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First Steps to Preventing Human Trafficking is Learning

First Steps to Preventing Human Trafficking is Learning

Thunder Bay, ON – Friday July 30th, 2021, is United Nations World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. The first steps to preventing human trafficking is to learn more about it. The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) will be releasing a new ‘Fostering Community Safety: Digital Bundle Series’.

Indigenous women have the right to live in safety, free from the threat, fear or experience of exploitation and violence. To prevent this ongoing issue for future generations, people need to be informed and aware of the risks and preventative measures they can take. ONWA’s ‘Fostering Community Safety: Digital Bundle Series’ aims to create a safe digital space with the intention of increasing awareness of sexual violence, human trafficking and gang involvement. The thirteen-part video series will act as an online toolkit that can be added to one’s traditional bundle of safety through increasing practical knowledge and in-depth overviews of these issues, as well as teachings of how to build inner strength and move towards healing.

Violence against Indigenous women and girls contributes to the normalization of violence and teaches young women to accept this as part of their lives. Indigenous women and girls targeted by human traffickers “comprise a disproportionate number of those sexually exploited in Canada through human trafficking” (Journey to Safe SPACES Report). This needs to end.

Let’s all take the time to learn more about human trafficking and what it looks like in our communities. Watch for the first video of the ‘Fostering Community Safety: Digital Bundle Series’ coming soon at www.onwa.ca/learning-resources-ht

For more information:

Andre Morriseau, Communications Manager
Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA)
Email: [email protected]



Media Advisory: Minister McNaughton to Make an Announcement

July 30, 2021

Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, will make an announcement about employment and skills training for the construction industry. He will be joined by Bob Bailey, MPP for Sarnia-Lambton; Jason Henry, Chief of the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation; and Joseph Mancinelli, International Vice President and Regional Manager of Central and Eastern Canada of LiUNA.

Date:  Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Time:  Remarks at 10:00 a.m.

A media availability will follow.

Location: Sarnia, ON

Livestream:   Ontario At Work Facebook

Notes: Please be advised there is no teleconference option for this announcement. Media representatives can register to attend the event in-person by emailing [email protected] Accredited media only. All attendees will be asked to physically distance and follow provincial health and safety protocols.

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Baranyai: Indigenous Governor General a contradictory, but well-meaning gesture of reconciliation – London Free Press

Jul 30, 2021

The toxic cloud over Rideau Hall has lifted. Until recently, much of the discussion about the Governor General’s office has centred on the prime minister’s judgment, and whether a tarnished colonial institution still has relevance in a modern parliamentary democracy. Abruptly, the focus has shifted to whether the appointee needs to be fluent in French.

The installment this week of Mary Simon as Canada’s 30th Governor General is an undeniable public relations coup — not just in terms of redirecting controversy, but in the long overdue recognition of Indigenous Canadians in the highest positions of leadership. Her appointment is a tangible step toward reconciliation in the midst of a painful reckoning with a racist and violent colonial history.

Read More: https://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/baranyai

Buffalo Point First Nation woman says she’s trying to escape Casablanca after assault – APTN News

Jul 30, 2021

A woman from Buffalo Point First Nation and Winnipeg now living in Morocco says she is stuck and broke in Casablanca with her two young sons and is asking for help from people back home.

Kari Cobiness, who goes by the name Alayaa El on Facebook, says she was brutally assaulted in the city and now fears for her life.

Cobiness says she can’t go into details about the assault.

She launched a GoFundMe, asking for $7,000 for plane tickets after trying to get assistance from the Canadian Embassy, the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and Buffalo Point First Nation.

“I’ve been to the Canadian Embassy as far as getting help and support financially to get home with both my children and I was denied the regional loan that the Canadian government offered Canadian citizens to return to Canada during the pandemic,” says Cobiness.

Read More: https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/buffalo-point-first-nation-woman-says-shes-trying-to-escape-casablanca-after-assault/

Province Announces Ontario Place Redevelopment

New partnerships will help make vision of a world-class, year-round destination a reality

July 30, 2021

TORONTO — The Ontario government has announced details of its plan to revitalize Ontario Place into a world-class destination. Three successful participants from the 2019 Call for Development process Therme Group, Live Nation and Écorécréo Group will help deliver an exciting, inclusive and family friendly experience that will play a key role in the province’s post-pandemic recovery, both as a tourism destination and as a display of Ontario’s strong cultural identity. The government also outlined the next phase of consultations with stakeholders and community members.

Details were provided today by Premier Doug Ford; Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries; John Tory, Mayor of Toronto; Chief R. Stacey Laforme of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation; Robert Hanea, CEO of Therme Group; Wayne Zronik, President of Business Operations at Live Nation Canada; and Jean-Philippe Duchesneau, Co-Owner of Écorécréo Group.

“As we mark the 50th anniversary of Ontario Place this year, there is no better time to bring this iconic destination back to life,” said Premier Ford. “By taking this first step with our world-class development partners, as well as the City of Toronto and Indigenous communities, we will deliver a renewed Ontario Place that provides year-round entertainment for all ages and interests. As we continue to engage and consult with the community, Ontario Place will realize its full potential as a long-term economic generator for the people of Ontario.”

The transformation of Ontario Place will include three new major attractions:

  • Therme Group is building Therme Canada | Ontario Place, a family-friendly, all-season destination offering something for all ages, including pools, waterslides, botanical spaces to relax, as well as sports performance and recovery services. Outside, people will enjoy more than eight acres of free, publicly accessible gathering spaces, parkland, gardens and beaches.
  • Live Nation is redeveloping the existing amphitheatre into a modern, year-round indoor-outdoor live music and performance venue that will attract world-class artists and events. Protecting the iconic amphitheatre lawns, the new venue will have an expanded capacity of 20,000 in the summer and close to 9,000 in the winter, offering a unique indoor-outdoor experience with operable exterior walls to accommodate events, rain or shine.
  • Écorécréo Group is building an affordable, all-season adventure park for all ages. This new, environmentally friendly attraction will include aerial obstacle courses, net-based aerial adventures, ziplines, climbing walls, escape rooms and many other activities. Écorécréo Group will also operate Segway, quad-cycle, canoe and kayak rentals at the site.

The province actively searched for the best partners from around the world to work with on the redevelopment of Ontario Place. Potential development partners on this unique opportunity were assessed against four primary areas of consideration: alignment with the government’s vision of a world-class, year-round destination; concept viability; delivery certainty; and costs and benefits to the province, as well as public feedback and input provided through consultations conducted by previous governments. This fair, transparent and open process was designed and facilitated by Infrastructure Ontario and its advisors (KPMG and Colliers) to provide flexibility for interested parties to propose unique, yet financially viable and sustainable, development concepts.

“When Ontario Place opened in 1971 under the leadership of Premier Bill Davis, it was designed to reflect all that we, as Ontarians, embodied: our heritage, our diversity, our creativity and our future potential. Ontario Place holds a special place in our hearts and minds thanks to the countless family friendly events and activities that have been enjoyed there over the past 50 years,” said Minister MacLeod. “Our government remains committed to redeveloping Ontario Place in a sustainable way – respecting our historical and natural features while at the same time showcasing Ontario as the world in one province – a true reflection of our diversity and multiculturalism, while also showing respect for the rich traditions, cultures and heritage of First Nation, Inuit, and Métis peoples. A modern, new Ontario Place will attract local, provincial and international visitors, and create unforgettable memories for a new generation.”

As the redevelopment moves forward, public input will be critical to support the planning and development of the site. Mark Saunders, Special Advisor for Ontario Place, will continue to engage with the City of Toronto, Indigenous communities, project stakeholders, businesses and community groups that have interest in the Ontario Place site to ensure all perspectives on these important proposals are recognized and considered.

Starting in August, the government will launch the next phase of engagement through Ontario.ca/OntarioPlace, providing an opportunity for all Ontarians to share how they would like to experience a redeveloped Ontario Place. Virtual public information sessions will also be held in the fall with planning and development consultations related to the site-wide environmental assessment, heritage, and site servicing to follow later in the year. The redevelopment website,Ontario.ca/OntarioPlace, will be kept up to date with the latest information about planned public and stakeholder engagement.

Across the site, public spaces will be enhanced and brought up to modern standards with new parks, promenades, trails and beaches. Key heritage and recreational features of the site will be retained and integrated into the redevelopment, including the Cinesphere, the pod complex, the marina, Trillium Park and the William G. Davis Trail. The province will also work with the Ontario Science Centre to explore opportunities to have science-related tourism and educational programming at the Cinesphere and pod complex.

A redeveloped Ontario Place will not include casinos or condos and the land will not be sold. Ontario Place will remain open to the public 365 days a year, with free public access and a waterfront experience that can be enjoyed by all.

“We are committed to working with the City of Toronto, Indigenous communities and organizations, and other key partners to make this vision a reality and to guide collaboration and future development of the Ontario Place and Exhibition Place sites,” said Minister MacLeod. “Our government is committed to engaging and keeping the public and stakeholders informed. As we move forward, public input will be critical to support the planning and development of the site. More information about upcoming consultations related to redevelopment planning will be provided later this summer.”

Quick Facts

  • Redevelopment is expected to create over 3,600 construction jobs and staff positions once the attractions open to the public, with approximately five million visitors expected annually.
  • The Ontario Place site is a unique waterfront site, made up of approximately 155 acres of land and water, and served as an iconic cultural and tourism destination for all Ontarians between 1971 and 2012.
  • The government launched a Call for Development on May 28, 2019 and received submissions until September 24, 2019.
  • Currently, more than one million people visit Ontario Place every year.


“I’ve said publicly many times that I want to see something spectacular here at Ontario Place and I believe this ongoing process will deliver that. I welcome the fact that the proposals being unveiled today respond to many of the things City Council had asked for including that Ontario Place should be a year-round destination. The City of Toronto looks forward to continuing to work with the Province as these proposals are developed and we look forward to a genuine and thorough engagement of the people of Toronto and beyond.”

– John Tory
Mayor of Toronto

“Working with our partners and stakeholders, we are excited to be playing a part in the future of Ontario Place, and opening up new opportunities for people to connect with the waterfront. We chose Toronto to be our launching point in North America because of the unique culture and vision of the city and Ontario Place, and we are committed to carrying on its legacy with renewed family entertainment, public parks, and well-being and cultural programming.”

– Robert Hanea
CEO of Therme Group

“We couldn’t be more excited to be growing the amphitheatre into a year-round venue that will bring even more opportunity for fans to experience world class live music on the lakeshore. We look forward to continue working with the Ontario government around the redevelopment of Budweiser Stage.”

– Riley O’Connor
Chairman, Live Nation Canada

“As a Canadian-based organization, our team is honoured to have been chosen to contribute to the redevelopment of one of Ontario’s most iconic destinations. We are excited to bring an innovative, themed adventure park to Ontario Place – one that creates a magical atmosphere, while offering immersive, family-friendly outdoor activities for all ages.”

– Jean-Philippe Duchesneau
Co-owner of Écorécréo Group

“The Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation are pleased to be working with Ontario in the spirit of partnership to bring Ontario Place back to its rightful place as a cherished and celebrated part of our Toronto waterfront. We have been very encouraged by the willingness of both Ontario and development partners to see this project as more than just a tourist destination, but as a celebration of this place and its history and cultural significance. The Mississaugas of the Credit see the redevelopment of Ontario Place as another significant and visible opportunity to provide education and promote reconciliation. And as the Treaty First Nation, we take seriously our responsibilities to ensure that all Indigenous voices are heard, respected and reflected in what will surely become an iconic development not only for Ontario, but for Canada and the world. ”

– Chief R. Stacey Laforme
Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation

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Future of Ontario Place to showcase new landmark entertainment and wellbeing destination, public beach, parkland, and cultural hub by Therme Group

TORONTO, July 30, 2021  – Therme Group, a global wellbeing organization, is pleased to announce that it is working with the Government of Ontario and City of Toronto to contribute to the revitalization of Ontario Place. Therme Canada | Ontario Place will continue Ontario Place’s heritage revitalizing its original vision – celebrating the province and its culture and bringing a first-of-its-kind experience to Toronto’s waterfront.

Therme Canada | Ontario Place will be a family-friendly experience with stunning indoor and outdoor pools, waterslides and a wave pool, natural spaces to relax, sports performance and recovery services, and luscious botanical gardens. Programming will include fun and healthy activities for all ages, and affordable wellness therapies to meet all needs. Delicious, healthy, and sustainably produced food is a cornerstone of the Therme experience and, guests can enjoy family meals, dinner with friends, and spectacular date-night entertainment.

“Therme is a unique, all-season experience: It’s a natural urban oasis where people can have fun, relax and unwind from their busy lives – boosting their physical and mental health,” said Dr. Robert Hanea, CEO of Therme Group. “The future of Ontario Place will be defined by how successful it can be connecting people to the water. Through our technology and by engaging the community, Therme and our partners will add a new architectural landmark that will play a role in bringing more people back to the waterfront capturing the original spirit of Ontario Place from 50 years ago.”

“Ontario Place is an iconic and valuable location. Its redevelopment provides a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to deliver something incredible for the people of Ontario,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “Therme Group’s advanced, accessible approach to holistic wellness is popular throughout Europe, and will be a welcome addition to Ontario Place – bringing a world-class, family-friendly wellness and cultural attraction to our province that creates unforgettable experiences for all visitors, while providing good jobs, and playing a key role in supporting Ontario’s social and economic recovery.”

Public Parks and Open Spaces

Ontario Place has historically been a publicly accessible destination for recreation, entertainment, and leisure. Therme Canada | Ontario Place will carry on and improve traditions of public access to Ontario Place. Through the planned creation of over eight acres of public spaces, including a free-access public beach and enhanced pedestrian and cycling access, people will be able to better connect with the Lake.

Therme’s bridge to the West Island will support the extension and enhancement of the William G. Davis Trail across the entire site, including providing a new link to the mainland from the West Island, allowing people to enjoy more of Ontario Place outdoors year-round.

Therme also looks forward to continuing its engagement with people in Toronto to understand what other features or experiences it might be able to bring to this new public space on the waterfront.

Arts and Culture

As part of its focus on holistic wellbeing, Therme Group supports arts and culture by working with local and internationally recognized artists and new emerging talents. It commissions and integrates art installations in each of its destinations, bringing immersive art to the public outside of the traditional spaces of museums and galleries.


Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN)

“The Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN), as the Treaty First Nation, have been working with Therme Group since the concept stage of their proposed redevelopment of Ontario Place.  I am pleased that Therme Group has recognized and embraced the importance of ensuring an accurate accounting of the history of the MCFN as it relates to these lands. The commitment shown by Therme Group encourages us to move forward with them in their proposed redevelopment plans. The MCFN is excited about deepening a positive, productive and long-lasting relationship with Therme Group as it will allow for a reconnection to the Toronto waterfront,” said Chief R. Stacey Laforme, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.

For the past two years Therme Group has been working with the MCFN to expand its knowledge of the history of the waters at Ontario Place, and the generations of Indigenous peoples who relied upon these waters for their existence. Therme Group is honoured by the opportunity to be a part of bringing this heritage back to life and to share the history and culture of the MCFN with all who will visit our facility.  We greatly value the relationship we have created with the MCFN and consider the work we will do together to be integral to the successful reconnection of Ontarians to the waterfront.

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) – Therme Group is proud to have a cultural partnership with the Toronto International Film Festival. The Cinematic Cities Initiative, a 10-year philanthropic partnership, will focus on promoting the role of art and film in creating more human cities.

The Black North Initiative – The BlackNorth Initiative and Therme Group will also be partnering to support the development of programs and initiatives focusing on the contributions of the Black community locally and nationally. The BlackNorth Initiative will also be working with Therme Group to guide the development of a diversity strategy as Therme establishes itself in Canada.

Therme looks forward to engaging directly with residents and civic leaders to present its proven model of wellbeing experiences providing multiple opportunities for dialogue.

Economic Benefits

Every Therme Group project is designed to benefit the economy, society, and community it serves. Therme Canada will create over 2,200 construction jobs, 800 full time permanent positions, and can accommodate up to 3 million visitors to Ontario Place every year – supporting the city and province’s tourism sectors and post-pandemic recovery. Therme’s investment is currently estimated to be CAD $350 million.

About Therme Group

Therme Group is a global organization known for creating the world’s largest and most technologically advanced entertainment and wellbeing destinations. Every year it enables millions of people to have the opportunity for a healthy and sustainable vacation at home. Therme Group and its strategic partners operate four facilities in Europe and have more than 10 large-scale projects in the late stages of development worldwide. More information about Therme Canada can be found at thermecanada.com.

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Michipicoten First Nation Demands Accountability for Decades of Chemical Contamination

First Nation considers legal action against Domtar and Ontario after decades of unresolved environmental pollution.

MICHIPICOTEN FIRST NATION, ON, July 29, 2021  – Michipicoten First Nation (MFN) is calling for immediate action by pulp and paper giant, Domtar and the Government of Ontario to resolve the continued chemical contamination of the First Nation’s traditional lands. The First Nation is preparing for legal action unless the necessary remediation and accommodation strategies can be agreed to, it announced today.

According to scientific reports, contaminated leachate has been running offsite from Domtar’s Martel Wood Waste Site into the local aquatic and terrestrial environment for several decades. Records show that Domtar has been in violation of its permit since 2013; a fact that was acknowledged in a joint letter from both the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) and the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry (MNRF) to Michipicoten First Nation.

Says Michipicoten Chief, Patricia Tangie; “It is unconscionable that Domtar, as well as the MECP, have known about this contamination for decades but have not stopped or remedied the problem. Domtar continues to leak contaminated leachate into the environment; damaging our natural resources for First Nations people and other residents in and around Chapleau. We are putting Government and industry on notice that First Nations people will no longer stand for the environmental contamination and degradation of our homelands. We are going to hold you accountable.”

Ontario has twice delegated consultation to Domtar to resolve the contamination issue; first in September 2019 and the second time in May 2020. Despite a joint Ministry Task Force to compel Domtar to consult with Michipicoten, Domtar has neither seriously consulted with the First Nation, nor resolved the continuing contamination problem.

Despite continued efforts from Michipicoten First Nation to work cooperatively and in good faith with all parties to develop proposed solutions, Domtar has avoided meaningful engagement with the First Nation. Requests for scientific and technical data, mitigation options and environmental monitoring solutions have been deflected, gone unanswered, or ignored by Domtar. Meanwhile, the leachate is spreading and contaminating new areas of land and water systems in and around Chapleau and includes Michipicoten’s traditional lands.

Concludes Chief Tangie: “Ontario and Domtar have left us with no other choice but to prepare for legal action. Our Nation is committed to protecting and preserving our lands for use by current and future generations. Caring for Mother Earth is the foundation of our traditional teachings and ways of life. These Ancestral teachings have been passed through our families for generations. Our teachings tell us that even a butterfly flapping its wings in Australia will come to have an affect on us here in Northern Ontario. We are experiencing an era of reconciliation in Canada, and we intend to end negative actions affecting our homelands and people. Our future generations are counting on us to pass on our collectively shared lands, waters and natural resources in good condition for them.”

Notes to Editor:

About Michipicoten First Nation

Michipicoten First Nation is a vibrant Ojibway First Nation located in Northern Ontario, close to the Town of Wawa. Members of the community were the earliest inhabitants of the Michipicoten River area on the northeast shore of Lake Superior.  The community’s traditional territory extends along the Lake Superior coastline as well as to the areas of Missanabie and Chapleau. The people of Michipicoten strive to maintain harmony and balance with Mother Earth, neighbouring First Nations and surrounding communities.

For further information: Media Contact: Stephanie Ash, Firedog Communications, Tel: (807) 472-5276, Email: [email protected]


Six Nations police to probe deaths at former Mohawk Institute, seek OPP help – APTN News

OPP say they are considering assigning case manager, plan on meeting with other forces

Police on Six Nations of the Grand River territory say a probe will be launched into child deaths and unmarked burials at the former Mohawk Institute Residential School in Brantford, Ont.

The institute, located a short distance off the territory, was the first and longest-running residential school in the country. Pupils dubbed it the Mush Hole due to the poor quality of the food.

Six Nations police said Wednesday they formally requested assistance from Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Brantford municipal police. This followed a press conference last week on the steps of the former institute, now the Woodland Cultural Centre, in which survivors urged police to open a criminal investigation in a letter read to media.

Read More: https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/six-nations-police-to-probe-deaths-at-former-mohawk-institute-seek-opp-help/

Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh and Grand Council Treaty #3 Applaud Chief of Treaty #3 Police on Governor General’s Award

Earlier this month, Chief of Treaty #3 Police Kai Liu was presented with the Governor Order of Merit of Police Forces award in a virtual ceremony. Chief Liu’s wife, Heidi Liu, presented the award.

Established in October 2000, the Order of Merit of the Police Forces honours the leadership and exceptional service or distinctive merit displayed by the men and women of the Canadian Police Services The primary focus is on exceptional merit, contributions to policing and community development.

“Leading indigenous police services is challenging at the best of times, and Chief Kai Liu has done so at a time when all the added stresses of a global pandemic added to the workload,” said Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh. “His steadfast leadership and consistent advocacy for our police service has shown me that Chief Liu has definitely earned his place among the Treaty #3 Police family.”

Grand Council Treaty #3 has coordinated efforts with the Treaty #3 Police Service to advocate for increased resources meant to alleviate the issues caused by chronic underfunding of indigenous police services across Canada.

Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh and Grand Council Treaty #3 will continue to advocate and coordinate with Chief Kai Liu and the Treaty #3 Police to improve the effectiveness of police services in the Treaty #3 territory.


For more information please contact: Daniel Morriseau, Political Advisor – (807) 464-2647 or by email [email protected]


Museum exhibition will examine First Nation’s land loss – Sarnia This Week

Jul 30, 2021

A multimedia exhibition that takes a comprehensive look at the consequences of colonialism and the loss of land by the Chippewas of Kettle & Stony Point First Nation will be held at Lambton Heritage Museum from Aug. 4 to Sept. 21.

Summer Bressette and Monica Virtue, co-curators of Nnigiiwemin / We Are Going Home, hope to take visitors on a deep dive into the historical significance of the relationship amongst land, language and the Anishinaabeg people and how colonialism impacted that bond.

The exhibition was built on the frame of a previous exhibit Bressette and Virtue co-curated at Museum London in 2020 entitled Gaawiin Ogiibagidenaawaasiiwaawan / They Did Not Let It Go. It was created to mark the 25th anniversary of the Ipperwash crisis.

Read More: https://www.sarniathisweek.com/news/local-news/museum-exhibition-will-examine-first-nations-land-loss

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