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Liard First Nation Language Department receives literacy award

The Liard First Nation Language Department is this year’s recipient of Yukon’s Council of the Federation Literacy Award. This award recognizes the contributions of the Liard First Nation Language Department to literacy in the territory, and to the body of literature and language materials for Yukon First Nations languages in general and for the Kaska language in particular. Premier Sandy Silver presented the award to the Language Department today in Watson Lake.

Elder Leda Jules and the late Richard Charlie recorded and transcribed countless interviews with Kaska Elders. Their work spans four decades, generating a large repository of Kaska Traditional Knowledge materials that contribute to present-day learning, research and language preservation. Mrs. Jules has also published several academic books as wells as Kaska children’s books.

The Language Department has contributed significantly to the University of British Columbia’s Kaska Language website and the online Kaska Talking Dictionary. Its recent work to digitize language resources has enabled the voices of the Elders and other materials to be shared widely. The Language Department continues to develop new materials and support Kaska language learners in the community and beyond.

Along with Mrs. Jules, Director Martina Volfová and her staff, Jocelyn Wolftail, Paul Caesar, Emeral Poppe and Josephine Caesar, are determined to continue their work to protect and preserve the Kaska language, which is inseparable from its people, culture, traditional knowledge, land and heritage.

It is my honour to recognize the Liard First Nation Language Department for its contributions to literacy and Kaska language revitalization. For decades, this group has found innovative ways to share the Kaska language with modern learners and keep this language alive into the future. Their work demonstrates the importance of inter-generational learning and the critical relationship of languages to culture, heritage, traditional knowledge, and relationship with the land.

Premier Sandy Silver

Congratulations to the Liard First Nation Language Department for receiving this prestigious award. The Language Department’s countless collaborations with researchers and academic institutions over the years have contributed immensely to the study of the Kaska language and Dene languages. This commitment to promote, preserve, revitalize, and maintain the Kaska language will ensure it is carried forward into the future.

Minister of Education Tracy-Anne McPhee

Quick facts
  • The Council of the Federation Literacy Award was established in 2004 and is presented annually to recipients across the country. The award defines literacy broadly, including family, Indigenous, health, workplace and community literacy. The award recognizes excellence of educators, volunteers and learners, outstanding achievements, innovative practices and excellence in literacy. Yukon began presenting the Literacy Award in 2005.
  • The Council of the Federation’s members are the Premiers of Canada’s 13 provinces and territories. It fosters a constructive relationship among the provinces and territories and with the federal government to strengthen the Canadian federation.


Liard First Nation Language Department – Yukon’s 2020 Council of the Federation Literacy Award recipients

The Liard First Nation Language Department has worked for decades to promote, preserve, revitalize and maintain the Kaska language. The department’s collaboration with researchers and academic institutions have contributed to the study and understanding of the Kaska language and Dene languages more broadly. The department has produced materials to preserve the Kaska language and support present-day learners and researchers. They are now digitizing their extensive language resources to make them widely accessible. Elder Leda Jules, the late Richard Charlie, Jocelyn Wolftail, Martina Volfova, Paul Caesar, Emeral Poppe, Josephine Caesar and many others have contributed to this work. The Kaska language is inseparable from its people, culture, traditional knowledge, land and heritage. The Liard First Nation Language Department will continue its work to protect it for generations to come.


Janine Workman
Cabinet Communications
[email protected]

Susie Ross
Communications, Education
[email protected]


Squamish Nation: Notice of Rental Housing Construction: Fourplex and Duplex on Capilano IR #5

Squamish Nation Members have repeatedly ranked housing as their number 1 priority.

In recent years, demand has increased for a range of housing types to support smaller families. In response, the Squamish Nation Council has approved for construction six rental town house units on Capilano IR5.

The six units will be constructed within a fourplex at 210 Lawa Avenue and a duplex at 320 Khatsalano Road. Each unit will have 3 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms.

It is anticipated that construction will take approximately 6 months and the units will be ready for occupancy in April 2021.

Construction on the buildings will commence around October 1. Should you have any questions, please contact the Housing Office at 604-904-7474 or [email protected]

CLICK HERE to read the Notice of Rental Housing Construction


Changes to travel restrictions regarding a Quebec border community / no new cases

17 September 2020

FREDERICTON (GNB) – Residents of the Témiscouata Municipal Regional County in Quebec, along the northwestern New Brunswick border, will not be permitted to enter the province for day trips effective immediately.

“With the rise of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region of Quebec, we must be prudent and keep doing our part to keep New Brunswick safe and slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Premier Blaine Higgs.

Residents of the area can still cross the border for essential reasons such as for medical appointments, approved work and shared child custody, as they have been throughout the pandemic. All previously approved registrations to and from Témiscouata for day trips are no longer valid. Unless exempt, individuals who travel to or from Témiscouata are once again required to self-isolate for 14 days when entering New Brunswick.

“This is a cabinet and COVID-19 all-party cabinet committee decision that took into consideration public health advice including epidemiology reports, rising cases and recent change in alerts levels in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region of Quebec,” said Higgs.

This change does not affect residents in Avignon Municipal Regional County and the Listuguj First Nation in Quebec near Campbellton. Day trips are still permitted for residents in those areas if they pre-register.

“Public Health will continue to monitor the situation in Quebec and provide advice to government regarding border measures,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health. “Everyone must take precautions to limit the spread of the virus and keep the province in the Yellow level of recovery by protecting ourselves and others.”

No new cases

Public Health reported no new cases of COVID-19 today. The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 194 and 190 have recovered. There have been two deaths, and the number of active cases is two. As of today, 68,050 tests have been conducted.

State of emergency extended

The state of emergency mandatory order was renewed today under the authority of the Emergency Measures Act.

Media Contact(s)

Bruce Macfarlane, communications, Department of Health, 506-444-4583.


MNO welcomes new Director of Self-Government Strategy

The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) is pleased to welcome Brian Black as the Director of Self-Government Strategy.

Brian is proud to serve Ontario Métis and is committed to faithfully representing MNO interests in all areas of this work. He strongly believes in the importance of this work as fundamental to the MNO’s mandate and an expression of the inherent right to Self-Government of Métis Communities within Ontario. Brian plans to dedicate himself to working with colleagues, communities and citizens and fulfill his duties with integrity and respect.

In this new strategic role, Brian will be working in collaboration with the PCMNO, MNO Leadership at all levels, Citizens, MNO Senior Staff and key advisors to navigate the next steps to advance Self-Government. Brian will be developing a committed team, but recognizes that this journey to Self-Government is beyond the scope of any one person or unit and that it will require relationship-building, open communication and respect for the many perspectives and voices of MNO Citizens. He knows there is much to do and is prepared to develop, implement and move forward on a solid operational, engagement and communication plan that will ensure MNO remains focused on the work ahead.

Brian is a seasoned leader and business professional. He started his career in the Canadian Navy. He was awarded the Gulf Kuwait Medal for his participation in the First Gulf War. He was also awarded the U.N. Peacekeeping Medal for his participation in Operation Forward Action Operations off the Coast of Haiti in 1994. A proud Métis Naval Veteran Brian circumnavigated the globe and sailed over 47,000 nautical miles in his service to Canada.

Subsequently, Brian worked in global trade, establishing standard loading inspection procedures and frameworks for Port and Transportation Security and preparing container traffic security measures. Most recently, Brian has worked as a Project Manager leading engineering and sales teams to develop new procedures and processes. He brings over 25 years of well-rounded business experience to this new role.

Brian brings a strong work ethic and a deep sense of ownership for initiatives that he is responsible for. He is team-oriented with a positive outlook, strongly-held values, the ability to build solid relationships, and unyielding integrity. Deeply involved in his community, Brian has participated for decades in coaching minor sports in baseball and hockey. Participating in these activities has helped give him opportunities to mentor youth in their development of being upstanding Canadians. Brian also made a mission trip to Uganda in 2008 for a two week village stay to help build a school building.

Before joining the Métis Nation of Ontario’s public service, Brian was the serving President of the Métis Nation of Ontario Veteran Council.

Brian lives in the Oshawa-Durham community with his wife and a school age child.


Mount Currie, Lil’wat Nation to benefit from improved connectivity

Sept. 17, 2020

WHISTLER – High-speed internet and other broadband services will soon be available for people in the community of Mount Currie and the Lil’wat Nation.

A new fibre-optic line will enable work to connect more homes, businesses and communities in the region.

“Closing the digital divide is vital to ensure people in rural and Indigenous communities can enjoy the immense benefits of modern connectivity, including the ability to learn and work from home, grow a business or access modern services,” said Anne Kang, B.C.’s Minister of Citizens’ Services. “Places like Mount Currie and Lil’Wat Nation are home to vibrant people who care deeply about their communities. I am excited to see the incredible benefits high-speed internet will bring to this region.”

The Whistler-to-Cache Creek project includes the construction of a 40-kilometre, fibre-optic line between Whistler and Mount Currie, to be completed in October 2020. The line will bring high-speed internet and other broadband services to the community of Mount Currie, the Lil’wat Nation and the Ts’zil Learning Centre. Future construction will benefit several other communities along the 125-kilometre fibre-optic line route, all the way to Cache Creek.

This upgrade was made possible through a grant of more than $1.9 million from the Province’s Connecting British Columbia program, an investment of more than $2 million from the Government of Canada’s Connect to Innovate program, and a contribution of more than $1.6 million from Shaw Communications, the project lead.

“Access to high-speed internet will be key to our economic recovery, health and safety. We are the first government with a plan to connect every Canadian to high-speed internet,” said Maryam Monsef, federal Minister for Rural Economic Development. “We began this work pre-pandemic and will accelerate our efforts moving forward. This project will provide critical backbone infrastructure to improve connectivity in under-served communities and First Nations in rural British Columbia. To date, we have invested over $55 million in 10 projects, which will connect over 18,000 households in communities throughout B.C.”

Local internet service providers can access the fibre-optic line to extend high-speed internet services to communities along the route. Local governments, businesses and Indigenous communities can also use the fibre for broadband services.

The benefits of this project are already being experienced in Pemberton, with people enjoying internet speeds comparable with the Lower Mainland. This provides reliable access to online tools and services for students, entrepreneurs, workers and families.

“Canadians have never been more reliant on technology than they are today and need access to high-quality, affordable broadband services to power their most important activities,” said Paul McAleese, president, Shaw Communications. “The partnerships established by the Connecting British Columbia and Connect to Innovate programs enable critical network investments that provide rural and Indigenous communities with choice and competition in accessing high-speed internet and other broadband services.”

The Province remains committed to connecting all regions of B.C. with high-speed internet and ensuring that every community and person can share in the benefits of the province’s growing digital economy.


Michelle Mungall, B.C.’s Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness –

“High-speed internet opens the door to economic growth, innovation and job creation for British Columbians. Our government is proud to support these critical projects that help businesses grow, communities thrive and people make vital connections.”

Chief Dean Nelson, Lil’wat Nation –

“The Lil’wat Nation acknowledges our initial role with Shaw Communications. We also acknowledge great partnerships in all that we do, and that communication is key to understanding the needs and wishes of your partners. Apart from providing voice services to the Lil’wat Nation over the last few years, Shaw recognized opportunities to add value to the new Ts’zil Learning Centre by upgrading infrastructure, like a new generator, and providing the Lil’wat Nation access to fibre. Looking to the future, in a few short weeks, Shaw will have its new fibre line complete. This new fibre line will go past Lil’wat Nation and will provide choice and redundancy, as well as access to the Shaw services to support phone, internet and other broadband services. We look forward to further opportunities with Shaw Communications.”

Mike Richman, mayor, Village of Pemberton –

“We were pleased to see that Shaw upgraded its fibre-optic network to the Village of Pemberton. The completion of this project has allowed for a more competitive local market, enabling our community to access affordable broadband and high-speed internet services. The Shaw network has enabled our local businesses to operate to their fullest potential, allowing us to compete in the digital economy. We thank Shaw for this important investment in our community.”

Tony Rainbow, chair, Squamish-Lillooet Regional District –

“As a large geographic area, the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District spans four municipalities and four rural areas, and we are well aware of the connectivity needs and challenges facing our communities – especially those that are most remote. We are excited about this project which will, upon completion, improve services for some of our rural communities. We look forward to the ongoing work being done with this project and to the day that reliable broadband service is available to all of our residents.”

Quick Facts:

  • Once fully operational in 2021, the Whistler-to-Cache Creek fibre-optic line will give communities and internet service providers the opportunity to improve broadband services to Birken, Seton Lake, Tsal’alh Nation, T’it’q’et, Cayoose Creek Band, Xaxli’p, Ts’kw’ayalaxw First Nation, N’Quatqua First Nation and Bonaparte First Nation.
  • The total value of the project is more than $5.6 million.
  • The Connecting British Columbia program, administered by Northern Development Initiative Trust, provides grant funding to internet service providers to plan for or build vital connectivity infrastructure. This includes projects to bring fibre to entire regions or make final connections to homes and businesses.
  • The $50-million investment in the Connecting British Columbia program, announced as part of Budget 2019, will continue to expand access to high-speed internet in rural and Indigenous communities throughout the province.

Learn More:

For more information on the Connecting BC program, visit:

For background on the Government of Canada’s connectivity strategy, visit:


Ministry of Citizens’ Services
Media Relations
778 698-8755

Connect with the Province of B.C. at:


New $206 million Climate Action and Awareness Fund to support youth, scientists, and researchers across Canada

From: Environment and Climate Change Canada

September 17, 2020 – Vancouver, British Columbia

Canadians from coast to coast to coast are taking action in their communities to fight climate change. The Government of Canada is committed to supporting community-based projects that reduce emissions, create good, green jobs, and make life more affordable for Canadians.

Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, announced the creation of the new Climate Action and Awareness Fund, which will invest $206 million in projects that will help reduce emissions across the country. The Fund will strengthen Canada’s capacity to take climate action by empowering youth and communities and boosting climate science and research.

The Minister also launched a request for proposals for community-based climate action projects. Up to $50 million over five years will be allocated to this priority area. The remaining funding will go toward three additional priorities under the Climate Action and Awareness Fund:

  • increasing climate youth awareness, engagement and action;
  • advancing climate science and technology; and
  • supporting academia and think tank organizations to better understand Canada’s transition to net zero greenhouse gas emissions.

The new Fund was created with contributions from the existing Climate Action Fund and a significant investment from the Environmental Damages Fund, which collects fines from polluters who break Canada’s environmental laws. The Environmental Damages Fund ensures that environmental good follows our enforcement measures, by investing in projects that focus on environmental restoration, environmental quality improvement, research and development, and education and awareness.


“The smoke-filled air caused by devastating wildfires on the west coast is yet another example of the effects of a changing climate. As we look to our economic recovery, the Government of Canada is focused on creating good jobs and making life more affordable for Canadians, while fighting climate change. The new Climate Action and Awareness Fund will create jobs for Canadians in science and technology, academia, and at the grassroots community level. Our Government is proud to support these groups who are leading tangible action on climate change in their communities as we work as a country to exceed our Paris Agreement target and build a net zero economy by 2050.”

– The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Quick facts

  • This significant investment of up to $50 million in community-based climate action will help support Canada’s transition to a cleaner economy and future. Potential examples of projects include an active transportation campaign that encourages walking and cycling, or an Indigenous group creating a community climate action plan.
  • The request for proposals for community-based climate action launches today. Requests for proposals for climate science and technology and supporting academia and think tanks will open in the coming months.
  • The Climate Action and Awareness Fund will provide jobs and funding to non profit organizations, Indigenous organizations, and academic institutions and universities across the country tackling climate change.
  • Applicants must be non-profit non-governmental organizations, Indigenous organizations, and/or universities and academic institutions. However, applicants are encouraged to partner with other organizations, including provincial, territorial and municipal governments.
  • Fines imposed as penalties under environmental legislation following prosecutions are credited to the Environmental Damages Fund, which ensures that environmental good follows environmental harm.
  • In June 2020, the Environment Damages Fund accepted applications for education-based projects that encourage youth engagement and action on climate change outside of formal school curriculum. These applications are currently under review, and approved projects will be funded under the new Climate Action and Awareness Fund.

Associated links


Moira Kelly
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
[email protected]

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


Breaking News! Canadian Liberal Ministers Of Parliament Press Conference Full HD 1080p

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Canadian Liberal Ministers Of Parliament Press Conference Full HD 1080p Liberal Ministers from several Departments with some notable tension around the 5G issue with vague replies & an Indigenous Minister who is happy to share the record on the Reserves was 1/5 of the rest of Canada per capita, which is nice.

NT Government: Ministerial Mandate Letters Released

September 17, 2020

Premier Caroline Cochrane released mandate letters for all members of Cabinet today.

Ministerial mandate letters provide more specific direction to each Minister on their individual responsibilities for carrying out the priorities of the 19th Legislative Assembly and the commitments identified in the Mandate of the Government of the Northwest Territories: 2019-2023.

The letters also set out the Premier’s expectations for how Ministers will conduct themselves as members of Cabinet and common direction on overall actions and priorities, including:

·       Working effectively and regularly with Members of the Legislative Assembly and Standing Committees;

·       Working as a cohesive team, recognizing that many important issues facing the GNWT do not exist in silos;

·       Prioritizing productive partnerships with Indigenous governments and ensuring Cabinet decisions reflect the GNWT’s commitment to reconciliation and the affirmation and advancement of Indigenous rights and self-determination;

·       Supporting expanded program and service delivery by Indigenous governments;

·       Working closely with community and municipal governments;

·       Undertaking meaningful dialogue with all residents and stakeholders;

·       Making prudent financial management decisions and being accountable for them; and

·       Addressing the ongoing legacies of colonialism to build a territory where people of all racial backgrounds have the opportunity to succeed.

Publicly releasing the letters reflects the commitment to make government more open and transparent, as stated in Cabinet’s Guiding Principles, and will help Members of the Legislative Assemble (MLAs), the media, and the public to hold Cabinet to account for the work they’ve committed to.


“These mandate letters form an integral and actionable part of the framework that will guide Cabinet Ministers in their work on behalf of the people of the Northwest Territories. The health of NWT residents remains our main priority as we continue to navigate our way through COVID-19, but we know it is also time to continue work on and advance our collective priorities for the benefit and prosperity of the people of the Northwest Territories.”

–          Caroline Cochrane, Premier of the Northwest Territories

Quick Facts:

–          The 19th Legislative Assembly is the third Assembly to post mandate letters publicly.

–          The Mandate of the Government of the Northwest Territories (2019-2023) reflects the 22 priorities set by all members of the 19th Legislative Assembly, based on what Members heard from their constituents.


–          The mandate will help guide and focus work to deliver on the priorities and describes what the GNWT will do, how the GNWT will do it, the estimated time it will take, and how success will be measured.

Quick Links:

–          Priorities of the 19th Legislative Assembly

–          Mandate of the Government of the Northwest Territories (2019-2023) 

Mandate Letters 

Media Contact:

Cabinet Communications

Government of the Northwest Territories

[email protected]


Squamish Nation: COVID-19 Community Update

Current numbers
Last night, we received notification of two new cases of COVID-19; one tested positive, and the other is epi-linked, meaning that they developed symptoms and had close contact with the test positive case.

This brings our total number of cases to 40.

We have unfortunately not received any further information about clearances. The last confirmed number last week was 27 cases cleared by public health.

Do you have questions about COVID-19 in general, or the Squamish Nation’s response to COVID-19?
If you have any questions about COVID-19, or about how the Squamish Nation is responding to COVID-19, please post them in the comments below. We will work with the public health nurses and staff/leadership to prepare responses to share with you in our next update.

Reminder re: COVID-19 Needs Assessment Survey
Our COVID-19 Needs Assessment Survey is now open for the purpose of identifying current COVID-19-related needs in our community.

The survey link is available here. You can also find it at

It should take no more than five minutes to complete.

This survey will be open until next Monday, September 21. Please help spread the word! We hope to have one representative from each household complete the survey.

If members require support or wish to complete the survey by telephone, please call 604-362-4558 during regular business hours.

Reminder re: Masks & Gloves Available
We have received some large donations of masks and gloves for distribution to members, both on the North Shore (and surrounding areas) and in the Squamish Valley.

Both fabric and disposable masks are available, as well as disposable gloves.

If you or any members of your household need masks or gloves, please call 604-982-7610 to request these items.

Please note that these items are not restricted to households who are self-isolating. Masks and gloves will be distributed upon request to all members who need them.

Public Health Measures
As always, let’s keep up the great work by continuing to:
• Keep your bubble small
• Maintain 2m/6ft distance between you and anyone outside your bubble
• Wear a mask anywhere that social distancing may be a challenge
• Wash your hands frequently
• Don’t touch your face
And, with the extremely poor air quality we’re facing right now due to the wildfires, it’s recommended that we all stay inside as much as possible, and keep your windows and doors closed to keep the smoke out.

Reminder re: Isolation Supports through Member Services
If you are self-isolating due to COVID-19, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Our Member Services team is providing a wide range of assistance to meet the needs of those in isolation.

Call 604-982-7610 during business hours, or 604-505-3776 after hours.


Mike DeGagné to become new CEO of Indspire

September 17, 2020

The Chair of Indspire’s Board of Directors announced today that Mike DeGagné, the President and Vice Chancellor of Yukon University, will be the new President and CEO of Canada’s largest Indigenous-led and Indigenous-focused charity.

“Indspire has grown tremendously over the last 15 years,” says Board Chair David Tuccaro. “It has been named one of Canada’s Top 10 charities, awarding an unprecedented $17.8 million in scholarships, bursaries and awards last year to more than 5,000 First Nation, Inuit, and Métis students. I am so pleased that we found a leader of Mike DeGagné’s experience and ability to steer us through the next phase of our development.”

Indspire is the second-largest funder of Indigenous post-secondary education after the federal government. Current President and CEO Roberta Jamieson says DeGagné’s appointment is a perfect fit. “Mike has been a leader in Indigenous education, first as President and Vice-Chancellor of Nipissing University and then filling the same roles at Yukon University. That’s why Indspire honoured him with its Public Service award in 2018. His determination to Indigenize education will help Indspire realize its goal of having every Indigenous youth graduate within a generation.”

An Ojibway from the Animakee Wa Zhing 37 First Nation, DeGagné says the chance to lead Indspire presented him with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. “This job builds on what I have done to date and allows me to apply it on a national stage. I intend to strengthen the voice of Indspire as an authoritative source of information and support for Indigenous education.”

In making the announcement today, Indspire Chair David Tuccaro praised outgoing President and CEO Roberta Jamieson, who announced in March she was planning to step away from the leadership of Indspire. “Roberta has transformed Indspire, with an eight-fold increase in the scholarships and bursaries it awards. Indspire also funds mentorship programs crucial to the success of Indigenous students. As a result, 90% of Indspire recipients graduate. Roberta’s passion and commitment not only changed Indspire, but revolutionized Indigenous education across Canada.”

About Indspire

Indspire is an Indigenous national charity that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada. With the support of its funding partners, Indspire provides financial awards, delivers programs and shares resources so that First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students will achieve their highest potential. Anchored by its mission and mandate, Indspire’s North Star vision is that, within a generation, every Indigenous student will graduate. In 2019-2020, Indspire provided over $17.8 million through 5,124 bursaries and scholarships to First Nations, Inuit and Métis students across Canada. For more information, visit


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