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Imposed sterilizations: a painful part of the history of First Nations and Inuit women

Wendake, September 23, 2021 – Revolting, inconceivable, unacceptable and deeply unfair … Words fail to describe the disrespectful practice suffered by too many First Nations and Inuit women in Quebec, without their consent, a reality revealed in broad daylight during a report broadcast on the Enquête ce soir television program.

While the stories of our women, sisters and daughters are finally being brought to light, the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) and the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC) urge the Government of Quebec to take action on this matter by working closely with the First Nations and Inuit.

During the program, it is mentioned that a dozen Atikamekw, Innu and Cree women claim to have undergone permanent sterilization without having requested it, or without having provided their consent in a free and informed manner. Unconsented sterilizations are said to have occurred in La Tuque, Val-d´Or, Sept-Îles, Québec City and Montréal, over a period of almost 40 years, from the 1980s until very recently.

“The Government of Quebec refused to take part in the work initiated by Canada in 2018 to discuss, among other things, the situation of forced sterilization in the country, on the pretext that health is under provincial jurisdiction and that no case had been reported. The problem is that it has taken no steps to gather information on this practice, nor to ensure that it is no longer in force in Quebec, and even less to provide a form of justice to the victims. The gravity of the acts committed across the country clearly merits greater attention from the Government of Quebec, beyond any bureaucratic process,” said Ghislain Picard, Chief of the AFNQL.

“The FNQLHSSC is conducting research on free and informed consent and imposed sterilization among First Nations and Inuit women in Quebec in order to collect data on this subject, in which several First Nations and Inuit organizations collaborate. The scientific direction is provided by Professor Suzy Basile, at the Université du Québec en Abitibi Témiscamingue. I invite all persons who believe they have undergone such an experience to share their testimony, in complete confidentiality, until October 31,” said Derek Montour, President of the FNQLHSSC.

Full details of this important research are available at In addition, information on rights of users and remedies in terms of access and quality of health and social services can be found on the FNQLHSSC website.

About the AFNQL

The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador is a political organization that unites 43 First Nations Chiefs in Quebec and Labrador.

About the FNQLHSSC

The First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission is a non-profit organization that supports First Nations in Quebec in achieving their objectives in terms of health, wellness, culture and self-determination.



Alain Garon, AFNQL
Communications Advisor
[email protected]
418-254-4620 –

Annie Brisson-Proulx, FNQLHSSC
Communications, Web and Social Media Advisor
[email protected]
418-842-1540, ext. 2304 –


Electric Royalties Provides Update on 8 Assets Within Royalty Portfolio

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – September 23, 2021 – Electric Royalties Ltd. (TSXV: ELEC) (OTCQB: ELECF) (“Electric Royalties” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce an asset update on its current royalty portfolio.

Brendan Yurik, CEO of Electric Royalties, highlights, “It’s been an incredible period of growth since our last asset update in July and we’ve had several more developments across the assets underlying our battery metal royalty portfolio.” These include:

  • Authier Lithium Royalty – Sayona has completed the acquisition of North American Lithium and is outlining a path to production which includes the Authier lithium project as a part of their strategy.
  • Bissett Creek Graphite Royalty – Northern Graphite has continued to advance concentrate studies showing that its graphite concentrates can easily be purified to battery standards using either acid or alkaline based processes.
  • Millennium Copper-Cobalt Royalty – Global Energy Metals announced some exciting drill intercepts including 16 m @ 1.07% Cu, 0.26% Co and 0.40 g/t Au. The results provide confidence in the potential for confirmation and growth of the historical resource.
  • Battery Hill Manganese Royalty – Manganese X Energy has filed the technical report for its updated resource estimate ahead of a Preliminary Economic Assessment expected in the near future.
  • Chubb Lithium Royalty – After a successful spring drill program in which 1.48% Li2O over 12.7 m was intersected in diamond drill hole (“DDH”) 21-CH-15, Great Thunder Gold has proposed a 5,000 m drill program to commence this winter.
  • Yalbra Graphite Royalty – Elmore Ltd started a review of Buxton’s extensive library of sample material and undertaken flotation test work to advance the project.
  • Graphmada Graphite Royalty – Bass Metals released an exploration update on current efforts to expand the mineralized zone with 140 new drill holes completed.
  • Mont Sorcier Vanadium Royalty – Vanadium One Iron Corp. released a positive update on their current infill drill program of 15,000 m currently underway and signed an MOU with planned commitments of a combined $66 million from the Federal and Quebec governments.

“It is tremendously encouraging to see the constant positive news flow being generated by operators across our royalty portfolio at all levels of development. From progressive drill programs on our earlier stage royalties such as Millennium and Chubb, where they are actively drilling the projects to test and expand deposits, to Sayona completing its acquisition of NAL and putting Authier on a path to production in the near term, the value potential of our royalties is accelerating, and funded at no cost to Electric Royalties.”

Authier Lithium Royalty – 0.5% of Gross Revenue

Sayona Mining Limited (“Sayona”) (ASX: SAY) announced on August 30, 2021 that Sayona (75%) and Piedmont Lithium (25%) have completed the acquisition of North American Lithium (“NAL”). The planned restart of this former producer and its integration with Sayona’s Authier and Tansim lithium projects creates the potential to build a Quebec lithium production hub and become a leading lithium producer (see Sayona Mining news release dated August 30, 2021).

  • Preparations are now advancing for the resumption of operations at NAL, with a scoping study underway for the profitable production of spodumene (lithium) concentrate.
  • Sayona completed a highly successful A$45 million placement and a A$20 million share purchase plan, both of which were heavily oversubscribed (see Sayona release 23 August 2021).

Bissett Creek Graphite Royalty – 1% of Gross Revenue and an option to increase the royalty by 0.5% Northern Graphite Corporation (“Northern Graphite”) (TSXV: NGC) announced that purification testing carried out on graphite concentrates from its Bissett Creek deposit has demonstrated that concentrate can be purified to battery standards using either acid or alkaline based processes. This is the second phase of testing in evaluating use of Bissett Creek concentrates in the manufacture of lithium ion battery anode material (“BAM”). The results were excellent and comparable to the performance of thermal purification as undesirable element levels were far below the typical limits required for BAM. Testing was carried out by ProGraphite, which is located in Germany and is one of the world’s leading graphite R&D laboratories with several decades of professional expertise and experience (see Northern Graphite news release dated August 16, 2021).

Millennium Copper-Cobalt Royalty – 0.5% of Gross Revenue and options to acquire an additional 1.5% Net Smelter Revenue Royalty

Global Energy Metals Corp. (“Global Energy Metals”) (TSXV: GEMC) announced the results from a preliminary drilling program of seven holes for 673 metres (“m”) completed at the Millennium Cu-Co-Au Project in northwest Queensland as part of Metal Bank Limited’s exclusive option to earn-in up to 80% of the project (see Global Energy Metals news release dated September 8, 2021).

  • High grade copper (“Cu”) and cobalt (“Co”) was intersected in the first two holes at the northern margin of the southern zone with results including:
  • MI21RC01 –16 m @ 1.07% Cu, 0.26% Co and 0.40 g/t Au from 80 m including 5 m @ 2.92%
  • MI21RC02 – 2 m @ 0.29% Co from 41 m and 3 m @ 0.59% Cu, 0.14% Co from 84 m.
  • Results from Hole MI21RC01 support up-dip continuity of mineralisation into an area outside the area modelled in 2016 and in addition, identify potential for lateral extension to the north. Hole MI21RC02 validates the existence of the mineralization in an area of structural complexity.
  • Initial RC drill testing of the Northern Area has been completed with visual copper oxides and sulphides observed. Results are pending.

Battery Hill Manganese Royalty – 2% of Gross Revenue

Manganese X Energy Corp. (“Manganese X Energy”) (TSXV: MN) announced that a Mineral Resource Estimate (“MRE”) technical report by Mercator Geological Services Limited for the Battery Hill Manganese project (the “Project”) was posted on on August 20, 2021. The technical report summarizes all exploration work on the property, including historical and recent diamond drilling by Manganese X that forms the basis of the MRE and makes recommendations for further exploration and development work on the Project (see Manganese X Energy news release dated September 9, 2021).

Yalbra Graphite Royalty – 0.75% of Gross Revenue

During the current quarter ended June 30, 2021, Elmore Ltd. (an ASX-listed company that provides the equipment and expertise that mining companies need to deliver saleable products) has reviewed Buxton Resources Ltd’s (ASX: BUX) extensive library of sample material and undertaken flotation test work with a view to utilising their process equipment and technical expertise to develop an optimised metallurgical process for the Yalbra Project. This work will continue over the coming quarter (see Buxton Resources news release dated July 31, 2021).

Graphmada Graphite Royalty – 2.5% of Gross Concentrate Revenue

Bass Metals Limited (“Bass Metals”) (ASX: BSM) provided an update on further exploration success at its wholly owned Graphmada Mining Complex, located in eastern Madagascar (see Bass Metals news release dated July 7, 2021). Highlights include:

  • Completion of a further 140 shallow auger drill holes, to an average depth of 12 m from surface. The results of which continue to demonstrate the regolith hosted graphite mineralization footprint is extensive, both laterally and in width.
  • At Ambatofafana-West additional augering confirmed at least 1 graphite zone over a strike length of approximately 600 m and widths of approximately 100 – 450 m and open-ended North-South. Results include 4.0 m @ 9.8% FC (“fixed carbon”) within a broader interval of 11.5 m @ 5.9% FC.
  • At Ambatofafana-East, augering to date confirmed at least 3 graphite zones over strike lengths of approximately 250-450 m and widths of approximately 50-100 m and open-ended North-South. Results include 6.0 m @ 7.5% FC within a broader interval of 11.5 m @ 5.2% FC. Further auger results to the north and south are still pending.
  • 1 wildcat drill hole located further to the north-west of Ambatofafana intersected a graphite zone and results include 4.5 m @ 14.8% FC within a broader interval of 11.5 m @ 9.6% FC. This appears to be a part of the Mahela-South graphite zone and will need further investigation and augering.

Chubb Lithium Royalty – 2% of Gross Revenue

Great Thunder Gold Ltd. (“Great Thunder Gold”) (CSE: CTG) announced that it plans a winter drilling program at the Chubb Lithium Project, Quebec (see Great Thunder Gold news release dated September 10, 2021). Following its successful spring Phase 1 drill program, Great Thunder Gold has entered into a drilling contract to secure a diamond drill rig to be on standby awaiting optimal winter drilling conditions for the Phase 2 program. Drilling will commence as soon as the ground is frozen.

The contract is for a minimum of 5,000 m with one drill rig and is planned to continue to define the lithium bearing pegmatite to the south of the Main Dyke. Phase 1 drilling consisted of 15 diamond drill holes totalling 2,283 m. All 15 completed drill holes intersected pegmatite and/or spodumene pegmatite with lithium values, with the Main Dyke values being of the greatest value and a key focus for continued drilling this winter.

The spring 2021 drilling program defined the Main Dyke to a length of more than 350 metres and was stopped short due to weather conditions. This drilling demonstrated that the grade and width of the lithium bearing pegmatite improved towards the south with 1.48% Li2O over 12.7 m in diamond DDH 21-CH-15, the final spring hole drilled to the south.

Mont Sorcier Vanadium Royalty – 1% of Gross Vanadium Revenue

Vanadium One Iron Corp. (“Vanadium One”) (TSXV: VONE) reported that the goal of its 2021 drill program on the Mont Sorcier project is to upgrade a sufficient portion of the current Inferred Mineral Resources to the Measured and Indicated Categories in order to support at least a 20-year mine life as the basis for a feasibility study expected to commence later this year or early 2022. The drill program comprises up to 12,500 m in 34 holes in the North Zone and 2,500 m set aside for the South Zone. As reported in the NI 43-101 Technical Report – Mineral Resource Estimate of the Mont Sorcier project, Province of Quebec, Canada completed by CSA Global and dated June 25, 2021, the South Zone contains 113.5 Mt Indicated mineral resources at 30.9% Magnetite and 144 Mt Inferred resources at 24.9% Magnetite and the North Zone has 809.1 Mt inferred mineral resources at 34.2% Magnetite1. The Technical Report is available on SEDAR or on Vanadium One’s website.

To date in 2021, over 4,000 m have been completed in 10 drill holes in the North Zone and assays results are expected by mid-August. Visual examination and magnetic test (MPP) of the drill core to date supports the intersection of mineralized material as predicated by the current resource outline (see Vanadium One Iron Corp. news release dated July 29, 2021).

Vanadium One also announced that it has signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with the Port of Saguenay to mutually advance the development of the Mont Sorcier project and the planned use of the port to export iron ore concentrates. The MOU outlines the intent of the parties to work collaboratively to develop a strategic plan for future orehandling, yard setup, lay-down and ship loading facilities at the Port of Saguenay to support the future requirements of the Mont Sorcier iron and vanadium project (see Vanadium One Iron Corp. news release dated August 19, 2021).

David Gaunt, P.Geo., a qualified person who is not independent of Electric Royalties, has reviewed and approved the technical information in this release.

On Behalf of the Board of Directors,

Brendan Yurik


About Electric Royalties Ltd.

Electric Royalties is a royalty company established to take advantage of the demand for a wide range of commodities (lithium, vanadium, manganese, tin, graphite, cobalt, nickel, zinc & copper) that will benefit from the drive toward electrification of a variety of consumer products: cars, rechargeable batteries, large scale energy storage, renewable energy generation and other applications.

Electric vehicle sales, battery production capacity and renewable energy generation are slated to increase significantly over the next several years and with it, the demand for these targeted commodities. This creates a unique opportunity to invest in and acquire royalties over the mines and projects that will supply the materials needed to feed the electric revolution.

Electric Royalties has a growing portfolio of 17 royalties, including one royalty that currently generates revenue. The Company is focused predominantly on acquiring royalties on advanced stage and operating projects to build a diversified portfolio located in jurisdictions with low geopolitical risk, which offers investors exposure to the clean energy transition via the underlying commodities required to rebuild the global infrastructure over the next several decades towards a decarbonized global economy.

For further information, please contact:

Brendan Yurik Tel: (604) 364‐3540

[email protected]


Relations with the Indigenous communities – The Québec government has appointed a new negotiator in its dealings with the Mi’kmaq Nation

QUÉBEC CITY, Sept. 24, 2021 – Minister Responsible for Indigenous Affairs Ian Lafrenière today announced that the Québec government has appointed a new negotiator to represent it on the Québec-Mi’kmaq Nation discussion panel. Gilles Rouleau has been selected to fill this important position and will take up his duties on September 30, 2021.

The Québec government wishes to maintain harmonious nation-to-nation relations with the Listuguj, Gesgapegiag and Gespeg Mi’kmaq communities, based on partnership, understanding, and mutual respect. Such relations hinge on the establishment of a sustained dialogue, which can lead to the negotiation of agreements on topics of shared interest and foster better cohabitation. The Québec government and the Mi’kmaq Nation have sought for several years to establish and maintain such relations. They now wish to seek mutually acceptable, long-term solutions to certain of the questions that the parties have pinpointed.

Mr. Rouleau’s experience and mediation skills make him the ideal candidate to fill this position, which entails specific obligations. In the course of his career, he has collaborated closely with the Lac Simon Anishnabe Nation and the Cree Nation of Chisasibi. In the context of his new position, Mr. Rouleau must submit to the Minister recommendations geared to the attainment of the objectives pursued. Gilles Rouleau can rely on the full support of the Québec government’s interdepartmental team to carry out his mandate.

“I am indeed pleased by Gilles Rouleau’s appointment to carry out negotiations with the Mi’kmaq Nation. He has already demonstrated his extraordinary skill under previous mandates. I am convinced that he is the right person to oversee the advancement of negotiations respecting fishing in the Gaspé Peninsula, a sensitive and historically complex question. This nomination answers a demand that was expressed by the three communities during my visit over the summer. It is my hope that in the months ahead the Québec government and the Mi’kmaq Nation will draw closer together and consolidate the collaborative link that unites us. I would like to thank Gilles Rouleau for assuming this important responsibility.”

Ian Lafrenière, Minister Responsible for Indigenous Affairs

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Quebec Indigenous groups collecting stories of forced sterilization – CBC

Sep 24, 2021

Researchers hope ‘wall of silence’ will be broken, lack of data in province addressed

Tired of waiting for Quebec to acknowledge reports of forced sterilization, a group of Indigenous researchers, women’s groups, health-care providers and others are collecting testimonies from First Nations and Inuit women to document the practice in the province.

And they are hoping to encourage more people to come forward between now and mid-October.

What’s known as forced or imposed sterilization has been documented in some other provinces, such as British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, but there is a “glaring lack of relevant data” in Quebec, according to the group.

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Media Advisory: Assessment and State of the Situation one Year After the Unveiling of the AFNQL Action Plan on Racism and Discrimination

WENDAKE, September 23, 2021 – One year has passed since the AFNQL Action Plan on Racism and Discrimination unveiling. The Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL), Ghislain Picard, invites media representatives to a press conference to take stock of the situation. For the occasion, leaders of the Atikamekw Nation will join Chief Picard.

WHAT: Press Conference


  • Ghislain Picard, Chief of the Assembly of First
  • Nations Québec-Labrador
  • Sipi Flamand, Vice-Chief – Conseil des
  • Atikamekw de Manawan
  • Participation by Chiefs of the Atikamekw Nation

WHEN:    Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

LOCATION:    Château Joliette

  • Saint-Thomas Street Joliette, QC J6E 3R1 ROOM: Vivaldi

NOTE: All journalists must obtain prior accreditation to comply with health instructions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. All those present must identify themselves, wash their hands before entering the room (antiseptic gel will be available), keep a distance of two meters, wear a mask or a face cover and report any symptoms. We will fit out the room under public health rules.

The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador is the political body that brings together 43
Chiefs of the First Nations in Quebec and Labrador.


Éric Duguay
Medias relations manager
Cellular: 514-377-1980
[email protected]

Alain Garon
AFNQL Communications Advisor
Cellular: 418-254-4620
[email protected]


Makivik Corp.: Re-election of Minority Liberal Government ensures past progress is not lost

September 23, 2021 – Kuujjuaq, Nunavik – Makivik Corporation congratulates Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party on their win in the 2021 Federal Election. We hope that the outcome of this year’s election brings continued support for, and meaningful dialogue with Indigenous communities across Canada.  Most importantly, we hope to see the government address the ongoing challenges faced by Inuit in Nunavik.

“I’m pleased with the outcome of this year’s federal election,” said Makivik President Pita Aatami. “This government first took office in November of 2015, and from that day forward we started the long process of educating the government and their officials on the issues that Inuit across the Arctic face every day. This is a process that we find ourselves in each time a new party is elected to office. With the Liberals re-elected, it means that we can pick our files back up from where they were left when the writ was dropped and get right back to work. The working relationship between the Government of Canada and Inuit Nunangat has come a long way in the past six years, but there is still a lot of work that needs to be done.”

The severe lack of housing within Nunavik, the renegotiation of the Croll Agreement on the implementation of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement, along with the infrastructure gap between Nunavik and the South, remain the main issues that need to be addressed by the federal government. Forty-six years have passed since the signing of the JBNQA and implementation of the agreement continues to be in dispute. There are several federal obligations that remain unaddressed or outstanding, and Makivik would like the federal government to come up with commitments that provide real solutions to these issues over the next three years.

Sylvie Bérubé will be serving her second term as MP of the electoral district that Nunavik falls into: Abitibi–Baie– James–Nunavik–Eeyou.

Makivik President Pita Aatami said he looks forward to her visiting the North. “I look forward to Sylvie Bérubé’s visit to Nunavik this time around. It’s very important to us that you visit the region that you represent and that we discuss how you can help us in our priorities. The reality of the communities across Nunavik is drastically different when compared to a city like Val d’Or, and the only way to truly understand the constituents that you serve in Nunavik is to come to the region and meet us in person. We look forward to your visit to Nunavik and the talks that follow.”

The electoral boundaries of the Abitibi–Baie–James–Nunavik–Eeyou riding also remain an issue for Makivik. Nunavik accounts for more than half the landmass found within the riding, but only accounts for approximately 15 per cent of the population. We ask: How can Inuit of Nunavik elect a representative that they feel will lobby for them at the federal level as their MP, when they are only a small percentage of the population represented?

In closing, Makivik also wants to congratulate all candidates. You deserve our respect as you keep our democracy alive and meaningful.

Results from the 2021 Federal Election can be found from the following link >



Carson Tagoona

Director of Communications

Makivik Corporation

[email protected]


MCK: Medical Masks Required on all School Buses

(Kahnawake – 23, Seskehkó:wa/September 2021) Due to the ongoing fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kateri Memorial Hospital Centre Kahnawà:ke Public Health Team and the Public Safety Commission wish to advise the community that, effective immediately, medical masks* must be worn on Kahnawà:ke school buses at all times.

In accordance with Public Health guidelines, medical masks will be required when students are on the bus, along with other important measures to ensure everybody’s health and safety:

  • If a student walks on with a cloth mask, the bus driver or bus monitor will provide** a medical mask to that child
  • Students will be assigned seats on each bus
  • Bus Drivers and Bus Monitors will be required to maintain a list of students and chart/map indicating where each child is seated

We are asking for the community’s cooperation by having parents/guardians explain the new measures to their children and to ensure that they have access to medical masks before boarding their bus.

3ply Medical or surgical grade masks

Medical/surgical grade masks will be provided to students by the Daily Transportation Department while supplies last.


Media Inquiries:

Lloyd Phillips
Commissioner of Public
Mohawk Council of
[email protected]


Indigenous women being left behind by provincial government: QNW – The Star

Sept. 22, 2021

A lobby group dedicated to improving the lives of Indigenous women in Quebec said any new legislation, funding or projects dedicated to Indigenous life in the province should come with consideration of the special challenges faced by Indigenous women in the province – and come with the acceptance of the idea that Indigenous Peoples in Quebec are faced with institutional racism at many junctures, the group’s president said earlier this week.

“It is essential that the government recognize the existence of discrimination and systemic racism in Quebec,” Quebec Native Women president Viviane Michel said.

Recent government moves to commit $200 million worth of funding to education in order to bridge the culture gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous women are excellent moves in theory, but QNW has yet to see any funding and Michel said Quebec’s movement on some of the 142 Calls to Action presented by the Viens Commission study is admirable, but QNW has yet to see that cash turned into concrete action.

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Research on major societal issues: Indigenous education and health | NRS and UQAT announce the arrival of two new professors at their UMR in Indigenous Studies.

Montreal and Val-d’Or, September 23rd, 2021 – The Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) and l’Université du Québec en Abitiibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) welcome two new professors to its INRS-UQAT Joint Research Unit in Indigenous Studies (UMR). They will be based at the First Peoples Pavilion of the UQAT campus in Val-d’Or. The professors, Nancy Wiscutie-Crépeau and Mireille De La Sablonnière-Griffin will carry out large-scale projects targeting key issues of the UMR: education, as well as health and wellness. This unique showcase in Canada focuses on the contribution of indigenous communities to training and research Within the framework of the 6th edition of the National Forum on Reconciliation, the two university partners are committed to taking concrete action by generating a co-construction of knowledge that responds first and foremost to the expectations and orientations identified by the Indigenous authorities concerned, and whose results are likely to have applications throughout Quebec.

A reappropriation and valorization of the Anicinape language in education
Professor Nancy Wiscutie-Crépeau, a certified teacher, pursued her doctoral studies in second language education at the Faculty of Education of the University of Ottawa. Because of her training and her life experience, she is interested in the place of Indigenous languages in the school environment. Her work has focused on the teaching of Anicinapemowin in the education sector of the community of Kitcisakik. Sensitive to the decline of this language, being herself of Anicinape and Cree/Eeyou origins, she will work, over the next two years, in collaboration with the community for the next two years, on the design of an Anicinape language transmission program for the elementary level and an outdoor Anicinape language immersion program for children in kindergarten.

“There is something very promising in this project. A joint unit will give us the opportunity to create research collaborations by bringing together different disciplines that will contribute to broadening our perspective on Indigenous issues in education and to better understand these very complex realities,” says Professor Wiscutie-Crépeau. “This understanding is necessary to advance First Nations education and the reconciliation process. Together we can build a world that will help rebalance relations between peoples and repair the damage that has been done to Indigenous languages for too long”.

The researcher will collaborate with a multidisciplinary team composed of a biologist and a videographer, who will not only document Indigenous knowledge but also produce reference and educational material for preschool and elementary school students. She will also work with an educational program advisor who will focus on accompanying school personnel in their professional development, among other things, with regard to knowledge and consideration of the social, cultural, linguistic and historical context in which they practice their profession.

Better support for child and family services
Professor Mireille De La Sablonnière-Griffin comes from a background in social work and is interested in the well-being of Indigenous children and youth, particularly from the perspective of existing and expected social services. Having obtained a PhD from McGill University’s School of Social Work, she has a wealth of experience with key players in the health and social services sectors.

The researcher hopes to conduct two projects. The first will focus on the province-wide situation of First Nations children in Quebec’s youth protection services. In the context of the Viens and the Laurent Commissions, the objective is to continue collaborating with the organizations representing First Nations so that they can understand the evolution of the situation over time, thus allowing them to better represent the interests of their members, and also allowing them to support the well-being of children in youth protection.

A second project will be built in collaboration with a First Nations community and aims to document the process of developing their proposed legislation for child and family services under the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Child, Youth and Family Services Act. The goal is to create a guide that can benefit other communities wishing to engage in the same process.

“We are going to go further in our project. There have been developments in recent years regarding Indigenous youth services offered in Quebec. This UMR will help improve our work and anchor it in a more international context,” says Professor De La Sablonnière-Griffin.

Solid foundations to train the next generation of Indigenous Studies researchers
The UMR INRS-UQAT in Indigenous Studies is already working towards the creation of new master’s and doctoral programs in Indigenous Studies in Quebec in the medium term.

“This UMR benefits from UQAT’s leadership in Indigenous Studies but also takes up the philosophy and vision that the DIALOG Network has developed at INRS for more than 20 years in terms of co-construction and mobilization of knowledge by making a place for Indigenous knowledge holders,” recalls INRS professor Carole Lévesque, Director of the DIALOG Network, a member of the INRS-UQAT Joint Research Unit in Indigenous Studies.

“The arrival of the two new professors in the premises and research spaces of the School of Indigenous Studies will promote collaboration as well as the sharing of knowledge and expertise while contributing to the training of a new generation of scientists in the region,” says Hugo Asselin, director of the School of Indigenous Studies at UQAT.

About the INRS
INRS is a university institution dedicated exclusively to research and graduate training. Since its creation in 1969, it contributes actively to the economic, social and cultural development of Quebec. INRS is the leading research institute in Quebec and Canada. It is composed of four interdisciplinary research and training centers, located in Quebec City, Montreal, Laval and Varennes, which focus their activities on strategic sectors: Water, Land and Environment, Energy, Materials and Telecommunication, Urbanization, Culture and Society and Armand-Frappier Health and Biotechnology. Its community includes more than 1,500 students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty members and staff members.

About UQAT
For nearly four decades, UQAT has relied on an approach marked by humanity, creativity and boldness, notably by placing the student experience at the heart of its mission and values. With its 3 campuses, 4 centers and its point of service, UQAT offers more than 150 programs of study. Its development in synergy with the environments in which it is located and its individualized approach make UQAT a privileged place for teaching and research. With a very high performance in research, UQAT ranks among the top three Canadian universities with a general vocation according to the 2020 ranking of the firm RESEARCH Infosource. A leader in Indigenous studies, UQAT has made significant achievements in integrating First Nations communities and knowledge. “Shaping the future together with First Peoples” is one of the priority issues of its 2020-2025 Development Plan.

Catherine Bérubé-Leblanc
Service des communications et du recrutement
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue
819 762-0971 poste 2079

Julie Robert
Service des communications
Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS)
514 971-4747


UQAT: COVID-19 | A lump sum payment of $100 per term for students: Back to school

When the Québec budget was tabled on March 25, 2021, a lump sum of $100 per term was announced for full-time college and university students. The measure was aimed at acknowledging the difficulties experienced by the students during the COVID-19 health crisis during the fall 2020 term and the winter 2021 term.

Eligible students are invited to complete the application form which has been available on Symbiose since July 2, 2021.

Lump sum payments has been started electronically since mid-September 2021, based on the order in which applications was received. Please note that payments will be sent out over several weeks.

This amount will not affect other forms of student financial assistance, such as loans and bursaries.

Also note that the eligibility criteria for the lump sum payment have been expanded. For more information, please go to:

For more information on the application procedure and eligibility criteria, please go to the Ministère’s webpage at:


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