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MCK seeks two Community Representatives for Cannabis Control Board

(Kahnawake – 23, Kenténha/September 2022) The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK) is seeking two (2) individuals to serve on the Kahnawà:ke Cannabis Control Board (KCCB).

The KCCB is comprised of three (3) Kahnawa’kehró:non who are responsible for the ongoing development of the regulations required within the Kahnawà:ke Cannabis Control Law, as well as the administration and enforcement of the law within the community.

Eligibility criteria include the following:

  • Must be a Kanien’kehá:ka of Kahnawà:ke
  • Must reside within the Territory
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must have no criminal conviction for an indictable offense or have received a full pardon for any such conviction
  • Must not have an interest in a private entity that has applied for or has been granted a Cannabis-related license
  • Must not have a family member who has an interest in a private entity that has applied for or has been granted a Cannabis-related license

Full eligibility criteria can be viewed at For reference, the Kahnawà:ke Cannabis Control Law can be viewed at

Interested persons are asked to submit a letter of intent to the following:

Lanny Jacobs, MCK Technician

Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke

P.O. Box 720

Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory J0L 1B0

Letters of intent can be sent by mail or can be dropped off at Reception at the Main MCK Office. The deadline for applications is Friday, 7 Kenténha /October 2022. For further information, please contact Lanny Jacobs at 450-632-7500.


Media Inquiries:

Joe Delaronde
Political Press Attaché
450- 632-7500 ext 63251
[email protected]


Canada releases Faster and Further: Canada’s Methane Strategy

From: Environment and Climate Change Canada

September 23, 2022 – Gatineau, Quebec

Cutting methane emissions is one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways to combat climate change. Today, the Government of Canada is taking a major next step in tackling these emissions with the release of Faster and Further: Canada’s Methane Strategy.

The Strategy, announced today by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, provides a pathway to further reduce methane emissions from across the economy while supporting Canadian technology and creating good-paying jobs. It builds on Canada’s existing progress and commitments, including the 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan.

From being the first country to establish national oil and gas methane reduction regulations to investing in our world-class science and clean tech sector, and helping other countries reduce their methane emissions, the Strategy announced today will position Canada to continue leading in reducing methane emissions domestically and driving ambitious reductions internationally.

With the measures outlined in the Strategy, Canada will reduce domestic methane emissions by more than 35 percent by 2030, compared to 2020 levels. This will exceed the Global Methane Pledge target of 30 percent that Canada signed on to last year.

The Methane Strategy outlines how Canada will:

  • implement measures across sectors of the economy, including oil and gas, to reduce the largest sources of methane emissions;
  • strengthen the clean technology sector and provide tools to industry to achieve cost-effective methane emission reductions while creating good-paying jobs;
  • advance scientific knowledge and technical capacity to improve methane detection, measurement, and reporting;
  • meet international climate targets under the Paris Agreement and Global Methane Pledge; and
  • solidify its global leadership and provide funding, tools, and best practices for other countries to achieve emissions reductions.

Lowering methane emissions can also have positive impacts on air quality and public health. In particular, methane contributes to the formation of ground-level ozone that causes serious health problems such as reduced lung function and asthma attacks, and is responsible for half a million premature deaths globally.

The Government of Canada will continue to work closely with and support ongoing complementary action by provinces, territories, municipalities, Indigenous groups, industry sectors, and others to reduce methane emissions across the country. As Canada and countries around the world take action to reduce methane emissions, Canadian companies can remain competitive players in the $3.6 trillion clean technology market and drive jobs in key sectors.


“Reducing methane emissions is one of the success stories of Canada’s climate action to date, and will continue to pay dividends because it is both cost-effective and critical to fighting climate change. Canadian industries, as well as our scientists and researchers, have the expertise and experience to go faster and further in reducing this potent greenhouse gas. We have already made significant progress to reduce methane emissions in Canada, and I look forward to doing even more both at home and abroad.”

– The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

“Canadians share a collective ambition that is driving us to meet our climate goals and make a more sustainable future for all. By focusing on innovation-backed economic development, investing in clean technologies and creating well-paying, green jobs, we can reduce our methane emissions across the country while growing the economy and cementing our competitive edge.”
– The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

“Canadian scientists and industry are unlocking innovation every day as we move towards net zero. The Government of Canada is pleased to support these methane reductions. They represent low-cost actions that allow us to simultaneously make progress on lowering emissions while advancing innovative technologies that can be exported to the world.”
– The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources

“Our farmers have already come a long way in reducing methane emissions through better herd management, including improvements in nutrition and genetics. Our government will continue to make investments to support the adoption of best practices and the acquisition of clean technologies, while helping to accelerate research and innovation.”
– The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Quick facts

  • Methane is a potent greenhouse gas and climate pollutant that is responsible for 30 percent of observed global warming to date, with global levels of atmospheric methane continuing to rise.
  • In November 2021, Canada joined over one hundred countries in supporting the Global Methane Pledge (GMP). This pledge commits members to a collective goal of reducing human-caused methane emissions by 30 percent from 2020 levels by 2030. More recently, Canada joined as an inaugural member supporting the GMP Energy Pathway.
  • Canada was the first country to commit to achieving at least a 75 percent reduction in methane emissions from its oil and gas sector from 2012 levels by 2030, a reduction target recommended by the International Energy Agency.
  • In December 2021, a federal review of Canada’s oil and gas methane regulations to reduce methane emissions by 40–45 percent by 2025 (from 2012 levels) concluded that Canada is on track to meet its target.

Associated links


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]


An Indigenous view on the death of Queen Elizabeth II – Ricochet

In our time of grief, our ancestral teachings tell us to mourn for our loved one for 10 days. The protocol according to Kaianera’kó:wa — The Great Law of Peace — is that other clans will take care of the grieving family’s needs for those 10 days. These clans will console, feed, listen, and tell stories of remembrance about the loved one who has passed so that the family may be comforted.

Members of the other clans say words of comfort about the life of the loved one on whom we can no longer rely. We will no longer hear their voice, see their face, or share laughter, love, meals, and special moments, both good and bad, together. This is not only our duty and obligation, but part of our traditional teachings that seek to build our resilience and strengthen our nations.

On September 8, we witnessed the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, followed by centuries-old protocols and ceremonies for the longest-reigning monarch, whose rule spanned 70 years. Throughout Mother Earth, many people expressed their emotions and paid tribute.

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Next steps announced for proposed Kahnawà:ke Tobacco Law

(Kahnawake – 22, Seskehkó:wa/September 2022) The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK) wishes to inform the community that community engagement will resume on the draft Kahnawà:ke Tobacco Law. Although the draft law was reviewed in its entirety and consensus was reached for each original section during the Community Decision Making Process (CDMP) hearings in 2015 -2016, it is important to clarify that the law was not enacted due to legal issues with several sections of the draft law. Discussions have been ongoing within the technical drafting working group since that time to find ways to address these issues in order to move forward. The working group consists of Portfolio Chiefs, an MCK technician and Kahnawà:ke Tobacco Association (KTA) representatives.

The request for a Law was formally submitted by the Kahnawà:ke Tobacco Association in 2014. At the suggestion of the proponents it was agreed that, in this instance only, a Memorandum of Understanding would be signed by both MCK and the KTA working group that would allow for a special process (pilot project) to be used to facilitate the creation of such a law, which was seen as controversial at the time. The Community Consultation meeting was held in February 2014 to gain approval to move the law forward using the special version of the CDMP.

“It’s taken a great deal of time and effort by the MCK and representatives from the industry to get to this point,” said Ratsénhaienhs Cody Diabo, who is the lead on this file on behalf of the MCK. “At this point we feel that the revised draft is ready to be reintroduced to the community in the hope that a fair and just law can be implemented that will both regulate and protect the industry and – more important – assert and protect our jurisdiction. The Law has to be solid in order to provide proper defensibility.”

There are several sections that needed to be addressed in terms of legal issues, and to provide the necessary consistency with other laws. Therefore, an updated draft of the proposed Law is being made available to the community in order to resume community engagement. This updated draft will focus solely on the highlighted sections of the draft Law (which can be viewed on the Kahnawà:ke Tobacco Law page on the KLCC website at Information sessions and kiosks will be scheduled to gain feedback. The first engagement session takes place at the Golden Age Club on Wednesday, October 5th, from 2pm to 6pm. Additional dates will be announced shortly.

For further information, please contact Ratsénhaienhs Cody Diabo at [email protected], or Peggy Mayo-Standup (representing the KTA) at 450-632-9253.


Media Inquiries:
Joe Delaronde
Political Press Attaché
450- 632-7500 ext 63251
[email protected]


Arianne Phosphate’s to begin trading on the OTCQX Market

SAGUENAY, QUEBEC – Arianne Phosphate (the “Company” or “Arianne”) (TSX VENTURE: DAN; OTCQX: 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 the Company’s shares been qualified to trade on the OTCQX® Market. Arianne Phosphate’s shares will begin trading on the OTCQX on September 22, 2022, maintaining its current US trading symbol “DRRSF.”

Highlighted by ongoing geopolitical unrest, phosphate has become an increasingly important commodity due to its requirement in fertilizers, and ultimately the entire food chain. Arianne Phosphate’s Lac à Paul deposit, situated in Quebec, Canada will provide an important source of phosphate production from a safe jurisdiction. Further, due to the geological nature of the Company’s deposit, Arianne can produce a very high purity, low contaminant phosphate concentrate that can also be used in the production of lithium-iron-phosphate (“LFP”) batteries (see Press Release dated June 21, 2022), currently projected to be a predominant battery technology for use in both automotive and energy storage applications.

“The importance of our Lac à Paul phosphate deposit has grown significantly as recent unrest has highlighted security of supply concerns in a number of commodities,” said Brian Ostroff, President of Arianne Phosphate. “The fact that our phosphate can be used to aid in food production as well as allowing for access to a key battery material from a safe, Western jurisdiction has increased interest in Arianne on the part of many investors. Furthering this, we have seen recent American legislation providing for substantial financial benefits to companies sourcing battery materials from American and Canadian origin. The graduation to the OTCQX platform will provide easier access to investment in our Company on the part of US-based investors looking to be involved in these growing trends.”

Upgrading to the OTCQX Market is an important step for companies seeking to provide transparent trading for their U.S. investors. For companies listed on a qualified international exchange, streamlined market standards enable them to utilize their home market reporting to make their information available in the U.S. To qualify for OTCQX, companies must meet high financial standards, follow best practice corporate governance and demonstrate compliance with applicable securities laws.

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. The Company has 100,530,580 million shares outstanding.


Quebec First Nations promise to keep pushing to be heard as second term for Legault government almost guaranteed – Yahoo News

September 23, 2022

Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) Chief Ghislain Picard is no more at ease now that he has heard incumbent Member of the National Assembly (MNA) of Quebec Ian Lafrenière’s take on Indigenous issues.

Lafrenière, who serves as Indigenous Affairs minister in the incumbent Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government, joined MNAs Gregory Kelley (Liberal) and Manon Massé (Québec Solidaire), along with Parti Québécois candidate Alexis Gagné-Labrun in a debate hosted by AFNQL on Sept. 20.

The Conservative Party of Québec was too late in accepting the invitation to participate in the debate and could not be accommodated, said Picard.

Each participant was given time to answer questions specific to four topics: governance and self-determination; territories, resources and economy; health and youth protection; and protection of languages and culture.

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KLCC Announces that the Kahnawà:ke Tobacco Law resumes within the CDMP

(Kahnawake – 22, Seskehkó:wa/September 2022) The Kahnawà:ke Legislative Coordinating Commission (KLCC) wishes to inform the community that the draft Kahnawà:ke Tobacco Law has been revised. The Community Decision Making Process (CDMP) will now resume where it left off in 2016.

The Technical Drafting Committee for the MCK and Kahnawà:ke Tobacco Association (KTA) will engage the community to review only the highlighted sections within the draft law that need to be addressed in terms of legal issues and to provide the necessary consistency with other laws.

The draft law is available on the Kahnawà:ke Tobacco Law page of the KLCC website. The 30-day feedback will commence today and end on October 21, 2022, at 4pm. You may submit your feedback to Ratsénhaienhs Cody Diabo or Dennis Diabo via email at [email protected], CDMP website Feedback page, telephone, or in-person.


For information on the Law, please contact:

Ratsénhaienhs Cody Diabo
[email protected] or
Dennis Diabo, Technician
[email protected]

For information on the Process, please contact:

Leslie Skye, Coordinator
Kahnawà:ke Legislative Coordinating Commission
[email protected]


National Film Board of Canada events across Canada commemorate Truth and Reconciliation Week 2022

From: National Film Board

September 21, 2022

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is marking this year’s Truth and Reconciliation Week with interactive, virtual and in-person events to bring Canadians closer to Indigenous culture, history and its diverse people. From Toronto to Winnipeg to Vancouver, the events will be hosted by the NFB Education team, in addition to a two-day free public event at Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square presented by J’net Ayayqwayaksheelth, the NFB’s Director of Indigenous Relations and Community Engagement, as well as new and updated works by legendary Abenaki filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin and Métis artist Tyler Hagan.

Truth and Reconciliation Week is a national program open to schools across Canada, offering educational activities for grades one through 12 to raise awareness of the residential school system and how its legacy affected Indigenous Peoples and shaped the country we live in today.

This year’s theme is “Remembering the Children,” an invitation for Canadians to learn the truth about Canada’s history from First Nations, Métis and Inuit Elders and Knowledge Keepers, and listen to them and their communities as we move collectively as a country towards the path to reconciliation.

In addition to bringing awareness and giving voice to the various Indigenous communities across Canada during Truth and Reconciliation Week, the NFB—through the works it produces, its educational programs and the films it offers to Canadians free of charge on—creates opportunities all year round to continuously reinforce the importance of recognizing the invaluable contribution of Indigenous communities.

NFB Education activities to commemorate Truth and Reconciliation Week

Webinar on September 12

Digital Storytelling Activity

  • The NFB led two webinars on September 12, 2022, at 10 a.m. EST (French) and 1 p.m. EST (English), to teach students the basics of digital storytelling using its online filmmaking program for students, Media School.
  • Media School educational designers and developers in Montreal, Brian Sellors and Marc-Andre Roy, led the sessions in English and French, respectively.
  • Educators who did not already subscribe to CAMPUS, the platform that houses Media School, were able to register for the free webinar directly in the Media School online program, as well as receive free three-month access following the webinars.
  • The webinars were hosted by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation as part of its program for Truth and Reconciliation Week, to help students use this medium to express their personal relationship to reconciliation.

Workshop on September 21

Drafting a Statement of Reconciliation

  • Virtual workshops on how to draft a Statement of Reconciliation will take place on September 21, 2022, at 11 a.m. EST (French) and 2 p.m. EST (English). Joël Tétrault, a francophone Métis educator from the Louis Riel School Division in Winnipeg, will lead the workshop in French and NFB Education Manager Ross Johnstone in Vancouver will lead the workshop in English.
  • Students will then be invited to share their Statement of Reconciliation on social media using the hashtag #NationalTRW.

A free public event on September 29 and 30

Crushing Powwow Stereotypes with J’net Ayayqwayaksheelth, NFB’s Director of Indigenous Relations and Community Engagement

Premiering September 30 on

Honour to Senator Murray Sinclair by Alanis Obomsawin (29 min.)

  • As the Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Senator Murray Sinclair was a key figure in raising global awareness of the atrocities of Canada’s residential school system.
  • In her film, acclaimed filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin shares the powerful speech the Senator gave when he accepted the WFM-Canada World Peace Award, interspersing the heartbreaking testimonies of former students imprisoned at residential schools.
  • Honour to Senator Murray Sinclair was one of Canada’s Top Ten short films for 2021, as chosen by the Toronto International Film Festival.
  • A member of the Abenaki Nation and one of Canada’s most distinguished filmmakers, Alanis Obomsawin is now in the 55th year of a legendary filmmaking career, devoted to chronicling the lives and concerns of First Nations people and exploring issues of importance to all.

Updated interactive documentary Similkameen Crossroads now online

  • In early summer of 2021, St. Ann’s Catholic Church in the Similkameen Valley of British Columbia, the building at the centre of Tyler Hagan’s 2013 interactive documentary Similkameen Crossroads, was burnt to the ground following the discovery of hundreds of unmarked children’s graves at the site of a nearby ex-residential school. Many other Catholic churches located on Indigenous land across Canada were also burned and vandalized.
  • In this context of heart-wrenching destruction, Hagan returned to the community to update Similkameen Crossroads and speak once again with Carrie Allison, the church’s caretaker, to get her perspective.
  • Born Christian and raised in the suburbs, Filmmaker Tyler Hagan was thrust into an examination of faith and identity when his father died—triggering a process that eventually led him to claim Métis citizenship.

For more information on NFB Truth and Reconciliation Week events across Canada, visit

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Associated links


Katja De Bock
NFB Publicist – Vancouver
C.: 778-628-4890
[email protected] | @NFB_Katja

Osas Eweka-Smith
NFB Publicist – Halifax
C.: 587-385-9771
[email protected]

Lily Robert
Director, Communications and Public Affairs, NFB
C.: 514-296-8261
[email protected]


Together for future generations : 2022-2027 Government Action Plan for the social and cultural wellness of the First nations and Inuit

Message From The Premier & Message From The Minister Responsible For Indigenous Affairs


Up to $40 million in Indigenous-led area-based conservation funding now available

From: Environment and Climate Change Canada

September 22, 2022

Indigenous Peoples in Canada have long been environmental stewards on land, ice, and water and are the original leaders in sustainable development and natural resource management. That is why the Government of Canada is committed to working in partnership with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis to support Indigenous leadership in conservation as we tackle the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change.

Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, announced that the department is now accepting expressions of interest for up to $40 million in Indigenous-led area-based conservation funding. The Indigenous-led area-based conservation program provides funding to Indigenous Peoples to lead or co-lead projects to establish and recognize protected areas. This includes other effective area-based conservation measures across Canada, such as Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas that can contribute to Canada’s conservation targets.

Environment and Climate Change Canada will be accepting expressions of interest until November 14, 2022. To be eligible for funding, proposals must be Indigenous-led, contribute toward Canada’s conservation targets within the next few years, and have the support of the relevant provincial or territorial government, or reporting authority.

Conserved areas help address the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change, but also provide important benefits for Indigenous communities, the natural environment, and species at risk.

This is just one of the measures the Government of Canada is taking to protect nature as it prepares to welcome the world to Montréal in December 2022 for the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. COP15 presents an opportunity for Canada to show its leadership in taking actions to conserve nature and halt biodiversity loss around the world, in partnership with Indigenous Peoples, the original guardians of the land.


“Indigenous Peoples have long taken care of the lands we all share. It is only by recognizing Indigenous traditional roles, knowledge, and science that we can slow biodiversity loss and achieve Canada’s conservation goals. In the spirit of reconciliation, the Government of Canada is committed to supporting Indigenous leadership in conservation.”

– The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada has a goal to protect 25 percent of lands and inland waters in Canada by 2025, and is supporting a global target to conserve 30 percent by 2030.
  • With 640 at-risk species in Canada and many of our wildlife populations in decline, the Government of Canada is committed to halting and reversing biodiversity loss in Canada by 2030.
  • Other effective area-based conservation measures are helping Canada achieve its conservation goals. They are areas managed and governed in ways that achieve positive biodiversity outcomes equal to those of a protected area.
  • Other effective area-based conservation measures recognize important conservation work that is already happening across the country. They are helping Canada take a holistic approach to biodiversity conservation and reaching our conservation goals.
  • United Nations data suggests Indigenous lands make up only around 20 percent of the Earth’s territory, but contain as much as 80 percent of the world’s remaining biodiversity.

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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]


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