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U of Winnipeg: IUS report examines localized approaches to ending homelessness

The University of Winnipeg’s Institute of Urban Studies (IUS) launched a report examining emergent practices in localizing the Housing First approach to ending homelessness.

Indigenizing Housing First: Localized Approaches to Ending Homelessness is now in the hands of homelessness-serving organizations across Canada, the US, and as far afield as New Zealand.

Building on in-depth interviews with Housing First programs across western Canada, and discussions with international partners, the report develops guidelines for organizations to adapt the Housing First approach, specifically for Indigenous people experiencing homelessness. It includes reflections from communities that have adapted Housing First, and outlines the successes of implementing the model.

This project builds on a 10-year journey that began with the landmark At Home/Chez Soi (AHCS) project in Canada. This $110-million project fundamentally changed the way homelessness was both understood and addressed in Canada, and increasingly globally.

Dr. Jino Distasio was the Winnipeg lead on AHCS and part of the national team.

“Housing First, a decade ago, was not well understood nor used much beyond the five cities that took part in AHCS,” he said. “Now, closer to 70 cities and communities in Canada have adopted the AHCS model, along with an increasing number of international communities also using Housing First frameworks.”

The report is authored by Dr. Sarah Zell, senior research associate, IUS; Betty Edel, manager of prevention, End Homelessness Winnipeg; Scott McCullough, assistant director, IUS; and Dr. Jino Distasio, UWinnipeg vice-president, research, and innovation, and former director of the IUS.

The work began with a gathering at Thunderbird House in Winnipeg’s inner city in 2018, meeting with Elders and learning the importance of listening in order to approach their project in a way that reflected the needs of the community. This conversation provided crucial insight and direction, and helped shape their understanding of how important it is to go beyond simply providing a home to better understand the deeper histories and traumas of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

“We are grateful to the Elders who so willingly shared their wisdom with us over the course of this project,” said McCullough. “This report would not have been possible without their guidance.”

The first section of the report outlines work that began over a decade ago, when local organizations in Winnipeg (as well as Moncton, Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver) were approached by the Mental Health Commission of Canada to participate in the At Home/Chez Soi (AHCS) research project. The Winnipeg AHCS team’s efforts helped to localize the program to align with the needs of Manitoba’s Indigenous population. This crucial knowledge is now being shared more widely.

It is estimated that 30,000 people across Canada struggle to find shelter each night, that 66% of the Winnipeg homeless population is Indigenous, and that among youth this rises to 74%. These numbers highlight the importance of incorporating Indigenous and local ways of knowing into any proposed solution.

Distasio, McCullough, Zell, and Edel hope that the report will provide insight, guidelines, and examples outlining the importance of localizing efforts to end homelessness, not just in Winnipeg but beyond, informing community and government organizations of how important it is to work together and learn from one another.

“It is important to honour local knowledge, empowering communities to shape their own unique approach while also reflecting on the broader contexts that inform efforts to end homelessness,” said Distasio. “We must work together to ensure that every Canadian has the ability to access the right set of supports that lead to long-term housing stability.”

The IUS is an independent research arm of UWinnipeg. Since 1969, it has been both an academic and an applied research centre, committed to examining urban development issues in a broad, non-partisan manner. The IUS examines inner city, environmental, Indigenous, and community development issues. In addition to its ongoing involvement in research, the IUS brings in visiting scholars, hosts workshops, seminars and conferences, and acts in partnership with other organizations in the community to effect positive change.


Jennifer Cox, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg
T: 204.988.7671 E:


GNWT Provides Initial Response to MMIWG Final Report

YELLOWKNIFE (August 22, 2019)– Caroline Cochrane, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, on behalf of the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT), today released Doing Our Part: Initial Response to ‘Reclaiming Power And Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women And Girls’ (“the Initial Response”).

The Initial Response lists the thematic sections of the Inquiry’s Calls for Justice, highlighting where the GNWT is already doing work departments can build on. The document sets out a number of high-level questions the GNWT will need to carefully consider before taking further action. More analysis is needed before the GNWT can address every relevant Call for Justice, and some may require policy change or fiscal or human resources.

In addition to this Initial Response, the GNWT has committed to participating in discussions towards the development of the National Action Plan called for by the Inquiry. This work will help the GNWT and other governments and organizations in the NWT build capacity and understand the best ways to action responses to the Calls for Justice.


“The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls identified systemic issues that contribute to the ongoing violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people in Canada. In order to reverse this trend, we must, as a whole society, say this is not acceptable and work together to put an end to the racism, discrimination, misogyny, and economic, social and political marginalization that perpetuates it. The GNWT is committed to thoughtfully considering and responding to each of the Calls for Justice included in the Nationals Inquiry’s Final Report.”

  • Caroline Cochrane, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women

Quick Facts

  • Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls includes 231 Calls for Justice
  • Doing Our Part, the GNWT’s initial response to Reclaiming Power and Place, analyzes the Calls for Justice according to each of the 18 themes of the Final Report:
    • Human and Indigenous Rights and Governmental Obligations
    • Culture
    • Health and Wellness
    • Human Security
    • Justice
    • Media and Social Influencers
    • Health and Wellness Providers
    • Transportation Service Providers and the Hospitality Industry
    • Police Services
    • Attorneys and Law Societies
    • Educators
    • Social Workers and Those Implicated in Child Welfare
    • Extractive and Development Industries
    • Correctional Service Canada
    • All Canadians
    • Distinction-based Calls: Inuit
    • Distinction-based Calls: Métis
  • An initial review shows that the GNWT is already working towards a majority of the Calls for Justice . In many cases, the Calls for Justice will result in shifts in the way the GNWT’s work is carried out, rather than entirely new initiatives.


For more information, contact:

Todd Sasaki
Senior Communications Officer
Department of Executive and Indigenous Affairs
(867) 767-9168 x.15015


Tŝilhqo’tin Nation Enacts Historic Nulh Ghah Dechen Ts’edilhtan (“Wildlife Law) for Declared Aboriginal Title Lands

Williams Lake, BC: The Tŝilhqot’in Nation has enacted theNulh Ghah Dechen Ts’edilhtan (“Wildlife Law”) to better regulate hunting on its declared Aboriginal title lands, and help ensure wildlife populations on these lands are conserved and protected for this generation and generations to come.

On June 26, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada declared Aboriginal title for the first time in Canadian history, in the homeland of the Tŝilhqot’in people, within the caretaker area of Xeni Gwet’in First Nations Government – one of six communities that comprise the Tŝilhqot’in Nation. In that same case, the courts also declared that the Tŝilhqot’in hold proven Aboriginal rights to hunt, trap, and trade throughout the claim area. The unanimous judgment from the Supreme Court of Canada was the culmination of 25 years of litigation by the Tŝilhqot’in people.

On August 23, 1989, Xeni Gwet’in First Nations Government enacted its first modern written law, the Nemiah Declaration, and the law was affirmed by Xeni Gwet’in and the Tŝilhqot’in Nationin 2015. The Nulh Ghah Dechen Ts’edilhtan law comes into force on August 23, 2019 – the 30th anniversary of the Nemiah Declaration. The law applies to hunting and other activities, except trapping, that may affect wildlife and habitat within the Nation’s declared Aboriginal title lands. In particular, the law regulates hunting by Tŝilhqot’in and non-Tŝilhqot’in persons. All persons are expected to familiarize themselves with the law, and ensure their compliance with the law while in the Tŝilhqot’in Nation’s declared Aboriginal title lands.


Nits’ilʔin (Chief) Joe Alphonse, Tribal Chair, Tŝilhqot’in National Government:

“The Tŝilhqot’inNation continues to make history with this new law, which will apply within the Nation’s declared Aboriginal title lands. This is a ground-breaking accomplishment for the Nation as we work collectively to see our jurisdiction recognized throughout our territory. This law honours Tŝilhqot’in culture, and recognizes ourinherent law – law that our people have known and lived by for centuries. This law has taken a lot of time and effort; our people have been involved and consulted with throughout its creation. We commend Xeni for taking the lead on this issue, and we look forward to developing more laws that will help move our Nation forward.”

Nits’ilʔin (Chief) Jimmy Lulua, Xeni Gwet’in First Nations Government:

“The Tŝilhqot’in and Xeni Gwet’in have always lived by ourdechen ts’edilhtan (“laws”) as taught to us by our ancestors. However, we are at a time in our history where it has become necessary to share our dechen ts’edilhtan on paper with each other as Tŝilhqot’in and with non-Tŝilhqot’inW.e are continuing to stand up our Tŝilhqot’in laws on our declared Aboriginal title lands. This is only the start. We will continue to develop more laws and take the necessary steps to implement our

laws on our declared Aboriginal title lands, our proven Aboriginal rights lands, and throughout our community caretaker areas.”


  • Tŝilhqot’in Nation Nulh Ghah Dechen Ts’edilhtan (“Tŝilhqot’in Nation Wildlife Law”) –
  • Tŝilhqot’in Nation Hunting Order –

Media Contact:

Jacey Beck

Communications Manager

Tŝilhqot’in National Government



Treaty No. 6 Recognition Day first for Alberta

“Today, our government becomes the first Alberta government to commemorate the signing of Treaty No. 6.

“On Treaty No. 6 Recognition Day, we honour the Treaty No. 6 First Nations in Alberta by raising their flag.

“The people of the Treaty No. 6 First Nations have lived on this land for generations. They are an important part of our vibrant history and an integral part of Alberta’s thriving future.

“Our government will ensure that First Nations benefit from the land they have lived on for centuries,

“We honour their entrepreneurial legacy by becoming partners in prosperity with the Treaty No. 6 First Nations of Alberta, walking a path of economic reconciliation. First Nations people in Treaty No. 6 are supporters and investors in the renewal of our economy and employment.

“Alberta respects the First Nations’ treaty relationship with the Crown and our desire is to coexist in a peaceful and collaborative spirit, where First Nations have the same opportunities and privileges enjoyed by all Albertans.”

Quick facts

  • The area encompassed by Treaty No. 6 stretches from the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and across the border into the province of Saskatchewan.
  • There are approximately 50 First Nations residing within the Treaty No. 6 area, speaking various First Nation languages including: Dene, Sioux, Cree and Anishnaabe.
  • In Alberta, there are 17 First Nations within Treaty No. 6.
  • Treaty No. 6 was signed on:
    • Aug. 23, 1876 at Fort Carlton in Saskatchewan
    • Sept. 9, 1876 at Fort Pitt in Saskatchewan
    • Aug. 21, 1877 Treaty No. 6 adhesion signed at or near Fort Edmonton.

Related information

Media inquiries

Olga Michailides
Director of Communications, Indigenous Relations


BC Hydro applies for lower rates

Aug. 23, 2019

VICTORIA – British Columbians will pay less for electricity next spring if the B.C. Utilities Commission (BCUC) approves BC Hydro’s request for a decrease in rates.

“For the past two years, our government has been focused on making sure BC Hydro works for people again,” said Michelle Mungall, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. “I am thrilled that BC Hydro is now able to apply for a rate reduction for the first time in decades. If approved by our independent regulator, lower rates would make life better and more affordable for British Columbians.”

BC Hydro’s application to the BCUC is based on its audited fiscal 2019 financial results and latest financial forecast that reflect, among other things, higher-than-anticipated income from its trading subsidiary Powerex, lower-than-anticipated forecast debt financing costs and lower-than-anticipated purchases from independent power producers (IPPs).

“As a result of our updated financial forecast, we’re in the unique position to apply for a rate decrease for our customers that would start on April 1, 2020, if approved by the B.C. Utilities Commission,” said Chris O’Riley, president and chief operating officer, BC Hydro. “We’re committed to continue to work with government and the B.C. Utilities Commission to keep rates affordable while ensuring we continue to provide safe, reliable power to the province.”

The proposed lower rates build on the results of Phase 1 of government’s comprehensive review of BC Hydro, which was completed in February 2019. Measures flowing from the review include actions to keep electricity rates affordable for customers by cutting costs – including by indefinitely suspending the Standing Offer Program for IPPs – and expanding independent oversight of BC Hydro by the BCUC.

The BCUC is expected make a final decision on BC Hydro’s 2019-20 and 2020-21 rates early in 2020.

Learn More:

For a graph of BC Hydro’s rates forecast, visit:

For information on BC Hydro’s Fiscal 2020 to Fiscal 2021 Revenue Requirements Application, visit:

To read the final report on Phase 1 of the BC Hydro review, visit:

To learn about Phase 2 of the BC Hydro review, visit:

A backgrounder follows.


Kent Karemaker
Media Relations
Ministry of Energy, Mines
and Petroleum Resources
250 952-0628


How a rate decrease would look

On Aug. 22, 2019, BC Hydro submitted a request for a rate reduction of 1% starting April 2020 in an update to its Fiscal 2020 to Fiscal 2021 Revenue Requirements Application with the BC Utilities Commission.

  • As part of BC Hydro’s fiscal 2020-21 revenue requirements application the BCUC has already approved an interim net bill increase of 1.8% for 2019-20, which came into effect April 1, 2019.
  • If approved, the net bill impacts of the new rates forecast will be:
    • April 2020: decrease of 1%
    • April 2021: increase of 2.7%
    • April 2022: decrease of 0.3%
    • April 2023: increase of 3%
  • If approved, the cumulative bill increase over the next five years is estimated to be 6.2%. This is:
    • 23% lower than the 8.1% cumulative increase announced in February 2019 as part of the results of Phase 1 of government’s review of BC Hydro; and
    • 55% lower than the 13.7% cumulative increase for the same period under the previous government’s 10-year rates plan.
  • Lower rates also support the government’s goals under CleanBC to encourage the switch from fossil fuels to clean, renewable electricity in vehicles, homes and buildings, and industries.

In July 2019, government launched Phase 2 of the BC Hydro review with the objective of creating a strategy, for the benefit of British Columbians, for BC Hydro to continue to provide its customers with clean energy at competitive rates through the continuing evolution of BC Hydro in response to changes in climate, consumer demand, technology and B.C.’s commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous Nations. Phase 2 will continue to maintain the affordability of BC Hydro rates and the independence of the BCUC.


Kent Karemaker
Media Relations
Ministry of Energy, Mines
and Petroleum Resources
250 952-0628

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Emerald ash borer confirmed in Moncton, New Brunswick

From: Canadian Food Inspection Agency

August 23, 2019 – Canadian Food Inspection Agency

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of emerald ash borer in Moncton, New Brunswick. This detection is outside of currently regulated areas for emerald ash borer in Canada, and is the third detection of EAB in the province.

CFIA and its partners are conducting additional surveys to determine whether the pest has become established in the area, and if so, the extent of the spread.

Effective immediately, the movement of all ash material (such as logs, branches, and woodchips) and all species of firewood from the affected site is restricted. The property owners in the affected area have been notified of these restrictions.

Although the emerald ash borer poses no threat to human health, it is highly destructive to ash trees. It has already killed millions of ash trees in Canada and the United States, and poses a major economic and environmental threat to urban and forested areas of North America.

CFIA continues to work with federal, provincial, municipal and First Nations partners and organizations to slow the spread of this pest.

Quick facts

  • Moving untreated firewood is a common way for invasive insects and diseases to spread.
  • The emerald ash borer is native to China and eastern Asia. Its presence in Canada was first confirmed in 2002. It has since been found in parts of five provinces.
  • CFIA regulates this pest to protect Canada’s forests, municipal trees and nurseries.

Associated links


CFIA Media Relations


Boreal Caribou Range Planning to begin this fall, guided by new Framework

Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Robert C. McLeod released a new framework that will guide the development of five regional range plans for boreal caribou in the Northwest Territories (NWT).

Range plans are tools for decision-makers, developers and communities to help manage activities on the land in a way that supports caribou conservation.

Boreal caribou are listed as a Threatened species under both the federal Species at Risk Act and the territorial Species at Risk (NWT) Act. While the NWT population of boreal caribou is currently considered to be stable overall, careful management of habitat disturbance will be important to maintain a healthy and sustainable boreal caribou population for the future.

The Framework for Boreal Caribou Range Planning will help ensure regional plans are consistent with one another by providing regional thresholds for habitat disturbance, actions to mitigate and manage disturbance and criteria to decide where more intensive management actions should be taken.

Each regional range plan is expected to take at least two years to develop. Range planning will start this fall in the Southern NWT and Wek’èezhìı regions, which have the highest levels of disturbance, followed by the Sahtú, Gwich’in, and Inuvialuit regions. All five plans are expected to be complete by 2023.


“Protecting boreal caribou is a shared responsibility that requires the commitment and action of multiple partners, including governments, regulatory boards, industry and other stakeholders. Our government is committed to managing this important resource responsibly and looks forward to working with its partners to develop range plans under this Framework to help establish certainty around land use and ensure a healthy and sustainable boreal caribou population that offers harvesting opportunities now and into the future.”

– Robert C. McLeod, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources

Quick facts:

  • The NWT range of boreal caribou extends from the border with Alberta and British Columbia north to the Gwich’in and Inuvialuit regions, and includes part of the Yukon Territory. This area is known as the “NT1” range. The Framework does not apply to the Yukon portion of the range, which will be managed by the Yukon Government.
  • Range plans will be developed collaboratively through regional working groups made up of representatives from relevant Indigenous governments and organizations, renewable resources boards, community members, GNWT departments, land use planning boards, land and water boards, federal agencies and non-governmental organizations, as appropriate.
  • Range plans are recommended under both the NWT and national Recovery Strategies. The national Recovery Strategy also requires that at least 65% of boreal caribou habitat in the NWT is free from human or wildfire disturbance.
  • The range plans will be reviewed and adjusted every five years with a full update every 10 years.

Relevant Links:

Media contact:

Public Affairs and Communication

Environment and Natural Resources

Tel: (867) 767-9231 ext. 53046



Feds, First Nations eye first Indigenous self-government agreement in Ontario – CTV News

August 23, 2019

OTTAWA — Negotiations have concluded on a proposed self-government agreement in Ontario that Ottawa says would be the first of its kind if ratified.

Indigenous-Crown Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett says the milestone shows groundwork has been laid for First Nations in Ontario to move beyond the Indian Act and toward the goal of self-government.

Parliament passed the Indian Act in 1876, giving the federal government enormous power over the control of registered First Nations people, bands and the reserve system.
The federal government says four parts of the act that deal with governance will no longer apply to Anishinabek First Nations who ratify the proposed agreement.

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Kivalliq Inuit student scholarships approaching deadline – Nunatsiaq News

23 August, 2019

Applications close for five scholarships on Aug. 31

Inuit students from the Kivalliq region have until Saturday, Aug. 31, to apply for five post-secondary scholarships offered by the Kivalliq Inuit Association.

The deadline for applications for the Whale Tail Scholarship, Meliadine Scholarship, Sakku Scholarship, Ukkusiksalik Scholarship and President’s Scholarship is 5 p.m. CST at the end of the month.

The Whale Tail Scholarship and Meliadine Scholarship are offered by Angico Eagle Mines Ltd. and KIA, and both give preference to students studying in mine-related fields. Each of these scholarships amounts to $30 000.

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Dawson grad Celeste Groux receives national leadership award

Dawson College graduate Celeste Groux (Enriched Pure and Applied Science, Class of 2019) was awarded the Corinne Mount Pleasant-Jetté Leadership Award on August 22.

“We are very proud of Celeste!” said Diane Gauvin, Academic Dean of Dawson College. “Celeste is one of 10 scholars from across Canada to win an RBC Indigenous Student Award and she is the only student in the country to be selected for this national leadership award.”

The scholarship is given by RBC and is named in honour of the late Corinne Mount Pleasant-Jetté, a prominent member of the First Nations community who was instrumental in leading the launch of the RBC Indigenous Student Awards Program. This leadership award is given to the student who most demonstrates leadership skills in their community and acts as a change agent.

“Celeste is a great role model by showing the things you can accomplish as not only an Indigenous person, but as a woman in Mathematics,” said Jennifer Anne Barley, Branch Manager of RBC in Chateauguay and RBC Royal Eagle representative. “She mentored students in the first year of high school and organized activities for the student body, such as School Spirit Week. Celeste was active at Dawson volunteering for campus events, such as First Peoples Week and Multicultural Days.”

Ms Barley represented RBC at a special presentation of the award at Dawson College and was joined by Clarice Wong of the Ville Marie branch. Celeste’s parents, former teachers, people involved in the Indigenous Initiatives at the College, Dawson College Foundation board members, and other members of Dawson management and staff attended the celebration.

“There are a lot of things I like about my time at Dawson,” said Celeste. “There were so many great teachers and I loved my Humanities classes. I also appreciated all the activities on campus.”

Celeste had applied to several scholarships. “I knew that I would have to pay for my education and I was worried about how much work I would have to do. I have worked full time in the summer since I was 16, and part time during the semester. When I received the congratulatory email from RBC that I had won, I was in shock and so happy.”

Celeste, who has also received another major scholarship from Hydro Quebec, is continuing her studies at McGill University this fall in Honours Applied Mathematics. She will be able to focus on her studies with the RBC scholarship, which will pay up to $4,000 in tuition per year for four years. Celeste lives in Châteauguay and is a member of the Bigstone Cree Nation.


Government of Canada partnering with Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig to build new discovery centre

From: FedNor

Investments in technology infrastructure will accelerate social and economic growth

August 23, 2019 – Sault Ste. Marie, ON — Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario — FedNor

Indigenous, Métis and non-Indigenous peoples and families in the Baawitigong region in and around Sault Ste. Marie will soon benefit from increased access to economic, skills training and job opportunities, thanks to Government of Canada investments of more than $13.5 million. A Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund investment of more than $12.9 million is helping Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig build the new Anishinabek Discovery Centre and FedNor funding of $610,400 will assist in the purchase and installation of technology infrastructure and specialized equipment. Upon completion, the Centre will house a National Chiefs Library, a Training Centre of Excellence, interpretive teaching and cultural spaces, and state-of-the-art event-hosting facilities.

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, and Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, made the funding announcements today on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor.

These investments are helping to diversify and grow the regional economy, while supporting research and creating good paying jobs in the community.


“Our government supports Indigenous peoples so that they can be full participants in the global economy. Today’s investments in the Anishinabek Discovery Centre will help provide the technology infrastructure needed to develop and offer specialized skills training that will lead to good-paying jobs, while strengthening the region’s economy.”

– The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

“I am thrilled to be part of a government that recognizes the unique needs of First Nation communities and is taking action to create new skills-training, cultural and economic opportunities. Establishing the Anishinabek Discovery Centre supports our Innovation and Skills Plan by creating the right conditions to support advanced learning, research and development, while nurturing inclusive regional innovation ecosystems.”

– Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie

“We would like to thank the Government of Canada for its continued support. We are excited about the cultural, social and economic potential that the Anishinabek Discovery Centre represents for our region. Once complete, the facility will enable Indigenous Peoples to acquire the educational tools needed to succeed in modern society without comprising the values of our culture and traditions.”

– Della Anaquod, President and Academic Dean, Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig

Quick facts

  • The FedNor funding of $610,400 announced today will enable the organization to install a state-of-the-art information technology network with wireless access points, as well as other automated systems, furnishings and workstations, audio-visual equipment and specialized computers.
  • Since December 2015, FedNor approved more than $230 million in support of 650 projects in Northern Ontario, to the benefit of families, communities and businesses across the region.
  • Since 2016 and through successive budgets, the Government of Canada has dedicated an additional $62 million to help FedNor to further strengthen Northern Ontario’s economy and create even more middle-class jobs for Canadians.
  • The Government invested $2 billion in close to 300 projects under the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund to renew university and college campuses across the country.
  • The targeted, short-term investments under the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund are promoting economic activity across Canada and helping Canada’s universities and colleges develop highly skilled workers, act as engines of discovery, and collaborate on innovations that help Canadian companies compete and grow internationally.

Associated links


Kim Fewchuk
Senior Communications Officer

Dani Keenan
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada


Bob McLeod: Achievements of the 18th Assembly

Mr. Speaker, as the 18th Legislative Assembly comes to an end, now is a good time for us to look back at the past four years and the good work we have done together for the people of the Northwest Territories.

The 18th Assembly has been the first full Assembly since the federal government devolved responsibility for public lands, resources and waters to the Government of the Northwest Territories.

Devolution significantly increased the responsibilities of the Government of the Northwest Territories and expanded the areas in which this Legislative Assembly has legal authority.

At the time of devolution, the 17th Legislative Assembly mirrored existing federal legislation, making the decision to first devolve and then evolve. It fell to the 18th Assembly to do the heavy lifting on the “evolve” part of the equation.

Devolution was just the beginning, Mr. Speaker. It was this Assembly that had to do the hard work of understanding our residents’ priorities for newly devolved authorities and turn them into sound legislation and policy to reflect Northern views and aspirations.

I am pleased to say that we were up to the task. The first made-in-the Northwest Territories Mineral Resources Act will receive Assent today, setting out for the first time ever how the Government of the Northwest Territories will manage the rich reserves of mineral resources we share, in line with the views and priorities of northern decision makers. We have also amended the Petroleum Resources Act and the Oil and Gas Operations Act to take into account our new responsibilities and reflect Northerners’ priorities.

Part of managing the land and resources of the Northwest Territories responsibly includes making our own decisions about how land will be protected and conserved. A new Protected Areas Act passed this past June now gives Northerners the legal tools for creating a network of permanent protected areas that conserve the ecological and cultural worth of the Northwest Territories’ most valued places.

We have updated and modernized the Environmental Rights Act, establishing the requirement for government departments and certain public bodies to consider a statement of environmental values in their decision making, and mandating a State of the Environment Report.

We have passed a new Public Land Act, bringing together two previously separate regimes for managing public land in the Northwest Territories and setting the stage for further development of a more unified approach to land management.

Work to strengthen and improve the GNWT’s approach to managing land and resources will continue, Mr. Speaker, including work on the Waters Act and the Forest Act, but the work we have done in four short years to establish a new made-in-the-North legislative regime for land and resource management is an accomplishment we should all be proud of.

Another priority for Northerners, Mr. Speaker, was improving government openness and transparency, and our government has responded. During this term, this Assembly passed the Ombud Act and appointed the first ever Ombud for the Northwest Territories.

Following a comprehensive review undertaken by the Government of the Northwest Territories, this Assembly also made significant amendments to the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

We have complemented this legislative work with the creation of our government’s first-ever Open Government Policy, including a new guide to public engagement that will help ensure we are taking a consistent approach to soliciting the views of the public on important matters of public policy and factoring those into our work.

Mr. Speaker, we have worked together to pass several important pieces of legislation to protect public health and safety, including the Northwest Territories 9-1-1 Act, which will provide for a territory-wide 9-1-1 service beginning this fall. We also passed a new Emergency Management Act.

Responding to legislative changes at the federal level, Mr. Speaker, we passed the Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Implementation Act. We have also passed new legislation to control and reduce smoking, and legislation to control the sale of tobacco and vapour products.

Mr. Speaker. In all, we have considered 93 bills – including money bills – over the past four years, representing a significant amount of work.

Over these four years, the Government of the Northwest Territories has also invested in initiatives meant to advance the priorities of the 18th Legislative Assembly and better serve the people of the territory.

Together, we have invested more than $82 million dollars in health, wellness and education initiatives, including $33.5 million in health services, $17 million in children’s programs, nearly $11 million in long-term care and seniors and $6 million in shelters and vulnerable populations.

We have invested $29 million dollars in community operations and safety, including $12 million in housing, $7.5 million to address the cost of living, $5 million for community government operations and $2 million for 9-1-1.

We have invested $22 million dollars in climate change and another $5 million in the environment, Mr. Speaker.

We have also invested more than $42 million dollars in the economy and labour market, including $14 million in the Mackenzie Valley Fibre Line, nearly $12 million in adult education and training, $5 million in economic diversification and $3 million in tourism and parks.

We have also invested more than $19 million in government services, including $3 million in service delivery improvements, almost $2 million in cannabis implementation, $2 million in intergovernmental relations and $1.5 million in devolution implementation.

We have also invested millions in literally building the Northwest Territories during this term of government, Mr. Speaker, including our biggest ever capital plan in the current fiscal year.

Over the past four years, we have invested over $155 million dollars in the new Stanton Territorial Hospital, and another $92 million in other health facilities in communities around the Northwest Territories.

We have invested $44 million dollars in schools and $88.5 million in Northwest Territories Housing Corporation Capital. We have invested over $112 million in community capital through our community government capital formula funding.

During this Assembly, in addition to the Stanton Territorial Hospital, the Government of the Northwest Territories celebrated the completion of two other major capital projects: the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway, and the Mackenzie Valley Fibre Line.

Looking to the future, we have invested almost $114 million in the Tlicho All-Season Road, and $142 million in other road projects under the Building Canada Fund. With the planning and permitting work now complete, I am pleased to note that Minister Schumann will be hosting an official groundbreaking ceremony in Whati tomorrow with representatives from the Tlicho Government and a number of MLAs and Ministers to mark the start of work on the Tlicho All-Season Road.

We are also advancing energy, transportation and other infrastructure projects in partnership with the federal government through the Investing in Canada Plan and the National Trades Corridor Fund.

We continue to advance the Mackenzie Valley Highway, Mr. Speaker, as well as the Slave Geological Province Corridor, two important roads to resources that will help unlock our territory’s potential, and create jobs and economic opportunities for our residents and all Canadians.

Our government has also made substantial investments in energy during the life of this Assembly, addressing multiple priorities including economic development, cost of living and environment and climate change.

This includes projects like a 40 kilowatt solar project in Tulita and the Inuvik Wind Project. We have secured federal funding for a new and more efficient generator in Sachs Harbour, and for upgrades to the Snare Forks hydroelectric facility.

We continue to collect wind data in Norman Wells, Sachs Harbour and Snare Rapids, and are monitoring water flows in Gameti to assess the potential for a mini-hydro project.

We continue to work with the federal government to advance the Taltson Hydroelectric Expansion Project, Mr. Speaker, and have secured $2 million dollars in funding already, with a commitment for a further $18 million over the next three years.

These efforts have been guided by our government’s integrated approach to addressing energy and climate change that was announced in May 2018 with the release of our 2030 Energy Strategy, Climate Change Strategic Framework, and Petroleum Resources Strategy.

The Government of the Northwest Territories recognizes that Northerners care deeply about the land, environment and wildlife, Mr. Speaker, and we have worked throughout this Assembly to reflect that concern in our actions and decisions.

Earlier this week, our government was part of the celebrations in Lutselk’e to announce the creation of Thaidene Nene with the Government of Canada, Lutselk’e Dene First Nation, Deninu Kue First Nation and NWT Metis Nation. The new national and territorial parks that will be established on the East Arm of Great Slave Lake represent the culmination of a 50-year dream for the people of the region that our government was pleased to be a part of.

We have also continued to take steps to manage and protect wildlife in the Northwest Territories, including the implementation of significant new regulations under the Wildlife Act, and the creation of a Boreal Caribou Recovery Strategy, a Bathurst Caribou Range Plan and a Boreal Caribou Range Plan.

We also recognize that a strong territory starts with strong people, Mr. Speaker, and we have continued to support healthy, educated people over the four years of this Assembly.

During this Assembly, the Government of the Northwest Territories undertook a comprehensive analysis of labour market needs and launched the Skills 4 Success initiative to improve employment success for Northwest Territories residents, close skill gaps for in-demand jobs, and more effectively respond to employer and industry needs.

We completed the Aurora College Foundational Review and have responded with a plan to create the first polytechnic university in the Northwest Territories, built around our existing campus communities and community learning centres that will create new and expanded post-secondary educational opportunities for our people. We continue to invest in the College, including with a $10 million dollar Centre for Mine and Industry Training we opened in Fort Smith at the beginning of this year.

We have completed the roll-out of free, optional junior kindergarten to all communities during the life of this Assembly, Mr. Speaker, giving Northwest Territories families more options and flexibility and giving our kids the support they need to grow and develop right from the start.

Our government has also launched a new community-based child and youth care counsellor initiative, Mr. Speaker, aimed to provide critical mental health supports and counselling at the community level.

We have invested in a new long-term care addition for Woodland Manor in Hay River, a new health centre and long-term care facility in Norman Wells, a new health centre in Fort Resolution and the Jimmy Erasmus Seniors’ Home in Behchoko.

During this Assembly, the Government of the Northwest Territories has also completed a significant transformation in the way that health services are delivered and managed with the creation of the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority. The new authority has helped to break down systemic barriers to efficient and effective care and service delivery and built the foundation for a system with improved accountability and performance, informed by regional wellness councils.

We also understand that we must meet people where they are at, focusing on the needs of the individual, not our systems and processes. That is why our government has introduced a cultural safety action plan for our health system, to create an environment free of racism and discrimination where people from all cultures and identities feel safe.

It is also why we have embarked on a new primary care reform initiative that will ensure our health system is based around the needs of the patient and their families, focusing on outcomes for our people.

We continue to invest in justice in our communities, Mr. Speaker, including a new women’s correction facility that will be opening in Fort Smith at the end of this month. This brand new facility has been designed to provide female offenders with culturally appropriate programs and activities meant to help them become productive, healthy members of their communities.

To support safe communities, our government has agreed to construct 45 staff housing units at the request of the RCMP in five communities, including Fort Simpson, Fort Smith, Hay River, Inuvik and Norman Wells.

Our government has also continued to address the critical need for housing in the Northwest Territories, including convening the first ever Northern Housing Summit in Inuvik earlier this year and successfully negotiating for $36 million dollars under the National Housing Strategy and a $60 million carve-out under the National Housing Co-investment Fund.

Earlier this month the Government of the Northwest Territories opened a new seniors nine-plex in Fort McPherson and a 17-unit singles building in Inuvik. We have invested in supportive housing project in Fort Simpson, Behchoko, Aklavik and Fort Good Hope under our Northern Pathways to Housing program. We partnered with the Salt River First Nation to open two housing units and also partnered with the Centre for Northern Families to open eight semi-independent units for people who are experiencing homelessness in Yellowknife.

We know homelessness is a challenge across the territory, Mr. Speaker, and each year the GNWT works across departments and with many different services providers in communities all across the North to provide programs, services and funding intended to support community members who may be experiencing homelessness, or other related challenges. We continue to work on this issue through innovative approaches like housing first, integrated case management and the Homelessness Assistance Fund. We have increased resources to address this issue, including the new combined Sobering Centre and Day Shelter in Yellowknife.

Mr. Speaker, today is Day 90 of our sitting days in this Third Session. Session is a major focus for the public and for us as Members, but we need to remember that government is a 365-day a year business. We have accomplished a lot since the First Session of the 18th Assembly took place on December 17, 2015. We should be proud of our accomplishments as an Assembly.

I want to thank Members who have worked with us on behalf of the people of the Northwest Territories, and I want to thank hard-working members of the public service who have supported us in turning our priorities into plans, policies, programs and services for our residents.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.


August 31, 2019 is International Overdose Awareness Day

August 31, 2019 is International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD). It is a day when we pause to recognize the tragic losses that have been suffered by individuals, families and communities as a result of death, or a permanent injury related to drug overdose.

This is a tragic story that is occurring everywhere in the world. It has become an especially critical issue in BC, and even more specifically among First Nations people in BC. A public health emergency was declared in BC in 2016, in recognition of the number of opioid-related deaths that have occurred. In 2018 alone, 193 First Nations people in BC have been lost to a poisoned drug supply, despite many efforts to prevent these losses. ​

These are not just numbers – they are people – men, women, young and not-so-young from all over the province. May these individuals – our family, friends, neighbours and co-workers – be remembered with love, and honored for trying so hard to overcome their challenges. Our hearts and prayers go out to those left behind. We grieve with you.

It is our responsibility to wrap our arms around those who are struggling with substance use disorders, and those whose traumas have made life so hard that they turn to drugs to ease their pain. Stigma, shaming and blaming only make their journeys more difficult.

International Overdose Awareness Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable. We have joined with many partners – families, communities, health providers, people with lived and living experience with substance use and government partners – to make harm reduction services easily accessible to people who need it. It is our goal at FNHA to support people in their journey to wellness in whatever way we can.

We know that Naloxone is saving lives. Over 700 kits have been delivered to First Nations community service organizations in BC since 2016, and FNHA provided training to over 175 First Nations communities so that people will know how to respond to an overdose. Thank you to all who have made the effort to learn and communicate about this important response.

More treatment options are being developed so that people can more easily access supports they need on their healing journey in culturally safe environments. Mental health strategies are being developed to assist in healing from trauma and loss.

We have worked to make sure that people who need medically assisted therapies, sometimes called Opioid Agonist Therapies (OAT), can access them through their health care providers. There are ongoing discussions about how we can work in new ways to support people who use drugs by providing a supply of medications in supervised settings, to replace the toxic contaminated street drug supply while they are working to get well. More work is needed, and must remain ongoing, to look at all possible solutions and supports that can be put in place to keep people from dying of an overdose. Everyone deserves the opportunity to heal physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

The work is not done, and will not be for a long time to come. We all have a role to play.

An amazing group of people I have met in this journey is ‘Moms Stop the Harms’ – a group who have lost family members to an overdose death, or whose loved ones are at risk. They have started a campaign called the ‘Somebody’s Someone Purple Ribbon Campaign’ and are posting pictures and stories about loved ones they have lost with purple ribbons.

I will wear purple on August 31, and I invite you to join me.

Want to know more?

For more information about overdose prevention, please visit


City (Fredericton) Receives All Required Permits for Next Phase of Officers’ Square Revitalization

August 23, 2019

The Officers’ Square revitalization project will move forward later this fall, now that the City of Fredericton has received all required final heritage and archeological approvals and permits from the Province of New Brunswick for the next phase on the project.

“It’s great news,” said Ken Forrest, the City’s Director of Planning and Development. “There’s been a very intensive heritage review by the Province and approvals will allow the City to get on with improving the condition of Officers’ Square. It’s an important National Historic Site, a precious asset and our most important public gathering space. And it’s in a very poor state.”

The next phase of the project focusses largely on completing work started last year at the perimeter of the Square, and preparing the site for future phases of work. The Officers’ Square plan was revised in November 2018 to protect all the large mature trees in the Square.

“Everyone can now be assured the appropriate heritage and archeological review of the project’s next phase has been done thoroughly,” said Forrest. “It’s taken a lot of painstakingly detailed discussion, but everyone should now feel confident that the City’s revised plan for the Square fully respects and celebrates the important heritage of the Square and ensures it will be available for the next generation.”

This fall, the City will focus on re-establishing the crumbling and unstable perimeter wall that runs along Queen Street and acts as a retaining wall for the street. When completed, the wall will be capped with cut sandstone capstones and black fencing that matches the current ornamental fence. It will also provide better public safety protection.

This year’s work will also include removing the existing sandstone capstones and establishing new entrance stairs and accessible entrance. The monument to the 104th Regiment will be temporarily removed during construction and will be re-established in a prominent location at the entrance to the Square. As well, the Lord Beaverbrook statue will be relocated to a new home at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in a spectacular garden area that will include the return of the historic Robbie Burns statue and the Three Muses fountain.

This next phase of work follows the revised Officers’ Square plan passed by Council last November that protects all the major mature trees in the Square. The City will also remove 11 smaller trees from Officers’ Square and the area just outside the Square. Following this work, no other trees will be removed. The City plans to plant 28 new trees on the site as part of the completed revitalization project.

The City has received Site Alteration Permits and Archeological Monitoring Permits from the Province. The City has also received a new heritage permit as well as authority to complete further work pursuant to the 2016 heritage permit for the project. Tenders for the work will be issued by the City this week and the work is expected to be completed before winter.

The work the City will be doing at Officers’ Square this fall takes place in areas above ground level or in areas where there has been substantial previous ground disturbance. Appropriate archaeological measures are in place to ensure the work meets provincial requirements.

All future revitalization work after this phase will be based on a third-party Archeological Impact Assessment conducted this summer by Stratis Consulting. To ensure protection of any undiscovered aboriginal archeological assets, the City has agreed with the Province of New Brunswick that First Nations consultations will take place before any underground digging takes place in any areas of the Square that have not been previously disturbed. This phase of work is anticipated to begin next summer.


Maanjiwe nendamowinan: U of T Mississauga’s newest building honours the past, looks to the future – U of T News

The University of Toronto Mississauga has announced the official name of its newest building that acknowledges both the Indigenous history of the land and the future of the campus.

The new building, erected in place of the original 1967 North Building, unofficially opened its doors in September 2018. While construction crews completed landscaping and interior finishes, a university committee reviewed name suggestions – more than 700 in total – for the new structure.

An overwhelming number of submissions focused on Indigenous themes, leading to a collaboration with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN) on whose traditional territory the campus now stands. Following careful consideration, MCFN recommended Maanjiwe nendamowinan (pronounced Mahn-ji-way nen-da-mow-in-ahn), a formally endorsed Anishinaabemowin name meaning “gathering of minds.”

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Contemporary Indigenous arts festival launches in Victoria – CBC

‘We have incredible indigenous artists in this province,’ says arts manager

Aug 23, 2019

Indigifest, a festival that celebrates contemporary Indigenous artists, launches Friday in Victoria.

The festival is a free, one-day event at the Esquimalt Gorge Park, which will include musical performers, workshops and interactive activities.

Sarah Pocklington, a musician and arts manager of First Peoples Cultural Council, started the initiative to give rising artists a platform to connect with other Indigenous artists in B.C.

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Canada Supports Clean, Renewable Energy Technologies in British Columbia

From: Natural Resources Canada

August 23, 2019 Fort Nelson, British Columbia Natural Resources Canada

The best solutions for bringing clean energy to rural and remote Indigenous communities come from the people who live there. That is why Canada is investing in these communities to build local skills and knowledge to reduce their use of fossil fuels through renewable energy development. These investments will help position rural and remote communities to thrive in the low-carbon economy.

The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today announced a $1-million investment for Deh Tai Limited Partnership, the economic development company of the Fort Nelson First Nation, to assess the resource potential of several renewable energy technologies. This assessment includes a potential geothermal electricity generation project, which involves the Saulteau First Nations’ participation.

The project will focus on local energy planning to support a responsible and strategic transition away from diesel dependency. It will also create new economic opportunities and improve the quality of life of community members and is expected to pave the way for future renewable energy projects in the Fort Nelson First Nation community and surrounding area.

A Community Energy Plan will provide a pathway to understand clean energy development opportunities in and around a community; identify areas to improve energy efficiency; and engage community members on the value of having a sustainable, reliable, clean energy source.

Funding for the project comes from the Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities program. The six-year, $220-million program aims to reduce reliance on diesel in rural and remote communities by deploying and demonstrating renewable energy, encouraging energy efficiency and building local skills and capacity.

It is part of the Government of Canada’s Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, a more than $180-billion investment over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes and Canada’s rural and northern communities.


“Canada’s energy future will depend on us working together to meet the challenges and share the opportunities of this clean growth future. Projects like this build the foundation for innovative renewable energy projects that will help reduce the reliance on diesel, moving us toward a cleaner future.”

– The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi
Minister of Natural Resources Canada

“Today’s announcement is an investment in the future of our people and all our children. Having access to clean energy through geothermal is a key priority for our Nation. We are thankful to the federal government for providing the necessary financial assistance to explore this project further. Having access to geothermal will bring many benefits to our community and create security and economic benefits as we move forward for decades to come.”

– Chief Sharleen Gale
Fort Nelson First Nation

“We offer our congratulations to Chief Gale and the Fort Nelson First Nation on achieving this important milestone in the development of geothermal energy in British Columbia. The agreement announced today shows once again that First Nations can provide the leadership and the innovation that is required to transition to clean energy and protect our Mother Earth. We encourage the federal and provincial governments to continue to support First Nations’ clean energy projects. We look forward to supporting Chief Gale and the Fort Nelson First Nation as they lead the way to a brighter future and healthier environment for everyone.”

– Chief Ken Cameron
Saulteau First Nations

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Media Relations
Natural Resources Canada

Vanessa Adams
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Natural Resources


U of Winnipeg: One Book UW

The University of Winnipeg’s Department of English wants to spread the love of reading. They are organizing a One Book UW (1BUW) program this Fall focused on This Place: 150 Years Retold, and are encouraging members of the university community from across disciplines to pick it up.

The Fall 2019 1BUW book is a collection of Indigenous history comics published this year by Winnipeg’s Portage and Main press. Co-coordinators Dr. Candida Rifkind and Dr. Brandon Christopher felt that Indigenous comics offer accessible and engaging pathways into contemporary issues in Indigenous-settler relations. As well, students in English and other disciplines are already engaged with Indigenous storytelling and familiar with the form of comics.

Another reason is location, location, location. Winnipeg is a centre for Indigenous literary and comics publishing. This proximity allows access to some of the leading writers and artists in the field, plus community contacts, and UWinnipeg has established faculty research expertise in this field.

“We wanted a book that would appeal to a wide range of readers and have a local connection,” shared Rifkind. “The book features a range of stories about Indigenous leaders, heroes, rebels, and activists from 1867 to now. This One Book UW program on This Place: 150 Years Retold will help build the conversation about Indigenization at UWinnipeg through a common reading experience. Indigenous writers and artists have embraced comics as a powerful form of storytelling, and this book invites rich conversations about the role of popular culture and the politics of reconciliation.”

This PLACE will be taught in many classes, across 12 departments, by 28 instructors with students ranging from the high school to the MA level studying the book in their Fall and Winter courses. A series of public events will tie into the classroom experience to unite the broader UWinnipeg community around this collective reading experience.

This includes special guests on campus this Fall to discuss the book, including Indigenous scholar Dr. Niigaanwewidam Sinclair, Governor-General’s award-winning author and UWinnipeg alumna Katherena Vermette, bestselling graphic novelist David Alexander Robertson, Métis author and scholar Chelsea Vowel, and Ojibway writer Jennifer Storm, who will serve as 1BUW Writer-in-Residence in late October. There will be panel discussions, workshops, and a student and faculty symposium. For the complete list and dates of events, please visit 1BUW.

Also tied into 1BUW is the traveling art exhibit, When Raven Became Spider, at Gallery 1C03 that runs from September 19 – November 30. The exhibit, which exclusively features art by Indigenous creators, including Joi T. Arcand (Cree), Sonny Assu (Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw), and Shaun Beyale (Navajo), explores the intersection of Indigenous art and stories with contemporary superhero comics. This exhibit, curated by Leena Minifie, a Gitxaala/British artist, writer, and curator based in Vancouver, BC, and Gallery 1C03 curator Jennifer Gibson, welcomes class visits and tours. Gallery 1C03 will also be hosting This Place 1BUW events.

1BUW is also designed to gather the campus together in all levels of an inclusive dialogue.

“Too often as academics we end up isolated in our own disciplines, and this project has given us the opportunity to see how the work we do is in conversation with departments across the University,” shared Christopher, Chair of the English Department. “It’s also an excellent opportunity to reach beyond the walls of the University and to support local writers and artists, a number of whom will be coming to campus over the fall to talk about their work on this fantastic and important book.”

This Place: 150 Years Retold is published by HighWater Press, an imprint of Winnipeg’s Portage and Main Press. It is available as an ebook through the UWinnipeg Library.

Naniece Ibrahim, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg
P: 204.988.7130, E:


Commerce Resources Corp. Announces Oversubscription of Flow-through Private Placement Adjustment

August 23, 2019 – Commerce Resources Corp. (TSXv: CCE, FSE: D7H) (the “Company” or “Commerce”) is pleased to announce that it has oversubscribed the non-brokered flow through private placement (the “Offering”) of units (each, a “Unit”) at a price of $0.55 per Unit as previously announced by News Release of August 12, 2019 and August 21, 2019. The Offering was oversubscribed by $13,750. The total amount of the Offering now consists of 752,272 Units for aggregate proceeds of $413,749.60.

As previously announced, insiders may participate in the Offering.

The aggregate gross proceeds from the sale of the Offering will be used to advance the developments of the Company’s Ashram REE Deposit in Quebec.

Each Unit will consist of one common share of the Company issued on a “flow-through” basis pursuant to the Income Tax Act (Canada) (each, a “Share”) and one common share purchase warrant (each, a “Warrant”), with each Warrant entitling the holder to purchase one Share (on a non-flow-through basis) at an adjusted price of $0. 75 per Share for a period of one year following the closing of the Offering (the “Closing”).

Finders’ fees may be payable in connection with the Offering in accordance with the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange (the “Exchange”).

All securities issued in connection with the Offering will be subject to a statutory hold period expiring four months and one day after closing of the Offering. Completion of the Offering is subject to the approval of the Exchange. Any participation by insiders in the Offering will constitute a related party transaction under Multilateral Instrument 61-101 – Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions (“MI 61-101”) but is expected to be exempt from the formal valuation and minority shareholder approval requirements of MI 61-101.

About Commerce Resources Corp.

Commerce Resources Corp. is an exploration and development company with a particular focus on deposits of rare metals and rare earth elements. The Company is focused on the development of its Ashram Rare Earth Element Deposit in Quebec and the Upper Fir Tantalum-Niobium Deposit in British Columbia.

For more information, please visit the corporate website at or email

On Behalf of the Board of Directors

“Chris Grove”
Chris Grove
President and Director
Tel: 604.484.2700


TC Energy Corp.: Nebraska Supreme Court affirms Keystone XL route approval

OMAHA, Neb., Aug. 23, 2019 — TC Energy Corporation (TSX, NYSE: TRP) (TC Energy or the Company) today announced the Nebraska Supreme Court has affirmed the November 2017 decision by the Nebraska Public Service Commission that approved the Keystone XL Pipeline route through the state.

“The Supreme Court decision is another important step as we advance towards building this vital energy infrastructure project,” said Russ Girling, TC Energy’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We thank the thousands of government leaders, landowners, labor unions and other community partners for their continued support through this extensive review process. It has been their unwavering support that has advanced this project to where it is today.”

TC Energy and its affiliates deliver the energy millions of people rely on every day to power their lives and fuel industry. We are not only focused on what we do, but how we do it – guided by core values of safety, responsibility, collaboration and integrity, our more than 7,000 people are committed to sustainably developing and operating pipeline, power generation and energy storage facilities across Canada, the United States and Mexico. TC Energy’s common shares trade on the Toronto (TSX) and New York (NYSE) stock exchanges under the symbol TRP. Visit and connect with us on social media to learn more.

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Engineering students attend experiential weekend on the Akwesasne reserve – McMaster

A contingent of McMaster faculty, staff and students recently travelled to the Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne to share research on water sensors, learn about Mohawk traditions and attend discussions on Indigenous health.

The event was hosted by Bear Clan Mother, Mamabear (Louise MacDonald) on the reserve near Cornwall, Ontario from June 14-16.

Attendees from McMaster included Charles de Lannoy, an assistant chemical engineering professor, Louise Gazzola, experiential learning program coordinator, Dawn Martin-Hill, the Paul R. MacPherson Chair in Indigenous Studies and three engineering students.

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Anishinabek Nation and Canada celebrate key milestone on historic self-government agreement

First Nations community approval process begins on Anishinabek Nation Governance Agreement

August 23, 2019 — Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario — Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada — Anishinabek Nation

The Anishinabek Nation and Canada are working together to lay the foundation for Anishinabek Nation First Nations in Ontario to move beyond the Indian Act toward self-government and chart their own path to a brighter future for their communities.

Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, and Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Glen Hare celebrated the initialing of a proposed Anishinabek Nation Governance Agreement and the formal launch of the Anishinabek First Nations community approval process. To date, 20 Anishinabek Nation First Nations throughout Ontario have committed to holding a community vote on the proposed Agreement. If ratified, the Anishinabek Nation Governance Agreement would be the first Indigenous self-government governance agreement in Ontario.

This builds upon the education self-government agreement concluded with 23 Anishinabek Nation First Nations in 2018. The Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement already recognizes Anishinabek law-making powers and authority over education on reserve from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12, as well as administrative control over funding for post-secondary education.

Once the Anishinabek Nation Governance Agreement is ratified, the Government of Canada will recognize Anishinabek law-making powers and authority over how their First Nations are governed. Four parts of the Indian Act that deal with governance will no longer apply to the Anishinabek First Nations who ratify the proposed Agreement. The First Nations will make their own decisions about leadership selection, citizenship, government operations, as well as how best to protect and promote Anishinaabe language and culture.

Now that negotiations have concluded, the next step is further information sharing and outreach with First Nation citizens. Following the engagement process, Anishinabek First Nations will hold a ratification vote on the Anishinabek Nation Governance Agreement between February 1 and February 29, 2020.


“Congratulations to the Anishinabek Nation, the First Nations and the negotiating teams on reaching this historic milestone on the Anishinabek Nation Governance Agreement. This is an important opportunity to restore Anishinabek control over governance, move beyond the Indian Act and implement the First Nations’ vision of greater self-determination and a better future for their communities.”

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

“Our Anishinaabe leaders have been consistently pursuing moving beyond the Indian Act. The Anishinabek Nation Governance Agreement is a major milestone in our journey towards restoring our traditional governance in this modern world. We are ensuring our survival as Anishinaabe, and that is the greatest responsibility our leaders have.”

Grand Council Chief Glen Hare (Gwiingos)
Anishinabek Nation

Quick facts

  • Self-government negotiations with the Anishinabek Nation on governance began in 1995, led to an Agreement-in-Principle in 2007 and concluded in 2019.
  • The Anishinabek Nation Governance Agreement must be approved by Anishinabek First Nation citizens in a community vote before it can be finalized.
  • Voting will take place by electronic, mail-in and in-person ballots. Further details on how and when to vote will be shared with First Nation citizens in the coming weeks.
  • Following Anishinabek First Nations approval, the next step is federal approval and the signing of the Agreement by the parties. Once it is signed, federal legislation must be passed before the Agreement can take effect.
  • This is not the first self-government agreement negotiated with the Anishinabek Nation. In 2018, the parties concluded a self-government agreement on education that is now in effect for 23 Anishinabek First Nations in Ontario.

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For more information, media may contact:

Matthew Dillon-Leitch
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

Media Relations
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Cindy Males
Governance Communications Coordinator
Anishinabek Nation


UFCW Canada and Ambearrister visit Kapapamahchakwew – Wandering Spirit School

Toronto – August 22, 2019 – UFCW Canada recently hosted a Reconciliation Ambearrister at a special event at the Kapapamahchakwew – Wandering Spirit School in Toronto. During the event, union members, children, and school representatives learned about the many ways that we can promote the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.

Attendees also took in a story, called Fishing for Knowledge, Catching Dreams, in which main character Spirit Bear learns about the troubling history of Residential Schools in Canada and the need for “safe and comfy” schools for all First Nations children today.

As well, participants received information on the Ambearrister program and children told the visiting Ambearrister of their dreams to become lawyers, doctors, and performing artists. Union members, meanwhile, shared their personal experiences of being Indigenous and the impact of growing up in schools that didn’t acknowledge their Indigenous identity.

In addition, teachers discussed the value of providing culturally appropriate education, and everyone shared in a strawberry feast, during which they received a teaching on the significance of the strawberry as a food and a medicine.

“Thank you, Caring Society, for your commitment to First Nations children and culturally appropriate education for all Indigenous children across Canada,” said UFCW Canada National President Paul Meinema. “In partnership and friendship, we extend our union solidarity and honour your good work, including the Reconciliation Ambearristers program.”

As Canada’s leading union, UFCW is committed to achieving Indigenous justice and advancing Indigenous rights in Canada. To learn more about our work in this area here, and to find out how you can advance Reconciliation in your workplace and community, visit UFCW Canada’s Reconciliation webpage.


Media Advisory: Parliamentary Secretary Bennett to Participate in Announcement in Natuashish

August 23, 2019

Derek Bennett, Parliamentary Secretary for Children, Seniors and Social Development, will join the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Indigenous Services Canada, Yvonne Jones, Parliamentary Secretary of Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs and Internal Trade and Member of Parliament for Labrador, and Deputy Grand Chief Etienne Rich, Innu Nation, as well as members of the Mushuau Innu First Nation and the Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation, tomorrow (Saturday, August 24) to announce a new Innu-led placement resource in Natuashish.

The event will take place at the Mushuau Innu Healing Lodge, 2 Pokue Road, in Natuashish beginning at 12:00 p.m.

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Media contact
Gina MacArthur
Children, Seniors and Social Development
709-729-3768, 730-2977


Charlie Lake cave designated a national historic site – Alaska Highway News

August 23, 2019

A centuries-old cave at Charlie Lake has been designated a national historic site by Parks Canada.

The cave, known formally as Tse’K’wa, was one of seven designations announced on Friday to mark the 100th anniversary of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

“Tse’K’wa is an exceptional archaeological site in North America,” Parks Canada said.

“It has provided an understanding of human settlement and environmental change from the last glacial period (12,500 years ago) to 1,000 years ago. This site is in the traditional territory of the Dane-zaa First Nations, who maintain stewardship of the site and consider it a spiritual place.”

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Quebec police watchdog issues report on 2018 death in Inukjuak – Nunatsiaq News

23 August, 2019

Tommy Ningiuk, 40, died after being shot last September by police

Quebec’s director of criminal and penal prosecutions and its coroner’s office will now determine whether or not to lay charges against police officers involved in the death of a 40-year-old Inukjuak man, Tommy Ningiuk, last September, the province’s independent police watchdog, the Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes, said on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

The BEI handed its report to the director of criminal and penal prosecutions and the coroner’s office on Aug. 15.

“Based on this report, the DPCP will determine if it is appropriate to lay charges against the police officers involved,” the BEI said.

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Keystone XL ruling: Statement from Premier Kenney

Premier Jason Kenney issued the following statement in response to the Nebraska Supreme Court ruling on Keystone XL:

“Today’s approval is encouraging news for both Alberta and our nation as a whole. This court victory is another step forward for this vital pipeline project after far too many years of regulatory delays and hurdles.

“We were elected on a platform to fight to get every possible pipeline project built to get our oil and gas resources to market. This includes Keystone XL.

“In all of our government’s engagement with U.S. officials, we have consistently stated that this pipeline is critical to North American security and prosperity. Alberta is a stable, secure and responsible energy supplier to the United States that can be relied on at a time of geopolitical uncertainty.

“As we have seen all too often, opponents of responsible energy development will continue efforts to block and obstruct progress. We will continue to be vigilant and engage wherever possible to make this project a reality.

“Once complete, this pipeline will greatly improve Alberta’s ability to access the U.S. Gulf Coast – one of the largest refining centres in the world.

“We are also grateful to the U.S. administration for issuing a second permit for KXL, which should remove any legal uncertainty about this pipeline project.

“While we welcome today’s decision, Canadians should understand that our country needs to take steps to take control of our own economic future. It is essential that the Trans Mountain Pipeline be built, and the federal government’s disastrous ‘No More Pipelines’ Bill (C-69) and West Coast Tanker Ban (C-48) must be repealed so that we can deliver Alberta’s responsible energy to international markets.

“Our government will continue to stand up for Alberta, protect the value of energy exports, grow our economy and create good jobs.”

Media inquiries
Harrison Fleming

Special Advisor, Communications, and Deputy Press Secretary, Office of the Premier


What Canada’s newest national park will mean for young people in the North – CBC

‘They’re the ones that one day are going to be carrying this on,’ says chief

Aug 23, 2019

Valedee Lockhart says she’s spent her summer doing “the best job in the world.”

The 16-year-old has been helping to monitor the lands and waters on the East Arm of Great Slave Lake. She’s learned how to skin and butcher bison, use plants as medicine and make dry meat on the land outside Łutsël K’é, N.W.T.

“The reason why I came back here is more to connect with like the land and just get back into my heritage in a way,” said Lockhart, who lives in Yellowknife most of the year for school.

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Lakehead’s Fall Orientation will help students transition to university

August 23, 2019 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

It’s not too late for you to apply to Lakehead University – applications will be accepted for most programs until the first week of September.

Lakehead is a comprehensive university offering a diverse range of programs across two campuses in Thunder Bay and Orillia. From science and arts to professional degree programs, there is a program for everyone at Lakehead.

The Thunderwolves Howl! Fall Orientation will welcome new students to Lakehead University’s Thunder Bay campus.  Orientation will run from Wednesday, Aug. 28 until Saturday, Aug. 31, and will focus on helping students successfully transition to Lakehead University.

“Students will definitely enjoy the Quest for the President’s Cup, which offers them a chance to explore campus, learn about the supports and services, get to know each other, and win prizes donated by local businesses,” said Richard Clark of the Student Success Centre.

“All of Lakehead’s Orientation events allow new students to be introduced and connected to the Lakehead and Thunder Bay communities, as well as familiarize themselves with resources that will help them transition to university life,” he added.

Events and activities will cater to students entering from high school, college/university transfer, as well as international, Aboriginal and mature students.

“These events will ensure students have a positive introduction to Lakehead and start the year prepared and excited for their new academic adventure,” said Shannon Maloney, Academic Support Zone Coordinator. “Our programming engages students in the University experience and helps them develop a sense of belonging at Lakehead.”

The Student Success Centre, Residence & Conference Services, and the Lakehead University Student Union are organizing the Thunderwolves Howl! Orientation.

For more information, please visit The Thunderwolves Howl! Fall Orientation page.

For information about applying to Lakehead, see undergraduate programs here.


Wednesday, Aug. 28

  • 9:00 am – 1:00 pm  International Welcome Day
  • 11:30 am – 1:00 pm  Campus & Community Fair
  • 11:00 am – 5:00 pm  Registration/Check-In & Tours
  • 6:00 pm  Live on the Waterfront Concert

Thursday, Aug. 29

  • 9:00 am – 1:00 pm   Registration/Check-In – It’s Residence move-in day!
  • 1:30 pm  Orientation Kick-Off Bonanza
  • 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm  Quest for the President’s Cup
  • 7:30 pm   Carnival
  • 9:30 pm   Outdoor Movie

Friday, Aug. 30

  • 9:45 am   Faculty & Program Sessions
  • 11:30 am  President’s Procession and Welcoming Ceremony – The procession begins at 11:15 am outside the Chancellor Paterson Library and heads to the CJ Sanders Fieldhouse for the welcoming ceremony, which starts at 11:30 am.
  • 12:15 pm  Varsity Madness
  • 1:00 pm    Lunch by the Lake
  • 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm  Downtown Scavenger Hunt
  • 7:00 pm   Monte Carlo Night

Saturday, Aug. 31

  • 11:00 am – 5:00 pm  LUSU Day Activities
  • 7:00 pm – LUSU Concert

Tuesday, Sept. 3

  • First day of classes

Saturday, Sept. 7

  • 12 to 5 pm    Maadaadizi Post-Secondary Student Orientation at Marina Park, to welcome Aboriginal students to Lakehead University and post-secondary school.

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Media: For more information or interviews, please contact Brandon Walker, Media, Communications and Marketing Associate, at (807) 343-8177 or

Lakehead University has approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff in 10 faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies. Maclean’s 2019 University Rankings place Lakehead University among Canada’s Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities and in 2018 Research Infosource named Lakehead Research University of the Year in its category for the fourth consecutive year. Visit


The Amazon Rainforest Is Ablaze — Here’s How You Can Help – Refinery29

Videos and images of fires raging across the Amazon, which can be seen from space, have been spreading across the internet, but what exactly is happening? The Amazon rainforest has experienced a record-setting number of fires this year — with nearly 73,000 fires in 2019 so far, an 83% increase from the same time last year.

Environmentalists find these numbers concerning because the Amazon, the largest rainforest in the world, plays a crucial role in tempering the effects of global warming by absorbing large amounts of carbon from the atmosphere. And it is more concerning because human activity has led to this massive increase in fires and the destruction of the forests.

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The 13th Edition of the Montréal Pride Festival: Visibility, Mobilization and Celebrations for the Communities of the Sexual and Gender Diversity!

MONTRÉAL, Aug. 23, 2019  – The 13th edition of the Montréal Pride Festival, presented by TD in collaboration with Casino de Montréal, will certainly have left its mark on all of this year’s sexual and gender diverse festival-goers. Over 250 activities drew over 2.5 million visitors between August 8 and 18, 2019, during what was the largest gathering of LGBTQ+ communities in Canada and the Francophone world. The color violet, the last color on the rainbow flag, was highlighted as this year’s color theme. The symbol of spirituality among the communities of sexual and gender diversity, the color violet and its nuances evoke dreams, gentleness and peace.

“It is with great pride as well as great satisfaction that the organizing committee, the employees and the teams of volunteers of Montréal Pride are now at the stage of the 13th edition’s report card! Each year, we are surprised by the enthusiasm and interest shown for the rights and freedoms of our communities. I am particularly happy this year, with the major increase of the attendance rate at our community activities. These activities organized by the community organisations that are constantly reaching out to our often marginalized communities, are the very core of the Pride movement,” stated Éric Pineault, Montréal Pride’s founding president.

Incredible Attendance Levels!
Public support for the advocacy aimed at the full recognition of the SGD communities’ rights and freedoms was once again abundantly manifest with the incredible participation levels that the Montréal Pride Festival’s 13th edition experienced. While the Parc des Faubourgs venue was twice declared at full capacity (16,500 persons), the community activities held at off-site venues also registered significant increases in attendance, often filled to capacity and/or sold out!

Community Day, Presented by LYFT and the Parade, Presented by Air Canada
Though the attendance survey and traffic study are incomplete and official results are expected to be released shortly, the Montréal Pride Festival organising committee is proud to announce that the Community Day presented by LYFT and the Parade presented by Air Canada have again set new records for participation and attendance. In fact, the Community Day presented by LYFT, with 169 kiosks, 99 of which were manned by community organisations, mobilized over 100,000 visitors. As for the Parade, presented by Air Canada, over 12,000 marchers paraded before a crowd estimated at some 325,000 people. The official numbers will be released shortly.

Pride is Political!
Once again this year, the Montréal Pride’s Board of Directors, employees and volunteers paid close attention to its role as a standard-bearer for the claims and demands of the SGD communities. To that end, not only were the often invisible Asian communities were positioned at the head of the Parade, but the organisation also advocated for the further advancement of the rights of people living with HIV, of trans persons, of migrant trans persons, of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, of sex workers, of intersex persons and of LGBTQ+ seniors and of people living in countries where LGBTQ-phobia is legalized and/or promoted socially. For more information on the various issues related to sexual and gender diversity, see our July 11, 2019 Press release.

Still on Our Plate in 2019: WorldPride 2023!
While the organizing committee is already at work on the Montréal Pride Festival’s 14th edition, it will also, between now and October 20, 2019, have to accomplish the challenging task of obtaining the WorldPride 2023 licence. It is indeed on that particular date that the City of Montréal’s final bid to win the licence to host the WorldPride 2023 event will be presented in Athens, Greece. When held in Montréal, this largest worldwide gathering of the sexual and gender diversity, will no doubt be the largest Festival — whatever the type of event , to be held in Canada in 2023!

The 2020 Montréal Pride Festival: August 6 to 16, 2020!
In 2020, the Montréal Pride Festival will once again present 11 days of celebrations, between August 6 and 16, 2020. Stay tuned for the details of this coming edition which will as always and once again be synonymous with both celebrations and advocacy for the sexual and gender diversity communities!

About the Montréal Pride Festival
Since 2007, at the initiative of Montréal’s LGBTQ+ communities, the Montréal Pride Festival has promoted their rights and celebrated their cultural wealth and social advances. The largest gathering of the communities of sexual and gender diversity (SGD) in the Francophone world works locally on a daily basis while serving as a beacon of hope for people living in LGBTQ+ hostile regions of the globe. In 2018, the festival generated a total attendance of 2.1 million visitors. In 2019, the festivities will be held from August 8th to 18th. More information is available on the web page, the Facebook page, as well as Twitter and Instagram accounts.

For further information: François Laberge, Communications Director,, Cell: 514 779-6134

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NUPGE’s 21st session of Leadership Development School wraps up after a week of learning, team building

“Hosting the Leadership Development School is one of NUPGE’s greatest privileges. Each year, we bring engaged and passionate members together to learn from current leaders and experts, but also from each other. It’s an honour to say NUPGE is helping to strengthen solidarity and equip these members as they grow into leaders of the labour movement.” ― Larry Brown, NUPGE President

Calabogie (22 Aug. 2019) ― The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) has finished the 2019 session of its Leadership Development School (LDS). In 21 years, close to 500 members have benefited from a unique week of learning, sharing, and workshopping designed to strengthen the labour movement from within and benefit participants in their personal and professional growth.

Participants gain valuable insights from leaders in the labour movement and related fields

This year the school was set in a new location at Calabogie Peaks. Dr. Elaine Bernard, former executive director of the Labor and Worklife Program (LWP) at Harvard Law School, led participants through the core program; a series of 6 lectures and workshops on leadership, strategic choice, and strategic planning. Participants also benefited from sessions led by the following:

  • Andrea Auger, Reconciliation and Research Manager for the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, on “Just Because We’re Small, Doesn’t Mean We Can’t Stand Tall”
  • Melanie Benard, National Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Canadian Health Coalition, on “Access and Inclusion: Promoting Disability Rights in Canada”
  • Peter Black, from Mindfulness Meditation Ottawa, on “Mindful Meditation”
  • Bert Blundon, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer, on “The Struggle for Joint Trusteeship of our Pensions: Newfoundland Case Study”
  • Larry Brown, NUPGE President, on “Strategies to Oppose the Attack on the Labour Movement and Accountability and Good Governance in Unions”
  • Libby Davies, CM, former house leader and former deputy leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP) and member of the Order of Canada, on Outside In: A Political Memoir
  • Euan Gibb, Interamerica Regional Assistant for Public Services International (PSI), on “The International Labour Movement Fights the Right: From the Local to the Global”
  • Carol Meyer, former managing director of NUPGE, on “Communicating with Young Workers and Intergenerational Cohesion”
  • Morgane Oger, Executive Director of the Morgane Oger Foundation, on “Emerging Freedom: Lessons Learned from the Front Lines of Canada’s Transgender Rights Campaign”

Peer-to-peer learning a priority

Along with the knowledge imparted by experts in their fields, participants also gained a better understanding of the international labour movement by hearing from their fellow union members in the United States, Ireland and Australia. The international sessions are a valued part of the NUPGE LDS and help strengthen solidarity across our boarders. This year’s international participants were John King from the Services, Industrial, Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU), Debbie Parks from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), and Vanessa Seagrove from Unions NSW.


2019 NAIG Legacy Fund Scholarship Recipients


The Manitoba Aboriginal Sports & Recreation Council (MASRC) is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the 2019 MASRC – 2002 NAIG LEGACY SCHOLARSHIPS for Athletes and Coaches.

The 2002 NAIG LEGACY SCHOLARSHIPs were created through the generosity of the 2002 North American Indigenous Games Legacies. The Athlete Scholarships are awarded yearly to Aboriginal athletes in Manitoba who have shown athletic leadership in Manitoba’s amateur sport community through well rounded participation as an athlete, as well as on academic standing, and other school and community related activities.

2019 Athlete Scholarships (in the amount of $600) are awarded to:

Robert(Jesse) Skelton Multi-Sport Hartney
Bianca Mckay Softball Dauphin (Skownan FN)
Cassidy Alyn Multi-Sport Fisher Branch
Emma Ricard Martial Arts St.Ambroise
Stefanie Byron Baseball Oak Point
Cam Gayleard Volleyball St. Andrews
Bryden Sinclair Ice Hockey Peguis First Nation
Kaila Powell Ice Hockey Swan River (Norway House CN)
Rachel O’Toole Ice Hockey The Pas (Couchiching FN)
Kennesha Miswaggon Multi-Sport Cross Lake Band
Breanna McLennan Ice Hockey Winnipeg
Haven George Basketball/Volleyball Gillam

The Coach Scholarships are awarded yearly to Aboriginal coaches in Manitoba who have shown outstanding coaching leadership in Manitoba’s amateur sport community, as well as on academic standing and other school and community related activities.

2019 Coach Scholarships (in the amount of $600) are awarded to:

Lauren Legault Ice Hockey Elie
Hayden Yaremko Ice Hockey The Pas
Gregory Meconse Soccer Winnipeg (Pinaymootang FN)
Loryn Evans Wrestling Winnipeg (Cross Lake Band)

For more information on the athletes or coaches, please email:

Caralynn Nault, Operations Coordinator
Manitoba Aboriginal Sports & Recreation Council (MASRC)


Quebec highway patrol constables affiliate with PSAC, join growing ranks of public safety members

August 21, 2019

La Fraternité des constables du contrôle routier du Québec (FCCRQ), representing Quebec highway patrol officers, recently voted in favour of affiliating with the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC).

The FCCRQ represents 300 members, making PSAC the largest Canadian union representing public safety workers with more than 13,000 members ­– from Border Services Officers and firefighters to park wardens, fishery officers, First Nations police and Coast Guard patrols.

“The FCCRQ needed a helping hand to promote several important issues with the government,” said Éric Labonté, president of the FCCRQ. “PSAC has already demonstrated they can achieve important gains for their members which stems from an expertise in our field.”

Whether working in patrol vehicles or in road network control areas, FCCRQ members enforce highway traffic laws, provincial regulations and the Criminal Code. They are responsible for ensuring the safety of road users and for reporting any irregularities found on the network. Their control, surveillance and prevention work is essential in safeguarding Québec’s road network.

Yvon Barrière, PSAC Regional Executive Vice-President for Québec, said he is proud to welcome the Québec highway patrol officers into the PSAC fold. “We’ll work seamlessly with FCCRQ leaders to improve their working conditions and advance their longstanding demands at the bargaining table,” he said.

PSAC has become a leader in the public safety sector. The union has a long track record of securing important victories for peace officers in several sectors, including significant wage increases, armed positions and improved working conditions for Border Services Officers across Canada.


Ontario to seek input on improving the child welfare system

August 23, 2019

Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services

TORONTO — Ontario wants every child and young person to be supported to succeed, and to thrive. The child welfare system is facing challenges – not all children, youth and families are getting the quality of support they deserve, and some children are struggling once they leave care.

Today, Jill Dunlop, Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues, announced the launch of an engagement with youth, families, caregivers, frontline workers and child welfare sector leaders to strengthen the child welfare system for children and youth.

“If we are going to make a difference for children and youth, we must listen to them and then build programs that protect them and help improve their futures,” said Dunlop. “Ontario’s most vulnerable children and youth deserve the best supports we can provide, and we look forward to hearing advice and ideas on how we can make a meaningful difference in their lives.”

Challenges the system is facing include:

  • Children and youth don’t always get the quality of care they deserve.
  • A disproportionate number of Black and Indigenous children and youth are in the care of children’s aid societies.
  • Children and prospective adoptive parents are not being matched together for adoption as often as could be possible.
  • The supports and services children and families access when they need help are not consistent across the province.
  • Despite a 23 per cent reduction of the average number of children in care over the past six years, the system is not operating as efficiently as it should.

The government encourages youth, families, caregivers and frontline workers to provide feedback on their experiences and ideas through an online survey, which will be available August 30. As well, the ministry will be engaging directly with Indigenous partners, service providers and stakeholders for their input. All participants will be asked for their insights about the gaps, barriers, and opportunities to support better outcomes for children, youth and families.

During the consultation process, the government will also be engaging with a third party to assess and provide independent advice on modernizing services to ensure they are better coordinated, focused on prevention and are high-quality, culturally appropriate, and truly responsive to the needs of children, youth and families.

“Our vision is for an Ontario where every child and youth receiving child welfare services has the supports they need to succeed, and to thrive,” said Dunlop. Together, we will make this vision a reality.”

Quick Facts

  • There are more than 12,000 children and youth in care in Ontario.
  • There are 50 children’s aid societies in Ontario, including 12 Indigenous and three faith-based societies. Two Indigenous agencies are currently in the process of seeking designation as children’s aid societies.
  • Census data indicates that the proportion of Indigenous children in foster care in Ontario under the age of 14 increased from 26 per cent to 30 per cent between 2011 and 2016.
  • Children’s Aid Society of Toronto data indicates Black and African-Canadian children in care are overrepresented at five times their representation in the city’s population.

Media Contacts

Hannah Anderson
Minister’s Office

Geneviève Oger
Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services


New regional manager for NIC’s Mixalakwila campus

Aug 22, 2019

NIC is welcoming Donna Merry to the role of regional manager for its Mixalakwila campus in Port Hardy.

Merry comes to NIC from Northern Lights College, where she worked as campus administrator for the Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge campuses.

“We’re very excited to welcome Donna to NIC,” said Tony Bellavia, associate vice president, access and regions. “Being a campus administrator takes a unique combination of skills. Not only does Donna excel in that role, her passion, dedication to students and leadership approach makes her a great fit with NIC and our Mixalakwila campus.”

Merry has extensive experience in post-secondary including a background in adult learning theory, curriculum development and community-specific training. She also has experience working with First Nations, industry and community partners.

“Through all her work, Donna’s main priority has been to create exceptional learning environments for students,” said Bellavia. “We’re thrilled to have her join us in Port Hardy.”

For Merry, joining NIC is a return to where she started.

“I began my post-secondary studies at NIC and did some volunteer work for the college after my studies at UBC,” she said. “While I’ve been in northern BC for over a decade, Vancouver Island is where my family is, and where I call home. “

Merry is excited about the opportunities at the Mixalakwila campus and throughout the North Island region.

“I know the challenges and values of delivering education in BC’s smaller rural communities and the challenges rural students face to reach their goals,” she said. “I’m honoured to be able to support students from smaller communities and First Nations communities to move forward in their learning.”

Merry’s start at Mixalakwila comes as NIC is offering expanded programing, including the early childhood care and education diploma and health care assistant offerings.

“Access is one of the key focuses for NIC,” said Bellavia. “We are always looking to provide more opportunity for students to be able to learn in their home community.”

For more information on NIC’s upcoming programs and courses at Mixalakwila, visit:

Media Contact

Elizabeth Young
Media Liaison, North Island College


Government of Canada Announces Seven National Historic Designations

August 23, 2019          Ottawa, Ontario      Parks Canada Agency

Canada’s national historic people, places, and events reflect the rich and varied heritage of our country and provide an opportunity for Canadians to learn more about our diverse history.

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna, has announced the designation of seven new persons, places, and events of national significance.

These designations, which honour diverse aspects of Canada’s history and commemorate Indigenous, archeological, urban planning, military, and environmental history, include:

Places: Newfoundland National War Memorial (St. John’s, NL), Tse’K’wa (Fort St. John, BC), and Uplands (Oak Bay, BC).
Persons: Thomas Adams (1871-1940), and Donald Strathearn Rawson (1905-1961).
Events: Meshikamau-shipu Travel Route, and the German U-Boat Attacks at Bell Island.

Some highlights from today’s announcement include:

·  Tse’K’wa (Fort St. John, BC): Tse’K’wa is an exceptional archaeological site in North America.  It has provided an understanding of human settlement and environmental change from the last glacial period (12,500 years ago) to 1,000 years ago. This site is in the traditional territory of the Dane-zaa First Nations, who maintain stewardship of the site and consider it a spiritual place.

·  Uplands (Oak Bay, BC): Now a well-established residential neighbourhood, the community of Uplands, in Vancouver Island’s Municipality of Oak Bay, is one of the earliest formally planned subdivisions in Canada. Within the development, Indigenous archaeology and landscape practices have been preserved, including several burial cairns, and the survival of the Garry oaks which is attributed, in part, to the Songhees First Nation’s seasonal burning practices. Minister McKenna acknowledged the significance of this newly designated national historic site, at an event held in Uplands Park, on August 19th.

·  Meshikamau-shipu Travel Route: Located on the Labrador Peninsula, this travel route has been used, over thousands of years, by Innu and earlier hunter-gatherer peoples. It encompasses active and ancestral camp sites, with some known sites dating back 3,500 years, as well as portage trails, birth and burial locations, and evidence of Innu involvement in the fur trade. This nomination was put forward by the Innu Nation.

·  German U-Boat Attacks at Bell Island: In 1942, Newfoundland’s Bell Island was attacked by German U-boats, which led to the loss of 70 men, the sinking of four merchant ships, and the destruction of its pier. The attacks represented the only deadly direct strikes by German forces on North American soil during the Second World War. They continue to resonate in Newfoundland and Labrador more than 70 years later, as a pivotal moment in the province’s history.

Recently, the Government of Canada announced the introduction of Parks Canada’s new Framework for History and Commemoration. The Framework provides direction for Parks Canada and the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (HSMBC) on the designation of persons, places, and events of national historic significance based on four new strategic priorities, which are reflected in several of the new designations:

·  History of Indigenous Peoples,
·  Environmental History,
·  Diversity, and
·  Canada and the World.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. Canadians are encouraged to reflect on the persons, places, and events of importance to them and to nominate these subjects for designation. Canadians are also encouraged to visit Canada’s network of national historic sites to learn more about our country’s captivating history. From lighthouses to battlefields, historic neighbourhoods to cultural landscapes, there is an amazing array of places and stories to discover.



“As we celebrate 100 years of commemorating Canadian history, I am pleased to recognize these seven people, places, and events that have helped define our country. Their stories represent the rich and varied history of our nation and there are still many stories to be told. I encourage all Canadians to help shape the stories we share by submitting their own nominations for national historic designation and to visit Canada’s network of heritage places to discover and connect with our diverse history first-hand.”

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

Quick facts

  • Parks Canada manages a nation-wide network of 171 national historic sites, 47 national parks, one national urban park, and five national marine conservation areas.
  • Created in 1919, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada advises the Minister of Environment and Climate Change regarding the national significance of persons, places, and events that have marked Canada’s history. Together with Parks Canada, the Board ensures that subjects of national historic significance are recognized and these important stories are shared with Canadians.
  • The commemoration process is largely driven by public nominations, and designations are made on the recommendation of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.
  • To date, more than 2,150 designations have been made. Each of these designations contributes its own unique story to the greater story of Canada, and helps us better understand our country and our identity.
  • The Board is officially celebrating its 100th anniversary on October 29, 2019.

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Sabrina Kim
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Media Relations
Parks Canada Agency


Get Inspired by Indigenous Tourism Leaders at IITC 2019 –

August 21, 2019

The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) has announced programming for its International Indigenous Tourism Conference. The annual event will be held this year from November 12 to 14 in Kelowna, BC, on the traditional territory of the Syilx Nation, in partnership with the Nlakapamux and Secwepemc Nations, Tourism Kelowna, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, and Indigenous Tourism BC.

Under the conference theme “Inspire. Transform. Unite. Accelerating Indigenous tourism growth.”, presenters will focus on inspiring communities and entrepreneurs to explore tourism as an economic driver. “Transform” focuses on the impacts of Indigenous tourism on visitors and Indigenous operators alike. “Unite” speaks to the power of partnerships and coming together to empower the Indigenous tourism industry.

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Ontario Human Rights Commision lauds local efforts at reconciliation – SooToday

‘Uniformly, starting with the mayor, is a very explicit commitment to reconciliation, to diversity and inclusion, and I think that actually sets Sault Ste. Marie apart in some ways from other municipalities in the north.’ – Renu Mandhane

Ontario Human Rights Commissioner Renu Mandhane says she’s impressed with what she’s heard so far from community stakeholders in the Sault when it comes to reconciliation with Indigenous people locally.

On Thursday, Mandhane met with Mayor Christian Provenzano, Sault Ste. Marie Police Chief Hugh Stevenson, Algoma University President Asima Vezina and Algoma District School Board Director of Education Lucia Reece.

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Wally Schumann: Update on Taltson Hydro and Other Energy Initiatives

Ministers’ Statements and Speeches

Mr. Speaker, at the beginning of the 18th Legislative Assembly, our government committed to explore options for renewable and alternative energy sources and to improve our energy conservation efforts. The 2030 Energy Strategy was released in 2018 to provide a long-term vision for energy use and supply in the Northwest Territories and we began implementing the six strategic objectives outlined in the Energy Strategy last year, through initiatives detailed in a three-year Energy Action Plan.

Today, Mr. Speaker, I will provide an update on our government’s progress to advance the six objectives of the Energy Strategy, which will help build an energy system that contributes to the territory’s economic, social and environmental well-being, while doing our part in the transition to a lower-carbon economy.

The first objective of the Energy Strategy is working together to find energy solutions through community engagement, participation and empowerment. Our government, along with the Northwest Territories Power Corporation, has engaged with many communities on a range of energy projects.

One example is a partnership between the Tulita Land Corporation and Northwest Territories Power Corporation to support a 40 kilowatt solar project that will be owned and operated by the community to reduce the use of diesel in the community. This project shows how communities can lead the way in creating local energy solutions.

Mr. Speaker, the Energy Strategy’s second objective involves reducing greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation in diesel communities. After securing up to 30 million dollars from the federal government, the GNWT is in the final stages of the regulatory process for the Inuvik Wind Project, which will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the NWT’s largest diesel community.

We also secured 15 million dollars in federal funding for a new and more efficient generator in Sachs Harbour that will use less diesel, and allow for the incorporation of wind power. This generator will be almost 20% more efficient than the old one and save about 50,000 liters of diesel per year. The GNWT has also erected a wind-monitoring tower in Norman Wells and continues to collect wind data in Sachs Harbour and Snare Rapids. Yet another example is the GNWT monitoring a water gauging station in Gameti to assess the potential for a mini-hydro project in the community.

The Energy Strategy’s third objective is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. This is a particular challenge in our northern environment. Our government is currently conducting energy-efficiency retrofits on a Marine Transportation Services tug, through funding provided by the federal Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund, or LCELF. This retrofit will reduce yearly greenhouse gas emission by over 800 tonnes, or about 286,000 liters of diesel per year.

Mr. Speaker, the fourth and fifth objectives of the Energy Strategy involve increasing renewable energy used for community heating and increasing commercial building energy efficiency. The GNWT secured over 7 million dollars from the LCELF and contributed an additional 2 million dollars over the next four years to provide the Arctic Energy Alliance with new funding to expand rebates, programs and services. Combined, this additional investment will result in an ongoing reduction of greenhouse gas emissions of 2,000 tonnes per year.

Through LCELF funding, our government launched the buildings and industry stream of the Greenhouse Gas Grant Program this past spring, providing over 2.5 million a year for industry, businesses and building owners to make energy-efficiency upgrades such as LED lighting and biomass heating.

The Energy Strategy’s sixth and final objective is to have a long-term vision for the NWT’s energy systems when developing our energy potential, addressing industry emissions, and doing our part to meet our national and international climate change objectives. Last year we secured over 10 million dollars from the federal government to upgrade the Snare Forks hydroelectric facility, which will reduce pressure on electricity rates. We also secured 2 million dollars in federal funding to expand the Taltson Hydroelectric System, with a commitment in the 2019 federal budget for an additional eighteen million dollars over the next three years.

Connecting the North and South Slave electrical systems would allow the resource sector to access clean, affordable energy and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It would also help to stabilize the cost of living and of doing business in the NWT. Our government is currently examining the feasibility of transmission options crossing Great Slave Lake, and is working with our Indigenous partners to define the project structure, business case and future field work.

Later today, Mr. Speaker, I will table the GNWT’s Energy Action Plan Update, which summarizes what we accomplished in 2018 -2019, and describes in more detail energy initiatives planned for the next three years. I will also table the Energy Initiatives Report, which presents a high-level review of the NWT’s current energy landscape, provides the GNWT’s energy expenditures and GHG reductions, and showcases many of last year’s energy initiatives. Together, these documents demonstrate our innovative approach to developing energy systems that will grow and diversify the economy, while reducing our reliance on imported fossil fuels.

Mr. Speaker, these successes demonstrate the GNWT’s ongoing efforts to maintain strong partnerships with the Government of Canada as we continue to work toward enabling the NWT to transition to a strong, healthy economy that is less dependent on fossil fuels. These investments set the stage to achieve the strategic objectives I outlined today, and in turn, meet our goals to transition the NWT to a lower carbon economy, and build an energy system that will provide secure, affordable and sustainable energy for the people of the NWT.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker


New Student Funding Announced to Enhance Learning Abroad

OTTAWA, August 22, 2019 – Today, the Government of Canada unveiled its plan to support post-secondary students who wish to enhance their education through international experience. The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is happy to see investments to make international experiences more accessible, but also stresses that barriers to education here in Canada continue to exist and require action.

In Budget 2019, the federal government announced that they would invest $147.9 million over the next five years into an International Education Strategy, with the intent of both attracting more international students to Canada and sending our own students abroad.

“International education experiences, such as study abroad, expose students to other ways of living and working, ultimately increasing the quality of education. This further equips graduates with key skills that will aid them in a competitive market,” explains Adam Brown, Chair of CASA and VP External at the University of Alberta Students’ Union. “We are happy to see financial aid to support international experiences, meaning that these opportunities will be more accessible to those who would typically face financial barriers.”

However, students recognize that while this is an exciting announcement, there are still serious barriers to post-secondary education within Canada alone that must not be ignored. For instance, it was reported in 2011 that 48.4% of Indigenous peoples in Canada had a post-secondary credential compared to 64.7% of non-Indigenous peoples.

“Increasing access to international education experiences unlocks a key aspect of a quality education for many, but CASA urges the government to continue to make investments that will also unlock post-secondary experiences for Canadians that continue to face barriers, so that anyone who wishes to pursue an education, can.”


About CASA:

Established in 1995, the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is a non-partisan, not-for-profit, national student organization composed of 23 student associations representing 280,000 post-secondary students from coast to coast. With its partnership with the Quebec Student Union (QSU), CASA represents a total of 360,000 students across Canada and presents a national student voice to the federal government. CASA advocates for a Canadian post-secondary education system that is accessible, affordable, innovative, and of the highest quality.


Lindsay Boyd, Communications and Public Relations Officer
Phone: 613-236-3457


Fall cultural calendar at the McCord Museum: Three new exhibitions and some twenty cultural events you won’t want to miss

Montreal, August 22, 2019 – The McCord Museum’s fall cultural calendar is bubbling with activity! In September, in conjunction with the Museum, MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image will present the exhibition The Archivist, by Celia Perrin Sidarous, a young multiple-award-winning Montreal artist. In October, the Museum will open the exhibition Jean-Claude Poitras: Fashion and Inspiration, devoted to one of Quebec’s most important fashion designers, and provide opportunities to meet the designer himself at a series of events. Just in time for the holidays, Enchanted Worlds will bring back Ogilvy’s mechanical window displays and, in its tenth year, the traditional toy exhibition will be showcasing board games. It’s Your Move! Board Games: Larger Than Life will offer an interactive family museum experience—without screens. The program also includes some twenty cultural activities and special events developed around the Museum’s exhibitions and collections.

Celia Perrin Sidarous: The Archivist
September 5, 2019, to January 12, 2020

MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image, in conjunction with the McCord Museum, presents The Archivist, by Celia Perrin Sidarous. A young Montreal artist who has already won several awards, including Dazibao’s 2015 Jeune Tête d’Affiche and the 2017 Pierre Ayot Award, Celia Perrin Sidarous explores the historiographic charge of objects by creating photographic stagings. The Archivist presents artefacts from the McCord Museum’s collection alongside photographs and objects made or acquired by the artist over the years. Two collections—one institutional and the other personal—enter into dialogue in the gallery.

Exhibition-related activities

  • Wednesday, September 18 and Friday October 4, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: Workshop for seniors (bilingual)
  • Wednesday, September 25 and October 9, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Workshop (French)
  • Wednesday, October 2, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Workshop (English)

Jean-Claude Poitras: Fashion and Inspiration
October 24, 2019, to April 26, 2020

The exhibition devoted to designer Jean-Claude Poitras is coming to the McCord Museum in Montreal, the hometown of the man who has left his mark on Montreal, Quebec and Canadian ready-to-wear fashion. Jean-Claude Poitras: Fashion and Inspiration, the McCord’s first joint project with the Musée de la civilisation, is an invitation to get to know the man behind the creator and discover his sources of inspiration through archival footage, photos, screenings, objects and clothes. A chance to explore the creative pillars of a prolific career spanning more than three decades, from the 1970s into the 2000s.

Meet Jean-Claude Poitras

  • Wednesday, November 13, 6 p.m. – Fashion at the Museum: Conversation with Jean-Claude Poitras | Free
  • Tuesday, February 4 and 11, 1:30 p.m. – Les Belles Soirées: History of Quebec Fashion since 1952 | ($)
  • Wednesday, April 1, 6 p.m. – Fashion at the Museum: Conversation with Jean-Claude Poitras and guest designers about inspiration, collaboration and influences | Free

Enchanted Worlds, presented by İÖGO nanö
November 16, 2019, to January 5, 2020

Relive the magic of Ogilvy’s mechanical Christmas window displays at the McCord Museum! To the great delight of passers-by, the Mill in the Forest window display can be seen outdoors, at the corner of Victoria and Sherbrooke streets. The Enchanted Village, where cute little stuffed animals from another age go about their business, can be found inside the Museum. An I Spy treasure hunt and lots more fun make for an experience kids won’t soon forget. The return of this over-70-year-old tradition to downtown Montreal has been made possible by Holt Renfrew, who donated the displays, and the presenter, İÖGO nanö.

It’s Your Move! Board Games: Larger Than Life
December 8, 2019, to March 8, 2020

An exhibition at the top of its game! The McCord Museum’s 10th annual traditional family exhibition will be showcasing board games, which are more popular than ever at the moment with both young and old. In three colourful, vibrant worlds, let yourself get caught up in the spirit of the game and take part in a fantastic adventure fraught with obstacles. Games of chance, along with strategy and challenge games, are the focus of this fun-filled, interactive exhibition featuring items from the McCord’s collection.


This year, once again, the McCord Museum has organized an array of cultural activities focusing on six specific topics, as well as a variety of special events. You’ll have talks, film screenings, discussions and concerts developed around the Museum’s exhibitions and collections to mark on your calendar this fall.

FIFA at the McCord – Free

The International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) and the McCord Museum are teaming up to present this program of documentaries on fashion, photography and the expression of identity through art. There’ll be a screening with guests the last Thursday of each month.

  • Thursday, September 26, 6 p.m. – The Wars of Coco Chanel
  • Thursday, October 31, 6 p.m. – The Photosopher: Instants with Frank Horvat
  • Thursday, November 28, 6 p.m. – Screenings of shorts by Wapikoni Mobile

Schulich@McCord – Free

This series of concerts showcases some of the Schulich School of Music’s most talented young artists. You’ll be inspired and delighted by the variety of music at these Schulich@McCord concerts.

  • Friday, October 25, 6 p.m. – Carte Blanche: Jazz
  • Wednesday, November 27, 6 p.m. – Carte Blanche: Early Music

Fashion at the Museum – Free

Moderated by Stéphane Le Duc, editor-in-chief of Dress to Kill magazine and teacher at UQAM’s fashion school, École supérieure de mode ESG, this series invites fashion lovers to meet both well-known designers and up-and-coming talent. See Jean-Claude Poitras: Fashion and Inspiration exhibition.

City Talks – Free

For the 2019–20 season, Heritage Montreal and the McCord Museum invite you to four gatherings of experts and ordinary citizens to discuss hot topics of interest to Montrealers: heritage, urban planning, metropolitan area realities. Learn more about our city at these roundtable discussions followed by a networking cocktail party.

  • Wednesday, October 30, 18 p.m. – Inhabiting Heritage
  • Wednesday, January 29, 6 p.m.: Social Acceptability: Driving Urban Development or Holding it Back?
  • Wednesday, March 11, 6 p.m. – Façadism: Easy Road or Inevitable Outcome?
  • Wednesday, May 6, 6 p.m. – Indigenous Montreal: Dream or Reality?

Les Belles Soirées ($)

In cooperation with the Université de Montréal, the Museum is organizing a series of talks related to its exhibitions and collections. See Jean-Claude Poitras: Fashion and Inspiration and Sding K’awXangs– Haida: Supernatural Stories exhibitions.

Contemporary Dance and Tradition
Roundtable during the Festival Quartier Danses
Saturday, September 7, 1:30 p.m. – Free

What kind of relationship do contemporary dance artists have with tradition and traditional dances? This talk will look at how choreographers take inspiration from traditions, incorporate them, uphold them, update them and give them new life. Josiane Fortin, choreographer and researcher on the history of dance, will moderate a discussion between Kahnawake Mohawk dancer and choreographer Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo, Zab Maboungou, pioneer of African dance in Canada, and Mario Boucher, artistic director of Zeugma, Collectif de folklore urbain.

Artistic Bingo, during the Journées de la culture
Sunday, September 29, 2 p.m. – Free

Artist-ethnologist Sylvain Rivard will host his famous artistic bingo in Indigenous languages (Wendat, Mohawk, Abenaki) and in French and English, accompanied by artists Martin Loft and Andrée Levesque Sioui. This colourful artistic event will combine participation, creativity and live performance, as well as a chance to win great prizes!


The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art and Technology | Presented by La Presse+ Until September 15

The Polaroid, both an image and a wonderful tool, remains associated in the collective imagination with innovation, efficiency and leisure. The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art and Technology presents the original works of a hundred or so of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century, including Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe, David Hockney, Chuck Close and Ansel Adams. This exhibition is organized by the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, New York/Lausanne, in collaboration with the MIT Museum, Cambridge, and the WestLicht Museum for Photography, Vienna.

Exhibition-related activity

  • Thursday, September 12, 5 p.m. – After Hours at the McCord – Montreal in Polaroid invites young professionals to discover the magic of Polaroid. Photography workshops, demonstration, cocktail party and DJ.

Sding K’awXangs – Haida: Supernatural Stories

Until October 27

On their lush islands off the northwest coast of Canada, the Haida created a world of exceptional artistic expression—a world that enabled them to leave their mark on history, despite their virtual disappearance in the late 19th century. The exhibition, featuring a remarkable selection of rare historical Haida objets d’art originally collected by Montrealer George Mercer Dawson and drawn from the McCord Museum’s collections, reveals a slice of this people’s rich heritage.

Exhibition-related activities

  • Tuesday, October 1, 1:30 p.m. – Les Belles Soirées: George Mercer Dawson and the McCord Museum’s Haida Collection, by Guislaine Lemay, Interim Curator, Indigenous Cultures.
  • Wednesday, October 16, 10:30 a.m. (French) and 5:30 p.m. (English): Imagine Week provides food for thought on questions about the end of life during an exclusive tour of the exhibition.

Montreal at Work

Until October 14

The open-air photography exhibition on McGill College Avenue, presented by BMO Bank of Montreal in conjunction with Astral, has passers-by stepping into the workplaces of Montrealers from 1900 to the 1940s. The photographs from the McCord Museum collection enable viewers to leap into the past and discover the places and atmosphere in which men and women plied their trades.

Wearing Our Identity: The First Peoples Collection

Permanent exhibition

Discover the heritage and rich identities of the First Peoples. The exhibition highlights the importance of clothing in the development, preservation and communication of the social, cultural, political and spiritual identities of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis.


Summer hours

Until September 8, 2019: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. | Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. | Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Regular hours

September 9, 2019, to June 23, 2020: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. | Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. | Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Adults: $19 | Seniors: $17 | Students (13–30): $14 | 12 and under: Free | Indigenous people: Free | Wednesday evening: Free ($9.50 for big temporary exhibitions).


About the McCord Museum

The McCord Museum is the museum of all Montrealers, a social history museum that celebrates life in Montreal, both past and present—its history, its people and its communities. Open to the city and the world, the Museum presents exciting exhibitions, educational programming and cultural activities that offer a contemporary perspective on history, engaging visitors from Montreal, Canada and beyond. It is home to over 1.5 million artefacts, comprising one of the largest historical collections in North America, organized into the following departments: Dress, Fashion and Textiles, Photography, Indigenous Cultures, Paintings, Prints and Drawings, Material Culture, and Textual Archives. McCord Museum: Our People, Our Stories.

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Possibility of interviews with Suzanne Sauvage, President and Chief Executive Officer of the McCord Museum.

Press kits:

Celia Perrin Sidarous: The Archivist

Jean-Claude Poitras: Fashion and Inspiration

Enchanted Worlds, presented by İÖGO nanö

The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art and Technology

Sding K’awXangs – Haida: Supernatural Stories

Montreal at Work

Wearing Our Identity: The First Peoples Collection

Source and information

Fanny Laurin
Public Relations and Promotion
514 861-6701, ext.1239


Metis Nation_SK: Rescheduled Tribunal Notice for Regina – September 24

August 22, 2019

Métis Citizens of Saskatchewan


At the 2018 Spring Métis Nation Legislative Assembly (MNLA), it was requested that a committee be established to discuss the creation of a judicial tribunal and its possible jurisdiction. The committee has been established and has begun engagement with Métis citizens of Saskatchewan and, as such, will be in Regina for an engagement session. The committee is comprised of myself, Elder Norman Fluery, and Métis Veteran Alex Maurice. It is important and crucial that we hear from our Nation’s citizens about your thoughts and recommendations. In that regard, we seek your counsel and advice and ask that all Local Presidents notify citizens of this meeting.

Meeting will take place on the following date and location:

SEPTEMBER 24th, 2019

9AM – 3PM



All Métis citizens are welcome to attend; you are responsible for your own travel (i.e hotel, mileage, meals); lunch will be provided. Please confirm your attendance no later than September 11th, 2019 to MN-S Office Manager, Brandy Laronde at or 306-222-9892.

Written submissions are welcome and can be submitted in care of the tribunal at, by fax at 1.306.978.7921, or by regular mail to the MN-S office (address below). Written submissions must be received by the end of day September 12th, 2019. Please indicate on your submission if the document submitted should be shared or kept confidential. Please note that written submissions will be kept separate from the report.


Mike Nolin

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Birks and Telefilm Canada Announce This Year’s Recipients of the Birks Diamond Tribute to the Year’s Women in Film

Montréal/Toronto, August 22, 2019 – Birks , the official jewelry sponsor of the Toronto International Film Festival, and Telefilm Canada today announced the honourees for the annual Birks Diamond Tribute to the Year’s Women in Film. The Tribute, taking place on Wednesday, September 4 at a luncheon at the Four Seasons Hotel, celebrates Canada’s diverse film landscape by way of its storytellers on both sides of the camera. This year’s distinguished honourees include director Micheline Lanctôt; actors Wendy Crewson and Jean Yoon; screenwriter Marie Clements; and emerging directors Jasmin Mozaffari and Sophie Dupuis. Each honouree in the directing, acting, screenwriting and emerging talent categories will receive an honourarium from Birks to support their next project.

A pan-Canadian jury of 18 journalists and on-air personalities covering the world of art, culture and entertainment were entrusted to select the honourees.

“It is inspiring to be in our 7th year of honouring among the best female talent in Canada at the Birks Diamond Tribute event,” said Christa Dickenson, Executive Director, Telefilm Canada. “This year’s honourees are telling our country’s powerful, touching and sometimes comical stories to the world, and we are looking forward to bringing them together to celebrate their incredible body of work.”

“We are very proud to have established a legacy of supporting Canadian female talent within the film industry,” said Jean-Christophe Bédos, President and CEO, Maison Birks. ”Our partnership with Telefilm Canada celebrates these women who are bringing a unique perspective to Canadian film creativity.”

This year’s group of honourees join the ranks of Birks Tribute alumni including: Alanis Obomsawin, Sarah Polley, Tatiana Maslany, Sarah Gadon, Jennifer Baichwal, Karine Vanasse, Deepa Mehta, Louise Archambault, Catherine O’Hara, Sandra Oh, Patricia Rozema, Amanda Brugel, Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs, Évelyne Brochu, Tantoo Cardinal, Stella Meghie, Susan Coyne, among others.


Micheline Lanctôt, director, studied music and visual arts as she completed her BA. She entered the wonderful world of film animation in 1967, and after one year at the National Film Board of Canada, joined Potterton Productions where she worked first as an assistant, then as an animator for five years. She started as an actress starring in Gilles Carle’s La Vraie Nature de Bernadette, the first Canadian actress to be in the official competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 1972. She then pursued both acting and animating for five more years, acting next to Richard Dreyfuss in The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by director Ted Kotcheff. In 1979 she wrote and directed her first feature film, L’Homme à tout faire, selected at the prestigious Director’s Fortnight in Cannes. The film also won the Silver Medal at the San Sebastian Film Festival. Her second feature, Sonatine, won the Silver Lion at the Venice Mostra in 1984. She has written close to twenty screenplays, directed twelve feature films, including one feature documentary, written two novels, staged four plays, and has been working continually both as an actress in films and television, and as a writer-director for the past thirty years. In 1993, her film Deux Actrices won Best Picture at the Rendez-vous du Cinéma québécois. Her last feature, Une Manière De Vivre, will be coming out in the fall of 2019. In 2000 she received Quebec’s highest honor, le Prix Albert-Tessier for her work in films, and in 2003, she was one of the laureates of Canada’s Governor General’s Award. Pour l’amour de Dieu, the 2010 film she wrote and directed, won the Special Jury Prize at the Shanghai International Film Festival. She was also awarded the Prix Jutra Hommage in 2014. She has been teaching Acting and Directing for the Screen at Concordia University’s Mel Oppenheim School of Cinema in Montreal since 1981. She is currently working on her next feature, Sylvaine Ou L’esprit De La Forêt.


Wendy Crewson, actress, was the recipient of a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2015; and the ACTRA Earle Grey Award, given to fewer than 30 collective recipients since 1986, in recognition by ACTRA and the Canadian Entertainment Industry, for Lifetime Achievement in Television. Wendy has garnered critical and popular acclaim, as well as multiple awards for her extensive body of work in film and television. Her resume features more than 100 titles, including credits like: Sarah Polley’s indie feature Away From Her; The Vow, with Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum; the Winnie Mandela biopic Winnie, alongside Jennifer Hudson and Terrance Howard; The Santa Clause trilogy opposite Tim Allen; The Clearing, with Robert Redford; Eduardo Ponti’s Between Strangers, with Sophia Loren; The Last Brickmaker in America, with Sidney Poitier; Bi-Centennial Man with Robin Williams; The Sixth Day with Arnold Schwarzenegger; and of course, her role as Harrison Ford’s First Lady in Air Force One. Wendy starred in five seasons of CTV’s hit medical drama Saving Hope, for which she won Best Actress in a Featured Supporting Role at the 2013 CSAs. Wendy was also in the critically acclaimed, Oscar-nominated film, Room with Brie Larson; and appeared opposite Ellen Page in Patricia Rozema’s Into the Forest. On the small screen, Wendy recently starred in the CTV/ION series The Detail, for which she was just nominated for a 2019 CSA. She also recurs on the fun, period mystery Frankie Drake; the comedy Workin’ Moms, both on CBC; and in the AMC series The Son, opposite Pierce Brosnan. Wendy continues to be as busy as ever. She is currently shooting the third season of CBC’s popular series Frankie Drake, in addition to the first season of her new Hallmark series, When Hope Calls. She will be seen next in her recurring role on the upcoming Netflix series, The October Faction.

Jean Yoon, actor, began her theatre career in the early 1980s in Toronto performing with Upstage Theatre, Toronto Free Theatre and Canasian Artists Group. In the 1990s, Jean was active as a cultural equity advocate and new play producer. She was Cross Cultural Coordinator for Theatre Ontario 1991/92, and then Co-Artistic Director of Cahoots Theatre Projects 1992 to early 1994, founding Lift Off! and cementing Cahoots’ role as a leader in new play development for playwrights of diverse cultures. Jean’s stage credits include Necessary Angel, Young Peoples Theatre, Factory, Tarragon, Cahoots Theatre Projects, Crows, Civilized Theatre and Die in Debt. Jean originated the role “Umma” in the Toronto Fringe production of Kim’s Convenience in 2011 and performed the show at Soulpepper Theatre, The Grand Theatre London, National Arts Centre, Theatre Calgary, Theatre Aquarius, the Capitol Theatre in Port Hope, and the Pershing Square Signature Centre in New York. Jean is best known for her work on the CBC television adaptation of Kim’s Convenience, for which she has received the ACTRA Award for Outstanding Performance Female 2017, and two CSA nominations. Other screen credits include Orphan Black, Dragon Boys, The Expanse, Save Me and voicing Connie in the Emmy Award winning PBS show Peg + Cat.


Marie Clements, screenwriter, has ignited her brand of artistry within a variety of mediums including film, TV and live performance. Her feature drama Red Snow has recently been nominated for ten Leo Awards and will be released this fall. Her feature music- doc, The Road Forward, produced by the NFB premiered at Hot Docs opened the 2017 DOXA Documentary Film Festival, receiving five Leo Awards including Best Production, Best Director, and Best Screenwriter. The Road Forward has screened at over 300 venues in North America also receiving a Best Director Award at the North American Indian Festival in San Francisco, as well as a Writer’s Guild Nomination for Best Documentary Screenplay, the WFF Women on Top Award and the DGC BC Spotlight Impact Award in 2018. Her documentary Looking at Edward Curtis premiered at DOXA and The Yorkton Film Festival with four nominations for best documentary and premiered on Knowledge Network last summer. As a writer, director and producer her award-winning films have screened at Cannes, MOMA, VIFF, WIFF, the American Indian Film Festival and ImagineNATIVE Film Festival. Her fifteen plays have been presented on some of the most prestigious stages for Canadian and international work garnering numerous awards, translations, and publications including the 2004 Canada- Japan Literary Award, and two prestigious Governor General’s Literary Award nominations. Her play The Unnatural and Accidental Women will open the inaugural season of the National Arts Centre’s Indigenous Theatre in Ottawa this September, and her libretto Missing will be on a national tour with Pacific Opera Victoria this fall. MCM is an independent media production company owned and operated by Clements specializing in the development, creation and production of innovative works of media that explore an Indigenous and intercultural reality.


Jasmin Mozaffari, emerging director, is an award-winning Toronto-based writer/director who studied Film at Ryerson’s School of Image Arts. A number of her short films including Firecrackers (2013), Wave (2015), and sleep on the tracks (2017) screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Vancouver International Film Festival and numerous other festivals across Europe and the US. Her debut feature film Firecrackers, based on the short, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2018, and won Best Film in Competition at the Stockholm International Film Festival. The film went on to win 2 Canadian Screen Awards in 2019 including the award for Achievement in Direction. Variety proclaimed Jasmin as a “major talent” and Firecrackers was named a New York Times Critic’s Pick in 2019.

Sophie Dupuis, emerging director, is notorious for rattling audiences with her striking films. She tells disturbing, yet moving stories – sometimes dark but overall, filled with light. Exhibiting her prowess of interplaying tenderness and belligerence, she crafts canvasses of broken families and untamable characters. With her many short films that have garnered international success, Sophie quickly realized her love for actors whose performances have been acclaimed. Chien de garde, her first feature film, is a breathtaking blow-to-the-chest portrayal of impetuous characters caught in a whirlwind of violence. After winning the award for mise-en-scène at the Saint-Jean-de-Luz festival, witnessing her actors win for their work in her film, and receiving eight nominations at the Gala Québec Cinéma, including best film, best direction, and best screenplay, Sophie was selected to represent Quebec in the 2018 Oscars season. Sophie Dupuis is currently working on her second feature film Souterrain, which will focus on the world of mines.

Nomination process and jury

In addition to an internal selection committee, Telefilm and Birks called upon the following organizations to be part of the nomination process for the Birks Diamond Tribute to the Year’s Women in Film (in alphabetical order): ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists), the Association des réalisateurs et réalisatrices du Québec (ARRQ), the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC), the Société des auteurs de radio, télévision et cinéma (SARTEC), Union des Artistes (UDA), and the Writers Guild of Canada (WGC).

An 18-member jury was tasked with the selection of this year’s honourees. The pan-Canadian jury is made up of the following journalists, bloggers and on-air personalities covering the world of art, culture and entertainment: Victoria Ahearn (The Canadian Press), Catherine Beauchamp (Le Tapis Rose), Erica Commanda (Muskrat Magazine), Richard Crouse (CTV’s Pop Life), Manon Dumais (Le Devoir), T’Cha Dunlevy (Montreal Gazette), Sholeh Fabbri (ET Canada), Willow Fiddler (APTN News), Noreen Flanagan (FASHION Magazine), Dana Gee (Global TV/Postmedia), Teri Hart (Citytv), Peter Knegt (CBC), Marc-André Lussier (La Presse), Jen McNeely (Shedoesthecity), Katherine Monk (Ex-Press/CBC), Kathleen Newman-Bremang (Refinery29), Jordan Pinto (Playback), and Radheyan Simonpillai (CTV’s Your Morning/NOW Magazine).

About Telefilm Canada
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About Birks
Birks Group operates 26 Maison Birks stores in most major metropolitan markets in Canada, one retail location in Calgary under the Brinkhaus brand and two retail locations in Vancouver under the Graff and Patek Philippe brands. The Birks brand is a leading fine jewelry, timepiece and gift brand available at all Maison Birks stores, Mappin & Webb and Goldsmiths in the United Kingdom in addition to other luxury jewelry retailers across North America. Birks was founded in 1879 and has become Canada’s premier luxury brand. Additional information can be found on the Birks website,


Media enquiries


Jennifer Rashwan, Touchwood PR, (416) 593-0777 ext. 204

Lauren DeRush, Touchwood PR, (416) 593-0777 ext. 212

Brian Mullen, Telefilm Canada, (647) 475-4910


Gillian DiCesare, OverCat Communications, (416) 966-9970 ext.228

Chelsea Brooks, OverCat Communications, (416) 966-9970 ext.226

Katie Reusch, Maison Birks, (514) 397-2501 ext.4096


MNBC Annual General Meeting 2019 Official Notice

Welcome to the official site for the 2019 MNBC Annual General Meeting!

The Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC), in accordance with the MNBC Constitution, HEREBY gives notice of the 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM).

This year the AGM will take place at the Prince George Conference and Civic Centre, located at 808 Canada Games Way, Prince George, BC, on Friday, September 13th. Opening Ceremonies will commence on Friday afternoon and the business of the AGM will continue through to Sunday the 15th. >>> Read Official Notice.pdf

There are a lot of great highlights and events taking place at this year’s AGM.  Please review the schedule of meetngs & events outline to learn more >>> Download 2019 AGM Schedule

n preperation for this year’s AGM please feel free to download the following related materials:

2019 AGM Business Agenda.pdf

2019 MNBC Annual Report (link)

– President’s Greeting
– Anthems
– Audited Financial Statements 2018-19
– 2018 AGM Draft Minutes for approval
– Resolutions for 2nd Reading and Ratification
-> 2019 MNGA Draft Minutes (reference doc)
-> Governance Acts (reference doc)
– President Report
– Board Reports
– Ministry Reports
– Executive Director Report
– Senate Report

Frequently Asked Questions

View some of our most frequently asked questions for more information.


Questions regarding you registration? Please contact

(updated August 20)

Scheduled Meetings and Events Outline

Download PDF

AGM Sponsorship Opportunity!

MNBC is pleased to introduce you to an exciting opportunity to sponsor our upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Prince George, BC.

See HERE for details.

Registration EXTENDED: August 23rd, 2019

Cultural Métis Showcase Opportunity!

Métis Vendors and Artisans in region 5 (north central)

If you are a Chartered Community in the North Central Region, MNBC is excited to offer you a complimentary table in this year’s Cultural Showcase for the following dates:

Friday, September 13th (4 pm)
Saturday, September 14th (9 am)
Sunday, September 15th (9 am)
Please contact Lisa Clement to register.
Phone: 778-349-7216

Registration EXTENDED: August 23, 2019

Please note: if you are a non-profit that would like a table in our tradeshow, please see Sponsorship information above.

For questions or more information relating to the AGM, please contact:
Tracey Thornhill
Manager of Communications & Special Events
Phone: 604-557-5851
Toll Free: 1-800-940-1150

If you are registered and have questions about your travel or accommodation please contact via EMAIL:

Andrea Lopushinsky
Travel Coordinator & Special Projects Assistant


North America’s first sport chooses Kelowna for finals – The Daily Courier

It’s a sport steeped in North America’s indigenous history that’s lent the physicality, strategy and action fans see today in everything from basketball to soccer to hockey, and it’s national championships are coming to Kelowna.

Parkinson Rec Centre and City Park are hosting the Canadian Lacrosse Association’s under-15 and under-18 championships Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, the Kelowna Minor Lacrosse Association announced Thursday.

Kelowna’s Doug Deschner, a former Team B.C. coach, said field lacrosse will surprise anyone who hasn’t see it live before.

Read More:

Peg City: inside five years of homicide data – APTN News

August 22, 2019

Indigenous people account for almost half of the homicide victims in the city of Winnipeg.

Of the 119 homicides in the city over the last five years, 47.1 per cent are Indigenous men and women.

Kathleen Bremner, mother of Jordan Thomas,18, who was fatally stabbed in December 2017 in the North End, said the findings should come as no surprise.

“Living in this area it’s dangerous. I have three boys, or had three boys [and] trying to get them to walk around here safely is just almost impossible,” she said.

“You’re constantly running into kids walking around with some kind of weapon or trying to start some kind of fight, especially if you’re a young man.”

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Metis Nation ‘coming out of the shadows’ – The North Bay Nugget

August 23, 2019

SAULT STE. MARIE — Canada’s minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations says this year’s Metis Nation of Ontario annual general assembly is very special because it’s a celebration of how far the Metis Nation has come in its own governance.

Carolyn Bennett, minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, participated in the opening ceremonies Thursday of the 2019 Metis Nation of Ontario annual general assembly.

More than 400 Metis Nations of Ontario leaders, citizens and supporters from across the province are participating in this year’s three-day conference.

The conference includes various business meetings, a trade show and celebration of self-governance.

Read More:

Showcase Opportunity: Manitoba Country Music Showcase | Deadline: Sep 5

September 5, 2019

Manitoba Music is partnering with the Manitoba Country Music Association to present a showcase at the Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club on Friday, November 8 as part of Manitoba Country Music Meeting. This showcase is an opportunity to perform for and network with key country music industry professionals including labels, agents, publishers, supervisors, publicists, and more. The early evening event will be open to the public and an opportunity to present Manitoba talent to industry players who work in country music without the competing schedule demands of a festival.

Artists considered for this opportunity must:

  • Have a current or upcoming release (demo / EP / full-length)
  • Be export-ready (able to capitalize on opportunities in Canada and internationally)
  • Be available to perform in Winnipeg on November 8, 2019
  • Be a Manitoba Music member or MCMA member and a current resident of Manitoba

To submit:

Submissions will be evaluated based on:

  • Music
  • Track record
  • Strength of team
  • Export readiness
  • Rationale for the showcase

Applications will be rejected if incomplete.

For more info, please contact:

Claire Boning, Membership & Events Coordinator
Manitoba Music


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