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AMC Condemns Mayoral Candidate’s Remarks

September 23, 2022

TREATY ONE TERRITORY, MB – The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs issues this statement in response to Winnipeg Mayoral candidate’s comments made at a forum last week indicating that Indigenous men are the cause of violence against Indigenous women.

Deputy Grand Chief Cornell McLean said, “It is appalling that in the year 2022, these types of racist and stereotypical statements are being made. It is even worse that the speaker is someone running politically to lead the City of Winnipeg, home to Canada’s largest Indigenous population. We urge this candidate to make reparations and apologize to First Nations people and reflect on whether such comments inspire reconciliation.”

“Candidates for such high responsibility roles need to come with the knowledge of First Nation issues and their cause and effect. Furthermore, anyone wishing to be Mayor of a municipality should expect to continuously educate themselves on these issues instead of directing blame towards these marginalized and targeted demographics. To perpetuate information that Indigenous men are the cause of MMIWG, takes away from the critical issue that Indigenous women and girls need to be protected and that we all have the responsibility of ensuring this protection,” continued Deputy Grand Chief McLean.

In 2019, the Government of Canada released the report, Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The final report identified 231 Calls for Justice in the area of justice, child welfare, culture, health and wellness, human security, human rights and Indigenous rights, we encourage all mayoral candidates to read and consider its context of the role they are seeking.

“MMIWG is a systemic and societal issue that is linked to the violent impacts of colonization, assimilation, and the continued removal of First Nations children from their homes, lands, and Nations. Reconciliation is a process that requires humility, truth and understanding.” concluded Deputy Grand Chief McLean.

For more information, please contact:

Communications Team

Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

Email: [email protected]


High Tide Ranks 21st Out of 430 In Globe and Mail’s Annual Ranking of Canada’s Top Growing Companies With 1970% Revenue Growth Over Three Years

CALGARY, September 23, 2022  – High Tide Inc. (“High Tide” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: HITI) (TSXV: HITI) (FSE: 2LYA), a leading retail-focused cannabis company with bricks-and-mortar as well as global e-commerce assets, is pleased to announce that it has ranked 21st out of 430 companies on the 2022 Report on Business ranking of Canada’s Top Growing Companies.

Canada’s Top Growing Companies ranks Canadian companies based on their three-year revenue growth. High Tide earned its spot with a three-year growth rate of 1,970%.

This follows the Company’s 2021 ranking of 82nd out of 448 companies with a three-year growth rate of 733%.

“The Globe and Mail, Canada’s newspaper of record, has, for the second year in a row, recognized High Tide’s exponential growth, ranking us 21st out of 430 on its annual ranking of Canada’s Top Growing Companies due to our three-year revenue growth rate of 1,970%.  Receiving this honour two years running is a testament to our ability to continue to execute our strategic growth plan despite ongoing market challenges,” said Raj Grover, President and Chief Executive Officer of High Tide. “Since opening our first bricks-and-mortar store in October 2018, High Tide has grown to over 1,300 employees, 140 retail stores today across Canada and a global portfolio of high-performing e-commerce assets. The months ahead hold exciting opportunities for High Tide, including further strategic expansion of our retail locations in Canada, the accelerated rollout of our proprietary Fastendr retail kiosks, the expansion of our white label product offerings in select provinces, and the launch of our Cabana Elite paid membership program, driving further revenue growth,” added Mr. Grover.

Canada’s Top Growing Companies is an editorial ranking that was launched in 2019. It aims to celebrate the boldest entrepreneurial achievement by identifying and bringing the accomplishments of innovative businesses in Canada to the forefront. In order to qualify for this voluntary program; companies had to complete an in-depth application process and fulfill requirements. In total, 430 companies earned a spot on this year’s ranking.

The full list of 2022 winners along with editorial coverage is published in the October issue of the Report on Business magazine. The list is now available and online here.

“Canada’s Top Growing Companies recognizes the tremendous ambition and innovation of entrepreneurs in Canada,” says Dawn Calleja, Editor of Report on Business magazine. “The next generation of Canadian businesses can draw inspiration from this ranking”.

“In an uncertain world, the success stories of the companies marked in this year’s Report on Business magazine’s list of Top Growing Companies are a beacon of optimism,” says Phillip Crawley, Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of The Globe and Mail. “The Globe and Mail congratulates them on their achievements”.


The Globe and Mail is Canada’s foremost news media company, leading the national discussion and causing policy change through brave and independent journalism since 1844. With our award-winning coverage of business, politics and national affairs, The Globe and Mail newspaper reaches 5.9 million readers every week in our print or digital formats, and Report on Business magazine reaches 2.3 million readers in print and digital every issue. Our investment in innovative data science means that as the world continues to change, so does The Globe. The Globe and Mail is owned by Woodbridge, the investment arm of the Thomson family.


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 140 current locations spanning Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. The Company is also North America’s first cannabis discount club retailer, under the Canna Cabana banner, which is the single-largest cannabis retail brand in Canada with additional locations under development across the country. High Tide’s portfolio also includes retail kiosks and smart locker technology – Fastendr™. High Tide has been serving consumers for over a decade through its established e-commerce platforms including,,, and and more recently in the hemp-derived CBD space through,,,, and Amazon United Kingdom, as well as its wholesale distribution division under Valiant Distribution, including the licensed entertainment product manufacturer Famous Brandz. High Tide has been featured in the annual Report on Business Magazine’s ranking of Canada’s Top Growing Companies in 2021 and 2022 and was named as one of the top 10 performing diversified industries stocks in the 2022 TSX Venture 50™. 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.

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


Cochrane Saxberg is proud to announce that two new lawyers, Colin Fingas and Debbie Buors, have joined our firm this summer!

22 Sep 2022

Colin was called to the bar on June 24, 2021. He practices primarily in the areas of Criminal Law and Child Protection. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Political Studies in 2015 and a Master of Arts degree in Political Studies in 2018. During his time in law school, he volunteered at the University of Manitoba Community Law Centre, the Legal Help Centre, and the Welcome Place. Prior to joining Cochrane Saxberg, he worked as a staff attorney with Legal Aid Manitoba, representing clients facing serious and complex charges. Outside of the courtroom, Colin enjoys travelling, cooking, playing the piano, spending time at the cabin, and playing sports, such as softball.

Debbie is a Metis woman with family roots in St. Laurent, Manitoba. She is a proud member of the Manitoba Metis Federation. After graduating from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor’s degree in Law, 2003, Debbie joined the Crown’s office at Manitoba Prosecutions Service. During that time, she became an expert in conducting significant and complicated trials before the Provincial Court and the Queen’s Bench of Manitoba. Leaving the Crown’s office as a senior Crown Attorney, Debbie developed expertise in the areas of Criminal Law, Regulatory Law, Youth Criminal Justice and Child Protection. Her involvement within the Justice system has allowed her to resolve cases professionally and competently through conflict resolution inside and outside the courtroom.

Welcome to Colin and Debbie!


UWinnipeg recognizes the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with a week of events and activities

September 22, 2022

In recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day, Wesley Hall will be lit orange during the evenings next week and The University of Winnipeg will be closed on Friday, September 30.

Throughout the week, special events, learning opportunities, and activities will be dedicated to honouring Residential School Survivors and learning from Indigenous peoples and perspectives. The UWSA will also be hosting events on campus.

Monday, September 26

In front of Wesley Hall, at 9:30 am, the University will be installing artwork created by Kendra Gierys that commemorates Orange Shirt Day. This will be followed by the raising of the Every Child Matters flag at 10:00 am, with remarks from Dr. Todd Mondor, President and Vice-Chancellor, and Angeline Nelson, Acting Indigenous Engagement Lead.

As part of the Weweni Indigenous Scholars Speaker Series, there will be a special presentation by Dr. Mary Jane McCallum, a Senator and Residential School Survivor, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm in Convocation Hall.

Wednesday, September 28

From 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in the Quad (or on the first floor of Centennial Hall, in the case of rain), the Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning Centre team will be distributing Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action booklets, Answering the Calls books, cupcakes, stickers, and Every Child Matters window hangings.
Thursday, September 29

We encourage all UWinnipeg faculty, staff, and students to wear orange shirts.

Orange Shirt Day began in Williams Lake, BC in 2013 at a commemorative event for the Survivors of St. Joseph Mission Residential School. The idea of wearing shirts to remember the experiences of Survivors came from the story of Phyllis Webstad. In 1974, at the age of six, Phyllis was forced to attend St. Joseph Mission. She was proud to wear a brand-new orange shirt to school that day but, upon arrival, it was cruelly stripped from her and never returned.

Orange Shirt Day has grown to represent the experiences of all Residential School Survivors who live with the memories of not just stolen clothes, but stolen childhoods and families.
Friday, September 30

The University will be closed to recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This is an opportunity for the UWinnipeg community to take time to reflect and to honour Survivors, their families, and their communities. This can be done by taking part in commemorative community events, and reading, reflecting, and learning more about the history of residential schools and your role in Reconciliation.


Winnipeg mayoral candidate Don Woodstock blames Indigenous men for violence against Indigenous women – CBC

Comments made at forum on issues facing women condemned by rivals as racist

Sep 23, 2022

Some Winnipeg mayoral contestants are condemning candidate Don Woodstock for standing up at a forum on women’s issues and stating Indigenous men are the cause of violence against Indigenous women.

Woodstock, a security-company owner who is making his second run for mayor, told an audience of about 60 mayoral-campaign workers and ordinary citizens on Thursday evening he believes “Aboriginal men” are the reason violence is committed against Indigenous women.

Woodstock made the comments Thursday evening at a forum organized by the Council of Winnipeg Women and held at the John Osborn unit of the Army Navy Air Force Veterans, in Polo Park.

All of the candidates were provided the same questions, in advance, about how they would improve public safety, Winnipeg Transit and housing for women in this city.

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Canada supports the Manitoba Métis Federation’s initiative to bring home the spirits of Métis children who never returned from residential schools

From: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Taking care: We recognize this news release may contain information that is difficult for many and that our efforts to honour Survivors and families may act as an unwelcome reminder for those who have suffered hardships through generations of government policies that were harmful to Indigenous Peoples.

The National Indian Residential School Crisis Line offers emotional support and crisis referral services for residential school Survivors and their families. Call the toll-free crisis line at 1-866-925-4419. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Hope for Wellness Help Line also offers support to all Indigenous Peoples. Counsellors are available by phone or online chat. This service is available in English and French, and, upon request, in Cree, Ojibway, and Inuktitut. Call the toll-free Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or connect to the online chat at

The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Crisis Line is available to provide emotional support and crisis referral services to individuals impacted by the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals. Call the toll-free Crisis Line at 1-844-413-6649. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

September 22, 2022 — Winnipeg, Manitoba — Homeland of the Red River Métis — Manitoba Métis Federation — Crown–Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Locating unmarked burials at former residential school sites across Canada is a tragic reminder of the abuse that many Indigenous children suffered in these institutions. The Government of Canada is working with Survivors, Indigenous leaders and affected families and communities to address historical wrongs and the lasting physical, emotional, mental and spiritual harms related to the legacy of residential schools. Part of this work includes efforts being made to locate and commemorate missing children who attended residential schools, as well as responding to Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action 72 to 76.

Today, President David Chartrand of the Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF), and the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Crown–Indigenous Relations, announced funding of $1,417,835 for the fiscal years 2022–2024 to support the MMF’s initiative, titled “Pekeywaytahihnan nutr zanfaan leur zisprii” (We are bringing our children’s spirit home).

This initiative is the first phase of the MMF’s plans and will inform future work, which includes the formation of a Survivors Committee to guide future initiatives, knowledge gathering, research of archival records, community engagement, and commemoration plans. This community-led process will ensure the MMF can undertake this work in their own way, at their own pace, and is part of the government-to-government framework between the MMF and the Government of Canada.

Addressing the harms suffered by Survivors, their families and communities is at the heart of reconciliation and is essential to renewing and building relationships with Indigenous Peoples, governments, and all Canadians.


“As the National Government of the Red River Metis, helping our residential and day school survivors as they continue on their healing journeys is of great importance. The harms done to our people by individuals and policies within these institutions have long-lasting impacts on our families, our communities and our Nation. It is important for all Canadians to recognize that the residential and day school systems were part of overarching efforts to erase our culture and identity as a distinct Indigenous People and Nation—efforts that include the Sixties Scoop and the child welfare system today. To help our healing and continue to gain strength, it is critical that we honour the memories of the children and families who were lost to us and work toward restoring and revitalizing the rich culture and heritage that was taken from those who survived these systems.”

President David Chartrand
Manitoba Métis Federation

“The Manitoba Métis Federation is leading incredibly important work for Métis Survivors of residential schools in Manitoba. We understand that Survivors know best how to move forward, which is why the Pekeywaytahihnan nutr zanfaan leur zisprii initiative is so important. Our government will continue to work with the MMF on these shared priorities as they support their citizens and advance healing.”

The Honourable Marc Miller
Minister of Crown–Indigenous Relations

Quick facts

  • The Manitoba Métis Federation continues to promote the preservation of Red River Métis heritage and continue the transmission of their rich culture, language, and history to younger generations.
  • Budget 2022 has allocated an additional $122 million over the next three years to the Residential School Missing Children’s – Community Support Funding program, bringing the Government of Canada’s total investment to $238.8 million to date to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action 72 to 76 on residential schools missing children and burial information.
  • The National Residential School Crisis Line offers emotional support and crisis referral services for residential school Survivors and their families. Call the toll-free crisis line at 1-866-925-4419. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • The Hope for Wellness Help Line also offers support to all Indigenous Peoples. Counsellors are available by phone or online chat. This service is available in English and French, and, upon request, in Cree, Ojibway, and Inuktitut. Call the toll-free help line at 1-855-242-3310 or connect to the online chat at
  • The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Crisis Line is available to provide emotional support and crisis referral services to individuals impacted by the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals. Call the toll-free Crisis Line at 1-844-413-6649. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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For more information, media may contact:

Justine Leblanc
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Marc Miller
Minister of Crown–Indigenous Relations
[email protected]

Media Relations
Crown–Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
[email protected]

Kat Patenaude
Media Relations Advisor
Manitoba Métis Federation
[email protected]


Honouring the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Thompson, Manitoba

September 21, 2022

Treaty Five Territory, Thompson, MB –Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Inc. is sharing information about upcoming events in Thompson that are taking place to honour the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

The City of Thompson and Thompson Urban Aboriginal Strategy are hosting events in Thompson on September 29 and 30, 2022. MKO is part of the Thompson Urban Aboriginal Strategy.

“As we approach the second annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, I am sending love to all those who survived residential schools. My thoughts are with all those who are impacted. As awareness grows regarding the legacy of the residential school system, I encourage everyone to continue learning more and to do what you can to support and honour the Survivors in your circle. Join us as we honour the Survivors of residential schools and remember the children who never came home,” shared Grand Chief Garrison Settee.

On Thursday, September 29, Family Night takes place at the Thompson Regional Community Centre (TRCC) from 4:30 pm until 7:30 pm. This free event includes games and activities for the whole family. The first 200 guests will receive pizza.

The second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is on September 30. The date is also known to many as “Orange Shirt Day.” On September 30, activities take place in Thompson from 1:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the Legion Hall and at the residential school monument.

At 1:00 pm at the Legion Hall, there will be tea and bannock and family activities; at 3:30 pm, there will be a walk to the monument, followed by a pipe ceremony, honour song from Dene drummers, and a moment of silence; and at 5:00 pm there will be a feast and round dance at the Legion Hall to end the day in a good way.

All are welcome to attend these free events taking place to honour residential school Survivors.


For more information:

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


Winnipeg Indigenous population highest in Canada again: StatsCan – CBC

2021 census suggests over 102,000 First Nations, Métis, Inuit in city — a rise from 92,800 in 2016 census

Sep 21, 2022

Winnipeg again has the largest urban Indigenous population of any city across the country, according to the latest from Statistics Canada.

Data out Wednesday, gathered in the 2021 census, pegged the city population of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people at over 102,000, a rise from about 92,800 in 2016. The urban centre with the next highest was Edmonton at 87,600, followed by Vancouver.

For Isaac Richard, 21, from Sandy Bay First Nation, being involved with local Indigenous-led street patrols that help keep the growing population safe is important.

“It gives them hope, it shows that people care about them and … shows that our Indigenous people are still growing and thriving in this world,” said Richard, who volunteers with patrol groups Sabe Peace Walkers and Community 204.

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Manitoba Government Supports Truth and Reconciliation Week Programming with $100,000 for National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

September 22, 2022

The Manitoba government is providing $100,000 to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) in support of Truth and Reconciliation Week programming, Indigenous Reconciliation and Northern Relations Minister Alan Lagimodiere, Education and Early Childhood Learning Minister Wayne Ewasko and Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister Andrew Smith announced today.

“As our government continues along the path toward reconciliation, through respect, engagement, understanding and action, we are honoured to support commemorative, educational initiatives like Truth and Reconciliation Week, which provide critical opportunities to learn about the history and legacy of residential schools,” said Lagimodiere. “Our government passed legislation in 2017 to recognize Sept. 30 as Orange Shirt Day to encourage reflection and meaningful discussions about the harms of residential schools, and we continue to support programming that fosters these discussions.”

“This five-day educational program supports teachers and students in understanding the histories of Indigenous peoples,” said Ewasko. “With its focus on remembering the children, this event empowers youth to reflect on the past and commit to building mutually respectful relationships.”

The event features a combination of pre-recorded videos, live question-and-answer sessions and an in-person youth empowerment event, each of which will be streamed online allowing students across the country to participate. The event is expected to reach two million students in grades one to 12, noted Ewasko.

“The legacy of residential schools has been brought to the forefront of the national dialogue, following the identification of unmarked graves and this event represents a critical opportunity to amplify Indigenous voices within this dialogue,” said Smith.

Presented by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, in partnership with local and national organizations, the event includes meet-and-greets with Indigenous authors, filmmakers, musicians, athletes, artists and inspirational speakers. Sept. 30, the final day of the event, will feature a commemorative program broadcast live across the nation in partnership with APTN and multiple broadcasters.

“Manitoba is home to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, as we work on original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Ojibwe-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Red River Métis,” said Stephanie Scott, executive director, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. “We are so pleased to have the support of the province to make it possible for young people across the country to hear the truths directly from Survivors and learn about the role they can play in reconciliation.”

“Young people have an important role to play if we want reconciliation to be possible,” said Eugene Arcand, a residential school Survivor who served on the Survivors Circle at the NCTR. “In the near future there will be fewer Survivors, so this is the time for young people to join Truth and Reconciliation Week to listen to the Survivors who are left and preserve our truths, and ensure that the children who never came home are always remembered.”

The NCTR is the archival repository for all materials collected by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), hosted by the University of Manitoba. In addition to preserving the legacy of the residential school system, the NCTR focuses on addressing curriculum needs and developing a national education resource plan to improve access to resources, tools and supports for educators.

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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: 204-451-7109.


Reimagining office space, Indigenous investment key to downtown Winnipeg’s future, leaders say – CBC

Sep 22, 2022

Manitoba Métis Federation plans to turn yoga studio into luxury boutique hotel

High above Portage and Main, the 20th floor inside the Richardson Building offers sweeping panoramic views of Winnipeg — and rows of empty offices.

On a lower floor in the same skyscraper at 1 Lombard Place is recently renovated modern office space with new collaborative tables to draw employees back into work.

“It’s all about what is my experience in my office,” said Sean Kliewer, vice-president of Colliers International in Winnipeg.

Kliewer, who specializes in leasing commercial space on behalf of owners, said there are myriad reasons why employers want to maintain offices for employees to work in, including privacy and security.

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