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Governments of Canada and Yukon announce joint funding for women’s movement

Joint news release with Status of Women Canada

By working in a spirit of collaboration, federal, territorial and provincial governments have an exceptional opportunity to help advance gender equality across Canada.

Today, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Canada’s Minister of Status of Women, and the Honourable Jeanie Dendys, Yukon’s Minister responsible for the Women’s Directorate, announced a joint funding collaboration that will support three Indigenous women’s organizations in Yukon: the Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society, the Whitehorse Aboriginal Women’s Circle, and the Yukon Aboriginal Women’s Council.

Government of Yukon currently provides $759,000 in operational funding over three years to the three Indigenous women’s organizations. Status of Women Canada will be providing an additional $867,500 over three years to support activities related to the development and implementation of strategic planning processes, organizational skills development, enhanced human resources, partnership and communications strategies, and other capacity-building activities. The combined funding of over $1.6 million dollars will be dedicated to improving the capacity of these three organizations to address systemic issues impacting Indigenous women in Yukon.

This joint funding announcement comes on the heels of the Government of Canada’s announcement of a major investment in the sustainability of the women’s movement across Canada. Status of Women Canada’s latest call for proposals, entitled Capacity-building Fund, will grant funding to women’s organizations, and Indigenous organizations serving women, to increase their organizational and sector capacity, allowing them to participate in activities such as skills development and community engagement. The fund, which stems from the Budget 2018 announcement of $100 million over five years, will help support a viable and enduring women’s movement across Canada.

At last year’s meeting of Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) Ministers Responsible for the Status of Women a commitment was made to seek opportunities for collaboration between orders of governments to better support organizations working for gender equality. This announcement stems from this commitment and is the first of several joint funding agreements that will be announced in the coming months between the Government Canada and territorial and provincial governments across the country.


When we advance gender equality, we grow Canada’s economy and create safer communities, but no order of government can do this work alone. That’s why I am so pleased to work with the Government of Yukon to help make this important investment in three Indigenous women’s organizations that reflects local needs and priorities. Canadians expect us to work together, and by pooling our resources, the federal and provincial and territorial governments can ensure that our investments make the biggest impact and that women’s organizations across Canada can continue advancing gender equality, supporting our middle class and those working hard to join it, and creating lasting change that benefits all Canadians.

The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women

These three women’s organizations provide critical advocacy, support and leadership that breaks down barriers and empowers Yukon Indigenous women and girls. We are pleased to partner with the Government of Canada to provide these organizations with stable, flexible funding that will help them meet the needs of Indigenous women and girls throughout Yukon.

The Honourable Jeanie Dendys, Minister responsible for the Women’s Directorate

The Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society would like to thank the Governments of Canada and Yukon for helping us to maintain a strong and continuing presence in support of Indigenous women in Yukon and Northern British Columbia. The contributions will assist us in ensuring our capacity to serve while continuing in our quest for a stable source of long-term core funding.

Ann Maje Raider, executive director of the Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society

Today’s announcement is welcome news for Indigenous women in Whitehorse. Thanks to the funding from the Governments of Canada and Yukon we will be able to build capacity within our organization so we can better support Indigenous women in our city.

Krista Reid, president of the Whitehorse Aboriginal Women’s Circle

Indigenous women hold important places as leaders in their families and communities. Thanks to this support from the Governments of Canada and Yukon, we will be in a better position to help empower Indigenous women across Yukon, which will strengthen families and communities throughout our territory.

Terri Szabo, president of the Yukon Aboriginal Women’s Council

Quick Facts
  • Today’s announcement took place ahead of this week’s meetings of FPT Ministers Responsible for the Status of Women in Whitehorse, Yukon, which will be co-chaired by Ministers Monsef and Dendys.
  • RBC Economics estimates that adding more women to the workforce could boost the level of Canada’s GDP by as much as 4 per cent.
  • McKinsey Global Institute estimates that by taking steps to advance equality for women  – such as employing more women in technology and boosting women’s participation in the workforce – Canada could add $150 billion to its economy by 2026.
  • The Government of Canada is committed to advancing reconciliation with Inuit, First Nations, and the Métis Nation. The focus is on building a renewed relationship with Indigenous Peoples, one based on the recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership.

Status of Women Canada – Women’s Program

One of the ways Status of Women Canada advances gender equality is by providing funding to eligible organizations through the Women’s Program. Projects are selected via calls for proposals on specific themes, as well as through a continuous intake process that allows the Women’s Program to address emerging issues as they arise.

The Women’s Program provides funding to projects that address barriers to women’s participation and equality in Canadian society in three priority areas: ending violence against women and girls; improving the economic security of women and girls; and encouraging women and girls in leadership roles.

Joint funding with the Government of Yukon

The funding represents a strategic investment on behalf of Status of Women Canada of $867,500 to augment the $759,000 committed by the Government of Yukon’s Women’s Directorate through the Indigenous Women’s Equality Fund over three years. The Government of Yukon will administer the funds and flow the investment to the recipient organizations.

The joint funding collaboration will support three Indigenous women’s organizations in the territory: the Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society, Whitehorse Aboriginal Women’s Circle, and the Yukon Aboriginal Women’s Council.

The Government of Yukon identified support for these three organizations as a key partnership opportunity to increase access to funding, in the context of priorities identified by the Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) Ministers Responsible for the Status of Women. The Government of Yukon relies on the expertise and experience of these organizations to inform program, policy and legislative development that advances Indigenous women’s equality.

Project Description

The additional funds will be dedicated to improving the organizational capacity of these organizations to strengthen their ability to address issues impacting Indigenous women. The funding will cover costs related to the development and implementation of strategic planning processes, organizational skills development, enhanced human resources, partnership and communications strategies, and other capacity-building activities.


Justine Villeneuve
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Status of Women

Valérie Haché
Communications Officer
Status of Women Canada

Jessie Stephen
Office of the Honourable Jeanie Dendys
Minister responsible for the Women’s Directorate

Alex Hill
Intergovernmental Policy Analyst and Forum Coordinator
Government of Yukon, Women’s Directorate

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Minister meets with NWT Education Leaders to discuss initiatives aimed at improving student success

Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) Minister Caroline Cochrane met with leaders of territorial education bodies during the first week of October to discuss progress.

Leaders had previously identified the need to improve different supports to students in order to increase their success. They discussed the importance of mental health supports and received an update from the Minister of Health and Social Services, the Honourable Glen Abernethy, who joined the meeting to speak to leaders on the inclusion of child and youth care counsellors in school support teams. This initiative, in partnership with ECE and Education Bodies, is part of the Youth Mental Health Strategy. It has rolled out this year beginning in the Dehcho and the Tłı̨chǫ regions and will be extended to all other regions over the next three years. There was a great deal of interest and enthusiasm for the planning of a territory-wide roll out of these additional resources and education leaders are actively involved in helping to shape this work.

Building on the group’s recognition of improved supports for students, Education Leaders received a briefing on Northern Distance Learning which will be available in more small communities this school year. Leaders were pleased with the increased opportunities this initiative brings students to participate in high school courses in their home communities. Leaders cited examples of student success in Ulukhaktok and Fort Liard. Challenges were discussed regarding aligning all school calendars in order to allow for full student participation in this program. Leaders agreed this issue needs further work and discussion on committed collaboration to address this issue.

New funding has also been allotted for staffing of six territorial Career and Education Advisors which will enable students and youth to receive advice and guidance to help them focus their course choices in areas that will allow them to pursue their chosen career. To support this, a presentation on high school pathways provided leaders with information on proposed new ways to exit high school with the right courses, supports and information to move students towards those choices. A public communications plan was discussed and leaders emphasized the importance of including students and parents in the consultation. Public dialogue will begin this school year.

Education leaders brought forward the issue of managing awareness of the legalization of cannabis in schools. Much work has been done by ECE on the compilation of information for students, teachers and parents so they are fully aware of the regulations surrounding the matter. Minister Cochrane directed that this information should be circulated well in advance of the October 17th legalization date. It was agreed that all education bodies will share the finalized information with schools and that department officials will be available to answer any questions superintendents may have.

The national teacher shortage and how to recruit and retain good teachers was an issue for education leaders. There was some discussion of intensifying efforts to attract and recruit teachers including actively participating in national job forums. Teacher housing was also an issue particularly in small communities where housing is scarce. ECE works collaboratively with the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation (NWTHC) on opportunities to develop more sustainable housing. The NWTHC has been increasing the level of market rental housing in communities to respond to the housing needs of community workers.

Leaders agreed the two-day meeting was helpful to their efforts to improve student success in their communities and were generally pleased with the progress being made.


“I was very pleased at the positive and intelligent discussion Education Leaders and I had around many issues of interest and concern. Everyone was completely engaged in working toward student success and not only brought questions but solutions to the table. This is a very cohesive and productive group that I am proud to be part of. I am confident that our continued dialogue will bring about very positive change in education.”

– Caroline Cochrane, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment

“A particular area of interest for Education Leaders is the meaningful inclusion of indigenous culture and practices when planning the work of the child and youth care counsellors. We were glad to be able to speak to both Minister Cochrane and Minister Abernethy about this and that they both immediately saw the value and assistance Indigenous Elders will bring to this work.”

– Ted Blondin, Chair, Tłįchǫ Community Services Agency

For more information contact:

John Stephenson
Chair, Board of Trustees

Yellowknife Education District No. 1

Ph: (867) 766-5050

Jacqueline McKinnon
Manager, Communications and Public Affairs
Department of Education, Culture and Employment
Ph: (867)767- 9352 ext. 71073


Marine Training Centre Opening, Hay River

October 16, 2018

Minister of Infrastructure and Industry, Tourism and Investment, Wally Schumann issued the following statement today on the opening of the Marine Training Centre in Hay River and Oceans Protection Plan funding announcement:

“Over the weekend, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) and the Government of Canada held an official opening for a new Marine Training Centre in Hay River. The new training centre which will be funded by Transport Canada through the Oceans Protection Plan will be supported by the GNWT through a lease for the training building at our Hay River shipyard.

“During the event, an announcement was made for an investment of $19.5 million, under the Oceans Protection Plan, to construct four double-hulled barges that will deliver fuel safely to Northern communities. As well, the Government of Canada announced a significant investment in harbor infrastructure in Hay River. This investment includes the construction of new floating docks and an extension of the concrete marginal wharf.

“These announcements mark an important milestone for the future of marine operations in the North. Increasing the safety and efficiency of marine resupply operations in the Northwest Territories is a priority for our government. The GNWT has made a mandate commitment to strengthen connections with public sector partners in transportation infrastructure, including working with the federal government to maintain federal community resupply port facilities and marine services in the NWT, to restore safe marine operating conditions in the Port of Hay River and at key sections of the Mackenzie River Corridor, and to improve charting and navigational aids. This past weekend, the GNWT, with our partners, took a giant step forward in realizing this commitment.

“Together, the opening of the Marine Training Centre, the construction of the new double-hulled barges, and the improvements to harbour infrastructure in Hay River will not only pave the way for job creation and economic opportunities for northerners, but supports marine training in the North and will improve the security, safety and resiliency of NWT marine operations.

“The Government of Canada continues to have an important role to play in supporting Northern development, and the GNWT appreciates their ongoing partnership and commitment to working with us to improve the lives of Northerners. As Minister of Infrastructure, I am proud of the achievements our government has made in strengthening operations along marine corridors and together, the GNWT and our partners will continue efforts to enhance the marine services residents rely on.”

Charlotte Digness
Media and Communications Coordinator
Government of the Northwest Territories
Ph: 867-767-9140 ext. 11092


GNWT plan for limited airlift to western Nunavut prompts calls for Hercules – Nunatsiaq News

October 16, 2018

“We’re not going to bring in the large vehicles”

CAMBRIDGE BAY—Cambridge Bay residents reacted with anger and disbelief when they learned last night that large vehicles and other items on board a barge stranded in Inuvik will not be airlifted to their community.

At a meeting with John Vandenberg, assistant deputy minister of the Government of the Northwest Territories’ Department of Infrastructure, and Kelley Ryder, the department’s senior communications officer, they learned that these items are not part of what Vandenberg had called a “massive logistic effort” to move goods from Inuvik to Paulatuk, Kugluktuk and Cambridge Bay.

Earlier, Vandenberg had not ruled out flying in vehicles from the stranded barge. For Cambridge Bay, this cargo includes some 30 pick-up trucks as well as new water, sewage and garbage trucks for the hamlet.

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Nunavummiut speak out about Iqaluit mayor’s controversial statement on Inuit leaders – CBC

Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq says he will review government’s harassment policy

Oct 16, 2018

Sexual harassment and how to talk about it has been a topic of conversation both on and off social media in Nunavut over the last week.

The conversation was sparked by Iqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern’s comments to a House of Commons standing committee on the Status of Women last month, which was focused on women in politics.

Redfern said: “When our Inuit male leaders travel with their female staff, they think it’s a benefit and a perk that they can actually sexually harass, sexually assault or have relationships with women on the road.”

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All-season road to N.W.T.’s proposed Prairie Creek Mine approved – CBC

Company plans to begin construction next winter

Oct 16, 2018

A company working on opening the N.W.T.’s next mine is hoping to begin construction of a 180-kilometre all-season road to it next winter.

The federal government gave its final approval to the road to the Prairie Creek mine — an advanced-stage zinc, lead, and silver mine — last week.

“The ideal time to build the road will be [first quarter] in 2020, with production in 2022,” said Don MacDonald, president and CEO of NorZinc Ltd., the owner of the mine.

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Musicians of the Midnight Sun: Angus Beaulieu – CBC

Master Métis fiddler recalls playing his first dance

Oct 16, 2018

Musicians of the Midnight Sun is a new 10-part CBC radio series produced by Northern musical icon Pat Braden. Braden has spent 15 years collecting interviews, photographs, and recordings from some of the North’s most celebrated artists, which he is releasing in an online archive.

A new episode of the 10-part series will debut on CBC Radio One’s The Trailbreaker every Tuesday morning at 7:40 MT.

In Episode 4 of Musicians of the Midnight Sun, Pat Braden speaks with Angus Beaulieu, a master Métis fiddler from Fort Resolution, N.W.T. and a founding member of the band The Native Cousins. 4:30

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NTI Expresses Condolences to the Family of Thomas Suluk

(October 15th, 2018 – Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) Vice President, James Eetoolook, expressed his sadness at the passing of Thomas Suluk of Arviat, Nunavut.

“Thomas was a well-respected man in his community and around Nunavut. The knowledge Suluk had about Nunavut and traditional Inuit culture is immeasurable. I am honored to have been able to work with him for so many years.” said Eetoolook.

Suluk started negotiating for the Land claims in 1977 before Tunngavik Federation of Nunavut (TFN) was formed in 1982. He was a Member of Parliament for Nunatsiaq from 1984-1988, a respected interpreter translator, NTI employee and later, operated a private business in Arviat.

His legacy and contributions to Nunavut will not be forgotten and he will be deeply missed.


Karen Flaherty
Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated
Tel:(867) 975-4914


NU Government: October brings National Disability Employment Awareness

October 15, 2018

National Disability Employment Awareness Month aims to reduce barriers and to help individuals learn more about inclusive employment and workplace accommodations.

The Department of Family Services Piqataugitsi program is a program under the Workforce Development Agreement (WDA). Piqataugitsi promotes equity, access, and inclusion in the labour market for all Nunavummiut, by ensuring persons with disabilities and those who face persistent barriers to employment have equal access to the labour market.

Funding from the WDA is available to support the delivery of training and employment programs for individuals facing barriers to employment because of a disability and to organizations, training institutions, employers, non-government organizations, not-for-profits, Inuit organizations, etc.

To learn more about inclusive employment, what it means to be an inclusive employer, and/or to receive more information on potential funding opportunities, please contact Jayme Lynn Freda, Program Development & Delivery Specialist at or 867-975-5244.


Media Contact:

Tracy Wood
Policy Analyst
Department of Family Services


Feds give nod to expansion plan for western Nunavut gold mine – Nunatsiaq News

October 15, 2018

But “high levels of Inuit employment” sought at TMAC Resources’ Madrid-Boston project

CAMBRIDGE BAY—The planned expansion for TMAC Resources Inc.‘s gold mine near Cambridge Bay has cleared one of its final hurdles.

On Friday, Caroline Bennett, minister of Crown-Indigenous relations, and Dominic LeBlanc, minister of intergovernmental and northern affairs and internal trade, issued a letter saying they accepted the Nunavut Impact Review Board’s recommendation to issue a project certificate for the company’s proposed Madrid-Boston project.

Last June, the review board spelled out 39 recommendations for the project.

In their letter, dated Oct. 10, the ministers accepted all the terms and conditions recommended by the review board.

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