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We Matter Seeking Director, Operations & Outreach

We Matter Seeking Director, Operations & Outreach

September 22nd, 2020- The We Matter team and Board of Directors would like to announce their search for a permanent Co-Director due to the resignation of Director, Operations & Outreach Frances Elizabeth Moore. Frances Elizabeth has played an integral role on the We Matter Team, supporting our operations and outreach, expanding the scope and reach of We Matter as well as ensuring that resources get into the hands of communities and youth. She is often seen as an Auntie or Momma Bear to the youth we work with and a role model within the team, so it is with sad hearts that we wish her the best of luck as she leaves to pursue other opportunities for professional career growth. The We Matter team and Board of Directors want to thank Frances Elizabeth for her drive, dedication, warm heart and passion over the last two plus years where she was a driving force in the growth of the organization, and wish her all of the best in her endeavours.

“The last two plus years with We Matter have been some of the most reaffirming and reinvigorating of my career. I have been truly blessed to work with an organization that is not only staffed by amazing people who are truly passionate about what they do but with youth from all over Turtle Island who gave me so much more than I gave them. While it is with the heaviest of hearts, I leave my role with We Matter I look forward to what this new journey will bring. I will be transitioning to the Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre as part of the leadership team at the Nshwaasnangong Child and Family Centre as their Family Centre Manager. Nshwaasnangong opening in December of 2020 is the first of its kind in London (Ontario) and I’m excited to help build the culturally relevant programs and services that will focus on the needs of Indigenous youth and families in the city. I look forward to continuing to support We Matter’s work and see the organization continue to grow as it impacts youth across the country positively. Baamaapii.” – Frances Elizabeth Moore

We Matter is an Indigenous-led and youth-centered organization and registered charity dedicated to Indigenous youth support, hope and life promotion. Our mission is to communicate to Indigenous youth that they matter. This is done through our founding project, the We Matter Campaign which is a national multi-media campaign where Indigenous role models and allies from across Canada submit short videos, art and stories sharing their own experiences of overcoming hardships, and communicating with Indigenous youth that no matter how hopeless life can feel, there is always a way forward. Other pillars of We Matter include our resources, Toolkits (Mini, Support Workers, Teachers and Youth) and Lesson Plans to facilitate dialogue with Youth; the National Ambassadors of Hope program; and our COVID-19 Support Fund, a subsect of our soon to be launched National Mini Grant program. We Matter does so via a small remote team spread across British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario that the Director, Operations & Outreach oversees with the Director, Programs & Youth Engagement.

Interested applicants may view the full job description, qualifications, and application info HERE. For full consideration, applicants are encouraged to submit a resume, cover letter and all supporting documents by October 1st, 2020. Inquiries regarding the application process should be directed to Co-Founder & Board of Directors Secretary, Tunchai Redvers at [email protected]; Co-Founder & Board of Directors Chair Kelvin Redvers at [email protected]; and Director, Programs & Youth Engagement, Chelsea Mulvale at [email protected]


SCO Responds to 2020 Federal Speech from the Throne

September 24, 2020

ANISHINAABE AND DAKOTA TERRITORY, MB — The Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) is encouraged by many of the commitments made yesterday in the Speech from the Throne, highlighting the federal government’s priorities. However, concrete action is needed in order for the federal government to live up to its promises.

“Canada has made several promises to improve the lives of First Nation people, many of which SCO has long championed,” said Grand Chief Jerry Daniels. “We intend to hold the government accountable. If Canada is a place where we take care of each other, we must start with our most vulnerable, and that means our First Nation communities and peoples.”

SCO supports many of the government’s priorities mentioned in the speech from the throne. Advancing reconciliation, implementing UNDRIP, fighting climate change and addressing systemic racism would all greatly improve the lives of First Nation peoples and communities, provided they are implemented in meaningful consultation with First Nations.

We also welcome the government’s promise to release its National Action Plan in response to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Grand Chief Daniels remarked, “We support the acceleration of work on a National Action Plan in partnership with families and survivors, and for the government to take up the National Inquiry’s Calls for Justice, which were delivered more than a year ago. But any progress on ending the epidemic of violence must recognize the current realities for First Nation women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ending violence against First Nation women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people means creating more housing and shelters and stable income and employment opportunities to reduce vulnerability.”

The government acknowledged the unique burdens placed on women during this time, including the disproportionately high number of jobs lost and increased caregiving demands. A national high quality early learning and child care system could begin to address the need on First Nations and grow the patchwork provincial system off reserve. First Nation people are the largest growing demographic in a country with an aging population, so having a robust and well-funded childcare system will help in the healthy growth of young families and allow parents to pursue careers, education and training.

It is encouraging to see the federal government commit to creating one million jobs and recognize that the pandemic has drastically impacted young people’s employment opportunities. Scaling up the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy is a good step to ensure First Nation youth get the employment and training resources they need to be successful.

While SCO was hoping to see a guaranteed livable income in the throne speech, an expanded employment insurance system, new Canada Recovery Benefit and new Canada Disability Benefit will be critical as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit ends. Chiefs will be watching to see how discrimination already facing First Nation job-seekers and employees will be addressed in new employment and training programs and incentives to employers such as the Canada Employment Wage Subsidy.

When vulnerable people have access to housing, food, jobs, and mental health and wellness resources, crime is reduced and instances of child neglect are virtually non-existent. We call on the government to work with First Nation organizations to address gaps in Canada’s social systems that disproportionately affect First Nation people and limit opportunities for our children and youth. SCO’s Waakaabit initiative is a groundbreaking program that seeks to support capacity in southern First Nations at the individual, community, systemic, and governance levels in relation to the creation of First Nation family laws and child welfare services. More support and investment in programs such as Waakaabit is greatly needed.

The federal government has been found to be discriminatory in its funding of First Nations child welfare and education, and SCO continues to press for substantive equality. Grand Chief Daniels stated “Canada cannot regard itself as a first-world country while allowing its most vulnerable citizens to languish in poverty, fueling the child welfare industrial complex, which feeds our children in care to the justice system as youth and adults.”

SCO welcomes the government’s commitment to reform law enforcement and the RCMP, to move forward with community led policing and to design a framework that will see First Nation police agencies as an essential service. SCO has long advocated for enhanced civilian oversight of law enforcement agencies and for action on systemic inequities in all phases of the criminal justice system. The justice system and police culture are colonial, built on enforcing the displacement of Anishinaabe and Dakota lands and rights, and the over-policing of First Nation bodies and spaces.

Transforming the health of First Nations to address the growing 11 year gap in life expectancy is another priority area that SCO has championed, and we are supportive of the government’s promise to expedite work to co-develop distinctions-based Indigenous Health legislation. The southern Chiefs have directed SCO to lead a community-led Health Transformation Initiative, which will reduce health inequities and enable Anishinaabe and Dakota peoples in southern Manitoba to assume greater control of their health and wellness.

Access to clean drinking water would also go a long way to improving the health of First Nation people. The government’s pledge to make additional investments to meet its clean drinking water commitments is highly needed to end generations of systemic neglect and long term drinking water advisories. SCO is working to build a Water Authority in our territories to protect and guarantee safe water sources and infrastructure for southern First Nations.

“The federal government must now ensure that its actions meet promises contained in the 2020 Speech from the Throne,” concluded Grand Chief Daniels. “The COVID-19 pandemic presents the opportunity to rebuild life for the better in our territories, and to ensure a just recovery for all Canadians, starting with First Nation communities and peoples.”

SCO is currently expanding its services to meet the unique challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic to provide our community members with support in navigating the various assistance programs offered at this time. We will continue to advocate that government do more, in consultation with First Nations, to help our communities overcome the many inequities that COVID-19 has created or worsened.

The Southern Chiefs’ Organization represents 34 Anishinaabe and Dakota First Nations that came together in 1999 to protect, preserve, promote, and enhance First Nations peoples’ inherent rights, languages, customs, and traditions through the application and implementation of the spirit and intent of the Treaty-making process.


Media Inquiries:
Vic Savino – Communications Officer
Winnipeg Sub-Office: (204) 946-1869 | Email: [email protected]


MMF Launches Homeschool Support Program for Métis Families

September 24, 2020

Winnipeg, MB – The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) has officially launched its homeschooling initiative to support Métis parents to homeschool their children for the health and safety of their families and communities.

“We do not want parents to feel obligated to send their children to school simply because they do not have access to the resources necessary to effectively teach their children from home,” said MMF Minister of Education Joan Ledoux. “As the Manitoba Métis Government, it is our responsibility to find ways to support our families who make this difficult decision and ensure that our Métis children do not fall behind when the provincial government fails them.”

“There is still a limited amount of evidence available to show how effective the return to school plans are for school divisions across the province,” said MMF Minister of Health and Wellness Frances Chartrand. “I think our concerns have been validated early in the school year as cases continue to spread at schools in various school divisions.”

Eligible Citizens will soon have access to “Food for Thought Hampers,” or backpacks filled with school supplies, delivered to their front door, as well as access to tutors who can help them with their schoolwork. In addition, online classes in the core subject areas will be taught by certified teachers in age-appropriate groupings.  Other resources such as funding for high school students who want to take accredited courses through Independent Study Option will also be available for parents.

“The Manitoba Métis Government has been working diligently to ensure resources are in place to address this historic ongoing health crisis,” concluded MMF President David Chartrand. “As I have said before, your Métis Government will always have your back. We are here for you, and as COVID continues to spread, we will continue to work on all aspects and today’s announcement has a focus on our families to ensure our future leaders of tomorrow are in a safe and healthy learning environment.”

Additional information can be found on If you have any questions about homeschooling and MMF supports, please email [email protected] or call 1-800-665-8474.


Believe in Yourself; Believe in Métis.

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

For media information, please contact:

Marci Riel
Manitoba Metis Federation
Cell: 204-619-1228
Email: [email protected]


SCO Grand Chief Lauds U.S. House of Representatives for Taking Action on Missing and Murdered Indigenous People

September 23, 2020

ANISHINAABE AND DAKOTA TERRITORY, MB — Southern Chiefs Organization (SCO) Grand Chief Jerry Daniels is praising the United States House of Representatives for passing Savanna’s Act on Monday. The legislation is a bi-partisan bill that requires reporting on missing and murdered Indigenous peoples living in the United States.

“Getting to the roots of violence towards Indigenous people should never be politically motivated,” said Grand Chief Daniels. “I commend the elected representatives in the United States for coming together, in a highly partisan political era, to take meaningful action for the betterment of our relatives south of the border.”

Savanna’s Act is named for Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, from Spirit Lake First Nation in North Dakota, who was murdered in 2017. She was pregnant at the time of her death.

“Unfortunately, Savanna’s story is all too familiar for us,” added Grand Chief Daniels. “The tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous people transcends all colonial borders and needs to be acknowledged and addressed urgently by all levels of government.”

The bill unanimously passed in the U.S. Senate earlier this year in March. Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski reintroduced the bill in March of this year, after former Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp proposed it in 2017 and it was blocked by the House of Representatives in 2018.

According to published reports by the Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI), in 2016, there were 5,712 cases reported of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in the United States, but only 116 cases were logged with the Department of Justice.

Under the Act, the U.S. Department of Justice must provide training to law enforcement agencies on data entry, educate the public on that database, help Indigenous communities enter information in the database, develop guidelines for response to missing or murdered Indigenous people, provide technical assistance to tribes and law enforcement agencies and report data on missing or murdered Indigenous people living in the United States. The Act also directs the Department of Justice and the Department of the Interior to consult with Indigenous Nations while developing national law enforcement guidelines.

Currently in Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has accepted the findings of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG), and acknowledged the wrongs committed against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people. However, the federal government has yet to take concrete steps to address the issues laid out in the National Inquiry’s final report, and the 231 Calls for Justice, which includes a section on improving law enforcement practices.

Reforming law enforcement practices is key to addressing the epidemic of murdered and missing Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people. This week, a case to certify a MMIWG class action lawsuit against the federal government began in Regina. Allegations have been brought that the RCMP has done little to help First Nation families who’s loved ones are missing.

“By legislating a duty to consult with Indigenous Leadership, the United States is taking a positive step towards reconciliation,” concluded Grand Chief Daniels. “While I commend the Government of Canada for the MMIWG Inquiry, I now urge all Members of Parliament to immediately act upon the National Inquiry’s Calls For Justice and to work together towards legislating positive change, as we have now witnessed in the United States.”

Savanna’s Act will now go to the President of the United States to be signed into law.

The Southern Chiefs’ Organization represents 34 Anishinaabe and Dakota First Nations that came together in 1999 to protect, preserve, promote, and enhance First Nations peoples’ inherent rights, languages, customs, and traditions through the application and implementation of the spirit and intent of the Treaty-making process.


Media Inquiries:
Vic Savino – Communications Officer
Winnipeg Sub-Office: (204) 946-1869 | Email: [email protected]


Fireside Chats to continue in virtual format – UM Today

Traditional teachings shared through Indigenous Student Centre continues this fall

September 22, 2020 —

Fireside Chats – talks on Indigenous knowledges – is an opportunity for all to learn from Elders and Knowledge Keepers. The long-running series, which was initially created by recently-retired student advisor and cultural coordinator Carl Stone, will be held online this year.

Student advisor Vanessa Lillie, who recently stepped into a full-time advising role with the Indigenous Student Centre (ISC) is committed to ensuring Fireside Chats continue as an integral component of ISC programming.

“I love the vision Carl Stone had for Fireside Chats,” Lillie said. “His work reminded us that these teachings are not a thing of the past, that they apply to life and living today, and I want to honour that.”

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Dr. Erin Millions appointed to Welcoming Winnipeg Committee

University of Winnipeg Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Erin Millions will be helping the City of Winnipeg reconsider the names of historical places and monuments.

She has been appointed to the newly formed Welcoming Winnipeg Committee of Community Members, which has been set up to review applications and make recommendations to Council on the creation, removal, or renaming of place names and historical markers.

By taking part in this committee, Millions hopes she’ll be able to help increase awareness and understanding of the city’s Indigenous histories.

“Winnipeg is, and has always been, an Indigenous space,” she said. “These histories are already inscribed on our cityscape in names like Pembina Highway, Bunn’s Creek Park, Chief Peguis Trail, John Pritchard School, and Bannatyne Avenue, but most Winnipeggers don’t understand the connections between those names and our shared histories.”

Millions is a historian whose research focuses on Indigenous histories and histories of colonialism.

She is currently working with Dr. Mary Jane Logan McCallum on the CIHR-funded project, Indigenous Histories of Tuberculosis in Manitoba, 1930s-1970s, as the Project Leader of the Manitoba Indigenous Histories Tuberculosis Photo Project (@tbphotoproject). She is also working on a separate research project focusing on Métis families and their history in Red River and Western Canada in the mid-nineteenth century.

“Both of these projects provide me understandings of landscape, place, and history that underwrite my contributions to the Welcoming Winnipeg Committee,” she said.

Millions is looking forward to putting her background in Canadian and Indigenous histories to use for the community, taking her cues from Indigenous scholars, leaders, Elders, and Knowledge Keepers.

“My work as a historian has always included educating the general public about Indigenous peoples and histories through public talks, teaching, social media, public history, and community engagement,” she said. “I would like to help Indigenous Peoples in Winnipeg see their histories reflected in street names, green spaces, and monuments and plaques in all parts of the city, and to help the non-Indigenous community better understand Winnipeg’s Indigenous past and present.”


Jennifer Cox, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg
T: 204.988.7671 E: [email protected]


SCO: First Nation Fall 2020 School Re-Entry Information

During these uncertain times of learning to live with the reality of COVID-19, First Nation schools are taking are taking an abundance of caution to ensure the safety of students in a way that does not disrupt their education.  Below are the re-opening plans for schools in southern Manitoba that has information available.

Note: Planning may be adjusted at any time based upon school locations and other factors. We will continue to update this page as new information becomes available.

Schools that are re-opening:

Several SCO communities re-opened their schools and allowed students back into the classroom part-time on September 8, 2020, in classes no larger than 15. These communities included:

Berens River First Nation
Black River First Nation
Bloodvein First Nation
Brokenhead Ojibway Nation
Dakota Tipi First Nation
Dakota Plains First Nation
Dauphin River First Nation
O-Chi-Chak-Ko-Sipi First Nation (For high school students)
Pine Creek First Nation (Sep. 8 for Gr. N & 9 to 12 alternating days; Sep. 14 for Gr. K-8 with alternating days)

Schools that will Remain Virtual:

Other communities have opted to remain closed and do not plan to open their schools for the fall term, instead offering classes virtually, with paper and learning packages being mailed out to students. These communities include:

Hollow Water First Nation
Lake Manitoba First Nation
Lake St. Martin First Nation
Keeseekoowenin Ojibway First Nation

Delayed School Starts:

Pinaymootang First Nation and Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation have delayed school start dates to later in September but will welcome students back in-person on a staggered basis.

Ebb and Flow First Nation will provide blended learning for students at their K-12 school, starting Sept. 21, 2020.  Students will return on alternating days and there will be temperature checks on the school bus and Plexiglas shields between desks.

Other communities that returned September 21 with alternating days for all grades include:

Birdtail Sioux First Nation
Skownan First Nation

For more information on your school division’s re-entry plans, visit the Province’s COVID-19 school division page:


The First Nations Health Managers Association (FNHMA) Resumes Production Of The Weekly Virtual Town Halls This Fall For 12 More Weeks.

The First Nations Health Managers Association (FNHMA) Resumes Production Of The Weekly Virtual Town Halls This Fall For 12 More Weeks.

Ottawa, Monday September 21, 2020 

The First Nations Health Managers Association (FNHMA) will be continuing production of the weekly virtual Town Hall and will return Thursday September 24, 2020 at 1PM EDT for 12 more weeks. Join us every Thursday this fall for more exciting guest speakers, topics, and updates all related to the covid-19 pandemic. The first Town Hall session will stream live on the FNHMA and APTN Facebook pages and the IHToday website.

The weekly virtual Town Halls are a space for health managers and professionals to ask questions and get important information and updates around covid-19 and how it is affecting First Nations communities.

With an anticipated second wave of covid-19 coming, people in First Nations communities are anxious and want to do whatever they can to help lessen the impacts. These virtual sessions are a great way to stay up to date on government and organizational responses, supports, and resources regarding covid-19.

During the first run of our series of virtual Town Halls, it became apparent that there is a serious need for this information sharing. Giving people the space to listen to the updates and send in their questions is something that health managers and professionals need to help alleviate their stress and anxiety. We here at FNHMA are extremely grateful for the opportunity to return.” states Marion Crowe, CFNHM, CAFM, CAPA, CEO of FNHMA.

The weekly virtual Town Halls are proudly produced in partnership with NationTalk and Indigenous Health Today.

To view previous virtual Town Halls please visit the FNHMA website at




Kelsey Thompson

FNHMA Executive Coordinator

Tel: (613) 599-6070

Email: [email protected]

Meta Growth Closes Acquisition of Kitchener Cannabis Store

TORONTO, Sept. 21, 2020 – Meta Growth Corp. (TSXV: META) (“Meta Growth”, “META” or the “Company”), a leading Canadian recreational cannabis retailer, today announced the closure of the previously announced acquisition of the Meta Cannabis Co. branded recreational cannabis store in Kitchener, Ontario.

META announced, on January 9, 2020, that it entered into an agreement with one of the winners of the Ontario cannabis retail store lottery to act as a consulting partner and service provider related to a cannabis retail location in Kitchener, Ontario. The Kitchener store opened on February 28, 2020, and achieved $186,124 in weekly revenue for the week ended September 19, 2020, with a 36.11% gross margin. The acquisition was structured as an asset purchase agreement, with consideration comprised of $150,000 in cash and the assumption of related party debt as at the date of close.

With the completion of the Kitchener acquisition, META currently has 2 operating stores in Ontario, and has submitted 10 Retail Store Authorization applications with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.

As previously announced on August 21, 2020, META and High Tide Inc. (“High Tide”) entered into a definitive arrangement agreement pursuant to which High Tide will acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of META (the “Plan of Arrangement”). The combined entity following completion of the Plan of Arrangement (the “Combined Entity”) is expected to be the largest Canadian cannabis retailer, by revenue, in addition to ranking #1 in Ontario based on corporate owned store count1. High Tide currently has 7 Canna Cabana branded stores in Ontario.

1 Estimated ranking is based on corporate owned locations and comparisons to public peers’ publicly disclosed information. The Combined Entity is expected to have 9 corporate retail locations operating in Ontario on transaction close.

About Meta Growth
Meta Growth is a leader in secure, safe and responsible access to legal recreational cannabis in Canada. Through its Canada-wide network of Meta Cannabis Co.™, Meta Cannabis Supply Co.™ and NewLeaf Cannabis™ recreational cannabis retail stores, Meta Growth enables the public to gain knowledgeable access to Canada’s network of authorized Licensed Producers of cannabis. On August 21, 2020, Meta Growth announced that it entered into a definitive arrangement agreement with High Tide in connection with the Plan of Arrangement, whereby High Tide will acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Meta Growth. The Combined Entity will create Canada’s largest cannabis retail network with 63 stores across Canada. It is expected that, subject to receipt of all regulatory, court, shareholder and other approvals, the Plan of Arrangement will be completed in the fourth quarter of 2020. Meta Growth is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol (TSXV: META).

For further information: on Meta Growth, visit:; Meta Growth: Mark Goliger, Chief Executive Officer, Meta Growth, Tel: 647-689-6382, [email protected]; Media Inquiries: Matt Ryan, VP of Marketing, Meta Growth, Tel: 647-633-9330, [email protected]


Elderly Cree woman and daughters’ annual moose hunt a family tradition – CBC

81-year-old Alice Albert goes hunting with her daughters every fall since her husband died

Sep 22, 2020

Pretty much everyone loves a good moose hunting tale… but it’s even better when the group that brings down the bull is made up of an elderly Cree woman and her two daughters.

Mary Jane Albert, 62, is from Norway House Cree Nation, about 450 kilometres north of Winnipeg, and goes moose hunting every year with her sister and her mother.

This Sunday, she caught her first moose of the season.

“Well, I don’t like to brag. I’m just happy to be with my mom and to go moose hunting with her,” said Albert, who shot the moose.

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