SSHRC: Launch of new tri-agency Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation—Connection Grants

The new tri-agency Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation—Connection Grants invites proposals from applicants affiliated with First Nations, Métis and Inuit not-for-profit organizations, as well as with other not-for-profit organizations or Canadian postsecondary institutions in any discipline.

The initiative will support short-term targeted interdisciplinary events, outreach activities and position papers to help guide new ways of engaging in research by and with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities. This will include holistic, interdisciplinary and distinctions-based approaches that are transformative and contribute to reconciliation.

These Connection Grants are valued at up to $50,000 for six months, with the possibility of a six-month extension. The leadership and governance of all proposed projects must involve the participation of First Nations, Métis or Inuit communities.


Pembina Pipeline Corporation and Breakfast Club of Canada Expand Breakfast Program to Four Indigenous Schools

CALGARY, June 21, 2018 – Pembina Pipeline Corporation (“Pembina” or the “Company”) (TSX: PPL; NYSE: PBA) announced today that in celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day, its signature community investment program, Fuel 4 Thought, has launched in Driftpile First Nation, Sturgeon Lake Cree First Nation, Alexis Nakota Sioux First Nation and Ktunaxa Nation Council.

In partnership with Breakfast Club of Canada, Fuel 4 Thought serves a healthy breakfast to 140,000 kids across communities where Pembina operates to ensure young people have the energy they need to realize their full potential.

“We work closely with our communities and Indigenous partners to develop opportunities to collaborate on community projects,” said Jaret Sprott, Pembina’s Senior Vice President & COO, Facilities. “We work hard to understand the challenges in the areas where we operate. When we found out that 1 in 2 children in Indigenous communities across Canada are at risk of starting their day on an empty stomach, we saw an opportunity to make a big difference with our Fuel 4 Thought program.”

Many of Pembina’s operations are located on or near First Nations and Métis lands. Building relationships with Indigenous communities helps Pembina employees better understand local needs. “Our Indigenous neighbours have a special interest in the land on which we operate, and today is a great opportunity to recognize and celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples,” added Mr. Sprott.

“At Breakfast Club of Canada, we strongly value the communities of our Indigenous People,” said Daniel Germain, Founding President, Breakfast Club of Canada. “Many of these communities have seen generation after generation of adversity and are demanding change for a better future. When you provide a child with a nutritious meal, you provide them with the equal opportunities as their peers. The changes being brought into these four communities will last for generations and will allow others to be inspired and demand change for their own.”

“Education is the future for our people,” said Ann Mclean, Principal, Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation School. “When you’ve eaten breakfast you’re more alert, and ready to get to the task at hand.”

To celebrate the launch, Pembina released a video of Fuel 4 Thought in action at the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation School. Watch it here.

Through Fuel 4 Thought, Pembina invests $1.5 million to support nutritious breakfast programs in high-needs schools within many of the Company’s operating areas across Canada.

Visit for more information on Fuel 4 Thought and Pembina’s Community Investment programs.

About Pembina

Calgary-based Pembina Pipeline Corporation is a leading transportation and midstream service provider that has been serving North America’s energy industry for over 60 years. Pembina owns an integrated system of pipelines that transport various hydrocarbon liquids and natural gas products produced primarily in western Canada. The Company also owns gas gathering and processing facilities and an oil and natural gas liquids infrastructure and logistics business. Pembina’s integrated assets and commercial operations along the majority of the hydrocarbon value chain allow it to offer a full spectrum of midstream and marketing services to the energy sector. Pembina is committed to identifying additional opportunities to connect hydrocarbon production to new demand locations through the development of infrastructure that would extend Pembina’s service offering even further along the hydrocarbon value chain. These new developments will contribute to ensuring that hydrocarbons produced in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin and the other basins where Pembina operates can reach the highest value markets throughout the world.

Pembina strives to provide sustainable, industry-leading total returns for our investors; reliable and value-added services for our customers; a net positive impact to communities; and a safe, respectful, collaborative and fair work culture for our employees.

Pembina’s strategy is to:

  • Preserve value by providing safe, environmentally conscious, cost-effective and reliable services;
  • Diversify by providing integrated solutions which enhance profitability and customer service;
  • Implement Growth by pursuing projects or assets that are expected to generate cash flow per share accretion and capture long-life, economic hydrocarbon reserves; and
  • Secure Global Markets by understanding what the world needs, where they need it, and delivering it.

Pembina is structured into three Divisions: Pipelines Division, Facilities Division and Marketing & New Ventures Division.

Pembina’s common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under PPL and PBA, respectively. For more information, visit

About Breakfast Club of Canada

Breakfast Club of Canada is a non-profit organization that provides funding, equipment, training and support to school breakfast programs across the country. We are dedicated to making sure every child starts their day with a meal, helping them thrive at school, and in their community. Founded in Quebec in 1994, Breakfast Club of Canada began to fund and support school breakfast programs nationwide in 2005.


RCMP: National Indigenous Peoples Day – Read about some of our projects and initiatives

The RCMP has a proud history of more than 140 years of service to First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities. Today, we work in more than 600 Indigenous communities across Canada. Read about some of our activities and initiatives.

An Eagle Staff to honour and acknowledge First Nations people in Canada
Staff Sgt. Jeff Poulette constructed this sacred Indigenous symbol for the RCMP.

Maskwacis Intervention – Collaborative Approach Reduces Gang Violence
Violent crime and school absenteeism was a big problem on some Alberta reserves – until they employed a unique solution.

Survival Skills – Outdoor camps bridge gap between youth, police
Outdoor programs in B.C. are helping Indigenous youth learn new skills, and bond with local police.

Contest Inspires Northern Youth to get creative
When the RCMP in the Northwest Territories needed a new Aboriginal policing ensign, they reached out to local students to try their hand.

New Blanket Exercise on Indigenous History moves RCMP Cadets
A “Blanket Exercise” on Indigenous history has been added to the mandatory training for all RCMP Cadets.

Eagle Feather flies into Nova Scotia Detachments
Instead of a bible, Indigenous people can now use an eagle feather to swear legal oaths in RCMP detachments and courts.

Local officers, staff and youth complete Pulling Together Canoe Journey
RCMP members from Surrey, B.C. took part to help build relationships with Indigenous communities.

Indigenous Youth Return from RCMP National Youth Leadership Workshop
This Workshop, held since 2011, teaches leadership skills to Indigenous high school students.

NHL Star, RCMP Score with Anti-Violence Ad
NHL player Jordin Tootoo teamed up with the RCMP on a video to prevent violence against Indigenous women and girls.


Celebrating a Canadian first: The Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada –

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Nellie Kusugak, Commissioner of Nunavut, leaders representing First Nations, Inuit and the Métis Nation, Indigenous artists, and John Geiger, CEO of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, kicked off celebrations for the launch of Canadian Geographic’s long-awaited Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada.

This was a Canada 150 project funded by the Government of Canada and for the Honourable Mélanie Joly, the Atlas will make a positive contribution to Canada’s educational landscape. “For years to come the Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada will help build capacity for open discussion, empathy and mutual respect, as well as act as a powerful educational tool to help facilitate the renewal of Canada’s relationship with First Nations, Inuit and the Métis Nation,” said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. “There is no relationship more important to our government than the one with Indigenous Peoples, and we are proud to have contributed to this important initiative.”

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Housing gaps in Métis communities to be addressed – MyMcMurray Portal

Jun 22, 2018

The McMurray Métis and Wood Buffalo Housing (WBH) signed a Memorandum of Understanding this week.

The new agreement will help address housing issues in Métis communities in the region.

President and CEO of WBH Henry Hunter said in a statement that affordable housing is a major concern for our region.

The groups will work together to find a long-term sustainable solutions through a housing needs assessment.

Once gaps in program and service delivery are identified, the issues will be brought to the municipality, province and other groups associated with safe and affordable housing for the Métis community.

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BMO Celebrating Women: BMO Recognizes Outstanding Women in Edmonton Through National Program

EDMONTONJune 19, 2018  – Four women were honoured last night at the annual BMO Celebrating Women event in Edmonton for their remarkable contribution to business and the community in one of three categories: Innovation and Global Growth; Community and Charitable Giving; and Expansion and Growth in Small Business.

The program recognizes female leaders in local communities as part of BMO’s commitment to drive the advancement of women.

The following honourees were recognized:

  • Innovation & Global Growth: Lori Pecorilli
    Ms. Pecorilli is the president and co-founder of Latium Group of Companies, a fleet management company offering end-to-end transportation and mobile assets technology solutions.Growing up in resource-rich Alberta, Ms. Pecorilli noticed there was a gap in the industry in regards to managing vast amounts of company vehicles and assets. In 1996, Ms. Pecorilli and her husband, Tony, created Latium Consulting – a new approach to fleet management and consulting that reduced costs around repair and maintenance for vehicles.

    Today, Latium is made up of five companies: Latium Consulting, Latium Equipment & Vehicles, Latium Technology, Latium Connected Asset and Latium Manufacturing.

    In recent years, the company has created proprietary GPS technology, Latlogix, as well as revolutionary fleet & asset management software.

    Under Ms. Pecorilli’s leadership, Latium has grown to become a multi-national organization, servicing companies throughout Canada and the United States. Over the last two years, Latium’s business and leading-edge technology expanded into several African nations and more recently Mexico – resulting in a number of exciting business opportunities and partnerships on a global scale.

    Ms. Pecorilli is a member of the Edmonton Chapter of the Women President’s Organization (WPO) – a non-profit membership organization for women presidents, CEOs and managing directors of privately held, multimillion-dollar companies.

  • Community & Charitable Giving: Debbie Michael
    Ms. Michael is the principal of Ermineskin Elementary School, an institution providing Nêhiyawewin education for approximately 470 students from the four nations in Maskwacis, Alberta.As principal, Ms. Michael introduced several initiatives and programs to foster and support the success of her students.

    Ms. Michael introduced The Leader in Me program, a method of teaching students to see themselves as capable leaders. Since the implementation of the program, students have become more active, engaged partners in their education and have gained greater self-confidence as leaders.

    In 2016, the school applied for the Martin Family Initiative’s Model Schools Literacy Project (MSLP), a program that supports literacy education and achievement for Indigenous students from kindergarten to Grade 3. All First Nations schools across Canada were eligible, but only six were selected. Ermineskin Elementary was selected due in part to the strength and commitment of Ms. Michael’s leadership.

    With humility and an unwavering commitment to excellence, Ms. Michael continues to be an inspiration to her students and an outstanding community leader.

  • Expansion & Growth in Small Business: Isabell Ringenoldus
    Ms. Ringenoldus is the president and owner of TAWS Security, an Indigenous-owned, Alberta-based security company that specializes in oil sands gate and mobile patrol security solutions.Ms. Ringenoldus was 23 and a recently laid-off security guard when she started TAWS in 2007. The company is named in honour of her nephew, Tanner Alan William Sitybell, who died of leukemia.

    As the business grew, Ms. Ringenoldus continued her practice of taking care of all administrative work. She hired a bookkeeper after bringing on 30 employees.
    Shortly after the 2016 wildfire that devastated many residential areas of Fort McMurray, TAWS Security immediately volunteered their services. They showcased their ability to promptly deploy both management and trained guards.

    Today, TAWS works with some of Alberta’s largest corporations and employs more than 130 people.

    Ms. Ringenoldus was the 2012 recipient of the Alberta Chamber of Commerce’s Aboriginal Woman Entrepreneur Award of Distinction. In 2017, the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business awarded her the National Youth Aboriginal Entrepreneur of the Year Award – which recognizes up-and-coming Indigenous entrepreneurs under the age of 35.

  • Community & Charitable Giving: Glenise Harvey
    Ms. Harvey is the co-owner and principal of A&H Steel Ltd., a fully integrated, full-service rebar provider specializing in the supply, fabrication and installation of reinforcing steel in the commercial and industrial sectors.An elementary school teacher for 29 years, Ms. Harvey became principal of A&H in 2008.

    A&H supports the community with involvement in the United Way, and by donating rebar for projects by organizations such as iHuman Youth Society and Amiskwaciy Academy.

    Following her personal passion for the arts, Ms. Harvey saw the need for a community based art gallery. In 2017, she started the Dandi-Lines Art Gallery – a not-for-profit foundation that exhibits and sells art produced by students and others under the creative mentorship of the gallery. The profits generated from the sales are reinvested to go toward funding art programs for people of all ages.

    An active member of the Edmonton Chapter of the Women President’s Organization (WPO), Ms. Harvey also mentors and supports other women business leaders in the community.

“BMO is proud to honour influential and community building women leaders across Canada– including our honourees in Edmonton,” said Allison Hakomaki, Head, Corporate Finance Division – Prairies, BMO Bank of Montreal. “We are pleased to recognize this formidable group for dedicating their time to their communities and inspiring others in the process. BMO is committed to developing and furthering programs that support the advancement of women nationwide.”

BMO has partnerships with organizations such as GroYourBiz, WBE Canada, Women Presidents’ Organization and Catalyst. It has also developed products that address the needs of its female clients, including the recent Women in Leadership Mutual Fund – the first impact investing mutual fund offered by a Canadian bank focused on gender diversity. It has also spearheaded studies around women entrepreneurs, such as Everywhere, Every Day Innovating – Women Entrepreneurs and Innovation.

For more information about BMO Celebrating Women, please visit: and join the social conversation using #BMOforWomen.

About BMO Financial Group
Serving customers for 200 years and counting, BMO is a highly diversified financial services provider – the 8th largest bank, by assets, in North America. With total assets of $744 billionas of April 30, 2018, and a team of diverse and highly engaged employees, BMO provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers and conducts business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, BMO Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets.


How a new wave of Indigenous cinema is changing the narrative of Canada – CBC

Indigenous filmmakers keen to tell fresh stories themselves, but funding still hard to come by

Jun 21, 2018

It’s being called the “new wave” of Indigenous cinema.

Indigenous filmmakers got a boost in 2018 with the creation of the Indigenous Screen Office, an organization helping Indigenous media makers develop their content.

The National Film Board is also doing its part, by allocating 15 per cent of production spending to Indigenous-directed projects and launching a massive free online library of more than 200 films by Indigenous directors.

Three of the leading voices in Canada’s Indigenous cinema scene sat down with The National to talk about the new cinematic wave and its cultural impact:

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National Indigenous Peoples Day: Premier Notley

June 21, 2018

Premier Rachel Notley issued the following statement:

“At the summer solstice – a day significant to many Indigenous people – we honour the First Nations, Métis and Inuit people of this land by celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day.

“First Nations, Métis and Inuit people have diverse heritages, cultures and achievements that stand on their own. Their stories are ready to be told – in their voices – whenever we are ready to listen.

“Many of these stories are also an indelible part of our own nation’s past and will help define who we are in the future. As we work to advance reconciliation and renew our relationship with Indigenous peoples, such celebrations enable communities to gather in the spirit of sharing.

“Our government is proud to partner with Indigenous peoples, whether it’s helping bring clean water to reserves or energy efficiency initiatives to make life more affordable while protecting our environment.

“We’re developing a K-12 curriculum that reflects Indigenous contributions to Alberta and Canada and that raises awareness of the legacy of residential schools. We’ve also begun Indigenous culture and history training for all Alberta Public Service staff, so they can better deliver programs and services to Indigenous communities.

“By deepening our understanding of hundreds of generations of history on these lands, we build a brighter future based on greater appreciation, understanding and respect.

“I hope that all Albertans have the chance to hear an Indigenous story today. In the spirit of reconciliation, I wish everyone a wonderful National Indigenous Peoples Day!”

Media inquiries
Cheryl Oates
Media Relations, Office of the Premier


President & CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) JP Gladu Joined NationTalk to Discuss Aboriginal Procurement

President & CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) JP Gladu joined Nationtalk to discuss Aboriginal Procurement.

Aboriginal procurement is an important driver of economic reconciliation and development for Aboriginal communities due to the revenue procurement generates for Aboriginal businesses as well as the relationships formed through corporations and Governments establishing procurement agreements with Aboriginal businesses.

The focus on Aboriginal procurement has grown significantly in recent times, resulting in greater demand for procurement outcomes particularly from Aboriginal businesses, with Canadian corporations and Governments also seeking opportunities to grow their outcomes in Aboriginal supplier diversity.

The Aboriginal Procurement Strategy was developed following a Canada-wide survey of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal businesses, conducted by the CCAB in partnership with Environics Research

CCAB recently launched the Aboriginal Procurement Champions Group a high-profile group of corporations and government entities making public commitments to procure more from Aboriginal businesses. There are currently 28 Aboriginal Procurement Champions.

As well they have launched the Aboriginal Procurement Campaign, Supply Change, a national campaign that will leverage the profile of the Champions Group to increase engagement in Aboriginal procurement through sharing success stories that highlight the benefits of Aboriginal supplier diversity. This will lead to more organizations joining the Champions Group, creating more procurement opportunities for Aboriginal businesses.

Norquest College: Community Impact 2018 a must read!

June 19, 2018

This fresh and bold edition of Community Impact invites you to step into the stories of NorQuest College students, graduates, employees, donors, and partners.

Check out these real, concrete examples of how NorQuest College is transforming lives.


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