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Métis Nation–Saskatchewan (MN–S) is pleased to welcome delegates to the Fall 2021 Métis Nation Legislative Assembly (MNLA) in Saskatoon.

Following the Grand Entry, President McCallum will deliver his State of the Nation address at 9:30 am, and officially open the first in-person MNLA since fall 2019. The new President of the Provincial Métis Youth Council (PMYC) will then be sworn in and at 10:00 am, a special signing ceremony will take place between MN–S and University of Saskatchewan partners.

President of the Métis National Council Cassidy Caron joins dignitaries Little Pine First Nation Chief Wayne Segmaganis and Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark in bringing greetings to the to Pairieland Park gathering at 10:30 am. 

Before delegates wrap up the first day of the MNLA, the winners of the MN–S “This is your shot” vaccine incentive will be announced. 

Members of your media outlet are cordially invited to attend the event, recognizing some COVID-19 protocols remain in place and will be adhered to. This event is closed to the public. Delegates are required to show photo ID, double vaccination verification, and positively pass symptom and temperature checks.

WHERE: Prairieland Park, Saskatoon

                503 Ruth St. West

DATE: Saturday, November 27, 2021

TIME: 9:00 am

A proposed Fall 2021 MNLA agenda is available here.

A CHEFFE NATIONALE DE L’APN, ROSEANNE ARCHIBALD, DÉCLARE QUE LE DISCOURS DU TRÔNE EST VAGUE À PROPOS D’UNE VÉRITABLE VOIE VERS LE CHEMIN DE LA GUÉRISON

(Ottawa, ON) – La Chef nationale de l’Assemblée des Premières Nations (APN), RoseAnne  Archibald, affirme que le discours du Trône d’aujourd’hui, le premier de la Gouverneure  générale Mary Simon, manque d’actions concrètes et d’un engagement suffisamment fort pour  tracer un véritable chemin de guérison pour les Premières Nations et tous les Canadiens. 

« Bien que ce discours du Trône comporte des commentaires sur un certain nombre de  domaines prioritaires pour les Premières Nations, il contient peu d’actions concrètes », a déclaré  la Cheffe nationale de l’APN, RoseAnne Archibald. « Les Premières Nations sont à l’aube d’un  changement transformateur et, alors que toutes et tous s’efforcent de se rétablir de la  pandémie en cours, le discours du Trône d’aujourd’hui devait paver une voie vers la guérison  pour les Premières Nations et tous les Canadiens, et il en a été loin aujourd’hui. » 

Le discours du Trône, intitulé Bâtir une économie résiliente : un avenir plus propre et plus sain  pour nos enfants, a été prononcé aujourd’hui à la Chambre des communes, ouvrant ainsi la  première session du 44e Parlement. « Le gouvernement du Canada a donné la priorité au logement et aux services de garde  d’enfants, mais de nombreuses Premières Nations ont surtout besoin de logements sociaux et  beaucoup n’ont même pas de garderies offrant des services de garde à 10 $ par jour. Nous  demanderons des engagements plus fermes et des plans d’action particuliers dans ces  domaines. Nous saluons les promesses faites pour lutter contre le changement climatique et la  perte de biodiversité, ainsi que la reconnaissance du rôle des connaissances traditionnelles  autochtones. Parallèlement, il est raisonnable et juste de s’attendre à ce que les engagements  relatifs à la violence sexiste et à l’élaboration d’une stratégie de lutte contre le racisme  bénéficient de la participation et des points de vue des Premières Nations. En fin de compte,  nous sommes impatients de travailler avec le gouvernement fédéral à l’élaboration conjointe de  plans d’action en ce qui concerne les priorités des Premières Nations. »  

Les engagements énoncés dans le discours du Trône d’aujourd’hui comprennent également : 

-Créer d’une Agence Canadienne de l’eau du Canada pour préserver les ressources  hydriques; 

-Élaborer une stratégie nationale d’adaptation pour faire face aux urgences  environnementales; 

-Accroître la collaboration avec les partenaires autochtones pour mettre fin à la violence  à l’encontre des femmes, des filles et des personnes 2ELGBTQQIA+ autochtones  disparues et assassinées. 

-Veiller à ce que les communautés autochtones disposent du soutien dont elles ont  besoin pour que les familles demeurent unies et offrir une compensation juste et  équitable aux personnes lésées par le programme de services à l’enfance et à la famille  des Premières Nations. 

Lors des récentes élections fédérales générales, l’APN a lancé la plateforme Le chemin de la guérison : Priorités fédérales de 2021 pour renforcer et reconstruire les Premières Nations, qui  détaille les domaines prioritaires pour le renforcement, la reconstruction et la guérison des  Premières Nations. Cette plateforme peut être consultée à l’adresse suivante : Le chemin de la  guérison – Assemblée des Premières Nations (afn.ca) 

AFN NATIONAL CHIEF ROSEANNE ARCHIBALD SAYS THRONE SPEECH VAGUE ON A TRUE HEALING PATH FORWARD

(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief RoseAnne Archibald says today’s  Speech from the Throne, the first from Governor General Mary Simon, lacks concrete actions  and strong enough commitment to building a true healing path forward for First Nations and all  Canadians.  

“While this Throne Speech provides commentary on a number of priority areas for First Nations,  it is short on detailed action,” said AFN National Chief RoseAnne Archibald. “First Nations are on  the cusp of transformative change and as everyone works to recover from the ongoing  pandemic, today’s Speech from the Throne needed to chart a healing path forward for First  Nations and all Canadians, and it fell short on that today.”  

The Throne Speech, titled Building a Resilient Economy: A Cleaner & Healthier Future for Our  Kids was delivered in the House of Commons today, opening the first session of the  44thParliament.  

“The Government of Canada has prioritized housing and childcare, yet many First Nations  require predominantly social housing and many even don’t have daycare centres in which to  administer $10/day childcare. We will seek stronger commitments and specific action plans in  those areas. We welcome promises made to addressing climate change and biodiversity loss,  and the acknowledgement of the role of Indigenous traditional knowledge. At the same time,  it’s a reasonable and fair expectation that the commitments on gender-based violence and the  development of an anti-racism strategy will have First Nations involvement and perspectives.  Ultimately, we look forward to working with the federal government on building joint action  plans for First Nations priorities.”  

The commitments set out in today’s Speech from the Throne also include:
– Creating a Canada Water Agency to safeguard water resources
-Developing a National Adaptation Strategy to address environmental emergencies
– Accelerating work with Indigenous partners to end violence against Missing and
Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ People
– Ensuring Indigenous communities have the support they need to keep families together
and fair and equitable compensation to those harmed by the First Nations Child and
Family Services Program

During the recent general federal election, the AFN launched The Healing Path Forward: 2021  Federal Priorities for Strengthening and Rebuilding First Nations platform, which outlines the  priority areas for strengthening, rebuilding and healing First Nations and can be found here: The  Healing Path Forward | Assembly of First Nations (afn.ca) 

Throne Speech Priorities are Encouraging for Inuit Women: Pauktuutit

OTTAWA, November 23, 2021 – Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada welcomes the direction signaled by the federal government in today’s Throne Speech as it focuses on making progress toward reconciliation, advancing gender equality, and accelerating action to tackle climate change.  

Pauktuutit is encouraged to hear the government highlighting the need to work in partnership with Inuit to address systemic inequities faced by Inuit women. Priority issues such as lack of access to quality health care, the highest rates of gender-based violence in Canada, and the lack of inexpensive healthy food, including access to country food which climate change threatens with warming temperatures and thawing permafrost, require urgent action and new investments.

One of the government’s immediate priorities is to implement a plan to support systemic change to end the tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, (MMIWG), and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people. “Inuit women’s voices and leadership must be at the forefront of this work for Inuit – at the national, regional, and community levels,” said Rebecca Kudloo, President of Pauktuutit.

Pauktuutit believes a distinctions-based approach toward reconciliation with Inuit is essential for concrete progress to be realized. “We are encouraged by the government’s pledge to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) as quickly as possible.  Pauktuutit looks forward to providing a Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+) lens at all discussion tables, as full and equal participants in the federal government’s plan to implement UNDRIP,” said Kudloo.

President Kudloo is meeting with newly appointed cabinet ministers to share Pauktuutit’s recommendations on public policy and program areas that are critical to improving the lives of Inuit women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people, across Inuit Nunangat and the south. Kudloo looks forward to working together with key ministers to achieve progress on new shelters and transition housing, increased access to Inuit midwifery services, and empowering Inuit women’s leadership in the months ahead.     

Pauktuutit is the national representative organization for Inuit women in Canada. Its mission is to foster a greater awareness of the needs of Inuit women and to encourage their participation in community, regional and national concerns in relation to social, cultural, and economic development.

RESPECT FOR LAND RIGHTS IS INSEPARABLE FROM A SUSTAINABLE FIRST NATIONS ECONOMY

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Wendake, November 22, 2021 – On the eve of the Grand Economic Circle of Indigenous Peoples and Quebec, it appears essential for us to remind the Legault government that any and all prospects aimed at supporting a sustainable economy for our Nations must absolutely and without hesitation, create space for the inevitable and long overdue discussion on lands issues. The only way that First Nations will ever attain true and full participation in the Quebec economy is by finally having this discussion, openly and honestly, and truly pave the way for First Nations communities to blossom and prosper in the same way that non-indigenous communities can, and do, in Quebec. 

In a few days, elected officials, First Nations and Quebec business representatives as well as representatives from the general population will be gathering to discuss and explore ways to accelerate the economic growth of our Nations which have been on the margins of development in this province for far too long. We would like to thank all the businesses and organizations that have agreed to take part in this exercise and who are demonstrating concrete commitments to the full participation of Indigenous Peoples in the economy. 

The context in which our Peoples are currently evolving requires a major turnaround, particularly in order to eliminate the enormous gap that separates the living conditions of Indigenous Peoples from those of the general population in the province. In order to materialize this “turnaround” that we must collectively make, we must address several issues that are too often hidden, such as the housing crisis in our communities, the unemployment rate that is three times higher for our populations and the difficult access to financing for our entrepreneurs. 

And since economic development is inextricably linked to our socio-economic future, we have to talk about it! 

We would like to remind you of this today, because we have too often experienced this type of meeting where the Quebec government tried to avoid recognizing the inextricable link between our lands and socio-economic development of our communities. 

Beyond the opportunity presented by this major economic event, it is essential for us to reiterate our determination to have our rights, our ancestral territories and our self-determining governments respected. The AFNQL Chiefs have sent Premier Legault the text of a Declaration that reminds the Quebec government of their (the Chiefs) shared principles on the question of lands and resources and on the approach to their development. The Chiefs request that Mr. Legault’s

government be mindful and respectful of this Declaration. The fundamental principles that must guide the relationship between our governments and that of Quebec are clear: 

• The right to free, prior and informed consent in decision-making of non-indigenous  governments for any project impacting our lands and resources;

• The right to government to government co-management, through joint and respectful land  management practices, including decision-making; 

• Respect by non-indigenous governments for the sacred relationship between land use, land  development, resource use and the preservation of our ways of life, languages and cultures; • The right to economic benefits, including the sharing of natural resources and the collection  of royalties from past, present and future use of our lands and resources. 

The Grand Economic Circle of Indigenous Peoples and Quebec event will be a great opportunity for the Legault government to distinguish itself from its predecessors by showing political courage in addressing the issues that concern our ancestral lands and resources. If Quebec enjoys an economic status that may be the envy of other governments, it is largely due to the exploitation of resources on our lands. Is it not high time that First Nations enjoy the same opportunities?

LE RESPECT DES DROITS TERRITORIAUX INDISSOCIABLES D’UNE ÉCONOMIE DURABLE DES PREMIÈRES NATIONS

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Wendake, le 22 novembre 2021 – À la veille de la tenue du Grand cercle économique des Peuples autochtones et du Québec, il nous apparaît essentiel de rappeler que les perspectives d’une économie durable pour nos nations devront aussi laisser place à une discussion inévitable des enjeux territoriaux. La participation réelle des Premières Nations à l’économie québécoise devra franchir ce pont. 

Dans quelques jours, les élus et représentants des communautés d’affaires des Premières Nations et du Québec et de la société civile seront en effet réunis pour échanger sur les moyens d’accélérer la croissance économique de nos nations, trop longtemps restées en marge du développement au Québec. Nous remercions toutes les entreprises et organisations qui ont accepté de prendre part à cet exercice et qui manifestent des engagements concrets pour une pleine participation des Autochtones à l’économie. 

Le contexte dans lequel nos peuples évoluent présentement nécessite un important redressement, notamment afin d’éliminer l’énorme fossé qui sépare les conditions de vie des Autochtones de celles de la population du reste de la province. Pour concrétiser ce « coup de barre » que nous devons collectivement donner, nous devons parler de plusieurs enjeux trop souvent occultés, dont la crise du logement dans nos communautés, le taux de chômage trois fois plus élevé pour nos populations et l’accès difficile au financement pour nos entrepreneurs. 

Et comme le développement économique est indissociables de notre avenir socioéconomique, il faut en parler! 

Nous tenons à le rappeler aujourd’hui, parce que nous avons trop souvent vécu ce type de rencontres où le gouvernement du Québec tentait de se défiler et ne voulait pas reconnaître ce lien intrinsèque entre nos territoires et le développement socioéconomique de nos communautés. 

Au-delà de l’opportunité que nous présente ce grand rendez-vous économique, il est essentiel pour nous de réitérer notre détermination à faire respecter nos droits, nos territoires ancestraux et notre autonomie gouvernementale. Les principes fondamentaux qui doivent guider les relations entre nos gouvernements et celui du Québec sont
clairs : 

• Le droit au consentement préalable, libre et éclairé dans la prise de décision des  gouvernements non autochtones pour tout projet ayant un impact sur nos territoires et nos ressources;

• Le droit à la cogestion, de gouvernement à gouvernements, par des pratiques de gestion  conjointes et respectueuses du territoire, incluant la prise de décision; 

• Le respect par les gouvernements non autochtones des liens sacrés qui existent pour nos  nations entre l’occupation du territoire, le développement du territoire, l’utilisation de nos ressources et la conservation de nos modes de vie, de nos langues et cultures; 

• Le droit aux avantages économiques, notamment le partage des ressources naturelles et la  perception de redevances quant à l’exploitation passée, présente et future de nos territoires et nos ressources.  

L’événement du Grand cercle économique des Peuples autochtones et du Québec sera ainsi une belle occasion pour le gouvernement Legault de se démarquer de ses prédécesseurs en faisant preuve de bravoure politique pour aborder les questions qui concernent nos territoires ancestraux et nos ressources. Si le Québec jouit d’un statut économique qui peut faire l’envie d’autres gouvernements, c’est beaucoup en raison de l’exploitation desressources sur nos territoires. N’est il pas grand temps que les Premières Nations jouissent des mêmes opportunités?

Secretary Haaland Takes Action to Remove Derogatory Names from Federal Lands

WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland today formally established a process to review and replace derogatory names of the nation’s geographic features. She also declared “squaw” to be a derogatory term and ordered the Board on Geographic Names – the federal body tasked with naming geographic places – to implement procedures to remove the term from federal usage.

“Racist terms have no place in our vernacular or on our federal lands. Our nation’s lands and waters should be places to celebrate the outdoors and our shared cultural heritage – not to perpetuate the legacies of oppression,” said Secretary Haaland. “Today’s actions will accelerate an important process to reconcile derogatory place names and mark a significant step in honoring the ancestors who have stewarded our lands since time immemorial.”

Secretarial Order 3404 formally identifies the term “squaw” as derogatory and creates a federal task force to find replacement names for geographic features on federal lands bearing the term. The term has historically been used as an offensive ethnic, racial, and sexist slur, particularly for Indigenous women. There are currently more than 650 federal land units that contain the term, according to a database maintained by the Board on Geographic Names.

The newly created Derogatory Geographic Names Task Force will include representatives from federal land management agencies, as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion experts from the Department. The Order requires that the task force engage in Tribal consultation and consider public feedback on proposed name changes.

Additionally, Secretarial Order 3405 creates a Federal Advisory Committee to broadly solicit, review, and recommend changes to other derogatory geographic and federal land unit names. The Advisory Committee on Reconciliation in Place Names will include representation from Indian Tribes, Tribal and Native Hawaiian organizations, civil rights, anthropology, and history experts, and members of the general public. It will establish a process to solicit and assist with proposals to the Secretary to change derogatory names, and will include engagement with Tribes, state and local governments, and the public.

Together, the Secretarial Orders will accelerate the process by which derogatory names are identified and replaced. Currently, the Board on Geographic Names is structured, by design, to act on a case-by-case basis through a process that puts the onus on the proponents to identify the offensive name and to suggest a replacement. The process to secure review and approvals can be lengthy, often taking years to complete a name change. Currently, there are hundreds of name changes pending before the Board. The newly established Federal Advisory Committee will facilitate a proactive and systematic development and review of these proposals, in consultation with local community representatives.

The Board on Geographic Names – originally established by Executive Order in 1890 – is a federal body designed to maintain uniform geographic name usage throughout the federal government. It is comprised of representatives from federal agencies concerned with geographic information, population, ecology, and management of public lands. In 1947, the Secretary of the Interior was given joint authority with the Board on Geographic Names and has final approval or review of its actions.

Derogatory names have previously been identified by the Secretary of the Interior or the Board on Geographic Names and have been comprehensively replaced. In 1962, Secretary Stewart Udall identified the N-word as derogatory, and directed that the BGN develop a policy to eliminate its use. In 1974, the Board on Geographic Names identified a pejorative term for “Japanese” as derogatory and eliminated its use.

Several states have passed legislation prohibiting the use of the word “squaw” in place names, including Montana, Oregon, Maine, and Minnesota. There is also legislation pending in both chambers of Congress to address derogatory names on geographic features on public land units.

Congratulations to the Graduates of All-Women Line Crew Ground Support training on the Wataynikaneyap Power Project!

Fort William First Nation, Ontario – On November 19, 2021, All-Women Line Crew Ground Support (LCGS)
trainees successfully graduated with 25 transferable certificates to advance in future apprenticeship
opportunities and pursue careers on the Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Line. Congratulations to the
graduates from North Caribou Lake, Pikangikum, and Bearskin Lake First Nations!


Opiikapawiin Services’ Training Program Manager, Laura Calmwind, organized the all-women program after
seeing the large discrepancy between men and women applicants for the co-ed LCGS program: “I thought it
may bring in more applicants, if we offered the training for women only. It may encourage more women to
think about the trades. We also looked at what barriers stopped women from applying to our training
programs.” Ms. Calmwind explains, “That led to us offering childcare services, along with other supportive
services, as it is a long time for parents to be away from home.”


Jamie Keeash brought her son along with her to the course: “Having childcare included with this training
program has made it possible for me to pursue my career. Having my young son Kingston with me has kept
me going.”


This is the only course of its kind in Canada, specifically organized for First Nation women from
Wataynikaneyap Power’s owner communities. Course structure from Canada’s Infrastructure Health and
Safety Association provides graduates with 25 transferable certificates. Ms. Calmwind also incorporated
Indigenous knowledge, land-based learning, and health and wellness workshops: “With most of our training
programs, we include Traditional Knowledge and land-based skills, as well as invite speakers like local Elders
to come share with the students. It is not just about certificates.”


The course started August 16 and ran for 14 weeks: seven weeks at the Quetico Conference Centre near
Atikokan, Ontario followed by seven weeks at the Fort William First Nation training site near Thunder Bay,
Ontario for hands on skills, pole climbing, and equipment training.


Graduates are now looking forward to their next steps. Shirley King explains, “I want to work towards an
apprenticeship and keep going with my career in the powerline trades. It is encouraging to see more women
being part of the construction.”


“I am very proud of the success of these graduates. It is not easy to be away from your family, friends, and
community while undertaking a course of this length. They took on the challenge and now they are in positions to rise up and become leaders in their communities,” remarks Frank McKay, Chair of the Wataynikaneyap
Power GP Inc. Board.


Eliezar Mckay, Chair of First Nation Limited Partnership, also comments:“Congratulations to the students on
their hard work and perseverance! Training opportunities like this program build up our Peoples’ capacity for
long term careers on the transmission system and are an important part of meaningful participation and
involvement on the Project – one of the Guiding Principles that our leadership provided.”


“Education is an important part of this Project, from training programs to apprenticeships. We are proud to
work with our First Nation partners in bringing both training opportunities and reliable electricity to
communities,” said Scott Hawkes, President and CEO, FortisOntario Inc. “Congratulations to the graduates
and best of luck as they continue to grow their careers!”

HAIDA NATION STATEMENT ON THE INFRINGEMENT ON WET’SUWET’EN TITLE

The Haida Nation stands firmly with the Gidimt’en Clan as they uphold Wet’suwet’en law in
opposition of the Coastal Gaslink pipeline project on their territory.


In these times of climate crisis and implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of
Indigenous Peoples Act, along with the commitments made at the UN Climate Change
Conference (COP26), the governments’ actions against Indigenous Title and Rights and climate
change are disappointing stumbling blocks on the path to reconciliation.


The Haida Nation condemns all acts of violence against Indigenous Peoples and ways of life.
Indigenous Peoples have called for renewed relationships and equitable systems to address
policy brutality, racism in the healthcare system, and dispossession of lands and resources.
It is time for Canada and BC to put words to action and honour Wet’suwet’en Title throughout
the Yintah.


“We stand with our Wet’suwet’en relatives in exercising their inherent responsibility to protect
their sacred headwaters. The use of a militarized police force against unarmed people and the
suppression of communications and media are violations of human rights. The world is watching
and it is shameful what is happening. Stay Wet’suwet’en Strong.”
– Gaagwiis Jason Alsop, President of the Haida Nation


To our Wet’suwet’en relatives – the Haida Nation will rebuild with you and stand with you to
defend your Title and exercise your Rights. We will send people and resources in the coming
days.

AllOutForWedzinKwa #WetsuwetenStrong

For more info and ways to support, go to www.yintahaccess.com

LAUNCH OF A NEW SCHOOL CREATED FOR AND BY FIRST NATIONS AND PROPELLED BY EXECUTIVE EDUCATION HEC MONTRÉAL

Tiohtià:ke (Montreal), November 18, 2021 — Executive Education HEC Montréal, in collaboration with  the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador, invites media representatives to a press conference  announcing the launch of First Nations Executive Education.  

WHAT? FIRST NATIONS EXECUTIVE EDUCATION LAUNCH  

WHO? • Manon Jeannotte, First Nations Business Development and Governance  Consultant — First Nations Executive Education co-initiator 

• Ken Rock, Lawyer and Director, Société de développement économique  

d’Uashat mak Mani-utenam — First Nations Executive Education co-initiator 

• Chief Ghislain Picard, Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador 

• Serge Lafrance, Adjunct Professor and Director, Executive Education  

HEC Montréal 

WHEN? Thursday, November 25, 2021, 10:45 a.m. 

WHERE? Le Centre Sheraton Montréal 

Salon 6 

1201 René-Lévesque Boulevard West 

Montreal, Quebec H3B 2L7 

NB: Accredited media are asked to pre-register. Vaccine passports are required for entry. INFORMATION, MEDIA ACCREDITATION AND INTERVIEW REQUESTS