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Dumas ‘should be forced to resign’ – Winnipeg Free Press

The woman who accuses Manitoba’s top Indigenous leader of sending her inappropriate text messages says he must apologize to her in person and be removed from office.

“The point is, he’s an older man, twice my age, in a position of leadership, and he has a role to play on and off the job,” Bethany Maytwayashing, 22, told the Free Press.

She gave her first interview since Friday, when Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Arlen Dumas said he was taking a leave of absence.

Last week, Maytwayashing’s boyfriend, Matthew Shorting, published a series of Facebook texts from an account that has a pseudonym, which were followed by text messages from Dumas’s cellphone number.

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The Two Cultures Today: Crisis in Knowledge Translation – FCPP

July 13, 2019

We are nearly twenty years into the 21st century, and we have not overcome what C. P. Snow called the conflict of Two Cultures—the culture of science and the culture of the humanities. Speaking two different languages, these cultures are unable to reach understanding.

The clash between the two groups originally emerged as an academic disagreement—with scientists emphasizing the natural order and parsimonious edifice of the physical world and humanists rejecting scientific explanations and aspiring for higher existential complexities. Each group considered itself to be intellectually superior to the other.

But how does this conflict manifest itself today?

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Canadian Native Fastball Championships

Hosted by Peguis First Nation

August 1-4, 2019 at the John Blumberg Softball Complex in Headlingly, Manitoba.

For full details, please visit:

Download registration forms here:

Contact Information
Mike Sutherland
Phone: 204-806-5712

Randy Strong
Phone: 204-996-5107

Donna Sutherland
Phone: 204-645-2434


‘Revel The Heart’ among slogans suggested for Manitoba’s 150th birthday – Chek News

WINNIPEG — Celebrations for Manitoba’s 150th birthday next year were almost given the slogans “Revel The Heart” and “Love Your Manitoba, Explore Someone Else’s.”

The two phrases were among three options that advertising firm McKim Communications Group presented last fall to a committee organizing the celebrations, say documents obtained by The Canadian Press under the province’s freedom of information law.

The committee ended up picking “United in Celebration” as the official slogan and unveiled it at a ceremony earlier this year.

“It’s a very robust process. You look at all three, you evaluate them,” Stuart Murray, co-chair of the committee, said in an interview.

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Press Statement from Grand Chief Arlen Dumas and The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

July 12, 2019

Treaty One Territory, Winnipeg, Manitoba

“The statement that I made on Wednesday, July 10th, 2019 is true. I never operated a fake Facebook account called Charles Forbes. This appears to be a manufactured political smear. This is not the first time false social media allegations have been made against me or many other First Nation leaders and Canadian politicians. It is unfortunate, but this likely won’t be the last time. I have reported this misrepresentation to Facebook and a third-party firm has been retained to complete a full assessment to try and determine who is responsible. In addition, AMC is undertaking a full review of our systems in order to lock down our security to prevent this from happening in the future.

These allegations are entirely false. I did not pursue a relationship of an intimate nature with this woman. I was asked by her for advice and guidance on her path forward. I provided assistance to the best of my professional ability. I messaged her to follow-up. I do this on a regular basis with numerous community members, students, and colleagues who often seek out my support. As the Grand Chief, every single day is filled with in-person meetings, phone calls, e-mail and text messages.

However, the very clear upset expressed by this woman has caused me to reconsider my open and informal communication style. While I was Chief of Mathias Colomb Cree Nation for a decade, I have always engaged with my staff, community members, other First Nation leaders and professional colleagues via calls and informal texts at all hours of the day and night on pressing issues. My ten years as Chief of my First Nation I greeted each day by hugging visitors to the band office be, they elders, friends, family, students or staff and complimenting them on their accomplishments and offering support when asked.

Upon reflection, I realize that this style of open and informal communication may not be suited to the role of Grand Chief. While I was sincerely trying to respond to her requests for support, it is clear from her recent public expression of concern that she did not appreciate our informal message exchange. I apologize if this made her feel uncomfortable.

This incident has also caused me to reflect on how others may be feeling the same way about my open and informal communication style but did not feel comfortable to tell me directly. If I have ever made anyone else feel uncomfortable in my communication style, then I would also like to apologize to them as well. I can assure you that this was never my intention, but what matters here is how people feel. I take responsibility for that.”

Grand Chief Arlen Dumas

Grand Chief Dumas has faced unthinkable tragedy and hardship throughout the last few years and he too has leaned on his staff, friends, colleagues and First Nation citizens for support. He realizes that perhaps he needs to take some time to deal with these tragedies instead of leaning so heavily on those around him. Despite his many losses, he has not taken off sufficient time to heal with his family.

After careful reflection, the Grand Chief has decided to take a brief leave of absence from his role to heal. During his time away, he also commits to taking active steps to receive counselling for his losses and also engage in professional sensitivity training so that his future communications follow a more formal communication style. His goal is to ensure that all interactions are helpful and supportive.

The media circus which focused on unfounded allegations about the Grand Chief has become a distraction to the important issues facing First Nations in Manitoba and the good work done by the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs. The AMC Secretariat stands behind the Grand Chief and will continue to move forward to protect the rights and interests of our First Nations.

During Grand Chief’s brief leave of absence, Chief Sheldon Kent, Black River First Nation, will be acting Grand Chief. The Grand Chief and his family ask that you respect their privacy through this time of healing.


About the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

The AMC was formed in 1988 by the Chiefs in Manitoba to advocate on issues that commonly affect First Nations in Manitoba. AMC is an authorized representative of 62 First Nations in Manitoba with a total of more than 151,000 First Nation citizens in the province, accounting for approximately 12 per cent of the provincial population. AMC represents a diversity of Anishinaabe (Ojibway), Nehetho (Cree), Oji-Cree, Dene and Dakota people and traditions.

For more information, please contact:

Natalie Ballentyne
Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs
Phone: (204) 987-4117


Operating in the dark’: How much detail courts get in child protection cases depends on where you live – CBC

In Manitoba, lack of information make it difficult to work on solutions: lawyer

Jul 14, 2019

Little is revealed at the outset of Manitoba child protection cases about why kids are taken into care, a recent CBC investigation into child protection court found — but lawyers in two other provinces say that’s not the case where they practise.

But they also said that they’re up against many of the same challenges those working on CFS cases in Manitoba face: court delays, heavy caseloads and a system that isn’t designed to deal with the complicated nature of families.

CBC looked at court documents in four different child protection cases in Manitoba, all of which provided few details on why the children were apprehended in the first place. When CBC sat in on proceedings at the child protection court earlier this year, few details were provided there, either.

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Welcoming Winnipeg: Reconciling our history phase two

Winnipeg, MB –The City of Winnipeg is developing a process and policy to guide how the City recognizes and commemorates various historical people and events, place names, plaques, signs, and street names.

The City is launching the second phase of community engagement on this initiative, using community feedback gathered in phase one. Feedback gathered in phase one showed that participants felt strongly that all options presented for recognizing historical people and events should be explored, with options to create new, to add to, or to remove historical markers. A proposed process has been developed to guide how we move forward in reconciling our City’s history, and throughout July, the City will be meeting with community members to discuss the proposed process and to gather feedback on how applications will be evaluated through the process.

The feedback gathered through the public engagement process will be compiled and used to help refine and further develop recommendations for Council’s consideration in fall 2019.

“The City of Winnipeg is committed to a Journey of Reconciliation and this component of Reconciling our History is just one way that we are demonstrating our commitment,” said Rhonda Forgues, Manager, Indigenous Relations Division. “We have an opportunity to enhance our relationship with Indigenous Peoples and the traditional lands on which Winnipeg was built. This initiative supports our work through the Calls to Actions related to municipalities, particularly UNDRIP and the articles that speak to ensuring Indigenous peoples have the right to have their histories appropriately reflected in public information.”

Community members are invited to get involved in phase two, either online or in-person, to have their say in the future of creating a Welcoming Winnipeg.

  • Complete an online survey to help improve and refine the proposed process. The survey will be available until August 2, 2019.
  • Participate in an in-person community discussion to discuss proposed process and criteria for evaluating proposals to recognize and commemorate our history. Please RSVP to
Date Time Location
Thursday, July 18, 2019 5 pm – 8p.m. Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre
445 King St.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Neeginan Centre
181 Higgins Ave.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Manitoba Metis Federation
180 Henry Ave.

In July 2010, the Canadian, Provincial and Municipal government parties signed the Memorandum of Collaboration (MOC) to work together and better align resources to improve socio-economic outcomes for the Indigenous peoples in Winnipeg and to improve the capacity of Indigenous organizations to carry-out their mandates.

The three parties collaborated on the development of priority areas in which to achieve these goals and from this, Welcoming Winnipeg was created.  Dialogue across the country on shared history in various cities specific to markers, plaques and names prompted action in Winnipeg and is one aspect of the Welcoming Winnipeg initiative.

This component of the Welcoming Winnipeg initiative is just one aspect of the reconciliation process we, as a city, are committed to, and will help ensure that the contributions, experiences, and perspectives of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit are reflected truthfully in our stories, historical markers, and place names.

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Manitoba grand chief stepping down to ‘heal’ after texting scandal – APTN News

July 12, 2019

Grand Chief Arlen Dumas of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs has announced will be stepping away from his position to “heal” after a woman accused him of inappropriately trying to contact her by text.

On July 10, APTN News reported that Dumas had contacted 22-year-old Bethany Maytwayashing who says he sent her unwanted and inappropriate messages and texts.

Read the statement here:

Press Statement from Grand Chief Arlen Dumas and the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

Dumas has denied the allegations. He claims someone impersonated him on Facebook Messenger and in cellphone texts.

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Minister Bennett announces funding for Métis National Heritage Centre

From: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

July 12, 2019 — Winnipeg, MANITOBA — Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Showcasing the history of the Métis Nation, and highlighting the rich heritage and contributions of Métis people to the development of Canada is key to advancing reconciliation.

Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, announced funding for the construction of a Métis National Heritage Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The Government of Canada is providing up to $5.1 million towards the construction of the Métis National Heritage Centre.

The first of its kind in Canada, the Métis National Heritage Centre will provide members of the Métis Nation with an opportunity to tell their story. It will provide Canadians with an opportunity to learn about the heritage, language, culture, methods of governance, and contributions of the Métis Nation before, during, and after Confederation.


“The Métis National Heritage Centre represents Canada’s deep commitment to work in partnership with the Métis Nation to advance reconciliation. Today is an incredibly important day as we continue to work with the Métis Nation to ensure that their heritage is preserved and that all Canadians will be able to better understand the rightful place of the Métis Nation in Canadian history.”

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

“I am so pleased this heritage centre will be located in the Birthplace of the Metis Nation and the Heart of the Metis Nation Homeland. This is our home. This is our land. As Partners in Confederation, and as neighbours and friends, I look forward to the day soon when I can welcome visitors from Manitoba, and indeed from around the world, to this centre of excellence, where they can truly understand the contributions of the Metis People to this province and to all of Canada.”

David Chartrand,
President, Manitoba Metis Federation

“Ensuring the Métis Nation is able to provide its members an opportunity to tell their story is an important step in our shared journey of reconciliation. The Métis Heritage Centre will play an important role in helping Canadians understand our shared history. Together, let’s continue to build the modern, green and resilient infrastructure of the 21st century that Métis deserve.”

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne,
Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“In November 2018, I heard first hand from the Métis community in Manitoba how the government’s past actions have harmed their culture. Thanks to their tireless work, we are announcing today an important investment to help create Canada’s first Métis heritage center in the heartland of the Métis people, which will help to promote the history and culture of the Métis. This is reconciliation in action.”

The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez,
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism

Quick facts

  • In the early 1990s the Manitoba Metis Federation was mandated by the Métis National Council to develop a national heritage centre.

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For more information, media may contact:

Matthew Dillon-Leitch
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

Media Relations
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada


New Federal Funding for Metis National Heritage Centre

July 12, 2019

Winnipeg, MB– Today, the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) and the Government of Canada unveiled new funding for the construction of a Métis National Heritage Centre in Winnipeg. The centre will be the first of its kind in Canada and will showcase the history of the Métis Nation, highlighting the rich heritage and contributions of the Métis People to the development of Canada.

“I am so pleased this heritage centre will be in the Birthplace of the Metis Nation and the Heart of the Metis Nation Homeland,” said MMF President, David Chartrand. “This is our home. This is our land. As Partners in Confederation, and as neighbours and friends, I look forward to the day when I can welcome visitors from Manitoba, and indeed from around the world, to this centre of excellence, where they can truly understand the contributions of the Metis People to this province and to all of Canada.”

Crown Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada is funding $3.4 million towards the construction of the Centre.

“The Government of Canada is pleased to invest in the construction of a Métis National Heritage Centre, which will foster reconciliation between Canada and the Métis Nation,” said Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, Carolyn Bennett. “We are proud to work with the Métis Nation to ensure their rightful place in Canadian history.”

The Métis National Heritage Centre will provide Metis Citizens with an opportunity to tell their story. It will also provide Canadians with an opportunity to learn about the heritage, language, culture, methods of governance, and contributions of the Métis Nation before, during, and after Confederation.

“This initiative represents this federal government’s continued commitment to work in partnership with the Métis People, to advance reconciliation and self-determination,” added President Chartrand. “By teaching our history to other Canadians, we are able to re-affirm our place in Confederation and the rights that come with it.”


Believe in Yourself; Believe in Métis.

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

For MMF media information, please contact:
Manitoba Metis Federation
Al Foster – Director of Communications
Cell: 204-806-4752


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