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Media Availability Invite: Rogers Hometown Hockey in Cree Broadcast Team, March 23

Media Availability Invite: Rogers Hometown Hockey in Cree Broadcast Team, March 23

On Saturday, March 23, please join Sportsnet and APTN for a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the upcoming Rogers Hometown Hockey in Cree broadcast. This will include in-person and conference call media availabilities with the Cree-language broadcast team, as well as APTN and Sportsnet spokespeople.

Event: Media availability with the Rogers Hometown Hockey in Cree broadcast team ahead of the historic live broadcast on Sunday, March 24.
Location: ATPN Studios – 333 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
When: Saturday, March 23 – 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT
2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – On-Set Photo and Video Opportunity
o Access to Rogers Hometown Hockey in Cree on-set rehearsals to capture photos, b-roll and audio (No interviews to be accommodated at this time).
3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. – In-Person Interview Opportunities

4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Conference Call Interview Opportunity
o Conference Call details:
Dial-in #: +1(866) 996-4214
Conference ID: 1659642
Conference name: APTN
• Rogers Hometown Hockey in Cree broadcast team:
o Clarence Iron – Play-By-Play Announcer
o Earl Wood – Studio Host
o John Chabot – Studio Panelist
• Rob Corte, Vice President, Sportsnet and NHL Productions
• Danielle Audette, Senior Manager of Programming, APTN

NOTE: Media interested in attending the event must RSVP by 10 a.m. CT on Saturday, March 23 to Alexandra De Pape at (Limited spots available).

Sportsnet and APTN are teaming up to deliver the first-ever national NHL game in Plains Cree. The historic broadcast hits airwaves on Sunday, March 24, as the Montreal Canadiens meet the Carolina Hurricanes on Rogers Hometown Hockey in Cree on APTN at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT. Leveraging Sportsnet’s production, APTN – the first national Indigenous broadcaster in the world – will air the landmark program featuring exclusive Cree-language commentary and analysis for fans across the country.

Media Contact:
Jacqueline Jubinville
Manager of Communications, APTN
Phone: (204) 947-9331 ext. 339
Cell: (204) 990-3562

Meghann Cox
Phone: (416) 258-3296


Brady’s bunch – Winnipeg Free Press

The distance from Cross Lake First Nations to Sunrise, Fla. is nearly 3,500 kilometres, but the journey for Brady Keeper was infinitely longer, filled with countless obstacles along the way.

If we’re being honest, it’s nothing short of remarkable that he’s arrived. Keeper, 22, inked his first pro contract this week, a two-year entry-level deal with the National Hockey League’s Florida Panthers that will pay him US$925,000 per season.

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Manitoba Calls for Clarity on Federal Bill C-69

March 21, 2019

Testifying before the Senate of Canada Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources today, Minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade Blaine Pedersen demanded clarity and improvements from Ottawa on Bill C-69, to avoid making it more difficult to build strategic infrastructure, like transmission lines, pipelines or critical disaster mitigation projects.

“Strategic infrastructure investments in flood protection projects, clean hydroelectricity and mining – that are critical for the safety of our communities and our shared prosperity – are at risk of being delayed, becoming more expensive to realize, or being stopped altogether,” said Pedersen.

The bill could also kill jobs by creating uncertainty and unpredictability over long-term investment decisions, the minister noted. Mineral and petroleum developments are the second-largest primary resource sector in Manitoba. In real 2007 dollars, the sector contributed approximately $2.7 billion to the provincial economy and employed approximately 5,700 workers in 2018.

Pedersen highlighted that should Bill C-69 pass in its current form, it would significantly change the federal regulatory process.

Specific concerns noted in the minister’s Senate submission include:

  • the lack of information and meaningful engagement on what projects will be subject to federal regulatory reviews;
  • the lack of predictability and risk of political interference created by the federal minister’s ability to intervene and designate projects for additional review;
  • the additional resources and timelines created with the introduction of a new formal planning phase; and
  • a lack of clarity on the incorporation of traditional knowledge, the role of Indigenous authorities and how the commitment in Bill C-69 to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will impact the issue of consent regarding environmental assessment decision-making.

“As it stands, Bill C-69 does not strike an appropriate balance between environmental protection and economic growth,” said Pedersen. “It risks the future prosperity for Manitoba communities and families that our government is positioned to support, without meaningfully improving environmental outcomes.”

The minister noted Manitoba joins a majority of Canadian provinces and territories that have been critical of the federal government over Bill C-69, arguing it does not achieve its objectives and is too complex, expensive and time-consuming.

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For more information:

  • Public information, contact Manitoba Government Inquiry: 1-866-626-4862 or 204-945-3744.
  • Media requests for general information, contact Communications Services Manitoba: 204-945-3765.
  • Media requests for ministerial comment, contact Communications and Stakeholder Relations: 204-945-4916.


Helping Canadian schools support Indigenous language learning – UM Today

March 22, 2019

The language we speak influences how we see the world. Its expressions and nuances bear cultural and historical significance. To lose our language is to lose a piece of our identity.

That’s exactly what Indigenous communities across Canada are trying to prevent from happening for their people.

“Many Indigenous people in Canada are recognizing and affirming the importance of language,” said Dr. Frank Deer, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Education and associate professor at the University of Manitoba.

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Families minister grilled over placement of baby who died in foster care – CBC

Stefanson answers questions about B & L Agency, which had been under provincial review

Mar 20, 2019

As Manitoba’s minister of families was questioned in the legislature Wednesday about the death of a baby in foster care, the four-month-old’s grieving parents were still waiting to see their child, two days after her death.

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs said Tuesday that Vanatasia Unique Emerald Green was in a home run by B & L Resources, the agency under provincial review in November following a CBC investigation that revealed children were left in the same home as a minor who was sexually abusing them.

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New Cross-Canada Network Launches Today to Fight Racism and Xenophobia

EN: Syed Hussan, 416 453 3632,
FR: Karen Cocq, 647-9708464,

Actions today on the International Day for the Elimination of Racism in Montreal (10am, 200 Rene Levesque) Halifax (4:30pm, Halifax Convention Centre), Toronto (5:30pm, City Hall) and Vancouver (6:30pm, 350 West Georgia). Actions in over a dozen cities this week updated here:

Canada – Actions are taking place in over a dozen cities this week from Halifax to Vancouver as part of the launch of the Migrant Rights Network, a new cross-Canada alliance to demand pro-migrant, anti-racist laws and policies, including permanent residence status for all. The Migrant Rights Network’s formation, in advance of the federal elections, has been given added urgency after the white supremacist attacks in New Zealand that left at least 50 Muslims dead.

“After decades of job loss, wage stagnation and service cuts, people across the country are increasingly worried about the future. Politicians are responding to this fear, not by raising wages or expanding public services, but by demonizing migrants and refugees,” says Syed Hussan from Migrant Workers Alliance for Change in Toronto. “This divisiveness has created a dangerous political environment, and must be stopped.”

Since the Quebec City Mosque shooting in 2017 that left 6 dead and served as a blueprint for the New Zealand shooter, police reported hate crimes have increased by 47% in Canada. At least 300 known white supremacist organizations are currently active across the country.

“CAQ won a majority after campaigning on an anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim platform. We will not allow federal political parties to repeat this disturbing and dangerous strategy,” says Niel La Dode from Immigrant Workers Centre in Montreal. “At the end of the day, we all want the same things: decent work, the ability to provide for our families, a life with dignity. The politicians and corporations who deny us these basic rights are the real problem, not migrants, not refugees, not undocumented people.”

Under current immigration policies, 700,000 people, over 70% of migrants who arrive in Canada each year, are shut out from basic services, such as healthcare and education, because of unfair temporary permits. This denial happens despite migrants and refugees paying for public services through municipal, sales and income taxes.

“The social safety net is being pulled away from us while corporations get massive tax cuts. Politicians want us fighting for scraps, and blaming immigrants for their economic mess. We can’t be distracted. We must demand the fundamental changes our communities need,” says Marco Luciano, of Migrante Canada from Edmonton.

The Migrant Rights Network is demanding permanent residence status for everyone, decent work and labour protections, universal access to social services, real gender and racial justice, and respect for indigenous self-determination. In addition, practices of displacement and persecution that force people to migrate including climate change, wars, corporate impunity and economic exploitation, need to be eradicated.

“Indigenous and racialized people suffer at every turn because of the systemic racism reflected in Canadian laws and policies. We do not want piecemeal reforms. It is time for fundamental changes,” says Stacey Gomez from Halifax. “No matter what issue you are concerned about, uniting against racism right now is our most urgent task.”

Women of colour continue to earn far less than white men. Black and Indigenous communities are unfairly targeted by police and imprisonment.

“Decisions made in Canada have directly led to the escalation of the climate crisis, political instability and the global displacement of peoples. We all have a moral responsibility to stop the Canadian government and corporations to continue profiting from unsafe mining, arms exports, and fossil fuel extraction,” says Chris Sorio from Migrante BC in Vancouver. “

Led by grassroots migrant and refugee groups, civil society organizations and labour unions, Migrant Rights Network will counter fake news about Canada’s immigration system and coordinate a national dialogue to create a Platform for Racial and Migrant Justice ahead of the federal election. All social, environmental and labour groups in Canada are invited to participate in this process.

Following the March 21 #UniteAgainstRacism mobilization, actions are also called for May 1, 2019 (International Workers Day); June 16, 2019 (Father’s Day & International Domestic Workers Day); and September 2, 2019 (Labour Day).

Upcoming #UniteAgainstRacism actions. Week of Action March 17 – 24.
More actions are being announced everyday, visit for the latest listing.

March 21, 2019

HALIFAX – 4:30pm, Halifax Convention Centre
Stacey Gomez, 902-999-4458

MONTREAL – 10am, 200 Rene Levesque
Niel La Dode, 438-505-4820; Viviana Carol Velazquez, 514-342-2111

TORONTO – 5:30pm, Nathan Phillips Square
Syed Hussan, 416-453-3632

VANCOUVER – 6:30pm, Alma VanDusen Room, 350 West Georgia Street
Chris Perry Sorio, 416-828-0441

March 23, 2019

LETHBRIDGE – 12pm, City Hall

EDMONTON – 6pm, 11834 Kingsway Avenue – Note this event is a fundraiser
Marco Luciano, 780-966-5908

March 24, 2019

MONTREAL – 2pm, Saint-Laurent Station
Safa Chebbi, 438-497-4243

OTTAWA – 2pm, 166 Frank Street
Aimee Beboso, 613-255-1921

Migrant and racial justice organizations are coming together as the Migrant Rights Network to intervene in an increasingly divisive and alarmingly dangerous political environment.


STATUS FOR ALL, STATUS NOW: Permanent resident status and family unity for all migrants and refugees here, and landed status on arrival for those that arrive in the future. Replace Caregiver “pilot project” with a Federal Care Workers Program that provides landed status upon entry for Care Workers and their families. No detentions, no deportations!

DECENT WORK: $15 minimum wage, full labour rights and no employer specific or time limited work permits.

UNIVERSAL SERVICES: Full access to quality public services including healthcare, education, income security, childcare settlement services, pensions, and more for all residents.

JUST SOCIETY: Indigenous self-determination, gender justice, and an end to racism, particularly anti-Black racism and Islamophobia.

NO DISPLACEMENT: An end to practices of displacement and persecution that force people to migrate including climate change, wars, corporate impunity and economic exploitation.


First Nation looks to self-govern after budget fails to address housing crisis – The Loop

The chief of a First Nations community in northern Manitoba is calling for self-governance as a way of tackling its on-reserve housing crisis after the federal budget did not include specific funding to address the issue.

Tommy Monias, the Chief of Pimicikamak Cree Nation, otherwise known as Cross Lake Band, hopes his community can govern themselves, which would open the possibility of generating revenue from the hydroelectric projects and mines on their land. The community would then use the money to rebuild the homes.

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Grieving mother says ‘CFS failed my daughter’ after 4-month-old dies in foster care – CBC

‘The system needs to change,’ says former CFS worker now advocating for family

Mar 19, 2019

The family of a four-month old baby is confirming the child died in the custody of foster parents after Manitoba Child and Family Services took the child from the mother.

The mother of Vanatasia Unique Emerald Green said she was informed by CFS workers on Monday morning around 10 a.m. that her daughter died as a result of choking on her bottle and/or vomit.

“There are so many questions to which I need answers,” said Daralyn Green, fighting back tears as she spoke during a news conference arranged by the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC).

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MASRC: Announcement – 2018 Aboriginal Award Winners

The MASRC would like to present the 2018 Aboriginal Athletes, Coaches, and Volunteers of the year!

Click for following links to view the Media Releases:

Athlete of the Year Media Release

Coach of the Year Media Release

Volunteer of the Year Media Release

Female Aboriginal Athlete Award – Kennesha Miswaggon from Cross Lake First Nation

Kennesha has had a long list of achievements under her belt already as a Hockey athlete and 2018 was no surprise as that trend continued. Kennesha has played with Balmoral Hall Blazers for the last three years where she was unanimously voted as team Captain by both her teammates and coaches for her grade 12 year. Kennesha is commended as a natural born leader both on and off the ice, a wonderful role model and as having a compassionate spirit. She has played on Team Manitoba for the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships every year for the last 4 years where her team took home the Gold medal for both 2017 and 2018. She aims to have the same outcome this year as the team heads to Whitehorse, Yukon. In 2018 Kennesha was selected as part of the U18 Hockey Team Manitoba for the 2019 Canada Winter Games and was also invited to and attended the Hockey Canada U18 Canadian Women’s National Training Camp.

Male Aboriginal Athlete Award – Trey Friesen from Kleefeld, MB (Key First Nation)

Trey has had an outstanding year of achievements in 2018. He competes in both indoor and outdoor track and field, cross country, soccer and futsal. Trey received an Athletic Achievement award from his school Steinbach Regional Highschool for competing in multiple sports. Here he is captain of the Steinbach Regional Sabres AAAA varsity boys’ soccer team which took home the title of Provincial champions in Swan River this past October. In track and field Trey has long list of achievements this year. Starting off 2018 with winning a gold medal in the 400m and bronze medal in the 800m at the Regina Indoor Track Games in February. In July he won a Silver medal in 4×400 relay for Team Manitoba at the Tri Province Western Canadian Championships in Sherwood Park Alberta. Trey also traveled to Ottawa in July to compete in the Canadian Jr. and SR. Track and Field Championships. In August Trey competed at the Canadian Youth National Track and Field Championships in Brandon where he placed 5th in 400m hurdles, for which he was awarded the 2018 Male Hurdler of the year award from the Optimist Track and Field Club.

Female Aboriginal Coaching Award – Lezley Sutherland from Peguis First Nation

*Coach write up to follow at later date.

Male Aboriginal Coaching Award – Keith Mason from Winnipeg (Fisher River Cree Nation)

Keith started his coaching career off 14 years ago at the Y here in Winnipeg. His love for coaching continued to evolve from there. He is currently assistant coach for the U of W Wesmen Men’s Basketball team as well as a player-coach for the Anishinaabe Pride Basketball Club Men’s team. Keith found himself coaching his Anishinaabe Pride team in the finals at both the WMBA League championships in the Spring as well as at the U of W Fort Garry Men’s league championships this fall. Keith has also taken on coaching and mentoring a new group of athletes for a youth team of 12-13-year-old boys with Anishinaabe Pride.

He also dedicates his time to traveling to Indigenous communities throughout Manitoba to help spread his passion for Basketball while mentoring aboriginal youth and helping them to develop their skills.

Keith is looking forward to leading the Team Manitoba U-14 Boys Basketball team in the North American Indigenous Games in July of 2020.

Female Aboriginal Volunteer Award – Marilyn Murdock from Fisher River (Koostatak)

Marilyn dedicates her time to the coordination of numerous sporting events in her community of Fisher River. For the last 10 years she has been an integral part of the Summer events for both canoe and York Boat. She does everything from gathering the people, making announcements, organizing teams, rallying more volunteers and every other coordinator responsibility you could possibly think of. She is so willing help to everyone in the community that as the season changes it is not unusual for Marilyn to be shuttling hockey players to and from practices. She has come to be known as a person you can always go to when you have questions about volunteerism for Sport and recreation in her community. Her dedication has inspired a sense of strength and pride in the community of Fisher River.

Male Volunteer Award – Tristan Dreilich from Gonor, MB (Metis)

Tristan volunteers much of his time to developing the skills of young aboriginal athletes in the sport of Volleyball. He has spent most of the year in 2018 working with Jayme Menzies in the process of dreaming up, developing and implementing a Volleyball program for female Indigenous athletes called Agoojin Volleyball, meaning “she hangs in the sky”. He has been a volunteer coach for NAIG in the past and will once again be assistant coach for Team Manitoba’s U-19 Female Volleyball Team at NAIG 2020. Tristan brings intention and compassion to all his interactions, he has the ability to meet people where they need both emotionally and spiritually. Tristan is always searching for ways to incorporate culture into everyday activities.

The athletes and volunteers will be officially recognized at the 2019 Sport Manitoba’s Night of Champions on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Click here for event details.

The coaches will be officially recognized on the morning of Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the Coaching Manitoba Impact Awards. Click here for event details.


Release of confidential details in Tina Fontaine report could hurt surviving kin, Indigenous groups say – CBC

Children’s advocate says details were necessary and sanctioned by Fontaine’s family

March 20, 2019

Two Indigenous organizations say they’re concerned about the release of sensitive information in the Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth’s report about Tina Fontaine and the impact it could have on surviving family members.

But the advocate says her team met with members of Fontaine’s family during their investigation, who asked them not to remove any details before it was released.

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