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AMC Responds to the Manitoba Provincial Governments Amendments to The Child and Family Services Act

May 26, 2022

Treaty One Territory, Manitoba – The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) calls on the provincial government to work with First Nations before any amendment to the Child and Family Services Act (CFS Act) related to First Nations’ jurisdiction.

“The AMC has been clear and direct; government officials must support First Nations led jurisdiction over children and families. To be legislated under the realms of the provincial government only provides an illusion of First Nations jurisdiction. We refuse to continue taking on an oppressive system and genocidal policies that have destroyed our families, lands, and Nations,” said AMC Acting Grand Chief Cornell McLean, Lake Manitoba First Nations.

The proposed amendment to the CFS Act includes providing information for Indigenous Governing Bodies (IGB) and Indigenous Service Providers (ISP); authorizing the transfer of responsibility to IGB; accessing the Child and Family Services Information System (CFSIS) and Child Abuse Registry and protecting certain information under the CFS Act.

“Reconciliation is not about dictation and permitting First Nations to have access to their citizen’s information. As First Nations, we have the inherent right to care for and provide for our children in ways reflective of our laws and ways of being. To continue a piecemeal approach under the federal legislation, An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Metis children, youth, and families, only further empowers the provincial government to control child welfare service for First Nations families,” said Acting Grand Chief McLean.

Since enacting the 2019 federal legislation, An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit, and Metis children, youth, and families, the AMC has been advocating for a Manitoba First Nations specific approach to reforming the child welfare system. “When the Act was first introduced, we knew there were going to be challenges because First Nations are to enter into coordination agreements with both levels of government. If the federal government wants to honour its nation-to-nation relationship with First Nations, there is no need for provincial influence,” said Acting Grand Chief McLean.

“With the highest number of First Nations children in care, it is imperative that First Nations guide the process of restoring jurisdiction and reclaiming our inherent laws respecting children and families. We call on Manitoba to fulfill its commitments to First Nations self-determination by supporting our Nations as we lead the way forward,” said Acting Grand Chief McLean.


For more information, please contact:

Communications Team

Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

Email: [email protected]

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 of the 63 First Nations in Manitoba, with a total of more than 151,000 First Nation citizens in the province, accounting for approximately 12 percent of the provincial population. AMC represents a diversity of Anishinaabe (Ojibway), Nehetho/Ininew (Cree), Anishininew (Ojibwe-Cree), Denesuline (Dene) and Dakota Oyate (Dakota) people.


Vigil for homicide victim calls attention to violence against Indigenous women – Winnipeg Free Press

May. 26, 2022

There were tears and hugs as people circled around to offer condolences to the family of 25-year-old Doris Trout, who was killed in a homicide last week in Winnipeg’s Central Park neighbourhood.

About 40 people attended the vigil, right outside the building where Trout’s remains were found. The Cree woman from Gods Lake Narrows First Nation had been missing for more than a month when her body was discovered early last Thursday morning, in a common area of an apartment complex at the corner of Kennedy Street and Sargent Avenue.

To read more of this story first reported by CBC News, click here.

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Winnipeg moving forward on name changes to reflect reconciliation, but process could be improved: prof – CBC

May 26, 2022
Of 14 sites that have had name changes or are under review, 6 have no direct connection to Indigenous history

The City of Winnipeg has slowly been working through the process of renaming some parks and trails over the past year to better reflect Indigenous history, but a professor of Indigenous history hopes the city will improve on that process as the work goes ahead.

The Welcoming Winnipeg: Reconciling our History initiative, run by the City of Winnipeg’s Indigenous relations division, is part of the city’s reconciliation effort, according to its website. The goal is to more accurately reflect the history and perspectives of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people, it says.

A volunteer committee sorts through name change applications based on a series of questions, including how the site impacts Indigenous communities.

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New Age Metals Announces $1.8 million Budget for 2022 Exploration Program, Lithium Division, Manitoba

May 26th, 2022, Rockport, Ontario – New Age Metals Inc. (TSX.V: NAM; OTCQB: NMTLF; FSE: P7J.F) (“NAM” or the “Company”) is pleased to report that the company’s partner Mineral Resources Limited has approved the 2022 exploration budget and program for its Manitoba Lithium division.

Harry Barr, Chairman & CEO stated, “We are happy to have received approval for the 2022 exploration program from our partner, Mineral Resources Limited. This budget is the largest to date for our Lithium Division and will include a comprehensive exploration program covering multiple properties. With the support of our partner, Mineral Resources Limited, we are looking forward to the advancement of our projects this coming season.”

NAM’s Lithium Division is one of the largest mineral claim holders in the Winnipeg River Pegmatite Field, where the Company is exploring for hard-rock lithium and various rare elements, such as tantalum, cesium and rubidium.

The 2022 exploration program includes a second drill program on the Company’s Lithium Two Project and initial drill program on the Lithium One Project. The 2 drill programs will be part of a  comprehensive exploration plan set to commence in spring 2022 that includes:

  • Satellite Data Acquisition and Analysis on all claim areas
    • A multivariate exploration approach, combining existing geological, geochemical, and geophysical data with multiple satellite analyses to identify new and potential mineral targets.
  • Helicopter-Borne Tri-Axial Magnetic Surveying on prospective ground not already covered by the 2021 surveys
  • Summer mapping and prospecting program to ground truth areas of interest identified from both the geophysical surveys and the satellite analysis in conjunction with verifying historical data
  • Phase 2 drilling of the Eagle Pegmatite to follow-up on the successful results of the 2021 drilling on the Lithium Two Project.
  • Diamond drilling of the ‘Silverleaf’ target on the Lithium One Project.

About NAM

New Age Metals is a junior mineral exploration and development company focused on the discovery, exploration, and development of green metal projects in North America. The Company has two divisions: a Platinum Group Metals division and a Lithium/Rare Element division.

The PGM Division includes the 100% owned, multi-million-ounce, district scale River Valley Project, one of North America’s largest undeveloped Platinum Group Metals Projects, situated 100 km by road east of Sudbury, Ontario. The Company completed a positive Preliminary Economic Assessment on the Project in 2019 and, is fully financed to complete a Pre-Feasibility Study on the Project in 2022. In addition to River Valley, the Company owns 100% of the Genesis PGM-Cu-Ni Project in Alaska and has plans to complete a surface mapping and sampling program in 2022.

The Lithium Division is one of the largest mineral claim holders in the Winnipeg River Pegmatite Field, where the Company is exploring for hard rock lithium and various rare elements such as tantalum and rubidium. The plans for 2022 include additional geophysical surveys and a maiden drill program on the Lithium One Project, phase two drill program at Lithium Two Project, and a field program to follow up prospective targets identified on the five grids completed in the 2021 geophysical surveys to identify additional drill targets. On September 28, 2021, the Company announced a partnership with Mineral Resource Limited (MRL, ASX: MIN), the world’s fifth largest lithium producer to explore and develop the Company’s lithium project portfolio. Our philosophy is to be a project generator with the objective of optioning our projects with major and junior mining companies through to production. The Company is actively seeking an option/ joint venture partner for its road-accessible Genesis PGM-Cu-Ni project in Alaska.

Investors are invited to visit the New Age Metals website at where they can review the company and its corporate activities. Any questions or comments can be directed to [email protected] or Harry Barr at [email protected]

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The technical information in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Matthew Schwab, P.Geo. (Senior Vice President, Axiom), who is a “Qualified Person” for the Company as defined under National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”).

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As ‘overwhelming’ cleanup begins in Peguis First Nation, extent of flood damage emerges – CBC

May 26, 2022

Preliminary estimates suggest as many as 700 homes sustained some kind of damage, Peguis officials say

As floodwaters recede in Manitoba’s Interlake, some Peguis First Nation evacuees are heading back to clean up the saturated community — and in some cases discovering devastating damage.

Cheryl Thomson was among the first wave to return in recent days to find her property in varying states of disrepair.

“Very stressful but trying to stay positive,” Thomson said Tuesday, surveying the damage to her waterlogged home and possessions four days into the cleanup.

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AMC Urges Manitoba to Engage First Nations on Flooding Projects

May 25, 2022

Treaty One Territory, Manitoba – The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) renews the call for the Province of Manitoba (Province) to engage First Nations on projects to prevent and mitigate flood damage on First Nations’ lands and infrastructure.

“The AMC has urged the Province to expedite the construction of outlet channels to stop the constant flood damage on First Nations, but no action to engage First Nations on projects has been taken so far,” AMC Acting Grand Chief Cornell McLean said. “First Nations are the hardest hit by flooding in this province and are evacuated almost every year, yet we are never meaningfully consulted on flood protection or long-term mitigation actions.”

Yesterday, Manitoba Environment, Climate, and Parks issued a mandatory evacuation order and expanded closure areas in the northern portion of Whiteshell Provincial Park. Manitoba Parks is coordinating with the Emergency Measures Organization and Manitoba Hydro in its preparedness and response.

AMC Acting Grand Chief Cornell McLean said, “The Province acts quickly when it comes to protecting and compensating property and business owners in the communities surrounding First Nations but isn’t as responsive when fulfilling its duty to involve First Nations in planning related to the protection of our lands and territories from flooding.”

According to Indigenous Services Canada (ISC), it has invested $80 million to protect First Nations in Manitoba from flooding and recently renewed a 1-year agreement with the Canadian Red Cross to support Manitoba First Nations in managing responses and evacuations due to flooding.

“The Province must recognize it is essential that First Nations not only support but lead the way in flood recovery and protection on First Nations because we are experiencing immeasurable harms in terms of loss of land, culture, and infrastructure,” AMC Acting Grand Chief Cornell McLean said. “Collaborations regarding outlet channel projects need to start now, and First Nations Elders, Knowledge Keepers, and Citizens must be engaged in any planning that happens,” he said. -30-

For more information, please contact:

Communications Team
Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs
Email: [email protected]

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 of the 63 First Nations in Manitoba with a total of more than 151,000 First Nation citizens in the province, accounting for approximately 12 percent of the provincial population. AMC represents a diversity of Anishinaabe (Ojibway), Nehetho / Ininew (Cree), Anishininew (Ojibwe-Cree), Denesuline (Dene) and Dakota Oyate (Dakota) people.


Deaths of First Nations women in Winnipeg reignite calls for action – APTN News

May 25, 2022

The deaths of two First Nations women who were victims of homicide over the course of a week in Winnipeg are reigniting calls for more to be done to stem violence against Indigenous women.

On May 16, the remains of Rebecca Contois, 24, originally from Crane River First Nation, were discovered near an apartment building in Winnipeg.

Jeremy Anthony Michael Skibicki, 35, has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with Contois’ death.

Police say there could be more victims.

Then on May. 19, police found another deceased woman downtown, Doris Lydia Trout, 25, from God’s Lake First Nation.

Police are asking for help locating two women who are “persons of interest.”

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MMF to invest $14.8 million in Selkirk for mixed use residential development – 55+ housing, commercial space

May 25, 2022

Winnipeg, MB, in the National Homeland of the Red River Métis - Today, the Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF), the National Government of the Red River Métis, also known as the Manitoba Métis, is announcing an investment of more than $14.8 million into the city of Selkirk to create top-quality, affordable and adaptive rental units for seniors, along with 8,250 sq. ft. of commercial space for retailers on the main and second floors.

The proposed 6-storey development will be located on Eveline Street, following the consolidation of 335 Eveline with 357, 361 and 363 Eveline, which are properties the MMF already owns.

“The MMF continues to gain ground, creating housing that works for our Citizens, built in the communities where we live,” said David Chartrand, President of the MMF. “Between our first-time homebuyer’s program, our home repair program and our housing developments across Manitoba, like this one in Selkirk, we’re addressing the unique needs of our Nation, while showing that great things happen when we work within the government-to-government model with all levels, including municipal government. It’s a win for our Citizens, our Elders and the community of Selkirk.”

The development will feature 49 rental units, with both affordable and market rates available. To foster the sense of community connection that is critical to the mental well-being of Red River Métis Citizens, there will be a common area of 3,800 sq ft., with a resident’s terrace overlooking the scenic Red River, East Selkirk Bridge and beyond.

“The vision for this development is to give Elders and seniors an affordable place to live that adapts to their needs as they age, as well as providing access to wraparound supports from the MMF and proximity to the nearby health hub and new hospital,” said Will Goodon, Minister of Housing for the MMF. “We’ve used energy efficient design principles, keeping the build in line with the MMF’s commitment to addressing climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”

The vision for the commercial space is to further the sense of community, with some spaces used by MMF government operations, offering critical programs and services for Red River Métis seniors and Elders.

The MMF anticipates that the project will be complete in fall 2024.


Believe in Yourself; Believe in Métis.

The Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) is the democratically elected National Government of the Red River, also known as the Manitoba Métis, the origin and core of the Métis Nation. The Manitoba Métis are Canada’s Negotiating Partners in Confederation and the Founders of the Province of Manitoba.

For more information, media may contact:
Kat Patenaude
Media Relations Advisor
Manitoba Métis Federation
[email protected]


Brandon Wins National Municipal Innovation Award For Truth and Reconciliation Week 2021

Fredericton, NB – The City of Brandon, MB has received national recognition for its Truth and Reconciliation Week 2021 and Brandon Urban Aboriginal Peoples’ Council partnership from the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA).  The municipality was presented with the 2022 CAMA Willis Award for Innovation, in the 20,001-100,000-population category, during a Virtual Awards of Excellence Ceremony held today.

“CAMA is pleased to recognize the City of Brandon and the Brandon Urban Aboriginal Peoples’ Council for their partnership and innovation in organizing the community’s Truth and Reconciliation Week 2021,” said Jack Benzaquen, CAMA president, CAMA representative for Quebec and City Manager for the City of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC. “The BUAPC model is definitely transferable to other local governments, with elected officials and municipal administrators working in solidarity and partnership with Indigenous leadership and organizations, as well as Indigenous people in their communities.”

Uniting the community, the Brandon Urban Aboriginal Peoples’ Council (BUAPC) developed the week – five days of commemoration, celebration and education focused on the need for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to gather in right relationship.

The seeds of this remarkable road to reconciliation began in 2010, when Brandon’s City Council created BUAPC. Its central principles of cooperation and collaboration help ensure Indigenous people are reflected in the community they call home.

BUAPC is composed of leadership from influential Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations, institutions, and governments, as well as citizens at large. Each of these participated in making Truth and Reconciliation Week an exceptional success.

The existence of BUAPC and the services it offers has also deeply affected how City of Brandon departments now consider the needs of Brandon’s Indigenous population in relation to life in an urban centre on a day-to-day basis.

Working with BUAPC, staff training is being developed and efforts are being carried out by City departments related to Indigenous-led cultural infrastructure and activities.

It is fully recognized that one week is not enough, and while the next Truth and Reconciliation Week is being planned, BUAPC will work with the City of Brandon to find ways to weave cultural reconciliation teaching into municipal efforts.

“Truth and Reconciliation Week is the result of 12 years of conversation, learning, healing, relationship-building and action in the community,” said City of Brandon Mayor Rick Chrest. “We are pleased to support the efforts of BUAPC at the department and community level.”

“Truth and reconciliation aren’t just words any more – they have become a reality,” stated BUAPC chairperson Leah LaPlante. “The week was a great example of people coming together to learn and laugh and feast together. Notable among the events were the Orange Shirt Day Walk, which drew 700 to 1,000 Brandonites, and the evening entertainment event, entitled Healing by the River, which drew 500 participants.”

“The CAMA Awards of Excellence recognize the achievements of local governments and their senior staff in the development and implementation of successful programs, projects or services,” said Gary Kent, Chair of the 2022 CAMA Awards, CAMA Member-At-Large for Municipalities with a Population Over 100,000, and Chief Financial Officer and Commissioner of Corporate Services for the Region of Peel, ON. “Thirty-five submissions from across the country were received for this year’s awards. Congratulations to the winners and all those who took time to enter the awards program.”

To find out more about the City of Brandon’s award, as well as the other 2022 CAMA Awards of Excellence winners, visit and look for the award recipients link.


Manito Ahbee Festival 2022: MKO Grand Chief Enters Pow Wow Circle as Traditional Dancer

“I was so happy to have the opportunity to do that,” shared Grand Chief Garrison Settee in reference to his first time entering the pow wow circle as a traditional dancer.

“I grew up with Pentecostal teachings and I didn’t grow up in a traditional family. Now I am embracing my identity while holding onto the Pentcostal values and teachings as well as embracing my identity as a Muskego Ininiw. There is a balance I have found.

I’m thankful to the people who made this possible. I recognize Lisa Meeches, Lee and Sherry Gott, Wab Kinew, Dennis Meeches, Mary Ann Patrick, Max Linklater and countless others who supported me on this humbling journey.”

~Grand Chief Settee is grateful for the opportunity to be welcomed into the pow wow circle at Manito Ahbee Festival on May 21, 2022. He looks forward to dancing in future pow wow and thanks everyone who shared their talents and energy at the Manito Ahbee Festival in Treaty One territory.

Ekosi, masi cho, and meegwetch to Al Foster at the Southern Chiefs’ Organization for taking the photos included in this post.


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