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MNO citizen and veteran Harvey Horlock passes away

Veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces and MNO citizen Harvey Horlock has died.Inspired by the sacrifices of his uncles in World War II, Harvey enlisted in Canadian Forces in the 1950s. In his decade of service he helped in the clean-up after Hurricane Hazel, among other events.

Harvey was heavily involved with the MNO for many years.

He was a past president and a past Senator of the MNO Toronto Métis Council prior to it becoming the MNO Toronto and York Region Métis Council and past president of the MNO Veterans’ Council (MNOVC).

He also assisted in the creation of the MNO Oshawa Durham Métis Council and the MNO Credit River Métis Council.

Harvey was a past representative for Ontario to the National Veterans Council and past member of the National Aboriginal Veteran Association (NAVA).

For several years, Harvey represented Métis veterans at the Oshwegan National Memoriam Day on the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation near Brantford and was invited by the Premier’s Office to represent the MNO at the Remembrance Day ceremony in Queen’s Park for several years running.

Harvey was also member of the Royal Canadian Legion Todmorden Branch number 10 and served as a member of their colour party. Harvey could be seen proudly participating in the MNO’s annual Louis Riel Day celebrations at Queen’s Park.

Jim Fryer who served with Harvey in the colour party said Harvey was well respected and served as a proud member for almost three decades. Fryer also said Harvey was instrumental in having the Branch 10 colour party lead the procession at the MNO’s annual provincial Louis Riel Day celebrations. A tradition which continues to this day.

Horlock was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee medal in 2012.

Visitation is scheduled for Jan. 25 at Giffen-Mack Funeral Home at 2570 Danforth Avenue from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.


Ontario Preparing People in London for Jobs

Government Supporting over 100 people in Four Local Pre-apprenticeship Projects

January 24, 2020

LONDON – Ontario is tackling shortages in the skilled trades by supporting pre-apprenticeship projects that will prepare over 100 people in London for good jobs and careers.

“In London and throughout the province, there are thousands of jobs that go unfilled,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. “Those are paycheques waiting to be collected. But the workers aren’t there. My mission is to bridge that skills gap in London and throughout the province. Today’s announcement is the next step.”

The Ontario government is investing in four London-based training programs for a variety of trades, including baker-pâtissier, construction worker, brick and stone mason and educational assistant.

Pre-apprenticeship training promotes careers in the trades as an option for all Ontario residents, including youth at risk, new Canadians, women and Indigenous people. The training programs are free, last up to one year and often combine classroom training with an 8-12 week work placement.

Today’s funding announcement follows the unveiling of Ontario’s new marketing campaign highlighting the skilled trades as a viable career path. The ads, with the slogan ‘Find a Career You Wouldn’t Trade,’ are currently running online, in movie theatres and on Tim Hortons TV.

“Ontario is facing a looming problem,” said Minister McNaughton. “Our skilled tradespeople are retiring faster than we can replace them. We need to let young people and their parents know that careers in the trades are a viable first choice. They’re exciting, fulfilling and often very lucrative.”

The government recently announced a $20.8 million investment into pre-apprenticeship programs for 2019-20 to create training opportunities for more than 1,800 people across Ontario. The funding is an increase of $5 million from the previous year. Training is delivered by Ontario colleges, private career colleges, union and non-union training centres and other community organizations.

“By investing in pre-apprenticeship training, we tap additional talent pools and give more people a chance to prepare for well-paying careers in the trades,” Minister McNaughton said during an event at the LiUNA Local 1059 Regional Training Centre.

“Careers in the skilled trades have been stigmatized for far too long — especially for women,” said Jill Dunlop, Associate Minister for Children and Women’s Issues. “Only four per cent of those in the skilled trades are women. This funding will help us do better, and open up the skilled trades to a broader range of people.”

Local projects announced today for London include:

  • An investment of $144,000 to help the Brick and Allied Craft Union of Canada Local 5 offer 12 participants trades training for valuable careers as brick and stone masons and construction craft workers.
  • An investment of $549,580 to support LiUNA Local 1059 in offering a combination of classroom training and work placements to help prepare 72 participants for jobs in the construction craft worker and cement finisher trades.
  • An investment of $131,135 to help Collège Boréal provide training for 11 people in the London area and help them explore career opportunities as child development practitioners and education assistants in schools and daycares.
  • An investment of $99,888 to help the London Training Centre provide 12 participants with Smart Serve training, trade-readiness training and work placements to prepare them for jobs as cooks, bakers and chefs.

“About one in five new jobs in Ontario over the next five years is expected to be in trades-related occupations,” said Minister McNaughton. “Exposing people to careers in the skilled trades makes good sense: It helps businesses find talent and opens new doors for people who want to work.”

Quick Facts

  • There were approximately 9,600 jobs vacant in the London Economic Region and 23,600 in Southwestern Ontario in the third quarter of 2019, according to Statistics Canada’s Job Vacancy and Wage Survey.
  • To find out about pre-apprenticeship training programs, contact Employment Ontario by phone, e-mail or live chat.
  • There are over 140 skilled trades in Ontario. Retirements in the skilled trades are driving the shortage of skilled workers. In 2016, nearly one in three journeypersons were aged 55 years and over.
  • On May 29, 2019, Ontario passed the Modernizing the Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Act to help transform the skilled trades and apprenticeship system, reduce red tape and make Ontario open for business and open for jobs.
  • Job seekers can visit to get training, build their skills and access career information.

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“We’re very pleased to see the government’s continued commitment to Ontario’s colleges and their pivotal role in apprenticeship training. Minister McNaughton’s announcement today will help produce a more highly skilled workforce for the great careers in the skilled trades.”

Linda Franklin

President and CEO of Colleges Ontario

“With the support of The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, London Training Centre is excited to offer a Culinary Pre-Apprenticeship program starting April 6, 2020 for people who vision themselves as bakers, cooks and chefs. Success in this trade involves science, math and communication skills, to name a few, and programs like these are key to inspiring and helping people reach their goals. Program students grow their abilities uniting their passion with artistry and skills, becoming highly proficient in their chosen trade and the Ontario food sector is enriched in kind. A recipe for success.”

David Corke

Executive Director, London Training Centre

“As the demand for francophone and bilingual specialists is growing in Southwestern Ontario, Collège Boréal welcomes this new pre-apprenticeship funding towards its Child Development Practitioner and Education Assistant Training programs, allowing us to provide our renowned training in early childhood education to more students than ever. It’s good news for the francophone community in London, where more well-trained experts will be able to serve the needs of francophone children in French, offering them an environment in which they can thrive in their first language from an early age.”

Daniel Giroux,

President, Collège Boréal

“We are really pleased to see this support from the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development. Local 1059 relies on our successful pre-apprenticeship program as a vital recruitment tool, and with the skilled trades shortage in our region, our ability to recruit talent through the program is more important than ever. We appreciate the Minister’s partnership and his ongoing commitment to help support, fund, and destigmatize the skilled trades. These workers build our roads, bridges, and other essential infrastructure – and it’s great that the Ministry is acknowledging the importance of the trades as a first-choice career.”

Brandon MacKinnon

Business Manager, LiUNA Local 1059

Media Contacts

Janet Deline
Communications Branch

Bradley Metlin
Minister’s Office


Nipissing University Celebrates Outstanding Research

January 22, 2020

North Bay, Ont. – Nipissing University celebrated the research contributions of seven of its faculty members who received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) last year during a Research Showcase held on January 22.

The event highlighted eight different research studies that collectively earned $837,535 in funding in 2019:

  • Dr. Steven Arnocky, professor, psychology
    • The good genes sexual selection controversy: Does the Handicap Principal apply to modern humans?
      • NSERC Discovery Grant recipient
  • Dr. Brenda Bruner, professor, physical and health education
    • Exploring food rewards and the role it plays on children’s motivation to participate in sport
      • SSHRC Insight Development Grant recipient
  • Dr. Hilary Earl, professor, history
    • Murder on the Beach: A Case Study of a single Einsatzgruppen execution at Liepaja, Latvia in photographs, on film, and in testimony, 1941
      • SSHRC – Insight Development Grant recipient
  • Dr. Amir Erfani, professor, sociology
    • Transformed intimate relationships and low fertility: Examining the fertility influence of spousal intimate relationships
      • SSHRC – Insight Grant recipient
  • Dr. Kirsten Greer, associate professor, geography and history
    • Place-based reparative environmental histories: Symposium 2.0
      • SSHRC – Connection Grant recipient
    • Reassembling Ontario’s “Near North”: Reparation through university-museum-Indigenous research partnerships
      • SSHRC – Partnership Development Grant recipient
  • Dr. Logan Hoehn, associate professor, mathematics
    • Classical forms of homogeneity in continuum theory
      • NSERC Discovery Grant & NSERC Discovery Accelerator Grant recipient
  • Dr. Vesko Valov, professor, mathematics
    • Dimension Theory and Continuous Selections
      • NSERC Discovery Grant recipient


“Research endeavours not only broaden the boundaries of knowledge and understanding, but drive improvement and innovation. Congratulations to all the funding recipients whose work is being celebrated today and to Nipissing University for continuing to expand its research capacity and culture. The federal government, though its granting councils, is proud to support your efforts.”

— The Honourable Anthony Rota, Member of Parliament for Nipissing–Timiskaming

“Nipissing University is proud of the outstanding contributions of its researchers and the impact of their work in our community and beyond. The support our researchers receive from NSERC and SSHRC speaks to the quality and diversity of research being conducted here.”

— Dr. Arja Vainio-Mattila, Provost and Vice-President, Academic and Research, Nipissing University



Meghan Venasse

Manager, Communications

Nipissing University

705-474-3450 ext. 4615


The Prime Minister announces new Government Representative in the Senate

January 24, 2020

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced the appointment of Marc Gold as Government Representative in the Senate.

Senator Gold is an accomplished lawyer, legal scholar, and community leader. Early in his career, he trained federally appointed judges on constitutional law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Prior to his appointment to the Senate, he also served in local, national, and international leadership roles in the Jewish community, including as Chair of the Jewish Federations of Canada.

Senator Gold replaces the Honourable Peter Harder, who stepped down from the role after leading Senate modernization efforts during the 42nd Parliament. Senator Gold will continue these efforts, and work with other Parliamentarians to advance the government’s legislative agenda in the Senate, including making life more affordable for Canadians, protecting the environment, keeping communities safe, and moving forward on reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.


“Senator Gold’s long record of personal and professional achievement, together with his commitment to promoting human rights and Canada’s regional diversity, will help us find common ground in the Senate as we invest in and protect our communities, create good middle class jobs, and fight climate change. I look forward to working with him to build a better Canada for all Canadians.”

The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Quick Facts

  • Senator Gold was appointed to the Senate on November 25, 2016, under the merit-based selection process. He represents Quebec, and is a member of the Independent Senators Group.
  • In addition to serving as the Government Representative in the Senate, the Prime Minister will recommend that Senator Gold be sworn in as a Privy Councillor.
  • The Government Representative in the Senate is the first point of contact between the Government and the Senate, working to move government bills through the Upper House and champion renewal of the institution.
  • The Government Representative in the Senate is an ex officio member of all committees except for the Standing Committee on Ethics and Conflict of Interest for Senators and the joint committees.
  • In 2016, the selection process for Senators was opened to all Canadians. Candidate submissions are reviewed by the Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments, which provides recommendations to the Prime Minister.

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UTNS – Maybe 2020 would be a good year to get sober – Net Newsledger

January 24, 2020

ATTAWAPISKAT – Maybe 2020 would be a good year to get sober. If you think you have a drug or alcohol problem or an addiction that is affecting your life and also the lives of loved ones, family and friends may be getting sober would be a good idea. I fully realize that many people can have alcohol in their lives and that medical marijuana is proving to have some benefits in health care so I am directing these words to those who are negatively affected by alcohol and drugs.

There is no better time like the present to reach out to the many organizations and services that are there ready to help you to live a sober life. Almost every community in Canada has an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) group. Many Indigenous organizations provide services assisting First Nation people to follow a path of sobriety through traditional and cultural teachings and healing. There are health care workers in most First Nations and their job is to help people get sober.

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MNO: Frequently Asked Questions

What is the significance of the Tri-council Meeting of Métis Governments that was held in Edmonton, Alberta on January 14 – 16, 2020 and brought together the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO), the Métis Nation of Alberta, and the Métis Nation – Saskatchewan (MNS)?

This meeting marks the first time the Governments of the MNO, MNA and MNS have ever assembled together in a Tri-council Meeting to discuss common priorities, share best practices, provide information about their registries and discuss next steps in advancing the Métis Government Recognition and Self Government Agreements (MGRSA).

Why were there only three Métis Governments in attendance?

In June 2019 MNO, MNA and MNS signed the first ever Métis Government Recognition and Self Government Agreements (MGRSA) with Canada.  As a result these three Governments share a number of common priorities related to advancing self-government in their respective provinces.

How did this meeting come to be?

Leading up to and following the signing of the MGRSA senior officials and leadership from MNO, MNA and MNS have increasingly been exploring opportunities to come together to share information, address common concerns and identify joint priorities.

Who attended the Tri-council Meeting?

The elected leadership of all three governments were invited to attend and participate. In addition to the elected leadership of all three Governments the meeting was attended by senior staff (including Citizenship Registrars) and legal advisors.

What was the purpose of the meeting?

Over the three days, the primary focus was on identifying common priorities, mutual beneficial opportunities and enhancing collaboration and cooperation between the three Métis Governments.

What was the content of the presentations and discussions during the meeting?

A copy of the agenda was circulated to MNO Community Council leadership and posted on the MNO website: /media/655539/mna_mns_mno-2020-agenda-copy.pdf . During the sessions each government provided presentations on their history and governance structure, information about citizenship and registry systems and program best practices. The meeting also included a specific section about the significance of the signing of the MGRSA and the next steps in its implementation.  Notes were taken during the meeting and a report will be prepared for distribution.

Were any decisions made by the delegates in attendance? How were they made?

On the last day of the Tri-Council meeting delegates had the opportunity to consider two key matters that had been a large part of discussions during the meeting including a joint statement and a resolution. Each Métis Government took time to caucus and review the drafts with their respective leadership, then all delegates  came back together to discuss, ask questions and develop an agreed upon process for decision making.

Ultimately the delegation passed a resolution: calling for more transparency and accountability from the Métis National Council (MNC); affirming that self-government and rights related discussions and negotiations must occur between Canada and the Métis Governments, not through the MNC; and directing the creation of a working group to explore potential reform of the MNC.

The Tri-council delegates also passed a joint declaration to continue to work together at the national level in their ongoing collaborations and negotiations with Canada. As well, that they will work to develop a memorandum of understanding that formalizes the relationship of the Métis Governments at the national level for consideration at a future Métis Government Tri-council meeting.

As this was not a meeting of the MNC are these decisions valid?

The Tri-Council Meeting brought together for the very first time the democratically elected leadership of these three Métis Nation Governments. The FAQ has already outlined how the joint statements were discussed, debated and put forward for consideration by all in attendance.  The delegates established an agreed upon process and ultimately the declaration and resolution were supported by consensus. It will be up to these three Governments to determine how they will carry these decisions forward.

Did this meeting change anything about how the MNC is structured?

The MNO, MNA and MNS comprise the majority of the Board of Governors of MNC. The decisions made during the Tri-Council made no reference to composition or structure of MNC but rather called for greater accountability and reform of the MNC.

What about the letter that was sent to President Froh from Clem Chartier and the press release the MNC put on its website on January 20, 2020?

In what appears to be MNC’s response to the success of the Tri-Council Meeting MNC President Chartier sent a letter to MNO’s President which claims MNO is now suspended from the MNC’s governance. Subsequently MNC distributed and put on their website a press release which makes a number of serious allegations against the Presidents of MNO, MNA and MNS.  A MNO Bulletin on this issue was sent to MNO leadership that same day and can be found here.

What does this letter and press release mean for the MNO?

While the responses from MNC are disappointing they are unfortunately not surprising and have been the consistent messaging that has been directed at MNO from MNC’s leadership for the last several years.  For more information see the update on National Matters on the MNO website:



These claims effectively mean nothing to how MNO operates as a Métis Government and the MNO will continue to advance the rights, interests and aspirations of Métis families and communities in Ontario as it has for the last 26 years.

What is the MNC?

The MNC was established in 1983 to act as a national voice for the Métis governments that created it (i.e., the MNC’s Founding and Governing Members) based on the following principles:

  • the MNC’s sole authority flows from the mandates provided to it by the democratically elected Métis government that are a part of it (i.e., the MNC Governing Members);
  • the MNC’s Governing Members, as Métis governments, have sole authority to deliver programs and services to Métis citizens and the MNC cannot interfere with the jurisdictions of the Métis governments that mandate it.

Is the MNC a government?

No, the MNC is not a Métis government, but a representative body that is mandated by democratically elected Métis governments (i.e., the MNC Governing Members).

How have the Métis Governments of MNO, MNA and MNS been working to address the growing concerns at the MNC?

The Presidents of MNO, MNA and MNS have made repeated requests in writing for MNC President Chartier to call a meeting of the Board of Governors (BOG) in order to address the probation resolution and to deal with other critical financial and governance matters. Those requests have been repeatedly denied.

Is MNO still a governing member of the MNC?

While the letter from President Chartier claims MNO has been suspended from MNC’s governance there is in fact no authority under the MNC bylaws for this to occur. Furthermore the decision of the Assembly referenced probation and to revisiting the matter at a future Assembly. These latest actions are contrary to the MNC Bylaws and the Assembly direction.

What about the work of the Canada-Métis Nation Accord and the Federal Government commitments that have been made?

Ontario is a part of the Métis Nation and MNO remains a signatory to the Canada Métis Nation Accord and all subsequent National Accords. MNO has already received significant investments and will continue to engage with Canada to advance distinctions based priorities.

What about the letter sent from MNC that indicated that MNC President Clem Chartier was taking a step back from active leadership in MNC?

On November 6, 2019 Clem Chartier sent a letter indicating … “I will withdraw from an active role in national leadership so as not to compromise the MNC” and detailed that MMF President David Chartrand would “serve as national spokesperson”. It should be noted that none of these MNC actions were discussed with the Board of Governors of MNC.

Does any of this change any of the outcomes of the Tri-council meeting?

Absolutely not, MNO, MNA and MNS found common ground for collaboration, and furthered the process to formally and legally recognize Métis governments as Indigenous governments in Canadian law. The Self-Government Agreement signatories will continue to work together to advance Métis issues and rights, including the right to self-government and self-determination. These three governments also remain committed to reform of the MNC.

What impact do these latest MNC claims have on my MNO Citizenship?

It has no impact at all.

What impact do these latest MNC claims have on my Métis Section 35 Rights?

It has no impact at all.

What impact do these latest MNC claims have on the Métis Government Recognition and Self Government Agreement that MNO signed with Canada or any other agreements that MNO signed with Canada or Ontario.

It has no impact at all


Award winners represent the best in Indigenous business – Northern Ontario Business

PEP Conference celebrated recipients on Jan. 21

Before partnering up with Jacob & Samuel (J&S) Drilling, Atikameksheng Anishnawbek had very little knowledge of the diamond drilling business, according to Brendan Huston, the First Nation’s CEO.

The community, a Huron-Robinson Treaty signatory located about 19 kilometres west of Sudbury, had had some exposure to the mining industry through its partnerships with KGHM, Glencore, Vale, and MacDonald Mines. But diamond drilling was something new.

Enter J&S Drilling. Based just outside of Sudbury, the Indigenous-owned firm, run by Stéphane Cormier and Shannon Bennett, provides exploration drilling and diamond drilling services throughout Canada and North America.

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Anishinabekwe becomes Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant of Ontario – Anishinabek News

January 24, 2020

TORONTO – Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario) recognize Helen Bobiwash as a new Fellow (FCPAs).

“My work with Indigenous communities is unique and fairly isolated from other CPAs. The recognition as a Fellow makes me feel like I am part of a larger accounting community,” said Bobiwash.

According to CPA Ontario, “becoming an FCPA is the honour bestowed upon a CPA within the accounting profession. Nominated and selected by a committee of their peers, Fellows exemplify the values that the designation embodies, including integrity, high ethical standards, leadership and community engagement.”

Helen Bobiwash was honoured alongside 54 of her fellow members into the prestigious 1,423 FCPAs in Ontario. This year’s Fellows were honoured by Peter Mansbridge, former Chief Correspondent for CBC New and Anchor of the National. This designation acknowledges an outstanding career and an exceptional leader in both the business and community.

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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN for the Assembly of First Nations 2020 National Housing and Infrastructure Forum and Tradeshow in Toronto, Ontario

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN for the Assembly of First Nations 2020 National Housing and Infrastructure Forum and Tradeshow in Toronto, Ontario


The Assembly of First Nations is hosting the 2020 National Housing and Infrastructure Forum and Tradeshow on March 10-12, 2020, in Toronto, Ontario, at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.

The forum will host plenary sessions and interactive workshops on the long-term approach for First Nations Housing and related Infrastructure for First Nations and for First Nations members who live in urban, rural, and northern areas.  The forum will also focus on operations and maintenance (O&M) with an emphasis on adopting an Asset Management Planning (AMP) approach.  It will also provide space for First Nations to share successes in instituting AMP as a new way of tracking O&M.

Registration for this event is now open!  To register, please click here: to complete the online registration or download and fax completed registration form to 613-241-5808, attention of Angie Turner.

Please consult the AFN website regularly for updated information on the 2020 National Housing and Infrastructure Forum and Tradeshow .  Should you have any questions, please contact us at 1.866.869.6789 or email to

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in Toronto!

L’INSCRIPTION EST MAINTENANT OUVERTE pour le Forum national et foire commerciale 2020 de l’APN sur le logement et les infrastructures à Toronto (Ontario)


L’Assemblée des Premières Nations (APN) tiendra le Forum national et foire commerciale 2020 sur le logement et les infrastructures du 10 au 12 mars 2020, à l’hôtel Fairmont Royal York de Toronto (Ontario).

Le Forum comprendra des séances plénières et des ateliers interactifs portant sur l’approche à long terme en matière de logement et d’infrastructures connexes des Premières Nations, ainsi que sur le logement des citoyens des Premières Nations vivant en milieu urbain, rural et nordique. Les participants au Forum se pencheront également sur le fonctionnement et l’entretien (F et E), tout en mettant l’accent sur l’adoption d’une planification de gestion des biens (PGB). Ce forum permettra aussi aux Premières Nations de partager leurs succès en matière d’adoption de la PGB en tant que nouveau moyen de suivi du fonctionnement et de l’entretien.

L’inscription au forum est maintenant ouverte!  Pour vous inscrire en ligne, veuillez cliquer ici : . Vous pouvez aussi télécharger le formulaire d’inscription et le renvoyer dûment rempli par télécopieur au 613-241-5808, aux soins d’Angie Turner.

Veuillez consulter régulièrement le site Web de l’APN pour obtenir des mises à jour concernant le Forum national et foire commerciale 2020 sur le logement et les infrastructures. Pour toute question, veuillez communiquer avec l’APN au 1.866.869.6789 ou par courriel à

Nous vous remercions et vous donnons rendez-vous à Toronto!


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