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Season’s Greetings from Williams Consulting

December 14, 2018
Hiawatha First Nation

Season’s Greetings from Williams Consulting

As the holiday season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and those we have had the honour to share our knowledge and mutually work together to achieve their goals. It’s been a busy year for us at Williams Consulting with our move back to our main office in Ontario as we continue to serve our clients across Canada. We hope that 2018 has been just as memorable for you, your colleagues, loved ones and communities.

As the New Year begins, we welcome contract opportunities from capacity development, research, evaluation, organization review, planning, project management, strategic planning, human resource development and Health System Transformation.

Our experience is broad and covers many areas.

Our disciplines vary from Community Health Planning, Tobacco Cessation, Cannabis education and awareness,  Policy and Procedure development, Clinical Team development, Jordan’s Principle training, Diabetes, Palliative Care, Early Childhood Development, Governance, Early Child and Family Services Prevention, Home and Community Care, Mental Health and Addictions, Training Manuals, Tuberculosis, Regional Health Survey Analysis, Public Health, Maternal and so on.

We look forward to hearing from you in the New Year as we continue our work with Indigenous communities across Canada.

Wishing you all the joys of the season and happiness throughout the coming year.

Andrea J. Williams


Corner Brook native Brad Gallant leads charge to remove offensive Indigenous imagery from Mississauga facilities – The Labradorian

When Brad Gallant was told to get over the fact he found the Mississauga Chiefs logo and mascot offensive to Indigenous people, it only steeled his resolve to grab that bull by the horns.

“I was told it was never going to change,” Gallant said in an interview Thursday. “What do you mean it’s never going to change?”

The former Corner Brook resident, who is of Mi’kmaq descent, took his fight against how Indigenous culture was being presented by five local sports teams — including a hockey team he refused to allow his daughter to play for — to the City of Mississauga and then all the way to the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

His beef even included photos of teams wearing logos adorning city-owned properties.

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Indigenous poet faces ‘harsh’ backlash over criticism of NHL-themed totem poles – National Post

Rebecca Thomas said her experience highlights the need for greater understanding of what cultural appropriation is and what it means to Indigenous people

Halifax’s former poet laureate says she has received unprecedented online backlash for asking a drugstore chain to remove NHL merchandise that appropriates West Coast Indigenous culture.

Rebecca Thomas, who is Mi’kmaw, tweeted a photo of two garden statues designed in the style of totem poles with NHL logos, asking Lawton’s Drugs why the culturally insensitive items were being sold.

Lawton’s responded to say the products would be pulled from stores, but days later Thomas is still receiving a stream of negative and racist messages, some saying she is mentally ill and that Indigenous people are too sensitive.

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Province awards Arts Grants

Creating jobs for Islanders

The River Clyde Pageant, a spectacular outdoor community theatre project occurring each summer in New Glasgow, was recently awarded a PEI Arts Grant for the 2019 edition of the event.

“Support from the Arts Grant program helps us develop The River Clyde Pageant further every year,” Pageant producer and co-director Megan Stewart said. “The funding is crucial for engaging new and returning artists on the project, and building a performance that inspires awe and wonder amongst our audiences and participants.”

Stewart is among 14 Island artists who recently received a total of $50,000 through the provincial government’s Arts Grants program. Sixty-six artists applied for grants this past fall. The successful applicants were selected by a six-member jury of their arts community peers which follows the same model used by the Canada Council of the Arts.

“These grants are vital for artists who are at various stages of the creative process,” Economic Development and Tourism Minister Chris Palmer said. “They allow artists to create, to more widely disseminate their work, or to develop their professional skills. These grants have helped elevate the careers of countless Island artists.”

“Government is pleased to provide direct funding to artists and to support the creation of new work,” Education, Early Learning and Culture Minister Jordan Brown said. “The $250,000 invested in arts grants since 2016 is developing the capacity of Island artists and arts organizations.”

To learn more about the Arts Grant program and see a full list of 2018 Arts Grants recipients in the Artist Grants program report – Fall 2018, visit Arts Grants program.

Media contact:
Andrew Sprague
Department of Economic Development and Tourism
902-368-5535 (link sends e-mail)


Successful applicants

Megan Stewart
Creation, Theatre, $8,000
To create the 2019 River Clyde Pageant, an outdoor, community-created theatre project led by producer and co-director Megan Stewart in collaboration with co-director Ker Wells.

Ariel Sharrat
Professional Development, Music, $2,000
To undertake an apprenticeship as an audio engineer in Ramsgate, UK.

Mark Sandiford
Professional Development, Arts Admin, $2,500
The project is to participate in the five-day Contextual Intelligence Leadership Intensive program at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Banff, Alberta from April 28 to May 2, 2019 and deliver a lunch and learn session on PEI immediately following.

Melissa Peter Paul
Creation, Visual Arts, $7,000
Explore 8 of the traditional and non-traditional art forms that are mainly used in the Mi’kmaq Arts to create eight pieces of art, in eight different mediums.

Kelly Casely
Creation, Interdisciplinary, $2,300
To create site specific theatre event that will explore the relationship early Island settlers had with both the land and the Mi’kmaq people.

Oakar Myint (Shed Sessions)
Dissemination, Film/Media, $2,000
To create series of live music performances in a small Charlottetown shed that result in a series of videos and audio recordings.

Jim O’Leary
Dissemination, Music, $1,100
To attend rehearsals and the Atlantic Canadian concert premiere of the artist’s music for Saxophone Quartet in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Margot Rejskind
Professional Development, Music, $2,000
Develop professional skills in the area of the business of choral music.

Evan Furness
Creation, Visual Arts, $4,000
“Movements in a room” is a mixed media installation that combines painting, sculpture, and audio to document a series of private performances and explore the idea of a venue.

Lenny Gallant
Creation, Visual Arts, $4,000
To create a visual representation of worth and value through art pieces and graphs, using material from a collapsed community ice rink.

Colin Buchanan
Creation, Music, $5,000
To create a debut album that will search the far corners of the artist’s craft to fully express their individual voice.

Rob Macdonald
Dissemination, Theatre, $2,000
To produce and direct four presentations of one-act plays written by the artist.

Emilee Sorrey (Sorrey)
Creation, Music $3,600
To create a debut full-length album that will be written, produced, and recorded in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, to be released by the artist in spring of 2019.

Deirdre Kessler
Creation, Writing/Publishing, $4,500
Winnowed, Revised, and Ready for the World: Three years of poems created during the artist’s poet laureateship, 2016-2018, with a section of County-Kerry-inspired poems to be completed during a return trip to Ireland.


Anastasia Qupee honoured for commitment to human rights – The Western Star

Dedication to community, recognizing the good in others and sharing those lessons with her daughter amongst priorities in award recipients life


Anastasia Qupee of Sheshatshiu has been recognized by the Human Rights Commission for her lifelong contribution to human rights in this province.

Qupee was one of two recipients of the Human Rights Champion Award, presented during a ceremony at Government House in St. John’s on Dec 6.

A role model in her community, Qupee was first female chief of Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation, serving two terms from 2004-10.

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The starting point – Gazette MUN

Dec. 13, 2018

Imagine sitting down in a restaurant and looking at a menu.

Everything looks delicious and you make a decision on what to order. The waiter comes over, picks up the menu and walks away, having made your decision for you.

According to Dr. Rochelle Côté, assistant professor, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Christopher Sheppard, executive director, St. John’s Native Friendship Centre (recently rebranded as First Light), it’s an apt analogy for the majority of academic research into Indigenous affairs.

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The 25 stories of 2018 – The Coast Halifax

Glitter Beans, smoking bans and unkillable agaves: The year in review.

On the bright side of another crappy year, the local patriarchy had a bad time. Powerful men who abused that power were called to account, and from the margins came heroes. The Coast’s editorial team has come together for our Year in Review to highlight 25 local stories (in no particular order) that we couldn’t stop talking about this year.

1. Glitter Bean’s labour of love

The workers at the Smiling Goat’s Spring Garden Road location weren’t given much warning the day their cafe closed last April. The building’s landlords—Just Us! Coffee Roasters, which sold its two unionized HRM cafes to Smiling Goat’s scorned owner Kit Singh in September 2017—changed the locks just a few hours after letting the staff know they’d be doing so

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Nunatsiavut welcomes Nutrition North changes, but says they’re just a start – CBC

Concerns remain over lack of transparency in the subsidy system

Dec 13, 2018

Changes to Nutrition North will be welcomed by Labrador Inuit, but there are still many concerns about the food subsidy program, says the food security co-ordinator for the Nunatsiavut government.

The federal government Monday announced a substantial series of changes to the program. Among them, some new items such as diapers will now be subsidized, and existing subsidies for a range of other items, including infant food and frozen vegetables, will be increased.

“What I have heard from Labradorians, and specifically from folks in Nunatsiavut, is [that’s] extremely important, and I believe that will be a very welcome change,” Kristeen McTavish told CBC Radio’s Labrador Morning.

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NS Government: More Projects to Help Reduce Poverty

December 12, 2018

Communities across Nova Scotia are working with government to tackle complex poverty-related issues.

Through the Poverty Reduction Government Innovation program, government departments can partner with community organizations and others to develop programs and test innovative ideas that address poverty-related challenges.

“Poverty affects lives, hurts communities and prevents the growth of healthy economies,” said Minister of Community Services Kelly Regan. “With these projects, more Nova Scotians will be able to access the basic supports they need to help them improve their day-to-day lives.”

This year ten new projects will receive an investment of $485,000 through the program.

In addition to the ten new projects, there are five projects from 2017 that are continuing. This includes the expansion of the Mobile Food Market, a travelling food market program that brings healthy, high-quality and affordable food, including fresh fruits and vegetables, to those who need it.

The Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage received $10,000 in 2017 and another $90,000 this year to operate the market in 12 sites across seven communities in the Halifax Regional Municipality.

To be eligible for funding, the projects must align with one of the following four themes:

  • children
  • housing
  • mental health and addictions
  • economic inclusion

The projects will focus on:

  • improving financial security for persons with disabilities
  • working with communities and post-secondary institutions to help workers in early childhood development settings increase their credentials
  • working toward longer-term secure housing for families in need
  • developing emergency and transitional housing for youth
  • helping Indigenous women achieve economic independence
  • promoting the awareness of trades as a career option to youth
  • exploring financial options for families with child support orders
  • working with women to help them successfully transition into the community from correctional services.

With $72,000 in grant funding, Community Services will work with Independent Living Nova Scotia and the Society of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Nova Scotians to build awareness and support persons with disabilities in opening a Registered Disability Savings Plan.

“Only 21 per cent of Nova Scotians eligible for a Registered Disability Savings Plan have opened one,” said Anne MacRae, manager of Employment Supports for Persons with Disabilities. “Doing so will help families and adults save for their future, dramatically improving their financial security.”

“As a Registered Disability Savings Plan beneficiary, I am already seeing the benefit of contributing to this type of plan because of the added grant money I receive from the government,” says Michael Coady, co-chair of the Independent Living Nova Scotia board of directors. “I can see no downside to the savings plan and although I will not access my contributions for some time, they will definitely come in handy down the road with living expenses.”

The Poverty Reduction Government Innovation program is one aspect of the government’s $20 million investment in poverty reduction. The work will help develop a blueprint for future poverty reduction efforts and policies and actions from all levels of government to help reduce poverty.

Media Contact:

Shannon Kerr
902-717-6061 Email:


Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada: Submissions to National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

On December 11, 2018, the oral submission from Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, AnânauKatiget Tumingit Regional Inuit Women’s Association, Saturviit Inuit Women’s Association of Nunavik, Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre, and Manitoba Inuit Association was made to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Please click on the links below to read or watch the oral and written submissions.


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