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13th Annual Nutrien Indigenous Youth Financial Management Awards


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Balanced Budget Strengthens Services and Supports for Nova Scotians

March 20, 2018

Government tabled today, March 20, its third consecutive balanced budget making investments in health care, education, early years, communities and the economy.

“With Budget 2018-19, we will recruit more doctors and improve access to health care, invest in classrooms and pre-primary, and support more Nova Scotians to participate fully in their communities and in the economy,” said Karen Casey, Minister of Finance and Treasury Board. “We want all Nova Scotians to have opportunities to grow and succeed. This budget supports that goal.”

Budget 2018-19 estimates a surplus of $29.4 million with revenue of $10.81 billion and expenses of $10.78 billion.

Budget investments in health care include:
— $19.6 million in additional funding, as part of government’s multi-year plan to recruit, retain and train more doctors
— $8 million more for new and expanded collaborative care teams across the province
— $8.8 million to provide 350 more hip and knee surgeries, create a central booking process and hire more surgeons
— $2.9 million more for mental health care, including more support for youth mental health
— $1 million for youth health centres
— $1.2 million increase in the Take Home Cancer Therapies program to help pay for medications
— $5.5 million more to help seniors stay in their homes longer, including more home care support and expanding the caregiver benefit
— upgraded health-care facilities in Halifax, Dartmouth and Hants County to support the QEII redevelopment project

Budget investments in education and early years include:
— $17.6 million to add about 130 new pre-primary classes as part of a plan to have the program available across the province
— $15.5 million to add new child-care spaces and to offer more subsidies to make child care more accessible and affordable
— $10 million increase to implement new recommendations from the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions
— $15 million to begin implementing recommendations of the Commission on Inclusive Education
— $1.6 million more to expand SchoolsPlus into 54 more schools
— $3.3 million increase to expand Reading Recovery to cover 96 per cent of schools, with every school having programming in 2019
— opening four skilled trades centres this year at Amherst High School, Sir John A. Macdonald High School (Upper Tantallon), Richmond Academy (Louisdale, Richmond Co.) and Central Kings Rural High School (Cambridge, King’s Co.)
— continue work on school construction, including schools in Sheet Harbour, Eastern Passage, Halifax, Spryfield and Yarmouth

Budget investments in safe and connected communities include:
— $16.2 million increase in Disability Support Program to help more people move out of institutions, to improve respite care and to fund more complex client cases
— $2.1 million to help create eight small options homes and two community options homes
— $3 million to double the poverty reduction credit to $500
— $4 million for initiatives under the Blueprint to End Poverty as part of a four-year, $20-million commitment
— $3.4 million to fully exempt child-support payments from income assistance calculations
— $2 million to help prevent domestic violence, the first year of a four-year commitment
— $12.4 million more to improve public housing buildings
— $3 million to offer 400 more rent supplements to low income Nova Scotians
— $60 million more for a total of $285 million in capital spending on highways, bridges and roads, which includes $10 million more to improve gravel roads for a total of $20 million
— work on three significant twinning projects and four new interchanges on 100-series highways as part of a multi-year plan
— $2.4 million more to expand and support community transportation under SHIFT for older Nova Scotians

Budget investments in inclusive economic growth include:
— $1.7 million to further expand the Graduate to Opportunity program to connect new graduates to employers, with added incentives for hiring diverse graduates and women in non-traditional careers
— $500,000 more for incubators and accelerators, which support startup companies
— $356,000 to help an additional 89 student interns through the Mitacs Accelerate program for a total of 250 placements
— $1.5 million more to enhance work incentives for people receiving income assistance
— $460,000 increase to the Office of Immigration to help international marketing and recruitment efforts
— $485,000 to create a market readiness program for startup companies
— $2.5 million more for the Innovation Rebate program to encourage private sector investment in capital projects
— $3 million for the Centre for Ocean Ventures Entrepreneurship (COVE) project to foster innovation in the ocean sector
— $3 million for the new Building Tomorrow Fund to support innovation in agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture sectors
— $5.8 million added to the Atlantic Fisheries Fund, in partnership with the federal government and the other Atlantic Canadian provinces

Budget 2018-19 also includes the Capital Plan, which invests $605 million in roads, schools, health-care facilities and other public infrastructure.

The budget also contains the final forecast for 2017-18, which updates the positive net position to $23.2 million. Additional appropriations related to the forecast, totalling $227.1 million, for nine departments and assistance for universities.

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Police release photos of suspected truck in Aboriginal man’s hit and run death – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Mar 20, 2018

FREDERICTON _ Police have released pictures of a truck suspected to have been involved in a fatal hit-and-run death that has left a New Brunswick First Nation grieving and seeking justice.

RCMP Cpl. Jullie Rogers-Marsh says the investigation continues into a hit-and-run in Saint-Charles that took the life of 22-year-old Brady Francis of the Elsipogtog reserve.

She says police want to speak to anyone who saw a grey 2003 GMC Sierra 4 X 4 pickup truck travelling on Richibucto-area roads on Saturday, Feb. 24, between noon and 10 p.m.

The truck has a camouflaged coloured wind deflector on the hood, camouflaged window deflectors over the driver and passenger side windows, a “Browning” decal over the front windshield, several camouflaged decals on the tailgate and there are also decals on the rear window.

It’s believed the truck was in and around the Richibucto area, primarily in the communities of Saint-Ignace, Saint-Charles and Saint-Louis-de-Kent.

Francis was struck and killed on Saint-Charles Sud Road in Saint-Charles around 9:30 that night after he left a party.

The pickup truck was seized by police on Feb. 25 and later returned to the owner after police gathered information required for the investigation.


Labrador residential school survivors left out of federal apology and settlement – APTN News

March 19, 2018

Leah Ford recalls the abuse she endured as a seven- and eight-year-old student at a residential school in Makkovik, Labrador run by the Moravian Church.

Older students in the girls’ dorm made her steal food and cigarettes from a teacher’s room. When she was caught she “got a beating on my bum,” she says. Other times Ford was whipped with a tree branch.

If she refused to steal, “I would have got beat up anyway,” the 80-year-old survivor explains, seated at the kitchen table of her apartment in a senior’s complex in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

“It wasn’t only me. There was other girls.”
Ford is one of an untold number of residential school survivors from Newfoundland and Labrador who have waited decades for an acknowledgement of their suffering, an apology, and perhaps for other acts of recognition to help them on their healing journeys from the suffering they endured at the hands of colonial governments and institutions who abused and attempted to assimilate them.

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NunatuKavut calls for suspension of commercial capelin fishery

MARCH 19, 2018 – NUNATUKAVUT, LABRADOR – The NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC) today called upon the Government of Canada to suspend the commercial capelin fishery in Atlantic Canada. Recent science has shown a significant decline in the capelin stock and traditional Southern Inuit knowledge indicate the capelin are arriving later, in fewer numbers and smaller in size. Capelin has played an important role in the culture, history and economy of Southern Inuit for generations and this decline is of grave concern.

NCC believes there is need for an expanded and more sustained longer-term research program for capelin, which includes both modern science and Indigenous knowledge, so that its role in the ecosystem is more fully understood. NCC is asking for a suspension of the capelin fishery based on the following factors:

  • Conservation of current stock
  • Use of Indigenous knowledge
  • Need for science-based decisions
  • The role of capelin in the marine ecosystem

The people of NunatuKavut have had a long and important relationship with capelin and NCC wants to ensure this valuable species is protected now and for the future.

Quick Facts

  • Since 2016, NCC has been a partner in the National Science and Engineering Council (NSERC) research project, “Integrating genomics, phenotypes and local knowledge towards improving capelin stock management in Canadian Atlantic and Arctic waters.” This project will fill important knowledge gaps by identifying capelin management units, biological characteristics of stocks and their distribution, and integrating Inuit science and knowledge to improve the management and conservation of this important species in Atlantic waters.
  • NCC is a major partner with World Wildlife Fund Canada in a Department of Fisheries and Oceans Coastal Restoration Fund initiative that integrates Indigenous and local knowledge with western science to better understand and enhance capelin habitat in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • NCC is the representative governing body for approximately 6,000 Inuit of south and central Labrador, collectively known as the Southern Inuit of NunatuKavut.
  • NunatuKavut means “Our Ancient Land” in Inuttitut and is the traditional territory of the Southern Inuit.


“The identity of Southern Inuit is shaped by the land, ice and sea. Our people have been dependent on the fish resources and the marine environment for as long as we have existed and we know that capelin is one of the most vital species in our waters. We call on the Government of Canada to suspend the commercial capelin fishery until we more fully understand its important role and far-reaching impact on our ecosystem. We have a responsibility to and a relationship with the environment around us and we have to do all we can to help protect our resources and way of life for our future generations.”

  • Todd Russell, President of NCC

Associated Links

  • For further information on NCC, please visit Please also join in the conversation at and Twitter @nunatukavut.

Contact: Kelly Broomfield, Director of Communications, NCC, 709-280-5965


Concerns growing for pod of dolphins trapped by ice in N.L. harbour – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Mar 20, 2018 

HEARTS DELIGHT, N.L. _ Several white-beaked dolphins have become trapped by ice in a Newfoundland harbour, raising concerns that the mammals may not be able to escape if the winds don’t change.

Fisheries officials say heavy ice in the Heart’s Delight has cut off the dolphins’ exit route, leaving them enclosed in a small pool of water in the community more than an hour outside St. John’s.

The Fisheries Department says it’s an unfortunate situation, but a natural occurrence in marine ecosystems.

The department is monitoring the case and asking people to keep clear of the animals because of the risk of transmitting diseases.

Retired local fisherman Charlie Sooley estimates there are about six dolphins in the pod and says ice and onshore winds drove them into the town’s natural harbour.

He fears the dolphins will die if the winds don’t shift and they aren’t able to get out to open water.



“We Need Tina Fontaine to Know She’s Important:” Five Experts on What Needs to Change – Flare

The disproportionate victimization of Indigenous girls and women in Canada is a trend that indicts more than the conduct of one individual. Five women who work within this community tell FLARE what desperately needs to be done

Since her death in the late summer of 2014, 15-year-old Tina Fontaine has become an emblem for the epidemic of violence that besets Indigenous girls and women in Canada.

The Anishinaabe teen was found on`August 18, 2014, in Winnipeg’s Red River, her 72-lb body wrapped inside a duvet cover and weighted down by rocks. We still don’t know exactly how she died and last month, Raymond Cormier, the man charged in her death, was acquitted. There will not be an inquiry. So we’re also not sure where—or with whom—to apportion guilt.

But that’s not entirely true.

The disproportionate victimization of Indigenous girls and women in Canada is a trend that indicts more than the conduct of one individual. Instead, it implicates the fabric of Canadian society.

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The Conversation: I am a Mi’kmaq lawyer, and I despair over Colten Boushie – DAL

March 19, 2018

This article was originally published on The Conversation, which features includes relevant and informed articles, written by researchers and academics in their areas of expertise and edited by experienced journalists.

Naimoi Metallic is an assistant professor and the Chancellor’s Chair in Aboriginal Law and Policy in Dalhousie’s Schulich School of Law.

I find it painful to talk about this case. Many other Indigenous people, especially my friends who also work in law, have expressed the same sentiment. A lot of us feel this case viscerally.

There are several Indigenous people I know, none of whom knew Colten Boushie personally, who wept upon hearing the news of the verdict. I felt a heavy weight of sadness over me for many days and I still do. Friends of mine described the recent news that the Crown is not appealing the verdict as hitting them as though they were punched in the stomach.

Those of us who are Indigenous and work in law are no strangers to being disappointed or angry with court decisions. But usually the reaction is not felt so personally or by so many of us. Why is it different here?

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Federal committee to examine human trafficking at cross country hearings – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Mar 19, 2018

HALIFAX _ A federal committee is in Halifax today to hear stories from survivors of human trafficking and people who provide support to victims of what some call a form of modern slavery.

It is the first cross-country stop for the 12 members of the Commons committee, who also plan on holding hearings in Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver.

They are studying the practice of human trafficking in Canada, which involves recruiting, transporting and detaining people for anything from domestic slavery, forced labour to sexual exploitation.

The committee says most of the victims are women and children, controlled by violence or threats of violence, with Indigenous women making up a large percentage of victims.

It plans to look at a national plan to combat human trafficking, services for victims, the prosecution of traffickers and how to protect and support those caught up in it.

Rob Nicholson, the committee’s vice-chairman, says it’s critical to make sure victims receive effective protection in reporting their traffickers.


Video: Visit this Mi’kmaq immersion school in Nova Scotia – CBC

March 15, 2018

Eskasoni, N.S., is taking steps to preserve its Indigenous language among the next generation

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