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New Mawiomi Centre to provide Mi’kmaq and broader Indigenous community services and cultural programming in Charlottetown

From: Infrastructure Canada

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, August 21, 2019—Investing in social infrastructure where people can come together and share ideas and resources helps build dynamic, inclusive communities where everyone has the opportunity to succeed.

Today, Sean Casey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Dennis King, Premier of Prince Edward Island; and Chief Junior Gould of the Abegweit First Nation and Chief Darlene Bernard of the Lennox First Nation announced funding for the construction of the Prince Edward Island Urban Indigenous Centre.

The project, which began construction in summer 2019, involves building a three-storey accessible Indigenous centre on the Charlottetown waterfront which will serve multiple purposes. It will have space devoted to Indigenous programming and service delivery in various areas, as well serving as a gathering place to promote Mi’kmaq culture. The new facility, owned jointly by the Lennox Island and Abegweit First Nations, will also house the Mi’kmaq Leadership Assembly space and will have core First Nation tenants, through the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI and the planned, PEI Mi’kmaq Rights Initiative.

The Government of Canada is investing over $4.2 million in this project through the Community, Culture and Recreation Stream (CCRIS) of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. Project funding has also been approved by other Government of Canada funding sources.


“The new PEI Urban Indigenous Centre will provide a venue to connect Indigenous people in Prince Edward Island with their culture and offer customized services. It will be a place where community members can learn from one another and continue to build a bright future.”

Sean Casey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“Congratulations to the Mi’kmaq of PEI on the development of the Prince Edward Island Urban Indigenous Centre. Projects like these create jobs while also playing a vital role supporting Indigenous peoples; celebrating diverse heritages; and, promoting and preserving Indigenous Culture.”

The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Indigenous Services

“Prince Edward Island’s Indigenous community will soon have a dedicated place to call their own. Indigenous peoples, Islanders and visitors alike will all have the opportunity to come together in this special place to celebrate and learn about Mi’kmaq history and the vibrant Indigenous culture and traditions found in our province.”

The Honourable Dennis King, Premier of Prince Edward Island

“This project represents a tremendous opportunity for the Mi’kmaq to advance our self-government goals, promote Mi’kmaq culture, and also to enhance much needed program and service delivery to the entire urban Indigenous population.”

Chief Darlene Bernard, Lennox Island First Nation, Co-Chair Mi’kmaq confederacy of PEI

Quick facts

  • This project has been approved to receive $350,000 through Employment and Social Development Canada under the Enabling Accessibility Fund.
  • Indigenous Services Canada is providing $100,000.
  • The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency has previously announced $750,000 in funding towards this project.
  • Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
  • $25.3 billion of this funding is supporting social infrastructure in Canadian communities.
  • $4 billion of this funding is supporting infrastructure projects in Indigenous communities.
  • These investments complement the Atlantic Growth Strategy, a federal-provincial action plan aimed at stimulating economic growth in the region through five priority areas:
    • Skilled workforce/Immigration;
    • Innovation;
    • Clean growth and climate change;
    • Trade and investment;
    • Infrastructure.

Associated links


Ann-Clara Vaillancourt
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

Katie MacDonald
Communications Officer
Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy, PEI

Don MacKenzie
Executive Director
Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI


NS Mi’kmaw fishermen say DFO sezied lobster traps tagged under moderate livelihood –

Two Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw fishermen say the Department of Fisheries and Oceans are violating their treaty right to fish for a moderate livelihood by seizing their lobster traps.

Jason Lamrock, a member of the Acadia First Nation, says DFO officers seized his ten lobster traps he dropped in waters just off Woods Harbour near Barrington, N.S. on Monday.

“I clearly told them the gear was perfectly identified as mine, top to bottom,” Lamrock said Monday. “They said it wasn’t a tagged pod. Clearly, they don’t recognize our inherent right to be able to do this,” he said.

David McDonald, a member of the Sipekne’katik First Nation, says DFO officers also seized ten of his lobster traps from St. Mary’s Bay on Aug. 9.

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Letter: In Ball we trust? – The Telegram

Do you trust Premier Dwight Ball and his ministers when they say they will do something?

If you do, you need to ask yourself why, given their record.

If you don’t, you need to ask yourself why it matters enough for you to do something about it.

One of the hallmarks of bad government is systematic deception.

In Labrador, where a large portion of Indigenous people live, people have become the victims of systematic deception by the Ball Liberal provincial government. This deception will have dire consequences.

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Wolastoqew loggers face charges of unauthorized timber harvesting in New Brunswick – CBC

First Nations forestry association says it’s prepared to fight for right to earn moderate livelihood

Aug 21, 2019

Three members of a First Nations firewood harvesting association are facing charges in New Brunswick provincial court Wednesday of illegally harvesting timber from Crown lands.

One of the men charged, Patrick Paul of St. Mary’s First Nation in Fredericton, was the subject of an investigation earlier this year by New Brunswick conservation officers.

At the time, Paul said he believed the officers were targeting his clients to eliminate the market for First Nations harvested firewood, and by not charging him, were deliberately disallowing him the chance to use Aboriginal rights in a court defence.

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NS Government: Funding for Sport, Recreation Facilities

August 20, 2019

Government is investing about $1.5 million this year to develop and improve sport and recreation facilities across the province.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Cape Breton, Whitney Pier Youth Club is one of more than 40 projects to receive funding this year through the Recreational Facility Development Grant program. The club received $40,000 to help build outdoor volleyball and road hockey space.

“Investments in our sport and rec facilities are investments in communities that help people of all ages maintain an active, healthy lifestyle,” said Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette, on behalf of Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine. “Quality recreation spaces help create vibrant and connected communities where Nova Scotians can raise healthy families.”

The youth club is in the final stage of a four-phase community restoration project which included expanding the space to serve more families and youth.

“We strive to meet the needs of our youth and are so pleased to see this project develop from a dream into reality,” said John Wolodka, club president and board chair. “The continued investment from the province has helped this project come to life and will allow us to serve youth and their families for generations to come.”

Community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations are eligible to apply for funding from the Recreational Facility Development Grant program for projects that will develop and improve facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation.

Recreation centres and halls, pools, arenas, athletic fields, parks and playgrounds and trails are examples of things that are eligible for funding under the program.

A list of 2019-20 grant recipients and more information on funding criteria can be found at: .

Media Contact:

Lynette MacLeod


Minister Ng announces investments supporting female entrepreneurship and export opportunities in Atlantic Canada

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

The Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion shared how the federal government is helping small business owners start up, scale up and access new markets

August 20, 2019 – Saint John, New Brunswick

Small businesses make up 98% of all Canadian businesses and employ 8 million hard-working Canadians from coast to coast to coast. They are the backbone of our economy and critical to the middle class.

This week, the Honourable Mary Ng, Canada’s Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, was in Atlantic Canada to meet with entrepreneurs and small business owners to talk about the ways the Government of Canada is supporting their success.

On August 19, Minister Ng announced a $425,000 investment in the Halifax Chamber of Commerce to launch its Trade Accelerator Program (TAP). This partnership with the Halifax Chamber of Commerce will see the development of TAP programming over three years for more than 100 companies in Nova Scotia, enabling more SMEs to access new markets and create middle-class jobs.

Later that day, in Fredericton, Minister Ng highlighted the nearly $10 million invested in Atlantic Canada through the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES). She also announced that the following women-owned or -led businesses are receiving support through the Women Entrepreneurship Fund:

  • SomaDetect, located in Fredericton, which will conduct marketing activities to promote its in-line sensor technology for detecting disease in cows
  •  iTacit, located in Fredericton, which will develop an integrated digital marketing program to reach, attract, and generate demand in new export markets
  • Edmundston Truck Stop, located in Edmundston, which will open a second location in Moncton
  • South Ridge Maple Co. Ltd., located in Knowlesville, which will partner with the Woodstock First Nation to collect sap and create maple products, while also developing strategic sales and marketing export plans
  •  MASITEK Instruments, located in Moncton, which will develop a strategic partnership with a large-scale packaging equipment and supplies organization to expand the company’s export activities

Minister Ng also announced that Moncton-based Conseil économique du Nouveau-Brunswick will be receiving $1,211,595 through the WES Ecosystem Fund (Regional Stream) to develop and implement an entrepreneurship support program for women from francophone communities, including francophone immigrant women. The project will prioritize women entrepreneurs in sectors where women are traditionally under-represented and will offer a range of tools while maximizing resources already provided by different partners in the ecosystem process.

Throughout her tour, Minister Ng met with small business owners and entrepreneurs, including those gathered at the Saint John Community Loan Fund roundtable on August 20. She talked about the government’s many initiatives that are making it easier for small business owners to do business, such as:

  • lowering the small business tax rate to 9%, one of the lowest rates in the world;
  • getting credit card companies to lower the fees they charge businesses when their customers use credit cards;
  • launching the Canada Business app, which brings the world of government programs and services to your fingertips and provides helpful notifications;
  • providing access to over a billion and a half new customers through trade deals like the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement, commonly called the new NAFTA;
  • introducing the Accelerated Investment Incentive, which will allow businesses of all sizes in all sectors of the economy to write off a larger share of the cost of newly acquired assets in the year the investment is made;
  • committing to universal high-speed Internet throughout Canada;
  • investing $2 billion to help double the number of women-owned businesses by 2025; and
  • reducing over 450 federal rules that impose an administrative burden on business.


“This is a small business–friendly government that is working hard to reduce red tape and make it easier for Canadian small business owners to start up, scale up and access new markets. When small businesses in communities across the country succeed, our economy grows and middle-class jobs are created.”
– The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion

Associated links


Ryan Nearing
Communications Planner
Office of the Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada


NS Government: Funding for Affordable Housing

The province is creating more affordable housing options for Nova Scotians by investing $197.1 million as part of a federal-provincial agreement to strengthen housing programs.

“We continue to address the specific housing needs for Nova Scotians because everyone deserves a safe, suitable and affordable place to call home. This agreement reflects our two governments working together to provide more affordable housing options to those who depend on it, especially our most vulnerable citizens,” said Chuck Porter, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

The province is contributing to a new ten-year agreement for housing with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and will soon release the first three-year action plan under the agreement. The plan will help advance Nova Scotia’s objectives and priorities for affordable housing, allow the province to better serve affordable housing clients and help maintain existing housing programs.

The commitment to preserve and improve the condition of Indigenous urban housing units in the agreement is a new and welcome addition.

“This is a pivotal and defining moment for housing in Nova Scotia. This new housing agreement will make a real difference in the lives of those in greatest need, including youth and individuals who are experiencing homelessness. We are pleased to see the province’s commitment to create more affordable housing options and to support increased capacity of non-profit and co-operative housing providers. We look forward to working with Housing Nova Scotia, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and other partners to implement the National Housing Strategy across Nova Scotia,” said Timothy Crooks, executive director, Phoenix Youth Programs and regional director, Nova Scotia-Canadian Housing and Renewal Association.

Consultations and discussions with key stakeholders and municipalities over the last two years informed the development of the province’s priorities for housing. Through this new federal-provincial agreement, the province and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation will invest a combined total of $394.2 million over ten years. In addition to the funding announced today, the Nova Scotia government has invested close to $212 million in housing over the past three years.
Media Contact:

Bruce Nunn
Cell: 902-476-6454


Beatrice Hunter no longer running for federal NDP nomination – CBC

Labrador activist ‘unable’ to run due to ‘personal reasons.’

Aug 20, 2019

Beatrice Hunter has taken to Twitter to announce she is no longer running to become the federal New Democrat candidate vying for the Labrador seat.

“I regret to inform you that I am unable to run for NDP MP for Labrador for personal reasons,” Hunter wrote on Twitter early Tuesday morning.

Hunter — an Inuk mother and grandmother — had planned to take on long-time Liberal Yvonne Jones in the upcoming federal election.

Larry Flemming, an engineer from Churchill Falls, is running for the Conservatives.

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Trades teachers building house with Elsipogtog First Nation

ELSIPOGTOG FIRST NATION (GNB) – Trades teachers and other volunteers are partnering with Elsipogtog First Nation to build a home for a family in need.

“Trades are an important aspect of our economy and we are working to improve learning in trades,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “We are very pleased to work together with Elsipogtog First Nation to support the housing needs of the community, all while engaging in a valuable professional learning experience which will ultimately be of great benefit to students.”

Construction is scheduled to begin on Aug. 20 and the exterior is expected to be complete by Aug. 23.

Trades teachers from across the province have volunteered their time to work with members of the community to construct the house. This allows novice and experienced trades teachers to exercise their carpentry skills and learn from one another.

“Sharing our knowledge and skills to help others is something to be proud of,” said Aboriginal Affairs Minister Jake Stewart. “I commend the teachers and volunteers for supporting this partnership with Elsipogtog and for making a long-lasting difference to a family in need.”

Previous projects include the construction of a tiny home at Welamukotuk (Oromocto First Nation) in 2017, and a two-bedroom energy efficient home at Natoagenag (Eel Ground First Nation) in 2018.

Media Contact(s)

Danielle Elliott, communications, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, 506-444-2179.


Media advisory: Federal and Indigenous partners to make major announcement related to Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve

August 20, 2019                      Łutsël K’e , Northwest Territories                  Parks Canada

The Government of Canada, together with the Łutsël K’e Dene First Nation, and the Deninu K’ue First Nation, will make a major announcement related to Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve.

On Wednesday August 21, in Łutsel K’e, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna, will be joined by Chief Darryl Marlowe from the Łutsël K’e Dene First Nation, the Honourable Robert McLeod, Northwest Territories Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Chief Louis Balsillie from the Deninu K’ue First Nation, for this important announcement. The Northwest Territory Métis Nation are also a partner in the announcement.

Located in and around the East Arm of Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories, Thaidene Nene is a pristine wilderness that transitions from boreal forest to tundra. It is the homeland of the Łutsël K’e Dene First Nation and is of great cultural significance to other First Nations as well as the Northwest Territory Métis Nation peoples.

Please note that this advisory is subject to change without notice.

The details are as follows:

Date:               Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Time:              The announcement starts at 10:00 a.m.

Location:        Łutsël K’e Community Centre
Łutsël K’e, Northwest Territories



Sabrina Kim
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

Media Relations
Parks Canada Agency


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