800 students learn to “combat racism and ignorance” through blanket exercise – CBC

The blankets represent land in Canada and the participants are the Indigenous people or European settlers

Aug 17, 2018

Nearly 800 students from Lutheran and Anglican churches across Canada gathered at Lakehead University’s Thunder Bay campus on Thursday afternoon to learn the history of Indigenous people and how colonization occurred in Canada, through what’s known as a blanket exercise.

Organized and developed through Kairos — a coalition of ten national churches and religious organizations — this blanket exercise is a storytelling event that “tells the relationship between Indigenous and non-indigenous people in Canada,” according to Kairos’s program manager, Ed Bianchi.

“The blanket exercise is essentially a history lesson,” Bianchi told CBC News, “it’s an experiential, participatory workshop that lasts about 45 minutes.”

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Harmful dumping in Canadian Arctic to double by 2035, new WWF study finds

OTTAWA, Aug. 15, 2018 — The amount of untreated grey water dumped in Canadian Arctic waters is projected to double by 2035 if left unregulated, this new report commissioned by World Wildlife Fund Canada shows.

As climate change makes the frozen region more accessible, grey water from vessels’ galleys, showers and laundry is being released in increasing amounts into the fragile Arctic marine ecosystem, which is home to whales, walrus, seabirds, fish and other marine organisms.

Current “hot spots” of grey-water dumping in the Arctic intersect with important whale habitats, such as calving areas and migration routes, as well as areas of high concentrations of Arctic char and sensitive benthic habitats. (See map, below.) Contamination of fish and shellfish threatens food security in northern communities.

Although the impacts of grey water are similar to sewage, ships passing through Arctic waters in Canada are not required to adhere to any specific regulations for grey water and ships are not monitored for dumping this harmful waste into the sea. Transport Canada rules for grey water are much more stringent for waters below the 60th parallel.

Hans Lennie, secretary-treasurer of the Inuvialuit Game Council, said:
“Northern communities rely on resupply ships and many communities are happy to see tourism growing responsibly in the Arctic. However, communities in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region rely on the ocean for food. Untreated grey water can contaminate shellfish and could create toxic algae blooms that have the potential to jeopardize our food security. As shipping grows in the Arctic, it’s important that regulations are changed to stop the dumping of grey water into the ocean.”

Melissa Nacke, specialist for arctic shipping and marine conservation at WWF-Canada, said:
“Regulations governing grey water disposal in the Arctic are overdue for an overhaul. WWF-Canada’s report clearly shows that traffic is increasing and the rate of untreated grey water disposal in the Arctic environment will rise rapidly over the next two decades. Grey water can have many harmful impacts on the ocean, including introducing invasive species, metals, bacteria and microplastics. It doesn’t make any sense that the fragile Canadian Arctic environment receives less regulation and protection than southern waters and neighbouring Alaska, and we want that to change.”

About grey water

  • Vessel grey water comes from showers, baths, laundry, dishwasher and galley wastewater.
  • It contains nutrients (such as nitrogen and phosphorus), oil and grease, detergent and soap residue, metals (such as copper, lead and mercury), bacteria, pathogens, hair, organic matter including food particles, suspended solids, bleach and pesticide residues.
  • Potential environmental impacts of grey water include shellfish contamination, algal blooms, lowered oxygen levels in the ocean and introduction of microplastics.
  • Passenger vessels, such as cruise ships, produce about 250 litres per day per person; cargo vessels produce less, about 125 litres per day per person.

About the report

  • Prepared by Vard Marine Inc., the study builds on a previous, similar greywater analysis from 2015.
  • This 2018 report presents a baseline for waste in the region in 2016 and provides projections for the quantities, types and areas of grey water concentration in the Canadian Arctic in 2025 and 2035.
  • By 2035, tourism will be the biggest source of grey water dumping, according to the report.
  • Even a small increase in the number of passenger ships can have a big impact on the amount of grey water being dumped: The report shows that, due to the large number of passengers on cruise ships and their higher water use per person, tourism is projected to generate the most grey water by 2035, especially in the Northwest Passage.
  • Ships used for mining exports and fishing spend much more time in the Arctic, so even though they have fewer people onboard and lower levels of water use, they are also large contributors.
  • The report also points to various grey-water treatment options that could be used on ships to eliminate environmentally harmful substances.

About World Wildlife Fund Canada
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Giesbrecht: MacDonald’s Mistake – Winnipeg Sun

Victoria City Council removed John A. MacDonald’s statue from City Hall to promote reconciliation with Indigenous people. The latest of many attacks on important Canadian historical figures, bewildered officials believe an Orwellian rewriting of Canadian history will bring about “reconciliation”.

Macdonald is our greatest Canadian. If not for Macdonald, there would be no Canada. His vision included peoples from other parts of the world settling and farming the west, with a railroad tying the country together. Without Macdonald, everything west of Ontario would have become a northern extension of our troubled neighbour to the south. He made one great mistake- that mistake involved peoples then known as Indians.

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BR Wildfires BC Update – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Aug 17, 2018 


(Recasts with Kimberley evacuation alert)

A new wildfire evacuation alert has been issued for the entire city of Kimberley, B-C and other properties directly south and southwest of the city in the Regional District East Kootenay.

The city in southeast B-C has about 45-hundred residents.

Mayor Don McCormick said in a statement that if an evacuation is needed, residents will be given as much advance notice as possible, but cautioned there may be limited notice due to changing conditions.

Two evacuation orders were issued earlier Thursday evening.

One posted by the Cariboo Regional District covering 62 properties in the Dean River North area, including the Itcha Ilgachuz Provincial Park and the other covers 65 addresses east of Kootenay in the St. Mary’s Lake area.

B-C declared a state of emergency this week as more than 560 wildfires burn in every corner of the province and residents of more than 1,500 properties are out of their homes.

The Canadian Armed Forces have promised 200 members to help, and a first team of 100 troops was deployed yesterday to an area west of Kelowna.

A First Nation chief whose community has been ravaged by a wildfire in northwestern B-C says it’s heart-wrenching and worrisome to think about how they will rebuild.

About 250 members of the Tahltan Nation and non-Indigenous residents have been evacuated from Telegraph Creek where a massive 360-square-wildfire has destroyed more than 40 homes and properties, including about 21 on the Indigenous reserve.

Tahltan Chief Rick Mclean says it’s unclear when the evacuation order will be lifted.

(The Canadian Press)


Bold Eagle grads eligible for high school credit

August 16, 2018

Alberta graduates of the Canadian Armed Forces’ Bold Eagle employment program will receive high school credits starting in the 2018-19 school year.

The Bold Eagle program is a challenging six-week summer employment program that combines Indigenous culture learning with military training.

“Connecting students to career paths early on ensures Alberta has an educated, engaged workforce. The Bold Eagle program opens up more opportunities for students to get real-life, hands-on learning and to obtain the credits they need to finish high school.”

David Eggen, Minister of Education

“The Bold Eagle program blends Indigenous culture and traditions with discipline and teamwork. Programs like this are life-changing. Participants will carry these lessons for the rest of their lives, whether they choose to join the Canadian Armed Forces or follow another career path.”

Richard Feehan, Minister of Indigenous Relations

“The Bold Eagle program has helped Indigenous youth across Western and Northern Canada cultivate self-confidence, resilience, teamwork skills and self-discipline for 29 years. I am pleased that the hard work that graduates put in over the course of the program now also includes high school credit, providing tangible recognition for their tremendous accomplishments.”

Brig.-Gen. Trevor Cadieu, Commander 3rd Canadian Division/Joint Task Force West

Participants start the program by learning traditional Indigenous values and teachings from Indigenous Elders and cultural staff. They subsequently learn a range of skills including weapons-handling, navigation, first aid, drill, outdoor field craft and survival. The program runs from July to August each year at the Canadian Armed Forces Base in Wainwright.

Quick facts

  • Participants will earn up to five credits for completion of the Bold Eagle program.
  • The Bold Eagle program will be eligible for high school credit at the start of the 2018-19 school year.
  • Alberta has some of the highest enrolment rates for the program, with an estimated 400 graduates since 1990.

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Press Secretary, Education


Six Nations exchange program exploring culture, feminism and reconciliation – CBC

Indigenous and non-Indigenous women come together for week-long program

Aug 17, 2018

A dozen women from across Ontario are in Six Nations this week to talk about how they can forge alliances between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

The week long program, called Kontihnekaha:wi (They Carry the Water), includes both non-Indigenous and Indigenous women.

The program is run by a group called the Canadian Roots Exchange (CRE) and it’s providing a space for the group to learn about traditional Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) culture and the leadership role that women can have in the process of reconciliation.

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BR Inuit Leadership Vote – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Aug 17, 2018

INUVIK, N.W.T. – The newly re-elected leader of Canada’s 60-thouand Inuit says housing will be one his top priorities, along with suicide prevention and eradicating tuberculosis.

Natan Obed has won as second term as president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.

Housing is a problem in all four of Canada’s Inuit regions, but is particularly serious in Nunavut, where the number of families living in housing that is inadequate or too expensive is three time higher than the national average.

The territory estimates a housing shortfall of three-thousand units and experts blame poor housing for generating many of the territory’s other social ills.

Obed says the last three federal budgets have committed 800-million dollars over 10 years to address the problem, but it is not enough.

His group’s strategy will focus on promoting private home ownership, better building design and more efficient contracting and construction.

Obed says that plan should be released in November.

(The Canadian Press)


BR Bernier Scheer – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Aug 17, 2018 

OTTAWA – Conservative M-P Tony Clement says Maxime Bernier is “raging at the sky” and he’s not the same politician he supported during last year’s Conservative leadership race.

Clement likens Bernier’s recent diatribes against “extreme multiculturalism” to former Conservative leadership rival Kellie Leitch’s controversial proposal to test immigrants and refugees for “Canadian values.”

Clement said he remembers clearly Bernier opposing Leitch’s proposal when she was “saying very similar things.”

In a series of tweets on Sunday, Bernier said promoting too much diversity could have the effect of segmenting Canada into “little tribes” that cause division and erode the country’s identity.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he has asked his team to work together but wouldn’t say whether he’ll take any action against Bernier and dodged reporters’ questions about whether the M-P will be removed from caucus.

Scheer also reiterated that Bernier speaks “for himself” and not the party.

(The Canadian Press)


Minister’s statement on Columbia River Treaty meetings in Nelson

August 16, 2018

VICTORIA – Negotiators representing the governments of Canada, including British Columbia, and the United States met in Nelson on Aug. 15-16, 2018, to continue discussions about the future of the Columbia River Treaty.

Following the meetings, Katrine Conroy, B.C.’s Minister Responsible for the Columbia River Treaty, issued the following statement:

“As discussions about the future of the Columbia River Treaty progress, it’s great to see negotiators from Canada, B.C. and the U.S. bringing the conversation to the Columbia Basin — in Nelson this week and then in Portland in October.

“Last month’s Pacific Northwest Economic Region summit gave legislators and stakeholders from both sides of the border a chance to see the treaty’s benefits and impacts first-hand, and it’s fitting that negotiation meetings are happening here in the Columbia Basin.

“Although I can’t comment on the specifics of the negotiations, I am optimistic and know that collaboration between our two countries is the key to future success.

“Working together, I’m confident that we can create a better treaty and ensure it continues to maximize benefits for Canada and the U.S., while sharing them equitably.”

Quick Facts:

  • The Columbia River Treaty is a trans-boundary water-management agreement between the United States and Canada, ratified in 1964.
  • The treaty optimizes flood management and power generation, requiring co-ordinated operations of reservoirs and water flows for the Columbia River and Kootenay River on both sides of the border.
  • In March 2014, following extensive consultation with First Nations, community engagement and after conducting a number of technical studies, the Government of British Columbia announced its decision to continue the treaty and seek improvements within the existing framework. This decision is supported by the Government of Canada.
  • Negotiators will next meet in Portland, Ore. on Oct. 17-18, 2018.


Kent Karemaker
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
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There’s been a lot of devastation:’ man whose family lost homes in B.C. fire – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Aug 17, 2018

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. _ Residents of a tiny northwestern British Columbia town ravaged by a massive wildfire are determined to extinguish the flames and rebuild their community, family members say.

Dan Edzerza Sr. and his daughter Kristina Michaud are collecting donations of money and dried goods for evacuees after a 360-square-kilometre blaze destroyed more than 40 homes and properties in Telegraph Creek.

“There’s been a lot of devastation there,” said Edzerza, speaking from Prince George, B.C.

“A lot of my family members lost their homes. It’s still not over yet, they’re still trying to stop that fire.”

The provincial government declared a state of emergency Wednesday as more than 560 wildfires burn in every corner of the province. Residents of about 1,500 properties have been forced to evacuate, while thousands more are on evacuation alerts and must be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.

A new evacuation alert was issued late Thursday for the entire city of Kimberley and other properties directly south and southwest of the city in the Regional District East Kootenay. The southeast B.C. city has about 4,500 residents.

Mayor Don McCormick said in a statement that if an evacuation is needed, residents will be given as much advance notice as possible, but cautioned there may be limited notice due to changing conditions.

Two evacuation orders were issued earlier in the evening. One posted by the Cariboo Regional District covering 62 properties in the Dean River North area, including the Itcha Ilgachuz Provincial Park. The other covers 65 addresses east of Kootenay in the St. Mary’s Lake area.

Many people connected to Telegraph Creek are pitching in to help those displaced and save the town. Edzerza’s son is among those fighting the fire in Telegraph Creek, while Michaud’s sister is collecting donations in nearby Dease Lake.

“That’s their home. They’re going to go back and set up tents if they have to,” said Michaud. “We’re going to do everything we can to make sure they have a home to go back to. That land is our roots.”

Smoke has triggered air quality advisories across Western Canada, and Michaud said it was so smoky in Prince George that it was dark at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. When she went looking for masks, they were sold out everywhere.

“It’s just awful here,” she said.

About 250 members of the Tahltan Nation and non- Indigenous residents live in Telegraph Creek. All have been evacuated, but some members of the First Nation have stayed behind to fight the fires, said Chief Rick Mclean.

Most Tahltan members who lost homes have been notified, he said, adding about 21 of the destroyed structures are on the reserve.

“It’s heart-wrenching and worrisome, thinking about how we’re going to rebuild,” he said. “It’s going to take some time. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done to make it safe. We’re still under evacuation order and fighting the fight.”

The federal government has promised to send 200 Canadian Armed Forces members to B.C. to help. A first team of 100 was deployed early Thursday to an area west of Kelowna to start the mop-up of contained fires.

The Department of National Defence said it’s still working with the BC Wildfire Service to determine where and when the other troops will be needed.

Fire crews from across the province are also pitching in to fight the flames. Vancouver Fire Chief Darrell Reid said on social media Thursday that city fire trucks and crews were on their way north to Fort St. James.

The fire vehicles will be shipped on flatbed trucks for the 15-hour journey, he said.

Thirty-six new fires started between Wednesday morning and Thursday afternoon, mostly sparked by lightning, said wildfire service spokeswoman Kyla Fraser.

The greatest area of concern is a corridor between Smithers and Prince George in north-central B.C., where many of the biggest fires are burning, she said.

A wildfire about 30 kilometres northeast of Burns Lake has doubled in size in recent days to 680 square kilometres, making it the largest in the province. There are 113 firefighters battling the blaze along with support workers, aircraft and heavy equipment, said Fraser.

As for the fire in Telegraph Creek, crews are facing difficult weather including hot, dry conditions and forecasted winds, she said.

Erma Bourquin, a resident of Iskut, about three hours from Telegraph Creek, said about 90 evacuees from the town sought refuge in her community.

About half of them have already moved on to other communities, she added.

The air is so smoky there that one resident hasn’t been able to leave her house for days because of her respiratory problems, Bourquin said.

She said she’s prepared to leave Iskut if an evacuation order is issued and has packed a bag with family photographs.

“There are mixed emotions, some are hopeful,” Bourquin said.

“There are a lot who have fear, especially when it gets really smoky here. And it’s a loss for some of (the evacuees) because some of them have lost their homes.”


Tesla Motors Canada takes Ontario government to court over vehicle rebates – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Aug 16, 2018

By Dan Healing


The Canadian arm of Tesla, Inc., is taking the Ontario government to court, claiming it has been treated unfairly in the cancellation of a program providing rebates to residents who bought electric vehicles.

In an application for judicial review, Tesla Motors Canada says the decision by Premier Doug Ford’s government to halt the program in July left hundreds of its customers no longer eligible for rebates they expected to get when they ordered their vehicles.

It claims that Tesla was left out of a program that allows purchasers of other brands to still get rebates during a transition period.

“The decision has already inflicted substantial harm on Tesla Canada in the form of lost sales and the creation of an impression among Ontarians that Tesla Canada may be singled out for future arbitrary treatment under the law,” says the statement filed Aug. 10.

It asks the Ontario Superior Court to quash the “arbitrary and entirely unreasonable” decision, adding that the government has given it no reason for its exclusion from the rebate extension.

None of Tesla’s claims has been proven in court. The company said it would not provide further comment.

A spokesman for the Ontario Transportation Ministry said Thursday it would not comment on the situation because the matter is before the court.

In July, the government announced the cancellation of the rebate program but said that incentives would be honoured for vehicles ordered through a dealership if they are delivered and registered by Sept. 10.

Tesla sells vehicles directly to customers rather than through a dealership, making its vehicles ineligible for the incentives under the new rules.

Customers who have been waiting for Tesla Model 3 cars to be delivered say the Ontario government move has them rethinking their purchase.

Toronto teacher Kurtis Evans, 38, said he was planning to sell his current vehicle _ and was counting on receiving the maximum $14,000 rebate _ to be able to afford the $71,000 price of the car he ordered in June.

“My wife and I are still not sure if we are going to take delivery without the rebate … we are not millionaires,” he said, adding he fears losing a $4,200 non-refundable deposit if he cancels the order.

However, Matthew Cheung of Mississauga, Ont., said the Tesla he helped his father order in June has already been cancelled because it would not have been affordable without the rebate.

He added Tesla has agreed to provide a refund of the deposit.

Dealers who handle brands other than Tesla are also unhappy with the sudden cancellation of the rebate program and the brief extension to September, said David Adams, president of the Global Automakers of Canada.

“Our view would be that it really shouldn’t matter when the vehicle is delivered if the consumer ordered the vehicle prior to the government cancelling the program,” he said, adding Tesla is not a member in his organization.

Subsidies are generally frowned upon by his members because they distort the marketplace, but the rebates for electric vehicles are seen as providing a balance for the substantial difference in price versus fossil-fuel powered cars, Adams said.

NDP economic development critic MPP Catherine Fife said in an email that Ford’s “reckless decision” to cancel Ontario’s cap and trade program and thus remove the funding for the electric vehicle rebates has had a negative impact on the province.

“Doug Ford’s Ontario is closed for business, and families are going to pay the price,” she charged.

According to data compiled by FleetCarma, 7,477 battery and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles were sold in Ontario last year, up 120 per cent from 2016 when increased rebates were implemented.

Overall vehicle sales in Canada grew 4.8 per cent to a record 2.08 million last year. By December, electric vehicles accounted for 1.4 per cent of all sales.

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Grassy Mountain Coal Project — Establishment of Joint Review Panel

August 16, 2018 — Ottawa — Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Mr. Jim Ellis, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Alberta Energy Regulator, announced today the establishment of a three-member Joint Review Panel to review Benga Mining Limited’s proposed Grassy Mountain Coal Project, located in southwest Alberta.

Mr. Alex Bolton has been appointed as the Chair of the Joint Review Panel. Mr. Hans Matthews and Mr. Dean O’Gorman have been appointed as members of the Joint Review Panel.

The Joint Review Panel Agreement signed by Minister McKenna and Mr. Ellis establishes the mandate and terms of reference of the Joint Review Panel, its composition, as well as the procedures and timelines of the review.

Under the Agreement, the Joint Review Panel will conduct a review of the potential environmental effects of the project, consider mitigation measures, determine whether the project is likely to cause significant adverse enviromental effects, and identify any follow-up programs required.

As a next step, the Joint Review Panel must hold a public comment period on the Environmental Impact Statement. After considering the comments received, the Panel will determine whether it has sufficient information to proceed to the public hearing.

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Alison Reilander
Communications Advisor
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

Bob Curran
Director, Public Affairs
Alberta Energy Regulator


ULCC Concludes its 100th Annual Meeting

QUÉBEC CITY, Aug. 16, 2018 – The Uniform Law Conference of Canada (ULCC), a government-supported organization that works to modernize and harmonize federal, provincial and territorial laws and considers proposals to reform criminal laws, held its 100th Annual Meeting in Québec city, from August 12 to 16, 2018. The ULCC is comprised of a Civil Section and a Criminal Section.

It was appropriate for the ULCC to hold the 100th anniversary of its annual meeting in the province of Québec since the first meeting ever held in 1918 was also in this province, more precisely in Montréal. The Québec Ministry of Justice is proud that the 100th anniversary has been held in the Old City and to welcome the ULCC representatives and their guests. The ULCC is thankful for its partners’ financial support in the organization of the event. These are the Ministère de la Justice du Québec, the Ministère du Conseil exécutif, Ville de Québec, the Barreau du Québec, the Chambre des notaires du Québec and the faculty of law of Université Laval.

This week, the ULCC’s Civil Section adopted in principle a new Uniform Commercial Tenancies Act, which is intended to be a complete uniform code for commercial tenancies in Canada’s common law jurisdictions. The Act will consolidate, update and clarify statutory provisions affecting commercial tenancies found in different statutes in each jurisdiction. The Civil Section also adopted Uniform Electronic Document Rules which will harmonize rules governing the electronic production of documents in civil and administrative proceedings.

The Civil Section heard reports on the rise of legislation across Canada aimed at addressing the non-consensual distribution of intimate images and a review of certain uniform Acts that implement international conventions.

The ULCC’s Criminal Section debated and voted on proposals to amend the Criminal Code and related statutes. This week, it considered 30 resolutions relating to youth criminal justice, firearms, various aspects of criminal procedure including Identification of Criminals Act reform, bail, DNA and mandatory minimum penalties.

The Criminal Section also received working group reports regarding telewarrant procedure, section 9 of the Canada Evidence Act regarding the ability of a party to confront and lead its own witness, and regarding reform to section 490 of the Criminal Code, the detention of seized property regime and a presentation from the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions regarding the independence, accountability, discretionary power and professional autonomy of prosecutors.

At a joint session of the Civil and Criminal Sections, a new Uniform Police Record Checks Act was adopted. The new Act standardizes the types of criminal record checks that may be provided, places limits on the disclosure of non-conviction information and creates procedural protections including appeal and reconsideration processes to correct inaccurate information and challenge irrelevant information disclosed in criminal record checks. The joint session also received a report on costs awards under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and civil charge damages against the Crown arising from criminal prosecutions.

Delegates to the ULCC are legal experts appointed by the 14 member governments (federal, 10 provincial, 3 territorial). They include prosecutors, lawyers and notaries from the governments and private practice, members of the judiciary, law professors, the Canadian Bar Association, the Barreau du Québec, the Chambre des notaires du Québec, Indigenous Bar Association, Aboriginal Legal Services and law reform institutes. Over 100 participants attended this year’s Annual Meeting, including the current and several former Presidents of the United States Uniform Law Commission. The ULCC was founded in 1918 and over the years has recommended the implementation of numerous Uniform Acts and other law reform initiatives. Those recommendations have often been enacted into law by federal, provincial and territorial governments.

For further information: Media contact: Manon Dostie, Past President of the Uniform Law Conference of Canada, 613-952-3724,


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Consumer Price Index, July 2018

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 3.0% on a year-over-year basis in July, following a 2.5% increase in June. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, the CPI was up 0.5% in July, after increasing 0.2% in June.

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Canada’s international transactions in securities, June 2018

Foreign investment in Canadian securities totalled $11.5 billion in June, up from $3.0 billion in May. At the same time, Canadian investment in foreign securities increased to $11.3 billion, the largest investment since January 2018.

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Exports of grains by final destination, June 2018

Data on exports of grains by final destination are now available for June.

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Monthly Survey of Large Retailers, June 2018

Monthly data from the large retailers program are now available for June.

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New network bringing together Indigenous students and health professionals – CBC

Based in Kahnawake, Quebec Indigenous Mentorship Network seeks to support and encourage Indigenous students

Aug 16, 2018

A newly launched network is hoping to provide culturally-grounded support for Indigenous students across Quebec with dreams of careers in the health sector.

“We do need more representation in all health-related fields. There’s a growing number, but we’re all very stretched with demands,” said Treena Delormier, an associate professor in the School of Human Nutrition at McGill University.

Delormier, a Kanien’kehá:ka from Kahnawake, near Montreal, is one of the handful of Indigenous mentors working with the new Quebec Indigenous Mentorship Network. The network, which is funded by the Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, is based in Kahnawake.

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Trump suggests Canada has been sidelined from latest NAFTA negotiations – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Aug 16, 2018 

By Andy Blatchford


OTTAWA _ U.S. President Donald Trump is suggesting Canada has deliberately been left on NAFTA’s sidelines as one-on-one talks heat up between Washington and Mexico.

For four straight weeks, U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer and Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo have held bilateral negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement, while Canada has been absent from the bargaining table.

Canadian officials have insisted they’re unfazed by being left out of the discussions because it’s allowing the U.S. and Mexico to sort out tough bilateral issues, such as their differences on autos. They’ve stressed that there have been a lot of one-on-one talks during NAFTA’s renegotiation process.

But some observers have refused to buy that argument. They’ve said Ottawa’s partners have frozen it out of the critical NAFTA negotiations as a tactic and have warned that Canada could eventually be forced into accepting a deal reached between the U.S. and Mexico.

Trump appeared to feed that belief during a televised cabinet meeting in Washington on Thursday _ on the one-year anniversary of the start of NAFTA’s renegotiation.

“We’re not negotiating with Canada right now,” said Trump, who has frequently complained about Canada’s supply-managed dairy sector.

“Their tariffs are too high, their barriers are too strong, so we’re not even talking to them right now. But we’ll see how that works out. It will only work out to our favour.”

During the cabinet meeting, Lighthizer told the room he’s hoping for a NAFTA breakthrough with Mexico in the coming days.

“I’m hopeful with Mexico and then I hope once we get one with Mexico that Canada will come along,” Lighthizer said.

The U.S. and Mexican governments have both expressed optimism the entire NAFTA renegotiation could be concluded before the end of the month.

But Trump insisted Thursday that he’s in “no rush” to make a deal.

“If you don’t have a breakthrough, as you call it, don’t do the deal because it’s a lousy situation for the United States,” he told Lighthizer.

“We have much better alternatives than that, you understand? So, if you can’t make the right deal, don’t make it.”

Trump added that NAFTA has “been a disaster for our country.”

Asked about Trump’s remarks Thursday, a spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Ottawa’s officials remain in touch with their American and Mexican partners.

“Minister Freeland, Ambassador (David) MacNaughton and the Canadian negotiating team are in regular contact with their counterparts and we look forward to continuing these important discussions in the coming weeks,” Adam Austen wrote in an email.

“Our focus remains defending Canadian interests as we work towards a modernized, updated NAFTA agreement.”

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Civeo celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day 2018

Credits: Civeo

Civeo employees celebrated National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21, 2018.

We were honoured to have special guests join us and teach us about the importance of National Indigenous People’s day. Festivities included Inuit throat singing, Metis jigging and First Nations dancing performances as well as Rockin’ Fiddle music.

Statement by Minister Bennett on the re-election of the President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

From: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO (August 16, 2018) – The Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, Carolyn Bennett, issued the following statement today:

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to extend my congratulations to Mr. Natan Obed on his re-election as President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.

I look forward to continuing to collaborate with Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami to bring about positive change in the lives of Inuit in Canada and to advance our mutual commitment to a renewed Inuit-Crown relationship based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.

Together, we will continue to bring about the type of transformative change that we need to make a real difference for Inuit, for the benefit of all Canadians.

I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Mr. Peter Ittinuar and Mr. Peter Williamson on their decision to run and thank them for their commitment and dedication to address the concerns of Inuit. I wish them all the best in their future endeavours.”

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

Media Relations
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada


VIU Fulbright Canada Jarislowsky Foundation Visiting Research Chair Focuses on Aboriginal Learning

August 16, 2018 – 9:00am

“I feel very humbled,” says Drywater-Whitekiller. “It seems surreal that I have been honoured to contribute in this way.”

“I am excited to welcome Virgina Drywater-Whitekiller to Vancouver Island University as the Fulbright Canada Jarislowsky Foundation Visiting Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies,” says Dr. Carol Stuart, VIU Interim Provost and Vice-President Academic. “Her approach to research and her focus fits well with VIU’s commitment to supporting Indigenous students and communities. Access and success in educational endeavors is critical for progress toward reconciliation and Dr. Drywater-Whitekiller’s research will help us understand success from a student perspective.”

As a single-mother, Drywater-Whitekiller pursued a post-secondary education to build a better life for her child and herself. She received her doctoraldegree in Higher Education Administration at Oklahoma State University in 2004, after becoming the first-ever university graduate in her immediate family.

“My Cherokee grandparents taught me with having a higher education I have a responsibility to give to Indigenous peoples,” she says. Drywater-Whitekiller contributes to supporting Indigenous peoples through education.

Drywater-Whitekiller is a professor at the Northeastern State University (NSU) of Oklahoma, an institute with the highest retention rate in the United States for Aboriginal peoples and was originally founded to support Indigenous learners. Twenty-five per cent of students at NSU self-identify as Indigenous.

“First Peoples in Canada and the United States share similar situations; the majority of us are in poverty, live in poor health, and have intense struggles,” says Drywater-Whitekiller. “Having a higher education helps address those problems and empowers tribes and future generations.”

She has over 20 years’ experience developing and teaching undergraduate and graduate level social work and indigenous studies courses.

Drywater-Whitekiller carries on the legacy of Chief Wilma Mankiller, the first elected female chief of Cherokee Nation, by continuing to teach a Native American leadership course they developed together before Mankiller passed away. “I hold this project very dear to my heart,” she says. “I promised her I would continue this meaningful work, and it’s gratifying to support Aboriginalyouth to develop strong leadership skills.”

Drywater-Whitekiller has developed a fifth year medical school program to encourage more Indigenous learners to pursue medical professions. She has served as the principle investigator for several federal funding initiatives, including NSU’s Child Welfare Workforce Traineeship for the U.S. Children’s Bureau.

Drywater-Whitekiller has contributed extensively to social work practice with Aboriginal populations in aspects of health care, education, juvenile offenders, and child welfare. “This is a way of life for my husband and I. It is our desire to go out in the communities and help in any way that we can,” she says. During her stay in Nanaimo, Drywater-Whitekiller hopes to be invited to First Nations for the opportunity to visit and learn from those communities.

Drywater-Whitekiller’s Fulbright proposed research “Indigenous Cultural Resilience: Supporting Higher Pathways” will explore cultural factors and coping mechanisms of Canada’s Indigenous peoples in college retention. The strength-based research focuses on Indigenous concepts that assist Indigenous peoples in navigating challenging life tasks.

“I hope my work will be informed by the Elders-in-Residence and they will become co-researchers with me,” she says. “Once my time here is over, my wish is the research will continue to be relevant and applied.”

Drywater-Whitekiller will be at VIU conducting her research from August 7thto December 19th, 2018.



Rae-Anne LaPlante, Communications Officer, Vancouver Island University

P: 250.740.6673 | E:| T: @VIUNews


imagineNATIVE announces The Beat

imagineNATIVE’s music showcase The Beat, co-presented by Revolutions Per Minute (RPM), returns Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Lee’s Palace with live performances and the $10,000 iN Bullseye Prize award presentation.

The Beat will feature live performances by 2018 Polaris Music Prize short listers Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Inuit throat-singing and beat mashup Silla + Rise, Indigenous rapper from Guanajuato by way of Oakland Chhoti Maa, and Winnipeg producer DJ Boogey the Beat.

imagineNATIVE and Slaight Music will also announce the winner of the 2018 iN Bullseye Prize at The Beat. Launched in 2016, this indigenous music talent search contest seeks to nurture Canada’s newest music talent with unprecedented opportunities, including a $10,000 cash award, to turn their talent into a career.

For more information visit:

The 19th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival returns October 17-21, 2018. More programming will be announced in the coming weeks.

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
October 17-21, 2018
Festival Passes + Package Available Until September 24 Only
Tickets for single screenings and events go on sale October 1
Call – TIFF Box Office on 416-599-TIFF (8433)
Online – TIFF Festival Partners and Third Party Events
In Person – TIFF Box Office at 350 King St W, Toronto, ON

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Media Contact: Damien Nelson,, 416.693.4425


Three new curators to work with Beaverbrook Art Gallery

16 August 2018

FREDERICTON (GNB) – Three new curators have been selected by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery to help in preparations for, and the celebration of, the 50th anniversary of the New Brunswick Art Bank.

Emma Hassencahl-Perley of Tobique First Nation, Emilie Grace Lavoie of Moncton and Erin Goodine of Fredericton were selected as emerging artists who represent the francophone, anglophone and First Nations communities.

In May, the provincial government announced an investment of $82,000 to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery for this celebration. As part of the investment, three emerging curators were selected to work with the gallery to develop a unique exhibit about the art bank. The exhibit will be displayed at the gallery and will travel throughout the province over the next year.

“Our government is proud to support the arts and culture sector in the province,” said Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister John Ames. “We look forward to the work of our emerging curators and to their role in nourishing the New Brunswick Art Bank.”

In addition to the provincial touring exhibition, the three curators will also create an exhibition catalogue of contemporary artists in New Brunswick.

More information about the New Brunswick Art Bank is available online.

Media Contact(s)

Barbara Day, communications, Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, 506-444-5185.


Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada Request for Proposals: Innusunni Aqqusaaqtara My Journey – Communications Plan

Aug 15, 2018

Cancer is a leading cause of death among Inuit living in Canada. The rate is nearly twice as high as the rest of the country. There is a need to provide Inuit with more information about cancer. Since 2012, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada has been increasing Inuit knowledge about cancer and providing tools for cancer patients, cancer survivors, families and health care providers working with Inuit. With financial support from the Public Health Agency of Canada, Pauktuutit initially developed the Kaggutiq Inuit Cancer Glossary. Pauktuutit then partnered with the Canadian Cancer Society though funding from Jaguar Land Rover Canada to continue the dissemination of the glossary and to develop new tools and resources to support patients, cancer survivors, family members and health care professionals. The entire body of work on cancer is called Inuusinni Aqqusaaqtara – My Journey.


Phase 1: Kaggutiq Inuit Cancer Glossary

From 2012 – 2014, Pauktuutit obtained funding through the Public Health Agency of Canada and held focus groups to engage the Inuit community and reach out to community health representatives and health care providers working with Inuit cancer patients. The project included a cancer terminology forum where Inuit medical translators and cancer experts collaborated on region-specific terminology that then contributed to the Inuktitut cancer glossary.

The Kaggutiq Inuit Cancer Glossary is the cancer resource for Inuit regarding cancer terminology and definitions. It is intended to provide Inuit patients and caregivers, as well as health care professionals, plain language information in English along with five dialects of Inuktitut about cancer.

The cancer glossary inspired a strategic partnership that brought together organizations with complementary experience and expertise through recognizing that a lack of commonly understood and used Inuktitut vocabulary was a barrier to communicating effectively about cancer.

Phase 2: Inuit Cancer Project

Pauktuutit is now working in collaboration with the Canadian Cancer Society and the project advisory committee through funding provided by Jaguar Land Rover Canada. This phase focusses on collaboratively developing and providing accurate information and culturally-appropriate resources to support recently diagnosed Inuit cancer patients through their cancer journey, and improving communication among Inuit patients and their medical interpreters, and health care providers. The patient resource, “Inuusinni Aqqusaaqtara” (My Journey) has been successfully launched throughout the regions of Nunangat. Enhanced outreach and dissemination to the cancer healthcare community serving Inuit patients remains a steady focus.

Goals of the Project

The purpose of these resources is to provide information to Inuit recently diagnosed with cancer to better support them throughout their journey and facilitate culturally appropriate engagement with healthcare professionals. A better understanding of cancer can reduce fear and empower Inuit to seek healthcare services sooner and more frequently. Often, early diagnosis and treatment means a better chance of survival. Building knowledge will help to empower not only patients, but their families and friends who want to offer support. Improved health literacy – for patients and healthcare providers – results in fewer misunderstandings and better quality of care.

As a result of this project we hope Inuit will be more knowledgeable and less fearful about cancer so they will be more likely to see their healthcare providers. Ultimately, reducing cancer incidence and mortality rates and improving the quality of life of Inuit living with cancer.

For ease of reference, the Project Logic Model, created in collaboration with Pauktuutit and the Project Advisory Committee at the outset of the project, is provided on the following page. It illustrates the project’s goals and objectives, activities and outputs, and expected outcomes. It serves as a “road map” for the project and its evaluation.


This is an open call to individuals, firms, or organizations to provide a comprehensive proposal for the development of a communications strategy and plan for the cancer project. With the development of new cancer resources, Pauktuutit would like to see these and existing resources highlighted as an important tool for patients and their families or caregivers and can provide valuable support and information when going through the cancer journey. The communications strategy should focus on care that is a strengths-based, wholistic approach to healing and re-centers Inuit culture and community as a key element for improving the quality of life of Inuit living with cancer. The strategy will be designed with input from both the Pauktuutit Health Department and the Cancer Advisory Committee.


  • Design an innovative and culturally relevant communications strategy and plan that is consistent with current My Journey branding and all previously created project tools and resources. A brand style guide will be provided.
  • Social media plan aligned with our partners and funders (Canadian Cancer Society and Jaguar Land Rover Canada) that includes Facebook and Twitter.
  • Special events/dates calendar related to Cancer or Health to take into consideration for our project’s awareness campaigns, social media posts, resource launches, etc. Must include a clear timeline until the end of the project (March 2020).
  • Design of an innovative and culturally relevant awareness campaign to increase visibility of the new My Journey resources, e-learning modules, and regional resource launches.
  • Engage patients and communities in a way that not only illustrates the value of the resources and captures how we are achieving our project goals and outcomes, but also encourages patients and communities to feel empowered. This could include creation of video. Please include specific costs if this is a recommendation.

In addition, the successful applicants will be required to:

  • participate in project meetings and teleconferences as appropriate;
  • provide progress updates as required; and,
  • submit all final project documents upon completion.


The duration of the contract will be August 30th, 2018 – March 31st, 2019.

  • bids accepted until August 23rd, 2018;
  • contract begins August 30th, 2018;
  • delivery of final products by March 15, 2019; and
  • contract ends March 31, 2019.

Pauktuutit’s Roles and Responsibilities

The primary contact at Pauktuutit for this project is Savanah Ashton, Manager of Health ( Pauktuutit commits to provide the information and materials necessary to complete the work, and will respond to requests for information in a timely fashion.

Pauktuutit will provide a decision within three business days.

Confidentiality, Privacy and Copyright

The successful applicant shall not disclose to any party any confidential information gained or resulting from activities undertaken under this project, nor shall the applicant disclose any information concerning Pauktuutit or their affairs where such information is obtained through this Project.

Pauktuutit and the successful applicant will agree to publicly and mutually acknowledge and accord appropriate credit for each other’s contribution in this project, including any products developed and disseminated as a result. Both parties will come to an agreement on how credit is attributed, depending on the nature and degree of each organization’s contribution.

It is understood that Pauktuutit retains ownership of any and all materials and intellectual property created, designed, or produced as a result of activities undertaken by the successful applicant when awarded this project.

It is understood that the successful applicant will generate original work for this project.

Proposal Instructions

  • Applicants must submit their company name, and confirm their incorporation, references, and/or portfolio;
  • Submit by email to;
  • Word format or PDF;
  • Estimates/budgets must remain firm until August 30th, 2018;
  • No payment will be made for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of a proposal in response to this RFP;
  • No costs incurred before receipt of a signed contract can be charged to the proposed contract;
  • Travel that may be required will be separate from this scope of work budget and will be paid for by Pauktuutit; and,
  • Pauktuutit reserves the right not to award a contract as a result of this RFP.


The proposal must:

  • Include a detailed budget not to exceed $10,000-15,000 + HST and that demonstrates that the objectives and deliverables for the project can be met;
  • Indicate the billing rate;
  • List any other expenses that might be applicable; and
  • Total bid MUST include 13% HST tax.

Rights of the Organization

Pauktuutit reserves the right to:

  • Enter into negotiations with one or more bidders on any or all aspects of this proposal.
  • Accept any proposal in whole or in part.
  • Cancel and/or re-issue this requirement at any time.
  • Award one or more contracts.
  • Verify any or all information provided by the bidder with respect to this requirement.


Premier Savikataaq congratulates ITK President

16 August 2018 

Premier Joe Savikataaq today released the following statement:

“On behalf of Nunavummiut, I want to offer congratulations to Natan Obed on his re-election as President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. His work over the last three years has put the culture, challenges and priorities of Inuit on the national and international stages.

I look forward to continuing our strong working relationship, advocating for Nunavut Inuit. We are stronger together. I’m confident we can use our common voice to ensure fair recognition and representation of Inuit in initiatives like suicide prevention, the Indigenous Rights’ Framework, the Arctic Policy Framework, and improvements to the Nutrition North program.

Thank you for your work so far, and all the best as you move onto your second term.”


Media Contact:

Cate Macleod
Press Secretary
Office of Premier Savikataaq


People of the Land: Indigenous Fine Art’ now on display at Gibson Centre in Alliston – Simcoe County

It’s a stunning showcase you won’t want to miss.

People of the Land, Indigenous Fine Art, is now on display at the Gibson Centre in Alliston.

The one-of-a-kind exhibit, which has been displayed at galleries across Canada, features paintings and limited edition prints by Norval Morrisseau, sculptures by Bill Nasogaluak and carvings by Joe Greene.

Both Nasogaluak and Greene will attend the opening reception taking place Aug. 16 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The exhibit runs until Sept. 21 and many of the items are available for purchase.

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Natan Obed re elected head of Canada’s national Inuit group – CP

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

INUVIK, N.W.T. – Canada’s national Inuit organization has re-elected Natan Obed as its leader.

The vote was taken today in Inuvik, Northwest Territories.

It’s Obed’s second term at the helm of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, which represents 60,000 Inuit people across Canada.

Obed has brought greater profile to the concerns of Inuit as the federal government tries to reconcile with Indigenous people.

He has also not been afraid of controversy and has called for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League to change their name.

(The Canadian Press)


Government of Canada creating a more inclusive Canada by helping to improve the access of people with disabilities to the workforce

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

News release

August 16, 2018 Vancouver, B.C. Employment and Social Development Canada

Ensuring people with disabilities have fair chance at obtaining gainful employment is a key part of the Government of Canada’s plan to create a more inclusive, accessible Canada. Today, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, announced that organizations across Canada will receive financial support through the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities (OF).

The Minister made the announcement at the Vancouver location of the Neil Squire Society, one of the national organizations that Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) will be working with under the OF as a result of the program’s 2018 call for proposals. The Neil Squire Society will receive up to $10 million for its Working Together with Employers and Enhancing Employment project that will provide work experiences and enhanced employment assistance services to persons with disabilities, as well as employer supports to ensure the successful inclusive integration of employees with disabilities into the workplace.

As a result of the competitive Call for Proposal process that ran between January and March 2018, the Department will be working with approximately 70 organizations across Canada on projects that support persons with disabilities in preparing for, obtaining and maintaining employment or becoming self-employed, thereby increasing their economic participation and independence.

Through programs like the OF, the Government of Canada is working collaboratively with partners in both the public and private sectors to create opportunities for the full participation by people with disabilities in their communities and workplaces, and helping to change the way society thinks, talks and acts about disability and accessibility.


“Our government is committed to ensuring all Canadians have an equal opportunity to succeed. Thanks to programs such as the Opportunities Fund, and partner organizations such as the Neil Squire Society, people with disabilities can get the support they need to find and keep good jobs. Everyone benefits when we’re all included, can contribute, and have the chance to earn a living.”

– The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility

Quick facts

  • The Opportunities Fund has an annual budget of $40 million.
  • The Government of Canada is investing an additional $18.4 million, over six years to enhance OF program activities through matching services and in-house recruitment and retention strategies for small- and medium-size enterprises with the aim of improving the labour market participation of people with disabilities.
  • The OF provides financial support to community organizations that assist people with a permanent physical or mental disability that restricts their ability to perform daily activities.
  • Since its inception in 1997, the Opportunities Fund has helped approximately 110,000 people with disabilities across Canada.
  • In 2017-2018, 5,230 people with disabilities were served through OF programming with 2,268 participants finding employment, 307 returning to school and 3,266 enhancing their employability.

Associated links


Ashley Michnowski
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada


The Past, Present, and Future of Ottawa’s Role in Health Care: New MLI Report

OTTAWA, ON (August 16, 2018):  Although most Canadians tend to think of health care as being a responsibility of the provinces and territories, the federal government has slowly yet steadily intruded on provincial jurisdiction when it comes to health. With the federal Department of Health centenary in 2019, now is the time to re-examine the past and present of Ottawa’s now $43-billion role in health care.

To help politicians, media, and the general public better understand the federal role in Canadian health care, MLI has released a new report titled The Federal Department of Health Nears 100: The Origins and Evolution of the Federal Role in Health Care and the Case for Reform.

Authored by MLI Munk Senior Fellow Sean Speer, this paper examines how Ottawa’s role has expanded over the past 100 years, how this expansion fits into our current health care model, and what the federal role means in terms of encouraging and discouraging positive health care reforms for better health outcomes. Building on an earlier MLI report from Wayne Critchley and Richard Owens, Speer sets out a positive yet narrow vision for the role of the federal government in our health care system.

Ottawa has become a key player in the form of federal transfer payments to the provinces and territories, pandemic preparations, drug approvals, public health initiatives, and health-related research. Federal spending on health (including the Canada Health Transfer) now exceeds $43 billion per year representing more than 15 percent of total program spending in Ottawa’s budget. Some of this expansion is to be expected due to the changing nature of medicine, health care and other related areas, but a major factor is simply federal overreach.

Speer’s key finding is that to move forward on improving health care, the scope of the federal role should be limited.

The full report is available here.

“As the Trudeau government contemplates an expansion of the federal role in Canadian health care, this paper’s analysis points in another direction – one that narrows the ambition of federal involvement in health care and instead grants the provinces and territories greater flexibility to experiment with different models of reform,” writes Speer.

The paper sets out a number of key recommendations for policy makers, including:

  • Reduce federal spending that duplicates or encroaches on provincial responsibility for health care administration and delivery;
  • Reform the Canada Heath Act to enable greater provincial and territorial experimentation;
  • Review the Department of Health’s regulatory role to minimize duplication and overlap with other governments;
  • Explore options to devolve responsibilities for First Nations and Inuit health
  • Launch a comprehensive review of federal spending in health-related areas

“Adopting these recommendations would not eliminate the federal role in health care,” Speer explains. Instead, they would help “reshape the status quo in the name of leveraging the strengths of federalism to achieve better outcomes for Canadians.”

To learn more about the evolution of Ottawa’s role in health care and how it could be improved, read the full report here.


Sean Speer is a Munk Senior Fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. He previously served in different roles for the federal government including as senior economic advisor to the Prime Minister and director of policy to the Minister of Finance.

For more information please contact:

Brett Byers-Lane
Communications and Digital Media Manager
613-482-8327 x105


APTN’s First Contact Premieres This September, Takes Six Canadians On An Extraordinary Journey Through Indigenous Canada

Produced by Animiki See Digital Productions, Nüman Films, and Indios Productions, the series will air as a three-night television event on APTN starting September 11 at 7:00 pm. ET/PT

FIRST CONTACT is narrated by George Stroumboulopoulos

APTN Reveals the Six Canadians Joining the 28-Day Exploration of Indigenous Canada

Click here to watch the trailer

August 15, 2018- Winnipeg, MB – APTN, in association with Animiki See Digital Productions, Nüman Films, and Indios Productions, announced today that it will premiere the documentary-series, FIRST CONTACT (3 X 60). A compelling exploration into indigenous culture in Canada, the three-part series is narrated by host and social justice activist George Stroumboulopoulos and takes six Canadians, all with strong opinions about Indigenous people, on a unique 28-day exploration of Indigenous Canada. It is a journey that will turn their lives upside down, challenging their perceptions and confronting their prejudices about a world they never imagined they would see. This exploration will change the participants’ lives forever.

Airing on Tuesday, September 11 at 7:00 p.m. ET, the series will continue with episode two on Wednesday, September 12 and episode three on Thursday, September 13. The second and third episodes will be followed by a two-part reunion special airing September 12 and 13 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Following the second episode on Wednesday, APTN will air the first of a two-part reunion special featuring three Indigenous hosts that appear in the series. James Favel (co-founder of the Bear Clan Patrol), Michael Redhead Champagne (award-winning community organizer, public speaker and Shamattawa Cree Nation member) and Bernadette Smith (MLA, Assistant Director of Wayfinders Program in the Seven Oaks School Division) will come together in front of a live Winnipeg audience to reflect on the journey of the six participants and share their goals on how all Canadians can help strengthen relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

Part two of the dramatic reunion special airs after the finale on Thursday evening, and will see the six participants come together before a live studio audience, to reflect on their experience during and since their journey together.

“We are incredibly proud of all of the people who participated in this journey with us,” says Executive Producer Vanessa Loewen, Animiki See Digital Productions Inc. “It takes a lot of courage to immerse and expose oneself to an experience like this and we are blessed that the communities across Canada opened their doors to us. This raw and honest account will undoubtedly inspire empathy and awareness of Indigenous culture by Canadians coast-to-coast.”

The following six participants will leave their everyday lives behind to travel deep into Winnipeg, Nunavut, Alberta, Northern Ontario, and the coast of BC to visit Indigenous communities:

Ashley Mathieu
Age: 32
Hometown: Ottawa, ON
Occupation: Personal trainer

About: Ashley’s life has been a truly transformative journey. The daughter of a Canadian Royal Mounted Police Officer and a Portuguese immigrant mother, she was a shy little girl who got bullied throughout most of her childhood. Having been through many challenges and hard times, Ashley is an empathetic person who is interested in learning about other people before passing judgment. She is also a direct and outspoken person and believes every Canadian has a right to their own opinion and the right to express it.

Avonlea Collins
Age: 28
Hometown: Chilliwack, BC
Occupation: Stay-at-home mom

About: Avonlea has spent her life caring for others, from her brother to her young sons. Her big-heart and compassion are her defining qualities. Open to learning and changing, Avonlea dreams of living overseas one day and hopes her children get a chance to learn about other cultures in the world; something she never got to do. Avonlea considers herself open to new cultures, people and environments.

Dallas Cormier
Age: 26
Hometown: Saint John, NB
Occupation: Lobster fisherman/welder

About: Outgoing and athletic from childhood, Dallas spent his adolescence playing sports and hanging out at the community centre with the same group of kids he is still friends with to this day. Dallas’ parents pushed him to be someone who cared about others and he does his best to help others however he can. His mom is his role model, as she always made sure he was able to participate in activities with friends, despite a limited household income.

Donald Wright
Age: 65
Hometown: Ardrossan, AB
Occupation: Retired truck driver

About: Donald is proud to consider himself honest, with a strong work ethic and integrity. A self-proclaimed opinionated conservative, he considers that the freedom to live in a safe, clean place without war and suffering is the best thing about Canada. He’s not a fan of the current government’s focus on diversity, though he enjoys exploring the world with his wife of 18 years.

Jamie-Sue Sykes
Age: 36
Hometown: Ingersoll, ON
Occupation: Team leader, auto manufacturing

About: Country-born and bred, Jamie-Sue loves big trucks and small-town Canada. She defies any stereotypes that go along with country life with her open-mindedness and compassionate nature. She wants to see the country do much more to help its most marginalized communities, like those suffering from addiction or mental health issues. She believes we are only as good as the way we treat those most in need.

Ross Jackson
Age: 50
Hometown: Edmonton, AB
Occupation: Accountant

About: Family man Ross has his roots firmly planted in Alberta, but has explored the world as well, first as a young child living in New Zealand with his family, and later as an officer in the Navy. A father of three, Ross has strong opinions and believes,that hard work and traditional Canadian values are the key to success. He expects anyone who has the opportunity to live in Canada to feel the same.

First Contact is produced by Animiki See Digital Productions, Nüman Films, and Indios Productions, with the financial participation of the Canada Media Fund. Producers are Vanessa Loewen and Desiree Single for Animiki, Jeff Newman and Jocelyn Mitchell for Nüman Films, and Stephanie Scott for Indios Productions. Written and Directed by Jeff Newman.

Social Media Info:

Twitter: @FirstContactTV
Instagram: @firstcontacttv

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About APTN

APTN launched in 1999 as the first national Indigenous broadcaster in the world, creating a window into the remarkably diverse mosaic of Indigenous Peoples. A respected non-profit, charitable broadcaster and the only one of its kind in North America. Sharing our stories of authenticity in English, French and a variety of

indigenous languages, to approximately 11 million Canadian TV subscribers. With over 80% Canadian content, APTN connects with its audience through genuine, inspiring, and engaging entertainment through multiple platforms.

About Animiki See Digital Production

One of Canada`s leading producers of Indigenous content, Animiki See Digital Production has been creating original and captivating programs that reflect Indigenous People for over 10 years. Recent projects include the annual broadcast concert and celebration of Indigenous Day Live, one- hour dramatic pilot Wynter, and the documentary series “First Contact” based on the Australian series format.

About Nüman Films

Nüman Films is a Gemini Award winning Production Company that produces compelling, original, and entertaining documentary and lifestyle programming for the international and national marketplace. From the rock‘em sock’em rinks in Hockey Brawl (CTV) to the flooded plains of Manitoba in Treading Water (CBC/APTN), and the inner workings of a family in crisis in Being Greene (CBC), Nüman Films has built a reputation for delivering exceptional programming with engaging stories, captivating characters, and a unique perspective. Nüman Films is a full-service production company located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. We have worked with a variety of partners and broadcasters including CTV, CBC, Discovery, National Geographic, Bravo!,CityTV, History, MTS, Slice, APTN and OLN.

About Indios Productions

Indios Productions Inc. is a 100% Indigenous owned production company. Stephanie Scott is Anishinabe who has over 15 years of experience working for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, National Film Board and W. She has produced over 100 hours of television including documentary series, a live talk show, national events and short films. Stephanie also worked with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) where she helped manage the gathering of almost 7,000 digital audio and video recorded statements by former residential school survivors and others impacted by the schools. Stephanie is a proud grandmother, and mother.


Unit Publicist
Alina Duviner

APTN Publicist
Ginger Shewell


Media advisory: Government of Canada to provide skills training and job opportunities for young Canadians in Quebec

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, will visit and tour the Carrefour jeunesse-emploi Drummond, where he will witness first-hand how the Government of Canada is helping youth find and keep good jobs.

This visit wil be made on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.

The Minister will take questions from the media after the tour.

Please note that all details are subject to change. All times are local.

DATE: Friday, August 17, 2018

TIME: 11:30 a.m.

PLACE: Carrefour jeunesse-emploi
749 Mercure Blvd
Drummondville, Quebec

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Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada


Oilpatch fears delays as U.S. judge orders further review of KXL pipeline route – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Aug 16, 2018

By Dan Healing


CALGARY _ Potential delays in the completion of the Keystone XL pipeline following a U.S. judge’s order mean that Western Canadian oil producers could suffer current price discounts for a longer period of time, an industry spokesman says.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris ordered additional environmental study of the altered route through Nebraska for TransCanada Corp.’s proposed pipeline.

The potential setback illustrates how difficult it has become to relieve market access woes that have resulted in larger-than-usual price discounts for Western Canadian crude, said Chris Bloomer, CEO of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association.

“We need the pipeline, we need it yesterday and we need more market access across the board,” he said in an interview.

“We’re not getting a fair price for our crude in the U.S. because of a lack of capacity. That’s just fundamentally an issue.”

The difference between Western Canadian Select and New York benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude was about US$25 per barrel on Wednesday, down from peaks over US$30 earlier this year but higher than historic averages in the mid-teens.

Crude-by-rail exports from Canada reached an all-time record high of 199,000 barrels per day in May, up from about 131,000 bpd in May 2017, despite higher costs and a poorer safety record than pipeline shipments, Bloomer pointed out.

The U.S. lawsuit was brought by plaintiffs including the Indigenous Environmental Network and Northern Plains Resource Council after Nebraska state authorities approved an alternative route to the one TransCanada had proposed through the state.

The groups argued the U.S. State Department violated several acts in issuing a presidential permit for the pipeline without a proper environmental assessment of the changed route, but the judge rejected their request to revoke the permit issued by Donald Trump soon after he took office last year.

TransCanada spokesman Terry Cunha said the company was studying the ruling and had no immediate comment.

Environmental groups cheered the decision and called for TransCanada, which has not officially sanctioned the project, to abandon it.

“Today’s ruling is a victory for clean water, climate, and communities that would be threatened by the Keystone XL pipeline,” Sierra Club senior attorney Doug Hayes said in a news release.

“This proposed project has been stalled for nearly a decade because it would be all risk and no reward, and despite the Trump administration’s efforts, they cannot force this dirty tar sands pipeline on the American people.”

The proposed 1,897-kilometre, $10-billion Keystone XL pipeline would carry crude from Hardisty, Alta., to Steel City, Neb.

Two other export pipelines, the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline being sold to the federal government and Enbridge Inc.’s Line 3 pipeline replacement, also face uncertainty.

In 2017, Canada’s oil supply was 4.2 million bpd, which exceeded existing available pipeline capacity, according to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

In June, CAPP predicted total Canadian oil production will increase to 5.6 million bpd by 2035 mainly due to a rise in oilsands production to 4.2 million bpd from 2.65 million bpd in 2017.

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Trudeau to move forward to create residential schools holiday – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Aug 16, 2018 

By Morgan Lowrie


SAINT-EUSTACHE, Que. _ The federal government will move forward to create a statutory holiday dedicated to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday.

The holiday will be aimed at remembering the legacy of residential schools and reflecting on a path toward reconciliation, he said in Saint-Eustache, Que.

“Over the past decades, generations, and centuries, Canada failed in one of its fundamental commitments to respect and be partners of the Indigenous People who lived on this land for millennia,” he said.

“We broke that relationship, we failed to uphold the honour of the Crown and, more than that, we did our best to try to erase Indigenous cultures with such projects as residential schools.”

He said the government is currently consulting with First Nations, Inuit and Metis groups to choose an appropriate date and to decide how the holiday should be framed.

The creation of a statutory holiday is one of 94 recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation commission.

A private member’s bill introduced by NDP MP Georgina Jolibois currently proposes establishing a statutory holiday on June 21, which is National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde has said First Nations support a national day to “recognize the tragic and painful legacy of residential schools” and respect and remember the “too many children taken from their homes and families,” while also honouring survivors and their families.

“The residential schools era is indeed a dark chapter, and we must never forget,” he said in a statement.

The government-funded, church-run residential schools operated for more than a century. Indigenous children were ripped away from their families, usually starting in late September, and sent to schools where they endured widespread sexual, emotional and physical abuse.

The previous Conservative government issued a formal apology in 2008.

If Parliament did approve a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as a statutory holiday, it would only apply to federally regulated workplaces _ the civil service, marine ports, airports, airlines and telecommunications companies.

Provinces and territories would have to amend their existing labour codes to establish any additional day off.

Debate on the bill will resume in the fall after the House of Commons reconvenes.

Last year, a majority of MPs voted to give Remembrance Day the same legal status as Canada Day.

Nov. 11 is a holiday for federally regulated workers, and all other provincially regulated workers outside of Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Royal Canadian Legion has been a critic of making Remembrance Day a legal holiday, fearing that public attitudes towards Nov. 11 would change and obscure the solemn local ceremonies that mark the occasion each year.

_ With files from Jordan Press in Ottawa



Address by OSSTF/FEESO President Harvey Bischof at Leadership 2018

August 16, 2018


Welcome delegates and guests.

Bienvenue aux délégués et invités. J’espère que vous avez tous passé un été agréable.

I want to again acknowledge and thank the Anishinaabe, Huron-Wendat and Haudenosaunee
Nations, on whose traditional lands we are gathered today.

I also want to take a moment to welcome our newest Bargaining Unit. In June, approximately 100 PSSP employees of the Durham District School Board in my home District voted overwhelmingly to join the OSSTF/FEESO family. We are so pleased to have you with us.

When we gathered here a year ago, we were just beginning to prepare for the provincial election that took place in June. And when I spoke to this gathering last year, I said that the political landscape in Ontario at that time was anything but predictable, and that OSSTF/FEESO would need to be prepared for all possible electoral outcomes.

As it turns out, there was one potential outcome I believe none of us could have foreseen.

In preparation for this most uncertain of elections, OSSTF/FEESO made significant efforts to engage members and to create dialogue around important current issues in education.

In October of last year and again in February of this year, we brought local leaders and Political Action Officers to Toronto to consult with them on the issues, and on the political climate in the ridings encompassed by their Districts.

We developed an Education Platform that clearly and concisely articulated our concerns about key issues, and pointed to specific actions that we believed the next government needed to take in order to address those issues.

Your Provincial Executive settled on an election strategy of endorsing all incumbent NDP MPPs as well as NDP candidates in ridings where that party had finished second in the 2014 election.

Given our heightened concern about a potential PC majority under the leadership of Doug Ford, we initially also endorsed a small handful of Liberal candidates. That changed abruptly when the Liberal campaign unleashed an unprincipled and disingenuous attack on Ontario’s unions, and…

Download: Address by OSSTF/FEESO President Harvey Bischof at Leadership 2018



Province Announces Funding for Additional 225 Community Development Projects

The Manitoba government will provide $3.7 million in grants to projects for non-profit and community-led organizations, Municipal Relations Minister Jeff Wharton announced today.

“Investing in non-profit organizations helps to build Manitoba’s communities while encouraging economic development across the province,” said Wharton.  “Our government is pleased to provide increased financial support for non-profit and community-led organizations that will benefit Manitobans, rejuvenate and preserve infrastructure, and strengthen our province.”

A total of 175 projects were approved through the Community Places program, which provides funding and planning assistance to build, upgrade, expand or acquire community facilities.  Successful grant applicants must also contribute to project costs, often through local fundraising efforts, grants from other sources, or donated labour and materials.

“We see the tangible impact of this funding in our communities every day,” said Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister Cathy Cox.  “With this level of support, local community organizations across the province can ensure all Manitobans have continued access to safe, updated and inclusive spaces to enjoy now and in the future.”

Another 47 projects were approved through the new Community Support Small Grants program, which supports Manitoba’s non-profit and community-led organizations to build capacity, and support community-driven goals that have a public benefit.

This year Community Places and Community Support Small Grants programs funding through the single portal application intake process has increased an 11 per cent over last year, Wharton noted.  In fact, in 2018-19 the province has committed more than $21 million to support community development, he added.

Three additional projects were approved through the Community Planning Assistance Grants program, which provides financial assistance to planning districts and municipalities for the preparation of land use bylaws and policies.

The Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) contributed to the evaluation process for the community development programs.  AMM’s involvement helps to align key priorities between provincial and municipal partners to ensure the community benefit is maximized at the local level.

“The Community Places program is an essential program that leverages funding from multiple sources to promote economic development and sustainability,” said Chris Goertzen, president, AMM.  “The AMM greatly appreciates our expanded role on the selection committee and can attest the 225 projects announced today are helping to build stronger communities across Manitoba.”

Wharton noted the funding is in addition to the $848,000 in grants announced earlier this summer.

More information on the Community Places program can be found at

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For more information:

  • Public information, contact Manitoba Government Inquiry: 1-866-626-4862 or 204-945-3744.
  • Media requests for general information, contact Communications Services Manitoba: 204-945-3765.
  • Media requests for ministerial comment, contact Communications and Stakeholder Relations: 204-945-4916.


Baffinland submits Final Environmental Impact Statement Addendum for Phase 2

OAKVILLE, ON, August 16, 2018 – Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation (Baffinland) announced today that it has submitted the Environmental Impact Statement for its Mary River Project Phase 2 to the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB). Baffinland is seeking a coordinated review process whereby the informational requirements for the NIRB environmental assessment review process and the Nunavut Water Board licensing process are undertaken jointly.

The study outlines the development of Baffinland’s proposed 12-million tonne expansion project and associated effects assessment. The project is highlighted by the development of a railway from the Mary River Mine to Milne Inlet Port, and associated infrastructure. The expansion represents the first step of Baffinland’s larger expansion program, which also includes the previously-approved construction of a railway from the Mary River Mine, travelling south to Steensby Inlet.

Brian Penney, Baffinland President and CEO stated: “The submission of this report represents a significant milestone in the development of our Phase 2 Expansion Program. The expansion of the Mary River Mine is critical to the long-term viability of our operation, and the key to bring enhanced benefits to the North Baffin communities and our partners.”

Public consultation has been an ongoing component of the expansion application process. Led by the NIRB, the permitting process will now move to a public consultation phase, which will include activities across the North Baffin region. The goal of these activities is for the NIRB and Baffinland to listen to, and meaningfully consider feedback from community members as the projects plans move forward.

About Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation

Jointly owned by Nunavut Iron Ore and ArcelorMittal, Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation operates a high-grade iron ore mine located on Baffin Island, Nunavut. Our mine produces the highest grade of direct shipping iron ore in the world. Baffinland has applied for permits to increase annual shipments to 12 million tonnes. Baffinland is committed to operating the Mary River Mine in an environmentally and socially responsible manner that benefits all stakeholders.

Media inquiries can be directed to:
Jason Leite
Communications Specialist
Phone: (416) 364-8820
ext. 5032 Cell: (416) 529-2624


Gold Eagle Casino earns two international marketing awards for third straight year

August 16, 2018 – North Battleford, SK – The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA)’s

Gold Eagle Casino (GEC) has been honoured with winning two Silver Romero Awards for excellence in casino marketing.

At an awards ceremony held in Las Vegas, Nevada, Gold Eagle Casino received awards for Casino Floor and VIP promotions.

“This is the third year in a row that Gold Eagle Casino has captured two Romero Awards for SIGA,” says SIGA President and CEO Zane Hansen. “These awards are a testament to our teams who work hard to create memorable customer experiences through innovative and diverse entertainment offerings. Congratulations to Gold Eagle Casino and its entire marketing team!”

Kelly Atcheynum, Gold Eagle Casino General Manager, is thrilled for his team to be recognized.

“To be recognized at the Romero Awards again this year is quite an honour. It speaks to the excellence we strive for at our casino, the enthusiasm of our staff, and the loyalty of our guests,” he says. “Winning these prestigious awards means a lot to the team.”

Last year, GEC received the Diamond Award in Online Marketing (website and social) and the Silver Award in Casino Floor Promotion. In 2016, GEC took home the Gold Award in Casino Floor Promotion and the Gold Award for VIP Promotion.

Gold Eagle Casino is a premier entertainment and tourist destination located in West-Central Saskatchewan. Founded in 1996, GEC is owned and operated by SIGA, which operates six, soon to be seven, First Nation casinos in Saskatchewan. GEC regularly draws more than 28,000 visitors each month from the local area and surrounding provinces.


For more information, please contact:

Melody Lynch

Director of Communications

Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority




Osisko Mining Announces $68 Million “Bought Deal” Private Placement of Flow-Through Shares

(Toronto, August 15, 2018) – Osisko Mining Inc. (TSX:OSK) (“Osisko” or the “Corporation“) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with a syndicate of underwriters led by Canaccord Genuity Corp. and including Haywood Securities Inc., Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd. and National Bank Financial Inc. (collectively, the “Underwriters“) in connection with a “bought deal” private placement financing (the “Offering“) of an aggregate of 26,176,471 common shares of the Corporation that will qualify as “flow-through shares” (within the meaning of subsection 66(15) of the Income Tax Act (Canada) and, in relation to FT Tranche One (as defined herein), section 359.1 of the Taxation Act (Québec)) (collectively, the “Flow-Through Shares“).

The Flow-Through Shares will be issued in two tranches:

  • Tranche 1 will consist of 14,035,088 Flow-Through Shares to be issued at a price of $2.85 to residents of Québec (“FT Tranche One“) for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $40 million.
  • Tranche 2 will consist of 12,141,383 Flow-Through Shares to be issued at a price of $2.30 to residents outside of Québec (“FT Tranche Two“) for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $28 million.

The gross proceeds from the issue and sale of the Flow-Through Shares will be used by the Corporation to incur eligible “Canadian exploration expenses” that will qualify as “flow-through mining expenditures” as such terms are defined in the Income Tax Act (Canada) (the “Qualifying Expenditures“) related to the Corporation’s projects in Québec on or before December 31, 2019. All Qualifying Expenditures will be renounced in favour of the subscribers of the Flow-Through Shares effective December 31, 2018.

The Offering is expected to close on or about September 18, 2018 and is subject to certain conditions including, but not limited to, the receipt of all necessary approvals including the approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange and the applicable securities regulatory authorities. The Flow-Through Shares to be issued under the Offering will be subject to a hold period in Canada expiring four months and one day from the closing date of the Offering.

The securities offered have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities in any State in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

About Osisko Mining Inc.

Osisko is a mineral exploration company focused on the acquisition. exploration. and development of precious metal resource properties in Canada. Osisko holds a 100% in the high-grade Windfall gold deposit located between Val-d’Or and Chibougamau in Québec and holds a 100% undivided interest in a large area of claims in the surrounding Urban Barry area and nearby Quevillon area (over 3,300 square kilometres), a 100% interest in the Marban project located in the heart of Québec’s prolific Abitibi gold mining district, and properties in the Larder Lake Mining Division in northeast Ontario, including the Jonpol and Garrcon deposits on the Garrison property. The Corporation also holds interests and options in a number of additional properties in northern Québec and Ontario.

For further information please contact:

John Burzynski
President and Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (416) 363-8653


Arrests in Burnaby, B.C., as order against Kinder Morgan protest camp enforced – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Aug 16, 2018 

BURNABY, B.C. _ The RCMP arrested protesters Thursday as officers enforced a court injunction to dismantle a protest camp and snuff a sacred fire at a site where the Trans Mountain pipeline ends in Burnaby, B.C.

Cpl. Daniela Panesar said police began enforcing an order obtained by the City of Burnaby last week from the B.C. Supreme Court.

An update posted on social media by the detachment said 11 people were removed from the site known as Camp Cloud.

“Five were subsequently arrested and have since been released from custody,” the post said.

Environmental activist Tzeporah Berman, who works with the Watch House group that has an Indigenous protest site near Camp Cloud, said she understood the arrested demonstrators promised to stay away.

“The folks agreed to sign the terms and they were released,” she said in a phone interview.

Officers moved in after continuing to talk with camp residents in the hope that they would obey the injunction and leave within a 48-hour deadline set by the court, the RCMP said in a news release.

That deadline passed Sunday and protesters at the camp said Monday they were prepared to protect a sacred fire, which has been burning since the camp was set up late last year. They also said they were prepared to tie themselves to structures rather than obey the injunction.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey Gomery was specific in the injunction that the fire was to be put out because it was burning in dry conditions near an aviation fuel tank farm.

Camp residents had refused requests to extinguish the fire despite the increasing risk of wildfires.

RCMP placed a large exclusion zone around Camp Cloud on Thursday as the dismantling began. They said they would arrest anyone, including media, who violated the zone.

“Our paramount concern is safety,” said Panesar.

“We ensure that everybody is out of the exclusion zone and then the City of Burnaby can come in and start cleaning up the protest site.”

Dipak Dattani, Burnaby’s acting city manager, said crews were doing an inventory of any personal property, as well as of the structures on the site.

“Once that is done, we will then start looking at dismantling. To give you a date or time, it’s hard for me to say right now because we just got on the site.”

Hazardous materials, needles or other dangerous items were among the things crews were checking for before dismantling could begin, Dattani said.

Peaceful protests are still permitted, but when public safety is threatened, the City of Burnaby has to act, he said.

The nearby Indigenous protest site wasn’t included in the injunction application.

The City of Burnaby allowed the Watch House to stay because it had already agreed to several key conditions, including removal of its sacred fire.

“The city asked it to be removed so there was a proper ceremony with Indigenous elders and (the sacred fire) was removed until after the fire ban,” Berman said.

Camp Cloud has grown since last November when opponents of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion parked a single trailer at the gates of the Kinder Morgan tank farm on Burnaby Mountain.

The camp grew to include two-storey structures, several vehicles and a make-shift shower.

It has also become a rallying point for demonstrators opposed to the pipeline’s expansion, which would more than triple the amount of bitumen and other oil products moving from Edmonton to Burnaby for shipping overseas by tanker.

As opposition built against the expansion, the federal government offered $4.5 billion to purchase the project. Kinder Morgan is presenting that offer to its shareholders and expects the sale will be approved later this month or in September.

The purchase price, which includes the existing pipeline, pumping stations, rights of way and the Westridge marine terminal in Burnaby, does not cover the construction costs of building the new pipeline, previously estimated at about $7.4 billion.


Difference Maker: Marc Maracle has built a better future for Indigenous people – Algonquin College

August 16th, 2018

The Algonquin College Marc Maracle attended in 1979 was in many ways the same college that presented him with an honorary degree four decades later. But in at least one way, today’s Algonquin has profoundly changed, he says.

Algonquin remains as great a place to learn as it was when he studied Architecture Technology and Mechanical Systems from 1979 to 1983, says Maracle, Executive Director of the Gignul Non-Profit Housing Corporation. But now it is also a welcoming place for students of diverse backgrounds, and an institution conscious of the values inherent in its name.

When Maracle arrived on the Ottawa campus in 1979, he saw it as an opportunity to experience a bigger world than the Tyendinaga Mohawk reserve community outside Kingston where he grew up.

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ITK Election Results – Natan Obed re-elected President of ITK

Thursday, August 16, 2018 – Inuvik, Inuvialuit Settlement Region

Natan Obed has been re-elected President of Inuit Tapiriit Kantami by delegates from the four Inuit regions and the Inuit Circumpolar Council Canada at the ITK Annual General Meeting in Inuvik.

Obed was sworn in as President and officially closed the AGM.

To schedule an interview with the newly elected ITK President:

ITK Communications
613-238-8181; 613-292-4482


ᓈᑖᓐ ᐆᐱᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑕᐅᑲᓂᖅᑐᖅ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑕᐱᕇᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᖓᓄᑦ

ᓯᑕᒻᒥᖅ, ᐋᒡᒌᓯ 16, 2018 – ᐃᓅᕕᒃ, ᐃᓄᕕᐊᓗᐃᑦ ᓄᓇᖓᑦ

ᓈᑖᓐ ᐆᐱᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑕᐅᑲᓐᓂᖅᑐᖅ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑕᐱᕇᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᖓᓄᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᓄᑦ ᑭᒡᒐᖅᑐᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐊᕕᒃᑐᖅᓯᒪᔪᖁᑎᖏᑦᑕ ᑎᒥᖁᑎᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᓕᒫᕐᒥᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᒻᒪᕆᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᑲᑎᒪᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑕᐱᕇᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᑕᒫᖅᓯᐅᑎᖓᓐᓂᒃ ᐃᓅᕕᖕᒥᑦ.

ᓈᑖᓐ ᐆᐱᑦ ᐊᖏᖅᑎᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᖑᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᑕᒫᖅᓯᐅᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᓂᖅ ᒪᑐᔭᐅᓪᓗᓂ.

ᐊᐱᖅᓱᕈᒪᒍᕕᐅᒃ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑕᐅᓵᖅᑐᖅ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑕᐱᕇᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᖓᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᒋᐊᕐᕕᒋᓗᒍ:

ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑕᐱᕇᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᑐᓴᐅᒪᖃᑦᑕᐅᑎᓕᕆᔨᖏᑦ
613-238-8181; 613-292-4482


Grand Council Treaty #3: Alvin Fiddler re-elected as Grand Chief of Nishnawbe Aski Nation

August 16, 2018

Grand Council Treaty#3 extends congratulations to the Nishnawbe Aski Nation on their recent elections at the Keewaywin Conference hosted by Chapleau Cree First Nation.

The Treaty#3 leadership acknowledges the achievements of Alvin Fiddler, Muskrat Dam First Nation, who was re-elected as Grand Chief and re-elected Deputy Grand Chiefs Jason Smallboy, Moose Cree First Nation, and Derek Fox, Bearskin Lake First Nation. We also welcome newly elected Deputy Grand Chief Walter Naveau, Mattagami First Nation.

Grand Council Treaty#3 – and the Treaty #3 Women’s Council in particular – would like to recognize former Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum for her dedication to the families of MMIWG and advocacy for child welfare. She was a strong proponent for her people and we extend our best wishes in her future endeavours.

Grand Council Treaty#3 looks forward to continuing our working relationship with Nishnawbe Aski Nation on issues of shared priorities.

For more information, please contact:
Janine Seymour
Political Advisor


UBCIC OPEN LETTER: Kinder Morgan Canada Authorization Requests Dear Premier Horgan, Minister Heyman, and Minister Mungall

August 16, 2018

We are writing to you regarding a recent letter that was sent to the Neskonlith Indian Band from Ian Anderson, President of Kinder Morgan Canada (enclosed). This letter, which provides detail on the transfer of control of the Trans Mountain pipeline from Kinder Morgan to the Government of Canada, makes mention of the fact that Kinder Morgan will soon request specific authorizations from the Government of British Columbia to resume construction. We urge you to continue to stand with the First Nations and British Columbians who are justly opposed to this pipeline, and to deny all authorization requests sent to the Province from Kinder Morgan.

This letter, written under the guise of “consent,” does not request the consent of the Neskonlith Indian Band to build a dangerous pipeline through collectively-held Secwépemcul’ecw territory. Not a single question appears in this letter. Rather, Anderson tells Neskonlith that this is what Kinder Morgan is going to do: request the consent of the Government of British Columbia for the appropriate licenses and permits, as required. This indicates that Kinder Morgan has been and will continue to perform only the bare minimum of their legal obligations, with blatant disregard toward the laws, protocols and sovereignty of First Nations. In addition, the language, structure, and tone of this letter suggests that it was not personally sent to Neskonlith, but is a form letter that may have been sent to multiple First Nations.

This letter fails to recognize and respect the governance structure under which the Neskonlith Indian Band operates. The proper holders of Title and Rights are determined according to Indigenous law. Under Secwépemc law, the Secwépemc people, including members of the Neskonlith Indian Band, collectively hold Aboriginal Title and Rights regarding Secwépemcul’ecw territory. Kinder Morgan Canada, through the distribution of these letters by individual band council, is attempting to divide and conquer Aboriginal Title and Rights within Secwépemcul’ecw territory while ignoring the voices and input of the proper titleholders—the Secwépemc people, collectively.

Anderson states that Kinder Morgan is “working with the government of British Columbia to obtain this consent.” This further indicates that they do not fully understand what the concept of “consent” means, nor do they care. Consent cannot be obtained through coercion, erosion, force, or bribery; however, despite the fact that Neskonlith has repeatedly made their opposition to this pipeline clear, they are still receiving correspondence such as this that indicates one message and one message only: the Trans Mountain pipeline will be built, and it doesn’t matter if a First Nation says “no” now—they will be forced to say “yes” eventually, or they will just have to accept it.

This is not consent. Consent, according to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN Declaration), which your government has committed to fully implement, must be free, prior and informed. Approving Kinder Morgan Canada’s authorizations requests and ignoring these coercive tactics would be in direct violation of several articles of the UN Declaration, namely:
Article 32
1. Indigenous peoples have the right to determine and develop priorities and strategies for the development or use of their lands or territories and other resources;
2. States shall consult and cooperate in good faith with the Indigenous peoples concerned through their own representative institutions in order to obtain their free and informed consent prior to the approval of any project affecting their lands or territories and other resources, particularly in connection with the development, utilization or exploitation of mineral, water or other resources.
3. States shall provide effective mechanisms for just and fair redress to such activities, and appropriate measures shall be taken to mitigate adverse environmental, economic, social, cultural or spiritual impact.

By UBCIC Resolution 2011-54, the UBCIC Chiefs Council calls upon the BC Government to respect the laws and authority of First Nations, and to protect the environment, fisheries, and the health and safety of all BC communities, by opposing and rejecting the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker expansion.

We urge you to deny all authorization requests from Kinder Morgan Canada to build the Trans Mountain pipeline. We request that you continue to stand with all First Nations who have voiced opposition to this pipeline and are now targets of the coercive, forceful tactics that Kinder Morgan and the Government of Canada are employing to wrongfully obtain consent to build this environmentally dangerous, economically unstable project.

Please do not fall victim to these dangerous tactics. For the future of our waters, our lands, our Nations, and our planet, please stand by your commitment to stop the Trans Mountain pipeline and demonstrate to the Government of Canada what true consent is.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip

Chief Robert Chamberlin

Kukpi7 Judy Wilson

CC: Neskonlith Indian Band

Encl: Letter from Ian Anderson to the Neskonlith Indian Band “Re: Trans Mountain Pipeline” UBCIC Resolution 2011-54 “Support for the Save the Fraser Declaration, the Coastal First Nations Tanker Ban, and the Indigenous laws Banning Crude Oil Pipeline and Tanker Shipments through British Columbia”

For media inquires please contact Chief Judy Wilson, UBCIC Secretary-Treasurer, 250-320-7738


Trudeau to move forward to create residential schools holiday – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Aug 16, 2018 

SAINT-EUSTACHE, Que. _ Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government will move forward to create a statutory holiday dedicated to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

Trudeau confirmed today the holiday will be aimed at remembering the legacy of residential schools and reflecting on a path toward reconciliation.

He told reporters in Saint-Eustache, Que., the government is currently consulting with First Nations, Inuit and Metis groups to choose an appropriate date and to decide how the holiday should be framed.

The creation of a statutory holiday is one of 94 recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation commission.

Trudeau said Canada failed in its duty to respect Indigenous Peoples, who for more than a century were ripped away from their families and sent to residential schools where they endured widespread sexual, emotional and physical abuse.

A private member’s bill introduced by NDP MP Georgina Jolibois currently proposes establishing a statutory holiday on June 21, which is National Indigenous Peoples Day, but Trudeau said a date has yet to be set.



Ongoing battle’: Northern Saskatchewan desperate for more mental health services – CBC

First Nations leaders demand action after 2nd volunteer firefighter takes his own life

Aug 16, 2018

Northern Saskatchewan is in dire need of improved mental health services, Indigenous leaders say.

The call follows the unexpected death of volunteer firefighter Frank Jr. McDonald, 22, who took his own life on on Aug. 4, leaving behind several family members including his parents, siblings and a young daughter.

He’s the second Fond-du-Lac firefighter to take his own life in three years. Deajay Mercredi, a volunteer firefighter in his early 20s, died in 2015.

“We need immediate actions taken on this,” said Fond-du-Lac Denesuline First Nation Chief Louie Mercredi. “We’re losing people.”

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Métis Nation: Organization of American States celebrates First Inter-American Week of Indigenous Peoples

August 15, 2018

The Organization of American States (OAS) General Assembly in June 2016 adopted the American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In June 2017, it adopted a four year Plan of Action for its implementation which this year involves the declaration of the Indigenous week and “American Indigenous Languages” as this year’s theme. This is contained in the attached OAS Note (Concept Paper).

On August 9, 2018, President Chartier addressed the OAS Permanent Council on behalf of the Métis Nation and the newly created American Council of Indigenous Peoples (see video of presentation). Canada has not yet adopted the American Declaration. President Chartier had earlier written to the Prime Minister and a number of his ministers encouraging them to adhere to the Declaration and embrace the 2017 Plan of Action. He also worked with the Canadian Mission to the OAS in Washington which took a lead role in working toward the success of this first event.


NAMHR Annual Meeting – August 24, 2018

August 24, 2018

Indigenous Healing, Resilience and Well-Being
Intergenerational Determinants of Health • Opiate Use
Culturally Based Mental Health Promotion
Cultural Safety and Research Mentorship

Presenters will include
Amy Bombay • Jacob Burack
Mario Incayawar • Suzanne Stewart
Melissa Walls • Dennis Wendt

The Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research (NAMHR), established with funding from the CIHR Institute for Aboriginal Peoples Health, brings together students, researchers, community members, and mental health practitioners from across the country to build capacity for culturally safe and appropriate mental health and addictions research, and promote knowledge exchange to meet the needs of Indigenous communities.

The annual meeting provides opportunities to present new research and emerging priorities, develop collaborations and find mentors.

Papers are welcome on any topic related to Indigenous mental health research.

To register and/or to submit an abstract (oral or poster presentation),
please complete the attached registration and abstract form.

Abstract submission deadline: August 7,2018

There is no fee for the meeting
but registration is required.
To register please send the completed form
by e-mail to:

Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research
Culture and Mental Health Research Unit
Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry
4333 Côte-Ste-Catherine Road
Montréal, Québec H3T 1E4 (Tel: 514-340-7549)

The NAMHR conference will be preceded by the annual McGill Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry summer program workshop on

Indigenous Mental Health Research

August 20-23, 2018

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NDP MP fears Liberals will ‘play politics’ with proposed Indigenous holiday – APTN News

August 16, 2018

A Dene MP is concerned the Liberal government will radically change her proposed bill to establish a national Indigenous holiday acknowledging the dark legacy of Canada’s residential school system.

On Wednesday, the Liberals announced they intend to support a private member’s bill introduced by NDP MP Georgina Jolibois that proposes setting a statutory holiday on June 21, which is National Indigenous Peoples Day.

The government has been consulting with Indigenous organizations about creating a holiday to honour survivors and raise awareness about the church-run, government-backed schools – one of the 94 recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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Montana Judge orders environmental review of altered Keystone XL pipeline route – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Aug 16, 2018 

CALGARY _ A federal judge in Montana has ordered an environmental assessment for the altered route of TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

The ruling comes as the latest potential setback for a pipeline that the Calgary-based company has been trying to build for a decade.

Plaintiffs including the Indigenous Environmental Network and Northern Plains Resource Council had brought the lawsuit after Nebraska approved an alternative route to the one TransCanada had proposed through the state.

They argued that the U.S. State Department violated several acts in issuing a presidential permit for the pipeline without a proper environmental assessment of the changed route.

United States District Court Judge Brian Morris ruled that federal defendants need to supplement their environmental assessment, but declined to revoke the presidential permit.

Morris said in his ruling that the added environmental assessment should be completed before TransCanada’s planned start to construction in the second quarter of 2019, and will consider further remedies if that becomes no longer possible.

TransCanada did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The proposed 1,897-kilometre, $10-billion pipeline would carry crude from Hardisty, Alberta to Steel City, Nebraska.

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Watch the 2018 Indspire Awards Online

August 15, 2018

This past March, the Indspire Awards, an event honouring Indigenous success and achievement, celebrated its 25th anniversary in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Celebrating exceptional First Nations, Inuit, and Métis individuals, this year’s Indspire Awards highlighted the significant contributions of Indigenous people in Canada. Click here to watch the 2018 Indspire Awards.

This year’s show was co-hosted by award-winning comedian and screenwriter Darrell Dennis (Moccasin Flats) and actor Kyle Nobess (Mohawk Girls).

The 2018 Indspire Awards also features special performances by Indigenous talent from across Canada. This year’s list includes:

Indian City led by Vince Fontaine (2018 Juno-nominated)
Sanikiluaq singer and songwriter Kelly Fraser (2018 Juno-nominated)
Dancer and choreographer Santee Smith
Singer, composer, and producer Jennifer Kreisberg (Genie Award winner for Best Achievement in Music)

Classically trained Canadian cellist Cris Derksen, with members of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
Dance troupe Asham Stompers, with 13-year-old twin fiddler brothers Double the Trouble and Gustin Adjun.

The Youth Award presenters will be award-winning Canadian film and TV actress TantooCardinal, Rosanna Deerchild, host of Unreserved on CBC Radio, and community leader, Arctic Sports coach, and Inuit High Jumper, Johnny Issaluk.

The live voice over artist for the show is broadcaster, voice artist, actor, and Winnipeg local Holly Bernier.

The 2018 Indspire Awards recipients are:

Lifetime Achievement: Dr. Gloria Cranmer Webster, ‘Namgis First Nation, BC
Arts: Greg Hill, Kanyen’kehaka at Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, ON
Business & Commerce: Nicole Bourque-Bouchier, Mikisew Cree First Nation, AB
Culture, Heritage & Spirituality: Kye7e Cecilia Dick DeRose, Secwepemc Nation, BC
Culture, Heritage & Spirituality: Theland Kicknosway, Walpole Island Bkejwanong Territory, ON
Education: Dr. Lorna Wanosts’a7 Williams, Lil’wat Nation, BC
Health: Dr. Evelyn Voyageur, Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw, BC
Law & Justice: Paul Chartrand, Métis, St. Laurent, MB
Public Service: Dr. Mike DeGagné, Animakee Wa Zhing, ON
Sports: Michael Linklater, Thunderchild First Nation, SK
Youth – First Nation: Ashley Callingbull, Enoch Cree Nation, AB
Youth – Inuit: Donna May Kimmaliardjuk, Nunavut, Inuit Nunangat
Youth – Métis: Tracie Léost, Métis, St. Laurent, MB


MFNERC: Register for our Sept. Math Roundtables

Math teachers, mark your calendars for these upcoming sessions:

September 18 & 19, 2018, Thompson, two-day roundtable for Early Years Math Teachers
Best practices in math instruction for early years including planning, assessment, learning targets and The Big Ideas
Letter of Invite and Registration Form (for both Thompson & Winnipeg)

September 20 & 21, 2018, Thompson, two-day roundtable for Middle Years Math Teachers
Best practices in math instruction

September 24 & 25, 2018, Winnipeg, two-day roundtable for Early Years Teachers Math Teachers
Best practices in math instruction for early years including planning, assessment, learning targets and The Big Ideas
Letter of Invite and Registration Form (for both Thompson & Winnipeg)

September 26 & 27, 2018, Winnipeg, two-day roundtable for Middle Years Math Teachers
Best practices in math instruction

Should you have any questions regarding any of the above, please contact Robin Mousseau, Administrative Assistant, 204-594-1290 ext. 2179. Thank you.


Province delays funding to Indigenous education program –

The Biwaase’aa program has provided educational and social assistance to at-risk students in seven local schools.

THUNDER BAY – More than 1,600 students are on the verge of being without a long-standing program for the upcoming school year.

Funding for the Biwaase’aa program – a service designed to address child poverty issues by increasing life skills of Indigenous youth – has been delayed by the Ministry of Education.

“We’re devastated that we didn’t hear the funding would come through,” Marilyn Junnila, executive director of the organization that runs the Biwaase’aa program said.

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