UBCIC Honoured to Attend Tk’emlúps Memorial for Le Estcwicwéy̓; Calls on Canada and Pope for more Action

May 23, 2022

((Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C. ) Today Tk’emlúps Te Secwépemc hosts a memorial in commemoration of Le Estcwicwéy̓ – the missing – nearly a year after they first confirmed the finding of 215 First Nations children in an unmarked grave at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.

Tk’emlúps invited the Pope to visit the site on his Canadian tour this July; however nowhere is BC included on the Pope’s itinerary. The Pope’s refusal to visit Tk’emlúps, and the apology he made last month in Rome which lacked accountability or remedy, show blatant disregard for protocol and meaningful acknowledgement of the harms committed by the Church against generations of Indigenous peoples. Meanwhile, we are still waiting for Canada to take ownership for its role in the systemic oppression of Indigenous people, to fully implements the Calls to Action, and to support the First Nations-led investigations into the unmarked grave sites across the country with sustainable funding, the release of documentation, and healing supports for all those affected. The UBCIC acknowledges the tremendous work of Kukpi7 Rosanne Casimir of Tk’emlúps, and all First Nations leadership, who are guiding their communities with a good heart while carrying out investigations to bring their children home. We stand with the survivors/veterans and family members and share prayers for healing on this important day of memorial.


Media inquiries:

Larry Read, Tk’emlúps media, 250-819-5255
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, UBCIC President, 250-490-5314
Chief Don Tom, UBCIC Vice-President, 250-813-3315
Kukpi7 Judy Wilson, UBCIC Secretary-Treasurer, c/o 604-312-1241

UBCIC is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

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Biodiversity Day 2022 – Minister Goodon represents Red River Métis at UN OEWG Biodiversity Meeting

May 22, 2022

Winnipeg, MB, in the National Homeland of the Red River Métis - The Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF), the National Government of the Red River Métis, also known as the Manitoba Métis, would like to acknowledge that today, May 22, 2022, is Biodiversity Day. The slogan for 2022 is “Building a shared future for all life”. Conservation and protection of biodiversity is a key priority of the MMF in Canada and beyond borders. Will Goodon, MMF Minister of Housing and Property Management, and member of the Indigenous Circle of Experts, is representing the Red River Métis at the upcoming UN Open-Ended Working Group biodiversity meeting in Kenya.

The one-week meeting is set from June 21 – 26 in Nairobi and represents the final opportunity to strengthen the UN’s ten-year plan to address biodiversity loss, called the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, prior to its adoption later in the year at COP 15 in Kunming, China. The Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework represents an opportunity to improve our relationship with nature and the Red River Métis are a core part of that relationship.

“The MMF is focused on ensuring that the rights of the Red River Métis are respected, and that Indigenous knowledge is a central element of the conversation process,” said Minister Goodon, “The Red River Métis must be able to fully and effectively participate in decision-making related to biodiversity and conservation.”

The MMF continues to take concrete steps to protect and preserve natural resources, climate, and wildlife across the Métis Nation Homeland. We have an enormous responsibility as stewards of the lands, water, and air within our traditional territories. Countries across the world are about to set global standards respecting conservation and the MMF will be at the table to make sure our views are reflected in the plan.


Minister Fraser celebrates Citizenship Week

From: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

May 23, 2022—Ottawa, Ontario—The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today issued the following statement to mark the start of Citizenship Week, which runs from May 23 to 29, 2022:

“Today, I join Canadians from coast to coast to coast to mark the beginning of Citizenship Week. This week is a chance to celebrate what it means to be Canadian—from the rights we enjoy, to the responsibilities we share, to the diversity that makes us a strong and proud nation.

“This year, we marked the 75th anniversary of the first Canadian Citizenship Act. The passage of the Act, which was later replaced with the Citizenship Act in 1977, was a monumental moment in Canadian history that shaped the identity we share today. In the days that followed, Canada held its first-ever citizenship ceremony, establishing a formalized rite of passage that millions of new Canadians have taken part in since.

“Canada is known around the world as a country that respects and celebrates our differences. As we have grown, we have amended our Citizenship Act so that it reflects our values and promotes an inclusive society. Most recently, these amendments include broadening the interpretation of “citizenship by descent” to be more inclusive for families. They also include establishing a new Oath of Citizenship that recognizes the inherent and treaty rights of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, and the obligation that all citizens have to uphold the treaties between the Crown and Indigenous nations. We are committed to ensuring that the tragic parts of our history are not forgotten, as we continue on the path of reconciliation.

“Canadian citizenship holds so much significance and meaning. For some, it represents the achievement of a dream and the promise of a new life. For others, it is an innate and unbreakable bond to the beautiful country we call home.

“For all of us, citizenship remains a commitment not only to Canada, but to our fellow Canadians. Whether volunteering for a community project, helping out a neighbour in need or welcoming newcomers to our country, I encourage all Canadians to look for ways to take part in building a strong, inclusive and prosperous Canada—this week and every week.”


For further information (media only), please contact:

Aidan Strickland
Press Secretary
Minister’s Office
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
[email protected]

Media Relations
Communications Branch
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
[email protected]


David Chartrand acclaimed again as president of Manitoba Métis Federation – CBC

For the 1st time, all positions open for election decided by acclamation: electoral officer

David Chartrand has been acclaimed once more as the head of the Manitoba Métis Federation, the organization says in a news release.

And for the first time, all the other positions open for election — 21 roles in seven regions — were also decided by acclamation, David Gray, the federation’s chief electoral officer, said in the Saturday release.

The results mark the third straight term Chartrand has been re-elected without opposition. He’s led the organization since 1997.

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Beyond Local: Man charged in death of Métis hunters confessed to police; trial continues – Mountain View Today

“We just made a bad judgment call. Should have phoned right off the hop … it’d have been a lot less than what it is now,” said Roger Bilodeau about not calling the RCMP the night two Métis hunters were shot to death on the highway.

Roger Bilodeau confessed to being involved in the deaths of two Métis hunters, just hours after he claimed to be innocent, according to RCMP interviews played in an Edmonton courtroom Thursday and Friday.

Bilodeau, 58, is charged with second degree murder along with his son Anthony Bilodeau, 33, stemming from a shooting that took place on the evening on Saturday, March 28, 2020 near Glendon.

Their lawyers claim they acted in self-defence.

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LPFN Expands Evacuation to Include all Within Affected Zones

The LONG PLAIN FIRST NATION is still under a Local State of Emergency in response to weather events, overland flooding and overall ground saturation we’ve experienced this Spring.

With the past 24 hrs rainfall some of the road and lanes have been deemed impassable by our engineers and as such have recommended evacuating our ALL WHO LIVE WITHIN THE AFFECTED AREAS.

A team has been mobilized has started evacuating those that qualify now.

If you feel you meet the above criteria and need assistance, please call:
Adam Myran – LFPN Emergency Management Officer: (204) 903-5842

We ask that only those that qualify come forward at this time to ease the strain on those working hard to make sure our most vulnerable are protected.

Official Updates will be posted through the website and on Rez Radio along with the Land’s Departments Facebook page.

Thank you for your continued understanding and patience during this Emergency. Stay safe everyone.


Chantal Moore Decision Underscores Need for Huge Shift in Policing in Canada: Assembly of First Nations

(Lheidli T’enneh First Nation and Wendake) – The jury in the coroner’s inquest into the fatal police shooting of Chantal Moore has ruled her death a homicide. The BC Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN) and Quebec and Labrador Regional (APNQL) Chief Ghislain Picard are calling for a total overhaul of policing across the country, starting with “wellness checks.”

“Police are ill-equipped to deal with mental health and addiction,” said BCAFN Regional Chief Terry Teegee. “Policing must change. If social services had been sent to perform the wellness check, rather than armed police, Chantal would still be alive today,” he continued.

The ruling in the coroner’s inquest into the fatal shooting of Chantal Moore can only bring justice if its recommendations are translated into action. The Edmundston Police Force, like so many forces across the country, has been negligent in allowing untrained police officers deal with “wellness checks.”

“First Nations across Canada continue to be overrepresented in prisons, in police shootings, and in charges brought by the Crown,” added APNQL Regional Chief Ghislain Picard. “Many of the police interactions that lead to imprisonment could have been dealt with by proper social services much earlier. The Crown needs to step up and properly fund First Nations to deliver services – including police services – to our own people,” he continued.

Chiefs in BC have mandated advocacy for change in policing at all levels. Next week the BCAFN is hosting a two-day forum on First Nations policing.

“We must see change that is led by First Nations,” continued Regional Chief Teegee. “We grieve with the Moore family over this senseless murder of yet another First Nations woman.”


For more information, please contact:

Eve Bastien, APNQL, (418) 655-5699, [email protected]

Annette Schroeter, BCAFN Communications Officer, (778) 281-1655, [email protected]


Call for nominations: Nunavut Joint Planning and Management Committee for Territorial Parks

Public Service Announcement

Call for nominations: Nunavut Joint Planning and Management Committee for Territorial Parks

The Department of Environment is currently accepting nominations for the Nunavut Joint Planning and Management Committee (NJPMC).

The NJPMC is responsible for providing advice on the planning, establishment, operation, and management of territorial parks throughout Nunavut.

Individuals who have knowledge and experience in parks, Inuit culture, heritage, and tourism are invited to apply. Please submit a resume and cover letter indicating why you should be considered. Application forms are available at

To apply, or for more information, contact Ashley Cooper, Joint Planning and Management Committee Secretariat, at 867-975-7789 or [email protected]

The deadline to apply is June 3, 2022 at 5 p.m. local time.


Media Contact:

Casey Lessard
Manager of Communications, Education and Outreach
Department of Environment
[email protected]


MCA: Callout for 3 Community Trustees

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is conducting a callout for 3 Community Trustees for a 4-year term as a part of the Akwesasne Community Settlement Trust. Please see the notice below outlining the criteria.

Deadline to apply: Ohiarí:ha/June 17, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact Chelsea Francis at [email protected] Applications can be picked up at the MCA Admin. 1 Building in Kana:takon or downloaded below.

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Planetary Healthcare: Caring for people and planet in a climate crisis

Credit: School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford

Online talk by ECM alumni Andrea MacNeill and Deon Louw as part of Meeting Minds Global. The health care sector has a critical role to play in addressing climate and ecological breakdown, both through adapting to serve populations most affected by environmental change, but also through tackling its own contribution. The health sector contributes approximately 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions and controls 10% of global GDP, thus presenting an opportunity to catalyze societal transformation beyond the scope of its own operations. Come hear ECI alumni Drs. Andrea MacNeill and Deon Louw share their work mobilizing the health sector toward net zero emissions and a net positive effect for human and environmental health.

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