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NWAC to Lead 2019 Ottawa Women’s March with Assembly of Seven Generations

Ottawa, ON – On Saturday January 19, 2019, the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) will gather on unceded Algonquin territory to participate in the 2019 Ottawa Women’s March.This year, NWAC will lead the march behind drummers from the Assembly of Seven Generations, a youth-led non-profit organization focused on cultural support and youth empowerment, and the Ogimaakwewak Singers.

The Ottawa Women’s March takes place on the same day thousands of people will rally in the streets throughout Canada and the world. The Women’s March is an annual global movement to raise awareness and advocate for legislative and policy changes concerning women’s rights, Indigenous rights, reproductive rights, environmental issues, 2SLGBTQ+ rights, racial equity, and more.

This year, NWAC marches to put an end to violence against women and girls. Due to the history and ongoing practice of colonization in Canada, Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people experience disproportionate rates of violence. This must end.

For decades, NWAC worked to draw attention to the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) crisis and advocate to end violence against Indigenous women and girls. Any progress made in 2018 is not enough. There is still so much work to be done to achieve safety and justice for MMIWG and their families.

NWAC acknowledges the interconnected nature of our struggles, and looks forward to marching alongside other organizations, individuals, and allies working to create positive change in their communities.

It’s 2019. It’s time we #StopDiscriminating. It’s time all women are heard. It’s time to march.

Join the #WomenOfNWAC in our march for equality.


For more information please contact Lucy Juneau- Director of Communications 343-997-3756


Ontario Taking Steps to Improve the Endangered Species Act

Government Invites Public Input on Increasing Program Efficiencies, Achieving Positive Outcomes for Species

January 18, 2019

Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks

Ontario’s government is working for the people to reaffirm its commitment to protecting species at risk and their habitats.

As outlined in the made-in-Ontario environment plan, the government is ensuring stringent protections for species at risk, while continuing to work with conservation organizations, businesses, Indigenous communities and the public to improve the effectiveness of the program. As a first step, the province is undertaking a review of the Endangered Species Act.

“As part of the commitments contained within our made-in-Ontario environment plan, we are consulting to improve the effectiveness of our environmental protections to ensure a balanced approach between a healthy environment and a healthy economy,” said Rod Phillips, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. “During the past decade of implementing the act, we have heard what works well, and what can be improved.”

discussion paper has been posted on the Environmental Registry for a 45-day consultation period inviting the public, Indigenous communities and groups, conservation organizations and businesses to have their say on how the province can achieve positive outcomes for species at risk while reducing burden and increasing efficiencies for businesses.

The focus of the review and the discussion paper will be on:

  • Enhancing the government’s ability to enforce regulations under the Endangered Species Act
  • Ensuring that species assessments for the Species at Risk in Ontario List are based on current science
  • Streamlining related approvals and processes
  • Maintaining effective government oversight
  • Increasing transparency around the process for listing species on the Species at Risk in Ontario List.

Reaffirming our commitment to the Endangered Species Act is part of the government’s made-in-Ontario environment plan to protect our air, land and water, prevent and reduce litter and waste, support Ontarians to continue to do their share to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and help communities and families increase their resilience to climate change. The plan will help protect the Ontario we know and love, ensuring that its pristine beauties and strong communities can be enjoyed now and in the future.

Quick Facts

  • 2018 marked the 10th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act in Ontario.
  • Ontario is home to more than 30,000 species of plants, insects, fish and wildlife.
  • 243 species are listed on the Species at Risk in Ontario List.
  • Provincially-funded projects have contributed to the restoration of approximately 48,950 hectares of habitat for species at risk.

Additional Resources

Media Contacts

Emily Hogeveen
Minister’s Office

Gary Wheeler
Communications Branch MECP


Minister Ng begins tour to highlight Government of Canada’s small business tax rate reduction

Canada’s Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion will meet with small business owners across the country

January 18, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario

Small businesses make up 98% of all Canadian businesses, employing 8 million hard-working Canadians from coast to coast to coast. They are the backbone of our economy and critical to the middle class.

To highlight the Government’s new lowered small business tax rate of 9%, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, will be travelling across Canada from January 22 to 25. The Minister will meet with small business owners and entrepreneurs to share how the Government of Canada is making it easier for small businesses to start up, scale up, access new markets, and remain competitive and profitable.

Minister Ng will begin her tour in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she will participate in a town hall hosted by the World Trade Centre Winnipeg and join local Indigenous business leaders for a roundtable with the Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce. She will also meet with Chinese Canadian business leaders.

The following day, the Minister will travel to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to participate in events with local entrepreneurs and small business owners, including members of the Filipino small business community.

Later in the week, the Minister will be in Halifax to announce a federal investment to help small businesses leverage e-commerce for exporting. The Minister will also participate in a panel hosted by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business on reducing red tape. Later, she will attend a roundtable hosted by the Black Business Initiative and then meet with women entrepreneurs at the Centre for Women in Business.

Finally, Minister Ng will travel back to the GTA to hear from members of the Mississauga Board of Trade and the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce. She will discuss the Government’s support for entrepreneurs with the Tamil Entrepreneurs Organization.

When meeting with small business owners, Minister Ng will highlight the Government’s many initiatives that are making it easier for small businesses to do business like:

  • lowering the small business tax rate to 9%, one of the lowest rates in the world;
  • getting credit card companies to lower the fees they charge businesses when their customers use credit cards;
  • providing access to over a billion and a half new customers through trade deals like the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement, commonly called the new NAFTA;
  • allowing businesses to immediately write off the full cost of machinery and equipment used for the manufacturing and processing of goods;
  • allowing businesses to immediately write off the full cost of specified clean energy equipment;
  • introducing the Accelerated Investment Incentive that will allow businesses of all sizes in all sectors of the economy to write off a larger share of the cost of newly acquired assets in the year the investment is made;
  • investing $2 billion to help double the number of women-owned businesses by 2025; and
  • reducing over 450 federal rules that impose an administrative burden on business.


“This is a small business–friendly government that is working hard to reduce red tape and make it easier for Canadian small business owners to start up, scale up and access new markets. When small businesses in communities across the country succeed, our economy grows and middle-class jobs are created.”
– The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion

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Mallory Clyne
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada


Capitalizing on sports tourism to help businesses grow in Sioux Lookout

Government of Canada investment helps municipality plan for expansion of local sports tourism sector

January 18, 2019 – Sioux Lookout, ON — Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario — FedNor

Businesses and residents in the Municipality of Sioux Lookout and neighbouring First Nation communities will benefit from improved economic development opportunities thanks to a Government of Canada investment of $67,500. The FedNor funding will assist the community prepare a comprehensive strategy that will guide local efforts to boost sports tourism in the region.

The Honourable Bob Nault, Member of Parliament for Kenora, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor.

Specifically, the funding will enable the municipality to hire a consultant to prepare a detailed inventory of existing infrastructure, products and services, and provide a plan for the development of new sports tourism programming. The community will work with key partners and stakeholders throughout the process, including the Sioux Lookout First Nation Health Authority, Lac Seul First Nation, and the many Sioux Lookout sports and recreation clubs. Once completed, the strategy is expected to create a supportive environment for new and existing sports events that will drive economic growth in Sioux Lookout through job creation and the improvement of local services.


“Sports tourism is a major economic driver in many communities across our nation and I am proud that our government is investing to support communities in their efforts to capitalize on the growth of this important sector. Today’s announcement helps to highlight our commitment to sustainable community economic development, business growth and job creation.”

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor

“The Government of Canada is proud to partner with the Municipality of Sioux Lookout to help local businesses and residents develop new and effective tourism products that make the most of the region’s inherent strengths. This investment will assist municipal and business leaders in their decision-making process and help drive the local economy forward.”

The Honourable Bob Nault, Member of Parliament for Kenora

“Sioux Lookout has a strong history of hosting successful sporting events and providing sporting venues for our neighbouring Far North communities. Thanks to FedNor’s support, we will now be able to engage our many partners and stakeholders to develop a strategy that will guide in the development and promotion of new sports tourism products and services, and help us grow and diversify our economy.”

Doug Lawrance, Mayor of the Municipality of Sioux Lookout

Quick facts

Associated links


Paul Denis
Communications Officer


Women March On: Toronto | “Because we will not go back” rally

On January 19, Women March On: Toronto invites you to join together with thousands of women and allies in marching, resisting and making it clear to policymakers that we will not accept rollbacks and attacks on our communities.

When: January 19, 2019 from noon – 3 pm
Where: Nathan Phillips Square
Find us by: Looking for the AMAPCEO flags

Attire: Dress warm because it’s cold outside! It’s also suggested to wear a red scarf in support of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Family friendly: Children are welcome to the rally. In your planning, consider the length of the route (1.5 km), the size of the crowd, and the limited access to restrooms along the way.

AMAPCEO Women’s Caucus Chair, Sara Lacarte, along with Board Director, Kerry-Ann Douglas-Powell and other members will be there with AMAPCEO flags – just show up and look for the flag!

Visit Women March On: Toronto for more details, including the march route and an optional pre-registration form.


Laurier-hosted virtual reality film experience envisions the future, highlights Indigenous languages

January 17, 2019

Brantford – Enter a radically different Toronto when Biidaaban: First Light, a virtual reality film experience rooted in Indigenous futurism, arrives at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Brantford campus Jan. 28 and 29.

Biidaaban: First Light takes viewers to a future Toronto, where the city’s infrastructure has been reclaimed by nature and Indigenous language and knowledge survive. The interactive short film illuminates how Indigenous languages can provide a framework for understanding place. As viewers move through a city overtaken by the natural world, they hear the languages of the original inhabitants of the place first known as Tkaronto.

Biidaaban: First Light was met with widespread acclaim when first released in Toronto during September 2018. “This virtual reality film is an incredible way to show our students and youth that Indigenous languages are still vibrant and visible,” said Bonnie Whitlow, Laurier’s Indigenous Initiatives special projects officer. “Particularly to Indigenous youth, it shows that incredible things come from knowing your language and it opens up a range of opportunities for them outside of the classroom.”

Whitlow’s voice is featured in Biidaaban: First Light. She is one of four people who narrate the Thanksgiving Address in the film, with Whitlow speaking Kanyen’keha (Mohawk).

Biidaaban: First Light will be shown from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 28 and 29 on virtual reality stations in the Research and Academic Centre East lobby at Laurier’s Brantford campus. Those interested in viewing the film must pre-register for a 10-minute viewing time slot. The registration deadline is Jan. 25.

To complement the viewing opportunity, the film’s director, Lisa Jackson, and narrator, Tehahenteh Frank Miller, will discuss the impact of language on Indigenous youth during a panel discussion on Jan 29. The event is open to the public and will be held at the SC Johnson Building, Room 127, starting at 6 p.m. Admission to view Biidaaban: First Light or attend the panel discussion is free.

For more information and to register visit Visit to watch a trailer of Biidaaban: First Light.



Ellen Waterman Named First Helmut Kallmann Chair for Music in Canada

January 18, 2019

Carleton University’s School for Studies in Art and Culture has announced the appointment of Ellen Waterman as the first Helmut Kallmann Chair for Music in Canada, taking effect on January 1st, 2019.

For many years, Waterman has been a familiar and central figure on the Canadian music scene. She brings a distinguished record of research and performance practice to the new chair, touching on diverse areas such as contemporary composition, creative improvisation, acoustic ecology and music and disability.

“The common thread in my research program is the collaborative exploration of difference and inclusion in music; the context for all my research projects is the complex social and cultural matrix that is Canada,” said Waterman.

Building from this emphasis on inclusion and locality, a major initiative of the Kallmann Chair will be the creation of a research centre for music in Canada, one which facilitates multiple forms of scholarship, performance and community engagement.

“I’m thrilled to be working with the talented faculty and students at Carleton. What makes this program distinctive is that it already has a significant focus on music and culture in Canada – including Indigenous, intercultural, popular and art musics.  It has a long tradition of public engagement and this is very important to me as I plan to work collaboratively with musical communities in Ottawa and across Canada.”

Media Contact

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


PSAC stands in solidarity with the defenders of Unist’ot’en Camp

January 17, 2019

Last week, RCMP officers arrested and detained several Wet’suwet’en people on their unceded territory while they were defending their land from a major pipeline development. The Unist’ot’en community has had a camp set up since 2009 to block TransCanada Corp from building the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

PSAC’s National Indigenous Peoples’ Circle Representatives have been working to protect and defend the rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and abroad for a number of years. We condemn the injunction and arrest of those at Unist’ot’en Camp. We call on the provincial and federal governments to respect a nation-to-nation relationship with hereditary leadership at Unist’ot’en.

We ask those in the labour movement to stand in solidarity with the defenders at Unist’ot’en Camp with the goal of defeating this injunction and re-establishing the occupation of the Unist ot’en’s healing camp.

Together let’s show all levels of government that they cannot trample on Indigenous rights in favour of private oil and gas interests. To learn more, please visit the Unist’ot’en website at:


United Nations Rules Indian Act Discriminates Against First Nations Women

January 18, 2019

VANCOUVER – INDIGENOUS – “The UN Human Rights Committee says that Canada is obligated to provide an effective and enforceable remedy. This requires Canada to make full reparations, including: 1) ensuring that Sharon McIvor, Jacob Grismer, and all others excluded by, or granted only a lesser category of status, because of the sex-based distinctions in s. 6 of the Indian Act are granted full 6(1)(a) status; 2) addressing any residual discrimination in First Nations communities that arises from Canada’s sex-based discrimination in the Indian Act; 3) communicating the decision broadly in Canada; and 4) reporting back to the United Nations in 180 days to provide information about the

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Ep. 20 – The Concept of “Indigenomics” with Ken Coates and Carol Anne Hilton

January 17, 2019

In this episode of Pod Bless Canada, Ken Coates is joined by Carol Anne Hilton to further an enduring dialogue at MLI around Indigenous economic development and opportunity.

Their conversation explores how the last 20 years of Indigenous legal and economic progress have created a platform for collaborative, nation-to-nation economic growth. Hilton explains the concept of Indigenomics, that is, ‘economics from an Indigenous worldview’, and highlights its importance when it comes to reaching the ambitious target of $100 billion generated directly through Indigenous commercial activity.

Carol Anne Hilton is the Founder and CEO of The Indigenomics Institute where she has made a name as one of Canada’s most thoughtful speakers on Indigenous economic development. She currently serves as a Senior Advisor on both the Canadian Federal Economic Growth Council and the BC Economic Task Force. She holds an MBA from the University of Hertfordshire.


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