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Season’s Greetings from Williams Consulting

December 14, 2018
Hiawatha First Nation

Season’s Greetings from Williams Consulting

As the holiday season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and those we have had the honour to share our knowledge and mutually work together to achieve their goals. It’s been a busy year for us at Williams Consulting with our move back to our main office in Ontario as we continue to serve our clients across Canada. We hope that 2018 has been just as memorable for you, your colleagues, loved ones and communities.

As the New Year begins, we welcome contract opportunities from capacity development, research, evaluation, organization review, planning, project management, strategic planning, human resource development and Health System Transformation.

Our experience is broad and covers many areas.

Our disciplines vary from Community Health Planning, Tobacco Cessation, Cannabis education and awareness,  Policy and Procedure development, Clinical Team development, Jordan’s Principle training, Diabetes, Palliative Care, Early Childhood Development, Governance, Early Child and Family Services Prevention, Home and Community Care, Mental Health and Addictions, Training Manuals, Tuberculosis, Regional Health Survey Analysis, Public Health, Maternal and so on.

We look forward to hearing from you in the New Year as we continue our work with Indigenous communities across Canada.

Wishing you all the joys of the season and happiness throughout the coming year.

Andrea J. Williams


Ending Violence Against First Nations Women and Girls Can’t Wait: AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde

Ending Violence Against First Nations Women and Girls Can’t Wait: AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde

December 14, 2018

(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde commented today on the conclusion of the truth gathering process of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

“I lift up the family members, survivors and all those who shared their experiences and put forward recommendations to the Commissioners of the National Inquiry,” said AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde. “Their bravery and the memory of their loved ones must be honoured by the National Inquiry through a final report that contains concrete recommendations aimed at addressing root causes and systemic problems. As I have said in the past, we cannot wait for the final report to take action to ensure First Nations women and girls are safe and secure in their homes and communities. We know there are things we can do right now to protect them and support them. This Inquiry has had its difficulties and it is important to always remember that the families come first. That principle must guide the writing of the final report. The AFN continues to stand with survivors and families in their journey to healing.”

The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls concludes its truth gathering process with submissions by Parties with Standing in Ottawa this week. The AFN made its submission in Calgary last month. The Commissioners will now work on the final report and recommendations, expected to be submitted to the Government of Canada in April 2019.

The AFN is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada. Follow AFN on Twitter @AFN_Updates.

For media requests or more information, please contact:

Jenna Young Castro
AFN Senior Communications Advisor
613-241-6789 ext. 201
613-314-8157 mobile

Monica Poirier
Bilingual Communications Officer
Assembly of First Nations
613-241-6789 ext. 382
613-292-0857 mobile


New Justices Appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice

December 14, 2018

The Honourable Caroline Mulroney, Attorney General for Ontario, has announced the appointment of five new justices to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective December 26, 2018.

Justice Aubrey Danielle Hilliard was called to the bar in 2005. She has been a partner with Yanch & Hilliard LLP since 2007, with a focus on family and criminal law. Justice Hilliard has served as a member of the criminal duty counsel panel, the family duty counsel panel and the domestic violence advice panel.

Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Hilliard to Norfolk County-Simcoe.

Justice Susan Mary Magotiaux was called to the bar in 2002. She has worked at the Crown Law Office since 2000, specializing in criminal law. During that time, she worked extensively on issues related to cybercrime, serving as the head of the Electronic Surveillance Unit for the Ministry of the Attorney General, and as a member of provincial and federal working groups relating to confidential informer privilege. She was also a member of the Search Experts Group and the Computer and Internet Related Crime Team.

Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Magotiaux to Oshawa.

Justice Christine Elizabeth Jahns Malott was called to the bar in 2000. Justice Malott has been an agent at the Public Prosecution Service of Canada since 2003, where she primarily prosecuted charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Justice Malott also has experience prosecuting a wide range of offences under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, Customs Act, Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, Excise Act and Criminal Code.

Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Malott to Windsor.

Justice Jodie-Lynn Waddilove was called to the bar in 2004. She has served as Senior Legal Counsel for the province of Ontario on the joint National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, Senior Legal Counsel to the Office of the Independent Police Review Director and as Coroner’s Counsel at Coroner’s Inquests across the province of Ontario. She has also provided legal counsel to the Ministry of the Attorney General and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services in areas including civil litigation, policing and law enforcement, and immigration and citizenship.

Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Waddilove to Barrie.

Justice Donald Lyle Wolfe was called to the bar in 1986 and has been in private practice since 1987 with a focus on criminal law. In his general practice, Justice Lyle Wolfe had worked in real estate, wills and estates and worked extensively on refugee claimant cases before the Immigration and Refugee Board. Justice Wolfe has also served as an Assistant Crown Attorney and Legal Aid Duty Counsel.

Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Wolfe to St. Catharines.

Additional Resources

Media Contacts

Jesse Robichaud
Minister’s Office

Brian Gray
Communications Branch


Fifty-Three New Correctional Officers Graduate

Province Hiring More Frontline Workers to Help Keep Correctional Facilities Safe

December 14, 2018

Ontario’s Government for the People is improving the province’s adult correctional system by hiring 53 new correctional officer graduates.

“Correctional officers are essential partners in Ontario’s justice system and perform a great service that contributes to community safety across the province,” said Sylvia Jones, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services. “I would like to congratulate every person graduating this week for their hard work and commitment.”

The officers will be assigned across Ontario to 15 different institutions. Of the 53 new correctional officers, nine come from communities across Northern Ontario and will be deployed to institutions in Northern Ontario.

“Correctional officers from the North, trained in the North and serving at institutions in the North are uniquely qualified to help inmates in the North rebuild their lives and reduce the risk of re-offending,” said Jones.

Graduates successfully completed the Correctional Officer Training and Assessment (COTA) program – a comprehensive eight-week program that includes mental health training, Indigenous cultural training, inmate management techniques and ongoing training and job coaching following deployment.

Quick Facts

  • The new correctional officers will be deployed to: Algoma Treatment and Remand Centre, Central East Correctional Centre, Central North Correctional Centre, Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre, Kenora Jail, Maplehurst Correctional Complex, Monteith Correctional Complex, Niagara Detention Centre, Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre, Quinte Detention Centre, Thunder Bay Correctional Centre, Thunder Bay Jail, Toronto East Detention Centre, Toronto South Detention Centre, and Vanier Centre for Women.
  • There are 25 adult correctional facilities in Ontario.
  • The average number of adults in custody across the province in 2017-18 was 7,474 per day.

Additional Resources

Media Contacts

Richard Clark
Minister’s Office

Brent Ross
Communications Branch


Havilah Mining Corporation Announces Successful Season from the Tailings Reprocessing Project

TORONTO, Dec. 13, 2018 – Havilah Mining Corporation (TSXV: HMC) (“Havilah” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce a successful season from the tailings reprocessing project. In April of 2018, Klondex Mines Ltd. (“Klondex”), acquired by Hecla Mining Company (“Hecla”) on July 20, 2018, commenced reprocessing operations at the True North facility (“True North”) in Bissett, Manitoba. After the acquisition by Hecla, Havilah, which now holds the True North assets, continued the reprocessing operations. Under the stewardship of the Havilah team, True North produced approximately 3,200 ounces of gold in roughly 4 months. The average grade was approximately 1 g/t and the operation ran at an approximate rate of 990 tons per day.

“With the exemplary efforts from the staff, we were able to grow the balance sheet from $9 million and no liabilities to approximately $9.7 million in cash today, and a strong working capital balance of $12 to 13 million. During the winter we expect to use cash while on care and maintenance, however we believe the tailings reprocessing project will continue on this positive trend in the 2019. Meanwhile, we look forward to the start of our 2019 exploration programs to test the potential of this exceptional land package.”

With the change in weather conditions at the True North site, the Company has temporarily shut-down the tailings reprocessing operations. The Company expects to restart operations in April of 2019, however the exact start date is weather dependent and may vary slightly. During this shut down, the Company has identified a number of items that require upgrade work, which should allow for an increase in throughput during next year’s operating season. Approximately 35 positions at the operations will be displaced during this shut down.

“Our employees worked hard to operate our facilities and to adjust to the changes within our business,” said Mr. Schultz, interim CEO and President. “I want to thank each and every one of them for a job well done. This was a difficult decision because of the impact on employees, but it is a necessary step to ensure we stay in control of our costs as we look to improve our future outlook.

In the future the Company plans to operate the tailings reprocessing project at the True North facility on a seasonal basis while continuing exploration activity year-round. This will improve the overall sustainability of the operations while continuing to retain key personnel and perform annual maintenance.

About Havilah Mining Corporation
Havilah is a junior gold producer that owns the True North mine and mill complex and is currently reprocessing historic tailings. In addition to operating True North in Bissett, Manitoba, Havilah owns approximately 43,000 hectares of highly prospective land within and adjacent to the Rice Lake belt. Havilah believes their land package is a prime exploration opportunity to develop a mining district with a central milling facility. The Company also owns the Tully project near Timmins, Ontario. The Company intends to focus on both organic growth opportunities and accretive acquisition opportunities in North America.

Havilah’s True North complex and exploration land package are located within the traditional territory of the Hollow Water First Nation, signatory to Treaty No. 5 (1875). Havilah looks forward to maintaining open, co-operative and respectful communication with the Hollow Water First Nation in order to build mutually beneficial working relationships.


Blair Schultz
Chairman, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer


OHRC settlement addresses harmful impact of stereotypes on Indigenous youth

December 13, 2018

Toronto – After the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario invited the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) to intervene in the case of Gallant v Mississauga, the OHRC reached a settlement with the City of Mississauga and the Applicant, Bradley Gallant. The settlement addresses the harmful impact of stereotypes on Indigenous youth by requiring Mississauga to remove from its sports facilities all Indigenous-themed mascots, symbols, names and imagery related to non-Indigenous sports organizations.

In 2015, the Honourable Murray Sinclair noted the profound impact that stereotypes in sports have on young Indigenous people. And in 2015, Mr. Gallant, an Indigenous man and father, complained to the City of Mississauga about the use and display of Indigenous-themed logos and team names in its sports arenas. The OHRC conducted extensive outreach with Indigenous peoples to learn more about the impact of this use, and heard directly from youth across the province through the Indigenous Youth Council of the Ontario Federation of Friendship Centres.

The OHRC intervened to amplify the perspectives and voices of Indigenous youth and to highlight the harmful impact of stereotypes on youth.

In the settlement, the City of Mississauga has committed to:

  1. Remove from its sports facilities all Indigenous-themed mascots, symbols, names and imagery related to non-Indigenous sports organizations.
  2. Develop a policy on the use of Indigenous images and themes at its sports facilities, in collaboration with different groups such as the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, the Peel Aboriginal Network, the Indigenous Youth Council of the Ontario Federation of Friendship Centres and Indigenous Sport and Wellness Ontario.
  3. Supplement its Diversity and Inclusion training with expanded material addressing reconciliation and Indigenous peoples.

“Mississauga has agreed to take important steps to show leadership and a commitment to reconciliation,” said OHRC Chief Commissioner Renu Mandhane. “This settlement reflects our efforts to bring to light the impact that stereotypes have on Indigenous youth. It also sets a positive path forward for other municipalities to follow.”

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Media contact:
Vanessa Tamburro
Communications and Issues Management
Ontario Human Rights Commission


Thunder Bay police investigating teen’s death as homicide –

The body of Braiden Jacob was found in Chapples Park on Sunday

THUNDER BAY — The death of 17-year-old Braiden Jacob is being investigated as a homicide.

The Thunder Bay Police Service on Thursday confirmed they believe the Webequie First Nation teen, whose body was found at Chapples Park on Sunday, was the victim of foul play.

“The criminal investigations branch, along with other branches within the service, have engaged in several leads in several locations both inside and outside of Thunder Bay,” acting deputy chief Don Lewis said, adding it’s possible the scope of the investigation could extend beyond Northwestern Ontario but can’t say whether the case is related to southern Ontario gang activity.

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Government of Canada funds project with Ironworkers Local 736 to help apprentices in Southern Ontario

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

December 14, 2018               Ancaster, Ontario               Employment and Social Development Canada

Changes to the country’s economy, including recent economic growth and demographic pressures, such as an aging workforce as well as innovation in technology have increased the demand for skilled tradespeople. The Government recognizes the importance of ensuring that Canadians, including those from key groups who face barriers to succeed in the trades, get the opportunity to explore and prepare for the skilled trades.

Today, the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced funding of over $285,000 to Ironworkers Local 736 for its Welder Training and Testing Capacity Increase project.

This investment, which is funded through the Union Training and Innovation Program, will help Local 736 to purchase equipment, including a mobile welding training trailer, several welding machines, and a floor press, to train apprentices from key groups who face barriers, such as women, Indigenous people and newcomers. By giving apprentices access to the same equipment required by contractors in the industry, Local 736 will create a pool of qualified tradespeople from a number of Ontario locations including Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, Welland, Hamilton, Kitchener, Waterloo, Goderich and Ingersoll.

To further help underrepresented groups in the trades, Budget 2018 announced three new initiatives:

  • $46 million over 5 years, starting in 2018–19, with $10 million per year ongoing, for a new Pre-Apprenticeship Program;
  • approximately $20 million over 5 years, starting in 2018–19, to support an Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women, a pilot project where women would receive a new taxable grant of $3,000 per year/level in eligible Red Seal trades for the first two years of training, up to a maximum amount of $6,000 per person, in trades where women are under-represented. This, in combination with the existing Apprenticeship Completion Grant valued at $2,000, could result in a combined grant support of up to  $8,000 over the course of their training; and
  • $10 million over 3 years, starting in 2018–19, for the new Women in Construction Fund which will support projects building on existing models that have proven to be effective in attracting women to the trades, such as mentoring, coaching and tailored supports.

As Canada’s economy continues to grow and create good, well-paying jobs, the Government will ensure that all Canadians share in and benefit from this success.


“Our country’s future success depends on building an economy that is as inclusive as it is innovative. Our government is proud of this project that will help apprentices in Ontario, and especially those who face additional barriers to participate and succeed in the skilled trades, start exciting and well-paying careers in the trades.”

– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

“The project will contribute to a skilled, work-ready pool of future tradespeople who will be better equipped for in-demand jobs in Hamilton, and across Canada. By creating a skilled, diverse and inclusive workforce, our Government is strengthening the middle class and creating a more prosperous country.”

– The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors

“Ironworkers provide the highest quality training to develop the right skills required on job sites. By purchasing new, up-to-date equipment with support from the UTIP program, Ironworkers Local 736 are helping our apprentices through their technical training, leading to a pool of certified journeypersons ready to participate in the job market in the Hamilton area and beyond. ”

– Steven E. Pratt, President, Ironworkers Local 736

Quick facts

  • Approximately one in five employed Canadians are represented in the skilled trades profession. At the end of 2017, there were 309,441 registered apprentices across Canada (2017 Registered Apprenticeship Information System).
  • Women account for 9% of apprentices in Red Seal trades, and only 5% when “traditional” trades (hairstylist, cook and baker) are removed (2017 Registered Apprenticeship Information System).
  • The Union Training and Innovation Program provides $25 million annually to support union-based apprenticeship training, innovation and enhanced partnerships in the Red Seal trades.
  • Budget 2018 announced three initiatives to support Canadians facing barriers in the trades: the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women, a pre-apprenticeship program and the Women in Construction Fund.

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For media enquiries, please contact:

Véronique Simard
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada


MSIFN Announces $50,000 Contribution to Proposed Chiefs of Ontario’s Indigenous Women’s Safety and Wellbeing Project

SCUGOG, ON, Dec. 13, 2018 – Chief Kelly LaRocca announced an offer of support for the Chiefs of Ontario’s (COO) Women’s Caucus goal of establishing a safehouse in the Greater Toronto Area for victims of human trafficking. This cause was one of many recognized and supported during Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation’s (MSIFN) annual Christmas Cheque Presentation and Reception on Thursday.

The $50,000 monetary gift to the Chiefs of Ontario, pending the consent of the Chiefs of Ontario Assembly, will support staff and Chiefs in conducting a feasibility study and creating a project plan for the potential safe house.

“We are grateful to the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation for their generosity. The Declaration By First Nations Political Leadership to Support Ending Violence and Abuse in Our Communities and Against Our Peoples declares the solid commitment to end violence and abuse, this includes exploitation and human trafficking,” said Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald. “Resolution 13/04 mandates the implementation of the Declaration and the donation from MSIFN will ensure another initiative for implementation can occur. The donation will ensure that Chiefs of Ontario’s First Nations Women’s Caucus are committed to exploring how resources are found to protect Indigenous women from exploitation.”

MSIFN’s Community Donations Committee expressed a desire to support the well-being and safety of Indigenous Women and Girls and believe that this project is a vital step in the Chiefs of Ontario’s commitment to ending violence against women.

Recent studies in Canada and North America have revealed that Indigenous women and girls in Canada are especially vulnerable to being the victims of human trafficking.

“With the ongoing investigation into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, MSIFN wants to ensure that women always have a safe house in the GTA,” said Chief Kelly LaRocca. “MSIFN fully supports the Chiefs of Ontario’s Women’s Caucus in their work to ensure the safety and well-being of Indigenous women and girls.”

Each year, MSIFN’s Community Donations Committee identifies opportunities to support the community. For the 2018 cheque presentation alone, MSIFN donated a total of $366,750, including $100,000 each to the Port Perry Hospital Foundation and the Oak Ridges Hospice of Durham Ltd.

For centuries, the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation (MSIFN) have lived on the shores of Lake Scugog, North of what is now Port Perry. Thanks in large part to the success of the Great Blue Heron (GBH) casino, MSIFN is widely considered a model of a successful First Nation government in Canada. For decades MSIFN ran GBH which provided their community – and Durham Region as a whole – with thousands of jobs, and millions of dollars in charitable donations to community organizations throughout the region. MSIFN is dedicated to continuing its proud tradition of community donations.

For further information: Lisa Kinsella,


Treatment centre for First Nations people facing addictions destroyed by fire: OPP – CBC

Dec 14, 2018

The Native Horizons Treatment Centre in the New Credit First Nation, police say, has been destroyed by fire.

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) say late Thursday night the OPP, Haldimand County Fire Services, Six Nations Fire Services, Haldimand County paramedics and Six Nations paramedics were called to the Native Horizons Treatment Centre on New Credit Road for a “fully engulfed structure fire.”

The Centre helps First Nations People facing “addictions, traumas and related problems.”

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