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Fiera Foods Supports Women in Manufacturing with Scholarship Award

TORONTO, Oct. 23, 2019 – Fiera Foods is pleased to congratulate Tanya Forde, Laurence Dandurand, Katie Neilson, and Autumn Quenville for being deserving recipients of the 2019 Women in Manufacturing Scholarship at the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME)’s Annual Manufacturing Conference.

The Women in Manufacturing Scholarship, developed and funded as a sponsorship between CME and Fiera Foods, aims at empowering female leadership in the manufacturing sector, where women continue to be underrepresented.

Boris Serebryany, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fiera Foods congratulated all four award recipients. “Canadian manufacturing benefits greatly from increased female participation and needs even more female leaders to meet its full potential,” said Boris Serebryany, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fiera Foods. “We are proud to support growth opportunities for women within our organization and through this scholarship to play our part in addressing an ongoing and widespread challenge across the industry. On behalf of all of us at Fiera Foods, I am so proud to collaborate with the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters to provide this scholarship to such talented and deserving young women.”

The Women in Manufacturing Scholarships were presented by Carmela Serebryany. “As a family, we are incredibly proud to support this remarkable group of women,” said Serebryany. “All women face barriers in the workforce and the manufacturing sector in particular has its work cut out bridging gaps and ensuring opportunities are provided in an equitable way. Scholarships like this are a small step in the direction of closing the gender gap that has persisted for so long.”

This year’s scholarship recipients are:

  • Tanya Forde, an Industrial Electrician apprentice at Tenaris Algoma Tubes from Thessalon, ON.

  • Laurence Dandurand, from Chambly, Quebec, studying Mechanical engineering at l’École de technologie supérieure.

  • Katie Neilson of Burnaby B.C., a 4th year welding apprentice at British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).

  • Autumn Quenville from the Whitesand First Nation, taking the Mechanical Engineering Technician course at Confederation College.

About Fiera Foods Company

Fiera Foods was started in 1987. Fiera Foods specializes in bagels, pastries, croissants and artisan breads and rolls. For more information, visit

About Women in Manufacturing

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters’ (CME) Women in Manufacturing Working Group was launched by National Board of Directors Chair Rhonda Barnet in March 2017. The Working Group was created in response to a key recommendation from CME’s Industrie 2030 initiative regarding the need to attract more women to manufacturing to help address chronic labour and skills shortages in the sector. The Working Group includes women and men representing CME member companies from a wide range of sizes and industries. The Working Group is dedicated to supporting, promoting and inspiring women to pursue careers in manufacturing.

For further information: For media inquiries: David Gelbloom,


SSHRC: Knowledge Synthesis Grants – Living Within the Earth’s Carrying Capacity

January 2020 Competition

Value $50,000
Duration One year
Application deadline January 7, 2020 (8 p.m. eastern)
Results announced March 2020

The online application form will be available in mid-November.


Table of contents

  • Context
  • Description
  • Themes
  • Value and duration
  • Eligibility
  • Application process
  • Evaluation and adjudication
  • Regulations, policies and related information
  • Contact information

Adapting to live within the Earth’s carrying capacity is viewed as one of humanity’s most important challenges. Increasing pressures on the planet’s capacity to support life are generating important opportunities to explore changes in global ecosystems, to evaluate mitigation and adaptation measures, and to examine shifting values and cultures.

For many observers, developments such as rising global temperature, growing ocean acidification, frequent forest fires, decreasing biodiversity and disruptive weather patterns are symptoms of deeper issues. Human demands may be exceeding the absorptive and productive capacity of global ecosystems, with evidence indicating that pressures on several ecosystem services are near a tipping point.

A better understanding of the linkages across biodiversity and ecosystem services will help identify their potential interactions and the extent to which natural systems can continue to sustain life. The connections and interdependencies between natural and human systems likewise require further consideration, particularly with respect to adaptation and mitigation responses, governance and capacity-building, socio-economic and policy dimensions, individual and social behaviours, and Indigenous knowledge systems and legal systems. The resulting knowledge will inform possible transitions in coming decades to a more sustainable, equitable and healthy future for generations to come, and will be key to addressing pressing questions regarding humanity’s ability to live within the Earth’s carrying capacity.

Living Within the Earth’s Carrying Capacity is one of 16 new global future challenges identified through SSHRC’s Imagining Canada’s Future initiative. These complex issues were identified following an extensive foresight exercise and reflect key challenges that Canada is likely to face in an evolving global context over the coming decades. All of the challenges cross multiple sectors and research disciplines, and require broad collaboration to address.

SSHRC, with support from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), is launching a Knowledge Synthesis Grants funding opportunity to foster a deeper understanding of the state of knowledge regarding the absorptive and productive capacity of global ecosystems, as well as the connections between natural and human systems. The resulting syntheses will identify roles that the academic, public, private and not-for-profit sectors, as well as Indigenous rights-holders, may play in advancing and supporting mitigation and adaptation responses, and may inform the development of effective tools, robust policies and sustainable practices required to support the transition to an equitable, prosperous, healthy and sustainable future.

Knowledge Synthesis Grants support researchers in producing knowledge synthesis reports and evidence briefs that:

  • support the use of evidence in decision-making and the application of best practices; and
  • assist in developing future research agendas.

Applicants must address the following three objectives in their proposals:

State of knowledge, strengths and gaps

  • critically assess the state of knowledge of the future challenge theme under consideration from a variety of sources, as appropriate;
  • identify knowledge strengths and gaps within the theme; and
  • identify the most promising policies and practices related to the theme.

Research data

  • assess the quality, accuracy and rigour (i.e., methodological approaches) of current work in the field; and
  • identify strengths and gaps in the quantitative and qualitative data available.

Knowledge mobilization

  • engage cross-sectoral stakeholders (academic, public, private and not-for-profit sectors) and/or First Nations, Métis and Inuit rights-holders throughout the project to mobilize knowledge related to promising policies and practices; and
  • use effective knowledge mobilization methods to facilitate the sharing of research findings with cross-sectoral stakeholders and Indigenous rights-holders.

Expected outcomes

Knowledge syntheses are comprehensive analyses of literature and other forms of knowledge on a particular question or issue. All types of knowledge synthesis approaches, tools and protocols, such as scoping reviews, systematic reviews and narrative syntheses, are encouraged under this funding opportunity. Synthesized results can include qualitative, quantitative or multi-method research.

Knowledge Synthesis Grants are not intended to support original research. Rather, they are intended to support the synthesis of existing research knowledge and the identification of knowledge gaps. This call is particularly focused on the state of research knowledge emerging over the past 10 years. The horizon for impacts may be as much as 20 years.

In support of the objectives above, Knowledge Synthesis Grants will help in identifying roles that the academic, public, private and not-for-profit sectors, as well as Indigenous rights-holders, may play in developing and implementing robust policies, best practices and tools.

Successful applicants will be expected to do the following:

  • Complete a synthesis report (maximum 40 pages) and two-page evidence brief within nine months of receiving the grant.
  • Participate in a kick-off webinar (tentatively scheduled for April 2020).
  • Attend or send a delegate to a one-day knowledge mobilization forum in Ottawa, attended by multisector stakeholders and Indigenous rights-holders, to discuss the knowledge syntheses. Travel costs for the forum should be included in the budget submitted as part of the application. Details on the meeting (tentatively scheduled for December 2020) will be provided to successful applicants.
  • Identify and invite a non-academic partner or knowledge user to the knowledge mobilization forum, and include their travel costs in the budget submitted as part of the application.

Successful applicants will be provided with guidelines for completing their synthesis report and the two-page evidence brief. Examples of the final reports and evidence briefs produced in a recent Knowledge Synthesis Competition are available on the SSHRC website.

The themes below illustrate the many interconnected issues that encompass the global challenge of Living Within the Earth’s Carrying Capacity. The thematic subquestions are intended to provide guidance to applicants; proposals examining other issues relevant to a theme are also welcome, as are proposals that combine themes or subquestions.

Researchers may include international comparisons and case studies in their proposals, but must demonstrate how the research has the potential to inform policy issues in Canada.

The call for proposals invites applications from researchers in any discipline that may inform and contribute to the objectives of this funding opportunity. For this particular future challenge area, a multisectoral approach is sought that bridges academic research and its use across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that feature multidisciplinary research teams.

This Knowledge Synthesis Grants funding opportunity is guided by the following perspectives:

  • Drawing on domestic, international and/or cross-sectoral evidence, what can the Canadian academic community tell us about these issues?
  • How might the findings guide public policy, practice and research agendas for Canada and the world?

Measures and evaluation frameworks

  • How are the impacts of current environmental challenges (such as climate change, deforestation, ocean acidification, biodiversity loss and extinction risks) on natural and human systems (including health issues) being captured, measured and evaluated?
  • What targets, metrics and indicators (human, economic, environmental and technological) have been established or proposed to monitor human activities and humanity’s relationship with the Earth’s carrying capacity?
  • How has technical capacity for scenario development and modelling evolved over time, and how might new technologies and analytical approaches provide more accurate forecasts?
  • What are the implications of differing sectoral or discipline-based constructs and measures of sustainability for policy development and the formation of adaptation and mitigation strategies?
  • Are data integration and linkages possible within and between various disciplines, given the use of different measures and indicators to monitor the Earth’s carrying capacity? What indicators might be added to catalyze the disciplinary and multidisciplinary integration of data?

Adaptation and risk mitigation

  • What existing tools, best practices and resources have been leveraged to assess the resiliency and adaptation potential of different natural, socio-economic, health and geopolitical ecosystems?
  • How have different sectors (such as fisheries, energy, mining, forestry, agri-food, human health and wellness, education, the arts, banking and insurance, technology, military / defence / national security, and tourism and recreation) responded to minimize risks related to severe environmental challenges?
  • What are examples of effective adaptation measures adopted by different sectors and how have these measures been established and accelerated?
  • What lessons can be learned from past interventions, policies and behaviours intended to lessen pressures on vulnerable ecosystems that instead had unintended or undesirable consequences?
  • How is unequal access to adaptive technologies and solutions within Canada and around the world being addressed? How do communities in urban, rural or remote settings address capacity-building to develop strategies that meet their specific objectives (such as mitigation, adaptation, protection, conservation, innovation and health promotion)?

Governance and capacity-building

  • How can knowledge about adaptation and risk mitigation strategies and associated results be effectively managed and shared by different levels of government in Canada?
  • What strategies have been proposed or employed by policy-makers to effectively engage stakeholders and Indigenous rights-holders in the development and implementation of adaptation responses (such as health promotion strategies and conservation strategies)? What are best practices in communicating scientific data, models and scenarios to decision-makers, stakeholders and the general public?
  • How can sustainability transitions in major systems of social provisioning, economic sectors, regions and communities be encouraged and accelerated? What lessons can be drawn from ongoing sustainability transitions around the world, as well as from historical experience with previous large-scale societal transitions?

Indigenous knowledge systems and experiences

  • What mitigation and adaptation responses to environmental challenges have been implemented by First Nations, Métis and Inuit in Canada, and by other Indigenous peoples around the world?
  • What roles have traditional and contemporary knowledge and legal systems played in the development of Indigenous mitigation and adaptation responses?
  • How might First Nations, Métis and Inuit knowledge systems and experiences contribute to efforts to address sustainability challenges on a national and international scale?

Economic policy considerations

  • How have governments developed and incentivized sustainable production and consumption patterns and clean economic growth (such as regulations, taxation, subsidies, programs and public procurement)? What are the barriers or gaps in current policies?
  • What role, if any, have issues such as inclusive growth models and the equitable sharing of carrying capacity played in the development and implementation of adaptation and mitigation responses in Canada or internationally?
  • What are examples of established business or economic sectors (such as manufacturing, resources and vehicles) that have successfully shifted their business model toward sustainability? What role, if any, did governments play in enabling those shifts?

Socio-cultural and health considerations

  • What roles do cultural values and knowledge systems play in determining human interactions with the natural world and global ecosystem services, and how have values and cultures been integrated into discussions surrounding sustainability?
  • How are new ways of working and new forms of employment (such as part-time work, flexible work and job sharing), as well as interventions such as universal basic income, social determinants of health and universal social protection, predicted to play a role in rethinking the economy-environment-society interface?
  • How are new technologies such as artificial intelligence, data analytics, sensors, robotics, bioengineering, nanotechnology, neurotechnologies and 3D printing changing attitudes and behaviours and challenging the economy-environment-society interface?
  • What knowledge systems have informed conversations about food security and healthy nutrition in the context of sustainability and accessibility? How can this knowledge be leveraged to address other sustainability health-related challenges?
  • How will measures designed to create a more sustainable society, such as green finance and incentivized consumption patterns, challenge or reinforce existing levels of socio-economic inequality within Canada and on a global scale?

Knowledge Synthesis Grants are valued at $50,000 for one year. All synthesis reports must be completed by December 2020 prior to the one-day forum. Knowledge mobilization activities (that is, conference presentations) can take place throughout the year. Up to 20 grants may be awarded.

By applying for this funding opportunity, successful applicants consent to SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR sharing the resulting synthesis reports and evidence briefs with other interested organizations and individuals.

Subject matter

Knowledge Synthesis Grant proposals may involve any of the disciplines and approaches or subject areas eligible for SSHRC, NSERC or CIHR funding. Please see selecting the appropriate federal granting agency for more information.

Projects whose primary objective is curriculum development are not eligible for funding under this funding opportunity.


Applicants must be affiliated with an eligible Canadian institution before funding can be released. Researchers who maintain an affiliation with a Canadian postsecondary institution, but whose primary affiliation is with a non-Canadian postsecondary institution, are not eligible for applicant status.

See Institutions below for more information on institutional eligibility requirements and processes for Knowledge Synthesis Grants.

Applicants who have received a SSHRC grant of any type but have failed to submit an end of grant report by the deadline specified in their Notice of Award are not eligible to apply for another SSHRC grant until they have submitted the report.

Postdoctoral researchers are eligible to be applicants if they have formally established an affiliation with an eligible institution at the time of application, and maintain such an affiliation for the duration of the grant period.


Grant funds may only be administered by an eligible Canadian institution. Institutions proposing to administer a grant awarded under this funding opportunity must hold or obtain institutional eligibility. Please see SSHRC’s list of eligible institutions.

Indigenous not-for-profit organizations being assessed for or holding institutional eligibility to administer multiple grants over a five-year period are eligible to apply. Institutional eligibility must be obtained before funding is released.

Institutions may contact Corporate Strategy and Performance to begin the institutional eligibility application process, or if they have questions about institutional eligibility.


An individual (including postdoctoral researchers) is eligible to be a co-applicant if they are formally affiliated with any of the following:

  • Canadian: Eligible postsecondary institutions; not-for-profit organizations; philanthropic foundations; think tanks; or municipal, territorial or provincial governments.
  • International: Postsecondary institutions.


Any individual who makes a significant contribution to the project is eligible to be a collaborator. Collaborators do not need to be affiliated with an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution.

Individuals from the private sector or federal government can only participate as collaborators.

Multiple applications and holding multiple awards

Please see SSHRC’s regulations regarding multiple applications and holding multiple awards for more information.


Grant holders will be expected to report on the use of grant funds, on funded activities undertaken during the grant period and on outcomes. Successful applicants will be informed of reporting requirements upon receiving their Notice of Award.

Applicants must complete the application form in accordance with accompanying instructions. Applications must be submitted electronically by an authorized research grants officer, or equivalent, from the applicant’s institution, or by a representative of the not-for-profit organization who has financial signing authority and is not participating in the project.

Applicants needing help while preparing their application should communicate with SSHRC well in advance of the application deadline.

Applications are adjudicated, and available funds awarded, through a merit review process. SSHRC bases funding decisions on the recommendations of the adjudication committee and on the funds available. Committee discussions are guided by the principle of minimum essential funding.

The goal of SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR, through this funding opportunity, is to support syntheses covering a range of the subthemes outlined within each of the broad thematic areas, as set out above.

Please note that grants may not necessarily be allocated evenly across subthemes; where there are value-added differences in approach and coverage, more than one grant may be allocated to a single subtheme. In addition to using the criteria below, the overall coverage of themes among recommended applications will be taken into consideration, to ensure a broad distribution of topics will be addressed.

Knowledge Synthesis Grants are not intended to support original research. Rather, they are intended to support the synthesis of existing research knowledge and the identification of knowledge gaps.

Guidelines for the merit review of Indigenous research

SSHRC’s Guidelines for the Merit Review of Indigenous Research are relevant for researchers (applicants and project directors) and students preparing SSHRC applications related to Indigenous research. SSHRC provides these guidelines to merit reviewers to help build understanding of Indigenous research and research-related activities, and to assist committee members in interpreting SSHRC’s specific evaluation criteria in the context of Indigenous research. SSHRC relies on a community of merit reviewers with experience and expertise in Indigenous research to judge the extent to which the guidelines may be applied to a particular research proposal. The guidelines may also be of use to external assessors, postsecondary institutions and partner organizations that support Indigenous research.

Evaluation criteria and scoring

The following criteria and scoring scheme are used to evaluate applications:

  • Challenge—The aim and importance of the endeavour (40%):
    • expected contribution to the funding opportunity’s stated objectives;
    • significance of the applicant’s chosen topic or area(s) for synthesis, based on the issues identified in this call for proposals;
    • potential influence and impact in informing policy and practice in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors; and
    • identification of research gaps that might be addressed by a forward-looking research agenda in the chosen area(s).
  • Feasibility—The plan to achieve excellence (30%):
    • ability to meet the objectives of the funding opportunity;
    • appropriateness of the methodology or approach and of the work plan, including timelines for the design and conduct of the activity;
    • quality and appropriateness of knowledge mobilization plans, including effective dissemination, exchange and engagement with stakeholders within and/or beyond the research community, where applicable; and
    • appropriateness of the requested budget.
  • Capability—The expertise to succeed (30%):
    • qualifications of the applicant/team to carry out the proposed project (such as expertise in the content area, synthesis methods, information retrieval and Indigenous research); and
    • evidence of other knowledge mobilization activities (such as films, performances, commissioned reports, knowledge syntheses, experience in collaboration / other interactions with stakeholders, and contributions to public debate and the media) and of impacts on policy and practice.

Scoring table

Adjudication committee members assign a score for each of the three criteria above, based on the following scoring table. The appropriate weighting is then applied to arrive at a final score. Applications must receive a score of 3.0 or higher for each of the three criteria to be recommended for funding.

Score Descriptor
5-6 Very good to excellent
4-4.9 Good to very good
3-3.9 Satisfactory to good
Below 3 Unsatisfactory

Communication of results

SSHRC informs all applicants in writing of the outcome of their applications within the month following adjudication.

SSHRC reserves the right to determine the eligibility of applications, based on the information therein. SSHRC also reserves the right to interpret the regulations and policies governing its funding opportunities.

All applicants and grant holders must comply with the Regulations Governing Grant Applications and with the regulations set out in the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide.

Grant holders must also comply with the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications. See SSHRC’s Open Access overview for more information. SSHRC also encourages researchers to manage, in accordance with both research community standards and best practices (including SSHRC’s Research Data Archiving Policy), data arising from their research.

Guidelines and related support material

All applicants for SSHRC funding should consult the following guidelines while preparing their applications:

  • the Guidelines for Effective Research Training, which may also be useful to reviewers and postsecondary institutions;
  • SSHRC’s Indigenous Research Statement of Principles and Guidelines for the Merit Review of Indigenous Research for applications involving Indigenous research;
  • SSHRC’s definition of knowledge mobilization and Guidelines for Effective Knowledge Mobilization for guidance on connecting with research users to create impact; and
  • SSHRC’s Definitions of Terms for terms used in the grant application process.

Successful applicants will be required to share the results of their project with SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR. These agencies will use this information to develop their policies and practices. They may also share this information with other interested sectors of the Government of Canada, as well as with other organizations. This does not in any way limit how researchers may otherwise publish or use the results of their research.

For more information about this funding opportunity, please contact:

Rachel Conlon
Senior Program Officer
Office of the Associate Vice-President, Future Challenges
Tel.: 613-944-5327


Canada: Make First Nations Water Supply a Priority, New Tools for Communities to Renew Push for Rights

(Toronto, October 23, 2019) – Canada’s new government should make addressing the lack of safe drinking water in many First Nations communities in Canada an urgent priority, Chiefs of Ontario and Human Rights Watch said today. Despite some progress over the last four years, successive Canadian governments have an overall record of failure to deliver on their promises for safe drinking water.

Human Rights Watch and Chiefs of Ontario are releasing a guide on the human right to water for First Nations communities and advocates. The report provides an overview of the legal framework behind the human right to water and recommendations on how to work with government officials and other towards the realization of this right.

“Despite focused media and government attention, many First Nations communities in Canada face a daily struggle to get safe drinking water,” said Amanda Klasing, acting women’s rights co-director at Human Rights Watch. “More needs to be done, and we hope this guide will be an additional tool for communities to make their voices heard as a new parliament is seated and gets to work.”

In 2015 and 2016, Human Rights Watch conducted research in First Nations communities in Ontario and found that the Canadian government had violated a range of international human rights obligations by failing to provide a safe water supply to First Nations reserves.

Since that time, the federal government has taken steps to increase transparency in situations in which First Nations communities have long been without a safe water supply. The federal government stated their intention to work more closely with the communities to address the problems, including working to develop an assets management approach. Such an approach would ensure that funds and other resources are sufficient for operation and maintenance to keep functioning systems in good working order.

Indigenous Services Canada in September 2019 announced new investments in operations and maintenance consistent with this approach, a move that First Nations have long called for. The government should include sufficient funds in the budget to support the effort.

There has also been regional engagement by the federal government with First Nations on potential successor legislation to the controversial Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act. While more engagement by Indigenous Services Canada is expected in early 2020, First Nations need assurances that the commitment to co-development of legislation on safe drinking water in reserves will ensure First Nations have a meaningful role in writing the rules for developing and maintaining safe water supplies in their own communities.

Many communities on First Nations reserves face immediate water emergencies that need urgent attention. At least 56 drinking water advisories remained in place as of October 4, and the underlying systemic water and wastewater problems facing First Nations in Canada remain. The Neskantaga First Nation in northern Ontario has had a Boil Water Advisory in place for the last 23 years and recently faced an he Chiefs of Ontario continue to press federal and provincial governments to provide safe, potable drinking water – which is a human right – for First Nations peoples. The Chiefs of Ontario are advocating for sustainable water systems under a cooperative effort with the federal governments based on truth and reconciliation.

It is often those who least contribute to water crises around the world who are most affected by the outcome, Human Rights Watch and Ontario Chiefs said. Everyone is entitled to safe drinking water and sanitation. Canada has played an important role in promoting efforts to meet this goal globally. First Nations communities are working on the front lines to see that this obligation is met in Canada.

“Water is life,” said Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald. “We recognize women as the sacred keepers of the water and know that it’s a gift that connects all life. Water is significant to our way of life and livelihoods, and we recognize our inherent responsibilities as caretakers to protect water. Our responsibilities and our rights include all aspects of the use of water, jurisdiction and stewardship over use and access to water, and the protection of water.”

“The Human Right to Water: A Guide for First Nations Communities and Advocates” is available at:

For more Human Rights Watch reporting on Canada, please visit:

For more information, please contact:
In Washington, DC, for Human Rights Watch, Amanda Klasing (English, French, Spanish): +1-646-427-5113 (mobile); or Twitter: @AMKlasing
In Toronto, for Chiefs of Ontario, Scott Cavan (English): +1-416-597-1266; or
In Toronto, for Chiefs of Ontario, Kathleen Padulo (English): Twitter: @KathleenPadulo
In Whitefish River First Nation, for Chiefs of Ontario, Chief Shining Turtle (English):
In Bay of Quinte, for Chiefs of Ontario, Chief Donald Maracle (English):


NAN: Mushkikiw Wiichihiitiwin Gathering Final Report

Health Transformation

Mandated by Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Resolution 16/04 Call for Declaration of Public Health Emergency, the Sioux Lookout Chiefs Committee on Health and the NAN Executive declared a Health and Public Health Emergency for First Nations across NAN territory.  This Declaration was not made lightly.  It was forced into existence by decades of perpetual crisis and persistent health care inequities at the NAN community level.  The Declaration is an assertion of the inherent Treaty rights of NAN members to equal opportunities for health, including access to appropriate, timely, high-quality health care, regardless of where they live, what they have or who they are.

In order to exercise our self-determination over health we need to bring back accountability, responsibility and resource allocation to our communities.  This involves changing the current colonial system to a new system that is based on the needs and priorities of our communities.

Following the Declaration, a meeting took place on March 31, 2016 between First Nation leadership and the Ontario Minister of Health and the Federal Minister of Health. The parties agreed to continue with an on-going relationship to develop and oversee transformative change in First Nations health with a focus on NAN communities. This led to the execution of a trilateral commitment document: The Charter of Relationship Principles Governing Health System Transformation in NAN Territory (the Charter) which was mandated by NAN Resolution 17/21. The Charter was signed by the Parties (Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, Minister Jane Philpott and Minister Eric Hoskins) on July 24, 2017.

The Charter marks the commitment of the Parties to a NAN process towards health transformation. In addition to outlining the guiding principles, it sets out the following vision for system-wide change whereby First Nations have equitable access to care delivered within their community.  It ensures that communities will be engaged at all levels so that their voices are heard and incorporated into community-based programming.

In order to support the NAN Health Transformation process, the governments agreed to several actions, including:

  • Developing new approaches to improve the health and health access, including access at the community level.
  • Supporting the ability of First Nations communities and organizations to deliver their own services.
  • Proposing policy reform and exploring legislative changes to design a new health system for NAN territory, including sustainable funding models and decision-making structures.
  • Removing barriers caused by jurisdiction, funding, policy, culture and structures so that First Nations can deliver better plan, design and manage their own services.

Health Transformation Reports

NAN Health Directors Meeting on Health Transformation

NAN Youth & Elders Gathering on Health Transformation

Combined Health Summit Report & Pre-Summit Document

Health Transformation Progress Report


UNDRIP, Trans Mountain and the Tribunal compensation order – where will Trudeau go on these files? – APTN News

October 22, 2019

Cindy Blackstock is hoping Canada’s minority parliament will do what the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has been unable to – make the government compensate victims of the child welfare system and their families.

“This could mean more accountability, more co-operation and more justice for kids than a majority situation would,” she said after Monday’s election result.

Voters elected a minority Liberal government that will need co-operation from opposition parties to make major decisions.

Big decision

Blackstock, a former social worker and executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, believes the tribunal’s ruling is one of those big decisions.

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Indigenous business excellence to be celebrated Nov. 7 – Northern Ontario Business

Waubetek Business Development Corp. will hand out four awards during gala

Waubetek Business Development Corp. will celebrate the best in Indigenous business during its biennial awards dinner and gala on Nov. 7.

Themed “Investing in the Aboriginal Spirit,” the gala will be held at the Casino Rama Resort and Conference Centre on the Rama First Nation.

The event “recognizes the achievements of Aboriginal businesses in northeast Ontario who create much needed jobs and services throughout the region and also serve as inspirational Aboriginal role models,” the organization said in a news release.

“In this age of reconciliation, it is important for everyone to see the significant contribution made by Indigenous businesses that benefit both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people alike.”

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Tungasuvvingat Inuit looks forward to Enhanced work with Liberal Government

Tungasuvvingat Inuit congratulates the Liberal Party of Canada on being selected 3y Canadians to continue its role to lead the nation as the federal governing party. Significant accomplishments have been achieved by the previous government an fl looks forward to continuing working directly with the Liberal government. As the urban population of Inuit has now exceeded. 40%, the needs for services and programs for the urban Inuit population are growing significantly. Identifying and addressing these unique needs as the national public government will require a Von Nunagnat (traditional Inuit homelands) policy framework.

Tih will continue to work directly with Inuit communities in Ottawa and Ontario whit advocating on behalf of Inuit living outside of Inuit Nunangat. It Is Imperative for effective reconciliation that the new government understands the Individual Identities of Indigenous peoples of Canada and understands the uniqueness of each culture. Additionally, we invite the government to meet and discuss urban Inult.specific issues. It is imperative the federal government be aware of issues like the portability of Inuit rights and understanding the requirement to offer supports for Inuit living away from the north. An Inuk is an Inuk, is an Inuk, regardless of geography and where they

For the many that have migrated to “The Fifth Region”, they do so not because the vent to but because they are forced to. Often there is no choice but to move soutl as the personal and financial cost of staying in the north Is unsustainable. The lack of housing, the exorbitant cost of living, lack of employment unavailability of proper healthcare, the pursuit of higher education, employment, and issues surrounding substance use and trauma are just some of the reasons for relocation.

The goal of TI is to make services and programs available to ensure the transition h made easier. TI offers more than twenty front line services and programs that require significant funding to operate. We .k forward to continued relationship funding, reconciliatory efforts on behalf of the Government of Canada and ultimately, enough supports and services for the Inuit community residing in the Fifth Region to be self-determined and have the equity of opportunity provided to all Canadians.


Robinson Huron and Robinson Superior annuities case enters second phase – Manitoulin Expositor

October 23, 2019

SUDBURY – The curious case of the Ontario Crown’s missing annuity increases, often referred to as “treaty money” has entered its second phase, with the province having lost two rounds on the first phase following a ruling in Sudbury by Superior Court Justice Patricia Hennessey turning down Ontario’s attempt to reopen the court’s decision in favour of the Robinson Huron and Robinson Superior Treaty plaintiffs.

The case centres around the failure of the province to increase annuities paid to individual members of the Robinson Huron and Superior First Nations in return for property given over to the Crown. Those annuities have remained stuck at $4 per person since they were last increased in 1874. The cash-strapped Crown at the time of the signing of the treaties (long before Confederation took place) that are at the heart of the issue was not in position to pony up the cash necessary to pay out the value of the land. So the Anishinaabe leadership at the time settled for an annuity to be paid for each member. That annuity was to be increased as revenues from the surrendered territories increased, so long as the province would not suffer a loss after expenses.

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Toyota Backs Cross-country Youth Tour

Jennifer Flanagan (left), president and CEO, Actua and Leslie Miller (right), board member, Toyota Canada Foundation, are shown at the recent Actua Fall Maker Mobile Tour Launch in Ottawa.

Toyota Canada Foundation has announced continued support of Actua through a $200,000 investment.

Toyota’s donation will support the engagement of underserved youth across Canada and the launch of Actua’s Fall Maker Mobile tour.

The announcement was made by Leslie Miller, Toyota Canada Foundation board member, at a special workshop where local Ottawa students were given a sneak peek of the interactive innovation experiences the Maker Mobile will be bringing to youth this Fall.

Actua’s Maker Mobile is a moving maker space full of exciting technology, inspiring participants to experiment with hands-on learning and to create their own innovations.

The current Maker Mobile tour will visit 20 communities and engage 2,500 youth across Ontario and Northern Quebec through meaningful and enriching digital and STEM-related experiences. A significant priority for the project is to engage underrepresented youth audiences including girls, Indigenous youth and those with socioeconomic challenges.

Today’s youth represent Canada’s next generation of designers, engineers, and automotive technicians, and will be shaping the future of mobility.

With that understanding, the Toyota Canada Foundation focuses on supporting programs that advance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs that go beyond textbooks and tablets. Through Actua’s Maker Mobile program, the foundation will help bring hands-on makerspace workshops into remote and indigenous communities, and inspire Canadian youth to experiment, innovate, design and prototype.

The Toyota Canada Foundation funding will also support the engagement of underrepresented youth through specialized national programs including 35,000 Indigenous youth, 10,000 girls and young women in high impact all-girls programming, and 35,000 at-risk youth.

Actua is Canada’s largest science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) youth outreach network representing 40 university and college based members.


Anishinabek Grand Council Chief optimistic after Monday election – BayToday

‘We have got to be at the table together to see all the things happen’

Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Glen Hare says when he woke up at 12:30 in the morning to see the final results of the federal election, he slept like a baby.

“We are in a very crucial time and we talk about the environment and climate change, everything that is going on and the election being over now, now we can do some business at our table,” said Hare.

Hare was one of the guests at the fourth annual forum at Nipissing University called Kina-Gego-Naabadosin – Everything is Connected.

He believes in the re-elected Trudeau government but he feels the government and big companies need to keep first nations more involved in the dialogue.

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