A Statement by President Clément Chartier of the Métis National Council

(February 20, 2019) Amidst the controversy over the SNC-Lavalin Affair, there has been a recurring suggestion that the resignation of a female Indigenous Justice Minister and Attorney General of Canada speaks to a deteriorating relationship between the Trudeau Government and Indigenous peoples.

Let me set the facts straight as far as the Métis Nation’s relationship with Canada is concerned. Prior to coming to office, Justin Trudeau committed a Liberal government to work together with the Métis Nation to build a nation-to-nation, government-to-government relationship in order to reach meaningful reconciliation and achieve positive results for Métis people. During the past three years we have worked closely with the Prime Minister and a number of dedicated and passionate federal ministers such as Carolyn Bennett, Jane Philpott, Jean-Yves Duclos and Patty Hadju, amongst others, to make that bold commitment come true.

We have moved quickly on the settlement of the long outstanding land claim of the Manitoba Metis Federation and toward self-government agreements for Métis governments across our homeland. In a true spirit of reconciliation and collaboration, we have co-developed policies to improve social and economic conditions for Métis people, resulting in unprecedented federal investments in priority areas like housing and early learning and child care.

All Canadians including citizens of the Métis Nation will have to make up their own minds on the Trudeau government in this election year. What I will say is that none of the issues surrounding the treatment of an engineering firm alters the fundamental relationship between the Trudeau government and the Métis Nation.

More than any other government in Canada’s history, the Trudeau government has striven to bring the Métis people into the federation and as full participants into the social life and economy of our great country. We stand with the Prime Minister and his government in maintaining and building on this relationship and expanding opportunities for our people to have a better life in Canada.


For more information please contact:

Ke Ning
Métis National Council
c: (613) 297-5193
e: ken@metisnation.ca


Government of Canada Welcomes Two New Members to the Canadian Firearms Advisory Committee

February 20, 2019

Ottawa, Ontario
Public Safety Canada

Ensuring a modernized firearms regime helps to keep Canadians safe and promotes responsible ownership of firearms. Today’s Canadian Firearms Advisory Committee (CFAC) meeting offered an exchange on a range of related issues.

In addition, today the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness announced the appointment two new members: the Honourable Wallace Oppal, Q.C. has been appointed as the new Chair, and Ms. Christine Creyke has been appointed as a member. Mr. Oppal is the former Attorney General of British Columbia and Minister for Multiculturalism, and served on the B.C. Supreme Court from 1985 to 2003. Ms. Creyke is a member of Canada’s Indigenous community and is the Lands Director for the Tahltan Central Government. In this role she is responsible for managing environment, wildlife and resources throughout the Territory. Mr. Oppal and Ms. Creyke participated in their first Committee meeting today.

The Committee provides advice to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness on pragmatic measures to strengthen Canada’s firearms policies, laws and regulations. Its agenda includes the opportunity for members to identify emerging issues in the firearms regime. Members include civilian firearms users, farmers, law enforcement officials, public health advocates, Indigenous communities and women’s organizations.


“The Canadian Firearms Advisory Committee provides common sense advice to help improve Canada’s firearms policies. Wallace Oppal and Christine Creyke add invaluable experience and expertise to this important work, and will help inform new measures to make our country less vulnerable to the scourge of gun violence, while being fair to responsible, law-abiding firearms owners and businesses.”

– The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Quick facts

  • The Committee consists of up to 15 members appointed by the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. Members serve on the Committee for a two-year term.
  • This is the fifth meeting of the Committee since CFAC was renewed in 2017.

Associated links


Scott Bardsley
Senior Advisor for Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Media Relations
Public Safety Canada


Minister Morneau Sets Budget 2019 Date for March 19, 2019

February 20, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Finance Canada

The Government of Canada is taking the next steps in its plan to build an economy that works for everyone—one with more good, well-paying jobs for the middle class, and with real help and opportunities for people working hard to join it.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau today announced in the House of Commons that the Government will table its next budget on March 19, 2019.

The Government’s plan to invest in the middle class, combined with the hard work of Canadians, has resulted in an economy that is strong and growing. Over 850,000 more Canadians are employed today than in 2015, and the unemployment rate is near 40-year lows. Wage growth for 2018 is on pace to rise at its fastest rate in eight years, and Canada is expected to remain among the fastest-growing economies in the G7 in 2019 and 2020.

Budget 2019 will build on the success of the Government’s plan, with continued investments in the things that matter most to Canadians. Its investments in people, in our communities, and in building greater opportunities for our children and grandchildren will help to grow Canada’s economy for the long term, in a balanced and fiscally responsible way.

Since 2015, the Government’s plan has delivered real results for Canadians and their families. To help give Canadians more money to save, invest, and help grow the economy, the Government introduced the middle class tax cut. To help families with the high cost of raising children, the Government introduced the Canada Child Benefit—and then indexed it to keep pace with the rising cost of living, two years ahead of schedule.

This year also marks the replacement of the Working Income Tax Benefit with the more generous Canada Workers Benefit, which will put more money in the pockets of low-income workers—encouraging more people to join and stay in the workforce, and offering real help to more than 2 million Canadian workers. Enhancements to the Canada Pension Plan, which will give Canadian workers greater income security when they retire, also take effect in 2019.

Minister Morneau’s announcement of the 2019 budget date follows record participation in the annual pre-budget consultations. More than 1.8 million people were reached during the consultation period, which saw Canadians submit nearly 14,000 submissions and ideas.


“Canada’s economy is strong and growing—proof that our plan to invest in Canadians is working. But it’s also clear that there is more work to be done. The anxieties felt by Canadians are real, and in Budget 2019 we’ll lay out the next steps in our plan to address those concerns and build a stronger country, one where every person has a real and fair chance to succeed.”

– Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance


Media may contact:

Pierre-Olivier Herbert
Acting Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Finance

Media Relations
Department of Finance Canada

General Enquiries

Phone: 613-369-3710
Facsimile: 613-369-4065
TTY: 613-369-3230
E-mail: fin.financepublic-financepublique.fin@canada.ca


Media advisory: Dan Vandal, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Services, to deliver remarks at ‘Investing In Reconciliation and the Indigenous Economy’ event

Ottawa, Ontario – Please be advised that Dan Vandal, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Services, will deliver remarks at the ‘Investing In Reconciliation and the Indigenous Economy: The Role for Institutional Investors’ event.‎

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019
Time: 11:45 AM (ET)

Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health
299 Montreal Rd, Ottawa, ON K1L 7G1


For more information (media only):

Rachel Rappaport
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan
Minister of Indigenous Services

ISC Media Relations


Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada – Request for Proposals: Addressing Sexual Harassment and Violence in the Resource Extraction Industry – Surveys and Informant Interviews

Feb 20, 2019

Deadline for submissions: March 15, 2019

Statement of Work

Title Addressing Sexual Harassment and Violence in the Resource Extraction Industry


Mining and resource extraction in Canada’s North are not only a significant means of economic development for mining companies, but for Inuit women as well. For example, Pauktuutit’s 2016 study of the impact of resource extraction on Inuit women and families in Qamani’tuaq (Baker Lake), Nunavut in 2016 reveals that 75% of the women who participated in the research noted that the Meadowbank mine had “given their families good opportunities.” Resource extraction can prove to be significant means of economic security and prosperity for Inuit as a whole, and especially for Inuit women who often make up the largest portion of female workers in the mines. In the Meadowbank mine specifically, Inuit accounted for 24.7% of the mine workforce in December 2012, and Inuit women were approximately 60% of the women working at the mine.

Despite the economic security and prosperity provided by mining sites to the Inuit population, there are significant challenges encountered at the mines which disproportionately affect Inuit women. The most critical of these challenges is the regular occurrence of workplace sexual violence and harassment. In Meadowbank’s Baker Lake site, women reported incidents ranging from racism and verbal abuse to sexual assault from the largely temporary male workforce at the site.

Goals of the Project

This project is intended to address the barriers to successful employment encountered by Inuit women in the resource extraction industry by identifying the institutional practices that fail to effectively address the issue of workplace sexual harassment and violence. Over three years, the project will identify and address the spectrum of violence encountered by Inuit women working in the resource extraction industry by cultivating safe and secure workplace environments.

The first year will include surveys of workers, employers and partners, to conceptualize the scope of the issue of workplace sexual harassment and violence in mining sites. There will also be an extensive review of existing relevant health and safety legislations, human rights acts and codes, as well as existing industry policies and procedures addressing workplace violence and harassment to identify current structural and procedural gaps.

The second year of the project will be geared towards sharing the results of the research and needs assessment with appropriate partners and actors in the project and developing culturally appropriate policies and procedures for use at mining and resource extraction sites. Lastly, the third year will consist of finalizing the research results and the draft model and pilots, as well as creating a final model and industry-specific mechanisms to address the problem.


This is an open call to individuals, firms, or organizations to design comprehensive surveys utilizing appropriate research methodology. The surveys will be delivered to Inuit women who have worked and are currently working at extraction sites in order to conceptualize the issue of workplace sexual harassment and violence in the resource extraction industry.
The surveys should be designed to ensure accessibility and anonymity. It is important for applicants to demonstrate an understanding of the Inuit culture, gendered violence, effective communication means and methods, and the ability to produce culturally-appropriate work.

Surveys should include pertinent questions and content related to: the existence of workplace policies and procedures; awareness about existing complaints mechanisms; structural barriers preventing participants from accessing safety services; and a comprehensive list of after-care and/or relevant resources for participants seeking further assistance.


  • One standard set of surveys to be delivered to all four regions of Inuit Nunangat: Inuvialuit; Nunavut; Nunavik; and Nunatsiavut
  • Development of pertinent questions which prompt participants to outline their experiences on extraction sites in relation to workplace safety
  • Surveys will be delivered by Pauktuutit. They should be designed utilizing a mixed-method approach such as questionnaires, informal interviews and focus groups in addition to incorporating interactive components like new or existing videos, infographics, quizzes, stories, pictures, maps, etc.

In addition, the successful applicants will be required to:

  • participate in project meetings and teleconferences as appropriate;
  • provide progress updates as required; and,
  • submit all final project documents upon completion.


The duration of the contract will be from March 15, 2019 – May 31, 2019.

  • bids accepted until March 15, 2019;
  • contract begins March 29, 2019;
  • delivery of final surveys by May 17, 2019; and
  • contract ends May 31, 2019.

Pauktuutit’s Roles and Responsibilities

The primary contact at Pauktuutit for this project is Lema Ijtemaye, Manager of the Social and Economic Development department (lijtemaye@pauktuuit.ca). Pauktuutit commits to provide the information and materials necessary to complete the work and will respond to requests for information in a timely fashion.

Pauktuutit will provide a decision within three business days.

Confidentiality, Privacy and Copyright

The successful applicant shall not disclose to any party any confidential information gained or resulting from activities undertaken under this project, nor shall the applicant disclose any information concerning Pauktuutit or their affairs where such information is obtained through this Project.

Pauktuutit and the successful applicant will agree to publicly and mutually acknowledge and accord appropriate credit for each other’s contribution in this project, including any products developed and disseminated as a result. Both parties will come to an agreement on how credit is attributed, depending on the nature and degree of each organization’s contribution.

It is understood that Pauktuutit retains ownership of any and all materials and intellectual property created, designed, or produced as a result of activities undertaken by the successful applicant when awarded this project.

It is understood that the successful applicant will generate original work for this project.

Proposal Instructions

  • Applicants must submit their company name, and confirm their incorporation, references, and/or portfolio;
  • Submit by email to lijtemaye@pauktuutit.ca;
  • Word format or PDF;
  • Estimates/budgets must remain firm until March 22, 2019;
  • No payment will be made for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of a proposal in response to this RFP;
  • No costs incurred before receipt of a signed contract can be charged to the proposed contract;
  • Travel that may be required will be separate from this scope of work budget and will be paid for by Pauktuutit; and,
  • Pauktuutit reserves the right not to award a contract as a result of this RFP.


The proposal must:

  • Include a detailed budget not to exceed $22,600 including HST and that demonstrates that the objectives and deliverables for the project can be met;
  • Indicate the billing rate;
  • List any other expenses that might be applicable; and
  • Total bid MUST include 13% HST tax.

Rights of the Organization

Pauktuutit reserves the right to:

  • Enter into negotiations with one or more bidders on any or all aspects of this proposal.
  • Accept any proposal in whole or in part.
  • Cancel and/or re-issue this requirement at any time.
  • Award one or more contracts.
  • Verify any or all information provided by the bidder with respect to this requirement.


Notice to the media – Ministers Petitpas Taylor and Blair to deliver remarks at the National Indigenous Cannabis and Hemp Policy Conference

ebruary 20, 2019, Ottawa, ON – The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Federal Minister of Health, accompanied by the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction will deliver remarks at the National Indigenous Cannabis and Hemp Policy Conference.


February 21, 2019


8:45 AM EST


The Shaw Centre
55 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON
K1N 9J2

Media Inquiries:

Thierry Bélair
Office of Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Minister of Health

Marie-Emmanuelle Cadieux
Office of Bill Blair
Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction

Media Relations
Health Canada


Canadore College and North Bay Police Service Announce Strategic Alliance

Feb 20, 2019

(NORTH BAY, ONT.) – Earlier today, the North Bay Police Service and Canadore College announced a strategic alliance to enhance and support Anishinabek members and communities.

The mutually-beneficial agreement is centred around providing positive opportunities for Anishinabek individuals, families and neighbouring communities. As a part of the principles-based agreement, Canadore’s First Peoples’ Centre will be a resource to the police service with respect to Indigenous cultures in Canada and will consult on how local law enforcement can increase their effectiveness and understanding when responding to the needs of Indigenous persons.

“We truly believe that the North Bay Police Service has a constructive role to play in truth and reconciliation,” said Shawn Devine, Chief of the NBPS. “We are committed to working with Canadore College to provide our membership with much-needed education about the history of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, which will in turn allow us to evolve our efforts in a positive way.”

The college will certify a number of NBPS officers to be Walk A Mile cultural awareness trainers, and will then co-facilitate education sessions to be rolled out to the service’s employee groups. Canadore will also facilitate offering additional certifications such as the Mental Health Aid for First Nations training for staff and first responders.

In return, the NBPS will work with the college to provide interprofessional simulation expertise, perspective and knowledge to reinforce students’ learning within the School of Community Justice and Police Studies.

Both parties are also committed to developing the province’s first full-time postsecondary Indigenous restorative justice program. By definition, restorative justice focuses less on punishment and more on the rehabilitation of an offender, which also includes reconciliation with the victims. Research suggests that upon repairing harm and providing healing, offenders take on meaningful accountability that prevents further crime.

“Canadore is very proud to be forging this alliance with our local police service,” said Shawn Chorney, vice-president of enrolment management, Indigenous and student services. “The college has been delivering culturally respectful and holistic Indigenous education for well over 30 years and this partnership will strengthen our communities for years to come.”

The four-year agreement was acknowledged and detailed at today’s NBPS board meeting.

Canadore College trains people through applied learning, leadership and innovation. It provides access to over 75 full-time quality programs and has outstanding faculty and provides success services to students from nearly 400 Canadian communities and 15 international countries. Nearly 20 percent of Canadore’s total student population is of Ojibway, Oji-Cree, Cree Algonquin, Mohawk, Inuit or Métis descent from Ontario, Québec and nation-wide, one of the highest representations in the provincial college system. The College and its students add nearly $244 million to Nipissing Parry Sound Service Area economy. Approximately 1,000 students graduate from Canadore each year, and they join 45,000 alumni working across the globe. Canadore receives less than 50 per cent of its traditional funding from the provincial Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and relies on its own innovation and entrepreneurial endeavors and generous donors for the balance.


For more information, please contact:  Jessica Charette at 705.475.2538 or jessica.charette@canadorecollege.ca; Carrie Richmond at 705.474.7600, ext. 5216 or carrie.richmond@canadorecollege.


Liberals promise $638M for urban Indigenous housing – CTV News

February 20, 2019

OTTAWA – The federal government is planning to spend $638 million on housing for Indigenous people in cities and urban centres.

The money is part of the Liberals’ $40-billion housing plan, which is spread over 10 years and aims to reduce homelessness by half.

Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos and Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan are making the announcement this afternoon.

Read More: https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/liberals-promise-638m-for-urban-indigenous-housing-1.4305101

New program helps Indigenous musicians – Sault Star

February 20, 2019

Indigenous musicians can tap a new mentorship program offered by Music and Film In Motion.

One-one-one assistance is available to musicians and songwriters who are First Nation, Metis and Inuit and based anywhere in Northern Ontario, a release says.

Mentors include singer-songwriter Nick Sherman, musician Josh Deperry, who performs at Classic Roots, and multidisciplinary artist Melody McKiver.

Participants can participate in Northern Ontario and Music Film Awards held May 23-25.

Read More: https://www.saultstar.com/news/local-news/new-program-helps-indigenous-musicians

Canadore to provide Indigenous training to local police – The North Bay Nugget

February 20, 2019

Canadore College will be providing North Bay police officers with Indigenous cultural awareness training.

The training program was announced Wednesday during a police services board meeting as part of a four-year partnership agreement between the two organizations.

“I think it’s an incredible opportunity for both Canadore College and the North Bay Police Service,” said Deputy Chief Scott Tod, noting the partnership will focus on increasing the knowledge of both organizations of policing and indigenous culture and how the two issues relate to each other.

Tod said the partnership is an example of one way in which the police service is acting upon the recommendations of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Read More: https://www.nugget.ca/news/local-news/canadore-to-provide-indigenous-training-to-local-police

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