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Indigenous communities across the globe are fighting to retain their languages, which serve as means through which cultures, knowledge and traditions are preserved and transmitted between generations.

Artificial intelligence (AI) may be able to help. Whether it be through a voice service like Amazon’s Alexa that teaches Indigenous knowledge and languages to children, or speech-to-text technology that can facilitate language preservation, Professor Noelani Arista is exploring how the sovereignty of Indigenous knowledge can be maintained through ever-transforming technology.

Arista, who is the Director of the Indigenous Studies Minor Program and Professor in the Department of History and Classical Studies, collaborates with other Indigenous scholars, computer scientists and community members to craft solutions to challenges faced by Indigenous communities and create interdisciplinary approaches to indigenizing AI.

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Call for proposals to help support high-quality Indigenous early learning and child care

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

January 31, 2023

High-quality and culturally appropriate early learning and child care programs designed by and with Indigenous families and communities give Indigenous children the best start in life and forms an essential part of Reconciliation. That is why the Government of Canada is committed to promoting and investing in Indigenous-led early learning and child care, including through Quality Improvement Projects. Quality Improvement Projects help to identify best practices, models, and innovations which can be adapted for use in other communities or Indigenous early learning and child care settings and help ensure that First Nations, Inuit and Métis children have the opportunities in the early years to succeed in the future.

Today, the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Karina Gould, launched a call for proposals for the Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Quality Improvement Projects. The funding for Quality Improvement Projects aims to advance the vision and goals of the Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework through research and innovation. It will complement and inform the other Indigenous-specific investments in place to build governance systems, expand access to culturally-appropriate programs and services, support training and retaining a skilled early learning and child care workforce, undertake repairs and renovations of existing Indigenous ELCC centres, and build new centres in additional communities.

This call for proposals is targeted towards First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities, governments and organizations and will support Indigenous practices and approaches to early learning and child care that are grounded in Indigenous languages, cultures, and ways of knowing and learning. The results achieved through these research and innovation projects will contribute to a pool of knowledge and expertise, such as identifying best practices and developing service delivery models to improve early learning and child care services available to Indigenous communities.

The Government of Canada is providing approximately $39 million over three fiscal years in available funding, starting in 2023-24, for projects through this call for proposals.

Priority areas for the projects were identified through engagement with First Nations, Inuit and Métis partners. The key priorities identified were:

  • development of a vision or framework for a high-quality, culturally appropriate early learning and child care system within an Indigenous context;
  • activities to build and strengthen local Indigenous early learning and child care licensing rules and procedures;
  • actions to support ongoing education and training for Indigenous early learning and child care leaders, management and staff; and
  • new tools, curriculum or training to support Indigenous early learning and child care staff working with children with special needs.

Indigenous communities, governments and organizations are encouraged to submit a proposal by April 11, 2023 at 2:00 pm EDT.


“Access to high-quality early learning and child care that takes into account their cultures, languages, traditions, values and customs is essential for First Nations, Inuit and Métis children and families. The Quality Improvement Projects will help support practices and approaches to early learning and child care centred on the needs of Indigenous children to provide a solid foundation for future success.”

– The Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Quick facts

  • The Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Quality Improvement Projects aim to advance the vision and goals of the Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework through research and innovation.
  • The co-developed Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework was jointly released by the Government of Canada, the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and the Métis National Council in 2018. It adopts a distinctions-based approach to strengthening high-quality, culturally appropriate early learning and child care for Indigenous children guided by Indigenous priorities.
  • Budget 2017 included up to $1.7 billion over 10 years, starting in the 2018 to 2019 fiscal year, to support the co-developed Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework and strengthen culturally appropriate early learning and child care programs for Indigenous children and families.
  • To sustain the 10-year investment in Indigenous early learning and child care announced in Budget 2017, the 2020 Fall Economic Statement committed to make this funding permanent and ongoing at $210 million per year, starting in the 2028 to 2029 fiscal year. Budget 2021 invested an additional $2.5 billion over five years and $542 million ongoing to implement this Framework, building on previous investments made since 2016 to ensure an early learning and child care system meets the needs of Indigenous families, wherever they live.

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For media enquiries, please contact:

Mohammad Hussain
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada


NTI president, Nunavik teacher named to Indigenous educators’ committee – Nunatsiaq News

Jan 31, 2023

National Advisory Committee on Indigenous Teacher Education aims to increase the number of Indigenous teachers in Canada

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. president Aluki Kotierk and Nunavik teacher Andrea Brazeau have been named to a national committee that has a goal to increase the number of Indigenous teachers in Canada.

The Rideau Hall Foundation made the announcement in a news release Tuesday.

National Advisory Committee on Indigenous Teacher Education has 10 members and two co-chairs. Its objectives include increasing recruitment, education, and employment of Indigenous teachers through Indigenous-led research and partnerships.

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Probe Gold Provides Exploration Plans for 2023

31 Jan 2023


  • Exploration Programs – 60,000 metres of drilling is planned for Novador and Detour Quebec projects in 2023.
  • Novador Project
    • 38,000 metres in expansion drilling at Novador’s Monique, Courvan and Pascalis deposits. Five drills are turning now at Monique.
    • 15,000 metres in exploration drilling in Val-d’Or with 12,500 metres at Novador, testing new and lateral extension of gold trends, in February.
  • Detour Quebec
    • Additional follow-up drilling on high prospectivity identified targets.
    • 7,000 metres in follow-up drilling, including on La Peltrie 2022 copper-gold-silver-molybdenum discovery, in June with two drills.
  • Geophysics, geochemistry, and prospecting has commenced over 20 new areas identified with high exploration potential.
  • Resource updates on the Pascalis and Courvan trend deposits are progressing well and expected in Spring.

Toronto, January 31, 2023 – PROBE GOLD INC. (TSX: PRB) (OTCQB: PROBF) (“Probe” or the “Company”), is pleased to provide the exploration plan for 2023 and an update on the progress of exploration activities at its Novador and Detour Quebec gold projects located in the two largest gold camps in Quebec’s Abitibi greenstone belt. Probe has been successfully growing and converting significant gold resources at its Novador Monique, Pascalis and Courvan gold trends while generating numerous high-priority regional targets with strong potential for additional, new, discoveries. In 2023, Probe intends to be more aggressive in exploration outside the existing gold resources areas and is planning to begin testing these new areas within Novador while maintaining a large resource expansion program. To begin this ongoing program of regional exploration, 15,000 metres of drilling has been allocated in 2023 to test selected targets. Resource expansion drilling will continue at Novador’s Monique, Pascalis and Courvan deposits with 38,000 metres planned in areas with high probability of expansion as predicted by our 3D geological models on each deposit.

At the Detour Quebec project, additional follow-up drilling will be performed on last year’s Copper-Gold-Silver-Molybdenum discovery and new drill targets identified along the Lower Detour Gold Trend will be tested. The drill program, totaling 7,000 metres with two drills, is scheduled to begin next June at Detour.

Exploration activities such as prospecting, geophysics and geochemistry are also planned from Q1 to Q3 this year to define drill targets in new areas at Novador and Detour where we see high potential for new gold discoveries. Probe intends to begin drill testing these new targets as soon as Q4, this year.

David Palmer, President and CEO of Probe, states “What we have achieved at our Novador project has been exceptional, with a growing development asset of over five million ounces in one of the most mining friendly jurisdictions in the World.  However, we still see an incredible amount of upside in this project, in terms of both resource expansion and new gold discoveries.  When we consolidated the Novador project we saw the untapped potential of this area to host multiple gold deposits outside of the existing resource areas.  Now that we have solidified Novador’s place as one of the largest and best development projects in Canada, we can now start demonstrating the tremendous regional exploration upside of the project.  We already have more than 20 new target areas identified, with five drill-ready, and the others being brought to drill readiness.  I am very excited to finally start testing these targets and show the incredible potential of this project and why we were so eager to consolidate this area.  The first drills are scheduled to start in February, alongside our resource expansion program which is already in progress.  We are also encouraged by our recent results at Detour, which showed the discovery of a potentially large base and precious metal system on the La Peltrie property as well as some good indications of gold mineralization along the interpreted structure hosting Agnico Eagle’s Zone 58 discovery.  In addition, we have been advancing new exploration targets along the Lower Detour Deformation Zone, two of which will be tested in the summer program.  It is going to be a busy year for the exploration drills and we will be eagerly awaiting results.”

Novador project

In 2023, the Company’s main priorities are to increase mineral resources and make new discoveries at the Novador project. Probe plans to test targets in the regional extensions of the Monique, Pascalis, and Courvan gold trends (Figure 1) as well as other new areas of the property. The Company is also pursuing an extensive expansion drill program to continue increasing the amount of gold ounces within the Novador deposits. This year’s expansion drilling will focus on new mineralization potential within the current open pit shells and potential higher-grade, underground stopes. Following the positive resource estimate for Monique, updated resource estimates for Pascalis and Courvan are scheduled for spring 2023.

Detour Quebec project

In December 2022, Probe announced the discovery of a potential large copper-gold-silver-molybdenum mineralized system on the La Peltrie option property (option from Midland Exploration Inc.), located 15 kilometres southeast of Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd.’s Zone 58N gold deposit and 25 kilometres west of the former Selbaie mine, which produced 56.9 million tonnes grading 0.87 per cent copper, 1.85 per cent zinc, 39 grams per tonne silver and 0.55 gram per tonne gold (historical production). The mineralization intersected in hole LAP-22-012 was present throughout the drill hole, defining a wider copper-gold-silver-molybdenum intercept grading 0.21 per cent copper equivalent over 345.5 metres from surface, with potential to continue laterally and at depth. The Company, is currently planning the next phase of work, including a winter induced polarization (IP) survey, a spring prospecting program, and a summer 2,500-metre drilling program, with a focus on testing new induced polarization anomalies strategically positioned surrounding the discovery hole LAP-22-012.

At Detour Quebec Main property (100% owned by Probe), additional follow-up drilling on 2022 drill results is warranted. Last year Probe drilled thirteen (13) holes totaling 5,279-metre located 15 kilometres to the southeast of Agnico Eagle’s Zone 58N gold zone (Figure 2).  Drilling was designed to test selected targets from the induced polarization (IP) and property-scale biogeochemical sampling programs. Drill holes intersected multiple low-grade gold intercepts grading 0.1 to 2.7 g/t Au over 1.0 to 1.5 metres associated with the Lower Detour Zone 58N typical host rocks assemblage and structures. Drilling provided comprehensive geologic stratigraphy comparable to the Zone 58N gold zone, including the identification of shear zones similar to that described at Zone 58. Low-grade gold mineralization was associated with contacts between Fe-rich and Mg-rich tholeiitic basalts, chert-layers and quartz-tourmaline veining in quartz feldspar porphyry units. Based on these interesting drill results, the program successfully demonstrated high prospectivity for larger gold mineralized systems which will be followed up with a 4,500-metre drill program next summer.

Figure 1: Probe’s Novador Project – 2023 proposed exploration drilling areas surface map

Figure 2: Probe’s Detour Quebec properties – Surface map

About Probe’s Novador Project

Since 2016, Probe Gold has been consolidating its land position in the highly prospective Val-d’Or East area in the province of Quebec with a district-scale land package of 436 square kilometers that represents one of the largest land holdings in the Val-d’Or mining camp. The Novador project is a sub-set of properties totaling 175 square kilometers hosting three past producing mines (Beliveau Mine, Bussière Mine and Monique Mine) and falls along three regional mine trends.  Novador is situated in a politically stable and low-cost mining environment that hosts numerous active producers and mills. The Monique property, part of the Company’s Novador Project, consists of 21 claims and one mining lease, covering a large portion of the reported gold resource, with a total area of 5.5 square kilometres in Louvicourt township, located 25 kilometers east of Val-d’Or.

About Probe’s Detour Quebec Project

The discovery stage Project covers an area of 777 square kilometres along the Detour Gold Trend, including the La Peltrie property option, the Gaudet-Fenelon JV property, the wholly owned Detour Quebec Main and North properties, and is located 190 kilometres north of Rouyn-Noranda and 40 kilometres northwest of the town of Matagami, Quebec, and hosts the Sunday Lake, Massicotte and Lower Detour Lake gold deformation zones. Both the La Petrie option and Gaudet-Fenelon JV properties are in partnership with Midland Exploration Inc. The Project is located along the lateral extensions of Canada’s second largest gold mine at Detour Lake, operated by Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd., and recent high-grade gold discoveries in Zone 58N, Fenelon/Tabasco, Area 51 and Martiniere/Bug Lake made by Balmoral Resources Ltd. and subsequently their acquirer Wallbridge Mining Company Ltd. on their land package adjacent to the northern boundary of Probe’s property.

Qualified Persons

The scientific and technical content of this press release has been reviewed, prepared and approved by Mr. Marco Gagnon, P.Geo, Executive Vice President, who is a “Qualified Person” as defined by National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”).

Quality Control

During the last drilling program, assay samples were taken from the NQ core by sawing the drill core in half, with one-half sent to a certified commercial laboratory and the other half retained for future reference. A strict QA/QC program was applied to all samples; which includes insertion of mineralized standards and blank samples for each batch of 20 samples. The gold analyses were completed by fire-assayed with an atomic absorption finish on 50 grams of materials. Repeats were carried out by fire-assay followed by gravimetric testing on each sample containing 3.0 g/t gold or more. Total gold analyses (Metallic Sieve) were carried out on the samples which presented a great variation of their gold contents or the presence of visible gold. Samples from drill hole LAP-22-012 had additional analysis completed using 35 multi-element geochemical package by 4-acid digestion, followed by Inductively Couple Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) finish.

About Probe Gold:
Probe Gold Inc. is a leading Canadian gold exploration company focused on the acquisition, exploration, and development of highly prospective gold properties. The Company is committed to discovering and developing high-quality gold projects, including its key asset the multimillion-ounce Novador Gold Project, Québec. The Company is well-funded and controls a large land package of approximately 1,500-square-kilometres of exploration ground within some of the most prolific gold belts in Québec. The Company was formed as a result of the $526M sale of Probe Mines Limited to Goldcorp. Eldorado Gold Corporation currently owns approximately 10% of the Company.

On behalf of Probe Gold Inc.,

Dr. David Palmer,
President & Chief Executive Officer

For further information:

Please visit our website at or contact:

Seema Sindwani
Vice-President of Investor Relations


H2O Innovation Will Release its Q2-FY2023 Financial Results

Quebec City, January 31, 2023 – (TSX: HEO) – H2O Innovation Inc. (“H2O Innovation” or the “Corporation”) announces that it will release its financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2023 on Tuesday, February 14, 2023, at approximately 8:00 a.m. (EST).

The Corporation will also host a conference call, on the same day, at 10:00 a.m. (EST). Financial analysts and investors are invited to attend this conference call during which the 2023 second quarter results will be presented. The call will begin with a presentation by management followed by a question -and-answer period. A slide presentation will be available on the Corporate Presentations page of the Investors section of the Corporation’s website.

Time and date:

Dial in number:

Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. (EST) 1-888-396-8049 or 416-764-8646

About H2O Innovation

Innovation is in our name, and it is what drives the organization. H2O Innovation is a complete water solutions company focused on providing best-in-class technologies and services to its customers. The Corporation’s activities rely on three pillars: i) Water Technologies & Services (WTS) applies membrane technologies and engineering expertise to deliver equipment and services to municipal and industrial water, wastewater, and water reuse customers, ii) Specialty Products (SP) is a set of businesses that manufacture and supply a complete line of specialty chemicals, consumables and engineered products for the global water treatment industry, and iii) Operation & Maintenance (O&M) provides contract operations and associated services for water and wastewater treatment systems. Through innovation, we strive to simplify water. For more information, visit



H2O Innovation Inc.


Marc Blanchet
+1 418-688-0170


‘He was a protector’: Kitigan Zibi remembers Gino Odjick – APTN News

Jan 30, 2023

Gino Odjick, also known in professional hockey circles as the “Algonquin Assassin” was laid to rest at a private service in his community of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg on Saturday.

Odjick passed away on Jan. 15 due to complications from Amyloidosis, a rare and fatal disease that affected his heart.

He was diagnosed with the disease in 2014.

Norm Odjick is a cousin and said he was shocked to hear of his passing.

“We didn’t think it’d be that soon, but the way I just look at it is, after the first bout he had with the disease, we had an extra nine years with him and its very fortunate for that,” he said.

Norm Odjick, along with other family members met with media last Friday in the community to share who Gino was.

“It was his toughness and his skill that made him famous however it was his huge heart and generosity that kept him in the public eye,” said Norm.

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Minister Rodriguez announces the appointment of Guy Pratte, C.M. as Chair of the National Arts Centre Board of Trustees

From: Canadian Heritage

GATINEAU, January 30, 2023

Today, the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Pablo Rodriguez, announced the appointment of Guy Pratte, C.M. as Chairperson of the National Arts Centre (NAC) Board of Trustees for a four-year term, effective January 27. This Governor in Council appointment is the result of a rigorous, open, transparent, and merit-based selection process.

As Senior Counsel at Bordner Ladner Gervais LLP, Mr. Pratte has a wealth of experience in complex commercial litigation (including class actions), administrative law and constitutional law cases. He frequently appears before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Superior and Appeal Courts of Ontario and Quebec, the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal.

Mr. Pratte was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 2022 in recognition of his contributions as a lawyer, notably to the pro bono movement, and for his volunteer commitments to the performing arts. Notably he has given his time in a professional capacity as a guest lecturer at various Canadian law schools and has served on the boards of The Advocates’ Society, Pro Bono Quebec, Pro Bono Ontario, the American College of Trial Lawyers, the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute, and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies. In terms of community involvement, he was the first Chair of the NAC Foundation and served as a member of the Stratford Festival’s Board of Governors for several years.

Mr. Pratte is a member of both the Ontario Bar Association and the Barreau du Québec. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Philosophy from the University of Western Ontario, as well as a Master’s in Philosophy and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Toronto. He lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

The NAC is a Crown corporation in the Canadian Heritage Portfolio. The Board of Trustees comprises a chair, a vice-chair and six other members appointed by the Governor in Council, as well as the mayors of Ottawa and Gatineau.


“The expertise and experience of Guy Pratte will certainly be a great asset in his new role as new Chair of the National Arts Centre’s Board of Trustees. It is important to have a strong board with a deep appreciation of the arts in Canada guiding this major national cultural institution, and this new leadership stays aligned with this important mission. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank outgoing Chair Adrian Burns for her two decades of service to the NAC, eight of them as Chair.”

—Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage

Quick facts

  • The National Arts Centre (NAC) is Canada’s bilingual, multi-disciplinary home for the performing arts. The NAC presents, creates, produces, and co-produces performing arts programming in various streams, including the NAC Orchestra, Dance, English Theatre, French Theatre, Indigenous Theatre, and Popular Music and Variety. It nurtures the next generation of audiences and artists from across Canada. The NAC is located in the National Capital Region
  • In 2015, the Government of Canada adopted a new approach to Governor in Council appointments.  This approach respects the principle of diversity and is based on an open, transparent, and merit-based selection process. It results in the recommendation of competent, high-quality candidates that reflect Canadian diversity
  • As they become available, all appointment opportunities within the 16 organizations in the Canadian Heritage Portfolio are posted on the Governor in Council appointments website. Those interested can apply online

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  • The National Arts Centre


For more information (media only), please contact:

Laura Scaffidi
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage


Quebec Education Minister’s Priorities: Bernard Drainville must intervene to decolonize education laws that undermine First Nations autonomy

WENDAKE, QC, Jan. 31, 2023 – On the occasion of the return to Parliament, the First Nations Education Council (FNEC) Chiefs Committee reacted coldly to the seven priorities that will guide the Minister of Education, Bernard Drainville, during the current mandate.

“In his priorities, we would have liked to see Minister Drainville commit to integrating an eighth priority to eradicate once and for all every systemic barrier in the education system. Institutional barriers are detrimental to the educational success of First Nations students. To do so, the minister must decolonize certain laws and regulations, a step which is crucial to guaranteeing the educational success of students in those communities,” says Adrienne Jérôme, Chief of the Lac-Simon community and member of the FNEC Chiefs Committee.

However, measures intended to enact swift action to address education workforce issues and to provide backup for teachers bode well. A concrete example of one of the FNEC’s successful initiatives is the creation of the first Indigenous Peoples university centre of excellence, which aims to respond to training needs and establish a university teaching model specific to First Nations. Another includes the development and implementation of teacher assistant training for First Nations communities in Quebec.

The Minister of Education says he wants to make the network not only more effective, but also more efficient and more accountable by improving data collection and sharing. “It is, however, worrying that his department does not have a clear picture of its own network’s current situation other than partial data from English-language school service centres and school boards. The Ministry of Education clearly does not collect or have any data on First Nations students. Our organization has the expertise needed in this area and we invite the minister to consult with us,” says John Martin, Chief of the Gesgapegiag Community and member of the FNEC Chiefs Committee.

According to Denis Gros-Louis, Director General of the First Nations Education Council, “Weak collaboration on the development of Indigenous educational content in the new Culture and Citizenship in Quebec course and the adoption of Bill 14 are clearly the results of a lack of consideration of First Nations in educational matters.”

About the FNEC Chiefs Committee

The Chiefs Committee is composed of volunteer chiefs who are part of the FNEC Extraordinary General Assembly. The committee advises the FNEC and leaders of the member communities on education policy issues. With support from the FNEC, it develops political strategy, represents the interests of all member communities and ensures that leaders are kept informed of progress and negotiations.

About the FNEC

The FNEC is an organization that has been working for more than 35 years towards the recognition of the First Nations right to exercise full control over their education, equipped with the necessary resources that are designed and managed based on their values and cultures. For more information, visit the FNEC website at

For further information: Source: Francis Verreault-Paul, Government Relations and Communications Services Director, First Nations Education Council, 418-842-7672 #3001,


Quebec holds consultations on James Bay lithium mine with Cree of Eeyou Istchee – APTN News

Jan 30, 2023

Feds give greenlight to mine but Cree trappers still have concerns.

The province of Quebec is holding a series of consultations with the Cree of Eeyou Istchee as it prepares a report on whether to approve the James Bay lithium mine.

The federal government, which approved the mine on Jan. 16, says it’s ready to make the mine part of their Critical Minerals Strategy – but some Cree community members are concerned about how the mine will transform their ancestral territory.

The mining project, spearheaded by Australia-based Allkem-Galaxy Resources Ltd and approved by Canada on Jan. 16, has an estimated mine life of 15 to 20 years and is expected to produce on average 5,480 tonnes of ore per day.

This is what a good project is all about and these critical minerals are key to building a low-carbon economy.”)

The 271 conditions attached include mandating that Allkem-Galaxy continue to collaborate with the Cree Health Board and trappers, monitor wildlife populations, treat mining water tailings and develop a program to make sure Cree have continued access to wild game.

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MCK announces Portfolio adjustments at halfway point of 2021-2024 term

(Kahnawake – 30, Tsothohrhkó:wa/January 2023) The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke wishes to inform the community that the Council of Chiefs have completed their mid-term Portfolio Review and have made adjustments to the 2021-2024 term portfolio distribution.

Portfolio reviews are a matter of course during each term, but today’s announcement is highlighted by the fact that two recently-elected Ratitsénhaienhs are receiving their first formal assignments.

“It’s a constructive and useful exercise that gives us a chance to evaluate our performances on each portfolio, and to make any adjustments we feel would bring improvements,” said Ohén:ton Í:iente ne Ratitsénhaienhs Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer. “It allows us to ensure there is alignment with the issues and files that have evolved, and to ensure that the Ratitsénhaienhs are on the files that best suit their strengths. It also gives us the opportunity to evaluate whether the workloads are balanced, and to adjust accordingly. For this term, the timing worked out perfectly, as we have had two recent additions to the Council of Chiefs.”

Ratsénhaienhs Iohahi:io Delisle, who was elected on November 5, 2022, has been assigned as the lead on the Health Portfolio. He has also been selected to work on the Indigenous Rights & Research, Economic Development, and Social Supports & Development portfolios.

Ratsénhaienhs Stephen McComber, elected on December 3, 2022, is the lead on the newly-created Sustainable Development portfolio (which includes community development Initiatives, food security/agriculture, and ‘green’ initiatives). He will also be part of the Indigenous Rights & Research, and Public Safety portfolios.

Ratsénhaienhs Harry Angus Rice is the lead on the Social Supports & Development portfolio (formerly the Social Affairs portfolio). One other change of note is the addition of Ietsénhaienhs Jessica Lazare to the Lands & Territories portfolio; she has been assigned to lead the Tioweró:ton file, which was previously held by departed Ratsénhaienhs Barton Goodleaf.

The new assignments were formalized via Mohawk Council Executive Directive at this morning’s duly convened Council meeting and passed by Consensus. The complete list of portfolio assignments can be accessed here.

Media Inquiries:

Joe Delaronde
Political Press Attaché
450- 632-7500 ext 63251


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