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MMIWG: Honouring National Indigenous Month

June 14, 2019

In 2009, June was declared National Indigenous History Month, following the passing of a unanimous motion in the House of Commons. On June 3 of this year, we released our Final Report with significant Calls for Justice to make Canada a safer and more respectful place for Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people. Families and survivors spoke their truths. As Canadians we are now discussing is-sues never talked about before. This national conversation must now become tangible actions.

A key Call for Justice addresses how, collectively, we must understand our shared history. We call upon all institutions and education authorities to educate and provide awareness to the public about missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people, and about the issues and root causes of violence they experience. This includes historical and current truths about the genocide committed against Indigenous peoples through laws, policies and colonial practices.

In collaboration with Indigenous educators, the National Inquiry created a free document called Their Voices Will Guide Us as an educational and outreach initiative. It is designed to engage students and teachers in meaningful learning about the important roles of Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people in their families, communities, and nations, highlighting their strength, agency and resilience.

We believe we have the power to change by educating ourselves, our children, our communities, and all Canadians. During this National Indigenous History Month, we invite everyone to read the Final Report, Reclaiming Power and Place, and our Calls for Justice at as well as our free resource, Their Voices Will Guide Us, at

Marion Buller
Chief Commissioner

Michèle Audette

Brian Eyolfson

Qajaq Robinson


MMF Responds to MMTP Approval by Federal Government

Winnipeg, MB — Today, the Manitoba Metis Federation (“MMF”) welcomed the Government of Canada’s (“Canada”) amendments to the certificate conditions for the Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project (“MMTP”) that ensure Manitoba Hydro (“Hydro”) will be required to uphold its commitments to the Manitoba Metis Community in order to comply with its federal license.

Canada’s amendments include conditions that:

  • Manitoba Hydro must implement all the commitments it made to the MMF, including commitments such as the July 2017 Agreement and other agreements on the record;
  • Manitoba Hydro must consult with the MMF regarding the development of the Crown Land Offset Measures Plan and the Wetland Offset Measures Plan (the Offset Plans) and develop effective offset or compensation measures for each Indigenous community, including the MMF;
  • The National Energy Board will continue to monitor Manitoba Hydro’s progress on these conditions, including undertaking a robust and rigorous review of Manitoba Hydro’s Offset Plans and consultation requirements.

“We are thankful that Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi has listened to us and evaluated the evidence, that the province and Manitoba Hydro are held to account for their commitments to the Manitoba Metis Community.  It is worth noting that Canada also consulted the Honourable Fank Iacobucci, a former Supreme Court of Canada judge, in order to arrive at this way forward,” said MMF President David Chartrand.

As a part of its supplemental Crown consultations on the MMTP, Canada completed a Consultation and Accommodation Report (“CAR”) on the project.   The CAR extensively details how Manitoba Hydro, based on the illegal and unconstitutional actions of the Pallister Government, is attempting to avoid the commitments it has made to the MMF.  The licensing conditions approved by Canada require Manitoba Hydro to fulfill those conditions or be in breach of its federal license.

“While the honour of the Crown and reconciliation have been fictions under the Pallister Government to date, we are pleased that Canada has stepped into ensure Metis rights and interests are addressed,” added President Chartrand. Now, the question is whether the Premier and the Minister for Manitoba Hydro, will do the right thing and honour those commitments. There is an opening here.  Let’s hope real leadership and integrity are shown at the provincial level for the benefit the Metis people as well as all Manitobans.”

The MMF looks forward to continuing to engage with Canada, the National Energy Board, and Manitoba Hydro regarding the implementation of the MMTP’s licensing conditions, and to ensure that Métis rights are respected and the impacts of the MMTP on the Manitoba Métis Community are fully addressed and accommodated.

The MMF is continuing its challenge against the Manitoba Government’s license for the MMTP, however, it is cautiously optimistic that Manitoba will set a new course on the MMTP that does not lead to further delays and costs to taxpayers.  

“I have no doubt, Manitobans would agree that enough is enough and that they want to know their investment in this project is not in jeopardy,” concluded President Chartrand. “No one wants to lose hundreds of millions of dollars, possibly up to a billion, when the course has now been set forward.”


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


Anishinaabe Nation Gathering 2019

June 14, 2019

It is our honour to invite all Anishinaabe leaders to the Anishinaabe Nation Gathering in Keeseekoowenin First Nation, Manitoba, Canada on August 13-16, 2019.

The inaugural Anishinaabe Nation Gathering seeks to reunite our prosperous Nation and breakdown the Federal and Provincial borders that divide us. Language, culture, taxation, trade, jurisdiction and autonomy are some of the areas that will be discussed at the Anishinaabe Nation Gathering. When we gather, we will also explore models to address pressing and concerning social issues affection our people. We aspire to strengthen our relationships with one another and develop successful partnerships.

For more information, please contact or call 204-946-1869.

Download the registration form and our information sheet.

Registration Form – PDF

Registration Form – WORD DOC

Information Sheet – includes accommodations near by, restaurants/stores, and basic packing ideas.

Invite Letter – PDF


Minister Carr unveils Government of Canada’s plan to support Manitoba’s economic future

From: Western Economic Diversification Canada

June 14, 2019 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Western Economic Diversification Canada

The Government of Canada remains committed to growing the economy, creating good jobs, and keeping Canada competitive. That is why the Government of Canada, today, laid out priorities to accelerate western Canada’s growth, productivity, and competitiveness.

The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification and Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, unveiled the next chapter of Grow West: The Western Canada Growth Strategy—a strategy to grow the western economy through four interconnected pillars:

  • Diversification: Build a broader economy by growing emerging sectors and transforming resource sectors
  • Trade: Seize global opportunities by improving export access and growing markets
  • Skills: Foster talent for the new economy by strengthening education and upskilling
  • Communities: Connect to innovation and growth by building resilience and liveability, and enhancing digital access

Western Canada has significant opportunities for strong growth, even with the natural and economic challenges of recent years. Manitoba is actively pursuing trade diversification and expanding access in the global marketplace, increasing exports by 12 per cent last year. With a rich endowment of natural resources, strategically located trade corridors, a highly skilled workforce, and strong capacity for research, Manitoba, and all the western provinces, are well-positioned to continue to thrive. Manitoba’s strengths are found in its diverse and vibrant communities, which form the backbone for its reputation for innovation, quality, and reliability in the national and global market. The diversification of Manitoba’s economy, rooted in its strong history in the agriculture, manufacturing and transportation sectors, is vital as we move forward.

In 2018, the Government of Canada, through Western Economic Diversification Canada, started laying the foundation to capitalize on home field advantages by engaging in meaningful conversations with Canadians about western Canada’s future. Budget 2019 allocated $100 million in new funding over the next three years for Western Economic Diversification Canada to strengthen programming and advance Grow West with like-minded partners. With a strong history of supporting industry, innovation, and economic development, the Department will coordinate efforts under the diversification priority.

To learn more about Grow West: The Western Canada Growth Strategy, visit


“The world we know is changing and in order to succeed in the new global economy, we must mobilize all Canadians to deliver real change for the middle class and those working hard to join it. Grow West: The Western Canada Growth Strategy sets our path forward towards building an inclusive and innovative Canada. We’re excited to work alongside Canadians to realize the vision of the future, while creating the jobs of tomorrow.”

– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada

“Grow West is Canada’s evergreen and collaborative approach to position western Canada for success. Trade is one of the most essential components of a growing, thriving, and diverse modern economy and a growing middle class. The important partnerships cultivated through the Western Canada Growth Strategy will help align western Canada’s efforts and increase global trade opportunities for the benefit of all Canadians.”

– The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification

Quick facts

  • Over the past two decades, western Canada’s strengths have helped drive national economic growth. In 2017, the region’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was $756 billion.
  • The western provinces are home to nearly a third of the national population, more than half of all Indigenous peoples in Canada, and over 40 per cent of its recent immigrants.
  • According to the last census, six of Canada’s fastest growing cities are in the West: Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Lethbridge, and Kelowna.
  • Western Canadians are entrepreneurial and innovative. The region has more than 450,000 small- and medium-sized businesses that account for 92 per cent of private sector employment.
  • In 2017, western Canada exported over $193 billion in goods and over $30 billion in services to other countries. The western provinces also exported $154 billion worth of goods and services to each other and the rest of Canada.
  • Western Canada is home to the world’s largest potash reserves, third-largest crude oil reserves, and fourth-largest uranium reserves.

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Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

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Western Economic Diversification Canada


U Winnipeg – Build from Within: New program the first of its kind in Canada

June 13, 2019

The first cohort of students from the Build from Within – Ozhitoon Onji Peenjiiee teacher development program visited their future school, The University of Winnipeg, earlier this week.

This unique program, which features a three-way partnership including UWinnipeg, Indspire, and the Winnipeg School Division, launched in February with a total of 27 students from six different schools in Winnipeg’s north end participating.

Called the “first ever initiative of this type in the country” by Indspire President and CEO, Roberta Jamieson, the program provides Indigenous high school students with college-level courses to become certified as educational assistants with eventual access to the Faculty of Education at UWinnipeg.

“You’re in the right place — you belong here,” said Dr. Annette Trimbee, UWinnipeg President and Vice-Chancellor. “You’re going to make UWinnipeg a better place.”

By the time these students are finished Grade 12, they will be graduating with both a high school diploma and an educational assistant diploma.

“We acknowledge the central role of education. Education nurtures our spirit, values, and culture,” Jamieson said. “I’m pleased UWinnipeg has been such a leader in this regard.”

Following high school, students are assigned to a school in the Winnipeg School Division to work part-time as an educational assistant while completing their Integrated Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees at UWinnipeg.

During their post-secondary years in the program, they’re provided with tuition to UWinnipeg, a monthly bus pass, access to cultural activities and mentors, and summer job opportunities.

“We want you, as students in the Winnipeg School Division, to choose teaching as a career, and come back and work with us as educational assistants and then come back as teachers,” said Pauline Clarke, Chief Superintendent and CEO, Winnipeg School Division. “This is a long-term plan that will strengthen the work we do in the division.”

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The University of Winnipeg
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Indigenous Awareness Day Gathers Students Throughout Division –

14 June 2019

Dakota Tipi First Nation was the site of a day dedicated to indigenous culture for the Grade 6 students throughout the Portage la Prairie School Division. Indigenous Academic Achievement Facilitator Jill Fast outlines the activities in Indigenous Awareness Day.

“We have guest speaker presentations in the morning with elders and knowledge keepers,” says Fast. “Then we have a barbecue lunch, and then a powwow demonstration in the afternoon with two powwow drum groups and all the powwow dance categories. We believe that it’s important for all students — indigenous and non-indigenous — to learn and celebrate indigenous culture. In the path of Reconciliation, we have this event to help students learn and celebrate in our division.”

Fast thanks Dakota Tipi and the Health Centre there for hosting Indigenous Awareness Day, as well as the powwow dancers, drummers and guest speakers for sharing their knowledge and culture. She also thanks Youth For Christ for setting up the barbecue. She adds staff and students who helped the day take place are also appreciated.

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Indspire, Winnipeg School Division and The University of Winnipeg Celebrate First Cohort of Indigenous Students in Teach for Tomorrow Program

June 13, 2019 – Winnipeg, MB – Ohsweken, ON – Dr. Annette Trimbee, President of the University of Winnipeg was joined by Ms. Pauline Clarke, Chief Superintendent and CEO of Winnipeg School Division and Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO of Indspire on June 10 to welcome some of the first cohort of students in the Teach for Tomorrow: Build from Within – Ozhitoon Onji Peenjiiee program.

Teach for Tomorrow: Build from Within is a partnership between Indspire, Winnipeg School Division (WSD), and the University of Winnipeg’s Faculty of Education. The goal of the program is to encourage and support First Nations, Inuit and Métis students in WSD to fulfill their ambition to become teachers. In February 2019, Build from Within – Ozhitoon Onji Peenjiiee officially began with 27 students participating from six WSD high schools. The program provides a seamless approach for students to transition through high school into university by providing college level courses to become certified as Education Assistants with eventual access to the Bachelor of Education and Arts degrees at the University of Winnipeg.

The event provided an opportunity for students to share their stories about their first year in the program, challenges they’ve faced and their hopes for the future. The students all cited teachers as role models and their inspiration for choosing the Education field. They hope to have a similar impact on the students they will be teaching in the future.

Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO of Indspire, also took the opportunity to announce that a donation of $1 million to the program had been received by the Pathy Family Foundation. “We are absolutely delighted by the investment the Pathy Family Foundation has made in the Teach for Tomorrow program”, said Roberta Jamieson. “Besides Winnipeg, this funding will also go towards the potential expansion of Teach for Tomorrow in other regions of Canada”.

“UWinnipeg is pleased to partner with Indspire and Winnipeg School Division to create unique opportunities for Indigenous students. The positive impact that they will have at the head of the classroom once they graduate from the program will be significant and will help to advance reconciliation,” says Dr. Annette Trimbee, President and Vice Chancellor, University of Winnipeg.

“As the first school division in Canada to offer the Teach for Tomorrow:  Build From Within program, Winnipeg School Division, along with its partners, is providing the pathway and opportunities for Indigenous students within the division to become education leaders within our community,” says Pauline Clarke, Chief Superintendent and CEO, Winnipeg School Division. “Qualifying students for Build from Within are dedicated student learners with excellent attendance, school participation, leadership and community involvement.”

About Indspire

Indspire is an Indigenous national charity that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada. With the support of its funding partners, Indspire provides financial awards, delivers programs and shares resources so that First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students will achieve their highest potential. In 2017-18 Indspire awarded $14.2 million through 4,900 scholarships and bursaries to Indigenous students across Canada.

About Winnipeg School Division

WSD was established in 1871 and currently has 78 schools, 33,000 students and 6,000 employees. Its purpose is to provide a learning environment that fosters the growth of each student’s potential and provide equitable opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and values necessary for meaningful participation in a global and diverse society.

About University of Winnipeg

UWinnipeg is noted for academic excellence, Indigenous inclusion, environmental commitment, small class sizes, and campus diversity. UWinnipeg is committed to improving access to post-secondary education for all individuals, especially those taking non-traditional paths to university.

For more information, please contact

Nick Foglia
Vice President, Communications & Marketing
416.987.0260 / 416.921.2678

Kevin Rosen
Executive Director, Marketing & Communications
The University of Winnipeg

Radean Carter
Senior Information Officer
Winnipeg School Division
204.789.0412 / 204.771.5352



13 juin 2019 – Winnipeg, Man. – Ohsweken, Ont. – Le 10 juin, Annette Trimbee, présidente de l’Université de Winnipeg, Pauline Clarke, surintendante en chef et chef de la direction de la Division scolaire de Winnipeg et Roberta Jamieson, présidente et chef de la direction d’Indspire, ont accueilli quelques-uns des premiers étudiants du programme Teach for Tomorrow: Build from Within – Ozhitoon Onji Peenjiiee.

Teach for Tomorrow: Build from Within est un programme mis sur pied par Indspire, la Division scolaire de Winnipeg (DSW) et la Faculté d’éducation de l’Université de Winnipeg. L’objectif du programme est d’encourager et d’aider les étudiants des Premières Nations, inuits et métis de la DSW à réaliser leur rêve de devenir enseignants. En février 2019, Teach for Tomorrow : Build from Within – Ozhitoon Onji Peenjiiee a officiellement débuté avec la participation de 27 étudiants de six écoles secondaires de la DSW. Le programme offre aux étudiants une approche homogène qui leur permet d’effectuer la transition de l’école secondaire vers l’université en leur proposant des cours de niveau collégial qui leur permettront d’obtenir un certificat d’assistants en éducation et qui leur donneront éventuellement accès aux diplômes de baccalauréat en éducation et en arts de l’Université de Winnipeg.

L’événement a permis aux étudiants de parler de leur première année dans le programme, des difficultés qu’ils ont rencontrées et de leurs espoirs pour l’avenir. Tous ont dit que leurs enseignants ont été les modèles et les sources d’inspiration qui les ont poussés à choisir le domaine de l’éducation et ils espèrent avoir un impact similaire sur leurs futurs élèves.

Roberta Jamieson, présidente et chef de la direction d’Indspire, a également profité de l’occasion pour annoncer que la Fondation de la famille Pathy a fait don d’un million de dollars au programme et a déclaré : « Nous sommes très heureux que la Fondation de la famille Pathy ait investi dans le programme Teach for Tomorrow. « En plus de Winnipeg, ce financement servira également à amener Teach for Tomorrow dans d’autres régions du Canada ».

« L’Université de Winnipeg est heureuse de s’associer à Indspire et à la Division scolaire de Winnipeg pour offrir des occasions uniques aux étudiants autochtones. L’impact positif qu’ils auront dans leurs classes, une fois leur programme terminé, sera considérable et contribuera à faire progresser la réconciliation », a déclaré Annette Trimbee, présidente et vice-chancelière de l’Université de Winnipeg.

« Première division scolaire canadienne à offrir le programme Teach for Tomorrow: Build from Within, la Division scolaire de Winnipeg, en collaboration avec ses partenaires, offre à ses élèves autochtones la voie à suivre pour devenir des leaders de l’éducation au sein de notre communauté », a dit Pauline Clarke, surintendante en chef et chef de la direction de la Division scolaire de Winnipeg. « Les étudiants du programme Build from Within sont dévoués et assidus et font preuve d’une excellente participation scolaire, de leadership et d’implication dans la vie de la communauté.

À propos d’Indspire

Indspire est un organisme de bienfaisance autochtone qui investit dans l’éducation des membres des Premières Nations, des Inuits et des Métis pour qu’à long terme, elle leur apporte des avantages ainsi qu’à leurs familles, à leurs communautés et à tout le Canada. Avec le soutien de ses partenaires financiers, Indspire alloue des bourses, offre des programmes et partage des ressources pour que les élèves et les étudiants autochtones tirent pleinement profit de leur potentiel.

En 2017-2018, Indspire a alloué 14,2 millions de dollars aux étudiants autochtones de tout le Canada par le biais de 4 900 bourses.

À propos de la division scolaire de Winnipeg

La DSW a été créée en 1871 et compte actuellement 78 écoles, 33 000 élèves et 6 000 employés. Son objectif est de créer un environnement d’apprentissage qui favorise la croissance du potentiel de chaque élève et qui offre une occasion équitable de développer les connaissances, les compétences et les valeurs nécessaires pour participer pleinement à la vie d’une société diversifiée et globale.

À propos de l’Université de Winnipeg

L’Université de Winnipeg est réputée pour son excellence académique, son intégration des Autochtones, son engagement envers l’environnement, sa petite taille et la diversité de son campus. Elle s’est engagée à améliorer l’accès à l’éducation postsecondaire pour tous, en particulier pour ceux et celles qui empruntent des filières non traditionnelles pour accéder à l’université.

Pour plus d’informations veuillez contacter

Nick Foglia
Vice-président, Communications et marketing
416.987.0260 / 416.921.2678

Kevin Rosen
Directeur administratif, Marketing et communications
Université de Winnipeg

Radean Carter
Agent principal de l’information
Division scolaire de Winnipeg
204.789.0412 / 204.771.5352


Feds approve Manitoba-Minnesota hydro transmission line – CTV News

June 14, 2019

The federal minister of natural resources announced Friday the government approved Manitoba Hydro’s $453 million Manitoba-Minnesota transmission project.

Manitoba Hydro generates more electricity than it uses and plans to sell the surplus to Minnesota.

The project will consist of the Dorsey Interprovincial Power Line and modifications to two existing transmission lines.

The Dorsey IPL is a 213-kilometre, 500-kilovolt power line that would extend from the northwest of Winnipeg to the state of Minnesota, crossing the Canada-United States border near Piney, Man.

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Government of Canada Approves Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project to Grow the Economy and Protect the Environment

June 14, 2019        Ottawa, Ontario           Natural Resources Canada

Canadians understand that for good projects to move ahead and grow our economy, we must protect our environment and respect the rights of Indigenous peoples. Clean, renewable energy is a key part of Canada’s energy future, and the federal government is committed to supporting such projects. That is why the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today announced that the Governor in Council has approved Manitoba Hydro’s $453 million Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project. This decision was made after reviewing:

  • the National Energy Board’s Reasons for Decision Report, which recommended the project be approved, subject to 28 conditions, and
  • the Crown Consultation and Accommodation Report, which outlines the government’s extensive consultations with Indigenous groups potentially impacted by the proposed project.

The government is committed to getting good projects built in the right way.  This important clean power project will:

  • create good, middle-class jobs for Canadians,
  • enhance the competitiveness of Canada’s electricity market,
  • support a minimum of 20 percent of construction contracts that involve purchases from Indigenous suppliers, contracts with Indigenous subcontractors, and the employment and training of Indigenous peoples,
  • strengthen our important relationship on energy with the United States by increasing Canada’s electricity exports, and
  • protect the environment by supporting growth in renewables and reduce GHG emissions by more than 3 million tonnes by displacing production from coal-fired generation and other sources of electricity.

Through its Crown consultations, the Government of Canada is committed to making sure Indigenous concerns and interests are understood, responded to in a meaningful way, and where appropriate, accommodated. The Government of Canada is confident that it has fulfilled its duty to consult.

As part of today’s announcement, the government has directed the NEB to amend five project conditions in order to respond to and accommodate concerns raised by Indigenous groups during the Crown consultation process.  The modification of NEB conditions is responsive to the guidance provided by the Federal Court of Appeal decision on the Trans Mountain Expansion project.

The government also responded to three suggestions made by the NEB in its Reasons for Decision Report, including through the creation of a terrestrial and cultural studies initiative to support Indigenous-led studies on issues related to the project.

The government listened to and appreciates the concerns raised by Indigenous groups about the agreements withdrawn by the Government of Manitoba. As was done throughout the consultation process, the Government of Canada continues to encourage all parties to work together to resolve these issues. The federal government will continue to work in partnership with Indigenous groups to advance reconciliation, including through economic opportunities.

Approving good projects following thorough reviews is part of the government’s plan to create good, middle class jobs, protect the environment, and advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.


“Canadians understand that a clean, modern, and resilient electricity network helps fight climate change and transition to a lower carbon economy.  The Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project achieves these goals while enhancing the competitiveness of our electricity market and creating good, middle class jobs.”

Amarjeet Sohi
Minister of Natural Resources

Quick facts

  • The project will consist of the Dorsey Interprovincial Power Line (IPL) and modifications to two existing transmission lines. The Dorsey IPL is a 213 kilometer, 500 kilovolt power line that would extend from northwest of Winnipeg to the State of Minnesota, crossing the Canada-United States border near Piney, Manitoba.
  • The Government’s approval of Manitoba Hydro’s $453 million project is subject to 64 Manitoba licence conditions and 28 National Energy Board (NEB) conditions to ensure the safe construction and operation of the project, environmental protections, and ongoing engagement with Indigenous groups.
  • The NEB will now issue a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity.  Prior to construction, Manitoba Hydro will need to demonstrate to the NEB how it will meet the necessary pre-construction conditions for the project, including ongoing consultations with Indigenous communities.

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Media Relations
Natural Resources Canada

Vanessa Adams
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Natural Resources


MKO Honours Elder Marie Ballantyne for Years of Guidance and Service to Her Community

June 13, 2019

Treaty One Territory, Winnipeg, MB – Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc. (MKO) is pleased to help induct Cree Elder Marie Ballantyne into the Circle of Honour tonight at the 18th annual Keeping the Fires Burning event in Winnipeg.

This annual celebration, organized by Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc. and the sākihiwēwin Foundation, is the largest Indigenous event that celebrates the best of Indigenous excellence and culture in Manitoba. Over the past 17 years, the event has honoured 129 Indigenous grandmothers and grandfathers for making a contribution to the well-being of Indigenous Peoples.

“We are so proud to know grandmother Marie Ballantyne. She is a matriarch who is a helper to anyone who seeks guidance from her,” said Grand Chief Garrison Settee. “Elder Ballantyne encourages healing for communities and individuals. Her strong connection to the land, culture, ceremony, spirituality, language, and community will ensure that her gifts are passed to future generations. It is my honour to know Elder Ballantyne and I give sincere thanks for her ongoing service to community.”

Marie Ballantyne was born and raised in Mathias Columb Cree Nation. She lives in Thompson, Manitoba and is the resident Elder at the University College of the North. A mother to 6 children, Elder Ballantyne is also a grandmother to more than 40 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Fluent in the Cree language, Elder Ballantyne is deeply rooted in her culture. Guided through ceremony, she is well-respected in the community and is often called upon for her traditional knowledge, support, guidance, and mentorship. She has spent most of her life being a helper to those who seek her guidance as an Elder and grandmother.

Tonight Grandmother Ballantyne joins seven other individuals who are being inducted into the Circle of Honour. These Knowledge Keepers were selected by MKO and other Indigenous representative organizations in Manitoba.


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