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Eileen Clarke nominated in Agassiz

January 17, 2019

Will carry PC Banner in new constituency: Pallister

The Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba is pleased to announce Eileen Clarke as the nominated candidate for the next provincial election after securing the party’s nomination in the redrawn constituency of Agassiz.

“Eileen has been a tremendous representative for her constituents in Agassiz,” said PC Party Leader Brian Pallister. “Her record of public service makes her the best choice to represent the new constituency of Agassiz. I look forward to working with her as we build a winning team that will continue to earn the trust of Manitobans in the next provincial election.”

Eileen Clarke has been the Progressive Conservative MLA for Agassiz since 2016.  In addition to her role as an MLA, she currently serves as Minister of Indigenous and Northern Relations.  Prior to her election as an MLA, Eileen was a business owner and municipal official, serving as Mayor of Gladstone and Vice-president of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities.

In preparation for the next provincial election, the PC Party of Manitoba has begun the process of nominating candidates across the province. The December 2018 report of the independent Electoral Divisions Boundaries Commission made significant changes to the existing electoral boundaries.  As a result, founding meetings for new or redrawn constituencies may be required prior to or in conjunction with the nomination meetings.  We look forward to building a winning team that reflects the values of Manitobans and our vision for a stronger, more prosperous Manitoba. Additional founding and nomination meetings will be held in the coming weeks.


CBC Investigates: Province changes how it counts kids in care, reports lower number than Manitoba child welfare agencies – CBC

10,776 kids in care, province says after change to how number is tallied, but agencies say total is 11,143

Jan 18, 2019

At first glance, it looks like the number of children in care in Manitoba decreased from just over 10,700 to 10,328 last year — a figure touted by the Families minister as the first decrease in the number of children in care in over a decade.

But dig a little deeper and there is a different story, where the province has made changes to how it tallies that number — and the result has raised questions about how many children are actually in care.

The province has moved from collecting self-reported numbers from child welfare agencies to using a central database to keep track of how many kids are in Child and Family Services care in Manitoba.

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Performance Opportunity: Canada Day at The Forks | Deadline: Feb 7

January 17, 2019

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 4PM CST Thursday February 7, 2019

Manitoba Music is coordinating live performances for Canada Day at The Forks this summer. One of the province’s most popular summer destinations, The Forks attracts thousands of visitors on Canada Day. This year’s concerts will celebrate and promote Manitoba artists with genre-spanning concerts featuring bands, solo artists, and DJs, on two stages at The Forks, including the main Festival Stage. This event is free and open to the public.

Performances must be ‘family-friendly’ in language and content. We welcome submissions from high-energy bands and solo artists in all genres. Artists will be compensated for their performance.

To be considered for a showcase, you must:

  • Have a current release (demo / EP / full-length)
  • Be available to perform on the afternoon and/or evening of July 1, 2019
  • Be prepared to perform a minimum 30 minutes set of primarily original music
  • Be a member of Manitoba Music and current resident of Manitoba

Preference will be given to artists who:

  • Have received recent radio play in Canada
  • Have cultivated a significant local audience and local press
  • Appeal to a wide audience

To submit:

  • Fill out the submissions form at
  • Update your Manitoba Music profile with:
    • Current music (up to three mp3s – may be selected for Manitoba Music’s streaming playlists)
    • Links to social media pages
    • Current high resolution image (300 dpi) uploaded to “Files” section
    • Current bio

Submissions will be evaluated based on:

  • Music
  • Social media presence
  • Professional history
  • Demonstrated audience following

For more info, please contact:

Andrea Davis, Membership & Administrative Coordinator
Manitoba Music


AMC: Newborn apprehensions detrimental to baby and mother

January 17, 2019

Treaty One Territory, MB _ The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs has become aware that there are imminent newborn baby apprehensions that are continuing to happen in Winnipeg.

Birth alerts are placed on mothers suspected of not being able to care for their babies. Birth alert apprehensions are being carried out according to policy standards, not law. This is clearly disastrous and detrimental to the newborn, mother and family.

“To have a newborn baby taken away in the manner they are being apprehended is alarming. Our children are sacred. They are a gift from Creator. We are all responsible for the raising of our children and ensuring their well-being, nurturing, identity, culture, language and way of being is provided,” said Grand Chief Arlen Dumas of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs.

In December 2017, the AMC passed a resolution opposing Manitoba’s Child Welfare System Reform and a resolution for the restoration of First Nations jurisdiction over families and children.

“Our newborns and children must be provided care and nurturing in a home that is culturally appropriate. When Child and Family Services sweeps in and takes the baby, First Nations do not have the opportunity to provide these things for our children. Immediate family placements must be the first priority of placement for a newborn that will accommodate access for the mother to breastfeed,” said Grand Chief Dumas.

Last summer, the Manitoba government unilaterally amended its Child and Family Services Act to include customary care, where an Indigenous child would stay within the Indigenous community. However, last week even though arrangements had been made with a family member to transfer guardianship of a newborn baby, the baby was still taken away from the mother. Sadly, even though the province’s approach to customary care should have prevented the apprehension, it still took place.

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs continues to assert that First Nations have inherent jurisdiction over their children and families. In October this position was further supported by the AMC Chiefs-in-Assembly when it endorsed Bringing Our Children Home Act: A Manitoba Specific Federal Legislation for Children and Families. This draft federal legislation will be implemented as an overarching Manitoba-specific federal legislation that will empower original jurisdiction and give effect to the creation of the five template First Nations laws on children and families. Placing a newborn with immediate family is the first consideration if a mother or father or both are unable to care for the newborn or child. Only if they cannot look after the child would then an alternative placement within the Nation would be the second choice.

Grand Chief Dumas concluded: “With the ongoing issue of newborn apprehensions, it is imperative now more than ever to work swiftly to fundamentally change the system that so adversely affects our families and children. Right now is the opportune time for the province of Manitoba to finally end its destructive policies of apprehending First Nations newborns and children. It is also a time to better train frontline workers to recognize and understand the system. They need to do better, and instead of taking our babies away from us, they need to work with us to keep our families together.”


60s Scoop’ settlement process stirring up past trauma for survivors – APTN News

January 17, 2019

60s Scoop survivor Trina Slapcoff reaches up to a makeshift cinderblock shelf in her living room and pulls down an old shoebox.

“I meant to fix this,” says the 49 year old, fussing with the box.

“it’s getting all squashed.”

The first thing she sees once the lid comes off is a picture of her when she was six. In the posed photo for her summer camp she’s smiling, literally hugging a tree.

For most, a childhood photo like this would invoke waves of nostalgia.

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Hé ho! Festival du Voyageur Celebrates 50 Years, Announces 2019 Lineup

January 16, 2019

With a loud “hé ho”, Festival du Voyageur has unveiled the programming for its 2019 festival. Manitoba’s premier winter festival has built a reputation for booking diverse acts covering just about every genre imaginable, from traditional tunes to country to indie rock to roots.

Beyond the ice sculptures, beard growing, and the warmth of caribou, the February institution is a busy music festival, offering music fans a celebration of Franco-Manitoban culture with music taking centre stage. The 10-day event, which kicks off on February 15, boasts over 150 musical acts, including plenty of homegrown talent and local heroes.

This year’s impressive list of artists includes some of the hottest local names in both French and English, including Alpha Toshineza, Amadians, Anthony OKS, Apollo Suns, ATLAAS, Bo Legged, Bright Righteous, Ça Claque, Carly Dow, Claude Bellefeuille, Dave Quanbury, Dylan & Katie MacDonald, Efflo, Erika Fowler, Ex Ømerta, Fever Rose, FINN, House Handshake, James Culleton, JD Edwards Band, Jérémie & The Delicious Hounds, Justin Lacroix, Kakagi, Kelly Bado, Kerji Stephens, Living Hour, Micah Erenberg, Mise en Scene, Moon Tan, Nation of Two, Odder Than the Otters, Okay Mann, Raine Hamilton, Roman Clarke, Rory Verbrugge & The Ruckus, Sebastian Gaskin, Sam Singer, Sean Burns, Slow Leaves, Slow//Steady, Suzanne Kennelly, Sweet Alibi, The Grey Jays, The Lytics, The Mariachi Ghost, The Osmond Davis Band, The Perpetrators, The Treble, viisi,  VIKINGS, Zrada, and many (many) more. See the complete lineup

Some of the touring headliners hitting Festival du Voyageur stages include Anomalie, Ashley MacIsaac, Astralblak, Chali 2Na, Isabelle Boulay, Kalle Mattson, Les Colocs, Reina Del Cid, Les Poules à ColinThe Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, and more.

This year’s anniversary will also see some old favourites taking the stage, including The Duhks, Hipshake, Mama Funk, Parazar, and Pisse de chameau, The New Meanies, and a Madriagaia reunion.

On Louis Riel Day (February 18), the Bell MTS Rivière-Rouge Tent will host a day of music from Indigenous artists featuring Asham Stompers, Leonard Sumner, and guests for a songwriters circle, Indian City, Sierra Noble with Kadence, and Florent Vollant of Kashtin.

Manitoba Film & Music will celebrate local talent on February 17, taking over the MTS Rivière-Rouge Tent for sets from JP Hoe, Super Duty Tough Work, and 3Peat.

Find all your Festival du Voyageur shows our free MB Live app, our online listings (quick search the “Festival du Voyageur” category), and in their official app.


U of Winnipeg: 2019 Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence Garry Thomas Morse

January 17, 2019

UWinnipeg is pleased to announce that poet, novelist, and editor Garry Thomas Morse is the 2019 Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence.

Originally from Canada’s west coast,  Morse now calls Winnipeg home. His work has twice been short-listed for the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry, and twice short-listed for the national Re-Lit Award for fiction. Morse’s poetry book Discovery Passages explores myth, history, and the injustice of the potlatch ban against his Kwakwaka’wakw Indigenous  ancestors. His recent poetry title, Prairie Harbour, traces multiple lines of his mixed ancestry, including the nomadic Wakashan speakers who were later to form various West Coast First Nations, and Jedidiah Morse, the “father of American geography.” Morse is also the author of The Chaos! Quincunx, a genre-busting speculative fiction series in three books.

Morse serves as the Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence from February  4 – 15 and February 25 to March 8, 2019.  Members of the public, as well as students and other members of the University community, are encouraged to contact him at to book a free writing consultation.

Garry Thomas Morse Events

Inaugural Reading
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 12:30 pm
Room 2M70, Manitoba Hall
Coffee, tea and cookies will be served.

The Carol Shields Distinguished Lecture
Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Room 2M70, Manitoba Hall
Refreshments will be served, cash bar.

The Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence Program at UWinnipeg was initially made possible by a generous donation from the Shields family. The program’s name honours the memory of Carol Shields, Pulitzer-prize winning novelist and Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg from 1996 to 2000. Shields was a generous mentor to emerging writers making this program a fitting tribute to her.

UWinnipeg is proud and grateful to be celebrating 14-years of the residency. Past writers in this program include Margaret Sweatman, Sandra Birdsell, John Weier, Maria Campbell, David Bergen, Ivan Coyote, Debbie Paterson, Gregory Scofield, Chandra Mayor, Jennifer Still, Rick Chafe, Katherena Vermette, and Méira Cook.

Naniece Ibrahim, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg
P: 204.988.7130, E:


Open Letter: Canada Must Stop Misleading on Joint Claims Reform and Adequately Fund Specific Claims Research

National Claims Research Directors
c/o 401-312 Main Street Vancouver BC V6A 2T2

Open Letter to Minister Carolyn Bennett:
Canada Must Stop Misleading on Joint Claims Reform and Adequately Fund Specific Claims Research

January 16, 2019
Dear Minister Bennett,

The National Claims Research Directors (NCRD) is a national body of specialized technicians who manage thirty-five Claims Research Units (CRUs) mandated to research and develop specific claims against the federal government. Collectively we have developed and advanced over 1500 claims.

As we have been doing since your government took office in the fall of 2015, we write to you today to urge you to take immediate action to restore specific claims research funding. In February 2014, then Prime Minister Stephen Harper radically cut funding to CRUs and individual First Nations across the country by 30 to 60 percent.

The research funding cuts maintained by your government continue to debilitate Indigenous research organizations across the country. As a result, work on hundreds of specific claims has slowed or ground to a halt, with no clear path forward. Your government’s 2017 one-time distribution of additional funding did not provide the continued, stable resourcing required to carry out the work to meet the requirements of the specific claims policy since each claim typically takes years to prepare.

Further, temporary infusions of research funding come at a cost to First Nations who are then denied necessary resources to participate in other parts of the process, effectively barring their access to justice. They also undermine your government’s commitment to claims resolution and your commitments to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, where Indigenous peoples right to access justice for historical losses is paramount.

Last month, you conducted a well-publicized television interview in which you stated that your government would soon announce a new specific claims process that had been co-developed with the Assembly of First Nations. You were obliged to retract that statement when we and the Nations we represent denounced your statements as inaccurate and misleading. We expressed concerns that like your predecessors, your government was acting unilaterally and willfully misrepresenting progress on promised specific claims reform.

In fact, since Prime Minister Trudeau took office in October 2015, your government has misled Indigenous Nations and the public about any productive steps toward meaningful claims reform. You have repeatedly issued empty reassurances about the importance of Indigenous-Crown relations while simultaneously impoverishing the current process: lack of resources is preventing Canada from meeting legislated timelines for claims review, denying First Nations access to the Specific Claims Tribunal, and jeopardizing negotiations.

Since October 2016, the AFN-INAC Joint Technical Working Group has been meeting to address recommendations made by the Office of the Auditor General. To our knowledge, this work has produced no joint recommendations. Further, our calls for a fully independent specific claims process that finally removes Canada’s conflict of interest have been substantively ignored.
This situation cannot continue. We repeat our calls for the immediate restoration of stable research funding to pre-cut levels. Failing to restore funding is widely viewed as a continuation of Harper-era dishonourable actions that utterly contradicts principles of reconciliation.

We request now that you respond to our letter immediately, explaining your government’s current allocation of funds and indicating how this drastic underfunding of specific claims research will be addressed.

Algonquin Nation Secretariat Director, Policy & Research Peter Di Gangi
Alliance of Tribal Nations Research Director Mark Point
Conseil Tribal Mamuitun Research Director Denis Brassard
Cowichan Tribes Research Director Dianne Hinkley
Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke Chief Political Advisor Winona Poslon-Lahache
Nishnawbe-Aski Nation Research Director Luke Hunter Nlaka’pamux Nation Tribal Council Research Director Debbie Abbott
Six Nations Lands & Resources Director Lonny Bomberry
Specific Claims Research Centre, Director Mona Donovan
Stoney Nakoda Nation, Ken Christensen, Acting Tribal Administrator
T.A.R.R. Centre of Manitoba, Inc. Research Director Cam Stewart
T.A.R.R. Centre of NS, Inc. Research Director Jim Michael
T.A.R.R. Treaty 3 Research Director Andy Sky
Treaty 8 Tribal Association
T.A.R.R. Verena Hoffman
UBCIC Specific Claims Research Program Research Director Jody Woods
Union of Ontario Indians/Anishinabek Nation Treaty Research Coordinator Alicia McLeod

David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General
Hélène Laurendeau, Deputy Minister, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs
Kukpi7 Judy Wilson, Chair, BC Specific Claims Working Group
UBCIC Chiefs Council
National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Assembly of First Nations
AFN Chiefs Committee on Lands, Territories, and Resources
BC Assembly of First Nations
First Nations Summit
All First Nations
Federal Cabinet


‘It was uncalled for’: Family of man shot by Winnipeg police speak out- APTN News

January 16, 2019

Chad Williams was shot by Winnipeg police on January 11 and died early the next morning.

The family of the 26 year old say they’re hesitant to trust the police after this.

Police say they encountered a man acting suspicious shortly before 8 pm.

APTN spoke to the family of the man fatally shot to hear how they feel about what happened.

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Bear Clan Patrol welcomes new support from Bell Let’s Talk and City of Winnipeg

$200,000 donation to grow mental health outreach to vulnerable people in the community

WINNIPEG, Jan. 16, 2019 – Bell Let’s Talk and the City of Winnipeg today announced a combined donation of $200,000 to Bear Clan Patrol, the community-based organization providing safety and belonging, mental wellness support, conflict resolution and crime prevention for vulnerable people in the community.

This new funding will help Bear Clan Patrol expand patrol coverage, grow its food distribution program and add a new resource for the counselling program.

“Bell Let’s Talk is proud to join with the City of Winnipeg to help Bear Clan Patrol in its work to provide a safe and supportive environment for members of the community struggling with mental health challenges,” said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk. “Bear Clan Patrol is having a positive impact on the lives of the most vulnerable in Winnipeg and we are pleased to support the impressive work they are doing.”

“I am happy to be able to support the Bear Clan Patrol which has had a tremendously positive impact in our community,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “Their work continues to be a source of pride and inspiration while providing a volunteer-based community service. It is wonderful to see Bell Let’s Talk putting significant dollars toward the Bear Clan and I commend them on their support.”

Bell Let’s Talk’s donation of $150,000 and the City of Winnipeg’s $50,000 donation will allow Bear Clan Patrol volunteers and staff to increase engagement to as many as 1,450 people per week from the current capacity of 450. Additional funding will also grow the food distribution program capacity from 250 people per week to 750, and also support a new resource and weekly counselling program for 25 people.

“Over the last four years, The Winnipeg Bear Clan Patrol has provided community-based solutions that offer a sense of safety and kinship to both our members and the people we serve,” said James Favel, Executive Director of Bear Clan Patrol Inc. “It’s amazing what a group of people with a purpose can accomplish and our volunteers and staff are deeply gratified by this kind of support from Bell Let’s Talk and the City of Winnipeg.”

Bell Let’s Talk in Manitoba
With the launch of Bell MTS in Manitoba in 2017, Bell Let’s Talk announced it would further expand in the province with the launch of a dedicated fund for Indigenous mental health. Today’s announcement is the third major commitment from the fund, following donations in May 2017 to Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata and in January 2018 to Ogijiita Pimatiswin Kinamatwin. The Bell Let’s Talk team continues to consult with leaders from Manitoba Indigenous communities on plans for future program funding.

Bell Let’s Talk Day is January 30
Everyone is invited to join the conversation on Bell Let’s Talk Day by sending messages of support across multiple platforms to drive awareness and action in mental health.

Bell will donate 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for each of the following interactions on Bell Let’s Talk Day, at no extra cost to participants beyond what they would normally pay their service provider for online or phone access:

  • Talk: Every mobile call and every long distance call made by Bell and Bell MTS wireless and phone customers
  • Text: Every text message sent by Bell and Bell MTS wireless customers
  • Twitter: Every tweet and retweet using #BellLetsTalk, featuring the special Bell Let’s Talk emoji, and Bell Let’s Talk Day video view at
  • Facebook: Every view of the Bell Let’s Talk Day video at and use of the Bell Let’s Talk frame
  • Instagram: Every Bell Let’s Talk Day video view at
  • Snapchat: Every use of the Bell Let’s Talk filter and video view

To learn more, please visit

Total Bell Let’s Talk Day interactions since the first event in 2011 stand at 867,449,649 and are expected to exceed 1 billion on January 30. Bell’s funding commitment for mental health, including the company’s donations based on Bell Let’s Talk engagement and its original $50-million donation to launch the initiative, is now $93,423,628.80 and expected to surpass $100 million on January 30.

About Bell Let’s Talk
The Bell Let’s Talk mental health initiative is focused on 4 key action pillars: Anti-stigma, Care and Access, Research and Workplace Leadership. Since its launch in September 2010, Bell Let’s Talk has partnered with more than 900 organizations providing mental health services throughout Canada, including major donations to hospitals, universities and other care and research organizations. To learn more, please visit

Media inquiries:

Morgan Shipley
Bell MTS Media Relations


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