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New exhibitions at the MAC starting June 20: bold summer programming featuring Québec and Canadian artists

MONTREAL, April 23, 2019 – Le Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) is pleased to announce its summer programming beginning June 20 which, through questions of identity and humanity, will explore some of the pressing issues of our time. The works of Québec and Canadian artists Rebecca Belmore, Nadia Myre, Chloé Lum and Yannick Desranleau will be presented throughout the summer, offering visitors unexpected discoveries and moving experiences. Performances, talks with artists and curators, interactive tours and a series of educational activities round up the program. The MAC is also excited to collaborate once again with MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image to welcome artist Francis Alÿs this fall, as part of the next Biennale. As the start date of the MAC’s Transformation Project has been postponed, the MAC will continue to hold its activities in its current location, on Sainte-Catherine Street, while offering high-quality programming to visitors. Updates about the Transformation Project will be shared as they become available.

This will be a great summer for the MAC. I’m really happy about how we created a high-calibre program that’s imbued with poetry and brings up timely and crucial questions about human condition and the times we live in,” said John Zepetelli, Director and Chief Curator of the MAC.

Rebecca Belmore: Facing the Monumental
June 20 to October 6, 2019

MAC’s summer season will begin on June 20 with Canadian artist Rebecca Belmore and the exhibition Facing the Monumental, her largest exhibition to date and a major overview from the past 30 years. The rich body of work presented includes sculptures, installations, photography and videos, some of which are based on performances. With boundless beauty, sensitivity and resilience, her work explores our problematic relationships with territory, women’s lives, historic events and ongoing violence against Indigenous peoples.

One of Canada’s most celebrated and important contemporary artists, Rebecca Belmore started working as a performance artist in the late 1980s. The immediacy and presence of that discipline continue to influence her diverse practice. Themes in her work include conflicts and issues related to climate change, access to water, land use, homelessness, and human migration and displacement. In Facing the Monumental, the artist presents a collection of visceral images exploring the pressing issues our time.

The exhibition is organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and curated by Wanda Nanibush, Curator of Indigenous Art. The MAC presentation is organized by Lesley Johnstone, Curator and Head of Exhibitions and Education.

MAC Collection: Nadia Myre, Chloé Lum and Yannick Desranleau
June 20 to August 4, 2019

In keeping with Rebecca Belmore’s exhibition, the MAC will present works from its collection and new acquisitions, including pieces by Nadia Myre, that express something profoundly human as they tackle topics of desire, loss, resilience and knowledge. Based on themes such as Indigenous identity, Meditations on Red, 2013, is a series of photographs depicting meticulous beadwork. Through the piece, the artist offers a critical reflection on identity as defined by blood and the racist concepts of “white man” and “red.” With her Contact in Monochrome (Toile de Jouy), 2018, wallpaper and Pipe, 2017, her bronze-cast tobacco pipe, she reinterprets the history and evolution of the tobacco trade.

The theme of performativity, present in Rebecca Belmore’s work, can be seen through a completely different lens in the work of Chloé Lum and Yannick Desranleau. Two installations–one a sculpture: The Face Stayed East The Mouth Went West, 2014, a recent acquisition of the MAC’s Collection that has yet to be presented, and the other a video installation: What Do Stones Smell Like in the Forest?, 2018–will be positioned in mutual dialogue. The installation will serve as a testimony to the development of the artists’ work in relation to the living arts and performativity of the last few years.

Francis Alÿs: Children’s Games
September 4, 2019, to January 5, 2020

Focusing on the theme The Life of Things, proposed by curator María Wills Londoño in collaboration with Audrey Genois and Maude Johnson, the MAC and MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image unite to present Children’s Games, 1999-2018, by Francis Alÿs.

Francis Alÿs presents his series Children’s Games, a collection of scenes of children at play around the world. Ongoing since 1999 and now comprising nearly twenty videos, this inventory of childhood activities shows how children turn simple, ordinary things—chairs, coins, sand, stones, plastic bottles—into the foundation of unlikely and fantastical universes.

By exploring public space and the everyday through the playful imagination of children, Alÿs proposes an intimate yet political view of the universal and unifying nature of games. Although the current state of the world prevents us from imagining globalization as a positive form of togetherness, this praxis of imagination might express the very essence of humanism, reinvented.

Talks and tours with artists and curators will also take place throughout the summer. For the full schedule, visitors can sign up to the newsletter and make sure to visit the Museum’s website regularly:


Performances: Los subrogados | Les substituts
June 20, 2019, as part of Place Publique, at the Darling Foundry

Co-presented by the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC) of Mexico City, the MAC and Quartier éphémère, and conceived by Véronique Leblanc, guest MAC curator, and Alejandra Labastida, associate curator at MUAC, Los subrogados | Les substituts is a one-night event featuring eight performance artists, four in Mexico City and four in Montreal. Each artist will update or create a work that will be performed simultaneously by a delegated artist in the other city. The project is based on the diversity of the voices–of their trajectories, identities, generations–in each place, to showcase today’s most relevant forms of performance.

The invited artists are:

Sarah Chouinard-Poirier | Juan Caloca
Catherine Lavoie-Marcus | Nadia Lartigue
Helena Martin Franco | Alicia Medina
Martín Rodríguez | Guillermo Santamarina

The event will take place as part of Place Publique, at the Darling Foundry.

Ongoing media art programming: Ragnar Kjartansson starting June 20

As of June 20, programming dedicated to media works and projections will be presented in the museum’s Beverly Webster Rolph room. Ragnar Kjartansson will open the show and occupy the entire space with A Lot of Sorrow, 2013. Belonging to the MAC’s Collection, the piece is a collaboration with band The National. The video is the result of a performance organized by MoMA PS1 and directed by the artist, where the group performed their song Sorrow repeatedly for six hours, or 105 times.

Educational activities and tours

The famous MAC summer camp is back on June 25 and will continue until August 16. Young campers will have the opportunity to discover public art exhibited near the museum, as well as works of art exhibited at the MAC. A wide range of activities in the visual arts and digital arts will be offered: drawing, painting, engraving, collage, sculpture and t-shirt screen-printing. At the end of the week, there will be an exhibition displaying the budding artists’ artwork.
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Workshops for families and adults, as well as a summer Workshop/Tour Combo, related to the themes from Rebecca Belmore’s and Nadia Myre’s exhibitions will be offered to visitors.
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Interactive individual or group tours will be offered all summer, as well as on-site mediation, where visitors can speak with the Museum’s art mediators and ask them questions.
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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 Permanent 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.


Using maps as a weapon to resist extractive industries on Indigenous territories – The Conversation

For Indigenous peoples across the Americas, urgent threats imposed by the industrial extraction of natural resources has characterized the 21st century. The expansion of industry has threatened Indigenous territories, cultures and sovereignty. These industries include: timber and pulp extraction, mining, oil and gas and hydroelectric development. As well, the extraction of human beings from their lands has real implications for the survival of communities.

The debate of territory is essential in these resource conflicts. Maps — and those who make and shape them — are central to the discussion of land rights, especially when it comes to industrial resource extraction and Indigenous peoples.

Our project, MappingBack, envisions mapping as a weapon and tactic to resist extractive industries. We see it as an excellent way to express complex Indigenous perspectives and relationships with the land.

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Orbit Garant Fiscal 2018 Third Quarter Conference Call and Webcast

Val-d’Or, Quebec, April 22, 2019 – Orbit Garant Drilling Inc. (TSX: OGD) will release its fiscal 2019 third quarter financial results after market close on Thursday, May 9, 2019. Eric Alexandre, President and CEO, and Alain Laplante, Vice President and CFO, will host a conference call for analysts and investors on Friday, May 10, 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: The webcast will be archived following conclusion of the call.

To access a replay of the conference call dial 416-764-8677 or 1-888-390-0541, passcode: 984075 #. The replay will be available until May 17, 2019.

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 236 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

For further information:

Bruce Wigle
Investor Relations
(647) 496-7856


Sphinx and SOQUEM continue to intersect zinc mineralization in all drill holes on the Calumet-Sud project

Montréal, April 18, 2019 – Sphinx Resources Ltd. (“Sphinx” or the “Corporation”) (TSX-V: SFX) and SOQUEM Inc., a subsidiary of Ressources Québec, are pleased to announce the analytical results of 14 additional holes drill holes, out of a total of 29 holes drilled in January along the 1,500 m- long zinciferous zone (see press releases of 15 November 2018, 27 February 2019 and 14 March 2019).


  • Hole CS-19-10 intersected 4.6% zinc over 1.0 metre; and
  • Hole CS-19-07 intersected 3.7% zinc over 2.0 metres including an interval at
    5% zinc over 1.0 metre.

The significant drill results for these 14 holes disclosed in this release are presented in Table 1 and Figure 1. They indicate the presence of the mineralization in all drill holes. The true thickness is estimated at 100% of the mineralized intersection length in all drill holes.

The analytical results of the nine (9) other drill holes performed in January 2019 are expected in the coming weeks.

Table 1 – Analytical results from three drill holes.
Composites weighted by sample length.

To(m) Mineralizedintersection (m) %
CS-19-01 19 21 2.0 2.44
CS-19-02 56.2 58.7 2.5 0.35
CS-19-03 23 26 3.0 0.41
CS-19-07 27 35 8.0 1.04
CS-19-07 59 61 2.0 3.74
inc. 59 60 1.0 5.46
CS-19-10 50 52 2.0 4.58
CS-19-12 60 62 2.0 2.64
CS-19-13 68 71 3.0 1.24
CS-19-14 82 85 3.0 2.21
CS-19-14 121 127 6.0 1.05
CS-19-15 109 111 2.0 1.44
CS-19-17 33 34 1.0 1.31
CS-19-17 74 79 5.0 1.46
CS-19-18 63 65 2.0 2.69
CS-19-19 38 41 3.0 2.64
CS-19-20 52 55 3.0 0.52
CS-19-27 107 108 1.0 1.68

Analytical protocol

Samples were analyzed by ALS in Val-d’Or, Quebec. The analytical process consisted of crushing, splitting and assaying using sodium peroxide fusion with an Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometry (ICP-AES) finish. Sphinx applies industry-standard QA/QC procedures to the program.

Supervision and Qualified Persons

The January 2019 drilling campaign was carried out under the supervision of Mr. Jeremie Ryan and under the direction of Mr. Michel Gauthier, Ph.D. (géo, and Board member of the Corporation) and Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101. This press release was prepared by Normand Champigny, (Eng., director and Qualified Person of the Corporation).


SOQUEM, a subsidiary of Ressources Québec, has a mission to encourage the exploration, discovery and development of mining properties in Quebec. SOQUEM also contributes to maintaining strong local economies. Proud partner and ambassador for the development of Quebec’s mineral wealth, SOQUEM relies on innovation, research and strategic minerals to be well positioned for the future.

About Sphinx

Sphinx is a mineral exploration company that focuses its activities in southwestern Quebec in search of deposits of base metals (zinc, copper, lead) and precious metals (palladium, platinum, gold and silver). Sphinx is particularly active in the MRC Pontiac where its President and Chief Executive Officer resides. It has a strong local shareholding that contributes towards social acceptability.

For further information, please consult Sphinx’s website or contact:

Jeremie Ryan
President and Chief Executive Officer


KRPF Officers’ Quick Response Saves Woman’s Life

In Salluit, two officers of the Kativik Regional Police Force (KRPF) rescued a woman from a life threatening situation on March 26, 2019.

Constables Mathieu Verret-Dion and Frederik Grenier were responding to a distress call with very limited information. Using their field experience, the two police officers were able to piece together the partial information that helped them pinpoint the location where the victim, Sarah Ilisituk, was being held against her will. Once located, Ms. Ilisituk who had been stabbed was saved from certain death by the swift intervention of the KRPF officers.

The KRPF officers promptly arrested the aggressor and took him into custody. The suspect has been charged and is awaiting court proceedings. Ms. Ilisituk, who was treated for stabbing and minor injuries, has been released from hospital. “Thank you Fred and Mathieu for saving my life,” Ms. Ilisituk said, knowing that if it were not for the quick response and rapid intervention of the police officers, the worse could have happened to her.


Boralex recognized by the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie Française au Canada for its achievements in France

Blendecques, France, April 18, 2019 – The Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie Française au Canada last Thursday presented the award for Canadian achievement in France, in the “Large Corporation” category, to Boralex Inc. (“Boralex” or the “Corporation”) (TSX: BLX) at a gala event in Montréal, Québec attended by more than 200 people.

Patrick Lemaire, President and CEO of Boralex, saluted all employees, and particularly the team in France. “They’re passionate and dedicated, and without them Boralex would not be here today. I want to express my very sincere thanks to them.” He also recognized Patrick Decostre, Vice-President and General Manager, Boralex Europe, the Corporation’s first employee in France who will become Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer on April 29, 2019.

“We’re delighted. This award is a tribute to the progress Boralex has made since we entered the French market and to the work our teams do every day. It’s recognition that fully belongs to them,” said Patrick Decostre.

Since first arriving in France in 1998, Boralex has enjoyed growing success. Through its expertise in renewables and commitment to energy transition, in less than 20 years Boralex has established itself as France’s leading producer of onshore wind energy. With more than €1.3 billion already invested in developments in the country’s rural areas, Boralex currently operates 941 MW in wind, solar and thermal power in France and has 181 employees across 11 branches located in proximity to its operating assets. In all, Boralex has increased its workforce in France by over 45% compared with 2016 and plans to continue hiring in 2019.

This first award ceremony organized by the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie Française au Canada was also attended by Kareen Rispal, France’s Ambassador to Canada and Isabelle Hudon LL.D, Canada’s Ambassador to France.

“Congratulations to Boralex for this well-deserved award,” noted Ms. Rispal. “This Canadian corporation has seized the opportunities available in France, an open and innovative country with exceptional infrastructure and a highly qualified workforce. I hope many other companies will follow this fine example. France welcomes you!”

“Through Boralex, Canadian know-how and innovation in renewable energy is being honored,” says Isabelle Hudon, Ambassador of Canada to France. I was proud to be able to congratulate the Boralex team at the recent gala of the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie Française au Canada. I wish as much success to all Canadian companies who want to do business in France, the gateway to the European market. ”

Four other companies were honoured in the “Large Corporation” category, namely Alithya (strategy and digital technology), CGI (ICT), Moment Factory (multimedia studio) and Ivanhoé Cambridge (real estate).

About Boralex

Boralex develops, builds and operates renewable energy power facilities in Canada, France, the United Kingdom and the United States. A leader in the Canadian market and France’s largest independent producer of onshore wind power, the Corporation is recognized for its solid experience in optimizing its asset base in four power generation types—wind, hydroelectric, thermal and solar. Boralex ensures sustainable growth by leveraging the expertise and diversification developed over the past 25 years. Boralex’s shares and convertible debentures are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbols BLX and BLX.DB.A, respectively. More information is available at or Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.


For more information:

Julie Lajoye
Senior Advisor,
Public Affairs and Communications
Boralex Inc.

Investor Relations
Stéphane Milot
Director, Investor Relations
Boralex Inc.


Stornoway Announces Changes to Senior Management

LONGUEUIL, Québec, April 17, 2019 — Stornoway Diamond Corporation (TSX-SWY) (the “Corporation” or “Stornoway”) announces the appointment of Mr. Dino Rambidis as Chief Financial Officer of Stornoway, effective immediately, replacing Mr. Orin Baranowsky, who has decided to step down from his current role. Mr. Baranowsky will remain with the company up to the end of May 2019 to ensure an orderly transition and will provide support to Mr. Rambidis. In addition, Stornoway is pleased to also announce the promotion of Ms. Annie Torkia Lagacé as Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development, Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary.

Mr. Rambidis is a chartered professional accountant with more than 30 years of experience in senior financial management positions with public and private companies across multiple industries, notably in the financial sector. Prior to joining Stornoway, he served as Senior Vice-President, Corporate Finance at Fiera Capital, Vice President, Finance and Operations at PSP Investments, and Senior Director, Finance at TAL Global Asset Management.

Ms. Torkia-Lagacé has been Vice-President, Legal Affairs and General Counsel of Stornoway since 2014 and has several years of experience in business development, corporate finance and public company governance. She has played an important role in the governance of the Corporation’s projects since joining Stornoway.

Patrick Godin, President and CEO of Stornoway, stated, “We are pleased to welcome Dino, who is a seasoned leader with extensive financial experience, and is a valuable addition to our leadership team. I would also like to thank Orin Baranowsky for his commitment and significant contributions over the past six years. I have had the opportunity to work closely with Orin during this period and could always count on his loyalty and integrity, and I sincerely wish him continued success in the future.’’

“Annie has been a long-time loyal colleague, who successfully combines law and finance. She has distinguished herself through her hard work, her precision and her ability to develop effective business strategies. Her significant contribution to the organization is recognized by our partners and appreciated by her colleagues. Her promotion is an acknowledgment of her expanded responsibilities and her perseverance.’’


Stornoway is a Canadian diamond exploration and production company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol SWY and headquartered in Montreal. A growth-oriented company, Stornoway owns a 100% interest in the world-class Renard Mine, Québec’s first diamond mine. The head office of Stornoway is located at 1111 St. Charles Ouest, Bureau 400, Tour Ouest, Longueuil, Québec, J4K 5G4.

On behalf of the Board
/s/ “Patrick Godin”
Patrick Godin
President and Chief Executive Officer

For more information, please contact Patrick Godin (President and CEO) at 450-616-5555 x2201
or Alexandre Burelle (Manager, Investor Relations and Business Development) at 450-616-5555 x2264
or toll free at 1-877-331-2232

Pour plus d’information, veuillez contacter Patrick Godin (Président et chef de la direction) au
450-616-5555 x2201 ou Alexandre Burelle (Directeur, Relations avec les investisseurs et développement des affaires) au 450-616-5555, x2264,

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Canada and Cree Nation of Eeyou Istchee join efforts to support Cree Nation Housing Strategy

Amendment to the Cree Nation Governance Agreement

April 17, 2019 – Val-d’Or, Quebec – Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada / Cree Nation Government

The Government of Canada and the Cree Nation Government are working together to advance reconciliation and renew their Nation-to-Nation relationship based on recognition, rights, respect, co-operation and partnership.

Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, and Grand Chief Abel Bosum, Chairperson of the Cree Nation Government, announced the signing of an amendment to the Cree Nation Governance Agreement as a key measure to support the Cree Nation Housing Strategy.

Since 2011, the Cree Nation Government and the Cree communities have worked collaboratively to develop the Cree Nation Housing Strategy to address the urgent needs of community members for affordable and adequate housing. A cornerstone of the Housing Strategy is the prioritization of private homeownership by the Crees.

As a first step, the amendment to the Cree Nation Governance Agreement will help create a private home ownership market for Crees on their land by removing the previous 75-year term limit on residential land grants for Crees.

Minister Bennett also discussed Budget 2019 investments to forgive and reimburse comprehensive land claim negotiation loan debt with the Cree Nation Government. As a result of the proposed Budget investments, loans incurred by the Cree Nation as part of negotiations of the Eeyou Marine Region Land Claims Agreement would be eligible for reimbursement.

Forgiving and reimbursing loans would provide additional funding for Indigenous groups like the Cree Nation to invest in priorities like housing and help narrow the socio-economic gap that exists between Indigenous peoples and all Canadians.


“Through the measures announced today, we are reaffirming our commitment to contribute to the well-being of members of the Cree communities. Supporting the priorities of communities is a paramount objective in the renewal of our relationship with Indigenous people.”

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

“This first Amendment of the Cree Nation Governance Agreement is a watershed moment for private homeownership for the Cree of Eeyou Istchee. Today’s amendment will, for the first time, permit true private homeownership for the Crees. It will help to create wealth for Cree homeowners and business opportunities for Cree entrepreneurs while freeing community housing for low-income Crees, the elderly and the youth.  We look forward to working with Canada to implement the next phases of our Cree Nation Housing Strategy.”

Grand Chief Abel Bosum
Chairperson, Cree Nation Government

Quick facts

  • Cree Nation Housing Strategy
    • A joint Canada-Cree Nation working group has been established to develop a Cree Canada partnership to implement the Cree Nation Housing Strategy, including areas for potential federal investment, in the context of Section 28 of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement treaty of 1975.
    • Implementation of the Cree Nation Housing Strategy will improve access to housing in Cree communities by: facilitating private home ownership; unlocking value and creating wealth for Cree homeowners; assuming and enhancing federal community housing programs; and expanding business opportunities for Cree entrepreneurs (e.g., construction sector and housing rental market).
    • Under the private housing program, the Cree Nation Government has already set aside very significant resources to facilitate Cree construction and ownership of at least 1,000 new private homes in the Cree communities. The Cree Nation Government has also committed significant funds for related infrastructure investments such as drinking water and waste water facilities and civil works projects.
  • Land Claim Negotiation Loan Forgiveness and Refund
    • Budget 2019 proposed $1.4 billion over seven years to forgive and reimburse comprehensive land claim negotiation loan debt.
    • This includes up to $938 million in 2018-19 to forgive outstanding comprehensive land claim negotiation loan debt incurred by Indigenous groups, and up to $491 million, over five years starting in 2020-21, to reimburse Indigenous groups with concluded comprehensive land claims who have repaid their negotiation loan debt.

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For more information, media may contact:

Matthew Dillon-Leitch
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

Media Relations
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Bill Namagoose
Executive Director
Cree Nation Government


Questions Emerge About Métis Artist Funding in Quebec – Canadian Art

Quebec’s arts council doesn’t accept Métis artists in its Recognition Program for Indigenous People—and says it’s because of provincial government guidelines

Serious questions have emerged this month about equity for Métis artists in Quebec.

In early April, Melanie Lefebvre, a Montreal-based Métis artist, became aware that the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec was not accepting applications from Métis artists in its new Recognition Program for Indigenous People.

“Under this program the Métis Nation is not recognized, even though Métis are recognized as Indigenous peoples under Section 35 of the Canadian Constitution,” Lefebvre tells Canadian Art via email.

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Statement by the Minister of Justice on 37th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

April 17, 2019 – Montreal, Québec – Department of Justice Canada

Today, the Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, issued the following statement:

“Today we celebrate the 37th anniversary of the signing of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This foundational constitutional document is one of our country’s greatest accomplishments. We are fortunate to have a Charter that embodies those fundamental rights and freedoms that define our identity and our aspirations as Canadians. The Charter plays an important role in addressing inequality. It is intended to ensure that everyone is treated with the same respect, dignity and consideration, free from discrimination. In this way, our Charter has helped us make great strides as a nation, but the protections it provides are not always evenly applied throughout Canada’s diverse populations.

In particular, we still have work to do to achieve true gender equality. The disparity in access to justice experienced by women and girls remains a significant issue. While Canada has taken great strides in helping to close this gap, it still exists, especially for Indigenous women.

During its 2018 G7 Presidency, Canada made history by focusing on advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment, and integrating these issues into all G7 themes, commitments and initiatives.

Building on what we started at the G7, Canada will share our commitment to gender equality with the world this June at the Women Deliver 2019 Conference, the world’s largest gathering of world leaders, advocates, academics, and activists on the health, rights and well-being of women and girls. This conference, and the initiatives and legislation we have introduced to focus on gender equality and protecting women’s rights, could not come at a better time.

The Charter has been a powerful force for social progress. We are fortunate to be governed with a respect for the rule of law and for human rights. As we celebrate this anniversary, I invite all Canadians to learn more about our constitutional rights and what a key role they play protecting the values we hold dear.”

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For more information, media may contact:

Célia Canon
Communications Advisor
Office of the Minister of Justice

Media Relations
Department of Justice Canada


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