Media advisory – Launch of the CED Fast Forward Challenge targeting innovative Quebec start-ups

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Montréal, Quebec, January 22, 2019 – The Honourable Marc Garneau, Member of Parliament for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Westmount and Minister of Transport, invites innovative Quebec start-ups to take part in the CED Fast Forward Challenge.

The announcement of this initiative will be made on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED).

Press conference date:
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

1:45 p.m.

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Government of Canada congratulates the Nation Anishnabe du Lac Simon on Amikobi primary school expansion and new centre for the Aboriginal Head Start on Reserve program

January 22, 2019 — Lac Simon, traditional Algonquin territory, QC — Indigenous Services Canada

The Government of Canada is committed to working together with First Nations communities to build and upgrade on-reserve education facilities and to support students so they can get the best possible start in life.

Today in Lac Simon, Dan Vandal, Member of Parliament for Saint Boniface-Saint Vital and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Services announced a $9.5-million investment for two education infrastructure projects.

$8.5 million was invested in an expansion of the Amikobi primary school. In total, more than 2,100 m2 was added to the school to accommodate 16 additional classrooms, a cafeteria and a new gymnasium. A reception area was also set up and the school’s front facade was renovated.

In addition, thanks to a $1 million investment and an ongoing commitment from the community, the children of Lac Simon have a new centre for the Aboriginal Head Start on Reserve (AHSOR) program. This program, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in October 2018, emphasizes the importance of Indigenous languages and culture, while helping to develop healthy lifestyles. The new 336-m2 centre can accommodate 80 children.


“I am pleased that students in the community of Lac Simon have access to renovated education facilities that are conducive to learning and success, and that they have a new gathering place where the focus is on the physical, emotional, social, cultural and spiritual well-being of preschool children.”

The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Indigenous Services

“The Government of Canada is proud to be working together with the Nation Anishnabe du Lac Simon to create modern, stimulating learning environments. Because of the investments announced today, children in the community can have a better learning experience that will help them thrive.”

Dan Vandal
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Services
Member of Parliament for Saint Boniface-Saint Vital

“Lac Simon is experiencing major demographic growth. In 2018-2019, nearly 80 new students are attending the primary school. This trend is going to continue for at least the next decade. Therefore, the infrastructure announced today is essential to improve the quality of life in the community. However, other projects will have to be carried out to meet the rapidly growing need.”

Adrienne Jérôme
Chief of the Conseil de la Nation Anishnabe du Lac Simon

Quick facts

  • The Nation Anishnabe du Lac Simon is located on the west shore of Lake Simon, 32 kilometres southeast of Val-d’Or, in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Quebec. It has 2,193 members, 1,731 of whom live in the community.
  • Expanding the Amikobi school means that nearly 370 primary students can be accommodated in an upgraded facility that offers new services.
  • The Aboriginal Head Start on Reserve (AHSOR) program was launched in 1998. It supports early intervention with Indigenous children aged six and under living on reserve, and it also supports their family-related needs.
  • The program has six components: education, health promotion, culture and language, nutrition, social support, and parental/family involvement. Projects funded under AHSOR are designed and implemented by First Nations communities to meet their specific needs.

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For more information, media may contact:

Rachel Rappaport
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan
Minister of Indigenous Services

Media Relations
Indigenous Services Canada


Media advisory: Dan Vandal, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Services, to announce education and water infrastructure projects in Barriere Lake

Barriere Lake, Algonquin Territory, Quebec — Please be advised that Dan Vandal, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Services, will announce funding for two community infrastructure projects in Barriere Lake.

Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Time: 11:30 a.m. (EST)

Where: Centre de santé
Réserve Indienne de Lac-Rapide,
Depot-Forbes, QC

For more information (media only):

Rachel Rappaport
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan
Minister of Indigenous Services

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Pipelines, blockades, & sovereignty – McGill Tribune

January 22, 2019

Much to journalists’ chagrin, progress doesn’t come in satisfying narrative arcs. It is unsteady, disjointed, unpredictable, and ongoing in a way that frustrates the limits of news coverage. The indigenous protests at Standing Rock captured the world’s attention for weeks in early 2016, but few reporters were on the scene when the constructed pipeline leaked 84 gallons of oil of oil on Apr. 4 and 6 the following year. This familiar narrative is playing out in Canada, and the eyes of the nation are on the indigenous Wet’suwet’en Nation, where the Unist’ot’en Camp is blocking a pipeline route. It is only the latest flashpoint in the ongoing struggle for indigenous land ownership, but media attention has brought this protest to the front of Canadian consciousness.

The subject of the protest is the new Coastal GasLink pipeline, a $6.2 billion initiative, that was intended to go through Unist’ot’en Camp and traditional Wet’suwet’en Territories in British Columbia (BC). The Camp, established in 2010, has other plans, though, and has since set up a checkpoint blocking the route. Coming off of the Federal Court of Appeal overturning Ottawa’s approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline, environmentalists and First Nations activists have been granted little respite as the push to build more pipelines continues.

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The hyperlocal channel for Montréal viewers – MAtv® unveils winter schedule

Jan 22, 2019

MONTRÉAL, Jan. 22, 2019 – Demonstrating the vitality of Montréal’s communities, a bevy of new shows conceived by and for citizens are being added to MAtv’s schedule for the Winter 2019 season. Starting Monday, January 28, MAtv’s program line-up will be even more finely attuned to the interests of Greater Montréal area residents.

Why MAtv? Because it is more hyperlocal than ever!
MAtv’s ongoing involvement in each of the localities where it is present keeps the lines of communication among citizens and local organizations open. MAtv’s engagement helps build sense of community and keep residents connected to what is happening in their neighbourhood. With more than 50% of its schedule derived from citizen projects, MAtv is an important local media outlet distinguished by its unique character and its close relationship to viewers.

What’s new in English

Concordia Film Festival (Tuesday 10 p.m.) showcases the work of students in Concordia’s film production and film animation programs as well as international films screened at the festival’s 46th edition. The program also features talks on the film industry and interviews with film profs. My Curious City (Tuesday 8 p.m.), a series created by participants in MAtv’s MY Volunteering Program, returns with new episodes and has been expanded to a full hour. It looks at topics related to Montréal living through a different lens.

Educate, equip, inform! 
CityLife and its French-language counterpart Mise À Jour will also be back this winter, informing viewers about goings-on in their city four days per week, Monday through Thursday. Richard Dagenais (CityLife – Tuesday and Thursday, 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.) and Sophie Vallerand (Mise À Jour – Monday and Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.) delve into current issues that affect the lives of Montrealers. They ask the right questions and put things in perspective, in an accessible way. Both shows follow the neighbourhood news that residents care about, but the networks sometimes neglect.

What’s new in French

LaFormavie Zen
Get rid of aches and stress in 2019 with a new meditation in motion series created and hosted by Jonathan Lavallée. The technique draws on Qigong, Chinese medicine, yoga and guided meditation to help achieve inner peace and harmony with the energies that surround us. The program is suitable for beginners and veteran relaxation practitioners alike.

  • Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Le Hockey junior majeur
This season, some 15 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League games will be broadcasted live, giving hockey fans their first look at the NHLers of the future. Host Mikaël Lalancette, play-by-play announcer Mario Aubé and colour commentator Alain Rajotte will cover all the excitement at hockey arenas in BlainvilleBoisbriand, Québec City, Sherbrooke, Chicoutimi, Gatineau and Victoriaville.

  • Friday 7 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. (rebroadcast Saturday 11 a.m.).

Présence autochtone
Host Marco Collin invites audiences to a unique encounter featuring the best of the 28th First Peoples’ Festival. Through interviews, performances, short films, music, dance, visual arts and food, the six one-hour episodes give viewers a chance to survey First Nations art and culture in the heart of Montréal. The festival organized by LAND INsIGHTS has been celebrating the cultures of the three Americas since 1990.

  • Sunday 7 p.m.

Created by Myriam Kessiby (host) and Donald Gagnon, this new series about municipal affairs is an accessible, informative and engaging show for Montrealers interested in local political issues and the workings of their municipal government. The program keeps viewers abreast of municipal politics through visits and interviews, and tests their knowledge of municipal affairs with a weekly question.

  • Monday 6 p.m.

Ma première Place des Arts
Olivier Robillard Laveaux will host Ma première Place des Arts again. The popular talent contest created by SACEF a quarter century ago kick-started the careers of stars such as Nicolas Ciccone, Corneille, IMA, the Boulay sisters, Philippe Brach and Klô Pelgag, and has become a rite of passage for young singers. The classic Montréal event will again feature a crop of talented contestants who are determined to shine. See the stars of tomorrow this spring!

  • Saturday 8 p.m. – Premieres on March 9.

Festival Vue sur la Relève : regard sur les artistes
Host Marilyse Hamelin welcomes Sarah Labelle, the artistic director and general coordinator of the Festival Vue sur la Relève, to the set and introduces viewers to the 2019 cohort of new artists. Some 20 talented newcomers working in music, dance, theatre and the visual arts will be featured.

  • Saturday 7:30 p.m. – Premieres on March 30.

A window on shows from across Québec

In addition to the wide variety of local content produced by members of their community, viewers will be able to see many shows from the other eight regions served by MAtv. Country music fans will be treated to all-country Saturday nights starting at 9 p.m. with back-to-back broadcasts of Aller-Retour Country, Chanson Via Country, En route vers l’Ouest and the new series Fans de Country, in which host Katty Bessette welcomes guest artists who have been influenced by country.

New episodes of Manger santé: guide simplifié will appeal to anyone who wants to cook balanced and varied meals. The improv tournament La Coupe Romanesque is returning with new teams. For art-lovers, La Scène presents up-and-coming musicians and Projection libre features independent films. Portrait sportif turns the spotlight on young athletes and their world.

  • Broadcast times for each region are available on

Back on MAtv

Active seniors will find Michèle Sirois back at the helm of Ère libre (Saturday 11 a.m. and Sunday 8 p.m.), the show about the joys and challenges of aging. Viewers who want to make exercise part of their daily routine will be pleased to know that LaFormavie Dynamique (Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.), Cardio55+ (Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m.) and Yoga doux (Saturday and Sunday, 7:30 a.m.) will be on the schedule again. Viewers who missed the series Iconique Château Frontenac will have another chance to learn about the historic building and its unique cachet.

MAtv: My community’s voice by Videotron
MAtv, an exclusive service for Videotron customers, serves the community by reflecting Montréal’s diversity. It gives all citizens access to a vehicle of free expression and dissemination that promotes public participation. MAtv carries useful, informative and educational programming that focuses on topics of local interest and supports the emergence of new talent. It reflects the concerns of the community of 1.6 million households it serves across Québec. MAtv is broadcast on channel 9 and in HD on channel 609. It is also available on illico TV on channel 900, online at,, iPad and Android tablets through the app, and illico mobile. MAtv is present on social media, including Facebook and Instagram.

MAtv is a registered trademark of Videotron Ltd.


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Government of Canada and Assembly of First Nations announce new policy and funding approach for First Nations K-12 education on reserve

Government of Canada and Assembly of First Nations announce new policy and funding approach for First Nations K-12 education on reserve

January, 21, 2019 – Unceded Algonquin Territory, Ottawa, ON, Indigenous Services Canada

New approach takes effect April 1, 2019, supports First Nations control of First Nations education, and ensures more predictable and sufficient funding. 

First Nations students on-reserve deserve a high quality education with financial investments that meet their unique needs, including supports for language and culture to ensure they get the best start in life.

Today, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Indigenous Services, and National Chief Perry Bellegarde of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), announced a new co-developed policy and improved funding approach that will better support the needs of First Nations students on-reserve.

As of April 1, 2019, the new funding approach will:

  • replace outdated proposal-based programs with improved access to predictable core funding;
  • ensure base funding is comparable to provincial systems across the country while working towards additional funding agreements based on need to better account for factors such as remoteness, school size, language, and socio-economic conditions;
  • provide First Nations schools with $1,500 per student, per year, to support language and culture programming;
  • provide new resources which will support full-time kindergarten in every First Nations school for children aged four and five; and
  • ensure special education funding is more predictable, with fewer application-based requirements.

Following extensive engagements in 2016 and 2017, this new co-developed funding approach to K-12 education responds to First Nations advocacy to better meet the needs of students, improve education outcomes and strengthen First Nations control of First Nations education.

Indigenous Services Canada is currently working with First Nations across the country to implement the new formula-based regional funding models, and will be publishing more detailed information on the Government of Canada’s website in the coming months.

Ultimately, this new approach is an important step toward the creation of new Treaty-based, regional and/or local education agreements that put First Nations in control of First Nations education, and will better meet the needs of students.


“Every First Nations child deserves the best start in life with a high quality and culturally relevant education that meets their needs. Today’s announcement of a new, co-developed policy and funding approach for on-reserve education replaces an outdated system and ensures predictability. This new approach will allow First Nations to be in the driver’s seat – ensuring that they are in control of First Nations education.”

The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Indigenous Services

“Today we are another step closer to the long-standing goal of First Nations control of First Nations education. This new approach means First Nations have the ability to implement their own models of education. It means a shift from proposal-based funding toward predictable and sustained funding so First Nations can plan and build quality education systems that reflect their needs and their vision of holistic, lifelong learning.  This is a significant step toward closing the gap in education outcomes for First Nations children and students.” 

National Chief Perry Bellegarde
Assembly of First Nations

“Lifelong learning and a greater quality of life starts with quality education. This new approach is an important step toward First Nations taking greater control of planning and delivering education based on real need. Fair and sustained funding for First Nations children and students, including languages and cultures, will lead to better outcomes for everyone. This is a strong step, but there is a lot more to do to create equity in First Nations education and communities. As the largest growing demographic in the country, investing in First Nations students and young people is investing in Canada’s future.”

Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald
Assembly of First Nations, Portfolio Lead on Education

Quick Facts

  • Budget 2016 included an additional $2.6 billion over five years for elementary and secondary education. Since then, total funding for education on-reserve has increased by more than 30%, and will continue to increase through 2020-2021.
  • The new formula-based core funding model for elementary and secondary education will be data-driven and responsive to student population growth and education cost pressures.
  • The new formula-based funding methodology will be more understandable for recipients and informed by ongoing technical discussions.
  • With the new approach, two proposal-based funding streams, representing $360 million, will be rolled into core funding, reducing the administrative burden.

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For more information, media may contact:

Rachel Rappaport
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan
Minister of Indigenous Services

Media Relations
Indigenous Services Canada

Jenna Young Castro
Senior Communications Advisor
Assembly of First Nations
613-241-6789 ext. 201
613-314-8157 mobile

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Makivik Announces Official Results of Executive Elections: Vice-President Economic Development, and Corporate Secretary

January 22, 2019 – Kuujjuaq, Nunavik – Following the elections held on Thursday January 17, 2019 for the positions of Vice-President of Economic Development, and Corporate Secretary Makivik is pleased to officially announce the election of two new Executives.

  • Maggie Emudluk won the Vice-President position with 1257 Votes, which worked out to 45.81% of the votes for the position.
  • Rita Novalinga won the Corporate Secretary position with 980 Votes, which was 35.82% of the votes.

Makivik President Charlie Watt congratulated the winning candidates and thanked the outgoing Makivik Executives for their years of service for Nunavik Beneficiaries.

“On behalf of the Makivik Board of Directors, my fellow Executives, and the Nunavik Governors I welcome our new Executives to Makivik Corporation – Maggie Emudluk, and Rita Novalinga. As well, I extend thanks to Andy Moorhouse and Adamie Padlayat for their years of service to Makivik and to Nunavik as Vice-President of Economic Development, and Corporate Secretary, respectively,” said Charlie Watt.

Maggie Emudluk has a long history in politics, in 1986 she was elected as a municipal councillor in her community of Kangirsualujjuaq, and in 1993 was elected mayor.  Maggie held this position until 2001, during this period Maggie also held various roles with the Kativik Regional Government ranging from a regional councillor, to serving as the vice chairperson. In 2006 she became the Chairperson for KRG and held this position until 2015, during this period Maggie worked on many projects that improved the lives of Nunavimmiut.

Rita Novalinga has held management roles at Kativik Ilisarniliriniq and the FCNQ, where most recently she held the position of Assistant Director General at Kativik Ilisarniliriniq. The experience she has gained in these roles will be an asset to the corporation while she serves as Corporate secretary.

Complete electoral results are available on the Makivik Corporation website at



William Tagoona
Communications Director and Political Advisor
Makivik Corporation
Tel. 819-964-2925


Minister of Health launches new approach for Canada’s Food Guide

Healthy eating is more than the foods you eat

January 22, 2019 – Montreal, QC – Health Canada

The Food Guide that many of us grew up with focused on food choices. But we now know that our eating habits are just as important to our health as the foods we choose. Busy Canadians want simple guidance that they can trust to help them make healthy food choices for themselves and their families.

In launching the new Canada’s Food Guide today, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, emphasized that healthy eating is about more than the foods Canadians eat.

The new Food Guide is an online suite of resources that better meets the needs of different users, including the general public, policy makers and health professionals. This includes mobile-friendly web content to encourage Canadians to eat healthy whenever and wherever they go.

Canada’s new dietary guidance includes concrete advice for Canadians on healthy food choices and healthy eating habits. This advice includes:

  • eating plenty of vegetables and fruits,
  • eating protein foods,
  • choosing whole grain foods, and
  • making water your drink of choice.

Healthy eating is more than the foods you eat. The Food Guide encourages Canadians to:

  • cook more often,
  • enjoy food,
  • be mindful of eating habits, and
  • eat meals with others.

Canada’s Food Guide is intended for all Canadians. Health Canada is working to ensure that the revised Food Guide is inclusive of Indigenous Peoples, reflecting social, cultural and historical context. Additionally, Health Canada and Indigenous Services Canada are committed to working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis to support the development of distinctions-based healthy eating tools, as part of the revision process.

The new Food Guide is an integral part of Canada’s Healthy Eating Strategy, which aims to make the healthier choice the easier choice for all Canadians.


“Healthy eating is more than the foods you eat. It’s about your whole relationship with food. The new Food Guide gets to the heart of this relationship and gives Canadians concrete advice that they can follow to make healthy eating part of their day.”

The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Minister of Health

“Healthy eating is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and helps prevent chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers. The new Canada’s Food Guide not only encourages healthy eating for all Canadians, but also teaches us that healthy eating is more than the foods we eat – it includes such important aspects as sharing meals with others, cooking more often and eating mindfully.”

Dr. Theresa Tam
Chief Public Health Officer of Canada

“Dietitians are passionate about the potential of food to enhance lives and improve health. We commend Health Canada on taking a broader approach to eating by providing evidence-based guidance on not only what to eat but how to eat. We are also pleased to see inclusion and consideration of traditional foods, cultural diversity and environmental sustainability. Health promotion is an essential pillar in food policy and the new Food Guide tools and resources will support the creation of healthier food environments for Canadians.”

Nathalie Savoie
CEO, Dietitians of Canada

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Media advisory: Parliamentary Secretary Gary Anandasangaree to Tour Prince George

Media advisory

PRINCE GEORGE, British Columbia – Mr. Gary Anandasangaree, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism (Multiculturalism), will take part in several activities in Prince George on Wednesday.

Please note that all details are subject to change. All times are local.

The details are as follows:

Events for Wednesday, January 23:

Event #1 – Tour of The Exploration Place


9:00 a.m.


The Exploration Place Museum and Science Centre
333 Becott Place
Prince George, British Columbia

Notes to media: Tour closed to media, however, the Parliamentary Secretary will be available for interviews afterward.

Event #2 – Arts and Culture Stakeholder Meeting


9:45 a.m.


The Exploration Place Museum and Science Centre
(Kordyban Learning Centre)
333 Becott Place
Prince George, British Columbia

Notes to media: Closed to media

Event #3 – Visit to Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park


10:45 a.m.


Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park
Prince George, British Columbia

Notes to media: Closed to media

Event #4 – Tour of First Nations Centre


11:15 a.m.


University of Northern British Columbia
3333 University Way
Prince George, British Columbia

Notes to media: Closed to media

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Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism

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Demonstration of solidarity with Unist’ot’en camp on campus – McGill Tribune

January 22, 2019

Around 70 students and members of the Montreal community gathered at the Y-intersection on Jan. 14, joining tens of thousands across the country to show solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en First Nation’s fight against pipeline expansion in British Columbia (BC). Members of the Wet’suwet’en Nation have set up checkpoints along the proposed route of the Coastal GasLink pipeline, which would run through the BC interior across the territory of 20 indigenous bands. One of the checkpoints, the Unist’ot’en camp, garnered significant media attention after the RCMP arrested 14 protestors at the site on Jan. 7.

Although elected chiefs from the 20 bands have approved the pipeline, members of some nations have contended that this does not constitute sufficient consent from all of the indigenous peoples that will be affected by the pipeline project.

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