Plan underway to supply Churchill with ice road as rail remains knocked out – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Oct 20, 2017 15:23

WINNIPEG _ Plans are underway to supply Churchill, Man., with an ice road as the rail link that normally provides a lifeline to the community remains out of commission.

Mark Kohaykewych, president of Polar Industries, said Friday the company has partnered with the Fox Lake Cree Nation and Churchill-based Remote Area Services to carve out an ice road along the 300 kilometres of wilderness between the end of the working rail line at Gillam, Man., and Churchill.

He said the partners hope to see some financial support from the Manitoba government, but for now plan to operate on their own tight budget.

“This is a go. Right now without any support from any level of government, we’re sort of tied to a shoestring budget. But we’re hoping that they’re going to come to the table and step up and assist us,” he said.

Kohaykewych said they plan to haul construction equipment and supplies, fuel, as well as potentially food and necessities for stores in the town.

He said the route would take about 30 hours to run, but that time could be cut by as much as half if the company has enough resources to run dedicated teams to maintain the route.

Government support would help with that, Kohaykewych said, while he’s also hoping government will step in with more direct food subsidy support for people in Churchill.

Climate change has made some ice routes more difficult to maintain in recent years, but Kohaykewych said they’ll just adjust maintenance and scheduling to changing conditions to make sure the route remains open.

“All that’s going to happen is we’re going to have to be vigilant with the changing weather, and at times have to shut down like we did last year, just to preserve the integrity and longevity of the road.”

Kohaykewych said the ice road backup plan has been in the works since June when he surveyed the land and realized it could work, but kept quiet to not disrupt rail plans.

“We wanted to make sure we didn’t overstep the town’s plan to try and get the rail line fixed, which is a more permanent solution for them.”

Last week the federal government issued an ultimatum to Omnitrax, the company that owns the broken rail line, to fix the track within 30 days or face a $19-million lawsuit because it’s obliged to maintain the line.

Kohaykewych, however, that time is running out to repair the line, so they’re going ahead with their plan.

“As winter draws near, I mean they had a snowstorm a couple days ago up in Churchill, this plan needs to get executed.”


Manitoba News Release: Work of Seniors Across Province Acknowledged with Manitoba Council on Aging Recognition Awards for 2017

October 20, 2017

The Manitoba Council on Aging is acknowledging the hard work of seniors across the province with recognition awards, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen said today.

“Seniors and others from across the province are working to strengthen their communities and make life better for all residents,” said Goertzen.  “These awards recognize their contributions and thank them for taking the time to make their communities better places to live.”

The Manitoba Council on Aging is an advisory body to government that strives to ensure seniors’ perspectives are shared with government.  The Manitoba Council on Aging Recognition Awards were created to recognize the many seniors who are community leaders and to celebrate their contributions.  Awards were presented in a ceremony at the Legislative Building.

George Fleury of Minnedosa was the recipient of the prestigious Murray and Muriel Smith Award.  Fleury is a lifelong advocate for Métis people, working for positive change in the development of Métis education after overcoming race-related adversity.

In addition, recognition awards in the 65+ category were presented to:

  • Lionel Guerard (Winnipeg) for volunteering with several organizations including the Air Cadet Corps, Toastmasters International, the Transportation Options Network for Seniors, board member for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Canadian Condominium Institute, Royal Canadian Legion and the Manitoba Association of Parliamentarians.
  • Mian Hameed (Winnipeg) as the founder and president of the Manitoba Muslim Seniors Association, he is recognized for his work with Muslim seniors including the development of a new housing project in south Winnipeg.
  • June Letkeman (Plum Coulee) for her work with several organizations in her community including the local chamber of commerce, the Plum Fest committee, Prairieview Elevator Museum committee and the Plum Coulee Community Foundation board of directors.
  • Guy Lévesque (Ste. Anne) for his volunteer work in the areas of health, sports, education, heritage, financial services, public affairs, humanitarianism, culture, literacy, faith and charity.
  • Marjorie MacIver (Lac du Bonnet) for volunteering with projects related to housing, meal programs and seniors transportation.
  • Connie Newman (Winnipeg) for volunteering with the University of Manitoba’s Centre on Aging, the Retired Teachers’ Association of Manitoba, the Coalition for Healthy Aging in Manitoba committee and the Transportation Options Network for Seniors.
  • Corinne Nesbitt (Elkhorn) for volunteer work with the Seniors Access to Independent Living, the Elkhorn Leisure Centre, Trinity United Church, the Elkhorn Manor Health Auxiliary and the Elkhorn Agricultural Society.

“Each of these people volunteer and devote their skills to supporting others and improving their communities,” said Dave Schellenberg, chair, Manitoba Council on Aging.  “Everyone benefits when seniors take the time to share their expertise and we want to thank these individuals for their hard work in making their communities stronger.”

The North Centennial Seniors Association’s Grandma and Grandpa Swim Program of Winnipeg received the recognition award in the intergenerational 65+ category.  The project pairs seniors with preschoolers from participating local child-care centres for playtime in the indoor pool at the North Centennial Recreation and Leisure Facility.  The sessions help children overcome any fear of water, while also teaching them basic water safety skills.

Honourable mention certificates were awarded to Alice Alarie (Winnipeg), Bjorgvin (Beggi) Anderson (Arborg), Lois Armstrong (Winnipeg), Benjamin Arroz (Winnipeg), Keith Bradley (Winnipeg), Patricia Cassie (Winnipeg), Leonard Collier (Virden), Bernice Fedelechuk (Winnipeg), Lynda Jolicoeur (Winnipeg), Barbara Morris (Winnipeg), Lois Patterson (Winnipeg), Roseanne Reichert (Morden), Susan Reimer (Winnipeg), Marielle Rémillard (Winnipeg), Bernice Still (Isabella), Juan Schwersensky (Winnipeg), Elizabeth Towle (MacGregor), John Zacharias (Hamiota), the Grade 3 and Seniors Buddy Program (Hamiota) and Krystal Simpson (Winnipeg).

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National Inquiry to host youth workshop on final day of Winnipeg Community Hearings

October 19, 2017

Winnipeg, Manitoba- The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls will host a youth art workshop and presentation at the Oodena Circle on Friday, October 20, 2017. The presentation is part of an artistic expression panel.

Leading the workshop is Jaime Black, Winnipeg-based artist who is of Anishnaabe/Cree and European descent. She will use installation, photography and performance to examine themes of gender, identity, place and resistance.

Black is the creator of The REDress Project. A permanent exhibit can be seen at the Human Rights Museum, and has become a nationally recognized symbol of the struggle and response to the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Who: Jaime Black, The REDress Project

What: Discuss how art can influence MMIWG issue

Where: Oodena Circle at The Forks

When: October 20, 2017 @ 3:30 PM

The questions the National Inquiry are expecting Black to respond to include:

  • Can you tell us a little bit about the REDdress project, how you came up with the idea and why do you think so many people became engaged and motivated into action by this project?
  • Why do you think it is important for children to be involved in art, in all its forms, what do you think it can do for children, and then explain a little bit about the artistic expression workshop you did with the Indigenous students from RB Russel School here in Winnipeg.
  • What do you think of the National Inquiry collecting artistic expressions to add to its records and the important role it can play in its’ overall mission?

Media are encouraged to attend the event. There will be plenty of opportunity for photography and videography during the Artistic Expression Panel.

Closing Ceremonies will follow. We welcome media to also take part and help close this week in a good way. However, because this is Sacred Ceremony, no audio or visual recordings allowed.


2017 CRAFTED: Show + Sale Expands with Artists from Labrador and Northwest Territories

Winnipeg, Manitoba, October 19, 2017: The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Manitoba Craft Council, and Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association, along with this year’s new partner, Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, are thrilled to present the third annual juried CRAFTED Show + Sale at the WAG. Running November 3 and 4, this one-of-a-kind event highlights Manitoba and Northern artists, features DIY workshops, craft demonstrations, and a fantastic display of donated knitted items that will be given to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Winnipeg.

Shop unique creations by close to 60 artists, and experience the pleasure of making something with your own hands in six exciting workshops: Beadwoven Earings, Stencil Print Tote Bags, Elk Hide Hand Drums, Indigo Wall Hangings, Introduction to Crochet: Throw Blankets, and Block Print Linen Scarves. All led by artist instructors, workshops are $50 (plus kit fee, if applicable) and pre-registration is required at

In the philanthropic spirit of CRAFTED, this year handmade toques, mitts, and socks will go to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Winnipeg. Donations will be accepted until November 3 at designated locations. Past years saw the handmade become the hand given with scarves for Chase the Chill and quilts and pillowcases for children and teens at CancerCare Manitoba Foundation and the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba.

To learn more about this extraordinary event and to see the full list of artists, check out

Quick facts:
• CRAFTED 2017 takes place Friday, November 3 (11-9pm); Saturday, November 4, (11am-5pm) at the WAG.
• 45 Manitoban artists and 14 artists and collectives from Nunavut, Nunatsiavut, the Northwest Territories, Newfoundland and Labrador are participating in this one-of-a-kind event.
• Sign up for one of six artist-led DIY workshops and make a handmade item to take home.
• Donate mitts, hats, and socks to Boys & Girls Clubs of Winnipeg until on November 3.
• CRAFTED 2017 admission is $5 per day, free for kids under 12. Tickets are available at the door.
• Entry includes admission to WAG galleries.
• The WAG is Canada’s oldest civic art gallery and holds the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art in the world.

CRAFTED: Show + Sale continues to grow bigger and better each year. We could not be more excited to welcome new artists and collectives from the North alongside Manitoba artisans, showcasing their incredible work.
-Sherri Van Went, WAG Manager of Retail Operations

Once again, CRAFTED: Show + Sale brings the community together with the handmade becoming the hand given as generous knitters donated hats, mitts and socks to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Winnipeg.
-Juanita Giesbrecht, CRAFTED 2017 chair

Sponsors and Committee:
The WAG is grateful to Title Donor Mary Lou Albrechtsen, Ayoko Designs, and Media Sponsor, the Winnipeg Free Press.

CRAFTED 2017 Volunteer Committee: Juanita Giesbrecht (Chair), Yoko Chapman, Aynsley Cockshott, Barbara Filuk, Justin Ford (NACA), Bettyanne Hershfield, Rowena House (CCNL), Siri McCaulder, Tammy Sutherland (MCC), and Celeana Tennant.

For more information or to prearrange interviews, please contact:
Catherine Maksymiuk
Manager, Media & Marketing
Winnipeg Art Gallery

Tammy Sawatzky
Public Relations Coordinator
Winnipeg Art Gallery


Mother of missing woman says police said daughter was probably drinking – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Oct 20, 2017 

WINNIPEG _ The mother of an Indigenous woman who disappeared in 2008 says the RCMP have failed her.

Bernice Catcheway told the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women that she and her family have spent years doing their own investigative work to try to find her daughter.

Jennifer Catcheway was last heard from in Grand Rapids, Man., on the morning of her 18th birthday, when she called her mother and said she was heading to the family’s home in Portage la Prairie.

Bernice Catcheway says she went to the RCMP detachment a few days later to report her daughter missing and a Mountie told her not to worry because her daughter was probably out drinking.

She says a woman told her later on that she saw men burning clothes in a field, which she reported to the RCMP, but an officer told Catcheway the witness was a drunk.

The inquiry is concluding five days of hearings in Winnipeg, and has added three days of hearings in Norway House, Man., in November.


Nation to Nation: Specific claims process to be overhauled again – APTN

October 19, 2017

The Nation to Nation political panel had a rare moment on the show this week – all three MPs agreed that the specific claims process needs another update.

Specific claims deal with past failures by the federal government to manage First Nation lands and assets.

There are currently 528 outstanding claims where Ottawa has acknowledged an outstanding liability of $5.3 billion.

In the past claims took years and were costly to resolve.

So in 2007, the Conservative government started a new process, Justice at Last, that promised speedier resolutions to claims.

On Tuesday the Office of the Auditor General appeared before the House’s standing committee on Aboriginal affairs to say the process had been a failure.

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Premier Pallister Meets with North Dakota Governor Burgum to Discuss Shared Priorities: Trade, Water, Public Safety

October 19, 2017

FARGO, N.D.— Premier Brian Pallister and North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum and met today in Fargo to discuss the critical partnership between the United States and Canada as well as several shared interests and key issues facing both jurisdictions including trade, water and public safety.

“North Dakota and Manitoba are more than neighbors – we have been friends and trading partners from the earliest days of the Red River Trail, to today when the Pembina-Emerson port of entry sees a million vehicles per year cross our shared border,” Pallister said. “We also share the same economic reality, as jurisdictions with big geography and small populations – we need open markets for the wide range of goods and services we produce for our communities and economies to thrive. Working together on these issues just makes good, prairie common sense.”

“We are grateful for the collaborative partnership and friendship we have with our Manitoba counterparts,” Burgum said. “From our Midwestern heritage with strong agricultural and energy roots, to our trade, tourism and manufacturing sectors, to the International Peace Garden that celebrates our nations’ friendship, we look forward to continuing to build strong relationships and economies that are mutually beneficial for our businesses and citizens.”

During a luncheon with First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum and the premier’s wife, Esther Pallister, the leaders discussed the importance of the open, balanced trading relationship between the United States and Canada to the long-term prosperity and viability of communities large and small in North Dakota and Manitoba, especially as the two countries work to update their trade agreements. Manitoba and North Dakota are both Midwestern economies with strong agricultural economies, robust energy resources and innovative manufacturers. U.S.-Canada trade supports more than 28,000 jobs in North Dakota, and North Dakota exports more to Canada than to all other countries in the world combined. Last year, Manitoba exported more to North Dakota than to Mexico, and imported more from North Dakota than from China. Burgum and Pallister agreed to remain in regular contact on Canada-U.S. trade developments.

The governor and premier discussed the strong co-operation between North Dakota and Manitoba on many water issues they have in common, including flood mitigation and forecasting in shared watersheds, joint support for the Assiniboine River Basin Initiative, and continuing work through the International Joint Commission to improve management of the Souris (Mouse) River. Manitoba also appreciates North Dakota’s continued work to complete its Nutrient Reduction Strategy.

Burgum and Pallister shared their views and concerns on other water issues, including the Northwest Area Water Supply Project, the Red River Valley Water Supply Project and the Pembina Road/Dike. They also discussed the importance of long-term flood protection, including Winnipeg’s nearly 50 years of success with the Red River Floodway diversion and the proposed Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project. They agreed it’s critical for both jurisdictions to remain engaged and communicate openly about these issues, with a view toward moving forward and finding solutions that would be acceptable to both sides wherever possible.

The governor and premier also discussed the work that both North Dakota and Manitoba have been undertaking to manage changes to the regulation of cannabis – the creation of rules for medical marijuana in North Dakota and the implementation of the Canadian federal government’s decision to legalize recreational cannabis use in Manitoba. Both agreed on the importance of proceeding thoughtfully and on implementation.

Pallister also updated Burgum on recent developments with respect to unauthorized asylum seekers attempting to cross the border irregularly from the United States into Manitoba, some of whom are transiting through North Dakota. Attempting to cross the border through open countryside is extremely dangerous, and those attempting to do so face serious risk of injury or even death from natural hazards. Although there have been efforts to build a greater awareness of these risks among communities of potential asylum seekers, the premier and governor agreed that it was important for communities and landowners on both sides of the border to be aware of this issue and to watch for individuals or families who may be at risk of injury or in distress, particularly with the onset of winter.

The leaders also discussed the economic and social costs associated with the disease of addiction and the challenges facing American Indians in North Dakota and First Nations in Manitoba.

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Manitoba chiefs sue province for $888M – Winnipeg Free Press

Suit alleges First Nations shut out of casino deal

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and Sand Hills Casino Resort are suing the Manitoba government and Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries, claiming they broke a promise to share the province’s gaming wealth with First Nations.

The 41-page statement of claim filed in Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench Tuesday alleges the province reneged on a deal with First Nations to have five casinos running in Manitoba before any expansion on non-First Nations casinos.

The claim says they were shut out of the Winnipeg market while the province let True North Sports and Entertainment’s Shark Club get in on the action and licensed 500 more VLTs for non-First Nation gaming locations in Winnipeg.

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Gord Downie’s legacy lives on at U of M – UM Today

October 18, 2017 —

Gord Downie, Tragically Hip front man, has died but his legacy of creating a better path forward for Canada lives on through the work of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba.

“Our nation has lost a great artist and an exemplary citizen,” says David Barnard, President at the University of Manitoba. “Because of Gord Downie, we have that brilliant music and poetry, which provide us with an exhilarating reflection of our collective memories and dreams, and we also have a broadened conversation about who we are and who we want to be as Canadians. He showed immeasurable courage in his last days, taking the spotlight off himself and turning it onto this nation’s unjust treatment of Indigenous peoples. It was a privilege to be able to partner with him, and we will remain focused on our shared goals through the work we do at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, as well as throughout our institution.”

Downie and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba entered a unique relationship in September 2016 when Downie released his multimedia project Secret Path. Proceeds from the Juno-winning project have supported the work of the NCTR, something close to Downie’s heart.

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Province Receives Look North Report And Action Plan for Manitoba’s Northern Economy

October 20, 2017

Many Opportunities for Growth, Economic Development in the North: Pedersen

THOMPSON—Following extensive input from communities across northern Manitoba, the Look North Economic Task Force presented its report and action plan to government to help advance economic growth and prosperity in the region, Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen announced here today.

“One of our first priorities since forming government has been working with northerners to unlock the economic potential this region holds,” said Pedersen.  “I would like to thank the task force for its insight in preparing this report based on their conversations with the people who live and work in the north.  This action plan will guide our collaborative work towards achieving the objective of Look North, initiating generational change and transforming the economic future of the region.”

Task force co-chairs Onekanew (Chief) Christian Sinclair and Chuck Davidson presented the report and action plan at an event hosted by the Thompson Chamber of Commerce.  The co-chairs acknowledged the work of the task force members and the meetings held throughout the region that helped capture the unique identity of northern Manitoba in this report.

“We heard from many northerners, and this roadmap has been designed based on the dreams and aspirations of the people of northern Manitoba,” said Sinclair.  “I am pleased to share this strategy that shows when Indigenous peoples are engaged as partners, everyone benefits and successes will be shared with all of Manitoba and Canada.”

“This report and action plan is not the end, it marks a beginning,” said Davidson.  “My belief is the Look North initiative can be the catalyst that will lead to a prosperous and reinvigorated northern Manitoba for decades to come.”

The action plan identified six things that matter most to northern Manitoba and its economy:

  • realizing northern mineral and other resource potential;
  • Indigenous engagement and partnerships;
  • strategic infrastructure investment;
  • converting housing challenges into opportunity;
  • building an enterprise ecosystem of support; and
  • education, training and workforce development.

Indigenous and Northern Relations Minister Eileen Clarke also attended the event, recognizing the importance of partnerships with Indigenous communities to achieve the immediate and long-term goals set out in the action plan.

“The foundation of economic development in the north must be built on stronger engagement with Indigenous communities, which was a prevailing theme during the Northern Economic Summits and in this report,” said Clarke.  “The Look North action plan supports our government’s commitment to advancing reconciliation through mutually respectful relationships between the Crown and Indigenous peoples.”

Clarke noted the Look North Report and Action Plan for Manitoba’s Northern Economyis available online at

The ministers encouraged Manitobans to continue contributing their vision and optimism for the north via social media using the hashtag #LookNorthMB.

Previous news about Look North can be found at:

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