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OTTAWA, ON – Twenty out of the twenty-four recommendations presented to the jury by  Tungasuvvingat Inuit (TI), Aboriginal Legal Services (ALS), Coroner’s Council and Correctional  Services Canada were accepted by the jury in the inquest into the death of Inuk inmate Mark  Jeffrey. Mark Jeffrey died on June 29th, 2015, while in custody at Beaver Creek Medium  Security Institution in Gravenhurst, Ontario. TI is pleased with the acceptance of  recommendations after the Jury delivered their verdict on December 1st following eight days of  testimony and closing statements made by TI. 

Indigenous adults are overrepresented in the Canadian Criminal Justice System and the rate  continues to escalate. Amanda Kilabuk, Executive Director of TI participated in the inquest  stated, “It was difficult to hear the details of Mr. Jeffrey’s experience while in custody at Beaver  Creek Institution. He was placed in segregation for 74 days and did not have acceptable access  to culture supports. His experience as an Indigenous adult in the criminal justice system is not  unique and it is our hope, this inquiry and the recommendations will be used to initiate  improvements while in the system, and outcomes for those that successfully complete their  terms. As Beaver Brook is deemed an Inuit Centre of Excellence (ICE), there are higher  expectations for the institution to provide Inuit-specific programming for Inuit in custody.  

Some of the key recommendations included: 

• To recognize that Inuit in minimum security custody require Inuit-specific services, employment of Inuit staff at Inuit Centres of Excellence (as outlined in Anijaarniq)  should be increased to meet the needs of Inuit in custody. 

• The Anijaarniq: A Holistic Inuit Strategy must be co-developed, co-implemented and  comanaged by Correctional Services of Canada and Inuit governments, Inuit land claim organizations and Inuit communities. This will include: 

a. creating a collaborative working group that includes stakeholders from Inuit  land claims, Inuit governments and Inuit organizations to develop a better  understanding of the distinct needs of Inuit in federal custody and developing a  strategic implementation plan on how to address these needs; 

b. the development of a mutually agreed upon implementation plan,  

accountability framework and shared responsibilities that will identify  

contributions and advancements by all parties engaged in the working group;  and 

c. Inuit Centres of Excellence producing an annual report on the results of the

Anijaarniq strategy for the Inuit governments, Inuit land claim organizations and  Inuit organizations. 

• Correctional Services of Canada explore ways in which to better understand and meaningfully address the relevant barriers to recruiting Inuit Elders, Inuit Liaison  Officers and 

• Inuit staff for Inuit Centres of Excellence, such as the possibility of Correctional Services  of Canada providing the following employment supports for its Inuit staff, including Inuit contractors: 

a. Relocation supports; 

b. Accommodation supports; 

c. Counselling supports; 

d. Transportation supports; 

e. Seniority incentives; 

f. Multi-year contracts; and 

g. Offer services virtually where applicable (Elders can work from home) 

• Correctional Services of Canada should conduct a feasibility study about: a. moving the Inuit Centre of Excellence from Gravenhurst to an institution closer  to Ottawa, Ontario; and 

b. increasing capacity for Inuit serving their federal sentence to serve their  sentence in an existing Institution in Inuit Nunangat. Kilabuk added, “We are pleased that many of the recommendations were accepted, and it was  apparent that the Inuit voice and perspective was required in this process. As for  Implementation of the recommendations, it is incumbent on Correctional Services Canada (CSC)  to address these recommendations. Because of this inquiry for Mr. Jeffrey, it is well documented for CSC to improve their practices and policies, training, and include the full weight of their Inuit Liaison Officers and Elders when it comes to dealing with Inuit in the  criminal justice system.”

The AFNQL congratulates Ms. Marjolaine Étienne elected as new QNW President


Wendake, December 6, 2021 – The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL)  congratulates the new President of Quebec Native Women (QNW) elected yesterday at  their General Assembly in Montreal. 

“On behalf of the AFNQL Chiefs, I would like to congratulate Marjolaine Étienne on her  election as President of QNW,” said Ghislain Picard, Chief of the AFNQL. “Ms. Étienne  has tremendous political experience and will be an excellent spokesperson for all  Indigenous women and girls in our region. She brings a wealth of knowledge and has a  great professional profile, having worked among others, for the United Nations and for her  community, Mashteuiatsh. I look forward to working with her and supporting the QNW in  their priorities. 

The AFNQL would also like to express its gratitude to Ms. Viviane Michel, who is leaving  the position of President of QNW, a position she has held since 2012 and to which she  has devoted so much energy and passion. We wish her good luck in her future projects. 

About the AFNQL  

The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador is the regional political organization that  brings together 43 First Nations Chiefs in Quebec and Labrador. Follow the AFNQL on  Twitter @APNQL.

L’APNQL félicite Mme Marjolaine Étienne élue comme nouvelle présidente de FAQ


Wendake, 6 décembre 2021 – L’Assemblée des Premières Nations Québec-Labrador (APNQL)  félicite la nouvelle présidente de Femmes Autochtones du Québec (FAQ) élue hier en Assemblée  générale à Montréal.  

« Au nom des chefs de l’APNQL, je félicite Marjolaine Étienne pour son élection au poste de  présidente de FAQ », a déclaré le chef de l’APNQL, Ghislain Picard. « Mme Étienne a beaucoup  d’expérience en politique et saura être une excellente porte-parole pour toutes les femmes et filles  autochtones de notre région. Elle apporte des connaissances et un profil formidable, travaillant  entre autres pour l’ONU et sa communauté de Mashteuiatsh. J’ai hâte de travailler avec elle et la  soutenir dans ses priorités. » 

L’APNQL tient également aujourd’hui à exprimer sa reconnaissance envers Mme Viviane Michel,  qui quitte cette fonction qu’elle tenait depuis 2012 à laquelle elle a consacré tant d’énergie et de  passion. Nous lui souhaitons bonne chance dans ses projets futurs. 

À propos de l’APNQL  

L’Assemblée des Premières Nations Québec-Labrador est l’organisme régional politique qui  regroupe 43 chefs des Premières Nations au Québec et au Labrador. Suivez l’APNQL sur Twitter  @APNQL.  

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Rassemblement des Premières Nations de tout le Canada pour l’Assemblée virtuelle extraordinaire des Chefs de l’APN

(Ottawa, ON) – Des Chefs, des aînés, des gardiens du savoir, des femmes, des jeunes et des anciens combattants des Premières Nations d’un océan à l’autre se réuniront virtuellement cette semaine pour des discussions et délibérations sur des priorités. L’Assemblée extraordinaire des Chefs (AEC) de l’Assemblée des Premières Nations (APN), dont les hôtes seront les Algonquins de la Première Nation de Pikwakanagan, se déroulera en ligne du 7 au 9 décembre pour les délégués inscrits. 

Parmi les invités spéciaux qui se joindront à l’Assemblée pour s’adresser aux Chefs et répondre aux questions, citons le premier ministre Justin Trudeau et un certain nombre de ministres fédéraux.  

L’AEC ne sera pas diffusée en direct. Les médias sont priés de se préinscrire avant le  6 décembre 2021 à L’inscription est gratuite pour les médias  accrédités. 


Date Time (HNE) Détails
Mardi 7 décembre 2021 10 h 45 Grande entrée Discours d’ouverture de la Cheffe nationale RoseAnne Archibald
15 h 45 Orateurs invités : Ministre Marc Miller Ministre David Lametti Ministre Patty Hajdu
Mercredi 8 décembre 202116 h 15 Orateurs invités : Chefs de partis fédéraux
Jeudi 9 décembre 2021 15 h 30 Allocution du premier ministre Justin Trudeau
17 h 30 À déterminerDiscours de clôture de la Cheffe nationale RoseAnne Archibald

Un ordre du jour complet de l’Assemblée virtuelle extraordinaire des Chefs de l’APN est  affiché à l’adresse suivante : 21-10-21-AEC-2021-Ordre du jour provisoire_fre.pdf  ( 

Pour vous inscrire à l’Assemblée virtuelle extraordinaire des Chefs de l’APN, veuillez  vous rendre sur le site Web de l’APN à l’adresse suivante : Assemblée extraordinaire des  Chefs 2021 | Assemblée des Premières Nations ( 

L’APN est l’organisation nationale qui représente les peuples des Premières Nations au Canada. Suivez l’APN sur Twitter : @AFN_Updates. 

First Nations from Across Canada to Gather for AFN Virtual Special Chiefs Assembly

(Ottawa, ON) – First Nations leaders, Elders, Knowledge Keepers, Women, Youth and Veterans from coast-to-coast-to-coast will gather virtually this week for discussions and deliberations on priorities. The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Special Chiefs Assembly (SCA), hosted by the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation, will take place online for registered delegates December 7-9. 

Special guests joining the Assembly to address Chiefs and take questions include Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and a number of federal ministers.  

The SCA will not be live streamed. Media are asked to pre-register by December 6, 2021 at Registration for accredited media is free.   


Date Time (EST) Details
Tuesday, December 7, 202110:45 am Grand Entry Opening Remarks by National Chief RoseAnne Archibald
3:45 pm Guest Speakers – by Invitation: Minister Marc Miller Minister David Lametti Minister Patty Hajdu
Wednesday, December 8, 20214:15 pm Guest Speakers – by Invitation: Federal Party Leaders
Thursday, December 9, 20213:30 pm Remarks by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
5:30 pm TBDClosing Remarks by National Chief RoseAnne Archibald

A full agenda of the AFN Virtual Special Chiefs Assembly is available at: 21-10-21-SCA 2021-Provisional-Agenda_eng.pdf ( 

To register for the AFN Virtual Special Chiefs Assembly, please visit the AFN website:  Special Chiefs Assembly 2021 | Assembly of First Nations ( 

The AFN is the national organization representing First Nations people in Canada. Follow AFN on Twitter @AFN_Updates. 

CUMFI Opens the Round Prairie Elders’ Lodge

Central Urban Métis Federation, Inc. (CUMFI) is pleased to  announce the grand opening of the Round Prairie Elders’ Lodge, a newly constructed 26- unit residence for Métis Elders located at 412 Avenue P South in Saskatoon. The 25,881  square foot Lodge will provide culturally appropriate housing that is safe, affordable, and  accessible.  

CUMFI will deliver the proper supports while ensuring Elders are housed with dignity and a  quality of life to promote health and well-being. CUMFI has long known the struggles faced  by many Métis Elders, and the Round Prairie Elders’ Lodge provides an opportunity to  address challenges such as isolation, lack of cultural supports, and safety with its many  shared spaces. An outdoor area hosts a fire pit, raised planters with traditional medicinal  plants, and gathering area.  

The Métis Nation–Saskatchewan (MN–S) Ministry of Housing contributed $1.5 Million  through the Regional Housing Strategy, with funding from the Canada-Métis Nation  Housing Sub-Accord. The support went toward the land purchase and a deposit on  modular units. 

The funders in the cross-cultural partnership include Indigenous Services Canada (ISC)  through the Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative (IHII) ($2,293,077), Métis Nation – Saskatchewan (MN-S) ($1,500,000); the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation  (CMHC) ($683,845 (Forgivable Loan); $1,609,386 (Repayable Loan), Saskatchewan  Housing Corporation (SHC) ($632,845) and the City of Saskatoon ($178,437). 

Elders will be a valuable resource to the neighbourhood, with so many Métis knowledge  keepers under one roof. Lodge staff intend to open the attached gathering room to the  community to host meals, cultural and social activities, and provide teaching opportunities.  


CUMFI President Shirley Isbister said, “We are very excited to have the Round Prairie  Elders Lodge opening in the Pleasant Hill Neighborhood. It’s been two decades in the  making and our Elders finally have a place to call home. For years we have seen our 

Elders struggle and make decisions between rent and other essentials such as medicine  or food. CUMFI is proud to help in this small way to overcome these issues and we will  continue to work for our Elders and people. By working collaboratively with Métis Nation– Saskatchewan, Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments, this Lodge is now a  reality.”  

MN–S President Glen McCallum said, “This project exemplifies the success we can  achieve through partnerships. The Métis Nation–Saskatchewan funding is one example of  our Métis government’s commitment to increase housing capacity and stimulate the  economy across the province. We are pleased to be involved in such a well-rounded,  culturally appropriate housing project dedicated to our Elders. The Round Prairie Elders’  Lodge allows our elders to relax in comfort as they so deserve.” 

“Congratulations to President Shirley Isbister and the Central Urban Métis Federation on  the completion of this new lodge,” said the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous  Services. “The Round Prairie Elders’ Lodge will provide a safe, healthy and culturally  sensitive environment for Métis elders for years to come. I would also like to acknowledge  the support of our delivery partner, the Council for the Advancement of Native  Development Officers or CANDO, and the advice and guidance of the Indigenous Steering  Committee, in making this project a reality.” 

 It is so exciting that the Métis Elder s residence developed by the Central rban Métis  Federation Inc. (CUMFI) is now completed and will serve Métis seniors in the Saskatoon  area. This unique project brings critically important housing tailored to Métis Elders in need  of culturally relevant, accessible, safe and affordable housing. The CUMFI project is just  one of the 24 Indigenous housing projects supported through the Indigenous Homes  Innovation Initiative that provides support for the development of Indigenous housing  projects throughout Canada. Cando recognizes the urgent need for safe and healthy  housing for Indigenous people as well as the critical role new housing development can  have on community economic development,” said Ray Wanuch, Executive Director,  Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (Cando). 

“On behalf of the Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative (IHII) Steering Committee  members, I offer congratulations to the Central Urban Métis Federation Inc. on the  successful implementation of its Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative project to provide  culturally relevant accommodations for Métis Elders. The steering committee saw the  importance of this project – particularly the welcoming gathering space where residents  can connect and build community,” said Sean Willy, of the IHII Indigenous Steering  Committee. 

Introduction of the bill to reform the Youth Protection Act: A continuing incompatibility in terms of First Nations self-determination


The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL)  and the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission  (FNQLHSSC) acknowledge the long-awaited tabling of the bill to amend the Youth  Protection Act (“Bill 15”).  

The AFNQL and the FNQLHSSC have repeatedly maintained that it is fundamental to  reform the legislative framework for youth protection in Quebec, and this, in  complementarity and respect of the affirmation of our rights, self-determination and First  Nations laws.  

With this bill, Minister Carmant proudly claimed to have responded to the  recommendACTIONS of the Laurent Commission report. Yet, the recommendations were  clear with respect to First Nations and Inuit in Quebec: “The Commissioners recommend  that the Government of Quebec support the right to self-determination and self-government  in matters of youth protection by allowing Indigenous leaders to create their own laws on  youth and family protection…”. Did the government ignore chapter 9 of the report? To  ensure true equality, the systemic changes the government intends to make will have to be  accessible to First Nations children, regardless of where they live. 

The AFNQL and the FNQLHSSC would like to remind the Quebec Government that they  are still demanding the creation and implementation of a Child and Youth Commissioner  position, specific to First Nations, whose role and responsibilities will be defined in  collaboration with First Nations and Inuit and ratified by the AFNQL Chiefs. One of the  Laurent Commission’s recommendACTIONS echoed this request, namely “to establish a  position of Deputy Commissioner and a team dedicated exclusively to the issues  surrounding Indigenous children, with the Commissioner for Children’s Welfare and  Rights.” Since the tabling of the Laurent Report, this recommendation has not been  implemented, even though the need is great. 

The FNQLHSSC and other First Nations and Inuit organizations have been invited to  participate with the Ministry of Health and Social Services in working committees in order  to make their concerns known. We are currently analyzing the entire law to verify if our  concerns and recommendations have been taken into consideration and to examine the  impact of Bill 15 on our communities. 

“We recognize the efforts of the Quebec government to respond to the recommendations  of the Laurent Commission report, among others; this is a good step forward in terms of  youth protection for the province’s children and families, but one that we consider  insufficient for First Nations children since self-determination is completely ignored in this  bill. This shows, once again, that First Nations must continue to fight so that their realities and demands are finally understood and listened to”, says Derek Montour, President of the  FNQLHSSC Board of Directors. 

“Some communities have chosen to develop their own child and family services legislation,  and they were right to turn to the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Child, Youth and Family  Services Act (Bill C-92). The provincial legislative framework for child welfare is not  adequate, either in its former or current form, to ensure full autonomy for First Nations.  We have been closely monitoring the work related to this reform since the very beginning  and we will be even more on the lookout today with the tabling of Bill 15,” indicated AFNQL Chief Ghislain Picard.  

Unfortunately, we are still faced with a government that insists on imposing its own laws  and ways of doing things in youth protection. Bill 15 does not live up to our ambitions  because it does not recognize our inherent right to self-determination in matters of youth  protection. 

Dépôt du projet de loi réformant la Loi sur la protection de la jeunesse: Une incompatibilité qui perdure en termes d’autodétermination des Premières Nations


L’Assemblée des Premières Nations Québec-Labrador  (APNQL) et la Commission de la santé et des services sociaux des Premières Nations du  Québec et du Labrador (CSSSPNQL) prennent acte du dépôt très attendu du projet de loi  modifiant la Loi sur la protection de la jeunesse (« PL-15 »).  

L’APNQL et la CSSSPNQL ont soutenu à maintes reprises qu’il était fondamental de  réformer le cadre législatif en protection de la jeunesse au Québec, et ce, en  complémentarité et en respect de l’affirmation de nos droits, de l’autodétermination et des  lois des Premières Nations.  

Par ce projet de loi, le ministre Carmant a affirmé fièrement avoir répondu aux  recommandActions du rapport de la Commission Laurent. Pourtant, les recommandations  étaient claires en ce qui concerne les Premières Nations et les Inuit au Québec : « Les  commissaires recommandent que le gouvernement du Québec veille à supporter le droit à  l’autodétermination et à l’autonomie gouvernementale en matière de protection de la  jeunesse en permettant aux dirigeants autochtones de créer leurs propres lois sur la  protection de la jeunesse et de la famille… ». Est-ce que le gouvernement a fait fi du 9e chapitre du rapport? Pour assurer une égalité réelle, les changements systémiques que le  gouvernement entend apporter devront être accessibles aux enfants des Premières Nations,  et ce, peu importe leur lieu de résidence. 

L’APNQL et la CSSSPNQL rappellent qu’elles réclament toujours du gouvernement du  Québec la création et la mise en œuvre d’un poste de Commissaire à l’enfance et à la  jeunesse spécifique aux Premières Nations, dont le rôle et les responsabilités seront définis  en collaboration avec les Premières Nations et Inuit et entérinés par les chefs de l’APNQL.  L’une des RecommandACTIONS de la Commission Laurent a d’ailleurs fait écho à cette  demande, soit « d’instaurer un poste de commissaire adjoint et une équipe consacrée  exclusivement aux enjeux entourant les enfants autochtones avec le Commissaire au bien être et aux droits des enfants. » Depuis de dépôt du rapport Laurent, cette recommandation  n’a pas été mise en œuvre, et ce, même si le besoin est criant. 

La CSSSPNQL et d’autres organismes Premières Nations et Inuit ont été invités à  participer avec le ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux à des comités de travail afin  de faire connaître leurs préoccupations. Nous procédons actuellement à l’analyse de la loi  dans son ensemble afin de vérifier si nos préoccupations et recommandations ont été prises  en considération et y voir les impacts du PL-15 sur nos communautés.

« Nous reconnaissons les efforts du gouvernement du Québec à répondre entre autres aux  recommandACTIONS issues du rapport de la Commission Laurent; il s’agit d’une belle  avancée en matière de protection de la jeunesse pour les enfants et les familles de la  province, mais que nous jugeons insuffisante pour les enfants des Premières Nations  puisque l’autodétermination est complètement laissée-pour-compte dans ce projet de loi.  Cela démontre, une fois de plus, que les Premières Nations doivent continuer de lutter pour  que leurs réalités et leurs demandes soient enfin comprises et écoutées », soutient Derek  Montour, président du conseil d’administration de la CSSSPNQL. 

« Certaines communautés ont fait le choix de développer leur propre loi en matière de  services à l’enfance et à la famille et elles ont eu raison de se tourner vers la Loi sur les  enfants, les jeunes et les familles des Premières Nations, des Inuits et des Métis (Loi C 92). Le cadre législatif provincial en matière de protection de la jeunesse ne permet pas, ni  dans sa forme ancienne ou actuelle, d’assurer une pleine autonomie aux Premières Nations.  Nous surveillons de près les travaux en lien avec cette réforme depuis les tout débuts et  nous serons d’autant plus aux aguets aujourd’hui avec le dépôt du PL-15. », rappelle le  chef de l’APNQL, Ghislain Picard.  

Malheureusement, nous sommes encore devant un gouvernement qui tient absolument à  imposer ses lois et ses façons de faire en matière de protection de la jeunesse. Le PL-15  n’est pas à la hauteur de nos ambitions puisqu’il ne reconnait pas notre droit inhérent à  l’autodétermination en matière de protection de la jeunesse.  

Huu-ay-aht First Nations confirms 33 per cent old growth remains and announces preliminary decision on Old Growth Deferrals

Tayii Ḥaw̓ił ƛiišin (Head Hereditary Chief Derek Peters) and Elected Chief Councillor Robert J. Dennis Sr. announce Huu-ay-aht First Nations has confirmed 33 per cent of old growth remain in their Ḥahuułi (Traditional Territory) and TFL 44.

The total productive forested area within the Hahuuli and TFL 44 is 153,773 hectares (ha), of which 51,240 ha, or 33 per cent, is old forest (greater than 250 years old).

Based on a review of maps provided by the provincial government to the Nation, Huu-ay-aht  First  Nations will continue to uphold our right to old-growth harvesting in four per cent of the Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) proposed deferral area in the Huu-ay-aht Ḥahuułi and TFL 44. The Nation has decided on a preliminary basis to defer harvesting for a period of two years in areas that make up 96% of the TAP proposal for old growth deferrals, much of which is already protected under existing conservation measures or not planned for harvest in the next two years.

Beginning in 2023, Huu-ay-aht’s long-term stewardship decisions will be informed by the outcome of Huu-ay-aht’s two-year Hišuk ma c̕awak Integrated Resource Management Planning process.

“As a Modern Treaty Nation, Huu-ay-aht will decide how best to manage our lands and resources guided by our three Sacred Principles of ʔiisaak (utmost respect), ʔuuʔałuk (taking care of), and hišuk ma c̕awak (everything is one),” said Tayii Ḥaw̓ił ƛiišin. “We expect broad recognition and respect for our old growth two-year deferral decisions and our long-term forest and resource stewardship decisions.”

“We have now confirmed that 33 per cent, not three per cent, of our Ḥahuułi and TFL 44 is old growth,” said Chief Councillor Robert J. Dennis Sr. “By approving 96 per cent of the TAP old growth recommendation, much of which is already protected under existing conservation measures or not planned for harvest in the next two years, we are satisfied that sufficient old forest is protected, while we complete our two-year integrated resource management planning process and make our long-term forest and resource stewardship decisions.”