Ripe to burn’: Northern Alberta farmers face down wildfire threat – CBC

‘We felt if we didn’t do this, and the fire came, we had just way too much to lose’

Aug 20, 2019

In the wake of the massive Chuckegg Creek wildfire in northern Alberta, reporter Paige Parsons spent time in Mackenzie County speaking to families and farmers about how the disaster affected them. Today’s second instalment looks at the wider impacts on the region.

The sky was black with smoke as Joe Peters watched his neighbours turn his planted canola field back to dirt.

It was around 3 p.m. on June 17, at what should have been the height of Mackenzie County’s growing season.

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YouTubers blend humour and history to tell story behind Canada’s Constitution – Folio

August 20 2019

U of A expert teams up with National Film Board and some of Canada’s most popular online personalities to create ‘Supreme Law.’

A snappy, funny online video production is introducing a new generation of Canadians to the story of how the country’s Constitution was created—including the six YouTube stars who host the videos.

“They were young people and they didn’t seem all that interested—at least initially,” said Patricia Paradis, executive director of the University of Alberta’s Centre for Constitutional Studies, who teamed up with the National Film Board of Canada to create Supreme Law.

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Bead by bead: Native Studies grad finds connection and business opportunities in her passion for beading – UAlberta

August 19, 2019

How education and land-based learning inspired Jessica Sanderson-Barry’s unique designs

Jessica Sanderson-Barry always loved beading, and hoped to turn that passion into a business opportunity, but found she never had much success making a living off her work.

“I was beading flat back pieces, and I found that it was really hard to position myself as a business and be successful because this style of beading was so readily available. So I got to thinking, ‘ok this is not working for me, maybe I need to find my own way and create some unique pieces,’” she said.

Setting out to find her own way, Sanderson-Barry enrolled in the Faculty of Native Studies and, in 2017, was one of 14 students accepted into the Wahkohtowin summer intensive land-based course offered jointly by the faculties of Native Studies and Law.

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Mother of deceased four-year-old fights for justice; lawyer says girl’s death was accidental – APTN news

August 19, 2019

The mother of a four-year-old girl who died while in care in Alberta five years ago says she wants the charges against her daughter’s former guardians reinstated, or new ones laid.

Last week APTN News reported that the Alberta crown stayed charges against two kinship guardians who were caring for Serenity, who died of head injuries in 2014.

Her guardians were charged in 2017 with failing to provide the necessities of life.

Now, Serenity’s biological mother, who lives in British Columbia, has travelled to Alberta to seek justice for her late daughter.

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Feds providing funding for University of Alberta initiative on indigenous law – The Lawyer’s Daily

August 19, 2019

A project at the University of Alberta aimed at the revitalization of Indigenous law and governance has received a boost from the federal government.

On Aug. 14, Minister of Justice and Attorney General David Lametti announced $134,127 in funding for the school’s Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge. The lodge, which is a joint initiative between the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Native Studies, is a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)’s call to action to fund the establishment of Indigenous law institutes “for the development, use and understanding of Indigenous laws and access to justice in accordance with the unique cultures of Aboriginal peoples in Canada.”

“Creating space for the revitalization of Indigenous laws in the Canadian justice system is an important part of meaningful reconciliation in Canada,” said Lametti in a press release. “I am proud the government of Canada is supporting the Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge in its work with Indigenous communities.”

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AB Government: Expert panel to review supervised consumption sites

August 19, 2019

Eight experts will hear from Albertans on the social and economic impacts of supervised consumption services on their homes, businesses and communities.

People can share experiences and evidence of the social and economic impacts of the sites through public engagement sessions and online.

“As we committed in our platform, we are moving ahead with a review of supervised consumption sites. We’ve heard Albertans’ concerns about impacts on their homes, businesses and communities. We’ve chosen a panel of experts to listen to Albertans, review the evidence, and report back on their findings.”

Jason Luan, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions

The committee was appointed by the minister to represent a range of relevant views and experiences. Members have lived experience with addiction as well as expertise and experience in business, real estate, economics, social demography, research ethics, addiction and recovery services, harm reduction, First Nations health, mental health, trauma, pain management, and law enforcement and crime reduction.

The committee will hear from citizens, businesses, elected officials, supervised consumption services (SCS) operators, and other key stakeholders. Public engagement will take place over three weeks in September, in all communities with existing or proposed SCS:

  • Grande Prairie
  • Edmonton
  • Red Deer
  • Calgary
  • Lethbridge
  • Medicine Hat

Details regarding dates and locations are being finalized and will be available online.

Albertans will also be able to submit feedback online.

The committee will analyze the evidence on the impact of existing and proposed sites and submit a report to government for consideration in future policy decisions for the SCS sites and the addiction care system.

Committee members

  • Rod Knecht, chair
  • Prof. Geri Iininaatoáákii Bemister-Williams, vice-chair
  • Dr. Charl Els
  • Joan Hollihan
  • Dr. Rob Tanguay
  • Dr. Ray Baker
  • Paul Maxim
  • Steve Cormack

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Woodfibre LNG poised to proceed with $1.6-billion project within weeks –

CALGARY – In a few short weeks, Woodfibre LNG is poised to become the second liquefied natural gas export project to break ground on Canada’s West Coast even as other advanced Canadian LNG proposals have been delayed yet again.

Woodfibre LNG, a subsidiary of Singapore-based Pacific Oil and Gas Ltd., is finalizing its engineering, procurement and construction contract, which company president David Keane expects to sign “at the end of the summer or shortly thereafter” before construction begins on the LNG export facility in Squamish, British Columbia.

“Our senior management, our chairman (Sukanto Tanoto), has been actively involved and once we sign our EPC contract then the next phase is moving into active construction,” Keane told the Financial Post. “Before we can proceed, we have to sign the contract, so we are hoping to have a final investment decision at the end of the summer or shortly thereafter.”

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Glenbow Ranch Park hosting huge Indigenous Celebration, Aug. 23 –

19 August 2019

Indigenous celebrations have taken place at the Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park in the past but none will measure up to the activities planned for Friday, Aug. 23.

Drumming, singing, dancing hourly and interpretive walks are all part of the celebration of the rich heritage of our Indigenous People that runs from 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Friday. There’s also traditional games, hands-on learning, an art exhibition created by Indigenous youth and local vendors.

The event is free for all.

“It’s a very massive celebration with a lot of different things constantly going on at the same time. One thing to look out for is our main stage where we’ll have traditional dancing, drumming, singing, a little bit of storytelling and blessings, all from Stoney Nakoda.

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Indigenous Homelessness funding stream

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

Reaching Home’s Indigenous Homelessness stream provides funding to organizations that provide supports to meet the unique needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. The intent is that the funding be provided to Indigenous organizations located in urban centres.

The program promotes social inclusion and cultural connections within communities, and aims to ensure that culturally-appropriate supports are available for Indigenous Peoples who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness in urban centres.

Indigenous Peoples are not limited to accessing only the services that are funded by the Indigenous homelessness stream; they may also access services and supports from organizations that are funded by the program’s other regional streams.

Eligible projects

Projects must meet a demonstrated need, and applicants must show that investments will be targeted toward helping address Indigenous homelessness. There is no requirement for matching contributions, though community contributions are encouraged. Projects must also meet the program requirements of Reaching Home.

How to apply for project funding

Reaching Home’s Indigenous Homelessness funding is provided to organizations, not to individuals directly. Organizations that may apply include not-for-profits and other community-based organizations in urban centres that provide supports to help prevent and reduce homelessness. Under the Indigenous Homelessness stream, priority is given to funding Indigenous organizations.

Contact the Reaching Home representative in your region for details on how to apply.


The Government of Canada invests in engaging men and boys in gender equality

From: Women and Gender Equality Canada

he Government of Canada invests in engaging men and boys in gender equality

August 16, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta – Women and Gender Equality Canada

Gender equality benefits everyone—if we are to build a stronger and more prosperous country, we need to ensure that everyone has a real and fair chance to succeed. Men and boys are an important part of the discussion.

Across Canada there are thousands of men and boys joining the cause for gender equality; men working to achieve equality in the workplace, young men and boys learning about consent and healthy relationships, and academics researching evidence-based approaches to gender equality. We must continue to “call men in” to the movement for gender equality.

Today, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality announced that the Government of Canada is investing in four promising projects to engage men and boys in gender equality:

  • Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters will receive $212,000 to promote sports figures as role models to increase awareness of gender-based violence and healthy masculinity working with the Canadian Football League in the lead up to the 2019 Grey Cup.
  • Catalyst Canada will receive $100,000 to promote workplace inclusion and support men as disrupters of sexism in the workplace.
  • FOXY will receive $125,000 to engage Indigenous youth, particularly young men and boys, on gender equality in the Northwest Territories.
  • Next Gen Men with the University of Calgary will receive $125,000 to build networks and spaces for pro-feminist male leaders to engage among themselves and with feminist/women’s organizations on gender equality-related issues.

At today’s announcement, Minister Monsef also released Calling Men and Boys In – What We Heard: Report from the Roundtables on Engaging Men and Boys to Advance Gender Equality, which will help inform the development of a strategy to continue the engagement of men and boys in advancing gender equality. This report, and each of these projects, will advance what we heard from men and boys across the country, and demonstrate why advancing gender equality not only benefits everyone, but is also up to everyone.


Everyone has a part to play in advancing gender equality. That’s why the Government of Canada has been expanding its work to call in support from men, boys, and people of all gender identities and expressions, who also feel the impact of harmful, outdated gender stereotypes and have a role in ensuring we have safe workplaces, healthy relationships and supportive communities. By enlisting men and boys as allies and advocates in the women’s and gender equality-seeking movements, we’re working together to create a more equal and prosperous Canada for all.”

The Honourable Maryam Monsef, P.C., M.P.
Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality

“Canada will be a world leader through the development of a dedicated engagement with men and boys, and bringing them into the movement to advance gender equality. The work being done by organizations like the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters, Arctic SMASH, Catalyst, Next Gen Men and the University of Calgary will make a real impact in the lives of young men and boys in Canada, and will create space for difficult and necessary conversations that lead to the advancement of gender equality.”

Terry Duguid

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Women and Gender Equality“We believe in a world free from violence and abuse. Thanks to this funding from the Government of Canada, we’re taking important steps with men and boys to redefine and reimagine what masculinity can be and to promote healthy relationships based on equality and mutual respect.”

Jan Reimer, CEO
Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters

“We thank the Government of Canada for this important investment in our work to create a safe space where young men can learn and define masculinity for themselves – not based on outdated stereotypes. We’re proud to help these young men become a positive part of a healthy community that supports equality and respect for all.”

Dr. Candice Lys, Founder and Executive Director

“For women to advance in the workplace, we must work to dismantle the biases and cultures that pose barriers to their success. Thanks to this federal investment, we can bring men into the conversation to ensure that workplaces are healthy and inclusive to all – regardless of gender, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation.”

Tanya van Biesen, Executive Director
Catalyst Canada

“We are excited to partner with the Government of Canada to advance gender equality via the engagement and mobilization of men and boys from coast to coast to coast. Our goal is to nurture and support more men and boys to become agents of change in advancing gender equality.”

Jake Stika, Founder
Next Gen Men

Quick facts

  • Canada is a world leader in the advancement of gender equality through the development of a dedicated engagement with and boys to further this important work.
  • Budget 2018 announced $1.8 million over two years to develop a strategy to engage men and boys that promotes equality and pilots innovative, targeted approaches to addressing inequality.
  • Between June and September 2018, over 200 individuals participated in nine roundtables across Canada, representing a wide diversity of perspectives and life experiences, sectors and professions.
  • Between 2009 and 2014, 13% of police-reported sexual assault victims were male. Among them, half were aged 13 or younger.
  • Women are at a 20% higher risk of violent victimization than men, when all other risk factors are taken into account.
  • Only 4% of Canadian CEOs and only 10% of top executives in Canada are women.

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