Nunavik faces big backlog for infrastructure repairs – Nunatsiaq News

20 September, 2019

“We always receive very good service from the Ministry of Public Works, but there is insufficient funding”

KUUJJUAQ—Jeannie Nungak, Nunavik’s regional councillor for Kangirsuk, received some good news last week when she heard that funding had been secured to knock down the community’s arena, which has been an eyesore since it was badly damaged by fire in April.

She also received some bad news: funding for a new arena probably won’t be flowing any time soon.

Paul Parsons, the Kativik Regional Government’s director of public works, told regional councillors on Sept. 11 that a plan to build a new arena for the community was deemed “eventual.”

“For a new arena, that’s still going to be something we’ll work with the Northern Village on,” Parsons said. “That’ll be quite expensive to replace this.”

Read More: https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/nunavik-faces-big-backlog-for-infrastructure-repairs/

3 Concordia researchers collaborate to engage Indigenous knowledges in the study of physics – Concordia University News

A New Frontiers in Research Fund grant will support interdisciplinary approaches to decolonizing science

September 20, 2019

Interdisciplinary research is becoming increasingly relevant in our complex world. Yet, as many modern scholars are aware, it also can be a challenge.

For two science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) researchers and an Indigenous scholar at Concordia, the study of light provided the nucleus of an unconventional opportunity.

Since winning the university’s first New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) award in May, Tanja Tajmel, Louellyn White and Ingo Salzmann have begun collaborating to reimagine approaches to physics education and research by involving Indigenous knowledges.

Read More: https://www.concordia.ca/news/stories/2019/09/20/3-concordia-researchers-collaborate-to-engage-indigenous-knowledges-in-the-study-of-physics.html

Staffing shortage continues with Kativik Regional Police Force – Nunatsiaq News

19 September, 2019

Training tool being developed to familiarize new recruits with Inuit culture

The Kativik Regional Police Force continues to face a major staffing shortage, with more than 20 officers having resigned over the past few months, says police chief Jean-Pierre LaRose.

With applications for jobs also dropping off, LaRose told Kativik Regional Government councillors on Sept. 11 that they have been unable to fill the numerous vacant positions.

“It was becoming really critical for KRPF, so we had no choice but to have officers from Sûreté du Québec,” he says.

The force is considered fully staffed when it has 65 officers.

Read More: https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/staffing-shortage-continues-with-kativik-regional-police-force/

Investments totalling almost $2 million to improve access to justice for Inuit communities

Québec City, September 19th, 2019 – The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Québec, Sonia LeBel, has announced almost $2 million in funding over a two-year period to improve access to justice for the Inuit population.

The announcement, which results from the Minister’s visit to Nunavik last April, aims more specifically to provide support for community members involved in the court process. The investments planned are as follows:

  • $675,000 to be paid in 2019-2020 to correct the shortage of parajudicial advisors and upgrade services, in particular through closer cooperation with local organizations;
  • $900,000 over two years to support community justice committees, which bring together community members to help resolve a range of disputes in ways that are consistent with Inuit values and traditions;
  • $250,000 over two years to develop a strategy for joint action by the various partners of Inuit communities, through the establishment of an interface between Nunavik organizations, government departments and bodies, and socio-judicial stakeholders working in the region.

The Ministère de la Justice, in collaboration with other partners in the court system, is continuing its analysis of the services currently available in the region. The Working Group on Justice in Nunavik, made up of representatives from Kativik Regional Government and Makivik Corporation, the Québec government departments of justice and public security, the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions and the Commission des services juridiques, will be reactivated to discuss the conclusions of the analysis and the options that can be considered to adapt the services to the needs of the community.

Quotes:

“The enriching discussions I had with the Inuit community and other socio-judicial partners during my trip to Nunavik have made me more aware of the issues and challenges they face on a daily basis. The measures announced today will help break the isolation affecting the Inuit community, by making travel arrangements for judicial resources within the area and providing for the mobility of people under the jurisdiction of the courts.”

Sonia LeBel, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Québec

“I am pleased that our government is taking action to introduce concrete, sustainable ways to improve access to justice in Nunavik, alongside existing services. This is promising news for the population in our region, and I welcome the announcement.”

Pierre Dufour, Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks and Minister Responsible for the Abitibi-Témiscamingue Region and the Nord-du-Québec Region

“The Québec government is pleased to be able to support the initiatives taken by local organizations in the field of justice. We share the same objectives, and by working together we can ensure that the justice system is made more efficient and accessible for members of the Inuit community.”

Denis Lamothe, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister Responsible for Indigenous Affairs and Member for Ungava

Links:

For more information about the Ministère de la Justice, visit www.justice.gouv.qc.ca.

For more information about the Nunavik community justice centre and the services available in Nunavik, consult the following websites:

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Nicky Cayer
Press Officer
Office of the Minister of Justice and
Attorney General of Québec
418 643-4210

Carl Charest
Interim communication director
Office of the Minister of Forests,
Wildlife and Parks and Minister
responsible for the region of Abitibi
Témiscamingue and the region of
Nord-du-Québec
481-454-4817

Information

Aude Brassard-Hallé
Media relations
Ministère de la Justice du Québec
418 644-3947, extension 20932

Normand Houde
Political Attaché
Office of the Ungava MP
418-748-6046

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Media Advisory – Tuesday, Sept. 24: Climate Change Mobilization and White Pine Planting at Dawson College

MONTREALSept. 19, 2019 – The white pine is a symbol of peace, and planting a tree is one of the best things we can do to counteract climate change.

On Tuesday, Sept. 24Dawson College will plant a 17-foot eastern white pine and share plans for our Dawson Earth Action Morning and Mobilization in support of the Global Climate Strike in Montreal on Friday, Sept. 27.

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 24

Location: Dawson College
3040 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal H3Z 1A4
Outside near the Peace Garden (northwest corner of the grounds closer to the Sherbrooke and Wood intersection).

Time: 10:45 a.m.: Media event

  • Director General Richard Filion and the unions representing students, teachers, support staff and professionals of Dawson College will share our solidarity on the climate change issue and our concern for the environment. We will share plans for our Dawson Earth Action Morning beginning at 9 a.m. Sept. 27 before joining the Montreal march at noon in support of the Global Climate Strike.
  • Other special guests will include Sterling Downey, Montreal City Councillor and Acting Mayor, representing the Mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante
  • Tiawenti:non Canadian of Dawson’s First Peoples’ Centre will speak
  • There will be an opportunity to write something “to let go of” on seeded paper and plant it with the new white pine tree
  • Interviews available

**Prior to media event, open to media who wish to attend:

9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.: Tobacco Burning

  • Kanien’kehá:ka Storyteller and Sub-Chief Aronhiaies Herne, invited by the First Peoples’ Centre, will lead Tobacco Burning (please no photos or videos) and inaugurate the white pine

10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.: Outdoor class lecture by Aronhiaies Herne about the Significance of the White Pine

  • The Journeys* class will be outside for this special event. *Journeys is a college transition program for Indigenous students.

For further information: and to arrange a complimentary parking spot, please contact: Christina Parsons, Communications, Dawson College, Cell: 514-949-9183, Email: cparsons@dawsoncollege.qc.ca

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Orbit Garant Drilling Reports Fiscal 2019 Fourth Quarter and Year-End Financial Results

Val-d’Or, Quebec, September 18, 2019 – Orbit Garant Drilling Inc. (TSX: OGD) (“Orbit Garant” or the “Company”) today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June 30, 2019. All dollar amounts are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise stated. Percentage calculations are based on numbers in the financial statements and may not correspond to rounded figures presented in this news release.

Financial Highlights

($ amounts in millions,

except per share amounts)

Three months ended
June 30, 2019
Three months ended
June 30, 2018
12 months ended June 30, 2019 12 months ended June 30, 2018
Revenue $44.4 $44.5 $152.8 $173.1
Gross Profit $4.7 $7.5 $16.3 $21.5
Gross Margin (%) 10.6 16.8 10.7 12.4
Adjusted Gross Margin (%)1 15.8 21.2 16.4 17.0
EBITDA2 $2.6 $5.5 $8.3 $14.7
Net earnings (loss) $(0.8) $3.3 $(3.5) $4.5
Net earnings (loss) per share
       – Basic and diluted $(0.02) $0.09 $(0.09) $0.12
Total metres drilled 438,582 383,152 1,427,587 1,537,212

1Adjusted Gross Margin is a non-IFRS financial measure and is defined as Gross Profit excluding depreciation expenses. See “Reconciliation of Non-IFRS financial measures”.

EBITDA is a non-IFRS financial measure and is defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization. See “Reconciliation of Non-IFRS financial measures”.

“We are pleased by our revenue performance in the fourth quarter, as we were just slightly below our record quarterly revenue in the corresponding period a year ago. We are seeing increasing demand for drilling services in Canada. While our International drilling revenue declined in the quarter due to the conclusion of a large multi-year contract in Chile at the beginning of the period, we are encouraged by our new projects in Chile, Argentina, Burkina Faso and Ghana, which nearly offset this impact. In addition, our expansion in Burkina Faso through the acquisition of the drilling business of PPI during the second quarter of Fiscal 2019 has strengthened our platform for growth in West Africa, and we are seeing good opportunities in that market,” said Eric Alexandre, President and CEO of Orbit Garant. “Our decline in gross margins for the quarter reflects lower productivity levels on certain contracts in Canada, the rapid ramp up on new and existing projects in Canada, and the conclusion of the large contract in Chile.”

“Looking ahead, we are encouraged by the pick-up in customer demand, particularly in Canada, which is supported by the recent rally in the price of gold. With approximately 70% of our revenue generated from gold related projects, and a strong presence in Canada and other leading gold producing jurisdictions, we are well positioned to benefit from demand growth.”

 Fourth Quarter Results

Revenue for the three-month period ended June 30, 2019 (“Q4 FY2019”) declined slightly to $44.4 million from $44.5  million in the three-month period ended June 30, 2018 (“Q4 FY2018”). Drilling Canada revenue of $31.6 million was 3.9% higher than the corresponding Q4 FY2018 level, reflecting increased specialized drilling activity, which is typically charged at a higher rate. International revenue decreased 9.2% to $12.8 million, compared to $14.1 million in the year-earlier period. The decrease was primarily attributable to lower revenue in Chile due to the completion of a multi-year drilling contract at the beginning of Q4 FY2019, partially offset by new drilling projects in Chile, Argentina, Burkina Faso and Ghana.

Orbit Garant drilled a total of 438,582 metres in Q4 FY2019, a 14.5% increase from the 383,152metres drilled in Q4  FY2018. The Company’s average revenue per metre drilled in Q4 FY2019 decreased to $101.01, compared to $115.69 in Q4 FY2018. This decrease in average revenue per metre drilled was attributable to a lower proportion of higher-priced specialized drilling activity in the International drilling segment.

Gross profit for Q4 FY2019 decreased to $4.7 million, or 10.6% of revenue, compared to $7.5 million, or 16.8% of revenue, in Q4 FY2018. Depreciation expenses totalling $2.3 million are included in the cost of contract revenue for Q4 FY2019, compared to $2.0 million in Q4 FY2018.  Adjusted gross margin, excluding depreciation expenses, was 15.8% in Q4 FY2019, compared to adjusted gross margin of 21.2% in Q4 FY2018. The reductions in gross profit, gross margins, and adjusted gross margins were primarily attributable to lower productivity levels on certain contracts in Canada, as well as lower productivity levels resulting from the rapid ramp up of new and existing drilling projects in Canada and the conclusion of the large contract in Chile.

General and administrative (“G&A”) expenses were $4.4 million, or 9.8% of revenue, in Q4 FY2019, compared to $3.8  million, or 8.6% of revenue, in Q4 FY2018. G&A expenses in Q4 FY2019 included $0.2 million of acquisition and integration costs related to the Company’s acquisition of the drilling business of Projet Production International  BF  S.A.  (“PPI”) based in Burkina Faso in the second quarter of Fiscal 2019 (“Q2 FY2019”).

Earnings (loss) before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) totalled $2.6 million in Q4 FY2019, compared to $5.5 million in Q4 FY2018, reflecting the lower productivity in Canada and lower proportion of specialized drilling in International, as noted above. The Company incurred a net loss for Q4 FY2019 of $0.8 million, or $0.02 per share, compared to net earnings of $3.3 million, or $0.09 per share, in Q4 FY2018.

Fiscal 2019 Results

Revenue in Fiscal 2019 totalled $152.8 million, a decrease of 11.7%, from the record $173.1 million in revenue in Fiscal 2018. Drilling Canada revenue was $109.5 million in Fiscal 2019, a decrease of 9.4%, compared to $120.9  million in Fiscal 2018. The decrease was primarily attributable to a decline in metres drilled. International revenue  totalled $43.3 million in Fiscal 2019, compared to $52.2 million in Fiscal 2018, a decrease of 17.0%. International includes $26.1 million in revenues from Chile, compared to $41.6 million in Fiscal 2018. The decrease in International revenue was primarily attributable to the conclusion of a large drilling contract in Chile during the third quarter of Fiscal 2018, and the conclusion of an additional multi-year drilling contract in Chile at the beginning of the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2019. The decline was partially offset by an increase in drilling activity in Burkina Faso, attributable to the acquisition of the drilling business of PPI in Q2 FY2019 and new projects in Argentina and Ghana.

Orbit Garant drilled 1,427,587 metres in Fiscal 2019, a 7.1% decrease from the record 1,537,212 metres drilled in Fiscal 2018. The Company’s average revenue per metre drilled in Fiscal 2019 was $106.74, a decrease of 4.9% from $112.29 in Fiscal 2018. The decrease was primarily attributable to a lower proportion of specialized International drilling activity, which is priced at a higher rate than conventional drilling.

Gross profit for Fiscal 2019 was $16.3 million, compared to $21.5 million in Fiscal 2018. Gross margin was 10.7% compared to 12.4% in Fiscal 2018. Depreciation expenses totalling $8.8 million were included in cost of contract revenue for Fiscal 2019, compared to $7.9 million in Fiscal 2018. Adjusted gross margin, excluding depreciation expenses, was 16.4% in Fiscal 2019, compared to 17.0% in Fiscal 2018.The decreases in gross profit, gross margin and adjusted gross margin were primarily attributable to lower overall drilling volume in Canada, partially offset by improved gross profit and margins in International operations, as the Company concluded a large non-profitable drilling contract in Chile during Q3 FY2018, and benefitted from increased drilling activities in Burkina Faso.

G&A expenses were $17.3 million, or 11.3% of revenue, in Fiscal 2019, compared to $15.8 million, or 9.1% of revenue, in Fiscal 2018. The increase was primarily attributable to $1.1 million of acquisition and integration costs related to the acquisition of the drilling business of PPI in Q2 FY2019.

EBITDA totalled $8.3 million, or 5.4% of revenue, in Fiscal 2019, compared to $14.7 million, or 8.5% of revenue, in Fiscal 2018. The decline in EBITDA was primarily attributable to lower drilling volumes in Canada and to $1.1 million of acquisition and integration costs related to the acquisition of the drilling business of PPI in Q2 FY2019.

The Company’s net loss for Fiscal 2019 was $3.5 million, or $0.09 per share, compared to net earnings of $4.5 million, or $0.12 per share, in Fiscal 2018. Lower gross profit and margins, as discussed above, contributed to the Company’s net loss for Fiscal 2019. The Company’s net loss for Fiscal 2019 also included $1.1 million of acquisition and integration costs, before income taxes, related to the acquisition of the drilling business of PPI in Q2 FY2019 (or $0.8  million of acquisition and integration costs, net of income taxes)

During Fiscal 2019, Orbit Garant generated $10.3 million from financing activities, compared to $3.2 million in Fiscal  2018. The Company withdrew a net amount of $7.2 million during Fiscal 2019 on its secured, three-year revolving credit facility (the “Credit Facility”) with National Bank of Canada Inc. (the “Lender”), compared to a withdrawal of $4.5 million in Fiscal 2018. The Company’s long-term debt under the Credit Facility, including the current portion, was $25.3 million as at June 30, 2019, compared to $18.1 million as at June 30, 2018. The Company’s debt was incurred to support working capital requirements, the financing of the acquisition of certain assets of PPI in Q2  FY2019 and the acquisition of capital assets, property, plant and equipment.

As at June 30, 2019, the Company’s working capital was $55.1 million ($53.3 million as at June 30, 2018) and 37,021,756 common shares were issued and outstanding.

Orbit Garant’s audited consolidated financial statements and management’s discussion and analysis for the fourth quarter and year ended June 30, 2019 are available via the Company’s website at www.orbitgarant.com or SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

 Conference call

Eric Alexandre, President and CEO, and Alain Laplante, Vice President and CFO, will host a conference call for analysts and investors on on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. (ET). The dial-in numbers for the conference call are 416-764-8609 or 1-888-390-0605. A live webcast of the call will be available on Orbit Garant’s website at: http://www.orbitgarant.com/en/sites/fog/investors.aspx.

To access a replay of the conference call, dial 416-764-8677 or 1-888-390-0541, passcode: 480077 #. The replay will be available until September 26, 2019. The webcast will be archived following conclusion of the call.

RECONCILIATION OF NON – IFRS FINANCIAL MEASURES

Financial data has been prepared in conformity with IFRS. However, certain measures used in this discussion and analysis do not have any standardized meaning under IFRS and could be calculated differently by other companies. The Company believes that certain non-IFRS financial measures, when presented in conjunction with comparable IFRS financial measures, are useful to investors and other readers because the information is an appropriate measure to evaluate the Company’s operating performance. Internally, the Company uses this non-IFRS financial information as an indicator of business performance. These measures are provided for information purposes, in addition to, and not as a substitute for, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with IFRS.

EBITDA:  Net earnings (loss) before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.

Adjusted gross profit and margin:    Contract revenue less operating costs. Operating expenses comprise material and service expenses, personnel expenses, and other operating expenses, excluding depreciation.

EBITDA

Management believes that EBITDA is an important measure when analyzing its operating profitability, as it removes the impact of financing costs, certain non-cash items and income taxes. As a result, Management considers it a useful and comparable benchmark for evaluating the Company’s performance, as companies rarely have the same capital and financing structure.

Reconciliation of EBITDA

(unaudited)

(in millions of dollars)

3 months ended

June 30, 2019

3 months ended

June 30, 2018

12 months ended

June 30, 2019

12 months ended

June 30, 2018

12 months ended June 30, 2017
Net earnings (loss) for the period (0.8) 3.3 (3.5) 4.5 (5.9)
Add:
Finance costs 0.6 0.4 2.1 1.7 1.0
Income tax expense (recovery) 0.2 (0.2) (0.3) (0.3) (2.0)
Depreciation and amortization 2.6 2.0 10.0 8.8 9.6
EBITDA 2.6 5.5 8.3 14.7 2.7

 Adjusted Gross Profit and Margin

 Although adjusted gross profit and margin are not recognized financial measures defined by IFRS, Management considers them to be important measures as they represent the Company’s core profitability, without the impact of depreciation expenses. As a result, Management believes they provide useful and comparable benchmarks for evaluating the Company’s performance.

(unaudited)

(in millions of dollars)

3 months

ended

June 30, 2019

3 months ended

June 30, 2018

12 months ended

June 30, 2019

12 months ended

June 30, 2018

12 months ended

June 30, 2017

Contract revenue 44.4 44.5 152.8 173.1 125.2
Cost of contract revenue (including depreciation) 39.7 37.1 136.5 151.6 117.1
    Less depreciation (2.3) (2.0) (8.8) (7.9) (8.7)
Direct costs 37.4 35.1 127.7 143.7 108.4
Adjusted gross profit 7.0 9.4 25.1 29.4 16.8
Adjusted gross margin (%) (1) 15.8 21.2 16.4 17.0 13.4

(1) Adjusted gross profit, divided by contract revenue X 100

 About Orbit Garant

Headquartered in Val-d’Or, Quebec, Orbit Garant is one of the largest Canadian-based mineral drilling companies, providing both underground and surface drilling services in Canada and internationally through its 235 drill rigs and more than 1,300 employees. Orbit Garant provides services to major, intermediate and junior mining companies, through each stage of mining exploration, development and production. The Company also provides geotechnical drilling services to mining or mineral exploration companies, engineering and environmental consultant firms, and government agencies. For more information, please visit the Company’s website at www.orbitgarant.com.

For further information:

Alain Laplante                                                                                                      Bruce Wigle
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer                                                     Investor Relations
(819) 824-2707 ext. 122                                                                                     (647) 496-7856

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Journées de la culture at the MAC: Marie Chouinard exhibition and public reading, Festival international de la littérature and Art Workshop

MONTREAL, Sept. 18, 2019 – The Journées de la culture (Sept. 27-29) will be another great opportunity to visit the MAC and discover its exhibitions. On September 28 and 29, the museum will offer two free activities: free entry to the ZÉRO DOUZE exhibition by dancer and choreographer Marie Chouinard, who will be on-site September 28 to give a reading from the book of the same name, and a free art workshop for all ages. In addition, on September 27, as part of the Festival international de la littérature, three Indigenous artists, writers and poets will give a reading of their new works inspired by a piece from Rebecca Belmore’s Facing the Monumental exhibition. (Entry is included in the MAC admission fee)

MARIE CHOUINARD: ZÉRO DOUZE
Exhibition held September 17-29, 2019
Public readings on Saturday, September 21 and 28, at 2 p.m., in the MAC Rotunda

Free entry for the Journées de la culture, September 28-29

The ZÉRO DOUZE exhibition consists of a selection of drawings and short texts by Marie Chouinard. As a whole, it creates a lively, humorous free narrative, through which she shares stories from her early years, aged zero to twelve. Her identity takes shape throughout the anecdotes, which are odd, yet touching; unique, yet universal.

Held September 17-29 at the MAC as part of the Festival international de la littérature, the exhibition will coincide with the launch of the book Zéro douze, published by les éditions du passage.

Marie Chouinard, dancer and choreographer, is the founding Chair of the Prix de la danse de Montréal and Director of Dance at the Venice Biennale. In 1990, the soloist formed the now world-renowned COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD. As an author, visual artist, scenographer and producer, she has a body of work that also includes installations, performances, movies, drawings, poems, stories and applications. A true cultural ambassador for Quebec, Marie Chouinard has received several awards and distinctions in recognition of her contribution to the arts, including a Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal, a Governor General’s Award, a Positano Award and a Bessie Award. She holds the titles of Officer of the Order of Canada, Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France), and Companion of the Ordre national des arts et des lettres du Québec. The name of Marie Chouinard became a dictionary entry in Le Petit Larousse illustré in 2010 and in Le Robert in 2011.

ART WORKSHOP
Listening out
Saturday, Sept. 28, and Sunday, Sept. 29, at 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Free entry as part of the Journées de la culture

Inspired by Rebecca Belmore’s works entitled Wave Sound, 2017, participants will be invited to create sculptures that, during a later outing in a forest or beside a body of water, will become sound amplifiers. Listening to ambient sounds will heighten their awareness of the fate of our planet and of their relationship with nature.

FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE LA LITTÉRATURE
Literary look at Rebecca Belmore’s work
Friday, September 27, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Entry included in the MAC general admission
Free for MACarte holders

Rebecca Belmore’s work, which includes performance art, installations, photography and film, focuses on the policies of representation. Her images of provocation, subtle intervention and resistance are rooted in the tragic history of Indigenous cultures in North America. Armed with a conviction that art can lead to social change, she tackles challenging issues such as the injustice, racism, violence and distress experienced by those who have been stripped of their rights and excluded from our society. A range of recurring themes or elements runs through her work: the questioning of official discourse; the body, at work, struggling, or disappeared; repetitive gestures; and the use of natural materials.

Joséphine Bacon (Innu), Émilie Monnet (Anishinabe) and Natasha Kanapé Fontaine (Innu) were invited to write texts inspired by a piece by Rebecca Belmore, which they will read as part of the exhibition at the MAC. The three women, from three different generations, are major figures in the Indigenous arts and literature scene, as well as important Quebec authors. All three share a pride in being Indigenous and a drive to promote their language and their culture.

Photo
Marie Chouinard, ZÉRO DOUZE, 2019
Courtesy the artist.

Acknowledgements
The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal is a provincially owned corporation funded by the ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec. It receives additional funding from the Government of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
Located in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal makes today’s art a vital part of Montréal and Québec life. For more than fifty years, this vibrant museum has brought together local and international artists, their works and an ever-growing public. It is also a place of discovery, offering visitors experiences that are continually changing and new, and often unexpected and stirring. The MAC presents temporary exhibitions devoted to outstanding and relevant current artists who provide their own particular insight into our society, as well as exhibitions of works drawn from the museum’s extensive collection. These may feature any and every form of expression: digital and sound works, installations, paintings, sculptures, ephemeral pieces, and more. In addition to its wide range of educational activities familiarizing the general public with contemporary art, the MAC organizes unique artistic performances and festive events. It is a window onto a myriad of avant-garde expressions that extend the reach of art throughout the city and beyond. macm.org/en/

Visuals:
http://presse.macm.org/en/
Username : presse
Password : gtrcmedias
See under tab: Exhibitions

For further information: Roxane Dumas-Noël, Head of Public Relations, T. 514 944-4472, roxane.dumas-noel@macm.org

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Nunavik’s fall evictions postponed until spring – Nunatsiaq News

18 September, 2019

Regional council hears from housing authority on new builds, remaining needs

As officials from the Kativik Municipal Housing Bureau took their seats in front of the Kativik Regional Government council in Kuujjuaq on Sept. 12, council chairperson Jennifer Munick delivered some good news.

“Last week we had a meeting with the executive of KMHB and we asked that the evictions not be done in the fall when the weather is getting colder and it’s snowing,” she said.

“On Friday, they reported back to us … they will not do evictions in the fall of 2019. It was postponed to the spring of 2020 and they have decided when they do evictions, they will do it in the springtime.”

The housing bureau told Nunatsiaq News in August the second round of evictions for the year would take place in September, but this change was welcomed by councillors who voiced concerns about the people in their communities with no place to go.

Read More: https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/nunaviks-fall-evictions-postponed-until-spring/

International aid organization steps in to help Montreal homeless – APTN News

September 18, 2019

The closure of a prominent Montreal homeless shelter has directly affected the city’s urban Indigenous population.

To fill that gap an international aid organization has stepped in until more resources are made available from the municipal and provincial governments.

Among other things, Medecins du Monde is dispensing medical care to the city’s most vulnerable.

Read More: https://aptnnews.ca/2019/09/18/aid/

Stornoway Common Shares and Convertible Debentures to be Delisted From TSX

LONGUEUIL, Québec, Sept. 18, 2019 — Stornoway Diamond Corporation (TSX-SWY; the “Corporation” or “Stornoway”) announced today that it has received notice that the Continued Listings Committee of the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) has determined to delist the Corporation’s common shares and convertible debentures effective at the close of market on October 18, 2019. The Corporation does not intend to appeal the decision. The common shares and convertible debentures remain suspended from trading.

As previously announced, on September 9, 2019, the Corporation and its subsidiaries Stornoway Diamonds (Canada) Inc., Ashton Mining of Canada Inc. and FCDC Sales and Marketing Inc. obtained an initial order (the “Initial Order”) from the Superior Court of Quebec (Commercial Division) (the “Court”) for protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (“CCAA”) in order to restructure their business and financial affairs. Further to the Initial Order and in light of the ongoing restructuring process, the Corporation no longer intends to file continuous disclosure documents under the Corporation’s profile on the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (www.sedar.ca).

Deloitte Restructuring Inc. is the court-appointed monitor pursuant to the Initial Order. Information about the CCAA proceedings, including the monitor’s reports, are available on the monitor’s website at https://www.insolvencies.deloitte.ca/en-ca/pages/Stornoway-Diamond-Corp.aspx.

About Stornoway Diamond Corporation

Stornoway is a Canadian diamond exploration and production company headquartered in Montreal and owns a 100% interest in the Renard Mine, Québec’s first diamond mine.

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