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AMC congratulates all partners on the official grand opening of N’dinawemak – Our Relatives’ Place

December 1, 2021

Treaty One Territory, Manitoba – The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) welcomes today’s official opening of N’dinawemak – Our Relatives’ Place, a holistic facility which will serve a predominately First Nations population experiencing homelessness in downtown Winnipeg for the upcoming winter season. The name ‘N’dinawemak’ translates to ‘Our Relatives Place’ in Anishinaabemowin.

In partnership with End Homelessness Winnipeg, N’dinawemak is a collaborative effort led by a coalition of organizations such as AMC’s Eagle Urban Transition Centre (EUTC), AMC First Nations Family Advocate Office (FNFAO), as well as the Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre (AHWC), Anishinative, the Downtown Community Safety Partnership (DCSP) and CommUNITY 204.

AMC Grand Chief Arlen Dumas stated, “I congratulate all the partners on today’s official grand opening of the N’dinawenak warming shelter. Located at 190 Disraeli Freeway, N’dinawemak is a unique approach that combined expertise from a coalition of organizations working towards a common goal of addressing the homelessness crisis in Winnipeg. AMC intends to support this project by providing direct, holistic supports and resources to our relatives through the extension of services of EUTC for those who may be transitioning from, or to their First Nation and require additional supports. We will further offer advocacy supports through the FNFAO for those who may be experiencing challenges related to involvement with the provincial Child and Family Services (CFS) system.”

According to the 2018 Winnipeg Street Census, it was found that over 60% of those living on the street identified as First Nations or Indigenous, and two-thirds of respondents shared that they had aged out of CFS care and became homeless within one year.

Grand Chief Dumas further stated, “throughout the pandemic, there has been a significant increase of those experiencing homelessness and the AMC has witnessed the multitude of barriers that prevent our relatives from finding safe, stable housing during these difficult times.”

“There is not a First Nations person living on the streets of Winnipeg who is not affected by the legacy of the Indian Residential School System (IRS), or the current CFS system. It is time that we address the harms it has caused our relatives by restoring our traditional ways of life. We all have a duty to care for one another, and AMC is in full support of this powerful initiative.”

Grand Chief Dumas concluded, “It is critical that the needs of First Nations citizens are prioritized when introducing a new service like this in Winnipeg, and the AMC is honoured to be a key partner in this project”.

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For more information, please contact:

Stacia Franz
Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 204- 292-1504

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WAG-Qaumajuq to Host Auviqsaqtut: the 22nd Inuit Studies Conference

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Treaty No. 1 Territory, December 1, 2021: The Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG)-Qaumajuq is pleased to announce that Auviqsaqtut: the 22nd Inuit Studies Conference, will take place at Qaumajuq in the closing week of INUA, the inaugural exhibition. The University of Winnipeg and the new Inuit art centre will host events around the conference from Wednesday, April 6 to Saturday, April 9. The conference organizing committee has put out a Call for Papers and the Call for Proposals for the 2022 event.

The conference’s name, Auviqsaqtut, is Inuktitut for ‘cutting blocks to make an iglu/working together to build an iglu.’ Auviqsaqtut evokes themes of collaboration, sharing intergenerational knowledge, and building together. For this reason, the organizing committee is welcoming proposals emphasizing Inuit knowledge, collaboration, shared histories, and building towards the future. Proposals can include cultural activities, workshops, performances, and other creative projects, as well as Inuit artistic vendors from across Inuit Nunangat. For full information, visit the official call here. Proposals are due December 15, 2021.

Details about the conference:

  • For full information, visit the official call here. The Call for Papers and the Call for Proposals has been extended to December 15, 2021.
  • Qaumajuq and the University of Winnipeg will host Auviqsaqtut: the 22nd Inuit Studies Conference from Wednesday, April 6 to Saturday, April 9, 2022, in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
  • This year marks the centennial of both the Fifth Thule Expedition and Nanook of the North; as well as the opening of Qaumajuq, the new Inuit Art Centre.
  • The conference takes place during the last weekend of the inaugural exhibition of the Qaumajuq, INUA: Inuit Nunangat Ungammuaktut Atautikkut (Inuit Moving Forward Together), presented by RBC.
  • The conference will conclude with a gala held throughout Qaumajuq featuring art, live music, and performances.

Quotes:

“The return of this in-person conference provides a significant opportunity for conference attendees to explore Qaumajuq at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, to visit its inaugural exhibition INUA, and to participate in the closing celebrations that weekend.”

— Dr. Heather Igloliorte, Concordia University Research Chair in Circumpolar Indigenous Arts; co-chair, Indigenous Advisory Circle, Winnipeg Art Gallery

“The University of Winnipeg and Aabijijiwan New Media Lab are thrilled to be co-hosting this conference with WAG-Qaumajuq, because our work centers on the importance of creating space for intergenerational knowledge sharing and collaboration between and amongst Indigenous peoples.”

— Dr. Julie Nagam, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts, Collaboration and Digital Media; co-chair, Indigenous Advisory Circle, Winnipeg Art Gallery

Support

The WAG thanks the organizing committee for Auviqsaqtut: the 22nd Inuit Studies Conference. The WAG thanks INUA presenting partner RBC, programming partner Inuit Futures, supporter The Dorothy Streslin Foundation, and sponsors listed at wag.ca/inua.

Associated Links

INUA
Call for Proposals
Auviqsaqtut: the 22nd Inuit Studies Conference
Conference Facebook
Conference Instagram

For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Amy Rebecca Harrison
Engagement Supervisor
Winnipeg Art Gallery
204.789.1347
[email protected]

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Winnipeg Police Service: Family Support and Resource Advocate Hired

December 1, 2021

In December 2020, Winnipeg Police Chief Danny Smyth informed the Winnipeg Police Board that the Service would be creating a position to assist families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Reclaiming Power and Place:  The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls also called on police agencies across Canada to ensure delivery of services to Indigenous communities that are culturally appropriate.

As part of our commitment to Indigenous people living in Manitoba, the Winnipeg Police Service has hired Angie Tuesday as a Family Support and Resource Advocate to support the families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Angie will work with families to answer questions, coordinate access to appropriate agencies, justice partners and services, and connect families to culturally-safe resources in the community that may assist them in their healing journey.

“Angie will play an important role within the Winnipeg Police Service,” said Chief Danny Smyth.  “She brings a broad range of experience in working with families in distress, and will help us shape our response in a critical area to support loved ones when they need it most.”

Angie will work alongside investigators in the Missing Persons, Counter Exploitation, Homicide, and Historical Homicide Units.

“So many Indigenous people fall victim to violence each year, she said. “Often, families are unsure what supports are available to them and it is very difficult to navigate the legal system, especially when we have experienced trauma.  In my new role, I will build upon my personal and professional experiences of supporting families of Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls to create a culturally-safe and trauma-informed space for families to ask questions, address their concerns, and receive information about their loved one’s death or disappearance.”

Angie has been employed as a Victim Services Worker with Manitoba Justice Victim Services for the past nine years and has played a role supporting people who have experienced domestic violence and other types of violent crime.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to share some of the things that I have learned in supporting families over the years to help inform the work of the Winnipeg Police Service and build those relationships with the community.”

Angie will meet families in settings they find most comfortable to address their questions and concerns in a meaningful and supportive way.

Shooting – Investigation: C21-280184

On November 30, 2021, at approximately 6:00 p.m., the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the area of Dufferin Avenue and Parr Street for a male with a gunshot wound to his lower extremity. Police provided emergency medical care and applied a tourniquet to the adult victim. He was subsequently transported to hospital in unstable condition and later upgraded to stable condition.

Initial information provided to investigators was the victim in his fifties was walking over the bridge when two unknown males verbally confronted him. The victim proceeded to run away from the suspects when he heard gunshots and was ultimately struck.

No arrests have been made. The Major Crimes Unit is following up with this investigation.

Anyone with information to assist investigators is asked to call the Major Crimes Unit at 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Stabbing – Investigation: C21-280405

On November 30, 2021, at approximately 11:30 p.m., North District Patrol officers were flagged down for help by a bystander in the 600 block of Selkirk Avenue. Officers located an adult male on the ground who had been stabbed. They provided emergency medical care, and the victim was transported to hospital in unstable condition. He was later upgraded to stable condition.

While on scene, police learned there was a second injured victim at a nearby residence. Additional police units located another adult male in the 500 block of Pritchard Avenue who had been stabbed. He was transported to hospital in unstable condition and later upgraded to stable condition.

The initial investigation determined that the victims and two suspects were previously known to each other when a heated dispute occurred at one of the residences.

No arrests have been made. The Major Crimes Unit is following up with this investigation.

Anyone with information to assist investigators is asked to call the Major Crimes Unit at 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Aggravated Assault – Arrest: C21-262379

As previously released:

On November 8, 2021, at approximately 3:40 p.m., Winnipeg Police responded to a Motor Vehicle Collision involving a pedestrian on Ness Avenue near Harcourt Street. . Two male youths, both 16, were walking eastbound on the north sidewalk of Ness Avenue, near Sturgeon Heights Collegiate.

An unidentified suspect charged at the victims and pushed one of them into oncoming traffic. The victim was shoved into the path of an oncoming semi-truck that was westbound on Ness in the right curb lane. He made contact with the semi and was then projected toward a pickup truck that was also westbound on Ness. Both drivers saw the attack and took evasive action, slowing down to significantly lessen potential injuries.

The victim was transported to hospital in critical condition but later upgraded to stable after treatment. Many people were in the area during the time of occurrence. Investigators are asking that anyone who witnessed the incident or has information that may be relevant contact the Winnipeg Police Major Crimes Unit at 204-986-6219.

Update:

Members of the Major Crimes Unit continued to investigate and received an abundance of helpful information from the public, which assisted in identifying a suspect in these assaults.

The Winnipeg Police Service would like to thank the public for their assistance during this investigation.

On November 30, 2021, the Major Crimes Unit charged a 16-year-old male with assault-related offences. He was released on an Undertaking (as mandated per the Criminal Code).

Constable Rob Carver, Public Information Officer
Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Dani McKinnon, Public Information Officer

Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

Office: 204-986-3061
E-mail: [email protected]

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‘Give us the records’: New head of NCTR says church needs to hand over school documents – APTN News

The confirmation of unmarked graves at the sites of former residential schools has led to a global awakening on the effects of the harmful policy says the executive director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

Stephanie Scott, who has been with the NCTR since 2016, had only been in her new leadership position for a little over two months when 215 remains were located in unmarked graves on the former site of the Kamloops Indian Residential School.

Scott remembers being in bed when the texts started rolling in about the news. Despite being aware of the existence of the graves, “it was still horrendous news to get.”

In the weeks that followed, the NCTR was overwhelmed. There was no time to plan out how to respond. Communities, survivors and families needed the NCTR team to help manage the harm that had become very visible.

Read More: https://www.aptnnews.ca/facetoface/give-us-the-records-new-head-of-nctr-says-church-needs-to-hand-over-school-documents/

Canada and Long Plain First Nation reach settlement agreement on 1916 Surrender – Mismanagement of Sales Specific Claim

From: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

November 30, 2021 – Long Plain First Nation, Treaty One Territory, Manitoba – Crown–Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Honouring Canada’s legal obligations to Indigenous Peoples and working collaboratively to resolve historical grievances is fundamental to advancing reconciliation in Canada.

Today, Chief Dennis Meeches and the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Crown–Indigenous Relations, announced that Long Plain First Nation and the Government of Canada have reached a settlement on the 1916 Surrender – Mismanagement of Sales Specific Claim. This achievement marks a significant step toward addressing the wrongs done to the community and rebuilding Canada’s relationship with Long Plain First Nation.

Submitted by Long Plain First Nation in November 1999, this specific claim concerns the sale of First Nation reserve land in 1916, whereby Canada failed to administer the land sales according to the terms of the surrender. Canada accepted the claim for negotiations in September 2011 and has worked alongside the community to achieve a settlement. The First Nation held a successful ratification vote on August 1, 2021. The settlement agreement was executed by Minister Miller on November 8, 2021, formally concluding the claim.

In the settlement agreement, Canada agreed to provide $31,942,680 in compensation, and to provide the option for the First Nation to acquire up to 1,750 acres of land and apply to have that land added to reserve.

Through mutual collaboration and the community’s engagement, this agreement between Long Plain First Nation and Canada represents a mutual understanding to rectify the error in our history for the members of the community, and for the generations to come. The successful resolution of this settlement, which is due to Long Plain First Nation, is a key step in Canada’s commitment toward reconciliation—one that demonstrates our commitment to rebuilding trust and one that acknowledges and respects the Treaty relationship and helps build a better future for all Canadians.

Quotes

“Congratulations to Chief Meeches and Long Plain First Nation on the successful completion of this historic settlement. We recognize the harm caused to Long Plain First Nation by Canada’s failure to administer the land sales according to the terms of the surrender. As we renew our Nation-to-Nation relationship, we are committed to working together and rebuilding trust, and we continue to address past wrongs for a better tomorrow.”

The Honourable Marc Miller
Minister of Crown–Indigenous Relations

“The Long Plain First Nation 1916 Surrender Claim settlement will ensure that our children will enjoy a bright and prosperous future. This settlement was made possible due to the hard work and dedication of our members, some of which we have lost since the claim was initiated. Today it is an historical step forward on the path of reconciliation. Thank you to all involved.”

Chief Dennis Meeches
Long Plain First Nation

Contacts
For more information, media may contact:

Vanessa Adams
Director of Parliamentary Affairs and Issues Management
Office of the Honourable Marc Miller
Minister of Crown–Indigenous Relations
[email protected]

Media Relations
Crown–Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
819-934-2302
[email protected]

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Unofficial Notice of General Election for Long Plain First Nation

April 14, 2022.

As per the Long Plain First Nation Custom Election Act:

  1. Tribal Citizens who intend to run for an office of the Tribal Government in the upcoming election must complete and file a Declaration of Candidacy.

Declaration of Candidacy Eligibility Requirements:

  • The Tribal Citizen is a registered Long Plain First Nation Tribal Citizen;
    • The Tribal Citizen completes and submits a Declaration of Candidacy that is accepted in accordance with this Act;
    • The Tribal Citizen is eighteen {18) years of age at date of the Declaration of Candidacy deadline;
    • The Tribal Citizen has not had a criminal conviction within the past five (5) years, for which a pardon has not been granted;
    • The Tribal Citizen pays a non-refundable fee of $250.00 by certified cheque, money order, bank draft or cash to the Long Plain First Nation Finance Department;
    • The Tribal Citizen attends, remains and participates at the Candidate Gathering; and
    • The Tribal Citizen is not otherwise disqualified by virtue of this Act.

Note: The original returned results of the checks must be dated between December 1 in the year prior to the General Election and the third Thursday of March in the year of the General Election.

  • Interview Committee: Five (5) Tribal Citizens from three (3) separate family groupings, of which one (1) youth and one {1) elder, to interview and select Electoral Officer, Deputy Electoral Officer, Election Community Scrutineers, Moderator, Election Appeal Committee, and the Electoral Ethics Commission;
  • Electoral Officer: The Tribal Citizen who is responsible for the administration of elections and duties and procedures as set out in the Custom Election Act;
  • Deputy Electoral Officer: The Tribal Citizen selected to assist the Electoral Officer;
  • Election Community Scrutineers: Two (2) Tribal Citizens from two (2) different family groupings that are to monitor the election process at the polling station on election day;
  • Moderator: A Tribal Citizen to chair the Candidate Gathering.
  • Election Appeal Committee: Three (3) Tribal Citizens, including at least one (1) Elder to review and make decisions concerning Appeals of Candidacy and election appeals; and
  • Electoral Ethics Commission: Three {3) Tribal Citizens, including at least one (1) Elder to review and make decisions or provide direction to the Tribal Government concerning vacancies of office and formal complaints and grievances;

Interested Tribal Citizens are asked to apply and send their applications for the positions of Interview Committee, Electoral Officer, Deputy Electoral Officer, Election Community Scrutineers, Moderator, Election Appeal Committee and Electoral Ethics Committee to:

Tribal Government Administration
PO Box 430
Portage La Prairie, MB
R1N 3B7
1-888-268-6438 – Toll Free# 1-204-252-2731-
Administration Office

OR Email to: [email protected]

OR Fax to: 1-204-252-2012

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Racial Equity Media Collective report calls for changes to harmful data collection

The Racial Equity Media Collective (REMC) has released a new report, Evaluating Racial Equity in Canada’s Screen Sector, which shows a lack of data available and harmful data collection practices surrounding Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) participation in the sector.

REMC originally planned to release a report collecting industry-wide, race-based data from government, funders, unions and broadcasters to measure inequity in the sector. However, during their research they found this race-based information had not been historically collected, and institutions that have been collecting data had done so through harmful and problematic practices.

This lack of information gave way to their new report calling on the government to make this information more accessible, and to formalize a new, safe way to collect data.

To create a pathway to equity, REMC recommends the following:

  • Creating a centralized system of data collection for the sector
  • The creation of policies to mandate data collection and reporting
  • Developing mandatory funding targets through consultation with BIPOC communities
  • Ensuring representational senior leadership from BIPOC communities

Read the full report or summary report to learn more about the importance of race-based data and how communities are affected by harmful collection practices.

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Province Signs Contribution Agreement with Xplornet Communications Inc. To Start Network Build

November 30, 2021

Ensuring Manitobans Have Access to Reliable Broadband Services: Helwer

The Manitoba government has signed a contribution agreement with Xplornet Communications Inc. to provide broadband services to nearly 30 First Nations and approximately 350 rural and northern communities, Central Services Minister Reg Helwer announced today.

“Our government recognizes the economic and social benefits of keeping Manitobans connected,” said Helwer. “That is why our government has committed to ensuring that Manitobans have access to information and services no matter where they work or reside in the province.”

In May, a memorandum of understanding was established with Xplornet Communications Inc. to connect approximately 125,000 unserved or underserved Manitobans living in 350 communities through broadband services.

The Manitoba government and Xplornet Communications Inc. have now finalized the contribution agreement and associated documents to begin the network-building process. As part of the construction of the network connections, Xplornet will be engaging with businesses, local governments and First Nation communities, the minister noted.

“Xplornet is delighted to have concluded the agreements for the Rural Broadband Expansion program providing us with access to the province’s backbone fibre infrastructure and enabling us to begin the work to deliver next generation high speed Internet services to approximately 125,000 homes and business throughout rural Manitoba over the next two years”, said Allison Lenehan, president and CEO, Xplornet Communication Inc.

“It has been a long time in coming, and took many years of hard work to get to this point,” said Chief Clarence Easter, Chemawawin Cree Nation. “We wish to thank our provincial government for listening to our concerns and as a result, now we are able to look forward to working with Xplornet in finalizing our joining the rest of the developed World with this life-altering essential service.”

“We as Ritchot are glad to be able to share this great opportunity with our residents,” said Mayor Chris Ewen, R.M. of Ritchot. “Connectivity is no longer a luxury, it is a necessity. We cannot thank the minister and the province enough for their continued work on this.”

Collaboration with partners and making use of existing resources to advance connectivity across the province will ensure that Manitobans have access to timely information and improved services in rural communities, noted Helwer.

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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 and Engagement: [email protected].
  • Media requests for ministerial comment, contact Communications and Stakeholder Relations: 204-290-5374.

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Statement on Indigenous Identity – UM Today

A message from President Michael Benarroch and Catherine Cook, Vice-President (Indigenous)

November 30, 2021 —

Over the last year we have seen universities and other institutions faced with cases of Indigenous identity fraud, and we recognize the need to review how we support the declaration of Indigenous identity. The University of Manitoba will begin consultations with Indigenous communities, including the Indigenous academic community, to create an Indigenous declaration practice that respects Indigenous communities’ frameworks for citizenship and membership.

Currently, UM honours the practice of self-declaration as Indigenous, as this allows an Indigenous-led process that may accept government guidelines but is flexible in accepting the established governance process of the Manitoba Métis Federation, as well as First Nation, Non-status or Inuit specific ways of acknowledging community members. The Honorable Murray Sinclair, former Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, has stated that “self-identification is not sufficient for claiming Indigenous identity and citizenship”.

Read More: https://news.umanitoba.ca/statement-on-indigenous-identity/

AMC welcomes historic first reading of land acknowledgement in Manitoba legislature

Treaty One Territory, Manitoba – The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) issues this tatement to acknowledge today’s historic first reading of a land acknowledgement in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. The land acknowledgement recognizes that Manitoba is located on ancestral First Nations’ lands and that the spirit and intent of Treaties and Treaty making is respected. It will be a permanent legislative process and formally codified through the Standing Committee on Rules of the House.

Grand Chief Arlen Dumas stated, “On behalf of the AMC, I thank the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly for the invitation to sit in her gallery as part of the delegation of First Nations representatives for the first reading of the land acknowledgement in the legislature. The AMC also thanks the Honourable Heather Stefanson, Premier of Manitoba, all members of the PC caucus, and all members of the Manitoba Legislature for their efforts at resetting and repairing the relationship with First Nations in Manitoba. These efforts were demonstrated last week when all Manitobans watched with pride another historic first when MLAs were accompanied into the legislature by our northern First Nation drum for the speech from the throne.”

Grand Chief added, “Today’s first reading of the official provincial land acknowledgement in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba is another momentous moment in our shared history as we all work in the spirit of cooperation and respect to reset the relationship, which has been badly tarnished over the last few years, between First Nations in Manitoba and the provincial Crown. To First Nations, the land acknowledgement is more than symbolic; it is also a key step to righting previous wrongs perpetuated on First Nations in this province and moving forward in the spirit and intent of Reconciliation.”

“The AMC was pleased to advise former Indigenous Relations Minister Eileen Clark and her committee on wording for the province’s official land acknowledgement. Although all suggested AMC wording did not make it into the final document, we are pleased that Manitoba under the leadership of Premier Stefanson has developed a land acknowledgement and has made significant efforts in recent weeks for reconciling the provincial government’s agenda with First Nations’ economic and political aspirations,” concluded Grand Chief Dumas.

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