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Historic claim settlement for Sipekne’katik and the Millbrook First Nation in Nova Scotia

From: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

July 15, 2020 — Ottawa, Ontario — Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

The Government of Canada is working in partnership with Indigenous peoples to renew the relationship based on affirmation of rights, respect, co-operation and partnership.

A historic agreement has been concluded for the settlement of the Halifax County 1919 Invalid Surrender Specific Claim with Sipekne’katik and the Millbrook First Nation. The parties agreed upon a compensation amount of $49,204,071 to settle the specific claim.

This specific claim addresses the issue of Canada breaching its duties with respect to the surrender and sale of three reserves of the Halifax County Band, which subsequently divided into what is today Sipekne’katik and the Millbrook First Nation. The reserves, IR#15 at Sambro, IR#16 at Ingram River, and IR#18 at Ship Harbour, were set aside in 1784, 1820, and 1848 respectively. Canada accepted this claim for negotiation in 2008 on the basis that Canada failed to conduct a surrender meeting and surrender vote in accordance with the Indian Act.

Settling this specific claim is a significant step on the journey to reconciliation with Sipekne’katik and the Millbrook First Nation, helping to right past wrongs and create a better future for the members of these communities.

Canada will keep working in partnership on the priorities of Sipekne’katik and the Millbrook First Nation, and advance on the path of reconciliation.

Quotes

“Today marks another step forward on a path of renewal and reconciliation with Sipekne’katik and the Millbrook First Nation. The settlement is a result of the continued work to right past wrongs, resolve longstanding disputes, and rebuild trust with members of Sipekne’katik and the Millbrook First Nation. This agreement will help support the communities’ ongoing efforts to improve living conditions and expand economic opportunities in their communities.”

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

“We are pleased that our community ratified the 1919 Halifax County Invalid Surrender Claim. This settlement will benefit our membership today and into the future as our planned investments pay dividends.”

Michael Sack
Chief of Sipekne’katik

“It has taken 100 years to finally secure what the Halifax County Mi’kmaq were after in 1919 – land in Halifax Regional Municipality. This was a difficult negotiation. Our negotiation team working with the Councils overcame all the obstacles in our path. I am proud to say we have been able to honour the dreams of our ancestors while helping our current and future members to have access to more opportunities – now and into the future.”

Bob Gloade
Chief of Millbrook First Nation

“Since 2015, we have ensured the relationship with Indigenous communities is paramount on our path to reconciliation. This settlement agreement between the Government of Canada, Sipekne’katik and Millbrook First Nation is another example of that partnership and will help make resources available for new opportunities and prosperity for these communities”

Kody Blois
Member of Parliament, Kings-Hants

“I am pleased that this 100-year-old Mi’kmaq land rights claim has finally been settled. A century is a long time for the people of Millbrook First Nation to wait. We recognize the importance of Reconciliation and I look forward to the Government collaborating in partnership on future projects in Mi’kma’ki. It was an honour to advocate for this agreement to be finalized. All My Relations.”

Lenore Zann
Member of Parliament, Cumberland Colchester

Quick facts

  • On November 21, 2019, 52 percent of eligible voters for Sipekne’katik participated in a ratification vote, with 79 percent voting in favour of the settlement agreement. For the Millbrook First Nation, 61 percent of all eligible voters participated in a ratification vote, and 88 percent voted in favour of the settlement agreement.
  • The settlement will also provide the option for Sipekne’katik and the Millbrook First Nation to acquire up to 1,265.35 acres of land on a willing-buyer/willing-seller basis and apply to have it added to reserve in accordance with Canada’s Policy on Additions to Reserve/Reserve Creation.

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Contacts

For more information, media may contact:

Emily Williams
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett,
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations
819-997-0002

Media Relations
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
819-934-2302
RCAANC.media.CIRNAC@canada.ca

Millbrook First Nation
Nigel Gloade
Communications Officer
902-897-9199
Mbcommunications@eastlink.ca

Sipekne’katik
Michael Sack
902-758-2049

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Emera Teleconference on August 12 to Discuss Q2 2020 Results

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia— Today Emera (TSX: EMA) announced that it will release itsQ2 2020 results on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, before markets open. The Company will host a teleconference and webcast the same day at 9:30 a.m.Atlantic (8:30 a.m. Eastern) to discuss the results.

Analysts and other interested parties in North America are invited to participate by dialing 1-866-521-4909. International parties are invited to participate by dialing 1-647-427-2311. Participants should dial in at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. No pass code is required.

A live and archived audio webcast of the teleconference will be available on the Company’s website, www.emera.com. A replay of the teleconference will be available two hours after the conclusion of the call by dialing 1-800-585-8367 and entering pass code 9866959.

About Emera Inc.

Emera Inc. is a geographically diverse energy and services company headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with approximately $34 billion in assets and 2019 revenues of more than $6.1 billion. The company primarily invests in regulated electricity generation and electricity and gas transmission and distribution with a strategic focus on transformation from high carbon to low carbon energy sources. Emera has investments throughout North America, and in four Caribbean countries. Emera’s common and preferred shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and trade respectively under the symbol EMA, EMA.PR.A, EMA.PR.B, EMA.PR.C, EMA.PR.E, EMA.PR.F and EMA.PR.H. Depositary receipts representing common shares of Emera are listed on the Barbados Stock Exchange under the symbol EMABDR and on The Bahamas International Securities Exchange under the symbol EMAB. Additional Information can be accessed at www.emera.com or at www.sedar.com.

Emera Inc.
Investor Relations:
Scott Hastings, 902-474-4787
scott.hastings@emera.com

Media:
902-222-2683
media@emera.com

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Mi’kmaw nurse calls for inquiry, talks racism in health care – CBC

‘We’re trying to create change, but it really requires the entire province to come on board’

Jul 15, 2020

A Mi’kmaw nurse is calling on the province to hold an inquiry into systemic racism in New Brunswick.

Cheyenne Joseph joins a growing chorus of Indigenous people living in New Brunswick calling for an inquiry after the deaths of Chantel Moore and Rodney Levi at the hands of police officers.

So far the province has declined to hold an inquiry.

Joseph said an inquiry would turn the belief that systemic racism exists, something that until now is anecdotal, into a concrete reality.

“When the province says ‘no we don’t really want to do an inquiry’ or are hesitating, it’s invalidating what we’re trying to say,” said Joseph.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/indigenous-nurse-calls-inquiry-1.5649670

Sharing Our Knowledge: Mentor Dedicated to Advancing Indigenous Education

Jul 14, 2020

One of the key components of Coady Institute’s Indigenous Women in Community Leadership (IWCL) program is connecting program participants with the guidance and support of experienced Indigenous women mentors.

Gaya’do:węhs Lu Ann Hill-MacDonald is a Mohawk woman of the Bear Clan from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, Ontario, Canada. As an Education Consultant, she is dedicated to advancing Indigenous education programs.

“As an Indigenous woman, I learned that knowledge and experience gained is meant to be shared,” Gaya’do:węhs says.

“Indigenous women’s leadership begins with a solid understanding of cultural identity and women’s roles and responsibilities,” she adds. “With this knowledge and experience, Indigenous women are better equipped with the strength and leadership to fulfill their roles and responsibilities within their families, their communities, and their Nations.”

Gaya’do:węhs says one of the most impactful experiences as a program mentor is when she worked with a participant who turned a personal loss into an impactful program aimed to combat Indigenous youth suicide.

“She was able to refocus her energies to plan a program for young men. I’m so proud of her.”

“Everyone has a role to play in amplifying Indigenous women’s leadership. Indigenous women are the nucleus of their families and the success of all relationships that extend into community. Everyone benefits when Indigenous women are respected, supported and encouraged.”

Gaya’do:węhs Lu Ann Hill-MacDonald

In addition to generously sharing her knowledge, skills, experience, and energy with developing Indigenous women leaders, Gaya’do:węhs is also a strong advocate for improving policy and governance in education, which she approaches from both Early Childhood Education (ECE) and Institutions of Higher Learning levels.

In addition to being an ECE instructor and trainer for the ECE Supervisors Program, Gaya’do:węhs was appointed by the Order in Council to assist in creating the regulatory College of Early Childhood Education in Ontario – the first of its kind in Canada. As an advocate for Indigenous Institutions of Higher Learning, she has worked with the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium, and served as Co-Chair of the President’s Committee on Indigenous Issues at McMaster University, Governor on the Board of Fanshawe College, and Senior Policy Analyst for the Assembly of First Nations.

She is also a cultural awareness training facilitator for KAIROS Canada, an organization well known for the Blanket Exercise Workshop which aims to “build understanding about our shared history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada by walking through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization, and resistance”.

Gaya’do:węhs says she is “thrilled to learn people are stepping up to support Indigenous women’s leadership at Coady” through the Circle of Abundance – Amplifying Indigenous Women’s Leadership campaign.

“Everyone has a role to play in amplifying Indigenous women’s leadership,” Gaya’do:węhs says. “Indigenous women are the nucleus of their families and the success of all relationships that extend into community. Everyone benefits when Indigenous women are respected, supported and encouraged.”

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Bill that would add Indigenous languages teaching to all schools wins all-party support – CBC

All MLAs on legislative committee back bill proposed by Green Party’s Megan Mitton

Jul 14, 2020

A bill that would require New Brunswick schools to teach Indigenous languages to all students has won unanimous support from a committee of MLAs.

Members from all four parties voted on Tuesday afternoon in favour of the bill, which was introduced last month by Green Party MLA Megan Mitton.

“There’s a long history of Indigenous languages being systematically excluded from our public school system,” Mitton said during the debate.

“This is an opportunity for the revitalization of Wabanaki languages in our public school system.”

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/indigenous-languages-unanimous-support-1.5649256

UNB celebrates NB Pride Week

Jul 13, 2020

The Pride flag was recently raised on our Fredericton and Saint John campuses in solidarity with all 2SLGBTQIA+ people and communities. This year, Pride organizers in Fredericton, Saint John and Moncton have chosen to come together for one united province-wide celebration. Now more than ever, at a time of global uncertainty and unrest, it is important that we join in celebration of this significant occasion.

The updated Pride flag, known as the Progress flag, prioritizes Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC) and transgender members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. In addition, it shows solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and reinforces the reality that ALL Black Lives Matter; BLM and Pride share histories of being founded to fight against systemic discrimination and intolerance. Pride would not exist without the bravery of queer, transgender women of colour.

Our differences – be they gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity or background – contribute to the richness of our university environment and experience and we are stronger because of our differences. The perspectives and contributions of UNB’s BIPOC and 2SLGBTQIA+ students, staff and faculty are immeasurable and impactful; their experiences and stories reveal our collective history and prompt all of us to reflect critically in learning to be a better, more understanding, compassionate, and tolerant community.

Pride is a meaningful celebration of diversity, equality, dignity, visibility and evidence of the progress that’s been made. But, despite how far we have come, there is so much further to go. Pride has been, and remains, a social movement towards inclusivity and safety for all 2SLGBTQIA+ people. While the Pride flag will wave proudly, for us, in the sky this week, we must acknowledge the difficulties many in the community still face and the struggles that continue.

Our university has a lot to be proud of, including the outstanding research into 2SLGBTQIA+ topics, the advocacy of organizations on campus such as The 203 Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity, and our institutional commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. However, there remains work to be done. For our university, and society as a whole, we need to be honest and aware of the hurdles and roadblocks that prevent individuals from being themselves in our spaces and from reaching their full potential.

For UNB, the way forward is together. It is our responsibility to continue working towards equality and uplifting the voices that need to be heard. We must be united in standing with and for marginalized people in our practices and purpose – we must be resolute in a collective commitment to evolve and change. We know that our campuses are not immune to discrimination and intolerance, but we are dedicated to doing better.

At UNB we endeavour to create a culture where everyone feels empowered and encouraged to learn, grow and contribute as their authentic selves. I thank all of you for your contributions – big or small – as we walk this path together.

My best wishes to all for a Happy Pride Week.

Dr. Paul J. Mazerolle
President and Vice-Chancellor

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MJardin Group Announces First Quarter 2020 Financial Results

DENVER and TORONTO, July 14, 2020– MJardin Group, Inc. (“MJardin” or “the Company”) (CSE: MJAR) (OTCQX: MJARF), a leader in premium cannabis production, today announced its financial and operating results for its first quarter ending March 31, 2020. All amounts are expressed in Canadian dollars unless otherwise indicated.

Q1 and YTD 2020 Highlights:

  • Overall business is on track to achieve measured strategic objectives in 2020;
  • Revenue amounted to $2.2 million;
  • Adjusted EBITDA loss of $3.2 million;
  • Net loss of $8.1 million;
  • AMI joint venture contributes $0.3 million to net earnings, marking its third consecutive quarter of contribution to MJardin’s financial results;
  • Improved efficiencies by reducing corporate overhead by 43% compared to comparable period in the prior year;
  • Continued to advance licensing at Canadian facilities, receiving both a cultivation license for the GRO facility and approval to expand cultivation at the WILL facility;
  • Sales license received for AMI facility;
  • Advanced negotiations for a supply agreement with a major Canadian License Holder to sell approximately an incremental 2,000 kilograms of product;
  • Improvements in management and technology contribute to a significant 14.4% increase in yields for managed service clients;
  • Warman operations on track to add 3 new high quality varieties per month, with production runs of these new varieties available for sale in Q4 2020.

”During the first quarter we remained focused on the completion of our cultivation assets as we continue to push aggressively towards being prepared to penetrate the Canadian recreational market with our products, and ramping up revenues starting in the second half of 2020,” commented Pat Witcher, CEO of MJardin. “I am very encouraged with the progress our team is making with bringing our assets online as well as exploring strategic growth opportunities which could start contributing to our profitability in the foreseeable future.”

First Quarter Financial Summary

Three months ended
March 31, 2020 March 31, 2019
Restated
$ $
Revenues   2,203,582   10,779,006
Direct operating costs   (1,917,960 )   (6,723,855 )
Gross margin before fair value adjustments   285,622   4,055,151
Unrealized gain on changes in fair value of biological assets   (112,335 )
Gross margin    397,957    4,055,151
Operating expenses
Sales, general and administrative   3,830,770   6,678,092
Share-based compensation   605,952 7,126.502
Depreciation and amortization   695,505   423,490
Expected credit loss   552,798
Total operating expenses   5,132,227 14,780,882
Loss from operations   (4,734,270 ) (10,725,731 )
Interest expense 4,134,033 4,579,816
Net (earnings) loss from associate (289,272 ) 224,065
Gain on disposition of equity investment (1,433,706 )
Foreign exchange (gain) loss (2,188,697 ) 93,212
Other income (15,619 ) (18,983 )
Total other expenses 1,640,445 3,444,404
Loss before income tax, discontinued operations   (6,374,715 )   (14,170,135 )
Income tax expense   (480,812 )   (655,555 )
Loss before discontinued operations   (6,855,527 )   (14,825,690 )
Loss from discontinued operation   (1,257,708 )
Net loss   (8,113,235 ) (14,825,690 )
Three months ended
March 31, 2020 March 31, 2019
Net loss (8,113,235 ) (14,825,690 )
Adjustments:
Income tax expense 480,812 655,555
Interest expense 4,134,033 4,579,816
Depreciation and Amortization 695,505 423,490
EBITDA (2,802,885 ) (9,166,829 )
Share-based compensation 605,952 7,126.502
Unrealized gain on changes in FV of biological assets (112,335 )
Loss from discontinued operation 1,257,708
Gain on disp. of equity investment (1,433,706 )
Other gains (15,619 ) (18,983 )
Severance costs 37,156
Foreign exchange (gain) loss (2,188,697 ) 93,212
Adjusted EBITDA (3,218,720 ) (3,399,804 )

Revenue
The Company’s Managed Services business generated $2.2 million in revenue during the quarter. Canadian cultivation facilities are currently mid way through the grow cycle, as such, no revenue was recognized at these facilities during the first quarter.

Gross Margin

Due to the reduction in revenues, from both Managed Services and Cultivation, the Company’s Gross Margin for the period ending March 31, 2020 was $0.4 million, compared to $4.1 million for the prior year comparable period.

Expenses

General and administrative expenses as well as payroll decreased from the prior year comparable period by 43%. Management continues to search for efficiencies for the balance of 2020.

Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA loss was $3.2 million compared to an Adjusted EBITDA loss of $3.4 million for the prior year comparable period. As the company scales cultivation, Adjusted EBITDA is expected to improve.

Q2 and 2020 Outlook

The Company continues to execute on its 2020 business plan with key deliverables for the full year 2020 as follows:

  • Complete run-rate production at WILL and GRO facilities by the end of the third quarter;
  • Retail sales of Canadian production by the end of the third quarter;
  • Full licensing of AMI Phase II expansion by during the fourth quarter;
  • Significant progress on completion of construction at the Warman facility;
  • Continued pursuit of expansion opportunities in select US States;

The Company continues to advance the production from its Canadian assets and plans to continue this for the balance of the year. In tandem with this, the Company plans to continue to focus on securing offtake for production via either firm commitments with retailers or supply agreements with leading license holders.

Subsequent Events:

  • May 29, 2020 – the Company announced the termination of its previously announced acquisition of Carson City Agency Solutions, dba Cannabella.
  • April 30, 2020 – the Company announced an amendment to its borrowing obligations with its senior lender to defer principal and interest payments until 2021.

The Canadian Securities Exchange (“CSE”) has neither approved nor disapproved the contents of this news release. Neither the CSE nor its Market Regulator (as that term is defined in the policies of the CSE) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to sell any of the securities in the United States. The securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”) or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to U.S. Persons unless registered under the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws or an exemption from such registration is available.

About MJardin Group

MJardin Group’s mission is to set the standard for successful ownership and management of assets in the cannabis industry. Our Colorado founders spent a decade refining cultivation methodology, collecting and implementing data driven standards and designing state of the art facilities. Today, MJardin owns or manages multiple operations in two US states and three Canadian provinces, supplying the market with premium products. We are committed to our Canadian First Nation joint ventures and all our partnerships across the cannabis supply chain. MJardin is publicly listed on the CSE (MJAR) with offices in Denver, Colorado and Toronto, Ontario. For more information, please visit www.MJardin.com

Non-IFRS Financial Measures

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net loss from Operations are non-IFRS measures that the Company uses to assess its operating performance.

EBITDA is defined as net loss before net finance costs, income tax expense (benefit) and depreciation and amortization expense.

Adjusted EBITDA is an operational and financial metric used by management, calculated as and including, but not limited to: net loss before fair value adjustment to biological assets and inventory; acquisition costs; share-based compensation; depreciation and amortization; (gain) loss on revaluation of derivative liabilities; finance and investment expense (income); interest (income) expense; loss on sale of assets; loss due to rare events; insurance proceeds; foreign exchange loss; impairment of inventory; impairment of property, plant and equipment; impairment of intangible assets and goodwill; current income tax (recovery) expense; and deferred income tax recovery.

Adjusted Net loss from operations is defined as operating loss adjusted to exclude share-based compensation and promissory principal impairments.

The Company uses these non-IFRS measures to provide investors and others with supplemental measures of its operating performance.  The non-IFRS measures should not be construed as an alternative to other financial measures determined in accordance with IFRS. However, the Company believes these non-IFRS measures are important supplemental measures of operating performance because they eliminate items that have less bearing on the Company’s operating performance. Thus, the Company believes the non-IFRS measures highlight trends in the Company’s core business that may not otherwise be apparent when relying solely on IFRS financial measures. The Company also believes that securities analysts, investors and other interested parties frequently use these non-IFRS measures in the evaluation of issuers, many of which present similar metrics when reporting their results. As other companies may calculate these non-IFRS measures differently than the Company, these metrics may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

INVESTOR CONTACT:
Ali Mahdavi Pat Witcher
Capital Markets & Investor Relations CEO
416-962-3300 720-613-4019
Ali.mahdavi@MJardin.com Pat.Witcher@MJardin.com

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Change is Transpiring says Indigenous Women’s Leadership Graduate

Jul 10, 2020

Wyanne (Kiya) Smallboy-Wesley is a graduate of the Indigenous Women in Community Leadership program at Coady Institute. As an Indigenous Facilitator for the Calgary Public Library and the Further Education Society (FESA), she works with a diverse network of communities in the Calgary-area to “build a bridge of safety” between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities and community members. One such example is the Indigenous Workplace Circles she facilitates with FESA.

“We educate the non-Indigenous people on what it’s like as an Indigenous person to go work for them, and how we experience life in the workplace, and outside the workplace,” Wyanne says.

For example, Wyanne says Indigenous employees of non-Indigenous companies often hesitate to ask for time off to attend traditional ceremony – in the case of a funeral, for instance – because they fear that it will jeopardize their job security.

Indigenous Workplace Circle participants work through “difficult conversations” and learn historical context at the local community level, the provincial level with Treaties 6, 7, and 8, and the federal level including the Indian Act.

“We create a safe environment mentality that you can practice and be Indigenous in your workplace – on the reserve and off the reserve,” Wyanne says.

[This support shows that] Canadians are individuals … There are Canadians that want change. There are Canadians who want to be inspired and want to acknowledge Indigenous knowledge. This is the real proof.

Wyanne (Kiya) Smallboy-Wesley

Wyanne is a member of a FESA committee on Indigenous literacy and development in the workplace that provides feedback to the Senate of Canada. She also builds bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous area residents through her work at the Calgary Public Library – an institution that was previously known in Indigenous communities for rejecting Indigenous job applicants. Wyanne says that being one of the first Indigenous employees of the library has created an opportunity for healing.

“Canadians are crying on me. They’re literally crying on my shoulder, on my head, from what happened in the past,” she explains.

“They’re looking for reconciliation from me, even if I’m not in their Tribe, because I’m Indigenous and I’m working there.”

Wyanne says she is proud of the community for questioning the status quo and initiating change, and of the organizations she works with for recognizing Indigenous assets and implementing many of the tools she has recommended from her time at Coady Institute, such as the “leaky bucket” and asset-based community development.

“The institutions are changing,” she says. “I’ve seen it. I want to give credit to the library, to the Calgarians, to the Further Education Society, and to the Senate. They are changing.”

Circle of Support

On June 29, Wyanne was one of 11 Indigenous women leaders who released a joint statement in support of Coady’s Circle of Abundance – Amplifying Indigenous Women’s Leadership campaign that launched with a $200,000 donation from Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, and later a matching donation by the Jeannine Deveau Education Equity Endowment Fund.

The statement in part reads, “We have a shared vision for raising the profile of Indigenous women’s leadership and voices in Canada and globally. We know that magic happens when women lift each other up and share their Indigenous knowledge, perspectives, cultures, and traditions.”

On July 7, Coady announced the campaign had raised approximately $650,000 of its $1,000,000 goal.

“It means a lot to me – as a human being, and as a Stoney Nakoda-Cree person,” Wyanne says in reaction to the outpouring of support.

She emphasizes that it can be a challenge for some to trust that the historical human rights abuses perpetrated by the Canadian government – such as the residential school system – are not representative of current citizen-held values.

“[This support shows that] Canadians are individuals. They have their own inspired interests and shared interests,” Wyanne explains.

“This is the proof. There are Canadians that want change. There are Canadians who want to be inspired and want to acknowledge Indigenous knowledge. This is the real proof.”

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First Nations and Nova Scotia Health collaborate on COVID-19 testing – NS Health

July 10, 2020

Early on in the pandemic a formal request was made of Nova Scotia Health by Mi’kmaq First Nations communities in the province.

First Nations chiefs wanted their own health care professionals engaged in the battle against COVID-19. But they needed help.

“The idea was that if they were able to deploy their own staff to do the testing then it might allay some of the concerns and fears by community members,” said Nova Scotia Health Vice President of Health Operations, Madonna MacDonald.

The collaboration efforts were instant.

Nova Scotia Health would provide First Nation health care teams with the professional support, education, training, and access to swabs and test kits.

First Nations front line workers would in turn gain the confidence and ability to provide customized in-house programs to test their community members for COVID-19.

Read More: http://www.nshealth.ca/news/first-nations-and-nova-scotia-health-collaborate-covid-19-testing

Blazing a trail for others to follow: Atlantic First Nations Water Authority and Canada sign framework agreement – Dal News

July 13, 2020

Water is one of the primary elements responsible for life on earth. We drink it, cook with it, and use it to keep ourselves clean. We often turn on the tap without giving it a second thought, but ensuring that everyone has reliable access to a safe and clean water source is vital.

In First Nations communities across Canada, water and wastewater facilities tend to be small and remote systems. As with other small and remote communities within Canada, there are major issues with both human resource and financial capacity. But unlike other Canadian small and remote systems, the provinces do not regulate First Nations facilities, so the standards for compliance can vary widely.

Since 2009, Graham Gagnon, Dalhousie’s associate vice-president research and the NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Water Quality and Treatment, has been working closely with the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs (APC) to develop a comprehensive water strategy for the Atlantic region. And, 11 years later, a significant milestone has been reached.

Read More: https://www.dal.ca/news/2020/07/13/blazing-a-trail-for-others-to-follow–atlantic-first-nations-wat.html

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