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Kanien’kehá:ka Youth in Kahnawà:ke take stand against proposed Bill 96 legislation

(Kahnawake – 20, Onerahtohkó:wa/May 2022) The Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) Youth of Kahnawà:ke are issuing a formal declaration to the Quebec Government that they strongly oppose Bill 96, An Act Respecting French, the Official and Common Language of Quebec, which is being proposed by the Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) aimed at strengthening the Charter of the French Language (Bill 101).

Firstly, the Kanien’kehá:ka are, and always have been, a sovereign nation within this Territory. We are the original people of this land and have always maintained our assertion that we are the sole caretakers of our territory, our culture and our language. Regardless of centuries of colonial impositions placed on our people, we remain strong, defiant and proud of who we are as Onkwehón:we (original people). We hold our elders, families, cultural warriors, and Kanien’ké:ha (Mohawk language) speakers in the highest regard.

While Bill 96 is portrayed as a proposal to enhance French language and culture, it is yet another legislative policy that places more barriers in the way of our future and on all that we value. It is designed to advance Quebec nationalism, while it forces the destruction of our nationhood by minimalizing efforts that our people have made towards the revitalization of our culture and language.

“Quebec, like we, has every right to protect their beloved language and culture, but it must not come at the expense of others… the Kanien’kehá:ka, other Indigenous people, and anyone else who speak languages other than French,” said spokesperson on behalf of the Kanien’kehá:ka Youth, Teiotsatonteh Diabo. “The way that this legislation elevates the French language through force not only disregards the rights of other cultures and languages, it is an outright attack against everyone but the French.”

While government officials claim the implications of the Bill are seemingly minor, experts are clearly proving there is potential for devastating impacts that will create even more barriers for Indigenous people. It will become increasingly difficult to pursue higher education by having to take more courses in French, it severely limits our choices to enter into professional orders unless we speak French, and accessing government and business services will become extremely difficult if we do not have the choice of reading, writing or speaking in the language of our choice.

“Many youth are already concerned that if this Bill passes, they will be forced to go to college, or work out of province because they won’t be able to communicate in French,” continued Diabo. “We will see more failures in the education system, lower grade scores and less opportunity to get into programs at a university level. I do not wish this on myself, my peers, or anyone else.”

The proposed legislation is a direct attack on peaceful relations between non-Indigenous and Indigenous Peoples. We need only look at the history of the original Two-Row Wampum Treaty our ancestors had with the settlers. The two lines in the wampum represent the two distinct peoples: the canoe (Indigenous), and the ship (non-Indigenous). At no time do the vessels ever cross paths, which is symbolic to the ideology that the affairs of one do not ever interfere with the other. Continual oppressive policies like this Bill not only violate that treaty, but it does so at the expense of, yet again, our people.

What we as the collective must understand, is that we are navigating the same waters, and that we always have to be mindful of the affairs of others. Failure by the CAQ to genuinely and appropriately consult with our people is a total disregard to Indigenous self-determination, a total disregard for Indigenous cultures and languages, and a clear violation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The Kanien’kehá:ka Youth of Kahnawà:ke are demanding a stop to this legislation. We have mobilized to ensure every effort is taken to protect the futures of our youth, and of the seven generations to come. We are at a crossroad where, we as Kanien’kehá:ka, our neighboring anglophones, Quebecois and every other ally, must take a stance to do what is right. It’s time to change the colonial assimilative legacy that this country has practiced for centuries. It’s time to come together and take a stand. Say NO to Bill 96.

We call upon our brothers and sisters, our neighboring communities, our friends and allies to join us, as we send our message to the proponents of this legislation. At 9:30am on Saturday, May 21st, the Kanien’kehá:ka Youth, backed by the community of Kahnawà:ke, will be holding a peaceful march within our territory. We aim to educate, while sending a strong message that we will not stand idly by while we are faced with imposition.

This march is but the beginning of the type of action we will take until our voices are heard, our concerns are considered, and our right to exist without interference is respected. We will not stop until we have resolution, we will not stand down.


The Kanien’kehá:ka Youth of Kahnawà:ke


Media Inquiries:

Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke Public Relations

[email protected]

On behalf of:

Teiotsatonteh Diabo


Kanien’kehá:ka Youth of Kahnawà:ke


The Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec Presents The Second First Peoples (First Nations) Medal

May 20, 2022

QUÉBEC, May 19, 2022 – The Lieutenant Governor of Quebec, The Honourable J. Michel Doyon, today presented the second First People (First Nations) Medal, created in a desire for recognition and in the wake of the necessary reconciliation with Aboriginal communities.

This distinction, an initiative of the Lieutenant Governor of Québec, recognizes the exceptional contribution of First Nations and Inuit people. In addition, this recognition highlights the careers of remarkable individuals who, through their achievements, involvement and commitment, contribute to the influence of their community, their nation or First Nations throughout Quebec, or Canada, or internationally.

“This award recognizes the social involvement, commitment, support and assistance to others, a true mission that people dedicated to the well-being of their community have for themselves, and also underscores the gratitude of their fellow citizens for their exemplary service. This is a mark of recognition and, hopefully, the beginning of a tradition,” said the Lieutenant Governor of Québec.

The recipients are recognized as individuals who bring change in the social, cultural, community and economic challenges of First Nations people.

Today were decorated:

Madame Lise Bastien
Nation huronne-wendate / Huron-Wendat Nation

Monsieur Denys Bernard
Nation abénaquise / Abenaki Nation

Monsieur Daniel Brière
Nation malécite / Maliseet Nation

Madame Pénélope Guay
Nation innue / Innu Nation

Docteure Ojistoh Horn
Nation mohawk / Mohawk Nation

Monsieur Robert Kanatewat
Nation crie / Cree Nation

Monsieur Oscar Kistabish
Nation algonquine / Algonquin Nation

Madame Loretta Robinson
Nation naskapie/ Naskapi Nation

“We must congratulate these people with a remarkable career path, who fill us with pride. We must also thank each of the Nations for their contribution to the building of our society and support their constant efforts to maintain, within their respective communities, the values that explain both their past and their future”, concluded The Honourable J. Michel Doyon.

For further information: Jean-François Provençal, Chef de cabinet et secrétaire particulier, Cabinet du lieutenant-gouverneur, 418 643-5385, poste 5005, [email protected];


20 years of working to reconnect with her home community – CBC

May 20, 2022

Through a repatriation program, Rolanda Murphy found she had a sister in U.S.

Rolanda Murphy comes back from her bedroom wearing an orange “every child matters” T-shirt and a traditional Indigenous skirt.

The skirt has been tailored to fit her small frame. It’s red, with a beautiful flower print and a ribbon trim.

“I got the skirt for my 50th birthday last year. It’s my most prized possession outside of my white eagle feather,” she says before going to retrieve the feather.

“This is it. This is the white eagle feather,” she says, emotions weighing heavy in her voice. “It was given to me by my birth community.… I love it! This is all a part of me, of who I am.”

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Nunavik Parks bookings filling up as summer tourists return – Nunatsiaq News

May 20, 2022

Nunavik Parks is hoping for a tourist boom this year as visitors from outside the region begin booking their summer travels.

Nunavik is home to four Quebec national parks that are operated and staffed locally by Kativik regional government: Kuururjuaq National Park and Ulittaniujalik National Park in Kangiqsualujjuaq, Tursujuq National Park in Umiujaq, and Pingualuit National Park in Kangiqsujuaq.

For the past two years, COVID-19 restrictions have prevented tourists from being able to travel to Nunavik to visit the parks.

However, the situation this year is looking more optimistic as travel packages are beginning to fill up, says Catherine Noiseux, assistant director of park operations in KRG’s Renewable Resources, Environment, Lands and Parks Department.

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Parks Canada administered sites in Québec officially kick off 2022 summer visitor season!

From: Parks Canada

May 19, 2022

The network of protected areas administered by Parks Canada is a gateway to nature, history, and 450 000 km² of memories from coast to coast to coast.

The 30 cultural and natural heritage sites administered by Parks Canada in Québec are pleased to welcome visitors for the 2022 summer visitor season. This year, certain sites will be offering new activities, including:

·         New accessible and inclusive experiences at La Mauricie National Park to allow a greater diversity of visitors to enjoy it. The beach at Édouard Lake will now be equipped with a mobility mat for wheelchair access to the beach, and transportation options without a personal vehicle will be enhanced through a partnership with the travel agency Escapade Mauricie.

·         Eco-responsible ways to navigate in the whale habitat and marvel at the sublime landscapes of the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park. Boaters and kayakers are invited to navigate with experienced captains and guides or discover the park with both feet on the ground thanks to the Discovery Network that links 21 observation sites in the Lower St. Lawrence, Charlevoix, Côte-Nord and Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean regions.

·         Various large-scale events at Forillon National Park such as the Forillon Ultra-Trail event by Événements Gaspesia and the Festival de musique du Bout du Monde featuring Vieux Farka Touré at the sunrise concert. The park also features 10 memorable experiences for people with reduced mobility such as an oTENTik stay and the Penouille Beach Trail, now accessible with an adapted electric cart.

·         New original accommodation options in the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve. Visitors venturing to Île du Havre and Grande Île will now be able to stay in an Ôasis, a dreamy ready-to-camp accommodation in the shape of a water droplet!

·         Four important celebrations will be marked in 2022: the 50th anniversary of the Cartier-Brébeuf National Historic Site, the 150th anniversary of the construction of the Lévis forts, the 175th anniversary of the Irish tragedy at Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site and at Forillon National Park, and the 20th anniversary of the reopening of the Lachine Canal.

·         New activities throughout the network of national historic sites (NHS), including:

o    The Diabolus ex machina audio path created by Fred Pellerin and artwork by artist Myriam Fauteux at Forges du Saint-Maurice NHS. To be discovered along an outdoor trail on the shores of the Saint-Maurice River.

o    A new exhibition at the Saint-Louis Forts and Château NHS in partnership with the Huron-Wendat Nation that traces more than 200 years of diplomatic relations and alliances with First Nations through the perspective of the Nation.

o    Workshops all summer long on the trades of yesteryear and Indigenous know-how at the Obadjiwan-Fort Témiscamingue NHS.

o    Costumed interpretation activities, games and tea tastings at Manoir Papineau NHS as part of the Year of the Garden.

o    The return of the highly popular family activities with soldiers and a new tour to better appreciate the impressive Fort Chambly NHS at the foot of the rapids.

o    “Learn-to Camp” family experiences in collaboration with MEC at various national historic sites in the Montreal, Quebec City and Chaudière-Appalaches regions.

Parks Canada provides the perfect setting for memorable and safe experiences. Whether you’re looking for adventure, fun for the whole family, a chance to explore nature and history, or a break from the everyday, there are countless unique experiences to suit every visitor’s needs.

The Parks Canada website provides opening dates for each site as well as detailed information on what visitors can expect, how to prepare for a visit, and what services may be available. Visitors are asked to plan ahead by checking the website before they travel, to respect the guidance of public health experts, and to follow all signage and direction from Parks Canada employees.

The health and safety of visitors and employees are of the utmost importance and Parks Canada continues to follow the advice, guidance, and requirements of public health authorities and experts to limit the spread of COVID-19.



“As Canadians, we are fortunate to live in a country with such diverse landscapes and rich history. Every one of the protected areas within the Parks Canada network of sites is a perfect gateway to discovering, learning about, and connecting with natural and cultural heritage. As summer approaches, I encourage all Canadians to get out and explore Québec’s most emblematic regions, as they walk in the footsteps of history and enjoy the important physical and mental benefits of being outdoors.”

The Honourable Steven Guilbeault
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

“Parks Canada prides itself on providing visitors with high quality and meaningful experiences across the country. The Parks Canada team works extremely hard to ensure that each and every person leaves with memories that will last a lifetime. We are excited to welcome new and returning visitors back to Québec, this season, to help them create new memories and discover everything that these treasured places have to offer.”

Ron Hallman
President and Chief Executive Officer, Parks Canada

Quick facts

  • Parks Canada is a cornerstone of the tourism industry in Quebec. The 30 sites under its administration in the province (national parks, national historic sites and a national marine conservation area) welcome nearly five million visitors each year and generate significant economic benefits.
  • Looking for a student or seasonal job? Join the wonderful team at Parks Canada and make your summer even better! Many positions available in various fields.
  • Travelling in an electric vehicle? Multiple electric vehicle charging stations are available for visitors to use throughout the Parks Canada network. Visit the website to locate them all.
  • Want the ultimate ticket to nature, history and adventure? The Parks Canada Discovery Pass provides unlimited admission for a full year to over 80 destinations across the country. Visitors can purchase their Parks Canada Discovery Passes online, on-site, and at partner retailer locations across the country.
  • Looking to bring a piece of Parks Canada home? The online Parks Canada Shop has all of your souvenir needs covered with official Parks Canada merchandise.

Associated links


Kaitlin Power
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
[email protected]

Media Relations
Parks Canada Agency
[email protected]


Books for preschoolers latest tool against language loss in northern Quebec – CBC

May 19, 2022

Cree Child and Family Services set to release seven culturally-based picture books

In the hopes of reversing a worrisome trend of language loss, Quebec Cree are expanding their library of Cree-language books that are culturally-based and aimed at preschool aged children.

After launching a call for stories in 2020, the Cree Nation Government’s Child and Family Services department is set to release seven picture books in Cree syllabics for preschoolers in June.

Kelly-Lee Pepabano is the director of the Cree Nation Government’s Child and Family Services department.

“We know that the Cree language is lost with our children because of technology, we see them watching television and using iPads in English mostly,” Pepabano said in Cree.

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Minister Guilbeault’s statement on the World Meteorological Organization’s report on the state of the global climate

From: Environment and Climate Change Canada

May 18, 2022

Today, as the World Meteorological Organization released its report on the state of the global climate, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, issued the following statement.

“From devastating wildfires to floods, extreme weather in 2021 drove home the urgency of climate action and ambition. Not only do we need to cut the emissions that cause climate change, we need to ensure our communities and our economy are prepared for this new reality. That is exactly what our government is focused on delivering.

“We recently released our 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan: Canada’s Next Steps for Clean Air and a Strong Economy. Our plan is a sector-by-sector approach for Canada to meet our 2030 target of reducing emissions by at least 40 percent below 2005 levels and to put us on track toward our goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

“Our plan makes it easier and more affordable for Canadians to switch to electric vehicles. It helps reduce energy costs for our homes and buildings with a new Canada Green Buildings Strategy and new funding to expand the Canada Greener Homes Loan program. It invests in nature and natural climate solutions. And it sets out a roadmap to transition to renewable energy.

“As we address the human drivers of extreme weather, today’s report by the World Meteorological Organization also reminds us that it’s critical to build communities and an economy that are resilient. As we help places like Lytton, in British Columbia, rebuild, we’re focused on supporting communities across the country. Canada is currently developing its first National Adaptation Strategy, working with provincial, territorial, and municipal governments; Indigenous Peoples; and other key partners to develop a whole-of-society approach to make communities safer and more resilient to climate impacts.

“As the World Meteorological Organization’s report makes clear, standing still is not an option. Smart climate action will create and support middle class jobs, protect our homes and communities, and keep Canadian workers on the leading edge in a net-zero emissions and resilient economy.”


Kaitlin Power
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
[email protected]

Media Relations
Environment and Climate Change Canada
819-938-3338 or 1-844-836-7799 (toll-free)
[email protected]


Arianne Phosphate optimizes the production of its phosphate concentrate for speciality markets

May 18, 2022

SAGUENAY, QUEBEC – (May 18, 2022) – Arianne Phosphate (the “Company” or “Arianne”) (TSX VENTURE: DAN; OTC: DRRSF; FRANKFURT: JE9N), a development-stage phosphate mining company, advancing its Lac à Paul project in Quebec’s Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region, is pleased to announce that it has successfully tested an enhanced process that will allow the Company to optimize its high-purity phosphate concentrate for specific end markets.

Working with Corem, a Quebec-based Company specializing in mineral processing, Arianne produced both a low MER (minor element ratio) and higher MER phosphate concentrate using high intensity magnetic separation. The results demonstrated that Arianne’s phosphate concentrate can be further optimized to meet target markets with an easy addition to the process flowsheet. The low MER material is of interest to those looking for specialty phosphate applications, such as high-purity acid used in lithium-iron-phosphate (“LFP”) batteries while, the higher MER concentrate would be of interest for direct application fertilizers, as it would be higher in beneficial micronutrients such as iron.

“Due to the nature of Arianne’s phosphate concentrate, the Company has been approached by participants outside of the traditional fertilizer industry,” said Brian Ostroff, President of Arianne. “With this work complete, Arianne continues to demonstrate the superiority of its phosphate concentrate and will allow the Company to produce a concentrate specifically targeted for its end use. Further, by opening up additional premium markets, it allows greater commercial opportunities for our investors and stakeholders at a time when macro events have driven phosphate demand and, forced buyers to try and secure their supplies from safer geopolitical jurisdictions.”

As well, Arianne today has announced a grant of 500,000 stock options to Mr. Jeffrey Beck, CEO of Arianne Phosphate and are in lieu of any salary or cash remuneration. These Options entitle the holder to purchase one common share of the Company until May 17, 2032 at a price of $0.55 per share, this being the closing price of the Company’s shares on the trading day preceding the date of the grant. The Options are subject to a vesting period and are also subject to regulatory approval. Mr. Beck added, “after having spent the last year at Arianne and watching its progression, the ability to tie my remuneration to the future fortunes of the Company, was a welcomed opportunity.”

About Arianne Phosphate:

Arianne Phosphate (“Arianne Phosphate Inc.”) ( is developing the Lac à Paul phosphate deposits located approximately 200 km north of the Saguenay/Lac St. Jean area of Quebec, Canada. These deposits will produce a high quality igneous apatite concentrate grading 39% P2O5 with little or no contaminants (Feasibility Study released in 2013). The Company has 189,969,848 shares outstanding.

Qualified Person

Raphael Gaudreault, eng., Qualified Person by NI 43-101, has approved this release. Mr. Gaudreault is also the Company’s Chief Operating Officer.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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Contact Information:

Source : Raphael Gaudreault, COO

[email protected]

Tel. : 418-590-1318

Info: Brian Ostroff, President

[email protected]

Tel. : 514-908-4202


Government of Canada launches consultation period for renewal of Federal Tourism Growth Strategy

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

The strategy will set the course for growth, investment and stability

May 18, 2022 – Montréal, Quebec

Tourism tells our story to the world, and the workers in that industry make possible the memorable experiences people carry with them for the rest of their lives. Today at an event with the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance, announced the launch of the formal engagement period for the renewal of Canada’s Federal Tourism Growth Strategy.

Minister Boissonnault will work with the tourism sector, provincial and territorial counterparts, and Indigenous tourism partners to renew the strategy and set a course for growth, investment and stability. The Minister also spoke about supports for small and medium-sized enterprises and his vision for the tourism and hospitality industry in the coming years.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an undeniable and unique impact on Canadian tourism. To help the tourism and hospitality industry weather the challenges of the past two years, the Government of Canada provided $23 billion in emergency support. Now, with travel safely resuming and the industry beginning to turn the corner, there is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for tourism to thrive and grow even stronger. The government is deeply invested in seeing the tourism industry thrive again and reach its full potential as a job creator and economic driver in communities all across Canada. As announced in Budget 2022, one of many measures that will help fuel the resurgence of tourism is the renewal of the Federal Tourism Growth Strategy.

The strategy will focus on important areas such as workforce challenges and destination development, which have become increasingly significant since the first strategy was launched in 2019.

Tourism stakeholders, business owners and employees, as well as members of the public, are invited to visit New Federal Tourism Growth Strategy to provide input and help lay the foundation for the future of Canada’s tourism industry.


“Today’s launch of the consultation period for the renewal of the Federal Tourism Growth Strategy is a significant and exciting step for Canadian tourism. There is a lot of work to be done, and I know we can position the sector for long-term growth by coming together in a spirit of collaboration. Working with industry partners and provincial and territorial colleagues, we will plot a course for a bright future for this sector and for the Canadian economy.”
– The Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance

Quick facts

  • The tourism sector is a key contributor to the Canadian economy. In 2019, tourism generated over $104 billion in revenue and directly employed 692,000 people, including members of under-represented groups like racialized and LGBTQ2+ individuals, youth, women, new Canadians and Indigenous populations.
  • Launched in 2019, Creating Middle Class Jobs: A Federal Tourism Growth Strategy was focused on unleashing the potential of tourism to drive economic growth and job creation in all regions of the country.

Associated links


Marie-Pier Baril
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance
[email protected]

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
[email protected]


LAC funds 38 projects to preserve documentary heritage across the country


For the eighth year running, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) will provide, under its Documentary Heritage Communities Program (DHCP), $1.5 million to support 38 projects (including 30 new projects) by archives, libraries and other documentary heritage institutions throughout Canada.

See the news releases for more details:


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