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SCO Lanuches Campaign to Celebrate First Nation Entrepreneurs

October 18, 2021

ANISHINAABE AND DAKOTA TERRITORY, MB — Today, as part of National Small Business Week, the Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) is launching the first small business directory of authenticated southern First Nation businesses.

“Through economic development we are emerging from more than 150 years of systemic economic apartheid and this forms a significant part of our mandate,” stated SCO Grand Chief Jerry Daniels. “I am delighted to honour these dedicated and hard-working relatives and I know their stories will serve as inspiration to future small business owners. These are businesses that all Manitobans should support.”

Small Business Week is an annual celebration of entrepreneurship, and one of the primary goals is to learn about and celebrate the people building businesses. This year, SCO is casting the spotlight on our very own business owners including Sean Rayland of Red Rebel Armour Clothing. Rayland’s family roots are in Sagkeeng Anicinabe First Nation.

“My mission statement says we want to bring you some fresh and Indigenized streetwear designed in the spirit of truth and reconciliation, culture reclamation, social justice, and inter-generational healing,” said Rayland. “I firmly believe that by embracing core values of who we are, and where we are from, First Nation entrepreneurs can chart a path to success.”

Red Rebel Armour is one of more than fifty businesses that are now featured on a growing list that can be found on our website. The featured businesses cover everything from retail to real estate.

Cheryl Hoffman is the founder of KC Dyslexic Learning Centre. The Berens River First Nation member’s business offers information, tutoring, and testing for those living with dyslexia.

“As a First Nation woman, I am more than aware of the systemic gaps that exist when it comes to delivering health care, and the need for follow-up services,” said Hoffman. “I created this initiative to serve our people and our communities, and I look forward to helping to improve the quality of life for people with dyslexia for years to come.”

Along with the new section of our website, SCO will be highlighting several of our entrepreneurs on our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages. The goal is to not only celebrate the successes of our small business owners, but also to motivate aspiring entrepreneurs and help them launch successful businesses that contribute to sustainable economic development in our communities and urban centres.

“There is no denying the positive financial impact that First Nation entrepreneurs and people now have on Manitoba,” added Grand Chief Daniels. “The most recent data from a joint study by SCO, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc. (MKO) and Brandon University shows we are creating tens of thousands of jobs, providing more than $1 billion in salaries, and contributing $9.3 billion to the provincial economy. Those numbers are irrefutable, and I am excited about the potential for continued growth.”

If you know of a business owner by a southern First Nation entrepreneur that is not yet in our business directory, please let us know by emailing [email protected]


The Southern Chiefs’ Organization represents 34 First Nations and more than 80,000 citizens in what is now called southern Manitoba. SCO is an independent political organization that protects,

preserves, promotes, and enhances First Nations peoples’ inherent rights, languages, customs, and traditions through the application and implementation of the spirit and intent of the Treaty-making process.

For Media Inquiries:

Al Foster, Senior Correspondent, Southern Chiefs’ Organization Mobile: (204) 806-6837 | Email: [email protected]


Gift to Give, developed through NSI IndigiDocs by Erica Daniels, premieres at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) celebrates the world premiere of Gift to Give, a short documentary developed through NSI IndigiDocs by Manitoba filmmaker Erica Daniels, at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

The film will stream on demand as part of the imagineNATIVE Short Films Program – South from October 21 to October 23.

Gift to Give follows the relationship between a Two-Spirited daughter and her father, and the nuances in their relationship of acceptance and deep love. The story is told through the lens of the daughter, Vanessa, who has decided to give her kidney to her ailing father, Kenneth, in the hopes of saving his life.

Erica developed the documentary through NSI IndigiDocs in 2020 – a program offering customized training for Indigenous filmmakers who have an idea for a 10-minute film. Participants are paired with a mentor to help advise and guide them as they work through production.

Erica worked alongside mentor, award-winning documentary filmmaker and program alumna, Tasha Hubbard. Tasha’s recent film, nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up, has won prestigious awards across the country, including Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary Award at the Canadian Screen Awards 2020 and Best Canadian Documentary at Hot Docs International Film Festival 2019.

“I’m so grateful to all the mentors who guided me through the process of creating this powerful film,” says Erica. “I know the emotional story of Gift to Give will impact audiences and I’m honoured to have shared Vanessa and Kenneth’s kidney transplant journey.”

Erica began training with the National Screen Institute in 2010 through the CBC New Indigenous Voices program. She later participated in the inaugural Manitoba Content Creators Accelerator program in 2020.

In 2017, Erica launched her own video production and graphic design company, Kejic Productions. She’s received multiple awards throughout her career, including the 2019 Indigenous Film Award at the Manito Ahbee Festival and the 2021 Young Aboriginal Entrepreneur Award from the Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business.

In 2019, Erica was a film mentor to the participants of the inaugural NSI New Northern Voices program.

In 2021, with over 10 years of industry experience and extensive training with the National Screen Institute, Erica decided to share her knowledge and experience with emerging filmmakers as the new CBC New Indigenous Voices program advisor. She helped mentor participants as they learned the essentials of filmmaking.

“Erica’s career continues to flourish as she takes on new opportunities and projects,” says National Screen Institute CEO Joy Loewen. “We are delighted to see such an active member of the Manitoba film community and NSI family take their film to a new, national level.”

All four NSI IndigiDocs 2020 graduates have premiered their films at renowned festivals over the past few months. Peter Brass’ film Indigenous Dads and Steven Davies’ film, ƛaʔuukʷiatḥ (Tla-o-qui-aht) Dugout Canoe, both made their world premieres at Vancouver International Film Festival 2021. Steven’s film was selected alongside Erica’s film for imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. Miranda Currie’s Tails on Ice made its debut at the Cannes Short Film Festival in August.

NSI IndigiDocs 2019-21 was funded by Program Partners APTN, Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage, RBC Emerging Artists Project; Indigenous Training Programs Partner Directors Guild of Canada (DGC); Boot Camp Presenting Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Strategic Sponsor documentary Channel; Supporting Sponsors Telefilm Canada, Super Channel, CBC Gem, Corus Entertainment, A&E Television Networks; Provincial Sponsors Manitoba Film & Music, Creative Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Media Production Industry Association (SMPIA), Northwest Territories Film Commission, Creative BC through the Daryl Duke and William Vince Scholarship Fund; Industry Partner the National Film Board of Canada; Industry Supporters imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Service Sponsors Line 21 Media, iSplice Films. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.

About the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI)

Propelled by a visionary network of donors, private and public organizations, the National Screen Institute supports creators from across Canada to tell unforgettable stories. Through industry-informed training and mentoring in film, television and digital media, students and alumni find their voice and place on the global stage, inspiring us to shape a better world.

The National Screen Institute is committed to training participants from a diverse community of voices including Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, women-identifying, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning and two-spirit (LGBTQ2S+), people with disabilities, those outside large urban centres, those from regional and remote areas and various religious groups.

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New Age Metals Commences Maiden Drill Program at its Lithium Two Project in Southeastern Manitoba, Canada

October 18th, 2021 Rockport, Ontario – New Age Metals Inc. (TSX.V: NAM; OTCQB: NMTLF; FSE: P7J2) (“NAM” or “Company”) is pleased to announce that its maiden drill program on its Lithium Two Project that is part of its Manitoba lithium division has commenced. The Company plans to drill a minimum of 1,500 metres. The program is going to consist of drilling 8 shallow holes to a maximum depth of 200 metres below surface.

  • A minimum 1,500-metre maiden drill program at the Company’s Lithium Two Project has commenced.
  • The program is financed by Mineral Resources Ltd. (MRL), the worlds fifth largest lithium producer, as per the agreement between NAM and MRL that was the subject of a September 28 press release.
  • NAM has also contracted geological consultancy, Axiom Exploration to manage the drill program on behalf of the Company, and Manitoba-based Rodren Drilling to complete the work.
  • Lithium Two hosts a historic non-NI 43-101 compliant mineral resource of 544,000 tonnes at 1.4% Li2O to a depth of 60 metres (Source: Manitoba Mineral Index Cards). *This amount has not been confirmed by a qualified person at this time.
  • The Eagle Pegmatite is the primary target for the maiden drill program. It is exposed on surface and was last drilled in 1948.
  • Surface sampling programs at the Eagle Pegmatite conducted by NAM has yielded assays up to 3.8% Li2O.
  • NAM has an active exploration agreement with the Sagkeeng First Nation and will be working in partnership with members of Sagkeeng.
  • NAM is the largest mineral claim holder in the Winnipeg River Pegmatite Field. All of the claims are held by Lithium Canada Development, a wholly owned subsidiary of NAM

Harry Barr, Chairman & CEO commented: “This maiden drill program in Manitoba is a significant milestone for the Company. We have fulfilled our stated objectives for the lithium division to date by acquiring a robust land package in southeast Manitoba, and recently completing our option / joint venture agreement with Mineral Resources. Our agreement equips us with the necessary funding and expertise to strategically explore and develop the greenstone belt that we are operating in. The preparation for this program has been extensive and has included various rounds of surface exploration as well as UAV borne drone geophysics.”

Lithium Two Project

The Lithium Two Project covers 137 hectares and is located approximately 20 kilometres north of the Tanco Mine that is owned and operated by Sinomine Rare Metals Co. Lithium Two is geologically situated in the Cat Lake portion of the Winnipeg River Pegmatite Field and is road accessible. This pegmatite field is hosted in the Archean age Bird River Greenstone Belt and into the surrounding granites. To date, three pegmatites have been identified on the Lithium Two Project.

The Eagle pegmatite is exposed at surface as a series of lenticular spodumene-bearing dykes, over approximately 823 metres with widths up to 30 metres. The Eagle Pegmatite has a general strike of 77° and a near vertical dip. The FD No. 5 Pegmatite is surface exposed over an area of 27 and 15 metres and is poorly exposed away from the main showing. The unit strikes at 80° with a near vertical dip to the north. The FD No. 5 Pegmatite appears to have not been previously drill tested. Surface sampling over the two pegmatites during the 2016 field season yielded assays for the Eagle Pegmatite up to 2.44% Li2O and assays up to 3.04% Li2O for the FD No. 5 Pegmatite.

Drill Plan

The purpose of the maiden drill program is to first confirm the historical resource that was identified at the Eagle Pegmatite on the Lithium Two Project in 1948. An initial 8 holes are planned to be drilled to the 200-metre level. The Company is permitted to drill additional holes should preliminary results justify doing so.

In advance of the drill program, an archaeological assessment has been completed by White Spruce Archaeology on the Lithium Two Project that has identified three areas of archaeological potential. Drilling activity will occur outside of a 25-metre buffer around the identified areas. All drill trails will stay outside of the identified areas. The recommendations for the Lithium Two Project have been reviewed and agreed by the Archaeological Assessment Services Unit, Historic Resources Branch, Ministry of Sport, Culture and Heritage.

Figure 1: Southeast Manitoba regional project map, including New Age Metals lithium project portfolio. The Lithium Two Project is located approximately 20 kilometres north of the Tanco Mine
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 (PGM) 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 northeast from 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. A technical report is slated to be published by the end of the first half of 2022. In addition to River Valley, the Company is the 100% owner of the Genesis PGM-Cu-Ni Project.

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 and rubidium. In 2021 drone geophysics were completed on at least five of the Company’s seven projects and in October a maiden drill program on the Company’s Lithium Two Project was initiated. On September 28th, 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 to major and junior mining companies to potentially develop them through to production. The Company is actively seeking an option / joint venture partner for its road-accessible Genesis PGM-Cu-Ni Project in Alaska.

About Lithium Resources Limited

Mineral Resources Limited is an innovative and leading mining services company, with a growing world-class portfolio of mining operations across multiple commodities, including iron ore and lithium. MRL has a diversified commodities portfolio located in the Pilbara and Yilgarn regions in Western Australia. The Company has developed two hard rock lithium operations in Western Australia making them one of the worlds largest owners of hard rock lithium mines.

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] or Cody Hunt at [email protected] or call 613 659 2773.

Qualified Person

This maiden 2021 drilling and exploration program is being conducted under the supervision of Lynde Guillaume, G.I.T. and Matthew Schwab, P.Geo., both of Axiom Exploration Group Ltd. A thorough chain-of-custody and QA/QC program is being carried out during the 2020 drill program on all half-core split samples. The implemented QA/QC procedures will include the insertion of certified standard control samples, duplicates, and blanks to ensure proper calibration of lab equipment. Sample analyses are being conducted by SRC Geoanalytical Laboratories in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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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Province of MB: COVID-19 Vaccine Bulletin #131

October 18, 2021

Manitoba is expanding its recommendations for a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to include First Nation people living on reserve. This includes an estimated 7,200 people. The third dose should be given at least six months after the last vaccine. The Integrated Vaccine Operations Centre, which is co-led by First Nations and the federal government, is being reactivated to oversee the third dose rollout and co-ordinate other supports that communities may need.

Seasonal Influenza Vaccines

Beginning today, individuals can make an appointment for their seasonal flu vaccine at provincial, regional or urban Indigenous sites using the provincial call centre or online booking system originally put in place for the COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals can receive their seasonal flu, COVID-19 or both vaccines at these sites at the same time, if they choose.

The online vaccine finder at shows locations where these vaccines are available including where walk-ins are available. Many medical clinics and pharmacies with seasonal flu and/or the COVID-19 vaccines will continue to be listed, with information about how to book at these locations.

Youth Catch-up Immunizations

All urban Indigenous sites are now offering school catch-up immunizations to help prevent serious illnesses such as HPV, hepatitis B and meningitis. Families can make their appointment by contacting these sites directly, or through the provincial call centre or online booking tool.

The youth catch-up immunization program will return to schools in November, once in-school COVID-19 vaccine clinics end.


The current recommendations for third doses of COVID-19 vaccine, including where they can be administered, is online at

Eligibility for first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine continues to include anyone born on or before Dec. 31, 2009.

Vaccine Administration, Supply and Distribution

A total of 2,045,211 doses of vaccine have been administered in Manitoba.

The super site in Gimli is now closed. Additional clinics will be offered in the community at a new location.

Manitoba vaccine sites are offering walk-in and appointment-based vaccinations. Eligible individuals can book their appointments online or by calling (toll-free) 1-844-626-8222 (1-844-MAN-VACC). For hours and days of operation, visit

COVID-19 immunizations are available to eligible young people at school-based clinics. For more information, visit

To date, 2,435,830 doses of vaccine have been delivered to Manitoba. This includes:

  • 1,534,950 doses of the Pfizer vaccine;
  • 808,920 doses of the Moderna vaccine; and
  • 91,960 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Additional Information

More information about the vaccine campaign in Manitoba is available at For more information about COVID-19 immunization records and cards, visit

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For more information:

  • Public information, contact Manitoba Government Inquiry: 1-866-626-4862 or 204-945-3744.
  • Media requests for general information, contact Communications Services Manitoba: 204-945-3765.
  • Media requests for ministerial comment, contact Communications and Stakeholder Relations: 204-290-5374.


The Wildfire Effects Most People Don’t See – Canadaland

For Little Grand Rapids and other remote First Nations, the worst devastation often comes after the blaze

“I was brought here out of desperation,” reporter Sarah Lawrynuik says of a late-September trip she took to Little Grand Rapids, an Anishinaabe community in Eastern Manitoba, accessible only by air and ice road.

Band councillor Blair Owen and his father Oliver, the owner of Amik Aviation, were trying to get media’s attention on the community, so Manitoba Hydro would expedite repair of a transmission line damaged by wildfires in July. The population had been evacuated due to the fires, but over two months later was still unable to return due to the persistent loss of power.

“They worry the longer their people are stranded in hotels all across Winnipeg,” says Sarah, “the deeper the damage will run.”

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High Tide Secures Non-Dilutive Credit Facility with ATB Financial

CALGARY, October 18, 2021 – High Tide Inc. (“High Tide” or the “Company”) (TSXV: HITI) (Nasdaq: HITI) (FSE: 2LYA), a leading retail-focused cannabis company with bricks and mortar as well as global e-commerce assets, announced today that it has entered into a credit agreement to establish a revolving credit facility with ATB Financial (“ATB”) in an amount of up to $25 million (comprised of an initial $10 million limit and $15 million accordion, the “Facility”), with an expected interest rate of less than 6% per annum.

“We are extremely pleased to finalize this facility today. We know that our shareholders have been looking forward to us securing non-dilutive financing from a leading Canadian bank, and this is also something that we have been working on for some time as we believe that it provides validation of our improved financial profile,” said Raj Grover, President and Chief Executive Officer of High Tide. “This is great news for our shareholders as this credit facility provides us with the firepower to continue our business growth and acquisitions of quality businesses, which are synergistic with our overall ecosystem, while limiting the dilution of our existing shareholder base. We also expect the facility amount to increase in the future as our EBITDA increases, allowing us to realize arbitrage opportunities through accretive acquisitions while limiting the dilution necessary to fuel expansion. I remain excited about High Tide’s growth prospects for the remainder of 2021 and throughout 2022, and look forward to sharing continued positive developments in our company with our shareholders,” added Mr. Grover.

The Facility, which will become effective by end of business today, will consist of senior secured prime rate loans, U.S. base rate loans, LIBOR loans, letters of credit, Bankers’ Acceptances and a Corporate MasterCard.

The Facility has an initial term of three years and provides High Tide, upon completion of customary conditions, with access to an initial $10 million in capital that can be drawn down at High Tide’s discretion (the “Initial Facility Amount”), and subject to satisfaction of certain conditions, will provide High Tide with access to an additional $15 million in capital. The Company expects to have cleared customary conditions for the first draw by the end of its fiscal year ending October 31, 2021. Proceeds from the Facility are expected to be used to finance acquisitions as well as working capital and for general corporate purposes. Amounts drawn down under the Facility will bear interest calculated on the basis of the Company’s adjusted debt-to-EBITDA ratio, which is expected to yield an effective interest rate of less than 6% per annum.

Separately, the Company also announced that a further $1.0 million of debt has been converted into equity, which brings the Company’s total outstanding debt balance to $27.4 million as of today. Of this amount, only $1.6 million matures during the next 12 months.

About High Tide Inc.

High Tide is a leading retail-focused cannabis company with bricks and mortar as well as global e-commerce assets. The Company is the largest Canadian retailer of recreational cannabis as measured by revenue, with 101 current locations spanning Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, and was featured in the third annual Report on Business Magazine’s ranking of Canada’s Top Growing Companies in 2021. High Tide’s retail segment features the Canna Cabana, Meta Cannabis Co., Meta Cannabis Supply Co. and NewLeaf Cannabis banners, with additional locations under development across the country. High Tide has been serving consumers for over a decade through its established ecommerce platforms including,,, and and more recently in the hemp-derived CBD space through and as well as its wholesale distribution division under Valiant Distribution, including the licensed entertainment product manufacturer Famous Brandz. High Tide’s strategy as a parent company is to extend and strengthen its integrated value chain, while providing a complete customer experience and maximizing shareholder value. Key industry investors in High Tide include Tilray Inc. (TSX: TLRY) (Nasdaq: TLRY) and Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX: ACB) (Nasdaq: ACB).

For more information about High Tide Inc., please visit, its profile page on SEDAR at, and its profile page on EDGAR at


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First Nation in northern Manitoba dealing with COVID 19 outbreak, shuts down school – Global News

October 15, 2021

A First Nation in northern Manitoba is experiencing its first outbreak of COVID-19 as the province deals with the fourth wave of the pandemic.

Norway House Cree Nation, located about 800 kilometres north of Winnipeg, has had a recent surge in cases, which it says originated from outside the community in early September.

Chief Larson Anderson said that as of Tuesday there were 84 active cases and 87 recovered cases in the community. One member also died after contracting the virus.

He added that most of the cases were of people who are fully vaccinated, as well as children and adults aged 20 to 29 and 40 to 49.

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Expansion of Boundary Trails Health Centre will Increase Local Services, Improve Access for Residents in Local Growing Communities

October 15, 2021

Addition will Include New Inpatient Beds, Expanded Services: Gordon

WINKLER — A new building will be constructed as part of a significant expansion at Boundary Trails Health Centre that will add new acute care inpatient beds and provide larger, more modern space for patient care programs to support the health needs of these growing communities well into the future, Health and Seniors Care Minister Audrey Gordon announced here today.

“We are building a health-care system that offers rural communities more services closer to home supporting specialized services at larger facilities like Boundary Trails, which can reduce the need for many residents to travel to Winnipeg for their care,” said Gordon. “This investment will ensure Boundary Trails can continue to support health services not only for the growing communities of Winkler and Morden well into the future, but also those of many other communities in the Southern Health–Santé Sud region.”

The $64.4 million project will move forward in two stages, with construction of a new, two-storey community services building and inpatient building additions occurring first. While planning for the new building is still being finalized, it is expected to include a number of existing programs that are currently located elsewhere including acute care areas of the health centre, the minister noted This may include  services such as ambulatory care, cancer services, home care, education services, public health, health information services and administration.

Once programs and services have been relocated to the new community services building, renovations will begin on the vacated spaces in the health centre. This will allow for the creation of expanded spaces for several departments and programs, including surgery, as well as the addition of a retail pharmacy.

A two-storey addition to the inpatient building will also be constructed to house 24 inpatient beds on one level and enhanced nursery capacity on the other. These additions will be home to expanded health services to meet the needs of growing communities throughout southern Manitoba.

“Boundary Trails Health Centre provides essential medical services to the growing population in Winkler, Morden and surrounding communities,” said Jane Curtis, CEO of Southern Health–Santé Sud. “This new investment in acute care inpatient beds and additional space for patient care programs will strengthen the network of resources that makes Boundary Trails an important hub of medical services. It will ensure that we continue to meet the long-term needs of this growing area with access to high quality, specialized care that is closer to home.”

The expansion includes, and significantly builds upon, a project advanced by the Boundary Trails Health Centre Foundation and other local community leaders, with the foundation committing support for the project. Details on the foundation contribution are being finalized, with more details to come.

“Today’s announcement is an investment in the future of Boundary Trails Health Centre,” said Ben Friesen, board chair, Boundary Trails Health Foundation. “Our foundation is proud to partner with the provincial government on an initiative that will add patient care beds and expanded health service, allowing more people in Winkler, Morden and the surrounding communities to get the care they need here, both now and in the future.”

As first announced in Budget 2021, Manitoba is making a historic $812-million capital investment in building, expanding and renovating health-care facilities across the province in support of the Clinical and Preventive Services Plan. The plan, led by clinicians, establishes a geographic network of care that will improve access to care for all Manitobans and identifies expanded services at Boundary Trails as being foundational to efforts to support better care, sooner, and as close to home as possible.

Construction on the new building, to be located adjacent to the current health centre, is expected to begin by the summer of next year, Gordon noted.

For more information on Manitoba’s Clinical and Preventive Services Plan, go online to

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For more information:

  • Public information, contact Manitoba Government Inquiry: 1-866-626-4862 or 204-945-3744.
  • Media requests for general information, contact Communications Services Manitoba: 204-945-3765.
  • Media requests for ministerial comment, contact Communications and Stakeholder Relations: 204-290-5374.


MKO Encourages First Nations Citizens Accessing Taxis in the City of Winnipeg to Remain Vigilant

October 15, 2021

Treaty One Territory, Winnipeg, MB – Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc. (MKO) continues to be concerned about the safety of First Nations citizens from Northern Manitoba in regard to using taxis in the City of Winnipeg.

This month, there have been two taxi drivers charged in relation to their treatment of Indigenous women as follows:

  • On October 6, the Winnipeg Police Service arrested a 44-year-old taxi driver and charged him with forcible confinement and assault.
  • On October 13, the Winnipeg Police Service arrested a 51-year-old taxi driver and charged him with extortion, dangerous operation of a vehicle, careless driving, and failing to exercise due care for a pedestrian.

In both cases, the people who used the taxis were young Indigenous women, ages 19 and 23. Both women came forward to share their experiences via media.

“On behalf of MKO, I want to commend Serenity Mousseau and Carrie Hill for their bravery and strength in sharing what they have experienced when it comes to Winnipeg taxi drivers. Indigenous women should never experience violence or discrimination when using public transportation,” said Grand Chief Garrison Settee. “There must be mechanisms put into place to hold taxi companies and licensing bodies accountable to ensure the safety of First Nations citizens. I encourage anyone who has witnessed or experienced unsafe incidents in taxis to file a report with the Winnipeg Police Service.”

“Any form of violence against Indigenous women, girls, and Two Spirit and gender-diverse people is unacceptable, especially at the hands of taxi drivers,” shared Hilda Anderson-Pyrz, Director of MKO’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Liaison Unit. “We have raised our concerns about the safety of First Nations citizens using taxis in Winnipeg in the past. We call on all taxi companies and the City of Winnipeg to step up to ensure First Nations people can access safe taxi services. MKO calls on all levels of government to recognize this ongoing harm and to implement Calls for Justice 4.8 and 17.9 from the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.”

Calls for Justice 4.8 and 17.9 from the Final Report are as follows:

4.8 We call upon all governments to ensure that adequate plans and funding are put into place for safe and affordable transit and transportation services and infrastructure for Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people living in remote or rural communities. Transportation should be sufficient and readily available to Indigenous communities, and in towns and cities located in all of the provinces and territories in Canada. These plans and funding should take into consideration: • ways to increase safe public transit; • ways to address the lack of commercial transit available; and • special accommodations for fly-in, northern, and remote communities.

17.9 We call upon all governments to provide safe transportation options, particularly in rural, remote, and northern communities, including “safe rides” programs, and to monitor high recruitment areas where Métis women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA individuals may be more likely to be targeted.

Indigenous citizens from across Manitoba often need to utilize taxis to access services and attend events in Winnipeg.

A few safety tips for those who must access taxi services include:

  • Take a picture of the cab number and/or license plate number
  • Ride in the back seat of the taxi rather than in the front, if possible
  • Enable the location services or GPS tracking on your phone
  • Input local emergency numbers into your phone before you use a taxi
  • Try to travel with a friend or family member
  • Let someone know where you are

You can find more detailed safety tips online here.

There is also a volunteer group called “Ikwe Safe Rides (Women Helping Women)” on Facebook. The group has a limited number of volunteer drivers; however, it may be a useful resource to women and their children who need to access rides in Winnipeg. The private group is on Facebook here.


For more information:

Melanie Ferris, Communications Officer
Phone: 204-612-1284
Email: [email protected]


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