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MMF pleased to see justice for our kids in care

May 19, 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, today joins 15 Indigenous child and family partner agencies in celebrating justice for our kids in care and the return of Children’s Special Allowance (CSA) resources to the children.

“Victory in this case means that our kids will see the return of resources that rightfully belong to them,” said Mona Buors, MMF’s Minister of Children, Youth & Families. “We are very grateful that the courts take this matter as seriously as we do, and have seen fit to overturn the shameful acts of the province by restoring funds that were intended for our kids. The court, like our agencies, saw that this was simply wrong.”

The CSA provides payments to federal and provincial agencies and institutions (such as children’s aid societies) that care for children and are the equivalent to the Canada Child Benefit given to parents who are raising their children. Payments range from $530-$800 per child monthly. In 2006, the province of Manitoba began forcing agencies to give the CSA to the province, which were put into general revenues.

Last year, a multi-million-dollar lawsuit was brought against the province by 15 Indigenous Child and Family Services Agencies for misuse of the Children’s Special Allowance.

“We are pleased that the resources for these children will now go back to them,” said Minister Buors. “Our agencies will ensure that the money goes directly to our kids, where it should always have been. The Métis Government believes strongly in supporting our kids as they age out of the system, which is why these funds will be held in trust for them until then. It will provide them with the financial head start that they deserve and need to secure a successful future.”

Should there be any appeal from the province trying to reclaim these funds for general revenue, the MMF has made clear that they will continue to fight for the children.

“It is our hope that the province will recognize that justice has prevailed and abide by the decision of the courts,” said Minister Buors. “If they choose to appeal, all Manitobans should know that our provincial government is prepared to go to these appalling lengths to take funds away from children. The MMF will continue to take a strong stand against any actions that result in financial harm to our kids, by whatever means necessary. We once again thank the courts for righting this wrong, and join all our Indigenous child and family services agency partners in celebrating this win for our kids.”

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Believe in Yourself; Believe in Métis.

The Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) is the democratically elected National Government of the Red River, also known as the Métis Manitoba Métis, the origin and core of the Métis Nation. The Manitoba Métis are Canada’s Negotiating Partners in Confederation and the Founders of the Province of Manitoba.

For more information, media may contact:
Kat Patenaude
Media Relations Advisor
Manitoba Métis Federation
204-801-7710
[email protected]

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Call for applications: Territorial Board of Revision – Deadline extension

19 May 2022

Public Service Announcement

Call for applications: Territorial Board of Revision – Deadline extension

The Minister of Community and Government Services is seeking interested individuals to serve on the Territorial Board of Revision.

The Board of Revision hears complaints in accordance with the Property Assessment and Taxation Act. Appointments last for one year but may be renewed.
Interested individuals may submit their resume by email to [email protected], or to the address below:

CGS Communications
Community and Government Services
P.O. Box 1000 Stn 700
Iqaluit, NU X0A 0H0

The deadline to apply has been extended to June 2, 2022. For more information, please contact [email protected]

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Media Contact:

Suleikha Duale
Communications Specialist
Community and Government Services
867-975-5406
[email protected]

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Getting Ready for Flood, Wildfire, and Heat Season – FNHA

May 19, 2022

Even though spring has been cool and rainy in many parts of BC, we all need to plan ahead for potential floods, wildfires and extreme heat this summer.

The FNHA is working with our partners to prepare for the summer, including putting together guidance and resources for individuals and communities to plan for and respond to extreme weather events. This includes supports from the Province of BC and the FNHA to better respond to local emergencies.

As a partner in health and wellness, the FNHA works with communities and other health organizations to prepare for and respond to emergencies in a number of ways.

Read More: https://www.fnha.ca/about/news-and-events/news/getting-ready-for-flood-wildfire-and-heat-season

Call for Applications – Blue Futures

May 19, 2022

The Students on Ice Foundation is excited to partner with the National Geographic’s Pristine Seas initiative on an exciting Blue Futures Pathways Expedition. This expedition offers a unique experiential learning opportunity for a small group of youth to learn alongside and participate in a Pristine Seas’ film and research expedition aboard the icebreaker Polar Prince in Hudson Bay and James Bay. The expedition will focus on the ongoing, Indigenous led efforts to establish numerous marine conservation areas throughout the Canadian Arctic.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yWegm9oZDaKetO0hcOm1WT4u4saDUzUj/view

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Bar U Ranch National Historic Site officially kicks off 2022 visitor season

From: Parks Canada

May 19, 2022

The network of protected areas administered by Parks Canada is a gateway to nature, history, and 450 000 km² of memories from coast to coast to coast.

Bar U Ranch National Historic Site is pleased to welcome visitors for the 2022 visitor season. This season, the Bar U Ranch will be offering new activities, including the Roland Gissing Gallery in our Visitor Centre. Discover the undeniable beauty of Alberta’s landscape captured in the historic artworks of Gissing paintings, Gissing’s custom saddle, sketchbooks, and other personal effects also on display.

What’s new at the Bar U – Special events in 2022

Events are back at the Bar U! Visit our website for a complete listing of this year’s events.

Roland Gissing Gallery

Explore the newest addition to the visitor centre, the Roland Gissing Gallery. Discover the undeniable beauty of Alberta’s landscape captured in the historic artworks of Gissing paintings. His work can be found in the collections of Queen Elizabeth II, Glenbow Museum, and Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

Moving to Canada from England in 1913, Gissing rode the range from the Peace River Country as far south as Mexico working on ranches and sketching along the way. Gissing later purchased land near the junction of the Ghost and Bow rivers west of Cochrane, Alberta.

View Gissing’s custom saddle, sketchbooks, and other personal effects, also on display.

Stoney Nakoda Tipi

There is a historic relationship between foothills ranches and the Bearspaw Nation of the Stoney Nakoda, as well as other Indigenous groups. A diverse workforce, especially Indigenous people, played a significant role in the history of Bar U Ranch. The ranch is pleased to host members of the Bearspaw Stoney, who share their culture and perspectives at a tipi encampment. This encampment is representative of the transition between pre-Treaty 7 and post Treaty 7 Indigenous life and provides a window into these experiences and traditions.

Wagon Rides

Visitors are welcome to discover the Bar U Ranch by wagon as part of the self-guided visit. Complimentary wagon rides with an interpreter start at round-up camp and visit a variety of unique areas on the ranch. This is an authentic way to experience the ranch, and our knowledgeable interpreters will bring it all to life for you. Wagon rides run for the half-hour and information on daily/weekly schedules will be available during the operational season. Wagon tours have limited capacity and are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Pekisko Creek Trail

The Bar U Ranch recently opened a 3-km trail, which includes a portion of the national historic site not often seen during a regular visit. Visitors can enjoy the sounds of the creek, tranquil rustic picnic spots and stunning mountain views. Guests will experience a range of cultural and natural history.

Bar U Ranch National Historic Site provides the perfect setting for memorable and safe experiences. Whether they’re looking for adventure, fun for the whole family, a chance to explore the history, or a break from the every day, there are countless unique experiences to suit every visitor’s needs.

The health and safety of visitors and employees are of the utmost importance and Parks Canada continues to follow the advice, guidance, and requirements of public health authorities and experts to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The Parks Canada website provides detailed information on what visitors can expect, how to prepare for a visit, and what services may be available. Visitors are asked to plan ahead by checking the website before they travel, to respect the guidance of public health experts, and to follow all signage and direction from Parks Canada employees.

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Quotes

“As Canadians, we are fortunate to live in a country with such diverse landscapes and rich history. Every one of the protected areas within the Parks Canada network of sites is a perfect gateway to discovering, learning about, and connecting with natural and cultural heritage. As summer approaches, I encourage all Canadians to get out and explore locations such as the Bar U Ranch National Historic Site as they walk in the footsteps of history and enjoy the important physical and mental benefits of being outdoors.”

The Honourable Steven Guilbeault
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

“Parks Canada prides itself on providing visitors with high quality and meaningful experiences across the country. The Parks Canada team works extremely hard to ensure that each and every person leaves with memories that will last a lifetime. We are excited to welcome new and returning visitors back to the Bar U Ranch National Historic Site, this season, to help them create new memories and discover everything that this treasured place has to offer.”

Ron Hallman
President & Chief Executive Officer, Parks Canada

Quick facts

  • Set in the rolling foothills of the Rockies, the Bar U Ranch is the only national historic site to commemorate the history and importance of ranching in Canada.
  • The site has many historic buildings and structures, illustrating various stages of ranching development from 1882-1950, and is rich in cultural landscape features.
  • Located one hour southwest of the Calgary city limits at the intersection of Highways 22 and 540.
  • Bar U Ranch National Historic Site features a visitor centre with restaurant and gift shot, and a vibrant living history program interpret a time when the West was young.
  • Want the ultimate ticket to nature, history, and adventure? The Parks Canada Discovery Pass provides unlimited admission for a full year to over 80 destinations across the country. Visitors can purchase their Parks Canada Discovery Passes online, on-site, and at partner retail locations across the country.

Associated links

Contacts

Kaitlin Power
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
819-230-1557
[email protected]

Media Relations
Parks Canada Agency
855-862-1812
[email protected]

Megan Osterman
Public Relations and Communications Officer
Waterton Lakes Field Unit
403-632-6876
[email protected]

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Chantel Moore’s mother sues Edmundston police officer who shot her Indigenous daughter – CBC

May 19, 2022

Martha Martin’s statement of claim calls actions of officer and city ‘reckless, cavalier’

The mother of Chantel Moore is suing the police officer who fatally shot the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation woman during a wellness check.

Chantel Moore, 26, was shot and killed by Edmundston Const. Jeremy Son on June 4, 2020, when he was dispatched to her apartment to check on her well-being. Moore came toward Son with a knife on the balcony of the apartment, and he fired four shots, which he’s said were in self-defence.

Moore’s mother, Martha Martin, filed a statement of claim Thursday on behalf of herself, Moore’s seven-year-old daughter, Gracie, and Moore’s estate. The City of Edmundston, Son’s employer, is also named in the suit.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/chantel-moore-martha-martin-jeremy-son-lawsuit-1.6459226

Inclusivity and celebrating Indigenous culture top priority for the Wake the Giant Music Festival – Anishinabek News

May 19, 2022

THUNDER BAY — The 2022 Wake the Giant Music Festival will feature a range of performers including Our Lady Peace, DJ Steve Aoki, Aqua, Digging Roots, Neon Dreams, Crown Lands, Aysanabee and Grammy-nominated drum group Young Spirit Singers. The Wake the Giant Music Festival, which began in 2019 with the goals of creating a more inclusive city and welcoming Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School (DFC) students from remote First Nations, will be held on Sept. 17 at the Thunder Bay Waterfront.

“We’re really excited about having the Young Spirit Singers drum group and we’ve kind of got a nostalgic vibe with our headliners with Our Lady Peace and Aqua,” says Greg Chomut, an organizer of the Wake the Giant Music Festival. “The DJ that our students are most excited about is Steve Aoki.”

Read More: http://anishinabeknews.ca/2022/05/19/inclusivity-and-celebrating-indigenous-culture-top-priority-for-the-wake-the-giant-music-festival/

Thirty-Five Total Active COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in the James & Hudson Bay Region

May 19, 2022

To our community members:

We can confirm there are thirty-five (35) total active COVID-19 cases in our region. Please see the community case breakdown below:

Community Active Cases
Attawapiskat 1
Fort Albany 0
Kashechewan 21
Moose Factory 13
Moosonee 0
Peawanuck 0*

*WAHA has not received updates on active cases from communities marked with an asterisk (*)- case counts from the most recently available updates have been included for reference.

Note on reporting cases in the region: Total cases identified in the region are based on information provided by local communities, Porcupine Health Unit, and Indigenous Services Canada. The information presented by WAHA related to active cases may differ from other public sources due to community-level testing that does not meet the reporting criteria for PHU and ISC (such as the use of Rapid Antigen Tests). Further, communities within the PHU jurisdiction may not reflect a true representation of positive COVID-19 cases due to PHU case criteria, which follows provincial guidelines (such as omitting the number of positive Rapid Antigen Tests).

In general, for COVID-19, a close contact is anyone who was within 2 metres or 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes during the time of infectivity. An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting 48 hours (or 2 days) before the person had any symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19. Passing a person in the hallway or in a store is generally not considered close contact and has an extremely low risk of spreading the virus. Public Health will contact you if you are considered a close contact.

At this time, we recommend that everyone continue to monitor for symptoms. If ANY symptoms develop, isolate immediately and call your local assessment centre or your health care provider to arrange testing.

Symptoms can include:

• Fever

• Sore throat/hoarse voice

• New or worsening cough

• Loss of sense of taste or smell

• Shortness of breath

• Nausea, vomiting

• Runny nose/nasal congestion

• Diarrhea

In some cases, atypical symptoms could develop, such as, unexplained fatigue or malaise, muscle aches, delirium, unexplained or increased number of falls, acute functional decline, exacerbation of current chronic conditions, chills, headaches, croup, conjunctivitis.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact WAHA or the Porcupine Health Unit for more information.

We ask that all community members continue to remain vigilant and follow public safety health protocols despite the number of cases in any community. To reduce the risk of exposure, please continue to:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer

• Sneeze and cough into your sleeve

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth

• Stay home and isolate for 10 days if you have any symptoms

• Practice 2 m physical distancing

• Wear a mask in indoor public spaces and outdoors when physical distancing of 2 metres/6 feet cannot be maintained.

Should you have questions, please contact WAHA at 705-658-4544 or check our website for continued updates.

Thank you,

Dr. Elaine Innes, Chief of Staff, WAHA

Lynne Innes, President & Chief Executive Officer, WAHA

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Cultural diversity of Indigenous Peoples

Credit: Tribal Trade Co

Did you know that there are MANY different Nations and Tribes of Indigenous people across Canada and the United States? Indigenous people are incredibly diverse! It can be really challenging, as an Indigenous ally or even an Indigenous person, to make a good impression or not insult other indigenous people when you ask “generalizing” questions. In THIS video, I’m covering the 5 THINGS TO KNOW in order to understand the cultural diversity of Indigenous people… so you’ll never think that all Indigenous people have the same culture again!

Spring Sitting of Legislature Highlights Saskatchewan’s Plans to Get Back on Track

May 19, 2022

As the Spring sitting of the Legislature concludes today, Premier Scott Moe highlighted how Saskatchewan is getting Back on Track with key investments and economic growth fueled by fostering strong trade relationships and an expanding energy and resource sector.

“Saskatchewan’s economy and finances are back on track to help grow our province and provide jobs right here at home,” Moe said. “With that growth comes significant opportunity to invest in services that residents expect and need like surgeries and schools.”

During the spring sitting, the 2022-23 budget highlighted Saskatchewan’s improving finances and provided a clear path to balance while making key investments in health care, education and mental health and addictions.

Significant investments in health care will provide for thousands of surgeries to reduce wait times, add new ICU beds to reduce pressure on the system, break ground on new Urgent Care Centers in Regina and Saskatoon, and work to train, hire and recruit more health care workers. As well, a targeted increase of $8 million into mental health and addictions will fund initiatives that provide effective counselling and treatments and introduce further proactive prevention measures.

Work this session focused on addressing affordability issues, which in addition to $2 billion of annualized measures includes new initiatives like:

  • providing a $100 SGI rebate to all Saskatchewan drivers to help offset higher fuel prices;
  • charting a plan to increase the minimum wage to $15 by October, 2024;
  • reducing the cost of child care and adding over 1,200 new child care spaces; and
  • announcing two Indigenous-led temporary housing initiatives in Regina and Saskatoon.

Significant focus was also placed on growing Saskatchewan’s economy by charting a path to a balanced budget, expanding trade opportunities around the world and securing new investment in our energy and resource sector. The strength of Saskatchewan’s economy could be seen with our nation leading increase in manufacturing sales and wholesale trade for April and May, and retaining the title of Canada’s #1 jurisdiction for mining investment.

Key economic actions included:

  • trade missions to the United Arab Emirates, India and the United Kingdom to ensure Saskatchewan can continue supplying what the world needs – food, fuel and fertilizer;
  • partnering with Alberta, Ontario and New Brunswick on the strategic plan for Small Modular Reactor deployment;
  • creating the Saskatchewan Indigenous Investment Finance Corporation to support Indigenous participation in the economy;
  • partnering with industry on development work for a potential hydrogen hub;
  • providing $3 million to support the 2022 Grey Cup festival in Regina;
  • an increased investment in the Creative Saskatchewan Production Grant; and
  • investing in helium liquification.

This Spring Session also highlighted the province’s commitment to the people of Ukraine. On March 7, a motion was passed, with the support of the opposition, to support Ukraine and condemn Russia in the legislative assembly. As well, Premier Moe and MLA Terry Dennis both travelled to Germany to meet with Ukrainian refugees and offer support and assistance for anyone who may be looking to immigrate to Canada. It is estimated over 100 families have been supported with settlement services to date in Saskatchewan.

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For more information, contact:

Julie Leggott
Executive Council and Office of the Premier
Regina
Phone: 306-787-9619
Email: [email protected]

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