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MFNERC’s Early Learning Facilitators will host our annual First Nations Early Learning Conference March 4&5, 2019.

Theme: “Nurturing the Spirit of the Developing Child

Call for workshops, deadline January 21, 2019

Call for Workshop Abstract – FIllable Form


Local communities give feedback on Columbia River Treaty

Dec. 21, 2018

VICTORIA – A new report captures the voices of local communities in the B.C. Columbia River Basin and summarizes what residents think should be addressed in a modernized Columbia River Treaty.

In spring 2018, negotiators representing the governments of Canada (including British Columbia) and the United States began holding meetings to discuss the future of the treaty. In order to keep local residents up to date on negotiations, the B.C. government hosted a series of 10 community meetings in the B.C. Columbia River Basin. These meetings, held in June and December 2018, also sought residents’ input on key issues they felt should be considered in the negotiations.

“When the Columbia River Treaty was created more than half a century ago, governments didn’t consult the people in the Columbia Basin,” said Katrine Conroy, Minister Responsible for the Columbia River Treaty. “Our government today wants to hear how local residents think the treaty could be improved. We’re committed to engaging with the people most affected by the treaty?and to taking their views to the negotiating table. B.C. is also committed to continuing our sustained engagement with Indigenous Nations, and we are working closely with Canada and Indigenous Nations to ensure that our common interests are addressed in a modernized treaty.”

The report provides details on the discussions at each community meeting. Among the topics raised were treaty impacts to Columbia Basin ecosystems, agriculture and tourism, increased support for the most affected communities, Indigenous Nations’ involvement in the treaty negotiation process, the need for greater youth engagement on the treaty, re-introduction of salmon to the Canadian portion of the Columbia River, and equitable sharing of benefits between Canada and the U.S.

The Province will return to Columbia Basin communities in 2019 to provide further updates on negotiations and seek input on new developments.

The next round of Columbia River Treaty negotiation meetings will take place Feb. 27 and 28, 2019, in Washington, D.C.

Quick Facts:

  • The Columbia River Treaty, ratified in 1964, is a transboundary water management agreement between Canada and the United States.
  • The treaty optimizes flood management and power generation, requiring co-ordinated operations of reservoirs and water flows for the Columbia River and Kootenay River on both sides of the border.
  • The treaty has no end date, but either country can unilaterally terminate the treaty from September 2024 onward, provided that at least 10 years’ notice is given.

Learn More:

To view the report, visit:

To comment on the report, email:
or write to Columbia River Treaty Team, Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, PO Box 9314 Stn Prov Govt, Victoria B.C. V8W 9N1

To learn more about the Columbia River Treaty, visit:


Kent Karemaker
Media Relations
Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
250 952-0628

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Newfoundland and Labrador’s Call for Action Reflected in Federal Caribou Report

December 21, 2018

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s plan for the recovery and protection of boreal caribou critical habitat in Labrador is recognized in the “Progress Report on Steps Taken to Protect Critical Habitat for the Woodland Caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou), Boreal Population, in Canadaexternal link icon released by Environment and Climate Change Canada today.

Previous federal reports on Canada’s woodland caribou boreal populations have focused on habitat protection and range planning; unlike almost all other jurisdictions in Canada, caribou habitat in Labrador – including that of the migratory George River herd in northern Labrador and boreal herds of southern Labrador – is effectively pristine. The decline and continued low abundance of these herds has been driven by a combination of natural population cycles and unsustainable harvesting, rather than lack of critical habitat.

Today’s release of the federal report on boreal caribou supports this important distinction, noting the relative intactness of the three local ranges in Labrador, as well as the processes the province has already established to manage land use and critical habitat in accordance with the federal recovery strategy.

In response to the Provincial Government’s call for its federal counterparts to acknowledge threats to caribou beyond habitat loss, and to provide substantial financial resources to address relevant regional threats, the Provincial and Federal Governments are now collaborating on a draft conservation agreement under Section 11 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA) for boreal caribou. This agreement provides a framework focusing on research, monitoring, and Indigenous involvement in caribou management, and outlines a regionally sensitive approach that considers threats beyond habitat. The Conservation Agreement is expected to be finalized soon. For more information on Newfoundland and Labrador’s status in the federal report, please see the attached backgrounder.


“I am pleased that the Federal Government has now acknowledged the unique challenges and threats facing Labrador’s caribou herds, which, in our case, result from natural cycles and unsustainable harvesting, not habitat loss as experienced in other parts of Canada. Our collaboration with the Government of Canada to develop a bi-lateral conservation agreement that includes much-needed financial resources is an important step towards boreal caribou recovery. This agreement is an opportunity for success – it serves as a blueprint for continued collaboration to extend similar support for migratory George River Caribou Herd recovery efforts that will help ensure conservation of all of our vital and iconic Labrador caribou herds.”

Honourable Gerry Byrne
Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources

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Learn more
Progress Report on Steps Taken to Protect Critical Habitat for the Woodland Caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou), Boreal Population, in Canada external link icon

Fisheries and Land Resources

Media contact:
Linda Skinner
Fisheries and Land Resources
709-637-2284, 632-8167


According to the December 21 “Progress Report on Steps Taken to Protect Critical Habitat for the Woodland Caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou), Boreal Population, in Canada” the Federal Government recognizes the relative intactness of the three local ranges in Labrador and the processes the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador already has in place to manage land use and critical habitat to ensure it is effectively managed consistent with the federal recovery strategy.

Building on these processes, Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador have been negotiating a draft conservation agreement in principle under Section 11 of SARA for boreal caribou, and are committed to concluding it in the near future. This draft agreement intends to codify concrete measures of relevance to the protection and recovery of the species and its critical habitat, and will provide a framework for achieving the critical habitat outcomes, among other caribou recovery outcomes sought by the Provincial Government.

Areas highlighted in the federal report:
Newfoundland and Labrador continues to monitor and manage caribou habitat on the landscape through various legislated processes that manage land use activities. Notably, proposed land-use activities may be approved or rejected by the provincial Department of Fisheries and Land Resources, based on the potential to impact caribou or their habitat, which help to ensure the protection of caribou core areas, and to provide mitigations that will limit disturbance within the range.

The Provincial Government continues to undertake recovery and management planning activities, which will feature and support future land use planning, and habitat protection through forest management processes, such as coordinated forestry planning with the Innu Nation within the Red Wine Mountain range which prohibits commercial forestry activities within the reserve, with only small-scale domestic harvest permitted. This reserve is in place for the 2018 to 2022 forestry planning cycle. Additionally, the province continues to limit forest harvesting during the sensitive calving period.


Changes to education funding model won’t happen any time soon – Kamloops This Week

December 21, 2018

The Ministry of Education is taking its time to determine how to implement recommended changes to the province’s education funding model — a move being welcomed by the chair of the Kamloops-Thompson school board and other education officials.

“It’s going to take a lot of time to figure what their funding formulas are going to be for these various [recommendations],” said SD73 board of education chair Kathleen Karpuk. “We’ve also got some things in there that are going to require negotiation with the BCTF (B.C. Teachers’ Federation).”

The independent panel that reviewed B.C.’s education funding made 22 recommendations on how to redistribute the province’s $6 billion education budget more fairly, but changes won’t be made until 2020 at the earliest.

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How to say ‘Merry Christmas’ and ‘Happy New Year’ in the Mi’kmaw language – CBC

Dec 21, 2018

Mi’kmaw linguist Bernie Francis explains holiday greetings

How do you say ‘Merry Christmas’ and ‘Happy New Year’ in your language?

In the CBC Indigenous video series, Ask an Elder, Mi’kmaw Linguist Bernie Francis explains how the Mi’kmaq in the Maritimes share holiday greetings.

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An investigation regarding Inuit youth hosted at the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’?le-de-Montréal is launched

Montréal, December 21, 2018 — Considering the nature of information brought to its attention, the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse has launched an investigation on its own initiative concerning youth protection services provided to Inuit youth housed by the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’?le-de-Montréal.

The Commission received information regarding notably the use of Inuktitut. It has been reported that youth living in shelters were not allowed to communicate in their own language and some youth would have suffered reprisals for speaking in Inuktitut. In addition, following their transfer from Nunavik to the Montréal area, no social worker was assigned to the youth upon arrival, on the pretext that they are still under the responsibility of the Nunavik DYP. The Nunavik DYP would not ensure social monitoring and its responsibilities assigned under the Youth Protection Act.

Since the Commission has reason to believe that the rights of these youth may have been violated under the Youth Protection Act, it is carrying out an investigation. The purpose of this investigation is to verify whether the rights of these young people have been respected and, if so, to have the situation corrected.

It should be noted that the Commission will not make any comments during the investigation.

The Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse (Human Rights and Youth Commission) ensures the promotion and respect of the principles set out in the Québec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. It also ensures that the interests of children are protected and that their rights recognized in the Youth Protection Act are respected and promoted. In addition, the Commission oversees compliance with the Act respecting Equal Access to Employment in Public Bodies.

Meissoon Azzaria
514 873-5146 or 1 800 361-6477, ext.210


Year in review: Canada’s climate plan delivering results

From: Environment and Climate Change Canada

December 20, 2018 – Ottawa

Climate change is real. People are living the costs of climate change first hand, from wildfires in the west to floods in the east, smoke that makes the air unsafe to breathe and heatwaves that endanger the young and the elderly. Last week, the world came together at COP24 to tackle this global problem and ensure people have a better, stronger and healthier future.

Canada’s climate plan is working for our planet, and it’s working for Canadians. Governments in Canada are putting in place measures to cut pollution causing climate change, while creating good jobs and growing the economy. In the past year, we have continued our work with provinces, territories, Indigenous Peoples, cities, businesses, schools, hospitals and Canadians across the country and, together, we have accomplished a lot.

Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, provided a year-end update on this progress made across Canada, available in the Clean Canada report.

The federal government is working with provinces, territories, Indigenous Peoples, cities and towns, along with businesses across Canada to fight climate change and set us on the path to a better future for our kids and grandkids. This collective effort shows that people across the country are coming together, rolling up their sleeves and finding new ways to improve our health, our environment and our economy.

We want Canada to lead in the clean economy of the future. That’s why we are ensuring it will no longer be free to pollute anywhere in Canada and taking steps to:

  • phase out coal;
  • invest in renewables to get to 90% clean electricity;
  • make historic investments in public transit;
  • support clean Canadian innovations;
  • work toward a zero plastic waste strategy; and
  • double the amount of nature protected across the country.

These measures are cutting carbon pollution, while helping people save money through energy efficient projects, greater access to clean technologies and the Climate Action Incentive, which families will receive starting in 2019 in jurisdictions that have the federal price on pollution.

Clean Canada comes on the heels of the international climate meetings in Poland, which resulted in almost 200 countries, including Canada, reinforcing their commitment to work together to reduce carbon pollution, report in a transparent way and to tap in to the $26?trillion global opportunity of clean growth.

The government also announced this year’s edition of Canada’s transparent annual emissions reporting, and an update on measures taken by federal, provincial and territorial governments under Canada’s climate plan. To move forward on ensuring it is no longer free to pollute in Canada for heavy emitters, and to ensure cleaner fuels in our cars, boats and planes, the federal government announced proposed regulations for the Output-Based Pricing System and a regulatory framework under the Clean Fuel Standard.

Canada’s climate plan is working. We are on pace to achieve the biggest reduction of carbon pollution in Canada’s history, at the same time as we are creating jobs, protecting our health and building a better future for our kids and grandkids.


“Since day one, we have been working with provinces, territories, Indigenous peoples, cities, businesses and Canadians across the country to protect the environment and grow the economy. We are working every day to deliver a climate action plan that is protecting more of our nature, driving down emissions, investing in clean technology and creating good jobs. We know we need to do more to keep moving forward—finding better and cleaner ways of doing things—so that we can ensure a sustainable future and a strong economy for our kids.”

– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Quick facts

  • Canada has a climate plan that includes joint and individual actions by federal, provincial, and territorial governments. Before that plan came into effect, emissions were going up. Now, they are going down. Policies under Canada’s climate plan have led to the greatest drop in forecasted emissions since national reporting began.
  • Canada’s climate plan includes a price on carbon pollution across Canada and over 50 other measures to achieve reductions across all sectors of the economy, increase resilience to the consequences of climate change, and support jobs and clean growth.

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Caroline Thériault
Acting Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

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


Sudbury adoption part of ’60s Scoop lawsuit – The Sudbury Star

December 21, 2018

TORONTO — Metis and non-status Indians across Canada are seeking damages for the alleged harms inflicted on them by the Canadian government during the ’60s Scoop, according to a proposed class action filed on Thursday.

And a man helping to lead the case bases his claims on his experiences growing up with a non-Aboriginal family in Sudbury three decades ago.

In an untested statement of claim, the survivors of the Scoop argue they were deprived of their identities by being taken from their families and placed with non-Aboriginal families. As a result, they say, they suffered mental, emotional and other harms.

“Aboriginal communities describe the ’60s Scoop as destructive to their culture,” the claim in Federal Court asserts. “Canada was careless, reckless, wilfully blind, or deliberately accepting of, or was actively promoting, a policy of cultural assimilation.”

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To Implicate Ourselves – Watershed Sentinel

December 20, 2018

It was a breakthrough for me to learn that Indigenous treaty negotiating and re-negotiating sessions, including with Europeans in the 1700s, customarily opened with a ritual round of condolences – mutual admission and expression of regret at the oh-so-human failings behind them. I began to imagine how differently carbon reduction treaty talks would turn out if they started this way.

To me, the difference this makes is huge. Dialogue as the medium of treaty making shifts the positioning of the bodies involved: from a posture of individualized up-down hierarchy to a sideways-looking one of equality. It brings treaties and treaty negotiation down off a pedestal, closing the distance between the rarefied realm of public policy and everyday life. And it turns the discourse involved into something looser and more inclusive, a dialogue with all its give-and-take. No one is the expert, has all the answers or the perfect plan. Both parties simply seek to hear and be heard.

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Ontario Energy Board asks both Hydro One and NextBridge to return with a ‘Not-To-Exceed’ Price on Critical Northern Transmission Line

TORONTO, Dec. 20, 2018 – The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) today announced a time extension to its decision regarding the Leave to Construct for the new Lake Superior Link/East-West Tie transmission line, to allow for an additional review process. Influenced by Hydro One’s submission to include a “not-to-exceed” price in its proposal, the OEB has asked both proponents to respond with a not-to-exceed price by January 31, 2019 as the final step before issuing a decision and order.

“Hydro One continues to advocate for customers and is proud to have introduced a lower bid in this competitive process including a not-to-exceed price,” said Greg Kiraly, Chief Operating Officer, Hydro One. “The future of economic development is bright for northern Ontario and we are committed to delivering this project along with the Northwest Transmission Line to ensure that electricity is available to support a thriving northern Ontario economy.”

The order from the OEB also granted Hydro One leave to upgrade Wawa, Marathon and Lakehead transmission stations subject to granting the leave to construct for the transmission line.

In addition to creating local jobs, this project provides for substantial economic participation in the form of Indigenous employment and contracting. Hydro One is committed to maximizing these opportunities for Indigenous communities and businesses. Hydro One also looks forward to working with Indigenous partners on a joint ownership model for the ongoing economic benefit of communities once the line is in-service.

Background on the Lake Superior Link Project
The Lake Superior Link is a new 400 km transmission line between the company’s Lakehead Transformer Station in the Municipality of Shuniah east of Thunder Bay and its Wawa Transformer Station near Wawa. Hydro One’s initial proposal delivers benefits to Ontario’s electricity customers with project cost savings in excess of $100 million and approximately $3 million in annual operating and maintenance cost savings when compared to the competing application. Hydro One has also established a guaranteed not-to-exceed price, adding further cost protection to customers. As the owner and operator of the current East-West Tie line, Hydro One is uniquely positioned to provide an innovative solution leveraging its existing infrastructure. Overall, the Lake Superior Link project is 50 km shorter and will require 50 per cent less corridor area making it a more environmentally-friendly option.

Hydro One continues work to obtain the necessary Environmental Assessment approvals and permits, with a proposed construction start date in the fall of 2019, and will work to advance its participation benefits agreements with Indigenous communities. Hydro One has selected SNC-Lavalin as its construction partner in this project as they have a proud history of successfully delivering large transmission projects, and working collaboratively with Indigenous communities across Canada and in Ontario.

For more information about the project, visit

About Hydro One Inc.:
Hydro One Inc. is a fully owned subsidiary of Hydro One Limited, Ontario’s largest electricity transmission and distribution provider with more than 1.3 million valued customers, $25 billion in assets and 2017 annual revenues of nearly $6 billion. Our team of over 7,400 skilled and dedicated regular and non-regular employees proudly and safely serves suburban, rural and remote communities across Ontario through our 30,000 circuit km of high-voltage transmission and 123,000 circuit km of primary distribution networks. We are one of only six utility companies in Canada to achieve the Sustainable Electricity Company designation from the Canadian Electricity Association. We also provide advanced broadband telecommunications services on a wholesale basis utilizing our extensive fibre-optic network. Hydro One Limited’s common shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: H).

For further information: For more information, contact Hydro One Media Relations 24 hours a day at 1-877-506-7584 (toll-free in Ontario only) or 416-345-6868. Our website is Follow us on, and


Minister Wilkinson meets with Cowichan Tribes to discuss habitat improvements

From: Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Duncan, British Columbia — Today, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, met with Cowichan Tribes, the largest Indigenous group in British Columbia, to discuss restoration efforts in the Cowichan River. These efforts have resulted in an increase of Chinook salmon for the river in recent years.

Through the Coastal Restoration Fund, as part of the $1.5-billion Oceans Protection Plan, Cowichan Tribes received more than $2.6 million over five years to complete multiple restoration projects in the Cowichan and Koksilah Rivers and restore the connection between their estuaries to improve habitats for Chinook salmon.


Jocelyn Lubczuk
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans
and the Canadian Coast Guard

Media Relations
Fisheries and Oceans Canada


Government of Canada supporting Canadian ingenuity through the Low Carbon Economy Challenge

From: Environment and Climate Change Canada

December 20, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario

Canadians are full of good ideas—entrepreneurs and engineers across the country are brimming with ingenuity, ready to find solutions to our pressing challenges and bring them to market. Climate change is our biggest challenge and one of our biggest economic opportunities, which is why the Government of Canada is committed to supporting projects that will drive down emissions and drive job creation.

Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, launched the $50 million Partnerships stream of the Low Carbon Economy Challenge. The Partnerships stream will focus on projects that will generate clean growth and reduce emissions for Indigenous communities and organizations, small and medium-sized businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and small municipalities. Applicants to the Partnerships stream will have until March 8, 2019, to apply, and information can be found on the Low Carbon Economy Challenge.

Canadians are feeling the effects of climate change in more frequent extreme weather—forest fires, floods and deadly heatwaves that are having real human and economic impacts on people across the country. As we look forward to 2019 and further, it’s important to invest in projects that will help Canada reduce emissions and take action on climate change.

The Government of Canada’s Low Carbon Economy Fund is an important part of Canada’s climate plan. The Fund helps put the climate plan into action by leveraging investments in projects that will reduce carbon pollution, generate clean growth, save Canadians money on their energy bills and help create the jobs of the future.


“Canadians from across the country, from all sectors and from all backgrounds, are coming up with innovative methods to increase energy efficiency and reduce emissions, saving people money and creating good jobs along the way. By investing in these projects, from coast to coast to coast, the Government of Canada is making sure we are positioned to succeed in the $26 trillion global market for clean solutions and create good middle class jobs today and for the future. We’re making sure to build a healthy and strong Canada now and for our kids and our grandkids.”

– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Quick facts

  • According to Clean Energy Canada, the energy efficiency measures in Canada’s climate plan will help improve Canada’s economy and environment between now and 2030 by creating 118,000 new jobs, boosting our GDP by $356 billion, and saving Canadian households an average of $114 a year. The economic benefits of energy efficiency are enormous for Canadians. Every $1 spent on energy efficiency generates approximately $7 of GDP.
  • The $2 billion Low Carbon Economy Fund is divided into two parts:The Leadership Fund provides up to $1.4 billion to provinces and territories to leverage investments in projects and programs that will generate clean growth and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to support the Pan-Canadian Framework.

    The Challenge provides over $500 million in funding to support projects that will leverage ingenuity across the country to reduce emissions and generate clean growth.

    The Challenge is being delivered through two streams:

    • Champions stream: valued at $450 million, was open to provinces, territories, municipalities, Indigenous communities and organizations, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations.
    • Partnerships stream: valued at $50 million, launched on December 17, 2018, and will target smaller applicants, including small businesses, not-for-profit organizations, smaller municipalities and towns, and Indigenous communities and organizations.

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Caroline Thériault
Acting Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

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


First Nations connected to Ontario’s power grid – CTV News

TORONTO — The first of 17 remote First Nations has been connected to Ontario’s power grid under a $1.6-billion expansion project.

The diesel generating station in Pikangikum First Nation, more than 200 kilometres north of Kenora, Ont., was shut down Thursday as the transmission lines to the provincial grid were energized.

The work is part of the Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Line Project launched in 2015, which will connect remote communities to the grid over an 1,800-kilometre transmission line.

Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler called the connection an “enormous achievement.

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Senate highlights — Nov. 26 and Dec. 10 – Dal News

December 21, 2018

Following each meeting of the Dalhousie University Senate, Dal News highlights some of the presentations and decisions made.

Senate is the university’s senior academic governing body, with membership consisting of elected representatives from Dal’s Faculties and the University Libraries, elected student representatives, a representative from the University of King’s College and Dal’s senior academic administrators. Senate is responsible for approving new programs; granting degrees/diplomas; managing the reviews of Faculties, centres and institutes; and setting academic regulations and the academic calendar.

Senate meets on the second and fourth Mondays of the month, from September through June. Learn more about Senate and its business at the Senate website.

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Sabina Completes $28.1 Million Financing; Supports Continued De-Risking Activities for Back River Gold Project

Vancouver, BC – Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. (SBB-T) (“Sabina” or the “Company”) announced today the closing of the previously announced bought deal financing (the “Offering”). The Offering was comprised of 18,340,000 common shares of the Company (the “Common Shares”) at $1.20 per share as well as an over-allotment for 2,751,000 Common Shares at $1.20 per share (representing 15% of the Common Shares offered pursuant to the Offering) which was exercised in full by the underwriters for total gross proceeds of $25,309,200.

In addition, pursuant to a participation rights notice delivered to Zhaojin International Mining Co., Ltd. (“Zhaojin”), Zhaojin has elected to exercise its participation right in relation to the Offering to purchase, by way of private placement, 2,317,443 Common Shares of the Company at C$1.20 per share for total gross proceeds of $2,780,932, to close prior to December 31, 2018.

The purpose and timing of this Offering is to enable Sabina to make financial commitments in 2019 to support activities over the coming months that will maintain the Project’s first gold production schedule.

The net proceeds of the Offering will be used to continue to de-risk the Back River Project by completing the following activities:

  • Construction of the winter ice road from the Port at Bathurst Inlet to the Goose Site in early 2019. Preparation of the winter ice road development started earlier this week with the initial opening of the camps, the building of an air strip in support of a heavy lift cargo campaign in January 2019, and the preparation of the on-site ice road equipment;
  • Following construction of the winter ice road, haulage of materials and large construction equipment purchased earlier this year,currently staged at the Port, to the Goose Site;
  • High-priority pre-development civil earthworks at the Goose Site;
  • Detailed engineering of the process plant required to secure a fixed price design and construction contract (“EPC”) for the processing plant; and
  • Advancement of remaining licenses, and for working capital and general corporate purposes.

These activities further advance the Company’s strategy of balanced approach to advancing Back River in a challenging capital markets environment. These activities are designed to provide greater certainty on CAPEX components going forward as well as to de-risk critical logistical elements of the project. These initiatives create value and improve the Project readiness for when the time is right to make a production decision.

“We are pleased with the progress we have made in 2018,” said Bruce McLeod, President & CEO “This year we have obtained all critical environmental and regulatory authorizations, our land tenure agreement and Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement with the Kitikmeot Inuit Association, constructed a port facility, made our first sea lift deliveries and made a significant new exploration discovery at Goose with Nuvuyak,

In addition, independent third-party review of the Project has been completed and we have been presented with favourable terms on a debt package for the Project that does not require streaming or royalties. But, we do not believe the time is right for making a production decision or for raising the full amount of equity that would be needed to construct the mine. By completing this financing now, we can execute our planned activities for 2019 and maintain our production schedule for the interim while significantly de-risking the Project over the coming months. Our approach continues to focus on activities that add value to the Project and to be disciplined and opportunistic in financing a production decision. We are also very pleased that both our strategic shareholders, Dundee Precious Metals and Zhaojin exercised their participation rights in connection with this financing and are encouraged by their support of the Company’s strategy.”

The Company is currently in the process of finalizing its budget for 2019, including the Project advancement activities described above and will announce the budget once finalized early in the new year. The Company is also finalizing its exploration plans for 2019 which will include expansion drilling at Nuvuyak and other targets. The Company expects to end the year with approximately $50 million in cash and short-term investments including the net proceeds of this financing.

The bought deal Offering was led by BMO Capital Markets and RBC Capital Markets. The Underwriters received a cash commission of the gross proceeds from this Offering.

Sabina Gold & Silver Corp

Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. is an emerging precious metals company with district scale, advanced, high grade gold assets in one of the world’s newest, politically stable mining jurisdictions: Nunavut, Canada.

Sabina released a Feasibility Study on its 100% owned Back River Gold Project which presents a project that has been designed on a fit-for purpose basis, with the potential to produce ~200,000 ounces a year for ~11 years with a rapid payback of 2.9 years (see “Technical Report for the Initial Project Feasibility Study on the Back River Gold Property, Nunavut, Canada” dated October 28, 2015).

The Project received its final Project Certificate on December 19, 2017 and its Type A Water License on November 14, 2018 and is now in receipt of all major authorizations for construction and operations.

In addition to Back River, Sabina also owns a significant silver royalty on Glencore’s Hackett River Project. The silver royalty on Hackett River’s silver production is comprised of 22.5% of the first 190 million ounces produced and 12.5% of all silver produced thereafter.

For further information please contact:

Nicole Hoeller, Vice-President, Communications: 1 888 648-4218


Romios Announces $540,000 First Closing Of Non-Brokered Offering

TORONTO, ONTARIO, December 21, 2018, Romios Gold Resources Inc. (“Romios” or the “Company”) (TSX.V-RG) (OTC-PK: RMIOF) (Frankfurt: D4R) is pleased to announce that it has closed the first tranche of a non-brokered flow-through share private placement (the “Offering”) with the sale of 8,307,692 flow-through shares (the “FT Shares”) at a price of $0.065 per FT Share for aggregate proceeds of $539,999.98.

Proceeds from the Offering are expected to be used for exploration of the Company’s properties in British Columbia and Ontario.

The Company paid eligible finders cash compensation of $43,200 and issued 664,615 Compensation Options. Each Compensation Option entitles the holder to acquire one (1) common share of the Company at $0.065 for a period of one (1) year from the closing of the Offering.

The securities issued are subject to a statutory hold period expiring on April 21, 2019.

The Offering will remain open until the earlier of the sale of the remaining 3,692,308 FT Shares and December 31, 2018.

About Romios Gold Resources Inc.

Romios Gold Resources Inc., a progressive Canadian mineral exploration company established in 1995, is engaged in precious and base metal exploration primarily focused on gold, silver and copper on its properties in the Golden Triangle area, northwestern British Columbia. In addition to the properties in the Golden Triangle area, Romios holds a 100% interest in the Lundmark-Akow Lake property in Ontario, the LaCorne Property in Quebec and the Scossa Property in Nevada. It also holds a 2% Net Smelter Return Royalty on the Hislop property in Ontario.

For further information, please contact:

Tom Drivas, President and Director, (tel) 416-221-4124, (fax) 416-218-9772 or (email)

Frank van de Water, Chief Financial Officer and Director, (tel) 416-221-4124 or (email)


Respect First Nation sovereignty to avoid courts and gain predictability says NDP leader – APTN News

December 21, 2018

Jagmeet Singh has been leader of the federal NDP party for just over a year and during that time he has seen how First Nations use courts to stop the federal government from trampling over their rights, such as the expansion of the Trans Mountain bitumen pipeline.

Several First Nations believed they weren’t properly consulted on the proposed expansion from Edmonton, Alta. to Burnaby, B.C. and went to court to force the Trudeau government to start over again.

Singh sat down with Nation to Nation to discuss a wide-range of subjects related to Indigenous people and believes there’s a way to achieve a level of predictability.

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It’s not the end,’ community leader vows after Hillside Beach cultural centre destroyed by fire – CBC

Windy Hill lodge, part of Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre in Winnipeg, burned to the ground Wednesday

Dec 21, 2018

Community members involved in a cultural centre in Hillside Beach, Man., are entering a healing period after the centre burned to the ground in a fire earlier this week, says the leader of the organization that runs it.

A fire started just before midnight Wednesday at the Windy Hill Retreat Centre, a cultural learning centre run by Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre in Winnipeg, said Diane Redsky, executive director of Ma Mawi.

High winds made the fire spread quickly, Redsky said. By the time she got a phone call about the fire at 3 a.m. Thursday, the building had been destroyed.

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Teck Announces Investment in Sun Metals

Vancouver, B.C. – Teck Resources Limited (TSX: TECK.A and TECK.B, NYSE: TECK) (“Teck”) announced today that it has acquired 12,500,000 common shares of Sun Metals Corp. (TSX.V: SUNM) (“Sun Metals”), at a cost of $0.28 per common share for an aggregate purchase price of $3,500,000. The shares were acquired privately on December 20, 2018 pursuant to a donation arrangement (the “Acquisition”).

As a result of the Acquisition, Teck holds 12,500,000 common shares of Sun Metals, or approximately 13.8% of Sun Metals’ outstanding common shares. Sun Metals is a mineral exploration company focused on advancing its flagship Stardust project located in northcentral British Columbia, Canada.

Prior to the completion of the Acquisition, Teck did not hold any shares of Sun Metals. The Acquisition was made for investment purposes. Teck may determine to increase or decrease its investment in Sun Metals depending on market conditions and any other relevant factors. This release is required to be issued under the early warning requirements of applicable securities laws. A copy of the early warning report may be obtained from the contacts listed below.

About Teck
Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, steelmaking coal, zinc and energy. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, its shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols TECK.A and TECK.B and the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TECK. Learn more about Teck at or follow @TeckResources.

Media Contact:
Chris Stannell
Senior Communications Specialist

Investor Contact:
Fraser Phillips
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations and Strategic Analysis



Star Diamond Corporation Announces Closing of Private Placement

Star Diamond Corporation (TSX:DIAM) (“the Corporation”) is pleased to announce the successful closing of a $1.25 million private placement of 4,808,153 Flow-Through Common Shares at a price of $0.26 per Flow-Through Common Share (the “Offering”).

The proceeds from the sale of the Flow-Through Common Shares will be used by the Corporation to incur Canadian exploration expenses (“Qualifying Expenditures”) prior to December 31, 2019. The Corporation will renounce the Qualifying Expenditures to subscribers of Flow-Through Common Shares for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018.

The Corporation paid certain finders (each a “Finder”) cash fees equal to 5% of the gross proceeds raised by such Finder pursuant to the Offering, and issued such Finder warrants equal to 5% of the number of Flow-Through Common Shares attributable to such Finder pursuant to the Offering (the “Finder’s Warrants”). The Corporation issued 240,408 in Finder’s Warrants in relation to the Placement, exercisable at any time up to twelve months following the closing of the Offering at $0.28 per share. All securities issued pursuant to the Offering are subject to a four month hold period in accordance with applicable securities laws and exchange regulations. The Offering is subject to TSX acceptance of requisite regulatory filings.

Star Diamond Corporation is a Canadian based corporation engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of mineral properties. Shares of the Corporation trade on the TSX Exchange under the trading symbol “DIAM”.

For further information: or (306) 664-2202


Indigenous Institute unveils new website and logo – BayToday

‘We are adding, stone by stone, a new layer to the foundation created over decades by Indigenous educators and advocates’

The Indigenous Advanced Education and Skills Council (IAESC) has a new logo and celebrate the first anniversary of the Indigenous Institutes Act receiving royal assent Dec. 14, 2017.

IAESC was created through legislation as the independent quality assurance organization which will review Institutes and programs for certificate, diploma and degree-granting credentials.

“We are entering 2019 with as much momentum as 2018, which saw the formation of the IAESC board and incorporation as a federal not-for-profit organization,” said Laurie Robinson, chairwoman and executive director of IAESC. “We are adding, stone by stone, a new layer to the foundation created over decades by Indigenous educators and advocates.”

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Feds invests $295K in two NB Indigenous forestry projects – Canadian Biomass

December 20, 2018

Dec. 20, 2018 – Two Indigenous forestry projects in New Brunswick have received $295,000 in funding from the federal government.

According to a news release, Tobique First Nation will receive $255,000 over multiple years to establish a forest-based community business that will create jobs and increase revenue in the community. So far, the funds have supported a detailed analysis of Tobique’s manufacturing options, which led to the purchase of a sawmill in Perth-Andover, N.B. The next phase of funding will help establish standard operating procedures at the mill, training in grading and stamping lumber, and management succession planning.

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Rubicon Minerals Announces Transfer of Loan Facility to Sprott

TORONTO, Dec. 20, 2018? – Rubicon Minerals Corporation (TSX: RMX | OTCQX: RBYCF) (“Rubicon” or the “Company”) announces that CPPIB Credit Investments Inc. (“CPPIB Credit”), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board,?has agreed to transfer its C$12.0 million existing secured loan facility with Rubicon (“Loan Facility”) to Sprott Private Resource Lending (Collector), L.P. (“Sprott”). In addition, Sprott has amended the Loan Facility to adjust the minimum cash requirement from C$5.0 million to C$1.0 million, improving the Company’s financial flexibility.? In exchange for the amendment to the minimum cash requirement, the Company has issued 800,000 warrants which expire on December 31, 2020 and have an exercise price of C$1.35/share.

The Loan Facility will continue to reflect:

  • Maturity date (“Maturity”) of December 31, 2020;
  • Interest payments will be paid-in-kind (“PIK”), with an effective annual interest rate of 5.0%, payable at Maturity;
  • Loan Facility can be voluntarily prepaid at any time without a premium or penalty; and
  • Certain covenants and event of default provisions remain intact.

Comments from Leadership at Rubicon and Sprott:

Rubicon President and Chief Executive Officer George Ogilvie, P.Eng., commented, “We welcome Sprott as a new partner who could assist us in advancing the Phoenix Gold Project towards potential commercial production, assuming positive project economics. Sprott has extensive technical and financial expertise and has been involved in many transactions in the mining sector. We believe our new partnership with Sprott provides additional validation and credibility to the Phoenix Gold Project and the Company as a whole. We look forward to working with Sprott and building upon our business relationship.”

Du?an Petkovi?, Principal of Sprott commented, “As one of the largest investors dedicated to the natural resource sector, Sprott is excited to partner with Rubicon on the development of the Phoenix Gold Project. Our partnership with the Rubicon team is consistent with our strategy of providing innovative and flexible capital to maximize the value of exceptional projects.”

About Rubicon Minerals Corporation
Rubicon Minerals Corporation?is an advanced gold exploration company that owns the?Phoenix Gold Project, located in the prolific Red Lake gold district in northwestern Ontario, Canada. Additionally, Rubicon controls over 285 square kilometres of prime exploration ground in Red Lake and more than 900 square kilometres of mineral property interests in the emerging Long Canyon gold district that straddles the Nevada-Utah border in the United States. Rubicon’s shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (RMX) and the OTCQX markets (RBYCF). For more information, please visit our website at

George Ogilvie, P.Eng.
President, CEO, and Director



NOVAGOLD Receives Recognition for Corporate Excellence

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Dec. 20, 2018 — NOVAGOLD RESOURCES INC. (NYSE American, TSX: NG) is pleased to report that it received the 2018 Platinum Award for Corporate Excellence for designing the Donlin Gold project, located in southwestern Alaska. The award, given by the American Exploration and Mining Association (AEMA), is in recognition of NOVAGOLD’s strong culture of safety, environmental stewardship and community engagement.

“NOVAGOLD is honored to receive this important award,” said Ron Rimelman, NOVAGOLD’s Vice President of Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability. “We would like to thank our partners, Barrick Gold, and two Alaska Native Corporations, Calista Corporation (“Calista”) and The Kuskokwim Corporation (TKC), as well as the Donlin Gold LLC team in Alaska for their extraordinary work and commitment to the project.”

“Receipt of the first ever Record of Decision that was delivered jointly by two federal agencies, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the “Corps”) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), marked a major milestone in advancing Donlin Gold, one of the largest and highest-grade known open-pit gold deposits in the world,” added Mr. Rimelman.

NOVAGOLD would like to thank AEMA for this special recognition. Our success would not have been possible without the tremendous support and commitment from the community of the Yukon-Kuskokwim region, Calista and TKC, the Donlin Gold team, our partner Barrick, and the dedicated professionals from the Corps and BLM.


NOVAGOLD is a well-financed precious metals company focused on the development of its 50%-owned Donlin Gold project in Alaska, one of the safest mining jurisdictions in the world. With approximately 39 million ounces of gold in the measured and indicated resource categories, inclusive of proven and probable reserves (541 million tonnes at an average grade of approximately 2.2 grams per tonne in the measured and indicated resource categories on a 100% basis),1 Donlin Gold is regarded to be one of the largest, highest-grade, and most prospective known open pit gold deposits in the world. According to the Second Updated Feasibility Study (as defined below), once in production, Donlin Gold is expected to produce an average of more than one million ounces per year over a 27-year mine life on a 100% basis. The Donlin Gold project has substantial exploration potential beyond the designed footprint which currently covers only three kilometers of an approximately eight-kilometer long gold-bearing trend. Current activities at Donlin Gold are focused on state permitting, optimization work, community outreach and workforce development in preparation for the construction and operation of this top tier project. With a strong balance sheet, NOVAGOLD is well-positioned to complete permitting and advance optimization efforts at the Donlin Gold project.

Scientific and Technical Information

Some scientific and technical information contained herein with respect to the Donlin Gold project is derived from the “Donlin Creek Gold Project Alaska, USA NI 43-101 Technical Report on Second Updated Feasibility Study” prepared by AMEC with an effective date of November 18, 2011, as amended January 20, 2012 (the “Second Updated Feasibility Study”). Kirk Hanson, P.E., Technical Director, Open Pit Mining, North America, (AMEC, Reno), and Gordon Seibel, R.M. SME, Principal Geologist, (AMEC, Reno) are the Qualified Persons responsible for the preparation of the independent technical report, each of whom are independent “qualified persons” as defined by NI 43-101.

Clifford Krall, P.E., who is the Mine Engineering Manager for NOVAGOLD and a “qualified person” under NI 43-101, has approved and verified the scientific and technical information related to the Donlin Gold project contained in this press release.

NOVAGOLD Contacts:

Mélanie Hennessey
Vice President, Corporate Communications

Allison Pettit
Investor Relations Manager

604-669-6227 or 1-866-669-6227


AFN national chief says senators should not be ‘afraid’ of Indigenous rights bill – CBC

Perry Bellegarde wants speedy passage of 2 major bills set for introduction in January

Dec 21, 2018

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde said Conservative senators should not be “afraid” and pass an NDP private member’s bill to harmonize Canada’s laws with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Bill C-262, introduced by NDP MP Romeo Saganash, is currently in second reading before the Senate.

Conservatives opposed the bill in the House of Commons and, in the Senate, expressed concern over its potential impact during a Senate debate in late November.

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Conflict over fee for Indigenous cannabis retailers could end up in court: Long Plain chief – CTV

December 20, 2018

A flap over a provincial cannabis fee is likely on the horizon between the premier and Indigenous leaders.

“Opinions from our lawyer is that it could possibly — an illegal tax,” said Long Plain First Nation Chief Dennis Meeches.

Two pot stores are operating on Long Plain land now.

The province is set to charge a 6 per cent social responsibility fee for all marijuana retailers. Meeches says that fee may violate a federal law which permits tax exemptions on First Nations.

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The Daily Friday, December 21, 2018

Gross domestic product by industry, October 2018

Real gross domestic product expanded 0.3% in October, following a 0.1% decrease in September. There was growth in 15 of 20 industrial sectors, led by increases in manufacturing, finance and insurance and wholesale trade.

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Financial and Wealth Accounts on a from-whom-to-whom basis: Selected financial instruments, third quarter 2018

Statistics Canada’s from-whom-to-whom (FWTW) project builds on the information currently found in the Financial and Wealth Accounts (FWA), the program that is responsible for producing Canada’s national balance sheet and financial flows. This first release focuses on government, through the publication of six financial instruments that are unique debt instruments for that sector: Government of Canada bonds; Government of Canada short-term paper; Provincial and Territorial government bonds; Local government bonds; Government claims: loans and advances; and Government claims: equity.

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Retail trade, October 2018

Retail sales increased 0.3% to $51.0 billion in October. Higher sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers and gasoline stations were the main contributors to the gain. Excluding these two subsectors, retail sales declined 0.4%.

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Investment in building construction, October 2018

Total investment in building construction decreased 3.2% from September to $14.1 billion in October. Both the residential (-4.2% to $9.7 billion) and non-residential (-0.8% to $4.4 billion) sectors declined.

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Natural gas transmission, storage and distribution, October 2018

Natural gas transmission pipelines received 560.7 million gigajoules of natural gas from fields, gathering systems and plants in October, up 1.0% from the same month in 2017. The vast majority of receipts were in Alberta (70.2%) and British Columbia (27.6%).

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Pipeline transportation of oil and other liquid petroleum products, October 2018

Pipelines received 22.2 million cubic metres of crude oil and equivalent products from fields and plants in October, up 5.0% compared with the same month in 2017. The vast majority originated in Alberta (87.5%), followed by Saskatchewan (9.7%).

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Electric power statistics, October 2018

Data on electric power for October are now available upon request.

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Coal and coke statistics, October 2018

Coal production decreased 8.1% year over year to 4.5 million tonnes in October.

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Monthly civil aviation statistics, October 2018

The six Canadian Level I air carriers flew 6.6 million passengers on scheduled and charter services in October, up 5.3% from October 2017 and continuing the upward year-over-year monthly trend that began in April 2014.

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Poultry and egg statistics, December 2018

Stocks of total frozen poultry meat in cold storage increased 5.3% from December 1, 2017, to 83 446 tonnes on December 1, 2018. The largest increase came from frozen chicken stocks, up 18.6% from the previous year to 49 486 tonnes. On December 1, 2018, frozen turkey stocks equalled 27 351 tonnes, down 12.4% from December 1, 2017.

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Canadian Community Health Survey – Nutrition: Public use microdata file, 2015

The public use microdata file (PUMF) for the 2015 Canadian Community Health Survey – Nutrition is now available.

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Accord is ‘significant step forward’ for Indigenous people in Simcoe County – Bradford Today

Feds, Congress of Aboriginal Peoples sign Canada-Congress of Aboriginal Peoples Political Accord

Indigenous people in Simcoe County should benefit from a new accord signed with the federal government.

The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) and the government signed the Canada-Congress of Aboriginal Peoples Political Accord recently.

“This is a significant step forward in recognizing CAP constituents and providing support for development of our people. We are very positive about the accord and anticipate it will have a major impact on our constituents,” said Keith Doxsee, governor of the Ontario Coalition of Indigenous Peoples’ District 7, which includes Simcoe County.

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Healing Our Spirit Worldwide – 2018 Sydney – Interview with Diane Hill: ONWA Youth Delegate

Diane Hill, from the United Nation of the Thames, and of the Bear Clan, speaks of her role with the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) as a youth delegate at the 2018 Healing Our Spirit Worldwide (HOSW) event in Sydney.

Beginning with her initial awareness of the event, from ONWA’s call for a youth delegate on Facebook, through to the skills she’s developing and learning, Diane speaks of the shared humor, pride, and humility of the collected Indigenous peoples of the world. Hill speaks about the indescribable power of the gathering and the emotions that the sharing of spirit elicited from herself, as a participant. Hill continues to describe the leadership, communication, networking, and other skills she has developed on top of the cross cultural pride and sharing that has come from her involvement.

Her heartfelt words and moving description as an ONWA youth delegate at HOSW continue throughout the interview as she describes her personal experience and growth at the powerful international event.

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PEN Canada: Security training workshop for indigenous women journalists in Guatemala

Credits: PEN International

In December 2017, PEN Canada held a security training workshop for indigenous women journalists in Guatemala, teaching them how to protect themselves and to cope with the stress of working in dangerous environments. The workshop was funded by PEN International.

Assembly of First Nations 2018 Holiday Greeting from National Chief Perry Bellegarde

Assembly of First Nations 2018 Holiday Greeting from National Chief Perry Bellegarde


NAN Welcomes Pikangikum’s Connection to Provincial Electricity Grid

THUNDER BAY, ON (December 20, 2018): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, on behalf of the Executive Council, celebrates the shut down of Pikangikum First Nation’s diesel generating station and official energization of the transmission line during a ceremony in the community today.

“This is an enormous achievement and I congratulate Chief Dean Owen and Council for their years of effort to secure a connection to the provincial electricity grid. A reliable power source will finally end Pikangikum’s reliance on diesel generation and help the community advance plans for growth and development,” said Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler. “We also congratulate Wataynikaneyap Power for their work to connect 17 First Nations to the provincial electricity grid through the first phase of this project. Connecting our remote communities to the provincial grid is better for the environment and will help improve the lives of our members.”

Pikangikum First Nation becomes the first community to officially connect to the Ontario power grid via the Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Line Project. The milestone will be marked by the lighting of a community Christmas tree – the first ever in Pikangikum – followed by a community feast.

Wataynikaneyap Power was launched in 2015 to expand grid connection for remote First Nations. The Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Line Project will connect these remote communities to Ontario’s power grid in phases.

It was awarded $1.6 billion earlier this year to connect remote First Nation communities to the provincial power grid over a 1,800 kilometre transmission line.

Wataynikaneyap is a licensed transmission company, regulated by the Ontario Energy Board, equally owned by 22 First Nation communities (51%), in partnership with Fortis (49%). FortisOntario Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Fortis, and an electricity transmission and distribution utility holding company based in Ontario, owns 49% of the general partner of Wataynikaneyap Power and acts as the project manager.

For more information please contact: Gina Fata, Research and Policy Coordinator – Phone: (807) 625-4909 or (807) 630-5245 (mobile) or Email:


Carleton-Led Proposal Shortlisted for Prestigious 2020 Venice Biennale in Architecture

A proposal by a team from Carleton University’s Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism is one of four to be shortlisted to curate the Canadian Pavilion at the 2020 Venice Biennale in Architecture.

The Biennale is one of the most prestigious international platforms for architecture in the world. It draws more than 350,000 visitors worldwide to engage in critical conversations about contemporary architecture.

“We are delighted to be shortlisted to curate the Canadian pavilion at the Biennale and are very grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts for being considered, along with three other outstanding teams,” said Ozayr Saloojee, professor in the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism. “It’s incredible to have this opportunity to represent Canada, Carleton and our international, interdisciplinary team of scholars, designers, students and communities at the Biennale. We are looking forward to creating a compelling, provocative and engaging presentation centred on Canada’s inland waters.”

The team is comprised of a remarkable and interdisciplinary advising and collaborative team from around the world. The core team consists of professors Johan Voordouw, Saloojee and PhD student émélie Desrochers-Turgeon in the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism, Zoe Todd professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, David Hugill, professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and Karen Lutsky, professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Minnesota.

The proposal entitled, Fluid Boundaries: Ethical Imaginaries of Inland Waters, explores the liquid boundaries and thresholds of Canada. The team aims to foster a critical position on Canada’s responsibilities to inland bodies of water, Indigenous nations, human and non-human agencies and the legal governance entanglements that shape Canada’s collective experiences as an idea and place. The exhibition would position interactive liquid landscape models with speculative drawings and texts that elicit an ethical imagery on how these waterscapes should be maintained, experienced and challenged.

The Fluid Boundaries team will submit a final proposal in January 2019, followed by an interview with the Canada Council Jury a short while later. The winning project, to be announced in February 2019, will serve as Canada’s official entry to the 2020 Venice Biennale in Architecture and will be housed in the newly restored Canadian Pavilion on the Biennale grounds in Venice, from May until November 2020.

Media Contact
Steven Reid
Media Relations Officer
Carleton University
613-520-2600, ext. 8718


Update on wildfire site rehabilitation in Skeena Region

Dec. 20, 2018

SMITHERS – The rehabilitation of land impacted by the suppression of wildfires in 2018 is underway throughout the Northwest Fire Centre, with work being done at 12 of the most significant fire sites.

The initial work is referred to as “emergency works,” which is intended to stabilize the area before the onset of winter. These priority works are considered to be essential for public safety and environmental protection and usually begin immediately after a wildfire is declared to be under control. Rehabilitation planning and associated activities are generally undertaken the following year, as weather conditions allow.

Key tasks associated with these emergency rehabilitation works include:

  • stabilizing slopes next to highways and bodies of water
  • clearing away danger trees (i.e. trees so badly burned that they’ve become unstable and could topple over at any time)
  • grass seeding, to re-establish vegetation and help control soil erosion
  • removing timber that was cut down (decked timber) to establish fireguards and slow the growth of the fires

The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development is rehabilitating areas impacted by wildfire suppression operations as the first step in land-based recovery. The B.C. government is collaborating with local governments and First Nations that were impacted by these wildfires. Rehabilitation planning for another two sites in the Northwest Fire Centre will begin in 2019.

Rehabilitation projects underway in the Nadina Fire Zone

Verdun Mountain wildfire, 47,610 hectares, originated 35 kilometres south of Burns Lake:

  • about 167 kilometres of fireguard require rehabilitation
  • rehabilitation work (using machinery) is ongoing, as weather permits
  • grass seeding (aerial and by hand) is underway

Nadina Lake wildfire, 86,767 hectares, originated 40 kilometres south of Houston:

  • about 303 kilometres of fireguard require rehabilitation
  • field work for the rehabilitation plan is complete
  • grass seeding (aerial and by hand) is underway

Gilmore Lake wildfire, 216 hectares, originated eight kilometres southwest of Topley:

  • about 23 kilometres of fireguard require rehabilitation
  • field work for the rehabilitation plan is complete
  • rehabilitation work (using machinery) is ongoing, as weather permits

Cheslatta Lake wildfire, 8,100 hectares, originated 58 kilometres southeast of Burns Lake:

  • about 55 kilometres of fireguard require rehabilitation
  • rehabilitation work (using machinery) is complete
  • additional rehabilitation planning will be carried out in spring 2019

Hautete wildfire, 3,366 hectares, originated 35 kilometres southeast of Fort Babine:

  • about 53 kilometres of fireguard require rehabilitation
  • grass seeding (by hand) is underway
  • additional rehabilitation planning will be carried out in spring 2019

Rehabilitation projects underway in the Bulkley Fire Zone

Pope Forest Service Road wildfire, 562 hectares, originated 37 kilometres northwest of New Hazelton:

  • about 32 kilometres of fireguard required rehabilitation
  • all rehabilitation work has been completed and inspected

Torkelsen Lake wildfire, 2,524 hectares, originated 25 kilometres south of Fort Babine:

  • about 33 kilometres of fireguard require rehabilitation
  • decked timber (from the creation of fireguards) is being moved to a local mill
  • hand grass seeding for this wildfire site is complete
  • a rehabilitation plan has been completed
  • rehabilitation work (using machinery) is ongoing, as weather permits

Nichyeskwa Creek wildfire, 884 hectares, originated 25 kilometres northwest of Fort Babine:

  • about 13 kilometres of fireguard require rehabilitation
  • a rehabilitation plan has been completed
  • all decked timber (from the creation of fireguards) has been moved to a local mill
  • grass seeding is almost complete

West Babine River wildfire, 10,850 hectares, originated 50 kilometres northwest of Fort Babine:

  • about 26 kilometres of fireguard require rehabilitation
  • a rehabilitation plan has been completed
  • no emergency rehabilitation work was necessary for this wildfire site
  • all decked timber (from the creation of fireguards) has been moved to a local mill

Mill Creek wildfire, 357 hectares, originated 12 kilometres northwest of Kitwanga:

  • about half a kilometre of fireguard requires rehabilitation
  • a rehabilitation plan has been completed

Rehabilitation projects underway in the Cassiar Fire Zone

Alkali Lake wildfire, 121,215 hectares, originated five kilometres northwest of Telegraph Creek:

  • about 57 kilometres of fireguard require rehabilitation
  • the ministry is working with the Tahltan Nation and the Tahltan Nation Development Corporation to complete emergency rehabilitation works, as weather permits
  • a rehabilitation plan will be prepared for spring 2019

Lutz Creek wildfire, 100,779 hectares, originated 13 kilometres southwest of Lower Post:

  • about seven kilometres of fireguard require rehabilitation
  • a rehabilitation plan has been approved
  • work and site inspections have begun and will be completed in spring 2019


Media Relations
Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
250 356-7506

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Pikangikum First Nation marks historic connection to provincial electrical grid through Indigenous-led Wataynikaneyap Power project

From: Indigenous Services Canada

December 20, 2018 — Pikangikum First Nation, Treaty 5 Territory, Ontario — Indigenous Services Canada

The Government of Canada is committed to working in partnership with First Nations to build critical community infrastructure and invest in clean and reliable energy. In March 2018, the federal government announced a $1.6 billion investment in Wataynikaneyap Power, an Indigenous-led and majority owned Transmission Company working to connect First Nations communities to the Ontario power grid by 2023.

Today, the Honourable Bob Nault, Member of Parliament for Kenora, on behalf of the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, joined Pikangikum First Nation to celebrate the community’s connection to the Ontario power grid through their newly completed transmission line. Pikangikum is the first community to be connected to the provincial power grid through the Wataynikaneyap Power project.

This historic milestone enables Pikangikum to eliminate their dependence on diesel as their primary energy source. The connection to the Ontario grid will provide safe, clean and reliable energy that supports the health and safety of community members, while allowing for new economic development and job opportunities that were not possible in the past.

The Pikangikum transmission line represents a $60.2 million federal investment, as part of the total federal investment of $1.6 billion in the Wataynikaneyap Power project.


“Today marks a historic milestone as Pikangikum becomes the first community to be connected to Ontario’s power grid through the Wataynikaneyap Power project. The completion of the Pikangikum transmission line eliminates the community’s dependence on diesel fuel, opening the way to new economic and job opportunities powered by safe, clean and reliable energy. We are proud to partner with Pikangikum and Wataynikaneyap Power on this Indigenous-led project, and we look forward to celebrating the connections of many more First Nations communities to the provincial power grid by 2023.”

The Honourable Jane Philpott, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Indigenous Services

“Our elders signed the treaty to share in the benefits of any major development that occurs in the homelands. Our people are leading the pathway by owning major infrastructure with a vision of bringing light to our communities. We celebrate with Pikangikum this remarkable achievement. Today, the line that brings light shines in Pikangikum and brings us one step closer to energizing across the North and realizing the hopes of our people and future generations.”

Margaret Kenequanash
CEO, Wataynikaneyap Power LP

“We are very happy that the project was completed so quickly. This investment for our First Nation supports significant improvements to the quality of life of members and to the environment. We will now have clean, safe and reliable energy that will have a positive impact on the health and well-being of everyone that lives here.”

Chief Dean Owen
Pikangikum First Nation

Quick facts

  • In Ontario, 25 remote First Nations rely on high-cost diesel generation as their sole source of electricity, which has limited community growth and access to economic opportunities, in addition to the risks that fuel delivery and storage pose to the environment.
  • In March 2018, the federal government announced a $1.6 billion investment in the Wataynikaneyap Power Project, the largest and most far-reaching Indigenous-led transmission project in the history of the province.
  • Construction on this project began in October 2017 and the first pole in the power line for Pikangikum was installed on February 15, 2018.
  • Wataynikaneyap Power is a licenced transmission company equally owned by 22 First Nations (51%) who partnered with Fortis (49%), an experienced industry leader. The goal is an eventual 100% ownership by First Nations.

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For more information, media may contact:

Rachel Rappaport
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Jane Philpott
Minister of Indigenous Services

Media Relations
Indigenous Services Canada


Koskie Minsky Brings Métis and Non-Status Indian Sixties Scoop Class Action

TORONTO, Dec. 20, 2018 – Koskie Minsky LLP in Toronto commenced today a proposed class action against the Attorney General of Canada on behalf of Métis and Non-Status Indian persons affected by the “Sixties Scoop” in Canada.

The term “Sixties Scoop” refers to the practice in Canada whereby Aboriginal children were taken (“scooped up”) from their families and placed in foster homes or adoption with non-Aboriginal families. As a result, it is alleged these “scooped” children lost their identity as Aboriginal persons and suffered mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Aboriginal communities describe the Sixties Scoop as destructive to their culture.

In May 2018, the Federal Court approved an $800 million settlement between Canada and Status-Indian survivors of the Sixties Scoop. Métis and Non-Status Indian persons were not included. On June 26, 2018, The Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, Carolyn Bennett, issued a statement that “This settlement agreement does not address all of the harm done by the Sixties Scoop – there is more work to be done, including with Métis and non-status peoples.”

“Now that the Sixties Scoop settlement between Status-Indian survivors of the Sixties Scoop and Canada has been implemented, it’s time for Canada to recognize that its actions taken in the Sixties Scoop affected a much larger group of Indigenous people,” says Kirk Baert, lead counsel at Koskie Minsky LLP. “Our job isn’t done yet.”

Koskie Minsky LLP, based in Toronto, is one of Canada’s foremost class action, pension, labour, employment and litigation firms. Its class actions group has been a leader in class actions since 1992 and has prosecuted many of the leading cases in the area. Koskie Minsky LLP was counsel in Cloud v. Canada, the first Indian Residential Schools class action certified in Canada which was settled for $5 billion. Koskie Minsky LLP was also counsel in Dolmage v. Ontario and three other related cases against the province of Ontario on behalf of thousands of people with disabilities which were settled for more than $107 million. Koskie Minsky LLP is also counsel in the recently settled class actions on behalf of survivors of the Sixties Scoop and the LGBT Purge in the Canadian military and public service.

For further information: For further information or if you are a class member: Toll-free: 1-866-778-7986, Email:; Media Contact: Kirk Baert, 416-595-2092,


Saint Mary’s University announces new Indigenous advisory council

December 20, 2018

Saint Mary’s University is pleased to announce the creation of the President’s Advisory Council on Indigenous Affairs.

“As an institution, we are committed to advancing support for Indigenous students, and strengthening connections to the community,” said Saint Mary’s University President Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray.? “The advice and guidance of the council will be a great resource for the university.”

The following is a list of the members of the President’s Advisory Council on Indigenous Affairs:

  • Chief Bob Gloade, BComm’93, Chief of the Millbrook First Nation (and member of the Saint Mary’s University Board of Governors);
  • Dr. Donald Julien, DCL ’17, the Executive Director of the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq;
  • Pamela Glode-Desrochers, Executive Director of the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre;
  • Jarvis Googoo, BA’05, the Director of Health for the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nation Chiefs Secretariat and a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society; and
  • Ann Sylliboy, the Post-secondary Consultant for Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewe.

The appointment of the advisory council marks another stage in Saint Mary’s commitment to reconciliation and the university’s response to the federal report by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. The council provides an external viewpoint for Indigenous supports on campus, and Indigenous issues facing the post-secondary sector. The council will provide a place for dialogue, insight and engagement for the president from members of Nova Scotia’s Indigenous communities and will meet periodically throughout the year.


énergie Saguenay Project — Participant Funding Allocated

From: Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

December?20,?2018 — Ottawa — Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) has allocated $202,313.44 in federal funds to 11?recipients to assist their participation in the environmental assessment of the proposed énergie Saguenay Project. The project is located in the District of La Baie, Saguenay City, Quebec.

The funding was made available through the Agency’s Participant Funding Program and will assist the participation of the public and Indigenous?peoples in upcoming steps of the environmental assessment. These steps include reviewing and providing comments on the Environmental Impact Statement or on the summary thereof, the draft Environmental Assessment Report, and the potential environmental assessment conditions.

For more information on the project and the federal environmental assessment process, please visit the Agency’s website at (Registry reference number 80115).

Details of Funding Allocation for the Project
Recipients Allocation
Association des propriétaires de l’Anse à Pelletier $12,300.00
Comité ZIP Saguenay-Charlevoix $7,336.00
Conseil de la Nation Huronne-Wendat $39,323.36
Conseil de la Première Nation des Innus Essipit $34,175.00
Conseil de la Première Nation des Innus de Pessamit $31,188.00
Conseil régional de l’environnement et du développement durable du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean $8,569.00
Eau Secours! La Coalition québécoise pour une gestion responsable de l’eau $11,505.00
EURêKO! $10,503.92
Nature Québec $12,300.00
Organisme de Bassin Versant du Saguenay $10,731.78
Pekuakamiulnuatsh Takuhikan $24,381.38
Total $202,313.44

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Marissa Harfouche
Communications Advisor
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency


Community Group Marks 100th Anniversary by Establishing New Scholarship

December 19, 2018

Since 1919, the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) has worked to improve the status of women and promote all aspects of education. In honour of the organization’s 100th anniversary, the CFUW’s Nanaimo chapter is establishing a new scholarship at Vancouver Island University (VIU).

The CFUW Nanaimo Ocean Sciences/Marine Biology Celebration Award CFUW 100th Anniversary award will provide an annual scholarship of $2,000 to a woman in her third or fourth year of studies in a program related to ocean sciences, marine biology or fisheries and aquaculture, with preference going to an Indigenous student. The latest award brings the total amount of scholarship money the CFUW gives out to VIU students each year to $8,500.

“Education is the key to a life well-lived,” says Susan Murphy, CFUW Past President. “As our members have embraced the concept of growing our endowment, and had the chance to meet the young women who have won our awards, we have witnessed the real-life impact of our vision of education.”

“A big part of our mission is to advocate for higher education for women and girls,” adds Roberta Veenstra, CFUW Nanaimo Scholarship Chair. “We recognize the financial and societal barriers that women often face in accessing higher education. Our endowment ensures the next generation of female scholars has the funds to access the education they want.”

Veenstra says this new award celebrates not only the 100th anniversary of their national organization, but also a more localized program that CFUW Nanaimo members founded in 1969, an educational program called Life Between the Tides. For several weeks each spring until 2017, club volunteers presented on intertidal marine life to groups of elementary school students in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District using live animals collected at local beaches.

“This would have been the 50th anniversary of that program, and the Ocean Sciences award commemorates it as well,” says Veenstra.

The CFUW Nanaimo endowment started more than 15 years ago with a donation of $25,000, which was then matched by the VIU Foundation. Over the years, the Foundation has continued to support the group to grow the endowment to its current ability to support six scholarships, awards and bursaries per year. Since 2000, more than $60,000 has been distributed to VIU students in CFUW’s name. In honour of this relationship, CFUW Nanaimo recently presented the Foundation with a certificate of recognition in thanks for the support over the years.

“We feel it is important to recognize the people who don’t normally get recognized,” explains Veenstra. “All the staff at the Foundation we’ve ever interacted with are dedicated to furthering the education of students. Their dedication to what they are doing really reflects our own values back to us.”

Susie Caswell, VIU’s Advancement Manager, Donor Relations, admires the dedication of CFUW Nanaimo members.

“They have an incredible passion to support students, to make a difference,” she says. “Their slogan is ‘The power of women working together’ and that really says it all. Their efforts create such an impact and we really enjoy working with them. They truly like to be a part of the university community – and they are.”




Jenn McGarrigle, Communications Officer, Vancouver Island University

P: 250.740.6559 | C: 250.619.6860 | E: | T: @VIUNews


Christmas events at Nunavut Public Library Service

20 December 2018 

Christmas is just around the corner and once again, the Nunavut Public Library Service in Iqaluit invites Iqalummiut to join in this year’s activities from December 20 to 22:

  • Board Games Day: December 20, 2018 from 3 to 8 p.m.
  • Spaghetti Giveaway : December 21, 2018 from 1 to 6 p.m.
  • Movie Day: December 22, 2018 from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Spaghetti Giveaway event aims to help people and families who need it the most. Pick up is available during the time slot indicated above. The movie shown during Movie Day Saturday will be “Jingle All the way” and “Christmas Carol”.

Take this opportunity to gather with loved ones and share in the holiday spirit. For more information, contact Acting Head Librarian Linda Cormier at 867-979-5594 or email


Media Contact:

Elizabeth A Roberts
Communication Officer
Department of Culture and Heritage
Government of Nunavut


BC Government: Apply for community arts festival and youth engagement grants

Dec. 19, 2018

VICTORIA – The BC Arts Council is accepting applications for two of its project-assistance funding programs: Community Arts Festivals and the Youth Engagement Program.

  • The BC Arts Council’s Youth Engagement Program provides grants to eligible arts and cultural organizations in order to engage young British Columbians in the arts. Funding is intended to support the development and delivery of programs that give youth opportunities to take part in arts and culture as participants, makers and audiences. Submissions for the Youth Engagement Program must be post-marked no later than Jan. 30, 2019.
  • The BC Arts Council’s Community Arts Festivals grants are offered to non-profit community-based arts and cultural organizations involved in the production of local arts and culture festivals. Eligible festivals must be more than one day in duration. Grants of up to $6,000 are available to offset the costs paid to professional artists and technicians from throughout B.C. and Canada. Submissions for Community Arts Festivals grants must be post-marked no later than Feb. 15, 2019.

First Nations band councils and Indigenous friendship centres are eligible to apply to both programs.

More information on guidelines and program details, including further eligibility criteria, can be found here:??

The BC Arts Council is the provincial government’s agency for arts funding and development. In Budget 2018, the Province increased support of the BC Arts Council by $15 million over the next three years to help artists and cultural organizations flourish in 220 communities throughout the province.

Learn More:

The BC Arts Council draws upon the expertise of British Columbia’s arts and culture community to provide an independent adjudication process. For more information, visit:


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MSVU: New photo display highlights student perspective on living and teaching in the North

December 18, 2018

If you’ve walked through the fourth floor of Seton recently, you may have noticed a change to the popular Nunavut photo display. The new exhibit highlights photos taken by Mount Bachelor of Education students before and during their stay on Baffin Island, Nunavut as part of a travel bursary program.

Every year for the last decade, the Mount has sent five students who are interested in teaching in the North to Baffin Island, Nunavut as part of a four-week orientation experience. The initiative operates as a travel bursary program with the goal of sending more teachers to the region. Learn more about the program.

The new display showcases photos that originally appeared on blogs the students were encouraged to keep as a way to document their time in the North. “It gives a feel for what the experience is like from their perspective, both personally, in school and on the land,” explained Nick Newbery, Nunavut Teacher Practicum Program Coordinator at the Mount, and the person who started the program.

Earlier this year, program alumni Emily Corkum and Iain Caldwell spoke to CTV about their experiences. Watch their full interview.


NIC 2018: Year in Review

As another year ends, NIC looks back at 2018 with pride at the innovation, resourcefulness and dedication displayed by students, faculty and staff

The year included campus openings, construction developments, program funding announcements and celebrations of student, staff and alumni achievements.

“There were so many things that made 2018 a remarkable year for NIC and the communities we serve,” said NIC President, John Bowman. “I’m incredibly proud of the work that has been put in by the entire college community to support students across the region and we wanted to share some of the highlights from the past year.”

  • January 2018: NIC celebrated the opening of its new campus in Port Hardy with an open house that brought together students, faculty and community partners from across the North Island.
  • February 2018: NIC welcomed nearly 1,400 Grade 11 students to its Comox Valley and Port Alberni campuses to explore post-secondary life. The month also saw NIC launch a new employment site called CareerCentral, where employers can post jobs for free.? NIC also wrapped up its innovative TV and Film Crew Training program, which saw 138 students earn credentials to work in the Island’s growing film industry.
  • March 2018: The NIC Foundation offered a record $375,000 in scholarships and bursaries to NIC students.
  • April 2018: NIC Elder-in-Residence Dr. Evelyn Voyageur received the 2018 Indspire Award for outstanding career achievement, one of the highest honours within the Indigenous community. She also received an honorary doctorate from Thompson Rivers University, in recognition of her lifelong contribution to health care. Also in April, NIC business student Jessie Gervais became the third NIC student to become a Ch’nook Scholar.
  • May 2018: NIC celebrated its partnership with Tla-o-qui-aht Nation, Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, Camosun College and VIU in the creation of new energy efficient shipping container homes on the West Coast.
  • June 2018: BC Advanced Education minister Melanie Mark toured the Campbell River campus and announced a new Coastal Forestry program. Later that month, NIC hosted several graduation ceremonies.
  • July 2018: The BC government announced the expansion of NIC’s Early Childhood Care and Education programming, with an accelerated, part-time certificate program starting in January 2019.
  • August 2018: Registration opened for two new Aboriginal programs and Nuu-chah-nulth language courses, developed in consultation with First Nation communities. NIC developed the programs in response to the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. ?The new Aboriginal Leadership certificate offers First Nations leaders the tools to manage Aboriginal organizations across Canada.
  • September 2018: NIC kicked off the academic year with Orientation Day at each of its campuses. The project Campbell River welcomed 370 students, including about 45 international students. The campus is home to a $17.6 million expansion and renovation project that will see expanded learning spaces and programs. includes new trades shops, a new teaching kitchen and bistro, a new Library and Learning Commons, as well as renovated spaces for Timberline Secondary students.
  • October 2018: NIC announces the launch of a new Aquaculture Technician certificate in winter of 2019 to provide students with technical skills to work with a variety of species in BC’s growing aquaculture industry. NIC alumna Tina Tang was honoured as one of Canada’s top young chefs in the?ทดลอง เล่น ฟรี sbobetGlobe and Mail.
  • November 2018: NIC relaunches its Professional Photography program, which will give NIC students the skills, experience and portfolio to kick-start their professional careers.
  • December 2018: NIC announces it will be able to increase its in-community trades training, thanks to a generous donation from A.B. Edie Equities Inc. owner Allan Edie. Edie donated more than $273,000 in equipment to NIC, including a high-tech welding truck and trailer, which gives NIC the ability to bring trades training into remote communities.

As NIC looks ahead to 2019, it remains committed to providing quality, affordable education and skills training in collaborating with community partners to create pathways to learning and empowering individuals to achieve their full potential.

For more information and a complete list of news stories throughout the past year, visit the NIC Newsroom.

Media Contact
Christiana Wiens
Media Liaison, North Island College
O. 250-334-5280 | M. 250-218-4097


West Flemish Pass Exploration Drilling Project — Commencement of Environmental Assessment

From: Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

December?20,?2018 — Ottawa — Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) has commenced a federal environmental assessment for the proposed West Flemish Pass Exploration Drilling Project, located 375?kilometres northeast of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, in the Atlantic Ocean.

Following a public comment period on the summary of the project description, the Agency has determined that an environmental assessment is required for the project. Information about what aspects of the environment may be affected by this project and what should be examined during the environmental assessment are detailed in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Guidelines. The EIS Guidelines have been provided to the proponent, Chevron Canada Limited.

This project is one of seven exploration drilling projects in the Newfoundland and Labrador offshore area currently undergoing a federal environmental assessment.

An application period for participant funding and a future public comment period on the summary of the proponent’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be announced at a later date.


UBCM: Rental Housing Report and Homeless Counts

Dec. 19, 2018

The Province last week issued two key reports relating to housing and homelessness: ?the 2018 Report on Homeless Counts in BC finding a minimum of 7,655 homeless people in BC; and the final report of the Rental Housing Task Force making 23 recommendations on wide ranging aspects of the rental housing framework.

2018 Report on Homeless Counts

The Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction released the 2018 Report on Homeless Counts, summarizing findings from 24 communities covering more than 85% of the province’s population over the past 2 years. The report found that there are at least 7,655 homeless people across BC.

The homeless people counted in the report are predominantly male (68%), with modest proportions of youth under 25 (15%) and adults aged 55+ (20%). Despite making up 6% of BC’s population, 38% of the homeless population that self-identified, identified as Indigenous. Approximately half of the respondents reported being homeless for one year or more, while 31% reported being homeless for less than 6 months. In addition, 58% of respondents reported one or more health conditions including addiction and mental illness. The counts in the report did not account for the “hidden homeless”, for example, those who are temporarily living with friends and relatives.

The results of the count will help to inform a homeless action plan that will be released as part of a poverty reduction strategy anticipated in early 2019. UBCM’s housing strategy calls for a comprehensive approach to homelessness focusing on case-management and prevention of homelessness.

Rental Housing Task Force Report

In April 2018, Premier Horgan appointed a Rental Housing Task Force to make recommendations on improving security and fairness for renters and rental housing providers. The Task Force made its first recommendations in September, calling for the annual rent increase formula to be reduced by 2% to an inflation adjustment only. This recommendation was accepted by the Province in September, and will be effective starting in 2019.

The Task Force has now issued a ทดลอง เล่น ฟรี sbobetfinal report making 23 recommendations, including calls to:

  • Amend the Residential Tenancy Act to allow for maintaining tenancy during renovations as long as the tenant is willing to accommodate construction.
  • Eliminate the ability of strata corporations to ban rentals from their buildings.
  • Maintain the current system of tying rent increases to the tenant rather than the home (no ‘vacancy controls’). This approach was strongly advocated for by the development industry as necessary to ensure adequate incentive to continue constructing rental units. However several tenant unions have expressed displeasure that vacancy controls are not being recommended, suggesting that they are necessary to remove the profit motive for renovictions.

The Rental Housing Task Force Report also recommends that the Province work with local governments to:

  • Develop tenant compensation and relocation guidelines that address the demolition of purpose built rental housing to reduce the dislocation of tenants, and
  • Develop, implement and enforce short-term rental rules to better protect long-term housing stock.

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing will now review the Task Force’s recommendations over the coming weeks before determining whether and how to proceed with implementation.

The recommendations are broadly consistent with UBCM’s housing report that calls for an approach to rental housing that balances the need for adequate incentives for landlords to rent out units with appropriate renter safeguards.

With regards to short-term rentals in particular, both UBCM’s housing report and member-endorsed resolutions have called for greater provincial support to address short-term rentals. Resolution 2018-A4 and the housing report both specifically identify platform accountability as one approach to ease the regulatory burden for local governments. As outlined in 2018-A4, this approach would require short-term rental platforms to agree to require their hosts to provide proof of a valid business licence, where applicable, in order to advertise using their service.

UBCM will continue to engage with the Province on housing and communicate further developments to members.


Minister Wilson-Raybould Appoints Deputy Judges to the Territories

From: Department of Justice Canada

December 20, 2018 – Ottawa, ON – Department of Justice Canada

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced 13 appointments of Deputy Judges of the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories, the Supreme Court of Yukon, and the Nunavut Court of Justice.

?These appointees are all jurists of the highest calibre from a variety of backgrounds across the country. Together, they will help Canada’s Territories continue their history of judicial excellence.


“The appointment of Deputy Judges enriches our justice system on many levels. It allows the superior courts in the Territories to draw upon the talents and expertise of a roster of experienced judges. By the same token, it exposes judges from across Canada to the unique challenges and rewards of delivering justice in the Territories.”

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, P.C., Q.C., M.P.
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Quick facts

  • Sitting, supernumerary, and retired superior court judges, as well as lawyers with more than ten years of experience, can be appointed Deputy Judges of the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories, the Supreme Court of Yukon, and the Nunavut Court of Justice.
  • While in office, a Deputy Judge has all the powers, duties and functions of a resident judge.
  • Deputy Judges are called upon to preside over matters in accordance with the needs of the courts. The Northern courts are thereby able to benefit from the expertise, skills, and language abilities of a roster of Deputy Judges from across Canada.
  • The Minister of Justice identifies candidates for appointment as Deputy Judges in consultation with the Chief Justices of the three Northern courts and with the Chief Justices of the candidates’ “home” courts.

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For more information, media may contact:

Célia Canon
Communications Advisor
Office of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Media Relations
Department of Justice


2019 Winter Speaker Series at the Living Prairie Museum announced

Winnipeg, MB – The Friends of the Living Prairie Museum Winter Speaker Series is set to begin January 15, 2019, and will take place from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. every other Tuesday. An interesting lineup of speakers will present information about their fascinating work.

Registration to attend the sessions begins on January 2, 2019. Friends of the Living Prairie Museum members may register in advance for all dates. Non-members may register two weeks before the event. Space is limited, so please call the museum to save your seats.

To become a member, see:

Admission is free; however, donations are welcome.

Winter Speaker Series details:

January 15 – Rarest of the Rare: Manitoba’s Endangered Plants
Dr. Diana Bizecki Robson – Curator of Botany, Manitoba Museum
The term endangered species conjures up images of majestic mammals and colourful orchids in remote places of the world. But Manitoba also has rare species, although they are not always what you would expect. Dr. Bizecki Robson will talk about her years studying the rarest plants of Manitoba. Her research on the pollinators of the rare Western Silvery Aster and Hairy Prairie-clover plants will be highlighted as well as her recent documentation of a new species of Canadian water-lily. You will come away with a new appreciation of the plant world and the intricate ties that bind species together.

January 29 – Discovering the Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail
Peggy Bainard Acheson and Richard Reeves – Debwendon Inc.
The Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail was officially opened in June 2016. A joint project of the Manitoba Government and Debwendon Inc., this calcareous fen is rich with rare?flora and fauna and is of great significance to the local Ojibway people. A local treasure, it is hoped that all Manitobans will venture out and discover this stunning and accessible trail and boardwalk.

February 12 – Living with White-tailed Deer
Kevin Land – City of Winnipeg, Naturalist Services Branch
Winnipeg’s large white-tailed deer population is both loved and loathed by the city’s human residents.?Learn more about the biology and behaviour of white-tailed deer and how to avoid coming into conflict with these urban ungulates.

February 26 – Up Close and Personal with Owls and Owl Research in Manitoba
Dr. Jim Duncan – Discover Owls
Come out and get up close and personal with owls and learn about Manitoba’s legacy of owl research with biologist and world owl expert Jim Duncan. Using a variety of media, personal owl impressions, owl parts, and one of Jim’s live owl sidekicks, Jim will introduce you to the mysterious lives of these largely nocturnal creatures. Bring your camera or video camera and try to capture a live owl flying over your head. The honorarium from Living Prairie Museum for this presentation goes to support owl conservation and research in Manitoba.

March 12 – Discovering Mushrooms
Donna Rae Kurt – WILDS of Manitoba
Donna Kurt has been studying mushrooms and ethnobotany at the University of Winnipeg, while also participating in and leading canoeing and nature trips for various organizations over the last 30 years. In addition to mushroom identification and photographs, Donna shares medicinal, culinary, and other aspects of various fungi found in our area.


Holiday Activities and Gift Ideas at Montreal’s Old Port and Science Centre

Montreal, December 20, 2019 – Looking for last-minute gift ideas or family activities for a memorable holiday season? There are so many ways to bring joy to the people you love at the Old Port and the Science Centre.

5 exhibitions, 2 IMAX films and hours of fun at the Science Centre??

For an entertaining, interactive outing, just head over to the Montréal Science Centre. With five interactive exhibitions, including Indigenous Ingenuity, winner of a Numix Award, the Science Centre offers something for everyone and a welcome respite from the cold. Combine your visit with one of the IMAX films currently on offer: Pandas 3D, which has thrilled crowds since its release in October or the visually striking and highly successful? Oceans 3D.

For an original gift that is sure to please, consider a Science Centre membership, which offers a host of privileges throughout the year. The Centre’s gift shop, Boutique Neurons, located near the IMAX cinema, also has a wide range of gifts for the scientifically inclined.

More winter activities than ever at the Old Port

The Natrel Rink and Natrel Fire on Ice, presented by Van Houtte, have become a holiday fixture, but did you know that Voiles en Voiles opened a winter adventure park this year? Activities include:

– Tube slides more than 20 feet high

– Snow scooter

– Target archery

– Quad

– Segway

The Old Port is also home to the Montreal Observation Wheel providing a breathtaking view of the city in a festive atmosphere, the MTL Zipline for the more adventurous, and of course, the Bota Bota spa sur l’eau for some well-earned relaxation.

All these experiences also can be offered as gifts for loved ones who want to take full advantage of the winter season.

Click here for the complete program of winter activities at the Old Port of Montréal

About the Montréal Science Centre

The Montréal Science Centre is a complex dedicated to science and technology, with more than 700,000 visitors annually. It is characterized by its accessible, interactive approach and its showcasing of local innovation and know-how.

About the Old Port of Montréal

For more than 25 years, the Old Port of Montréal has offered a variety of participatory, cultural and leisure activities as well as opportunities for scientific exploration at the Montréal Science Centre. Bordering a 2.5-kilometre stretch of the St. Lawrence River, the Old Port of Montréal is the most popular recreational tourism site in Quebec, with six million visitors annually.


Source: Old Port of Montréal and Montréal Science CentreInformation

Jean-Philippe Rochette

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Government of Yukon’s Performance Plan updated

The Government of Yukon has released the first update to the Performance Plan it issued in March 2018, continuing to outline the steps it is taking to make Yukon a more just, prosperous and sustainable society.

The Performance Plan tracks the Government of Yukon’s progress in eight priority areas: health and wellbeing, education, reconciliation and government-to-government relationships, environmental quality, housing and infrastructure, safety, jobs and the economy, and responsible government.

With a focus on outcomes, the report provides a summary of priority projects completed over the past year, an outlook for the year ahead and an increased number of government performance measures. Progress highlights include the opening of Mental Wellness and Substance Use Hubs in four communities to improve mental health services across the territory; the new Ddhaw Ghro Habitat Protection Area Management Plan; investments in community renewable energy projects; and a modernized Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

For the first time, the report also includes Canadian Index of Wellbeing indicators for Yukon, which provide a measure of the territory’s social, economic and environmental conditions and a tool for evidence-based decision making and progress. The Canadian Index of Wellbeing indicators are sourced from data that is tracked across the country, providing information that can be compared nationally and by jurisdiction.

In the year ahead, the Government of Yukon will be partnering with the Canadian Index of Wellbeing to create a Yukon Profile of Wellbeing based on the national indicators and combined with new indicators that Yukoners identify through a series of upcoming public engagements.

We have been working hard to meaningfully improve the lives of Yukoners and make our society more just and inclusive. The updated Performance Plan details some of our work to date and highlights priority projects and initiatives for the months ahead. I am also pleased to be moving forward with an exciting partnership with the Canadian Index of Wellbeing which will help us develop a comprehensive and empowering framework for measuring and improving wellbeing for all Yukoners.

Premier Sandy Silver

Quick Facts

  • The Performance Plan, progress report and key Yukon indicators will be updated regularly as part of the Government of Yukon’s commitment to transparency, evidence-based decision making and delivering results that meaningfully improve the lives of Yukoners.
  • The Performance Plan’s eight themes each support the Government of Yukon’s central priorities:
    • Our people-centred approach to wellness helps Yukoners thrive.
    • Our strong government-to-government relationships with First Nations foster reconciliation.
    • Our strategic investments build healthy, vibrant, sustainable communities.
    • Our diverse, growing economy provides good jobs for Yukoners in an environmentally-responsible way.
  • In the months ahead, Yukoners will be invited to join the conversation about identifying and shaping key indicators and helping to create a Yukon Profile of Wellbeing.


Janine Workman
Cabinet Communications

Ben Horowitz
Communications, Executive Council Office
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Government of Canada helping fisheries and aquaculture businesses improve environmental sustainability and business results

From: Fisheries and Oceans Canada

December 20, 2018

Nanaimo, British Columbia – Taking action to improve the environmental sustainability of British Columbia businesses while also helping to improve business results is critically important to future business competitiveness and to the quality of our natural environment. That is why the Government of Canada is making targeted investments in deploying clean technology solutions that will help fisheries related businesses become more clean, green and sustainable.

Today the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, announced approximately $1.1 million in funding from the Fisheries and Aquaculture Clean Technology Adoption Program to support and accelerate clean economic growth. Doug Routley, MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan and co-chair of BC’s Wild Salmon Advisory Council, from the Province of British Columbia also announced a contribution of $183,448 in funding towards these projects.

The Fisheries and Aquaculture Clean Technology Adoption program is a $20 million instrument that provides funding to help businesses incorporate clean technologies into their day-to-day operations. It is intended to accelerate the use of more sustainable and efficient tools, practices and techniques.

Commercial fisheries and aquaculture are important contributors to the Canadian economy. These sectors contribute approximately $4.5 billion annually in gross domestic product and provide thousands of jobs across our country — many in Indigenous, rural and coastal communities.

The 15 projects announced today will help BC based fisheries and aquaculture businesses adopt greener practices that will improve energy efficiency, reduce waste and lessen climate change causing carbon dioxide emissions. Projects include $424,219 in funding to Brown’s Bay Packing Co, which will prevent bacteria and viruses from fish processing waste from entering the marine environment, $74,437 to the Sport Fishing Institute of B.C. to support rockfish conservation, $43,488 to Taste of B.C. Aquafarms Inc to install a solar hot water system, eliminating fossil fuel consumption and reducing carbon emissions, over $100,000 to Sth’oqi aquaculture Ltd Partnership to install a machine to convert fish waste to fertilizer and low-carbon energy to power their land-based aquaculture facility, and almost $100,000 to Atchison Fishing Ltd to support a new efficient engine that will reduce fuel use and carbon emissions.


“In the modern world the environment and the economy must go hand in hand, which is why our government is making strategic investments to help BC based businesses adopt clean technology that will enable improvements in both environmental and business performance. These investments will assist in ensuring enhanced protection of our marine environment and will contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The investments will also support good middle class jobs in coastal communities.”

The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

“The people of Vancouver Island, particularly First Nations, are fundamentally, culturally and economically linked to the ocean. It provides nourishment, jobs and prosperity to our communities. These projects support innovations conceived and implemented by industry and support their commitment to be stewards of the environment.”

Doug Routley, Member of the Legislative Assembly of BC for Nanaimo-North Cowichan, and co-chair of BC’s Wild Salmon Advisory Council

Quick facts

  • The funding will directly support a variety of fisheries and aquaculture projects in adopting clean technologies:
  • Brown’s Bay Packing Co. – $424,219 to install effluent treatment equipment that will significantly reduce bacteria and suspended solids, kill viruses and remove blood color from fish processing plant waste water;
  • Sth’oqi Aquaculture Ltd Partnership – $101,817 to install an anaerobic digester to convert fish waste to biogas fertilizer and water producing low carbon energy to power their land-based aquaculture facility;
  • Atchison Fishing Ltd – $99,999 to support a new efficient engine that will reduce fuel use and CO2 emissions;
  • Miracle Springs Inc. – $97,500? to install a re-circulating aquaculture system to reduce water use by 95 percent;
  • Sport Fishing Institute of B.C. – $74,437 to purchase and distribute 1,300 Seaqualizer rockfish descending devices, support training and increase awareness of rockfish conservation;
  • D. Malcom Fishing Ltd. –? $74,582 to purchase and install new trawl doors, elevated sweeps and sensors that will reduce disturbance of the marine floor and reduce bycatch of non-target species while improving fuel efficiency;
  • Manatee Holdings Ltd. – $51,953 to install an automated photobioreactor that will increase the efficiency of algae production;
  • Coastal Shellfish Corporation Limited Partnership – $50,000 to replace natural gas boilers with electric powered water-based heat pumps to reduce use of non-renewable energy and carbon emissions;
  • Taste of B.C. Aquafarms Inc. – $43,488 to replace an oil-fired water boiler with a solar hot water system, eliminating oil consumption and reducing carbon emissions;
  • Canadian Fishing Company –? $22,431; Leader Fishing Ltd.-? $10,107; and Moon Dancer Fishing Co. – $7,155 to support the installation of oil-extractor devices on commercial fishing vessels to reduce oil and bilge detergent discharges into the ocean where it could harm sea life;
  • Little Wing Oysters Ltd. – $19,900 to replace styrofoam with new and more durable molded foam-filled floatation blocks; and
  • Ocean Cloud Joint Venture – $16,312 to replace diesel engine with fuel efficient motor for increased fuel efficiency and reduced emissions;
  • D. Ritchie Holdings Ltd. – $5,391 to replace a gas generator with an energy-efficient solar-power system, eliminating fuel consumption, noise and air pollution.

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Jocelyn Lubczuk
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

Media Relations
Fisheries and Oceans Canada


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