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Red Deer Polytechnic to host Indigenous Perspectives Conference

January 31, 2023

Red Deer Polytechnic is excited to host the Indigenous Perspectives Conference from February 9-10, 2023. The conference, which is planned by student volunteers, provides Polytechnic learners, faculty, staff, alumni, educators and community members with immersive academic, cultural and social experiences.

The Indigenous Perspectives Conference, which is organized by the Education Undergraduate Society of Red Deer Polytechnic in collaboration with several partners, offers a range of engaging sessions. The sessions include Indigenous Games and Cross-Curriculum Connections, Talking Circles, Nehiyam/Cree Language Lesson, The Spirt of the Métis, and Tipi Teachings.

“The Indigenous Perspectives Conference plays an important role in the academic, personal and professional journey of many people by growing their knowledge and understanding of Indigenous experiences and perspectives,” says Annika Sudlow, Vice President of RDP Education Undergraduate Society and Advisor of the Indigenous Perspectives Conference. “Through the generosity of our sponsors – Central Alberta Regional Consortium, Indigenous Student Services, and support through the Cultural Activities Trust Fund provided by the RDP Students’ Association – we are able to offer this conference at no cost, which reduces barriers to participate.”

Kendra Rosychuk, a Cree and Ukrainian pow wow dancer, will be the keynote speaker on February 9. Rosychuk is a fitness trainer and health and wellness advocate, who empowers others to connect with the world around them and heal through movement. For Rosychuk, wellness extends beyond physical exercise to mental well-being and giving back to her community.

In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the opening ceremonies, smudging and prayer, along with a round dance and meal to conclude the conference.

While individuals from all backgrounds and careers are welcome to attend the conference, there are components of the sessions that link to K-12 curriculum, providing additional benefits for aspiring teachers, Bachelor of Education learners and current educators. At the Indigenous Games and Cross-Curricular Connections session, participants will learn about ways to integrate the content into subjects like math, social studies and physical education.

“At Red Deer Polytechnic, we are proud to be a collaborative intellectual, cultural and social hub for students, employees, partners and members of our communities,” says Lloyd Desjarlais, Director of Indigenous Initiatives. “The incredible learning opportunities presented at the Indigenous Perspectives Conference will help to advance Truth and Reconciliation and to contribute to a culturally diverse and inclusive campus and region.”

Individuals can attend the Indigenous Perspectives Conference at no cost, but registration is required.

More information about the Indigenous Perspectives Conference, including the schedule, is available online.

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For media inquiries, contact:

Brent Forster
Communications Strategist – Corporate
Red Deer Polytechnic


The painter with the pen: UCalgary alum claims Métis space in the art world – UCalgary News

Jan. 31, 2023

New Nickle Galleries exhibition highlights David Garneau’s remarkable expression of ideas and history

“My people will sleep for one hundred years. When they awake it will be the artists who give them their spirit back.” (quote attributed to Louis Riel, Métis leader)

In 1997, a Calgary-based painter was invited to submit a work of art to the Alberta Biennial. He wanted to create something playful and ironic that engaged his interests in history and popular depictions of masculinity. So he created a eight-page comic “book” that covers 33 feet of wall space.

How the West Was bursts with classic pop Western iconography and marks David Garneau’s “coming out” as a Métis artist. How the West Was is one of 53 artworks featured in Métissage, an exhibition of Garneau’s work curated by Mary-Beth Laviolette. The exhibition opens Feb. 2 in Nickle Galleries.

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Alberta First Nation signing child welfare agreement with feds without the province – CTV News

Feb. 1, 2023

MASKWACIS – An Alberta First Nation is to sign an agreement today with Ottawa giving it the autonomy to administer its child welfare.

Louis Bull Tribe at Maskwacis, Alta., south of Edmonton, would become the first in the province to do so.

The First Nation says it’s a bilateral agreement with the federal government and does not involve the province.

Last year, Louis Bull’s child welfare organization said Alberta wasn’t co-operating and didn’t want to sign the agreement.

Ottawa passed the legislation in 2020 with a focus on prevention so families can receive support to remain together.

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Day 2 of Arctic Winter Games features a number of events – APTN News

Jan 31, 2023

After a five-year absence because of the pandemic, the Wood Buffalo Arctic Winter Games 2023 are in full swing.

Here are some of the highlights including the two-foot jump.

Here’s Charlotte reviewing the day’s events.

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New Métis book puts spotlight on reconciliation

January 31, 2023

(Edmonton, AB) The Métis Nation of Alberta today released a book chronicling the challenges and achievements of the Métis since their rights were recognized in the Constitution Act of 1982.

The True Canadians: Forgotten Nevermore reflects on the Métis lineage to the original inhabitants of this land, and the Métis struggle for acceptance as a proud, independent people.

The book provides a history of the Métis that is often at odds with traditional colonial accounts, presenting Canadians with a more accurate and clear understanding of the role the Métis played in the economic and cultural development of the nation.

The book was published by the Métis Nation of Alberta. The title was inspired by the Métis Nation’s anthem and is intended to generate passionate conversation. The book is being distributed by Sandhill Book Marketing Ltd., the most recognized supplier of non-fiction single titles and independently published Canadian books in the industry.

The True Canadians details the history of the Métis extending back hundreds of years to their ethnogenesis, and the status they enjoyed as a proud and independent people before becoming dispossessed by European colonialism.

With a particular focus on Alberta, the book describes the rise of the Métis Nation of Alberta since its founding early in the 20th century. It also details the Métis pursuit of reconciliation and the recent agreement with the federal government recognizing the right of the Métis Nation within Alberta to self-government, and especially the work leading up to the ratification, in 2022, of their own Constitution.

The passage of the MNA Constitution, with more than 96% of the Métis vote, represented the final step for the Métis of Alberta to becoming a fully recognized order of government within Canada, with increased authority to manage their own affairs and strengthening their position to negotiate rights and claims.

With The True Canadians, the record is set straight and ensures Métis rights are forgotten nevermore.


“Truth is the first element of reconciliation. I hope The True Canadians encourages Canadians to engage in conversation about reconciliation-in-action for the Métis Nation. The Métis experience will no longer be overlooked or ignored.” – Audrey Poitras, President, Métis Nation of Alberta

“This book is an earnest re-telling of the history of the Métis people, a version most Canadians have never seen. Readers are introduced to a sweeping narrative depicting the strength, pride, and independence of the true Canadians.” – David Wylynko, co-author

“The True Canadians is an account of our Métis Nation’s deep and longstanding connection to the west.  We can proudly trace our Métis families back to the fur trade of the 1700s when our traditional homeland extended from the Great Lakes, across the prairies to Rocky Mountains, into the Northwest Territories, and even south of the American border, long before the Dominion of Canada existed.”– Patricia Russell, co-author

A gathering to launch the book will take place today at 5 p.m. MST at the Chateau Louis Hotel and Conference Centre in Edmonton, and will be livestreamed at The authors will do a book signing tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Audreys Books in Edmonton.

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Media contact:

Nicole Sparrow,

Enterprise Canada


New cost control framework to support the growth of 22,500 additional quality child care spaces in Alberta

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

January 31, 2023

Child care is not just a social policy—it is an economic policy, too. Access to high-quality, affordable, flexible and inclusive child care will grow the economy, allow more women to enter the workforce and help give every child in Canada the best start in life. That’s why, in Budget 2021, the Government of Canada made a transformative investment of nearly $30 billion to create a Canada-wide early learning and child care system with provincial, territorial and Indigenous partners.

Today, the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Karina Gould, and the Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance, Randy Boissonnault, joined Alberta’s Minister of Child Care Services, Mickey Amery, to announce the new Cost Control Framework and For-Profit Expansion Plan for the province of Alberta as part of the Canada-Alberta Canada-wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement. This means that more children will have access to affordable, high-quality spaces in the province, with up to 6,000 new spaces being created by March 31.

The Cost Control Framework and For-Profit Expansion Plan will guarantee the sound and reasonable use of public funds in Alberta’s for-profit child care sector, ensuring that costs and earnings of child care businesses are reasonable and that surplus earnings are directed towards improving child care services in the province. The framework will build upon the province’s existing successful approach to working with the private sector and will guide how federal funds can be used to support the development of an additional 22,500 new child care spaces among Alberta’s for-profit child care providers over the remainder of the Agreement. In total, Alberta will create 68,700 new licensed child care spaces by the end of March 2026, which will greatly enhance the availability of affordable, high-quality child care spaces in the province.

As part of the Canada-wide early learning and child care system, the Government of Canada aims to create approximately 250,000 new child care spaces across the country by March 2026 to give families affordable child care options, no matter where they live. New licensed spaces will be created predominantly among not-for-profit, public, and family-based child care providers.


“Today’s announcement highlights our commitment to on-the-ground child care providers in Alberta. Our expansion plan will create spaces for parents and get children off waitlists while ensuring the reasonable use of tax dollars. We want more families with children in licensed spaces to be able to reap the benefits of more affordable child care.”

– Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Karina Gould

“Today is a win for Alberta families. Families in our province will no longer need to make choices such as going to work or taking care of their children when they are sick. Our government is working with the provincial government and Alberta’s existing child care network to build 22,500 new child care spots and provide parents flexibility and options that works for them.”

– Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance, Randy Boissonnault

“We remain fully committed to supporting the development of a child care system that works best for Alberta families by providing parents with affordable, accessible, flexible and inclusive high-quality child care. Including more private spaces in the child-care agreement is the next step in ensuring that parents have more child-care options and reducing parent fees to an average of $10 a day by 2026.”

– Mickey Amery, Minister of Children’s Services

Quick facts

  • As part of Budget 2021, the Government of Canada made a transformative investment of more than $27 billion over five years to build a Canada-wide early learning and child care system with the provinces and territories. Combined with other investments, including in Indigenous early learning and child care, up to $30 billion over five years will be provided in support of early learning and child care.
  • To support the goal of ensuring access to quality, affordable, flexible, and inclusive early learning and child care, the Government of Canada will contribute close to $3.8 billion for child care in Alberta over five years.
  • The Canada-wide vision for early learning and child care is a plan to drive economic growth, to increase participation in the workforce–especially among mothers—and to offer each child in Canada the best possible start in life.

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For media enquiries, please contact:

Mohammad Hussain
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Karina Gould

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada


World Juniors amplifies the Indigenous roots of hockey – The Gateway

Jan 31, 2023

While celebrating Canada’s gold medal win in the 2023 World Junior’s, Canadians are celebrating the captivating MVP hockey stick designs of Indigenous artists.

The ice hockey many Canadians know and love today can be sourced from the “ricket” game created by the Mi’kmaq peoples of Nova Scotia. The sport has since been popularized, but the Indigenous roots have not always been appreciated or remembered. Now, hundreds of years after being commercialized by European settlers, the designs and voices of Canadian Indigenous artists are finally being spotlighted in the national hockey world.

Eager hockey lovers took their excitement to social media immediately after Canada’s 3-2 overtime win against Czechia during the 2023 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship gold medal game. Following these celebrations, fans also gave praise to the commissioned Indigenous art featured in the games from the beginning.

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Daughter keeps promise to mother and cuts braid now that killer is sentenced – APTN News

Jan 31, 2023

Gloria Gladue Weesemat left her braid on her mother’s grave in Alberta

The daughter of a Cree woman killed by a former trucker has finally cut off her long, dark braid, marking the end of the criminal phase of the tragedy.

Nicole Gladue Weesemat promised to honour her mother, Gloria Gladue of Bigstone Cree Nation in Alberta, by cutting off her hair when justice was served.

She made the vow in 2015 when her mother went missing, and did not cut her hair through the 2018 arrest, trial and conviction of Grant Sneesby, 72, of Gladstone, Man.

She had no idea it would take seven years to make good on the traditional tribute.

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Banff YWCA seeks funding for survivors of sexual violence to get counselling and other services locally – CBC

Jan 31, 2023

Banff sends survivors in need of specialized counselling to bigger centres, like Calgary

While there are services for victims of sexual violence and assault in Banff, the local YWCA sends survivors in need of specialized counselling to bigger centres, like Calgary.

A trip some choose not to take, and one that Banff YWCA CEO Ebony Rempel said might mean putting a name on a long waitlist.

“We do have some intervention-based services, but at this point, we don’t have those specialized services that we know sexual assault survivors are really in need of,” said Rempel.

“We can support them in getting to an urban centre like Calgary, but what we know…is there are wait lists up to 18 months.”

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Enbridge Provides Notice of Series 19 Preferred Shares Conversion Right and Announces Reset Dividend Rates

CALGARY, AB, Jan. 30, 2023– Enbridge Inc. (TSX: ENB) (NYSE: ENB) (Enbridge or the Company) announced today that it does not intend to exercise its right to redeem its currently outstanding Cumulative Redeemable Minimum Rate Reset Preference Shares, Series 19 (Series 19 Shares) (TSX: ENB.PF.K) on March 1, 2023. As a result, subject to certain conditions, the holders of the Series 19 Shares have the right to convert all or part of their Series 19 Shares on a one-for-one basis into Cumulative Redeemable Preference Shares, Series 20 of Enbridge (Series 20 Shares) on March 1, 2023. Holders who do not exercise their right to convert their Series 19 Shares into Series 20 Shares will retain their Series 19 Shares.

The foregoing conversion right is subject to the conditions that: (i) if Enbridge determines that there would be less than 1,000,000 Series 19 Shares outstanding after March 1, 2023, then all remaining Series 19 Shares will automatically be converted into Series 20 Shares on a one-for-one basis on March 1, 2023; and (ii) alternatively, if Enbridge determines that there would be less than 1,000,000 Series 20 Shares outstanding after March 1, 2023, no Series 19 Shares will be converted into Series 20 Shares. There are currently 20,000,000 Series 19 Shares outstanding.

With respect to any Series 19 Shares that remain outstanding after March 1, 2023, holders thereof will be entitled to receive quarterly fixed cumulative preferential cash dividends, as and when declared by the Board of Directors of Enbridge. The new annual dividend rate applicable to the Series 19 Shares for the five-year period commencing on March 1, 2023 to, but excluding, March 1, 2028 will be 6.212 percent, being equal to the five-year Government of Canada bond yield of 3.042 percent determined as of today plus 3.17 percent in accordance with the terms of the Series 19 Shares.

With respect to any Series 20 Shares that may be issued on March 1, 2023, holders thereof will be entitled to receive quarterly floating rate cumulative preferential cash dividends, as and when declared by the Board of Directors of Enbridge. The dividend rate applicable to the Series 20 Shares for the three-month floating rate period commencing on March 1, 2023 to, but excluding, June 1, 2023 will be 1.92066 percent, based on the annual rate on three month Government of Canada treasury bills for the most recent treasury bills auction of 4.45 percent plus 3.17 percent in accordance with the terms of the Series 20 Shares (the Floating Quarterly Dividend Rate). The Floating Quarterly Dividend Rate will be reset every quarter.

Beneficial holders of Series 19 Shares who wish to exercise their right of conversion during the conversion period, which runs from January 30, 2023 until 5:00 p.m. (EST) on February 14, 2023, should communicate as soon as possible with their broker or other intermediary for more information. It is recommended that this be done well in advance of the deadline in order to provide the broker or other intermediary time to complete the necessary steps. Any notices received after this deadline will not be valid.

About Enbridge Inc.

At Enbridge, we safely connect millions of people to the energy they rely on every day, fueling quality of life through our North American natural gas, oil or renewable power networks and our growing European offshore wind portfolio. We’re investing in modern energy delivery infrastructure to sustain access to secure, affordable energy and building on two decades of experience in renewable energy to advance new technologies including wind and solar power, hydrogen, renewable natural gas and carbon capture and storage. We’re committed to reducing the carbon footprint of the energy we deliver, and to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Enbridge’s common shares trade under the symbol ENB on the Toronto (TSX) and New York (NYSE) stock exchanges. To learn more, visit us at


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