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Media advisory: Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami President Natan Obed and Minister Patty Hajdu to make an announcement to further support the National Inuit Suicide Prevention Strategy,

From: Indigenous Services Canada

Ottawa, Ontario — Please be advised that Natan Obed, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services, will make an announcement to further support the National Inuit Suicide Prevention Strategy. Speakers will provide brief remarks and be available for questions from the media.

Date: Thursday, October 6, 2022
Time: 9:15 a.m. (ET)

Where: House of Commons Foyer
284 Wellington St.
Ottawa, Ontario  K1A 0H8


For more information (media only):

Alison Murphy
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Patty Hajdu
Minister of Indigenous Services
[email protected]

ISC Media Relations
[email protected]

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
[email protected]


Justice Department Shuts NWAC Out of FPT Meeting with Indigenous Leaders; Ignores Expertise on Critical Gender-based Issues

October 5, 2022

OTTAWA – The federal Justice department has closed the door on Canada’s largest national Indigenous women’s organization when it meets with provincial and territorial ministers next week, effectively opting not to address Indigenous gender-based issues in any meaningful way.

Though Canada recognizes five National Indigenous Organizations (NIOs), including the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), only some groups will have a seat at the table. Excluding NWAC from national discussions on justice issues is a significant rebuff to the organization that is the recognized expert on matters related to Indigenous women, girls, gender-diverse, two-spirit, and transgender people in Canada.

The people represented by NWAC face high rates of incarceration, violence, and abuse – all issues that should be central to any discussion of justice. Just yesterday, NWAC honoured the thousands of Indigenous mothers, grandmothers, aunties, and girls who have gone missing or been murdered at its annual Sisters and Spirit vigil. NWAC is committed to holding Canada accountable to ending the genocide by answering the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls 231 Calls to Justice.

NWAC anticipates those with seats at the table will discuss matters that directly impact the people it represents, such as implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, Indigenous policing, mandatory minimum sentences, overincarceration and the MMIWG genocide. Indigenous women and gender-diverse people are valued leaders, decision-makers and knowledge keepers in their families, communities, and governments. Without their perspective, government discussions are unlikely to consider gender-specific solutions to undoing systemic discrimination.

If NWAC does not hold a seat at the table, Canada’s promises of reconciliation and gender-based equality remain empty.


Media Contact:

For information, or to arrange an interview, contact:

Gloria Galloway [email protected] or 613-447-6648

Pour obtenir plus d’information ou prendre des dispositions pour une interview, contacter:

Gloria Galloway, par courriel : [email protected] ou par téléphone: 613-447-6648


Grand Council Treaty #3, Kenora District Services Board and Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board Sign Memorandum of Understanding

October 5, 2022

(Lac Seul First Nation – October 4, 2022) Grand Council Treaty #3 (GCT#3), the Kenora District Services Board (KDSB), and Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board (RRDSSAB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to improve affordable housing and Early Years, Child Care and Education programming for families throughout the Treaty #3 territory. Through the Treaty #3 traditional legal framework, Manito Aki Inakonigaawin, GCT#3, KDSB, and RRDSSAB will jointly develop a pathway forward that benefits families and individuals to overcome both social and economic barriers throughout Treaty #3.

The organizations jointly recognize that homelessness and lack of access to housing is a serious issue that directly causes poor health, premature deaths, missed economic opportunities, and puts children, youth and elders in vulnerable positions. Treaty #3 communities continue to face many pressing housing issues, including lack of affordable housing, homelessness, and inadequate housing that leads to energy deficiencies and health risks. These pressures, in turn add to the burden on the child welfare system, increase rates of mental health issues and suicide, contribute to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls epidemic, and provide opportunities for human trafficking.

“The signing of this Memorandum of Understanding is a significant step for all organizations because it supports the Nation’s inherent right to healthy and thriving communities, while implementing our traditional laws,” said Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh. “Treaty #3’s vision is to develop a more holistic approach towards addressing homelessness and housing barriers while taking into consideration not only social values, but also the cultural and economic needs of the Anishinaabe Nation.”

The Memorandum of Understanding outlines six key priority areas:

  1. Infrastructure: Explore options to create, develop and improve infrastructure, so that is an adequate amount of housing.
  2. Finances: Explore options to finance infrastructure efforts.
  3. Funding: Explore partner options in order to leverage and secure funding for the infrastructure efforts.
  4. Communication: Identify means and improve communication between Grand Council Treaty #3, the KDSB, and the RRDSSAB to streamline and expedite progress.
  5. Participation: Strategies to encourage engagement from First Nations within Grand Council Treaty #3, KDSB, RRDSSAB, and all individuals involved.
  6. Exploration: Identify where social services, child care and education play a role in creating barriers for affordable housing opportunities and establish strategic goals to address these factors to assist families and individuals.

The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding acknowledges the organizations’ commitment and partnership to work towards safe and affordable housing, which is an essential right of all families and individuals in our communities, as well as supports the creation of a foundation to work towards a healthier and flourishing society overall.

“Through the Memorandum of Understanding, we are committing to meaningful relations and partnership that will work to improve the well-being of our communities and work for the betterment of all who live in the Territory,” says Barry Baltessen, Board Chair of the Kenora District Services Board. “Today’s event supports the KDSB’s vision to improve the lives of families through housing, early learning and care, paramedic and social services by bringing together our municipalities and first nation communities.”


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

A healer and activist, Sacheen Littlefeather was far more than her infamous Oscar moment – CBC

Apache and Yaqui elder advocated for the health of Indigenous peoples. She died Sunday at age 75

Oct 05, 2022

Sacheen Littlefeather dedicated her life to advocating for the rights and health of Indigenous people.

Her role as an activist started well before her infamous Academy Awards moment when, in 1973, she declined an Oscar on behalf of Marlon Brando and used her 60-second speech to call out the mistreatment of Indigenous people.

And though she was shunned in Hollywood after that moment, she told Unreserved host Rosanna Deerchild in a September interview that she was “pushed in” — not out — toward more meaningful work.

“I see things as if I climbed the Grand Canyon in Arizona, and I’m looking down now to where I’ve been in life,” Littlefeather said at the time.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/unreserved/sacheen-littlefeather-activist-and-healer-1.6605642

SLFNHA: New Reports Reaffirm Trends of Poor Health Outcomes and Under-Funded System for First Nations

October 5, 2022

Under the direction of the Chiefs-in-Assembly, Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNHA) has released its Diabetes and Childhood Vaccination Coverage reports. The reports highlight the disproportionate burden of health outcomes and health inequities within northern First Nations. SLFNHA calls for improved resources to support diabetes and vaccination programs.

“We are calling on the Federal and Provincial governments to provide us with a plan to increase supports for food security, food sovereignty, and improved health services for our northern First Nations. The burden of illness is increasing and the disparity between northern First Nations and Ontario is growing.” Janet Gordon, Acting CEO and President

Both reports reaffirm major health care gaps in First Nations, like critical staffing shortages and lack of sustainable funding that have persisted.

Findings in the Diabetes Report show that First Nations children aged 10-14 in the Sioux Lookout area were diagnosed with diabetes at twice the rate (62.5%) than the Ontario average (28.1%) in 2019. The rate of lower limb amputation among Sioux Lookout area First Nations people has doubled between 2008 and 2019, while the provincial average has trended slightly downward.

Data from the Vaccination Coverage Report shows that the inequitable health services in northern communities resulted in vaccination coverage rates falling far below provincial averages and national goals. As a result, communities are at risk of outbreaks from vaccine-preventable diseases.

The reports have been released as an urgent call-to-action to address health inequities caused by systemic racism and colonial policies that have altered the Anishinabe way of life. Data from the reports goes to 2019, just prior to the onset of the pandemic.


Canada must commit to a nature and biodiversity accountability act – IRPP

COP15 in Montreal is the right time to start to dismantle the country’s colonial relationship with nature, with greater respect for Indigenous rights.

October 5, 2022

Nature isn’t an infinite resource to be exploited. Canada’s current socio-economic system, rooted in colonial resource extraction, has shaped our interactions with the natural world. The commodification of nature and the industrialization of our global society have led to habitat destruction, exploitation, pollution and global climate change – all with devastating effects on biodiversity.

The Canadian government has acknowledged the urgency of the nature crisis we are currently facing, but what is needed now is concrete action, not more talk. The federal government must commit to passing a nature and biodiversity accountability act that dismantles our colonial relationship with nature, respects Indigenous rights and guarantees equitable access to nature, while ensuring biodiversity protection targets are achieved.

Read More: https://policyoptions.irpp.org/magazines/october-2022/cop15-montreal-biodiversity-act/

LAURION Announces Appointment of New Chief Financial Officer

TORONTO, ONTARIO (October 5, 2022) – LAURION Mineral Exploration Inc. (TSX.V: LME and OTCPINK: LMEFF) (“LAURION” or the “Corporation”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Tyler Dilney as the new Chief Financial Officer of the Corporation.

Mr. Dilney is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 10 years of experience and has worked in the mining, technology, and oil and gas industries. He has served as a controller and consultant for various public and private organizations, providing accounting, financial reporting, taxation and business advisory services.

In connection with Mr. Dilney’s appointment, the Corporation has accepted the resignation of Miles Nagamatsu as Chief Financial Officer of the Corporation. LAURION would like to express its sincere appreciation for Mr. Nagamatsu’s dedication and contributions to LAURION since joining the Corporation in May 2019.

“We are delighted to welcome Tyler to our team,” stated Cynthia Le Sueur–Aquin, President and Chief Executive Officer of LAURION. “His in-depth experience in accounting, financial disclosure and capital markets, particularly as they relate to public companies in the mining industry, should benefit LAURION greatly. More broadly, we believe that Tyler’s solid track record will help us achieve our immediate and long-term goals as we enter a critical juncture in the outlook for LAURION. I also want to highlight Miles’ contributions to LAURION during his tenure. It has been a genuine pleasure working with Miles and we are very thankful for his guidance and support of LAURION over the years. It goes without saying that we wish him tremendous success in his future endeavours.”

The Corporation also announces that pursuant to its stock option plan, LAURION will grant incentive stock options to Mr. Dilney to acquire a total of 250,000 common shares of the Corporation, exercisable for a period of five years at an exercise price of $0.95, subject to vesting requirements. The issuance of Options, as contemplated in this news release, is subject to the terms of the Corporation’s stock option plan and TSX Venture Exchange (“TSXV”) approval.

Update on Recently Completed Private Placement

On September 28, 2022, the Corporation announced the closing of its previously-announced and upsized non-brokered private placement of flow-through units, for aggregate gross proceeds of $2,013,105 (the “Private Placement”). The Corporation wishes to clarify that in connection with the Private Placement, an aggregate of $32,812.55 in cash finder’s commissions was paid to certain arm’s-length finders.

About LAURION Mineral Exploration Inc.

The Corporation is a junior mineral exploration and development company listed on the TSXV under the symbol LME and on the OTCPINK under the symbol LMEFF. LAURION now has 255,969,855 outstanding shares of which approximately 80% are owned and controlled by Insiders who are eligible investors under the “Friends and Family” categories.

LAURION’s emphasis is on the development of its flagship project, the 100% owned mid-stage 47 km2 Ishkoday Project, and its gold-silver and gold-rich polymetallic mineralization with a significant upside potential. The mineralization on Ishkoday is open at depth beyond the current core-drilling limit of -200 m from surface, based on the historical mining to a -685 m depth, in the past producing Sturgeon River Mine. The Brenbar Property, which was acquired in 2020 and is contiguous with the Ishkoday Property, hosts the historic Brenbar Mine. LAURION believes the mineralization to be a direct extension of mineralization from the Ishkoday Property.


LAURION Mineral Exploration Inc.
Cynthia Le Sueur-Aquin – President and CEO
Tel: 1-705-788-9186
Fax: 1-705-805-9256
Website: http://www.LAURION .ca

Follow us on Twitter: @LAURION_LME


Google Canada commits a $2.7M grant to ensure Indigenous communities benefit from digital revolution – BNN Bloomberg


Kent Walker, president of global affairs at Google and Alphabet, joins BNN Bloomberg to talk about their latest contribution to Indigenous communities in Canada. He says Google is deeply integrated in lives of Canadians and contributes to national GDP.

Read More: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/canada/video/google-canada-commits-a-2-7m-grant-to-ensure-indigenous-communities-benefit-from-digital-revolution~2535228

October Newsletter (Enkamgak) – NFN

October 4, 2022

The October 2022 issue of Enkamgak is now available online!

See below or click HERE to read this issue, and access past issues by clicking HERE.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please contact:

Read More: https://nfn.ca/enkamgak-2/

Multiple Indigenous youth living rough in region – Cambridge Today

Youth range in age from 11 to 17

If you look around the region it’s not hard to spot multiple homeless encampments.

Residents in those encampments include Indigenous youth.

“We currently know of 4 to 5 Indigenous youth in encampments, their ages range between 11 and 17,” said Amanda Trites the program co-coordinator for the court services team at the Healing of the Seven Generations.

Trites speaking with CityNews 570 said, the reason many of these youth are choosing to live in encampments is because their families are dealing with trauma from residential schools and the history of Indigenous genocide in Canada.

Read More: https://www.cambridgetoday.ca/local-news/multiple-indigenous-youth-living-rough-in-region-5911251

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