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PSA: Call for Applications; proposals for the Qikiqtani Cultural Activities Program

DATE ISSUED: March 3, 2021

EVENT: Call for Applications; the Qikiqtani Inuit Association is inviting proposals for the Qikiqtani Cultural Activities Program

The Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) is inviting proposals for the Qikiqtani Cultural Activities Program (QCAP) in all Qikiqtani communities.

Individual Inuit and community groups from all Qikiqtani communities are invited to submit proposals for projects that will run during the 2021-22 fiscal year.

QCAP was suspended in mid-March 2020 due to the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. QIA is committed to the safety and well-being of our employees and all Nunavummiut and limiting the spread of COVID-19. Following the June 1, 2020 announcement by Nunavut’s Chief Public Health Officer, some restrictions are slowly being lifted across Nunavut allowing for slightly larger gatherings and small group activities. More information about Nunavut’s current COVID-19 guidelines can be found here at www.gov.nu.ca/health/information/nunavuts-path-guidelines.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, QIA requires all program applicants to implement a health and safety plan. This plan should indicate how program participants will be protected via use of Personal Protective Equipment such as face masks and physical distancing, as well as how facilities will be sanitized during program delivery.

QCAP is financed through QIA’s Benefits Fund. Money for the Benefits Fund is derived from the Legacy Fund, as the Legacy Fund grows its revenues go to the Benefits Fund to increase programs for Inuit.

QCAP supports community-based cultural programs. Although land and sewing programs are given priority, QIA will also consider other Inuit cultural programs.

Applications can be completed online at https://www.qia.ca/qcap-application/

If you require assistance in completing the online or paper application form, you can call 867-975-8438 or email [email protected]

The deadline to apply is March 26, 2021 at 12:00AM EDT.

For more information, please contact:

Will Hopkins, Acting Director of Communications,
Qikiqtani Inuit Association
[email protected]
867.975.8413 or
1.800.667.2742

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YT Government – March 3, 2021: COVID-19 update

03/03/2021

The Government of Yukon has the following updates for the Yukon public on measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

State of emergency

As of today, Yukon is extending the state of emergency under the Civil Emergency Measures Act. This extension is critical to supporting the health, safety and economic wellbeing of Yukoners and ensures that all Ministerial Orders enacted under the State of Emergency remain in place, including the requirement for those entering the territory to self-isolate for 14 days.

A full list of the orders and legislative changes made under the Civil Emergency Measures Act can be found on https://yukon.ca/en/health-and-wellness/covid-19-information/latest-updates-covid-19/legislation-changes-covid-19

COVID-19 cases and recoveries

As of Tuesday, March 2, the COVID-19 case count for Yukon is 72. Seventy-one people have recovered, one person has died and there are no active cases. We have tested 6,667 people.

Vaccination rollout progress

As of end of day Monday, March 1, there were 17,168 doses of the Moderna vaccine administered in Yukon. This number includes 11,503 first doses and 5,665 second doses. Visit Yukon.ca for the latest vaccination data and progress reporting.

A clinic opened March 1 in Whitehorse for residents age 18 and older to receive vaccines by appointment.

Second vaccines for Yukon communities are underway. Residents age 18 and older will have the opportunity receive their first shot during the second visit. A third visit will ensure that everyone in the communities is able to get immunized.

To book an appointment and find more information, visit https://yukon.ca/en/this-is-our-shot.

COVID-19 testing

From Wednesday, February 24, to Tuesday March 2, there were 43 people tested at the COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre in Whitehorse.

The COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre is open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Sunday. Those experiencing severe symptoms and requiring immediate assistance can go to the Whitehorse General Hospital Emergency Department, a community hospital or a health centre.

Enforcement statistics

The Government of Yukon has received 1,517 complaints as of March 2:

  • Failure to self-isolate: 847
  • Gatherings over 10 inside or 50 outside: 38
  • Failure to transit through Yukon in 24 hours or stay on their designated route: 439
  • Businesses failing to comply with orders: 14
  • Failure to abide by declaration form: 27
  • Failure to wear a mask: 114
  • Failure to physical distance: 38

Two charges for failure to issue a declaration, one charge for failure to self-isolate as required and one charge for failure to wear a mask have been laid since February 24.

There have been a total of 53 charges and 43 people charged under the Civil Emergency Measures Act.

Number of total incoming travellers: 71,452

  • Resident travellers: 19,353
  • BC residents: 15,810
  • NWT residents: 510
  • Other approved jurisdictions: 421
  • Non-residents staying: 12,863
  • Non-residents transiting: 22,394
  • Other: 1
  • Decals distributed indicating out-of-territory vehicles allowed in Yukon: 382
Contact

Matthew Cameron
Cabinet Communications
867-393-7136
[email protected]

Pat Living
Communications, Health and Social Services
867-335-1531
[email protected]

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Indigenous fishers in N.W.T. focus on industry revival – APTN News

Ten kilometres from shore, and 17 metres deep is where Marius McCallum makes a living.

“You use to have to go 11 miles out but DFO changed the quota because of all the Coney (fish) coming in,” McCallum said as he quickly fillets and fills bins with his fresh catch from the back of the bombardier.

He’s commercially fished the waters of Great Slave Lake, Northwest Territories after he moved to the area in the 1970s from a community northern Saskatchewan, but expertise-aside, McCallum credits his success to setting his own prices as a business owner.

“I got lots of customers; all these companies buy fish here. Fort Providence, Fort Simpson, Jean Marie River, and some use to even come from Fort Liard, Fort Smith and Fort Resolution too,” he said.

McCallum is the only fisher in Hay River, N.W.T. with his own fish plant, where he processes, packages and keeps his catch in the north selling to local restaurants and private customers.

Read More: https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/indigenous-fishers-in-n-w-t-focus-on-industry-revival/

Minister Vandal and Minister Akeeagok announce investment in Nunavut research project to address the impacts of climate change on northern transportation infrastructure

From: Transport Canada

March 3, 2021               Ottawa              Transport Canada

Climate change affects the North more than any other part of Canada and threatens the efficiency, safety and reliability of northern transportation. Improving our understanding of how to make the northern transportation system more resilient to the effects of climate change is important given the key role transportation plays in the region’s social and economic development.

Today, the Minister of Northern Affairs, the Honourable Daniel Vandal, on behalf of the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, and the Government of Nunavut Minister of Economic Development and Transportation, the Honourable David Akeeagok, announced an important climate change adaptation research project under the Northern Transportation Adaptation Initiative.

The Government of Nunavut will be leading a permafrost study to support increased climate resilience of the transportation system serving communities in Nunavut. The project will develop data to assist in decision-making processes for airports in Pangnirtung and Rankin Inlet, and in the analysis of how long-term changes in the climate may affect transportation underlain by permafrost in these and 14 other territorial communities.

The total cost of the project is $540,335: Transport Canada is providing up to $349,000, while the Government of Nunavut is contributing $116,335. The Canada-Nunavut Geoscience Office is also offering in-kind contribution.

Canada’s North is vast, with a limited transportation network. Many communities’ year-round transportation options are limited. With this funding, the governments of Canada and Nunavut are taking concrete steps to make those options more reliable as the climate continues to change.

Quotes

“Our climate is changing and is affecting Canada’s transportation system in the North and Arctic. That’s why we are investing in the Northern Transportation Adaptation Initiative to improve climate resilience and build a safer, more secure and efficient northern transportation system. In partnership with the Government of Nunavut, we will continue to work to safeguard the region’s social and economic development by strengthening the capacity of Northerners and northern communities to adapt to climate change.”

The Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport

“The health, well-being and resiliency of northern communities depends on a safe and reliable transportation system. The North and Arctic are seeing significant impacts due to climate change, through melting permafrost, coastal erosion and more, affecting vital transportation infrastructure. With today’s announcement, we are supporting the Government of Nunavut’s research project that will help to make the transportation system in the territory more resilient to those impacts, and Nunavummiut continue to see improvements in their quality of life.”

The Honourable Daniel Vandal, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Northern Affairs

“A resilient transportation system is crucial to the long-term prosperity, well-being, and quality of life for northern communities. The investment we are announcing today will provide us with vital data that we can use to better manage northern transportation in the face of a changing climate.”

The Honourable David Akeeagok
Minister of Economic Development and Transportation

Quick facts

  • Transport Canada’s Northern Transportation Adaptation Initiative aims to strengthen the capacity of northerners to adapt their transportation systems to climate change, through support for research, development and testing of adaptive technologies.
  • The Northern Transportation Adaptation Initiative provides funding to help meet some of the challenges of climate change in Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and communities in Nunavik and Northern Labrador.
  • Northern infrastructure is particularly susceptible to climate change impacts and adaptive strategies are needed to deal with the increasing risk to safety and reliability and to manage long-term costs effectively.

Associated links

Contacts

Allison St-Jean
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
[email protected]
613-290-8656

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa
[email protected]
613-993-0055

Andrea McFaul
Director of Policy, Planning and Communications
Economic Development and Transportation
[email protected]
867-975-7826

NT5

MLAs seek review of GNWT policies on racial, cultural bias in hiring – Northern News Services

Affirmative action policy applied ‘unevenly,’ circumvented by direct appointments, says Thebacha MLA Frieda Martselos

MLAs are calling on the GNWT to examine its policies on racial and cultural bias in government hiring practices.

Thebacha MLA Frieda Martselos on Monday gave notice in the legislative assembly that she will move on Wednesday a motion urging the government to “review its policies and practices for racial and cultural bias, especially as they relate to education, health and social services, justice, housing and government hiring.”

Her motion was seconded by Deh Cho MLA Ron Bonnetrouge.

Martselos’ motion followed her criticism of the GNWT’s “uneven application” of its affirmative action policy across 10 departments. Bureaucratic gaps and loopholes allow the government to work around the affirmative action policy, she said.

Read More: https://www.nnsl.com/nwtnewsnorth/mlas-seek-review-of-gnwt-policies-on-racial-cultural-bias-in-hiring/

Statement from Minister of Environment Pauline Frost on commitments to caribou and climate change in new US-Canadian agreement

02/03/2021

On February 23, the President of the United States and the Canadian Prime Minister met and announced the Roadmap for a Renewed US-Canada Partnership.

Minister of Environment Pauline Frost sees this announcement setting course in the right direction. She offers the following statement:

“I am very pleased to see the environmental commitments from the Prime Minister and President in the joint roadmap. I am encouraged by the awareness of Indigenous rights and leadership in environmental stewardship, the forward-thinking approach to climate change action and the overall collaboration approach on protecting our shared environment.

As I’ve said many times before, animals like salmon and caribou do not stop at our borders. The effects of climate change and our responsibilities to sustainably manage our impacts on the environment cannot be accomplished by nations working in isolation. Environmental stewardship is a global effort and it is imperative that neighbouring jurisdictions work with us.

The recognition of the ecological importance of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is perhaps the most exciting element of this announcement. The commitment to work together to help safeguard the Porcupine caribou herd calving grounds that are invaluable to the Gwich’in and Inuvialuit peoples’ culture is encouraging.

Together with our other Canadian partners within the Porcupine Caribou Management Agreement, we have been working so hard to see this level of acknowledgement and commitment to Indigenous rights and environmental protection. I am elated to see this progress and am excited to see it come to fruition on the land.

I commend the specific mention to the US rejoining the Paris Agreement, which aligns well with Yukon’s actions to address climate change.

I am optimistic that this renewed relationship will lead to meaningful steps in the right direction for salmon management and conservation.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge the nomination of Debra Haaland to be the first Indigenous Secretary of the Interior. As an Indigenous woman, I understand first-hand the importance of representation in leadership roles and the positive impact it can have for our culture, in our communities, and for the success of future generations.”

Contact

Renee Francoeur
Cabinet Communications
867-334-9194
[email protected]

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Affordable seniors housing coming to Whitehorse

Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home.

Today, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) Ahmed Hussen, along with Minister Responsible for Yukon Housing Corporation Pauline Frost and Larry Bagnell, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency) and Member of Parliament for Yukon, announced a Government of Canada funding contribution of up to $34.5 million, in addition to approximately $4.5 million from the Government of Yukon for an 84-unit supported housing development for seniors in Whitehorse.

This new Normandy Manor development will be built and operated by KBC developments, a local partnership of Ketza Construction, Borud Enterprises and Northern Vision Development. Normandy Manor will help fill a gap in the housing continuum by providing housing for Yukon seniors who cannot live independently, but who are not ready to move into continuing care. When complete, the Yukon Housing Corporation will have access to 10 units in the building as part of their community housing stock.

The project is located in the Takhini subdivision of Whitehorse on the Traditional Territory of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council.

Normandy Manor is receiving support through the National Co-Investment Fund, a flagship initiative of the National Housing Strategy (NHS), the Housing Initiatives Fund and the Municipal Matching Rental Construction program.

Canada’s seniors have shaped this country and contribute to our communities every day. Now more than ever, we need to ensure they have access to a safe and affordable place to call home. Normandy Manor is testament to what can be achieved when all levels of government come together with a shared purpose, and I look forward to seeing the positive impact this project will have on the community in Whitehorse.

Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Ahmed Hussen

We are working hard to increase options for Yukoners across the housing continuum and throughout the territory. This new supportive seniors’ housing project aligns with Yukon’s Aging in Place Action Plan and demonstrates what we can achieve through effective partnerships between the private sector and municipal, territorial and federal orders of government.

Minister responsible for the Yukon Housing Corporation Pauline Frost

Yukon’s seniors deserve a healthy and affordable place to call home. Through the co-investment fund our Government is working hand in hand with the territory and private partnerships to ensure an increased stock of senior specific affordable.

Member of Parliament for Yukon Larry Bagnell

On behalf of Council, I am excited to see more supported housing for seniors in our community. We are proud to contribute to this project through a development incentive and we will continue to work with our government and First Nation partners to help people attain housing across the housing continuum. We are happy to see more seniors staying in Whitehorse and projects like these will encourage even more.

City of Whitehorse Mayor Dan Curtis

KBC is proud to have developed the first private-sector, seniors’ supportive housing in the territory that will fill a gap in the housing continuum with a product developed, built and owned by Yukoners. We recognize that this project would not be possible without the support of three levels of government, and we join all Yukoners in thanking Canada, Yukon and the City of Whitehorse for their support. When Normandy Manor opens in 2022, we look forward to turning it from a construction project into a community with supports and programs that enable seniors to live long, healthy lives and age in place.

Chief Operating Officer of Northern Vision Development Michael Hale

Quick facts

  • Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has earmarked up to approximately $34.5 million for the project through the National Housing Co-Investment Fund. Conditions for this funding are currently being satisfied by KBC Developments Inc.
  • Funding from the Government of Yukon includes: $500,000 from the Housing Initiatives Fund, $500,000 from the Municipal Matching Rental Construction Grant and $3.5 million through a prepaid lease for 10 units in the building for Government of Yukon use for 20 years.
  • In addition to the more than $23 million in mortgage financing, KBC Developments has secured $2 million in private investment and land provision from project partners, bringing the total private investment to more than $25 million.
  • The City of Whitehorse contributed $500,000 in development incentives over 10 years.
  • Construction started on the 84-unit Normandy Manor project in August 2020.
  • This project supports the goals of the Housing Action Plan for Yukon and the Aging in Place Action Plan to help Yukoners find housing that meets their needs.
  • The National Housing Strategy is an ambitious 10-year, more than $55 billion plan that is giving more Canadians across the country a place to call home, creating 125,000 new housing units and reducing housing need for 530,000 households, as well as repair and renew more than 300,000 housing units.
  • Through the National Housing Co-Investment Fund, the Government of Canada will work with partners to build up to 60,000 new affordable homes and repair up to 240,000 existing affordable and community homes.
Contact

Renée Francoeur
Cabinet Communications
867-334-9194
[email protected]

Mikaela Harrison
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
819-654-5546
[email protected]

Sarah Murray
Communications, Yukon Housing Corporation
867-334-9230
[email protected]

Michael Hale
KBC Developments
867-336-7888
[email protected]

NT5

NT Government: Public Health Emergency Extended Through March 16

March 2, 2021

Minister of Health and Social Services, Julie Green has extended the territory-wide Public Health Emergency under the Northwest Territories’ Public Health Act on the advice of Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO) Dr. Kami Kandola.

The latest extension continues through March 16, 2021.

The Public Health Emergency is required to continue to decisively respond to shifts in the NWT’s own public health situation, and maintain preventative measures.

For more information and to stay up-to-date on COVID-19 in the territory, visit the Government of the Northwest Territories COVID-19 Website at www.gov.nt.ca/covid-19/.

Media contact:

Darren Campbell
Government of the Northwest Territories
Health and Social Services
COVID-19 Coordinating Secretariat
[email protected]

NT4

How is the NWT devolving child and family services? – Cabin Radio

March 2, 2021

In June 2019, a landmark federal bill recognizing the jurisdiction of Indigenous communities over child and family services became law. Now the MLA for Monfwi is questioning how that bill is being implemented in the Northwest Territories.

Bill C-92 aims to reduce the number of Indigenous children in care and keep them connected to their families, communities and culture. It allows Indigenous communities and groups to develop their own child and family policies and laws.

In the Legislative Assembly on Monday, MLA Jackson Lafferty praised the bill and asked what action the territorial government had taken regarding its obligations under the legislation.

Read More: https://cabinradio.ca/57177/news/health/how-is-the-nwt-devolving-child-and-family-services/

Caroline Wawzonek: Procurement Review

March 1, 2021

Mr. Speaker, it is fitting that as we focus this sitting on the government’s budget, including how GNWT spending impacts the NWT economy and the role it can play in our economic recovery efforts, we are also beginning a territory-wide conversation about our government’s procurement practices and policies. Procurement is a significant tool that can positively increase the benefits of government spending on the private sector and, as a result, on the economy as a whole.

Ensuring that government procurement and contracting maximizes benefits to residents and businesses is a priority established by the 19th Legislative Assembly. Building on that, one of our government’s guiding principles is to ensure that the expenditure of public funds supports Northern businesses and maximizes economic benefits to Northerners. This is consistent with our long-standing commitment to support NWT businesses and grow a strong, diversified economy.

The conversation that has formally begun around procurement is part of the effort to achieve this priority and advance this guiding principle.

It is important to remember that the concerns and needs that led to this priority and, similarly, to the political recognition that it is time for new recommendations to improve procurement practices, came from the territory’s Indigenous governments and organizations, the business community and the public at large. Rightfully so, as the last comprehensive review was over a decade ago. The people of the NWT know, and have made clear, that we have an opportunity for positive and long-lasting change and we need to work together to achieve it.

At a time in our history when it is clearly needed, we are prepared to reset or re-imagine our government’s approach to buying and contracting the goods and services it needs to deliver its mandate. To that end, we have accelerated our mandate commitment to strengthen GNWT procurement policies and practices.

Mr. Speaker, I have spoken in previous sittings about the procurement review. I want to use this opportunity to provide an update. Recently I announced the start of the process to get this very important work done with the release of a discussion paper, dedicated section of the ITI website and the introduction of our review panel.

We have put a review panel in place that I am confident will remain open minded, objective, creative and responsive; and who I have personally asked to do so. The panel will hear from a variety of stakeholders and residents. From panel interviews, to written submissions, targeted-engagement opportunities and an online discussion platform, we are working to ensure that everyone has a means and opportunity to share their thoughts and perspectives. We want the panel to hear real experiences with government procurement: both positive and otherwise. This should include specific examples of when the system did or did not work and collect innovative ideas, for making our procurement process better. The panel will also meet with officials from Indigenous governments, about GNWT procurement generally, and ideas for a possible Indigenous procurement strategy and ways to best achieve the economic goals of modern Treaties. I will continue to reach out to Indigenous leaders as well for ongoing government to government discussions about GNWT procurement.

We need everybody with an interest in this discussion to seek out the information and opportunities that are available to provide their input.

Mr. Speaker, our use of a public review process reflects our confidence that the ideas and guidance needed on this important matter can be found in the leadership, experience and creativity that exist within the Northwest Territories.

Mr. Speaker, we want to continue to help stimulate economic growth and encourage entrepreneurship and local competition. Our review of public procurement is one part of work that must be done to support a resilient, more diverse economy. I encourage everyone in our territory to contribute to this process.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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