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Four UWinnipeg students to meet Michelle Obama

Four high-achieving women who are currently studying at The University of Winnipeg will interact with Michelle Obama while she is in Winnipeg on September 24. Their opportunity to meet the former First Lady was made possible by UWinnipeg and The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.

Rachelle Kabuha, originally from the Congo, is studying international development studies and criminal justice. She is passionate about helping new Canadians achieve success and encourages all of us to think about how we can create a more welcoming environment for newcomers. She plans to become a lawyer.

Courtney Bear is a member of Peguis First Nation, who is pursuing a master’s degree in development practice. While working with Dr. Melanie O’Gorman, Courtney conducted research on clean drinking water in First Nations communities. Her passion is working with Indigenous peoples and she believes that education is the key to success.

Beverly Tran is the president of the UWinnipeg Business Administration Student Association and has led the organization of events such as the emerging markets trip to Colombia and the annual Entrepreneurial Way Conference. After graduating, she wants to start her own business.

Sidney Leggett is studying applied computer science with a specialization in health technology. She has already made a contribution to the field of medical science by co-presenting results of her research into magnetic resonance imaging and brain function, in partnership with Dr. Melanie Martin. Leggett identifies as Metis.

“These young women have shown themselves to be leaders and have demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence. I think that Michelle Obama will enjoy meeting them and hearing about their future plans,” said Dr. Annette Trimbee, UWinnipeg President and Vice-Chancellor.

“Opportunities to rub shoulders with leaders like Michelle Obama are pretty rare, so we wanted to make that a reality for local students,” said Loren Remillard, President and CEO of The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber is pleased that young people are able to take part in this event. We are all about providing opportunities for the next generation of community and business leaders.”

The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce is hosting Obama in Winnipeg at Bell MTS Place on Tuesday September 24 at 12:00 noon. Obama served as First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017, transforming the position and becoming a role model, champion, and inspiration for women, families, and young people across America and around the world.

“These young women have shown themselves to be leaders and have demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence. I think that Michelle Obama will enjoy meeting them and hearing about their future plans,” said Dr. Annette Trimbee, UWinnipeg President and Vice-Chancellor.

“Opportunities to rub shoulders with leaders like Michelle Obama are pretty rare, so we wanted to make that a reality for local students,” said Loren Remillard, President and CEO of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber is pleased that young people are able to take part in this event. We are all about providing opportunities for the next generation of community and business leaders.”

The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce is hosting Obama in Winnipeg at Bell MTS Place on Tuesday September 24 at 12:00 noon. Obama served as First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017, transforming the position and becoming a role model, champion, and inspiration for women, families, and young people across America and around the world.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Jennifer Cox, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg
T: 204.988.7671 E: j.cox@uwinnipeg.ca

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University College of the North Professor Accepted for Book Publication

September 18, 2019

(Thompson, MB) – University College of the North (UCN) assistant professor, Dr. Gilbert McInnis, received notice from Peter Lang Publishing confirming that Dr. McInnis’s book Kurt Vonnegut: Myth and Science in a Modern World has been accepted for publication. This latest book is a continuation of his other work on the topic. “I enjoy reading and writing about Kurt Vonnegut because Kurt’s work is funny yet thought provoking. Kurt is our postmodern Mark Twain,” Assistant Professor, Dr. Gilbert McInnis said, “To not read Vonnegut today is like not reading Twain back then.”

Book Description:

Kurt Vonnegut: Myth and Science in the Modern World attempts to understand, in Vonnegut’s novels, how Darwin’s theory of evolution functions as a cosmogonic myth that is widely accepted in order to explain why the world is as it is and why things happen as they do, to provide a rationale for social customs and observances, and to establish the sanctions for the rules by which Vonnegut’s characters conduct their lives. Moreover, this study deals with how and why Kurt Vonnegut’s fiction represents the changing human image resulting from Darwinism. My theoretical approach will be based primarily on ideas from myth criticism and complemented by treatises on evolution.

Praise for the book from the Staff at Peter Lang:

This book is extremely significant beyond the field of Vonnegut studies. The author effectively plays the part of Toto, pulling back the curtain on a myth that has run rampant in the world and brought about great harm…Scholars and students of psychology, sociology, anthropology—and a host of other fields—would benefit from reading the work done by this author in drawing attention to the motivating myths they may be unconsciously living by.

Brief Bio:

Gilbert McInnis has contributed to Bloom’s Modern Critical Views: Kurt Vonnegut—New Edition

(2008) and contributed to Kurt Vonnegut: Critical Insights. Ed. Robert T. Tally Jr., 2013. He is currently serving on the Tataskweyak Cree Nation in Manitoba, as Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Writing Centre for the University College of the North.

Recent Scholarly Activity:

      1. Invited Lecture: “Mythical Character of Machine Language and Code.” at the International Journal of Arts & Sciences’ (IJAS) International Conference for Academic Disciplines held at Sokol Institute in Prague, Czech Republic, 23 to 26 April 2019.
      2. The Mythical Character of Machine Language and Code.” International Journal of Arts and Sciences, (June) 2019. 55 Farm Drive, Cumberland, Rhode Island, 02864-3565, USA.
      3. “The Posthuman Vision of Philip K. Dick in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” Re-Imagining the Limits of the Human. Eds. Patrycja Austin and Elzbieta Rokosz-Piejko. New York: Peter Lang, June 2019.
      4. Invited Lecturer: “The Posthuman Vision of Philip K. Dick”

International Conference Post-Colonial Theory and Practice in the Twenty-First Century: Re-Imaging The Limits of the Human, April 12-13, 2018, in Rzeszów, Poland.

Contact:

Gilbert McInnis, Ph.D.
Coordinator, UCN Writing Center
Faculty of Arts, Business, and Science
University College of the North
55 UCN Drive
Thompson, Manitoba
R8N 1L7
204-677-6405 (ex. 5049)
gmcinnis@unc.ca

Author’s Page @ Amazon
www.amazon.com/author/gilbertmcinnis

University College of the North provides learning opportunities to northern communities while respecting diverse Indigenous and northern values.

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CONTACT: Monte Koshel

UCN Director of Communications

mkoshel@ucn.ca/204.627.8244

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Rotary Place residents getting connected to the web thanks to donation of computer – Thompson Citizen

September 23, 2019

A program that aims to increase digital literacy amongst Manitobans is providing residents of Thompson Rotary Place with a portal into the online world in the form of a donated computer.

Thompson is one of five places in Manitoba, along with Winnipeg, Brokenhead, Sagkeeng First Nation and The Pas, where the Information and Communication Technologies Association of Manitoba (ICTAM), is delivering its DigitALL program, which aims to increase provincewide digital literacy with a special emphasis on seniors, newcomers to Canada, minority language speakers, low-income people, people with disabilities, those who have not completed high school and residents of rural and remote communities.

Read More: https://www.thompsoncitizen.net/news/thompson/rotary-place-residents-getting-connected-to-the-web-thanks-to-donation-of-computer-1.23954566

National Truth and Reconciliation Day -Manitoba First Nations Languages Land-Based Gathering

A Celebration of Manitoba’s Five Spoken Languages:
Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) · Anishininiwak (Ojibwe-Cree)
Dakota Oyate (Dakota) · Dënësułiné (Dene)
Nehethowuk/Ininewak (Cree)

KILDONAN PARK
WINNIPEG, MB – TEDDY BASS AREA
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2019
TURTLE LODGE – FORT ALEXANDER, MB
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2019
The event will honour Residential School Survivors and feature
language and culture activities throughout the day including
Language Tent Sessions, a Traditional Pow wow, and Feast.

For more information, please contact
AMC Education 204.987.4122 or 204.987.4128
Violet Okemaw, Director of Research and Development, MFNERC
204.594.1290 ext. 2102 or VioletO@mfnerc.com

Download Agenda
Download Registration form

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Shamattawa RCMP respond to fatal vehicle collision involving a child

On September 20, 2019, at approximately 4:00 pm, officers from the Shamattawa RCMP responded to the nursing station on a report of a child having been struck by a vehicle.

Upon arrival, officers were advised that a two-year-old boy had been struck by a vehicle near his residence on Jackfish Road. Officers spoke with the driver who advised she was driving around the rear of the residence when the boy suddenly appeared and she could not stop in time.

The child was transported to the nursing station where he was pronounced deceased.

Alcohol and speed are not considered factors in this collision.

Shamattawa RCMP continue to investigate.

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Contact information

Sgt. Paul Manaigre, Media Relations Officer
RCMP Media Relations
204-983-8497
Media.Relations.RCMP.Manitoba@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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UWinnipeg partners with the Canadian Red Cross

September 20, 2019

Whether it’s been working together during natural disasters or employing alumni and students, The University of Winnipeg and Canadian Red Cross have ties that run deep.

In May 2018, UWinnipeg opened up its Duckworth Centre to the Canadian Red Cross. Usually reserved for Wesmen sporting events, the facility was the epicentre for providing services to more than 1,000 fire evacuees from Little Grand Rapids and Pauingassi First Nations.

On Monday, September 23, UWinnipeg is once again the setting for a major Canadian Red Cross activity. This time, it’s Operation Ready — a full-scale emergency response simulation at the Axworthy Health and RecPlex that will give the UWinnipeg community and general public a chance to see the Red Cross in action. Attendees will also find out how they can support the community in times of disaster.

“We are delighted to partner with the Canadian Red Cross,” said Dr. Annette Trimbee, UWinnipeg’s President and Vice-Chancellor. “The work they do not only in Canada, but around the world, is extremely important. We are also very proud to that many members of the UWinnipeg community work and volunteer with the Red Cross in a number of capacities.”

Meet some of our talented alumni and students who are working or volunteering with the Canadian Red Cross:

Jennifer Farrant (BA ’16) – International Development Studies with a Minor in Anthropology

Jennifer Farrant came to UWinnipeg in 2011 not knowing what she wanted to pursue for a career.

After initially thinking a major in English was the right path, she was introduced to conflict resolution courses through Menno Simons College and pursued her studies in international development.

“Finding my place in the University was key to expanding my horizons and gaining experience and connections that I value to this day,” she said. “I still apply many of the lessons and skills learned both in and out of the class to my personal life, and to my career.”

And that career is with the Canadian Red Cross. Farrant was originally hired as a program assistant with the Emergency Management program in Manitoba, but has been working on a secondment as the Associate, Preparedness and Training, for Manitoba and Nunavut for about a year.

“My time at the Red Cross has been really rewarding,” she said. “I am using the skills and knowledge I gained in university to make a difference in the lives of people who are experiencing some of the worst days of their lives. The work we do is essential, rewarding, and dynamic. No two days look the same.”

Josh Walker (BA (Hons) ’12) – Criminal Justice

Josh Walker said his time at UWinnipeg taught him not only how to think critically, but the importance of data-driven policymaking.

“My time at UWinnipeg gave me an insight into the lives and thoughts of the clients I worked with, which allowed me to do a better job of case management and program delivery,” he said.

An active member in the university community, Walker volunteered in the Criminal Justice Students’ Association (CJSA), serving as the president in his last year.

“CJSA taught me about leadership and the things that have to happen to accomplish a task as an organization,” he said, noting those traits are very relevant to the work he does at the Canadian Red Cross.

Walker currently has several roles within the emergency management branch of the Red Cross, including personal disaster assistance team supervisor, emergency response team site manager, and training facilitator.

During his time with the organization, Walker has assisted in many evacuations. He recalled assisting in coordinating the Massey Manor fire response in downtown Brandon last year and, later that same day, he coordinated the evacuation of Sapotaweyak Cree Nation due to a wildfire.

“I would say that the Red Cross has been an amazing place to volunteer, they look out for the wellbeing of their clients and their volunteers alike. When you show them that you want to learn and develop, they go out of their way to make that happen.”

Alison Everitt (BA ’11 and MA ’14) – International Development Studies, Political Science, and Master’s in Development Practice in Indigenous Development.

Alison Everitt says UWinnipeg and Canadian Red Cross have played instrumental roles in her life.

An alumna of the Master’s in Development Practice program in Indigenous Development, Everitt credited the program for instilling important values.

“It taught me the importance of time management, the need to be self-sufficient and self-motivated, the importance of hard work and perseverance, and that I am in control of my own future and the attainment of my goals,” she said.

However, it was during her undergraduate studies when she was introduced to the Canadian Red Cross as part of a practicum placement.

After her placement, she stayed on as a volunteer and started working with the organization in December 2014. Now, Everitt is the Provincial Manager of Emergency Management for Manitoba and Nunavut.

“Whether working to support Syrian Refugees right when they arrive in Canada or supporting a remote First Nation community during a wildfire response, I have been able to see the strength and resiliency of people during difficult times,” she said.

“The work of the Canadian Red Cross is so important because it focuses on caring for those in need in your community and around the world.”

Andrew Johnson (BA ’07) – International Development Studies

Andrew Johnson didn’t spend his entire post-secondary studies at UWinnipeg, but the two years spent here made his career with the Canadian Red Cross possible.

“Without studying at UWinnipeg, I would not have been able to get the position I have at the Canadian Red Cross, so the school is directly responsible for my career path,” Johnson said.

After graduating, he joined the Canadian Red Cross and is currently the Indigenous community relations officer.

Over the course of his four years with the organization, Johnson has been directly involved in recruiting volunteers, developing programming to deliver direct assistance to people who have lost their homes due to fires, and was part of the leadership team tasked with coordinating evacuations in Indigenous communities.

“I really enjoy the continual change, as it keeps me growing professionally and keeps my work interesting as I am constantly learning,” he said. “The organization is always adapting to new issues and situations both domestically and internationally. This keeps the organization growing and work meaningful.”

“Working for the Red Cross becomes an identity more than just a job, and I have always been very proud to be working for the Canadian Red Cross.”

Dana Mackie (BA ’13) – International Development Studies

Dana Mackie has always had a passion for community development, both locally and internationally, which is why she majored in international development during her studies at UWinnipeg.

At the time Mackie didn’t know it, but that decision led her to her dream career.

“Without my degree in international development studies, I don’t think it’s likely I would have wound up working for the Canadian Red Cross,” she explained.

After graduating, Mackie started working but took time off to travel in British Columbia. When she returned home to Winnipeg, she decided to restart her career and follow her passion, which was local community development.

Mackie was hired by the Canadian Red Cross and remains there today as their integrated programming coordinator. If there’s one piece of advice she has for current UWinnipeg students, it’s to learn about the program areas the Red Cross work in and to take advantage of any volunteer opportunities that are available.

“The breadth of work that the Red Cross works in Canada and internationally is broad, diverse, and provides essential services to the most vulnerable,” she said. “It’s truly an honour to work for this organization.”

Evan Lilley – Majoring in Criminal Justice

Evan Lilley is a criminal justice major with a passion for volunteerism. Originally from Dakota Tipi First Nation, Lilley arrived at UWinnipeg in 2016.

He called the transition to university a “bit of a culture shock,” but has now adjusted to life on campus. When not attending class or studying, Lilley is the Indigenous affairs director for Criminal Justice Students’ Association and was elected Young Chief for the Southern Chiefs’ Organization.

While on Facebook last November, he saw a Red Cross ad looking for volunteers. He applied and has now been volunteering as an emergency response team supervisor since January.

“My time at the Red Cross has been amazing,” Lilley said. “The best part has been the courses and training they offer. I have been able to receive so much from them, and I am forever grateful.”

Without the help of the Red Cross, he said disasters would be worse than what they already are.

“Whether it’s dealing with floods, tornados, forest fires, or even personal disasters such as house fires, the Red Cross is there to help. It’s important that when disaster happens, people know they can receive help from Red Cross.”

CONTACT
Brandon Logan, Digital Communications Coordinator, The University of Winnipeg
P: 204.988.7129, E: b.logan@uwinnipeg.ca

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Delta 9 Enters into Binding Letter of Intent to Acquire Two Alberta Retail Stores

WINNIPEG, MB – September 19, 2019 – DELTA 9 CANNABIS INC. (TSX: DN) (OTCQX: VRNDF) (“Delta 9” or the “Company”), is pleased to announce that today it has entered into a binding letter of intent (the “LOI”) to enter into a definitive agreement to acquire from Modern Leaf Group Inc. (“Modern Leaf Group”) all or substantially all of Modern Leaf Group’s assets located in the Province of Alberta relating to two proposed retail cannabis stores (the “Proposed Transaction”). The acquisition will be completed through the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Delta 9 Cannabis Store Inc., or one or more of its nominee(s).

“The proposed acquisition of these additional cannabis stores continues our strategy of establishing a chain of Delta 9 branded retail stores across Canada,” said John, Arbuthnot, founder and CEO of Delta 9. “Following completion of this acquisition we will have a total of six operating retail stores in Western Canada and we are actively looking to increase this number as quickly as possible.”

Delta 9 has now organized a dedicated team to assess retail expansion opportunities across Western Canada. Kronos Capital Partners acted as Financial Advisor to the Modern Leaf Group on the proposed transaction.

The purchase price for the Proposed Transaction is $1,300,000, subject to customary adjustments and other adjustments that may be determined necessary in the course of the Company’s due diligence investigation respecting the Proposed Transaction (the “Purchase Price”). $1,000,000 of the Purchase Price will be satisfied through the issuance of 1,250,000 common shares in the capital stock of the Company (each a “Common Share”) at a price per Common Share of $0.80 based on the closing market price of the Common Shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) on the date hereof. $150,000 of the Purchase Price will be paid as a deposit (the “Deposit”) that is non-refundable except where the Proposed Transaction does not proceed due to the occurrence of certain events, or the discovery or disclosure of certain information, described in the LOI. If the Proposed Transaction proceeds, the Deposit will be applied against the Purchase Price, and the $150,000 balance of the Purchase Price will be satisfied in cash on the closing date of the Proposed Transaction.

The LOI and the Proposed Transaction are subject to, among other conditions: (i) the completion by the Company of a satisfactory due diligence investigation; (ii) the obtaining of all required third party and governmental consents, authorizations and licenses required in connection with the Proposed Transaction and the operation of the proposed Alberta cannabis stores following the Proposed Transaction, including, without limitation, all consents, authorizations and licenses required to be issued by Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis (AGLC); and (ii) the approval of the TSX.

Subject to a satisfactory due diligence investigation, management of the Company anticipates the closing of the Proposed Transaction to occur on or around November 30, 2019.

For more information contact:

Investor & Media Contact:
Ian Chadsey
VP Corporate Affairs
E-mail: ian.chadsey@delta9.ca

About Delta 9 Cannabis Inc.
Delta 9 Cannabis Inc. is a vertically integrated cannabis company focused on bringing the highest quality cannabis products to market. Delta 9’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Delta 9 Bio-Tech Inc., is a licensed producer of medical and recreational cannabis and operates an 80,000 square foot production facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Delta 9 owns and operates a chain of retail stores under the Delta 9 Cannabis Store brand. Delta 9’s shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “DN” and on the OTCQX under the symbol VRNDF. For more information, please visit www.delta9.ca. 

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Supreme Court to hear cases in Winnipeg in historic first – CBC

Indigenous, Métis leaders hope to speak to justices about perceptions of legal system

Sep 23, 2019

For the first time in its 144-year history, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear two cases outside of Ottawa this week, and it will happen in Winnipeg.

“I’ll tell you why we chose Winnipeg and Manitoba: first of all, it’s at the centre of the country. Second, there’s a large community of Francophone and Indigenous people,” Chief Justice Richard Wagner told CBC News.

“And, you know, on your licence plate it says ‘Friendly Manitoba.’ I came to Manitoba before, and it is friendly. It is a very striving and vibrant community, and diverse community. And all those reasons brought me and my colleagues to decide, that’s where we’ll start.”

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/supreme-court-winnipeg-1.5291278

MMF Annual General Assembly with Standing Ovation Votes Unanimously to Pass Resolution #6 – Authorization for Manitoba Metis Federation to Withdraw from the Métis National Council

September 22, 2019

Authorization for Manitoba Metis Federation to Withdraw from the Métis National Council

WHEREAS the Manitoba Metis Federation is the self-government representative of the Manitoba Métis, the Indigenous People also known as the historic Métis Nation and the Red River Métis, who for over two centuries have protected our People’s rights, interests, and claims;

AND WHEREAS the MMF Annual General Assembly is an integral part of the Manitoba Métis Government structure and process;

AND WHEREAS on August 24, 2019 the Manitoba Metis Federation Cabinet unanimously passed the Manitoba Authorization for Manitoba Metis Federation to Withdraw from the Métis National Council Resolution authorizing the MMF to withdraw from the MNC if necessary in accordance with the terms of the resolution which states as follows:

WHEREAS the Red River Settlement, now Winnipeg, Manitoba, is the Birthplace of the Métis Nation and the Heart of the Métis Nation Homeland;

AND WHEREAS the historic Métis Nation, the historic Red River Métis, and the Manitoba Métis, also known as the Manitoba Métis Community, are the same Indigenous People for which the names have been used interchangeably;

AND WHEREAS for over two centuries the Manitoba Métis have exercised its rights of self-determination and self-government, and protected its rights and its identity through the 1816 Battle of Seven Oaks – also known to the Métis as the Victory of the Frog Plain or la Victoire de la Grenouillère – the 1816 unveiling of the Métis Nation Flag, the 1849 Sayer Trial, the 1869 Red River Resistance, and the 1885 Battle of Batoche, and in recent times, several court decisions including Manitoba Metis Federation Inc. v. Canada (AG), 2013;

AND WHEREAS in 1870 the Manitoba Métis protected our lands, rights, and identity, by standing firm against political and military expansionist forces from the East, and through protecting what is ours, became the Founder of Manitoba and Canada’s Negotiating Partner in Confederation.

AND WHEREAS the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) as the Manitoba Métis Government has and will continue to protect the historic Métis Nation;

AND WHEREAS the MMF is a founding Governing Member of the Métis National Council (MNC) and acting through the MNC has developed and unanimously adopted in 2002 the Métis National Definition of Métis (“the Definition”) as the means by which eligible citizens of the Métis Nation could be identified;

AND WHEREAS this Definition was agreed to by all the Governing Members of the MNC

AND WHEREAS all of the Governing Members of the MNC have established and maintain Citizenship Registries and agreed to use the Definition in determining their eligible Métis Citizens;

AND WHEREAS the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) has knowingly included in their Registry of Citizens various individuals who do not satisfy the requirements of the Definition, many of whom whose ancestral origins are outside the Métis Nation Homeland and who are from Eastern Canada;

AND WHEREAS this issue has been raised at MNC General Assemblies numerous times culminating in a 2018 General Assembly Resolution;

AND WHEREAS the MNC 2018 General Assembly Resolution put the MNO on probation, pending possible suspension, to allow MNO to meet various conditions including:

  • That all MNO members must meet the criteria for citizenship in the Métis Nation set out in the 2002 General Assembly citizenship resolution including ancestral connection to the historic Métis Nation Homeland;
  • That the MNO must abide by General Assembly directives providing that all members shall re-register under the 2002 criteria with no grandfathering-in of members;
  • That a committee of the MNC Board of Governors shall be established to organize a registry review of all MNO members to ensure the above two conditions are met;
  • That a panel of registrars from the western Governing Members working under the direction of the above committee shall conduct the registry review of existing MNO members and will ensure that all future citizenship applications shall abide by the 2002 criteria.

AND WHEREAS the required committee of the MNC Board of Governors was established and informed the MNO of its intention to proceed in accordance with the General Assembly Resolution;

AND WHEREAS President Margaret Froh of MNO has failed and refused, and continues to fail and refuse, to cooperate with the committee and otherwise comply with the Resolution;

AND WHEREAS the MNC President has suspended MNO for such failure and refusal, and such decision is not being supported by and indeed is being actively undermined by President Audrey Poitras of the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) and President Glen McCallum of the Métis Nation – Saskatchewan (MNS) which thereby further encourages MNO to refuse to comply;

AND WHEREAS there has been an increase of individuals and organizations that are now calling themselves Métis and are attempting to use our name, symbols, our history, and our rights, for their own ends at the expense of our Métis Nation and thereby pose a danger to our Métis Nation;

AND WHEREAS the actions of MNO by granting citizenship to these individuals and granting recognition to organizations and communities, such as Mattawa, Georgian Bay, Killarney, and Temiskaming, who are not part of the Métis Nation, have endangered our Métis Nation’s identity including our political, social, and economic integrity and the future of our Nation’s existence;

AND WHEREAS the actions of the MNO have created a dangerous precedent and opens the doors to hundreds of thousands of individuals, who could attempt to claim Métis Nation citizenship, with membership in organizations and communities in Eastern Ontario, Quebec, or even further east;

AND WHEREAS due to the actions of MNO and the support of and undermining by MNA and MNS, the MNC is unable to uphold and protect the integrity of the Métis Nation including the Definition thereby creating conditions that the MNC can no longer have the mandate or authority to speak on behalf of the entire Métis Nation;

AND WHEREAS the MMF President and Cabinet have reached the point at which a decision may be made concerning the MMF’s continued membership in the MNC as a Governing Member.

Therefore the MMF Cabinet resolves that:

  1. The MMF President shall continue to take all reasonable steps to ensure the MNO complies with the Definition;
  2. In the event that the MMF President determines that:
  • MNO continues to refuse to cooperate and comply with the Resolution and continues to grant citizenship to individuals who do not meet the Definition; and/or,
  • MNO continues to receive support for its action from the MNA and MNS, which permits MNO to continue to grant citizenship to individuals who do not satisfy the Definition; and/or,
  • MNC is unable to protect the integrity of the Métis Nation identity and citizenship; and,
  • MMF withdrawal from MNC is the reasonable course of action; the MMF President  is authorized to take such course of action as deemed reasonable to withdraw from the MNC, including providing the MNC with the MMF’s notice to withdraw;
  1. Upon providing the MNC with a notice to withdraw, the MMF President is authorized to negotiate on such matters as may be required to bring about the withdrawal;
  2. And, upon giving the notice to withdraw, the MMF President may advise MNC that the MNC is no longer authorized to represent or speak on behalf of the MMF and the Manitoba Métis.

AND WHEREAS consistent with the Cabinet Resolution above, the 51st MMF Annual General Assembly is willing to take all actions necessary to protect the present integrity and future existence of the Métis Nation;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the 51st MMF Annual General Assembly hereby endorses, agrees with and fully supports the MMF Cabinet resolution above to withdraw from the Métis National Council passed by Cabinet on August 24, 2019 and directs the President and Cabinet to take all necessary actions to fully implement the resolution.

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Statement from Chief Eric Redhead on the Passing of a Two-Year-Old Child in Shamattawa First Nation

September 22, 2019

Treaty One Territory, Winnipeg, MB – Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc. (MKO) is issuing this statement on behalf of Chief Eric Redhead of Shamattawa First Nation in Northern Manitoba.

“The loss of a two-year-old child in Shamattawa is devasting to everyone in our community,” stated Chief Redhead. “Our children are sacred and the loss of this young boy is impacting everyone in our community. We are all experiencing shock and devastation. We are still trying to process the loss of this precious little life.”

The Shamattawa RCMP are investigating but foul play is not suspected. On September 21, 2019, the toddler was struck by a vehicle driven by a female member of the community. Drugs, alcohol, and speeding are not factors.

“This is an unfortunate accident,” said Chief Redhead. “We thank the media and others in advance for respecting members of our community by providing us with privacy as we go through our grieving.”

MKO’s Mobile Crisis Response Team and other resources are being deployed to assist community members impacted by this traumatic event.

Chief Redhead is asking for privacy for his community and for the family and friends of the child. MKO and Chief Redhead will not be providing any interviews on this issue at this time.

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