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Meet Blake Desjarlais, the Métis NDP candidate who just ended a Conservative stronghold in Edmonton Griesbach – CBC

Sep 24, 2021

NDP candidate bested Conservative incumbent by 1,468 votes

Blake Desjarlais had already won Monday night but the victory wasn’t real for him right away.

The 27-year-old NDP candidate had unseated Conservative Kerry Diotte in the riding of Edmonton Griesbach, the first time someone who wasn’t Conservative had won the riding.

But on Wednesday, after all mail-in and special ballots were counted, it became official.

After reserving comment until the official results were in, Desjarlais sat down for back-to-back, one-on-one media interviews on Thursday in his campaign office on 118th Avenue in Edmonton.

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Protecting our youth’: Indigenous-led vaccination event in Alberta aims to boost inoculation rates – CTV News

September 24, 2021

TORONTO — Indigenous communities in Alberta face some of the lowest vaccination rates in the country, on top of a provincial health system that can’t keep up with the rising COVID-19 cases. But the organizers of an Indigenous-led vaccination event in Alberta are hoping to boost inoculation rates in their communities, particularly among Indigenous youth.

Vaxx Fest is running from Friday to Sunday in the Stoney Nakoda Nation and the Tsuut’ina Nation. Cree physician Dr. James Makokis and Blackfoot physician Dr. Lana Potts, the two organizers of the event, spoke with CTV’s Your Morning on Friday.

“There’s many factors that are preventing Indigenous peoples coming to get their vaccine, and a lot of that is centered in mistrust and previous government policies, which were genocidal in nature,” said Makokis.

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UCalgary: Orange Shirt Day events highlight importance of remembering residential school victims

UCalgary marks day of reconciliation with flag lowering and joint events with Calgary Public Library

Historical discrimination and recent findings of unmarked graves on the grounds of former residential schools makes this year’s Orange Shirt Day on Sept. 30 especially important. Orange Shirt Day is a day to remember the victims of residential schools and the lasting intergenerational trauma that the legacy of residential schools has caused too many Indigenous families and communities.

The University of Calgary will host a flag lowering at 9 a.m. to mark the importance of the day. The flag lowering will be attended by Elders who support UCalgary’s Office of Indigenous Engagement as well as Dr. Michael Hart, vice-provost (Indigenous Engagement). This event will be livestreamed on the Office of Indigenous Engagement’s web page.

“We have a responsibility — as a university, as a society and as caring individuals — to remember what happened to the victims of residential schools and acknowledge the lasting harm this system caused. We are lowering the flag to remember all the victims and survivors, those who died at the hands of residential schools and those who today still carry with them the trauma of the past,” says UCalgary President Ed McCauley.

Also in recognition of Orange Shirt Day, the Office of Indigenous Engagement is partnering with the Calgary Public Library and providing lunch-time and evening events that highlight the lasting trauma caused by the residential school system, and Indigenous resiliency. While the spirit is of reconciliation, the purpose of the events is education and knowledge-building.

“We cannot forget children who died, the families who were torn apart, the cultural and religious identities that were lost and the souls that were not fed because of the policy of forced assimilation through residential schools,” says Hart. “These memories are difficult and painful, but it is important we revisit them so that we learn and ensure that something like this can never happens again.”

On Sept. 30, UCalgary and the Calgary Public Library joint programming includes:

  • Literature on Intergenerational Trauma and Healing
  • Sept. 30 at 12 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Online event
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Indigenous Writers’ Panel featuring the works of Eden Robinson, author of Monkey Beach, Lee Maracle, author of Charlie, and Richard Van Camp, author of The Journey Forward: When We Play Our Drums, They Sing! The panel will feature an opening prayer by Stoney Nakoda Elder Una Wesley and will be moderated by UCalgary’s Dr. Michael Hart, vice-provost (Indigenous Engagement) with reflective remarks from Sarah Meilleur, interim CEO from the Calgary Public Library.

  • Monkey Beach, feature film screening and discussion
  • Sept. 30 at 6:30 – 9 p.m.
  • Online event
  • Register now

Monkey Beach is a feature film adapted from the novel by Eden Robinson. The novel draws the reader deep into a traditional world, a hidden universe of premonition, pain, and power during a time when tragedy strikes a West Coast Indigenous community. This story explores the healing journey steeped in intergenerational trauma as the main character discovers deep connections with her ancestral world and spiritual beliefs.

Following the viewing of the film, film members will be available to discuss its importance. Panellists include Loretta Todd, film director of Monkey Beach, and actors Tina Lameman and Nathaniel Arcand. This discussion will be moderated by Judy Aldous, CBC host of Alberta at Noon and includes special guest, Siksika Elder Adrian Wolfleg and UCalgary’s Michael Hart.

For other events happening around campus and organized by faculties go to the Community Engagement page.


MB Government: Province Invests in Healing and Wellness Supports for Survivors of Residential Schools

$200,000 for Indigenous-led, Healing-Focused Programming During Truth and Reconciliation Week: Lagimodiere

The Manitoba governmentis providing $200,000 to seven Indian Residential School Healing Centres and other events starting the week of Sept. 27, Indigenous Reconciliation and Northern Relations Minister Alan Lagimodiere announced today.

“Our government is committed to learning and advancing reconciliation by supporting Indigenous programming that will help Manitobans learn from and heal the wounds of the past,” said Lagimodiere. “Indian Residential School Healing Centres in Manitoba provide culturally appropriate healing and wellness supports to survivors of residential schools, Indian day schools, the ‘60s scoop and missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.”

Each organization will receive up to $25,000 and will provide a variety of cultural events centred on reconciliation, healing and observing Sept. 30. Indigenous-led groups receiving funding include:

  • ANISH Corp. to support hosting a sacred fire and memorial round dance to honour survivors;
  • Cree Nation Tribal Health Centre to support a four-day Every Child Matters awareness project;
  • Way-Say Healing Centre to support hosting an Orange Shirt Day powwow;
  • Cross Lake Band of Indians to support hosting a three-day gathering commemorating National Truth and Reconciliation Orange Shirt Day;
  • Keewatin Tribal Council to support hosting a gathering for healing and acknowledgment for National Truth and Reconciliation Orange Shirt Day;
  • South East Resource Development Council to support the organization of a joint Grandmothers’ Walk and National Orange Shirt Day commemoration;
  • West Region Treaty 2 and 4 Health Services in Westman for self-care kits for First Nation and surrounding communities and staff support;
  • Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre to host Indigenous youth from across Manitoba to participate in National Day for Truth and Reconciliation events; and
  • National Indigenous Residential School Museum of Canada to support a healing walk in commemoration of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

“We must learn the truth before we truly seek and understand the true meaning of truth and reconciliation. It must start at a personal level, within your family, friends and workplaces; then my hope is that we will begin to see true reconciliation,” said Eva Wilson Fontaine, team leader, ANISH and residential school survivor. “I encourage all nations – red, yellow, black and white – to have those conversations about Canada’s true history of what happened at Indian residential schools at your kitchen tables, in the office, coffee shops and boardroom tables.”

Earlier this month, the province formally announced it would recognize Sept. 30, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, to encourage reflection and meaningful discussions about the impacts of residential schools. The Manitoba public service will observe the day and all non-essential government services and offices will be closed. Schools will be closed and no classes will be held.

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  • Public information, contact Manitoba Government Inquiry: 1-866-626-4862 or 204-945-3744.
  • Media requests for general information, contact Communications Services Manitoba: 204-945-3765.
  • Media requests for ministerial comment, contact Communications and Stakeholder Relations: 204-290-5374.


Healing gatherings by Enoch Cree Nation coming to an end on Orange Shirt Day – Global News

September 23 2021

After hundreds of unmarked graves were discovered at former residential school sites across Canada, two women wanted to provide a space to heal, honour and grieve. Sarah Komadina has more.

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TC Energy adjusts timing of certain Cumulative First Preferred Shares Dividends

CALGARY, Alberta, Sept. 23, 2021 – TC Energy Corporation (TSX, NYSE: TRP) (TC Energy or the Company) today announced the following adjustments to its previously announced timing for quarterly dividend payments on its outstanding Cumulative First Preferred Shares Series 1, Series 2, Series 3 and Series 4. These adjustments are the result of a newly created Canadian federal statutory holiday, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, to be recognized on Sept. 30, 2021.

  • The payment date for the Cumulative First Preferred Shares Series 1, Series 2, Series 3 and Series 4 has been moved from Sept. 30, 2021 to Sept. 29, 2021, as Canadian banks are not open for payment processing on Sept. 30, 2021;
  • As the last business day of September has changed from Sept. 30, 2021 to Sept. 29, 2021, pursuant to the terms of the applicable prospectus supplements, the period for the Cumulative First Preferred Shares Series 1, Series 2, Series 3 and Series 4 has been revised from “for the period up to but excluding Sept. 30, 2021” to “for the period up to but excluding Sept. 29, 2021”; and
  • The dividend amounts for the Cumulative First Preferred Shares Series 2 and Series 4 have been adjusted to the following to reflect the above noted change in period:
    • Series 2 (TSX: TRP.PR.F) – from $0.12785479 per share to $0.12646507 per share
    • Series 4 (TSX: TRP.PR.H) – from $0.08752603 per share to $0.08657466 per share

There has been no change to the previously announced dividend amounts for the Cumulative First Preferred Shares Series 1 and Series 3.

Accordingly, shareholders of record at the close of business on Aug. 31, 2021 of the Company’s Cumulative First Preferred Shares Series 1, Series 2, Series 3 and Series 4 will receive their dividend payment for the period from and including June 30, 2021 up to but excluding Sept. 29, 2021 on Sept. 29, 2021.

The next dividend payment period for the Company’s Cumulative First Preferred Shares Series 1, Series 2, Series 3 and Series 4 will be for the period from and including Sept. 29, 2021 up to but excluding Dec. 31, 2021.

About TC Energy
We are a vital part of everyday life — delivering the energy millions of people rely on to power their lives in a sustainable way. Thanks to a safe, reliable network of natural gas and crude oil pipelines, along with power generation and storage facilities, wherever life happens — we’re there. Guided by our core values of safety, responsibility, collaboration, innovation and integrity, our 7,500 people make a positive difference in the communities where we operate across Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.

TC Energy’s common shares trade on the Toronto (TSX) and New York (NYSE) stock exchanges under the symbol TRP. To learn more, visit us at


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Healing gatherings by Enoch Cree Nation coming to an end on Orange Shirt Day – Global News

September 23 2021

After hundreds of unmarked graves were discovered at former residential school sites across Canada, two women wanted to provide a space to heal, honour and grieve. Sarah Komadina has more.

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Cenovus announces the Pricing Terms of its Pending Maximum Tender Offer

Calgary, Alberta – Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX: CVE) (NYSE: CVE) today announced the pricing terms of its previously announced cash tender offer (the “Maximum Tender Offer”) for up to an increased maximum aggregate purchase price of $1,250,000,000 (such increased aggregate purchase price, the “Maximum Aggregate Purchase Price”) of its outstanding 3.800% Notes due 2023 (the “2023 Notes”), its outstanding 4.000% Notes due 2024 (the “2024 Notes”), its outstanding 5.375% Notes due 2025 (the “2025 Notes”), its outstanding 4.250% Senior Notes due 2027 (the “2027 Notes”) and its outstanding 4.400% Notes due 2029 (the “2029 Notes” and, together with the 2023 Notes, the 2024 Notes, the 2025 Notes and the 2027 Notes, the “Maximum Tender Offer Notes”). As previously announced, Cenovus has eliminated the Series Tender Cap (as defined in the Offer to Purchase dated September 9, 2021 (the “Offer to Purchase”)) for the 2025 Notes. The terms and conditions of the Maximum Tender Offer are described in the Offer to Purchase.

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RMWB: Municipality takes action toward advancing equity and inclusion initiatives

RMWB shares Employee Census findings

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB), through a partnership with the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI), conducted an Employee Census to understand the state of diversity and inclusion within the organization. From November 17 to December 4, 2020, 726 employees completed the Employee census and provided 155 comments, representing a response rate of 48.2 per cent.

How is the organization responding to the findings?

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) is committed to listening to our employees, learning from what they have to share and where demonstrated, changing and improving to ensure the RMWB removes any barriers caused by systemic racism. We are committed to being a workplace that is safe and welcoming for everyone. Our desire is to have a region that thrives and embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion.

RMWB’s commitments to all employees

The Municipality has formalized a plan, which includes commitments to employees and stakeholders to foster greater inclusion and equity within the organization. This plan is available at Outlined in the plan, are the following key actions:

  • Embedding equity and inclusion into organizational culture
    • Developing and implementing an equity and inclusion framework
    • Embedding an equity lens into organizational structures and guiding documents
    • Reviewing policies and procedures using a GBA+ lens
  • Improving supports for equity deserving groups
    • Supporting formation of employee resource groups
    • Providing capacity development for Black, Indigenous, and other minority-led initiatives
    • Reviewing current processes to improve support for employees experiencing racism and discrimination
  • Expanding training and development
    • Providing mandated anti-racism training for all staff and new recruits
    • Launching education campaigns and resources
    • Ensuring leaders champion equity and inclusion including a commitment to advancing their own knowledge in this area
  • Increasing resources, accelerating actions, creating accountability
    • Creating an Equity and Inclusion Office supported by a dedicated Program Manager
    • Adopting and endorsing an Action Plan that addresses the Employee Census results
    • Conducting regular employee censuses to track progress

In February 2021, the Municipality formed an Equity & Inclusion Office (E & I Office). The E & I Office is an interdepartmental group that advises, develops, and supports the organization’s equity and inclusion initiatives. The E & I Office will consult with, receive advisement from, and work collaboratively with Council-appointed committees and community groups.

Learn more about the Employee Census findings, the E & I Office and the Municipality’s commitment to equity and inclusion in the workplace at



Colouring It Forward Reconciliation Society and Southcentre Mall Host Indigenous Art Exhibit – Avenue Calgary

September 23, 2021

The art exhibit features the work of 18 Indigenous artists and runs until October 11. There will also be an event for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30.

A local exhibit featuring Indigenous artists has opened at Southcentre Mall, in partnership with Colouring It Forward Reconciliation Society (CIFRS), in honour of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

The CIFRS Truth and Reconciliation Indigenous Art Exhibit is on display in Southcentre’s Art Corner, next to Hudson’s Bay, from September 1 to October 11.

“Art makes everything easier,” says CIFRS founder Diana Frost about the importance of the exhibit. “Some of the artwork has to do with healing, some has to do with residential schools.

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