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Media Advisory – Resolute to Host Management Call to Discuss Third Quarter 2020 Results

MONTREAL, Oct. 22, 2020 – Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) expects to announce its third quarter financial results on November 5, 2020, at 7:00 a.m. (ET), and to hold a conference call to discuss the results at 9:00 a.m. (ET).

The public is invited to join the call at 833 979-2727 at least fifteen minutes before its scheduled start time. A simultaneous webcast will also be available using the link provided under “Presentations and Webcasts” in the “Investors” section of www.resolutefp.com. A replay of the webcast will be archived on the company’s website.

About Resolute Forest Products

Resolute Forest Products is a global leader in the forest products industry with a diverse range of products, including market pulp, tissue, wood products and papers, which are marketed in close to 70 countries. The company owns or operates some 40 facilities, as well as power generation assets, in the United States and Canada. Resolute has third-party certified 100% of its managed woodlands to internationally recognized sustainable forest management standards. The shares of Resolute Forest Products trade under the stock symbol RFP on both the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Resolute has received regional, North American and global recognition for its leadership in corporate social responsibility and sustainable development, as well as for its business practices. Visit www.resolutefp.com for more information.

For further information: Investors, Marianne Limoges, Treasurer and Vice President, Investor Relations, 514 394-2217, [email protected]; Media and Others, Seth Kursman, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Sustainability and Government Affairs, 514 394-2398, [email protected]

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Building a More Inclusive Canada: Government of Canada Supports Anti-Racism Projects in Quebec

From: Canadian Heritage

October 23, 2020

Strengthening diversity and inclusion is fundamental to building a more consciously inclusive society, where everyone is able to participate fully. Racism and all forms of discrimination are some of the main causes of social and economic barriers for many Canadians. While progress has been made, much more remains to be done.

Today, the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth, along with the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, highlighted 16 anti-racism projects in Quebec that were recently announced as part of the Anti-Racism Action Program. Examples of these projects include:

  • Strengthening Community Responses to Racism: Building Increased Social Participation of Newcomer, Racialized, and Indigenous Youth, led by EQUITAS – Centre international d’éducation aux droits humains will deliver inclusive community programs that increase social participation among newcomers, racialized groups, and Indigenous youth.
  • In the Know Too (2), developed by the Black Community Resource Centre, will address gaps in access to justice in English in Quebec, which contribute to youth (particularly Black youth) disengagement in society.
  • Canada Task Force on Online Antisemitism, operated by the Montreal Institute for Genocide Studies at Concordia University, will recommend ways to help social media and tech companies change their policies and develop new tech solutions to combat antisemitism, Holocaust denial, and distortion online.

The $15-million Anti-Racism Action Program funded 85 local, regional, and national initiatives, as well as outcomes-based activities that address racism and discrimination in all forms. This support is an important way that the Government of Canada is implementing its anti-racism strategy to continue the work of combatting systemic racism and building an even stronger and more consciously inclusive society.

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““Our commitment to combating all forms of racism and discrimination is unwavering. These projects will help address the systemic barriers preventing Indigenous Peoples, racialized communities, and religious minorities from participating fully and equitably in all aspects of Canadian society. We will continue our work as allies and partners with all equity seeking communities to combat racism as we build an even better and more consciously inclusive society.”

— The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth

“Each and every one of us has a responsibility in eliminating systemic racism. We must continue working with Indigenous Peoples, racialized communities, and religious minorities towards that goal. This Anti-Racism Action Program support provided to these Quebec-based projects will start the work to remove the systemic barriers faced by these communities so they can fully participate in society.”

— The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services

“Equitas is delighted to work very closely with community partners, schools, and municipalities in Quebec and across Canada with this funding to amplify the voices of Black and Indigenous youth, young people of color, as well as newly arrived youth to Canada. Through human rights education, young people will take action in their communities to raise awareness about racial justice and to counter racism. These young people will be at the heart of the actions taken to build more inclusive communities across Canada.”

— Odette McCarthy, Executive Director, Equitas

“The Black Community Resource Centre appreciates the fact that we have received funding for the In The Know Too (2) project. We believe that this project is very timely and necessary in the current social context. By providing information about the law, legal processes and legal rights and responsibilities when one interacts with the various systems, we seek to increase the legal literacy of individuals in the Black and other minority communities and give them access to advice and services that can help them understand and navigate these systems.”

—Dr. Clarence Bayne, President, Black Community Resource Centre

“The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies is pleased to have the support of the Government of Canada in confronting one of the oldest and most persistent forms of hate, which is anti-Semitism. We look forward to finding solutions to deal with the surge of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial on social media platforms.”

— Kyle Matthews, Executive Director, Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, Concordia University

Quick facts

  • Building a Foundation for Change: Canada’s Anti-Racism Strategy, which was released June 25, 2019 after extensive cross-country consultations, is a $45-million investment to build long-term changes in supporting communities and improving policies, initiatives, and practices in our federal institutions.
  • As part of the Anti-Racism Strategy, a $15-million call for proposals for the Anti-Racism Action Program was launched on September 3, 2019.
  • The Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiative also received $15 million as part of the strategy.
  • The Federal Anti-Racism Secretariat website was recently launched. It is a resource for all Canadians to find information on the work of the secretariat, upcoming events, and funding opportunities across government.
  • On September 23, 2020, the Speech from the Throne outlined the Government of Canada’s priorities, including its ongoing efforts to address systemic racism by working with racialized communities and Indigenous Peoples.

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Contacts

For more information (media only), please contact:

Danielle Keenan
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth
819-934-1132
[email protected]

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage
819-994-9101
1-866-569-6155
[email protected]

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Health Care Has A Problem. As Doctors, It’s On Us To Be Part Of The Solution Too. – HuffPost Canada

The circumstances of Joyce Echaquan’s death say as much about the state of health care as society at large.

I am a doctor.

I grew up without ever seeing a single Indigenous person in my daily life. I did not see their arts, rarely heard their music or language, I did not play with their children. Yet, I knew there was an “us” that looked like me, and a “them” hanging somewhere in old-fashioned images of longhouses, teepees and feathers. Like many, I watched dozens of news reports on “problems of Aboriginals” (when it wasn’t the “Aboriginal problem”). My sister was born during the Oka Crisis, I paid attention to grown-ups’ conversations, saw the cartoons and listened to Kashtin.

I am a doctor. In fact, I am now the family doctor of 550 people who live in the Atikamekw community of Manawan. I had the chance and privilege to train here with them.

Read More: https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/indigenous-racism-health-care-canada_ca_5f8f30b7c5b67da85d22041e

The Cree Nation applauds the Supreme Court of Canada’s refusal to consider Strateco’s appeal

Nemaska, Eeyou Istchee (October 22, 2020) – The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to consider Strateco Resources’ request to appeal from the Quebec Court of Appeal’s dismissal of the company’s claim against Quebec. Strateco claimed $200M in damages for Quebec’s refusal to authorize its Matoush Project, an advanced uranium exploration project on Cree territory.

This decision by Canada’s highest court brings to a close a long-running legal battle in which the Cree Nation played a central role. The proposed Matoush Project – the most advanced uranium development project in Quebec – was located on the traditional family hunting grounds of the Cree Nation of Mistissini. In August 2012, the Cree Nation declared a permanent moratorium on all uranium activities in its traditional territory of Eeyou Istchee. In November 2013, the Quebec Minister of the Environment refused to grant a certificate of authorization for the Matoush Project, citing a lack of social acceptability amongst the Cree Nation of Mistissini, the population most directly impacted by the project.

In its decision issued in January 2020, the Quebec Court of Appeal held that in deciding whether or not to authorize the project, the Minister was not only permitted but required to consider the Cree Nation’s position on the Matoush Project.

“We are pleased that the Supreme Court has decided not to hear Strateco’s proposed appeal,” said Grand Chief Dr. Abel Bosum. “For the Cree Nation, this case has always been about more than just the Matoush Project. It is a significant affirmation of our treaty rights. It upholds the integrity of the unique environmental and social impact review process established by the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement.”

“The Strateco case has confirmed the Cree Nation’s right to participate in development on our territory of Eeyou Istchee,” noted Bill Namagoose, Executive Director of the Cree Nation Government. “The Quebec government and the courts have recognized that the social acceptability of proposed projects is an essential requirement for development in Eeyou Istchee.”

“We are committed to protecting our environment and our way of life from the unacceptable risks that uranium mining presents, now and for future generations,” said former Grand Chief Dr. Matthew Coon Come, who was also a witness in the 2017 trial. “The Cree Nation supports development in Eeyou Istchee that is consistent with our values, our way of life and our rights under the JBNQA.”

Strateco’s claim against Quebec was dismissed at trial in 2017 and the trial decision was upheld by the Court of Appeal in January 2020. Strateco sought leave to appeal from the Supreme Court, which released its decision denying leave on October 15, 2020. The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)/ Cree Nation Government and Cree Nation of Mistissini participated in the case as interveners at all levels of court.

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Contact:

Bill Namagoose, Executive Director

Tel.: (613) 725-7024

Email: [email protected]

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Call for Nominations or Applicants for Lori Niioieren Jacobs Memorial Recognition Award

(Kahnawake – 21, Kenténha/October 2020) Mohawk Online, the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke, K1037 Radio, and the Kahnawake Gaming Commission are pleased to announce a Call for Nominations or Applicants for the 2020 Lori Niioié:ren Jacobs Memorial Recognition Award.

The Award is presented annually to a member of the community who exemplifies the qualities of dedication, perseverance and volunteerism that contribute positively to the betterment of Kahnawà:ke. It was created to honor the late Lori Niioié:ren Jacobs – a strong, independent and remarkable Kanien’kehá:ka woman who was well-known for her involvement in numerous activities, causes, boards of directors, commissions and organizations, as well her incredible work ethic. She volunteered and worked tirelessly throughout her life to make Kahnawà:ke a better place. This is the spirit in which the Award is intended.

The Award is accompanied by a $1000 bursary. It will be presented to an individual who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the community with his/her involvement in activities that were integral to Lori’s life. The selection criteria is as follows:

  • Nominee/applicant must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be an active and positive contributor to the community
  • Should exemplify the qualities of dedication, commitment, perseverance and volunteerism
  • Special consideration will be given to nominees/applicants who demonstrate the following:
  • Participation on community-based boards, advisory groups or commissions
  • Enrolled in adult/mature student education programs
  • Enrolled in Kanien’kéha immersion programs (i.e. Ratiwannahní:rats)

A simple letter with the nominator’s name and contact information is all that is required, but some details would be preferable. Nominees must be listed on the Kanien’kehá:ka of Kahnawà:ke Registry. Self-nominated applications must include a letter of reference. Applications must be submitted by Friday, November 13, 2020 to Ietsénhaienhs Gina Deer at the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke, on behalf of the Selection Committee. For information, please contact Ietsénhaienhs Deer at 450-632-7500 or by email at [email protected].

Please note that the Selection Committee can, at its discretion, name a recipient outright in the absence of a suitable nominee or applicant.

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First Nations have their own legal authority to regulate their fishing rights – Policy Options

The Crown has failed to live up to its duty to protect treaty rights of the L’nuk. But fishing can be regulated under L’nuk legal principles.

October 22, 2020

It has been 21 years since Donald Marshall Jr. was acquitted by the Supreme Court of Canada of illegal fishing under Canada’s federal fishing laws and regulations. His defence was that the Peace and Friendship Treaties of 1760-61 provided him with a treaty right to harvest and sell fish.

The courts have stated that Indigenous rights cases are very difficult to litigate as they usually arise out of a criminal or quasi-criminal regulatory breach and are not well suited for litigation. The message is: Indigenous rights should be negotiated, not litigated.

Read More: https://policyoptions.irpp.org/magazines/october-2020/first-nations-have-their-own-legal-authority-to-regulate-their-fishing-rights/

Government of Canada seeks applicants for National Seniors Council

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

Application process open for current and upcoming vacancies on the National Seniors Council

October 21, 2020              Gatineau, Quebec              Employment and Social Development Canada

The Government of Canada recognizes that seniors have diverse needs and expectations. The National Seniors Council provides the Government advice on issues that matter to seniors.

Today, The Government of Canada launched an appointment process for the National Seniors Council seeking applications from diverse and talented Canadians to fill current and upcoming vacancies.

Established in 2007 to advise the Minister of Seniors and the Minister of Health, the National Seniors Council plays an overarching and active role in engaging with seniors, stakeholders and experts in order to provide the Government of Canada with advice on the current and emerging issues and opportunities related to the health, quality of life and well-being of seniors.

Comprised of individuals with experience working with seniors and organizations that represent their interests, experts on seniors issues and aging and seniors themselves, the Government strives to ensure the Council represents the diversity of seniors in Canada. As such, individuals with experience working with racialized communities, immigrants, members of the LGBTQ2+, Indigenous and/or disability communities are encouraged to apply.

The Government is committed to open, transparent and merit-based processes for selecting Governor in Council appointees. Appointees play a fundamental role in Canadian democracy as they serve on commissions, boards, Crown corporations, agencies and tribunals across the country.

Interested individuals are strongly encouraged to apply by November 1, 2020, on the Governor in Council Appointments website. Applications received after this date will be retained and may still be considered up until an appointment to the position is made.

Quotes

“The National Seniors Council plays a leadership role advising the Government of Canada on matters related to the well-being, health and quality of life of seniors, including the opportunities and challenges arising from a rapidly growing and increasingly diverse aging population. The members of the National Seniors Council help us reach out and hear what seniors have to say.”
– Minister of Seniors, Deb Schulte

Quick facts

  • The National Seniors Council can have up to twelve members, including the chairperson. To balance the need for continuity and the desire to continually provide new perspectives on the Council’s work, the terms of members range from one to three years, and can be renewed once.
  • Since 2007, the National Seniors Council has examined issues related to the social isolation of seniors, the participation of older workers in the labour force, positive and active aging, volunteerism, low income among seniors, and elder abuse, including financial crimes and harms against seniors. Most recently, the Council has advised the Government on issues emerging from and highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Seniors are the fastest-growing age demographic group in Canada. By 2030, the number of seniors will reach over 9 million people, representing close to one quarter of Canada’s population.

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Contacts

For media enquiries, please contact:

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
819-994-5559
[email protected]

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Kativik Regional Police Force to Deploy Axon Body Cameras Backed by Axon Evidence In All 14 Communities of Nunavik Region

TORONTO, Oct. 21, 2020 — Axon (Nasdaq: AAXN), the global leader in connected public safety technologies, and its subsidiary Axon Public Safety Canada Inc., today announced that Kativik Regional Police Force (KRPF) has joined the Axon network with the purchase of Axon Body 2 cameras and licenses to the digital evidence management solution, Axon Evidence (Evidence.com).

KRPF will begin its phased roll out of the body cameras and provide access to Axon Evidence to all the 14 communities of the Nunavik region. Axon Evidence allows agencies to easily view, sort, tag, manage and securely share digital evidence with crown prosecutors and courts.

“The Kativik Regional Police force is proud to partner with Axon in the deployment of body-worn cameras in all 14 communities of the Nunavik Region. We strongly believe that this new partnership will have great beneficial impact on the trust and confidence of the Nunavimmiut towards our police service,” says Kativik Regional Police Force Chief Jean-Pierre Larose.

“We’re excited to expand our partnership with Kativik Regional Police Force as they invest in a technology platform to help their frontline members,” says Axon’s Managing Director, Canada & Latin America, Vishal Dhir. “By taking full advantage of time-saving features on the Axon network, KRPF is empowering its officers with the latest technology to support their efforts and ultimately build trust within and across their community.”

About Axon Public Safety Canada

Axon Public Safety Canada is a subsidiary of Axon Enterprise, Inc. and is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Axon is a network of devices, apps, and people that help law enforcement and public safety personnel become smarter and safer. With a mission of protecting life, our technologies give customers the confidence, focus and time they need to keep their communities safe. Our products impact every aspect of a public safety officer’s day-to-day experience.

We work hard for those who put themselves in harm’s way for all of us. To date, more than 240,000 lives and countless dollars have been saved with the Axon network of devices, apps and people. Learn more at https://ca.axon.com or by calling (800) 978-2737. Axon is a global company with headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz. and global software engineering hub in Seattle, Wash., as well as additional offices in Australia, Finland, Vietnam, the UK and the Netherlands.

Facebook is a trademark of Facebook, Inc. Twitter is a trademark of Twitter, Inc. Axon, Axon Body, Axon Evidence and the Delta Logo are trademarks of Axon Enterprise, Inc., some of which are registered in Canada and other countries. For more information, visit https://www.axon.com/legal. All rights reserved.

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  • Axon on Twitter: https://twitter.com/axon_canada

Note to Investors

Please visit http://investor.axon.com, https://www.axon.com/press, www.twitter.com/axon_us and https://www.facebook.com/Axon.ProtectLife/ where Axon discloses information about the company, its financial information and its business.

Sydney Siegmeth
VP, Global Communications
[email protected]

For further information: Media ONLY Hotline: (480) 444-4000, https://www.axon.com

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Systemic solutions are needed to end racial profiling and systemic discrimination experienced by racialized youth

MONTRÉAL, Oct. 21, 2020 – The majority of the recommendations issued by the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse in 2011 regarding racial profiling and systemic discrimination have not been implemented or have been implemented only in part. A review of these recommendations has the Commission call on once again the Québec government to adopt a policy aimed at fighting systemic racism and systemic discrimination that provides a plan of action for preventing and eliminating racial profiling.

During a press conference today, the Commission presented the follow up of the implementation of recommendations made in 2011 following a broad public consultation that focused on the racial profiling and systemic discrimination experienced by racialized youth aged 14 to 25 in the public security sector, the education sector and the youth protection system.

“We present this review in a specific context of significant mobilization around the world against systemic discrimination and racial profiling,” declared the President of the Commission, Philippe-André Tessier. “We have to reissue many recommendations made 10 years ago. Given that the Québec government recently set up an antiracism action group, we believe it is more urgent than ever to make it a clear priority to fight systemic racism and systemic discrimination,” he added.

The Commission’s 2011 report brought to light many serious matters and contained 93 recommendations. Started in 2018, the review of these recommendations was made by collecting information from 48 government departments and public bodies. The Commission also interviewed researchers who work on these issues and held focus groups in 5 cities in Québec with more than 75 people: racialized individuals, including young people, and organizations that represent them.

The Commission’s review highlights the persistence of racial profiling and systemic discrimination in the three areas studied, as well as the need for a comprehensive, intersectorial approach to understanding systemic racism and systemic discrimination in all their complexity. A great deal of feedback was received from researchers and focus group participants about recognition of the systemic nature of racial profiling, discrimination and racism.

“This review has shown that most of the parties involved have indeed implemented measures to counter racial profiling and systemic discrimination, and the Commission commends these efforts. Unfortunately, these initiatives have often been limited and sporadic. Moreover, they have largely been implemented in a way that lacks depth, consistency and formalization. Systemic problems call for systemic solutions. It is important to implement long-lasting measures to bring about the necessary changes,” declared Myrlande Pierre, Vice-President of the Commission, responsible for the Charter mandate.

Persisting problems

Problems related to racial profiling and systemic discrimination persist in all three areas studied, particularly for youth and people from Black communities. In the public security sector, the feedback from the researchers and focus group participants who took part in this review is in line with the most recent research: the problem of targeted surveillance of racialized minorities persists. Many of the solutions these participants identified echo the Commission’s 2011 recommendations regarding review of police policies and practices – including street checks – supervision of police actions and accountability of police leaders.

Another example from this review is that that Black youth are still overrepresented in DYP reporting and evaluation. In the education sector, the initiatives taken to end stereotypes about the behaviour of racialized students and to eliminate the disproportionate use of discipline against these students have been insufficient.

The importance of participation

One of the objectives of the Commission’s consultation on racial profiling and systemic discrimination was to give a voice to the victims of these treatment. Victims’ testimony must be listened to and taken into account in any attempt to acknowledge and understand racial profiling and its manifestations. Indeed, listening was one of the themes that emerged among the focus groups that were held in this review. That said, meaningful participation by those most affected by an issue is key to any process to end their exclusion and stigma. As a priority, government action against systemic racism and systemic discrimination must provide appropriate participation mechanisms for racialized people. Racialized people must be involved and listened to at all stages, including the development, implementation and evaluation of this action.

A Summary of the Review is available in English : cdpdj.qc.ca/storage/app/media/publications/bilan-profilage-racial_synthese_EN.pdf

To access the full report (in French)  Bilan de la mise en œuvre des recommandations du Rapport de la consultation de la Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse sur le profilage racial et ses conséquences: cdpdj.qc.ca/storage/app/media/publications/bilan-profilage-racial.pdf

List of recommendations (in French) cdpdj.qc.ca/storage/app/media/publications/bilan-profilage-racial_recommandations.pdf

The Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse (Human Rights and Youth Commission) ensures the promotion and respect of the principles set out in the Québec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. It also ensures that the interests of children are protected and that their rights recognized in the Youth Protection Act are respected and promoted. In addition, the Commission oversees compliance with the Act respecting Equal Access to Employment in Public Bodies.

Source :
Meissoon Azzaria
438 622-3652, [email protected]

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MCK 2019-2020 Annual Report now available

(Kahnawake – 20, Kenténha/October 2020)

The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK) wishes to inform the community that the 2019-2020 Annual Report is now available for viewing at www.kahnawake.com/annualreport.

Though the MCK Consolidated Financial Statements (fiscal year April 1 to March 31) have been posted online since July 2020 at www.kahnawake.com/financials, every year the MCK provides the community with an Annual Report.

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, this year’s Report contains information on COVID-19, but does not contain Covid-19 expenses due to the fact that the pandemic is ongoing. Additionally, with the recent passing of Grand Chief Joseph Tokwiro Norton, the Report contains an introduction by the Council Chiefs that pays tribute to Tokwiro.

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

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