Minister Bennett and MMF President Chartrand to make reconciliation announcement at the Manitoba Metis Federation’s 2018 Annual General Assembly

From: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Please be advised the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, and David Chartrand, President of the Manitoba Metis Federation, will be making an important announcement in relation to progress made under the MMF-Canada Framework Agreement on Advancing Reconciliation during the opening ceremonies of the Manitoba Metis Federation’s Annual General Assembly.

Date: September 22, 2018

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (CDT)

Where: Assiniboia Downs
3975 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB
R3K 2E9

The announcement and the Manitoba Metis Federation’s General Assembly can also be live streamed here:

MMF President Chartrand will hold a media availability following the opening ceremonies.

James Fitz-Morris
Director of Communications and Issues Management
Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett

CIRNAC Media Relations

Barney Morin
Communications Coordinator
Manitoba Metis Federation
Office: 204-586-8474 ext. 277
Cell: 204-391-0717


MMF Welcomes Early Learning and Child Care Framework

Winnipeg, MB – On Monday, September 17, Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) President and Métis National Council Vice-President and Minister of Social Development, David Chartrand, joined the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Canada’s Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, and other leaders, to announce the co-developed Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care (IELCC) Framework. This investment will improve early learning and child care for Indigenous children in Canada including those of the Métis Nation. The framework was developed over the past year based on extensive consultations.

“For the Métis Nation this is a first,” said President Chartrand in welcoming the funding announcement. “Our mothers have been asking now for decades for this opportunity. This is a major investment that will change the lives of the mothers, fathers, and children throughout our Nation. It will provide solid foundations for building strong and healthy families. Today’s announcement marks another practical milestone along the path of reconciliation negotiated by the Métis Nation and Prime Minister Trudeau’s government.”

The Framework invests $1.7 billion dollars over the next ten years for distinctions-based early learning and childcare initiatives to support Inuit, First Nations and Métis Nation children and families. The programs delivered under the Framework will be culturally appropriate and accessible to families regardless of where they live.

The Framework will provide up to $450 million for the Métis Nation, including more than $112 million for the Manitoba Métis Community. The MMF plans on investing these funds into Métis Aboriginal Head Start programs for preschool-aged children, child care supports for working Métis parents, and the creation of educational and employment opportunities for Métis Citizens pursuing careers in child care and early childhood education. The Early Learning and Child Care Framework is the first of several announcements that will support Métis self-determination in the coming weeks.


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 are Canada’s Negotiating Partner in Confederation and the Founders of the Province of Manitoba.

For media information, please contact:

Barney Morin

Manitoba Metis Federation

Communications Coordinator

Office: 204-586-8474 x277

Cell: 204-391-0717



Media advisory: Minister Bennett to make an announcement on advancements in reconciliation and renewed relationships with Sioux Valley Dakota Nation

From: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, Manitoba – Please be advised the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, will visit Sioux Valley Dakota Nation to highlight the signing of a Reconciliation Framework Agreement along with Chief Vincent Tacan and the Honourable Eileen Clarke, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Relations. Minister Bennett will also announce an Addition to Reserve for Sioux Valley Dakota Nation and participate in the opening of the Sioux Valley Department of Families on behalf of the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services.

Date:  September 22, 2018

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (CDT)

Where: Veterans Hall
Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, MB


James Fitz-Morris
Director of Communications and Issues Management
Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett

Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada Media Relations


Manitoba Metis Federation President welcomes Quillasinga delegation from Colombia

Sep. 18, 2018

Winnipeg, MB – Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) President David Chartrand is pleased to join University of Winnipeg President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Annette Trimbee in welcoming a unique cultural exchange with a delegation from the Quillasinga tribe of Colombia. This cultural exchange aims to support international Indigenous partnerships through cultural sharing and learning. Métis Nation and Quillasinga leaders will provide short presentations followed by a performance of traditional dances by the Quillasingas.

Date: Friday, September 21, 2018

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Location: Leatherdale Hall, University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

Who: MMF President David Chartrand and University of Winnipeg President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Annette Trimbee, with a delegation of the Quillasinga People of Colombia

The Quillasingas are an Indigenous community whose vibrant culture is dedicated to the protection of Mother Earth and humanity. In addition to this unique cultural exchange event, the Quillasinga delegation will be meeting with the MMF Government to discuss our Indigenous partnership, including trade in coffee and sugar. This Indigenous-to-Indigenous relationship promises mutual benefits in economic and social development for our communities in both countries. The Quillasingas will also attend and perform at the MMF Annual General Assembly, taking place September 21 through to September 23.


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 are Canada’s Negotiating Partner in Confederation and the Founders of the Province of Manitoba.

For media information, please contact:

Barney Morin
Manitoba Metis Federation
Communications Coordinator
Office: 204-586-8474 x277
Cell: 204-391-0717


Family of man who died during 34 hour ER wait say racism still an issue – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Sep 21, 2018 

By Kelly Geraldine Malone


WINNIPEG _ Robert Sinclair feels the weight of his family’s history when he has no choice but to go to an emergency room in Winnipeg.

He feels anxious, uncertain and sometimes angry.

A few years ago, he had a serious accident with a chainsaw in the woods and was taken to Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre. He figures his name must known at the hospital because the care came immediately.

“I hit that little button, it’s like they were standing at the door or something,” he said. “They probably didn’t want another Sinclair dying in their hospital.”

It was a Friday afternoon 10 years ago when Robert’s cousin, Brian Sinclair visited the same emergency room.

The 45-year-old had been in a wheelchair since he lost his legs to frostbite in 2007. After a visit to his community clinic that Friday, he was given a letter from his doctor and told to go to the Health Science Centre’s emergency room to have his blocked catheter changed.

He checked in at the triage desk and wheeled himself over to a spot near security in the waiting room.

Over the next 34 hours, Brian Sinclair sat in his wheelchair, occasionally vomiting on himself and eventually succumbing to sepsis.

Later, it emerged staff assumed the man was homeless, intoxicated or had already been seen and was waiting for a ride. By the time his body was discovered, rigor mortis had already set in.

“It’s terrible to remember that he actually died that way,” Robert Sinclair said. “I’d like to think that he passed away teaching us all something, teaching us that as human beings we have become so insensitive to each other.”

An inquest into Brian Sinclair’s death, which began in 2013, concluded it was preventable and made 63 recommendations, largely about structures, procedures and hospital policy.

His family, and others, say it didn’t address the real issue _ racism in the health-care system.

Robert Sinclair said Indigenous people regularly contact him to ask for advice or share their stories about facing racism in hospitals.

“The racism, the stereotyping, none of that has been addressed,” he said.

Mary Jane Logan McCallum, a member of the Brian Sinclair Working Group and a history professor at the University of Winnipeg, said Indigenous people still face prejudice in the health-care system 10 years later.

“There are a number of people who have similar stories _ what people have been calling ‘Brian Sinclair stories’ _ where they have individuals in their family or their community who also experienced inadequate care,” said McCallum, a member of the Munsee Delaware Nation in Ontario.

In her new book, co-written with University of Manitoba history professor Adele Perry, called ‘Structures of Indifference: An Indigenous Life and Death in a Canadian City,’ McCallum said Brian Sinclair’s story shows how deep-seated racism in the community seeps into hospitals.

“If you talk to Indigenous people and you say, ‘are you concerned about going to the hospital?’ chances are they are still going to say, ‘yes,”’ she said. “There may have been some changes going on, but this is in no way an issue that has gone away and I don’t think we can expect it to go away any time soon.”

The health authority made changes to the layout of their emergency room, their triage procedure and other policies after Brian Sinclair’s death. Lori Lamont, the authority’s chief operating officer, said cultural training is now mandatory for staff and there is an increased focus on Indigenous health services.

“We failed him when he came to us for care. I think that we have learned a lot as a system as a consequence of that,” she said. “We can’t let our guard down. We need to continue to work on that.”

Robert Sinclair plans to grab a coffee with Brian Sinclair’s brothers on Friday, the anniversary of his death. They won’t visit the place where he took his last breath, the downtown emergency room.

“It probably wouldn’t bother me if I never went there again,” he said.

“We just want Brian to be remembered as somebody who _ even though the way he passed away _ he’s going to leave something behind and that’s hopefully a better health-care system where they are going to be more attentive to people regardless of race.”


Undergraduate research wins at Randy Kobes Symposium

Today’s 13th annual Randy Kobes Undergraduate Research Symposium* saw a 20% increase in participation from last year, with 24 undergraduate students from seven different departments presenting their research. Chemistry took 29% of the wins this year and geography took 50% of the honourable mentions, with women in science winning big by 86%.

This year’s winners, coming in first place was Hannah Bloomfield ~ Structural Influences on the Function of Selenium Containing Compounds, supervisor, Dr. Jamie Ritch, chemistry; second place went to Brooke Ritchtik ~ Synthesis, Single Crystal Growth and Magnetism of the s = ½ garnet Ca3Cu2GeV2O12, supervisor, Dr. Christopher Wiebe, chemistry; and third place was Taylor Hanson ~ Vaccination Model for Seasonal Influenza, supervisor, Dr. Murray Alexander, physics.

There were four honourable mentions (in alphabetical order), Daniel Denton ~ Behavioural Responses to Diluted Bitumen in Wood Frog Tadpoles, supervisor, Dr. Caleb Hasler, biology; Danielle Nowosad ~ Does Seasonality and Sediment Properties Affect Rate of Nutrient Uptake in Tundra Ponds?, supervisor, Dr. Nora Casson, geography; Alexandra Wiebe ~The Effects of Climate Change and Flow Path on Dissolved Organic Carbon Dynamics in Forested Catchments, supervisor, Dr. Nora Casson, geography; and Alyssia Wilson ~Neural Responses to Consciously and Unconsciously Perceived Emotional Faces: A Spinal fMRI Study, supervisor, Dr. Stephen Smith, psychology.

“It is so exciting to see so many young researchers tackling complex science problems,” said Dr. Melanie Martin, physics. “I am confident in the future of science in Canada with these talented scientists becoming our new leaders. There is a lot of great science research being done at the University of Winnipeg. Today we saw just a small picture from a diverse group of students across many of the departments and disciplines here on campus. Congratulations to all the students for their research projects and giving great presentations.”

This competition is a valuable opportunity for students to obtain experience in presentations of scientific research, because much of the research presented will ultimately be published in leading scientific journals. The yearly poster contest displays high-quality research by undergraduate students at UWinnipeg.

The poster contest has been named in memory of Professor Randy Kobes, Associate Dean of Science and Professor of Physics. Dr. Kobes’ untimely death on September 18, 2010 represents a great loss to the University of Winnipeg and to the world of science. A co-founder of the annual poster contest, Dr. Kobes was committed to research, especially with undergraduate students.

UWinnipeg would like to thank the following judges who volunteered their time: Katherine Breward, Associate Professor, business & administration; Jennifer Cleary, Program Officer, Research Development; Jill Condra, Program Officer, Research Partnerships; Rebecca Danos, Research Scholar, physics; Pam Delorme, biology; Marissa Dudych, UWFA, Administration Assistant; Lianne Kobes, UWinnipeg Alumna; Landon Mah, Senior Business Officer, Operations, Western Economic Diversification Canada; Frank Nolan, Research and Innovation Development Officer, Prairies Regional Office, The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada; Janice Reyes Bain, Library; Jacqueline Romanow, Chair of Indigenous Studies and President of UWinnipeg Faculty Association; Sandy Tolman, history; and Brent Wennekes, Director of Business Development, Mitacs

We gratefully acknowledge sponsorship from The University of Winnipeg’s Dean of Science Office.


National Access Cannabis Corp. Announces Execution of Cannabis Retail Organization Agreement with the Province of Manitoba

  • Pursuant to the Cannabis Retail Organization Agreement NAC continues to develop 10 recreational cannabis stores in Manitoba with an additional 5 stores in partnership with Manitoban First Nations, all under the META™ brand.
  • The Company expects to open 8 locations in Manitoba by the end of the year, with plans to open the remaining corporate and First Nations locations in early 2019.

OTTAWASept. 20, 2018 – National Access Cannabis Corp. (“NAC” or the “Company”) (TSXV: META), Canada’s best practices leader in delivering secure, safe, and responsible access to legal cannabis today announced that NAC and the government of Manitoba have executed the Cannabis Retail Organization Agreement (“Organization Agreement”) that will allow NAC to develop and operate ten privately owned recreational cannabis stores in the Province. The initial ten recreational cannabis retail stores will operate under NAC’s retail brand Meta Cannabis Supply Co.™ (“META”). NAC plans to open five additional META stores in partnership with First Nations on First Nations land.

“Now that the retailer relationship is official and with nine of our ten locations selected and construction underway at select sites, NAC plans to have at least three META stores in Winnipeg, as well as our online sales, ready and open for business on October 17th,” said Mark Goliger, CEO of NAC. “NAC continues to actively work with the various regulators, provincial and municipal governments to meet the needs of recreational customers and provide Manitobans with special in-store experiences and access to quality products with a range of options and pricing.”

In addition, as part of NAC anticipating opening of up to 220 retail cannabis locations across Canada over the next 18 months, the Company continues to develop its retail strategy to open cannabis retail locations in partnership with four Manitoban Indigenous First Nations (Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Long Plain First Nation, Brokenhead Ojibway Nation and Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation). These partnerships are expected to establish retail cannabis distribution on First Nation lands under Indigenous and NAC leadership.

Previous announcements regarding NAC’s Manitoba expansion may be found through the following links:

July 3, 2018 –

February 16, 2018 –

About National Access Cannabis Corp.

NAC is Canada’s best practices leader in delivering secure, safe, and responsible access to legal cannabis. Through its Canada-wide network of care centres, pharmacies, NAC Bio Inc.’s clinical research division, NewLeaf recreational cannabis retail stores and Meta Cannabis Supply Co.™ recreational cannabis retail stores, NAC enables patients and the public to gain knowledge and access to Canada’s network of authorized Licensed Producers of Cannabis.

NAC is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol (TSXV: META). For more information, visit,, and

For further information: National Access Cannabis Corp., Mark Goliger, Chief Executive Officer, 1-800-411-1126,; Investor Relations, Emily Gibbs, LodeRock Advisors Inc., 416-546-8775,; Media Inquiries, Jessica Patriquin, Maverick PR, O 416-640-5525 x 230, M 416-995-8496,


Destiny Seymour Honoured at Indigenous Homecoming – UM Today

September 20, 2018 —

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Migizii Agamik – Bald Eagle Lodge as part of Indigenous Homecoming @UMIndigenous has been sharing inspirational people who have contributed to the Migizii Agamik community.

One of the 10 featured people is Destiny Seymour, a Faculty of Architecture Alumni. Destiny completed her degree in Interior Design at the UofM before going to work for Prairie Architects. As a student, Destiny was part of the team that designed Magizii Agamik, “We worked closely with staff, students, and Elders to make sure it was a community-led and integrated design process. There was a lot of food and so much laughter. To see all these ideas start from sketches to numerous models, to design plans, and then to the final built form was incredible to me as the only design student on the team. I am very grateful for that opportunity. I remember wanting the new space to feel like a home away from home. There are many students that have to leave their home communities and families to complete their education. When I worked as a student advisor, one of the reasons many students didn’t complete their degree was feeling disconnected and unwelcome. We also really wanted Migizii Agamik to be welcoming to all nations.”

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IISD: Damage and Costs Caused by Flooding in Manitoba Could Be Reduced by Investing in Natural Infrastructure

WINNIPEG, September 19, 2018—The damage caused by the frequent flooding that Manitoba endures annually could be significantly mitigated if more were invested to maintain its natural infrastructure, such as wetlands and riverbeds.

This is according to a new report from the Insurance Bureau of Canada, the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation and the Winnipeg-based International Institute for Sustainable Development.

Combatting Canada’s Rising Flood Costs found that while natural infrastructure abounds in Canada, and can provide multiple benefits to the environment and human wellbeing, it is often underutilized in favour of more traditional—and often more expensive—built infrastructure projects.

The financial impacts of climate change and extreme weather events, such as flooding, are being increasingly felt by homeowners and communities across Manitoba, and Canada.

In fact, in the last 12 months alone, insurance companies have forked out $1.5 billion to help Canadians cope with the impacts of a changing climate. In Manitoba, an ongoing $950-million class action lawsuit has been brought forward by 4,000 residents of four First Nations following severe flooding in spring 2011 that resulted in damage to homes and mass evacuations.

Investment in natural infrastructure as a means to reduce those damages is not only often more affordable, it can provide a whole host of other benefits such as improved water quality, habitat for wildlife and recreation.

“Natural infrastructure can be more cost efficient than built infrastructure,” said Anne Hammill, director, Resilience program, International Institute for Sustainable Development.

“This is critical because with climate change, more frequent and intense weather events are becoming the new normal and leading to escalating costs. Natural infrastructure can offset millions in spending and offer multiple environmental and social benefits compared to traditional grey infrastructure systems.”

Here in Manitoba, we are home to abundant networks of wetlands that naturally absorb excess water during times of flooding, however, we haven’t always been diligent about protecting them.

“Action needs to be taken not only to restore the many defunct water retention sites in our province,” said Dimple Roy, director, Water Policy, International Institute for Sustainable Development, “but also actively manage those that still exist so they are effective to their full capacity and reduce the drain on finances that flood damage brings.”

“The report cites an impressive case study from a water restoration project to Pelly’s Lake right here in Manitoba where the ultimate benefits to water quality and lake health far outweighed the operating costs. There is no reason why this cannot be replicated—and the gains amplified—throughout the rest of the province.”

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For more information, or to arrange interviews, contact:

Sumeep Bath, Communications Manager, IISD Experimental Lakes Area, or +1 (204) 958 7700 ext 740


A message from Lynn Lavallée, vice-provost (Indigenous engagement) – UM Today

Looking to the year ahead and reflections on her first year as Vice-Provost (Indigenous engagement)

September 19, 2018 —

What are you doing on Sept. 20? I’d like to invite you to the first talk of a new Indigenous scholars speaker series that will be held at the U of M. Dr. Barry Lavallee will speak about anti-Indigenous racism in post-secondary institutions. If the content sounds like it may not apply to you or may be uncomfortable, all the more reason to come.

Over the past year, I’ve immersed myself in the University of Manitoba and Winnipeg communities. I’ve had the opportunity to participate in numerous celebrations of Indigenous achievement. For example, students being recognized for their leadership through the Indigenous Circle of Empowerment and at graduations for the Indigenous Business Education Partners and Engineering Access Program; Indigenous alumni and community partners being honoured at the Visionary Indigenous Business Excellence Awards and Indigenous Homecoming; and faculty and staff receiving leadership awards and Indigenous Awards of Excellence.

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