Government of Canada to Improve Peary Caribou Habitat in Qausuittuq National Park

From: Parks Canada

August 22, 2019 Qausuittuq National Park, Nunavut Parks Canada Agency

The Government of Canada is committed to preserving our national parks, protecting and restoring healthy, resilient ecosystems and contributing to the recovery of species at risk.

Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna, announced a federal investment of $584,000 for a conservation project that will improve critical caribou habitat in Qausuittuq National Park.

The Tidy Tundra = Healthy Herd project will remove abandoned industrial debris from past exploration activities and create a healthier habitat for caribou. Prior to the establishment of Qausuittuq National Park, oil and gas explorations in the 1960s and 70s left behind industrial waste that can prevent caribou from feeding in certain areas, could cause physical injury, and, in some cases, is a barrier to the movement and migratory paths of caribou. These cleanup activities have been identified as a priority by Inuit and the community of Resolute Bay and is an important step towards improving Peary Caribou habitat and restoring the landscape within this newly formed national park.

The Government of Canada is taking action to protect species at risk, such as the Peary Caribou in Qausuittuq National Park. Peary Caribou are the smallest subspecies of caribou, and the Government of Canada has made protecting the endangered Peary Caribou and their habitat a priority in the establishment and management of Qausuittuq National Park.

The Tidy Tundra = Healthy Herd project is in its second phase. The first phase of the project focused on consultations with the community of Resolute Bay, reconnaissance visits to identify waste sites, planning logistics and beginning to remove empty fuel barrels. During the second phase of the project, Parks Canada will return to the sites that require further clean-up.

Parks Canada partners with Indigenous communities and organizations across the country to conserve and restore our nature and important habitat, often through the use of traditional knowledge, and collaborates extensively with academic and scientific institutions on ecological projects. By working together, we can protect our environment and conserve our nature for future generations.

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“Nature is central to Canada’s culture, prosperity and way of life. Protecting it will benefit our environment, our health and our communities across the country. That’s why our government is doubling the amount of nature protected in Canada’s lands and oceans, to preserve our natural areas and the wildlife that call them home. The Tidy Tundra = Healthy Herd project is an important step towards protecting the endangered Peary Caribou herd and restoring their critical habitat in Qausuittuq National Park.”

The Honourable Catherine McKenna,
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

Quick facts

  • Minister McKenna officially opened Qausuittuq National Park in August 2017, which is located near Resolute Bay, Nunavut, in the High Arctic.
  • The approximately 11,000 square kilometres of Arctic lands and waters protected in Qausuittuq National Park include most of the northern part of Bathurst Island, as well as the Governor General Islands to the west and smaller islands west and north of Bathurst Island. Seymour Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary is to the north, while the southern boundary of Qausuittuq National Park borders on Polar Bear Pass National Wildlife Area.
  • Parks Canada works closely with the Qausuittuq Park Management Committee, which is composed of members appointed by the Qikiqtani Inuit Association and the Government of Canada, to guide the management of Qausuittuq National Park.

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Contacts

Sabrina Kim
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
819-938-3813
sabrina.kim2@canada.ca

Media Relations
Parks Canada Agency
855-862-1812
pc.medias-media.pc@canada.ca

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Whitehorse residents want better solutions for government-run emergency shelter – APTN News

August 22, 2019

A government-run emergency shelter in Whitehorse is drawing the ire of nearby residents and business owners.

The former Salvation Army Centre of Hope was taken over by the Yukon government earlier this year with promises of improving service quality to meet residents’ needs.

But locals say it’s common to see public intoxication and fights– and they’re not happy with the City of Whitehorse’s plan to address the situation.

At a recent Whitehorse council meeting the city voted to spend $150,000 on benches, planting beds and trees around the building as part of a beautification project.

Read More: https://aptnnews.ca/2019/08/22/115841/

N.W.T.’s new Corrections Act brings big changes to territory’s jails – CBC

Bill adds reporting requirements, stricter rules on segregation for corrections facilities

Aug 22, 2019

The Northwest Territories’ overhaul of its corrections law could be a new model for reconciliation and offer inmates “a light of possibility and hope,” says one of the MLAs responsible for reviewing the bill.

In a session where regular MLAs and cabinet members have often been at odds — with at times, combative debate — the Corrections Act passed through its final review Wednesday with unanimous support.

“It offered me a glimpse of hope that reconciliation could happen with this government,” said Dehcho MLA Michael Nadli, speaking of the willingness of the Justice Department to make changes to the bill.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/nwt-corrections-act-changes-1.5255567

The official opening of the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) campus in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, opens a new chapter in Canada’s polar research leadership

CAMBRIDGE BAY, NU, Aug. 21, 2019 – New knowledge of the Arctic is vital to addressing the unique challenges of climate change in Canada’s North and strengthening the resilience of northern communities. Science and Indigenous knowledge working together is key to developing the evidence-based policy that will help enable Northerners and all Canadians adapt to today’s conditions and plan for the future.

Today, residents of the Arctic community of Cambridge Bay; Yvonne Jones, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs and Internal Trade, on behalf of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations; the Honourable Jeannie Ehaloak, member of the Executive Council of Nunavut and Member of the Legislative Assembly for Cambridge Bay; Her Worship, Pamela Gross, Mayor of Cambridge Bay; and David J. Scott, President and Chief Executive Officer for Polar Knowledge Canada, together marked the official opening of the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) campus. The new facility is designed to facilitate inclusive collaboration between scientists and Indigenous knowledge holders.

With state-of-the-art features that enable Canadian and international researchers to perform in-depth scientific analysis without leaving the Arctic, and its welcoming spaces for discussions and knowledge exchange, the CHARS campus symbolizes a new chapter in Canada’s polar leadership.

The CHARS campus, which further enhances Canada’s pan-northern network of research facilities, is integrated into the community of Cambridge Bay and was developed in close consultation with residents. Inuit Knowledge informed its design, its architecture incorporates many references to Inuit culture, and Inuit art is a prominent feature of the Main Research Building.

As a place where Indigenous Knowledge is recognized as being fundamentally important to our understanding of the Arctic, the CHARS campus offers a rich, collaborative environment for the creation of new knowledge that is needed to address the issues that Northerners and Canadians have identified as important in the context of a rapidly changing Arctic.

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“Together, Arctic science and Indigenous Knowledge help us better understand the unique challenges presented by the Arctic environment and climate change. The Canadian High Arctic Research Station will strengthen Canada’s leadership in Arctic science, research and innovation and respect in Indigenous knowledge. It will be a focal point for research, will help foster knowledge-sharing and build partnerships across the North, and will strengthen innovation and economic growth in the North.”

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

“The Canadian High Arctic Research Station provides scientists from across Canada and around the world with a world-class Arctic research facility to conduct cutting edge Arctic research year-round in Canada’s Arctic, in collaboration with local Indigenous people. The Government of Canada is committed to supporting the work of our outstanding scientists and researchers in all fields.”

Yvonne Jones,
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs and Internal Trade

“The Canadian High Arctic Research Station is now officially open to Arctic scientists from across Canada and around the world, and to the community of Cambridge Bay. I’m extremely proud of the historic opening of this facility, in the heart of the North, that will host a wide range of vitally important research activities.”

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough
Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility

“The CHARS is a hub for research for Arctic scientists from across Canada and around the world, and is also open to the community of Cambridge Bay. I’m extremely proud of the historic opening of this facility, in the heart of the North, that will host a wide range of vitally important research activities.”

Steven MacKinnon
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility

“This innovative new facility offers tremendous opportunity for new collaborations that will expand the reach of Canadian polar research. We’ve had a lot of interest from organizations from across Canada and around the world who are excited about the opportunities the CHARS campus offers. The campus also provides a fantastic opportunity to give young northerners a chance to explore science—to see what science looks like as a career, here in the Arctic. Polar research directly affects Northerners, and it makes sense that they’re part of it, from the ground up. The opening today brings us closer to a future where more Northerners are involved in all aspects of research.”

David J. Scott
President and Chief Executive Officer, Polar Knowledge Canada

Quick Facts

The CHARS campus, operated by Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR), is designed and built to optimize innovation in Arctic science and technology, to welcome visitors, and to provide local, regional, national and international researchers with the logistical support and technical services they need to create new knowledge.

The CHARS campus is becoming a world-class hub for innovative science and technology in Canada’s North and is part of the network of national and international research infrastructure across the circumpolar North.
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, working closely with Public Services and Procurement Canada, led the design and construction stages of the CHARS campus.

Public Services and Procurement Canada is providing project management and procurement services for the design and construction of the CHARS campus, the headquarters for POLAR. LEED© Gold Certification is being pursued for the project.

Shared Services Canada (SSC) outfitted this cutting-edge research campus with the best connectivity, communication and collaboration technologies, including strong networks, modern satellite communications, high-speed Wi-Fi, and reliable telephony and videoconferencing. SSC looks forward to a continued partnership with POLAR to maintain and modernize the campus IT infrastructure.
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The official opening of the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) campus in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, opens a new chapter in Canada’s polar research leadership

The Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) campus is a world-class Arctic research facility that brings an enhanced level of research and analytical capability to Canada’s North. The state-of-the-art research labs and technological facilities will provide the necessary space, equipment and analytical capability for researchers and visiting scientists to conduct science in the North.

The CHARS campus consists of the three main components:

Main Research Building: This building includes research labs, centres for technology development and knowledge sharing, office space, and spaces for teaching, training, and community engagement.
Field and Maintenance Building: This building serves as a technical support building and includes spaces such as a maintenance garage and equipment storage.
On-campus accommodations: Two triplex accommodation buildings are available to accommodate approximately 45 visiting scientists and researchers.
The CHARS campus project is a $204 million investment from the Government of Canada for the architectural design, construction, equipment, and furniture for the campus. In addition, there was an investment of $46 million for the implementation of the initial 5-year Science and Technology Program.

Planning and construction
Extensive consultations and discussions with the community of Cambridge Bay began in 2010, and continued throughout construction, which began in 2014.

The design of the CHARS campus was inspired by consultations with Hamlet Council members, the local CHARS Steering Committee, elders, youth and others, and input from Indigenous, academic, industry, territorial and government stakeholders from across the North, as well as the results of an assessment of the scientific requirements for the facility.

The architecture incorporates many references to Inuit culture including features inspired by the Inuit snowhouse (iglu), and by the historical use of natural copper by the Inuit of western Nunavut to make tools. Inuit art is a prominent feature of its interior, and the facility includes areas available for public use and community events.

Research Facilities/Services
This state-of-the-art facility will optimize innovation in arctic science and technology, welcome visitors, and provide researchers with the accommodation and technical services they need. The campus can support a wide range of research needs – from ecosystem monitoring, to DNA analysis – and where Indigenous Knowledge is recognized as fundamentally important to the creation of new knowledge.

LEED certification
The CHARS campus is designed for Gold-level certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. LEED-inspired features include such elements as solar panels to facilitate the testing of photovoltaics in the Arctic, low-flow plumbing fixtures, innovative wastewater and waste management, light pollution reduction, energy conservation technology, and other features.

Construction benefits
Construction of the CHARS campus provided:

Almost 246,000 hours of Inuit employment, valued at over $8 million;
Skills development activities worth more than $800,000; and
Over $65 million in construction contracts to firms registered with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.
POLAR’s Inuit Employment Plan directs its staffing and capacity building efforts to increase representation of Nunavut Inuit across all job groups and levels, as required by Article 23 of the Nunavut Agreement. Inuit staff are currently involved in all of POLAR’s functions such as: field operations, research, administration, partnerships, and knowledge management and engagement.

Associated Links

Polar Knowledge Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/polar-knowledge.html

Canadian High Arctic Research Station: https://www.canada.ca/en/polar-knowledge/CHARScampus.html

Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada – Northern Affairs: https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1100100035280/1529103307517

Public Service and Procurement Canada: https://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/comm/index-eng.html

Shared Services Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/shared-services.html

Providing IT to the Canadian High Arctic Research Station Campus: https://www.canada.ca/en/shared-services/campaigns/stories/providing-it-canadian-high-arctic-research-station-campus.html

For further information: media may contact: Matthew Dillon-Leitch, Director of Communications, Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, 819-997-0002; Media Relations, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, 819-934-2302, RCAANC.media.CIRNAC@canada.ca; Media Relations, Polar Knowledge Canada, 613-402-4897, communications@polar.gc.ca; Media Relations, Public Services and Procurement Canada, 819-420-5501, media@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca; Media Relations, Shared Services Canada, 613-670-1626, Ssc.media-medias.SPC@canada.ca

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MP Larry Bagnell announces investments for women entrepreneurs in Yukon through the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy

August 22, 2019 — Whitehorse, Yukon — Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)

The Government of Canada is advancing women’s economic empowerment with the first ever Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES), a $2 billion investment that seeks to double the number of women-owned businesses by 2025.

Today, Larry Bagnell, Member of Parliament for Yukon, on behalf of the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, announced investments of over $300,000 for women entrepreneurs in Yukon. This funding will be administered through the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency.

The following women-owned or -led businesses will receive funding through the Women Entrepreneurship Fund to help them grow their business and reach new export markets:

  • Hotel Carmacks, located in Carmacks, which will allow the business to expand its product offering by obtaining a license to sell cannabis, renovating their office space, and training management and staff;
  • Kryotek Arctic Innovation Inc., located in Whitehorse, which will develop and expand export opportunities as well as streamline production and distribution of a new drill system;
  • Yukon Soaps, located in Mayo, which will purchase new equipment and prepare a site for a new facility; and
  • SMRT Women, located in Whitehorse, which will build an online academy for northern female entrepreneurs that will provide digital courses, workshops and offer a business accelerator program.

The Women Entrepreneurship Strategy complements the Government of Canada’s efforts to advance gender equality. These efforts include addressing pay equity, providing more affordable child care and putting an end to gender-based violence.

Quotes

“Our government believes that women’s economic empowerment is not just the right thing to do; it’s good for the bottom line. That’s why we launched the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, a strategy that seeks to double the number of women-owned businesses by increasing their access to financing, networks and advice. It’s a smart investment with an economic and social return.”

Honourable Mary Ng
Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion

“The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring the full and equal participation of women in our economy and society. This is why we created the first ever Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, which seeks to double the number of women-owned businesses in Canada in the next six years. Today’s investments will help women-owned and -led businesses across Yukon innovate, grow, and export to new markets.”

Larry Bagnell
Member of Parliament for Yukon

Quick facts

  • The Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES) will help women start and grow their businesses by improving access to financing, talent, networks and expertise through an investment of nearly $2 billion.
  • The strategy will help our government achieve its goal of doubling the number of majority women-owned businesses by 2025.
  • In Budget 2018, the WES Ecosystem Fund was allocated $85 million to help non-profit, third-party organizations deliver support for women entrepreneurs and address gaps in the ecosystem.
  • In Budget 2018, the Government of Canada allocated $20 million to the Women Entrepreneurship Fund. Following the call for applications held in fall 2018, over 3,000 applications were received and over 200 projects were funded. The Government is pleased to be able to support approximately 100 more projects by investing an additional $10 million in the Women Entrepreneurship Fund. With this additional investment, the Government is providing a total of $30 million to women-owned and-led businesses across Canada to grow their businesses and reach new markets.
  • WES complements our government’s broader initiatives to advance gender equality. These initiatives include measures on pay equity, more flexible parental leave and more affordable child care.
  • Advancing gender equality has the potential to add $150 billion in incremental GDP to the Canadian economy by 2026.
  • Just 16% of SMEs in Canada are majority women-owned.
  • Only 11.2% of majority women-owned SMEs export, compared to 12.2% of majority male-owned SMEs.
  • The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Canada 2015/16 Report on Women’s Entrepreneurship indicated that, in 2016, Canada had the highest percentage of women participating in early-stage activity (13.3%) and the fifth highest in terms of female ownership of established businesses among comparable innovation-based economies.
  • Final funding is subject to negotiation of contribution agreements.

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Contacts

For more information, media may contact:

Corinne Havard
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion
corinne.havard@canada.ca

Naomi Sharpe
Manager, Communications
CanNor
867-975-3749
naomi.sharpe@canada.ca

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Canadian High Arctic Research Station opens its doors in western Nunavut hub – Nunatsiaq News

22 August, 2019

“Today’s celebration represents a significant milestone for our community,” says Cambridge Bay mayor

The Canadian High Arctic Research Station in the western Nunavut hub of Cambridge Bay finally opened its doors yesterday before a crowd of locals and some visiting politicians and officials.

Not in attendance: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was originally scheduled to host the official opening, which was to have taken place on July 1, 2017.

During this delay, the cavernous copper-clad facility was shuttered to all but a few.

Read More: https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/canadian-high-arctic-research-station-opens-its-doors-in-western-nunavut-hub/

Glen Abernethy: Seniors Report

August 21, 2019

Mr. Speaker, Seniors and Elders hold a unique place throughout our Territory. They are our mentors and caregivers, and the wealth of knowledge and wisdom they provide is beneficial to all Northwest Territories’ residents. Seniors and Elders are also the fastest growing population in the NWT, and there is a need to understand how our government programs and services are supporting them now and into the future.

As outlined in the priorities of the 18th Legislative Assembly, our government committed to taking action so that Seniors in the NWT can age in place. We are dedicated to supporting our Seniors and Elders so that they can live in their homes for as long as possible, surrounded by family and community. Ensuring that appropriate supports, programs and services are available is essential to the fulfillment of this commitment.

The development of the Continuing Care Services Action Plan is one of the ways the Department of Health and Social Services is taking action on this commitment. The successful implementation of this Plan requires strong partnerships and integration across all regions of the territory. We are collaborating with partners across all health authorities and GNWT Departments, as well as local community governments and non-government organizations to make it happen.

For example, our partnership with the NWT Housing Corporation has found new space for adult day programming in four new independent housing complexes for Seniors and Elders in small communities. This dedicated space makes it possible for regional health centres to partner with communities to offer socialization and other supports to help Seniors and Elders to remain in their communities longer.

The Department has also collaborated with the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority, the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority and the Tlicho Community Services Agency to design and develop the Paid Family/Caregiver Pilot program. Initial implementation of the pilot begins this October and involves engaging with interested parties in select communities.

Mr. Speaker, it is projected that Seniors and Elders will make up over 20% of our territory’s population by 2035. The time is now for the GNWT and its partners to better understand what challenges and opportunities exist when it comes to supporting these valued members of our communities. That is why, in November 2017, I committed to working with the NWT Senior’s Society to identify how Seniors and Elders in our territory access sixteen different programs and services available to them, which are broken down into the following categories:

  • Health and Wellness;
  • Housing;
  • Income Assistance;
  • Law and Victim Services; and
  • Community Services.

As a result, Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to release the Report on Seniors’ Access to Programs and Services, which was developed in partnership with the NWT Seniors’ Society. This report provides an important snapshot of the Senior and Elder population in the NWT, and outlines how they accessed government programs and services in 2017-2018. With this information, the GNWT and its partners are better able to understand what challenges and opportunities exist when it comes to supporting the fastest growing demographic in the NWT.

This report was truly an all-of-government initiative and its development was led by the Departments of Finance and Executive and Indigenous Affairs, with contributions from:

  • The Department of Health and Social Services;
  • The Department of Education, Culture and Employment;
  • The Department of Justice;
  • The Department of Municipal and Community Affairs; and
  • The NWT Housing Corporation.

The report has shown that the GNWT generally offers the same types of programs found in other jurisdictions, and in some cases provides additional supports and programs which reflect the unique geographic, cultural and regional characteristics of NWT Seniors and Elders. With this information, the GNWT is better able to identify gaps in support and inform future planning for program and service delivery to Seniors.

In considering how the report’s findings can be used to enhance program effectiveness ensure that all NWT residents have equitable access to supports in their communities, we will also draw from a new interRAI Clinical Information System to help identify regional trends.

InterRAI is an internationally-recognized, evidence-based assessment system that is widely used in health care sectors throughout Canada, and is part of our Continuing Care and Services Action Plan. The interRAI home care and long term care assessment tools are user-friendly, person-centered, and standardized to provide comprehensive data and information that guide provision of care according an individual’s needs.

Mr. Speaker, we are in the process of implementing the interRAI system across the NWT health and social services system.

InterRAI will provide case managers, home care professionals, and long term care facilities with:

  • Identification, prevention and management of emerging and potential resident or client risks;
  • Access to assessment information;
  • Outcome measures to improve quality care;
  • Enhanced data quality with the use of a standardized data set;
  • Information to report on continuing care quality indicators; and
  • Reliable data for monitoring quality of care and evaluation of residents.

Mr. Speaker, the Government of the Northwest Territories has been making investments and taking action to help our aging population remain in their communities for as long as possible. We also understand the importance of fostering cooperation and partnerships between our government and
non-governmental organizations to achieve our goal of providing the best care and best health for a better future

For example, we are working collaboratively with the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs, the NWT Seniors Society, and the NWT Recreation and Parks Association to engage Seniors  and Elders at the community level and encourage them to stay active. We have also partnered with NWT Recreation and Parks to support the Functional Fitness for Falls certification program to decrease the number of falls and ensure safer care environments for our seniors and elders. Additionally, we are supporting and encouraging the use of the NWT Association of Communities’ Built Environment Guide and Healthy Communities Toolkit.

Part of our ongoing commitment to NWT Seniors and Elders is to support public awareness about Senior and Elder abuse. We are continuing work with the NWT Seniors Society, and with the health authorities, to develop Elder abuse screening tools and protocols for intervention and support.
Seniors and Elders are important contributors to the health and wellbeing of our communities, and it is important that we work together to better understand how we can support them to live active, healthy lives for as long as possible in their home communities. The Senior’s Report provides our government with a holistic perspective on the programs and services we offer, and I would like to extend a sincere thank you to the NWT Senior’s Society for their enormous contributions to its creation. It is my hope that we will continue to work together on future initiatives to improve access to supports for our Seniors and Elders.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker

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Members call for ‘immediate’ election in N.W.T. First Nation – CBC

Petition alleges chief and council in Fort Liard are violating term limits set by the Indian Act

Aug 22, 2019

A petition circulated among members of Acho Dene Koe First Nation in Fort Liard, N.W.T., is calling for an “immediate” election of chief and council, claiming they have overstayed their mandate by several months.

Floyd Bertrand, a former chief, submitted a package of documents to the band leadership on Monday arguing custom election codes written in 2007 have no legal standing.

Without custom election codes, First Nations revert to the terms set by the Indian Act, which call for elections every two years.

The current chief, Gene Hope, and council were elected in May 2017.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/immediate-election-fort-liard-1.5255496

Caroline Cochrane: Post-Secondary Education Update

August 21, 2019

Mr. Speaker, this Government is committed to ensuring that the people of the Northwest Territories have access to a wealth of high-quality post-secondary education opportunities. Educated citizens are critical to a healthy northern society and a strong and prosperous economy. Our Government is acting on the 18th Assembly’s Mandate priorities to expand opportunities for post-secondary education, trades-oriented learning and northern educational institutions and to foster the knowledge economy.

Mr. Speaker, we have developed the territory’s first-ever overarching post-secondary education legislation, which regulates post-secondary institutions operating in the territory. This is a critical step in expanding high-quality education programming and providing a greater variety of post-secondary opportunities. The new quality assurance measures in the legislation will help us build a strong and sustainable post-secondary education system.

Later today at the appropriate time, I will also table the post-secondary education vision and goals developed through engagement with residents and Indigenous governments, as part of the Post-Secondary Education Framework. Our Government is committed to an ongoing process of collaboration with post-secondary education institutions and key stakeholders from across the territory as we continue to improve the post-secondary education system.

Through community engagement we have developed our Government’s post-secondary education vision. The vision statement is that every resident of the Northwest Territories has an equitable opportunity to reach their full potential by obtaining a post-secondary education from institutions that are student-centred, accessible, high-quality, relevant and accountable.

We have also identified goals to achieve our vision. We know we must prioritize student success; increase access to post-secondary education opportunities; remain responsive to labour demands in the NWT; remain responsive to local and regional needs; and, support the growth of the knowledge economy.

We are already working towards our goals as the transformation of Aurora College into a polytechnic university moves forward. I am pleased to announce another project milestone: the Terms of Reference for the Academic Advisory Council is complete and available on the departmental website. The Academic Advisory Council is not a governing body for the institution; however it will provide expert guidance throughout the transformation. The full list of member institutions from across Canada will be confirmed in the coming weeks. I look forward to the significant academic and administrative experience the Council will bring to the transformation process.

Mr. Speaker, this fall, as recommended in the Government’s Response to the Aurora College Foundational Review, Aurora College will be developing a three-year strategic plan. This strategic plan will guide the College while the institution strengthens its foundations and plans for the transformation. The College will develop its strategic plan through engagement in campus communities, regional centres and at least one small community in each education region.

Once the transformation is complete, the new polytechnic university will provide students with challenging, relevant and accessible post-secondary education opportunities. The Department of Education is already piloting a new team of Career and Education Advisors to help students plan for these opportunities, starting as early as Grade 7. The Advisors will help students make education decisions that keep them on a pathway to the job or career of their choice. They will also provide youth with current information about jobs in the NWT that will have a high demand for workers both today and in the future.

The NWT labour market data forecasts that 78% of these jobs will require post-secondary education. We will continue to support NWT post-secondary students through Student Financial Assistance, apprenticeship and labour market programs. All of these initiatives support the development of our people and economy.

Mr. Speaker, I am confident that we are taking the right steps today to strengthen our post-secondary education system and provide more opportunities to our residents in the years to come.

Ması, Mr. Speaker.

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Government of Canada announces additional changes to Nutrition North Canada

From: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

August 21, 2019 — Cambridge Bay, NU — Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

The Government of Canada is ensuring Northern Policy is developed by Northerners and for Northerners. As part of its response to the concerns and realities of Northerners, Yvonne Jones, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs and Internal Trade and Member of Parliament for Labrador, today announced important improvements to the Nutrition North Canada program on behalf of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations.

These changes include:

  • expanding the list of eligible non-perishable items which are subsidized to include those transported via sealift, barge, or winter road, as well as family-friendly items such as macaroni, flour and diapers.
  • the addition of feminine hygiene products to the Nutrition North Canada eligibility list to make these products more accessible and affordable and help the health and well-being of women and girls in isolated Northern communities.

The Government of Canada is also establishing a Northern-based compliance and audit review committee in the coming months to improve transparency and accountability by providing Northern representatives and firms the opportunity to participate in the review of the audit reports.

Today’s announcement builds on a series of improvements that our government has made to the Nutrition North Canada Program since 2015. These have included:

  • expanding the program in 2016 to include all isolated northern communities and launched consultations to change the program.
  • committing to introducing a Harvesters Support Grant to help lower the high costs associated with traditional hunting and harvesting activities, and we have continued to work on this initiative with our partners.
  • implementing accountability measures including the point-of-sale system so customers can clearly see subsidy savings for eligible food items on their receipts as well as updating program eligibility criteria to ensure that only establishments that serve the residents of isolated northern communities are eligible.
  • investing over $127 million to expand Nutrition North Canada to include all isolated northern communities, support program changes including new subsidy levels and introduce the Harvesters Support Grant.

The improvements we have made to Nutrition North Canada are directly informed by feedback from our partners. We continue to listen to Northerners to ensure they have consistent access to healthy, affordable food.

Quotes

“Since 2016, we have listened to Northerners, and their feedback has informed all our changes to the Nutrition North Canada program. We have expanded the program to all isolated Northern communities, increased its transparency, and we are working to create a Harvesters Support Grant. We are proud of the actions taken, and today we are excited to announce further improvements to Nutrition North Canada. We thank all our partners whose input has been vital to this process, and we will continue to work with you to ensure that Northerners have access to healthy, affordable food.”

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

“Northerners told us that they want greater savings on healthy foods that are targeted at supporting healthy families. The new subsidy on eligible items delivered by surface transportation as well as the addition of feminine hygiene products reflects what we heard from Northerners. Together, we will continue to explore solutions developed by Northerners for Northerners to ensure the program is serving those who need it.”

Yvonne Jones, M.P.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs and Internal Trade

“The Nutrition North Canada Advisory Board recognizes and appreciates that the needs of Northerners continue to be addressed through these additional improvements to the NNC program. Once again, based on the feedback we heard from Northerners, the introduction of a new subsidy for certain staple goods transported by winter roads and sealift will provide additional and needed financial relief to the families in the Nutrition North Canada service area.”

Nellie Cournoyea
Nutrition North Canada Advisory Board Chair

Quick facts

  • In 2016, the Government engaged with Northerners, Indigenous organizations, , provincial and territorial governments and key partners to understand how Nutrition North Canada could become more transparent, cost-effective, and culturally appropriate.
  • Budget 2016 provided an additional $64.5 million over five years and $13.8 million per year ongoing to expand Nutrition North Canada to support all northern isolated communities.
  • On October 1, 2016, as part of a Budget 2016, the Nutrition North Canada program expanded to an additional 37 isolated northern communities.
  • On December 10, 2018, the Government announced a series of improvements to the Nutrition North Canada including a new fully revised subsidized foods list; a new highest-level subsidy rate specifically for milk, frozen fruit, frozen vegetables, infant formula, and infant food; and an increase to the two current subsidy rates to help further lower cost of perishable, nutritious food.
  • The 2018 Fall Economic Statement announced an additional $62.6 million investment over five years starting in 2019–20, with $10.4 million ongoing, in the Nutrition North Canada program to support program changes and introduce a Harvesters Support Grant.
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For more information, media may contact:

Matthew Dillon-Leitch
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations
819-997-0002

Media Relations
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
819-934-2302
RCAANC.media.CIRNAC@canada.ca

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