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Celebrating early childhood educators: Minister Schulz

May 20, 2022

Minister of Children’s Services Rebecca Schulz issued the following statement on Early Childhood Educator Day:

“Early childhood educators play such an important role in the lives of kids and working families across the province. The quality care and early learning provided by these caring and dedicated professionals contribute to the healthy development and growth of kids. They show exceptional expertise, care, passion and compassion in helping to foster creativity, love of learning and positive development through play. While the last couple years have presented unprecedented challenges, educators have met those difficulties with resilience and dedication.

“Highly skilled educators are key to high-quality child care and the work of early childhood educators is essential not only for families but also for Alberta’s economy. Every day, many parents rely on child-care providers and educators so they can go to work or school.

“As part of celebrating Early Childhood Educator Day, the 2022 Minister’s Awards of Excellence have returned. Early childhood professionals and programs from across the province were nominated and three recipients were selected in each of the award categories.

“Individual award recipients are:

  • Béatrice Lucot-Gardener, from Prématernelle Bobino Bobinette in Edmonton,
  • Cheryl Crowther, from Child Development Dayhomes in Calgary, and
  • Jonabel Cabasal, from Kepler Academy in Edmonton.

“Teams award recipients are:

  • Kristi Nichlason, Yuko Kotera and Kassandra Goodzeck, from the Manning Early Learning and Child Care Centre in Manning,
  • Marianne Dyck and Tina Harback, from the Prairie Christian Academy Preschool in Three Hills, and
  • Lianne Wiebe, Michaela Golova and Annecy Hill, from the Trellis Society – Ready Set Go in Calgary.

“And Program award recipients are:

  • The Grand Prairie Friendship Centre – Aboriginal Head Start, in Grande Prairie,
  • Jack James Preschool in Calgary, and
  • Leapah’s Learning Garden Preschool in Leduc

“Congratulations to all the recipients – the work you do for the children and parents in your communities is invaluable. You have shown resilience and dedication to the families you serve and have gone above and beyond expectations.

“Thank you to all of Alberta’s early childhood educators for your continued support of children across the province. You make a difference in children’s lives each and every day.”

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Media advisory: Government of Canada to announce major support for events and tourism experiences in Edmonton and across Alberta

From: Prairies Economic Development Canada

May 20, 2022 – Edmonton, Alberta – The Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance, on behalf of the Honourable Daniel Vandal, Minister responsible for PrairiesCan, will announce federal support for a wide range of initiatives that will stimulate the local economy in Edmonton and position Alberta’s visitor economy for long-term growth.

Joining Minister Boissonnault will be Martin Long, Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and Tourism, Government of Alberta; Roger Kramers, Travel Alberta, Director of Tourism Investment with Destination Development; Arlindo Gomes, Vice President, Business Development & Venue Management, Explore Edmonton; Joe Urie, Board Member, Indigenous Tourism Alberta and Darren Reeder, Board Advisor, Tourism Industry Association of Alberta.

Speakers will be available to answer questions from the media following the remarks.

Date:
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Time:
10:00 a.m. (MT)

Location:
Riverview Room, Edmonton Convention Centre
9797 Jasper Ave
Edmonton, AB

Contacts

Rohit Sandhu
Communications Manager
Prairies Economic Development Canada
587-337-3141
[email protected]

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Centring Indigenous voices in sports and advocacy: a conversation with Taylor McPherson – The Gateway

From Moose Hide Campaign day to SHED, Taylor McPherson hopes to make spaces more accessible and safe for Indigenous individuals.

From bringing Indigenous voices to the forefront of anti-violence advocacy to making sports an accessible place for Indigenous communities, Taylor McPherson hopes to make spaces safer for Indigenous individuals from all walks of life.

McPherson, a fifth-year kinesiology student and the sport, physical activity, and recreation coordinator for the Indigenous Sport Council of Alberta (ISCA), recently spearheaded Moose Hide Campaign Day in Edmonton. She is also a part of the Miawpukek First Nation in Conne River, Newfoundland.

Read More: https://thegatewayonline.ca/2022/05/centring-indigenous-voices-in-sports-and-advocacy-a-conversation-with-taylor-mcpherson-the-gateway/

Enbridge Announces Conversion Results for Series B and Series C Preferred Shares

May 19, 2022

CALGARY, AB, May 19, 2022 – Enbridge Inc. (TSX: ENB) (NYSE: ENB) (Enbridge or the Company) announced today that, after taking into account all election notices received prior to 5:00 p.m. (EST) on May 17, 2022, 107,904 of its 18,269,812 Cumulative Redeemable Preference Shares, Series B (Series B Shares) were tendered for conversion, on a one-for-one basis, into Cumulative Redeemable Preference Shares, Series C of Enbridge (Series C Shares) and 1,188,789 of its 1,730,188 Series C Shares were tendered for conversion, on a one-for-one basis, into Series B Shares of Enbridge, effective on June 1, 2022.

Enbridge, after taking into account all Series B Shares and all Series C Shares tendered for conversion, has determined that there will be less than 1,000,000 Series C Shares outstanding after June 1, 2022. Consequently, all remaining Series C Shares will automatically be converted into Series B Shares on a one-for-one basis on June 1, 2022, and no Series B Shares will be converted into Series C Shares. The Series B Shares and the Series C Shares are currently listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols ENB. PR.B. and ENB.PR.C, respectively.

About Enbridge Inc.

Enbridge Inc. is a leading North American energy infrastructure company. We safely and reliably deliver the energy people need and want to fuel quality of life. Our core businesses include Liquids Pipelines, which transports approximately 30 percent of the crude oil produced in North America; Gas Transmission and Midstream, which transports approximately 20 percent of the natural gas consumed in the U.S.; Gas Distribution and Storage, which serves approximately 3.9 million retail customers in Ontario and Quebec; and Renewable Power Generation, which owns approximately 1,766 MW (net) in renewable power generation capacity in North America and Europe. The Company’s common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol ENB. For more information, visit www.enbridge.com.

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MindFuel Receives NSERC PromoScience Grant

Calgary – May 19, 2022 – MindFuel is pleased to announce it has received a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Promo Science grant in the amount of $600,000 over three years. The NSERC funding helps MindFuel support and engage Canadian youth in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) innovation.

For more than 33 years, The MindFuel Foundation has delivered critically needed programming to all regions in Canada and has focused on serving under-represented youth populations. With expertise in skills and knowledge development through its Canada Tech Futures – Youth Innovation Gateway initiative, MindFuel will deliver hands-on project-based learning via its Tech Futures Challenge community hub.

MindFuel programs engage youth from the K-12 and collegiate sectors to develop skills and knowledge that are foundational to Canada’s youth talent pipeline. Critically, MindFuel serves underrepresented youth including Indigenous students, girls, rural Canadians, newcomers and youth at risk. The NSERC PromoScience grant will assist MindFuel in preparing youth to build the skills needed for future careers in STEM.

“MindFuel’s mission focuses on preparing youth to become future innovators and key contributors to Canada’s economic diversification and prosperity,” says MindFuel CEO Cassy Weber. “Thanks to support from NSERC PromoScience, we’re able to continue supporting the development of an innovation mindset in Canadian youth.”

The NSERC PromoScience three-year grant of $200,000 per year will be used to:

  • Engage 36,000 youth across Canada via hands-on and online learning
  • Support 1,800 teachers across Canada through skills training and professional learning
  • Deliver 100 plus skill-building and mentoring workshops.
  • Incorporate Indigenous worldview alongside western worldview to further develop intercultural competence.

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About MindFuel

The MindFuel Foundation is a registered charitable organization committed to creating young innovators. Since 1990, we have been developing and distributing captivating, high-quality, 21st century programs that ignite a passion for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) innovation in students of all ages. The programs are technology based and technology infused, and are developed to serve both in-classroom and extracurricular learning. To date, MindFuel has invested over $110M into Canada’s innovation ecosystem in over 1,600 communities. It serves underrepresented youth populations including Indigenous students, girls in STEM, economically disadvantaged, remote/rural and newcomers to Canada.

MindFuel also delivers eLearning programming through its wholly owned subsidiary, Wonderville Enterprises Ltd., which reaches hundreds of thousands of teachers, students and parents each year in every province and territory, and supports over 600,000 learning sessions annually in Canada, and over 6,000,000 globally. Since inception, MindFuel has reached over 147,000,000 youth in over 190 countries with its online learning programs.

For more information on programming, please visit mindfuel.ca.

Media inquiries:

Paula Worthington
For MindFuel
[email protected]
(403) 585-2429

NT5

Bar U Ranch National Historic Site officially kicks off 2022 visitor season

From: Parks Canada

May 19, 2022

The network of protected areas administered by Parks Canada is a gateway to nature, history, and 450 000 km² of memories from coast to coast to coast.

Bar U Ranch National Historic Site is pleased to welcome visitors for the 2022 visitor season. This season, the Bar U Ranch will be offering new activities, including the Roland Gissing Gallery in our Visitor Centre. Discover the undeniable beauty of Alberta’s landscape captured in the historic artworks of Gissing paintings, Gissing’s custom saddle, sketchbooks, and other personal effects also on display.

What’s new at the Bar U – Special events in 2022

Events are back at the Bar U! Visit our website for a complete listing of this year’s events.

Roland Gissing Gallery

Explore the newest addition to the visitor centre, the Roland Gissing Gallery. Discover the undeniable beauty of Alberta’s landscape captured in the historic artworks of Gissing paintings. His work can be found in the collections of Queen Elizabeth II, Glenbow Museum, and Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

Moving to Canada from England in 1913, Gissing rode the range from the Peace River Country as far south as Mexico working on ranches and sketching along the way. Gissing later purchased land near the junction of the Ghost and Bow rivers west of Cochrane, Alberta.

View Gissing’s custom saddle, sketchbooks, and other personal effects, also on display.

Stoney Nakoda Tipi

There is a historic relationship between foothills ranches and the Bearspaw Nation of the Stoney Nakoda, as well as other Indigenous groups. A diverse workforce, especially Indigenous people, played a significant role in the history of Bar U Ranch. The ranch is pleased to host members of the Bearspaw Stoney, who share their culture and perspectives at a tipi encampment. This encampment is representative of the transition between pre-Treaty 7 and post Treaty 7 Indigenous life and provides a window into these experiences and traditions.

Wagon Rides

Visitors are welcome to discover the Bar U Ranch by wagon as part of the self-guided visit. Complimentary wagon rides with an interpreter start at round-up camp and visit a variety of unique areas on the ranch. This is an authentic way to experience the ranch, and our knowledgeable interpreters will bring it all to life for you. Wagon rides run for the half-hour and information on daily/weekly schedules will be available during the operational season. Wagon tours have limited capacity and are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Pekisko Creek Trail

The Bar U Ranch recently opened a 3-km trail, which includes a portion of the national historic site not often seen during a regular visit. Visitors can enjoy the sounds of the creek, tranquil rustic picnic spots and stunning mountain views. Guests will experience a range of cultural and natural history.

Bar U Ranch National Historic Site provides the perfect setting for memorable and safe experiences. Whether they’re looking for adventure, fun for the whole family, a chance to explore the history, or a break from the every day, there are countless unique experiences to suit every visitor’s needs.

The health and safety of visitors and employees are of the utmost importance and Parks Canada continues to follow the advice, guidance, and requirements of public health authorities and experts to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The Parks Canada website provides detailed information on what visitors can expect, how to prepare for a visit, and what services may be available. Visitors are asked to plan ahead by checking the website before they travel, to respect the guidance of public health experts, and to follow all signage and direction from Parks Canada employees.

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Quotes

“As Canadians, we are fortunate to live in a country with such diverse landscapes and rich history. Every one of the protected areas within the Parks Canada network of sites is a perfect gateway to discovering, learning about, and connecting with natural and cultural heritage. As summer approaches, I encourage all Canadians to get out and explore locations such as the Bar U Ranch National Historic Site as they walk in the footsteps of history and enjoy the important physical and mental benefits of being outdoors.”

The Honourable Steven Guilbeault
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

“Parks Canada prides itself on providing visitors with high quality and meaningful experiences across the country. The Parks Canada team works extremely hard to ensure that each and every person leaves with memories that will last a lifetime. We are excited to welcome new and returning visitors back to the Bar U Ranch National Historic Site, this season, to help them create new memories and discover everything that this treasured place has to offer.”

Ron Hallman
President & Chief Executive Officer, Parks Canada

Quick facts

  • Set in the rolling foothills of the Rockies, the Bar U Ranch is the only national historic site to commemorate the history and importance of ranching in Canada.
  • The site has many historic buildings and structures, illustrating various stages of ranching development from 1882-1950, and is rich in cultural landscape features.
  • Located one hour southwest of the Calgary city limits at the intersection of Highways 22 and 540.
  • Bar U Ranch National Historic Site features a visitor centre with restaurant and gift shot, and a vibrant living history program interpret a time when the West was young.
  • Want the ultimate ticket to nature, history, and adventure? The Parks Canada Discovery Pass provides unlimited admission for a full year to over 80 destinations across the country. Visitors can purchase their Parks Canada Discovery Passes online, on-site, and at partner retail locations across the country.

Associated links

Contacts

Kaitlin Power
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
819-230-1557
[email protected]

Media Relations
Parks Canada Agency
855-862-1812
[email protected]

Megan Osterman
Public Relations and Communications Officer
Waterton Lakes Field Unit
403-632-6876
[email protected]

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AHS launching Indigenous healthcare support line – CFWE

May 19th, 2022

The new addition to Alberta’s healthcare system is designed to provide Indigenous people with culturally appropriate care and improve health outcomes.

Indigenous residents in Northern Alberta are set to receive a dedicated support line to improve accessibility within the provincial healthcare system.

On May 30, the line will be deployed in phases starting with northwest Indigenous communities. Afterward, new areas will be added to the service each week for six weeks.

The line will be staffed with Indigenous people working with Health Link, and will be available between noon and 8 p.m. each day.

Read More: https://www.cfweradio.ca/news/alberta-news/ahs-launching-indigenous-healthcare-support-line/

Support to help Indigenous Peoples navigate health system in Grande Prairie

May 18, 2022

Phone line to launch in phases across AHS North Zone starting May 30

GRANDE PRAIRIE – Indigenous Peoples in the North Zone of Alberta Health Services (AHS) will soon have a dedicated support line to help them better navigate the health system.

The phone line will be implemented in a phased approach across the zone starting on May 30. Introduction of the service will begin in Indigenous communities in the northwest part of the province; additional areas will be added weekly for six weeks.

“The Government of Alberta and AHS are committed to providing Indigenous peoples and organizations high-quality, culturally safe, accessible healthcare. This support line will assist Indigenous peoples and organizations to navigate our health system and will work towards improved health outcomes,” says Jason Copping, Minister of Health.

The support line will be staffed by Indigenous Health Link staff and available weekdays from noon to 8 p.m. Staff will answer callers’ questions, help them access culturally appropriate care and support and assist them with navigating the healthcare system. Clients can call at any time during their healthcare journey with questions or concerns – whether they are not currently receiving care, about to start care, in care, or discharged from care.

“With the support and direction of our AHS Wisdom Council, we’ve been exploring how best to integrate advice and feedback into our health policies and practices on better representing and serving Indigenous peoples in a culturally sensitive and meaningful way to continue building trust and removing barriers within the system,” says Val Austen-Wiebe, Senior Program Officer of the Indigenous Wellness Core.

The support line project is being introduced to Indigenous community leaders through a virtual town hall meeting. The phone number will be provided to each area as the program rolls out through May, June, and July.

“This support line is another step in strengthening our relationships with our Indigenous patients and communities,” says Stacy Greening, Chief Zone Officer, North Zone. “We understand that to support and serve the Indigenous population, we need to ensure culturally appropriate connection points with the system that are grounded in a patient- and-family centred approach.”

All Albertans are asked to call 911 if they have a medical emergency. Health Link (811) also remains available 24/7 for non-emergency, health-related questions.

The support line is being launched as a pilot project to ensure the proper resources are in place to support Indigenous community members. AHS will evaluate the project and make any needed improvements before rolling it out in other zones.

AHS values Indigenous culture and the unique needs of individuals, patients and families and is incorporating traditional culture into the healthcare system.

Dedicated AHS Indigenous Wellness Core staff is available throughout the province and take into consideration culturally appropriate health services for First Nations, Métis and Inuit people.

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.

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Student Designs Underrepresented Comic Characters For Practicum Requirement – Lethbridge College

May 18, 2022

Second-year Multimedia Production (MMP) student Hayden Mountain Horse is using her incredible artistic skills to bring conceptual characters to life – a practicum assignment she calls “a perfect fit.”

Mountain Horse has been working with Bej’a Christmas, founder and CEO of Anemoia Studios – a production house and talent agency based in Oakland, Calif. Its focus is to promote people of colour and other marginalized communities in the entertainment industry.

As a biracial person, Mountain Horse says she immediately identified with Christmas’s desire to bring more diversity into productions. “My mom is Indigenous, and my dad is white,” she says. “I grew up on the Blood Reserve, and I didn’t see anyone in movies or TV shows who looked like me. The work Bej’a is doing is really inspiring.”

Read More: https://lethbridgecollege.ca/news/campus-news/student-designs-underrepresented-comic-characters-practicum-requirement

McMurray Métis Festival returns for first time since 2019 – CFWE

May 18th, 2022

The event brings people together to celebrate Métis culture and create a better understanding of the people’s history.

An annual cultural celebration is set to make its grand return after a two-year hiatus.

On Friday, May 27, McMurray Métis, an organization founded to represent and support the Métis people in Northeastern Alberta, will once again host Métis Fest.

The event celebrates the history of Métis people and shares many integral aspects of the culture with the public.

Read More: https://www.cfweradio.ca/news/alberta-news/mcmurray-metis-festival-returns-for-first-time-since-2019/

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