Village Monde Launches the “2019 Exploring a World of Sustainable Destinations” Campaign ! Meeting Indigenous People

Mar 22, 2019

QUEBEC, March 22, 2019 – As part of the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages, Village Monde, with the support of Air Canada, Karavaniers, Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec (LOJIQ), l’Office franco-québécois pour la jeunesse (OFQJ), Quebec Aboriginal Tourism and Desjardins, is proud to announce the launch of their big “2019 Exploring a World of Sustainable Destinations: Meeting Indigenous People” campaign, which will give 10 young people between the ages of 18 and 35 from Quebec and France the opportunity to explore the very heart of the planet, and of humanity, to immerse themselves in an authentic experience. To that extent, applications from Indigenous communities are particularly encouraged!

Dedicating 2019 to the recognition of Indigenous cultures and languages

Each young explorer will have the mission to discover, explore, review and share tourism initiatives and experiences in remote communities that will lead to a sustainable future and positive impacts, particularly enhancing Indigenous cultures and languages around the world.

“I am very pleased to announce this new edition of our Exploring a World of Sustainable Destinations campaign. Village Monde’s mission is to promote tourism off the beaten path with positive impacts, a way of travelling that respects local environments, cultures and communities around the world. This is a big challenge! Each partner, ambassador, explorer, and traveller, through their collaboration with us, contributes to this objective and helps to change the world, one trip at a time.”

Charles Mony, President and Founder of Village Monde

Samian, a new dedicated and inspiring ambassador

For this new 2019 edition, Village Monde is delighted to welcome Samian as ambassador for the great campaign. The Canadian singer, rapper and photographer from the Pikogan community in Abitibi Témiscamingue is proud to be involved in “Exploring a World of Sustainable Destinations: Meeting Indigenous People” and says:

“Travelling in your country means going back to your roots.”

Samian

10 explorers, 10 grants and more than 160 initiatives in 10 countries!

Get a plane ticket and a grant for the experience of a lifetime! If you are a travel enthusiast, have the soul of an explorer and are sensitive to the challenges our planet is facing, now is the time to apply for a sustainable exploration grant, to get involved and explore the world! Get inspired with the 2019 teaser: https://youtu.be/mRbOWWPaW7M!

Each discovered and confirmed initiative will be connected to the https://VAOLO.COM collaborative platform powered by Village Monde, which allows sustainable accommodations to reach the large pool of travellers seeking to travel in a more responsible way.

Register on the following website before April 15, 2019, at 11:50 p.m. (Quebec time): https://villagemonde.com/explorationsolidaire/en/become-explorer/

The 10 laureates for 2019 will be announced in early May after a period of public voting and jury decision. The laureates chosen to receive exploration grants will leave to travel across continents after setting up their own travel itinerary with Village Monde. Explorers will go on their exploration for 3 to 4 weeks, between June and October 2019. During their exploration, they will face several challenges that will push their limits, share their discoveries, communicate on social networks and get out of their comfort zone to vie for the 2019 Explorer of the Year Award.

About Village Monde, an NGO recognized by 1% for the Planet
Village Monde is a Quebec social innovation organization that works internationally and was founded by Charles Mony, a successful entrepreneur. Village Monde promotes the development of a sustainable tourism network that is a source of life and producer of wealth that helps to limit rural depopulation and improve living conditions in remote and marginalized communities. Through its activities and its online platform https://VAOLO.COM, Village Monde connects communities located in remote areas with a large market of travellers, offers a quality label and supports the creation and enhancement of responsible and sustainable tourism initiatives. Village Monde offers the opportunity to go beyond traditional travel, offering adventures off the beaten path for the benefit of the communities and to the delight of the travellers. https://villagemonde.com/en/

About Air Canada
Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline, serving nearly 220 airports on six continents. Canada’s flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2018 served nearly 51 million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 63 airports in Canada, 56 in the United States and 100 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,317 airports in 193 countries. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a FourStar ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax, which also named Air Canada the 2018 Best Airline in North America. For more information, please visit aircanada.com/media, follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook.

About LOJIQ
Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec (LOJIQ) is the grouping of the Office franco québécois pour la jeunesse (OFQJ) and the Office Québec Monde pour la jeunesse (OQMJ), which annually support and assist nearly 5,000 Quebec youth engaged in a process of personal and professional development through an enriching and formative travel experience abroad, in Quebec and in the Canadian provinces. LOJIQ is also involved in welcoming nearly 3,000 young adults from abroad to Quebec. LOJIQ reports to the Ministry of International Relations and La Francophonie. For more information, visit lojiq.org.

About Karavaniers
In 1998, when Karavaniers came into existence, there were no companies in Quebec exclusively offering what is called “adventure travel », or travel where you hike or follow a water course, taking your time. Karavaniers has filled this gap since and organizes travel that is always designed for small groups, to maximize our enjoyment, but also to minimize the effect of our visit on local populations and the environment. Karavaniers works with Quebec guides and trusted local teams, with whom strong links have been forged over the years. Nearly 20 years later, our convictions remain the same. www.karavaniers.com

About Quebec Aboriginal Tourism
Quebec Aboriginal Tourism (QAT) is the sectoral tourism association recognized by the Ministry of Tourism as the official promoter of Aboriginal tourism and by the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador as the representative of a place of exchange and services in the development and promotion of Aboriginal tourism. Dedicated also to marketing Aboriginal tourism experiences and products, we represent more than 150 Aboriginal tourism businesses and band councils from all Aboriginal nations in the province. The association represents the 11 Aboriginal nations of Quebec and 55 communities, creates more than 4,000 jobs and shares its culture with more than one million visitors while generating economic spinoffs of over $169 million. www.quebecaboriginal.com

About Samian
Born in Pikogan, a small Indigenous community in Abitibi Témiscamingue, Samian conquered by proudly wearing its colors; those of a whole people, for which he claims respect and recognition. Discovered in 2004 thanks to the Wapikoni Mobile project, he has since released three albums, including one, Face àla musique (2011), awarded with a Felix at the ADISQ gala for hiphop album of the year. He has performed across Canada and in more than a dozen countries around the world. He also published a poetry collection of the lyrics of his three albums. In addition, several of his texts are found today in various school textbooks in Quebec. In February 2016, he was awarded with the prestigious Artist for Peace prize, recognized across Canada.

Samian is also a photographer and has been a spokesperson, in addition to having presented a few shots, at the 10th edition of World Press Photo Montreal (2015). The following year, he presented his first photographic exhibition, entitled Enfant de la Terre, at the Place des Arts. Since then, his work has been shown in several galleries, museums and theatres across Quebec. A book containing the entire exhibition was published in 2016.

Samian made his big screen debut with the film Roche Papier Ciseaux (2013), alongside Roy Dupuis. He then appeared in Scratch (2014) and ChasseGalerie: La légende (2016). Samian received his first leading role in François Girard’s film, Hochelaga: Terre des Âmes, representing Canada at the Oscars race (2018) in the category of best foreign language film.

SOURCE Village Monde

For further information: Media Relations: Jade Stefanini – Digital Marketing and Social Media Advisor, Email: jade.stefanini@villagemonde.com, Tel.: +1 418 317 6466 extension #101

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Nunavik Inuit Pass Significant Self-Determination Resolution

March 21, 2019 – Aupaluk, Nunavik – Inuit delegates attending the Makivik Corporation Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Tarsakallak school gym in Aupaluk passed a resolution supporting negotiations towards long sought-after Self-Determination for the Nunavik region in northern Quebec.

The 64 Inuit delegates representing all communities in Nunavik, the Makivik Board of Directors, and Landholding Corporations, were informed of the work done over the past year to prepare the Self-Determination negotiations.

Since its last AGM in Puvirnituq, Makivik has held two major “Nunavik All Organization Meetings” in May 2018, and February 2019 bringing together Inuit representing many sectors of society. The “2018 Nunavik Inuit Declaration” was passed at the May 2018 meeting providing Makivik Corporation with the mandate to establish an Indigenous Government based on Inuit values, heritage, identity, culture and language.

The participants at the February, 2019 Nunavik All-Organizations Meeting gave Makivik the mandate to establish a “Nunavik Constitutional Task Force”. The Task Force will develop a Nunavik Constitution in consultation with the Nunavik Inuit. Makivik has appointed Mary Simon as the Chief Negotiator of Nunavik Self-Determination and Inuit government.

Mary Simon is from Kuujjuaq, and is well known in Nunavik, across the Inuit homeland and the circumpolar world. She is a former President of Makivik Corporation, Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC), Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), and Canada’s first Ambassador to the Arctic. She was also Ambassador to Denmark. Simon contributed to the drafting of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and was instrumental in the creation of the Arctic Council in 1996.

Inuit self determination is recognized in the Canadian Constitution Act, 1982 as follows: “The inherent right to self-government is recognized as an existing Aboriginal right,” under section 35. In addition, self determination is recognized in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), which Canada adopted in 2016.

During this week’s AGM Mary Simon reported and discussed with delegates on the status of the project. Since October, 2018 the government of Canada began negotiations with Makivik on a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will guide the negotiations.

“I’m proud to be working with Mary Simon on this again. We have been engaged in this process for decades, and it has gained tremendous momentum in the last year,” said Makivik President Charlie Watt. “The legal framework that has evolved over the years, notably our Aboriginal rights in the Canadian Constitution, and more recently the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples are the foundation on which we are building our self-determination. We are working towards governing our own affairs based on Inuit values, heritage, identity, culture, and language.”

The delegates at the Makivik AGM: “Support the establishment of a process for Makivik to engage in negotiations regarding self-determination for the Nunavik Inuit;” and that “Makivik will keep Nunavik Inuit and Nunavik organizations informed and involved in the progress and status of the negotiations.”

All meetings since the 2018 Makivik AGM have been broadcast live on Taqramiut Nipingat Incorporated (TNI) Radio to the entire Nunavik region, and via the internet to Inuit living outside of Nunavik.

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Contact:

William Tagoona

Political Advisor to the President and
Communications Director
Makivik Corporation

Tel. 819-964-2925
wtagoona@makivik.org
www.makivik.org

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AFNQL: What the Federal Budget Forgot

WENDAKE, QC, March 21, 2019  – The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) is reacting to the release of the federal budget. This budget confirms amounts totalling nearly 4.1 billion of dollars over five years in sectors such as Indigenous languages, drinking water, child welfare services (Jordan’s Principle), land claims and post-secondary education. Although these amounts allow for improvement at certain levels, the absence of new investments in public security and housing deserves to be emphasized.

“Through repeated cabinet representations, we have repeatedly declared the emergency of the situation in public safety. We have made it clear that police services in our communities must be recognized as an essential service through a law to ensure that funding is guaranteed, equally to other policing services,” said Ghislain Picard, Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL).

In addition, adequate housing is an essential and undeniable determinant that helps to bridge gaps at all levels in our communities. Unfortunately, it is left out of the budget.

“The safety of our members deserves more than a program without financial guarantee. Housing is not a whim. Equity is a fundamental right. Structural needs are the forgotten of the federal budget and to reconcile the living conditions of Indigenous peoples, in the respect of our Aboriginal and treaty rights, much work remains to be done, concluded the Chief of the AFNQL Ghislain Picard.

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.

For further information: Alain Garon, agaron@apnql.com, Communications Advisor, Cell.: 418-254-4620

Related Links
http://apnql.com

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Budget 2019-2020 – Press release no. 6 of 6 – Under Construction: Numerous Projects Quebecers Have Been Waiting for Finally Get Off the Ground

QUÉBEC, March 21, 2019  – Québec’s economic growth hinges on the growth of all of its regions, especially by banking on their diversity and resources and the vitality of their communities. However, the concerns of the people living in the various regions have not been sufficiently heard in recent years. The new Québec government intends to give the green light to several anticipated projects all over Québec.

Ensuring high-speed Internet connection and a broadband cellular network in all regions
Access to modern infrastructure is crucial to leveraging the full potential of Québec’s regions. To that end, the government will invest $400 million over the next seven years to ensure that businesses and households in the rural areas and remote regions of Québec have access to high-speed Internet connection and a broadband cellular network. This new program will accelerate economic development in the regions, improve quality of life in the different communities and encourage families to move to and stay in the regions.

Increasing investment in the agriculture and agri-food sector
To provide additional financial leverage in order to increase investment in the agriculture and agri‑food sector, Budget 2019-2020 provides $250 million in funding over five years, which will make it possible to, among other things, enhance certain investment programs of La Financière agricole du Québec and the Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation.

Supporting Aboriginal communities
Québec’s Aboriginal communities face numerous economic and social challenges. The government pledged to do more to support them, and Budget 2019-2020 provides additional investments totalling more than $130 million, particularly for the purpose of enhancing the Aboriginal Initiatives Fund and reducing the cost of living in Nunavik.

Additional support for municipalities
The government is also announcing additional support for municipalities to help them play their full role in providing quality services to citizens living in all regions of Québec. Investments totalling nearly $243 million over five years will make it possible to, among other things, add community, cultural and recreational infrastructure and provide additional assistance for services provided by the Sûreté du Québec.

In addition, to meet the particular needs of certain regions, Budget 2019-2020 includes upward of $90 million in investments over the next five years to carry out structuring projects such as extension of the natural gas distribution network, implementation of transport logistics to supply liquefied natural gas to the Côte-Nord region, support for the QcRail project and construction of multi-user infrastructure in northern regions.

Furthermore, the new Québec government is moving forward with anticipated infrastructure projects in various regions, under the 2019-2029 Québec Infrastructure Plan (QIP).

For example, the government confirms that the project to establish a new road link between Québec and Lévis is progressing smoothly and will soon move to the planning stage. The amount of $325 million has been set aside under the 2019-2029 QIP for studies, plans and specifications. The project to build a by-pass track in Lac-Mégantic has also reached the planning stage.

The project to repair the slab of the Laviolette bridge has moved from the study to the planning stage. The project aims to improve the condition and maximize the life of the bridge while improving traffic flow and safety. This bridge links the Mauricie region with Centre-du-Québec.

In Lévis, the project to widen Autoroute 20 is being planned. The project consists in adding a third lane in both directions in order to improve traffic flow and safety in the approaches to the Pierre-Laporte and Québec bridges.

Many anticipated infrastructure projects are classed “Under study” for the first time. This is the case for the project to provide new hospital services in Outaouais, the project to build a new hospital in Chisasibi, expansion of the Dow complex at the École de technologie supérieure, the establishment of a metropolitan network of dedicated lanes on several highways, and the development of structuring public transit systems in Montréal East and Longueuil.

Quotation:

“We are listening to the concerns of Quebecers from all the regions and we are implementing measures and projects that they have been waiting to see. We have the necessary leeway to invest more in our infrastructure throughout Québec because our debt reduction objectives will be achieved sooner than expected.”

Eric Girard, Québec Minister of Finance

Related link:

Full details of Budget 2019‑2020:

http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/budget/2019-2020/index_en.asp

For further information: Fanny Beaudry-Campeau, Press Relations Officer, Office of the Minister of Finance, Phone: 418 576-2786

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Ice Wireless launches 3G service in first Nunavik community – Nunatsiaq News

March 22, 2019

“We think it will be worth the wait”

Nunavik’s long-awaited cellular service has finally arrived, at least in one community.

Ice Wireless launched its new 3G LTE mobile service on March 19 in Quaqtaq. It’s the first of Nunavik’s 14 communities to get on the new network.

Ice Wireless, which already operates in Iqaluit, plans to offer cellular service throughout Nunavik, with national and international roaming, through its parent company, Iristel.

Read More: https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/ice-wireless-launches-3g-service-in-first-nunavik-community/

Arianne Phosphate Reports Financial Results for Q4 and Ye 2018

SAGUENAY, QUEBEC – (March 20, 2019) – Arianne Phosphate (the “Company” or “Arianne”) (TSX VENTURE: DAN; OTC: DRRSF; FRANKFURT: JE9N), a development-stage phosphate mining company, advancing the Lac à Paul project in Quebec’s Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region, reported its financial results for both the three and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2019. All amounts are in Canadian dollars unless noted.

“The fourth quarter was a strong finish to what was a very good year,” said Brian Ostroff, Chief Executive Officer of Arianne Phosphate. “During the quarter, Arianne was able to conclude two offtake agreements that, not only demonstrate commercial interest in our product but, at premium prices that account for the high-quality nature of our concentrate.  As well, during the quarter, approval was received for a maritime facility on the north shore of the Saguenay River which, will allow for global shipping of our product.  These two major events, coupled with our other accomplishments throughout the year, are the milestones needed to advance our shovel-ready project through the financing stage and interest many of the strategic players that we are talking to.”

2018 Financial and Operational Highlights

● In March 2018, the Company announced that it has received an investment from the Government of Quebec by way of private placement of $1,407,000 into the common shares of Arianne. Under the terms of the offering, the Company issued 2,333,333 units at a price of $0.63 per unit. Each unit is comprised of one common share and one half of one common share purchase warrant. Each warrant entitles its holder to purchase one common share at a price of $0.85 per share until March 14, 2021.

● In March 2018, the Company announced, the start of research and development work to integrate aluminum in the design of the trailer that will transport the phosphate concentrate from the Lac à Paul mine to the deep-water port that will be located in Sainte-Rose-du-Nord. The work will be done by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and Alcoa Innovation. In order to carry out this major work, Arianne will be able to rely on confirmed financial support from the Centre québécois de recherche et de développement de l’aluminium (CQRDA) and the Société de la vallée de l’aluminium.

● In April 2018, the Company announced that it received a grant of $1.5 million from the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Quebec. This funding has been provided as part of the Government’s plan to help advance the Quebec phosphate (apatite) sector. Arianne will be using this funding in support of its previously announced program to produce additional high-purity phosphate concentrate to fulfil demand from potential customers and, to conduct further pilot-scale tests. The tests will be conducted at COREM (Research Consortium for the Treatment and Processing of Mineral Substances) in Quebec City, where the Company conducted its previous pilot-scale tests, and, materials will be sent to parties that have expressed a strong interest in pursuing some form of offtake and/or a strategic partnership with Arianne.

● In August 2018, the Company announced it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) for the supply of sulphuric acid. Aside from phosphate rock, a phosphoric acid plant would also require a supply of sulphuric acid that could be consistently delivered in timely fashion. It is on this basis that Arianne has entered into an MoU with a large marketer of sulphuric acid.  This agreement will allow the Company to work with a strong industry player that can provide the venture ongoing guidance on sulfuric acid pricing, logistics and industry supply/demand trends; all necessary aspects in determining the project’s viability.

● In August 2018, the Company announced that it has partnered with the Province of New Brunswick to further its review of constructing a phosphoric acid plant in Belledune, New Brunswick.  As part of this agreement, the Government, through Opportunities New Brunswick (“ONB”), will provide a financial contribution toward the cost of a prefeasibility study, the next step in Arianne’s assessment of its downstream opportunity.

● In September 2018, the Company announced the formal execution of its first offtake agreement.  Under the terms of the Agreement, the buyer has entered into a long-term contract to purchase Arianne’s high-purity phosphate concentrate which, will be shipped to the buyer’s processing plant for further processing into downstream phosphate products.  The offtake agreement also has a mechanism whereby it can be extended beyond the initial contract period and applies pricing that accounts for the high quality of Arianne’s concentrate.

● In October 2018, the Company announced that the Port of Saguenay received a favorable decision with regards to the construction of a maritime terminal facility on the north shore of the Saguenay River.  Granted by the Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, the Honorable Catherine McKenna, this decision now paves the way forward for the construction of a terminal that will allow for the shipping of Arianne’s phosphate concentrate to customers around the world. In light of this announcement, the Company determined that the technical feasibility and commercial viability of the Lac à Paul property had been established and, accordingly, the Company reclassified capitalized costs associated with the Lac à Paul property from exploration and evaluation assets and mining properties to mineral property under development within property, plant and equipment.

● In December 2018, the Company extended its secured credit facility with Mercury which will now have a maturity of June 30, 2020.  These credit facilities will continue to bear interest at an annual rate of 15%, with all interest capitalized through maturity.  The Company has also issued Mercury 22,417,458 non-transferable warrants with an exercise price of $0.425 per share. The warrants are exercisable through June 30, 2020.  As required under the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange, 17,338,739 non-transferable warrants originally issued to Mercury have been cancelled as a result of the new extension.

● Arianne has also closed on an unsecured loan in the aggregate amount of $1.5 million with third party lenders.  This loan will bear interest at a rate of 12% per annum and mature on December 19, 2019.  In conjunction with the loan, Arianne issued the lenders 2,117,646 non-transferable warrants at an exercise price of $0.425 per share, exercisable until December 19, 2019.

● In December 2018, Arianne announced its second formal offtake agreement for the purchase and marketing of its high-purity phosphate concentrate. Under the terms of the agreement, the buyer has a commitment to purchase a specific annual quantity of phosphate concentrate and, has been granted an option to purchase additional amounts under certain terms and conditions.

Financial Summary
Arianne is a development-stage company and, as such, did not generate revenue or positive cash flow in 2018. In the fourth quarter and full-year period ended December 31, 2018, the Company incurred respective net losses of $0.5M and $1.9M, compared to $1.0M and $3.4M in the comparable periods in 2017. The Company’s net loss and cash burn are consistent with other development stage mining companies.

The decrease in net loss over the last 2 years is explained by internal work made toward the project finance and secure off-take agreements. During the past year the Company recorded a deferred income tax recovery of $0.08M compared to a deferred income tax recovery of $0.66M in 2017.

Liquidity
On December 31, 2018, the Company had $2.07M cash on hand. These funds will be allocated towards general working capital and advancing development of the Lac à Paul project in 2019. Based on current spending estimates for future project development, Arianne anticipates it will need additional financing before the end of 2019.

Outlook
In 2019, Arianne will be focused on the ongoing advancement and development of its Lac à Paul project. Expected milestones include:

• Complete partnership and financing arrangements;
• Continue to enhance the value of the project through project optimization;
• Continue our ongoing dialogue with Stakeholders.

Arianne’s Management Discussion and Analysis and Financial Statements for the three- and twelve-month period ended December 31, 2018, are available on the Company’s website and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Qualified Person
Jean-Sébastien David, P.Geo., Qualified Person by NI 43-101, has approved this release. Mr. David is also the Company’s Chief Operating Officer.

About Arianne Phosphate
Arianne Phosphate (“Arianne Phosphate Inc.”) (www.arianne-inc.com) is developing the Lac à Paul phosphate deposits located approximately 200 km north of the Saguenay/Lac St. Jean area of Quebec, Canada. These deposits will produce a high quality igneous apatite concentrate grading 39% P2O5 with little or no contaminants (Feasibility Study released in 2013). The Company has 105,803,943 million shares outstanding.

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Contact Information:
Source: Jean-Sébastien David, C.O.O. Tel. : 418-549-7316 j.s.david@arianne-inc.com
Info:  Brian Ostroff, C.E.O. Tel. : 514-908-4202 brian.ostroff@arianne-inc.com

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New Cross-Canada Network Launches Today to Fight Racism and Xenophobia

EN: Syed Hussan, 416 453 3632, hussan@migrantworkersalliance.org
FR: Karen Cocq, 647-9708464, karen@migrantworkersalliance.org

Actions today on the International Day for the Elimination of Racism in Montreal (10am, 200 Rene Levesque) Halifax (4:30pm, Halifax Convention Centre), Toronto (5:30pm, City Hall) and Vancouver (6:30pm, 350 West Georgia). Actions in over a dozen cities this week updated here: http://migrantrights.ca/en/march21/

Canada – Actions are taking place in over a dozen cities this week from Halifax to Vancouver as part of the launch of the Migrant Rights Network, a new cross-Canada alliance to demand pro-migrant, anti-racist laws and policies, including permanent residence status for all. The Migrant Rights Network’s formation, in advance of the federal elections, has been given added urgency after the white supremacist attacks in New Zealand that left at least 50 Muslims dead.

“After decades of job loss, wage stagnation and service cuts, people across the country are increasingly worried about the future. Politicians are responding to this fear, not by raising wages or expanding public services, but by demonizing migrants and refugees,” says Syed Hussan from Migrant Workers Alliance for Change in Toronto. “This divisiveness has created a dangerous political environment, and must be stopped.”

Since the Quebec City Mosque shooting in 2017 that left 6 dead and served as a blueprint for the New Zealand shooter, police reported hate crimes have increased by 47% in Canada. At least 300 known white supremacist organizations are currently active across the country.

“CAQ won a majority after campaigning on an anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim platform. We will not allow federal political parties to repeat this disturbing and dangerous strategy,” says Niel La Dode from Immigrant Workers Centre in Montreal. “At the end of the day, we all want the same things: decent work, the ability to provide for our families, a life with dignity. The politicians and corporations who deny us these basic rights are the real problem, not migrants, not refugees, not undocumented people.”

Under current immigration policies, 700,000 people, over 70% of migrants who arrive in Canada each year, are shut out from basic services, such as healthcare and education, because of unfair temporary permits. This denial happens despite migrants and refugees paying for public services through municipal, sales and income taxes.

“The social safety net is being pulled away from us while corporations get massive tax cuts. Politicians want us fighting for scraps, and blaming immigrants for their economic mess. We can’t be distracted. We must demand the fundamental changes our communities need,” says Marco Luciano, of Migrante Canada from Edmonton.

The Migrant Rights Network is demanding permanent residence status for everyone, decent work and labour protections, universal access to social services, real gender and racial justice, and respect for indigenous self-determination. In addition, practices of displacement and persecution that force people to migrate including climate change, wars, corporate impunity and economic exploitation, need to be eradicated.

“Indigenous and racialized people suffer at every turn because of the systemic racism reflected in Canadian laws and policies. We do not want piecemeal reforms. It is time for fundamental changes,” says Stacey Gomez from Halifax. “No matter what issue you are concerned about, uniting against racism right now is our most urgent task.”

Women of colour continue to earn far less than white men. Black and Indigenous communities are unfairly targeted by police and imprisonment.

“Decisions made in Canada have directly led to the escalation of the climate crisis, political instability and the global displacement of peoples. We all have a moral responsibility to stop the Canadian government and corporations to continue profiting from unsafe mining, arms exports, and fossil fuel extraction,” says Chris Sorio from Migrante BC in Vancouver. “

Led by grassroots migrant and refugee groups, civil society organizations and labour unions, Migrant Rights Network will counter fake news about Canada’s immigration system and coordinate a national dialogue to create a Platform for Racial and Migrant Justice ahead of the federal election. All social, environmental and labour groups in Canada are invited to participate in this process.

Following the March 21 #UniteAgainstRacism mobilization, actions are also called for May 1, 2019 (International Workers Day); June 16, 2019 (Father’s Day & International Domestic Workers Day); and September 2, 2019 (Labour Day).

Upcoming #UniteAgainstRacism actions. Week of Action March 17 – 24.
More actions are being announced everyday, visit http://migrantrights.ca/en/march21/ for the latest listing.

March 21, 2019

HALIFAX – 4:30pm, Halifax Convention Centre
Stacey Gomez, 902-999-4458

MONTREAL – 10am, 200 Rene Levesque
Niel La Dode, 438-505-4820; Viviana Carol Velazquez, 514-342-2111

TORONTO – 5:30pm, Nathan Phillips Square
Syed Hussan, 416-453-3632

VANCOUVER – 6:30pm, Alma VanDusen Room, 350 West Georgia Street
Chris Perry Sorio, 416-828-0441

March 23, 2019

LETHBRIDGE – 12pm, City Hall

EDMONTON – 6pm, 11834 Kingsway Avenue – Note this event is a fundraiser
Marco Luciano, 780-966-5908

March 24, 2019

MONTREAL – 2pm, Saint-Laurent Station
Safa Chebbi, 438-497-4243

OTTAWA – 2pm, 166 Frank Street
Aimee Beboso, 613-255-1921

Migrant and racial justice organizations are coming together as the Migrant Rights Network to intervene in an increasingly divisive and alarmingly dangerous political environment.

THE MIGRANT RIGHTS NETWORK DEMANDS

STATUS FOR ALL, STATUS NOW: Permanent resident status and family unity for all migrants and refugees here, and landed status on arrival for those that arrive in the future. Replace Caregiver “pilot project” with a Federal Care Workers Program that provides landed status upon entry for Care Workers and their families. No detentions, no deportations!

DECENT WORK: $15 minimum wage, full labour rights and no employer specific or time limited work permits.

UNIVERSAL SERVICES: Full access to quality public services including healthcare, education, income security, childcare settlement services, pensions, and more for all residents.

JUST SOCIETY: Indigenous self-determination, gender justice, and an end to racism, particularly anti-Black racism and Islamophobia.

NO DISPLACEMENT: An end to practices of displacement and persecution that force people to migrate including climate change, wars, corporate impunity and economic exploitation.

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In my blood’: Cree youth chases hockey dream – CBC

Israel Mianscum invited to upcoming Quebec Major Junior Hockey League draft

Mar 21, 2019

A young hockey player from Mistissini, Que., is getting a chance to chase a dream that began at the age of two, and to carry the considerable hockey hopes of the Quebec Cree Nation with him.

Israel Mianscum has been invited to this year’s entry draft for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League coming up in June in Quebec City, with many speculating he’ll go in the first round.

Not bad for a player who turns 16 next month.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/hockey-mianscum-cree-quebec-1.5065017

QIA optimistic about 2019 Federal Budget

Ottawa, Ontario – March 20, 2019 – The Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) is optimistic about the Federal Government’s allocation of funds in budget 2019 for infrastructure and key programs and initiatives in Nunavut’s Qikiqtani Region.

“It is encouraging that funding has been allocated for projects in Nunavut linked to northern infrastructure, harvesting, and the conservation economy that will assist us in finalizing an Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement for Tallurutiup Imanga,” says QIA President P.J. Akeeagok.

“For Inuit, investments of this nature support the development of an Inuit led conservation economy as well as marine stewardship efforts. QIA looks forward to confirming the terms of these commitments in formal agreements between Inuit and the Government of Canada.”

In the next few months, QIA will work with the Government of Canada to finalize the negotiations on the Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement and Interim Management Plan for Tallurutiup Imanga which will include jobs for Inuit as environmental stewards and harvesters, as well as building marine infrastructure critical for coastal communities, currently lacking in Nunavut’s High Arctic.

QIA also applauds inclusions in the 2019 Federal Budget for Inuit post-secondary education and the creation of a mental health facility in Nunavut.

Since July 2017, QIA has been working with the Government of Canada on the establishment of Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area. Once established, at almost 110,000 square kilometers, Tallurutiup Imanga will become Canada’s largest conservation area.

Inuit Stewardship and Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area

Food Sovereignty and Harvesting

For more information, please contact:

Sima Sahar Zerehi, Director of Communications, Qikiqtani Inuit Association
szerehi@qia.ca
867.975.8413
1.800.667.2742

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Cree conference offers training for front-line workers to help 2-spirited youth – CBC

Eeyou-Eenou Invitational 2-Spirit Conference begins Thursday in Montreal

Mar 20, 2019

A Cree two-spirited advocate from northern Quebec wants front-line workers in First Nation communities to better understand the Indigenous LGBTQ2 youth living there.

Mathias (Maloose) Jolly is an author and one of the organizers of the Eeyou-Eenou Invitational 2-Spirit Conference running March 21-23 in Montreal.

This year, the conference is expanding to offer training for social workers, mental-health workers, student counsellors and court workers in First Nations communities — something that Jolly says is a real need.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/2-spirit-cree-indigenous-conference-homophobia-1.5063300

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