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New Partnership to Provide Opportunities for Indigenous Youth to Explore Innovation and STEM Learning Within a Traditional Cultural Context

Calgary, AB – Innovation, tradition and resiliency will be the key areas of focus of a new partnership between MindFuel and Future Skills Centre, who are embarking on a two-year project to reduce barriers to education for Indigenous youth from rural British Columbia, Alberta and Yukon.

Indigenous youth, especially those in rural communities, face a number of barriers to accessing education. Said Isaac Ward, teacher at SikSika Nation High School, “As a rural school we see reduced access to STEM learning opportunities, and of those that currently exist, many do not reflect traditional and culture knowledge.”

He continues, “This lack of cultural connection creates a barrier for students to connect with learning material. An organization such as MindFuel coupled with the Future Skills Centre funding support would help bridge this gap between Western science and traditional knowledge allowing for greater synthesis of learning, which creates passion and interest in STEM fields.”

MindFuel, a non-profit and pioneer in the online learning space and STEM (science, tech, engineering and math) innovation for youth programs, has developed the Canada Tech Futures Initiative (CTF) to help high school and post-secondary youth develop skills and innovation mindsets and prepare them for their future careers. Delivering these resources and programs to students traditionally underrepresented in STEM, such as Indigenous youth, girls, and newcomers, is critical to MindFuel’s mission help all youth reach their potential.

Future Skills Centre, a pan-Canadian initiative focused on strengthening Canada’s skills development ecosystem, is investing $756,000 over 2 years in MindFuel’s CTF initiative to identify ways to support Indigenous youth, while preserving their traditional ways of knowing, being and doing that are integral to their cultural identity.

Innovation is critical to the advancement of industries and the future of Canada’s economic prosperity, but there is currently a large disparity of underrepresented demographics in the Canadian work force and particularly the STEM sector. By making educational resources and supports more accessible to these groups, which include girls, newcomer and significantly, Indigenous youth, MindFuel is ensuring diversification of our work force and increased competencies in our future workers and leaders.

“By addressing community needs and supporting the educational journeys of youth in a respectful and inclusive manner, we are investing in Canada’s innovation future by helping youth to develop self-efficacy,” says Cassy Weber, CEO of MindFuel. “85% of learning occurs outside of the classroom, and students who are supported with skills and knowledge development in STEM innovation are much more likely to succeed no matter the challenge.”

Pedro Barata, Executive Director of the Future Skills Centre, says that bridging traditional Indigenous knowledge with skills development and an innovation mindset is a perfect example of the programs FSC is investing in to support holistic and innovative approaches to training and building capacity for an inclusive workforce of the future. “Reducing barriers to education in science, technology, engineering and math and enhancing resilience and adaptability for young people will build confidence and increase career success. This is just one of the exciting shock-proofing projects that FSC is investing in to build a future playbook for shared prosperity, and help Canadian workers and businesses seize opportunities in our future economy.”

Organizers will work directly with Indigenous partners to learn and understand their communities’ context and complexities, working to preserve and respect their culture and tradition while integrating STEM innovation. This project will see an empowered generation of Indigenous youth, equipped with the resilience and skills to lead successful lives and contribute to their community’s prosperity.

Siksika Nation High School, Yukonstruct, and Alberta Native Friendship Centres Associations will work alongside MindFuel and Future Skills Centre to assist in the development of project-based learning and mentorship opportunities.

MindFuel is currently partway through its Tech Futures Challenge, part of Canada Tech Futures program in Alberta, which offers teams of students the chance to solve a problem in their community through STEM innovation. Student teams presented their projects at a showcase on March 13, with MindFuel providing funding to see four teams continue their work and develop prototypes of their solutions, which will be presented at a final showcase in May 2021.

The Canada Tech Futures Initiative project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Centre.

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About MindFuel

The MindFuel Foundation is a registered charity, established in 1990 as Science Alberta Foundation, focused on creating future generations of innovators and problem-solvers. As a digital literacy and online learning pioneer, MindFuel is helping Canada diversify its economy through a focus on online STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education programs and in-field learning. Recognized with many awards of excellence, MindFuel supports teachers with 21st century learning resources and helps immerse students in the fun world of STEM through blended learning, which includes both digital and hands-on activities, critical to advancing Canada’s Innovation Agenda. MindFuel places a large emphasis on empowering girls, Indigenous youth and students in rural and remote regions to pursue studies and careers in STEM. In 2019-20, MindFuel programming reached hundreds of thousands of students across Canada in both French and English and is used in over 170 countries around the world.

For more information, please visit mindfuel.ca.

About FSC

The Future Skills Centre (FSC) is a forward-thinking centre for research and collaboration dedicated to preparing Canadians for employment success. We believe Canadians should feel confident about the skills they have to succeed in a changing workforce. As a pan-Canadian community, we are collaborating to rigorously identify, test, measure, and share innovative approaches to assessing and developing the skills Canadians need to thrive in the days and years ahead. The Future Skills Centre was founded by a consortium whose members are Ryerson University, Blueprint, and The Conference Board of Canada, and is funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Program.

Media inquiries:

Jordyn Thomson
For MindFuel
[email protected]
(403) 478-3936

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BluEarth Renewables Signs Long-Term Power Purchase Agreement with Shell Energy for Hand Hills Wind Project in Alberta

Calgary, Alberta – April 8, 2021 – BluEarth Renewables, through its subsidiary, BER Hand Hills Wind LP, (“BluEarth”) today announced the signing of a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (“PPA”) with Shell Energy North America (Canada), Inc. (“Shell Energy”). The PPA will directly support the construction of the 130 MW Hand Hills Wind Project (the “Project”), located northeast of Drumheller, Alberta. Under the terms of the PPA, Shell Energy will purchase the electricity and associated emission offsets from 100 MW of the Project’s capacity. The Project is anticipated to achieve commercial operations in late 2022.

“Shell is leading the way to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050, in step with society,” said Grant Arnold, President & CEO of BluEarth. “We’re thrilled to work with the company on its journey to address climate change and offset greenhouse gas emissions.”

“The Hand Hills Wind Project is the fourth construction project we’ve announced in Alberta within the last 12 months. The deployment of renewable energy is enabling job creation and economic activity in communities across the province, and we’re excited to be part of Alberta’s deregulated electricity market which continues to support investment.”

“We’re pleased to be working with BluEarth to enable the development of the Hand Hills Wind Project in Alberta by purchasing renewable power,” said Carolyn Comer, Senior Vice President Shell Energy Americas. “Projects like Hand Hills are integral to the energy transition as businesses, governments and consumers seek ways to lower their carbon emissions.”

Dale Nally, Associate Minister of Natural Gas and Electricity, commented, “We are pleased to see this major BluEarth project, and many other renewable energy projects, moving forward in Alberta. Through corporate partnerships like the one between Shell Energy and BluEarth, companies are demonstrating how Alberta’s energy-only electricity market can help spur innovation and ensure a low-carbon future. This project adds to the over $2 billion in market-based renewable generation projects announced since July 2019 and shows that Alberta is Canada’s leading destination for investment in this fast-growing sector.”

Key Project Highlights

  • Creates approximately 175 jobs at peak construction or 225,000 person hours of employment during construction
  • Provides indirect revenue to the local municipality in the form of local services and supplies
  • Contributes significant and stable long-term property tax revenue to the local economy over the life of operations
  • Energy to be generated is equivalent to powering approximately 65,000 homes annually

Grant Arnold added, “I’m especially grateful for the support of our many local stakeholders, including Starland Country and Special Areas 2, landowners and the broader Delia community who have collaborated and worked with us throughout the long development phase of this Project.”

BluEarth has been developing the Project since it was acquired in 2012, including an increase in the nameplate capacity from 78 MW to 130 MW. For more information about the Hand Hills Wind Project, please visit BluEarth’s website.

About BluEarth Renewables

BluEarth Renewables brings together extraordinary people with the power to change the future™ by delivering renewable energy to the power grid every day. We are a leading, independent, power producer that acquires, develops, builds, owns, and operates wind, hydro and solar facilities across North America. Our portfolio includes 658 MW (556 MW net) of nameplate capacity in operation, under construction and contracted pre-construction and over 2,000 MW under development. For more information, visit bluearthrenewables.com or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

For further information:

Dorreen Miller
Director, Communications
BluEarth Renewables
(587) 324-4238
[email protected]

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Steel River Group and PBA Group of Companies Announce Strategic Partnership

Calgary, AB, April 8, 2021 – Calgary-based Steel River Group Ltd. (“SRG” or the “Company”), an Indigenous-owned diversified management and construction consortium, is pleased to announce they have entered a strategic partnership with PBA Group of Companies (“PBA” or “PBA Group”), a full-spectrum real estate company, also based in Calgary.

With a stellar track record of planning and developing award-winning retail, industrial parks, master-planned communities, and innovative hotels, PBA will support Steel River Group’s affiliated companies and relationships (the Steel River Ecosystem) as they look to build premier assets across Canada.

“Steel River Group and PBA share a passion for creating resilient and prosperous communities,” said Trent Fequet, Founder and CEO of Steel River Group. “I have no doubt that this synergy will provide the foundation for a collaborative and lasting partnership, one that will aid in creating positive social, cultural and economic change for our Ecosystem.”

Steel River Group will work with PBA on a diverse scope of projects, including several developments and expansions in British Columbia. This will be amplified by Steel River’s People-Public-Private-Partnership (P4) Model, which enhances Indigenous ownership on major projects.

In business since 1965, PBA Group brings a progressive and collaborative approach to business that will immediately synergize with the Steel River Ecosystem.  A leader in community giving, PBA’s corporate culture and values align with the vision and outlook of Steel River Group to support Indigenous Partners across Canada.

“Shared values are the foundation of great partnerships,” said Patricia Phillips, PBA’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are honored to partner with Trent and the amazing team he has assembled at Steel River Group to build community-oriented, environmentally-friendly developments in the Steel River Ecosystem and beyond.”

Steel River Group looks forward to working with PBA to support Indigenous communities in pursuing real estate and development opportunities that create sustainable investments.

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About Steel River Group

Steel River Group is a privately held Indigenous-owned and operated company that creates opportunities for Indigenous-led businesses are empowered to create and capture value for our people, strategic alliance partners, and our communities. Steel River Group’s Governing principles are deeply rooted in Indigenous values, beliefs, and culture, grounded by a strong sense of community. Steel River’s operating approach is centered around their inclusive Ecosystem Model, which brings Steel River Owned Companies, Indigenous Communities, and Strategic Alliance Partners together over a shared vision to create opportunities for generation wealth.

For more information about Steel River Group, visit www.steelrivergroup.com

About PBA Group of Companies

PBA Group is a full-spectrum real estate company based in Calgary, providing integrated commercial real estate solutions through its operating entities PBA Land & Development, PBA Management, PBA Hotels and PBA Investments. PBA envisions a world in which their partners connect through shared values and inspire a new sense of discovery and identity in the communities they touch. PBA’s mission is to connect people every day to make space for dreams. In 2020, PBA celebrated 55 years in business and is proudly women-owned and led.

For more information about PBA Group, visit www.pbaland.com

Media Contact:

Shauna MacDonald
Brookline Public Relations
C: 403-585-4570
E: [email protected]

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AltaGas Ltd. to Issue First Quarter 2021 Results and to Hold Virtual Annual Meeting of Shareholders

CALGARY, AB, April 8, 2021  – AltaGas Ltd. (“AltaGas”) (TSX: ALA) will release its 2021 first quarter financial results on Thursday April 29, 2021 before markets open. A conference call and webcast will be held the same day to discuss the financial results and other corporate developments.

Time:

8:00 a.m. MT (10:00 a.m. ET)

Dial-in:

1-647-427-7450 or toll free at 1-888-231-8191

Webcast:

https://www.altagas.ca/invest/events-and-presentations

Shortly after the conclusion of the first quarter call, a replay will be available commencing at 10:00 a.m. MT (12:00 p.m. ET) on April 29, 2021 by dialing 403-451-9481 or toll free 1-855-859-2056. The passcode is 5460459. The replay will expire at 9:59 p.m. MT (11:59 p.m. ET) on May 6, 2021.

AltaGas will hold its Annual Meeting of Shareholders on Friday April 30, 2021 in virtual only format.

As a company deeply committed to the health and safety of our communities, employees, shareholders and other stakeholders, this year AltaGas will once again hold its annual meeting in a virtual format. Until the COVID-19 related restrictions are lifted and it is safe to gather in person, AltaGas believes hosting a virtual meeting is in the best interests of all stakeholders. This year’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders will be held in a virtual only format via live audio webcast at the link below.

Time:

1:00 p.m. MT (3:00 p.m. ET)

Webcast:

https://web.lumiagm.com/481690299

Shareholders will have an opportunity to attend the Annual Meeting of Shareholders online regardless of geographic location. Registered shareholders and duly appointed proxyholders will be able to ask questions and vote at the virtual meeting. Detailed instructions can be found on AltaGas’ website at www.altagas.ca/invest/share-information/noticeandaccess and in AltaGas’  management information circular dated March 11, 2021. Non-registered (beneficial) shareholders who have not duly appointed themselves as a proxyholder in accordance with the instructions will be able to attend the virtual meeting as guests but will not be able to vote or ask questions at the meeting.

Voting in advance of the Annual Meeting of Shareholders by proxy or voting instruction form continues to be an option that the vast majority of our shareholders have chosen to use in the past.  AltaGas encourages shareholders to continue to use the advance voting methods outlined in AltaGas’ 2021 management information circular and to vote well in advance of the deadlines outlined in your proxy or voting instruction form.

Shareholders who have questions or have not received their proxy or voting instruction form should contact AltaGas’ Proxy Solicitation Agent:

Laurel Hill Advisory Group
North American Toll Free: 1-877-452-7184
Outside North America: 416-304-0211

Email: [email protected]

AltaGas is a leading North American energy infrastructure company that connects NGLs and natural gas to domestic and global markets. The company operates a diversified, low-risk, high-growth Utilities and Midstream business that is focused on delivering resilient and durable value for its stakeholders. For more information visit: www.altagas.ca or reach out to one of the following:

Investment Community
1-877-691-7199
[email protected]

Media
1-403-206-2841
[email protected]

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First Nations Say PlayAlberta Is Unregulated – GamingPost.ca

April 09 2021

First launched in the fall of 2020, provincial online gambling platform PlayAlberta.ca caters to the needs of Alberta’s gaming enthusiasts. Two First Nations are now dragging the provincial government as well as gaming regulator the Alberta Gaming, Liquor, and Cannabis Commission to court.

According to Southern Alberta First Nations Stoney Nakoda and Tsuut’ina, the platform is not only illegal and unregulated, but also a ploy on the part of government to collect for itself the revenue that had previously been generated in favour of local communities and social projects by land-based casinos. The First Nations seem to be of the opinion that the ongoing casino closures is government’s way of ensuring that gaming revenue continues to be channeled to its own coffers via PlayAlberta.ca.

Read More: https://www.gamingpost.ca/canadian-casino-news/first-nations-fight-playalberta/

Updated COVID-19 information for Morley, as of April 8, 2021

4 new positive cases were reported today. There are 9 active cases being managed by Stoney Health Services, 3 of these active cases are variants.

Please remember that there is a mass vaccination clinic this weekend at the Health Centre. All Stoney Nakoda nation members who are 18 years and older with high risk health issues are eligible. No appointment necessary. Let your friends and family know. COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and save lives. COVID vaccines prevent you from getting infected and protect you from getting severely sick.

Also remember, if you’re experiencing symptoms, please go and get tested at the new Morley testing site at the Community Gym. They are open from 11am to 3:30pm, Monday to Friday.

Stay home. Stay safe. Take care.

CORONAVIRUS / COVID-19 MORLEY

COVID -19 MASS VACCINE CLINIC

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Indigenous People Go to War against PlayAlberta.ca – Casino Reports

PlayAlberta.ca is an online gambling platform that offers numerous gaming services to Albertans. The platform was launched in the fall of last year and it provides entertainment for many gambling fans in the province. However, two First Nations are taking the provincial government and the gaming commission to court by claiming that website is unregulated and unauthorized.

The province’s legislature has decided to launch such a platform for Alberta with the help of the Alberta Gaming, Liquor, and Cannabis Commission which is in charge of the local gambling regulations. The mobile entry was launched as a means to provide more revenue for the province during the financial troubles caused by the unprecedented situation and the closure of land-based casino properties.

Read More: https://www.casinoreports.ca/2021/04/08/indigenous-people-go-to-war-against-playalberta-ca/

Treaty No. 6 Chiefs: Urban First Nations Vaccination Clinic

April 7, 2021

(amiskwacîwâskahikan) Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta in partnership with the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations will be hosting an Urban First Nations Vaccine Clinic from April 12-15, 2021 at the Venue at River Cree, Enoch Cree Nation.

We are addressing the inequitable rollout of vaccines and are pushing the Federal and Provincial governments to recognize all of our First Nations Citizens on or off reserve. The Province of Alberta has shown disparity with the vaccine rollout in relation to the First Nations population in Alberta. Our citizens must have equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine regardless of residency.

Vaccine Rollout Clinics are below: (By appointment only)

Date:   April 12 Location: Venue at River Cree from 08:45 am – 4:30 pm

Date:   April 13 Location: Venue at River Cree from 08:45 am – 4:30 pm

Date:   April 14 Location: Venue at River Cree from 08:45 am – 4:30 pm

Date:   April 15 Location: Venue at River Cree from 08:45 am – 4:30 pm

Bookings will begin on April 7, 2021 at 1:00 PM. Please call 780-444-9366. Confirmation of First Nations Status is required along with a contact phone number. Bring your Alberta Health Care Card or number with you to your scheduled appointment. If you require transportation to and from the venue, please indicate when booking your appointment. Medical transportation service is available within the Edmonton area.

For more information, please contact the Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta at (780) 444 -9366 or the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations at (780) 944-0334.

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UCalgary co-hosts pan-Canadian discussion on Indigenous initiatives in education – UCalgary News

Vice-Provost of Indigenous Engagement Michael Hart hosts April 14 event designed to forge synergies, share learnings, and build connections between Indigenous academic leaders

Universities across the country are stepping forward to address the Calls to Action presented by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, developing programs that include Indigenous knowledge and traditions into formal university academic programming. Many of these initiatives have been implemented in isolation with limited interconnection between institutions.

A Year of National Collaborative Dialogues – Indigenous Initiatives in Canadian Universities aims to counter this, by forging synergies, sharing learnings, and building connections between Indigenous academic leaders across Canada and the initiatives they lead.

Read More: https://ucalgary.ca/news/ucalgary-co-hosts-pan-canadian-discussion-indigenous-initiatives-education

Investigation into fatal RCMP officer-involved shooting on O’Chiese First Nation

On April 3, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting that occurred that same day on the O’Chiese First Nation, and which resulted in the death of a 24-year-old man.

On that date at about 9:30 a.m., RCMP received a call reporting a disturbance on the O’Chiese First Nation, with the caller reporting that a man was jumping on vehicles. Two members of the Rocky Mountain House RCMP responded to the call in two separate vehicles. Upon arrival, the officers were unable to locate the man who had been the subject of the complaint, but received information directing them to a residence. When officers knocked on the residence door, it was answered by a 24-year old man who was known to them, and who was known to have warrants for his arrest. The man slammed the door, and the officers returned to their vehicles. At this time, a third officer arrived at the location. Police commenced the process of obtaining judicial authorization to enter the residence in order to arrest the man on his outstanding warrants.

At approximately 10:30 a.m., while the officers remained outside awaiting the authorization to enter, the man emerged from the residence. Based on available video, it is clear that the man was carrying an axe when he exited. A confrontation occurred between the man and RCMP officers, resulting in one officer discharging several rounds from his service pistol, striking the man, who immediately fell to the ground. The officers provided first aid to the man while awaiting the arrival of emergency medical service (EMS), who attended and confirmed that the man was deceased. The axe was recovered from the scene of the incident and has been seized by ASIRT investigators as an exhibit.

ASIRT investigators are asking anyone who witnessed the incident, or who has any information or video related to this incident, to contact ASIRT at 403-592-4306.

As ASIRT’s investigation is underway, no further information will be released at this time.

ASIRT’s mandate is to effectively, independently and objectively investigate incidents involving Alberta’s police that have resulted in serious injury or death to any person, as well as serious or sensitive allegations of police misconduct.

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