Statement from Irwin Elman on the repeal of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth Act, 2007

November 15, 2018, Toronto (Ontario) – Today, the Progressive Conservative government announced that they will be repealing the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth Act, 2007 and will be closing our office. This means that the largest province in Canada has now become one of the only provinces without an independent child advocate.

I wanted you to learn of my perspective firsthand. Firstly, I find it shocking that I learned through the media this morning of this government’s plan to repeal the legislation that governs the work of the Ontario Child Advocate. I received no official notice or briefing.

Our Office is independent of government and has had a very specific legislative mandate to advocate and investigate on behalf of the most vulnerable and marginalized children and youth in the Province, including those who are:

  • receiving child welfare services
  • in youth justice settings
  • First Nations, Inuit and Métis children and youth
  • living with disabilities
  • receiving mental health services
  • attending Ontario’s Provincial and Demonstration Schools

The law that this government intends to repeal clearly states that children and youth have the legislated right to contact our independent Office privately, and to receive assistance from our Office if they have concerns about the care that they are receiving from the government. Our independence from government has been critical, and the detailed systemic reviews and investigations that we have conducted have repeatedly shone a light on systemic gaps and failures in the system that have put vulnerable children and youth at significant risk.

Due to their age and dependency status, it is impossible for children and youth to champion their own interests, especially when they are in the care of the state or receiving 24/7 services from the government. When children and youth do not have the ongoing protection of their parents, additional safeguards are absolutely essential. Our Office has ensured that these children are not “out of sight, out of mind.” Our Office has made sure that they are seen, that their voices are heard, that their fundamental rights are respected, and that their opinions are taken into account in decisions big and small that are made about their lives.

Instead, the government has proposed that the Ministry monitor itself and advocate for the thousands of children in its care. This is dangerous.

This government must pause, consult and reconsider its plan.

About the Ontario Child Advocate
The Ontario Child Advocate (“Advocate’s Office”) works to ensure young people know their rights, their opinions are taken into account in matters that concern them and their voices are heard.

Reporting directly to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, the Advocate’s Office provides an independent voice for children and youth, including children and youth with disabilities and Indigenous children and youth. Advocates receive and respond to concerns from children, youth and families who are seeking or receiving services under the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017, and the Education Act (Provincial and Demonstration Schools). The Advocate’s Office derives authority from the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth Act, 2007.

The Office can also conduct individual and systemic investigations about matters concerning a child or a group of children under the care of a children’s aid society (CAS) or a residential licensee where the CAS is the placing agency and make recommendations to improve services.

The Office is guided by the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and has a strong commitment to youth involvement. For more information, please visit us at


3 young Nova Scotians to share thoughts on reconciliation in new textbook – CBC

‘Just to hear the words that they shared … was really beautiful,” says teacher Jacob Gale

Nov 16, 2018

Three young students from Nova Scotia have been selected to share their thoughts on reconciliation in a new social studies book that could be taught in classrooms across the country.

Emelie Lutwick, Hayden Sheppard and Breanna Boutilier were among some 70 students at Enfield District School last year who worked with three teachers, including Grade 5 teacher Jacob Gale, on an initiative to learn about reconciliation and Indigenous history in Canada.

Gale, who grew up on the Eskasoni First Nation, shared stories from Mi’kmaw elders and survivors about their experiences in residential schools and the legacy of the abuse many suffered.

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National Energy Board approves the Manitoba Hydro – Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project

November 15, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta – National Energy Board

The National Energy Board (the Board) has issued its decision approving the Manitoba Hydro – Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project (Project) subject to 28 conditions, and the approval of the Governor in Council.

Manitoba Hydro applied for authorization under the NEB Act to construct and operate a 500 kV international power line extending 213 km from the Winnipeg area to the U.S. border in southeastern Manitoba including upgrades to three existing electrical stations in southern Manitoba. Approximately 92 km of the proposed route is located within existing transmission line corridors. The remaining 121 km requires a new right-of-way.

The purpose of the project is to increase export and import capability between Manitoba and the U.S. This is expected to generate incremental revenues for the province and enhance reliability.

The Board approval follows a public hearing process that included a comprehensive scientific and technical examination of the evidence brought before the hearing panel. The Board imposed 28 conditions for the Project that relate to consultation with Indigenous peoples, the environment, engineering standards, safety, and emergency response.

In its assessment of Manitoba Hydro’s Application for the Project, the Board considered whether the Project is in the overall C anadian public interest. The Board assesses the overall public good a project may create and its potential negative aspects, weights its various impacts, and makes its decision. The Board relies on the facts that are established to its satisfaction through the hearing process for the assessment of a project, and conducts its proceeding consistent with the principles of natural justice.

Quick Facts

  • The Participant Funding Program (PFP) received and approved 16 applications requesting $1,197,967. Indigenous groups account for 72% of the funding awarded.
  • The Board heard Oral Traditional Evidence in Winnipeg, MB, during the week of June 3, 2018. The Board held the oral cross-examination and oral argument in Winnipeg during the week of June 18, 2018. Overall, the Board heard from the Applicant, 17 intervenors and two Letter of Comment writers.
  • The route for this project is 213 km. Approximately 92 km of the proposed route is located within existing transmission line corridors. The utilization of Manitoba Hydro’s existing corridors was encouraged by the public and factored heavily in the transmission line routing process.
  • The remaining 121 km requires a new right-of-way (ROW). Of this new ROW, approximately 30 per cent is owned by the provincial Crown and 70 per cent is privately owned.
  • The Board takes a lifecycle approach to regulation, meaning holding companies accountable so that Canadians and the environment are protected throughout the lifecycle of each project. In this case, day-to-day regulation of this Project reverts to the Province of Manitoba once the certificate is granted. The Board works with and expects overlap in oversight with the Province
  • There are 84 international power lines between Canada and the United States. In 2015, these power lines transmitted $3.4 billion dollars in electricity.

Associated Links

The National Energy Board is an independent federal regulator of several parts of Canada’s energy industry. Its purpose is to regulate pipelines, energy development and trade in the Canadian public interest. For more information on the NEB and its mandate, please visit the National Energy Board website.

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Supervised consumption site for youth among ideas in new report on youth addiction –

November 15, 2018

The need for harm reduction is key to helping save young lives.

That’s a key conclusion of a new report released by the province’s Representative for Children and Youth (RCY) focusing on substance use.

The report, titled “Time to Listen: Youth Voices on Substance Use,” drew on information collected by 100 youth experienced with substance abuse.

RCY Jennifer Charlesworth also looked at substance-related critical injury reports made to her office.

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Media advisory: Canada, Ontario and Williams Treaties First Nations mark key reconciliation milestone

Rama, Ontario – Please be advised the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, the Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of Indigenous Affairs for Ontario, along with Chiefs and community members of the seven Williams Treaties First Nations will participate in a special ceremony to commemorate the signing of the Williams Treaties Settlement Agreement. The ceremony will also include apologies to the Williams Treaties First Nations from Canada and Ontario.

Date: November 17, 2018

Time: 10 a.m. (EDT)

Where: Gymnasium
MASK Arena (Mnjikaning Arena Sports Ki)
6147 Rama Road
Rama, Ontario

Please note that the event will also be available via livestream :


For more information:

Matthew Dillon-Leitch
Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett

CIRNAC Media Relations

Sydney Stonier
Office of the Honourable Greg Rickford
Minister of Indigenous Affairs for Ontario

Flavia Mussio
Ministry of Indigenous Affairs for Ontario
Issues Management & Media Relations

Chief Kelly LaRocca
Portfolio Chief
Williams Treaties First Nations


BR Trudeau APEC – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Nov 16, 2018

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will get a chance this weekend to smooth relations with some of Canada’s key trading partners in the Pacific Rim.

Trudeau is in Papua New Guinea for an APEC leaders’ summit that starts tomorrow.

The prime minister will meet his counterparts from Australia and Japan, and also see leaders from 21 countries at the gathering in Port Moresby.

Observers say those countries and other members of an 11-nation Pacific Rim trade pact are still upset that Trudeau skipped a key meeting last year that was expected to produce a final text.

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, or C-P-T-P-P, came out of the meeting, but some say there are still hard feelings about last year’s incident.

In the end, Canada was one of the first countries to ratify the deal, which gives domestic businesses first crack at gaining a foothold in overseas markets.

At a news conference today, Trudeau said he planned to talk about expanding trade in the region during the summit.

(The Canadian Press)


Resolute Appoints Remi Lalonde as Chief Financial Officer

MONTRÉAL, Nov. 16, 2018 – Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) today announced the appointment of Remi Lalonde as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Lalonde succeeds Jo-Ann Longworth, who will be retiring after a distinguished career, including the past seven years as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Resolute.

Mr. Lalonde had been serving as Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development, since May 2018. Previously, he was General Manager of Resolute’s pulp and paper mill in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Before taking a leadership role in operations, Mr. Lalonde was Treasurer and Vice President, Investor Relations. He initially joined the company as Senior Counsel, Securities, following six years at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York. Mr. Lalonde holds bachelor’s degrees in both law and civil engineering from the University of Ottawa.

“Remi has distinguished himself as a leader and built a strong record of achievement since joining Resolute almost a decade ago. He has broad-based knowledge of the company and depth of financial acumen,” stated Yves Laflamme, President and Chief Executive Officer. “The promotion of Remi to this critically important role reflects well on the development of internal talent here at Resolute. As part of our Executive Team, Remi’s diversity of experience, rigorous approach and commitment to excellence will support the company’s ongoing transformation.”

“On behalf of the Board of Directors and employees of Resolute, I would like to thank Jo-Ann for her years of service and valued counsel. She has played an important role in building a stronger, more profitable and sustainable Resolute,” added Laflamme.

Ms. Longworth will serve as a special advisor to Mr. Lalonde until January 31, 2019.

About Resolute Forest Products

Resolute Forest Products is a global leader in the forest products industry with a diverse range of products, including market pulp, tissue, wood products, newsprint and specialty papers, which are marketed in close to 70 countries. The company owns or operates some 40 manufacturing facilities, as well as power generation assets, in the United States and Canada. Resolute has third-party certified 100% of its managed woodlands to internationally recognized sustainable forest management standards. The shares of Resolute Forest Products trade under the stock symbol RFP on both the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Resolute has received regional, North American and global recognition for its leadership in corporate social responsibility and sustainable development, as well as for its business practices. Visit for more information.

For further information: Investors, Silvana Travaglini, Treasurer and Vice President, Investor Relations, 514 394-2217,; Media and Others, Seth Kursman, Vice President, Corporate, Communications, Sustainability and Government Affairs, 514 394-2398,


Most survey respondents support changes to Saskatchewan trespassing legislation – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Nov 15, 2018

REGINA _ The Saskatchewan government says it will introduce changes to trespassing laws this fall after a survey showed support for updated legislation.

The results, released by the province Thursday, showed 65 per cent of respondents said people should ask landowners for permission before they go onto private land.

Officials said they received 1,601 responses by mail, email and through an online questionnaire from Aug. 9 through Oct. 2.

The survey was meant to gauge Saskatchewan residents on potential changes to trespassing laws.

“Most people will be aware there is an onus on the landowner in rural property to sign the property if you don’t want hunters or people coming on your property,” Justice Minister Don Morgan said.

“The survey strongly supported reversing that onus so they would no longer have to do that.”

Saskatchewan’s Trespass to Property Act already states it is an offence to enter posted or enclosed lands without the consent of the landowner, to enter land after being asked not to do so, to engage in prohibited activities without consent of the owner and to fail to leave when asked. The maximum fine is $2,000.

Other laws, such as the Wildlife Act, All-Terrain Vehicles Act and Snowmobile Act, also regulate access to private land by hunters, ATV users and snowmobilers.

The province said different rules might be confusing to some groups so new legislation will update those laws and make them consistent with other provinces, particularly Alberta.

Morgan said the government will continue to meet with hunting groups, agricultural producers and Indigenous leaders who have all raised concerns about the changes.

He said the survey showed that responsible hunters and snowmobilers already seek permission to go onto someone’s property. Any change would only affect the small number who do not consider landowners’ concerns, he said.

Morgan said some agricultural groups are worried about the transport of crop or livestock diseases by people in vehicles or on foot.

The province suggested rural crime has also undermined landowner support for public access.

At the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities convention in Saskatoon on Thursday, an RCMP officer who works with rural municipalities said addressing crime remains a big challenge for police and residents.

Cpl. Mel Zurevinsky said landowners should consider the consequences before confronting thieves on their properties

“Is your safety, taking the law into your own hands, worth a quad, worth a truck?” he asked. “Sometimes leaving things be makes the most sense.”

Some Indigenous leaders have said changes to trespassing laws aren’t likely to stop crime but could increase racial tension.

Earlier this year, a jury found Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley not guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Colten Boushie. Boushie was killed after he was shot in the head on Stanley’s farm near Biggar in August 2016.

Boushie was a passenger in an SUV with several other young people who had driven onto Stanley’s property. Stanley testified at his trial that the gun accidentally went off after he had fired some shots to scare them away.

“I would hope that we work out some better protocols or some better understanding so that when people come on the land, a homeowner doesn’t feel threatened and, if you do have a breakdown or you need help, you are able to go and ask for help,” Morgan said.

He said he’s trying to set up a meeting with Bobby Cameron, chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations.

“We don’t want to do anything that challenges or diminishes First Nations or treaty rights. Those are all things that should be important to everybody in the province.”

_ By Colette Derworiz in Edmonton. With files from CJWW in Saskatoon.


Media advisory: Minister of Finance to Deliver Fall Economic Statement

Minister of Finance Bill Morneau will table the Fall Economic Statement (FES) in the House of Commons on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.

The Department of Finance will be holding a media lock-up prior to the tabling of the FES. The lock-up will end when a designated Department of Finance official in the lock-up announces that the embargo is lifted, at approximately 4:00 p.m.

Entry to the media lock-up is restricted to journalists accredited through the Parliamentary Press Gallery. To register and for more information on accreditation, please contact Pierre Cuguen at the Press Gallery Secretariat, at 613-992-4511 or


Wednesday, November 21, 2018


Room 430
Wellington Building
180 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario

Times (all times local)

Recommended arrival: 12:00 p.m.
Embargoed reading begins: 12:30 p.m.
Media representatives must vacate Room 430 by 5:00 p.m.

Embargo Procedures

Media representatives should present themselves at the entrance of Room 430 at 180 Wellington for the embargoed reading and background briefing, starting around 12:00 p.m.

Media will be asked to sign an undertaking to respect the embargo prior to being allowed entry into the briefing room. They will be asked to hand in their mobile phones, BlackBerrys and other communication devices and will not be allowed to leave, or communicate with anyone outside the lock-up, at any time prior to the announcement of the lifting of the embargo inside the lock-up.

Wi-Fi will be available in the lock-up once the embargo is lifted at around 4:00 p.m., after the Minister rises in the House of Commons and tables the FES.

Department of Finance officials will be available in the lock-up to answer questions on a deep background, not-for-attribution basis only (no quotes or references to government officials, as outlined in the undertaking).

The embargo will be in place until the designated Department of Finance official announces it is lifted in the lock-up, after the Minister rises in the House of Commons and tables the FES.

Media representatives must vacate Room 430 by 5:00 p.m.


Media may contact:

Pierre-Olivier Herbert
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Finance

Media Relations
Department of Finance Canada


N.S. paper mill seeks public help, as actor Ellen Page sends critical tweets – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Nov 16, 2018

PICTOU, N.S. _ A Nova Scotia pulp mill is asking for public support for more time to build an effluent pipeline to the ocean, even as one of province’s best-known Hollywood actors retweets comments critical of the plant.

Kathy Clouthier, a spokeswoman for parent company Paper Excellence, says the Northern Pulp mill is hoping people and groups in the province’s forestry industry will issue public declarations in support of an extension for the effluent pipe project.

She said people who work in forestry realize the major impact if the 330-employee mill can’t operate because it can’t discharge its treated waste into the Northumberland Strait.

Her appeal came as the province’s environment minister, Iain Rankin, made crystal clear his government won’t change the Jan. 30, 2020, deadline as five-year old legislation requires the shutdown of the Boat Harbour treatment lagoon at the Pictou Landing First Nation.

Meanwhile, Ellen Page, an actor who played roles in “Inception,” “Juno,” “X-Men” and numerous other films, tweeted this week in support of Joan Baxter’s book “The Mill: Fifty Years of Pulp and Protest.”

The book documents the factory’s environmental record and provincial decisions that led to the pollution of the lagoon near the Mi’kmaq First Nation over the past five decades, with Page referring to Baxter’s work as a “must read” in capital letters.

“Did it make me sad and angry? Yes. Did it also inspire me greatly? Yes,” she tweeted.


Prep Business Report – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Nov 16, 2018

Health care, technology and the key materials and industrials sectors closed higher Thursday, helping to boost North American stock markets.

The S&P/TSX composite index gained 11.76 points to 15,144.88.

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average jumped 208.77 points to 25,289.27.

The S&P 500 index saw an increase of 28.62 points at 2,730.20, while the Nasdaq composite climbed 122.64 points to 7,259.03.

Tokyo’s Nikkei index dropped 123.28 points to 21,680.34.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index increased by 80.19 points to 26, 183.53.

And our dollar is trading overseas this morning at 75.97 cents U-S, up 22-100ths of a U-S cent from yesterday’s close of 75.75 . (The Canadian Press)

(World Markets)

Shares were mixed in Asia on revived concerns over the prospects for a breakthrough in trade tensions between the U-S and China.

Shares in Southeast Asia were mostly higher.

South Korea’s Kospi was up 0.21 per cent to 2,092.40.

The Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.41 per cent to 2,679.11.

Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 dipped 0.1 per cent to 5,730.60. (The Associated Press)


The Ontario government says a cannabis retail licence will not be issued to a corporation if more than 9.9 per cent of it is owned or controlled by one or more licensed marijuana producers or their affiliates.

The province’s new pot retail regulations also stipulate that this restriction applies whether the pot producer’s ownership of the corporation is direct or indirect.

The detailed rules released Thursday shed more light on the province’s private cannabis retail framework and deals a blow to licensed producers, some of which have purchased stakes in retail. (The Canadian Press)


Quebec’s financial market regulator is reviewing Bombardier executive compensation plan, calling on the transportation giant to suspend all related trades just hours after Quebec’s premier expressed lukewarm hopes about the future of the beleaguered company’s commercial aerospace operations.

The Autorite des marches financiers is reviewing how the plane-and-train maker implemented its Automatic Stock Disposition Plan, rolled out last August.

The plan allows some senior executives to sell their vested shares as an added incentive in performance-based compensation — as long as the trades are made by independent securities brokers and in line with “pre-arranged instructions” and parameters. (The Associated Press)


The American branch of the world’s largest meat producer will pay four-million dollars in back wages and other monetary relief as part of a consent decree settling allegations by federal labour officials.

The U-S Department of Labor claimed in two actions that J-B-S U-S-A discriminated based on race and gender against applicants for labourer positions at its facilities in Hyrum, Utah, and Cactus, Texas.

The company has agreed to pay 12,625 class members at those facilities and hire 1,664 of the applicants, as well as retain an independent workplace consultant to review and revise its hiring process. (The Associated Press)


Australia is referring India to the World Trade Organization over subsidies it pays its sugar cane farmers, which Australia says creates a surplus that’s affecting its own farmers.

Trade Minister Simon Birmingham says Australia made the W-T-O referral after previously raising concerns with India over what Canberra says are more than 725-million-dollars in subsidies paid to Indian farmers.

Birmingham says while the case may take a long time to be resolved, he hopes it will prompt India to changes its mind on the subsidies.

Initial discussions on Australia’s case would take place at the W-T-O’s Committee on Agriculture meeting later this month. (The Associated Press)

(The Canadian Press)


Teck Announces $0.15 Dividend and $400 Million Share Buyback

November 14, 2018

Vancouver, B.C. – Teck Resources Limited (TSX: TECK.A and TECK.B, NYSE: TECK) (“Teck”) announced today that its Board of Directors has approved the distribution of cash to shareholders through both a dividend and share repurchase mandate. Teck will pay an eligible dividend of $0.15 per share on its outstanding Class A common shares and Class B subordinate voting shares on December 31, 2018, to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 14, 2018. This dividend represents the regular quarterly dividend of $0.05 per share contemplated by Teck’s dividend policy and a supplemental dividend of $0.10 per share.

In addition to the $86 million aggregate dividend payment, the Board has directed management to apply $400 million to the repurchase of Class B subordinate voting shares under Teck’s previously announced normal course issuer bid program, including the $73.5 million of purchases made since that program received regulatory approval in October. Taking into account the $0.15 per share of base dividends already paid in 2018, this represents $573 million in aggregate of dividends and share repurchases.

“Share repurchases under our normal course issuer bid are an appropriate use of capital at this time given the value inherent in our shares and the positive outlook for our business,” said Don Lindsay, President and CEO, Teck. “The process to bring a partner into our Quebrada Blanca Phase 2 copper development project is proceeding very well, and we expect that a transaction could be announced in December and closed in the first half of 2019.”

Teck’s normal course issuer bid program authorizes Teck to purchase up to 40 million Class B subordinate voting shares through the period ending October 9, 2019. Teck intends to purchase shares opportunistically over this period. The company will determine the timing of any purchases, and may repurchase fewer or a greater number of shares, subject to the requirements of the issuer bid program.

About Teck

Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, steelmaking coal, zinc and energy. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, its shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols TECK.A and TECK.B and the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TECK. Learn more about Teck at

Media Contact:
Chris Stannell
Senior Communications Specialist

Investor Contact:
Fraser Phillips
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations and Strategic Analysis


Supporters of Ontario’s child advocate react with ‘sadness,’ ‘frustration,’ to news office will be axed – CBC

Involvement with the office was ‘life-changing,’ says young Indigenous advocate

Nov 16, 2018

The announcement that the province’s child and youth advocates office is on the chopping block is prompting some strong reaction from people who say it was doing important work in northwestern Ontario.

During its fall economic update, which was released Thursday, the government announced its plan to cut the office, which advocates for vulnerable children, including children in care and Indigenous children.

For Tesa Fiddler, an educator who works with many Indigenous children in Thunder Bay, the news came as a blow.

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Members of northwest B.C. First Nation to finally return home after wildfire – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Nov 15, 2018

TELEGRAPH CREEK, B.C. _ Members of a tiny First Nation in northwest British Columbia are finally returning home after fleeing destructive wildfires last summer.

The emergency operations director for the Tahltan First Nation says when residents go home to Telegraph Creek they will find a changed community.

Feddie Louie says the evacuation order from the enormous Alkali Lake fire imposed in early August will be lifted as of 6 p.m. on Thursday.

She says $12 million has been spent making the community livable again after the 1,180-square-kilometre blaze destroyed 21 homes.

Louie says there is still much cleaning to do, a lot of smoke damage and some homes that were replaced aren’t ready yet for occupation.

She says eight modular units have been brought in as part of a new subdivision, and the rest of the homes will be completed by Dec. 20.

“The community was burned through. It wasn’t burned around, it was burned through. We lost 21 homes in that community and the homes that weren’t burned were heavily smoke-damaged,” she says.

“No one’s going home to anything that was the same before the fire.”



Statement by the Prime Minister on Louis Riel Day

November 16, 2018

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Louis Riel Day:

“Today, we commemorate the life of Louis Riel, a dedicated Métis leader, politician, and the founder of the province of Manitoba.

“A champion for minority rights and the Métis Nation, Louis Riel played a key role in Canadian Confederation. He was a visionary who dreamed of a diverse and inclusive Canada. On Louis Riel Day, we reflect on his contributions to building the country we are all proud to call home.

“This summer, I had the pleasure of meeting with the Métis Nation leaders at the annual Crown-Métis Nation Summit. The Summit supports the Canada-Métis Nation Accord and helps advance Canada’s commitment to work with the Métis Nation and drive progress toward their vision of self-determination.

“As we continue to strengthen our relationship and build on our efforts of reconciliation, I encourage Canadians to reflect on the important contributions of the Métis people. We recognize the vital role they have played – and continue to play – in building Canada.”


Firearms licence screening backlogs pose safety risks: RCMP audit – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Nov 16, 2018

By Jim Bronskill


OTTAWA _ Investigations into whether gun licences should be revoked due to violent incidents or mental illness have faced “significant delays” that could endanger public safety, says an internal RCMP review.

A lack of timely access to certain police and medical information has contributed to processing backlogs for firearms officers reviewing licence eligibility, warns the newly released audit report.

“Information which needs to be requested from third parties may experience delays, thereby delaying the conduct of eligibility investigations,” says the report. “This increases the potential risk to public safety.”

The audit results come as the Liberal government studies options _ including a possible ban on handguns and assault weapons _ to deal with growing firearm-related violence.

The RCMP is responsible for the Canadian Firearms Program, which works with provinces and territories through the offices of chief firearms officers to manage firearms licensing.

The audit examined activities in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Labrador, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut, whose chief firearms officers are RCMP employees.

Under federal law, firearms officers can refuse an application for a licence or revoke one based on a person’s potential risk to public safety. In 2016, 771 licence applications were refused and 2,223 licences revoked for various public safety reasons under a “continuous eligibility” screening process.

Officials look at whether a person has been convicted of certain Criminal Code offences, has undergone treatment for mental illness, has a history of violent behaviour or faces a prohibition order against owning a firearm.

Overall, the audit found the efforts to keep guns out of the wrong hands were compliant with legislation and policies. But it also noted room for improvement in getting crucial information more promptly, prioritizing work and improving training.

The audit found that despite efforts to prioritize file processing, there were sizable backlogs in evaluating new applications of concern as well as reviews of existing licences prompted by violent incidents.

“These backlogs have created delays in addressing eligibility issues, with the greater risk being unaddressed eligibility concerns related to current licence holders who have access to firearms.”

In the office responsible for B.C. and Yukon, as of July 2017 there was a backlog of 2,930 applications with eligibility flags that had yet to be worked on. There were also 2,092 files of existing licensees awaiting review due to incidents involving violence or mental health.

In the office for Alberta and Northwest Territories, as of June 2017, there was a backlog of 1,713 licence applications with eligibility concerns and another 3,188 cases needing review because of incidents.

The auditors looked in detail at 66 files opened under the continuous eligibility process, arising from incidents of concern involving gun licence holders.

In general, the firearms program was notified of an event involving violence or mental health within an average of two days, and the program in turn adivsed firearms offices of the occurrences in a timely fashion.

However, there were “significant delays in both inititiating investigations and in the duration of eligibility investigations themselves.”

For the 27 files in the sample that were still under review, an average of 331 days had passed since the incident in question.

The RCMP had no immediate comment on the audit findings. But a management response included in the report says the firearms program agrees with the findings and recommendations of the auditors.

The program is taking various steps to increase its access to information and better manage workloads.

A federal bill currently before the Senate would expand the scope of background checks on those who want to acquire a gun. Instead of just the five years immediately preceding a licence application, personal history questions would cover a person’s entire lifetime.

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Canada to reassess nearly 58,000 applicants for Founding Membership in the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation and commits to exploratory discussions on membership for veterans, military members, RCMP and FNI members

November 15, 2018 — Ottawa, ON — Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Canada remains committed to renewing the nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples based on recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.

Today, Gudie Hutchings, Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains and Yvonne Jones, Member of Parliament for Labrador, on behalf of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, along with Brendan Mitchell, President of the Federation of Newfoundland Indians (FNI) announced the next steps in the implementation of the Wells/Wells decision.

Canada and the FNI will be moving forward with reassessing approximately 58,000 individuals who were denied Founding Membership in the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation. In addition, parties have committed to enter into exploratory discussions to address outstanding concerns regarding members of the Canadian Armed Forces, veterans, RCMP and FNI members or members of other Mi’kmaq organizations who were named in the 2008 agreement and denied Founding Membership. Individuals affected by the exploratory discussions will be contacted once further information becomes available.

The review of the Enrolment Process is a result of the May 8, 2018 Federal Court decision on the David Wells and Sandra Wells case, which deemed the requirement for proof of self-identification to the Mi’kmaq community pre-dating 2008 to be unreasonable and unenforceable. Therefore, these individuals will have the right to request reassessment of their application and to submit additional documentation for the self-identification criterion.

Individuals affected by the Wells decision will be contacted by mail in January 2019 with information on how to submit additional documents to have their application reassessed. Those who wish to have their applications reviewed will be asked to submit the form and documents with a postmark no later than 100 days after receipt of their letter.

Quick Facts on the Wells Decision

  • On May 8, 2018, Federal Court released its decision in the David Wells and Sandra Wells case, stipulating that it was unreasonable to require applicants to provide proof of self-identification to the Mi’kmaq community pre-dating the 2008 Agreement for the Recognition of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq Band.
  • This decision means that the approximate 58,000 individuals whose application for Founding Membership to the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation was denied based on the self-identification criterion of the Enrolment Process, now have the right to request reassessment of their application and to submit additional documentation.
  • In January 2019 (TBD), the Government of Canada and Federation of Newfoundland Indians will notify the 58,000 applicants eligible for re-assessment as a result of the Wells decision on next steps for the reassessment of their application.
  • Those affected should ensure their mailing address is up to date by contacting the Qalipu toll-free telephone line (1-800-561-2266). Individuals whose mailing address has not changed since their initial application are not required to provide updated information.
  • Additional information on the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Enrolment Process and the process through which the Wells decision will be implemented can be found online.

Quick Facts on the Exploratory Discussions

  • In the signature of the 2008 and 2013 Agreements and the Indemnity Agreement, the Government of Canada, the Federation of Newfoundland Indians, and the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation all agreed to the eligibility criteria individuals were required to meet in order to register under the Band.
  • In accordance with the 2008 and 2013 Agreements, and with the Enrolment and Appeals Processes, no exemptions or exceptions were granted to Veterans or members of other distinctive groups. However, Canada has heard the concerns regarding Canadian Armed Forces, RCMP, veterans, as well as members of FNI, who believe their applications were unfairly denied and will be entering into discussions with the FNI on this matter.
  • The Government of Canada recognizes and deeply values the meaningful contributions of Indigenous Veterans, RCMP, Canadian Armed Forces and other members of the military, to the development of our nation, and honours the sacrifices they have made in the defense of freedom and the pursuit of world peace.


“The creation of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation is an important step towards reconciliation and the recognition of Newfoundland’s Mi’kmaq People. Canada and the Federation of Newfoundland Indians will continue to work in close collaboration throughout the implementation of the Federal Court’s decision, in the spirit of upholding the integrity of founding membership.”

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

“I encourage all those who are eligible to submit additional documentation regarding the self-id criteria to do so.  Letters will be mailed to impacted individuals in the near future so I encourage you to ensure that your mailing address is up-to-date.  If you’ve moved or changed address, please contact 1-800-561-2266.  Let’s all look out for one another by sharing this news among our communities.”

Brendan Mitchell
President of the Federation of Newfoundland Indians

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For more information, media may contact:

James Fitz-Morris
Director of Communications and Issues Management
Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

Media Relations
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada


ITK’s Position Paper On The Arctic Policy Framework

This position paper shares Inuit priorities and expectations for the content and structure of Canada’s forthcoming Arctic Policy Framework (APF). In December 2016, the Government of Canada announced that it would co-develop a new Arctic Policy Framework with Indigenous, territorial, and provincial partners, replacing Canada’s 2009 Northern Strategy and the 2010 Statement on Canada’s Arctic Foreign Policy. Inuit Nunangat, our homeland, spans the entirety of the Arctic territory in Canada. ITK welcomes the APF as an exercise in nation building, and whose future investments and acitivty in our homeland should be determined in partnership with Inuit.


CMA slams move to allow employers to require doctor’s note for minor illnesses – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Nov 16, 2018 

By Adam Burns


TORONTO _ A national doctors’ group is raising concerns about the Ontario government’s move to allow employers to require workers to provide a doctor’s note to explain even minor illnesses, such as the common cold.

Canadian Medical Association president Dr. Gigi Osler says the measure _ included in the government’s Bill 47 _ could cause public health issues, as it will lead to sick people going to the doctor’s office or to work, rather than staying home.

The CMA has released the results of an online survey it commissioned to gauge opinion on the issue.

It says the poll, conducted by Ipsos, suggests a majority of working Canadians oppose allowing employers to require sick notes for minor illnesses.

The survey also finds that eight in 10 Ontarians who responded said they would likely come in to work when ill if their employer required a sick note.

Ipsos says the online survey reached 1,134 employed Canadians over the age of 18, and the results are accurate within 3.3 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

“Requiring sick notes can introduce unnecessary public health risks; patients who would have otherwise stayed home may spread viruses or infection while out to get a sick note,” Osler said in a statement issued by the CMA on Friday morning.

She said the legislation also places an unfair burden on the public _ and on doctors.

“For physicians, writing a sick note is added administrative work _ time that should be spent providing direct care to patients,” Osler said in the statement.

The previous Liberal government amended the provincial Employment Standards Act to prohibit employers from requiring a doctor’s note for “personal emergency leave,” which includes personal illness or injury.

The Progressive Conservatives’ Making Ontario Open for Business Act would, among other actions, repeal that provision, allowing employers “to require evidence of entitlement to the leave that is reasonable in the circumstances.”

The legislation aims to “bring jobs and investment back to our province by lightening the burden on business and making sure that hard work is rewarded,” said a statement from the Ministry of Labour.

Neither the Ministry of Labour nor the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care immediately responded to a request for comment.


The Daily Friday, November 16, 2018

Canada’s international transactions in securities, September 2018

Foreign investment in Canadian securities totalled $7.7 billion in September, mainly acquisitions of money market instruments. At the same time, Canadian investment in foreign securities resumed to reach $10.6 billion, led by purchases of non-US instruments.

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Monthly Survey of Manufacturing, September 2018

Manufacturing sales edged up 0.2% in September to $58.5 billion, following a 0.5% decrease in August. Sales increased in 8 of 21 industries, led by higher sales in the transportation equipment industry.

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Survey on Financing and Growth of Small and Medium Enterprises, 2017

Almost half (47.1%) of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) requested external financing in 2017. External financing includes any request for a non-residential mortgage, business line of credit, term loan, business credit card, lease financing, trade credit financing, equity financing or government financing.

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Kahnawake calls federal consultation plan on Indian registration a ‘threat of assimilation’ – CBC

Mohawk Council issues open letter on right to determine its own membership

Nov 16, 2018

While the federal government is in the early stages of consultation on what to do with Indian registration beyond recent amendments to the Indian Act, one First Nation community is already speaking out against the process.

The Mohawk Council of Kahnawake, a community on the south shore of the St. Lawrence across from Montreal, issued an open letter this week opposing Bill S-3 amendments and consultation around related registration issues.

“The federal government still having a say or input about who our people are, it really doesn’t give us that ability to exercise self-determination,” said Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer, membership portfolio chief at the Mohawk Council.

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Trudeau to meet key Pacific trade partners at APEC leaders’ summit – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Nov 16, 2018

By Jordan Press


PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea _ Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walks into this weekend’s APEC leaders’ summit with a chance to smooth over lingering sore feelings with some of Canada’s key trading partners on the Pacific Rim.

Trudeau will meet his counterparts from Australia and Japan, and have the opportunity to bump into leaders from the 21 countries in the hallways of the busy summit in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

Observers say Japan, Australia and the remainder of an 11-nation Pacific Rim trade pact are still upset over how Trudeau skipped a key meeting last year where the group was expected to agree on a final text.

A deal did arise out of the fracas _ the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, or CPTPP for short _ but observers say Trudeau’s counterparts continue to have hard feelings about last year’s incident.

“I still think the APEC summit will be damage repair from the last summit _ almost pulling out of the (CPTPP) and the Japanese upset with us and the Australians cursing us _ so I think there still needs to be some repairing of the relationship,” said Carlo Dade, an expert on trade in the Pacific region from the Canada West Foundation.

Canada became one of the first six countries to ratify the CPTPP, giving domestic businesses first crack at gaining a foothold in overseas markets. Quickly ratifying the agreement could help mend relationships, Dade said.

Trudeau arrived after dark in this island nation, walking a red carpet at the airport between two lines of traditional dancers before being whisked off to prepare for the opening of the summit on Saturday.

At a news conference Thursday, Trudeau said he planned to talk about expanding trade in the region during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

“There are certainly discussions to be had around the APEC table about how we will continue to strengthen these trade ties,” Trudeau said.

“The APEC summit is specifically an economic summit for partnership with Pacific nations and that’s exactly what we’re going to be focusing on.”

Looming over the summit will be an economic tit-for-tat between the world’s two biggest economies _ the United States and China.

U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence, who is attending the summit in place of President Donald Trump, is expected to force countries to pick sides as China looks to use the summit to extend its influence to smaller Pacific island nations in attendance.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is also expected to have some choice words in response.

Asked about it Thursday, Trudeau would only say that he looked forward to what Pence had to say.

Sen. Yuen Pau Woo, an expert on the Asia-Pacific from before his time in the Senate, said the divide between the two biggest players at APEC poses an existential threat to the trade region APEC was formed to foster. Without the U.S., there is a need for a North American voice to champion trade around the Pacific, Woo said.

“The only country that’s able to take up this leadership role…is Canada and it would be important that the prime minister, I think, assumes some of this responsibility,” Woo said.

“There is no other player in the Americas that, I think, at this stage has either the will or the means to be a champion for the Asia-Pacific region.”

Patrick Leblond, a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, said countries like Japan want to know Canada will be involved in the Asia-Pacific region more than it has been to help counteract China’s growing influence.

“They want to have Canada as a partner in terms of dealing with the pressures that the Chinese and now the Americans are doing in terms of trade,” Leblond said.

The economic battle has an unlikely backdrop in Papua New Guinea, one of the poorest members of APEC. Canada’s annual trade with Papua New Guineau is roughly one per cent of the amount of trade that goes across the Canada-U.S. border every day.

Global Affairs Canada’s travel warnings about Papua New Guineau warn of assaults, sexual assaults and violent crime often with the “use of firearms or machetes,” and suggest visitors “consider hiring private security” because police cannot be relied upon.

The meeting itself has caused a series of negative headlines for the national government over spending millions on a fleet of 40 Maserati cars to ferry around dignitaries.

China and Australia have invested heavily in the region, hoping to gain some influence. Trudeau will have a chance to address island nations Saturday, where he is expected to talk about climate change.

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The Next Step: Indigenous Sport & Wellness Ontario Announces Multi-Year Agreement with City Of Ottawa, Ottawa Tourism and the CBC

The Next Step: Indigenous Sport & Wellness Ontario Announces Multi-Year Agreement with City Of Ottawa, Ottawa Tourism and the CBC


  • Arlene Closter Elder, Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation
  • Councillor Jim Meness Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation
  • Jim Watson Mayor of the City of Ottawa
  • Michael Crockatt President and CEO, Ottawa Tourism
  • Greg Stremlaw Executive Director, CBC Sports, General Manager, Olympics
  • Marc Laliberte President, Indigenous Sport & Wellness Ontario (Formerly the Aboriginal Sport & Wellness Council of Ontario)
  • Lori Marchand Managing Director of the National Arts Centre Indigenous Theatre
  • Kevin Chief and Amber Asp-Chief Hand Drumming Performance

WHAT: Indigenous Sport & Wellness Ontario (formerly the Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario) to officially unveil its new brand while announcing twin five-year historic agreements for Indigenous sport and wellness. A collaboration between the City of Ottawa, Ottawa Tourism and Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation will result in the hosting of several international sport and cultural events in the area, in addition to a multi-platform media partnership with the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC).

National Arts Centre
Fourth Stage
1 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5W1

WHEN: Monday, November 19, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

Contact Information:

Abidah Shirazi

About Indigenous Sport & Wellness Ontario (ISWO)

ISWO (formerly the Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario is primarily funded by the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and is the designated Provincial/Territorial Aboriginal Sporting Body for Ontario. ISWO serves all Indigenous Peoples and communities across the province of Ontario, including First Nations, Inuit and Metis, living on and off-reserve, in rural and urban settings, and 29 Friendship Centres, encompassing more than 300,000 Indigenous Peoples across the province.

The mandate of ISWO is to promote and create opportunities for participation in sport and cultural activities that promote wellness and positive lifestyles for Indigenous peoples across Ontario. ISWO is recognized by the Aboriginal Sport Circle (ASC) and the North American Indigenous Games Council (NAIG Council) and is the designated sport body for the development, selection and management of Team Ontario, for participation in the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC) and North American Indigenous Games (NAIG).

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What would the wind write if it could write poetry?

Credits: CBC Arts

In this collaboration between nature and technology, Indigenous artist Tania Willard creates poetry using wind.

This past summer, the shoreline of an industrial part of Mississauga played home to an exhibition that lasted ten short days. Called The Work of Wind: Air, Land, Sea, it included artists that responded to climate change, the impact of humans on the environment and the strength of nature.

Artist Tania Willard’s installation Liberation of the Chinook Wind called special attention to the power of nature, enlisting windsocks and the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology at the University of Toronto Mississauga. The wind became a poet, actually creating verses generated by the windsocks and the coding by the UofT team.

Why do it? As you’ll see in this video by filmmakers Istoica, Willard explains that the wind has a lot to tell us. Her installation speaks to a history of the water populated by Chinook salmon, claims upon the land and water, and the strong relationship between people and nature. As she says: “If the wind can write poetry, then what is the wind saying to us at other times?”

“Can we listen to the wind going through the leaves of that tree and understand a language, understand a poem, understand a prophecy?”

About: Welcome to CBC Arts, your home for the most surprising, relevant and provocative stories featuring artists from diverse communities across Canada. Our job is to fill your feed with the disruptors and innovators changing how we see the country through movement, images and sound — and to inspire you to join in too.

Media Advisory – Métis Nation of Ontario

TORONTO, Nov. 15, 2018 – On November 16, the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) and Métis communities across Ontario are commemorating Louis Riel, the Métis leader who was executed by the Canadian Government, for leading the Northwest Resistance in defense of Métis rights. The MNO is holding the provincial Louis Riel Day Ceremony at Queen’s Park from 11:00 am -12:15 pm/ Highlights of the ceremony will include:

  • Address by Margaret Froh, President of the Métis Nation of Ontario
  • Greetings from Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations
  • Greetings from Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of Indigenous Affairs
  • Greetings from Kathleen Wynne, Liberal MMP for Don Valley West
  • Greetings from Sol Mamakwa, NDP MMP for Kiiwetinoog
  • Greetings from Rick Nicholls, Deputy Speaker of the Ontario Legislature
  • Greetings from Jordi Playne, Métis youth representative
  • Address by Jean Teillet, a Métis lawyer and descendent of Louis Riel

Note: MNO President Froh will be available for media interviews prior to and following the event.

More information including complete agendas for all activities can be found at:

For further information: Melissa Murray, MNO News Service and Social Media Coordinator, 613-402-7453

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Métis Nation of Ontario – Provincial Louis Riel Day Events


Canada signs Memorandum of Understanding with 11 First Nations and Alberta towards full implementation of Jordan’s Principle

November 15, 2018 — Edmonton, Treaty 6 Territory, Alberta — Indigenous Services Canada

The Government of Canada, Government of Alberta and First Nations partners are working together to ensure that First Nations children in Alberta can access the supports and services they need, when they need them.

Today the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, along with the signatory Chiefs from Maskwacis, Siksika Nation, Bigstone Cree Nation and Kee Tas Kee Now Tribal Council (which are represented by the First Nations Health Consortium) and Danielle Larivee, Minister of Children’s Services for the Government of Alberta, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) committing for the full implementation of Jordan’s Principle in Alberta.

This MOU on Jordan’s Principle is the first of its kind between the federal government, provincial government and First Nations. This allows the Government of Canada, the First Nations Health Consortium and Government of Alberta to address gaps, and share information ensuring that children and families in Alberta are receiving the supports they need – including mental health supports, medical equipment, speech therapy, educational supports, and more.

In 2016, the federal government announced funding to allow Jordan’s Principle to be implemented across Canada. This funding ensures timely access to necessary products, services and supports that address the needs of First Nations children, regardless of whether they live on- or off-reserve. Since 2016, $33 million in funding has been provided for implementation of Jordan’s Principle in Alberta.

The Government of Alberta is committed to reconciliation and working with Indigenous partners to improve services for First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. This MOU fulfils one of 16 immediate actions set out in A Stronger, Safer Tomorrow, Alberta’s four-year public action plan to improve the child intervention system and strengthen supports for Indigenous families.

The Government of Canada is committed to a renewed relationship with Indigenous peoples in the spirit of reconciliation, recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership. The federal government continues to work with all partners in developing a long-term approach to better address the unique health, social and education needs of First Nations children.


“This first-of-its-kind trilateral agreement sits at the heart of what Jordan’s Principle is meant to achieve. This ensures that all orders of Government and First Nation partners are working together to support First Nations children and families in getting the supports and services they need, regardless of where they live, and without jurisdictional disputes. I am honoured to sign this Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of the Government of Canada. I want to thank the First Nations Health Consortium and the Province of Alberta for this step forward in fully implementing Jordan’s Principle in Alberta.”

The Honourable Jane Philpott, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Indigenous Services

“This Memorandum of Understanding agreement is significant because our Alberta First Nations have come together to ensure a First Nations driven program is set in place to meet the needs of First Nations children throughout our province. We continuously work together honouring and advocating for the needs of our First Nation people. We are passionate about our role in improving the lives of our children and families.”

Barry Philips
Acting Executive Director, First Nations Health Consortium

“Every child deserves the same access to services, regardless of where they live in Alberta. Our government is committed to reconciliation and to fully implementing Jordan’s Principle. This agreement is an important step towards ensuring that all First Nations children and families receive the services they need and the supports they deserve.”

The Honourable Danielle Larivee
Minister of Children’s Services,
Government of Alberta

Quick facts

  • Jordan’s Principle is named in memory of Jordan River Anderson. He was a young boy from Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba born with multiple disabilities which required him to stay in a hospital from birth. At 2 years of age, doctors said he could move to a special home for his medical needs; however, the federal and provincial governments could not agree on who should pay for his home-based care. This is because different levels of government fund different services for First Nations children, especially those living on-reserve. As a result Jordan stayed in the hospital until he passed away at the age of 5.
  • Jordan’s Principle makes sure all First Nations children can access the products, services and supports they need, when they need them. It can help with a wide range of health, social and educational needs.
  • Nationally, from July 2016 to September 30, 2018, there have been more than 165,000 requests for products, services and supports approved for First Nations children under Jordan’s Principle, including 8129 requests approved in Alberta for the same timeframe. This includes mental health supports, medical equipment, speech therapy, educational supports, and more.
  • The 11 partner Nations of the First Nations Health Consortium are:
    • Bigstone Cree Nation
    • Loon River First Nation
    • Lubicon Lake Band
    • Peerless Trout First Nation
    • Whitefish Lake #459 First Nation
    • Woodland Cree First Nation
    • Samson Cree Nation
    • Louis Bull Tribe
    • Montana First Nation
    • Ermineskin Cree Nation
    • Siksika Nation
  • For requests for support under Jordan’s Principle, caregivers can call 1-855-JP-CHILD (1-855-572-4453), open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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For more information, media may contact:

Rachel Rappaport
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Jane Philpott
Minister of Indigenous Services

Media Relations
Indigenous Services Canada

Media inquiries


Events planned to commemorate 100th anniversary of Spanish flu in Okak

In October 1918, the supply vessel SS Harmony set sail from St. John’s for northern Labrador bringing with it a deadly virus that changed the course of history for Labrador Inuit.

The virus, which has become known as the Spanish flu, spread quickly, killing entire families and leaving many children orphaned. No community was impacted as much as Okak, where 204 of the 263 residents perished.

“As we remember this dark time in our history, we also celebrate the resiliency of those who struggled to survive and the generations that followed who continue to be impacted by this tragedy,” says Nunatsiavut President Johannes Lampe.

Events are taking place today in Nain, Hopedale and Makkovik to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the Spanish flu in Okak. The events are aimed at promoting an understanding of the history of Okak and to share the story of how those who lived there were affected by the Spanish flu. Information will also be shared on commemoration events that have taken place to date, and input will be sought on what other activities should take place over the course of the next year. Similar events will take place in Postville, Rigolet and Happy Valley-Goose Bay on Monday, November 19.

Thursday, November 15

Nain                      Jeremias Sillett Centre, 6-8 p.m.
Hopedale                    Nunatsiavut Assembly Building (Court Room), 6-8 p.m.

Monday, November 19

Postville                    Recreation Hall, 5-7 p.m.
Rigolet                    Community Hall, 6-8 p.m.
Happy                    Valley-Goose Bay Labrador Friendship Centre, 6-8 p.m.

The events are being planned by the Okak 1918 Commemoration Committee, with the support of the Nunatsiavut Government’s Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.

Media Contact:
Bert Pomeroy
Director of Communications
(709) 896-8582


Ryerson U – Flag ceremony: Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation

Date: November 19, 2018
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: TRS-3-180
Contact: Sana Mulji Dutt,

Register for Flag ceremony: Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation

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The Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University was presented with the ceremonial flag of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation (MNCFN).

You’re invited to witness a ceremony to honour this partnership and reaffirm our commitment to the calls to action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada.


BCAFN – Notice of Position: New Relationship Trust Board of Director

Applications are being sought from persons interested in participating as a board member for the New Relationship Trust. The BC Assembly of First Nations will be appointing one board member for a three-year term commencing December 1, 2018.

Business and Structure
The New Relationship Trust (NRT) is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to increasing the capacity of First Nations in British Columbia. The NRT was created on March 31, 2006 with the passing of the New Relationship Trust Act and the transfer of $100 million from the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation to the Trust.

The purpose of the New Relationship fund is to provide money to assist First Nations to build their own capacity to participate in the processes and activities envisioned by, and that evolve out of, the New Relationship between the Government of British Columbia and First Nations in British Columbia by enhancing First Nation governance, leadership and institutional and human resources capacity to address social, cultural and economic needs and priorities.

The Board is responsible to distribute funds to First Nations based on its strategic plan and to manage the remainder under an investment strategy. The main objectives of the Board’s investment strategy are to preserve capital in real terms, generate sufficient annual cash flow to meet expenditure objectives, and increase cash flows to meet rising expenditures over the long term.

The purpose of the New Relationship fund is to provide money to assist First Nations to build their own capacity to participate in the processes and activities envisioned by, and that evolve out of, the New Relationship between the Government of British Columbia and First Nations in British Columbia by enhancing First Nation governance, leadership and institutional and human resources capacity to address social, cultural and economic needs and priorities.

The Board is responsible to distribute funds to First Nations based on its strategic plan and to manage the remainder under an investment strategy. The main objectives of the Board’s investment strategy are to preserve capital in real terms, generate sufficient annual cash flow to meet expenditure objectives, and increase cash flows to meet rising expenditures over the long term.

The organization’s web site can be found online at

The New Relationship Trust Act requires the board of directors to prepare a three- year rolling strategic plan. NRT’s Strategic Plan is directly based on community feedback, which has consistently established a clear mandate and strategic direction for NRT. In particular, NRT is directed to:

  • Ensure the fund is available to support future generations by balancing spending with investment; and
  • Support capacity building for First Nations communities in five priority areas:
    • Governance Capacity
    • Economic Development
    • Education
    • Language & Culture
    • Youth & Elders

The 2017 – 2020 Strategic Plan builds on the successes of NRT to date, with ongoing initiatives under each of the five strategic areas of priority.

Mission: Investing in First Nations in British Columbia to assist them in building their capacity.

Vision: A British Columbia where First Nations enjoy a high quality of life that includes vibrant cultures and languages, effective and independent governments, social justice, and economic prosperity and where all forms of education are valued and accessible.

We believe in the spirit of cooperation and collaboration that respects and advances First Nations’ decision-making, traditional teachings and laws. To achieve our Vision and Mission, the following Guiding Principles will inform our shared work:

  • Supporting First Nations in their capacity development efforts as they pursue individual and communal self-sufficiency
  • Engaging in effective communications and engagement with those that we serve to strengthen and inform our activities
  • Ensuring fair and equitable access to our services through the creation of transparent criteria that focus on initiatives that lead to measurable change at the individual, community and Nation levels
  • Increasing the investment fund through responsible management, leveraging of our assets and pursuit of additional resources while not duplicating or replacing existing government or First Nations programs

Attached for reference is a link to the New Relationship document through the Ministry of

Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation’s New Relationship website:

Governance Structure

The New Relationship Trust has a board of directors comprised of 7 individuals. The directors are appointed by the following bodies: one individual each appointed by the First Nations Summit, the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs and the Assembly of First Nations – British Columbia Region; 2 individuals appointed by the First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC); and 2 individuals appointed by the Province of British Columbia.

The New Relationship Trust Act establishes a transparent and accountable approach to reporting on operations of the Trust through the publication of the 3-year strategic plans, annual reports and annual audited financial statements, along with the obligation to conduct and publish a review every five years.

Board Responsibilities and Accountabilities

Board Roles:
Leader: Set strategic direction and empower management;
Overseer:Evaluate performance measures and hold management accountable;
Steward: Shepherd resources of others;
Reporter:Report to First Nations organizations, First Nations, public, others.


Managing Board Affairs:
Establish the processes and structures necessary to ensure the effective functioning and renewal of the board. Includes: monitor and improve quality of board, ensure appropriate board committees; ensure appropriate board orientation and ongoing professional development; articulate roles and responsibilities for board, committees, chair, individual directors; define board process and guidelines, evaluate board, committees, directors and chair; and identify potential director competencies.

Organization’s Mandate:
Fully understand the New Relationship Trust’s mandate as established by the New Relationship Trust Act and implemented through its strategic planning processes.

Strategy and Plans:
Participate in the development of, review and approve the organization’s strategic plan consistent with the New Relationship Trust’s mandate.

Human Resources:
Subject to government legislation and guidelines, select, appoint, compensate, evaluate and terminate the chief executive officer and chief financial officer; oversee management succession and development.

Financial and Corporate Issues:
Review financial, accounting and control systems; ensure appropriate risk management systems, ensure code of ethical conduct and conflict of interest guidelines in place.

Monitor and Report:
Monitor organizational performance against strategic plans and compliance with applicable legislation; account to First Nations and the public through appropriate reporting.

Oversee organization’s communications policy.


In carrying out its work, the board operates within the legislative framework of the New Relationship Trust Act,Statutes of BC, 2006, as amended.

Board Composition

The individuals who make up the Board of Directors should, collectively, have the necessary personal attributes and competencies required to:

  • Add value and provide support for management in establishing strategy and reviewing risks and opportunities;
  • Effectively monitor the performance of management and the organization; and
  • Account for the performance of the organization.

Personal Attributes

All directors should possess the following personal attributes:

  • high ethical standards and integrity in professional and personal dealings;
  • appreciation of the responsibilities to the public;
  • able and willing to raise potentially controversial issues in a manner that encourages dialogue;
  • flexible, responsive and willing to consider others’ opinions;
  • capable of a wide perspective on issues;
  • ability to listen and work as a team member;
  • no direct or indirect conflict of interest with the member’s responsibility to the organization;
  • strong reasoning skills;
  • able and willing to fulfill time commitment required to carry out responsibilities; and
  • commitment to continuous learning about the New Relationship Trust and First Nation capacity development.


Collectively, the Board should comprise the following core competencies:

  • operational or technical expertise relevant to the operation of the New Relationship Trust including:
    • strategic management and organizational change,
    • operations,
    • internal control and accounting,
    • technology,
    • communications,
    • human resource management, and
    • risk management;
  • financial expertise;
  • legal expertise;
  • knowledge of government;
  • knowledge of aboriginal issues in British Columbia; and
  • knowledge of the First Nation communities served by the New Relationship Trust.

Governance Experience

While previous experience as a director is not required, it is important that candidates for positions understand the roles and responsibilities of a member of a governing board and have the necessary experience and demonstrated skills to enable them to contribute to board decision-making and oversight.

Part of the organization’s commitment to good governance includes the provision of an orientation for new board members and ongoing professional development for new members.

Other Considerations

Within the context of the board skills requirements, consideration is given to diversity of gender, First Nations cultural heritage, and knowledge of the communities served by the organization, particularly rural or isolated First Nations communities.

Time Commitment

Normally, the Board will meet 4 to 6 times a year as a whole. The timing of the meetings is established by the board, based on their availability. The regular board meetings usually take place at Vancouver, British Columbia.

In addition, most board members serve on a board committee and attend an annual board strategic planning session. Committees meet on a quarterly basis or as needed. Board members also attend various organization functions such as: meetings with the provincial government, the federal government and First Nations organizations regarding recognition and awareness of New Relationship Trust purposes and plans.


The New Relationship Trust Act provides for a term of 3 years for the directors appointed in November 2016 (December 1, 2018 – November 30, 2021).


There is a $400 per day honorarium plus reimbursement of related out-of-pocket expenses for NRT Directors.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be of BC First Nations ancestry and currently reside in British Columbia;
  • Have experience in Aboriginal business, employment and training and/or community economic development;
  • Be willing and prepared to attend 5 regular meetings annually and be willing to participate in sub-committees of the New Relationship Trust Board; and

The successful candidate for the BCAFN appointment to the NRT is eligible to serve a maximum of two consecutive terms.

Application Process
The deadline for interested applicants to submit a resume and cover letter stating their qualifications is 4:00 PM on Monday November 26, 2018.

Please submit to:
C/O Vanessa West
BC Assembly of First Nations
1004 Landooz Rd., Prince George, BC, V2K 5S3


Honouring and celebrating Alberta’s artists

Nov 15, 2018

Alberta is making history by becoming the first province in Canada to dedicate an entire month to the celebration of artists.

Minister of Culture and Tourism Ricardo Miranda has proclaimed January 2019 as the first ever Month of the Artist in Alberta. The month will be an annual celebration of artists and the value they bring to the province, both socially and economically.

“Alberta is a province full of art, but there would be no art without artists. They are storytellers, innovators, entrepreneurs, community builders, teachers and mentors, and it is important that we celebrate the contributions they make to Alberta. I am proud to help recognize Alberta’s artists by proclaiming January as Month of the Artist in Alberta.”

Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism

Alberta’s artists and the arts sector make important contributions to Alberta’s economy and quality of life. Statistics Canada figures show that in 2016, the visual and applied arts, and live performance industries in Alberta contributed approximately $1.3 billion in GDP.
Artist in Residence program

Alberta will also be the first province to launch an Artist in Residence program. This artist will be selected annually through a public, competitive process and will advocate and promote the value of artists, and lead conversations on the role of artists and arts in society.

To apply, visit the new Alberta Artist in Residence website for more information. The successful Artist in Residence will be announced in January.
Month of the Artist proclamation

The Government of Alberta met with artists in the fall of 2017 and summer of 2018 to gather their input on what can be done to help support them. The language used in the Month of the Artist proclamation reflects their input, and officially recognizes the diversity of their work and their important contributions to Alberta’s social fabric and economy. The proclamation also specifically recognizes Indigenous artists, deaf artists and artists with disabilities.

Quick facts

  • About 85 per cent of Albertans feel that arts activities are important in contributing to the overall quality of life in Alberta, and 87 per cent feel that arts and culture activities makes their community a better place to live. (Source: Survey of Albertans on Culture).
  • In 2016, 44,880 Albertans were employed in the arts, entertainment and recreation. (Source: Statistics Canada, National Household Survey, 2016).
  • In 2016, Albertans spent $4,112 per household on culture and recreation goods and services, $632 higher than the national average of $3,480.
  • Albertans spend the most money per capita in Canada on culture and recreation goods and services, including recreation equipment, attendance at live sporting and performing arts events, admissions to museums and package trips. (Source: Statistics Canada, Survey of Household Spending, 2016. Prepared by Alberta Culture and Tourism).

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Additional funding to support survivors of sexual assault

Government is investing more than $216,000 in additional funding for the Prince Edward Island Rape and Sexual Assault Centre (PEIRSAC) to increase access to free specialized therapeutic services for those Islanders needing this support.

“Timely trauma counseling services are crucial to ease the impact of the traumatic experience of sexual assault and to support recovery. I am pleased this additional investment to the Prince Edward Island Rape and Sexual Assault Centre will expand crucial therapeutic supports for Islanders who have experienced sexual assault, as well as for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.” – Tina Mundy, Minister of Family and Human Services

“Sexual assault is a deeply complex traumatic experience that requires specialized support services,” said Paula Biggar, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women. “Violence against women is a pervasive issue in society. Government will continue to work diligently to ensure our province is a safe place for all genders.”

This investment will allow PEIRSAC to hire an additional full time trauma therapist and improve access to services for Islanders who have experienced sexual assault. It will also expand reception and administration support needed to provide a more timely response to people reaching out for help and for clinical consultation.

“We are highly appreciative for the additional support being provided to the centre. This will help us meet the increased demand for specialized therapy services and to address a wait list that has been steadily building,” said Sigrid Rolfe, PEIRSAC Organizational Coordinator.

PEIRSAC will also expand access to culturally appropriate trauma therapy to Indigenous peoples across PEI.

Additional funds for the Men Matter program will expand services to Summerside. Men Matter is a confidential group program led by experienced professionals for male survivors of sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse.

Government has committed to evaluating the financial status of community organizations on an annual basis, and where possible, provide additional funds for those organizations most in need.

“We are a province that cares for those in need,” Minister Mundy said. “Our strong Island economy allows for additional investments in crucial services where new demands exist.”
Islanders can visit the Prince Edward Island Rape and Sexual Assault Centre (link is external) or contact 902-566-1864 for more information about services.

Media contact:
Bobbi Jo Walker
Department of Family and Human Services
902-213-4507 (link sends e-mail)


Grant under the Urban Aboriginal Support Program – Minister Sylvie D’Amours attends the inauguration of the new premises of the Chibougamau Eenou Friendship Centre

QUÉBEC CITY, Nov. 15, 2018 – Minister of Native Affairs Sylvie D’Amours participated today in the official inauguration of the new premises of the Chibougamau Eenou Friendship Centre.

Eenou Friendship Centre officials were able to rebuild the facility in part through a $600 000 grant from the Infrastructure section of the Urban Aboriginal Support Program.

The Centre now has better adapted, more functional premises. It can pursue the rollout of services for its clientele that comprises Aboriginal peoples living in or passing through Chibougamau, including members of the Mistissini and Oujé-Bougoumou Cree communities.

The key services focus on employment and education, cultural activities, community development and health and social services.

“The Québec government is pleased to be a partner in supporting this worthwhile, major initiative, through a grant that covers one-quarter of the requisite investment. The Eenou Friendship Centre has always been and will continue to be a valuable resource that offers culturally adapted services and a more congenial environment.”

Sylvie D’Amours, Minister of Native Affairs


Hundreds of new, affordable, student homes coming to UVic

Nov. 15, 2018

VICTORIA – The B.C. government is expanding on-campus housing by 25% at the University of Victoria (UVic), making it more affordable for students to get the education they need.

The UVic project is the second to access the BC Student Housing Loan Program, a $450-million initiative launched in this year’s provincial budget to make housing more affordable and available for students.

“Students have enough stress in their lives without having to worry about finding a place to live they can afford. We’re moving forward on our commitment to students at UVic and throughout the province to deliver comfortable and affordable housing in the heart of where they study,” said Premier John Horgan. “By increasing housing stock specifically for students, we’re also taking the pressure off local rental markets, giving more options to other renters.”

Victoria has one of the lowest rental vacancy rates in the province, and the university receives more applications every year for on-campus housing than there are spaces available. The on-campus student housing will be more affordable than market housing and includes amenities such as student group and study space, an Indigenous student lounge, communal social spaces, laundry facilities and secure indoor bicycle storage.

“Students have been calling on government to take action to make their lives more affordable. They should be able to pursue their education without worrying about finding an affordable place to live,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. “After years of inaction, our government is responding to advocacy from students. New housing at UVic is part of our plan to build thousands of student homes on campuses throughout B.C.”

The Premier added the UVic project will be the first on-campus housing to use the Passive House construction standard, the primary aim of which is to achieve exceptional energy efficiency. The result is a building that uses 75% less energy for heating and cooling, and at least 50% less overall energy than a typical construction design.

“Projects like this are part of the direction our government, working with the B.C. Green Party caucus, is setting for British Columbia to tackle climate change. We are committed to taking hold of new technologies and new ideas to create a cleaner, less polluting and more energy-efficient future for our province,” said Premier Horgan.

“I’m thrilled to see this student housing project move forward at the University of Victoria. Not only will this new project provide critically needed on-campus housing, but the new buildings will also be constructed to the Passive House standard. Both UVic and the Province are demonstrating leadership in innovative low-carbon housing solutions, and I look forward to similar projects rolling out throughout British Columbia in the months ahead,” said Andrew Weaver, MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head and leader of the B.C. Green Party.

The new student housing project at UVic will consist of two new buildings that will accommodate 782 students in addition to a new dining hall and multipurpose space. The project replaces three aging buildings and represents a net gain of 620 student homes.

Government is committed to adopting and implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by supporting Indigenous students. UVic is engaging Indigenous students and campus colleagues to ensure the buildings include Indigenous student elements, supports and cultural spaces in addition to dedicated spaces for Indigenous students. The buildings will be designed to create inclusive, welcoming and supportive environments for all students.

The two student housing buildings will be constructed to the Passive House standard, the world’s leading standard for energy-efficient construction. This means reduced energy, operating and maintenance costs, and lower carbon emissions, which are critical for a clean growth future.

The estimated cost of the total project is $201 million. The Province is providing financing of $123 million and the University of Victoria Foundation is providing up to $45 million. UVic will provide the balance. Provincial funding includes $98 million from the BC Student Housing Loan Program for student housing and $25 million from the ministry capital budget toward half the cost of the dining hall.


Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing –

“This new project will help students find appropriate housing on campus, freeing up affordable housing options for individuals and families looking for homes throughout Victoria.”

Fred Haynes, mayor of Saanich –

“This is a great project, not only for UVic but also for the community of Saanich. The university will have new homes for their students and there will be more affordable housing freed up in the local neighbourhoods. Saanich is very pleased to have played a support role in raising awareness of needs for on-campus housing.”

Jamie Cassels, president, University of Victoria –

“The new student housing, dining centre and student programming space will support student success and make a significant contribution to the University of Victoria’s extraordinary academic environment. We are excited to be working with the government to bring hundreds more students into new on-campus housing, helping us achieve our vision to be a vibrant and sustainable community that nurtures our students’ experience and well-being.”

Ainsley Kerr, University of Victoria Students’ Society –

“For years we’ve been calling on the government to make education more accessible by helping students who have few options for affordable housing in a community with low rental availability and a high cost of living. This announcement will help UVic students succeed by having a stable working environment and the UVSS will continue to work with the university and the Province to find innovative solutions to student housing issues.”

Adri Bell, UVic student and senior community leader –

“I first moved into residence in 2015 and have seen over the years the benefits of campus living for students who often face many challenges in the transition to university while living away from home. Residence has helped countless students grow into the people they were meant to be, and it only seems fair that now residence gets to grow itself.”

Quick Facts:

  • The provincial government has funded an additional 1,165 homes at three post-secondary institutions in 2018 – Thompson Rivers University, the College of New Caledonia and UVic – representing an 800% increase from 130 student homes funded over the previous 16 years.
  • UVic has approximately 22,000 students with 75% from outside the Greater Victoria area. Victoria has a rental vacancy rate of around 0.7%
  • The project will provide increased opportunities for apprentices in accordance with the new apprenticeship ratio policy. Construction will create an estimated 659 jobs in addition to 620 supplier industry jobs.
  • Construction on the first building at UVic is expected to start in 2020 with 418 new and replacement student homes by fall 2022. Construction on the second building is expected to start in 2022 with the final 364 new student homes ready by fall 2024.
  • The B.C. government’s 30-point plan on housing includes a BC Student Housing Loan Program for public post-secondary institutions that provides access to up to $450 million to help finance student housing projects over six years.
  • Lending will go toward building approximately 5,000 new homes in addition to 3,000 built by post-secondary institutions through grants, institutional self-financing and partnerships, for a total of approximately 8,000 additional student homes.
  • A $36-million student-housing project at Thompson Rivers University will create 533 additional homes for students with $25 million from the Province.
  • An Indigenous student-housing building at the College of New Caledonia will provide up to 12 furnished student rooms with $2.6 million from the Province.


Jen Holmwood
Deputy Communications Director
Office of the Premier
250 818-4881

Rodney Porter
Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training
250 889-7494

Denise Helm
Manager of Media Relations and Public Affairs
Communications and Marketing
University of Victoria
250 721-7656

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GECDSB: Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week

November 19th – 23 is Bullying Awareness and prevention Week in Ontario.

During the week, the Greater Essex District County District School Board will reaffirm its commitment to restorative approaches, which have their roots in teachings of Indigenous peoples from around the world.

Elementary students throughout the GECDSB will be encouraged to reflect upon the role they can each play in being a friend to one another and to themselves. The curriculum based resource kit, “Social Justice Begins With Me” will be supplemented by 3 new literary resources, “Kicking the Elephant’s Ankle” and Why are All the Taxi Drivers….?” By Chris D’Souza as well as “Rory’s Rainbow” by Melissa Piva.

Ms. Piva will be doing book readings and discussions during the week at schools about the importance of kindness and respect.

In secondary schools the emphasis will be on student leadership and the power students have to improve their own school experiences.

For more information contact GECDSB Equity and Inclusion Officer, Rachel Olivero @ 519-255-3200 ext. 10213.


New Canadian Coast Guard radar updates marine traffic monitoring off B.C. coast – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Nov 15, 2018 

RICHMOND, B.C. _ The federal government is adding to marine traffic monitoring with more radar coverage along the British Columbia coast in order to improve safety for ships travelling through narrow and challenging waterways.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada says six new radar installations will fill in existing gaps in coverage for busy and risky stretches of water from the northern end of Georgia Strait to Queen Charlotte Strait and in the waters off Prince Rupert.

Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson announced the new installations Thursday at the Canadian Coast Guard station in Richmond.

A government news release says the expanded radar coverage is part of the $1.5-billion Oceans Protection Plan designed to improve marine safety and safeguard Canada’s marine environment and coastal communities.

One new radar is one slated for Seaforth Channel on the central coast where a grounded tug leaked more than 110,000 litres of diesel and other lubricants in October 2016, fouling shellfish beds near the community of Bella Bella.

Wilkinson says the six new stations will add to the reliable and accurate information about vessel movement along the B.C. coast.

“This information will increase marine safety and reduce the risk of marine emergencies. This is another example of how we are partnering with Indigenous and coastal communities in B.C. to make our waters and coasts safer, cleaner and healthier,” Wilkinson says the in the release.

The new radar stations will be located within the traditional territories of a number of First Nations and the federal government says it has their support for the upgrades.


Families, police appeal for information in Ontario triple homicide – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Nov 15, 2018 

By Michelle McQuigge


TORONTO _ An Indigenous community in southwestern Ontario devastated by the killings of three of their members, including a woman who was seven months pregnant, issued an emotional plea for public help Thursday, calling on anyone with information about the case to come forward.

The slayings involved a close-knit trio from Six Nations of the Grand River. Their bodies were discovered earlier this month about 120 kilometres west of their community.

Police were tight-lipped about the deaths, saying they could not share most details for fear of compromising the joint investigation between the provincial force and officers with the Indigenous community.

But Trevor Miller, brother of 37-year-old victim Melissa Miller, appealed to the public to share any information on the case while tearfully outlining the impact of the deaths on his family.

“This did not need to happen,” Trevor Miller said moments after police disclosed that his sister was seven months pregnant with a baby boy at the time of her death. “Somebody, come forward. I’m losing a nephew I never even met now.”

OPP Det. Insp. Peter Liptrott said officers were first called on Nov. 4 after receiving reports of a pickup truck abandoned in a privately owned field in Middlesex Centre, Ont.

When police arrived on the scene, he said officers found three bodies “with the truck,” though he declined to elaborate on the exact location.

The victims were later identified as Melissa Miller, 33-year-old Alan Porter and 32-year-old Michael Jamieson.

Six Nations police acting Deputy-Chief Darren Montour said Miller and Porter were cousins, while Porter and Jamieson were “inseparable friends.”

Police did not disclose the time, location, or cause of death for the three victims. Liptrott said that the grey Chevrolet pickup truck found with the bodies was stolen, but declined to share when or from where it had been taken.

Sheri-Lyn Hill Pearce of the Six Nations Band Council said the deaths have left the community reeling.

“Not just the families are suffering, it’s a rippling effect on the whole community,” Hill Pearce said. “It’s unacceptable, and … someone does know something.”

The sentiment was echoed by Jock Hill, one of Jamieson’s relatives, who said the victims had family members scattered throughout the Six Nations community who are all struggling to come to terms with what happened.

“We’re looking for justice,” he said of all three families. “We all feel the same way. This is not right. And by not sharing information, that’s not right.”

Police said they had no suspects in custody in relation to the case and have set up a tip line to solicit information from the public.

A poster campaign bearing the slogan “Find Our Killers” has already yielded some tips, Liptrott said, declining to say how many.

Investigators are hoping to find out more information about the victims, their activities leading up to their deaths, or sightings of the pickup truck at any point in its lengthy journey between the victims’ homes and the field where they were found, Liptrott said.



Governments of Canada and Northwest Territories Sign Housing Agreement

November 15, 2018

Families, Indigenous communities and vulnerable Canadians in need of an affordable place to call home can count on long-term funding for community housing in the Northwest Territories thanks to an agreement signed today by the federal and territorial governments.

Adam Vaughan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, and the Honourable Alfred Moses, Minister Responsible for the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation (NWTHC), along with Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories, today announced they have reached a bilateral agreement under the National Housing Strategy (NHS). This agreement, which will be cost-shared by the governments of Canada and the Northwest Territories, demonstrates a joint commitment to prioritize affordable housing.

The 10-year agreement will invest nearly $140 million to protect, renew and expand social and community housing, and support the Northwest Territories’ priorities related to housing repair, construction, and affordability. The governments of Canada and Northwest Territories will also work together on the design and implementation of a new Canada Housing Benefit for the territory, to provide affordability support directly to families and individuals in housing need. The new agreement marks the beginning of a partnership that will be supported by long-term and predictable funding starting April 1, 2019.

This is a progressive housing agreement that commits the governments of Canada and Northwest Territories to new and higher standards of transparency, public engagement, and housing quality, including improved energy efficiency and accessibility. The agreement also acknowledges the importance of prioritizing people most in need, incorporating a human rights-based approach to housing, and applying a gender lens to all investments.


““The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that every Canadian has a safe and affordable place to call home. Long-term, predictable funding for housing has been needed for more than a decade. Today, with the Northwest Territories Government, we have taken a significant step toward our goal of building strong communities where Canadian families can prosper and thrive, now and for the future. Our Government will continue working in partnership with the Northwest Territories and other provinces and territories towards a 15% expansion in new affordable housing units and renewing 20% of existing community housing units across the country.””

– Adam Vaughan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

““Our government has made a priority of addressing the cost of living by working in partnership with other orders of government to address the sustainability of affordable housing. I appreciate and am encouraged by Canada’s willingness to make adjustments in consideration of the NWT’s unique housing and governance environment. This flexibility to recognize the unique needs of the NWT are illustrated in Co-Investment through the $60 million carve-off for the NWT and the up to 75% contribution for northern projects. Together, through this partnership we will better serve the housing needs of northerners.””

– Honourable Alfred Moses, Minister Responsible for the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation

Quick facts:

  • The $139.4 million investment includes $87.7 million from the Government of Canada and $51.7 million from the Government of Northwest Territories.
  • These investments are in addition to almost $150.4 million previously planned federal housing investments in the Northwest Territories through the Social Housing Agreement (SHA) over the next 10 years. In addition to new construction, combined investments under the NHS bilateral agreement and the SHA will target the preservation of at least 1,231 existing community housing units in the Northwest Territories.
  • The NWTHC operates a housing portfolio of approximately 2,400 Public Housing units and 500 affordable housing units.
  • As part of the $13.2 billion National Housing Co-Investment Fund, a minimum of $60 million will be committed to build and repair community and affordable housing in the Northwest Territories.
  • The NHS is an ambitious 10-year, $40-billion+ plan that will reduce or eliminate 530,000 families from housing need across Canada, create 100,000 new housing units, as well as repair and renew more than 300,000 housing units and reduce chronic homelessness by 50 per cent.
  • The NHS is built on strong partnerships between the federal, provincial and territorial governments, and continuous engagement with others, including municipalities, Indigenous governments and organizations, and the social and private housing sectors. This includes consultations with Canadians from all walks of life, and people with lived experience of housing need.
  • All NHS investments delivered by the federal, provincial and territorial governments will respect the key principles of the NHS that support partnerships, people and communities.
  • The Government of Northwest Territories will develop and publish three-year action plans, beginning in 2019-2020, setting targets and outlining how it will use federal and cost-matched funding to achieve the desired outcomes.
  • Since Budget 2016, the federal government has invested almost $73.8 million in housing in Northwest Territories.

Associated links:

  • As Canada’s authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers unbiased housing research and advice to all levels of Canadian government, consumers and the housing industry. For more information, please follow us on Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.
  • To find out more about Canada’s National Housing Strategy, visit

Media contacts:

Valérie Glazer
Press Secretary
Office of Minister Duclos

Gabriel Teo
(604) 376-4622

Marina Devine
Senior Cabinet Communications Advisor
Executive and Indigenous Affairs
(867) 767-9140

Cara Bryant
Communications Advisor
Northwest Territories Housing Corporation
(867) 767-9328


U of L congratulates Inspiring Philanthropy Award winners

The University of Lethbridge congratulates all the winners of this year’s Inspiring Philanthropy Awards for their generosity and contributions to making southern Alberta a great place to live. Through their efforts, they have bettered the lives of individuals too numerous to count.

The U of L is proud to have nominated three of the award winners: Robert and Priscilla Janes, Indigenous Philanthropist award; Cox Financial Group, Small Business Philanthropist award and Dhillon School of Business Integrated Management Experience, Youth Philanthropist award.

Dr. Robert and Mrs. Priscilla Janes were central to the creation of a new series of student awards for Blackfoot students in 2017. The awards honour four Blackfoot elders that Dr. Janes worked with closely, including Narcisse Blood, Gerald Conaty, Allan Pard and Frank Weasel Head. The awards are available to undergraduate and graduate students from the Blackfoot Confederacy who actively participate in and contribute to their Blackfoot culture and heritage.

Nominated by Pronghorn Athletics, the Cox Financial Group has demonstrated strong support for the Horns, student scholarships and Parkinson’s research. Harry Cox was a community builder who played a key role in establishing the men’s Pronghorns hockey program in the early 1980s. His wife, Mildred, and sons, Brad and Geoff, have continued that legacy, spending countless hours fundraising.

The Integrated Management Experience (IME) program, which has been around for close to 20 years, gives students in the Dhillon School of Business the opportunity to work on a real problem faced by a community organization and create a sponsorship activity that raises funds for the organization. The experience allows students to put theory into practice and builds bridges to the community.

The U of L extends congratulations to the other award winners, including Lethbridge Iron Works, Corporate Philanthropist Award; Art and Mary Jane Crooks, Individual Philanthropist Award and, in a tie for the Group Philanthropist Award, the Taber Charity Auction Group and the Building Industry and Land Development Alberta Association (BILD Alberta).


B.C.’s Midwives Call on Province for Greater Support and Investment in Midwifery Care


  • Research shows midwifery improves health outcomes for newborns and parents
  • Approximately $145 M in healthcare savings delivered by B.C. midwives since 2011
  • New investment will bring maternity care services closer to home for British Columbians

Victoria, B.C. – The Midwives Association of British Columbia (MABC) today was at the B.C. Legislature, calling on the provincial government to increase funding and investment in midwifery services to increase access to maternity care and support better health outcomes for newborns and parents throughout B.C.

“More provincial funding and investment in midwifery services is needed to improve access to pregnancy and birth services, and deliver better health outcomes for newborns and families,” said Ganga Jolicoeur, CEO of the MABC. “Many British Columbians still don’t have reasonable access to maternity care where and when they need it.”

The number of obstetricians and family physicians practicing obstetrics has been declining over the past decade, leading to a maternity care gap. This gap will only grow as the number of births in the province is expected to reach over 50,000 by 2025, making it ever more important to increase the number of midwives and support their continued integration into health authorities and the Province’s new primary care networks.

“As primary care providers, registered midwives play an integral role in our maternity care system and have made significant improvements to the quality and accessibility of pregnancy and birth services in recent years,” said Jolicoeur. “Greater investment means midwives can continue to enable British Columbians to birth their babies closer to home with a high level of personalized care, client satisfaction and positive health outcomes.”

With modest provincial funding in 2012 and 2014, the number of registered midwives practicing in rural communities has more than doubled, from 68 to 139, resulting in a number of new midwifery practices opening across B.C. However, with growing demand and waitlists at many practices midwives are stretched thin and need more resources to keep pace.

“Midwifery is client centered and well aligned with the objectives of the B.C. government’s new primary healthcare strategy,” said Jolicoeur. “A significant body of research demonstrates that midwives improve health outcomes while also reducing healthcare spending through efficient and cost-effective use of resources.”

Today, more than 280 registered midwives are involved in the births of 10,227 babies, or 23% of all births in B.C. Research conducted for the MABC by Perrin Thorau and Associates estimates that the increasing number of midwife-assisted births since 2011 has freed up approximately $145 million in savings for other healthcare priorities.

The MABC is scheduled to begin contract negotiations with the Province in early 2019. Visit to learn why you should care about midwifery and send a message to government leaders in support of B.C.’s midwives.


“Our focus is on the best health outcomes for our patients. When it comes to maternity care, midwives deliver quality, expert pregnancy and birth services that support top health outcomes for parents and babies. Midwives also increase access to maternity care, which is increasingly important for rural and Indigenous communities across our province. While I am now a clinical professor of obstetrics-gynecology, I am also an advocate for midwifery as an integral part of our healthcare system.”

– Jan Christilaw, Clinical Professor, Obstetrics-Gynecology, UBC Clinical Professor & Past President of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC)

“Many women who want and need a midwife cannot get one. Increasing the number of midwives, expanding their scope of practice, and developing new funding models that will encourage collaboration with family physicians and other healthcare providers will help close the maternity care gap and lead to better health outcomes for newborns, moms and families.”

– Michael C. Klein, CM, MD, CCFP,FAAP (Neonatal-Perinatal), FCFP,ABFP,FCPS

“Midwives and the midwifery model of care has pushed the entire medical system to focus on normalizing birth, supporting informed consent and respecting patients’ decisions. I am grateful to be practicing in an era when midwives and physicians can collaborate and learn from one another to provide the best possible care for our patients and families.”

– Dr. Sara Sandwith, Family Physician, Comox Valley

About the Midwives Association of British Columbia (MABC)
The MABC educates the public about midwifery care while supporting the growing number of midwives across the province. Registered midwives are funded under B.C.’s healthcare system in BC and are experts in low-risk, low-intervention birth. With extensive training that focuses on pregnancy, birth and postpartum for both client and baby, midwives are a safe and recognized choice for pregnancy and birth care in B.C., across Canada and around the world.

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For further information and photos:

Alyssa Smith
NATIONAL Public Relations

M: 604-349-8267



Media advisory: New Investment in Indigenous-led Economic Development

From: Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Charlottetown, PE – November 15, 2018 — Sean Casey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, will join the Honourable Brian Francis, Senator, and the Honourable Chris Palmer, PEI Minister for Economic Development and Tourism, for a special groundbreaking ceremony with members of the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI.

Date:               Friday, November 16, 2018

Time:              12:00 p.m.

Location:       Former Founders Hall
6 Prince St.
Charlottetown, PE


Jana Parker Smith
Communications Manager
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency


KPDSB: Trustees honoured at last meeting of current Board, receive reports on enrolment, special education and capital projects

November 15, 2018

Trustees met at Dryden High School on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, for the final board meeting for the 2014-2018 Board of Trustees.

KPDSB staff and administration recognized the important contributions of several members of the 2014-2018 Board of Trustees who will not be returning to the Board for the 2018-2022 term. Board Chair Dave Penney was recognized following 33 years of service and dedication to students and staff in the Northwest. Trustee George Seaton was also recognized posthumously through the presentation of a gift on behalf of the Board of Trustees and staff to Phyllis Seaton (George’s wife) for George’s unwavering commitment to improving outcomes for youth for the past 40 years. Trustees Dave Wilkinson and Lesley Barnes were also recognized for their efforts and work with the Board.

The November Kids Come First presentation titled ‘Connecting for Student Success – Open Roads Public School’ was received by Trustees. Principal Tanis Oberg and First Nation, Metis and Inuit (FNMI) Family Support Worker Adi Lang were accompanied by current and former Open Roads students and their families who shared their experiences at the school and the impact of the FNMI Family Support Worker position. The unique role of the Open Roads Family Support Worker is to make connections with students and their families so that they feel that they can be successful not only at school but within the community. The FNMI Family Support Worker is able to provide a wide variety of supports, depending on individual needs of families, including acting as a liaison between the family and the school by providing one point of contact, supporting regular attendance through constant open communication, connecting families with school/board and community services, and supporting families through any transitions they may be experiencing, whether that’s into or out of the school, or between classrooms/programs.

Joan Kantola, Superintendent of Human Resources and Special Education, presented the 2018-2019 Special Education Plan. The plan guides the work of schools and the Board in terms of supporting and enhancing special education services. Areas of focus for the plan include providing programs and services in the student’s home school wherever possible (including appropriate accommodations and modifications), promoting a focus on inclusive practices in schools and respect for differences and diversity, providing a range of placement options for students, and collaboration with curriculum central support staff to ensure support for the development of quality programs and provision of services for all students. Kantola also shared that the Board’s Special Education Advisory Committee is looking for new members, interested individuals are encouraged to visit this link for more information.

Richard Findlay, Superintendent of Business, presented the 2018-2019 Enrolment Report. Enrolment continues to show an upward trend overall in the KPDSB. Elementary schools reported an increase of 37 students in total from the 2017-2018 school year, with secondary schools reporting a decrease of 23 students Board-wide. A highlight in the enrolment picture was Beaver Brae Secondary School in Kenora with an increase of 30 students between the elementary and secondary panels, resulting in the addition of one full classroom and an additional teacher at the elementary level. Overall, the Board’s total enrolment for the 2018-2019 school year is 4,841 students (projections for the year were 4,827).

Findlay also presented the 2018-2019 Capital Projects Report. Using School Condition Improvement funding, the KPDSB has 28 million in capital projects for this school year. As Sioux North High School in Sioux Lookout nears completion, the total renovation of Ear Falls Public School takes centre stage. At a cost of $5 million, construction at the school will see the total renovation of the building split into two phases. Phase 1 is set to begin in February 2019, with Phase 2 beginning in May 2019. The project is expected to be complete by September 2019. Also listed under Major Capital Projects is a renovation to Beaver Brae Secondary School’s technology wing. The total cost of the technology wing renovations will be $6 million and will upgrade the welding, transportation, Grade 7/8 technology, communications and hospitality rooms/spaces. Construction will begin in February 2019 with project completion anticipated for February 2020 (certain areas will be ready well before that date). To view the capital projects report, please visit this link.


Minister’s statement on representative for children and youth’s report on substance use

Nov. 15, 2018

Judy Darcy, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, has issued the following statement in response to the release of the representative for children and youth’s (RCY) report, Time to Listen: Youth Voices on Substance Use:

“We thank the representative for children and youth for this report and for the office’s continued focus on improving the lives of children and youth in British Columbia. My ministry has been working closely with the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Children and Family Development, First Nations Health Authority, Métis Nation BC and Indigenous organizations on the development of a comprehensive mental health and substance-use system of care that meets the diverse needs of all youth.

“Youth have been an integral part of our consultation process as we work to develop B.C.’s mental health and addictions strategy, and they will continue to be as we go forward with implementation. The voices of youth from diverse backgrounds will be critical to ensuring that we transform mental health and addictions care in B.C. so it meets their needs.

“We have heard from youth and families about how difficult it is to access information about available services and to navigate a fragmented and confusing system. We recognize the importance of a seamless and co-ordinated system of care where every door is the right door and a single point of access for youth and all British Columbians, connecting them to all available mental health and substance use services.

“We will be looking closely at how young people’s needs are being met by the current continuum of care for substance use, from harm reduction through to treatment and recovery and social supports. We will work to fill gaps based on ensuring young people have access to services that are safe, evidence based and help connect them to a pathway to hope.

“With our ministry partners, we are taking a whole of government approach to ensure we address the social determinants that can often contribute to mental health and addictions challenges, including child care, housing and reducing poverty. We know that a consistent, stable and supportive home environment is key to supporting youth through all kinds of challenges, including substance use.

“Educational campaigns to reduce stigma and discrimination related to youth substance use have begun, and they will continue to be an important focus of this government.

“Our government is committed to enhancing foster-parent training materials that deal with substance use by youth, equipping foster parents with the training, tools and knowledge to be able to support youth – through open discussion without judgment.

“The ministries of Mental Health and Addictions, Health, and Children and Family Development will review the report’s recommendations carefully and work with the RCY as we continue to escalate our response to the overdose crisis and improve mental health and addictions care for all youth in our province.”


Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions
250 208-8438 (media line)

Connect with the Province of B.C. at:


Media advisory: Minister Philpott to announce historic investment in education infrastructure with four First Nation communities in Manitoba

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Please be advised that the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, alongside Chief Muskego of Bunibonibee Cree Nation, Chief Andrews of God’s Lake First Nation, Chief Okemow of Manto Sipi Cree Nation and Chief Knott of Wasagamack First Nation, will announce significant investments for education infrastructure in their communities.

A brief media availability will take place following the announcement.

Date: November 16, 2018

Time: 9:15 a.m. (CST)

Where: Island Lake Tribal Council
338 Broadway
5th floor boardroom
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3C 0T3


For more information (media only):

Rachel Rappaport
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Jane Philpott
Minister of Indigenous Services

ISC Media Relations


Saskatchewan Polytechnic raises Métis flag for Louis Riel Memorial Day

November 15, 2018 – Situated on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories, and Homeland of the Métis people, Saskatchewan Polytechnic will fly the Métis flag at our four main campuses in recognition of Louis Riel Memorial Day on Friday, November 16. This day celebrates the life of Louis Riel, a Canadian politician who represented the Métis peoples’ interests.

“Through these events Sask Polytech is incorporating Indigenous ways of knowing, teaching and learning on our campuses. We are proud to raise the Métis flag in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon,” says Jason Seright, director, Indigenous Strategy. “Indigenous students are an important part of Sask Polytech’s community. We want our Indigenous students to know they are valued members of our community.”

Everyone is welcome to come celebrate the life, challenges and contributions of one of Canada’s most notable historical figures.

Moose Jaw campus 9:15 a.m. flag raising
11:30 a.m. Dancing, a traditional Michif meal and a Louis Riel/Métis display
Prince Albert campus 10 a.m. Flag raising with Metis national anthem sung by Kim Kuzak
12 p.m. Métis Trivia Challenge game in the Library
Regina campus 1 p.m. Louis Riel presentation by Wendy Gervais
1:30 p.m. Flag raising
Saskatoon campus 9:15 a.m. Flag raising and singing and fiddling performed by St. Michael’s Community School

Indigenous students make up 19 per cent of Sask Polytech’s student population and this proportion is growing steadily each year. Sask Polytech supports Indigenous students through offering tutoring and counselling, assistance with scholarships and funding, summer transition programming, and access to Indigenous students’ centres to meet other students and Elders.

In June 2018, Sask Polytech unveiled a new Indigenous Success Strategy that builds on the success and lessons learned from the 2009 Aboriginal Student Achievement Plan. Keeping its primary focus of Indigenous Student Success, this new strategy contributes to Sask Polytech’s efforts to meet the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action and to live up to its commitments under the Colleges and Institutes Canada’s Indigenous Education Protocol.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves 28,000 distinct students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student need, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.


Chamber of Shipping Applauds Government’s Initiative for New Radars on B.C. Coast

VANCOUVER, Nov. 15, 2018 – The Government of Canada’s announcement today of expanded use of new Canadian Coast Guard radars, as part of the Coast Guard’s Marine Communication and Traffic Services network, is yet another concrete action towards further protection of British Columbia’s pristine coastal waters under the Oceans Protection Plan.

Announced by the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Chamber of Shipping is fully supportive of the installation of six new radar systems that will expand the overall radar coverage of the southern British Columbia coast. Radar coverage of our coastal waters is essential to supporting enhanced marine traffic monitoring and the safety of lives at sea – this includes many different types of vessels, from large commercial ships to smaller recreational boats.

“Our coastal waters can be a harsh environment where the weather conditions occasionally reduce the visibility,” stated the Chamber’s President, Robert Lewis-Manning. “The radar systems announced today will provide a valuable capability to support responsible shipping, and the management and mitigation of risk.”

We also commend the Canadian Coast Guard for its careful consideration of the placement of these new systems. This effort was extensive and included a detailed analysis of the needs and careful consideration of the local impacts to First Nations’ and coastal communities.

Commercial shipping results in $30 billion of economic activity annually in Canada and, at 1.8% of the Canadian economy, ships move more than $200 billion worth of goods to and from global markets. From farmers to retailers, thousands of Canadian jobs depend on a healthy and thriving trade environment supported by a robust and fluid marine transportation network, committed to environmental protection and stewardship.

About Chamber of Shipping
The Chamber of Shipping represents commercial carriers and their agents in Canada which trade internationally and domestically. The marine transportation sector is vital to supporting Canadian trade and our continued prosperity and high standard of living depend on our ability to deliver resources, goods, and people in a responsible and competitive manner. Canada remains a strong trading nation, with one in five Canadian jobs and more than 60 per cent of our gross domestic product directly linked to exports.

For further information: Denien Ford, Chamber of Shipping, T +1 604 681 2351,


Susan Aglukark and Jesse Wente will lead important day of learning at upcoming Human Rights Symposium on Dec. 4

Susan Aglukark and Jesse Wente will lead important day of learning at upcoming Human Rights Symposium on Dec. 4

Community partners invited to register to attend by Nov. 19

The Halton District School Board is proud to host the upcoming Human Rights Symposium to engage in vital conversations about Indigenous Rights and the current realities faced by Indigenous Peoples. Keynote speakers Susan Aglukark and Jesse Wente will lead educational and community partners through an important day of learning and collaborating about Indigenous issues and respect for diversity.

The Human Rights Symposium will take place on​Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018 at the Holiday​ Inn Burlington Hotel & Conference Centre (3063 South Service Rd., Burlington)​. ​Registration ​will remain open until 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018​.

“I’m looking forward to talking about the future of Canada and what a reconciled Canada might actually look like,” says Jesse Wente, Anishinaabe writer, broadcaster, and Director of the Indigenous Screen Office. “I hope attendees will be able to look at the world in a new way and understand the relationship between First Nations, Inuit and Métis people and non-Indigenous people here on Turtle Island in a new way.”

“When we talk about human rights we should also know the history of the different cultures that we are representing,” says Susan Aglukark, Juno Award winning Inuk singer/songwriter. “It’s a very exciting opportunity to be able to do that.”

“We have to fight for equal rights as Indigenous people. We have an extraordinary past and we must share that,” adds Aglukark.

A full-day of learning is planned with a selection of workshops led by First Nations, Métis and Inuit rights advocates, educators, artists and more. An agenda and list of workshop presenters can be viewed here​​.

“This is an important opportunity to challenge our thinking and further the conversation beyond Truth and Reconciliation and toward a new way of actionable thinking about human rights and fundamental freedoms as they relate to Indigenous Rights,” says Rob Eatough, Superintendent of Education for the Halton District School Board.

Listen to Jesse Wente and Susan Aglukark ​share what they look forward to at the Human Rights Symposium next month and what they hope attendees will take away from this important day.

To register for the Human Rights Symposium, click here​​. For event details or support with the registration process, email ​​.


NorthMart Pharmacy in Iqaluit to resume prescription services

Winnipeg, MB, November 15, 2018 – The NorthMart Pharmacy in Iqaluit, NU is pleased to announce today that it will resume full prescription services for Iqaluit and up-island residents on Saturday, November 17.

“NorthMart is grateful to our pharmacy team for their contributions in ensuring we are able to re-open so soon after the fire last week. We thank our customers for their continued patience and understanding as we work to restore service,” said Tim Smith, Director, Pharmacy Operations, The North West Company.

Customers will once again be able to fill their prescriptions while they shop at NorthMart and access patient-focused services from their community pharmacist when the store re-opens this weekend.

The pharmacy will operate under normal business hours, which are as follows:

Monday to Friday: 9am – 6pm

Saturday: 12pm – 5pm

Sunday: Closed

About The North West Company

North West is a retailer serving rural communities and urban neighbourhoods in Canada, Alaska, the South Pacific and Caribbean. We are committed to helping our customers live better by bringing them the best products and services together with a tradition of community support. North West’s Northern and NorthMart stores are the largest local private employer of indigenous people in Canada, with over 3,000 employees and an annual payroll exceeding $65 million.

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For more information contact:

Tim Smith

Director, Pharmacy Operations

P: 204.934.1333



Most survey respondents support changes to Saskatchewan trespassing legislation – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Nov 15, 2018 

REGINA _ The Saskatchewan government says it will introduce changes to trespassing laws this fall after a survey showed support for updated legislation.

The results, released by the province Thursday, showed 65 per cent of respondents said people should ask landowners for permission before they go onto private land.

Officials said they received 1,601 responses by mail, email and through an online questionnaire from Aug. 9 through Oct. 2. The survey was meant to gauge Saskatchewan residents on potential changes to trespassing laws.

“The responses show that many people see the current onus on the landowner to post their property as unfair and that, instead, the onus should be on the person accessing the private property,” Justice Minister Don Morgan said in a release.

“We are now … updating the legislation to clarify the consent requirements for those seeking access to privately owned land for recreational activities like hunting and snowmobiling.”

Saskatchewan’s Trespass to Property Act already says it is an offence to enter posted or enclosed lands without the consent of the landowner, to enter land after being asked not to do so, to engage in prohibited activities without consent of the owner and to fail to leave when asked.

The maximum fine is $2,000.

Other laws, such as the Wildlife Act, All-Terrain Vehicles Act and Snowmobile Act, also regulate access to private land by hunters, ATV users and snowmobilers.

The province said the different rules might be confusing to some groups.

Morgan said the survey showed that responsible hunters and snowmobilers already seek permission to go onto someone’s property. Any change would only affect the small number who do not consider landowners’ concerns, he said.

The province suggested rural crime and other reported abuses have undermined landowner support for public access.

At the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities convention in Saskatoon on Thursday, an RCMP officer who works with rural municipalities said addressing rural crime remains a big challenge for police and residents.

Cpl. Mel Zurevinsky said landowners should consider the consequences before confronting thieves on their properties

“Is your safety, taking the law into your own hands, worth a quad, worth a truck?” he asked. “Sometimes leaving things be makes the most sense.”

Some Indigenous leaders have said changes to trespassing laws aren’t likely to stop crime but could increase racial tension.

Earlier this year, a jury found Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley not guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Colten Boushie. Boushie was killed after he was shot in the head on Stanley’s farm near Biggar in August 2016.

Boushie was a passenger in an SUV with several other young people who had driven onto Stanley’s property. Stanley testified at his trial that the gun accidentally went off after he had fired some shots to scare them away.

_ With files from CJWW


Supreme Court to hear latest challenge in dispute between Innu and Rio Tinto – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Nov 15, 2018

OTTAWA _ The Supreme Court of Canada says it will hear an appeal over jurisdiction in the latest stage of a long-running effort by Innu First Nations to sue mining giant Rio Tinto.

The government of Newfoundland and Labrador launched the appeal after Quebec’s highest court ruled that the Innu of Uashat and of Mani-Utenam and others could sue the company and its Iron Ore Co. of Canada subsidiary through Quebec courts.

The attorney general of Newfoundland and Labrador has argued that Quebec courts are without jurisdiction in the matter because the mining operations are in Labrador.

The Innu launched the lawsuit in 2013, seeking $900 million in compensation because the mine was built without their consent.

They claim the mine, in operation since 1954, has caused environmental damage, displaced members of the community, and prevented them from practising their traditional way of life.

The Innu First Nations of Uashat mak Mani-utenam and Matimekush-Lac John say they’re disappointed the Supreme Court will hear the challenge as it amounts to another delay in their lawsuit.


Minister Tassi visits Northern Ontario, reaffirms Government of Canada’s strong vision for healthy aging of senior

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

November 15, 2018 Elliott Lake, Ontario Employment and Social Development Canada

Seniors are an important part of our social fabric, and they contribute to building a stronger Canada. They have made countless contributions and we want to make sure they continue to do so. That is why the Government is working to support older adults throughout the country and promote healthy aging and social inclusion for all Canadians.

Today, the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors, met with seniors in Manitoulin Island and Sault Ste. Marie to highlight the importance of healthy aging and wellness. Minister Tassi had discussions with older Canadians on the topic of active living and highlighted the importance of working together to address challenges older individuals face in northern and rural communities throughout the country. She was joined by local officials to exchange ideas on how to better collaborate to ensure seniors’ needs are heard, and met.

The Minister also participated in activities funded through the New Horizons for Seniors Program, a program which has funded over 21,600 community-based projects since 2004. The program promotes social inclusion and healthy aging by encouraging older adults to get active in their communities.

The Government of Canada continues to take concrete action to improve the well-being of seniors, including restoring the age of eligibility for Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement from 67 to 65 and increasing the Guaranteed Income Supplement amount by almost $1,000 per year for the most vulnerable single seniors. The Government has also worked with provinces and territories to enhance the Canada Pension Plan to help ensure that today’s workers, the seniors of tomorrow, can enjoy a safe, secure and dignified retirement.

Initiatives like these support the Government’s overall commitment to improve the well-being of all Canadians and strengthen the middle class and those working hard to join it.


“We all have to work together to ensure we respond to the needs and well-being of older adults so that all seniors can lead healthy, active and independent lives. Healthy aging and social inclusion improve seniors’ well-being across Canada, and I was glad to be able to receive input and learn best practices from seniors, stakeholders and seniors’ organizations in Northern Ontario.”

– The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors

Quick facts

  • Seniors are the fastest-growing demographic group in Canada. By 2030, the number of seniors will reach almost 9.6 million people, representing close to one quarter of Canada’s population.
  • Canadians’ life expectancy continues to rise—Canadian men and women born in 2016 will live on average to age 86 and 89, respectively.

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For media enquiries, please contact:

Annabelle Archambault
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Seniors

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada


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