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Government of Yukon implementing coroner’s inquest recommendations

July 12, 2024

The families, friends and communities of Cassandra Warville, Myranda Aleisha Dawn Tizya-Charlie, Josephine Elizabeth Vanessa Hager and Darla Skookum experienced losses that highlight the impacts of the Substance Use Health Emergency and the need for systemic changes to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all individuals accessing the services and supports offered at 405 Alexander.

Since the conclusion of the recent coroner’s inquest, the Government of Yukon has carefully reviewed, accepted and begun work on an implementation plan to address each recommendation. The goal is to have all recommendations implemented by the end of October 2024.

This work is being done in close collaboration with community partners and other affected parties, including Connective, the Council of Yukon First Nations, Yukon First Nations governments, non-governmental organizations – including Indigenous women’s organizations – and individuals with lived experience.

The Government of Yukon’s approach aims to ensure a safe, supportive and responsive environment for all clients of 405 Alexander, honouring the memory of those who have been lost and upholding the government’s commitment to community wellbeing.

These efforts are one piece of the broader plan to improve the Yukon’s shelter system. This broader plan also includes comprehensive policy reviews, enhanced training for staff, prioritizing the hiring of Indigenous employees and individuals with lived experience, and creating safe spaces for all shelter guests.

The Government of Yukon is dedicated to making meaningful change that protects and uplifts the Whitehorse community and all Yukoners.

The loss of these community members has deeply impacted all of us and our hearts go out to their families and loved ones. Our government is committed to continuing to prioritize the health and well-being of Yukoners. The coroner’s inquest has highlighted crucial areas of improvement to help prevent such tragedies in the future. We are fully committed to implementing the recommendations and working collaboratively with our partners to create a safer and more supportive environment at 405 Alexander.

Premier Ranj Pillai

Our community has faced a tremendous loss, and we must turn our grief into action. The recommendations from the coroner’s inquest provide a vital pathway to help ensure the safety and dignity of everyone at 405 Alexander. We are committed to working with all our partners and affected parties to implement these changes swiftly and effectively to help make meaningful change for all Yukoners. Implementing these recommendations marks just the beginning of our ongoing work to build a future where everyone feels safe, secure, and has the opportunity to thrive.

Minister of Health and Social Services Tracy-Anne McPhee

My thoughts remain with the families, friends and communities of these four First Nations women, who continue to mourn their loved ones. The systemic issues that have led to missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and Two-Spirit+ people across this country continue to impact our territory. Our government is committed to change. Implementing the coroner’s recommendations – while staying steadfast in our commitment to Yukon’s MMIWG2S+ Strategy can help us realize a future where all Indigenous women, girls and Two-Spirit+ people are treated equitably, with dignity and justice.

Minister responsible for the Women and Gender Equity Directorate Jeanie McLean

Quick facts

  • The implementation plan will primarily be funded within the current budget allocations. The Government of Yukon is committed to using existing resources to ensure the swift and effective execution of the recommendations.
  • The Government of Yukon plans to have all recommendations from the coroner’s inquest implemented by the end of October 2024.
  • All recommendations are being addressed concurrently, reflecting the need for comprehensive systemic changes to ensure the safety and wellbeing of individuals at 405 Alexander.

Media contact

Laura Seeley
Cabinet Communications
867-332-7627
Laura.Seeley@yukon.ca

Thibaut Rondel
Communications, Health and Social Services
867-332-7058
thibaut.rondel@yukon.ca

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Finance Career Camp (November 4th-8th, 2024)

Jul 12, 2024

Makigiaqta Inuit Training Corporation is looking to fill various roles for the upcoming Finance Career Camp:

  • Emcee
  • Photographers
  • Panelists/Speakers
  • Workshop Delivery

The Finance Career Camp will be held in Rankin Inlet from November 4th-8th, 2024.

For more information, interested parties can email makigiaqta@tunngavik.com

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Government of Yukon releases third Yukon Aging in Place annual report

July 11, 2024

This news release was originally released on July 9, 2024; however, it was retracted due to errors found in the final report. The final report has been corrected. The title of the news release was updated to create a new URL. No other changes were made to the news release.

The Government of Yukon has released the third and final annual report regarding the implementation of the Yukon Aging in Place Action Plan.

The Yukon Aging in Place Action Plan contains 56 recommended actions aimed at helping ensure older Yukoners can live safely, independently and comfortably in their own homes or communities for as long as possible.

To date, 30 actions are operational, 25 actions are in progress and one action has been incorporated into other actions. Since the last report, some key highlights of the work that has happened includes:

  • working with partners, such as Yukon University, to provide flexible learning options for seniors and Elders in communities;
  • building better connections for seniors and Elders within the Government of Yukon, such as Yukon Housing Corporation, to provide better services for them; and
  • working with partners, such as the Yukon Council on Aging, to increase awareness about funding options and services available to seniors and Elders.

The Government of Yukon is committed to continuously improving the lives of seniors and Elders. The Government of Yukon is grateful to the Aging in Place Seniors Advisory Committee for their dedication and contributions to advancing the recommendations and to the care providers who support seniors and Elders every day.

Our government remains committed to helping ensure Yukoners can access the support needed to live safe, independent, and comfortable lives in their own home or community for as long as possible, regardless of age, income, or ability level.  We are dedicated to supporting Elders and seniors age in place with dignity and respect as we continue to transform our health care system. Thank you to the Aging in Place Seniors Advisory Committee and everyone involved for contributing their valuable time, knowledge and wisdom as we work to fully implement all recommendations.

Minister Health and Social Services Tracy-Anne McPhee

Quick facts

  • Released in September 2020, the Aging in Place Action Plan is based on extensive public engagement with more than 1,200 people from across the territory.
  • The recommended actions are grouped into four pillars: living a full and meaningful life, housing, transportation and programs and services and infrastructure.
  • Included in the 2022-23 report are some of the programs and services available to seniors and Elders. The list starts on page 37, titled Community Connections.

Media contact
Laura Seeley
Cabinet Communications
867-332-7627
Laura.Seeley@yukon.ca

Nigel Allan
Health and Social Services
867-332-9576
nigel.allan@yukon.ca

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Naujaat Tuberculosis community-wide prevention screening concluded

July 11, 2024 (Naujaat, Nunavut) – The Department of Health, in partnership with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI), has successfully concluded the community-wide tuberculosis (TB) prevention screening clinic in Naujaat.

The clinic was launched on April 15, 2024 in response to rising TB cases in the community. On June 19, 2024, Minister of Health John Main, NTI President Aluki Kotierk, NTI Chief Administrative Officer June Shappa, Deputy Minister of Health Megan Hunt, and acting Chief Public Health Officer  Dr. Ekua Agyemang met with the Naujaat Hamlet Council to discuss the success of the screening, followed by an evening community feast.

“I’d like to extend my gratitude to the hamlet for welcoming us with open arms,” said Minister Main. “I’d also like to acknowledge our valued partners, the Public Health Agency of Canada and Indigenous Services Canada, the clinical and support staff, and especially the community for demonstrating what happens when we unite for a greater cause – we catch potential health issues early and maintain the well-being of Nunavut.”

“I was pleased to hear from council members on the clinic’s success,” said President Kotierk. “I would like to thank and congratulate the residents of Naujaat for coming together and working toward eliminating TB in their community and in Nunavut.”

During its six-week operation, the clinic successfully screened 892 individuals, meeting nearly 90 percent of the clinic’s goal to screen 1000 individuals. A total of 31 latent cases of TB were identified while a few active cases were found. This achievement provided healthcare providers with the opportunity to engage in early detection and preventative treatment programs, significantly enhancing health outcomes for Naujaat residents.

Contact

Pierre Essoh
Communications Specialist
Department of Health
867-975-5712
PEssoh@gov.nu.ca

Ivaluarjuk Merritt
Director of Communications
Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.
media@tunngavik.com

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Challenger Geomatics Indigenous Scholarships Opportunity

Jul 11, 2024

Our Indigenous Scholarships are available to Canadian First Nations, Inuit and Métis students who are interested in a career in Geomatics. Each scholarship is worth $3,000 and is given directly to the awarded applicant (you can apply up to 4 years). These scholarships are for those who have a deep desire to attend a Geomatics program in post-secondary.

Deadline to submit your application is August 31, 2024.

If you require further information, please contact us at: hr@challengergeomatics.com

https://www.challengergeomatics.com/indigenous-scholarships-application

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Nasittuq Scholarship Opportunities 2024

Jul 11, 2024

Nasittuq Corporation, with a focus on Inuit communities, is offering scholarships of up to $2,500 to deserving individuals from each of the Nunavut, Nunatsiavut, Nunavik and Inuvialuit Settlement Regions.
This scholarship aims to inspire and support students in their pursuit of advanced education across various disciplines. Whether it’s Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Electronics, Environmental Studies, Business, or Indigenous Studies.

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Mountain Province Diamonds Announces Voting Results from 2024 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders

TORONTO, July 11, 2024- Mountain Province Diamonds Inc. (“Mountain Province”, the “Company”) (TSX: MPVD) is pleased to announce the results of voting by the shareholders for the election of the Board of Directors during the virtual 2024 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders held on June 27, 2024 (the “Annual Meeting”). A total of 96,350,833 common shares were voted at the Annual Meeting, representing approximately 45.54% of the outstanding common shares.

Detailed results of the votes for the election of directors held at the Annual Meeting are set out below:

Nominee

Votes For

% For

Votes Withheld

% Withheld

Jonathan Comerford

80,937,565

91.05 %

7,958,454

8.95 %

Mark Wall

81,028,684

91.15 %

7,867,335

8.85 %

Brett Desmond

81,225,458

91.37 %

7,670,561

8.63 %

Karen Goracke

85,759,971

96.47 %

3,136,048

3.53 %

Daniel Johnson

85,724,639

96.43 %

3,171,380

3.57 %

Jeff Swinoga

81,145,774

91.28 %

7,750,245

8.72 %

At the Annual Meeting, KPMG LLP were re-appointed as auditor of the Company at remuneration to be fixed by the directors.
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About the Company

Mountain Province Diamonds is a 49% participant with De Beers Canada in the Gahcho Kué diamond mine located in Canada’s Northwest Territories. The Gahcho Kué Joint Venture property consists of several kimberlites that are actively being mined, developed, and explored for future development. The Company also controls more than 113,000 hectares of highly prospective mineral claims and leases surrounding the Gahcho Kué Mine that include an Indicated mineral resource for the Kelvin kimberlite and inferred mineral resources for the Faraday kimberlites. Kelvin is estimated to contain 13.62 million carats (Mct) in 8.50 million tonnes (Mt) at a grade of 1.60 carats/tonne and value of US$63/carat, at February 2019. Faraday 2 is estimated to contain 5.45Mct in 2.07Mt at a grade of 2.63 carats/tonne and value of US$140/ct, at February 2019. Faraday 1-3 is estimated to contain 1.90Mct in 1.87Mt at a grade of 1.04 carats/tonne and value of US$75/carat, at February 2019. All resource estimations are based on a 1mm diamond size bottom cut-off.

For further information on Mountain Province Diamonds and to receive news releases by email, visit the Company’s website at www.mountainprovince.com.

Qualified Person

The disclosure in this news release of scientific and technical information regarding Mountain Province’s mineral properties has been reviewed and approved by Mr. Dan Johnson, P.Eng., a director of Mountain Province Diamonds and Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.

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Kele Antoine wins second term as Łı́ı́dlı̨ı̨ Kų́ę́ chief – Cabin Radio

July 11, 2024

Kele Antoine has been narrowly re-elected as Chief of the Łı́ı́dlı̨ı̨ Kų́ę́ First Nation, according to results posted on the First Nation’s Facebook page on Thursday.

A statement of results suggested Antoine had received 119 votes to challenger Mavis Cli-Michaud’s 110.

Antoine came through a six-way contest for chief in 2021 to secure his first term in office. Cli-Michaud, a former chair of the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board, placed second behind Shane Thompson when she ran for the role of Nahendeh MLA last fall.

In an interview with Cabin Radio prior to election day, Antoine had promised to use a second term to advance the likes of community activities, language revitalization and housing.

Read More: https://cabinradio.ca/192510/news/politics/kele-antoine-wins-second-term-as-liidli%CC%A8i%CC%A8-kue-chief/

Nunavut communities say CRTC money for fibre internet is good news, but question how it will work – CBC

Jul 12, 2024

Government still has to prove to telecommunications body that they can provide fibre internet

Kinngait Mayor Jimmy Manning says it’s good news that fibre internet might be coming to his community, but when the government of Nunavut held a public consultation three years ago about bringing fibre internet to the hamlet, there was concern about how the cables will deal with the extremes of Nunavut’s weather and environment.

“The Hudson Strait off Kinngait and Kimmirut is known to have gigantic icebergs,” he said. “What if it will damage the cable? How long it would have to be repaired was unknown.”

Manning’s comments come after the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approved $271.9 million in conditional funding to the GN to construct a fibre internet connection for the communities of Kinngait, Coral Harbour, Iqaluit, and Kimmirut.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/nunavut-fibre-internet-crtc-1.7260682

Statement from the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources John Streicker providing update on Victoria Gold Corporation’s Eagle Gold Mine

July 11 2024

Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources John Streicker has issued the following statement:

“The heap leach failure at Victoria Gold Corporation’s Eagle Gold mine has the potential for significant environmental impacts, and Yukoners across the territory are justly concerned about what this means to the land, water, animals, economy and the way of life for Yukoners now and for generations to come.

“Our government remains committed to the safety of people, the environment and our way of life. On Friday, July 5, the Government of Yukon’s Department of Energy, Mines and Resources, in our role as the territory’s mining enforcement body, issued an inspector’s direction. This is because of the failure of the heap leach facility and our belief that a danger to the environment may reasonably be expected to result from the adverse effects of that failure.

“Under the direction, Victoria Gold is mandated to implement critical measures to safeguard our lands and waters, including developing plans to:

  • install groundwater interception lines in Dublin Gulch to manage water flow, including groundwater, below the slide in placer tailings;
  • stabilize the slide area beneath the heap leach embankment;
  • expand surface water and groundwater monitoring to assess and manage impacted areas; and
  • develop a comprehensive water treatment plan.

“Each requested plan requires a specific timeline that emphasizes the urgency of this work.

“As well, on Wednesday, July 10, we issued an additional inspector’s direction that orders the company to take immediate measures to increase its water storage capacity on site.

“In addition, since the heap leach failure, Yukon government officials have gathered information at the mine site to understand the incident and plan a path forward, prioritizing on-site safety. We continue to collect water samples and monitor test results to better understand and mitigate the impacts of the situation.

“As well, technical experts from the Government of Yukon are engaging with experts from the First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun to coordinate efforts. I want to express appreciation for the expertise and professionalism that these individuals provide and we are grateful for the collaboration.

“The Government of Yukon will continue to provide regular updates for media and the public. I would like to thank everyone involved in gathering, analyzing and sharing information so that Yukoners can remain informed about efforts underway and next steps and are better able to understand what this means for the territory. We all care deeply about these lands and waters, and we know how important it is for Yukoners to understand the impacts of the heap leach failure. We will continue to communicate openly and transparently with Yukoners about this important issue.”

Media contact

Laura Seeley
Cabinet Communications
867-332-7627
laura.seeley@yukon.ca

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