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NACCA – Indigenous Economic Prosperity Forum

NACCA and the network of Aboriginal Financial Institutions are leaders in the advancement of Indigenous economic prosperity in Canada. This inaugural forum will highlight the need for increased access to capital for our First Nations, Inuit, and Métis entrepreneurs. Please join us in discussing the gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians, and together we will research innovative solutions to allow our entrepreneurs to thrive.

For more information please visit

AFNQL Media Advisory: Important Announcement Regarding the Indigenous Music Industry and ADISQ

Wendake, February 18, 2019 – The Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL), Ghislain Picard, will make an important announcement regarding the Indigenous music industry and the Association québécoise de l’industrie du disque, du spectacle et de la vidéo (ADISQ). This announcement will take place at the symposium “The Network and its Challenges” of the Société de Communication Atikamekw-Montagnais (SOCAM).

EVENT:                     Important announcement regarding the Indigenous music industry and ADISQ

DATE:                        Tuesday February 19, 2019

TIME: 2:45 pm

LOCATION:             OTL Gouverneurs Saguenay (Room: Royaume 2)

1303Talbot BLVD, Saguenay (Québec)

The Chief of the AFNQL, along with representatives from ADISQ, will be available for individual interviews after the announcement.

About the AFNQL

The Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador is the political organization regrouping 43 Chiefs of the First Nations in Quebec and Labrador. Follow us on Twitter @APNQL

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Source: AFNQL Press Relations: Alain Garon: 418 254-4620 |

Source: ADISQ Press Relations: Roy & Turner Communications Martine Laforce: 514 844-9678, 202 |


NU Government: Quality of Life Secretariat call for funding proposals

18 February 2019

The Department of Health’s Quality of Life Secretariat is accepting funding proposals for suicide prevention initiatives for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

Non-profit organizations and community governments in Nunavut are encouraged to submit funding proposals for community-led projects focused on suicide prevention, intervention and post-intervention.

Activities eligible for funding include, but are not limited to:

  • strategic planning;
  • research related to wellness promotion;
  • community training;
  • social emotional learning;
  • capital planning;
  • reducing impulsive behavior;
  • support networks; and
  • other innovative suicide prevention wellness initiatives.

One application for multiple eligible activities is encouraged depending on community needs. There is no deadline for applications and submissions will be accepted throughout the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

For more information or to apply, contact Let us all play our role in suicide prevention. Inuusivut Anninaqtuq, United for Life!


Media Contact:

Sara Arsenault
Communications Specialist
Department of Health


Minister’s statement on Heritage Week

Feb. 16, 2019

VICTORIA – Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, has issued the following statement:

“Government is proclaiming Feb. 18 to 24, 2019, as Heritage Week in B.C. to give British Columbians the opportunity to discover the past, as well as to acknowledge, explore and enjoy the province’s diverse and interwoven cultures.

“We also celebrate and acknowledge Indigenous culture, which has existed since time immemorial and is inextricably woven into memory, culture, place and practice.

“In 2019, the theme is Heritage: The Tie That Binds because all British Columbians contribute to the rich cultural heritage of this province.

“Government is launching a new web map, so people can look at historic places in their area, including the buildings, neighbourhoods, trails and cultural landscapes that contribute to British Columbia’s unique identity.

“The BC Historic Places web map shows post-1846 historic places that are formally recognized for their heritage value by the Province or a local government under provincial legislation, as recorded in the BC Register of Historic Places.”

Learn More:

Visit the BC Historic Places web map:

For more details or to learn about ideas to promote Heritage Week in your community, visit:

Heritage Branch:


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


Beaver Lake Cree Nation to argue key motion in massive treaty case

Press Release

FYI: The hearing schedule in the Beaver Lake Cree constitutional challenge has changed. The hearing will begin on Tuesday,, February 19, at 9 a.m. Please see amended press release below. Media Release (02/15/2019) Edmonton, AB on Treaty No. 6 Territory/Vancouver – From February 19 to February 21, Beaver Lake Cree Nation, Treaty No. 6 will be in court arguing a key motion whose outcome may well decide the fate of a massive Treaty challenge the Nation launched in 2008.

Location: Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, Edmonton

1A Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton AB

Time: Hearing begins Tuesday, February 19, 9 a.m.

In the motion being argued on Feb 19, Beaver Lake Cree Nation seeks to have the federal and provincial governments ordered to pay the Nation’s costs in advance, in order to expedite a complex and precedent-setting Treaty rights case that has been stalled in the pre-trial stage for over a decade.

“For Beaver Lake Cree, this case is not about money. It is about enforcing a right to a way of life that is under relentless incursions from development such as forestry, oil sands and military installations,” said Chief Germaine Anderson. “This is not about saying no, this is about determining what development looks like in our territory, so that we’re able to sustain ourselves in perpetuity as promised in the Treaty, “for as long as the sun shines, rivers flow and grass grows,” for the future generations to come.”

In 2008, Beaver Lake Cree Nation, a small community of approximately 1,200, sued Canada and Alberta over infringements of Treaty rights due to multiple Crown authorizations of industrial, military and agricultural uses on more than half of Beaver Lake Cree territory, and rendering much of the remaining land inaccessible for Beaver Lake to carry out its way of life and practice its culture. Just over ten years and nearly $3 million later, despite two court decisions in favour of the Beaver Lake Cree, the litigation threatens to overwhelm the First Nation’s limited resources, while more lands are being lost to unchecked Crown-approved industrial development.

“Since 2008, Beaver Lake has committed every financial resource it has access to, to keep this challenge going. Though it has been arduous on the band’s finances, the Nation has committed to making budget cuts where appropriate in order to continue this fight for our Treaty rights, basic human rights and climate stabilization. As a community we take this challenge up for not only ourselves but all Treaty people, all of humanity and for the next seven generations,” said Beaver Lake Cree Treaty Coordinator, Crystal Lameman.

“At the current level of funding, which is not sustainable, the case either has an

unacceptably long horizon, or will die of attrition. This is a textbook example why advance cost orders exist – to level the playing field and mitigate vast disparity in power and resources between parties. We will be arguing that the governments should pay costs because this case is in the public interest of all Canadians,” said Beaver Lake Cree’s counsel Karey Brooks.


Chief Germaine Anderson – Please contact Crystal Lameman for interview requests

Treaty Coordinator Crystal Lameman – (780) 337 9262

Legal counsel Karey Brooks – (778) 990 8129

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New five-week Employment Insurance parental sharing benefit one month away

February 18, 2019                        Markham, Ontario                       Employment and Social Development Canada

Supporting parents and young families has always been a priority for the Government of Canada. That is why the Government will introduce the Employment Insurance parental sharing benefit.

Today, at the Armadale Community Centre, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced that in less than a month, soon-to-be parents will be eligible to receive extra weeks of parental benefits. In an effort to encourage more parents to share the work of raising their children more equally, the Government of Canada will launch the parental sharing benefit on March 17, 2019.

The new measure will be available to parents, including adoptive or same-sex parents, for a child born or placed for the purpose of adoption on or after March 17, 2019—as long as they are eligible for and share their Employment Insurance parental benefits. When parents agree to do so, they will benefit from one of the following:

  • 5 additional weeks of parental benefits when choosing the standard option; or
  • 8 additional weeks for those who choose the extended option

Corresponding changes to the Canada Labour Code will also be made to ensure that federally regulated private‑sector employees have the right to take leave while receiving the new parental sharing benefits without fear of losing their job.


“As we’ve seen in Quebec, and in other jurisdictions that have implemented similar policies, this type of benefit has been proven to encourage a more balanced sharing of child care responsibilities. This new measure will help us break down barriers to gender equality by making it easier for mothers to return to work sooner if they wish, reducing the wage gap between women and men, and helping Canadians spend more time with their families.”

– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

‎“Modernizing parental leave will help more women participate in the economy while encouraging two-parent families to share in the responsibilities and joys of raising children. The families of Markham-Thornhill will benefit from more time spent with their children and all Canadians will benefit from yet another progressive policy that is making life easier for Canadians from coast to coast to coast.”

– The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, and Member of Parliament for Markham–Thornhill

Quick facts

  • Up to 97,000 Canadian parents are expected to claim the parental sharing benefit per year.
  • Since it was launched in December 2017, more than 32,000 parents established a claim for extended parental benefits, higher than the anticipated 20,000 claims per year.
  • In 2016-17, women represented 85 percent of all parental benefits claims made, indicating that child care duties continue to fall heavily on mothers.
  • In 2017, in large part due to the Quebec Parental Insurance Plan, 81 percent of spouses or partners of recent mothers in Quebec claimed or intended to claim parental benefits, compared to only 12 percent in the rest of Canada.

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For media enquiries, please contact:

Valérie Glazer
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada


Government of Yukon supports successful Indigenous economic development conference

Feb 15, 2019

Indigenous businesses, leaders and development corporations gathered in Whitehorse earlier this week for the Arctic Indigenous Investment Conference. The conference was hosted by the Yukon First Nation Chamber of Commerce and welcomed attendees from across the North.

The Government of Yukon provided $50,000 towards the conference which took place from February 12 to 14.

The 2019 Arctic Inspiration Prize ceremony was held during the conference as well as sessions focused on Indigenous development corporations, tourism, mining, natural resources and investment.

Robust economic growth and investment in Yukon would not be possible without strong government-to-government relationships with First Nations and dedicated efforts to strengthen entrepreneurial opportunities. It was very exciting that the Arctic Inspiration Prize award ceremony was part of the conference program. I am particularly excited that the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Teaching and Working Farm received a prize and I am also grateful for MP Larry Bagnell’s work on securing matching funding from the federal government for this great initiative.

Premier Sandy Silver

Our government believes First Nations and their development corporations are key to the success of advancing economic development in Yukon. We are pleased to provide funding to support conferences and opportunities which help promote collaborative economic partnerships for the benefit all Yukoners.

Minister of Economic Development Ranj Pillai

As the largest multi-sector conference hosted North of 60, the Arctic Indigenous Investment Conference provides an incredible opportunity to create new contacts, build relationships, share successes and gain inspiration from neighbours, colleagues and competitors. We are grateful to our partners at the Government of Yukon, Indigenous development corporations and businesses from all sectors for their ongoing support as we continue to work collaboratively from coast to coast to coast to create economic prosperity and community wellness across the North.

Yukon First Nations Chamber of Commerce President Michelle Kolla

Quick Facts
Premier Silver delivered a keynote address to delegates during the conference.

There are currently 18 Yukon First Nations development corporations.

Janine Workman
Cabinet Communications

Shona Mostyn
Communications, Economic Development


Sayisi Dene Elder Joseph Meconse dead at 77 –

An Indigenous Elder who was instrumental in promoting the sacrifices and contributions of Aboriginal veterans has died.

Joseph Meconse, a Sayisi Dene Elder died Sunday. He was 77.

“If there’s a way that he could be remembered it’s through his kindness and his love. I also want to say thank you to those showed him love and kindness in different ways,” says his daughter Renata Meconse.

“I just want to say thank you.”

Meconse was an Order of Manitoba recipient who championed improving the quality of life for Canadian Aboriginal veterans. He joined the Canadian Forces in 1962 and he was a peacekeeper in Cypress and Germany, and he served in Quebec during the FLQ crisis.

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Alberta-based solar power on the rise

needs, saving $3.9 million per year compared to the expiring contracts.

“Alberta is one of the best places in the world to invest in renewable energy. I am so proud to take another huge step in advancing solar energy in Alberta while creating good local jobs and saving millions of public dollars. This is an important step in building a more resilient and diversified economy and attracting further investment to Alberta’s booming renewables market.”

Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks

To deliver on the procurement, three new solar facilities will be built near Hays, Tilley and Jenner, creating approximately 270 local jobs in southern Alberta during construction. Canadian Solar is building these new facilities in partnership with Conklin Métis Local 193 as 50 per cent equity owners.

“The partnership between Canadian Solar and Conklin Métis Local 193 is a spectacular example of what can happen when industry, government and Indigenous Peoples come together. In addition to reducing government costs, this project empowers Indigenous Peoples to have a meaningful role in taking advantage of the abundant solar resource around us.”

Richard Feehan, Minister of Indigenous Relations

Since 2015, solar generation in Alberta has increased over 700 per cent, mostly with small-scale projects. These three projects represent another doubling of Alberta’s current capacity, while smaller projects will continue to grow with supportive programs.

“We see great potential in the Alberta solar market, and we’re pleased to supply subsidy-free solar power to meet Alberta’s clean energy needs. We hope these 94 megawatt peak solar project contracts serve as a catalyst for solar industry growth in Canada, specifically in Alberta. We are delighted to partner with Conklin Métis Local 193, the Indigenous community that owns a 50 per cent equity stake in the Hays, Jenner and Tilley solar projects.”

Shawn Qu, chairman and CEO, Canadian Solar Inc.

“We are extremely excited about our partnership with Canadian Solar, world leaders in solar power. As a Métis community, we highly value the opportunity to invest in renewable energy projects within the country. This partnership will help diversify our investment portfolio and the financial benefits will support our community in key social and economic initiatives. We applaud the Government of Alberta and Canadian Solar for their progressive mentality and look forward to a long-lasting, prosperous relationship.”

Shirley Tremblay, president, Conklin Métis Local 193

Quick facts

  • Government’s contract with Canadian Solar will run from 2021 to 2041, with the new solar facilities expected to come online early in 2021.
  • Canadian Solar’s three new facilities will produce up to 146,431 megawatt hours (MW-h) of electricity per year.
    • Estimated Annual Energy Production:
      • Hays Solar Project – 51,706 MW-h
      • Jenner Solar Project – 48,654 MW-h
      • Tilley Solar Project – 46,071 MW-h
    • The Government of Alberta will pay an average of $48.05 per MW-h (4.8 cents per kW-h) for electricity generated by these facilities.
  • The electricity generated by these solar facilities will feed directly into Alberta’s electricity grid and would power approximately 20,000 homes annually.

Media inquiries

  • Government of Alberta


Steelhead LNG halts work on Kwispaa plant, according to Huu‐ay‐aht First Nations –

February 18th, 2019

The future of a liquefied natural gas project on the west coast of Vancouver Island is very much in doubt today.

It comes as a result of an open letter released by the Huu‐ay‐aht First Nations to its citizens.

It states that Vancouver-based Steelhead LNG indicated to them that it has “ceased current project work on the Kwispaa LNG project”.

 “We are deeply disappointed, and over the coming weeks your government will evaluate the implications of this decision by Steelhead LNG, identify all go-forward options, and assess how best to advance the interests of our citizens,” wrote chief councillor Robert J. Dennis and head hereditary chief Taii Hawil ƛiišin (Derek Peters).

BCAFN – Letter to the Editor: The Courage of Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

February 15, 2019

On February 13, 2019, Premier Horgan took an empowering step forward for this Province with the commitment to introduce legislation to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (“UNDRIP”). First Nations in BC strongly support Premier Horgan in this regard, and we share his courage to advance us all to prosperity. We also stand with the BC Government against the fear that inhibits growth and maturity for a society we all need in these times.

Maintaining the status quo is not an option. Although First Nations have over 276 legal victories, the judicial “duty to consult, accommodate and obtain consent” is not creating legal certainty for anyone. Relying on the courts for legal certainty is like relying on pharmaceuticals for good health. Both are reactive and symptomatic and have no foresight. It also wastes financial and human resources that can be better used to generate wealth together.

The argument that our BC economy will be imprisoned by First Nations veto rights and no natural resource project will successfully garner unanimous support is wrong and fear mongering. Any argument that requires belief in Armageddon is based on fear. This is a time for courage and wisdom. Courage is knowing what not to fear.

Yes, consensus-building requires hard work. Getting to “yes” involves candid and open dialogue. Yes, First Nations in British Columbia will honour our constitutional and reciprocal obligation to our Peoples and do our part to achieve mutual consent. It is our responsibility that we take great pride and honour – we hold our heads high when we speak truth to power. Few politicians do.

Implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will establish a legacy of legal and policy reform, but it will not happen overnight. An UNDRIP Act is a commitment to harmonize legislation and it will create a deliberate movement in BC law towards full compliance, but it will be thoughtful and incremental.

Experts, courts, and First Nations leaders have been clear that consent and veto are different things. No rights are absolute, and at the heart of consent is the process of governments working together to align their decision-making processes – like we do every day in this country between different governments. To be honest, the only real governments that speak of paramountcy are the Crown and too often it is at the expense of First Nations peoples.

First Nations in BC have the wisdom to know that anything worthy takes tremendous collective effort and patience. The wisdom of our teachings requires us to learn from history and vow to better ourselves from past mistakes.

There is no other choice but to take up the challenge and create a workable and constructive process that achieves consent that all British Columbians and First Nations can be proud of. There is honour in being able to say to our children we did this together.

Regional Chief Terry Teegee
BC Assembly of First Nations


Government of Canada supports organizations improving accessibility and job opportunities for persons with disabilities in Edmonton

February 15, 2019                        Edmonton, Alberta                        Employment and Social Development Canada

Today, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for Edmonton Mill Woods, announced Government of Canada support for organizations to improve accessibility and job opportunities for persons with disabilities in Edmonton, on behalf of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility.

While visiting the Laurel Heights Retirement Residence, Minister Sohi announced over $640,000 from the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) to help 10 Edmonton metro area organizations, including Laurel Heights, become safer and more accessible for persons with disabilities. The projects range from multi-sensory therapeutic rooms for seniors with dementia to accessible school playgrounds and renovations to improve accessibility at two local churches.

Minister Sohi also announced over $649,000 under the federal Opportunities Fund (OF) to the McBride Career Group for a project that supports persons with disabilities living in Edmonton with the skills and training they need to be able to find employment and fully participate in the local labour market.

The EAF supports construction, renovation and retrofit projects that work to improve accessibility in facilities and venues where persons with disabilities work and access programs and services, while the OF supports a wide range of programs and services, including pre-employability services, job placements, and hands-on work experience.

By supporting projects and organizations across Canada, the Government of Canada is breaking down the barriers that prevent persons with disabilities from participating in all aspects of Canadian society, giving everyone the same chances and opportunities to experience full and enriching lives.

The proposed Accessible Canada Act, currently making its way through the Senate, is another concrete step that the Government of Canada is taking to break down barriers to accessibility. This bill is meant to promote broad organizational and cultural change across Canada, while proactively identifying, removing and preventing barriers for the realization of a truly accessible Canada.


“Programs such as the Enabling Accessibility Fund and Opportunities Fund exist to ensure all of us can fully participate and contribute to society and our local communities. Through this funding and through partnerships with organizations like the Laurel Heights Retirement Residence and McBride Career Group, we are building a more inclusive and accessible Canada.”

– The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources

“All Seniors Care is appreciative  and very excited to be chosen as the recipient of this new grant. This EAF grant enables us to install multi-experience sensory rooms in every one of our All Seniors Care residences. The residents and seniors in the community will enjoy these rooms for years to come.”

– Hannah Silver, Vice President of Health and Wellness, Laurel Heights Retirement Residence

“Through this funding, our efforts help those in need to achieve their unique level of independence and contribution. It is rewarding to be a part of the McBride Career Group Growth 4 U Program, made possible by the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities.”

– Shannon Mervold, CEO and Owner, McBride Career Group

Quick facts

  • The OF program has an annual budget of $40 million to assist persons with disabilities to prepare for, obtain and maintain employment. In June 2018, the Government of Canada announced a new investment of $18.4 million over six years. This will enhance existing programming by supporting the development of job matching services to connect employers with persons with disabilities, and to help employers to establish inclusive and effective recruitment and retention strategies.
  • Since its inception in 1997, the OF has helped approximately 110,000 people with disabilities across Canada.
  • In 2018–19, the EAF’s grants and contributions annual budget grew to $20.65 million, as Budget 2017 provided an additional $77 million over 10 years. These funds have expanded the activities of the program and will support more small and mid-sized projects, including youth-driven project proposals, to improve accessibility in Canadian communities and workplaces.
  • Since the creation of the EAF in 2007, the Government of Canada has funded over 3,500 accessibility projects, helping thousands of Canadians by improving their access to their communities’ programs, services and employment opportunities.

Associated links


Ashley Michnowski
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada


U of the Arctic – Training opportunities: Unique courses in value-added food processing in Saskatchewan, Spring 2019

Feb 15, 2019

The University of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre will be offering two 3-day courses starting in spring 2019 that are focused on local food production, value-added food processing, and agri-business development opportunities for Indigenous communities.

In response to the growing demand for nutritious and affordable foods in Indigenous communities in Canada, these courses will provide the knowledge and skills required to process domestic and traditional foods through in-class and hands-on instruction. These courses cover the essentials of primary value-added processing techniques, regulatory requirements, and food production standards for fresh fruits and vegetables as well as wild\domestic meats and fish. It is expected that this innovative and unique training in food processing will foster growth in commercial business opportunities and will help alleviate conditions of food insecurity.

For more information, please contact: Dr. David Natcher

The University of Saskatchewan has been a member of the University of the Arctic since 2002.


Cabinet expected to extend deadline to reconsider Trans Mountain pipeline – APTN News

February 18, 2019

Canada’s energy regulator will tell the federal government this week whether it still thinks the Trans Mountain pipeline should be expanded, but cabinet’s final say on the project’s future is still several months away.

The National Energy Board (NEB) is reconsidering the project’s impact on marine life, including highly endangered southern resident killer whales, after the Federal Court of Appeal ruled last year that the NEB’s 2016 approval failed to properly take into account how the whales would be affected by having additional oil tankers in their waters.

The report’s delivery will start the clock on a 90-day deadline for cabinet to decide whether the controversial project will proceed, a deadline officials are already signalling could be pushed back.

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Festival du Voyageur Receives Celebrate Manitoba Designation

Organization Celebrating 50th Anniversary

February 15, 2019

Manitoba’s iconic Festival du Voyageur has received special designation under the Celebrate Manitoba program, which honours long-running community events, fairs and festivals, Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister Cathy Cox announced today.

“Festival du Voyageur is the largest annual winter festival in Western Canada, and for half a century has been bringing voyageur, Métis and First Nation histories to life,” Cox said.  “Festival du Voyageur celebrates French-Canadian culture and everything that’s great about Manitoba including getting outside to enjoy a variety of winter activities.”

The Celebrate Manitoba program was created to officially recognize cultural festivals that have celebrated the province’s heritage for 50 years or longer, the minister noted.  Designated festivals receive an official Celebrate Manitoba certificate after 50 years and festivals celebrating 100 years or more will receive a commemorative plaque.

Festival du Voyageur started in 1969 and showcases music, traditional cuisine and the world-famous snow sculptures.  With historical interpretation inside the reconstructed Fort Gibraltar and activities for young and old, it attracts more than 100,000 visitors each year.  The festival has strong ties to the francophone and Métis communities, and hosts a number of events throughout the year that reach another 20,000 visitors.  The Province of Manitoba is a proud supporter of Festival du Voyageur, contributing almost $325,000 to this year’s event, which runs from Feb. 15 to 24.

Events eligible for Celebrate Manitoba designation include cultural, community or arts festivals that provide reasonable confirmation of long-running operation of more than 50 years, demonstrate significant community partnership and engagement, and demonstrate the respectful preservation and sharing of culture through their activities.

For more information or to nominate a festival, contact the Arts Branch of Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage at 204-945-3847 in Winnipeg or visit
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For more information:

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


Making this up’: Study says oilsands assessments marred by weak science – CTV News

February 18, 2019

EDMONTON — Dozens of oilsands environmental impact studies are marred by inconsistent science that’s rarely subjected to independent checks, says a university study.

“It doesn’t make any sense,” says University of British Columbia biology professor Adam Ford, who published his findings in the journal Environmental Reviews.

“You would have to go out of your way to make it this bad. It’s just a symptom of the state of the industry and it’s definitely a signal that we can do better.”

In 30 different assessments filed between 2004 and 2017, Ford found each study considered different factors in different ways. Few independently checked their conclusions. And those who did were notably less confident about the industry’s ability to restore what it had disturbed.

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National Energy Board Seeking Comments on Draft Pipeline Financial Resource Requirements

February 15, 2019 – Calgary – National Energy Board

The National Energy Board (NEB) is seeking feedback on Draft Pipeline Financial Requirements Guidelines (Draft Guidelines) that aim to provide further details on the information that pipeline companies should provide to demonstrate that they meet the financial resource requirements established in the National Energy Board Act (NEB Act) and the Pipeline Financial Requirements Regulations (the Regulations).

The Pipeline Safety Act came into force on June 19, 2016. Among other changes, the Pipeline Safety Act amended the NEB Act by introducing $1 billion absolute liability level to pipeline companies with the capacity to transport greater than 250,000 barrels of oil per day, and requiring such companies to maintain the financial resources to be equal to their absolute liability level.

On June 8, 2018, the Pipeline Financial Requirements Regulations (the Regulations) were passed. The Regulations set out absolute liability limits for all other NEB regulated pipeline companies and come into force on July 11, 2019. As of that date, all NEB-regulated pipeline companies must maintain financial resources equal to their respective absolute liability limits, or a greater amount if determined by the NEB.

The NEB is seeking feedback and comments on the Draft Guidelines by March 8, 2019. Based on the feedback, the NEB will publish final Guidelines. The NEB has also set out a schedule for companies to submit Financial Resource Plans detailing how they meet the new Financial Resource Requirements.

Quick Facts:

  • Absolute liability means that a pipeline company is accountable for all costs and damages up to the its absolute liability limit, regardless of whether there is proof of its fault or negligence. If a court determines that the pipeline company’s fault or negligence is responsible for a spill or unintended release, there is no limit to liability for costs and damages related to the spill.
  • The NEB has assessed the financial resources of Enbridge Pipelines Inc., Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC, Plains Midstream Canada ULC, Express Pipeline Ltd., and TransCanada Keystone Pipeline Limited Partnership – all of which have a capacity greater than 250,000 barrels per day. The NEB has found them to be in compliance with the financial resource provisions of the NEB Act.
  • The Regulations set out specific financial resource types that the NEB may order companies to maintain, and set out the portion of financial resources that must be held in a form that is readily accessible to companies.

Associated Links:

The National Energy Board is an independent federal regulator of several parts of Canada’s energy industry. It regulates pipelines, energy development and trade in the public interest with safety as its primary concern. For more information on the NEB and its mandate,please visit the National Energy Board website.

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Dario Alvarez
Communications Officer
National Energy Board
Telephone: 403-690-0545
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
Facsimile: 403-292-5503
Facsimile (toll free): 1-877-288-8803
TTY (Teletype): 1-800-632-1663


Studying the fate of B.C. wild salmon in offshore feeding grounds

Feb. 16, 2019

VANCOUVER – During the International Year of the Salmon, the B.C. government is supporting a comprehensive study of the stock abundance, composition and condition of Pacific salmon in the Gulf of Alaska.

Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture, was at Ballantyne Pier in Vancouver to wish a bon voyage to an international team of scientists boarding a research vessel to conduct the first comprehensive study of Pacific salmon in the Gulf of Alaska.

“Wild salmon are crucial to the success of B.C.’s economy, the prosperity of coastal communities and the lives, culture and history of Indigenous peoples,” said Popham. “We are always looking at ways to protect our wild salmon and this study will provide us with crucial information as we continue to support this important resource for British Columbia.”

Over the next several weeks, the scientists will trawl for salmon, identify their origins using DNA samples and use the data to estimate the abundance of salmon in the region, their general physiological fitness and condition. The expedition will cover an expansive area of ocean that is crucial to B.C. salmon stocks. The region is a feeding ground where the majority of Pacific salmon migrate to in the winter.

“There are 21 researchers from the five Pacific salmon-producing countries who have volunteered to share the data they collect with all of their colleagues,” said Dick Beamish, expedition organizer. “The discoveries that will be made will lead to an understanding of how to be responsible stewards of Pacific salmon in a future of changing ocean ecosystems.”

The $75,000 in provincial funding will assist with the data analysis and management, shipping of equipment and samples, and modifications to the research vessel for sampling equipment. The data produced from the study will be managed by the University of British Columbia and used to plan and support healthy and sustainable salmon populations.

The Gulf of Alaska Salmon Expedition will include international scientists from Canada, Japan, Korea, Russia and the United States. The study will provide a better understanding of salmon survival at sea, as well as forecasting salmon returns.

“The future of salmon in this time of rapid change will depend on our ability to find solutions through broad collaboration at local and hemispheric scales,” said Mark Saunders, director of the International Year of the Salmon – Pacific Region. “The Gulf of Alaska Expedition embodies this, and we are excited to have the Province of B.C. engaged in this International Year of the Salmon initiative.”

The B.C. government is continuing to develop a renewed provincial approach to protecting and enhancing wild salmon, including a Wild Salmon Advisory Council report that provides key insights and guidance on protecting wild salmon in B.C.

Learn More:

To learn about the International Year of the Salmon, visit:

To read the Wild Salmon Advisory Council’s report, visit:


Dave Townsend
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Agriculture
250 356-7098
250 889-5945 (cell)


Nuclear-waste bunker decision to likely to fall to next federal government – National Observer

February 18th 2019

The much-delayed and politically fraught decision on a proposed multibillion-dollar nuclear-waste storage bunker near Lake Huron now appears certain to fall to Canada’s next government.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna paused the process in August 2017 — the latest in a string of delays for the deep geologic repository — to ensure buy-in from Indigenous people in the area. However, members of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation have made it clear they are in no rush to give Ontario Power Generation their blessing for the proposed facility.

 “Both parties have committed to getting toward a decision, ideally this year, but there’s a lot of work to make sure that happens,” Randall Kahgee, a lawyer and lead adviser to the First Nations on the file, said in an interview.

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Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Ministers Collaborate to Make Sport Safe and Inclusive

Red Deer, Alberta, February 15, 2019 – Federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) Ministers responsible for sport, physical activity and recreation held a two-day conference to advance sport, physical activity and recreation in Canada and re-affirmed their commitment to making sport safe and inclusive.

Ministers acknowledged that all Canadians deserve to participate and compete in sport and physical activity, free from harassment, abuse or discrimination, regardless of sex, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion, language, age, sexual orientation, ability, or any other basis.

As such, Ministers endorsed the Red Deer Declaration for the Prevention of Harassment, Abuse and Discrimination in Sport – the first pan-Canadian declaration of its kind. As part of this declaration, Ministers will develop a collaborative approach to increase awareness, prevention, identifying and reporting, and monitoring to address harassment, abuse, and discrimination in sport. Ministers also agreed to make “safety and integrity in sport” a standing agenda item for future meetings.

Reflecting governments’ commitment to gender equity, Ministers endorsed a vision for all women and girls to be equitably represented, recognized, and served across all aspects of Canadian sport. They committed in principle, and in accordance with the priorities and capacity of each jurisdiction to: adjusting their funding frameworks to make sport organizations accountable for gender equity; investing in sport-focused gender equity organizations; identifying a government-designated lead dedicated to advancing gender equity in sport action plans; developing a strategy tailored to their own jurisdiction so that boards of directors of funded sport organizations reach parity by December 2024; and finally developing an engagement strategy for Indigenous women and girls to raise awareness about gender equity in their respective jurisdictions. Ministers will report on progress in their gender equity action plans at the next Ministers’ Conference.
These commitments toward gender equity will enhance work underway as part of A Common Vision For Increasing Physical Activity And Reducing Sedentary Living in Canada: Let’s Get Moving. Ministers reaffirmed their support for the Common Vision* and acknowledged the importance of working with their health colleagues, as well as in partnership with Indigenous organizations and communities and the non-governmental sector, to advance collaborative actions to address physical inactivity and sedentary living.

Ministers also re-affirmed that concussions are a major public health concern. They committed to additional actions, as appropriate by jurisdiction, to mitigate against concussions and build on initiatives that increase the awareness, prevention and management of concussions. *Jurisdictions will work to implement an annual concussion awareness day (similar to Ontario’s Rowan’s Day Law held on the last Wednesday in September) in collaboration with the sport sector to support the dissemination of harmonized resources and key messages.

Prior to the start of the conference, Ministers met with the Aboriginal Sport Circle to discuss priority issues related to Indigenous community programming, leadership capacity and participation of Indigenous peoples in sport, physical activity and recreation. At the conference, Ministers acknowledged the importance of the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) in promoting Indigenous culture and excellence, and building cross-cultural relationships through sport. They committed to a new funding framework for the NAIG to be hosted in Canada every four years beginning 2024 and agreed to provide financial support for athletes and team preparations.

Ministers recognized the important contribution of the Canada Games and the NAIG to the development of athletes of all abilities, communities and sports across Canada, and for being a pathway for many future Olympians, Paralympians and Special Olympians. Ministers also acknowledged the unique challenges smaller jurisdictions experience in hosting the Games and agreed to continue examining special measures for small jurisdictions to host successful Games. Moreover, they requested that Sport Canada continue to examine the feasibility of supporting annual Canada Games.
Finally, Ministers re-affirmed that they would continue their efforts to advance priorities for implementing the Canadian Sport Policy and the Framework for Recreation in Canada, which includes recognition of the benefits of sport and recreation on mental health, well-being and wellness of children and youth.

Recognizing the importance of sport, physical activity and recreation in the lives of Canadians and building on the momentum of the conference, ministers agree to meet again in 2020.

*While it shares several of the other governments’ objectives underlying the common vision for increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary living and concerning the initiatives for better prevention and management of concussions, Quebec has its own programs, action plans, objectives and targets for promoting physical activity and healthy lifestyles and for the prevention and management of concussions, all areas which are under Quebec’s jurisdiction. Quebec intends to remain solely responsible for defining the prevention and awareness measures and tools that are used and disseminated over its territory and will continue to share information with the other governments in these areas.

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MMF: The Head Start Promised in 1870 Revived

February 15, 2019

Winnipeg, MB–The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) is pleased to announce the launch of the Metis First Time Home Purchase Program (“Program”) this spring. This Program gives Metis Citizens living in Manitoba an opportunity at homeownership. Pride of ownership means that the hardworking Métis Citizens who cannot afford to save a down-payment can now reclaim their rightful place in this province as land owners.

A head start was included in the Manitoba Act, 1870, which promised: “a portion of such ungranted lands, to the extent of one million four hundred thousand acres.” This promise was broken and left unfulfilled for generations.

“Today many of our hardworking Métis families, who descend from the would-be beneficiaries of the broken promise, can’t even afford the down payment on their home,” said MMF President Chartrand. “Often times they pay more for rent than the cost of a mortgage, but they don’t have the ability to save for a down-payment. They work hard with little hope of home ownership.”

The Program will officially roll out this spring under the management and administration of the Louis Riel Capital Corporation. The Program provides funding for down payments for Métis Citizens on their first home purchase to a maximum of or $15,000 plus closing costs up to $2,500.

The Program will assist approximately 400 Métis families this year. “This Program is only going to grow. This investment represents a small percentage of the Manitoba Métis Community’s total contribution to the provincial economy,” said President Chartrand.

This Program means an estimated $80 million in mortgages and an additional $9 million added to the local economy through closing costs and maintenance: $7 million comes from the onetime costs of CMHC insurance, home inspections, land transfer taxes, and realtor commissions. An additional $2 million includes ongoing annual costs such as insurance premiums, annual property taxes, and maintenance of the home.

“The Métis were promised land. Instead, our ancestors were dispossessed of their land.  We are righting that wrong and giving our Citizens an opportunity at home ownership in the province that the Manitoba Métis created. Through the Metis First Time Home Purchase Program, the MMF has revived that head start for our Citizens. Home ownership is more than a purchase, it is a promise of security for today and for our future.”


Believe in Yourself; Believe in Métis.

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

For media information, please contact:

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


Natuashish ready to regain control of finances, chief says – CBC

Years after allegations of misspending, John Nui says the band council is ready to move on

Feb 18, 2019

The Mushuau Innu First Nation in Natuashish is getting ready to do something it hasn’t done in more than 15 years: decide how to spend its own money.

Band council chief John Nui told CBC Radio’s Labrador Morning his team has been working to demonstrate to both the federal government and account firm PricewaterhouseCoopers that the First Nation no longer needs any help administering its budget, after years of oversight in response to major misspending.

  • Labrador Innu leaders pocketing band money: audit
  • Band money fuelling addictions: sources

“We’ve always been looked after, so to speak. But this will be the first time, as far as I can remember, to run our own affairs,” Nui said, “I sincerely think that we can pull this off.”

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Three New Solar Electricity Facilities in Alberta Contracted At Lower Cost than Natural Gas

CALGARY, AB, FEBRUARY 15, 2019 – Three new solar electricity facilities to be built in south eastern Alberta (Canada) have been selected through a competitive process to supply the Government of Alberta with 55 per cent of their annual electricity needs. The facilities will be built near Hays, Tilley, and Jenner, by Canadian Solar with Conklin Métis Local #193 as 50-percent equity owners.

The Government of Alberta’s operations have been powered 100 per cent with wind electricity since 2007. Upon the expiration of some of these contracts, they have been renewed to switch from wind to solar energy. The average contract pricing will be $0.048 per kilowatt hour (3.6 cents/kWh USD), which is less than the average historical wholesale power pool price paid to natural gas-fired electricity in the province in years 2008 – 2018.

“The conversation about solar energy has long been fixated on its price competitiveness with fossil fuels,” said John Gorman, CanSIA President & CEO. “Today’s announcement demonstrates that low cost solar energy has arrived as a mainstream option in Alberta. The conversation should next focus on how to optimize an all-of-the-above strategy for developing the province’s renewable and non-renewable resources.”

“This price discovery is monumental for the solar industry in Canada” said Patrick Bateman, CanSIA Director of Policy & Market Development. “At less than five cents per kilowatt hour, this solar electricity has a cost that is less than that of natural gas. Achieving Alberta’s legislated 30 per cent by 2030 renewable electricity target just became a whole lot cheaper!”.
Quick Facts:

  • The contract price of 4.8 cents/kWh CAD to be paid by Alberta Infrastructure for this solar electricity represents a lower Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE) than the average annual wholesale price paid by the power pool to combined-cycle and single-cycle natural gas-fired electricity generation which was 7.1 cents/kWh and 11.2 cents/kWh respectively from 2008 – 2018.
  • Alberta receives more hours of sunshine than Miami, Florida in the summer months. Alberta’s electricity supply is most strained in summer when high temperatures increase the resistance of the distribution and transmission systems, and reduce the efficiency of cooling thermal power plants. For this reason, solar facilities sited near to electricity demand improves overall grid efficiency. Supply shortages are atypical in Alberta in winter when solar energy is least available. When they do occur, imports are increased and large loads are decreased.
  • In 2018, Alberta’s solar electricity generation exceeded 50 MW. While representing much less than 1% of the province’s electricity supply today, the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) forecasts that solar energy could supply as much as 3 per cent of the province’s electricity by 2030. A recent supply chain study of the solar electricity sector in Alberta by Solas Energy Consulting Inc. found a potential of $4.1 billion in market value and a labour force rising to 10,000 in 2030.

To learn more about solar energy and the best way for consumers to go solar, please visit the Canadian Solar Industries Association at

About CanSIA
The Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) is a national trade association that represents the solar energy industry throughout Canada. CanSIA’s vision for Canada’s solar energy industry is for solar electricity to be a mainstream energy source and an integral part of Canada’s diversified electricity mix by 2020, operating in a supportive and stable policy and regulatory environment within a similar time frame. Follow CanSIA on Twitter and Facebook.

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Canada and shíshálh Nation strengthen nation-to-nation relationship with signing of Letter of Understanding

February 15, 2019 — Sechelt, BC — Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Renewing the relationship with Indigenous peoples based on recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership is key to achieving reconciliation.

Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, and the shíshálh Nation (Sechelt Indian Band) signed a Letter of Understanding committing them to move forward together to advance a lasting reconciliation that builds upon the existing self-government agreement between Canada and the shíshálh Nation.

Through the Letter of Understanding, Canada and the shíshálh Nation have agreed to explore a number of key topics and priorities that would support the negotiation of a long-term nation-to-nation reconciliation agreement. The focus of the discussions will be on how to implement shíshálh’s Aboriginal title and rights, recognize shíshálh’s right to self-determination, advance socio-economic prosperity and health for the shíshálh people, and revitalize shíshálh language and culture.


“This Letter of Understanding demonstrates that the Government of Canada is committed to working with the shíshálh Nation to support their vision of self-determination. Today we have taken an important step together to renew the relationship and work towards creating a better future for the shíshálh Nation and its people.”

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

“shíshálh has entered into the Letter of Understanding with Canada as an exercise of our governance, and in order to enhance the exercise of shíshálh’s title and rights.  The Letter of Understanding represents another step in the Nation to Nation relationship between shíshálh and Canada, and creates a path forward for the outstanding work between our Nations.”

Chief Henry Warren Paull
shíshálh Nation

Quick facts

  • The shíshálh Nation has been self-governing since 1986.

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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 Media Relations

Chief Warren Paull
shíshálh Nation Chief
Offices of the shíshálh Nation Chief and Council


Invitation for media – Press Conference – QNW organizes a Forum on discrimination in the Indian Act

Feb 15, 2019

KAHNAWAKE, QC, Feb. 15, 2019 – The President of Québec Native Women (QNW), Viviane Michel is inviting the media for a press conference to present Public Forum Sha’tetiónkwate to denounce discrimination in the Indian Act. This Forum will be held on February 16, 2019 in Montreal.

In addition, QNW will give you details on why it is currently circulating a petition asking the government to end this discrimination. At this press conference, Québec Native Women will have the honor of counting on the presence of Alexandre Boulerice, Member of Parliament for Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie, who is sponsoring this petition.


February 16th, 2019


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BC Government: New St. Paul’s Hospital officially moving forward

Feb. 15, 2019

VANCOUVER – Improved access to life-saving health care is on the way to downtown Vancouver with the approval of the business plan for a new St. Paul’s Hospital.

“For over 125 years, people in Vancouver and across British Columbia have benefited from the health care provided by St. Paul’s Hospital,” said Premier John Horgan. “Today, we are safeguarding these life-saving services by taking action to build a brand new St. Paul’s Hospital that will serve more people and offer better access to the specialized care people need.”

Doors of the new $1.9-billion St. Paul’s are expected to open in 2026 and will be located at 1002 Station St.

“British Columbians have always expressed great confidence, and taken great comfort, in the care delivered by St. Paul’s. After more than a decade and a half of stalling, it is exciting to give the green light to a new, state-of-the-art St. Paul’s Hospital that will continue this legacy for many years to come,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “Our government has made it a priority to see this project move forward, so that St. Paul’s continues to serve people around the province now and in the future.”

The new St. Paul’s will continue to serve the people of Vancouver and all of B.C. as an internationally renowned, full-service, acute-care hospital and integrated health campus. It will have capacity for up to 548 beds, which includes 115 net new beds. The site will be the home of several leading provincial programs and referral centres, including for heart and lung care, renal, eating disorders and specialty surgeries and transplants.

The hospital will also offer a diverse and long list of general and specialized care, including HIV/AIDS, chronic disease management services, emergency and critical care, mental health and addictions beds and programs, ambulatory services and outpatient clinics, end-of-life care, Indigenous health, maternity, colorectal and gastrointestinal services, and community care and community outreach programs.

Health-care workers, researchers and students will harness the medical tools of the future in the new hospital, with medical projects like immunotherapy, precision medicine, virtual reality, robotics and 3-D printing. Medical records, test results and images will be instantly and securely accessible to patients and their care team no matter where people are in the hospital or the province. This will help to empower patients so they can take more control of their own health.

St. Paul’s will continue to be a teaching hospital, training hundreds of University of British Columbia medical students, British Columbia Institute of Technology nursing students and hundreds of other health-sector professions. Integration of care, teaching and research — with emphasis on new knowledge rapidly translated into patient care solutions — will continue to be the focus of its research centres and specialized programs.

The project will be delivered using a design-build finance procurement model and will be cost-shared between the provincial government and Providence Health Care. The St. Paul’s Foundation campaign fundraising goal for Providence Health Care is anticipated to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars with a portion allocated to the new core hospital. Jim Pattison, chairman and CEO of the Jim Pattison Group, has already donated $75 million to the future of St. Paul’s, a historic contribution in Canadian health-care philanthropy. The current St. Paul’s Hospital land at 1081 Burrard Street will be sold with funds going toward the project.


Fiona Dalton, president and chief executive officer, Providence Health Care —

“One hundred and twenty five years ago, St. Paul’s Hospital was established by the Sisters of Providence, and ever since then it has delivered compassionate care to the most vulnerable patient populations in Vancouver and across British Columbia. The provincial government’s visionary commitment and investment into the new St. Paul’s will enable us to take this commitment forward for the next 125 years. We will also work with our partners to ensure this amazing project further strengthens B.C.’s position as a global leader in health care, research and teaching.”

Dick Vollet, president and chief executive officer, St. Paul’s Foundation —

“The new St. Paul’s at the Jim Pattison Medical Centre will establish a new standard for health care and for community building. The site offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a hospital that’s purpose built to put people first. A world-class facility for the 21st century that remains true to our core philosophies of compassion, social justice and innovation. It’s a place where the best and brightest will work together to heal the sick, collaborate on new discoveries and mentor the next generation of health-care providers. It’s truly so much more than a hospital — it’s the beginning of a new era in health care for British Columbians.”

Mary Ackenhusen, president and chief executive officer, Vancouver Coastal Health —

“This is an exciting and historic day for health care in British Columbia. The new St. Paul’s is a tribute to the extraordinary vision of our partners at Providence Health Care, the commitment of the provincial government and the generosity and support of the community. We look forward with great anticipation to our continued collaboration with Providence Health Care as this 21st-century centre of innovation, patient care, research and education moves forward.”

Quick Facts:

  • A business plan confirms scope, cost estimate, procurement and timeline.
  • The first phase of the St. Paul’s redevelopment project is building a new core hospital. Phase 2 is expected to include a clinical support and research centre. Future development opportunities will be confirmed upon completion of the Station Street rezoning.
  • All new hospitals in B.C. are planned to a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standard.
  • Opened in 1894, St. Paul’s Hospital offers medical and surgical programs, including cardiac services, HIV/AIDS and kidney care for people around British Columbia.
  • All existing services currently offered by Vancouver Coastal Health in the West End and downtown will remain after St. Paul’s Hospital relocates.
  • Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care are working collaboratively with people in the West End/downtown so they continue to have access to health-care services. This will be done through existing services, while expanding, enhancing and improving access to primary, home and community services.

Learn More:

To learn more about the new St. Paul’s Hospital, visit:

Jen Holmwood
Deputy Communications Director
Office of the Premier
250 818-4881
Ministry of Health
250 952-1887 (media line)
Ann Gibbon
Senior Communications Specialist — Media Relations
Providence Health Care
604 682-2344 ext. 66987
604 837-6003 (cell)


Government of Canada supports climate action to help Ottawa youth become environment leaders

February 15, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario

Climate change is one of the defining environmental challenges of our time. Increasing education, awareness, and climate action through independent third parties will support Canada’s efforts to protect the environment and transition to a cleaner economy.

Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced funding through the Climate Action Fund to Ecology Ottawa for their Youth Climate Ambassadors program.

This project will enable 40 young Canadians to receive training and gain climate-related expertise. Ecology Ottawa is helping to raise awareness of climate change, cultivate the next generation of environmental leaders, and make Ottawa greener.

The Climate Action Fund provides up to $3 million to support projects delivered by students, youth, Indigenous Peoples and organizations, not-for-profit organizations, small and medium-sized businesses, and research and educational institutions.

Funded projects will raise awareness of climate change and clean growth and encourage others to take action in support of Canada’s climate goals.


“I am inspired by the initiatives being undertaken by Canadians from coast to coast to coast. These initiatives will help others be better informed and take climate action. This funding is supporting our full-time students, youth, and not-for-profit and for-profit organizations in making a difference. Together, we’re sharing great ideas that will help raise awareness of the importance of taking climate action right now.”
– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

“Ecology Ottawa is thrilled to receive climate action funding in support of our new Youth Climate Ambassadors program: a year-long project dedicated to equipping young people from across Ottawa with the skills and knowledge necessary to take on climate change at a local level. The Youth Climate Ambassadors program is designed to cultivate the next generation of environmental leaders; foster deep connections with a diverse range of local climate advocates; and involve the public through youth-driven, peer-to-peer engagement.”
– Robb Barnes, Executive Director of Ecology Ottawa

Quick facts

  • Ecology Ottawa will receive up to $125,000 in funding through the Climate Action Fund.
  • Funding will allow Ecology Ottawa to launch the Youth Climate Ambassadors program to help increase awareness of climate change and make Ottawa greener.
  • The Youth Climate Ambassadors program will hold four public events and make climate action presentations in schools.
  • The Climate Action Fund supports initiatives that help bring new ideas and innovations to help tackle climate change and encourage climate action.
  • The Climate Action Fund supports projects delivered by students, youth, Indigenous Peoples and organizations, small and medium-sized businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and research and educational institutions.
  • The Climate Action Fund supports the key objectives of Canada’s climate plan by making investments in climate solutions.

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Sabrina Kim
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Lauren Latour
Renewable City Organizer
Ecology Ottawa

Media Relations
Environment and Climate Change Canada
819-938-3338 or 1-844-836-7799 (toll-free)


Opening of the community justice centre in Nunavik

QUÉBEC CITY, Feb. 15, 2019  – The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Québec, Sonia LeBel, is pleased to announce the opening of a new community justice centre for Nunavik, in the Inuit community of Inukjuak. The creation of this new centre represents a regional investment of $548,387 by the Québec government. The centre will be administered by Makivik Corporation.

The mission of a community justice centre is to provide legal information, support and referral services to the general public, free of charge, to complement the services offered by other resources.

The team at the new centre will provide services that take into account the region’s specific context, including the geographic isolation of Inuit villages. Working with community partners including the local legal aid office, the team will travel throughout Nunavik to meet justice system users. Community radio stations and social media will also be used to make information available.


“The creation of a community justice centre in Nunavik will significantly increase access to legal information for the northern population, using plain language adapted to real-life situations. By supporting this project, which was developed and implemented with the constant involvement of our Inuit partners, the Québec government is improving access to justice for all justice system users, wherever they are located in Québec.”

Sonia LeBel, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Québec

“Makivik Corporation has established the Nunavik Community Justice Center to give Inuit in Nunavik access to relevant legal information. The mission of the centre, based in Inukjuak, will include informing and supporting the Nunavimmiut about their rights and responsibilities. We hope that the information and support services provided by the centre in the area of notarial law, along with the travelling legal clinics, will improve access to justice for the Nunavik population. Makivik Corporation continues its work to promote justice by and for Inuit.”

Charlie Watt, President, Makivik Corporation

Further information
The creation of community justice centres is part of the 2015-2020 strategic plan of Québec’s Ministère de la Justice. The target is to ensure that 12 Québec regions have a community justice centre by 2020.

In addition to Nunavik, community justice centres have been set up in the Bas-Saint-Laurent, Capitale‑Nationale, Montréal, Outaouais, Gaspésie‑Îles‑de-la-Madeleine, Saguenay‒Lac-Saint-Jean, Montérégie, Côte-Nord and Mauricie regions. Since the first centres opened in 2010, they have dealt with almost 120,000 requests for information.

Community justice centres are financed by the Access to Justice Fund under the responsibility of the Ministère de la Justice.


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Canada Invests in Climate Change Research for Abandoned and Orphaned Mines

February 15, 2019 – Sudbury, Ontario – Natural Resources Canada

The Government of Canada recognizes that climate change has a significant impact on Canadians, which is why we continue to invest in climate adaptation and climate resilience research.

Paul Lefebvre, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today announced $184,000 in support of a climate change project, which will lay the groundwork to rehabilitate Canada’s abandoned and orphaned mines.

This project, led by the Mining Innovation Rehabilitation and Applied Research Corporation (MIRARCO), will develop a comprehensive approach for evaluating rehabilitation plans for abandoned mines through a review of 15 to 20 sites in Ontario and the Northwest Territories, including an in-depth review of three. The ultimate goal of this project is to ensure that rehabilitation plans for today’s abandoned mines will address the climate change risks of tomorrow, while protecting the health and safety of Canadians as we enhance our stewardship of the land around us.

Today’s announcement supports the objectives of the Adaptation and Resilience pillar of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change by turning scientific information and traditional knowledge into action.

Funded through Natural Resources Canada’s Climate Change Adaptation Program, the project supports the development of tools and knowledge needed to help Canadians, regions and economic sectors become more resilient to a changing climate.


“Our government is supporting projects that help us expand our understanding of the impacts of climate change. With this knowledge, we can help ensure today’s plans for abandoned and orphaned mine rehabilitation will reduce the climate-change risks of tomorrow.”

Paul Lefebvre
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources

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Natural Resources Canada
Media Relations

Vanessa Adams
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Natural Resources


NB Government: Premier to participate in pro-pipeline rally in Saskatchewan

15 February 2019

FREDERICTON (GNB) – Premier Blaine Higgs is travelling to Saskatchewan to take part in a pro-pipeline rally near the town of Moosomin on Saturday.

“As political leaders, it is our job to stand up for the livelihoods of the people we represent,” said Higgs. “In New Brunswick, that means continuing to fight for the Energy East pipeline and the economic benefits it represents. This is about improving our economy, putting Canadians to work and protecting our access to oil, now and in the future.”

Higgs will be speaking at the event, as will Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe, Sen. Denise Batters and federal official Opposition leader Andrew Scheer.

Energy East was a proposed large-scale pipeline project that would have brought western Canadian oil to Saint John for export. It would have also involved investment in a new marine shipping terminal and oil storage facility. The project was cancelled last fall.

There had been plans for a 1.05-million-barrel tank farm at the Moosomin Compressor Station and a feeder pipeline to Cromer, Man.

The rally will focus on the energy industry and on the challenges faced by other local resource industries, such as potash and agriculture, due to the amount of oil being transported by rail rather than by pipelines.


Beausoleil First Nation and the Government of Canada announce new passenger & vehicle ferry for Christian Island

February 15, 2019 — Beausoleil First Nation, Treaty 16 Territory, Ontario — Indigenous Services Canada

The Government of Canada is working with First Nations to ensure safe and reliable access to their communities.

Today, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Indigenous Services, and Chief Guy Monague of Beausoleil First Nation, announced funding for a new passenger and vehicle ferry for community members and visitors.

The Government of Canada is providing Beausoleil First Nation with up to $10 million on top of funding for a Professional Project Manager to oversee the design and construction of an ice-breaking ferry capable of carrying up to 150 passengers and 36 vehicles. Canada and Beausoleil First Nation have agreed on cost-sharing arrangements for the design, construction, and delivery of the new ferry vessel to Christian Island in Georgian Bay, where the reserve is located.

The new ferry, which could be put into service as early as 2020, will replace the aging M.V. Sandy Graham vehicle ferry.


“Today’s funding announcement for a new passenger and vehicle ferry is the culmination of a lot of hard work and will provide increased reliability for Beausoleil First Nation. The community has waited a long time for this much-needed replacement, and our government is proud to invest in this key infrastructure that will have benefits for community members and visitors.”

The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Indigenous Services

“We are happy that the Government of Canada is partnering with us on this important project for our community. This brand-new, purpose-built ferry will end years of uncertainty and service disruptions that we have had to endure getting to and from our homes, school, and medical appointments, and ensure that emergency transport and essential supplies are available on a reliable basis.”

Chief Guy Monague
Beausoleil First Nation

Quick facts

  • Approximately 700 members of Beausoleil First Nation live on the reserve on Christian Island in Georgian Bay, about 25 kilometres northwest of Midland, Ontario, and about 2.5 kilometres offshore.
  • The First Nation currently uses the M.V. Indian Maiden, a 70-passenger ferry with ice-breaking capabilities, and the M.V. Sandy Graham, a 28-vehicle ferry, to travel to and from the mainland. The M.V. Sandy Graham will be decommissioned once the new ferry is brought into service.

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For more information, media may contact:

Rachel Rappaport
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan
Minister of Indigenous Services

Media Relations
Indigenous Services Canada


Minister Duclos participates in the Annual General Meeting of Le Réseau Solidarité Itinérance du Québec

February 15, 2019                    Québec, Quebec                      Employment and Social Development Canada

Homelessness has an economic and social impact on every community in Canada. The Government of Canada is committed to helping those who are in need and believes that one homeless Canadian is one too many.

Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, participated in the Annual General Meeting and 20th year of addressing homelessness in Quebec organized by Le Réseau Solidarité Itinérance du Québec (RSIQ) to discuss the issues and the measures implemented by the Government to prevent and reduce homelessness.

One of the most important roles of the Government of Canada is to support vulnerable Canadians, including those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The Government of Canada has committed $2.2 billion over 10 years to tackle homelessness through a redesigned and expanded federal homelessness program. By 2021–22, this will double annual investments compared to 2015-16. Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy will replace the existing Homelessness Partnering Strategy and will officially launch on April 1, 2019.

Reaching Home supports the goals of the National Housing Strategy, including the reduction of chronic homelessness by 50% by 2027-2028. Through these significant investments, Reaching Home aims to support communities in achieving significant reductions in homelessness across the country.  Over the next nine years, the Government of Canada aims to place close to 160,000 people in more stable housing.


“The fight against homelessness is not one that Government can fight alone.We need everyone’s support to help people who are experiencing homelessness. Support from organizations like the Réseau Solidarité Itinérance du Québec is instrumental to preventing and reducing homelessness in Canada.”

– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Quick facts

  • As part of the National Housing Strategy, the Government of Canada announced a total investment of $2.2 billion for homelessness over 10 years, building on Budget 2016 funding of $111.8 million over two years. By 2021–22, this will double annual investments compared to 2015–16.
  • Over the past year, the Government of Canada consulted with municipalities, stakeholders, provinces, territories and Indigenous partners on how to improve the federal homelessness program to better prevent and reduce homelessness across Canada. These consultations were guided by the work of an Advisory Committee, chaired by Parliamentary Secretary (Housing and Urban Affairs) Adam Vaughan.
  • In Quebec, the Homelessness Partnering Strategy is delivered through a formal Canada-Quebec agreement that respects the jurisdiction and priorities of both governments in addressing homelessness. Since 2001, five agreements for joint implementation of federal homelessness programming have been concluded, including the current agreement for 2014−2019. In order to implement Reaching Home and allocate funds in Quebec beyond April 1, 2019, negotiations are underway with the Quebec government with the objective of concluding a sixth Canada-Quebec agreement.

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Beaver Lake Cree Nation to argue key motion in massive treaty case

From February 19 to February 21, Beaver Lake Cree Nation, Treaty No. 6 will be in court arguing a key motion whose outcome may well decide the fate of a massive Treaty challenge the Nation launched in 2008. Media Release (02/14/2019) Edmonton, AB on Treaty No. 6 Territory/Vancouver – From February 19 to February 21, Beaver Lake Cree Nation, Treaty No. 6 will be in court arguing a key motion whose outcome may well decide the fate of a massive Treaty challenge the Nation launched in 2008.

Location: Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, Edmonton

1A Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton AB

Time: hearing begins Tuesday, February 19, 10 a.m.

In the motion being argued on Feb 19, Beaver Lake Cree Nation seeks to have the federal and provincial governments ordered to pay the Nation’s costs in advance, in order to expedite a complex and precedent-setting Treaty rights case that has been stalled in the pre-trial stage for over a decade.

“For Beaver Lake Cree, this case is not about money. It is about enforcing a right to a way of life that is under relentless incursions from development such as forestry, oil sands and military installations,” said Chief Germaine Anderson. “This is not about saying no, this is about determining what development looks like in our territory, so that we’re able to sustain ourselves in perpetuity as promised in the Treaty, “for as long as the sun shines, rivers flow and grass grows,” for the future generations to come.”

In 2008, Beaver Lake Cree Nation, a small community of approximately 1,200, sued Canada and Alberta over infringements of Treaty rights due to multiple Crown authorizations of industrial, military and agricultural uses on more than half of Beaver Lake Cree territory, and rendering much of the remaining land inaccessible for Beaver Lake to carry out its way of life and practice its culture. Just over ten years and nearly $3 million later, despite two court decisions in favour of the Beaver Lake Cree, the litigation threatens to overwhelm the First Nation’s limited resources, while more lands are being lost to unchecked Crown-approved industrial development.

“Since 2008, Beaver Lake has committed every financial resource it has access to, to keep this challenge going. Though it has been arduous on the band’s finances, the Nation has committed to making budget cuts where appropriate in order to continue this fight for our Treaty rights and basic human rights. As a community we take this challenge up for not only ourselves but all Treaty people, all of humanity and for the next seven generations,” said Beaver Lake Cree Treaty Coordinator, Crystal Lameman.

“At the current level of funding, which is not sustainable, the case either has an

unacceptably long horizon, or will die of attrition. This is a textbook example why advance cost orders exist – to level the playing field and mitigate vast disparity in power and resources between parties. We will be arguing that the governments should pay costs because this case is in the public interest of all Canadians,” said Beaver Lake Cree’s counsel Karey Brooks.


Chief Germaine Anderson – Please contact Crystal Lameman for interview requests

Treaty Coordinator Crystal Lameman – (780) 337 9262

Legal counsel Karey Brooks – (778) 990 8129

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Canopy Growth Corporation Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2019 Financial Results: Gross Sales of $98M; Net Revenue hits record $83M

  • Cannabis shipments totaled 10,102 kilograms and kilogram equivalents.
  • Net income of $74.9 million, including changes in fair values of financial liabilities included in Other Income.
  • Closed the previously announced $5 billion investment by Constellation Brands Inc and began putting that capital to work for shareholders with key acquisitions of Storz & Bickel and the assets of ebbu Inc.
  • Expanded to new markets including United Kingdom and Peru, and announced intention to establish operations in New York State, marking the Company’s entry into the US hemp market.
  • Intellectual property portfolio grew to 32 issued patents and over 140 patent applications, covering a range of target areas from technology to genetics to clinical formulations.

February 14, 2019

Smiths Falls, ON – Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX:WEED) (NYSE:CGC) (“Canopy Growth” or “the Company”) today released its consolidated financial results for the third quarter fiscal 2019 ended December 31, 2018. All financial information in this press release is reported in Canadian dollars, unless otherwise indicated.

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Nova Scotia Chiefs Want Indigenous Child Welfare Legislation

February 15, 2019

The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs (Assembly) have called upon the Prime Minister and the Government of Canada to bring forth the important discussions of the Indigenous Family and Unity Act, with the proposed changes that First Nations communities, across Canada, have collectively brought forward.

The legislation, in its current form, does not recognize the inherent right to self-government which would allow First Nation communities to rightfully assume jurisdiction and governance over their own child welfare matters without the permission of Governments. The Assembly, alongside many other First Nations groups, want Canada to move forward and properly address this by working with our people in an equal and respectful manner.

“We know our communities and our people best,” said Chief Paul J. Prosper, Justice Lead for the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs. “It is not acceptable for Canada to force us to require the consent of the Provinces and Canada prior to taking jurisdiction over our children and families. This approach is contrary to The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”

The Assembly has been working on child welfare matters since 2014 and launched a video today to show the Federal Government exactly what is being done in Nova Scotia. Video can be found at:

“There has been a failure by other governments to protect our most vulnerable – our children,” continued Chief Prosper. “They have been removed from their families, homes and communities. They have lost their language, their culture, their identity. It is time for Canada to give us back ownership of this issue so that we can begin to heal from the harms that have taken place. It is time to implement the first five Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on child welfare. We need to ensure our children are safe in their own communities. We can only do that if we have jurisdiction and the financial means to support this work.”

“We hope that through this video, they will see that not only do we have the capacity to take on this important work, but more importantly the need and community support,” said Chief Prosper.


For more information contact:

Crystal Dorey, Communication Officer
Kwilmu’kw Maw-klusuaqn Negotiation Office


Canoe Narrows Residents Fined More Than $15,500 For Illegal Sale of Fish

February 15, 2019

In a Canoe Narrows courtroom, two local men were recently fined more than $15,500 for numerous violations under The Fisheries Regulations.

Richard Desjardin, 63, pleaded guilty to three counts of marketing fish without a licence, commercial fishing without a licence, fishing in a closed area and obstruction.  Desjardin was fined a total of $14,500 and had his truck forfeited to the Crown.

Following an earlier trial, Donald Iron, 60, was found guilty on three counts of illegally selling fish and three counts of selling fish without a licence.  He was fined a total of $1,080.  Four individuals were originally charged with various fish trafficking charges, but the charges against two of the accomplices were stayed when Desjardin accepted responsibility.

In 2016, Ministry of Environment conservation officers from Beauval received information that two individuals were illegally selling fish.

Undercover officers were able to purchase fish from both individuals, with one selling a significant amount more than the other.  Officers purchased more than 200 walleye from the two men, who were not licensed commercial fishermen or licensed to sell the fish.

In the 1970s and 80s, walleye populations in Canoe Lake crashed and took years to recover.  As a result, extra efforts were taken to curb the unlawful trafficking of fish from Canoe Lake.

An area of Canoe Lake is closed year-round to all fishing to protect the walleye spawning ground.  This closure has been in effect for more than 20 years and is fully supported by Canoe Lake First Nation.  The majority of the fish in this investigation were unlawfully taken from this closed area.

If you suspect wildlife, fishery, forestry or environmental violations, please call Saskatchewan’s toll-free Turn In Poachers line at 1-800-667-7561, or call #5555 (SaskTel cellular subscribers), or report a violation online at You may be eligible for cash rewards from the SaskTip Reward Program.


For more information, contact:

Corey Rhiendel
Phone: 306-787-6595


Indigenous strategy updates pushed to next year – The Charlatan

February 15, 2019

Carleton’s administration has decided to push the development of the school’s Indigenous revitalization strategy to the 2019-20 academic year.

University president Benoit-Antoine Bacon told the Charlatan the decision to change the timeline, which was initially slated to update the policy this year, is a way of ensuring that all stakeholders are included.

“I know from experience that something so ambitious with such a large group doesn’t go as fast as we would want, and I’m okay with that,” he said. “It’s important to do it well than to do it fast.”

“We can take the time that we need to do it well, and the committee wants to talk to people on and off-campus, and when you get to off-campus, it can be more complicated logistically,” he added.

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Manitoba to Undertake Comprehensive Review of Systems Serving At-risk Youth

February 15, 2019

Goal to Reduce Youth Crime and Recidivism, Address Overlaps with Child Welfare, Create Opportunities for Success: Ministers

The provincial government is undertaking a review of the current youth justice system in Manitoba and its connections to the child welfare system, with the aim of ending cycles of crime for at-risk youth, Justice Minister Cliff Cullen and Families Minister Heather Stefanson announced today.

“The current youth criminal justice system that our government inherited simply isn’t meeting the needs of young people or, more broadly, our society,” said Cullen.  “Manitoba’s youth crime, incarceration and recidivism rates continue to be a problem.  It is clear that we need a new, more comprehensive and effective approach to deal with these issues.”

Statistics show Manitoba has the highest rate of youth incarceration in Canada, at four times the national average, and the youth violent crime severity index is also among the highest in the country, Cullen noted.

A team of senior staff from Manitoba Justice and Manitoba Families will report back to government, with recommendations and an implementation plan to be made public later this year.  This work will result in changes to how the province deals with youth who come into the criminal justice system, with the goals of:
•    reducing reoffending,
•    reducing incarceration while still managing risks to public safety, and
•    enhancing access to treatment and support for young offenders to end cycles of crime.

A recent review of one month of admissions to the Manitoba Youth Centre confirmed significant overlap between young people involved in the child welfare system and the youth justice system.  Approximately 60 per cent of youth charged with criminal offences are involved in the child welfare system.

“Children in care are at risk of being over-represented as offenders and victims, resulting in a cycle that is hard to break,” said Stefanson.  “Unfortunately, the child welfare and criminal justice systems have operated independent of one another for too long, creating duplication, inefficiencies and poor outcomes for youth.  Our government believes there must be a better way forward for young people and families who are often in crisis.”

The recommendations and implementation plan are expected to build on the commitments set out in the province’s Criminal Justice System Modernization Strategy, which was released in March 2018.

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For more information:

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


Northern Sask. airport funding a “long time coming”: FSIN Chief – larongeNOW

Feb 14, 2019

A funding announcement for Fond Du Lac aiport is appreciated but long overdue, according to the Chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations.

Bobby Cameron was responding to Thursday’s press conference in Saskatoon, during which $12 million in federal funding was announced to assist with upgrades at the northern Saskatchewan airport. The upgrades will include rehabilitating Runway 10-28, Taxiway A, Apron 1, and the airfield lighting system.

“We send congratulations to Fond Du Lac Chief Louis Mercredi and his council and community today as the fight to upgrade this airport has been a long time coming,” Cameron said in a statement. “The community has overcome great tragedy and this funding today will go a long way in ensuring the safety of everyone who utilizes this airport.”

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NAN, Oshkaatisak Council welcomes Youth Delegates

THUNDER BAY, ON (February 15, 2019): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox and the Oshkaatisak (All Young People’s) Council will welcome more than 100 youth delegates from across NAN territory to the annual Youth Gathering in Thunder Bay today.

“Health is the theme for this year’s youth gathering. Laying the foundation for a healthy future is so important for our youth,” said Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox. “Youth from across NAN will be able to have their goals heard and learn how to continue to make these dreams come true. I am excited for them to learn about the work being done in Health Transformation, housing and the reclaiming of their languages. Their time here will give them a place to have fun, learn, and grow.”

Breakout sessions for the three-day gathering (February 15-18) will include workshops focusing on mental, physical, spiritual and emotional well-being. These elements are linked the overall theme of the gathering which is “Health Leaders for Healthy Futures”.

Day two of the gathering will feature a presentation by the Oshkaatisak Council and Ottawa Youth Delegation. These leaders will highlight their third consecutive meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and their travels to Australia to represent NAN at the Second National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Suicide Prevention Conference.

“We are honoured to be hosting this gathering and recognize the importance of coming together as a community,” said Oshkaatisak Council member Raven Friday. “We have created an agenda that reflects the importance of culture, health, and being a leader. It is our goal that everyone who attends will branch out of their comfort zone by meeting new people, trying new things and having fun.”

The Youth Gathering is being held at the Best Western Plus Nor’Wester and Conference Centre.

For more information please contact:  Tamara Piche, Communications Officer – (807) 625-4906 or cell (807) 621-5549 or by email


Cat Lake Update – Minister Seamus O’Regan – Net Newsledger

THUNDER BAY – Indigenous – Federal Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan has issued a statement on the continuing efforts toward solving the health and housing crisis in Cat Lake First Nation.

“We continue our work in addressing the housing and health concerns in Cat Lake First Nation – the wellbeing of children and families remains our top priority. On Thursday, a pediatric respirology medical doctor arrived in the community to begin an independent health assessment and treatment of individuals identified by the community. We will address the results of the assessment as soon as they are available, on an urgent basis.‎

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Mural tribute to Alanis Obomsawin. MU inaugurates a 20th mural dedicated to Montreal’s great artists.

Montreal, November 5th, 2018 — MU, the charitable non-profit mural arts organization, inaugurated a new mural in the Ville-Marie borough paying tribute the great Abenaki filmmaker, Alanis Obomsawin. This new mural art piece is the 20th of MU’s collection Montreal’s Great Artists, an ambitious undertaking that has been a source of pride for the organization since 2010, highlighting the creative minds and forces of those who have made outstanding contributions to Montreal’s cultural scene. As part of this collection, MU was inaugurating, a year ago, a tribute to another Montreal great artist with the already iconic mural of Leonard Cohen overlooking downtown Montreal.

The event took place in presence of Mrs Marie-Josée Parent, associate councillor in charge of culture and reconciliation for the City of Montreal; Mr Claude Joli-Cœur, Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson for the NFB; Mrs Alanis Obomsawin and the artist, Meky Ottawa. Also present were Ghislain Picard, Assembly of First nations Regional Chief and Richard O’Bomsawin, Chief of Odanak.

The mural is located on Lincoln Avenue corner of Atwater, in the heart of the Peter-McGill district, where Mrs. Obomsawin has been living for more than fifty years. This mural is MU’s fourth mural celebrating the heritage of Indigenous Peoples in Montreal.

Meky Ottawa, an emerging Atikamekw artist, was chosen to design the piece in homage to Alanis Obomsawin following a call for nominations dedicated to Indigenous artists. A native of Manawan, Ottawa is a multidisciplinary artist who uses video, illustration and installation as mediums to deal with subjects of importance to the Indigenous peoples. In 2016, she was chosen to participate in Déranger, NFB’s intensive creative lab for Indigenous francophone artists. In 2017, her work – Kushapetshekan / Kosapitcikan / A Glimpse Into the Other World, an immersive installation done in collaboration with two other Indigenous artists – was presented at Montreal’s Museum of Fine Arts.

Charged with symbolism, the piece is conceived as a dream-like portrait of Alanis Obomsawin based on a photo of her signing at the Mariposa Folk Festival in Toronto (1970). By honoring Alanis Obomsawin, Meky Ottawa also personifies and sublimates aboriginal women and their resilience, through to art and nature. As this is Ottawa’s first mural art piece, a team of MU muralists, directed by muralist Rafael Sottolichio, accompanied the artist in the making of the mural, allowing a mutual sharing of knowledge and expertise.

« Paying tribute to Ms. Alanis Obomsawin with a public artwork is one of many ways to make the history of Aboriginal nations come to life and advance their cultures in our city. Montréal will continue supporting all efforts to restore better and more  respectful relations with native peoples. In a spirit of great friendship, this mural celebrates the contributions of all these communities that enrich the landscape of our city and its international reputation for openness in every respect. In particular, I would like to commend Ms. Alanis Obomsawin for her unwavering commitment to native peoples and her work with children. I would also like to thank the artist Meky Ottawa and the MU team for this superb mural, which so eloquently honours Ms. Obomsawin, » noted Montréal Mayor Valérie Plante.

« It is an honor for MU to pay tribute to the great Alanis Obomsawin, a unique, sole artist. An engaged artist who has used her art, her voice, at the service of social change. Her commitment to the recognition of First Nations, her struggle for education and the rights of children are fully in line with MU’s core values. Alanis Obomsawin is one of the greatest indigenous artists of this world. We are proud to give her the admiration and recognition that she deserves, and we hope that the mural can contribute to empower youth in having a voice », said Elizabeth-Ann Doyle, MU’s Executive and Artistic Director.

« I was so surprised when they told me I was receiving this honor. It’s very important to me that there are children beside me on the mural. What joy! These are children from Moose Factory, on James Bay in Northern Ontario, who went to a residential school in 1968, and I would play with them at recess. And it is such a gift to know a First Nations artist was chosen for this project. Not only has Meky Ottawa given us her work, but it has given her a chance to learn and share with a group of artists who are experts in making murals. Personally, I’m thinking of my parents; I don’t know what they would say. My father would look in silence and be moved. », added Alanis Obomsawin.

This mural is an initiative and production of MU, and was made possible thanks to Ville de Montreal’s Mural Arts Program – Volet 2, in partnership with the Ville-Marie borough. MU would also like to thank the NFB for its collaboration in this project.


About Alanis Obomsawin

Honored as commander of the Ordre de Montréal in 2017, Alanis Obomsawin is one of the most prominent indigenous filmmakers in the world. Having started her career with the NFB in 1967, she is currently completing her 51st film. Of Abenaki origin, she is also a singer, author and storyteller. She has campaigned all her life to defend Indigenous Peoples and their cultures, by giving them a voice. Numerous prestigious awards have highlighted her outstanding commitment, such as the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award in 2008 and Québec’s Albert-Tessier award in 2016. She was made member of the Order of Canada in 1983, and Officer of the Ordre national du Québec in 2016.

About MU

MU is a charitable non-profit organization whose mission is to beautify the city of Montreal by creating murals that are anchored in local communities. At the heart of its approach is the desire to see and experience art on a daily basis, to trigger a social transformation and to turn Montreal into an open-air art MUseum! Since 2007, MU has produced more than 110  murals in 16 neighborhoods of the city, and over 300 community-youth murals.

About the collection Montreal’s Great Artists

Launched by MU in 2010, the collection of murals entitled Montreal’s Great Artists highlights the creative minds and forces who have made outstanding contributions to the local, national and international reach of Montreal’s cultural scene. The murals pay tribute to creators in a variety of artistic disciplines who are either from the city originally, or who have made it their home. Twenty artists have received this honor thus far, including Paul-Émile Borduas (2010), Oscar Peterson (2011), Norman McLaren (2015), Mordechai Richler (2016), Leonard Cohen (2017), and Daisy Peterson Sweeney (2018).


For more information:

Kamelia Savova, MU Communications Manager – Telephone: 514 770 8979 – Email: Elizabeth-Ann Doyle, MU General and Artistic Director – Telephone: 514 509 6877 – Email:

For interview requests with Alanis Obomsawin:
Patricia Dillon-Moore, ONF – Telephone: 514 206 1750 – Email:


Innu court interpreters underpaid, Sheshatshiu’s justice co-ordinator says – CBC

David Penashue says there’s not enough incentive to fill key justice roles in Labrador

Feb 15, 2019

With language cited as a big barrier facing Innu people that are going through the justice system in Labrador, the Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation (SIFN) says keeping courtrooms staffed with Innu interpreters is no easy task.

“Right now, there are a lot of files of First Nation people from here, from Natuashish and Sheshatshiu,” justice co-ordinator David Penashue said.

“We had some people that tried to apply for it but they are having a hard time. They [needed] a babysitter to work there.”

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SaskPower Approves 38 Customer Self-generation Projects

February 15, 2019

SaskPower has approved the first selection of customer projects that will generate and sell power to the Company as part of the new Power Generation Partner Program (PGPP).

“Taking steps to promote renewable and carbon-neutral projects is another clear sign that Saskatchewan takes the challenges of climate change seriously,” said the Honourable Dustin Duncan, Minister Responsible for SaskPower. “The PGPP aligns with Saskatchewan’s climate change plan, Prairie Resilience, by incentivizing customers to reduce carbon emissions and adding significant amounts of clean power to the grid.”

The PGPP, announced in fall 2018, accepted 10 megawatts (MW) of renewable solar generation and 25 MW of carbon neutral non-renewable generation, such as flare gas.  It is a two-year program, with the option to extend it to three. This program is the result of extensive consultations with both the solar and oil and gas industries.

“SaskPower has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent over 2005 levels by 2030, and the PGPP is one element that will help us reach that target,” said Mike Marsh, President and CEO of SaskPower. “The strong interest this program received from a wide variety of applicants is encouraging and I thank all applicants for their efforts. We look forward to adding additional projects in the future.”

The PGPP has maximum allowable project sizes of 1 MW for renewable projects, and 5 MW for carbon neutral non-renewable technologies. Applications will continue to be accepted on an annual basis.

The successful renewable generation applicants are:

Successful Renewable Generation Applicants

 Applicant  Size (kW)
miEnergy Inc (2)
Seitz Holdings Corp (2)
Ocean Man First Nation (2)
Crescent Point Energy (2)
Meadow Lake Tribal Council
David Bosch & Rose Bosch
Keeseekoose First Nation
Ruf Holdings Inc
Des Nedhe Development (English River First Nation)
Sierra Colony Farms Ltd
Iphoton Inc (David W Angell)
Todd Caswell
CGW Golden Wheat International Trading Ltd
Suntric Inc (Mark Bateman)
Muskoday First Nation
Cowessess Wind Developments Ltd
S-Elect Energy
390, 390
500, 500
720, 280
500, 500
700, 285
330, 300

The successful carbon-neutral generation applicants are:

Successful Carbon-Neutral Generation Applicants

 Applicant  Size (kW)
Baytex Energy Ltd (4)
TERIC Power Ltd
Canadian Natural Resources (2)
Enerplus Corporation
Superb Operating Company Ltd
Highrock Resources Ltd
Burgess Creek Exploration Inc.
Whitecap Resources
Superb Operating Company Ltd
Steel Reef Infrastructure Corp
Netback Production Solutions Corp
1000, 810, 810, 810
200, 150

The successful renewable and carbon-neutral generation applicants are posted online. This and more information about the Power Generation Partner Program can be found at


At a glance

  • The PGPP will add 70 to 105 megawatts of renewable and carbon-neutral electricity to Saskatchewan’s generation mix over the next two to three years
  • 23 solar projects and 15 flare gas projects have been approved to participate in the PGPP
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Canada’s Senate needs time to get Bill C-69 right: Joseph Quesnel for Inside Policy – MLI

February 14, 2019

The Senate of Canada appears determined to serve as the chamber of sober second thought for Bill C-69, which is the Government of Canada’s sweeping revamp of environmental proposal processes. Good thing! While there are solid and important elements in the proposed legislation, the proposal is too big, too open-ended, and poorly timed.

Rarely have pieces of legislation attracted such odd alignments of supporters and opponents. Some First Nations and the Canadian Mining Association have backed the bill. So too, understandably, have environmental organizations. But other resource-dependent First Nations are pushing back, as are many companies and communities in the oil and gas sector.

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Student thinks outside the box with an ingenious escape room approach to STEM learning – UCalgary News

His plan is to have them escape a single room, and by doing so, unlock a lifetime of passion.

For this, 19-year-old Schulich School of Engineering student Brennan O’Yeung is this year’s proud recipient of the Culbert Family Award for Philanthropy, given to him at the United Way’s Spirits of Gold Awards on Feb 12.

“In the summer of 2015, I experienced my first-ever escape room and instantly fell in love with the concept and most importantly, the challenge,” explains O’Yeung.

“I enjoyed the experience so much, I created my own escape rooms in my basement for family and friends.”

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Government of Yukon and Yukon First Nations meet for Yukon Forum

Yukon’s Premier, Cabinet members, Council of Yukon First Nations Chief and Yukon First Nations Chiefs met today at the Nàkwät’à Kų̀ Potlatch House in Whitehorse for the Yukon Forum.

Leaders discussed mining, economic development, the Arctic and Northern Policy Framework and the next Intergovernmental Forum with the federal government.

It is fitting that we met today, on the 46th anniversary of Together Today for Our Children Tomorrow and the 26th anniversary of the Umbrella Final Agreement. The work we are doing through the Yukon Forum embodies the vision of Together Today for Our Children Tomorrow by supporting two-way communication and a fair and just partnership between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Today’s agenda included mining and economic development, which allowed for further strategic conversations and progress on these issues that are affect all Yukoners. We also discussed the Arctic and Northern Policy Framework and our approach to the next Intergovernmental Forum. Both of these items involve the federal government, and we are working together to have a unified approach from Yukon.

Premier Sandy Silver

On the 46th anniversary of Together Today for Our Children Tomorrow, Yukon First Nations work diligently to ensure the vision of our leaders is implemented. We acknowledge the significant advancements made to date, however, Yukon First Nations recognize that much work continues to be done.

Council of Yukon First Nations Grand Chief Peter Johnston

Quick Facts

  • The Yukon Forum is a meeting of the political leaders of the Government of Yukon, Yukon First Nations governments and the Council of Yukon First Nations.
  • The Yukon Forum meets four times a year.


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Cabinet Communications

Shari-Lynn MacLellan
Communications, Aboriginal Relations, Executive Council Office

Juliann Fraser
Communications, Council of Yukon First Nations
867-393-9200 ext.: 9223


Thunder Bay Field Naturalists buy land on Lake Superior island – CBC

Michipicoten Island is home to peregrine falcon, woodland caribou

Feb 15, 2019

The Thunder Bay Field Naturalists (TBFN) have purchased two parcels of land, totalling 217 hectares, on Michipicoten Island in Lake Superior.

Most of Michipicoten Island is a provincial park, but two private holdings came up for sale, said Susan Bryan, with the TBFN.

“We thought they were a pretty high priority if we wanted to protect the whole reason the park was protected,” she said, adding they wanted to acquire the pieces that were left so “they wouldn’t be developed as cottages or resorts or fisheries.”

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Memorial U of Newfoundland: $16-million investment focuses on climate change, coastal communities

February 14, 2019

The Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI) has launched its next phase of ocean research, with a plan to invest approximately $16 million in projects that will examine climate change and how changes to the North Atlantic impact coastal communities.

The funds will be distributed through a two-phased, peer-reviewed application process. OFI, a partnership led by Memorial, Dalhousie University and the University of Prince Edward Island, seeks collaborative proposals from consortia representing academic, government, business, Indigenous and international researchers, Indigenous leaders and coastal community members.

To qualify, each project must be led by a principal investigator who is a faculty or staff member, or adjunct faculty, at one of OFI’s lead partner universities.

“OFI is all about research, and research, when tackled collaboratively has the ability to resolve many of the issues that challenge our one, common ocean,” said Dr. Paul Snelgrove, OFI’s associate scientific director. “And, research also has the ability to help us leverage the many opportunities the ocean offers.”

OFI was established in September 2016 thanks to an investment of $227 million from the Government of Canada and various private and public-sector organizations.

The funding is primarily used to support ocean research projects that explore innovative approaches to ensure sustainable management of North Atlantic use. OFI currently has 16 large research projects underway; each are expected to be completed in 2022.

Designed through consultation

Through a four-month consultation process, OFI’s management team sought input on its second phase of research, scheduled to run from late 2019 to 2023.

Compared to Phase 1, OFI’s next phase will support fewer projects but will provide more resources per project.

OFI expects to fund two to five research projects which would each receive about $1 million per year in funding to investigate the following topics:

  • The North Atlantic as a Climate Ocean — This theme centres on understanding the role of ocean dynamics and climate in the North Atlantic and Canadian Arctic gateways. Through research, OFI seeks an improved understanding of the physical, chemical and biological processes governing climate, productivity and ecosystem structure.
  • Coastal Communities and the Ocean — Canada’s coastal communities face significant challenges and opportunities in their interactions with the ocean. These include both climate and human-induced ecosystem alteration, shifts in fishery abundance and distribution, sea level rise, as well as rapidly-evolving social, institutional and economic conditions. Research projects will address how changing ocean dynamics impact coastal communities and how rapidly-evolving social and economic conditions impact the marine environment.

“By working together, we will generate research results that intersect the economy, environment and societal well-being. And we will put our research to work, ensuring those who depend on the ocean have the tools necessary to respond to ongoing change,” said Dr. Snelgrove.

The deadline to submit Expression of Interest is April 11.

Learn more about OFI’s second phase of research and how to apply online.

Patti Lewis is a communications advisor for the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI). She can be reached at


Nunavut’s legislature reconvenes next week – Nunatsiaq News

The winter sitting of Nunavut’s legislative assembly starts next week, on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Day two of the three-week session, Feb. 20, will see Finance Minister George Hickes’s first budget speech, which will set out the Nunavut government’s 2019-20 operations and maintenance budget.

The assembly’s head clerk, John Quirke, said the O&M budget will be a focus for the sitting. After the speech, MLAs will start reviewing the draft budget line-by-line during the committee of the whole.

We’ll have to wait and see what this year’s budget looks like, but last year David Akeeagok, who then served as finance minister, tabled a budget that ran a small, planned deficit of $28 million to help funnel more funds into departments like Health, Justice and Family Services. That was to cover what the government called a “persistent social deficit.”

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