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Black and Brown Voices United used art for healing – The Gateway Online

Hosted by writer-in-residence Janet Rogers, evening of performances showcased Black and Indigenous artists

December 07, 2018

What: Black and Brown Voices United
Who: Janet Rogers, Roxanne Tootoosis, Sila Singers, Shima Robinson, Brandon Wint, Leanne Goose, Sangea Academy, and Jordan Abel
When: November 23, 2018
Where: Telus Centre Atrium

For some, art is a way to heal. Poetry and song healed powerfully at Black and Brown Voices United, which set the stage for Black and Indigenous artists to share their craft with an eager audience.

Hosted by department of English and film studies writer-in-residence Janet Rogers, the evening began with an opening prayer from Roxanne Tootoosis in her native language of Plains Cree — a language that is, like other First Nations languages, endangered. Even so, Tootoosis remained hopeful and humble, thanking the Creator that everyone was able to gather together in harmony.

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Drug overdoses continue to ravage Alberta First Nation – APTN News

December 07, 2018

Lori Eagle Plume visits the Blood Tribe Department of Health regularly for her suboxone treatment after kicking her addiction four years ago.

Her motivation? The thought of losing her children to the foster care system.

“Them almost getting taken away from me, it was hard knowing that – either you get help today or if you don’t, we’re going to go take your kids,” she said.

“I thought about my kids and I was like, No. OK, I’m going to get help, I’ll do it for them.”

Eagle Plume got help in time, but Dr. Esther Tailfeathers says parents losing their kids because of drug use is an all too common story in the community south of Calgary.

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Cannabis businesses start up on Tsuut’ina First Nation – CBC

Some Tsuut’ina Nation members are looking to pot to boost the community’s finances

December 06, 2018

Stephanie Crowchild received her first shipment of cannabis oils earlier this week and the Tsuut’ina Nation member is already looking to order more.

Crowchild owns Constant Creation, the first Tsuut’ina-based business to sell THC and CBD oils on the First Nation. She says a recent Indigenous pot conference on the Tsuut’ina Nation sparked her interest in starting the business.

She says she approached the CEO of Burnaby-based White Buffalo Botanicals at the November conference to ask about selling the company’s cannabis oil.

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Treatment options opening on Blood Tribe

December 06, 2018

A new safe withdrawal management site will provide substance use treatment services for people in the community.

Blood Tribe paramedics will now be able to give patients who have overdosed the option of going to the safe withdrawal management site to receive health assessment, interventions, and access to local resources and programs. Patients will then have the option of attending the Kainai Transition Society to support recovery and transition back into the community.

The Alberta government is providing $2.2 million over two years for start-up and operational costs for the new program.

“The Blood Tribe has developed a community-based solution to help ease the current overdose crisis. Our government is proud to provide funding for this new program. We will continue to work with the Blood Tribe to ensure they have the support they need to provide treatment and care for people affected by substance use.”

Sarah Hoffman, Health Minister

“Premier Notley, Minister Hoffman and the Alberta Cabinet have been sincerely appreciative and helpful in combating the opioid crisis that has plagued our people over the last few years. We thank them for their continued involvement and providing additional resources towards the medical treatment centre that our Health Board, Department and Council have initiated. Many other departments, tribal members and others have worked collaboratively towards ending this drug problem and we thank them for their courage and commitment. May our Creator help those of our people who are addicted to overcome their problems and seek the help that is being offered by trained people and especially our spiritual leaders.”

Roy Fox, Chief, Blood Tribe

The safe withdrawal management site was proposed by the Blood Tribe community and includes:

  • 24-hour clinical care;
  • a six-bed safe withdrawal management program with medical support from paramedics and local physicians;
  • treatment options to support recovery; and
  • an option to move to the Kainai Transition Centre Society within 10 to 14 days to support recovery and transition back to the community.

Renovations to get the new site ready are underway, with a goal of opening in early 2019.

A protocol agreement between the Alberta government and Blackfoot Confederacy (including Piikani Nation, Siksika Nation and the Blood Tribe) establishes a formal process for government and the confederacy to collaborate on mutual areas of concern, including health and opioids. The collective response to the Blood Tribe’s opioid crisis is an example of the benefit of this partnership and shared sense of responsibility.

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Bigstone Cree First Nation members looking for treaty transparency from local council & Trudeau government – The Post Millennial

Members of the Bigstone Cree Nation are demanding answers.

December 06, 2018

Despite the Prime Minister’s grand promises of a renewed “nation to nation relationship” between Canada and its Aboriginal peoples, one Alberta First Nation is finding it hard to some basic answers out of this government.

Back in 2010, the federal government along with the Alberta government, came to an settlement agreement with Bigstone Cree First Nation that paid them, and their new offshoot, Peerless Trout First Nation, a grand total of $259.4 million.

This settlement was made because of a failure by the Canadian government to follow through on the agricultural benefits portion of the original treaty, Treaty 8, signed by First Nations all across B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and The Northwest Territories.

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Government of Alberta Curtails Production

December 06, 2018

On December 2, 2018, the Government of Alberta announced short-term reductions in crude oil and crude bitumen production that will take effect on January 1, 2019.

On December 3, 2018, the Government of Alberta released regulations under the Oil and Gas Conservation Act, Oil Sands Conservation Act,and Responsible Energy Development Act setting out the framework for how these reductions would be made. The Curtailment Rules enable the limiting of crude oil and crude bitumen production in Alberta according to the prescribed formula.

On December 6, 2018, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) contacted the operators that are subject to ministerial orders outlining curtailment requirements. If your company has not received a ministerial order, it is not required to limit production at this time.

If your company has received a ministerial order, please contact the AER at to discuss the requirements and next steps.

The Curtailment Rules can be found on our website,, under Regulating Development > Rules and Directives > Acts, Regulations, and Rules. If you have any questions, email

As announced by the Government of Alberta, the AER will be establishing a panel that will hear concerns related to the curtailment. The AER is working with the Government of Alberta to finalize panel details and will share more information in the coming days.


Big Land Claim battle in southern Alberta wraps up in Federal Court – CBC

Blood Tribe believes its reserve rightfully stretches into Cardston and Waterton Lakes National Park

December 06, 2018

A judge in Calgary is hearing the final arguments in a long-running Indigenous land claim that affects a large swath of territory in southern Alberta.

Lawyers representing the Crown and the Blood Tribe wrapped up their cases Thursday in what’s become known as the Big Land Claim at Federal Court.

The band already occupies the largest reserve in Canada, stretching 1,400 square kilometres across the southwestern Alberta prairie, from west of Lethbridge south to Cardston.

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From cannabis to dinosaurs, online classes cover it all – Globe and Mail

November 6, 2018

Kayden Abel was four years old when he started playing soccer. Having just turned 25, the Edmonton resident has parlayed his technical skills into success as a freestyle pro and coach. He’s in demand for his specialized work, but, career-wise, he wanted to expand his options.

Mr. Abel knew he’d found what he was looking for when he discovered the Cannabis Education Program, which is offered exclusively online through the faculty of continuing education and extension at Mount Royal University in Calgary in partnership with the continuing and professional studies division of British Columbia’s Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU).

Taught by horticulturalists, marketing specialists, and scientists working in the industry, the program checked all the boxes: It’s a field Mr. Abel is passionate about, and the online delivery allows him to learn and study at all hours of the day around his other commitments.

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Record levels of mercury released by thawing permafrost in Canadian Arctic – Folio

Toxic chemical contained in permafrost being released by thawing and slumping into waterways, according to U of A researchers.

Permafrost thaw slumps in the western Canadian Arctic are releasing record amounts of mercury into waterways, according to new research by University of Alberta ecologists.

“We measured total mercury concentrations of up to 1,200 nanograms per litre,” said PhD student Kyra St. Pierre, a Vanier Scholarwho co-led the study with fellow graduate students Scott Zolkos and Sarah Shakil.

Permafrost thaw slumps are the Arctic’s version of landslides, made up predominantly of ice and mud.

The highest reported concentration of total mercury in studies of Canadian locations had been around 18 nanograms per litre.

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Pieridae Energy refiles AIF for Fiscal Year 2017

CALGARY, ALBERTA — December 5, 2018 — Pieridae Energy Limited (“Pieridae”) (PEA – TSXV) announces that, as a result of a review by the Alberta Securities Commission, it has refiled its annual information form for the year ended December 31, 2017 (the “AIF”) along with the related chief executive officer and chief financial officer certificates.

A description of the revisions to the AIF are as follows:

  • Business updates from the June 21, 2018 originally dated AIF to today;
  • Expanded information on the entities incorporated within the Pieridae group;
  • Expanded and updated information on the Company’s oil and gas properties and the contingent and prospective resources of those properties including revised Forms 51-101F1, 51-101F2, 51-101F3, and 51-101F4; and
  • Expanded information on the legislative environment and risks that the company operates within.

The AIF is available on the Company’s web site and has been filed on the Company’s SEDAR profile.

About Pieridae

Founded in 2011, Pieridae, a majority Canadian owned corporation based in Calgary, is focused on the development of integrated energy-related activities, from the exploration and extraction of natural gas to the development, construction and operation of the Goldboro LNG facility and the production of LNG for sale to Europe and other markets. Pieridae is on the leading edge of the re-integration of the LNG value chain in North America. Pieridae has 50,572,765 shares issued and outstanding which trade on the TSX Venture Exchange (PEA).

For further information please contact:

Alfred Sorensen, Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (418) 657-1966

Melanie Litoski, Chief Financial Officer
Telephone: (418) 657-1966


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