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Métis National Council Welcomes Vatican Announcement of Pope Francis’ Travel to Canada

May 13, 2022

The Métis National Council will continue to advocate for the meaningful inclusion of Survivors and a commitment to long-term action.

Ottawa, ON – Following the Vatican’s announcement this morning, the Métis National Council welcomes Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Canada, while reiterating the need for an apology to happen in Canada for the Church’s role in the Residential School system as well as commitment to action in the areas of truth, reconciliation, justice and healing.

President Caron shared that “I can only believe that the powerful words of Métis, Inuit and First Nation Survivors during our visit to the Vatican were taken to heart by Pope Francis and further compelled him to visit our homelands. The significance of a papal apology on the very soil that residential school atrocities occurred cannot be stressed enough.”

The Vatican’s choices of Edmonton, Iqaluit, and Quebec City, while expected, were solely the decisions of the Vatican.

“Our priority remains ensuring that Survivors receive whatever is needed most to keep moving forward in their healing journeys, including a formal apology directly from the pope. While we wish to reiterate that we were not formally consulted in the selection of these three locations, we hope that the Vatican will work closely with us in the spirit of reconciliation to ensure that there is adequate resourcing for any and all Survivors who wish to attend,” stated President Caron.

As the Métis Nation is one nation of many stories, we look forward to working closely with our Governing Members to ensure that the voices and stories of Métis Survivors, families, and communities are heard.

As more information becomes available, it will be shared through the Métis National Council’s website and social media channels.



Steve Sutherland

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Historic visit:’ Indigenous groups welcome Pope Francis’ planned Canadian tour – Toronto Star

May 13, 2022

Indigenous groups are welcoming news that Pope Francis plans to visit Canada this summer following his apology last month for the Roman Catholic Church’s role in residential schools.

The Vatican said Friday that the pontiff is to stop in Alberta, Quebec and Nunavut, and that the capital cities of Edmonton, Quebec City and Iqaluit are to act as bases for the July 24 to July 29 trip.

The Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations is working with The Holy See to plan the Pope’s stop in Alberta, Grand Chief George Arcand said in a statement.

Read More: https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2022/05/13/cp-newsalert-pope-francis-to-visit-edmonton-quebec-city-iqaluit-in-july.html

Niagara College hosts Moose Hide Campaign to stand against violence

May 13, 2022

Pinning their hopes on ending violence against women and children, Niagara College hosted its first Moose Hide Campaign event on May 12, in partnership with Brock University.

Held on Moose Hide Campaign Day, the day of ceremony calls for all Canadians — Indigenous and non-Indigenous – to take a stand against violence towards women and children, and take practical steps for a collective journey of reconciliation.

Staff, students and community residents were welcome to drop by throughout the day at the Daniel J. Patterson Campus in Niagara-on-the-Lake and gather at the Indigenous Gardens where a sacred fire was lit. Participants were invited to take a pledge to honour, respect and protect the women and children in their lives, to work to end gender-based violence, and take action towards reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. Those who pledged received a moose hide pin as a symbol of their commitment.

“Similar to our Red Dress initiatives, we want to bring more awareness about violence perpetrated against Indigenous women and girls, and the Moose Hide Campaign event is an opportunity for all people to participate and take a stand against this violence,” said NC Student Services Director Lianne Gagnon. “By partnering with Brock University, as the two higher education institutions in Niagara, we are poised to educate our communities about this, and encourage our students and colleagues to participate.”

The event was led by NC staff members from Indigenous Education, and the Student Rights and Responsibilities Office (SRRO), Brock Aboriginal Recruitment/Liaison Officer Sam Charal, and Indigenous Elder, NC alumnus Dave Labbe.

“We gather together in support of the Moose Hide Campaign in order to support Indigenous women and children and advocate against domestic violence,” said Charal. “Our fire represents a way for Indigenous people and allies to gather in a way that aligns with the seven grandfather teachings in support of this event.”

NC Student Rights and Responsibilities Manager Hafsah Shaikh said that the SRRO joined Moose Hide Campaign event to support reconciliation and to help end violence against all women and children.

“Sexual and gender-based violence can affect anyone; however, we know that the rate of sexual assault against Indigenous women and girls is approximately three times higher than among non-Indigenous women,” said Shaikh. “It takes a community to speak out about violence to eliminate it, and to stand with those who have experienced these crimes.”

Indigenous elder, NC alumnus Dave Labbe speaks to a group of participants at the Indigenous Gardens for the Moose Hide Campaign event on May 12.

The Moose Hide Campaign event follows the College’s observance of Red Dress Day on May 5, when flags were lowered and initiatives took place at both the Welland and Daniel J. Patterson campuses as a tribute to lives lost and forever impacted by colonial violence.

Niagara College has been dedicated to raising awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirited people in Canada through its involvement in the REDress project since 2021, in partnership with Brock University. Most recently, in February, they hosted dress displays and a virtual event for the REDress Project.

The Moose Hide Campaign was founded on the side of the Highway of Tears in British Columbia, in response to the injustices and violence faced by women and children in Canada, particularly those who are Indigenous. Since it began 11 years ago as a grassroots group of men and boys, it has grown into a national ceremony for all Canadians to end violence against all women and children, and more than three million moose hide pins have been distributed across the country. Learn more at moosehidecampaign.ca.

Niagara College offers more than 130 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, distilling, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit niagaracollege.ca.

TOP PHOTO: NC Workplace Equity, Diversity and Inclusion manager Samah Sabra, PhD, receives a pin at NC’s inaugural Moose Hide Campaign event on May 12.


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OAHS Issues Capital and Operating Request for Proposals for Phase 5 of the Social Services Relief Fund (SSRF)

Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services has released two Request for Proposals (RFPs) is to provide Service Providers with an opportunity to be selected as a recipient of the Social Services Relief Fund (SSRF) Phase 5, with each RFP representing a Capital and Operational funding component.

The Social Services Relief Fund (SSRF) Phase 5 is part of Ontario’s Community Housing Renewal Strategy. The portion of the SSRF funding is specifically designed to be administered by Indigenous (First Nation (Status or Non-Status), Métis, or Inuit) organizations for Indigenous peoples in need of housing and support services.

Both RFPs have a deadline of July 6, 2022.

To view all program requirements and guidelines, please visit the pages of our website:

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Investing in Canada’s Nursing Workforce Post-Pandemic: A Call to Action

May 12, 2022

The RSC Policy Briefing entitled “Investing in Canada’s Nursing Workforce Post-Pandemic: A Call to Action” is now freely and publicly available here.

“Nurses represent the highest proportion of health care workers globally and have played an essential role in the ongoing efforts against COVID-19. Although the pandemic has magnified multiple vulnerabilities within Canada’s health care system, many of these issues are longstanding and have contributed to critical nursing shortages. This is an extraordinarily urgent issue for our healthcare system, and through this policy briefing that brought together key Canadian experts, we are pleased to identify actionable strategies and policies that will help create a strong and sustained nursing workforce in this country,” said Dr. Gail Tomblin Murphy, Chair of the Working Group and Dr. Tara Sampalli, Co-Chair of the Working Group.

The RSC has prepared Policy Briefings and other resources to ensure open access to independent, evidence-based science for Canadians.

On May 26 at 12:00 pm EST, the RSC is hosting an hour-long free virtual Webinar convening some of the authors to discuss key recommendations outlined in the Policy Briefing.

Register here for this FREE event today.


Seneca announces new senior position focusing on Indigenous and EDI initiatives

May 12, 2022

Mark Solomon has been appointed Senior Advisor to the President on Reconciliation and Inclusion, overseeing a new department dedicated to advancing the equitable Seneca.

Formerly the Dean of Students and Indigenous Education, Mr. Solomon will report directly to President David Agnew, and work with stakeholders across Seneca to advance the institution’s progress on equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) initiatives. He will also maintain responsibility for [email protected], the new EDI office and continue to serve as chair of the EDI Committee.

Mr. Solomon, a member of the Henvey Inlet First Nation, is the first Indigenous president to lead the Canadian Association of College & University Student Services (CACUSS) and was the first Indigenous governor to serve on Seneca’s Board when he was elected by his peers as the administrative representative for two consecutive terms.

After earning two undergraduate degrees from Laurentian University – in music and Native Studies – he graduated from Brock University with a Masters in Arts, Social Justice and Equity Studies and later York University with a Masters in Education with a specialization in urban Aboriginal and postsecondary studies.

“In our teaching, learning and working environments, educational institutions have a unique role in creating a world that is equitable for all,” said President Agnew. “I am delighted that Mark has taken on this important responsibility and look forward to working more closely with him as we strive to build the equitable Seneca.”


Readout: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with Nunavut Premier P.J. Akeeagok

May 12, 2022

Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with Nunavut Premier P.J. Akeeagok to discuss shared priorities.

The Prime Minister and Premier discussed Nunavut’s newly released Ktujjiluta Mandate and emphasized the important work undertaken to bring together the Government of Nunavut, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, and Inuit organizations on priority items, especially on investing in housing in the North. The two leaders agreed on the importance of closing the housing gap and its strong link to other priorities, such as public health and elder care. The Prime Minister highlighted recent investments in Budget 2022 which proposes $60 million to the Government of Nunavut, and $845 million in dedicated funding to address the unique housing needs in Inuit communities.

The Premier expressed support for Canada’s efforts and aid to Ukraine. They discussed Arctic security and related infrastructure needs across the territory and the importance of collaborating to deliver results that will improve the lives of Nunavummiut.

The Prime Minister and Premier discussed devolution in Nunavut and the need to work closely together as the parties involved enter the final stages of negotiations. The leaders agreed on the critical importance of devolution for the territory and expressed optimism that an agreement can be reached.

The two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to continued cooperation between their governments on these and other shared priorities, such as climate change and fostering economic diversification and growth for communities in the North.

The Prime Minister and Premier looked forward to continued collaboration.

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Government of Canada launches third call for proposals under the Ghost Gear Fund

From: Fisheries and Oceans Canada

May 13, 2022

Ottawa, ON – The Government of Canada is working hard to protect our oceans and the marine life they sustain. Lost, abandoned and discarded fishing gear, or ghost gear, can stay in our water for hundreds of years, causing harm to marine mammals, fisheries, and habitats. Through the Ghost Gear Fund, the Government of Canada has been working with industry and other partners to rid our oceans of ghost gear and create new solutions to reduce fishing debris.

Today, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Joyce Murray, announced that Fisheries and Oceans Canada has launched a third call for proposals under the Ghost Gear Fund. The Department will provide up to $10 million in funding under this latest call for proposals, and at least 10 per cent of the funding will go towards projects that are led by Indigenous organizations and communities.

Since 2020, the Ghost Gear Fund has helped remove over 7,300 units of fishing gear from our waters. This amounts to 1,295 tonnes of gear–the equivalent weight of the Canadian Coast Guard’s patrol vessel, the CCGS Cape Roger. The Ghost Gear Fund has also helped remove over 150 km of rope–a length that could stretch from Moncton to Saint John, New Brunswick.

In addition to removal activities, the Ghost Gear Fund also supports projects that support responsible disposal of ghost gear, new technologies to prevent gear loss, and projects to address ghost gear in developing nations.

More information on the application criteria can be found at Canada.ca/ghost-gear. Proposals must be submitted by June 6, 2022, at 23:59 PST.


“Through Budget 2022, the Government of Canada is investing an additional $10 million into the Ghost Gear Fund, so we can continue doing great work with industry and partners to clean our oceans. Ghost gear is often an unintentional result from harsh weather conditions that our harvesters endure. I am pleased that this fund is not only removing harmful plastics from our oceans, but also focussing on preventing gear loss and disposing of gear responsibly. I look forward to seeing the results from this latest round of funding.”

The Honourable Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

Quick facts

  • To date, the Ghost Gear Fund has supported 49 projects, totaling $16.7 million, under four program pillars: 1) ghost gear retrieval; 2) responsible disposal; 3) uptake and piloting of technology to prevent gear loss; and, 4) international leadership.
  • Ghost gear is gear that is lost, often as a result of poor weather conditions, conflict with other gear, and snags with the sea floor.
  • All commercial harvesters in Canada are required to report their lost fishing gear to Fisheries and Oceans Canada. This reporting helps the Department and other partners locate and remove lost gear from our waters and, in many cases, return the gear to its rightful owner.

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Claire Teichman
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Doug Kirk and Saad Rafi Appointed as Vice-Chairs of Trent University’s Board of Governors

May 12, 2022

Board receives updates on new residence, Anti-Racism Task Force and Indigenous Community Relations at May meeting

The Trent University Board of Governors held its fifth regular meeting of the academic year on Friday, May 6, 2022 with the following highlights.

In her opening remarks, Board chair Debra Cooper Burger highlighted University news including extending congratulations on behalf of the Board to vice-president of Finance and Administration, Tariq Al-Idrissi, who was recently appointed for a five-year term

Board of Governors Appointments & Reappointments

Trent University’s Board of Governors approved the appointment of vice chairs – Doug Kirk and Saad Rafi – each beginning a one-year term effective July 1, 2022.

Governor Doug Kirk joined the Board July 1, 2020 and will conclude his first term on the Board as of June 30, 2023. Governor Kirk currently serves as chair of the Finance & Property Committee and has demonstrated strong leadership regarding finance, property, and development. He has been a strong advocate for the Durham GTA Campus including being a member of the Trent University Durham GTA Advisory Council, co-chairing the Trent Durham Building Campaign, and being a member of the Trent’s Philanthropic Advisory Council.

Governor Saad Rafi joined the Board in July 2017 and will conclude his second term on the Board as of June 30, 2023. Governor Rafi currently chairs the Executive Committee and held the role of vice-chair of the Board for the 2021-22 term. Governor Rafi brings to the Board table a strong record of leadership, including provincial government leadership roles in infrastructure, long term care and pension.

Additionally, Trent’s Board of Governors approved the appointment of Dr. Hasmet Uluorta, and the re-appointment of Chris Nelan, to the Board (in the seats designated for faculty and staff, respectively), each for a two-year term commencing July 1, 2022.

As the coordinator of Student Life at Trent University Durham GTA, Chris Nelan has been re-appointed to the Board of Governors, through to June 30, 2024. As a staff member who has been at the University for more than 10 years, he plays an integral role in supporting student success by collaborating with faculty and student services to assess needs and develop targeted programming.

Professor Hasmet Uluorta, chair of the Political Studies Department at Trent University, will serve his first term on the Board through to June 30, 2024. Prof. Uluorta first joined Trent in 2012, as a cross-appointed faculty member (Political Studies and International Development Studies). He serves on numerous departmental and University committees and is an active faculty member at Senate.

The following external candidates for the Board, Yancy Craig, Kristi Honey, Michael Lavallée, and Jennifer McGarrity were appointed to the seats designated for members of the external community, for a three-year term, effective July 1, 2022.

Yancy Craig (’95) has a degree in History and Sociology from Trent University and brings 20 years of public administration and policy experience in the government and not-for-profit sectors. Prior to joining Indspire as vice president Indigenous and Government Relations, he was a senior advisor at the Assembly of First Nations, having previously been director of Strategic Development at the National Association of Friendship Centres. Prior to 2014, Mr. Craig had a career in the federal government in a variety of policy and program administration roles in various federal government departments including Environment Canada, and Aboriginal and Northern Development Canada.

Kristi Honey is the chief administrative officer for the Township of Uxbridge. Ms. Honey has over 20 years’ executive leadership in both the private and public sector, and currently serves as chair of the Board of Durham College. A graduate of Durham College, recognized as an alumnus of distinction, Ms. Honey was recognized for her efforts by Women of Influence in their Global Series as one of Canada’s leading women driving equality, diversity, and inclusion nationally and internationally.

Michael Lavallée joined Seasons Retirement Communities in 2009 as the chief operating officer where he launched the Seasons operating platform and brand. Promoted to CEO in 2018, Mr. Lavallée has continued to strengthen the Seasons brand and integrate new assets into the platform. A noted expert and accomplished speaker on the Canadian Seniors Housing sector, Mr. Lavallée has successfully advocated for resident qualify of life and care. He holds the ICD.D designation and, until recently, was the Board chair of the Ontario Retirement Communities Association (ORCA).

Jennifer McGarrity (’88), an alumna of Trent’s Philosophy program is the vice-president of Strategy & Enablement for RBC Insurance. As a seasoned professional with more than 28 years in the financial services industry, most of those with RBC, she joined RBC Insurance in 2009 after several years in progressively senior roles within RBC’s Business Financial Services and Operations areas. Ms. McGarrity believes strongly in continuous learning and the importance of active mentorship. She is currently pursuing an MBA through Dalhousie University and is passionate about supporting the advancement of women in sport.

New Residence Building

Governors received an update on the new residence building to be built on the East Bank of the University’s Symons Campus in Peterborough. In consultation with the campus community, Housing Services has developed a strategy to continue to create new student residence spaces on campus in order to meet demand, while enhancing the student experience. The Board also received an update from administration which included a brief history of the housing demand, due diligence completed and an update on the University’s procurement process. The University’s request for pre-qualifications for this project is currently active with a closing date of May 19.

Anti-Racism Task Force Report

Provost and VP Academic, Dr. Michael Khan provided the Board of Governors an update on the University’s Anti-Racism Task Force’s Final Report entitled: A Path Forward. The Task Committee engaged with stakeholders and subject matter experts and consulted widely across the University community to formulate a comprehensive list of recommendations (with specific actions) related to the following areas: 1) budget and planning; 2) representation and hiring; 3) training and professional development; 4) community engagement and partnerships; and 5) support for the Trent community.

Alumni Engagement Report

The Board of Governors received an annual report on alumni engagement. Presented by Lee Hays, director of Alumni Engagement and Services, the report, prepared in partnership with the Alumni Association, included an overview of results from the recent survey of alumni. The response pointed to an higher than average community of engaged alumni. The report also emphasized the priority areas for Trent alumni engagement, pointing to the continuation of smart investments in strategic communications, data integrity, expanded campus partnerships, and the vital role of meaningful programming and initiatives.

Indigenous Community Relations

The Board also received the annual report on Indigenous Community Relations, presented by Julie Davis, vice-president of External Relations & Development. Guided by the four principles of recognition, respect, sharing, and responsibility, the following actions from the past year were highlighted: 1) the unveiling of a highly-visible ‘treaty rock’ and ‘treaty wall’ installations on both campuses; 2) incorporating Indigenous Traditional Knowledge (ITK) in the stewardship of Trent campus lands; 3) sharing presentations on how Trent and Curve Lake First Nation built a ‘gold standard relationship’ through the creation of the Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan; and 4) Continuing to meet regularly with Michi Saagiig Lands and Resource Consultation Liaisons and the Elders Council.

Dr. Leo Groarke, president and vice-chancellor of Trent University, drew attention to the Eagle Feather that is present at each Board of Governors meeting – a symbol of Trent’s long-standing relationship between Trent and Curve Lake – that was gifted by a former Chief of Curve Lake First Nation to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Trent.

About Trent University

One of Canada’s top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that’s personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent’s unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent’s students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues. Trent’s Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area, delivers a distinct mix of programming in the east GTA.

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Cara Walsh, Communications & Media Relations Officer, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x6240 or [email protected]


Canadore College recognizes Moose Hide Campaign Day

May 12, 2022

The Moose Hide Campaign began in 2011 as a grass-roots Indigenous lead movement against violence towards women and children.  Today, it has grown into a nation-wide crusade.  Canadore College has supported the campaign from the beginning, and this year held a special event at the College Drive Campus.

“The Moose Hide Campaign exhibits our commitment, as a post-secondary institution, to end violence against all women and children,” said Judy Manitowabi, Director of Canadore’s First Peoples’ Centre and Indigenous Engagement.  “This is a day of ceremony and reflection.  As we continue to address reconciliation collectively, we invite all students and staff at Canadore College to take practical steps together on this day.”

Following a welcome ceremony in The Stanford International College Wellness Garden, on the College Drive Campus, the group in attendance began a walk around the campus perimeter.  Stations were set up along the route to provide teachings about Indigenous culture.

“It is a beautiful thing when we can come together to recognize and take action to items related to the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 calls to action,” said Gerard Peltier, First Peoples’ Centre Recruitment and Retention Officer.  “As a Canadore employee it is good to see the support for actions we as a collective undertake with such important events like the Moose Hide Campaign and to do our part in creating awareness and pledging to take a stand in ending violence against women and children”.

Moose Hide pins – the campaign symbol – are worn by millions of Canadians as a sign of their commitment to honour, respect and protect the women and children in their lives.  Pins were available at all Canadore campuses.

“The Moose Hide Campaign is a shared national experience that brings all of us together in solidarity in ending violence against women and children,” said Shawn Chorney, Vice President, Strategic Infrastructure, Indigenous and Learner Services. “We must maintain a focus on addressing this ongoing issue as part of our work, community engagement, and action, every day.”

“Research tells us Indigenous women and girls are the victims of violence more often than non-Indigenous women,” said George Burton, President and CEO.  “We wear Moose Hide pins as a sign of our own commitment to help end the crisis and create a safer world for all.”

Canadore employees and students participated in a video pledging their support to end violence against women and children.  It can be viewed here, https://youtu.be/iNsJve82CzQ


Canadore College trains people through applied learning, leadership and innovation. It provides access to over 80 full-time quality programs, outstanding faculty, and success services to students from nearly 400 Canadian communities and 25 international countries. The College, its students, and alumni add $369 million to the Nipissing Parry Sound service area economy. Approximately 1,000 students graduate from Canadore each year, and they join 48,000 alumni working across the globe. Canadore receives less than 50 per cent of its traditional funding from the provincial Ministry of Colleges and Universities and relies on its own innovation and entrepreneurial endeavours and generous donors for the balance.

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