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MCK: Grand Chief travels to New York City for Green Energy and Online Gaming

(Kahnawake – 1, Tsothóhrha/December 2021) The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke wishes to inform the community that Ohén:ton Í:iente ne Ratitsénhaienhs (Grand Chief) Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer will be traveling to New York City today to participate in several business-related events.

She will meet with New York City’s Environmental Justice agency in the matter of the Green Energy agreement between New York State and Hydro-Québec. Yesterday, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul announced the finalization of contracts for Clean Path NY and Champlain Hudson Power Express project between Canada and New York City. The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke will become a joint owner in the transmission line on the Canadian side of the border.

On Thursday evening Ohén:ton Í:iente ne Ratitsénhaienhs Sky-Deer will attend the SBC Awards ceremony, a sports betting & gaming industry event at which Sports Interaction – owned and operated by Mohawk Online – is nominated in the category of Sportsbook of the Year. The event will be held at the Edison Ballroom in Manhattan.

“We are making great progress in a number of areas that address our needs for own-source revenue,” said Sky-Deer. “We are continuing to create important relationships that will help us to continue to build a better future for our community.

She will be accompanied by the MCK’s Chief Political Advisor Winona Polson-Lahache. They will return to Kahnawà:ke on Saturday.


Media Inquiries:

Joe Delaronde

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


MCK: Vaccination Clinic for 70+ booster and first dose for children aged 5-11

(Kahnawake – 1, Tsothóhrha/December 2021) The Kateri Memorial Hospital Centre (KMHC) and Public Safety Commission are pleased to announce a Vaccination Clinic for COVID-19 booster shots for those aged 70 and over, as well as the first dose for children 5 to 11 years of age. Walk-ins will be accepted or appointments can be made by clicking here.

These Vaccination Clinics will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall on the following dates:

70+ boosters: Moderna and Pfizer (must be at least 6 months since 2nd dose) and Seasonal Flu Shot:

  • Friday, December 3: 12pm to 8pm
  • Saturday, December 4: 9am to 12pm

First dose for children aged 5-11: (*must be accompanied by a parent or guardian)

  • Saturday, December 4: 1pm to 4:30pm

(Please note: previously announced Vaccination Clinic for 5-11 year age group on December 3rd, has been cancelled)

*A parent/guardian must accompany the child in order to provide informed consent. It is recommended to keep other children/family members at home in an effort to keep the number of people within the vaccination clinic at a minimum.

If a parent/guardian cannot attend the vaccination clinic with their child, a written consent form must be completed and sent with the adult accompanying the child.

A consent form can be downloaded by clicking here.

As previously announced by the Kahnawake Education Center, vaccinations for this age group are not mandatory to attend any school in Kahnawà:ke. However, it is highly encouraged to have your children vaccinated to further decrease their level of risk of COVID-19 complications.


Media Inquiries:

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


Drone Delivery Canada Provides Condor Update

TORONTO, ONTARIO – December 1st, 2021 – Drone Delivery Canada Corp. (TSXV: FLT; OTC QX: TAKOF; Frankfurt:  A2AMGZ or ABB.F) (the “Company” or “DDC”) is pleased to provide an update on the Condor drone development.

The Company has successfully tested numerous aspects of the Condor solution at test ranges in Alma, Quebec at the Unmanned Aerial System Centre of Excellence, and in Foremost, Alberta at the UAS Test Range.  On November the 4th, 2021, the Company announced its Ontario Commercialization Centre, where Condor testing will continue, in addition to customer pre-delivery inspection, maintenance, training and customer demonstrations.   The Centre will also support testing and development of multiple DDC platforms, including the:  FLYTE software, Detect and Avoid (DAA) systems, Canary drone, DroneSpot depots, etc.

In addition to previously announced updates on Condor development and testing, the following further progress has been made – engine control unit (ECU) overhaul (avionics + engine overhaul), enhanced start-up procedure process, mechanical reliability improvements, upgraded to latest components (clutch, splitter gearbox, torque valves, etc).

Additionally, some items that remain to be completed – integration of automated weight & balance system, further testing with FLYTE software system, further payload testing, environmental testing,  high speed testing, etc.

“We continue the development & testing of the Condor drone, and related necessary ecosystem components, and we are pleased with the progress & success we are having thus far.  This is something unique that has never been done before.  In a highly regulated and safety-centric industry, it’s important to be methodical and approach this innovative development in a disciplined way,” said Paul Di Benedetto, Company Co-Founder and Engineering Strategist.

“As a company in early-stage commercialization, and in a new and highly regulated industry, Condor progress continues at a pace commensurate with the overall complexity of the solution, global supply chain issues, and the impacts of the pandemic in Canada.  The Condor will come to market when the Company feels confident that it is ready.  Market response to the Condor has been favourable from prospects in Canada and internationally and we are pleased with what we think the Condor will bring to our customers and the industry in terms of potential logistical cost savings & efficiencies and incremental revenue opportunities,” said Michael Zahra, President & CEO of DDC.

The Condor is expected to be commercially available in the latter part of 2022.

The Company previously published updates on successful Condor testing as follows:

March 3rd, 2021

October 29, 2020

September 1st, 2020

About Drone Delivery Canada Corp.

Drone Delivery Canada Corp. is an ISO 9001 certified, award-winning drone technology company focused on the design, development, and implementation of its proprietary logistics software platform, using drones. The Company’s platform is used as a Software as a Service (SaaS) model for government and corporate organizations globally.

Drone Delivery Canada Corp. is a publicly listed company trading on the TSX.V Exchange under the symbol FLT, on the U.S. OTC QX market under the symbol TAKOF and on the Frankfurt exchange in Germany under the symbol A2AMGZ or ABB.F .

Read more at: or on DDC’s social media:

For further information:

Investor Relations: Mr. Michael Zahra, President & Chief Executive Officer, and Mr. Bill Mitoulas, Telephone: (416) 479-9547, Email: [email protected];

Media Relations: Mr. Nelson Hudes, Hudes Communications International, Telephone: (905) 660-9155, Email: [email protected]


Students entering university in 2023 invited to apply for Horatio Alger scholarships

MONTREAL, QUEBEC, December 1, 2021 – The Horatio Alger Association of Canada, the nation’s largest provider of need-based scholarships, today announced the opening of its undergraduate scholarship application process. Students currently in grade 11 who will begin their university studies in the fall of 2023 are invited to submit their applications today.

A total of 170 need-based scholarships will be awarded:

  • 160 Horatio Alger Canadian Scholarships, valued at $5,000 each, to high school students in every province and territory with plans to attend university, and;
  • 10 Horatio Alger National Entrepreneurial Scholarships, worth $10,000 each, to outstanding applicants nationwide who intend to pursue a business-related degree or have expressed a commitment to following an entrepreneurial career.

Having students apply while in grade 11 is a change being implemented this year. Previously, Horatio Alger scholarships were awarded to students in their terminal year of high school. The program has been restructured in an effort to guide students through the post-secondary decision-making process and provide them with access to Association resources earlier in their educational journeys.

Horatio Alger Scholarships are awarded to deserving students in financial need who have overcome significant adversity while demonstrating strength of character, strong academics, a commitment to pursuing higher education as well as a desire to contribute to society. Funds can be used for university studies. Separate scholarship programs exist for vocational & technical education studies and for Indigenous students. Since 2012, $11.4 million in scholarships have been awarded to 1,428 deserving young Canadians.

“We are excited to once again offer 170 undergraduate scholarships to deserving young Canadians,” said Prem Watsa, President of the Horatio Alger Association of Canada and a Member since 2012. “Starting this year, we will be awarding scholarships to students in grade 11. By reaching these students earlier, we can work with them just as they start considering their options for university and guide them on the best path forward for their long-term goals.”

By reaching students a year earlier, Scholars will participate in the Association’s University Success Program, an offering that provides university application and selection support, financial aid package review and financial literacy lessons, productivity and time management courses and more. Recipients will also have access to mental and physical health resources, emergency funding for housing or food insecurity emergencies and networking opportunities with Horatio Alger Members and Alumni Scholars with similar life experiences.

The Right Honourable David Johnston, Canada’s 28th Governor General and Member of the Horatio Alger Association of Canada, said, “the COVID-19 pandemic brought to light the hardships faced by many young Canadians and worsened some of their adversities. For the Horatio Alger Association, the pandemic was an opportunity to consider what more we could do to help our young Scholars navigate the roadblocks to higher education. It is in this spirit that we will be reaching students earlier in the process, with the aim to combat rising barriers to postsecondary education.”

Terrence Giroux, executive director of the Horatio Alger Association, added, “There are studies dating back to the 1990s that show at-risk students are less likely than their peers to enroll in any postsecondary education due to numerous factors. It is our hope that providing need-based scholarships and access to other resources ahead of a student’s final year of high school will open their eyes to new opportunities, and that this new early intervention program will set them up for long-term personal and professional success. I remain grateful to our Association leadership and Members who advocated for this innovative change and continuously seek new ways to support our Scholars.”

Students are encouraged to file their applications before the March 15, 2022 deadline. The application form can be found on the Horatio Alger Association of Canada’s website at

About the Horatio Alger Association of Canada

The Horatio Alger Association of Canada, the Canadian affiliate of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., is a charitable organization dedicated to the simple but powerful belief that hard work, honesty and determination can conquer all obstacles. The Association honours the achievements of outstanding individuals who have succeeded in spite of adversity by bestowing to them the Horatio Alger Award and granting them lifetime membership into the Association. Through the generosity of Horatio Alger Members, the Horatio Alger Association of Canada awards scholarships annually to deserving young people in every province and territory. Members of the Association include Alain Bouchard, Dominic D’Alessandro, Murray Edwards, Serge Godin, Wayne Gretzky, Jay S. Hennick, the Right Honourable David Johnston, Rebecca MacDonald, the late G. Wallace F. McCain, the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, Jim Pattison, Walter Schroeder, Gerald W. Schwartz, Isadore Sharp, Prem Watsa and Rick Waugh. For more information, visit The Association can also be found on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.



Tom Kott, 514.316.7082, [email protected]


Champlain Hudson Power Express Finalizes Contract to Deliver Clean Energy to New York City

CHPE contributes billions of dollars of overall societal benefits as part of the $7.4 billion delivered through the Tier 4 program

Creates 1,400 family-sustaining jobs, and provides $1.4 billion in tax revenue for communities throughout New York State over 25 years

Plan Delivers 1,250 Megawatts – enough clean energy to power over one million NY homes

Features $100+ million for clean water and environmental protection across NY State

New York – November 30, 2021 – Hydro-Québec and Transmission Developers (TDI) announced today that the Champlain Hudson Power Express (CHPE) has finalized and submitted its contract with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to deliver hydropower to New York City.

The 339-mile fully buried renewable energy transmission project will deliver 1,250 megawatts of clean hydropower to New York City to power more than one million homes. CHPE will also help significantly advance progress toward the State’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act) goals by reducing carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons statewide, the equivalent of taking over half a million cars off the road, as indicated by NYSERDA’s analysis.

“The Champlain Hudson Power Express is critical to New York’s clean energy future and will create hundreds of good union jobs throughout New York,” said Donald Jessome, CEO of Transmission Developers. “When fully operational in 2025, CHPE will deliver reliable, clean energy to meet New York City’s power needs, fight climate change and reduce harmful air pollutants. New York State and New York City decided that now was the time for big steps to bring clean air and economic opportunity to New Yorkers, and this is how it gets done.”

“We are honored to be part of New York’s bold plan to bring clean, reliable energy into New York City, which further enhances the century-long collaboration between Hydro-Québec and the state,” said Sophie Brochu, President and CEO of Hydro-Québec. “We look forward to pursuing the work to bring one of the largest decarbonization projects in North America to fruition.”

As part of its contractual agreement with NYSERDA, Hydro-Quebec will purchase electricity from the Apuiat wind farm, partially owned by Innu communities in Quebec, as well as enter into a partnership with the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke for joint ownership of the line in Québec that will connect to the Champlain Hudson Power Express. These historical initiatives are examples of Hydro-Quebec’s commitment to further develop its relationships with Indigenous communities in Quebec.

CHPE will provide a dependable, 24/7, source of baseload, renewable, clean hydropower that will help phase out existing fossil fuel-burning power plants in New York City that emit harmful pollutants.

According to NYSERDA’s analysis, the Tier 4 program – including the Champlain Hudson Power Express – will deliver up to $7.4 billion in overall societal benefits throughout New York State when complete – up to $4 billion of which will be direct positive health impacts for New Yorkers. The financial value of the project’s associated health benefits will be realized via CHPE reducing fossil fuel generation and in turn harmful pollutants, meaning fewer episodes of illness and premature death, fewer days of school or work missed, less disruption of business, and lower health care costs.

The project also provides a total $3.5 billion in economic benefits to New Yorkers while creating approximately 1,400 family-sustaining jobs during construction. CHPE will provide an economic boost to 73 municipalities and 59 school districts throughout New York State with an increase in incremental tax revenue of $1.4 billion in funding for local communities over the first 25 years of the project.

As part of the project, CHPE will also establish a new Green Economy Fund, which will invest $40 million towards training for clean energy jobs. The fund will focus on training for both members of underserved communities in New York as well as fossil-fuel based energy workers looking to transition to work in the renewable energy industry. The fund was created in close partnership with existing job training programs in New York State.

“We have spent the past decade developing this transformative project and are delighted to have reached this important milestone,” said Bilal Khan, Senior Managing Director of Blackstone Energy Partners. “We look forward to helping New York achieve its ambitious climate goals.”

Doreen M. Harris, President and CEO, NYSERDA said, “NYSERDA is excited to finalize its contract for the Champlain Hudson Power Express project to cost-effectively deliver a consistent source of clean energy to New York City to help enhance reliability and resiliency of the power grid. This game-changing project is part of the state’s first of its kind program that will help both the city and state transition away from fossil fuels while delivering billions in societal benefits, significant economic development investments and thousands of jobs, to all New Yorkers.”

Today’s announcement comes following a September 2021 announcement by New York Governor Kathy Hochul that CHPE was selected as one of two projects approved to move forward with contract negotiations, in response to a 2021 solicitation administered by NYSERDA for their Tier 4 program. The Tier 4 program aims to responsibly deliver a significant increase of renewable energy to New York City, an area of the state that currently relies on fossil fuel-fired generation for approximately 90 percent of its electricity.

The project was selected through a competitive procurement process on the strength of its proposal, which featured extensive stakeholder input, wide and diverse support, and substantial environmental and economic benefits for New York State and has earned the endorsement of environmental organizations, union labor, job-training organizations, and local governments. These include New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and former New York City Council Member Costa Constantinides, the NY League of Conservation Voters, Aaron Mair (National Wilderness Environmental Justice Leader), Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Urban Upbound, The Business Council of New York State, the Partnership for the City of New York, and 36 different local municipalities throughout New York State.

The contract has been submitted to New York State’s Public Service Commission for approval and is subject to a public comment period that will run through February 7, 2022. The petition for approval and contract itself are available on the Department of Public Service’s website under Case Number 15-E-0302, where comments can be submitted. Upon the successful completion of this process, the fully permitted CHPE project is expected to begin construction in 2022 and to begin delivering power to New York in 2025.

About Hydro-Québec

Hydro-Québec is the largest renewable energy producer in North America. For decades, the company has been a reliable energy partner for New York, providing clean power to the State in support of its clean energy and reliability needs. In order to source the CHPE, Hydro-Québec will expand its transmission grid in Québec, from the Hertel substation to the Québec-New York border.

About TDI

TDI (Transmission Developers Inc.), a Blackstone portfolio company, has spent a decade meticulously developing with local stakeholders the N.Y. portion of the project and its 339-mile route. The solid-state buried cable will travel a route though Lake Champlain, the Hudson and Harlem Rivers and terrestrially on railroad rights of way and roads until it reaches a converter station in Astoria, Queens where its clean energy will be distributed into New York City.


Lynn St-Laurent
514-389-5005 (media line)

Chris Singleton
Transmission Developers Inc


Métis Language and Culture Documentation Project

November 30, 2021

The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) is launching the Métis Language and Culture Documentation Project aimed at MNO citizens and their families who are Métis language speakers, or who have a connection to Métis language and culture and are interested in learning more.

The project seeks to document Métis language and culture, by supporting participants to capture their own, their family’s and their community’s stories and experiences in a self-guided manner. Participants are asked to record thoughts, images, feelings, memories, and stories about their Métis culture, language, and way of life experiences. The project will follow the seasonal cycles over the next year and, hopefully, participants will continue to document their activities moving forward.

Participants will receive a Documentation Kit, that includes all required start-up materials and equipment for the project, and will also receive motivational packages and prompts throughout the project, which include topics and items intended to spark inspiration for journaling, self-interviewing, or the interviewing of family members and other Métis community.

Successful applicants will be invited to attend a Project Kick-Off meeting in January 2022, virtually through Zoom.

Kits will be available for individuals or households who meet the following criteria:

  • MNO Citizens who are Métis language speakers
  • MNO Citizens with a connection to and interest in Métis language and culture

Other Considerations:

Space is limited, so interested participants are encouraged to register and submit the application as soon as possible. In order to support as many participants as possible, only one application per household will be accepted. When applying, please identify whether you are intending to participate as an individual, or as a household.

How to Apply:

Interested citizens can access the MNO Application Portal at:

Applications will be accepted until December 12, 2021.

For assistance, please contact Alyssa Delbaere-Sawchuk (Project Coordinator) at [email protected] or (289) 556-7555.


DIALOG Network receives SSHRC 2021 Impact Award for its work with Indigenous communities

MONTREAL, Nov. 30, 2021 – The DIALOG Network (Réseau de recherche de connaissances relatives aux peuples autochtones) has been awarded the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Connection Award. The award honours DIALOG’s 20-year mission of building relationships with Indigenous communities and mobilizing knowledge for reconciliation. The announcement was made today by the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, unveiling the winners of the 2021 Impact Awards, celebrating the most accomplished social sciences and humanities researchers in Canada.

Its director and founder, Carole Lévesque, Professor at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), who received the award on behalf of DIALOG, shares it today with her close collaborators, Suzy Basile (UQAT), Édith Cloutier (Centre d’amitié autochtone de Val-d’Or), Caroline Desbiens (Université Laval), Nathalie Kermoal (University of Alberta), and Nicole O’Bomsawin (Kiuna Institution). The Impact Connection Award comes with a $50,000 research grant.

“This award is first and foremost a collective award. It is the recognition of committed research practices that aim for greater equity in the production of knowledge,” says Carole Lévesque, tenured Professor at INRS. “It is the consecration of a vision of research that is done with Indigenous people and by Indigenous people.”

A pioneering network based on respect, trust, and reciprocity

In creating the DIALOG Network in 2001, Professor Lévesque, her colleagues, and partners wanted to open a dialogue on Indigenous knowledge systems with key players in the Indigenous world who were ignored by the academic world.

“Based at INRS, the DIALOG Network has created a unique space that brings together two worlds: the academic research community and Indigenous societies. This alliance, which was joined by the Regroupement des centres d’amitié autochtones du Québec in 2004, offers alternative avenues for understanding and responding to the societal challenges of Indigenous communities. Thanks to its knowledge co-construction approach, DIALOG has shed light on a reality that has been little documented in Quebec, that of urban Indigenous peoples,” explains Édith Cloutier, Executive Director of the Val-d’Or Native Friendship Centre (CAAVD).

From its inception, DIALOG’s mission has been to bring together researchers from different universities and Indigenous knowledge holders from diverse backgrounds around shared knowledge to support social transformation and decolonization.

“The secret of DIALOG’s success is to reach out to Indigenous peoples to learn from them, their trajectories, their history, their modernity, and their aspirations for a more just world,” says Professor Lévesque. It is a way of conceiving research that positions Indigenous knowledge systems alongside science. Today, DIALOG has achieved parity by bringing together more than one hundred members from both the academic and Indigenous spheres. This expertise covers Indigenous people in 14 countries, with Indigenous knowledge keepers representing 26 different organizations or communities.

Transforming societal issues through innovative initiatives

DIALOG’s path is one of innovation. Documentary and statistical databases provide the public with information that is generally not easily accessible. For example, the Autochtonia database contains more than 18,500 documents that address dozens of societal issues related to Indigenous cultures, heritages and knowledge, including both those produced by Indigenous Peoples themselves and scientific literature.

DIALOG is also recognized for its Université Nomade intensive training program, established in 2007 to create learning conditions that promote the encounter of scientific and Indigenous knowledge. To date, nearly 1,400 people have participated in the 16 editions held in four different countries, including several hundred students from many disciplines.

The knowledge co-produced within DIALOG has also informed many social policies and programs in the areas of health, wellness and healing, Indigenous education and curricula. Many members of the Network played major roles in the work of the Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec (Commission Viens).

Over the next few years, DIALOG will work to increase research capacity within Indigenous organizations and communities and to document the potential for community influence and social innovation in Indigenous knowledge systems.


“The DIALOG Network is about the encounter, the one that is necessary for Indigenous issues to be better understood and respected, the one that positively guides the path of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students who will one day work together. It is the exchange of knowledge that wishes to coexist and move in the same direction.”
Suzy Basile, Professor at UQAT’s School of Indigenous Studies and director of the Research Laboratory on Indigenous Women Issues – Mikwatisiw.

“The SSHRC Connection Award is more than the recognition of a successful partnership.  This award is a tribute to the research teams involved at DIALOG and its founder and director Carole Lévesque. It is in itself a model of reconciliation for the partners and Indigenous people, and sows hope for students who want to contribute to greater social justice and a more equitable way of living together.”
Édith Cloutier, Executive Director of the Val-d’Or Native Friendship Centre and President of Regroupement des Centres d’amitié autochtones du Québec.

“Everyday the DIALOG Network rises to the challenge of creating a university that is open, and deeply connected with Indigenous knowledge and values. When obstacles have arisen, partners have innovated to stay true to their vision. Equality, reciprocity, and diversity are the strengths of the network. DIALOG proves that change is possible; it offers a concrete model for the decolonization of education, and society more broadly.”
Caroline Desbiens, Professor at the Department of Geography at Université Laval and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Heritage and Tourism.

“The SSHRC Connection Award recognizes 20 years of work by the DIALOG Network led by my colleague Professor Carole Lévesque. Since dialogue and contact with others enriches one’s own experience and knowledge, by participating in the DIALOG Network, Indigenous communities, researchers, and students are not only able to express their points of view, define their needs or share the outcome of their research, they are also exposed to very different issues and methodological approaches. These encounters create a synergy that facilitates the production of new knowledge (and ultimately, new pedagogical tools) but also new approaches to theory and methodology. I am very proud to be part of this dynamic network.”
Nathalie Kermoal, Director of the Rupertsland Centre for Métis Research at the University of Alberta

“The DIALOG Network is a collective success and the result of a mobilization that goes beyond individual efforts. It is through sharing, equity, collaboration, ethics, and respect that all actions undertaken in the name of DIALOG are shaped. This Network has fundamentally changed the nature of the relationship between the scientific community and Indigenous communities by recognizing the contribution of Indigenous knowledge and science.”
Nicole O’Bomsawin, Professor at the Kiuna Institution.

The Connection Award recognizes the achievement of an outstanding SSHRC-funded initiative that facilitates the transmission and exchange of research knowledge within and/or beyond the social sciences and humanities research community. It is awarded to a researcher or team whose initiative has engaged the institution and/or the broader community and has had an intellectual, cultural, social and/or economic impact.

DIALOG is a strategic knowledge network created in 2001 and based at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique, one of the university components of the Université du Québec (Canada). DIALOG is funded by the Fonds québécois de recherche sur la société et la culture and by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

About INRS
INRS is a university dedicated exclusively to graduate level research and training. Since its creation in 1969, INRS has played an active role in Québec’s economic, social, and cultural development and is ranked first for research intensity in Québec and in Canada. INRS is made up of four interdisciplinary research and training centres in Québec City, Montréal, Laval, and Varennes, with expertise in strategic sectors: Eau Terre Environnement, Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications, Urbanisation Culture Société, and Armand-Frappier Santé Biotechnologie. The INRS community includes more than 1,500 students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty members, and staff.

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Congratulations to Romeo Saganash on Receiving an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Université Laval

Nemaska, Eeyou Istchee (November 29, 2021) – On Thursday, November 25, Romeo Saganash attended convocation at the Université Laval to receive an Honorary Doctorate of Law. The Cree Nation watched proudly as he was awarded one of the highest distinctions offered by the University in recognition of his contribution to the advancement of the rights of Indigenous peoples.

As a former member of Parliament, and first Indigenous person of Quebec to be elected to represent the region of Ungava for the New Democratic Party (NDP), Romeo received a well- deserved standing ovation from those in attendance, which included 1000 members of the legal succession. This event was initially scheduled to take place in October 2019, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic was postponed to November 2021.

Romeo’s contribution to the Cree Nation and to Indigenous rights across Canada and the world is one of diverse impact. As a defender of human rights, Romeo has spent much of his political career advocating for national reconciliation as well as the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) through his private member’s Bill C-262. Although this important legislation was not passed at the time, it laid the foundation for future efforts that would see the framework for the implementation of UNDRIP through Bill C-15 finally be adopted on June 21, 2021.

As a leader in Eeyou Istchee, Romeo has had a diverse and longstanding contribution to the Cree Nation. In 1985, at the age of 23, Romeo founded the Cree Nation Youth Council – an organization that continues to grow in its support of youth throughout Eeyou Istchee. In 1989 after completing his studies at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) he became the first Cree from Eeyou Istchee to receive a law degree. He was elected as Deputy Grand Chief, a position he held for three years from 1990 to 1993. During this time, Romeo Saganash fought for his people amidst continued hydroelectric development being contested for its impact on traditional Cree territory.

Romeo Saganash also served as the Director of Cree-Quebec Relations for over 10 years continuing to play an important role in environmental advisory and development issues. It was during this time that he contributed as one of the negotiators that led to the signing of the Paix des Braves; a Nation-to-Nation Agreement that is instrumental in ensuring Cree participation in the management and benefit of development in mining, forestry and hydroelectricity.

“On behalf of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)/Cree Nation Government, I would like to congratulate Romeo on receiving this highest distinction as we stand in ovation for his contributions to the advancement of the Cree Nation and the rights of Indigenous peoples. It brings us great pride to see one of our own receive such a prestigious award. We are inspired by his courage and determination in promoting and protecting the rights of our people, and ultimately all Indigenous Peoples across Canada and the world.” – Grand Chief Mandy Gull-Masty


Quebec announces private sector hotel funding

(Kahnawake, 29, Kentenhkó:wa/November 2021) The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK) is addressing the community to clarify information announced at Friday’s Grand Economic Circle of Indigenous People and Quebec held in Montreal.

The $3.3 million from Quebec’s Aboriginal Initiatives Fund (AIF) was granted for a hotel project to be located on Route 207. The application was made by a private citizen and is not an MCK initiative. The AIF was created as an opportunity for both private and public sector projects to gain financial assistance in projects. In Kahnawà:ke, the MCK’s involvement with AIF applications for individual community members is limited to providing a supporting Mohawk Council of Executive Directive for their projects, the same method used for all other individual AIF projects in the past. The MCK plays no part in the selection of which projects receive funding.

“This is good news for businesses that will result in adding to Kahnawà:ke’s economic base,” said Ohén:ton Í:iente ne Ratitsénhaienhs (Grand Chief) Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer. “However, Friday’s announcement was not ours to make. It was between the Quebec government and the individual applying for the funds. However, since I was a delegate at the same meeting where the announcement took place, some people assumed that the MCK was receiving money to build its own hotel, which is certainly not the case. More unfortunately, some individuals decided to make uninformed and irresponsible comments on social media before finding out the facts.”

The MCK reminds the community that it is both our collective and individual responsibility as Kahnawa’kehró:non to treat each other with respect. The MCK recognizes and supports that everyone has a right to their own opinion when it comes to matters facing our community. It is important that we all strive to raise our concerns and opinions in a healthy and respectful manner, in a way that is consistent with our cultural principles of respect. No one should be subjected to verbal attacks and threats. It is absolutely unacceptable.

The MCK is committed to ensuring the community is informed with proper information on positions, decisions, actions, and intents on all of its files. We encourage community members to engage respectfully and constructively on matters where you may have concerns, we welcome your questions and opinions, and we will always ensure that the information sought is responded to in a timely manner. To reach out, email [email protected] or call 450-632-7500.


Media Inquiries:

Joe Delaronde

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The government is investing $19.4 million to foster the success and persistence in school of Indigenous students

Odanak, November 30, 2021 – To support and improve the success and persistence in school of Indigenous students, the Québec government is investing $19.4 million to implement three measures covering direct student support, instructional material, and program review. Minister of Education Jean-François Roberge and Minister Responsible for Indigenous Affairs Ian Lafrenière made the announcement today, accompanied by MNA for Nicolet-Bécancour Donald Martel and Denis Gros-Louis, Director General of the FNEC and Co-chair of the Table nationale sur la réussite éducative des élèves autochtones.

The government wishes, in this way, to implement the recommendations of the Inquiry Commission on Relations Between Indigenous Peoples and Certain Public Services in Québec: Listening, Reconciliation and Progress, and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, which demanded concrete action in the realm of education.

Ensuring that Indigenous history and realities occupy their proper place in courses of study and offering such notions as soon as possible in school paths will, in particular, enhance persistence in school and educational success, in addition to increasing the graduation rate of Indigenous students.

Measure related to instructional material

It is important to make available to teachers additional instructional material that better recognizes the realities of the First Nations and Inuit. This measure seeks to enable the Québec government, in collaboration with Indigenous partners and publishing houses or other publishers of content to make available tools to help them better grasp and teach questions related to Indigenous realities.

Measure related to support

Over half of the members of the First Nations and Inuit live outside Indigenous communities in the short or long term and attend the establishments of school service centres and linguistic school boards. The latter must be able to better support them during the transition and establish favourable conditions that are geared to their success. This measure enhances the adapted professional services for First Nations and Inuit students in the network. In particular, it seeks to make training accessible to all school staff, enhance reception and guidance tools and services, enhance the transitions between school environments, upgrade the knowledge acquired, establish culturally reassuring services, and enhance the link between the schools and the students’ family environments.

Measure related to program review

Most programs of study were drafted in the early 2000s and the Table nationale sur la réussite éducative des élèves autochtones has noted that certain content pertaining to Indigenous realities should be reviewed. The members of the First Nations and Inuit will be invited to participate in the revision of the programs of study to incorporate Indigenous perspectives into them. This measure will also better equip teachers when they deal with these topics.

The measures that the government has announced will benefit all Québec students who will, overall, be better equipped, informed, and aware of Indigenous realities.

“Education plays a key role in helping Indigenous students to succeed and enabling all Québec students to be informed and aware of Indigenous realities. To this end, we are working in close collaboration with Indigenous partners in the education sector. I am delighted to be able to respond today to the recommendations concerning education in the Viens Commission report and to thus take a step toward the education system’s recognition of Indigenous realities.”

Jean-François Roberge, Minister of Education

“Our government has taken to heart the Viens Commission’s recommendations and education is one of the most important facets of our efforts to facilitate reconciliation and the development of mutual trust. The success and persistence in school of Indigenous young people are front and centre in our initiatives, but the new measures will also facilitate better circulation of knowledge and Indigenous concerns, which makes me optimisitc. It is my hope that, through our efforts, we will witness changes in educational approaches in Québec schools. This will serve not only the interests of the First Nations and Inuit but also those of all Québec students, who will have access to training that illustrates their historic reality and interpretations of it.”

Ian Lafrenière, Minister Responsible for Indigenous Affairs

“The members of the Table sur la réussite éducative des élèves Inuit et des Premières Nations welcome with hope the Québec government’s response. The investments will enable our respective organizations to work together on content and make known the contemporary reality of our communities. The Table sur la réussite éducative has shown that it is best placed to advise the government, the public service, school service centres, schools, and teachers concerning our realities.”

Denis Gros-Louis, Co-chair of the Table nationale sur la réussite scolaire and Director General of the FNEC

“The residents of Nicolet-Bécancour understand the need to maintain and foster exchanges and collaboration with the Indigenous nations that occupy a major place in our territory. I am, therefore, indeed proud to participate in this announcement that confirms our shared desire to live together and make our good relations even more productive and mutually advantageous.”

Donald Martel, MNA for Nicolet-Bécancour and Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier (St. Lawrence Project and Innovation Zones)


  • On September 30, 2019, headed by former judge Jacques Viens, the Inquiry Commission on Relations Between Indigenous Peoples and Certain Public Services in Québec: Listening, Reconciliation and Progress, made public the report submitted to the government at the conclusion of its deliberations.
  • The Commission’s report proposed 142 measures and called for reconciliation and the establishment of a new balance of power.
  • The Québec government has a $200-million budget allowance to implement the Viens Commission’s recommendations.
  • The report identified education as a cross-cutting challenge.
  • The funds announced today will facilitate the implementation of three measures covering direct support to students, instructional material, and program review.
  • The members of the Table sur la réussite éducative des élèves des Premières Nations et Inuit submitted to the Ministère de l’Éducation their priorities on October 21, 2021.

Related links:

  • Report of the Viens Commission:



Florent Tanlet
Press Officer
Office of the Minister of Education

Mathieu Durocher
Press Officer
Office of the Minister Responsible for Indigenous Affairs


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