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Third Case of COVID-19 in the James Bay and Hudson Bay Region

Monday September 21, 2020 (Moose Factory) – COVID-19 is a serious health threat, and the situation is evolving daily.

It was confirmed by Moose Cree First Nation Chief Mervin Cheechoo, this is the third case of COVID-19 on Moose Factory Island.

At this time, the Weeneebayko Area Health Authority (WAHA) is working with the Porcupine Health Unit and Moose Cree First Nations public health department to ensure that the individual is isolated. The contact tracing investigation is ongoing, and we are awaiting the laboratory results.

Since March 2020, when the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global pandemic, we have all been preparing our responses to address this crisis.

The risk between and within communities varies; in the north, most communities are disproportionately affected by the lack of social determinants of health.

WAHA remains vigilant in its efforts to work cross-organizationally with the Porcupine Health Unit and all regional leadership teams.

Our goal is to ensure the safety of all our community members. We remain consistent in encouraging communities to follow the public health measures that ensure the spread of COVID-19 is contained. We are stronger together.

For more information, contact the Director of Corporate Communications and Strategic Partnerships as indicated above, visit or the “Weeneebayko Area Health Authority” Facebook page.

Yolaine Kirlew, Director of Corporate
Communications and Strategic Partnerships
Phone: (705) 658-4544 (2617)


Wolastoqey Nation, are you prepared? Preparedness tips from the New Brunswick Emergency Measure Organization

September 21, 2020

Wolastoqey Nation, are you prepared? Storm season is upon us and everybody should be prepared. Please see below for preparedness tips from the New Brunswick Emergency Measure Organization. Be safe.


PREPAREDNESS – Are you prepared?

If an emergency happens in your community, it may take emergency workers some time to reach you. You need to be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours.

This publication can show you how quick and easy it is to become better prepared to face a range of emergencies. Use this guide to create your own emergency plan. The checklists herein will help you to build a 72-hour emergency kit. These basic steps will help you to take care of yourself and your loved ones during an emergency.


New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization (NB EMO) is a branch within the Government of New Brunswick’s Department of Public Safety, Public Security and Emergency Services division. NB EMO co-ordinates preparedness, response and recovery operations during emergencies and administers disaster financial assistance programs. The Provincial Emergency Operation Centre (PEOC) is located in Fredericton NB. From this facility, the “whole of government” response to an emergency is coordinated.

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Communications infrastructure funding to support economic recovery in rural B.C.

Sept. 21, 2020

VICTORIA – The Province will make a significant investment in connectivity to encourage a rapid expansion of high-speed internet access and drive regional economic development in rural areas, Indigenous communities and along B.C.’s highways.

As part of B.C.’s Economic Recovery Plan, this one-time commitment of $90 million for the Connecting British Columbia program will target connectivity infrastructure projects for a new Economic Recovery Intake. These projects will quickly bring the benefits of modern internet access to families, students, workers and businesses throughout rural B.C.

“Rural and Indigenous communities are an essential part of the province’s economic engine. Now is the time to invest in modern infrastructure so people living outside the city can also benefit from today’s technologies,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Citizens’ Services. “Ensuring people have the connectivity they need to be successful is a key part of our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. This investment will bring real and lasting benefits to families, workplaces and communities throughout B.C., ensuring the province emerges stronger than ever.”

This funding will help accelerate investments by internet service providers and will be vital to restarting the economy in rural British Columbia. Work completed as part of this funding is expected to bring or improve connectivity in 200 communities, including 75 Indigenous communities, and benefit up to 50,000 households.

“It is so important for people in rural and Indigenous communities to be able to connect with family, friends and businesses in the rest of the province,” said Michelle Mungall, Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness. “This funding is expected to create more than 720 provincewide jobs that British Columbians can count on to support their families and benefit communities throughout B.C.”

Projects supported through this funding will include technologies such as fibre, satellite and Wi-Fi to deliver a broader range of connectivity benefits to more British Columbians. It will also fund an additional 140 kilometres of highway cellular and Wi-Fi at rest stops, which could include inland ferry terminals and emergency satellite call boxes.

The Province of B.C. intends for this next phase of the program to be administered by Northern Development Initiative Trust, which manages the Connecting British Columbia program.

Applications will begin being accepted in October 2020. Internet service providers must complete their projects by October 2021.

The new Economic Recovery Intake further strengthens the B.C. government’s commitment to continue to work with internet service providers to ensure that citizens and businesses have the digital infrastructure needed to help rebuild and strengthen the economy.

Quick Facts:

  • The Connecting British Columbia program provides grant funding to internet service providers to build vital connectivity infrastructure, including projects to bring fibre to entire regions or make final connections to homes and businesses.
  • The $90-million Economic Recovery Intake is in addition to the $50-million 2019 expansion of the Connecting British Columbia program.
  • Northern Development Initiative Trust is responsible for overseeing and administering the existing Connecting British Columbia program.
  • Since July 2017, projects supported through the Province’s Connecting British Columbia program are underway or complete in over 500 communities, including 87 Indigenous communities.
  • Internet service providers that would like to submit an application for new transport and last-mile infrastructure builds are encouraged to apply to one of the Phase 3 quarterly intakes of the Connecting British Columbia program.

Learn More:

Connecting British Columbia program:

Connectivity in British Columbia:

BC’s Economic Recovery Plan:


Ministry of Citizens’ Services
Media Relations
778 698-8755

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YT Government: FireSmart funding helping to build wildfire resilient communities


Forty local government and non-profit groups are receiving a total of $850,000 through Yukon’s FireSmart funding program to remove dangerous forest fuels from areas near their communities.

Municipal and First Nations governments, volunteer fire departments, community associations and a non-profit group are joining forces with the Government of Yukon to improve community wildfire resiliency.

Wildland Fire Management’s new strategic vision includes $1.27 million in new funding for hazard reduction initiatives as well as the creation of Community Wildfire Protection Plans.

The Firesmart Funding Program is an important pillar of our government’s new strategic approach to wildfire resiliency. We need our communities at the table to ensure that this vital community safety work respects cultural, environmental and socio-economic priorities.

Minister of Community Services John Streicker

Quick facts

  • The FireSmart Funding Program supports forest fuel reduction projects led by local governments and non-profit groups. Launched in 1998, the program has supported Yukon organizations with almost $21 million.


The following organizations have received program funding for 2020–21:

  • Porter Creek Secondary School – $15,000
  • Elijah Smith School – $15,000
  • Hidden Valley School – $15,000
  • Friends of Mt Sima – $20,000
  • Mary Lake Community Association – $20,000
  • Copper Ridge Neighbourhood Association – $20,000
  • Wolf Creek Community Association – $20,000
  • Pine Ridge Neighbourhood Association – $20,000
  • McLean Lake Residents’ Association – $15,000
  • Ta’än Kwäch’än Council – $25,000
  • Lorne Mountain Community Association – $20,000
  • Kwanlin Dün First Nation – $25,000
  • Spruce Hill Community Association – $20,000
  • Ibex Valley Volunteer Firefighters Society – $15,000
  • Porter Creek Community Association – $20,000
  • Riverdale Community Association – $20,000
  • South McClintock Citizens’ Association – $20,000
  • Marsh Lake Emergency Services Society – $15,000
  • Carcross/Tagish First Nation – $20,000
  • Tagish Volunteer Fire Department Society – $20,000
  • Teslin Tlingit Council – $25,000
  • Village of Teslin – $25,000
  • Village of Haines Junction – $25,000
  • Junction Arts and Music Society – $20,000
  • Kluane First Nation – $25,000
  • Champagne & Aishihik First Nations – $25,000
  • White River First Nation – $20,000
  • Village of Carmacks – $25,000
  • Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation – $20,000
  • Selkirk First Nation – $20,000
  • Town of Faro – $20,000
  • Ross River Dena Council – $20,000
  • Dawson City Fire Department – $20,000
  • Klondike Valley Firefighters Association – $20,000
  • Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in – $25,000
  • Vuntut Gwitchin Government – $35,000
  • First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun – $25,000
  • Keno Community Club – $20,000
  • Liard First Nation – $35,000
  • Watson Lake Volunteer Fire Fighters Association – $20,000


Janine Workman
Cabinet Communications
[email protected]

Mike Fancie
Communications, Community Services
[email protected]


Saskatchewan Celebrates National Forest Week

September 21, 2020

More Than 500 Million Trees Planted On Provincial Forest Lands

National Forest Week is being recognized this year from September 20-26, marking its 100th anniversary and highlighting the important role that forests play, both for the environment and our economy.  Saskatchewan recently reached a historic forestry milestone, as the 500-millionth tree was planted on provincial forest lands.

“Forest land covers 34 million hectares, over half our province, and forestry is northern Saskatchewan’s largest economic sector,” Energy and Resources Minister Bronwyn Eyre said.  “The provincial forestry sector, which generates nearly $1 billion in forest product sales annually and supports nearly 8,000 direct and indirect jobs, is showing strong signs of economic recovery.”

Saskatchewan’s forestry industry includes seven large manufacturing facilities, which produce lumber, pulp and panels, and more than  210 small businesses that produce a variety of forest products.  Prices for many products are currently at record highs, due to low inventories and record repair and renovation retail sales.

Saskatchewan is home to the largest 100 per cent First Nations-owned sawmill in Canada, and Indigenous people comprise over 27 per cent of the province’s total forestry sector workforce—by far the highest of any province.

Each spring, some seven million trees are planted across the province, and National Forest Week is a good time to remember the importance of sustainable forest management for both government and the forestry sector, which ensures the continued renewal of one of Saskatchewan’s most important natural resources.

“Sustainable forest management promotes healthy forests into the future,” Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said.  “Harvested areas in the province are renewed through natural regeneration, tree planting or a combination of the two.  Because forests and the forestry industry are so important for Saskatchewan, this is an exciting milestone to celebrate during National Forest Week.”

The theme for National Forest Week’s 100th anniversary is ‘Healthy Forests – Healthy Future’, recognizing the importance healthy forests have on everyone.


For more information, contact:

Robin Speer
Energy and Resources
Phone: 306-787-8360
Email: [email protected]


Confirmed COVID-19 case at Mary River Mine

IQALUIT, Nunavut (September 21, 2020) – Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s Chief Public Health Officer, today announced a positive case of COVID-19 at the Mary River Mine 176 km southwest of Pond Inlet. The individual was not exposed to the virus in Nunavut and the case will count as a positive in the individual’s home jurisdiction.

“The individual is currently in isolation and has not developed symptoms,” said Dr. Patterson. “The results were confirmed by the Hamilton Regional Laboratory today.”

There is no evidence of transmission at Mary River Mine at this time. Nunavut’s Public Health team is ready to provide support and respond if, and when, it becomes necessary.

“There are no Nunavut residents currently working at the Mary River Mine, and the risk of COVID-19 spreading in our communities due to this positive case is very low,” said Minister of Health George Hickes. “As always, we ask Nunavummiut to please remain vigilant in regular handwashing, maintaining physical distancing measures and staying home if you feel unwell.”

The current public health measures, Nunavut’s Path and the Common Travel Areas with Churchill, Manitoba and the Northwest Territories remain unaffected.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include a fever, cough or difficulty breathing. The best protection from spreading or catching the disease is physical distancing, handwashing for at least 20 seconds, coughing and sneezing into an elbow and staying home as much as possible.


Media Contact:

Cate Macleod
Press Secretary to Premier Savikataaq
[email protected]

Chris Puglia
Acting Manager Communications
Department of Health
[email protected]


B.C. enters cannabis agreement with Williams Lake First Nation

Sept. 21, 2020

VICTORIA – A first of its kind in B.C., the Williams Lake First Nation (WLFN) and the Province of British Columbia have entered into a government-to-government agreement under section 119 of the Cannabis Control Licensing Act.

“Today’s announcement demonstrates that by working together we can find solutions that allow the Province and Indigenous Nations to achieve our individual and shared goals with respect to cannabis legalization,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General.

“WLFN is excited to conclude this historic agreement with the Province of British Columbia,” said Williams Lake First Nation Chief Willie Sellars. ”We have expressed a desire to have a government-to-government arrangement around our participation in the cannabis industry for several years and it is gratifying to finally formalize this agreement. We’re particularly excited about being the leaders in farm-gate cannabis sales. The WLFN craft cannabis farm-gate facility that is currently under construction will create jobs and stimulate tourism and represents a significant boost for the region’s economy.”

The agreement supports WLFN’s interests in operating retail cannabis stores that offer a diverse selection of cannabis products from licensed producers across Canada, as well as a cannabis production operation that offers farm-gate sales of its own craft cannabis products.

The agreement-making provision was included in provincial cannabis legislation to allow some flexibility within the provincial framework to address an Indigenous government’s community-specific interests. Entering an agreement under section 119 allows Williams Lake First Nation to pursue its vision for participation in the cannabis industry, while upholding the public health and safety principles of federal and provincial cannabis laws.

“This is another important step in supporting economic development across B.C.,” said David Eby, Attorney General. “The new agreement will create jobs, boost the local economy and help diversify BC’s cannabis industry.”

The Province supports the growth of a diverse, robust legal cannabis industry, inclusive of Indigenous and rural communities.


Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
Media Relations
250 213-3602

Kirk Dressler
Director of Legal and Corporate Services
Williams Lake First Nation
[email protected]
250 303-1362

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Nominees Announced for 19th Annual DGC Awards

It is our pleasure to announce the nominations for the 2020 DGC Awards for Feature Film, Documentary and Short Film. The nominees for Television Series, Movies for Television and Mini-Series were previously announced on September 3rd and are also included below. Winners in these categories will be announced at the 19th Annual Awards on consecutive nights beginning on October 24th, 2020.

We were pleased to receive over 300 submissions this year that represent a broad swath of the diversity and talent of the Canadian film & television industry.

“These nominees represent the inventiveness and perseverance of the Canadian film & television industry,” said DGC President Tim Southam. “The exceptional work that these filmmakers have created have earned them recognition not just in Canada but around the world. It is a privilege to be able to celebrate this talent year after year at the DGC Awards.”

Charles Officer- Akilla’s Escape
Jeanne Leblanc – Les Nôtres / Our Own
Sonia Bonspille Boileau – Rustic Oracle
Daniel Roby- Target Number One
Vincenzo Natali- In the Tall Grass

Yung Chang- This is Not a Movie
Michelle Latimer- Inconvenient Indian
Claude Guilmain – High Wire / Sur la Corde Raide
Charles Wilkinson- Haida Modern
Danielle Sturk – El Toro

Michelle Latimer – Inconvenient Indian
Tracey Deer – Beans
Aisling Chin-Yee, Chase Joynt – No Ordinary Man
Dusty Mancinelli, Madeleine Sims-Fewer – Violation

Andrew Moir – Take Me to Prom
Trevor Anderson – Jesse Jams
Tiffany Hsiung – Sing Me a Lullaby
Glen Matthews – Teething
Jesse Shamata – A Simple F*cking Gesture (formerly The Wave)

François Séguin- The Song of Names
Craig Lathrop – The Lighthouse
Diana Abbatangelo- Akilla’s Escape
David Pelletier- Mafia Inc

Ron Sanders – Falling
Matthew Hannam – The Nest
Michele Conroy – In the Tall Grass
Jorge Weisz – Hammer
Michelle Szemberg, Orlee Buium – Queen of the Morning Calm

Caroline Christie (with Roland Schlimme) – Meat the Future
Jennifer Abbott – The Magnitude of all Things
Lee Walker – Butterflies in the Storm
Caroline Christie – First We Eat
Nicholas Montgomery – No Roses on a Sailor’s Grave

Robert Bertola, Marvyn Dennis, Kelly McGahey – The Education of Fredrick Fitzell
Dave Rose, David McCallum, Adam Stein, Claire Dobson, Krystin Hunter, Kevin Banks, Jean Bot, Christopher Alan King – In the Tall Grass
David McCallum, Dave Rose, Krystin Hunter, Amelia Chiarelli – Akilla’s Escape
Adam Stein, Joseph Bracciale, Kevin Banks, Rose Gregoris – Ready or Not
Faustine Pelipel – Things I Do for Money

Daniel Grou – Vikings, Episode 610, The Best Laid Plans
Dawn Wilkinson – Locke & Key, Episode 107, Dissection
Holly Dale – Transplant, Episode 101, Pilot
Stephen D Surjik – See, Episode 106, Silk
Ken Girotti – Fortunate Son, Episode 105, For What It’s Worth

Daniel Levy & Andrew Cividino – Schitt’s Creek, Episode 614, Happy Ending
Jordan Canning & Aleysa Young – Baroness Von Sketch Show, Episode 401, Humanity is in an Awkward Stage
Adriana Maggs, Sarah Polley & Will Bowes – Hey Lady!
Bruce McCulloch – TallBoyz, Episode 101, What’s it gonna be, boys?
Joyce Wong – Workin’ Moms, Episode 405, To Lure a Squirrel

Siobhan Devine – Gabby Duran & the Unsittables, Episode 118, Warm, Thick and Saucy
Bruce McDonald – Malory Towers, Episode 111, The Spider
Leslie Hope – Lost in Space, Episode 203, Echoes
Nimisha Mukerji – Gabby Duran & The Unsittables, Episode 116, Night Train and Vortex
Megan Follows – Heartland, Episode 1304, The Eye of the Storm
Felipe Rodriguez – Hudson and Rex, Episode 202, Over Ice

Michael Nankin – Chris Watts: Confessions of a Killer
Caroline Labrèche – No Good Deed
Nathan Morlando – Cardinal: Until the Night, Scott
Ali Liebert – Amish Abduction
Winnifred Jong – Mystery 101: Dead Talk

Britt Doughty – Impulse – Season 2, Episode 203, The Moroi
Armando Sgrignuoli – Frankie Drake Mysteries, Episode 301, No Friends Like Old Friends
Tony Ianni – The Expanse, Episode 401, New Terra
André Guimond – Transplant, Episode 101, Pilot
Ingrid Jurek – Titans, Episode 207, Bruce Wayne
Rory Cheyne – Locke and Key, Episode 101, Welcome to Matheson

Dennis Davenport – Cardinal: Until the Night, Robert
Britt Doughty – Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C. J. Walker, Episode 104, A Credit to the Race
Marian Wihak – Christmas 9 to 5
Jean Bécotte – Glass Houses

Zoe Sakellaropoulo – The Bold Type, Episode 310, Breaking Through the Noise
Lisa Soper – The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Episode 303, Heavy is the Crown
Chris Crane – New Eden, Episode 105, A Whole Lotta Buzz
Ian Brock – Utopia Falls, Episode 110, If I Ruled the World
Ciara Vernon – Hey Lady!

Aaron Marshall – The Handmaid’s Tale, Episode 309, Heroic
D. Gillian Truster – Anne With An E, Episode 307, A Strong Effort of the Spirit of Good
Teresa De Luca – Coroner, Episode 208, Fire Part 2
Roderick Deogrades – Killjoys, Episode 501, Run, Yala, Run

Hugh Elchuk – Cardinal: Until the Night, John & Lise
Sandy Pereira – Cardinal: Until the Night, Scott
James Patrick – Chris Watts: Confessions of a Killer
Lee-Ann Cass – Christmas Chalet

David Wharnsby – Hey Lady!
James Patrick – Utopia Falls, Episode 109, Worst Behavior
Paul Winestock – Schitt’s Creek, Episode 613, Start Spreading the News
Mike Fly, Marianna Khoury, Aren Hansen, Sean Song, Nick Wong – Baroness Von Sketch Show, Episode 401, Humanity is in an Awkward Stage
Robert de Lint – Kim’s Convenience, Episode 413, Bon Voyage

J.R. Fountain, Dustin Harris, Jill Purdy, Dashen Naidoo, Craig McLellan, Kevin Banks – Locke & Key, Episode 110, Crown of Shadows
Nelson Ferreira, Alex Bullick, Dustin Harris, Craig MacLellan, Tyler Whitham – The Expanse, Episode 401, New Terra
David McCallum, Jane Tattersall, Brennan Mercer, Brent Pickett, Krystin Hunter, Yuri Gorbachow – The Handmaid’s Tale, Episode 309, Heroic
Nelson Ferreira, Alex Bullick, Danielle McBride, Dashen Naidoo, Gerald Trepy, Mitch Bederman – Altered Carbon, Episode 202, Payment Deferred
Tyler Whitham, Danielle McBride, Joe Bracciale, Joe Mancuso, Kayla Stewart – Anne With An E, Episode 306, The Summit of My Desires

David McCallum, Barry Gilmore, Jane Tattersall, David Caporale, Brennan Mercer – Cardinal: Until the Night, John & Lise
Jeremy Kessler, Ray Campbell, Steven Blair – Christmas 9 to 5
Faustine Pelipel – Christmas Chalet
Jill Purdy, Marvyn Dennis, P. Jason MacNeill, Steven Blair, Kelly McGahey – Escaping the NXIVM Cult: A Mother’s Fight to Save her Daughter
Claudia Pinto, Faustine Pelipel, Mark Gingras, Tom Bjelic – Matchmaker Mysteries:  A Killer Engagement

Janice Ierulli, Bryson Cassidy, Matthew Hussey, Dave Johnson, Steven Roberts – Hudson & Rex, Episode 217, Graveyard Shift
James Robinson, John Smith, P. Jason MacNeill – Odd Squad: Mobile Unit, Episode 301, Odd Beginnings
David Caporale, David McCallum, Krystin Hunter – Hey Lady!
Danielle McBride, John Smith – Baroness Von Sketch Show, Episode 401, Humanity is in an Awkward Stage


N.S. Mi’kmaq bands restock lobster traps after gear removed by non-Indigenous boats –

September 21, 2020

Indigenous chiefs in Nova Scotia are calling on the federal government to denounce what they described as racism and violence directed towards the Mi’kmaq people following a weekend of tension in St. Marys Bay.

Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq chiefs met with Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan and with Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett Monday morning, a day after a flotilla of non-Indigenous fishermen removed about 350 lobster traps off the coast of southwestern Nova Scotia.

“Non-Indigenous fishers and citizens are putting the safety of our people at risk,” Chief Terrance Paul said in a statement following the meeting.

The federal government and the RCMP, he said, “must address the harassment and illegal activities taken against our people and they must enforce and charge those who to are cutting and stealing our traps, shooting flares at our boats, and threatening the lives of our people.”

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Indigenous Food Circle a standing force during COVID-19 –

Surviving and thriving during a global pandemic.

When COVID began, the fear of a food shortage took hold of the community. We all remember walking into the grocery store witnessing empty shelves and no toilet paper, wondering what was to come if the fear proceeded into the long term.

The Indigenous Food Circle took this fear and reigned it in, becoming a saving hand for communities throughout and around Thunder Bay.

The Good Food Box

When the pandemic hit our community, the Indigenous Food Circle partnered with The Good Food Box as a driving force in response to this crisis.

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