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Loi de la protection sociale atikamekw d’Opitciwan : une avancée historique pour les familles et les enfants des Premières Nations

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Des représentants du Conseil des Atikamekw d’Opitciwan, de  l’Assemblée des Premières Nations Québec-Labrador (APNQL) et de la Commission de la santé et  des services sociaux des Premières Nations du Québec et du Labrador (CSSSPNQL) se sont réunis  cet avant-midi, en compagnie de nombreux invités, pour célébrer une avancée historique pour les  familles et les enfants des Premières Nations : l’adoption de la Loi de la protection sociale atikamekw d’Opitciwan (LPSAO). Une première au Québec, cette mesure permettra à la communauté  d’Opitciwan d’être totalement autonome en matière de protection de l’enfance, conformément à la Loi  concernant les enfants, les jeunes et les familles des Premières Nations, des Inuits et des Métis

« Nous avons enfin les moyens pour assurer le mieux-être de nos enfants, tout en faisant la promotion  et en garantissant l’accessibilité des services de prévention dans un milieu sécuritaire, adéquat et  propice au bon développement de nos familles. L’intérêt de l’enfant est au cœur de notre démarche  et plusieurs éléments, absents des compétences provinciales et fédérales, seront des facteurs  déterminants de la LPSAO, notamment l’identité, le patrimoine et l’éducation culturels, linguistiques,  religieux et spirituels de l’enfant », a conclu Jean-Claude Mequish, chef d’Opitciwan. 

« Un travail colossal a été réalisé depuis l’adoption de la loi fédérale, le 21 juin 2019, et nous en  voyons aujourd’hui l’aboutissement. Je félicite d’ailleurs toutes les personnes qui ont participé, de  près ou de loin, à la création de la LPSAO. Opitciwan est une véritable source d’inspiration pour nos  peuples et je suis persuadé que les enfants et les familles de la communauté profiteront désormais  de toute l’aide et de l’accompagnement dont ils ont besoin », a soutenu Derek Montour, président du  conseil d’administration de la CSSSPNQL. 

« Je tiens à saluer la détermination de la nation atikamekw d’Opitciwan. En affirmant notre droit à  l’autodétermination, nous créons un système qui contribuera à éliminer la surreprésentation de nos  enfants dans le système de protection de la jeunesse. Nous nous investissons collectivement depuis  plus de trois décennies afin de reprendre la responsabilité du mieux-être de nos enfants et de nos  communautés. Nos enfants sont l’espoir et l’avenir de nos peuples et ils méritent que nous unissions  nos forces pour leur offrir un avenir prometteur. Personne n’est mieux placé que nous pour le faire », a fait savoir Ghislain Picard, chef de l’APNQL. 

Par ailleurs, il importe de noter qu’à ce jour, neuf avis d’intention (pour quinze communautés) ont été  envoyés à l’intention des gouvernements fédéral et provincial pour exercer la compétence législative en matière de services à l’enfance et à la famille ainsi que quatre demandes (pour 22 communautés)  afin de conclure un accord de coordination concernant l’exercice de cette compétencei. Assurément,  d’autres communautés emboîteront le pas d’Opitciwan dans un avenir rapproché.

À propos du Conseil des Atikamekw d’Opitciwan 

La communauté atikamekw d’Opitciwan est située au nord-ouest du Lac-Saint-Jean, à  environ 250 km de la ville de Saint-Félicien. Elle compte environ 3 000 habitants, dont 50 % sont  âgés de moins de 24 ans. Le Conseil des Atikamekw d’Opitciwan met tout en œuvre pour affirmer  l’identité atikamekw, les valeurs, la langue la culture et l’autonomie. C’est dans cet esprit qu’il a décidé d’obtenir sa pleine autonomie en matière de protection de l’enfance. 

À propos de l’APNQL 

L’Assemblée des Premières Nations Québec-Labrador est l’organisme politique qui regroupe  43 chefs des Premières Nations au Québec et au Labrador. 

À propos de la CSSSPNQL 

La Commission de la santé et des services sociaux des Premières Nations du Québec et du Labrador  est un organisme à but non lucratif qui accompagne les Premières Nations au Québec dans l’atteinte  de leurs objectifs en matière de santé, de mieux-être, de culture et d’autodétermination. 

Loi de la protection sociale atikamekw d’Opitciwan (Atikamekw of Opitciwan Social Protection Act): an historic move forward for First Nations families and children

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Representatives from the Conseil des Atikamekw d’Opitciwan,  Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) and First Nations of Quebec and Labrador  Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC) met this morning, along with several guests,  to celebrate an historic move forward for First Nations families and children: adoption of the Loi de la  protection sociale atikamekw d’Opitciwan (LPSAO). A first in Quebec, this act will allow the community  of Opitciwan to be totally autonomous in matters of child protection, in accordance with the Act  respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families

“We finally have the means to ensure the wellness of our children, while promoting and guaranteeing  accessibility to preventive services in an environment that is safe, suitable and developmentally  appropriate for our families. The child’s best interests lie at the heart of our approach and several  elements, lacking in provincial and federal jurisdictions, will be determining factors in the LPSAO, including the child’s cultural, linguistic, religious and spiritual identity, heritage and education,”  concluded Jean-Claude Mequish, Chief of Opitciwan. 

“Outstanding work has been carried out since the federal Act was passed, on June 21, 2019. Today,  we are pleased to see this work come to fruition. I would like to congratulate all the people who have  participated, directly or indirectly, in the development of the LPSAO. Opitciwan is a true source of  inspiration for our peoples, and I am confident that the children and families of this community will  benefit from all the help and support they need,” said Derek Montour, President of the FNQLHSSC  Board of Directors. 

“I want to commend the determination of the Atikamekw Nation of Opitciwan. By affirming our right to  self-determination, we are creating a system that will help eliminate the overrepresentation of our  children in the youth protection system. We have been collectively investing for over three decades  to take back responsibility for the wellness of our children and communities. Our children are the hope  and future of our peoples and they deserve that we join forces to offer them a promising future. Nobody  is better positioned to do this than us,” stated Ghislain Picard, Chief of the AFNQL. 

In addition, it is worthwhile noting that, to date, nine notices of intention (for 15 communities) have  been sent to the federal and provincial governments to exercise legislative jurisdiction over child and  family services, as well as four requests (for 22 communities) to enter into a coordination agreement  regarding the exercise of this jurisdiction. Other communities will certainly follow Opitciwan’s lead in  the foreseeable future.

About the Conseil des Atikamekw d’Opitciwan 

The Atikamekw community of Opitciwan is located northwest of Lac-Saint-Jean, about 250 km from  Saint-Félicien. It has around 3,000 residents, 50% of whom are under the age of 24. The Conseil des  Atikamekw d’Opitciwan makes every effort to affirm the Atikamekw identity, values, language, culture  and autonomy. It is in this spirit that it decided to obtain its full autonomy in matters of child protection. 

About the AFNQL 

The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador is a political organization that unites 43 First Nations  Chiefs in Quebec and Labrador. 

About the FNQLHSSC 

The First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission is a non-profit  organization that supports First Nations in Quebec in achieving their objectives in terms of health,  wellness, culture and self-determination. 

Métis Nation–Saskatchewan, Métis National Council and First Nation Dignitaries gather at Batoche monument

Métis and First Nation dignitaries gathered at Batoche  today for Indigenous Veterans Day to honour the Indigenous men and women who  fought to protect our rights and freedoms. A moment of silence was observed for the  many soldiers and warriors who fought together more than a century ago on the Métis  homeland during the Northwest Resistance at Batoche, Duck Lake, Fish Creek and  Cut Knife, and overseas during World War I, World War II, the Korean War,  Afghanistan and continue to serve today.  

Newly appointed Métis Nation–Saskatchewan (MN–S) Minister of Veterans Mervin  “Tex” Bouvier recognized and acknowledged the veterans, families and invited guests  in attendance. Dumont Scout Elder Felix Merasty led the event as Master of  Ceremonies including Michif, Cree, and English presentations, prayers by Elders, a  lowering of flags, a veteran’s story of remembrance and a procession to the Batoche  cemetery for prayers for the Métis and First Nations lost at the Battle of Batoche.  

As veterans and Elders looked on, dignitaries representing the MN–S government,  Métis National Council (MNC) and One Arrow First Nation placed wreaths at the  Batoche National Historic Site monument in remembrance and honour of Indigenous  veterans. 

Newly elected MNC President Cassidy Caron, who has roots in the historic Métis  communities of Batoche and St. Louis, attended the event with family to honour all  Indigenous veterans, including those of her relatives whose names are inscribed on  the Batoche monument.  

“At Batoche, we have the unique opportunity to remember all Métis Veterans who  have bravely served both the Métis Nation and Canada. It’s fitting we’ve gathered here  for Indigenous Veterans Day,” says President Caron. “But let’s not limit our  remembrance to only one day a year. Every day, we can honour Métis Veterans by  sharing their stories, recognizing their enduring contributions, and doing our own part  to build a brighter, more just future that we’ve all dreamed of.” 

MN–S President Glen McCallum says, “Since the earliest days of our leaders Louis  Riel and Gabriel Dumont, our Métis people were and are still warriors. Our warriors  have fought hard and strong to protect our safety, and later our rights and freedom.  Métis men and women continue to serve to protect this country, and today, we gather  

to honour them all.”

Over the past century, Métis people have bravely answered the call to military service  to defend Canada and its allies. Despite serving the Métis Nation and Canada with  pride during the Second World War, Métis veterans did not receive similar benefits as  other non-Indigenous veterans.  

In September 2019, the Government of Canada formally apologized to Métis veterans  and announced $30 million to compensate Métis veterans across Canada and support  commemorative initiatives. A payment of $20,000 was allocated to each veteran for  their wartime and post-war experiences. Further funding will support commemorative  events and monuments at the community level, and MN–S is proud to participate in  these activities.  

MN–S Minister of Veterans Mervin “Tex” Bouvier says he looks forward to engaging  with Métis families and veterans to find out how MN–S can further commemorate our  veterans. “We will continue to honour and commemorate the sacrifice and bravery of  Métis veterans, their families and communities, and the role they’ve played in our  history and continue to play today,” says Minister Bouvier. 

Continued DFO Failure to Protect Herring and Aboriginal Rights

This past March, Gwa’sala- ‘Nakwaxda’xw Nation (“GNN”) sought an injunction to stop the Department of Fisheries  and Oceans (“DFO”) from granting a commercial herring spawn on kelp licence in their  traditional territories. That injunction failed because the Court felt there was not  sufficient information about GNN sufficient traditional knowledge to overturn DFO’s  decision.  

The First Nation’s Elders told GNN and DFO that there would not be a strong herring  run and, for the third year in a row, the Nation decided it had to refrain from fishing its  own herring licence on the basis of conservation needs. The 2021 annual survey by  fisheries experts, released in late October, has supported what the Elders and GNN’s  traditional knowledge were telling everyone – that this year’s returns were extremely low  and could not support a single commercial fishery. 

Chief Paddy Walkus pointed out: “When we are faced with endangered stocks, we have  to buy our traditional foods from neighboring First Nations in order to protect our own  resources.” 

Instead of working with GNN on meeting Canada’s reconciliation promises, DFO fought  the injunction tooth and nail so it could cling to decision-making power and continue to  unilaterally make decisions respecting marine resources in GNN traditional territories. 

“DFO ignores our input and concerns,” noted Chief Paddy Walkus. “Once again,  Western science experts have verified the accuracy of our traditional knowledge – the  herring were simply not there. And once again, as they have with every other marine  species we depend on, DFO has prioritized commercial fisheries over our Aboriginal  rights and conservation needs.” 

GNN traditional territories include the areas in and around Smith and Seymour Inlets where they have 24 established reserves and many other traditional village sites,  intensive use areas, and fishing locations. GNN members were forcibly moved to Port  Hardy by Indian Affairs in the 1960s, away from their traditional village sites, and their  homes, bighouses, and cultural regalia were burned by the government. Members  continue to depend for food and income on the resources of the lands and waters of  their traditional homelands.

“Our people have been fishing in these waters for thousands of years,” stated Chief  Walkus. “DFO is supposed to give our rights priority. Our people need an economic  base and access to a healthy diet to thrive – the sea is both of these things for us. We  rely on herring, salmon, halibut, shellfish, seaweed – and a long list of other resources – 

for our health, our well-being, the education of our children. DFO seems more interested  in overseeing the decline and extinction of our livelihood and our culture than in  honouring Canada’s Constitution or UNDRIP.” 

For Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw peoples, the month of March was named after herring.  Herring were traded with neighboring First Nations for eulachan grease and other diet  mainstays and it continues to be a staple of the traditional economy. 

Chief Walkus added: “The Federal government pays a lot of lip service to rights  recognition and reconciliation, while DFO gives away our resources and mismanages the entire range of marine species. DFO appears to be seeking confrontation over  reconciliation – either in the courts or on the water.” 

Saskatchewan’s Métis Youth use online polls to choose Métis Government representation in first province-wide election

A new Métis Nation–Saskatchewan (MN–S) Provincial Métis  Youth Council (PMYC) President has been elected. Autumn LaRose-Smith will join the Saskatchewan Métis government at their Provincial Métis Council (PMC) Meeting and  Legislative Assembly (MNLA) later this month. 

This marks the first province-wide election for PMYC president and the first time the  Métis government in Saskatchewan held province-wide polls online.  

Online polls provided a cost-effective and convenient way to vote while maintaining  voting system standards and verification. Chief Electoral Officer, Gwen LaFond, said,  “This was a fantastic option during a pandemic and provides a framework for other  elections”.  

The nomination period ran from October 16 to 21, 2021, and three Métis youth between  the ages of 16 and 29 stepped up to let their name stand for President. Registered  citizens in the same age group engaged in two days of online voting this weekend on November 5 and 6, 2021. Election details can be found at https://mnselection.ca/ 

The PMYC President assumes the full-time position for a four-year term and will be  formally introduced at the Fall 2021 MNLA in Saskatoon on November 27 and 28, 2021. 

There are currently 5,200 hundred registered Métis youth in Saskatchewan, between  the ages of 16 and 29, eligible to run for and vote in the PMYC electoral process.  

Statement from AFN National Chief RoseAnne Archibald on raising the Canadian Flag

“The Assembly of First Nations Executive Committee with input from the AFN Knowledge Keepers, today passed a motion that provides our solution towards raising the half-mast flag while continuing to grieve the genocide of Indigenous children and honour all Veterans.

We call for the federal government to raise the Canadian flag and to attach the ‘Every Child Matters’ orange flag to the Peace Tower and on all federal buildings starting November 7, 2021. Secondly, we call for the lowering of the flags to half-mast on November 8, 2021, in honour of Indigenous Veterans Day.

We are in agreement that the flag must be raised before Remembrance Day so that all Veterans will be honoured when lowered to half-mast on November 11, 2021.

Furthermore, the ‘Every Child Matters’ orange flag will continue to fly until all of our children are recovered, named, and symbolically or physically returned to their homelands with proper ceremony.

The federal government can take concrete action on Truth and Reconciliation by entering into a TRC Calls: Joint Action Plan with the AFN to ensure that we accelerate the implementation of all 94 TRC Calls to Action with an immediate focus on calls #53, #54, #55, and #56.

We wish to thank our many allies across Turtle Island for their patience and support as we discuss the ‘Healing Path Forward’ for our little ones and respected Veterans.”

ISWO KEYS COLLABERATIVE EFFORT TO DELIVER HOCKEY EQUIPMENT FOR INDIGENOUS YOUTH IN THE NORTH

New and used hockey equipment to be distributed to various Indigenous youth in urban and remote Indigenous communities in the North. 

Mississauga, Ontario – Through the efforts of Indigenous Sport & Wellness Ontario (“ISWO”), in collaboration with a number of volunteer stakeholders, 350 hockey bags of hockey equipment, dozens of boxes of new equipment, 100s of hockey sticks, and approximately 150 cases of hand sanitizer were shipped to ISWO’s storage facility in Thunder Bay for ultimate distribution to urban and isolated Indigenous communities, organizations, and families in the North.

This important initiative was a continuation of a yearly hockey equipment drive organized by Graham McWaters, a hockey dad from Richmond Hill, Ontario. McWaters started the initial drive for hockey equipment after speaking with families from Beausoleil First Nation at a hockey tournament in Midland, Ontario in 2015.  

After hearing from some Beausoleil families who love hockey and their expressed need for better equipment, McWaters felt inspired to do something. In the first year of the equipment accumulation, he reached out to his son’s Richmond Hill team for equipment donations. The team helped raise eight bags of equipment and numerous hockey sticks

“The plan for this year is to distribute the equipment to 40 First Nations youth and families from our storage facilities in Barrie, Whitby, Burlington, and Thunder Bay. On the weekend of October 23, 2021, 350 bags were shipped to Thunder Bay with the assistance of ISWO, for distribution to northern First Nation communities,” explained McWaters.

On Saturday, October 23, 2021, ISWO was joined by McWaters’ experienced group of volunteers, and over 30 volunteers from the Their Opportunity organization, Trucks for Change, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and a number of local service and hockey organizations in collecting, sorting and shipping the donated new and used hockey equipment and hand sanitizer. The hockey equipment and hand sanitizer were shipped to ISWO’s Thunder Bay warehouse the next day.

While Canadian Tire generously supplied about 85 of the new hockey bags, the vast majority of the high-quality, used equipment was secured through public donations organized by McWaters and his group and their network of service organizations. Their Opportunity assisted with planning, logistics, social media, and the online presence for the cash donations to buy new helmets and to support the transportation costs.  Unilever donated the hand sanitizer.

This collaborative effort will be an ongoing initiative. The final distribution of the equipment and hand sanitizer is now being planned for Thunder Bay and other Northern communities.

“It is community-driven efforts like this that ISWO is happy to support. The hockey equipment will benefit so many youth who might not have had a chance to play hockey without the proper equipment,” said Marc Laliberte, President of ISWO.

Indigenous Sport &Wellness Ontario (ISWO) Quick Facts: 

  • ISWO is the designated Provincial/Territorial Aboriginal Sport Body (P/TASB) for the province of Ontario, funded through the Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, and Sport Canada. 
  • ISWO serves all Indigenous Peoples and communities across Ontario, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis, living on and off-reserve, in rural and urban settings, encompassing more than 350,000 Indigenous Peoples in the province. 
  • ISWO promotes and creates opportunities for participation in sport and cultural activities that      promote wellness and positive lifestyles for Indigenous Peoples across Ontario. 
  • ISWO is recognized by the Aboriginal Sport Circle (ASC) and the North American Indigenous Games Council, and is the designated sport body for the development, selection and management of Team Ontario, which participates in the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships and North American Indigenous Games. 

For more information about ISWO, visit iswo.ca

Healthier Ecosystems and Hands-on Learning Advanced at Trent University with $350,000 TD Bank Group Grant

Funding will enhance natural spaces and wildlife habitats in the 868-acre University Green Network on Trent’s Symons Campus Tuesday, November 2, 2021, Peterborough


Trent University has received $350,000 from TD Bank Group (TD) to implement environmental
enhancement projects in the new University Green Network (UGN), a key component of the Trent
Lands and Nature Areas Plan, which features a commitment to maintain 60 per cent of the Symons
Campus in Peterborough as nature areas and green space.


“The Trent Symons Campus Lands are a precious asset, rich in natural and cultural heritage, vital to
the resilience of Trent and our communities,” says Jennifer Clinesmith, director of Campus Planning
& Development at Trent University. “We are thankful that this generous grant supports our plan to be
an active caretaker for a valuable ecosystem, while prioritizing teaching and research on the land
and encouraging all to appreciate and engage with nature. Our goal is to demonstrate best practices
taught in the classroom through active stewardship of our beautiful natural environment.”


The University Green Network prioritizes engaging students in hands-on learning as well as
collaborations with with Michi Saagiig First Nations and a variety of local community organizations.
The grant, given over three years, will help advance environmental stewardship of the UGN – a large
and connected 868-acre system on Trent’s Peterborough campus that includes diverse habitats,
wildlife corridors, productive landscapes and diverse green spaces that support ecological function
and biodiversity. Stewardship efforts will be guided by the Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan, which
was approved earlier this year.

The grant will help fund an ecologist to lead creation of the UGN Systems-Level Plan – a best
practice planning approach to take a landscape-level view and identify composition and relative
representation of habitat types across the UGN. The plan will identify priorities for restoration and
enhancement of the natural environment, as well as innovative and actionable opportunities to bring
ecologically regenerative elements into the campus. Implementing the System-Level Plan
recommendations will involve students, Michi Saagiig First Nations, and organizations including
Camp Kawartha and Peterborough Green-Up.
Expected actions include creating a meadowland bird habitat, removing invasive species, creating
nesting mounds for Blanding’s turtles (a species at risk) and creating new natural spaces within the
campus.

Educational signage, featuring western and Indigenous knowledge about flora and fauna, will be
installed alongside trails and walkways. Interpretive signage will also be installed throughout the
UGN to support learning about natural features, including Indigenous Traditional Knowledge about
species of interest and concern to Indigenous peoples.
“At TD, we believe that creating a vibrant planet and healthy environment is foundational to feeling
confident about our collective futures,” says Carolyn Scotchmer, executive director of TD Friends of
the Environment Foundation. “That’s why we are dedicated to developing, enhancing and protecting
natural spaces across Canada including the Trent University campus lands. These enhancement
projects will help create environmental benefits for the local Trent community, as well as health and
social benefits.”

Trent’s new ecologist will liaise with the Nature Areas Stewardship Advisory Committee, School of
the Environment faculty, Indigenous Environmental Studies and Biology departments, and a variety
of Master’s programs to embed the UGN Stewardship Plan actions into coursework. The ecologist
will also liaise with local First Nations to engage Indigenous youth in the work.
“For the past three years, Elders, Knowledge Holders and Consultation Liaisons from Curve Lake
have participated in the creation of the Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan,” says Chief Emily
Whetung of Curve Lake First Nation. “Through this ongoing engagement, we have ensured that
Indigenous Traditional Knowledge has an active role in guiding the relationship the University has
with the land. This ongoing collaboration presents an opportunity to showcase the positive
relationship between public institutions and First Nations.”

About the Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan
Approved by the Board of Governors in February 2021, the Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan was
a three-year endeavour that culminated in a framework for the evolution of the Symons Campus.
The Plan advances the University’s mission as a learning institution, steward of the natural
environment, and community anchor. The Plan includes guiding principles, inspirations from around
the world, and emerging best practices to achieve an inspiring vision to demonstrate leadership in
environmental education and stewardship, and respect for Indigenous Traditional Knowledge. It
commits the University to maintain 60% of its lands as Nature Areas and green space and to ensure
new buildings meet high environmental standards. Trent’s Symons Campus represents a substantial
portion of the City of Peterborough’s woodlands and wetlands, and many enjoy trails and wildlife in
its 11 nature areas. The Plan introduces a University Green Network to connect these Nature Areas
and greenspaces across the campus and provide a robust network of rich and biodiverse natural
features. Access the Trent Land and Nature Areas Plan at trentu.ca/trentlandsplan.

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.

Lakehead University hosting Indigenous Veterans Day ceremony and exhibit

Lakehead will host an Indigenous Veterans Day ceremony on Monday, Nov. 8 at 12:15
pm in the Agora with speakers from the University and invited guests.


There will also be an exhibit featuring photos and artifacts from the World Wars, which
will be on display until Friday, Nov. 12.


See below for more about the exhibit.
The Indigenous Veterans of Treaty 3 was a project developed back in 2018 by the Fort
Frances Museum and Cultural Centre, Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre, and
Glenn Jourdain of Couchiching whose research and photos laid the foundation of this
project, who, unfortunately, passed away in July of 2021.


This exhibit was curated in the spirit of collaboration and reconciliation and shared the
triumphs and sometimes shocking realities faced by Indigenous veterans across Canada
and specifically those from Treaty #3.


With a focus on WWI and WWII, including other wars to the present day, this exhibit
highlights veterans, their triumphs, setbacks, Indigenous women roles, mixing
Indigenous and military culture. It honours those who came home and those who did
not.


This is a growing exhibit – it started with around 100 names of veterans and now it has
324.


The exhibit will also have artifacts and displays highlighting veterans of Anishinabek
Territory- Robinson Superior Treaty (1850) and Métis veterans.

Special thanks to the Fort Frances Museum and Cultural Centre, Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-
Nung Historical Centre, Thunder Bay Museum, Métis Nation of Ontario, and the City of

Thunder Bay’s Indigenous Relations Office for loaning Lakehead these displays.
Lakehead welcomes everyone to this exhibit, but please be aware that, while the
University has implemented preventative measures to reduce the spread of illness in

general and of COVID-19 in particular, which is a highly contagious and dangerous
disease, the University cannot guarantee that participants will not become infected with
COVID-19 and/or other diseases.


By visiting this display, each participant agrees that they do so at their own risk and that
they accept the risk of infection with COVID-19 and other illnesses, and that they release
and agree to hold harmless Lakehead University from any and all liability for any illness
or harm to anyone consequent upon the participant becoming infected with COVID-19
and/or any other disease as a result of involvement in the display.


Visitors must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination using Lakehead’s
Mobile Safety app. Anyone entering a building on campus must also do the COVID-19
screening located on the Mobile Safety app and wear a mask.

SMEDCO receives ADDITIONAL Covid – 19 relief funds!

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – On behalf of the MN-S Ministry of Economic Development, SaskMétis Economic
Development Corporation (SMEDCO) is pleased to announce the SMEDCO Community Covid Business Fund
in partnership with Indigenous Services Canada has been re-capitalized! $5.9M is available to Métis owned
micro businesses and Community owned businesses.


The purpose is to provide non-repayable funding intended to relieve financial pressure and allow these
Community-owned businesses and microbusinesses to strengthen operations and support their viability
during the pandemic with the goal of positioning them for recovery. These funds are intended to fill the gaps
of other federal business support programs in response to the pandemic.
There are 2 different streams available and SMEDCO will provide all the resources clients need to become
stronger and more efficient. Clients will have access to the most experienced, professional staff and business
advisory consultants to guide them through these uncertain times.


“This is fantastic news for us at SMEDCO. We are the only Métis Capital Corporation in Saskatchewan offering
a full suite of financing solutions for Métis businesses since 1987. We understand how the 4th wave continues
to impact Métis businesses. Now we can continue to provide non-repayable COVID financial support to Métis
businesses that were unable to access other COVID funding “said Tristan Zachow – Chief Executive Officer.
Métis Nation – Saskatchewan President and Chairperson for SMEDCO, Glen McCallum said “This has been an
extraordinary opportunity for us to deliver these supports to communities and micro businesses – last year we
were fully allocated within a few months of receiving the funding. We are now able to further support Métis
community development corporations, as well businesses such as commercial fishers, artisans, musicians and
home-based businesses in conjunction with small business week. These funds will reach and empower those
businesses that have not been able to access other covid support programs – making an impact in all four
corners of the province”


SMEDCO is the economic development hub for the Métis Nation-Saskatchewan (MN-S). Since our
establishment in 1987, SMEDCO has been owned by the Métis Nation – Saskatchewan Secretariat Inc. and is a
Métis Capital Corporation that is proud to support Métis business-owners in the province of Saskatchewan.
We provide financial solutions for Métis owned businesses so that they may start up, acquire, and/or expand
their operations in our great province. In turn, this helps build up the Saskatchewan Métis community as well
as the economy that serves our province. SMEDCO also provides economic development supports to the
Métis regions and locals
SMEDCO was established because we are passionate about building up the Métis business community in
Saskatchewan.

Testimonials:
“On Behalf of Kineepik Métis Local, we would like to thank SMEDCO for the financial support and consulting
services that have been provided to our organization through the SMEDCO Community COVID Fund.
Those contributions and supports came at the time they were most needed and will help us overcome
the economic challenges that COVID has created for the community and our corporation.
Our most sincere Thanks!” Kineepik Métis Local
“I want to send out a HUGE congratulations to SMEDCO along with all their staff for all the great work you are
all doing helping Métis businesses overcome losses in their businesses during Covid. Keep on doing what your
doing changing people’s lives -Stay safe!” Donny Parenteau -Prince Albert.


All details including application forms can be found at https://smedco.ca/covid-business-fund/
For more information, please contact – Monica Brunet P: 306-477-4350 | e: mbrunet@smedco.ca | www.smedco.ca