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Indigenous leaders praise Gord Downie’s contribution to reconciliation, his project ‘Secret Path’

October 18, 2017

Indigenous leaders praised Gord Downie’s contribution to reconciliation as they mourned the musician’s death. Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler said Wednesday he knew Downie’s death was coming but he said it is still incredibly sad to know he’s no longer alive.


NAN statement on passing of Gord Downie

October 18, 2017

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, on behalf of the Executive Council, has issued the following statement following the passing of legendary musician Gord Downie.


AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Honours Memory of Gord Downie – Wicapi Omani, “Walks Among the Stars”, Offers Condolences to Family

October 18, 2017

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde today honoured the memory of Gord Downie as an artist and advocate who made a great personal effort to advance reconciliation and raise awareness of First Nations issues in Canada.


Regional Chiefs Isadore Day on North Caribou Lake First Nation's grand opening of all-season bridge: Opening doors to new opportunities

October 18, 2017

“This new bridge has taken four years of planning and preparation thanks to the hard work of Chief Dinah Kanate and her council. No longer will North Caribou Lake residents and visitors be limited to the declining duration of an ice bridge and winter road to the south. Due to climate change, what was once a winter road season of 50 – 60 days has now become as low as 20 days, and in some cases, winter roads are the only way families are connected. Far too many northern communities rely upon winter roads as critical transportation links in order to receive larger items such as building materials and food items in bulk that can last for months.


Northern Ontario First Nation to have year-round road access thanks to new bridge

October 18, 2017

A new bridge constructed in Ontario's far north means year-round road access to one First Nation community, who has had to rely on unstable seasonal roads for basic transportation needs. Leadership and members of North Caribou Lake First Nation (also known as Weagamow or Round Lake), and officials with Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the Wa-Pik-Che-Wanoog Bridge on Tuesday. The structure crosses the Weagamow Lake narrows.


AFN gains Native American backing for NAFTA Indigenous chapter

October 17, 2017

Native American tribal leadership is backing the inclusion of a chapter on Indigenous rights in the final draft of the currently under-negotiation North America Free Trade Agreement, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde said Tuesday. The National Congress of American Indians passed a motion of support backing inclusion of a chapter in NAFTA that references the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and ensures a final deal doesn't negatively impact Indigenous rights, said Bellegarde, who spoke to the NCAI annual general assembly Tuesday morning.


This Ontario Indigenous community has never surrendered its territory

October 18, 2017

Duke Peltier, Ogimaa (chief) of Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory, says his community is one of the last unceded territories in Ontario. He is one in a long line of ogimaas who have kept it that way. In 1836, a landmass the size of Prince Edward Island was promised to them. In 1862, that land was taken away by a treaty they never signed. Then, in the 1990s they were forced to go to court to defend their land rights and the fight continues to the present day.


Thunder Bay police to revamp recruiting, training as part of new diversity efforts

October 18, 2017

Police in Thunder Bay, Ont., say a new initiative aimed at promoting diversity in the service will be a permanent endeavour and one that will lead to change in the force. The efforts were unveiled at a meeting of the Thunder Bay Police Services Board on Tuesday. The initiative will put more emphasis on recruiting to better attract Indigenous and other under-represented people, better internal cultural training and revamping the Aboriginal liaison unit with a focus on community policing.


Do no harm: National conference explores blending Indigenous and mainstream medicine

October 17, 2017

Freshly-minted McMaster med school graduates slipped on ceremonial short white coats, symbolizing their passage toward become doctors. It felt, Amy Montour thought, like a secret society she had joined. And then a speaker celebrated them: You are the crème de la crème of society, he said. Montour grew up on Six Nations; a high-school dropout who raised three kids while persevering through poverty and domestic violence. "I was thinking: I bet he doesn't know my story; I'm not the crème of anything. ... I stand above nobody. My knowledge and skills don't make me better, but give me a responsibility to help others."


A Tribe Called Red founder Ian Campeau leaves group

October 18, 2017One of the founders of Juno-winning Indigenous electronic music group A Tribe Called Red announced Wednesday he's leaving. Ian Campeau, who performs as Deejay NDN, said on social media one of the reasons he's stepping aside is for his health.. "These past few years, I've spoken about how touring was difficult and triggering my anxiety and depression," he said in the post.


Thunder Bay Muslim Association creates bursary for young Indigenous mothers at Lakehead University

October 18, 2017

The Thunder Bay Muslim Association is hoping to lend a helping hand to young Indigenous mothers who are attending school and trying to make a difference. Recently, the association in the northwestern Ontario city raised $12,000 for a bursary to support young Indigenous mothers who are attending classes at Lakehead University.


Brown water better than none at all

October 18, 2017

Remember that scene from the movie “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” where all the goggled government guys wearing white hazmat (hazardous material) suits burst into the house looking for that cute little alien? That’s what it felt like one recent morning when I looked out a window and saw a dozen large men, wearing sunglasses and hard hats, roaming around the yards near my home.


Arts workshops hosted for female Indigenous students

October 18, 2017

My Life, My Community, My Ontario is an integrated arts workshop for Indigenous girls who attend White Pines 7-12 School in Sault Ste. Marie. The workshop started on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2017 and will occur during school hours for the rest of that week, ending on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. This project, supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council Creative Engagement Fund, is produced by the Female Eye Film Festival in collaboration with White Pines 7-12 School, Garden River First Nations and Batchewana First Nations and Women in Crisis Algoma.


Ontario Liberals face blowback after allegations of ignored warnings in Sarnia’s Chemical Valley

October 18, 2017

The Ontario Liberal government faced fierce blowback Wednesday after journalists, including the Star, uncovered allegations that the Environment Ministry ignored warnings from its own engineers about Sarnia’s Chemical Valley. At Queen’s Park Wednesday, Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said the revelations were “frightening” and “unbelievable.” The allegations, made in a leaked report, suggested the provincial government has for years disregarded concerns from the First Nations community of Aamjiwnaang — surrounded on three sides by petrochemical plants — and failed to heed engineers’ worries about the risk of industrial leaks with possibly irreversible health impacts. “It’s absolutely irresponsible…If this is happening in Sarnia, where else is it happening?” Horwath said.


Indigenous leader wants Barrie to ban vehicles on Allandale train station lands

October 19, 2017

Keith Doxsee wants Barrie to bar most access to the Allandale train station land. The Ontario Coalition of Indigenous Peoples (OCIP) Area 7 governor recently sent a letter to Mayor Jeff Lehman asking the city to cease much of its activity on the historical site while archaeologists search the property for centuries-old human remains. Right now, Barrie Transit uses an access road to the Allandale GO Station that goes through the historical train station lands.


Why Gladue has not lived up to its promise for Indigenous justice

October 18, 2017

On May 8, 2015, when Jeremy Davies was charged with various crimes and looking at seven years in prison, no one told him he had the right to a Gladue report. He was aware of the option, but wasn’t sure if the report, which outlines the life circumstances of Indigenous offenders, would make his situation better or worse. Davies says Crown lawyers fought to prevent him from applying for one, claiming that a Gladue report is no different from a pre-sentencing report, an even shorter document prepared by a probation officer. “They said it’s not going to make a difference,” Davies says. Davies, 35, is Ojibway and believes his roots lie on Manitoulin Island. He has spent much of his life in and out of the criminal justice system. But this latest run-in with the law was the first time that he received a Gladue report—and it was almost by accident.


No sex-trade victims found in Sudbury

October 19, 2017

Sudbury police continued their efforts to combat human trafficking this month by reaching out to sex workers through a national initiative called Operation Northern Spotlight. On Oct. 10-11, members of the Greater Sudbury Police met with individuals locally who could be at risk of exploitation, as well as spent a day on Oct. 12 in Sault Ste. Marie, assisting officers there in making similar contacts."Those being exploited can be brought through as part of a Northern circuit," he said. "We didn't find evidence of that in this case. Some of the girls were from out of town, but in the time we spent with them, didn't feel they were controlled or exploited." He said forging better connections with other police services, such as Sault Ste. Marie and the First Nations police on Manitoulin, will help in monitoring the problem in the future.


Hindu community walkathon raises $57K for Toronto's Anishnawbe Health

October 19, 2017

An Indigenous health centre will be the beneficiary of nearly $57,000 in funds raised by an annual walkathon put on by Toronto's Hindu community. For the last 21 years, Sanatan Mandir Cultural Centre has organized a walkathon to raise money, which is then donated to a different charity each year. "We live in Canada, we have to give back to this country as well," said Koki Patel, president of fundraising at the SMCC. "So this is our way of exposing our people to Canadian culture as well. We have to do our due diligence here, now, not just back home."


Northern First Nations slam Ottawa for tactics on damaged Churchill rail line

October 18, 2017

Angry words continue to fly as the possibility of repairing Manitoba's northernmost rail line before winter fades. Leaders from several northern First Nations took aim at the federal government at a news conference on Wednesday, saying Ottawa is getting in the way of a solution.


‘Obnoxious and racist’: Joint complaint from Nishnawbe Aski Legal Services and Treaty 3 calls for JP’s removal

October 18, 2017

More details have come out in regards to the nature of the complaints made against a Kenora justice of the peace. The text of the joint complaint from Nishnawbe Aski Legal Services and Grand Council Treaty 3 (GCT3) as well as the complaint from the Criminal Lawyers’ Association (CLA) to the Justices of the Peace Review Council were published in full on the KenoraOnline news website on Saturday, Oct. 14. The Nishnawbe Aski/GCT3 letter states the only solution to Justice of the Peace Robert McNally’s “obnoxious and racist language” towards Mi’kmaq lawyer Shannon McDonnough during bail court on Aug. 11 is to remove him from judicial office.


The 60s Scoop settlement and the issues behind it

October 18, 2017

We put the Sixties Scoop… InFocus. That was the Federal Government’s practice of taking about 20,000 Indigenous children and fostering, or adopting them into non-Indigenous homes. Some as far away as the United States and Europe. It happened between the late 1950s and well into the 80s, but the impacts are still felt today. Now, Canada is offering a compensation worth $800 million dollars, for status Indians. This Agreement-In-Principal excludes non-status and Metis.


Women still struggle for seat at boardroom table, report finds

October 18, 2017

Even in 2017, it is still rare to find women in British Columbia's executive boardrooms, according to a report examining the executive make-up of the province's top 50 companies. The annual scorecard, conducted by Minerva BC, an organization that promotes women in business, looks at diversity at 50 of B.C.'s top-grossing companies. It found only 19 per cent of board positions were held by women at those companies. Furthermore, nine of the 50 companies had no women on their boards, and no women of Indigenous descent held executive positions.


'The community is excited': Indigenous doctor working in Wallaceburg and Walpole Island

October 18, 2017

A new Indigenous doctor now serving patients in Wallaceburg and Walpole Island is hoping to help bring a better understanding of traditional medicine into mainstream healthcare. Dr. Samantha Boshart is currently working part-time at clinics in the community and will begin working full time in the spring. "I'm hoping we can develop the traditional healing programs such that when we have patients I can actually sit with the traditional medicine person with the patient and we can kind of negotiate what approach might work best," she said.


Nipissing First Nation Chiefs applauds move to drop Brave's head symbol at northern secondary school

October 19, 2017

The Nipissing First Nation supports the decision to drop the Brave’s head symbol at Northern Secondary School in Sturgeon Falls. And Chief Scott McLeod appreciates that school principal Laurent Paquette consulted with the First Nation on what he was considering. McLeod also says Paquette approached the First Nation sometime back and wanted to make sure the residents were alright with the effort to drop the Brave’s head as a school symbol.


Writer with violent past withdraws work from Indigenous anthology

October 18, 2017

A Cree writer has withdrawn his work from an upcoming anthology of work by Indigenous writers after other contributors objected to his inclusion due to his previous conviction for domestic assault. Neal McLeod was slated to have his work included in kisiskâciwan: Indigenous Voices from Where the River Flows Swiftly, to be published by the University of Regina Press next year.


Indigenous communities call for 'reconcili-action' 10 years after UN report

October 19, 2017

A Halifax event marking the 10th anniversary of the United Nations' Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples sparked motivating discussions on reconciliation and how to achieve it — sooner rather than later. The declaration, adopted by the United Nations in 2007, is a comprehensive report outlining "individual and collective rights of Indigenous peoples from around the world." It reports on issues like culture, identity and community. When it was originally adopted, Canada voted against the declaration, but formally announced its support in May 2016.


'We were blindsided': Grand Bank mayor anticipating job losses in wake of major arctic surf clam changes

October 19, 2017

A recent decision by Fisheries and Oceans Canada to shift some of the arctic surf clam quota away from Clearwater Seafoods could make it even harder. "Either we're going to lose a number of full-time workers and middle class jobs, or we're going to be on a part-time basis," said Rex Matthews, mayor of Grand Bank, where Clearwater does most of its arctic surf clam processing. As part of the federal government's reconciliation efforts, DFO is setting aside 25 per cent of 2018's quota for a yet-to-be-determined Indigenous-led operation. They put out a call for expressions of interest in September, looking for applications from Indigenous-owned entities based in Quebec or the Atlantic provinces.


Joint submission on Bill C-58, an Act to amend the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act

October 18, 2017

Bulkley Valley organizations and individuals included as signatories concerned about consultation. Bill C-58 will greatly impair the ability of First Nations to document their claims, grievances, and disputes with the Government of Canada and will significantly impede First Nations’ access to justice in resolving their claims. The Bill will obstruct efforts by Canada to meet the standards of redress for historical wrongs articulated in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), as it significantly undermines First Nations’ existing rights of access to information.


Sask. Federation of Labour talks reconciliation in the workplace

October 18, 2017

The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour is focusing its annual convention this year on reconciliation: How it applies to the workforce and its member. "It's a really important topic for us to deal with," said Larry Hubich, the organization's president. "We have lots of folks in our movement who are Indigenous and it's something that needs to happen ... and we have some responsibilities as Canadians to address the challenges."


Manitoba, Canada agree to pay $90 million to 4 First Nations for 2011 flood

October 19, 2017

The province of Manitoba and the federal government have agreed to a $90 settlement with four First Nation communities affected by the massive 2011 flood. The communities involved are Pinaymootang, Little Saskatchewan, Lake St. Martin and Dauphin River First Nations. A settlement approval hearing is scheduled for Jan. 12, 2018 in Winnipeg. While not admitting wrongdoing, the provincial and federal government have agreed to pay $90.2 million.


'I don't know nearly enough of who I am': Daughter of murdered parents testifies at MMIWG hearings

October 18, 2017

It's been more than 24 years since a murder-suicide shocked the ​Métis community of St. Eustache, Man. On Wednesday, the only daughter of the couple murdered that January 1993 night testified at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls about her parents' deaths. Fallon Farinacci's parents, Sherry and Maurice Paul, were killed by Andre Ducharme, who then killed himself.


Family of Indigenous woman who was decapitated says killing split community

October 17, 2017

Just one of the many cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women has left a Manitoba community divided, a family struggling with grief and a mistrust of the justice system, a national inquiry was told Tuesday. On its second day of hearings in Winnipeg, the inquiry heard about the ripple effects from the killing of Roberta McIvor – a 32-year-old woman who was decapitated on the Sandy Bay Ojibwa reserve northwest of Winnipeg on July 30, 2011.


Investigation a 'tall order': commissioner

October 18, 2017

The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is just weeks away from filing its first report to Ottawa — and the weight of family expectations must be balanced against hard realities, the inquiry’s lead commissioner cautioned. "I’d like to be able to fix everything, but that’s a pretty tall order," Marion Buller said after her arrival Wednesday in Winnipeg, midway through the week-long hearings at the downtown Radisson hotel.


‘Make changes’ woman whose parents were murdered tells inquiry

October 18, 2017

When a murderous stalker killed her parents he took not only her family but her heritage, Falon Farinacci told the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women in Winnipeg Wednesday. Farinacci was nine-years-old when Andre Ducharme fatally shot Sherry and Maurice Paul in the tight-knit Metis community of Saint Eustache, Man., in 1993. Ducharme was a childhood friend of her father’s who became obsessed with her mother, Farinacci told chief Commissioner Marion Buller.


Using art to heal at the national mmiwg inquiry

October 18, 2017

While families speak their truths at the mmiwg inquiry in Winnipeg, about 20 students are at a Winnipeg monument that honours missing and murdered Indigenous women using art to tell their stories. Jamie Black was hired to coordinate the project. “I’m really hoping that through art they can express themselves and have their voices heard in maybe a non-verbal sort of way or even in chats between each other,” said Black. The first youth panel took place at the last hearings held in Smithers, B.C. with eight students sharing a music video.


Film aims to tell the whole story of woman who ‘catfished’ the Birdman

October 18, 2017

Four years ago I travelled to a remote part of northern Manitoba in search of a ghost. I was tasked with finding Shelly Chartier, a mysterious woman who was the alleged mastermind behind an infamous online catfishing scheme that had ensnared NBA star Chris “Birdman” Andersen. Chartier lived in Easterville, a desolate community of fewer than 100 people and home to the Chemawawin Cree First Nation, who were forcibly relocated to the craggy, unproductive piece of land in 1962 when Manitoba Hydro built a hydroelectric dam and flooded their ancestral territory.


Intercultural understanding is the best way forward: Lamoureux

October 18, 2017

It’s a complicated discussion, but in today’s Canada, it is vital: how can Canada reconcile its history with indigenous people? Kevin Lamoureux, the national education lead for the Winnipeg-based National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, spoke to a crowd at Hapnot Collegiate on Sept. 27 to mark Orange Shirt Day – an event devoted to remembering indigenous issues, the history of colonization and promoting reconciliation.


Grass fire devastates County and Siksika Nation causing evacuations and damage

October 18, 2017

Residents of Gleichen were forced to evacuate late Tuesday night with high winds causing one of several Wheatland County area grass fires bearing down on the hamlet, while large swaths of Siksika Nation were also devastated by fire. The Gleichen area fire lead to a State of Emergency being declared throughout the county and residents were evacuated to the town of Strathmore and the Village of Standard for the night. “The fire just spread really, really fast because of the wind being so high,” said Fran Miller from Gleichen.


Red Pheasant First Nation, Sask. among communities fighting wildfire

October 18, 2017

When Nathan Arias got home to Red Pheasant First Nation, Sask., Tuesday it looked to him like the whole community was burning. "It looked massive," he said of the fire that threatened his community. "It was a sight to see." Red Pheasant First Nation is among the communities that battled wildfires Tuesday, as high wind fuelled blazes across Western Canada. Evacuation orders were issued for the towns of Leader, Burstall and Liebenthal.


Health ministers set for meetings in Edmonton on Indigenous health, opioids

October 17, 2017

Indigenous health, opioids and medical assistance in dying will be the major topics on the agenda later this week as Alberta Health Minister Sarah Hoffman hosts her counterparts from around the country. Two days of meetings are set for Thursday and Friday at the Federal Building on the legislature grounds. New federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor is scheduled to join the provincial and territorial ministers on the final day.


Canada C3 ship carries reconciliation message, Icebreaker comes to Powell River area as part of national expedition

October 18, 2017

A ship unlike most will be arriving in Powell River on Friday, October 20. On board is a special passenger list on a mission with a four-fold purpose, according to expedition leader Geoff Green. Primarily a floating classroom for youth engagement, the expedition provides an experiential education about the environment and science, as well as diversity and inclusion. The biggest and most consistent thread throughout is reconciliation, according to Green. “We're learning about this country's past, including its secret past about the way our country has treated indigenous people,” said Green. “We’re using this Canada 150 year as an opportunity to really look forward at the future and what the possibilities are.”


First Nations writer and artist Aaron Paquette lone Indigenous candidate to survive Alberta election

October 17, 2017

While there was a record number of Indigenous candidates running in municipal elections across Alberta, only First Nations artist Aaron Paquette was able to secure a seat around a council table. Paquette won handily in Ward 4, an area in the northeast are of Edmonton made up of mostly young, middle class households. Paquette will be the first Indigenous councillor in Edmonton in 49 years. Inuk candidate David Ward was the first to win in 1968. “Up here in the northeast we have some real needs,” said Paquette. “It benefits the entire City of Edmonton to make sure we all have what we need in our communities.”


First Nations occupying fish farms off Vancouver Island served with injunctions

October 17, 2017

First Nations occupying several fish farms off the northeast coast of Vancouver Island say tensions are rising after protesters were served with injunctions yesterday. A news release from the protesters says RCMP and representatives from Fisheries and Oceans Canada and fish farm company Marine Harvest have arrived near Alert Bay in the Broughton Archipelago.


Vaughn Palmer: Premier tries to untangle Popham's words in fish farm letter

October 18, 2017

The New Democrats faced questions in and out of the legislature Wednesday over Agriculture Minister Lana Popham’s implied threat to cancel the operating tenures for one of the major fish farming companies on the B.C. coast. Popham’s letter to Marine Harvest Canada, which surfaced Monday, was chilling on the face of it.


Coastal First Nations calls for end of whale and dolphin captivity

October 17th, 2017

The Coastal First Nations of British Columbia are calling on senators to vote in favour of Bill S-203 and end whale and dolphin captivity in Canada. As stewards of much of Canada’s Pacific Coast, President Marilyn Slett said her alliance of nine First Nations are in a unique position to speak to the importance of protecting whales and dolphins “while keeping them in the wild where they belong.”


For One Abuse Survivor, Investigation’s Door Is Sealed

October 18, 2017

Dorothy Williams, a 55-year-old teacher and grandmother, makes the Carrier language come alive in her classroom at Fort Babine—a small settlement of the Lake Babine First Nation, located down a logging road off Highway 16 in northern British Columbia, Canada. She has posted words in Carrier for the kids—seenyeen reads one of them. It means “Stand up.” Ideenneeyh means “You say it.” Those two phrases define much about who Williams is. She also teaches Carrier culture—drumming, singing, dancing and the preparation of traditional foods.



Gwitchin people ready to take on Trump over arctic drilling

October 19, 2017

The Gwitchin peoples in Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Alaska are rolling up their sleeves once again to fight for the protection of the Porcupine Caribou Herd against U.S. President Donald Trump’s attempts to reopen drilling in the Arctic. Since 1988, the Gwich’in Nation has successfully resisted multiple attempts by the U.S. Congress to open the Coastal Plain to drilling. But the Trump administration and the Alaskan congressional delegation have renewed their attempts to open it up for oil exploration. “We’re calling in our allies,” said Chief Bruce Charlie of the Vuntut Gwitchin government in Old Crow, Yukon. “These misguided plans from the Trump Administration and Congress put our ancient relationship with the Porcupine Caribou at risk for what amounts to a few months of American oil consumption,” said Charlie. “This cannot be justified and must be stopped.” The herd’s population sits just under 200,000.





New blog post on the Chiefs of Ontario Legislative Year-In Review & Bi-weekly Updates site. Find your latest legislative updates and year-in review here. We have developed this blog to keep you abreast of the legislation, programs, and strategies that impact First Nations across Ontario.


You will find information on federal and provincial legislation that impacts First Nation communities, and outlined the key strategies and programs that Ontario has initiated since releasing The Journey Together in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action.


There will be regular updates every other week on legislation as it passes through both House of Parliament and the Ontario Legislature.


To view the blog, please click the following link:


Ministry of Energy and the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) are hosting a two-day conference.

This conference will bring together Ontario First Nation communities, First Nation youth representatives, industry stakeholders and leading community energy experts, to facilitate discussions, share learning’s, build collaboration and promote community energy planning across the province.

What to expect from the Symposium: 
• Focused discussions on ways to enhance the energy support programs currently offered by the IESO, to better align programs with community needs and interests
• An opportunity to provide direct input into the IESO’s review of conservation programming for Indigenous communities, which is intended to better understand needs and remove barriers
• A forum to participate in the evolution of the IESO’s conservation and community energy funding programs to ensure they meet the needs of Indigenous communities.

When: October 25 – 26

Where: Toronto, Ontario

For more information visit or email


Youth For Water – Youth Conference

The Youth for Water program was created to empower Indigenous youth in the Peterborough, Ontario area with an interest in becoming water leaders who are unsure of which direction to take their passion. We are currently working to engage Indigenous youth from across Ontario to participate in a weeklong conference held November 6th to 10th, 2017. During this gathering Youth will receive training and support to design their own water project in their home communities.

For more information, see PDF attached or contact Kirstin Muskratt at


Reconnecting with Mother Earth – A Youth and Elders Gathering on Climate Change

When: November 4th – 5th, 2017

Where: Best Western Plus Nor’Wester Hotel and Conference Centre

Please join for a social networking evening on Friday, November 3rd 2017 starting at 7pm – 9pm.

For more information and registration, contact Fallon Andy at


Walking With Our Sisters (WWOS) is a commemorative art exhibit and ceremony honouring missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, two-spirit people and their families.

It is being hosted at the TDSB Aboriginal Education Centre from October 15 to 29, 2017.


Monday - Friday 4:30pm - 8:30pm

Saturday - Sunday 12pm - 6pm

​LOCATION: Aboriginal Education Centre, 16 Phin Ave, near Donlands/Danforth, Toronto, ON. Entrance is through the parking lot, on the north side of the school building, through the cafeteria.

For more information:


Rural Ontario Leaders Awards – Deadline November 15, 2017

The program recognizes leaders among rural residents, communities, businesses and organizations, and their work in improving the quality of life and economic well-being of rural Ontario. Recognizing leadership in rural Ontario is important to this government.  That’s why we’re celebrating the achievements of those who are dedicated to helping build a stronger rural Ontario. The awards will also help to raise the awareness of rural Ontario’s ability to foster a competitive and innovative business environment, and help recognize the essential contribution of rural Ontario to the provincial economy.

One award will be provided in each of the following streams;

•           Individual Award (25 years of age and older)

•           Individual - Youth (24 years of age and younger)

•           Community (Municipality or Indigenous community)

•           Business

•           Not-for-profit/non-government organization


Award winners will be recognized by the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, the Honourable Jeff Leal, at a special presentation during the next Rural Ontario Summit in February of next year. To help make the awards a success, we need your help. We need to know who in your community or organization has demonstrated strong leadership that supports rural economic development with any of the following outcomes:

·         Training and skills development;

·         Entrepreneurship and local employment;

·         Strong social infrastructure; or

·         Civic engagement


Help us to recognize leaders in your community who have helped to improve the quality of life and economic well-being of rural Ontario, by nominating someone today. Nominations will be accepted until November 15, 2017. If you have any questions on the Rural Ontario Leaders Awards program, please contact the Agricultural information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300, or at, or visit our website at:


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