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SSHRC: Launch of new tri-agency Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation—Connection Grants

The new tri-agency Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation—Connection Grants invites proposals from applicants affiliated with First Nations, Métis and Inuit not-for-profit organizations, as well as with other not-for-profit organizations or Canadian postsecondary institutions in any discipline.

The initiative will support short-term targeted interdisciplinary events, outreach activities and position papers to help guide new ways of engaging in research by and with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities. This will include holistic, interdisciplinary and distinctions-based approaches that are transformative and contribute to reconciliation.

These Connection Grants are valued at up to $50,000 for six months, with the possibility of a six-month extension. The leadership and governance of all proposed projects must involve the participation of First Nations, Métis or Inuit communities.


Government of Canada announces judicial appointments in Nunavut

From: Department of Justice Canada

June 22, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Justice Canada

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointments under the new judicial application process announced on October 20, 2016. The new process emphasizes transparency, merit, and diversity, and will continue to ensure the appointment of jurists who meet the highest standards of excellence and integrity.

Susan Charlesworth, senior review counsel at Queen’s University Legal Aid, in Kingston, is appointed a judge of the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit. She replaces Mr. Justice E.D. Johnson, who resigned effective September 30, 2015.

Christian Lyons, general counsel with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, is appointed a judge of the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit. He replaces Mr. Justice R.G. Kilpatrick, who resigned effective September 30, 2016.


Justice Susan Charlesworth received both her B.Sc. in mathematics and her LL.B. from Queen’s University. She articled with O’Hara, Cromwell and Wilkin in Kingston before joining the criminal practice of the Honourable T.G. O’Hara, who was later appointed to the judiciary. In addition to practising criminal law, Justice Charlesworth also represented children in Children’s Aid Society matters and supported mental health clients and inmates at administrative hearings. In 1996, Justice Charlesworth joined Queen’s University Legal Aid, supervising law students providing much-needed legal services to people in the Kingston area. Under her guidance, hundreds of law graduates have learned valuable ethical and professional lessons in a practical setting.

Between 2013 and 2015, Justice Charlesworth and her husband, David, lived in Iqaluit, where she was criminal defence counsel at Maliganik Tukisiniarvik Legal Services. During this time, they came to appreciate the beauty of the land and the character of the people of Nunavut.

In her free time, Justice Charlesworth is active in her community. She is the president of the recreational hockey league in which she has played for 20 years. She has also served in various roles on the board of the Independent Living Centre in Kingston for 10 years, including as treasurer. As the current chair of St. Andrew’s-by-the-Lake United Church Council, she has adapted a United Church hymn for her new circumstances: “What does the World require of you? What does the World require of you? To seek justice, and love kindness, and walk humbly on the Land.”

Justice Charlesworth and her husband are the proud parents of three children.

Justice Christian Lyons was born and raised in Ontario. He holds an LL.B. from Queen’s University and a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Toronto. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 2003, the Nunavut Bar in 2006, and the Northwest Territories Bar in 2014.

Justice Lyons began his career as criminal duty counsel at the Scarborough Courthouse. In 2006, he accepted a position with the Maliganik Tukisiniarvik legal aid clinic and moved to Iqaluit, Nunavut. There he represented Nunavummiut – residents of Nunavut – and appeared before the Nunavut Court of Justice in communities across the territory. He was appointed senior counsel with Maliganik Tukisiniarvik in 2010, and worked in that capacity until 2014. He then joined the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) in the Nunavut Regional Office.

At the PPSC, Justice Lyons first worked as a front-line prosecutor, travelling extensively on court circuits throughout Nunavut. He later assumed leadership and management roles, including that of senior counsel and general counsel, Legal Operations. He was active on PPSC national committees dealing with current legal topics. He also met regularly with the Legal Services Board of Nunavut, the Nunavut Court of Justice, and other Nunavut stakeholders to discuss administration of justice issues and potential improvements.

During his 12 years working and living in Nunavut, both as defence counsel and as a prosecutor, Justice Lyons has learned much about Inuit culture and traditional values. In his life outside the legal profession, Justice Lyons enjoys community life in Iqaluit, being on the land, camping, hiking, kite-skiing, and kite-surfing.

Quick facts

  • In 2017, the Minister of Justice made 100 appointments and elevations – the most a Minister of Justice has made in one year in at least two decades. Of these appointees, half are women, four are Indigenous, and 16 have self-identified as a member of a visible minority population, LGBTQ2, or a person with a disability.
  • The Government of Canada is committed to promoting access to justice for all Canadians. To improve outcomes for Canadian families, Budget 2018 proposes $77.2 million over four years to support the expansion of unified family courts, beginning in 2019-2020. This investment in the family justice system will create 39 new judicial positions in Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • In addition, Budget 2018 proposes funding for a further seven judicial positions in Saskatchewan and Ontario, at a cost of $17.1 million over five years.
  • The funding outlined in Budget 2018 comes on top of resources allocated under Budget 2017, which created 28 new judicial positions across the country.
  • Additionally, the Government will ensure that a robust process remains in place to allow Canadians to voice their concerns and submit complaints about judicial conduct to the Canadian Judicial Council and the Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs. This investment of $6 million over two years, beginning in 2018-2019, will support the judicial discipline process through which allegations of judicial misconduct are investigated.
  • Federal judicial appointments are made by the Governor General, acting on the advice of the federal Cabinet and recommendations from the Minister of Justice.
  • The Judicial Advisory Committees across Canada play a key role in evaluating judicial applications. There are 17 Judicial Advisory Committees, with each province and territory represented.
  • Significant reforms to the role and structure of the Judicial Advisory Committees, aimed at enhancing the independence and transparency of the process, were announced on October 20, 2016. Sixteen Judicial Advisory Committees have been reconstituted to date.


For more information, media may contact:

David Taylor
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Media Relations
Department of Justice Canada


RCMP: National Indigenous Peoples Day – Read about some of our projects and initiatives

The RCMP has a proud history of more than 140 years of service to First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities. Today, we work in more than 600 Indigenous communities across Canada. Read about some of our activities and initiatives.

An Eagle Staff to honour and acknowledge First Nations people in Canada
Staff Sgt. Jeff Poulette constructed this sacred Indigenous symbol for the RCMP.

Maskwacis Intervention – Collaborative Approach Reduces Gang Violence
Violent crime and school absenteeism was a big problem on some Alberta reserves – until they employed a unique solution.

Survival Skills – Outdoor camps bridge gap between youth, police
Outdoor programs in B.C. are helping Indigenous youth learn new skills, and bond with local police.

Contest Inspires Northern Youth to get creative
When the RCMP in the Northwest Territories needed a new Aboriginal policing ensign, they reached out to local students to try their hand.

New Blanket Exercise on Indigenous History moves RCMP Cadets
A “Blanket Exercise” on Indigenous history has been added to the mandatory training for all RCMP Cadets.

Eagle Feather flies into Nova Scotia Detachments
Instead of a bible, Indigenous people can now use an eagle feather to swear legal oaths in RCMP detachments and courts.

Local officers, staff and youth complete Pulling Together Canoe Journey
RCMP members from Surrey, B.C. took part to help build relationships with Indigenous communities.

Indigenous Youth Return from RCMP National Youth Leadership Workshop
This Workshop, held since 2011, teaches leadership skills to Indigenous high school students.

NHL Star, RCMP Score with Anti-Violence Ad
NHL player Jordin Tootoo teamed up with the RCMP on a video to prevent violence against Indigenous women and girls.


NU Government: Anaanavut Qisingit – Our Mother’s Sealskin Work

On June 21, 2018, as part of the National Indigenous Peoples Day, Iqaluit Health Services will be launching a video instillation by Mittimatalik Arnait Miqsuqtiit Collective (MAMC) called “Anaanavut Qisingit – Our Mother’s Sealskin Work”.

The installation shows Pond Inlet seamstresses demonstrating sealskin processing, mitten and kamik making. The eight-hour installation is a real-time showcase of Inuit women’s sealskin sewing.

The three films will be shown on a continuous loop in the clinic area waiting room at Qikiqtani General Hospital until the end of November 2018.

MAMC was founded in 2015 to build a new digital archive of films and photographs for community use. For more information on the women’s work you can visit the MAM Collective Facebook Page or view their 74 masterclass films online


Media Contact:

Nadine Purdy
Communications Manager
Department of Health


Celebrating a Canadian first: The Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada –

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Nellie Kusugak, Commissioner of Nunavut, leaders representing First Nations, Inuit and the Métis Nation, Indigenous artists, and John Geiger, CEO of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, kicked off celebrations for the launch of Canadian Geographic’s long-awaited Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada.

This was a Canada 150 project funded by the Government of Canada and for the Honourable Mélanie Joly, the Atlas will make a positive contribution to Canada’s educational landscape. “For years to come the Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada will help build capacity for open discussion, empathy and mutual respect, as well as act as a powerful educational tool to help facilitate the renewal of Canada’s relationship with First Nations, Inuit and the Métis Nation,” said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. “There is no relationship more important to our government than the one with Indigenous Peoples, and we are proud to have contributed to this important initiative.”

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NU Government: Justice of the Peace Appointments

21 June 2018 

The Department of Justice is pleased to announce the appointment of a new full time Justice of the Peace in Iqaluit, and new Community Justices of the Peace in Arviat, Baker Lake, and Cambridge Bay:

Full time Justice of the Peace:

Joseph Murdoch-Flowers, Iqaluit

Community Justices of the Peace:

Brian Aglukark, Arviat;
Charlie Tautuajuk, Baker Lake; and
Martina Maniyogina, Cambridge Bay.

Justices of the Peace have a very important role in Nunavut’s justice system. As part of the courts, they can preside over first appearances, bail hearings, summary convictions, guilty pleas, and hearings relating to municipal by-laws and selected criminal matters. They can also issue warrants and summonses, and carry out various public duties, such as conducting marriage ceremonies.

The specific duties each Justice of the Peace can perform depends on their experience, training and educational background.


Media Contact:

Matilda Madekufamba
Policy and Communications Analyst
Department of Justice


Damage to the Baffin Correctional Centre

21 June 2018 


The Honourable Jeannie Ehaloak, Minister of Justice, today released the following statement:

“An incident occurred at Baffin Correctional Centre (BCC) overnight on June 20, 2018, as several inmates barricaded a section of the facility resulting in significant damage to the Charlie Unit. The incident ended without injuries to inmates or staff through the joint effort of Corrections Division and the RCMP.

The fire department was also on site during the incident as a precaution, but did not need to enter the facility.

Significant repairs will be required to BCC’s Charlie Unit. In the meantime, the Department of Justice is looking at options to transfer and house inmates in correctional facilities outside the territory until these repairs can be completed.

I am relieved that the incident was resolved without injuries through the dedication and coordination of our corrections staff, RCMP and other emergency response personnel.

As Minister of Justice, I would like to reassure the residents of Iqaluit that there is no threat to public safety because of this incident. The Department of Justice and Corrections Division are working diligently to repair the damage and ensure the facility is safe and secure for correctional staff and inmates.

The Department of Justice also continues to work on the Qikiqtani Correctional Healing Centre, which will replace the current facility. The new infrastructure will address on-going security related issues, as well as provide additional rehabilitative programming.”


Media Contact:

Matilda Madekufamba
Policy and Communications Analyst
Department of Justice


How a new wave of Indigenous cinema is changing the narrative of Canada – CBC

Indigenous filmmakers keen to tell fresh stories themselves, but funding still hard to come by

Jun 21, 2018

It’s being called the “new wave” of Indigenous cinema.

Indigenous filmmakers got a boost in 2018 with the creation of the Indigenous Screen Office, an organization helping Indigenous media makers develop their content.

The National Film Board is also doing its part, by allocating 15 per cent of production spending to Indigenous-directed projects and launching a massive free online library of more than 200 films by Indigenous directors.

Three of the leading voices in Canada’s Indigenous cinema scene sat down with The National to talk about the new cinematic wave and its cultural impact:

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Over $2,400,000 in CanNor funding supports development of clean energy projects in Yukon communities

June 21, 2018 – Whitehorse, Yukon – Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)

Access to reliable, clean and affordable energy solutions play a vital role in the wellbeing of communities in Canada’s North. By deploying clean energy infrastructure to more places, communities are able to reduce dependency on fossil fuels and diversify their economies. That is why the Government of Canada, through the Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development (SINED) program and the Community Readiness Opportunities Program (CROP), has invested $2,420,530 in support of six innovative clean energy projects in Yukon over the past 2 years.

The funding was announced today by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and the Minister responsible for CanNor.

Government of Yukon, First Nations, Yukon College and the private sector contributed over $4,600,000 to these projects that address a shared demand for clean energy and enable communities to foster environmental and sustainable economic development.


“Through these investments, Yukon communities will have increased access to clean energy using different technologies, offsetting diesel consumption and generating both economic and environmental benefits. The Government of Canada is proud to support projects that grow the clean energy sector and support the vitality of communities in the North.”

–    Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and the Minister responsible for CanNor.

“Clean energy projects are key to maintaining energy security for Yukon’s communities. These projects increase access to clean energy sources, foster economic development and lower the impact of energy consumption on the environment.”

–    Larry Bagnell, Member of Parliament for Yukon.

Quick facts

  • The Teslin Tlingit Council’s biomass project saw the installation of 10 wood chip boilers which are heating buildings previously relying on fossil fuels only (CanNor contributed $800,000).
  • In Old Crow, the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation completed the work required to prepare for the installation of a solar power generation system that will displace diesel and allow the community to sell power back to the grid (CanNor contributed $609,700).
  • Carcross/Tagish and Kwanlin Dün First Nations carried out wind energy feasibility studies that stand to benefit the communities by reducing dependency on fossil fuels and generating new revenue from the sale of electricity (CanNor contributed $332,424 to the Carcross/Tagish and $300,000 to the Kwanlin Dün First Nations).
  • A transmission line feasibility project by the Yukon Clean Energy Alliance determined the technical requirements and costs associated with connecting Yukon communities to hydro-power in British Columbia (CanNor contributed $328,406).
  • Total North Communication’s feasibility study looked at developing a portable generator that combines renewable energy with fossil fuel (CanNor contributed $50,000).

Associated links


Office of the Honourable Navdeep Bains
Karl W. Sasseville
Press Secretary

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and
Economic Development Canada

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
Sierra Van der Meer
Regional Director, Yukon Region


Culture and Heritage Priorities Discussed at Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers Annual Meeting

YELLOWKNIFE, June 20, 2018 – Federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) ministers responsible for culture and heritage held their annual meeting to share priorities for 2018–2019. The Honourable Caroline Cochrane, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment of the Northwest Territories, and the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, co-hosted the event in Yellowknife on June 20.

Maintaining efficient intergovernmental relations is important for the preservation, growth and development of our culture sector. It ensures governments work together on common challenges and opportunities related to arts, culture and heritage.

The ministers agreed that everyone working in the arts, cultural and heritage sectors is entitled to a respectful work environment free from any form of harassment, abuse and discrimination, and they agreed to work together to promote safe workplaces and to strengthen collaboration between jurisdictions through sharing of models and approaches.

Newly released trade data show that the international market for cultural products offers great potential for economic growth and job creation. Ministers reaffirmed the need to stimulate and grow international export opportunities for Canada’s cultural businesses, organizations and artists.

The ministers agreed that the digital transformation affecting cultural industries present many challenges and opportunities for content creators, and that a legislative and regulatory copyright framework should provide them with opportunities to obtain fair value for their work and ensure the protection and sound management of their copyrights.

Ministers will continue to closely monitor the progress of the statutory review of the Copyright Act, currently being conducted by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (INDU) in collaboration with the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage (CHPC).

Exchanging best practices was also at the centre of discussions, with a focus on modernizing cultural policies to adapt to today’s digital reality. Exploring common solutions will help all governments navigate the challenges that the culture industry faces in our global economy.

Danny Gaudet, an Indigenous self-government negotiator, shared his perspective on including language and culture in self-government negotiations in Délı̨nę, Northwest Territories. Meeting attendees learned about the NWT’s unique political environment, including the land claims and self-government agreements, and how these consider issues of language and culture as key priorities.

Minister Cochrane reported on the provincial and territorial ministers’ meeting of June 19, where they discussed the recommendations made in the report Preserving Canada’s Heritage: The Foundation for Tomorrow by the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development. Parks Canada has committed to considering each of the recommendations made in the report, in collaboration with provincial and territorial jurisdictions, in order to inform a federal government response.

Ministers also agreed to establish Canada Historic Places Day—which will take place this year on July 7—as a pan-Canadian initiative. This day will provide an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance and diversity of historic places across Canada, and increase visibility and visitation to these treasured places.

During the meeting, provincial and territorial ministers hosted a keynote speech from the chair of the Geographical Names Board of Canada (GNBC), Connie Wyatt Anderson. Ms. Anderson provided the history of the GNBC and provided details of the Board’s current focus on Indigenous place naming in Canada as part of reconciliation.

Before the FPT meeting, ministers met with leaders of the Assembly of First Nations, Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. The session focused on a dialogue on the current work respecting the protection, promotion and revitalization of Indigenous Peoples’ languages; on museums and on repatriation; and on how to help foster cultural exchanges with Indigenous peoples and communities. The ongoing exchange of information and dialogue is valuable for all parties and for creating a better relationship moving forward.

Nova Scotia will host the next ministers’ meeting in 2019.
Due to the impending swearing in of a new government, Ontario officials participated in this meeting as observers and are not party to the communiqué.

“This annual meeting ensures that our governments remain connected through arts, culture and heritage, and that we continue to focus on what is most important for Canadians and for our industries from coast to coast to coast. Coming together in Yellowknife is also a great opportunity for all of us to experience once again the unique, rich and diverse culture of our great North.”

—Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

“The cultures, heritage and languages of the Northwest Territories are vital to our identity as a region and as individuals. Our partnerships across governments and communities are critically important to our objectives of building a future that honours where we come from, celebrates where we live and those who live here, and builds on the strengths we have to offer.”

—Caroline Cochrane, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment of the Northwest Territories


Quick Facts

  • Culture brings wide benefits to Canadians and their communities, while making significant contribution to the nation’s economy. Culture GDP in Canada in 2016 was $53.8 billion, with culture jobs totalling 652,406.
  • Canada exported $16 billion of culture products in 2016. This represented 2.5 percent of total economy exports and almost 30 percent of culture GDP ($53.8 billion).
  • The inaugural Canada Historic Places Day took place on July 8, 2017. This day was an initiative led by Parks Canada, in collaboration with the National Trust for Canada and provincial, territorial, municipal and non-governmental partners in the historic places community. It recognizes the contributions to heritage conservation and commemoration by all levels of government, Indigenous communities, not-for-profit organizations and volunteers.
  • Canada Historic Places Day will also showcase cultural heritage preservation, including the contributions of those who work in the sector, and the value and importance that different governments place on commemoration of our nation’s historic places.

Related Products

Culture Satellite Account – Trade of Culture and Sport Products for 2010-2016
Culture Satellite Account – The Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators for 2010-2016

Associated Links

Creative Canada
Partout, la culture – Politique québécoise de la culture (available in English on request)
Workplace Integrity
Statutory review of the Copyright Act
Canada Historic Places Day
Culture Satellite Account


Simon Ross
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage

Charlotte Digness
Media and Communications Coordinator
Cabinet Communications and Protocol
Government of the Northwest Territories
867-767-9140 x 11092


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