leaders, to announce the co-developed Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care (IELCC) Framework. This investment will improve early learning and child care for Indigenous children in Canada including those of the Métis Nation. The framework was developed over the past year based on extensive consultations.

“For the Métis Nation this is a first,” said President Chartrand in welcoming the funding announcement. “Our mothers have been asking now for decades for this opportunity. This is a major investment that will change the lives of the mothers, fathers, and children throughout our Nation. It will provide solid foundations for building strong and healthy families. Today’s announcement marks another practical milestone along the path of reconciliation negotiated by the Métis Nation and Prime Minister Trudeau’s government.”

The Framework invests $1.7 billion dollars over the next ten years for distinctions-based early learning and childcare initiatives to support Inuit, First Nations and Métis Nation children and families. The programs delivered under the Framework will be culturally appropriate and accessible to families regardless of where they live.

The Framework will provide up to $450 million for the Métis Nation, including more than $112 million for the Manitoba Métis Community. The MMF plans on investing these funds into Métis Aboriginal Head Start programs for preschool-aged children, child care supports for working Métis parents, and the creation of educational and employment opportunities for Métis Citizens pursuing careers in child care and early childhood education. The Early Learning and Child Care Framework is the first of several announcements that will support Métis self-determination in the coming weeks.


Believe in Yourself; Believe in Métis.

The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) is the official democratic and self-governing political representative for the Métis Nation’s Manitoba Métis Community. The Manitoba Métis are Canada’s Negotiating Partner in Confederation and the Founders of the Province of Manitoba.

For media information, please contact:

Barney Morin

Manitoba Metis Federation

Communications Coordinator

Office: 204-586-8474 x277

Cell: 204-391-0717



Qilaut contest submission date extended

21 September 2018 

Are you an aspiring songwriter? Do you want your song to be part of Nunavut’s legacy? Well, the Qilaut contest is for you!

Submit an original song in Inuktut to celebrate Nunavutaaqsimaliqtilluta- the 20th anniversary of Nunavut . The contest is open to all Nunavummiut, and the deadline has been extended to October 8, 2018.

Prizes for the contest are: 1st prize, $5,000, 2nd prize, $2,500, 3rd prize, $1,500. Seven other prizes of $500 each will be awarded. For more information and contest rules, please visit


Media Contact:

Elizabeth A Roberts
Communication Officer
Department of Culture and Heritage


Media advisory: Minister Bennett to make an announcement on advancements in reconciliation and renewed relationships with Sioux Valley Dakota Nation

From: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, Manitoba – Please be advised the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, will visit Sioux Valley Dakota Nation to highlight the signing of a Reconciliation Framework Agreement along with Chief Vincent Tacan and the Honourable Eileen Clarke, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Relations. Minister Bennett will also announce an Addition to Reserve for Sioux Valley Dakota Nation and participate in the opening of the Sioux Valley Department of Families on behalf of the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services.

Date:  September 22, 2018

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (CDT)

Where: Veterans Hall
Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, MB


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

Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada Media Relations


Creating Indigenous community on campus – Ryerson U

September 18, 2018

Like most research, it began with a question. “Can you show me what language looks like?” Dr. Joanne DiNova asked her fellow Indigenous colleague Dr. Lila Pine, both based in the Faculty of Communication & Design (FCAD).

Thus began their research on language visualization using CymaScopes, scientific instruments that produce images based on sound vibrations in water. By comparing the voiceprints of spoken English and Indigenous languages, they hope to gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between ways of speaking and knowing.

“Language affects how we see the world and think,” said Dr. DiNova, a professional communication professor. “And if you can visually represent spoken language, you may be able to see differences in worldview.”

Their investigation is one of the initiatives based out of Saagajiwe, a transdisciplinary Indigenous centre for research and creation launched by FCAD in 2017. Named after the Anishinaabe word for the emerging light of dawn, Saagajiwe’s mission is to facilitate the dissemination of Indigenous thought and culture. In addition to research, priorities include Indigenous creative expression, interdisciplinary curriculum development and creative spaces on campus.

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Manitoulin High brawl: OPP explains why only M’Chigeeng residents have been charged so far –

‘They are from the First Nation which doesn’t necessarily mean that they are First Nations’

The Manitoulin-Espanola OPP continues to investigate a brawl that broke out on Friday, Sept. 14 at Manitoulin Secondary School.

As of Sept. 20, six people have been charged — one adult and five youths — all of whom are from M’Chigeeng First Nation.

Community Safety Officer Cst. Marie Ford explained that this situation can be complicated as youth are involved and can not be identified under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

“They are from the First Nation which doesn’t necessarily mean that they are First Nations (people), and I’m not saying that they all are or they all aren’t, but it’s difficult because we’re dealing with young people so we’re obviously not naming anybody,” said Ford.

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Indigenous Research Showcase Week brings the TRC Calls to Action to life – URegina

September 21, 2018

The University of Regina’s annual Indigenous Research Showcase Week is a celebration of diversity, innovation, and connections to community.

The week-long event is also another way in which the University is acting on the Calls to Action laid out in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Final Report¾helping to make concrete changes in society, redressing the legacy of residential schools and advancing the process of Canadian reconciliation.

Dr. David Malloy, Vice-President (Research), says the event is an opportunity to showcase the high quality work being done by faculty, staff, and students.

“Indigenous research reaches across every discipline and is integral to the University of Regina’s research enterprise,” says Malloy. “Indigenous Research Showcase Week helps us to shine a light on how vital this work is – with researchers and community partners working alongside one another to make positive differences in people’s lives and in their communities.”

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CESO 2017-18 Annual Report Now Available

CESO 2017-18 Annual Report Now Available

Together We Thrive

Dear Friends and Partners,

Last year marked CESO’s 50th anniversary – a time of celebration and reflection. Looking back, we see that our raison d’etre remains as relevant as the day the organization was founded. More than ever, we need to strengthen economies to create the conditions for inclusive and sustain-able development — both economic and social. Together with our clients, partners and Volunteer Advisors, we empower individuals to build their own long-term prosperity.

CESO carefully allocates its resources for maximum impact. Entrepreneurs of small and medium-sized businesses are key drivers for any economy. Women, in particular, play a unique role in building the foundation for significant change in their families and communities, as well as in the broader economy. And when both parents work, their children eat more regularly and can go to school for longer, developing the skills they need to contribute to the economy.

We’re proud of the work we’re doing around gender equality. Academics and practitioners of international development agree that this issue has exponential impact — whether that means women having a political voice, economic freedom, the right to own property, or agency over their bodies and freedom from violence. However, the complexity of gender equality should not be underestimated. Gender equality doesn’t mean leaving men and boys out. It does mean having a nuanced understanding of what all — women and girls, men and boys — need to achieve equality. Regardless of gender, every individual must have access to the same rights, resources, opportunities and protections.

Never have women’s voices been louder and clearer than this year. Women around the world are taking to the streets and the media to demand equality and denounce abuse in the workplace, in the boardroom, on movie sets and everywhere they are. Women are exposing the injustices that victimized them. What was once whispered in shame is now a force to be reckoned with.

These mothers, grandmothers and daughters are speaking on behalf of those who still cannot speak for themselves. And for those who are still unheard.

The world as we know it is changing. We are confident that together, as our programs continue to expand and reach more individuals, we can play a part in continuing to bring more dignity and prosperity to all.

Wendy Harris, CPA, CA

Martine Normand

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Sep 21, 2018 

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HALIFAX. x–20s. The Trudeau government is moving to get the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion process back on track. Natural Resources
Minister Amarjeet Sohi (soh-HEE’) says cabinet made an order earlier this week telling the National Energy Board it has 22 weeks to complete
a thorough review of the environmental impact of additional oil tankers off the B-C coast. Sohi was speaking from Halifax, where he is
hosting G-7 energy ministers’ meetings today.
(“..the environment.”) (SOURCE:The Canadian Press)

TAG: Sohi says plans to restart consultations with Indigenous communities will be announced shortly.

Inspiring curiosity in youth: StFX science and math outreach programs receive nearly $200,000 in PromoScience funding

Sep. 20, 2018

Two StFX-based outreach programs that inspire curiosity in youth and an interest in science and math have received very good news.

X-Chem Outreach and Connecting Math to Our Lives and Communities—two separate programs, each facilitated by StFX faculty—have received a total of nearly $200,000 in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) PromoScience Program.

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, made the announcement on Sept. 17, 2018, as part of $11.9 million in funding for 163 grants through the PromoScience Program, which supports hands-on learning experiences for young Canadians and teachers. The funding is used to encourage youth to make science part of their education, their careers, and their lives.

The news was welcome on the StFX campus.

“It means we can really increase our range, visit more students, improve our activities, buy more equipment, and reach more youth, more often,” says StFX chemistry professor Dr. Truis Smith-Palmer on the $75,000 in funding X-Chem will receive over the next three years. The program also received one-time grants of $5,000 for Science Odyssey and $9,500 for Science Literacy Week. She leads the program with Dr. Geniece Tapley and Jennifer Fraser.

“It’s really helpful. It will allow us to bring more programming to the communities we serve,” says education faculty Dr. Lisa Lunney Borden, who with Drs. Tara Taylor and Robert van den Hoogen in the Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, facilitates Connecting Math to Our Lives and Communities, an after school, in-community mathematics outreach program in several Mi’kmaw and African Nova Scotian communities. The program has received $112,500 in funding over three years.

“It will help keep programming going, pay for travel, and it also allows us to bring people together to see how we can grow the program,” she says.

Both programs make a deep impact in the region.

Offered through StFX’s Chemistry Department, X-Chem is a multifaceted outreach program with over 30 years experience engaging youth in science. They provide children, from about four years old through to Grade 12, with opportunities to do hands-on science and to connect with working scientists. For decades, they’ve been bringing science to children.

They visit schools, host Saturday afternoon science and coding camps, and run seven science and six coding summer camps on campus, including two all-female camps, as well as eight off-campus summer camps, including in Indigenous communities.

Last year alone, the program impacted about 7,000 students, including about 5,500 in May and June alone, says Ms. Fraser.

Connecting Math to Our Lives and Communities, now in its fourth year, helps make mathematics meaningful to students while showing them the power of using math as a tool to address problems in the world. Ellen Carter, a doctoral student in StFX’s Faculty of Education, is the program coordinator.

Throughout the academic year, about 15-20 StFX undergraduate and B.Ed. students travel to communities to engage students in Grades 4-12 in hands-on investigations of mathematics related to their everyday lives. At year end, they host a gathering at StFX with workshops put on by community elders and knowledge keepers as well as faculty. In the afternoon they take part in an amazing math race around campus. Dr. Lunney Borden says the program is aimed at helping kids see that math is a really important part of STEM. “It’s increasing engagement and attitude, and helping to demystify mathematics.”

One of the program’s main benefits is it allows students to explore the math inherent in their own culture and to see it is an important part of their heritage.

“That’s a big part of it, connecting to the community,” Dr. Lunney Borden says. “We’re looking at issues, problems and knowledge from the community to make the links.

“It’s helping kids to see how we can use math to read and write the world.”

“We’re learning from them, and they’re learning from us,” Dr. van den Hoogen says.

Dr. Taylor notes it is great learning for the student leaders as well. “It’s outreach to them too, to help them learn about the community,” she says.

The outreach has even extended to school teachers, several of whom have taken program ideas relating to Indigenous and African knowledge back into math classrooms to use with students.

Dr. Lunney Borden says the Mi’kmaw word, Mawikinutimatimk, which means coming together to learn together, can really sum up the program. “That’s the whole goal, to learn together.”


Recruiting Officers learn about the Métis – MNO

Canadian Forces Recruiting Officers from across Canada learned about Métis culture and traditions during a presentation by the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO).

The information was presented on June 18 by MNO Veterans’ Council Secretary/Treasurer Greg Garratt and MNO Education Officer Michael Smith. The goal was to provide knowledge about Indigenous culture so Recruiting Officers can better understand and speak with Indigenous youth when they walk into a recruitment office.

Officers learned about Métis, First Nation and Inuit cultures and later participated in some Métis games. The history of Métis veterans in Canada, medals earned and the historic role Métis played in the War of 1812 were also highlighted.

It was a great educational and fun learning day for all.

During the final stages of one game, Garratt decided to play a prank on the final two competitors by yelling the command “room.”

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Sep 21, 2018 

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HALIFAX. x–20s. The Tories aren’t impressed with the Trudeau government’s plans to get the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project back on track. Natural Resources Critic Shannon Stubbs says there’s still no date to get shovels in the ground. (“..would be built.”) (SOURCE:The Canadian Press)

TAG: Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi (soh-HEE’) says cabinet made an order earlier this week telling the National Energy Board it has 22 weeks to complete a thorough review of the environmental impact of additional oil tankers off the B-C coast. He says an announcement about consultations with Indigenous communities will be made shortly.

Trent U – Building Community: Durham GTA Staff Participate in Habitat for Humanity Indigenous Build

Sep. 21, 2018

”We are honoured to be part of such an important day,” said Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard, director of the First Peoples House of Learning at Trent, speaking of Trent’s involvement in Habitat for Humanity Durham’s recent Indigenous build. “This is about more than just having a roof over your head. This day was not about framing walls or digging trenches; it was about protecting our children, holding our families together, and ultimately strengthening our nations – one family at a time.”

Trent Durham GTA staff participated in Habitat for Humanity Durham’s Indigenous Build on September 15, joining a team of other community volunteers. The day consisted of work on the exterior framing of the home and making space for the construction of a wheel chair ramp. Guest speakers addressed the group throughout the day, including Dr. Lavell-Harvard, who spoke about the impact that these builds have on providing indigenous youth with healthy and safe homes to live in.  The event also included a drum circle presented by the Métis Nation of Ontario.


BC Government: Province supports innovative community literacy programs

Sep. 21, 2018

VICTORIA – British Columbians of all ages will be able to improve their reading, writing and communications skills, thanks to a provincial investment of $500,000 in the Vancouver Sun’s annual Raise-a-Reader campaign.

“Raise-a-Reader plays an important role in supporting literacy by raising funds for innovative community programs throughout B.C.,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education. “These programs are truly making a difference in the lives of children and their families, helping build literacy skills today that will help people succeed in the future.”

Raise-a-Reader was launched by the Vancouver Sun in 1997. This year’s contribution was announced during the 2018 Raise-a-Reader Week, held Sept. 14-21, and brings the total provincial investment to almost $7.4 million in support of literacy programs offered through public libraries, Indigenous organizations, community literacy organizations, schools and family resource centres.

The government’s $500,000 investment flows through Decoda Literacy Solutions, the only provincewide literacy organization in B.C., to deserving programs in communities throughout the province.

Examples of B.C. community programs that benefit from Raise-a-Reader include:

  • Nelson – Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy’s Come Read With Me ProgramAn ongoing two-hour workshop for parents teaching a variety of strategies to support their child’s early reading skills.
  • Prince Rupert – North Coast Literacy Now’s Celebrating Literacy EventAnnually brings together representatives of local educational, Indigenous and child care groups to offer community and school readings, storytelling sessions and children’s art workshops.
  • Westshore of Vancouver Island – Your Literacy Connection Westshore’s Books for Breakfast and Literacy for Lunch ProgramsMonthly programs featuring music, story time, play-based activities, a snack and a children’s book to take home. Literacy information is displayed and volunteers are on site to offer support and information on local literacy programs and available resources.


Scott Andrews, marketing manager, Vancouver Sun –

“The Vancouver Sun’s Raise-a-Reader program provides children with important tools to build literacy skills. We join efforts, along with partners in government and esteemed institutions, to open doors to knowledge and give a new perspective on kids’ lives throughout B.C. Postmedia appreciates all our valued partners for the continued commitment and contribution in this fundamental reading initiative.”

Margaret Sutherland, executive director, Decoda Literacy Solutions –

“We are grateful for the B.C. government’s ongoing support for literacy and learning. Communities across the province create literacy programs and services that benefit children and families with support from Raise-a-Reader funds.”

Joan Exley, Nelson community literacy co-ordinator, Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy –

“Some parents come into our workshops apprehensive about supporting their children’s early reading. Parents are leaving the workshops with gratitude, knowing they now have the tools to help their children be more successful with reading in school. This is made possible through the Raise-a-Reader funding.”

Quick Facts:

  • The campaign, since 1997, has raised more than $17 million for literacy initiatives in B.C.
  • During the annual Raise-a-Reader Week, the campaign features daily stories in the Vancouver Sun’s print and online editions highlighting community literacy programs.
  • Last year, Raise-a-Reader support led to hosting 5,452 children and family literacy sessions in B.C., attended by 67,741 people, a five-fold increase over 2016.

Learn More:

Decoda Literacy Solutions:


To donate to the 2018 Raise-a-Reader campaign, visit:


Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Education
250 356-5963


Canada and Métis National Council Jointly Release Métis Nation Early Learning and Child Care Framework with $450 million investment over next 10 Years

September 17 (Ottawa, ON) – Métis National Council (MNC) Vice-President and Minister of Social Development, David Chartrand, joined the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Canada’s Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, and leaders from the Assembly of First Nations and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami in the release of a co-developed Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Framework to improve early learning and child care for Indigenous children in Canada.

In support of the Indigenous ELCC Framework, the Government of Canada is committing up to $1.7 billion over 10 years to strengthen early learning and child care programs and services for Indigenous children and families starting in 2018-19. Up to $450 million will support a Métis Nation ELCC Framework and will be managed in partnership with the Métis Nation.

“The Métis Nation Early Learning and Child Care Framework will bring unprecedented change to our families’ futures,” stated MNC Vice President David Chartrand. “This is a major investment in the lives of our Nation providing solid foundations for building strong and healthy children and families. Today’s announcement marks another practical milestone along the path of reconciliation negotiated by the Métis Nation and Prime Minister Trudeau’s government.”

Minister Duclos stated: “Métis Nation partners have identified a vision for early learning and child care in which Métis children and families throughout the Homeland are provided with culturally relevant, self-empowering early learning and child care programming and services. The joint release of the Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework with Vice President David Chartrand honours our continued work together to achieve this vision.”

The Métis Nation Framework will create new culturally relevant and supportive ELCC spaces for young Metiś Nation children and their families supported by predictable, flexible, long-term and sustainable funding approaches. This will be achieved by establishing and staffing Metiś Nation ELCC facilities with specific mandates to deliver Metiś culture-based ELCC programming for Metiś Nation children and families.

MNC President Clément Chartier also applauded this major new federal investment in the Métis Nation. He stated: “The Métis Nation ELCC Framework demonstrates again that the Canada-Métis Nation Accord that we signed with the Prime Minister in 2017 is working well. We are co-developing and negotiating new policies and programs for the Métis people that will truly be transformative and positive for our social and economic development.”


For more information please contact:

Ke Ning
Métis National Council
c: (613) 297-5193


Meet Indigenous authors and poets at Toronto’s 2018 Word on the Street – CBC

Sep 21, 2018

Indigenous Voices stage will host readings and Indigenous language classes

A designated stage for Indigenous voices will host a full day of programming at Canada’s largest free outdoor book and magazine festival in Toronto on Sunday.

Toronto’s Word on the Street Festival will host 10 Indigenous authors among 200 other writers from across Canada in and around Harbourfront Centre.

Seven of them will be featured on the Indigenous Voices stage at the west end of the site. In between sessions, there will also be opportunities for people to take a 30 minute introductory class in either Anishinaabemowin or Cree.

This is an expansion of a workshop last year that saw language instructors paired with the books Stolen Words by Melanie Florence and The Water Walker by Joanne Robertson.

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MNBC and Interior Health Authority commitment to the betterment of health services for Métis

Sep. 19, 2018

Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) Ministry of Health is pleased to announce the historical signing of our second concurrent letter of Understanding with the Interior Health Authority (IHA) today.

Signing from IHA was, IHA’s Chairman of the Board of Directors and Provincial Patient Safety and Quality officer of the BC Patient and Safety and Quality Council, Dr. Doug Cochrane, and Dr. Trevor Corneil, Vice President of Population Health and Chief Medical Health Officer. In this role, he provides leadership in the areas of public health, health promotion and prevention, health protection, and IHA’s Aboriginal Health strategy.

Signing on behalf of MNBC was President Clara Morin-Dal Col, Métis National Council- Minister for Health and Métis Nation British Columbia President, and witnessed by Susie Hooper Minister of Health with MNBC.

The signing of this Letter of Understanding demonstrates the commitment of both parties to work towards the betterment of the health services available to the Sixteen Métis Chartered communities with Interior Health Authority:

  • Salmon Arm Métis Association
  • South Okanagan Similkameen Métis Association
  • Kelowna Métis Association
  • Ashcroft and District Métis Association
  • Nicola Valley and District Métis Society
  • Boundary Local Métis Community Association
  • Two Rivers Métis Society
  • Vernon & District Métis Association
  • Vermillion Forks Métis Association
  • Métis Nation Columbia River Society
  • Nelson and Area Métis Society
  • Elk Valley Métis Association
  • Columbia Valley Métis Association
  • Rocky Mountain Métis Association
  • Kootenay South Métis Association
  • Cariboo Chilcotin Métis Association

The LOU between Métis Nation British Columbia and the Interior Health Authority is the longest standing letter of Understanding among any of the health authorities in the province.

This Letter of Understanding opens doors for MNBC to continue engaging with IHA and play an active role in planning and decision making processes that affect health and wellness of Métis peoples within the Health Authority

A primary focus of the LOU is to acknowledge Métis heritage, create common goal in health practices, and partnership in improved health and wellness outcomes. This LOU provides an opportunity to advise and influence the delivery of Aboriginal specific health care for Métis peoples within the Interior Health Authority region.

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Media Contact:

Tracey Thornhill, Manager of Communications & Special Events
Métis Nation BC
6040-557-5851 / 1-800-940-1150

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The Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) represents nearly 90,000 self-identified Métis people in British Columbia, of that, nearly 18,000 are provincially registered Métis Citizens with MNBC.  The Métis National Council and the Provincial Government of British Columbia, as well as the Federal Government of Canada, recognizes the MNBC as the official governing organization for Métis in BC.


Anishnawbek Grand Chief critical of Rainbow Board in wake of brawl – My Espanola Now

September 21, 2018

Anishnawbek Grand Chief Glen Hare sees a recent brawl at Manitoulin Secondary School as a sign of problems within the Rainbow District School Board.

Hare attended a rally in M’Chigeeng First Nation Thursday morning to talk to people about improving racial relations at the school.

He says the communities have to come together once again to grow their relationships..

He also has a warning, not a threat to the Board stating First Nations now control their own education, so they can choose to have them educated in First Nation schools in First Nation communities.

Hare was reacting to a brawl at the school where several students from M’Chigeeng are the sole ones facing charges in the altercation that took place last Friday afternoon.

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Sep 21, 2018 

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HALIFAX. x–20s. The Trudeau government is moving to get the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion process back on track. Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi (soh-HEE’) says cabinet made an order earlier this week telling the National Energy Board it has 22 weeks to complete a thorough review of the environmental impact of additional oil tankers off the B-C coast. At the G-7 energy ministers meeting in Halifax, Sohi told reporters the government is putting a high priority on consultations with Indigenous communities. (“..on this shortly.”) (SOURCE:The Canadian Press)

TAG: A source told The Canadian Press recently the government is looking at hiring a retired federal judge to help oversee those consultations, with a view to ensuring they follow court-ordered processes exactly this time.

Conversations That Matter: Can First Nations save Canada’s resource industries? – The Province

Joe Dion, CEO of the Frog Lake First Nation Energy Resource Corp., is touting a plan to end the resource development logjam in Canada.

The Kinder Morgan pipeline, like 263 court decisions before it, went in favour of the First Nations that opposed the project.

One court decision after another is shaping the way Canada can and does develop its resources. The failure of governments and corporations to embrace First Nations as full partners is putting the brakes on development and it is affecting Canada’s reputation as investment friendly.

Joe Dion, the CEO of the Frog Lake First Nation Energy Resource Corporation has a plan — a plan he shared with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — a First Nations energy strategy framed as a treaty between the government of Canada and Indigenous Peoples. A treaty that will reopen the door to resource development.

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Rupertsland Institute: Community Consultations – Whitecourt Sept. 27, 2018

Your voice is important to the development of training programs for Métis in the Central region. Participate in our in-person workshop.

Thursday, September 27
5:00 – 7:00 pm
Holiday Inn Express
4721 49 Street, Whitecourt

Stew and bannock will be served.
This workshop is open to all Métis in the Central region.


Ontario students to walk out of class to protest sex ed curriculum changes – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Sep 21, 2018

TORONTO _ Students at more than a hundred schools across Ontario have pledged to walk out of class this afternoon to protest changes to the province’s curriculum.

Indygo Arscott, 16, who is two-spirit and uses gender-neutral pronouns, is an organizer of the province-wide walkout called “We the students do not consent.”

The protest is in response to the provincial government scrapping a revised sex-ed curriculum for elementary school students, reverting to a version that was created in 1998.

The walkout is also in opposition to the cancellation of curriculum-writing sessions designed to fulfil findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Arscott, who is Indigenous, says the government-imposed changes leaves the teen feeling underrepresented in the classroom.

A spokeswoman for the province’s education minister encourages people to participate in the education consultations that are set to begin next week.


World Alzheimer’s Day – September 21, 2018

Today is World Alzheimer’s Day, an annual event where people around the world come together to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, affects more than 400,000 Canadians aged 65 and older, two-thirds of whom are women. With Canada’s population living longer than ever before, this number is expected to grow.

I have seen first-hand the significant impact that Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias have on people’s lives, during my career as a social worker and as Minister of Health. I am also the daughter of a parent who lives with dementia. My own personal experience informs much of my thinking about dementia and makes it an issue that is very close to my heart.

The Government of Canada has made it a priority to help improve the quality of life for those living with dementia, their families, and their caregivers. Earlier this year, I held a National Dementia Conference and hosted the first meeting of the newly created Ministerial Advisory Board on Dementia. What we heard during the conference, together with our ongoing consultations, and the advice provided through the Advisory Board, will be key as we work towards a National Dementia Strategy.

The Government of Canada is also investing $20 million over five years, and another ongoing $4 million a year, for community-based projects that promote the well-being of people living with dementia and their caregivers. In addition, we have invested $42 million over five years in the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation to support the development, testing and scale-up of products and services to support brain health with a focus on dementia. Projects funded through both of these investments will make a difference in the lives of people facing the real, daily challenges of living with dementia – whether through the development of best practices for providing care, or tools to combat stigma associated with dementia.

Through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Government has also invested more than $197 million in dementia-related research over the past five years. This innovative research is advancing our understanding of dementia, bringing us closer to finding effective treatments and improving the quality of life of people living with dementia and their caregivers.

Today, in support of World Alzheimer’s Day, let’s all do our part to raise awareness of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. Together we can make a real difference in the lives of Canadians living with dementia, their families, and their caregivers.

The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, P.C., M.P.

Minister of Health


Akwesasne Mohawk council puts settlement of 130-year-old land grievance to a vote – CBC

Canada has offered $240M to settle Dundee Township land claim

Sep 20, 2018

The Kanien’kehá:ka community of Akwesasne will decide whether or not to accept a $240 million settlement offer from Canada by a referendum, with voting beginning next month.

The vote was recently announced by the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA) to settle a claim over approximately 8,000 hectares of land along the south shore of the St. Lawrence River in the most western portion of Quebec.

Darren Bonaparte, an independent researcher from Akwesasne — which straddles the Quebec, Ontario and New York State borders — said he plans on voting yes.

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Report on Indigenous justice released as part of 10th B.C. Justice Summit

Sep. 20, 2018

VANCOUVER – In order to identify and accelerate real, transformative changes to the ways that Indigenous peoples interact with British Columbia’s justice system, the 10th B.C. Justice Summit was held in early June 2018.

Government has posted the summit report, detailing the discussions between leaders of B.C.’s justice and public-safety sector and Indigenous leaders, justice experts and community workers.

Hosted by the Musqueum First Nation, the 10th summit marked the first time that justice-system leaders and Indigenous representatives have come together with the sole focus of considering the Indigenous experience of the justice system in British Columbia.

The report of the 10th summit has been delivered to:

  • David Eby, Attorney General;
  • Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General;
  • the chief justices and chief judge of the province’s three courts;
  • co-Chairs of the B.C. Aboriginal Justice Council;
  • Regional Chief responsible for Justice with the B.C. Assembly of First Nations; and
  • Minister of Justice for the Métis Nation British Columbia.

The report is posted online:

The report will be used by the Summit Steering Committee as a framework for building an agenda for the 11th summit, which will focus on action recommendations. Those recommendations will contribute to the development of an Indigenous justice strategy for British Columbia.

This was the first of two meetings in 2018. The 11th summit is scheduled to take place in November 2018.

Learn More:

Read the proceedings of previous summits:

More about the Justice and Public Safety Council:


Ministry of Attorney General
Media Relations
778 678-1572


Archer Library Pilots Personal Librarian Project – URegina

September 19, 2018

The Dr. John Archer Library at the University’s main campus is piloting a project to connect with first year students who have self-identified as Indigenous.

“This pilot is trying to address what’s known as library anxiety,” says Brad Doerksen, Student Success Librarian. “Many students are not familiar with the library and all of the resources we can provide. We know it can seem like an impersonal and intimidating place, particularly for new students.

“In order to make connecting with us easier and less intimidating, the librarians will take the first step and reach out to individual first year indigenous students via email, introduce themselves, and provide information about the library and other resources available. Students will be invited to set up an appointment to meet.”

“I think this is a great opportunity for first year students to connect with the librarians on a personal level,” says Cheyanne Desnomie, Manager Aboriginal Student Centre. “For students coming to the University for the first time having a personal connection to the library can really help lessen the intimidation factor.”

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Manitoba Metis Federation President welcomes Quillasinga delegation from Colombia

Sep. 18, 2018

Winnipeg, MB – Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) President David Chartrand is pleased to join University of Winnipeg President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Annette Trimbee in welcoming a unique cultural exchange with a delegation from the Quillasinga tribe of Colombia. This cultural exchange aims to support international Indigenous partnerships through cultural sharing and learning. Métis Nation and Quillasinga leaders will provide short presentations followed by a performance of traditional dances by the Quillasingas.

Date: Friday, September 21, 2018

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Location: Leatherdale Hall, University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

Who: MMF President David Chartrand and University of Winnipeg President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Annette Trimbee, with a delegation of the Quillasinga People of Colombia

The Quillasingas are an Indigenous community whose vibrant culture is dedicated to the protection of Mother Earth and humanity. In addition to this unique cultural exchange event, the Quillasinga delegation will be meeting with the MMF Government to discuss our Indigenous partnership, including trade in coffee and sugar. This Indigenous-to-Indigenous relationship promises mutual benefits in economic and social development for our communities in both countries. The Quillasingas will also attend and perform at the MMF Annual General Assembly, taking place September 21 through to September 23.


Believe in Yourself; Believe in Métis.

The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) is the official democratic and self-governing political representative for the Métis Nation’s Manitoba Métis Community. The Manitoba Métis are Canada’s Negotiating Partner in Confederation and the Founders of the Province of Manitoba.

For media information, please contact:

Barney Morin
Manitoba Metis Federation
Communications Coordinator
Office: 204-586-8474 x277
Cell: 204-391-0717


Robinson Huron Treaty Gathering. ‘Renewing our Relations’ –

September 20, 2018

(Shawanaga First Nation): ‘Renewing our Relations’ is this year’s theme for the annual Robinson Huron Treaty gathering.

The gathering is being held close to the southern border of the Robinson Huron Treaty territory in Shawanaga First Nation from September 21 – 23rd, 2018. It’s being hosted by Shawanaga and Wasauksing First Nations. It’s an important gathering to Anishinabek as they will receive updates on the annuities court case, teachings on the treaty, Anishinabe law and wampum belts along with other important teachings.

Shawanaga First Nation Chief Wayne Pamajewon thinks treaty awareness and education is important for everyone to learn. He says, “There are people all around on us treaty lands, municipalities, reeves, mayors of cities and towns and I don’t believe they have any idea what a treaty is all about.”

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Northern College Alumni Nominated for Premier’s Awards

September 20, 2018

TIMMINS, ON: Northern College is pleased to announce its nominees for the 2018 Ontario Colleges Premier’s Awards.

The annual event honours important social and economic contributions that college graduates make to Ontario and throughout the world. The awards were launched in 1992 and are administered by Colleges Ontario to recognize graduates excelling in one of seven categories – Apprenticeship, Business, Community Services, Creative Arts and Design, Health Sciences, Recent Graduate, and Technology. Northern College has nominated three alumni that we feel are excelling in the fields of technology, health sciences and community service.

Alexander Cochrane is an IT specialist, entrepreneur and farmer whose passions include entrepreneurship, agriculture, all things technology and assisting others. As an entrepreneur, he is focused on computers and technology, innovative products and food sustainability. His extensive knowledge and expertise in information technology have progressed throughout his career. As a Computer Engineering Technician graduate, Alexander has held various roles and owned and operated multiple companies throughout the years that range from providing technical support for personal services and small businesses to managing a vertical hydroponic farm.

With nearly 30 years’ experience working in health services with Mattagami First Nation, Eileen Boissoneau has contributed to the health and well-being of all community members every step of her career. She is a lifelong learner who advocates for youth to pursue post-secondary education. As a Practical Nursing graduate, she is the Health Director and Emergency Management Coordinator for the Mattagami Health Centre. Throughout her career, Eileen has had a significant impact on the lives of patients and experiences of aspiring healthcare professionals in northern communities.

Linda Friday is passionate about youth development and enhancing the livelihoods of the future leaders of Attawapiskat. Although she faced challenges when she left her community to pursue her education, this did not deter Linda from achieving her dreams of becoming an Early Childhood Educator. Today she has over ten years’ experience in youth development and works as a high school counsellor who strives to be the best role model. The mother of seven hopes to inspire and motivate youth to achieve their dreams by preparing them and building their capacity to face any obstacle that stands in their way.

The College encourages the efforts of its students both past and present. Northern College graduates continue to accomplish amazing things, and the college is proud to support and promote their achievements. We wish each nominee luck in the upcoming awards ceremony.


Media Contact:

Kyle Gennings
Marketing and Communications Officer
Tel: 705-235-3211 ext. 2276


Sask. Polytech Indigenous relay goes ahead in Prince Albert despite rain – MBC Network Radio Online

Sep 20, 2018

Ninety participants from the Prince Albert Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus took part in the Indigenous relay challenge Thursday despite the rain.

The relay consists of nine legs and is part of Indigenous Students Welcome Week and the fall equinox celebration.“It’s a historical and traditional race to bring students together,” Indigenous student advisor and relay organizer Carrie McCloy says. “It’s an event that we do to honour our traditional ways of life.”

The event features running, biking, canoeing, pack carrying, log cutting, fire starting and water boiling.
Christine Pilon is taking office administration at Saskatchewan Polytechnic and was a fire starter in the relay.

“It’s like the Indigenous Games for the school,” Pilon says. “They do this every year get people at the school going and it’s awesome.”

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Investing in the future of Kananaskis Country

Sep. 20, 2018

Redevelopment within Kananaskis Country’s Bow Valley Provincial Park will be a major benefit to river users, supporting world-class water-based recreation.

As Alberta celebrates the 40th anniversary of the creation of Kananaskis Country, the Government of Alberta is making a $5.2-million investment in the Lower Kananaskis River-Barrier Lake area to enhance recreation, conservation and tourism while supporting new commercial business opportunities.

“Kananaskis Country holds a special place in the hearts of Albertans. By investing in important improvements to recreation, we are ensuring future generations of Alberta families can continue exploring the outdoors and making new memories. As we celebrate its 40th anniversary, I’m proud to say this plan will ensure K-Country remains a global destination that lives up to the legacy and vision of the late Premier Peter Lougheed.”

Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks

The redevelopment project includes upgrades to several day-use areas and a group campsite along Highway 40 between Canoe Meadows and Barrier Lake. The plan will continue to develop the Lower Kananaskis River and Barrier Lake area into a world-class water-based recreation destination.

“The Alberta Whitewater Association is very excited to see Alberta Parks Lower Kananaskis River Redevelopment Plan. This will enhance the land-based day-use and campground facilities and bring these important components up to the world-class standards that the AWA has created in the river. We applaud the Government of Alberta for recognizing the importance of investing in Alberta’s sport, recreation and tourism infrastructure.”

Chuck Lee, executive director, Alberta Whitewater Association

Alberta Parks will work with a whitewater association to build a new whitewater training facility at Canoe Meadows to serve as a hub for special events and support athletes training on the river.

River enthusiasts will benefit from formalized river access points, a water-sports staging area and “standing wave” area at the Barrier Lake Visitors Centre, a mixture of heated and open-air change rooms, gear-drying racks, and a hand-launch for paddleboards, canoes and rafts at Barrier Lake. Other commercial opportunities include plans for small-scale lodgings and an equipment rental hut.

“As an owner of a canoe and kayak school that operates on the Kananaskis River, I am very excited about the improvements to come. The Kananaskis River and Canoe Meadows will be one of the best whitewater training areas in the world.”

Mark Taylor, Owner, Rocky Mountain Paddling Centre

In addition, significant infrastructure upgrades will improve enjoyment, accessibility and safety for the public in various areas. This includes bookable campsites, expanded and paved parking sites, picnic areas, trail improvements to support visitors with limited mobility and signage to improve wayfinding, provide ecological education and boost safety.

“Kananaskis Outfitters is very excited to see this plan moving forward. We believe the Lower Kananaskis River-Barrier Lake Redevelopment Plan fulfils our operational needs, as addressed in stakeholder engagement. The site upgrades will enhance the user experience by improving safety, accessibility and usability with purpose-built lakefront infrastructure.”

Michelle Faerden, Kananaskis Outfitters

The plan also improves the wildlife corridor by focusing visitors close to the river and away from Highway 40, giving wildlife as much space as possible to navigate the area and reducing encounters with vehicles or people. Development between Widowmaker and Barrier Dam was avoided because it is an important pathway for multiple species, including moose, bobcat and black bear.

Recognizing these ecological sensitivities and the social carrying capacity of the region, the plan has been created to represent the ultimate build-out of this area. There will be a five-year moratorium on future development outside the scope of this current plan to ensure protection of wildlife movement.

“The Friends of Kananaskis Country value how this plan balances ecological needs, recreation and collaboration with stakeholders. These improvements will create water recreational experiences that will enhance Kananaskis Country.”

Nancy Ouimet, executive director, Friends of Kananaskis

Use of the river has grown substantially since the mid-1980s and thousands of people kayak, canoe, raft and surf on the Kananaskis River each year, generating millions of dollars in economic activity. The final plan captures stakeholder feedback dating back to 2011 and was created in collaboration with a broad spectrum of user groups that have made significant investments in the area over the years. Consultation was revisited last year and included First Nations engagement.

Construction will begin in phases next spring, continuing through 2021.

Project sites highlights

Canoe Meadows day-use area and group camp

  • Expanded and formalized public parking area.
  • A new camping area with individually bookable walk-in tenting sites.
  • A training and meeting centre (private sector opportunity).
  • Upgrades to the group campground, including a new group shelter and formalized tent pads.
  • A trail and river put-in for people with limited mobility.
  • Formalized pedestrian access to the river.
  • Installation of two open-air change rooms – one in the main parking area and another in the camping area.
  • Installation of gear-drying racks in the day-use area.

Barrier Lake Visitor Centre and day-use area

  • Expanded parking and designated parking areas for carpoolers and visitor centre users.
  • A river surfer staging area with small parking area, surf board rack, and picnic opportunities.
  • Installation of a heated change room at the surfer staging area.

Widowmaker day-use area

  • Formalized public parking.
  • A new commercial operator put-in upstream

Barrier Lake day-use area

  • A new hand boat launch and associated road access.
  • A water sports equipment rental hut (private sector opportunity).
  • Expanded parking.
  • Decommissioning half of the access loop road, under-used pull-out parking and under-used trails.
  • Construction of a Connection Corner trail
  • Potential small-scale tourism accommodation (private sector opportunity)

Related information

Media inquiries
Matt Dykstra
Press Secretary, Environment and Parks


Bearskin Lake Suicide Reaches Queen’s Park – 89.5 The Lake FM

September 21, 2018

The suicide of a 13 year old girl on the Bearskin Lake First Nation is touching the hearts of MPP’s at Queen’s Park.

Kiiwetinoong MPP Sol Mamakwa asked for a moment of silence in the memory of the young girl.

That was after he asked the premier what he was doing to address the suicide epidemic on northern first nations.

“Two years ago the suicide rate for children under the age of 15 in first nations I represent was 50 times higher than the national average. But what has changed since these children took their own lives? This is a health crisis…this is a mental health crisis.”

Mamakwa says leaders in the community are afraid the suicide of the 13 year old girl might trigger another round of deaths in their community.

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Minister’s statement on campers at Goldstream Provincial Park

Sep. 20, 2018

VICTORIA – Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, has released the following statement in response to the homeless campers at Goldstream Provincial Park:

“A number of campers from a former tent city in the District of Saanich arrived at Goldstream Provincial Park on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. Following concerns expressed by the RCMP, the campground was closed to ensure public safety. People with reservations will be refunded. RCMP continues to work with park staff to ensure the safety of homeless campers, the site and surrounding communities.

“While the park is not an appropriate place for the establishment of a tent city, BC Parks is not asking the homeless campers to leave at this time. We urge those at Goldstream to work with staff to identify better housing solutions. Provincial resources have been deployed to work with the campers from the former tent city over the coming days to assess and provide supports, and work to identify longer-term housing options for people.

“Our goal is to get people into shelters and longer-term housing. In the short term, we are opening a shelter at the Victoria Native Friendship Centre, with space for 25 people, starting on Oct. 1. We are also continuing to offer rent supplements to help people find housing in the private market.

“Solving this will require partnerships with regional and local government leaders to build appropriate and affordable housing. Unfortunately, while we already have 2,000 new modular homes in development throughout B.C., only one site for 21 units was identified in Victoria. Until Saanich’s offer earlier today, no other local governments within the Capital Regional District have identified land where we could build these homes.

“We remain committed to our offer to fund an additional 2,500 units of supportive housing around the province, including in this region, but delivering that housing will require willing partners at the local level. The example of the Whalley strip in Surrey, where we housed 170 people in June over just three days, shows what is possible when all levels of government work together to tackle the challenge of homelessness and tent cities.”


Lindsay Byers
Media Relations
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
250 952-0617


First Nations groups not swayed by potential appointment of Supreme Court judge –

Sept. 20, 2018

CALGARY—The possibility of a former Supreme Court judge overseeing a renewed round of consultations for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion doesn’t appear to have renewed confidence in the process from Indigenous groups.

According to The Canadian Press, the federal government may appoint a former senior judge, possibly a retired Supreme Court justice, to advise it on what would constitute meaningful consultation with Indigenous communities to satisfy the conditions made by the Federal Court of Appeal last month.

However, the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs — an Indigenous political organization which fiercely opposes the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion — doesn’t think it matters who oversees these new consultations.

“The process itself is what’s fundamentally flawed,” said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip. “(It) doesn’t make any difference as to who is making the consultations. It’s inadequate.”

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Library mural inspires Laurier panel discussion on reconciliation through the arts

Sep. 19, 2018

Brantford – Can public art be a catalyst for healing and community discourse in the selfie generation? How does public art stimulate the process of reconciliation? How do we translate symbols and ideology across cultures?

These questions and more will be explored when Wilfrid Laurier University’s Faculty of Liberal Arts hosts a panel presentation and discussion Sept. 21 at the university’s Brantford campus to consider truth and reconciliation through culture and the arts. The topic is inspired by the Brantford Public Library’s new mural La Landscape de Kanata and the journey of creating works of public art that provide a visual story of the evolution of the community.

“The event answers a need for more opportunities for the campus community to engage with the broader community,” said Heidi Northwood, interim senior executive officer at Laurier’s Brantford campus and dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts. “There is a tremendous amount of work to do in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, so the particulars of the topic are rich and necessary for discussion.”

La Landscape de Kanata is a metal quilt, created by a group of artists led by Dave Hind and dedicated to the Brantford-born Group of Seven painter Lawren Harris. In the piece, Harris is surrounded by a symbolic group of seven, with each figure chosen based on Brantford history as well as cultural and landscape connections. Each figure was created by a different artist, brought together in the spirit of creating community art.

Artists involved in the project include Hind, the Aluminum Quilting Societycomprised of Jason Dong, Thomas Anderson, Bonnie Whitlow, Ralph Heather, Shana Elijah, Daniel Hill, Arlene Laskey, Steph Jacobs, Andrea Flockhart, Judy Devine and other community participants.

The panelists include Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant gallery director Ana Olson, artist Dave Hind, Laurier Indigenous student support coordinator Bonnie Whitlow and the City of Brantford manager of tourism and marketing Sara Munroe. The panel is moderated by Art Gallery of Hamilton CEO Shelley Falconer.

Hind has been working with recycled aluminum for nearly 20 years, connecting with the idea of reusing discarded materials.

“I love that it had a past life, so there’s a layer of symbolism or meaning in the work, that it has a cycle of life,” he said.

The artwork was selected through a call for artists by the Glenhyrst Art Gallery to honour Lawren Harris. Hind wanted the community art piece to incorporate the area’s relationship with Indigenous peoples and Harris’s relationship with the landscape.

“Harris’s story is an amazing story, but it’s not the only story,” said Hind.

The lecture is hosted through the Faculty of Liberal Arts Dean’s Community and Alumni Advisory Council as a way to connect the university with the wider community.

“Events like this are a wonderful opportunity for the community to get an understanding of what public art is about,” said Daniel Banko, member of the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Dean’s Community and Alumni Advisory Council and organizer of the panel. “By hearing directly from the artists and the people involved in the commissioning process, we get a broader understanding of the need for public art, in this case its role in bringing communities together.”

The free event is open to the public and will be held at Market Square Mallbasement, 1 Market Street Brantford. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the panel discussion takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Please RSVP to

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Avino Announces Pricing of US$4 Million Underwitten Public Offering

Sep 21, 2018

Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. (ASM:TSX/NYSE American; FSE:GV6, “Avino” or “the Company”) today announced that it has priced an underwritten public offering of an aggregate of 6,239,867 common shares of the Company, together with warrants to purchase up to 6,239,867 common shares of the Company, at a public offering price of US$0.65 per share and associated warrant to purchase one common share. Each warrant will have an exercise price of US$0.80 and will expire five years from the date of issuance.

H.C. Wainwright & Co. is acting as the sole book-running manager for the offering.  Roth Capital Partners is acting as co-manager for the offering.

Avino has also granted the underwriters a 45-day option to purchase up to 935,979 additional common shares and/or additional warrants to purchase up to 935,979 common shares, at the public offering price, less underwriting discounts and commissions.  The gross proceeds to the Company from this offering are expected to be US$4 million, before deducting the underwriting discounts and commissions and other estimated offering expenses payable by Avino, assuming no exercise of the underwriters’ option to purchase additional securities and none of the warrants issued in this offering are exercised. The offering is expected to close on or about on September 25, 2018, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including acceptance of the listing of the common shares by the NYSE American and the Toronto Stock Exchange.

The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the offering primarily for advancing the development of the Avino mine and its operations and production, and to a lesser extent for the exploration and development of the Bralorne Mine Property, and for general working capital.

The shares and warrants are being offered pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement on Form F-3 (File No. 333-226963), that was previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and declared effective on September 5, 2018. The securities may be offered only by means of a prospectus. A preliminary prospectus supplement relating to and describing the terms of the offering has been filed with the SEC.  A final prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus will be filed with the SEC and once filed, will be available on the SEC’s website at and may also be obtained from H.C. Wainwright & Co., LLC, 430 Park Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10022, by calling (646) 975-6996 or emailing  In connection with the offering, the Company intends to rely on the exemptions in Section 602.1 of the Toronto Stock Exchange Company Manual, and the offering is subject to the acceptance of the Toronto Stock Exchange.  The Company has also filed a Form 6-K with the SEC describing this offering.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor may there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

About Avino:
Avino is a silver and gold producer with a diversified pipeline of gold, silver and base metals properties in Mexico and Canada employing close to 600 people.  Avino produces from its wholly owned Avino and San Gonzalo Mines near Durango, Mexico, and is currently planning for future production at the Bralorne Gold Mine in British Columbia, Canada. The Company’s gold and silver production remains unhedged. The Company’s mission and strategy is to create shareholder value through its focus on profitable organic growth at the historic Avino Property near Durango, Mexico, and the strategic acquisition of mineral exploration and mining properties. We are committed to managing all business activities in an environmentally responsible and cost-effective manner, while contributing to the well-being of the communities in which we operate.

On Behalf of the Board

“David Wolfin”

David Wolfin
President & CEO
Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd.


Harte Gold Receives Permits for Commercial Production, Provides Operational Readiness Update

Toronto – September 20, 2018 – HARTE GOLD CORP. (“Harte Gold” or the “Company”) (TSX: HRT / OTC: HRTFF / Frankfurt: H4O) is pleased to announce it has received all necessary operating permits from the Government of Ontario to start commercial production at the Sugar Zone Mine. Harte Gold is now fully permitted to mine, process ore and pour gold on site.

Stephen G. Roman, President and CEO of Harte Gold, commented, “We are very pleased to announce the completion of commercial permitting and the beginning of full-scale operations at the Sugar Zone Mine. Mining operations are currently expected to run for 12 years and will support further resource expansion drilling in the immediate vicinity of the mine and the ramp up of property-wide exploration programs. This is an important milestone for the Company and I would like to thank Vice President Tim Campbell and our team for their dedication and persistence over the past number of years.”

Tim Campbell commented, “The permitting of the Sugar Zone Mine has been a lengthy process with many moving parts, the success of which is due to a concerted team effort. The mine will employ close to 200 people and provide significant economic benefits to the immediate area and the province as a whole. We would like to thank those who played a role in making it happen, including our engineering and environment consultants, Netmizaaggamig Nishnaabeg (Pic Mobert) First Nation, Biigtigong Nishnaabeg (Pic River) First Nation, the Town of White River, and the provincial government for moving this project forward.”

“This is great news for the people of White River and Northern Ontario. Mining helped shape our province’s economic history – and under our government’s watch it will continue to play an important role in our future. Harte Gold’s Sugar Zone mine will employ hundreds of northern workers through direct and indirect jobs,” said Premier Doug Ford. “As Ontario’s first high-grade gold mine in over ten years, this project proves that Ontario’s North is open for business.”

Operational Readiness

Full commissioning of the mill complex is nearing completion. Testing of the crushing and conveyance system is complete and water has been successfully circulated through the mill. The power line has been built to site and all electrical equipment has been delivered and installed. The Company will connect to the Grid and energize the entire Sugar Zone Mine site and Mill complex this week.

Underground development work continues to exceed targeted rates. For the month of July, 254 metres of development was completed, or 8.2 metres per day. Development completed to-date has opened up several areas in the Sugar Zone Deposit, particularly in the near-surface Upper Zone area, to provide early high grade stopes. The Company continues to review and refine its mine plan to optimize operations.

About Harte Gold Corp.

Harte Gold is focused on the exploration and development of its 100% owned Sugar Zone Mine where it has completed a 70,000 tonne Advanced Exploration Bulk Sample, mined 30,000 tonnes under a Phase I Commercial Production Permit, permitted and built an 800 TPD processing plant. Harte Gold received operational permits to start full commercial production September 2018. The Sugar Zone Mine is located 80 kilometres east of the Hemlo Gold Camp in Ontario. Using a 3 g/t Au cut-off, the Mineral Resource Estimate dated February 15, 2018 contains an Indicated Mineral Resource Estimate of 2,607,000 tonnes grading 8.52 g/t for 714,200 ounces contained gold and an Inferred Mineral Resource Estimate of 3,590,000 tonnes, grading 6.59 g/t for 760,800 ounces contained gold. Harte Gold also holds the Stoughton-Abitibi property on the Destor-Porcupine Fault Zone, east of Timmins, Ontario adjacent to the Holloway Gold Mine.

For further information, please contact:
Stephen G. Roman Shawn Howarth
President and CEO Vice President, Corporate Development
Tel: 416-368-0999 Tel: 416-368-0999
Email: E-mail:


Ontario high school students plan walkout over curriculum – CTV News

September 21, 2018

Students across Ontario are being urged to walk out of school Friday in protest of changes to sex education and indigenous curriculum.

The effort is being called the March for Our Education. Students, teachers and staff at more than 100 Ontario high schools – projected to number about 40,000 – are expected to take part.

“I knew I wanted to empower students across Ontario because I knew there are so many kids that feel outrage about this and feel alienated and scared. I knew I had to do something that everyone could feel a part of because not everyone has the privilege or ability to attend protests or demonstrations,” student organizer Indygo Arscott told CTV News Channel Friday.

She said sex ed curriculum needs to help students to avoid making mistakes or putting themselves in danger.

“Students deserve the accurate representation and education in their classrooms. I know way too many people whose entire education about their sexual health comes from the internet and I don’t think that’s OK.”

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Durango Completes Geophysics Survey at Windfall Lake, QC

Vancouver, BC /  September 21, 2018 – Durango Resources Inc. (TSX.V-DGO) (Frankfurt-86A1) (OTCQB-ATOXF), (the “Company” or “Durango”) reports that further to the news of September 12, 2018, Durango’s geophysics team has completed an induced polarization (“IP”) survey on its North and East claim blocks at Windfall Lake.

The 10km resistivity survey was completed on three grids on a dipole-dipole configuration (a = 25m, n = 1-10), which allows for increased penetration below surface (~ 80m) with good resolution.  In some areas of the Urban-Barry camp the overburden can be influential, so this type of configuration is highly recommended and has been used successfully with neighbours in the area. Preliminary results of this survey show two anomalies – one on the grid P1 south claims and one on the grid P2 north claims.

Marcy Kiesman, CEO of Durango stated, “The purpose of Durango’s IP survey is to narrow the search for the gold source in the areas where gold was discovered earlier this year by till sampling. The claims chosen for the survey are immediately adjacent to Osisko Mining (TSX.V-OSK) and have compelling gold results as announced in our news releases dated May 30, 2018 and July 23, 2018. Durango is positioned for discovery in the Windfall Lake Gold Camp and we look forward to the interpretation and analysis of the recent IP Survey.”

Further updates will be released as they become available.

About Durango

Durango is a natural resources company engaged in the acquisition and exploration of mineral properties. The Company is positioned for discovery with a 100% interest in a strategically situated group of properties in Windfall Lake Gold Camp in the Abitibi Region of Québec.

For further information on Durango, please refer to its SEDAR profile at

George Aizpurua, VP of Communications
First Canadian Capital Corp.
Telephone: 416.742.5600 or 647.500.2389

Marcy Kiesman, Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: 604.428.2900 or 604.339.2243


Proposed Goldboro LNG plant could be in jeopardy over Mi’kmaq consultations – CBC

Sipekne’katik First Nation says it was not consulted as required under federal law

Sep 21, 2018

A proposed liquefied natural gas plant in Guysborough County, N.S., has hit a snag and may be in jeopardy.

Earlier this year, Pieridae Energy Ltd. said it was nearly ready to make a final investment decision on the multibillion-dollar facility.

But the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board, which is considering the company’s application, recently called a hearing for Oct. 15 to consider whether the Crown fulfilled its duty to consult with the Mi’kmaq.

The company said in a filing that any delay beyond Sept. 28 could irreparably harm the project.

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Inflation eases to 2.8% as gas price growth slows; core numbers creeps up – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Sep 21, 2018

By Andy Blatchford


OTTAWA _ The country’s annual inflation rate eased to 2.8 per cent in August as still-rising gasoline prices advanced at a more-moderate pace, Statistics Canada said Friday.

The agency’s latest number came in just below the previous month’s three per cent reading, which had pushed inflation to the top end of the Bank of Canada’s target range with the fastest price growth in seven years.

The August result matched the expectations of economists, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.

Year-over-year pump prices rose 19.9 per cent in August, compared with a 25.4 per cent increase in July. Excluding gas prices, the inflation rate was 2.2 per cent last month.

The August reading stayed above the mid-point of the Bank of Canada’s target range of one to three per cent. The bank, however, has described the hotter readings in recent months as temporary and has predicted inflation to fall back towards two per cent in early 2019 once the effects of past increases in gas prices fade away.

To look through some of the noise, the central bank has remained focused on the movements of core inflation _ and the latest Statistics Canada figures show the reading crept upwards once again in August.

The average of Canada’s three measures of core inflation, which leave out more-volatile items like gas prices, rose slightly to 2.1 per cent compared with two per cent in July and 1.96 in June.

The Bank of Canada pays close attention to core inflation ahead of its interest-rate decisions _ and can raise its trend-setting rate as a way to keep inflation from rising too high.

A closer look at the headline inflation numbers shows that the prices of passenger vehicles rose 2.3 per cent in August, up from two per cent in July. Statistics Canada said this was mostly due to increased availability of following-year models compared with a year ago.

The prices of booze and tobacco were up 4.6 per cent last month, while food costs increased 1.6 per cent.

In a separate report Friday, Statistics Canada said retail trade expanded 0.3 per cent in July in large part because of sales boosts at food and beverage stores and gas stations.

The July increase, which brought sales to $50.9 billion, followed a June contraction of 0.1 per cent and a May expansion of 2.2 per cent.

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Agnico Eagle Provides Notice of Release of Third Quarter 2018 Results, Conference Call and Webcast

TORONTO, Sept. 20, 2018  – Agnico Eagle Mines Limited (NYSE: AEM) (TSX: AEM) (“Agnico Eagle” or the “Company”) today announced that it will release its third quarter 2018 results on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, after normal trading hours.

Third Quarter 2018 Results Conference Call and Webcast

Agnico Eagle’s senior management will host a conference call on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 11:00 AM (E.D.T.) to discuss the Company’s financial and operating results.

Via Webcast:
A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available on the Company’s website at

Via Telephone:
For those preferring to listen by telephone, please dial 1-647-427-7450 or toll-free 1-888-231-8191. To ensure your participation, please call approximately ten minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call.

Replay archive:
Please dial 1-416-849-0833 or toll-free 1-855-859-2056, access code 8096137. The conference call replay will expire on November 25, 2018.

The webcast, along with presentation slides will be archived for 180 days on the Company’s website.

Investor Relations
Agnico Eagle Mines Limited
145 King Street East, Suite 400
Toronto, Ontario, M5C 2Y7
Telephone: 416-947-1212
Fax:  416-367-4681

About Agnico Eagle

Agnico Eagle is a senior Canadian gold mining company that has produced precious metals since 1957.  Its eight mines are located in Canada, Finland and Mexico, with exploration and development activities in each of these countries as well as in the United States and Sweden.  Agnico Eagle and its shareholders have full exposure to gold prices due to its long-standing policy of no forward gold sales.  Agnico Eagle has declared a cash dividend every year since 1983.


Green Party leadership hopefuls in Alberta grapple with thorny issue of oilsands – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Sep 21, 2018 

By Rob Drinkwater


EDMONTON _ Kermit the Frog sang “It’s Not Easy Bein’ Green,” and candidates running to be leader of the Green Party of Alberta might relate.

At a time when the province’s oil industry still struggles to recover from a slump and many blame environmentalists for blocking new pipeline projects, one of the party’s leadership candidates says some believe the provincial Greens want to shut the oilsands down.

“I think that’s definitely a misperception that we need to try and correct,” said Brian Deheer from Lac la Biche, Alta., one of two candidates hoping to be chosen leader this weekend.

The party’s official policy calls for a “moratorium on development of additional tar sands projects” until the impact of existing and approved projects can be studied. It also says the party “opposes the approval and construction or expansion of any pipeline” for transporting Alberta bitumen.

Deheer, a music teacher who represented the Greens earlier this summer in a provincial byelection in Fort McMurray, said he was asked during that campaign if his chances were hurt because his party “wants to shut the oilsands down.”

“That’s not what this policy states and that’s not what, I would argue, the Green Party is striving for. Certainly there are concerns that we have about the oilsands,” he said, adding he’d like to see more solar and wind power added to the province’s energy mix.

“The oilsands are here and they’re going to be here for a long time but what role do we want that industry to play? What direction do we want as a province want to pursue?”

Cheryle Chagnon-Greyeyes, a leadership candidate from Calgary, said she’s encountering more curiosity about her party than hostility, adding many aren’t happy with the federal government’s recent purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline project.

Chagnon-Greyeyes said she, too, is in favour of studying green-energy options, but stressed Alberta also needs to keep its bitumen processing jobs in Alberta.

“I drive a car … I know we need oil at this point in time,” said Chagnon-Greyeyes. “I’m saying it can be done in a better way, a smarter way, a more environmentally conscious way that respects Indigenous communities.”

The Green Party has never won a seat provincially or federally in Alberta.

As part of the leadership campaign, the party recently asked the candidates where they stood on the moratorium and pipeline policy.

Neither candidate in their responses referred to the oil reserves in northern Alberta as “tarsands,” the term that’s used in the policy and favoured by some environmentalists.

Both Deheer and Chagnon-Greyeyes said that instead of pipelines, they favour a transport system where heavy crude oil is transformed into pill-sized pellets.

The technique, according to advocates, creates self-sealing balls of bitumen of various sizes that can then be moved in coal rail cars or transport trucks with less risk of environmentally harmful spills, thus reducing the need for new pipelines.

“It makes pipelines obsolete. We can make do with what we’ve got now as far as pipelines go. But why aren’t we bringing those jobs here in the province and producing oil right here?” Chagnon-Greyeyes said.

Party members will vote for the new leader at the Green Party of Alberta annual general meeting on Saturday.


Avino Announces Proposed Public Offering

Sep 20, 2018

Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. (ASM:TSX/NYSE American; FSE:GV6, “Avino” or “the Company”) today announced that it has commenced a public offering of common shares and warrants to purchase common shares.

H.C. Wainwright & Co. is acting as the sole book-running manager for the offering.

The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the offering primarily for advancing the development of the Avino mine and its operations and production, and to a lesser extent for the exploration and development of the Bralorne Mine Property, and for general working capital.

The shares and warrants are being offered pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement on Form F-3 (File No. 333-226963), that was previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and declared effective on September 5, 2018. The securities may be offered only by means of a prospectus. A preliminary prospectus supplement relating to and describing the terms of the offering will be filed with the SEC and will be available on the SEC’s website at and may also be obtained from H.C. Wainwright & Co., LLC, 430 Park Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10022, by calling (646) 975-6996 or emailing   The offering is subject to the acceptance of the Toronto Stock Exchange.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor may there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

About Avino:

Avino is a silver and gold producer with a diversified pipeline of gold, silver and base metals properties in Mexico and Canada employing close to 600 people. Avino produces from its wholly owned Avino and San Gonzalo Mines near Durango, Mexico, and is currently planning for future production at the Bralorne Gold Mine in British Columbia, Canada. The Company’s gold and silver production remains unhedged. The Company’s mission and strategy is to create shareholder value through its focus on profitable organic growth at the historic Avino Property near Durango, Mexico, and the strategic acquisition of mineral exploration and mining properties. We are committed to managing all business activities in an environmentally responsible and cost-effective manner, while contributing to the well-being of the communities in which we operate.

On Behalf of the Board

“David Wolfin”

David Wolfin
President & CEO
Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd.


Feds to comb social media for Canadians’ pot related attitudes, behaviour – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Sep 21, 2018

By Andy Blatchford


OTTAWA _ The federal government is looking to scour social-media platforms to find out what Canadians really think about pot as the country enters its new era of legalized weed.

With only a few weeks to go before the end of recreational marijuana prohibition, Ottawa is seeking an outside contractor to help the government learn more about Canadians’ attitudes and behaviours when it comes to legalized cannabis.

Federal officials want to go deeper than the data they have gleaned from public opinion surveys.

The Liberals vowed to legalize recreational cannabis in their 2015 election platform as a way to take black-market profits away from criminals, including organized crime.

But weed’s legalization on Oct. 17 will thrust the country into
unknown territory on many levels _ from policing, to health, to
public awareness. The government is still in an
information-gathering mode.

A new government tendering notice posted this week describes a project that will collect marijuana-related information on Canadians _ from how often and where people light up, to what the type of buds users prefer, to criminal activities.

For example, the government hopes the effort will help it design communications strategies to address specific public safety risks, such as driving while high.

“Overall, this research intends to inform policies surrounding public safety issues that accompany cannabis legalization,” reads the notice, which was posted Wednesday.

“Exploring public perceptions of cannabis use and related behaviours is key to developing a better understanding of how best to communicate to the general public about the risk of use and engaging in certain behaviours.”

The winning bidder will use algorithms to sift through and extract data from social-media sources, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

In the process, the government also wants the contractor to capture and explore corresponding individual-level data, including details on the age, sex and location _ such as the province or territory _ of the social-media users.

The document, posted by Public Safety Canada, calls the approach a form of sentiment analysis _ or “opinion mining.”

“Social media data is arguably more unconstrained and rich in detail than self-report survey data,” the notice said.

“When complemented by self-report survey data, social media data can provide policy-makers with a more complete picture of how the public perceives cannabis use and related behaviours in the current pre-legalization context.”

It also noted that self-report surveys can generate a wealth of information about citizens’ attitudes and behaviours related to marijuana. However, it pointed out that these surveys are susceptible to a number of biases _ such as the closed-ended nature of questions _ that can affect the quality of the data.

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