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Save the date! Have a Heart Day 2018

Have a Heart Day is a child and youth-led reconciliation event that brings together caring Canadians to help ensure First Nations children have the services they need to grow up safely at home, get a good education, be healthy, and be proud of who they are. Last year more than 700 students from 20 different schools, as well as hundreds of other supporters, gathered on Parliament Hill to promote love and fairness for First Nations children in celebration of Have a Heart Day. Have a Heart Day on Parliament Hill was supported by more than 70 events and at least 6500 Valentines letters were sent to elected officials across the country! Click on this link to hear Senator Kim Pate make a statement on Have a Heart Day, commending the children and emphasizing the importance of their cause

There are many ways you can celebrate Have a Heart Day. Here are some ideas:

  • Send a Valentine’s Day card or letter supporting Have a Heart Day to the Prime Minister and your Member of Parliament.
  • Host a Valentine’s Day party to raise awareness in your school or community. Choose a day leading up to Valentine’s Day that makes sense for your class or community.
  • Bring reconciliation into the classroom to get your students ready. Do Project of Heart, organize a Blanket Exercise workshop, or screen a film. For other great ideas, visit the Shannen’s Dream School Resources page.
  • Spread the word through social media like YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. Use the hashtag #HaveaHeartDay and/or #JourneeAyezUnCoeur.

Explore the Have a Heart Day website to download Have a Heart Day resources!

Through activities like Have a Heart Day, we are creating a movement where the landscape of Canada is only one of honour and possibility for First Nations children.

Visit the Have a Heart Gallery to see photos from events across Canada!

Reconciliation is all of us. Read this information sheet for ways you can help make a difference.


Youth connecting to build a better Canada – Katimavik launches a new national volunteer experience

Katimavik Volunteers will be returning to communities across Canada in 2018, ready to make their contributions towards shaping a better Canada. Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced the government’s new Canada Service Corps, which includes funding to restore Katimavik’s national community-based youth development experience.

“Diverse youth from across the country will now have an exceptional opportunity to connect and to act. The NEW Katimavik National Experience builds on our proven foundation, enriched to provide young people with the skills they need to make positive change and to thrive in the 21st century.” – Willy Fournier, Chair, Katimavik Board of Directors.

Katimavik is well-known to many Canadians as a unique experience that transforms the lives of young people and strengthens community connections across the country. Young adults aged 18 – 25 years old will spend 6 months living together in iconic Katimavik houses, while discovering Canada’s great diversity in at least two different communities and regions. They spend weekdays volunteering with community organizations, helping others while gaining new skills. As a group, they undertake their own key learning activities and group projects.

“My experience with Katimavik was life-changing. Not only did I gain practical skills that helped me in my career, but I got to know who I was as a person. I learned to view things from new perspectives and to work together with people of all different backgrounds to make meaningful impacts in the communities that hosted us.” – Emma Fineblit, Katimavik Volunteer 2006 – 2007 and Member, Katimavik Board of Directors.

As part of the experiential learning opportunities in the new National Experience, Katimavik Volunteers will learn about Indigenous histories and peoples in Canada. They will connect with local Indigenous communities in partnerships and will engage in meaningful actions towards reconciliation.

“Youth in Canada are the leaders we need for reconciliation. Working with Indigenous and other partners, together we will create enriching and challenging opportunities for youth to learn, engage, and help shape a reconciled Canada.” – Andy Garrow, Director of Youth Development.

More information about Katimavik and details on how to apply for the new National Experience is available at

A short video announcing the return of Katimavik is also available here.

Media contact:

Christine Butt
Communications Coordinator


Sheridan’s 2017-18 Temporary Contemporary Artist, Couzyn van Heuvelen, presented in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Mississauga

January 16, 2018

Sheridan is pleased to announce, in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM), that Inuk sculptor Couzyn van Heuvelen was chosen to create the Temporary Contemporary installation for the 2017-18 academic year. Van Heuvelen’s selection followed a nation-wide request for proposals and a multi-stage adjudication process. His project, titled Nitsiit, will be installed in the Creativity Commons of Sheridan’s Hazel McCallion Campus in Mississauga from January 22 to April 27, 2018, with an ancillary exhibition at the AGM opening February 22, and running until April 15, 2018.

Launched in 2012, the Temporary Contemporary program is an annual installation of a new artwork on one of Sheridan’s campuses. It provides creators with the opportunity to incubate and implement new ideas through exchange with Sheridan’s vibrant interdisciplinary community.

Van Heuvelen’s project is an installation of large-scale fishing lure sculptures that reference traditional and historical Inuit production. The artist used a wide range of fabrication processes to incorporate aluminum, wood, ceramics, and other materials. “I was interested in exploring the rapid prototyping technologies at Sheridan, as using newer manufacturing processes to create work that references traditional Inuit technologies will allow these objects to be seen from a fresh, modern perspective,” says van Heuvelen.

The artist worked on-site at Sheridan’s Oakville campus over the Fall semester to develop the sculptures, which will be installed at the Hazel McCallion Campus in Mississauga for the Winter semester. A companion exhibition that explores van Heuvelen’s creative process will open in at the AGM on February 22 and run through April 15, 2018. In addition, the artist will host a workshop at the AGM and participate in a Lunch & Learn Event at Sheridan during the Winter semester (Dates TBA).

“We’re delighted to work with the Art Gallery of Mississauga to bring this innovative creator’s work to the heart of the city centre,” says Ronni Rosenberg, Dean of the Faculty of Animation, Art and Design. “This also provided our students with a unique opportunity to engage with Couzyn as he undertook the project, through observing and participating in the creation of component pieces.” “The Art Gallery of Mississauga is thrilled to collaborate with Sheridan in support of TempContemp,” says Mandy Salter, Director/Curator of the Art Gallery of Mississauga. “This vital and collaborative community engaged program connects the diverse creative practice of Couzyn van Heuvelen with Sheridan students working in various departments. This project positions a progressive and relational approach to arts education, and strongly advocates the importance of mentorship and community engagement while aligning strongly with both the missions and mandates of The Art Gallery of Mississauga and Sheridan.”

About the artist:
Couzyn van Heuvelen is a Canadian Inuk sculptor. Born in Iqaluit, Nunavut, but living in Southern Ontario for most of his life, his work explores Inuit culture and identity, new and old technologies, and personal narratives. While rooted in the history and traditions of Inuit art, the work strays from established Inuit art making methods and explores a range of fabrication processes. Couzyn holds a BFA from York University and an MFA from NSCAD University.


AFN regional chief calls on Trudeau to take control of MMIWG inquiry – APTN News

January 16, 2018

A First Nations leader is calling on the prime minister to take control of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

“Justin Trudeau needs to address this situation right away,” said Kevin Hart, the Assembly of First Nations regional chief for Manitoba.

Hart said the second executive director leaving the organization last week indicates a management problem that requires interference at the highest level.

He said the government that established, and is funding, the federal inquiry must help put it right, especially since commissioners are ignoring calls for new leadership.

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Six Month Countdown to The Inaugural Masters Indigenous Games – ASWCO

Toronto, Ontario

On the heels of a successful North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) and in continuation with the theme of sport and physical activity for life, the Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario is excited to announce the launch of the Masters Indigenous Games (MIG), scheduled to commence in a short six months. The inaugural Games will take place this coming July from the 12-15 and provide an opportunity for Indigenous adults from around the world, to engage in sport competition with their peers. The Masters Indigenous Games are expected to take place every two years, in communities and municipalities across the province of Ontario, and like the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG), will celebrate both sport achievement and cultural heritage.

The Masters Indigenous Games were founded to meet the growing need for competitive sport for the aging population. The Games encourage mature individuals to be active, with the awareness that competitive sport can continue throughout life, contributing to increased health and wellness. As the official Provincial/Territorial Aboriginal Sporting Body (P/TASB) for Ontario, ASWCO’s experience in developing sport and recreation programs for Indigenous youth, including the management of Aboriginal Team Ontario and its participation in the North American Indigenous Games and the Ontario Aboriginal Summer Games, led them to identify the need for comparable adult programming.

The Masters Indigenous Games are a direct legacy of the successful Toronto 2017 NAIG which took place in the Greater Toronto Area last July. The Masters Indigenous Games provide a next step, in the sport development pathway, for Indigenous athletes who are no longer eligible to compete at the NAIG due to age limitations. For Indigenous adults, the MIG is an opportunity to get physically active, engage with community and participate in competitions, with a focus on culture and a celebration of Indigenous wellness. And like the NAIG, the Masters Indigenous Games will shine the spotlight on the achievements of Indigenous athletes, leaders, and every day people, making a difference in their own lives and the lives of others, through a commitment to wellness.

With over 2000 participants, 400 volunteers, various contemporary (athletics, badminton, basketball, canoe, golf, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball and volleyball) and traditional sports (archery, standing kick, tug of war and tepee building), a cultural festival showcasing Indigenous artists, performers, storytellers and vendors, and a closing competition Powwow planned, the Masters Indigenous Games 2018 are expected to be the sporting and cultural event of the summer.

Athletes have the option to register individually or as a team, depending on the sport. In addition to sports, the Games will feature numerous activities including traditional cooking, go carting, and other games.
The 2018 MIG are scheduled to take place from July 12-15, 2018, with the majority of events taking place at Downsview Park located in Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit

“The Masters Indigenous Games (MIG) build on the legacy of the North American Indigenous Games movement, by providing a platform for the celebration of Indigenous sport achievement and cultural heritage. Indigenous Peoples need more opportunities to collectively showcase their abilities and accomplishments, and as well, contribute to their own wellness. Events like the MIG are about more than just sports, winning and losing, they are about the game of life, reminding us to live and play well. Sport brings us together in unity and heals us through camaraderie.”
-Marc Laliberte, President, Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario (ASWCO)

Acknowledgement The Masters Indigenous Games 2018 honours the traditional lands and homelands of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, as the original inhabitants of the City of Toronto. The Masters Indigenous Games 2018 also acknowledges all Indigenous Peoples and communities across the province of Ontario, including First Nations, Inuit and Metis, living both on and off reserve, in rural and urban communities.

Contact Information:
Abidah Shirazi
Manager, Communications and Media Relations


Ontario Making OSAP Application Process Easier for Students

Students Will Now See OSAP Amount and Net Tuition Fees Online

January 16, 2018

Ontario is making it easier for students receiving OSAP to plan, budget and pay for their college or university education.

For the first time, students applying to college or university who have applied for OSAP can now go online to see the estimated tuition costs for each of the programs they have applied to and the estimated amount that will be covered by OSAP.

In addition, students receiving OSAP and attending college or university in Ontario will receive a bill from their college or university that has already been reduced by the amount of OSAP aid they will receive. Any remaining eligible OSAP funds will be sent directly to the student to cover additional costs, such as living expenses and books.

OSAP applications for the 2018-19 school year opened in November 2017, four months ahead of previous years, giving students and their families the time and information they need to make the best decisions for their future. More than one-third of all full-time college and university students in Ontario are receiving free tuition this school year, and OSAP applications grew by more than 10 per cent in 2017, compared to the previous year.

Making postsecondary education more affordable for students and families is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

Quick Facts

  • Over 225,000 full-time Ontario college and university students are receiving free average tuition covered by OSAP grants.
  • More than 400,000 Ontario students are receiving generous grants and loans from OSAP to help pay for college or university.
  • New this year, students applying for college or university can apply to OSAP through an integrated application process.
  • Students from families with a combined income up to $175,000 will benefit from more generous grants and loans to assist with college and university expenses.
  • Students who qualify for OSAP can choose to turn down the loan, and receive only grants (money that doesn’t have to be repaid).
  • Savings put away in an RESP for college or university no longer count against the money a student can receive from OSAP.
Additional Resources


“We’re making the new OSAP even easier to use so more students can benefit from free or reduced tuition. By opening up applications earlier, providing new tools to estimate financial support and delivering grants and loans upfront, students and their families will have the information and support they need to make their dreams a reality.”

Deb Matthews
Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development

Media Contacts

Jasmine Irwin
Minister’s Office


Tanya Blazina
Communications Branch

Public Inquiries


Funding for Seniors will Help Timmins-James Bay – Charlie Angus NDP

January 16th, 2018

Charlie Angus is congratulating senior’s organizations in the region for securing New Horizons for Seniors funding. Projects across the riding now have funding to help upgrade and improve seniors’ facilities and programs. Angus says community-based projects are eligible to receive up to $25,000 per year, per organization, in grant funding.

“We have always done well with this program. For senior’s organizations, this is often the difference between proceeding with a project and not proceeding.”

Angus says funding is spread right across the riding.

Groups receiving funding include:

  • Iroquois Falls Pre-School Centre
  • Club Les 50+ Kirkland Lake
  • Cochrane District Social Planning Council
  • Science Timmins
  • Club Amical 50 Plus de Cochrane
  • Temiskaming Native Women’s Support Group
  • District of Cochrane Social Services
  • Conseil de la Coopération de l’Ontario

“The program is geared towards organizations, led or inspired by senior that want to help seniors make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities.”

The criteria include promoting volunteerism, upgrading facilities, senior’s programs and increasing awareness of abuse.


Ontario Enhancing Workplace Health and Safety in the North

Province Supporting Projects at Laurentian University

January 16, 2018

Ontario is improving safety for workers in the North by partnering with Laurentian University to support new initiatives designed to bolster occupational health and safety.

Glenn Thibeault, MPP for Sudbury, on behalf of Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour, made the announcement today in Sudbury. Projects include:

  • Enhancing understanding of Indigenous occupational health and safety in Northeastern Ontario
  • Improving line-of-sight awareness through a virtual reality simulation of real life work experiences with heavy equipment
  • Developing tools for workplaces to effectively increase awareness of mobile equipment hazards such as vibration exposure, line-of-sight/situational awareness and musculoskeletal disorders for the construction, mining, pulp and paper and forestry sector

These investments are part of Ontario’s Research Opportunities Program and Occupational Health, Safety and Prevention Innovation Program, which support projects that improve occupational health and safety for workers across the province and create better workplaces.

Research partnerships between the province and Ontario universities, health care organizations and research institutes contribute to the development of appropriate interventions to prevent injuries and illness, and help inform changes to legislation to improve workplace safety.

Improving occupational health and safety is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

Quick Facts

  • Through the Research Opportunities Program, Ontario is investing $59,437 for Laurentian University researchers to develop and test a virtual reality simulation for workers who move around heavy equipment on a daily basis, and $69,309 for a study to examine Indigenous occupational health and safety experiences.
  • Through the Occupational Health, Safety and Prevention Innovation Program, Ontario is investing $182,208 to help Laurentian develop knowledge transfer kits to address mobile equipment hazards.
  • Since 2003, Ontario’s annual rate of workplace injuries has dropped by more than 50 per cent, making the province’s workplaces the safest in Canada and among the safest in the world.
Additional Resources

  • Ontario’s Integrated Health and Safety Strategy
  • The Ministry of Labour’s 2017-2018 Sector Plans

“This year’s Research Opportunities Program and Occupational Health, Safety and Prevention Innovation Program projects are helping to ensure Ontario continues to be one of the safest places to work in the world. By working with excellent partners like Laurentian University on advancing occupational health and safety through solid research, we can make a positive difference in the lives of our workforce for generations to come.”

Kevin Flynn
Minister of Labour

“The Government of Ontario is helping Laurentian University in Sudbury to produce leading research in health and safety. Funding projects that provide further research, innovation and education are important for the ongoing improvement of occupational health and safety across Ontario. Our goal is to ensure that our workers in Sudbury and across Ontario go home safe at the end of their shift.”

Glenn Thibeault
MPP for Sudbury

Media Contacts

Janet Deline
Communications Branch
For media inquiries only:

Michael Speers
Minister’s Office


Toronto restaurant bringing traditional foods to urban community – APTN News

January 16, 2018

Access to traditional foods can be challenging in the city.

A restaurant in Toronto is trying to bring those foods to the urban Indigenous community.

But also for non-Indigenous food lovers.

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Call for entries: Canadian Journalism Foundation’s 2018 awards program

TORONTO, Jan. 16, 2018 – To recognize the outstanding work of journalists and news organizations across the country and provide opportunities for emerging talent, The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) is now accepting entries for its 2018 awards program. The deadline for all award submissions is Feb. 16, 2018.

“The past year has shone a spotlight on the importance of quality journalism to a vital, energetic society and to the democratic institutions that serve us,” says Wayne Parrish, chair of the CJF awards committee. “As traditional media face financial pressures and emerging digital players struggle to carve out a sustainable niche, celebrating Canada’s journalists and journalism across all media becomes a vital rallying cry not only for the entire industry, but arguably for the country itself.”

The awards now open for submissions are:

CJF-Facebook Journalism Project News Literacy Award (new)
This new award celebrates efforts to encourage Canadians to understand and critically assess the quality of news in their community as well as the practices that underpin factual reporting as key contributions to Canadian democracy. The winning organization will receive a $10,000 prize. Read the award details.

CJF Jackman Award for Excellence in Journalism
This award honours a Canadian organization that embodies exemplary journalism with a resulting impact on the community it serves. There are two winners, one for large media and one for small. Read the award details.

Lifetime Achievement Award
The award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding lifetime contribution to journalism in Canada. The recipient will have demonstrated, throughout his/her career, a commitment to the highest journalistic standards and ideals. His/her work and contribution to the field and society should serve as a model that inspires excellence in others. We encourage nominations from all categories of journalism. Read the award details.

The Landsberg Award
In partnership with the Canadian Women’s Foundation, this award recognizes a working journalist doing exceptional research, analysis and writing through a gender lens about women’s equality issues. Journalists working in print, broadcast and online news reporting are eligible to apply. The award is named after Michele Landsberg—award-winning Canadian journalist, author, social activist and feminist. The award recipient will receive a $5,000 prize from the Canadian Women’s Foundation. Read the award details.

CJF-CBC Indigenous Journalism Fellowships
These fellowships allow two Indigenous journalists early in their careers (one to 10 years of experience) to explore issues of interest while being hosted by CBC News for one month at its Indigenous Centre in Winnipeg. A stipend of $3,000, all associated travel and accommodation costs, and a per diem for meals and other reasonable expenses will be covered by the CJF. Thank you to CN and individual donors Rosemary Speirs, CJF honorary governor, and Isabel Bassett, former chair and CEO of TVO, for their generous support of these fellowships. Read the award details.

All recipients will be recognized at the annual CJF Awards (#CJFawards) at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto on June 14. Early-bird rates for tickets and tables are available until January 31.

About The Canadian Journalism Foundation
Established in 1990, The Canadian Journalism Foundation promotes excellence in journalism by celebrating outstanding journalistic achievement. Our signature events include an annual awards program featuring a must-attend industry gala where Canada’s top newsmakers meet Canada’s top news people. Through J-Talks, our popular speakers’ series, we facilitate dialogue among journalists, business people, academics and students about the role of the media in Canadian society and the ongoing challenges for media in the digital era. The foundation also supports and fosters opportunities for journalism education, training and research.

For further information: Natalie Turvey, Executive Director, The Canadian Journalism Foundation, 416-955-0396,


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