Results of Makivik Executive Election for Treasurer George Berthe Returns to Makivik

January 21, 2020 – Kuujjuaq, Nunavik – Final results of the Makivik Executive election held on January 16, 2020, for the position of Corporate Treasurer have been announced. The winner is George Berthe, who returns to Makivik after being our Corporate Secretary from 1998-2010.

Final Results for 16/16 polls:
George Berthe – 925
Andy Pirti – 857
Raymond Mikpegak – 453

Spoiled Ballots – 16

Makivik thanks our outgoing Treasurer Andy Pirti for his very effective direction over the past two terms, and we wish him well in his future endeavours.

Voter turnout was low. There were 8742 eligible voters. 2242 Inuit beneficiaries cast ballots resulting in 25.64% voter turnout. Makivik encourages Inuit to turn out and vote for their representatives in future elections.



William Tagoona
President’s Office

Makivik Corporation
Tel. 819-964-2925


Media Advisory – Second Meeting of the Dialogue Table on the Recommendations of the Viens Report and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Wendake, January 24, 2020 – Leaders of various Indigenous organizations and representatives of the Government of Québec will participate in the second meeting of the dialogue table on the recommendations of the Report of the Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec (Viens Commission) and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG).

EVENT:                         Second Meeting of the Dialogue Table on the Recommendations of the Viens Report and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

DATE:                                 Monday, January 27, 2020

TIME:                                  9:00 a.m. to 9:05 a.m. – Photo-op for the media

9:05 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – In-camera meeting

4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Scrum

PLACE:                              Delta Hotel, Room Opus1

  • Président-Kennedy Avenue Montréal

About the AFNQL

The Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador is the political organization regrouping 43 Chiefs of the First Nations in Quebec and Labrador. Follow us on Twitter @APNQL



Alain Garon,

Communications Officer

Cell. : (418) 254-4620


2020 Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund now open for applications

January 24, 2020

The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund is now accepting applications for grants in 2020. The annual $2 million program supports registered charities taking action to improve access to mental health care in every region of Canada.

“Over the last decade, the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund has helped more than 650 organizations on the front line of mental health care drive real change in their communities,” said Bell Let’s Talk Chair Mary Deacon. “We welcome this year’s fund applicants and look forward to offering our support to even more exciting projects in 2020.”

“One in 5 Canadians experience mental health challenges, and initiatives like Bell Let’s Talk Day remind us to tell our family, friends, colleagues and neighbours: you are not alone,” said the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health. “These initiatives encourage us to support each other, enable organizations doing important work, and change the conversation around mental health. Join me, today and every day, to be there for one another.”

Bell invites registered charities to apply for a grant up to $25,000 to support local mental health programs by visiting All applications are reviewed by a committee of mental health experts from across Canada. The 2020 application period runs until March 16 and all 2020 grants will be disbursed before December 31, 2020.

Here are some ways that the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund has supported organizations doing great work in mental health at the local level:

“CMHA Yukon has long had a vision to provide training for Peer Supporters and develop a Peer Support program,” said Tiffanie Tasane, Executive Director of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Yukon Division. “Our Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant is not only allowing this vision to become a reality but enabling other Peer Support initiatives in the Territory.”

“With funding from Bell Let’s Talk, Pacific Post Partum Support Society is providing one-on-one text support to mothers and their families experiencing postpartum depression/anxiety or distress,” said Sheila Duffy, Director of Pacific Post Partum Support Society. “This technology expands our reach by increasing accessibility while also reducing barriers, so we can support families in a timely manner. As soon as mothers make that first connection, their healing process can begin.”

“Our Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant has helped The Mustard Seed improve access to culturally appropriate treatment for Indigenous clients,” said Randi Sager (Lakota/Nêhiyaw), Provisional Registered Psychologist and Indigenous Counsellor at The Mustard Seed in Calgary. “Not only has the program strengthened peoples’ Indigenous identity and created a sense of community, but it has also empowered people to create positive changes in their lives. One of the biggest changes we have seen is clients embracing their Indigenous identities without shame or guilt, which has led to them embarking on journeys of healing. hiy! hiy! (Thank you).”

“Bell Let’s Talk helped Artbeat Studio expand our arts outreach programming by growing our capacity to reach farther and have greater impact in the community. Our Reach Out Arts programming empowers marginalized members of the community through creative exploration while developing meaningful connections amongst peers,” said Uyen Pham, Executive Director of Artbeat Studio in Winnipeg. “This outreach sparks relationships and learning opportunities that extend way beyond each session – it promotes social inclusion, confidence building, and mental wellbeing through creative expression.”

“With funding from Bell Let’s Talk, Scarborough Health Network can close the gap on mental health services for transitional age youth,” said Lydia Huber, Manager of Mental Health at Scarborough Health Network Foundation. “We are able to provide specialized psychiatric and psycho-social treatment to ensure these vulnerable young patients receive the intensive age-appropriate support they need. This program will give our patients access to a network of highly experienced mental health professionals, and an array of social services such as housing, job placement and education supports which will lead to recovery and fulfillment.”

“The Bell Let’s Talk grant has completely transformed the living environment of the Haut-Richelieu Hospital’s psychiatric unit, making it easier for families to be reunited at times when they need it the most,” said Julie Coupal, Executive Director of the Fondation Santé. “A completely renovated patio will be used to offer gardening workshops starting in the spring while patients will also have access to exercise equipment, which has a considerable impact on their well-being.”

“Funding from Bell Let’s Talk has allowed us to open the door for vulnerable youth with our new after-school program, Reach for the Stars,” said Amanda Beazley, Executive Director of Boys and Girls Club of Charlottetown. “Now youth who are at risk of developing mental health and addictions challenges have a safe, supportive and inclusive space to develop the skills to make healthy choices, build healthy relationships and bolster their self-esteem.”

“Bell Let’s Talk helped us continue to grow our Seeds of Success program to support Nova Scotians living with mental illness,” said Faye LeBlanc, Managing Director of the Northwood Foundation. “The program promotes mental wellness by providing our residents with purposeful therapeutic activities which allows them to feel, think and act in ways that help them enjoy life and cope with its challenges.”

Bell Let’s Talk Day is January 29
Everyone is invited to join the conversation on Bell Let’s Talk Day by sending messages of support across multiple platforms to drive awareness and action in mental health.

Bell donates 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for each of these communications on Bell Let’s Talk Day, at no cost to participants beyond what they would normally pay their service providers for online or phone access:

  • Talk: Every mobile and every long distance call made by Bell wireless and phone customers
  • Text: Every text message sent by Bell wireless customers
  • Twitter: Every tweet and retweet using #BellLetsTalk, featuring the special Bell Let’s Talk emoji, and every Bell Let’s Talk Day video view at
  • Facebook: Every Bell Let’s Talk Day video view at and every use of the Bell Let’s Talk frame
  • Instagram: Every Bell Let’s Talk Day video view at
  • Snapchat: Every use of the Bell Let’s Talk filter and every Bell Let’s Talk Day video view
  • YouTube: Every Bell Let’s Talk Day video view at

Since the first Bell Let’s Talk Day in 2011, Canadians and people around the world have sent a total of more than 1 billion messages of support for mental health, bringing Bell’s total commitment to $100,695,763.75, which includes the company’s original $50 million anchor donation when Bell Let’s Talk launched in 2010.

About Bell Let’s Talk
The Bell Let’s Talk mental health initiative is focused on 4 key action pillars: Anti-stigma, Care and Access, Research and Workplace Leadership. Since its launch in September 2010, Bell Let’s Talk has partnered with more than 1,000 organizations providing mental health services throughout Canada, including hospitals, universities and other care and research organizations. To learn more, please visit

Media inquiries:

Jacqueline Michelis


Media advisory – The Government of Canada to honour Inuk Elder as a Hometown Hero

From: Parks Canada

January 24, 2020                          Gatineau, Quebec                      Parks Canada Agency

Parks Canada will be hosting a commemorative ceremony to recognize Inuk Elder Qapik Attagutsiak, along with members of Inuit communities as Hometown Heroes, for their important contributions during the Second World War.

Among the expected attendees participating in this commemorative ceremony are the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and minister responsible for Parks Canada, the Honourable Nellie Kusugak, Commissioner of Nunavut, representatives of the Government of Nunavut, Inuit leaders, senior leadership of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Canadian Coast Guard, associates of the National Capital Region’s museum community, and members of Qapik Attagutsiak’s extended family.

This public event is organized by Parks Canada in collaboration with the Canadian Armed Forces and the Canadian Museum of History. It will feature the participation of more than 150 students from local schools, Inuit performers, video presentations, a special Inuit and “women and the war effort” display, period costumes, military musicians and the unveiling of a story panel in honour of Qapik Attagutsiak and her community.

Hometown Heroes is a community-based initiative that honours men and women, both military and civilian, who contributed to Canada’s war efforts during either or both of the World Wars.

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

The details are as follows:

Date:              Monday, January 27, 2020

Time:              Musical prelude begins at 9:45 a.m. (EST)
Event starts at 10:05 a.m. (EST)
Media to be present by 9:50 a.m. (EST)

Location:     Canadian Museum of History, Grand Hall
100 Laurier Street
Gatineau QC K1A 0M8



Information and RSVP:
Media Relations
Parks Canada Agency


Cree interest in private home ownership very high, but issues with readiness remain: report – CBC

The Cree Nation Government will table a housing strategy next week

Jan 24, 2020

Programs to increase financial literacy and education encouraging high-income earners to move out of social housing are just some of the ideas put forth in a housing report prepared for the Cree Nation Government.

The report was commissioned to evaluate the readiness of Quebec Cree to buy their own house, and to help communities address some long standing log jams with regard to a lack of housing and maintenance.

There is an immediate need for more than 2,000 homes in Eeyou Istchee, and getting more people to move into private home ownership is one way the Cree Nation Government is trying to tackle the housing issue and help build wealth in Cree communities.

The report titled Market Research: Private Housing in Eeyou Istchee suggests interest in private home ownership is very high, but readiness is low, according to Irene Neeposh.

Read More:

Statement from the Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health on Nicotine Vaping in Canada

January 22, 2020

During National Non-Smoking Week, the Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health (CCMOH) wants to highlight that smoking continues to pose a significant risk to the health of Canadians with over 45,000 people dying from smoking-related causes each year. We recommend that Canadians needing support with nicotine addiction speak to  a health care provider and seek out proven cessation therapies, such as medication or approved nicotine replacement therapies.

At this time, we also remain significantly concerned by the substantial rise of nicotine vaping among Canadian youth. In follow up to our previous position statements on this issue in July 2014, April 2019 and October 2019, we provide the following set of regulatory and policy recommendations that we believe are necessary to be taken by federal, provincial/territorial and municipal governments to address this rapidly emerging public health threat. We acknowledge that governments have already taken steps to implement some of these recommendations.

This statement pertains to nicotine vaping devices. The CCMOH released a related statement on cannabis vaping on January 6, 2020.

The overarching objectives of these recommendations are to protect young people from inducements to use vaping devices by regulating such devices as equivalent to tobacco products, and to encourage smokers who use vaping devices to use them solely to end or reduce their use of all nicotine-containing products.

These recommendations are made in the context of the emerging evidence of the short and long-term harms associated with the use of vaping products. We recognize that evidence is still emerging on the effectiveness of nicotine vaping products to help smokers decrease or stop their use of all nicotine-containing products. It is important that the regulatory and policy approaches for vaping products be reviewed as the evidence of health risks and benefits evolve. For example, if it becomes clear that vaping products are effective in helping people stop or reduce their use of all nicotine-containing products, then it may then be appropriate to approve, license and regulate vaping products in the same way as other tobacco cessation products.

Opportunities for both federal and provincial/territorial jurisdictions

Federal action would be preferred to create national consistency, but individual provinces/territories can consider individual action.

  • Ban all flavoured vaping products and then provide regulatory exemptions or market authorizations for a minimum set of flavours to support smokers who choose to use vaping to end or reduce their use of nicotine-containing products
  • Limit the nicotine content in vaping products, including pods, to a maximum of 20mg/ml (levels lower than this may further decrease the addictive potential for youth) and adopt other appropriate standards regarding nicotine delivery
    (e.g. temperature, use of nicotine salts) as evidence on vaping products evolves
  • Regulate all constituents of e-liquids based on potential to cause harm when inhaled rather than oral ingestion
  • Tax vaping products in a manner consistent with maximizing youth protection while providing some degree of preferential pricing as compared to tobacco products
  • Consider making the age of 21 the minimum sales age for both tobacco and vaping products, knowing that establishing the legal minimum sales age requires balancing policy objectives to minimize an illegal market while delaying the onset of youth use through limiting access through social sources
  • Create requirements for age-verification of internet purchases of vaping products that are the same as those required for cannabis
  • Enhance surveillance and reporting of vaping product use and population health impacts

Opportunities for Federal Jurisdiction

  • Restrict the advertising/marketing/promotion/sponsorship of vaping devices in a manner consistent with maximizing youth protection, including online advertising/promotion and social influencers, while allowing adult-oriented marketing of vaping devices as a product that supports adult smokers solely to end or reduce their use of all nicotine-containing products
  • Require product manufacturers to disclose all ingredients of vaping devices to Health Canada as a condition of being marketed, including establishing consistency in reporting nicotine levels in both open and closed vaping systems
  • Require plain and standardized packaging along with health risk warnings for all vaping products
  • Include vaping as part of smoke-free restrictions for locations under federal jurisdiction
  • Enhance compliance, enforcement and public reporting of the provisions of the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act

Opportunities for Provincial/Territorial Jurisdictions

  • Ban all point of sale advertising of vaping devices and products with an exception for specialized vaping product stores accessible only to those of minimum age
  • Require a vendor’s licence for those selling vaping devices and products
  • Include vaping as part of provincial/territorial smoke-free restrictions
  • Routinely use youth test purchaser programs for all tobacco and vaping product retail locations

Opportunities for Municipal Jurisdictions:

  • Include vaping as part of municipal smoke-free restrictions
  • Restrict the density of tobacco and vaping products retail sites and ban the sale of vaping products and devices within at least 250 metres of a school

Along with these policy and regulatory actions, we recommend that federal, provincial and territorial governments continue to work collaboratively to:

  • Enhance public awareness and educational initiatives on the risks of vaping products targeted at youth, parents, educators and health care professionals
  • Establish comprehensive cessation initiatives for people with nicotine addiction, especially for youth
  • Monitor and research the short and long-term health effects of vaping products
  • Research the effectiveness of vaping products in supporting smokers to end or reduce their use of all nicotine-containing products
  • Research the effectiveness of policy approaches to address youth vaping

A number of other products for the delivery of nicotine have or are being developed (e.g. heated tobacco devices, oral nicotine products). We encourage federal and provincial/territorial governments to work together to develop a broad regulatory approach to all alternative methods of nicotine delivery (i.e. other than tobacco products) that offers strong youth protection while allowing appropriate access for adult smokers to products if they are proven effective in decreasing or stopping the use of all nicotine-containing products.  A key component of any such regulatory approach should be the requirement for the manufacturer to provide enough evidence to satisfy the regulator that allowing any new product on the market is in the public interest before that product can be legally sold.

Dr. Theresa Tam
Chief Public Health Officer of Canada

Dr. Bonnie Henry
Provincial Health Officer, British Columbia
Chair, Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health

Dr. Brendan E. Hanley
Chief Medical Officer of Health, Yukon
Vice-Chair, Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health

Dr. Janice Fitzgerald
I/Chief Medical Officer of Health, Newfoundland and Labrador

Dr. Heather Morrison
Chief Public Health Officer, Prince Edward Island

Dr. Robert Strang
Chief Medical Officer of Health, Nova Scotia

Dr. Jennifer Russell
Chief Medical Officer of Health, New Brunswick

Dr. Horacio Arruda
Director of Public Health and Assistant Deputy Minister
Ministry of Health and Social Services, Québec

Dr. David Williams
Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ontario

Dr. Brent Roussin
Chief Provincial Public Health Officer, Manitoba

Dr. Saqib Shahab
Chief Medical Health Officer, Saskatchewan

Dr. Deena Hinshaw
Chief Medical Officer of Health, Alberta

Dr. Michael Patterson
Chief Medical Officer of Health, Nunavut

Dr. Kami Kandola
Chief Public Health Officer, Northwest Territories

Dr. Evan Adams
Chief Medical Officer, First Nations Health Authority, British Columbia

Dr. Tom Wong
Chief Medical Officer, Public Health, Indigenous Services Canada

Important Links


Media Relations
Public Health Agency of Canada

Public Inquiries
Call toll-free: 1-866-225-0709


Nemaska Lithium Announces Changes to Board of Directors

QUEBEC CITY, Jan. 20, 2020 — Nemaska ​​Lithium (“Nemaska Lithium” or the “Corporation”) announces that its Board of Directors appointed Mr. Jacques Mallette as Chairman of the Board, effective January 19, 2020. Mr. Mallette has acted in capacity of Director of the Corporation since March 8, 2019.

Mr. Mallette, who has more than 35 years of experience as chief executive officer (CEO), chief financial officer (CFO) and director of international companies, brings his expertise and skills to guide the Corporation’s management and strategic teams in their efforts to carry out the restructuring underway in the context of the process initiated under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (“CCAA”). Among other significant experiences, Mr. Mallette was the architect in the restructuring of a major company, between 2007 and 2009, as its CEO when the latter sought protection from its creditors in Canada and the United States.

“I am honoured by the confidence my fellow directors have placed in me with this appointment, and I intend to pursue my work with them with the same determination and dedication that I have shown since joining Nemaska Lithium’s board. We are still convinced that Corporation’s Whabouchi project is of great importance for Québec’s economic development and a key player in the worldwide increasing lithium ion battery industry. As such, we have at heart to successfully deliver the project in a timely manner and in the best interest of all stakeholders,” said Mr. Mallette.

The appointment of Mr. Mallette follows the decision of Mr. Michel Baril to step down as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Baril will continue to share his experience and knowledge as a member of the Board of Directors. “It has been a great honour for me to be part of Nemaska ​​Lithium’s adventure as Chairman from the very beginning of the Whabouchi project in 2009. As we face significant challenges, I would like to offer my entire collaboration and support to Mr. Mallette in his new role, and I am fully confident that the team in place have all the resources needed to carry out this great project,” added Mr. Baril.

Nemaska Lithium continues its review of strategic alternatives with its legal and financial advisors in order to restructure its capital, in addition to the work underway with CCAA proceedings and the litigation with the Nordic Trustee. More information regarding the Corporation’s situation, decisions or actions will continue to be provided on an ongoing basis, as required by applicable law or as may be determined by the Corporation or the Court.

About Nemaska Lithium

Nemaska Lithium Inc. is a developing chemical company whose activities will be vertically integrated, from spodumene mining to the commercialization of high-purity lithium hydroxide. These lithium salts are mainly destined for the fast-growing lithium-ion battery market, which is driven by the increasing demand for electric vehicles and energy storage worldwide. With its products and processes, the Corporation intends to facilitate access to green energy, for the benefit of humanity.

The Corporation intends to operate the Whabouchi mine in Québec, Canada, one of the richest lithium spodumene deposits in the world, both in volume and grade, and the spodumene concentrate to be produced thereat will thereafter be processed at the Shawinigan plant using a unique membrane electrolysis process for which the Corporation holds several patents.

For more information, visit


Gabrielle Tellier
Media Relations
514 348-0466

Wanda Cutler
Investor Relations
416 303-6460


Probe Metals Makes New Discoveries North and South of the Pascalis Gold Trend at Val-d’Or East, Quebec


  • New, near surface discovery close to North and Highway deposit grading 9.8 g/t Au over 5.5 metres in a larger interval grading 3.5 g/t Au over 22.7 metres located 300 metres north of the North deposit and 300 metres east of the Highway deposit gold resources.
  • Second near surface discovery made close to New Beliveau deposit grading 1.1 g/t Au over 30.7 metres located 150 metres east of the southern end of the New Beliveau deposit.
  • Drilling is associated with new geophysical targets along the predicted gold systems. Both discoveries were made drilling induced polarization (IP) anomalies along the newly interpreted exploration model.
  • Infill drilling showing continuity. Infill drilling on the main dyke, 250m south of the Former Beliveau mine, returned 2.2 g/t Au over 33.7 metres.
  • Three drills active on Pascalis, Courvan and Monique trends. Fourth drill starting in February to test regional exploration targets.

Toronto, January 21, 2020 – Probe Metals Inc. (TSX-V: PRB) (OTCQB: PROBF) (“Probe” or the “Company”) is pleased to provide new results from the 2019 fall drill program on the 100%-owned Val-d’Or East Pascalis property (the “Property”) located near Val-d’Or, Quebec. Results from eleven (11) drill holes, totaling 3,606 metres, were received and showed significant new discoveries north and south of the Pascalis Gold Trend (see figure 1). The discoveries have opened up new areas for resource expansion within a short distance of the Company’s current resources and will be part of the on-going winter drilling program. Significant drill results are presented below.

David Palmer, President and CEO of Probe, states: “The two new discoveries that were made using the new geophysical surveys proximal to our current gold resources have confirmed two things for us: first that our model is getting stronger and more predictive; and second that we have a lot of exploration upside left in the Val-d’Or East project. With our recent flow through financing completed, we are now in a position to carry out an aggressive 2020 program that will capitalize on our growing exploration model and new geophysical techniques, and include a greater focus on regional exploration and new discoveries, such as those reported here.”

The 2019 fall drilling program at Pascalis was successful in identifying several high potential areas with near-surface mineralization around our last gold resource estimate released in September 2019. The geology and geometry of the new mineralized zones are similar to those observed along the Pascalis Gold Trend, consisting of shallow dipping tension vein networks closely associated with sub-vertical east-west deformation zones. North-northwest dykes were also intersected adjacent to the new discoveries. More drilling will be required to evaluate the true thickness and the extensions laterally and at depth of these near surface new discoveries. Following the recent success, the exploration and resource expansion drilling program this year will continue to test interpreted gold structures with coincident IP anomalies identified contiguous to the Pascalis Gold Trend resources.

Resource growth remains a priority for the Company, and recent infill drill results continue to show the potential for significant measured and indicated resource conversion and support the potential for a bulk tonnage, open-pit gold system. New results south of the Former Beliveau Mine Main dyke confirm our 3D geological model as well as demonstrate continuity of gold mineralization.

Selected drill results from the Pascalis Area drilling program

Hole Number From (m) To (m) Length (m) Gold (g/t) Zone/Host Rock
PC-559 213.3 236.0 22.7 3.5 New Discovery/Volcanics
including 219.4 224.9 5.5 9.8 New Discovery/Volcanics
PC-563 96.7 107.3 10.6 1.2 New Beliveau/Dyke
including 106.3 107.3 1.0 8.2 New Beliveau/Dyke
PC-564 14.0 44.7 30.7 1.1 New Discovery/Volcanics
including 15.0 16.0 1.0 6.8 New Discovery/Volcanics
PC-565 42.9 50.9 8.0 2.9 New Beliveau/Dyke
65.8 99.5 33.7 2.2 New Beliveau/Dyke
274.20 280.0 5.8 2.0 New Beliveau/Volcanics

(1) All the new analytical results reported in this release and in this table, are presented in core length and uncut. Additional drilling is planned for the immediate area which will enable true width determination.

Figure 1: Surface Map – Pascalis Gold Trend Area

The Val-d’Or East Project

In the recent years, Probe Metals has been consolidating its land position in the highly prospective Val-d’Or East area of Quebec. The Val-d’Or East project is a district-scale land package comprising 334 square kilometers and represents one of the largest land holdings in the Val-d’Or mining camp. The property is host to three past producing mines (Beliveau Mine, Bussiere Mine and Monique Mine) and falls along four regional mine trends, including 14 kilometres of strike length along the prolific Cadillac Break. Val-d’Or East is situated in a politically stable and low-cost mining environment that hosts numerous active producers and mills.

The Val-d’Or East project includes gold resources totaling 866,300 measured & indicated ounces and 2,293,500 inferred ounces.

Qualified Person

The scientific and technical content of this press release has been reviewed, prepared and approved by Mr. Marco Gagnon, P.Geo, Executive Vice President, who is a “Qualified Person” as defined by National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”).

Quality Control

During the last drilling program, assay samples were taken from the NQ core by sawing the drill core in half, with one-half sent to a certified commercial laboratory and the other half retained for future reference. A strict QA/QC program was applied to all samples, which includes insertion of mineralized standards and blank samples for each batch of 20 samples. The gold analyses were completed by fire-assayed with an atomic absorption finish on 50 grams of materials. Repeats were carried out by fire-assay followed by gravimetric testing on each sample containing 3.0 g/t gold or more. Total gold analyses (Metallic Sieve) were carried out on the samples which presented a great variation of their gold contents or the presence of visible gold.

About Probe Metals:

Probe Metals Inc. is a leading Canadian gold exploration company focused on the acquisition, exploration and development of highly prospective gold properties. The Company is committed to discovering and developing high-quality gold projects, including its key asset the Val-d’Or East Gold Project, Quebec. The Company is well-funded and controls a strategic land package of approximately   1,000-square-kilometres of exploration ground within some of the most prolific gold belts in Quebec. The Company was formed as a result of the sale of Probe Mines Limited to Goldcorp in March 2015. Newmont currently owns approximately 12.5% of the Company.

On behalf of Probe Metals Inc.,

Dr. David Palmer,

President & Chief Executive Officer

For further information:

Please visit our website at or contact:

Seema Sindwani

Director of Investor Relations



Side 2020 – 2020 International Education Summit – Montréal Welcomes Al Gore to the First International Education Summit Under the Patronage of UNESCO and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO

MONTRÉAL, Jan. 21, 2020 – The Jasmin Roy Sophie Desmarais Foundation is pleased to welcome several distinguished guests for the inaugural 2020 International Education Summit (SIDE 2020) that will be taking place from May 12 to 14 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. Speakers include environmentalist and 45th Vice President of the United States, Al Gore, internationally renowned psychologist and author of the bestseller Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman, and Michèle Audette, Assistant to the Vice Rector, Academic and Student Affairs, and Senior Advisor, Reconciliation and Indigenous Education at Université Laval. The event will tackle major issues and concerns affecting the world today and will offer practical solutions in education, aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in order to create a sustainable and caring world. Researchers and education professionals from Quebec, and around the world, will be in attendance to present today’s best practices.

The inaugural 2020 International Education Summit will focus on three themes, each overseen by a different scientific committee: Healthy social and emotional lifestyles in schools; Climate change, sustainability and entrepreneurship; Revitalizing Indigenous knowledge and education. The Summit caters to youths, communities of practice, higher education professionals and civil society.

“The goal of the International Education Summit is to encourage cross-cultural exchanges between youths, communities of practice and researchers,” said Jasmin Roy, President of the Jasmin Roy Sophie Desmarais Foundation. “The three proposed themes help guide these exchanges, and all of them are so important. It’s not only vital to develop social and emotional skills in schools, but we need to change our relationship with the environment and incorporate the ancestral knowledge of First Nations in order to support truth and reconciliation.”

Healthy Social and Emotional Lifestyles in Schools

Today’s modern societies show a troubling increase in mental health issues in youths. At the same time, more and more research has shown how essential it is to develop healthy social and emotional lifestyles in schools in order to prevent such issues for youths. This also provides tools and contributes to putting an end to violence and bullying in schools. Hence, there is a real need to implement educational measures that promote the development of social and emotional skills from early childhood to university.

François Courcy, Head of the Observatory on Healthy Social and Emotional Lifestyle Habits at the Université de Sherbrooke, will lead this committee. Its mission will be to propose practical solutions in order to offer training courses and workshops on the latest advancements in social and emotional learning. Discussions will focus on anxiety management for students and teachers, absenteeism, emotional regulation in school, and caring schools and academic success, to name only a few. Specialists from CASEL and the Gandhi Institute are some of the outstanding professionals attending events under this Summit’s theme.

Climate Change, sustainability and Entrepreneurship

The need to bolster the number of schools preparing youths for the challenges of climate change is evident, as wildfires are ravaging Australia and raising international awareness for environmental issues affecting the planet.

In September 2019, Montréal hosted a historic rally in support of immediate action in the fight against climate change, sending a clear message to governments for increased action, as hundreds of thousands of young people took to the streets. Similar climate demonstrations were held in over 2,000 cities across 120 countries, a testament to the concern of younger generations about the issue.

SIDE 2020 will use this theme to explore Indigenous perspectives on climate change, sustainability, the influence of media on understandings of climate change, and entrepreneurship. One notable speaker on this theme will be Al Gore, environmentalist and 45th Vice President of the United States.

Revitalizing Indigenous Knowledge and Education Indigenous

According to UNESCO’s estimates, there are 370 to 500 million Indigenous people around the world, comprising 5% of the Earth’s total population, scattered across 22% of the planet. Indigenous groups account for over half the world’s cultural diversity and speak 7,000 living languages. However, according to the United Nations, 90% of these languages will disappear within the next 100 years.

The theme will be supervised by a scientific committee chaired by Marco Bacon, the former Director of the Centre des Premières Nations Nikanite (CPNN) at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. In order to promote the traditional knowledge of Indigenous people and help protect cultural diversity, the committee’s primary objectives will be ensuring knowledge is passed down, revitalizing Indigenous languages, eradicating poverty through education, reducing inequality, designing sustainable cities and communities, and developing partnerships to achieve these objectives. Indigenous people from Australia, the United States, South America, Europe and Canada’s Far North will come together to demonstrate how Indigenous knowledge and education remain alive and well across the globe.

To learn more about SIDE 2020’s programming and to purchase tickets, visit

SIDE 2020
The International Education Summit, under the patronage of UNESCO, is an educational event of two days and one evening bringing together scientific, professional, entrepreneurial, student and civil society communities through continuing education with discussions on educational, relational and climate issues, and most importantly, sustainable solutions. The 2020 Summit will be divided into three themes: Healthy social and emotional lifestyles in schools; Climate change, sustainability and entrepreneurship; and Revitalizing Indigenous knowledge and education. Thanks to its many committed education partners, the International Education Summit is a not to be missed global event offering practical and innovative measures that will provide today’s youths with an ideal way to develop 21st-century skills, as recommended by the OECD and UNESCO.

About the Jasmin Roy Sophie Desmarais Foundation
Founded in 2010, the primary mission of the Jasmin Roy Sophie Desmarais Foundation is to fight bullying, violence and discrimination against elementary and secondary school children. Its goal is to promote caring environments for students by supporting and organizing various initiatives that provide more effective interventions with victims, aggressors and witnesses. The Foundation’s team is committed to finding long-term solutions to the problems of violence and bullying in all walks of life and engaging in prevention of mental health issues with affected youths. Jasmin Roy and the Foundation’s honorary patron, Sophie Desmarais, are now registered as representatives of civil society with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

For further information: Press contacts: Raphael Rochette,, +1 514 923 9092; Morgane Lopez,, +1 514 993 5571


Federal Act 92: The AFNQL will not compromise the well being of its children and families, despite the obstruction of the Legault government

MONTREAL, Jan. 20, 2020 – The Chiefs of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) met today in Montreal to consider all the means at their disposal to exercise their jurisdiction over their children and families.

First Nations assert their authority in all matters concerning the well-being of their populations, regardless of where they reside. The federal government recognized their jurisdiction with the adoption of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Children, Youth and Families Act last June. However, the Legault government is challenging the constitutionality of this federal legislation before the Court of Appeal.

“The Legault government wants to continue to impose programs and a regime on First Nations families and children that are causing them considerable and widely recognized harm, under the pretext of an infringement of its own authority. This is unacceptable and shameful. The Chiefs of the AFNQL will take all measures at their disposal to prevent that pretentions from a provincial government deprive First Nations families and children of adequate services adapted to their needs and cultures,” says AFNQL Chief Ghislain Picard.

Furthermore, the AFNQL Chiefs expect the federal government to vigorously defend its law for the respect and interests of First Nations children and families in Quebec.

About the AFNQL
The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador is the political organization which regroups 43 Chiefs of First Nations in Quebec and in Labrador. Follow the AFNQL on Twitter @APNQL.

For further information: Alain Garon,, Communications Consultant, Cell.: 418-254-4620


NationTalk Partners & Sponsors Learn More