Emergency funding boost supports student success in Metro Vancouver

April 9, 2021

VANCOUVER – Students attending post-secondary institutions in Metro Vancouver have access to emergency assistance funding to help them cope with financial pressures caused by COVID-19.

“This emergency financial assistance provides an important safety net for students to ensure they have the funds to focus on continuing their education,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training. “We know that pursuing post-secondary education can be challenging and stressful at any time, and particularly during a pandemic. That’s why we are taking steps to make sure students facing unexpected circumstances can access financial help.”

Since March 2020, post-secondary institutions in Metro Vancouver have received a combined total of $2,793,500 to assist students, including Indigenous students, who are experiencing an unexpected financial emergency that may affect their ability to complete their studies and handle expenses, especially those related to COVID-19:

  • British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) – $407,500
  • Capilano University – $242,000
  • Douglas College – $286,000
  • Emily Carr University of Art and Design – $240,500
  • Justice Institute of British Columbia – $307,000
  • Native Education College – $55,000
  • Simon Fraser University – $395,000
  • University of British Columbia (including UBC Okanagan) – $525,500
  • Vancouver Community College – $335,000

The non-repayable emergency assistance can be used to help with a broad range of costs, including living expenses, food, travel, portable computers and other supports for students who are returning to campuses for 2021-22. This emergency funding is part of $9 million invested since March 2020 to help B.C. post-secondary students.

Students who attend one of B.C.’s 25 public post-secondary institutions, as well as the Native Education College and students enrolled in post-secondary programs at Indigenous institutes, may apply to access these funds by contacting their school’s financial aid office or Indigenous student service centre.


Janet Routledge, MLA for Burnaby North –

“Students at BCIT here in Burnaby are facing enough challenges right now, and financial emergencies shouldn’t get in the way of their education or their goals. This fund will help students to handle unexpected expenses so they can stay focused on learning.”

Bowinn Ma, MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale –

“Post-secondary students in B.C. have managed to adapt quickly to the changing environment over the last year. This emergency financial assistance will help students continue with their studies and cover some of the unexpected costs they may have had.”

Brenda Bailey, MLA for Vancouver-False Creek –

“COVID-19 has turned all of our lives upside down, and this is especially true for many post-secondary students who have had to juggle their studies and make ends meet in light of job losses or a reduction in income. We know that students are under many pressures and this emergency, non-repayable funding will be there to help with unexpected costs that can prevent them from focusing on their studies and pursuing their ambitions.”

A backgrounder follows.


Sean Leslie
Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training
[email protected]
250 893-4403

Post-secondary student emergency assistance funding in B.C.

  • Since March 2020, government has provided $9 million to assist students throughout B.C. who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic:
    • $1.5 million in 2020 and $1 million in 2021 for the Indigenous Emergency Assistance Fund, including $150,000 to assist post-secondary students at Indigenous institutes across B.C.
    • $3.5 million in 2020 and $3 million in 2021 for the Student Emergency Assistance Fund
  • This funding builds on existing emergency funding that many post-secondary institutions already provide to students facing financial hardships.
  • Indigenous post-secondary institutes throughout B.C. have also received $150,000 to assist students facing financial hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • $3.6 million has been provided to the Indigenous Emergency Assistance Fund since 2017 and has been accessed by more than 4,000 Indigenous students.
  • Emergency funding for Indigenous students supports the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples articles 21.1 and 21.2 and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action number 23.i.
  • $6.5 million in extra pandemic support has been provided for the Student Emergency Assistance Fund at public post-secondary institutions. In 2020, that funding supported approximately 5,400 B.C. domestic students.
  • In the years leading up to 2020-21, the annual Student Society Emergency Assistance Fund was provided $70,000, supporting 480 students each year on average across participating public post-secondary institutions.


Sean Leslie
Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training
[email protected]
250 893-4403

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MB Government: Province to Engage Youth on Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education Transformation

Opportunity to Hear Directly from Students Across Manitoba: Cullen

The provincial government is inviting students from all diverse backgrounds and all corners of the province to have a seat on the Minister of Education’s Student Advisory Council and join in the critical discussions on the future of education, Education Minister Cliff Cullen announced today.

“Our government wants to harness the talent and forward-thinking perspective of our youth to help shape the future of Manitoba’s Education system,” said Cullen. “Council members will be able to voice the changes they want to see and it’s important that I hear directly from students about their experiences in school.”

The Minister of Education’s Student Advisory Council is one of the priority actions in the Better Education Starts Today: Putting Students First strategy released on March 15. The Student Advisory Council will enable youth to have more influence on the education system and issues that affect them. The council will:
• discuss and provide input to the minister on aspects of the education system and how they affect the children and young people who experience it today;
• bring youth insights to the department and the education sector to help inform the path forward;
• create a network for students across Manitoba with a way to share their perspectives and advice and;
• provide feedback on department initiatives and work collaboratively with fellow council members.

“Sharing their experiences and insights will help inform how we work and will ensure a vibrant future for Manitoba’s education system,” said Cullen. “Council members will also have an opportunity to build their leadership skills and interact with students across the province while providing valuable feedback as we continue to consult with Manitobans on how to make our education system the most improved in the country.”

The Student Advisory Council will be comprised of up to 20 Manitoba youth, aged 14 to 18 and will report directly to the minister of education. Council members will serve a 12-month term starting in August 2021 and ending in August 2022. In addition to meeting with the minister of education, council members will meet with government staff and education stakeholders. COVID-19 safety precautions will be taken as required, which may mean virtual meetings.

For more information on the Minister of Education’s Student Advisory Council and how students can apply, visit Deadline for applications is May 10. Successful applicants will be announced June 2021. The council’s first meeting will be held in August 2021.

The Better Education Starts Today: Putting Students First strategy can be found at:

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  • 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: 204-794-0732.


Government of Canada makes key investment to support NWT tourism industry

From: Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

CanNor invests over $375,000 to support the renovation of the soon-to-be relocated Yellowknife Visitor Centre

April 9, 2021 – Yellowknife, Northwest Territories – Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)

The tourism industry plays a key economic, social and cultural role in the Northwest Territories, and is an important part of diversifying the Northern economy. The Government of Canada has supported the industry since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and has demonstrated its commitment to helping the Northern tourism industry during the crisis and for the post-pandemic period, so that the territories will be ready to welcome tourists from across Canada and around the world once the right conditions are in place.

Throughout the pandemic, tourism businesses have demonstrated their resilience, patience, creativity and adaptability. Tourism is a major driver of economic diversification in NWT and will be a key player in the territory’s economic recovery. The Government of Canada, through CanNor, is continuing its support for the industry and is stepping up to help by providing a new investment in NWT’s tourism infrastructure.

Federal government supports tourism infrastructure in Yellowknife, NWT

Today, Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for CanNor, announced an investment of over $375,000 to support a two-year project to renovate Yellowknife’s soon-to-be relocated Visitor Centre.

The renovation will enhance visitor experience and ensure accessibility at the new Centre Square Mall location in downtown Yellowknife. The Yellowknife Visitor Centre is a tourist hub and often the starting point for visitors exploring Yellowknife, the North Slave region of NWT and beyond. The new centralized location in downtown Yellowknife will also support urban economic development.

This announcement demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to supporting the tourism industry in the Northwest Territories and across the country. CanNor’s continued support of the NWT tourism industry contributes to building a stronger and more resilient tourism economy in the North and supports communities.


“The Northern tourism industry is innovative and resilient. Our message to the tourism sector and those who depend on it is clear: we’re here for you and we’re working with you to build and sustain tourism, and help the sector come back strong. We are here to help Yellowknife and all communities in NWT prepare to welcome back visitors when it is safe to do so.”

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for CanNor

“Every economic sector has felt the significant effects of the pandemic’s numerous challenges over this past year. As we rebuild regional economies, we also start to rebuild our vibrant Northern tourism industry. I am encouraged and inspired by the industry’s adaptability, creativity and resilience. Today’s investment from CanNor to enhance visitor infrastructure supports the tourism sector in Yellowknife and across NWT. By working together, our communities will come out stronger.”

Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories

“The tourism industry is an important economic contributor to our communities and territory, and one that’s been particularly hard hit as a result of this pandemic. Visitor information centres promote local, Indigenous and regional tourism operators and their products and are valuable hubs of information. With many visitors to the NWT beginning their visit in Yellowknife, this is an opportunity to provide information about not only the local region’s operators and activities but also the wealth of incredible tourism opportunities across our beautiful territory.”

Hon. Caroline Wawzonek, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment
Government of Northwest Territories

“The Visitor Centre relocation comes at an excellent time to invest in and revitalize Yellowknife’s downtown core. The new, multi-functional space will welcome tourists back to the region, showcase local non-commercial artwork, and act as an accessible, community hub for businesses and the public. We are grateful for this opportunity, supported by our partners, CanNor and the GNWT.”

Rebecca Alty, Mayor of Yellowknife

Quick facts

  • CanNor is investing $377,587 in this two-year project with a further $161,000 investment from the Government of the Northwest Territories, and a $125,000 investment from the City of Yellowknife.
  • CanNor funding will help support design and engineering fees as well as part of the renovation work.
  • The funding announced today is provided through CanNor’s full suite of regular economic development programming, which support projects that promote sustainable community economic development, enhance business development and growth, and facilitate innovation.

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For more information, media may contact:

Catherine Mounier-Desrochers
Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages
[email protected]

Barbara Abramchuk
Communications Advisor, NWT region
[email protected]


Announcing Our 2021 Honorary Doctorate + Emily Award Recipients

April 09, 2021

This year’s recipients will receive their honours during ECU’s virtual 2021 Convocation ceremony.

Emily Carr University of Art + Design is pleased to announce 2021 Honorary Doctorates will be bestowed upon educator, scholar and writer Eve Tuck; and director, writer and producer Nettie Wild.

This year’s Emily Award will be presented to cultural activist, interdisciplinary artist, writer, poet and educator Laiwan, a 1983 alumna.

“It is our great honour to recognize the accomplishments of these three brilliant scholars, writers, educators and creative professionals,” Gillian Siddall, President + Vice-Chancellor of Emily Carr University, says. “Each has made an indelible mark on the ECU community, as well as on their professional and creative communities more broadly. Their contributions to the projects of social and environmental justice, decolonization, community empowerment, and redefining equity and inclusivity through intellectual and artistic inquiry demonstrate originality, dedication and conscience of the highest order.”

All three will receive their honours during ECU’s virtual 2021 Convocation ceremony on May 14, 2021.

Each year the Honorary Doctorate Degree Program celebrates and recognizes the commitment, dedication, and service of individuals who are distinguished by their significant contributions and sustained creative and philanthropic achievements in their areas of expertise.

The annual Emily Award Program recognizes the outstanding achievements of members of the alumni community whose creative pursuits in the arts, media and design have brought honour to the university.


UNBC expands Bachelor of Education regional program offering

A proposed new delivery model for UNBC’s Bachelor of Education elementary stream at our regional campuses will allow students in both Terrace and Quesnel to complete their studies close to home.

Terrace and Quesnel B.C. – Students across northern British Columbia will soon have more options to pursue an undergraduate elementary stream education degree closer to home.

The revitalized Bachelor of Education program, including an updated regional delivery model, will be available through UNBC’s South-Central campus in Quesnel for the first time and builds on more than a decade of success delivering the program at the Northwest campus in Terrace. The delivery model is still pending approval from the UNBC Senate.

Based jointly out of UNBC’s regional campuses in Terrace and Quesnel, the expanded regional delivery will offer UNBC’s renewed BEd program with a focus on its signature pedagogy of People, Place and Land. Pending approval from the UNBC Senate, students will embark on a 60-credit hour, five-semester program that allows elementary school teacher candidates to complete their education in either community through a combination of face-to-face instruction, blended learning and immersive sessions.

“The design of the Bachelor of Education program reflects northern British Columbia’s rich cultural diversity, especially concerning Aboriginal and Indigenous populations,” says UNBC Interim President Dr. Geoff Payne. “Offering this program in both Terrace and Quesnel highlights our commitment and value that our northern communities play in UNBC’s vision and mission. This commitment ensures we are giving students the chance to complete their studies and practicum placements closer to home and at the same time meeting the need to train qualified teachers across the north.”

The program will consist of one cohort, a combined group of students based at the Northwest campus in Terrace and at the South-Central campus in Quesnel.

“We are very happy to continue our working relationship with UNBC, and the local cohort will help us to address our future needs for teachers with knowledge of best teaching practices and the ability to meet the diverse individual needs of our students,” says Sue-Ellen Miller, Superintendent of Schools, School District #28 (Quesnel).

Students will attend classes in-person at their home campus. Video-conferencing software connects the two campuses, so students will take the same classes at the same time. In addition, students will come together for immersive sessions in either Terrace, Quesnel or Prince George for two-week intensive block courses. Students will also complete four practica placements in elementary schools in their home communities.

“Elementary school educators not only teach children fundamental literacy and numeracy skills, they also teach their students how to learn and how to interact with the world around them,” says UNBC Faculty of Human and Health Sciences Dean Dr. Shannon Wagner. “Our Bachelor of Education program emphasizes learner-centred strategies including inquiry-based learning, the inclusion of diverse learners’ perspectives and the development of caring and respectful learning communities.”

Intake for the program continues to be every two years, with the first shared cohort beginning in September 2021. Applications are open until June 1, with first consideration given to applications received by May 1.


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Métis Nation of Ontario mourns loss of long-serving citizen Elmer Ross

April 9, 2021

The Métis Nation of Ontario would like to extend its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Elmer Ross. A long-serving and much-loved member of the MNO Veteran’s Council (MNOVC).

Passing peacefully with his wife by his side at Tabor Manor in St. Catherines, on March 13, 2021 at 92 years of age. Beloved husband of Vera (nee Tindall) for almost 70 years. Loved dad of Valerie (Paul) McLean and Terri (Greg) Panas and the late Gary (1984). Proud grandpa of Allysa and Rachel McLean (Robert Turenne) and Alex and Miranda Panas.

Elmer Ross was born in a small country community south of Hubbard, Saskatchewan at the outset of the Great Depression. His family has strong Métis roots, being descendants of Cuthbert Grant acclaimed for leading his people to victory at the Battle of Seven Oaks during the Pemmican Wars.

Métis traditions were the focal point in the home of his grandparents where Elmer was raised and at a very young age he learned to play the fiddle, even before he could read.

Elmer left a job in a Saskatchewan creamery, where he was a champion butter-maker, to pursue opportunities in Ontario. Elmer worked as a heavy-equipment operator, bus driver, and on the railway before joining the Ontario Provincial Police force in 1955, fulfilling a deep desire to serve the public. During a long and distinguished career, Elmer had the opportunity to provide motorcycle escorts for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, on three separate occasions as well as Pope John Paul II on one of his visits to Canada.

After retirement, Elmer served as a Senator on the MNO Veteran’s Council for many years.

Our thoughts are with Elmer’s family and he will be greatly missed.

Métis Lament

Take kindly to the council of years and experience of

our elders, gracefully surrendering our youth and many

things of the past. We would not be here without them.

We will continue to build our strength and spirit to

protect and shield us when grief arises as we encounter

any sudden misfortunes throughout our lives.

A clear, strong and nurtured mind will overcome and

conquer many of our fears, which are often the origin of

our unhappiness, fatigue and loneliness. We will

discipline ourselves to be outstanding and proud people

who will leave our mark of excellence in today’s society,

to carve a path to guide our siblings and the next

generation of Métis.

We must stand together as a nation and be proud of our

heritage and be kind and gentle to our brothers and

sisters. We are a family of Métis in this great universe

who stand equal to all others on this earth.

We give thanks to our great creator for all the great

gifts and wisdom he has given us. We will continue to

follow our guiding light and carry forth our sign of

infinity into the future because we have a God-given

right to stand tall as proud Métis.

– The Métis Lament is a poem written by Elmer Ross


BC First Nations Are a High Priority to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

Coast Salish Territory – The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) is pleased to provide the following response to questions being raised about why First Nations have been identified as a high priority to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in BC.​

“From the very beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic both the FNHA and BC Ministry of Health (MoH) worked in collaboration and in accordance with Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI),” says Richard Jock, the FNHA Chief Executive Officer. “It is important to note that the vaccine rollout to First Nations in the province was predicated on a clear understanding of the heightened risk that the COVID-19 virus posed to Indigenous people in BC.“

NACI makes recommendations for the use of vaccines currently or newly approved for use in humans in Canada, including the identification of those groups at increased risk for vaccine-preventable diseases for whom vaccination should be targeted.

The following factors formed the basis of the NACI recommendations:

• Racialized and marginalized populations in Canada have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

• Systemic barriers to accessing necessary supportive care for COVID-19 also exist in urban settings related to factors such as poverty, systemic racism and homelessness.

• The risk of transmission is especially high in remote or isolated First Nations communities where physical distancing and other infection prevention and control measures are challenging and individuals may not be able to exercise sufficient personal actions to adequately protect themselves from infection.

• Remote or isolated communities may not have ready access to sufficient health care infrastructure.

• Indigenous people have been identified as a high risk group and therefore, are a high priority to receive an initial dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“It is an unfortunate truth that First Nations communities and Indigenous people are disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 virus. To date, the rate of First Nations people in BC who have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus is more than double that of the non-First Nations community, and the median age of death due to COVID-19 was 18 years younger for First Nations compared to the provincial median”, says Dr. Shannon McDonald, FNHA Acting Chief Medical Officer. “This, and other data, is at the core of the need to quickly and efficiently deliver the COVID-19 vaccine to First Nations both in-community, and urban and away from home settings, as quickly as possible.”

As of March 17, 2021 COVID-19 data reveals that:

• First Nations tested positive for COVID-19 at a rate of 3660 people per 100,000 compared to 1713 per 100,000 in other residents of BC, more than double the rate1.

• The median age of hospitalization for First Nations with COVID-19 was 11 years younger than the provincial median. Half of the First Nations people admitted to hospital with COVID-19 were under the age of 55, while half of the people in BC admitted to hospital with COVID-19 were under the age of 661,2.

• The median age of ICU admissions for First Nations was six​ years younger than the provincial median. Half of the First Nations people admitted to ICU were younger than 59, while half of the people in BC admitted to ICU with COVID-19 were under the age of 651, 2.

• The median age of death for First Nations who died from COVID-19 was 18 years younger for First Nations compared to the provincial median. Half the First Nations people who died from COVID-19 were under the age of 67, while half of the people in BC who died from COVID-19 were younger than 851, 2.

1Provincial Laboratory Information Services data as of March 17, 2021
2COVID case line list prepared by BCCDC, as of March 17, 2021

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Media Contact:

Kevin Boothroyd
​Director,​ Media Relations
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Wolastoqey Nation: Provincial Health Plan Engagement Session For Youth On April 29

April 9, 2021

As part of the Department of Health’s ongoing provincial health plan engagement process, they are holding an engagement session for youth on April 29. This will be a virtual session held with the minister via Zoom. They invite First Nations youth to participate.

Any First Nations youth wishing to participate can register here:

Meeting Registration – Zoom

Alternatively, anyone may submit their ideas via email to [email protected]


President Chartrand announces two new ministerial appointments to Cabinet

April 9, 2021

Winnipeg, MB, in the Homeland of the Métis Nation – The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) is pleased to announce the Ministers who will lead two important portfolios in our government: Agriculture and French Language.

Associate Minister Dave Beaudin is now appointed Minister of Agriculture.

“The Métis have a long history of relying on the land to feed our families and as the foundation of our economy,” said David Chartrand, President of the MMF. “In addition to being known as the buffalo hunters, the Métis have been farming and ranching since the early days of the Red River Settlement. Caring for this land is in our blood.”

“I am ready to start tackling the issues that confront today’s Métis farmers and ranchers,” said Minister Beaudin. “There have been significant changes to Crown Land management and legislation, and I know these are having a negative effect on our Citizens. I look forward to working with our farmers and ranchers to find alternatives and programs that help them keep their land and their way of life sustainable.”

Minister Andrew Carrier, Vice-President of the Winnipeg Region and Minister of Michif Language, Residential Schools, Riel House, Pemmican Publications and the Métis Community Liaison Department, is now also appointed Minister of French Language.

“The French language has deep, far-reaching roots within the Métis Nation,” said President Chartrand. “It was the Métis provisional government of 1870 who worked to enshrine the language and protect it in the Manitoba Act. Combined with the Michif Language portfolio, I’m confident Minister Carrier will deliver on a vision that incorporates our Nation’s French and multilingual perspectives and protects Michif, our own critically endangered language.”

“I am proud to accept this appointment to the French Language portfolio,” said Minister Carrier. “As a person who experienced the Sixties Scoop directly, I am passionate about preserving our culture and heritage as a Métis Nation, and I am committed to this important work.”

“I am confident that these Ministers will work hard for our Citizens,” said President Chartrand. “Supporting our community is fundamental to who we are as a Nation.”


Believe in Yourself; Believe in Métis.

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

For more information, media may contact:
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Manitoba Metis Federation
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Le président Chartrand annonce deux nouvelles nominations ministérielles au Cabinet

Winnipeg (Manitoba), dans la patrie de la Nation métisse – La Fédération Métisse du Manitoba (FMM) est heureuse d’annoncer les ministres qui dirigeront deux portefeuilles importants au sein de notre gouvernement : l’Agriculture et la Langue française.

Le ministre associé, Dave Beaudin, est maintenant nommé ministre de l’Agriculture.

« Les Métis comptent depuis longtemps sur la terre pour nourrir nos familles et comme fondement de notre économie, a déclaré David Chartrand, président de la FMM. En plus d’être connus comme les chasseurs de bisons, les Métis pratiquent l’agriculture et l’élevage depuis les débuts de la colonie de la Rivière-rouge. Prendre soin de ces terres est dans notre sang. »

« Je suis prêt à commencer à m’attaquer aux problèmes auxquels sont confrontés les agriculteurs et les éleveurs métis d’aujourd’hui, a déclaré le ministre Beaudin. Il y a eu des modifications importantes à la gestion et à la loi concernant les terres de la Couronne, et je sais que cela a un effet négatif sur nos citoyens. J’ai hâte de travailler avec nos agriculteurs et éleveurs pour trouver des solutions de rechange et des programmes qui les aideront à maintenir la viabilité de leurs terres et de leurs modes de vie. »

Le ministre André Carrier, vice-président de la région de Winnipeg, ministre des Liaisons communautaires et ministre des portefeuilles suivants : la Langue michif, les Pensionnats, la Maison-Riel et Pemmican Publications, est maintenant également nommé ministre de la Langue française.

« La langue française est profondément enracinée au sein de la Nation métisse, a affirmé le président Chartrand. C’est le gouvernement provisoire métis de 1870 qui a œuvré pour enchâsser la langue et la protéger dans la Loi de 1870 sur le Manitoba. En combinaison avec le portefeuille de la Langue michif, je suis convaincu que le ministre Carrier mettra en œuvre une vision qui intègre les perspectives françaises et multilingues de notre nation et protège le michif, notre propre langue en danger critique d’extinction. »

« Je suis fier d’accepter cette nomination au portefeuille de la Langue française, a confirmé le ministre Carrier. En tant que personne ayant vécu directement la Rafle des années 1960, je suis passionné par la préservation de notre culture et de notre patrimoine en tant que Nation métisse, et je suis engagé dans ce travail important. »

« Je suis convaincu que ces ministres travailleront fort pour nos citoyens, a déclaré le président Chartrand. Le soutien accordé à notre communauté est absolument essentiel pour notre identité en tant que nation. »

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Confiance en soi. Confiance métisse.

La Fédération Métisse du Manitoba (FMM) est le représentant gouvernemental autonome et démocratique de la collectivité métisse du Manitoba appartenant à la Nation métisse, partenaire du Canada au sein de la Confédération et fondatrice de la province du Manitoba.

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UNBC: Indigenous lawyer scheduled to receive Honorary Degree

Dr. Val Napoleon is Cree from Saulteau First Nation and an adopted member of the Gitanyow (Gitxsan) nation. She is also an Indigenous lawyer, academic and researcher who co-established the first-in-the-world Indigenous Law Degree program at the University of Victoria.

April 9, 2021

Prince George, B.C. – Dr. Val Napoleon, an Indigenous lawyer, academic and researcher who co-established the first-in-the-world Indigenous Law Degree program at the University of Victoria is slated to receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree during the 2021 virtual convocation at the University of Northern British Columbia on June 25.

Dr. Napoleon is Cree from Saulteau First Nation and an adopted member of the Gitanyow (Gitxsan) nation. She is a proud grandmother of four grandsons.

She co-developed and co-established the first-in-the-world Indigenous Law Degree Program (JID/JD) at UVic in 2018. Students earn two law degrees over four years, an Indigenous law degree and a common law degree. The third cohort began in September 2020, and the fourth cohort joins UVic in September 2021.

“I am from northern B.C. where I have spent so much of my working life,” said Dr. Napoleon. “This honorary degree is a recognition from the north and of northern people so it really touches my heart. I am hoping that children, young adults, grandmothers, everyone – from every part of northern B.C. – are inspired to take up further education and that the rest of us and our institutions make this possible!”

In 2012, Dr. Napoleon established the Indigenous Law Research Unit (ILRU), a dedicated academic research centre housed in the Faculty of Law at UVic. The ILRU partners with Indigenous communities across Canada to substantively articulate and rebuild Indigenous law and legal processes (e.g., human rights, harms and injuries, dispute management, lands and resources, water, and marine management, gender, and justice).

Dr. Napoleon is also an accomplished researcher and professor. She publishes and teaches in areas of Indigenous legal traditions and methodologies, Indigenous legal theories, Indigenous feminisms and gender, intellectual property and oral histories, restorative justice, legal pluralism, aboriginal legal issues, citizenship, and governance. She teaches transsystemic property law (Gitxsan and common law).

Dr. Napoleon received her Bachelor of Laws degree from UVic in 2001 (as a grandmother) and followed that with her PhD in 2009, also at UVic.

She will receive her Honorary Doctorate at the College of Arts, Social and Health Sciences virtual ceremony at 9:30 a.m.



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