MMF Presents a First-of-its-Kind Manitoba-Wide Fireworks Celebration on the 150th Anniversary of Manitoba Officially Joining Confederation

WINNIPEG, MB – This year, on July 15, Manitobans will be celebrating 150 years since Manitoba officially became the fifth province to join Confederation.

“The Manitoba Metis Government is inviting all Manitobans to take a few moments to escape from the difficult times caused by COVID and witness history,” stated MMF President David Chartrand. “Never before has there been a simultaneous firework display province-wide.”

The fireworks display will take place simultaneously across the province on Wednesday, July 15 at 10:45 p.m. in Winnipeg, West St. Paul, The Pas, Cranberry Portage, Dauphin, Duck Bay, St. Laurent, Grand Marais, Portage La Prairie, Wabowden, as well as many other communities throughout Manitoba all the way up to Churchill.

“The Metis, led by Louis Riel and the Provisional Government, negotiated Manitoba’s entry into Confederation and Canada’s entry into the North-West,” emphasized President Chartrand. “We want to ensure that our celebration brings together Manitobans of all backgrounds so we can celebrate the shared history of our beautiful province we are fortunate enough to call home and do so together.”

To comply with social distancing protocols, the MMF has encouraged Manitobans not to watch the display on-site. Instead, Citizens are asked to watch from the safety of their backyards, homes, vehicles, or on your screens as the event will be live streamed on and

“We regret that the display has to be late on a weekday, but fireworks burn brightest at night and we found it of the utmost importance that this celebration take place on the anniversary of such a historic date,” concluded President Chartrand. “We hope that the timing does not discourage elders or children from enjoying the event and if it does, the live stream will remain available on our website after the event so it can be enjoyed at any time.”


Believe in Yourself; Believe in Metis.

The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) is the official democratic and self-governing political representative for the Metis Nation’s Manitoba Metis Community. The Manitoba Metis are Canada’s Negotiating Partner in Confederation and the Founders of the Province of Manitoba.

For media information, please contact:
Marci Riel
Manitoba Metis Federation
Cell: 204-619-1228


Manitoba names 12 to province’s highest honour – CBC

Recipients include Indigenous leaders, philanthropist, activists, educators and entrepreneurs

Jul 15, 2020

Twelve people — including Indigenous leaders, a philanthropist, activists, educators and entrepreneurs — have been named to the Order of Manitoba in a year that marks the 150th anniversary of the province.

The order is the province’s highest honour, established in 1999 to honour those who have demonstrated excellence and achievement, helping to enriching the social, cultural or economic well-being of Manitoba and its residents.

Typically, the annual list is announced on May 12, to coincide with the day the Manitoba Act received royal assent in 1870, but this year’s announcement was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Instead, it is being made July 15, the 150th anniversary of the Manitoba Act being officially enacted, bringing the province into Confederation. It is also the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Manitoba Legislative Building.

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Former Manitoba Mountie suing RCMP for systemic racism, discrimination – APTN News

Jul 14, 2020

Marge Hudson launched a proposed systemic racism class-action on July 7

A First Nations woman who worked as an RCMP officer for three decades claims she was subjected to “demeaning and humiliating” racist discrimination when she was a Mountie, according to a proposed class-action suit filed in Federal Court on July 7.

Margorie (Marge) Hudson launched the suit on behalf of all “racialized individuals” who suffered harms after being subjected to racism or racist acts while working for the federal police. It alleges racism is not an individual but rather a systemic problem in the RCMP.

The suit describes the alleged discrimination that Hudson experienced as “reckless, arrogant, high-handed, wanton, willful, reprehensible, vindictive, malicious and abusive.”

“The discrimination was so severe, the plaintiff began to feel that her enemy was not the criminal conduct with which she dealt during her career but rather the RCMP itself,” it says.

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Manitoba Government Further Extends State of Emergency to Support COVID-19 Pandemic Work

The Manitoba government will extend the provincewide state of emergency under The Emergency Measures Act to continue to protect the health and safety of all Manitobans and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The extension takes effect at 4 p.m. today, Tuesday, July 14 for a period of 30 days.
A state of emergency allows the government to take quick action to support Manitobans when they need it most. The state of emergency was first declared on March 20 by the powers set out in section 10(1) and 10(2) of The Emergency Measures Act to enable the province to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was further extended on April 18, May 17 and June 15.
For additional information and to view the state of emergency and public health orders, visit:
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  • Public information, contact Manitoba Government Inquiry: 1-866-626-4862 or 204-945-3744.
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  • Media requests for ministerial comment, contact Communications and Stakeholder Relations: 204-945-4916.


1911 Gold Corporation Announces Closing of $5.2 Million “Bought Deal” Private Placement of Flow-Through Shares

TORONTO, July 14, 2020 – 1911 Gold Corporation (“1911 Gold” or the “Company”) (TSXV: AUMB) is pleased to announce that it has closed its previously announced “bought deal” private placement of 8,200,000 common shares in the capital of the Company that will qualify as “flow-through shares” (within the meaning of subsection 66(15) of the Income Tax Act (Canada)) (collectively, the “Flow-Through Shares”) for aggregate gross proceeds of $5,208,000 (the “Offering”). The Flow-Through Shares were issued in two tranches with tranche one consisting of 4,275,000 Flow-Through Shares (the “Premium FT Shares”) issued to purchasers resident in Manitoba at a price of $0.75 per Premium FT Share for aggregate gross proceeds of $3,206,250 and tranche two consisting of 3,925,000 Flow-Through Shares (the “National FT Shares”) issued to purchasers resident outside of Manitoba at a price of $0.51 per National FT Share for aggregate gross proceeds of $2,001,750.

Canaccord Genuity Corp., BMO Capital Markets and Stifel GMP acted as underwriters (collectively, the “Underwriters”) in connection with the Offering pursuant to the terms of an underwriting agreement dated July 14, 2020. In consideration for their services in connection with the Offering, the Company paid the Underwriters a cash commission equal to 4.7% of the aggregate gross proceeds from the sale of Flow-Through Shares, and a reduced cash commission equal to 2.0% of the aggregate gross proceeds from the sale of Flow-Through Shares to certain purchasers on the “President’s List”. As additional consideration for their services in connection with the Offering, the Company issued the Underwriters non-transferable broker warrants of the Company (“Broker Warrants”) equal to 4.0% of the aggregate number of Flow-Through Shares issued, and a reduced number of Broker Warrants equal to 2.0% of the aggregate number of Flow-Through Shares issued to certain purchasers on the “President’s List”. Each Broker Warrant is exercisable to acquire one common share in the capital of the Company at an exercise price of $0.60 per share until January 14, 2022.

The gross proceeds from the sale of the Flow-Through Shares will be used by the Company to incur eligible “Canadian exploration expenses” (as defined in the Income Tax Act (Canada)) that will qualify as “flow-through mining expenditures” (as defined in the Income Tax Act (Canada) and, in respect of the Premium FT Shares, subsection 11.7(1) of The Income Tax Act (Manitoba)) (the “Qualifying Expenditures”) related to the Company’s projects in Manitoba and, in respect of proceeds from the sale of the National FT Shares, Ontario. All Qualifying Expenditures will be renounced in favour of the subscribers of the Flow-Through Shares effective December 31, 2020.

The Offering was made by way of private placement in Canada pursuant to applicable exemptions from the prospectus requirements under applicable Canadian securities laws. The securities issued under the Offering are subject to a hold period under applicable Canadian securities laws which will expire on November 15, 2020. The Offering is subject to final acceptance of the TSX Venture Exchange.

Blair Schultz, a director of the Company, Michael Hoffman, a director of the Company, and Shaun Heinrichs, an officer of the Company, subscribed for 100,000 National FT Shares, 50,000 National FT Shares and 30,000 National FT Shares, respectively, under the Offering on the same terms as arm’s length investors. The participation of each of Messrs. Schultz, Hoffman and Heinrichs in the Offering constitutes a “related party transaction” for the purposes of Multilateral Instrument 61-101 – Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions (“MI 61-101”). The Company is exempt from the requirements to obtain a formal valuation or minority shareholder approval in connection with the Offering in reliance on sections 5.5(b) and 5.7(1)(a), respectively, of MI 61-101, as no securities of the Company are listed or quoted on the specified markets and neither the fair market value of the securities issued to Messrs. Schultz, Hoffman and Heinrichs nor the fair market value of the consideration for the securities issued to Messrs. Schultz, Hoffman and Heinrichs exceeds 25% of the Company’s market capitalization as calculated in accordance with MI 61-101. The Company did not file a material change report more than 21 days before the expected closing date of the Offering as the aforementioned insider participation had not been confirmed at that time and the Company wished to close the Offering as expeditiously as possible.

The securities offered have not been registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or any state securities law, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from such registration requirements. This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities in any State in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

About 1911 Gold Corporation

1911 Gold is a junior gold producer and explorer that owns the True North mine and mill complex, and is reprocessing historic tailings on a seasonal basis. In addition to operating True North at Bissett, Manitoba, 1911 Gold holds approximately 54,000 hectares of highly prospective land within and adjacent to the Rice Lake greenstone belt. 1911 Gold believes its land package is a prime exploration opportunity, with potential to develop a mining district centred on its True North facility. The Company also owns the Tully project near Timmins, Ontario, and intends to focus on both organic growth opportunities and accretive acquisition opportunities in North America.

1911 Gold’s True North complex and exploration land package are located within the traditional territory of the Hollow Water First Nation, signatory to Treaty No. 5 (1875-76). 1911 Gold looks forward to maintaining open, co-operative and respectful communication with the Hollow Water First Nation in order to build mutually beneficial working relationships.


Ron Clayton
President and CEO

For further information: Shaun Heinrichs, Chief Financial Officer, (604) 674-1293,,


Manitoba Looking To Further Loosen COVID Restrictions –

14 July 2020

Manitoba’s Chief Provincial Public Health Officer says they are currently working on further loosening restrictions related to COVID-19.

Dr. Brent Roussin says it probably will not be done as an official phase. But, he says there are still a few things required to be closed due to public health orders, and they are looking at how to open those and then also loosen restrictions on things like outdoor group sizes. He notes they are also looking at ways to safely increase capacity for faith based organizations.

“We don’t have a specific date but that’s something that we’re currently working on,” says Dr. Roussin.

Dr. Roussin says there will be restrictions in place for almost any type of business for the foreseeable future.

Meanwhile, he notes it is difficult to say whether Manitoba will get to a point this fall where it will be hosting large sporting events with fans. Dr. Roussin says because of the fall respiratory virus season, our province will need to be cautious again. But, he admits Manitoba is probably further ahead today than he would have expected back in April or May.

“Don’t close the door on any options but I think this fall we’re going to still need to be cautious about very large gatherings,” he says.

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Governments announce support for Northern Manitoba food security

From: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

July 13, 2020 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

The governments of Canada and Manitoba are investing up to $240,000 through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) and $370,000 in provincial funding through Manitoba’s Northern Healthy Food Initiative to support northern food security projects, Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen announced today.

Canada and Manitoba will be providing a total of $200,000 through the CAP to support innovative projects that directly increase northern food supply. The CAP will also provide $40,000 to support the development and implementation of a training program to pair communities with provincial agriculture experts.

The Manitoba government is investing $370,000 to support local food production and food security in northern communities. This includes $150,000 to support the Northern Manitoba Food, Culture and Community Collaborative (NMFCCC) to enhance and scale up community-based local food production projects. Grant funding to the Northern Healthy Food Initiative’s key strategic partners will be increased by $220,000 this year to reinforce existing food security programming in northern Manitoba.

These collective investments recognize and celebrate the efforts of northern communities and their partners who work tirelessly to strengthen northern Manitoba’s food system.


“Everyone in Canada should have access to safe, nutritious food, no matter where they live. By learning how to prepare foods available locally, communities in northern Manitoba will have the tools to improve their food security and nutrition. Ensuring our food security, especially in our northern communities, is a cause that is close to my heart and a major preoccupation of our Government – which is why we launched the Food Policy for Canada that is supporting local food initiatives in communities across the country.”

– Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused financial stress for a number of Manitobans, making access to healthy food more difficult. Prior to the pandemic many of Manitoba’s northern communities were already facing distribution and access problems. This project will increase food security and resiliency within Manitoba’s northern region.”

– Blaine Pedersen, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister

“Needed now more than ever, strengthening food security in northern Manitoba helps build healthier communities. From greenhouses, gardens, and poultry to beekeeping and traditional Indigenous food system projects, today’s funding will not only put food on the table today, but will build leadership, self-confidence, and strengthen family and community connections for years to come.”

– Eileen Clarke, Manitoba Indigenous and Northern Relations Minister

Quick facts

  • The five-year, $3-billion Canadian Agricultural Partnership includes $2 billion for cost-shared strategic initiatives delivered by the provinces and territories and $1 billion for federal programs and services.
  • The Government of Manitoba’s Northern Healthy Food Initiative’s partners include the Bayline Regional Roundtable, Four Arrows Regional Health Authority, Frontier School Division, Food Matters Manitoba and the Northern Association of Community Councils.
  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) Local Food Infrastructure Fund emergency stream has provided $100M through food banks and hunger relief organizations to address food security nationwide.
  • AAFC’s Food Surplus Rescue Fund will make available $50M to help manage and redirect existing food surpluses to organizations addressing food insecurity in vulnerable communities, including remote and northern communities, to ensure that these surplus products are not wasted.

Associated links


Jean-Sébastien Comeau
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Media Relations
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Ottawa, Ontario

John Neufeld
Public Affairs Specialist
Government of Manitoba

Caitlin MacGregor
Press Secretary to Minister Blaine Pedersen and Minister Eileen Clarke


Manito Ahbee festival goes online with week-long virtual powwow – CBC

More than 1,000 dancers and singers competing virtually in international powwow

Jul 13, 2020

People wanting to celebrate Indigenous art, culture and music this week can do so from the comfort of their own couch.

This year’s Manito Ahbee festival was supposed to take place in May, but was cancelled due to group size restrictions during the pandemic. Many of the events were postponed until later this summer or next year.

All this week, though, the festival is hosting a virtual powwow.

Lisa Meeches, the executive director of Manito Ahbee said organizers had to get creative in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and although it’s not the same not being together in person, there’s something important about the virtual gathering.

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UWinnipeg students defend master’s theses virtually

Two University of Winnipeg Master of Arts in Indigenous Governance (MAIG) students, Maynan Robinson and Jennifer Meixner, were determined not to let COVID-19 stop them from achieving their academic goals. Unable to present in person, they defended their theses via video conference.

To accommodate all of the students working over the spring and summer months to complete their master’s degrees, the Faculty of Graduate Studies developed a new format for thesis examinations. This is one of many ways that departments across the university have responded to the need to adjust teaching and learning during the pandemic.

“Strong determination and dedicated efforts of Maynan and Jennifer to complete their masters theses and degrees during these turbulent times is truly commendable. It speaks to the resilience and academic excellence of MAIG graduates,” said Associate Professor Dr. Shailesh Shukla. “We also gratefully acknowledge the support of Graduate Studies, Indigenous Studies, and UWinnipeg colleagues and administration for their tireless support in helping our graduates succeed.”

Robinson and Meixner defended their theses in separate Zoom events in April, while Manitoba was in a province-wide state of emergency to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Robinson’s study, Decolonizing Health Systems to Enable Participation: A Manitoba Renal Program Case Study, was supervised by Dr. Lorena Fontaine with Dr. Jaime Cidro as examiner and Dr. Andre Hatala as external examiner.

“Presenting digitally offered me an environment that felt more comfortable and, therefore, more conducive to a calm and confident presentation,” said Robinson.

She explored the experiences of an Anishinaabe Elder and patient of the Manitoba Renal Program, the late Gerald Folster, who passed away in May 2020. Robinson reflected on her own experiences as an Indigenous health care provider in response to Folster’s experience. As her thesis is situated within the same health care environments which failed Brian Sinclair in 2008, she also examined the system’s response to the Sinclair Working Group’s 2017 recommendations.

“The most important learning outcome, which emerged organically from the thesis, is that there remains a pressing need to create health care environments that are explicitly anti-racist,” she said.

She is thankful to her family for the patience and help they provided throughout her studies, and is eternally grateful to Folster for sharing his experiences with her.

“Gerald offered invaluable insight as a dedicated community servant and leader, and as a patient across many different health care contexts,” said Robinson. “By agreeing to partner with me and sharing his gifts and wisdom, he gave me and my family a deeper gift than words can express.”

After years of balancing work, parenthood, and part-time studies, Jennifer Meixner would have preferred to present her thesis in person, but she was thrilled that meeting online enabled attendees to join from their own communities.

“For me, the highlight of presenting digitally was that it allowed Elder Myra Laramee to join us, to share prayers and lessons,” said Meixner.

Meixner’s study, De-Colonizing Contemporary Criminal Justice: Indigenous Innovations in Manitoba, presents local Indigenous voices on topics related to challenges and barriers in the Canadian justice system and ways to overcome them. Her thesis was supervised by Dr. Shailesh Shukla. Dr. Glenn Moulaison, Dr. Lorena Fontaine, Dr. Kevin Walby, and Elder Dr. Myra Laramee attended her virtual defense.

Meixner examined practical principles to strengthen and re-create innovations identified by participants with a goal of identifying more innovations, initiatives, and partnerships.

“We have incredible Indigenous leaders and change-makers at the community level responding to the needs of the people where systems continue to fail,” she said. “One significant learning that came out of the study is defining a local understanding of what Indigenous innovation is within the context of justice; an effort, program, initiative, or system created by local Indigenous peoples from an Indigenous lens, rooted in traditional Indigenous knowledges, worldview, and ways of doing to address needs as identified by the community.”

She is thankful to her thesis advisor Dr. Shailesh Shukla who always made time to encourage and motivate her, Elders Stan Lapierre and Myra Laramee who provided wisdom and guidance, her grandparents who inspired her to learn about Indigenous culture and systemic injustice, and her two children who showed love, understanding, and forgiveness during long hours of study.

After more than a decade working in the criminal justice system, she now works as a registered social worker at the Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth.

“In this role, I have the opportunity to amplify the voices of young people and advocate for just systems in Manitoba.”


Jennifer Cox, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg
T: 204.988.7671 E:


Mayor, community members urge Morden hockey team to ditch controversial nickname – CBC

Team president says club is looking into it, says any change won’t happen overnight

Jul 10, 2020

A senior hockey team in rural Manitoba that’s resisted calls to discard its controversial name is facing new pressure from the southern Manitoba city’s mayor and other residents.

The mayor of Morden is personally urging the Morden Redskins to ditch a nickname he considers derogatory — and vowing to personally cover the cost of rebranding the team, with anyone else who’s interested.

And others in the community are writing to team management, sponsors and city councillors, asking them to pressure the team to remove the moniker with racist connotations.

At least one business — BDO Canada — said on Twitter it’s re-evaluating its sponsorship of the club, which plays in the South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League.

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