- APTN – Parents defeat Michif CFS in court battle over infant son apprehended at birth: After a week-long trial in which a Brandon, Man. couple found themselves self-representing against a child welfare agency’s paid lawyer, a judge ruled that Michif CFS has three months to return a 14-month-old child they apprehended at birth.
- Winnipeg Free Press – No plans to mandate masks, Roussin says on sixth consecutive day without new case: Manitoba has not reported a new COVID-19 case since June 30. The case count remained at 325 Monday. Fourteen of the cases are active. There are no individuals in hospital with the virus.
- Winnipeg Free Press – Chiefs don’t hold back on Pallister: First Nations leaders gave Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister a tongue-lashing Monday, accusing him of paternalism, anger and underlying issues with Indigenous people, and allowing systemic racism to continue.
- CBC – Manitoba plans $150M worth of upgrades for 3 key highways: ‘Neglected’ strip of Highway 1 west of Brandon, stretches of highways 59 and 23 to see repairs, says minister
- The Globe and Mail – Poll finds 81% of Canadians say the Canada-U.S. border should remain closed: More than eight in 10 Canadians say the Canada-U.S. border should remain closed to non-essential travellers for the foreseeable future, according to a new Nanos Research survey.
- Winnipeg Free Press – Trudeau takes a pass on meeting this week with Trump, Lopez Obrador: Trudeau’s office said Monday he wishes the two countries and their leaders well but Trudeau will remain in Ottawa for a cabinet retreat and a scheduled sitting of Parliament.
- Winnipeg Sun – Budget officer pegs cost of basic income for all Canadians at $98 billion: The parliamentary budget office says it could cost more than $98 billion to provide almost all Canadians with a basic income for six months beginning this fall.
- CTV News – ‘Kind of epic’: Lots of options to celebrate virtually this Canada Day: In a video produced by the Manitoba Metis Federation, master fiddler Patti Kusturok from Winnipeg performs the Red River Jig, which is often called the Metis national anthem.
- Winnipeg Free Press – (Editorial) Noise deterrents an all-around irritation: On June 10, protesters surrounded the front doors of the nearby Manitoba Metis Federation, after it threatened to take legal action against the city if encampments were not removed. It should be clear by now that addressing homelessness requires strategies that are deeper than spending $1,750 apiece for noise deterrents or sending in bulldozers to knock over tents and makeshift shanties.
- Winnipeg Free Press – Mandatory evacuations begin in RM of Riverdale: Brandon prepares for flooding, issues evacuation preparation notices
- CTV News – No new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba identified Wednesday: Manitoba currently has 18 active cases, 300 recoveries, and no individuals hospitalized. There have been seven deaths related to COVID-19.
- The Globe and Mail – Manitoba’s ‘diverse’ economy avoids worst of pandemic hit: After a brutal hit from the COVID-19 outbreak, Manitoba is vying for a consolation prize: the best provincial economic growth of 2020, albeit in a year of contraction.
- Winnipeg Free Press – WPS hiring MMIWG family liaison contact: According to the job posting put up Tuesday, the MMIWG family liaison contact will “gather information from a variety of agencies to assist families… in answering a myriad of questions, co-ordinating access to appropriate agencies, justice partners and services, as well as, offer culturally safe resources and healing programs.”
- CTV News – Manitoba health minister to announce COVID-19 recovery plans: Manitoba’s health minister is set to announce COVID-19 recovery plans on Thursday. Cameron Friesen is speaking at a news conference at 10 a.m. at the Manitoba Legislative Building. CTV Winnipeg will live-stream the event.
- CBC – Supreme Court dismisses First Nations’ challenge against Trans Mountain pipeline: First Nations were seeking to challenge federal government’s re-approval of pipeline expansion project
- CTV News – Coronavirus commercial rent relief program extended into July: feds: Federal and provincial governments have agreed to extend a coronavirus commercial rent relief program to help cover July costs for eligible small businesses, with a few changes.
- CBC – Boost in support for Liberals the biggest for a minority government in 60 years: Not since John Diefenbaker’s PCs in the 1950s has a minority government seen a larger jump in support
- Brandon Sun – MMF expands ‘economic engine’: As the province heads toward Phase 3 of its economic roadmap for
recovery, the Manitoba Metis Federation is already deep into its many
- Brandon Sun – Man pleads guilty to false Métis identity claim: [Crown Attorney Ron] Toews said [Nathan] Kennedy “falsely
claimed” the rights of Métis people while fishing and “persisted
with the deceit” to Manitoba Conservation officers in an attempt to
get out of legal problems.
- Brandon Sun – No rush to reopen Métis office: “My biggest concern right now is how do you open the
32-space daycare and have those little people social distancing? It can’t
happen. It won’t happen. So I’m in no hurry to get that opened,”
- Brandon Sun – Brandon Friendship Centre Food security work expands: In late April, thanks to a Manitoba Metis Federation
contribution, the centre began a program for urban Indigenous elders —
off-reserve First Nations, non-status, Métis and Inuit — who were food
insecure by providing them with food hampers.
- CBC – (Opinion) Addictions advocate pleads for support of people in
Winnipeg’s homeless camps: Camps a safer place for
vulnerable people, says mother who lost son to addiction
- Global News – Winnipeg Disraeli Freeway homeless camps slowly
dismantled amid eviction order:
Residents in a long-term homeless encampment off the Disraeli Freeway
adjacent to the Manitoba Metis Federation’s headquarters slowly packed up
their belongings and moved off the plot of civic-owned land Friday after
the city served them with formal eviction notices Wednesday.
- CBC – Former Fort Smith Métis president says day school settlement
forms ‘misleading’: Ken Hudson says many are
settling for the lowest level of compensation when they deserve more
- CTV News – One new case of COVID-19 in Manitoba on Sunday: According to a provincial spokesperson, the case is a man in his
20s from the Winnipeg region. The province said it will update other data
like active case numbers, recoveries and tests administered on Monday.
- Winnipeg Sun – ‘PATH FORWARD TOGETHER’: Province, community works
for restorative justice in northern Manitoba:
It was announced on March 2 that the province will be supporting a public
safety strategy to increase the use of restorative justice in northern
- CBC – City of Winnipeg in court to fight for documents seized by
RCMP during police HQ investigation:
City is suing contractor, more than 2 dozen individuals and companies
involved in construction of downtown HQ
- The Globe and Mail – RCMP killings of Indigenous people intensify
calls for police reform: In all, six Indigenous people
have been killed by police in Canada since April in shootings in Winnipeg,
New Brunswick and Nunavut. “It should be clear to everyone by now that
Canada’s unwillingness to address systemic racism is killing people. It’s
killing Black people and it’s killing First Nations, Inuit and Métis
people,” Mr. Bellegarde said in a comment piece published in The Globe and
- Winnipeg Free Press – Province painted as the villain: The Métis leader accused the province of failing to provide
enough health, addictions and housing supports to address the needs of
homeless Winnipeggers. “We have a big, big problem and the province
is missing at the game,” he said.
- Global News – No plans to forcibly remove residents from Winnipeg
homeless camps as deadline looms: city:
He said the city and its partners working to dismantle the camps will use
dialogue instead of force should the residents continue to refuse to leave
by Friday’s deadline.
- CBC – Winnipeg needs help from province on homeless, city
administrator says: “The supports we talk
about when we talk about systemic failures leading to residents being in
encampments like this, most of those supports are the responsibility of
the provincial government.”
- Winnipeg Free Press – Four communities get COVID-19 testing
machines: A GeneXpert testing machine will be used at
hospitals in Norway House, Thompson and The Pas. A fourth has been
installed at the hospital in Hodgson, which isn’t in the north but serves
Peguis First Nation.
- Winnipeg Free Press – Klein resigns as Winnipeg Police Board
chairman: Klein (Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood) said
Thursday civic leadership and administration rarely follow the legislation
in the Police Act, another factor in his decision.
- CTV News – Manitoba considering changes to interprovincial travel
isolation rules under draft plan:
Domestic travellers from Western Canada and Northwestern Ontario might not
have to self-isolate for 14 days when entering Manitoba anymore, according
to a proposed plan for the next phase of reopening the province.
- APTN – Indigenous Services minister says RCMP commissioner must
fulfill promise made to MMIWG inquiry:
‘If Commissioner Lucki believes this, then she does not understand what
systemic discrimination is,’ says Senator Murray Sinclair
- Global News – RCMP failing to diversify its workforce, new
statistics show: The national police force’s
report on employment equity for 2018-19 says the diversity of the RCMP’s
overall workforce had “not changed by any significant measure” from the
- Global News – Coronavirus has now killed more than 8,000 people in
Canada: Confirmed cases of COVID-19 — the disease
caused by the virus — also rose in Canada by 182, with current cases in
the country now sitting at 97,712.
- CTV News – City councillor calls for removal of homeless camp by
Disraeli Freeway: The letter from the MMF legal
counsel said staff has seen illegal drug use and sales, open fires,
indecent exposure, loitering, and garbage at these homeless camps. It said
the MMF’s parking lot and fence have been urinated and defecated on, and
that staff has been harassed and threatened.
- Winnipeg Free Press – News briefs for June 4, 2020: The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) is threatening the City of
Winnipeg with legal action over homeless encampments next to its 150 Henry
Ave. office, sites the federation claims are out of control.
- Global News – Winnipeg mayor to address dismantling of homeless
camps, COVID-19 response: Winnipeg’s mayor is expected
to discuss the dismantling of two temporary homeless camps near the the
Disraeli Bridge and the city’s ongoing response to COVID-19 Thursday
- CTV News – Sixth consecutive day of no new COVID-19 cases in
Manitoba: For the sixth consecutive day, Manitoba has not
reported a new case of COVID-19 in the province. The total number of cases
remains at 300.
- Winnipeg Free Press – Pallister sets June 21 for Phase 3 of
reopening, releases draft plan:
Travel-related self-isolation requirements will be eased for residents of
Western Canada and northwestern Ontario entering Manitoba in the next
phase of the province’s economic recovery plan.
- CBC – Rapid COVID-19 testing now available in parts of northern
Manitoba: GeneXpert rapid testing machines in Norway
House Cree Nation, Peguis First Nation, Thompson, The Pas
- Times Colonist – Ottawa commits $133M in further aid for Indigenous
businesses: Of the total amount announced today, $117
million is to help small and community-owned Indigenous businesses. The
remaining $16 million is to support Indigenous businesses in the tourism
sector, which supports thousands of jobs across the country.
- The Globe and Mail – Trudeau rejects return to normal sittings,
blames Parliamentary defeat on ‘political games’ by opposition: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rejected Conservative calls for a
return to normal House of Commons sittings Thursday and blamed a
Parliamentary defeat this week on “political games” by opposition parties.
- CBC – Systemic racism exists in RCMP, Trudeau argues — after
commissioner says she’s ‘struggling’ with the term: Commissioner Lucki says RCMP doesn’t have a systemic racism problem
- CBC – Indian day school survivors to no longer be allowed to modify
their claims in national settlement:
Not allowing changes runs counter to concept of progressive disclosure,
- CTV News – 190,000 Canadians who received CERB payments have had to
repay them, CRA says: Approximately 190,000
Canadians have had to repay their Canada Emergency Response Benefit
cheques to the government as of June 3, according to the latest
information from the Canada Revenue Agency.
- CTV News – No new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba: The province is reporting two new recoveries from COVID-19,
bringing the total to 284. There are currently seven active cases of the
virus in Manitoba.
- Winnipeg Free Press – Province ponders change to front-line bonus
rules: On Wednesday, Pallister said he’d consider
expanding the program to include higher-wage earners, such as nurses, but
“only if there’s insufficient take-up by the middle- and low-income
earners would that be done.”
- Winnipeg Free Press – New Canadian modelling shows COVID-19 waning
but relaxing restrictions still risky:
Canada’s top doctor says the country has been successful at slowing the
spread of COVID-19 but is warning that relaxing public health restrictions
too quickly or too soon could lead to a rampant resurgence of the disease.
- Winnipeg Free Press – Special payments to seniors to arrive in
early July, Liberals say: A special one-time payment to
millions of seniors will arrive in early July, a delay the Liberals say is
the result of ensuring there isn’t any fraud in the pandemic-related
- Global News – ‘Defunding’ police and funding mental health
resources will save lives, experts say:
Some experts believe “defunding” police – taking some of the taxpayer
money going to law enforcement and putting it towards mental health
services – is one way to avoid deadly interactions between officers and
people struggling with mental illness.
- Three times denied his seat in the House of Commons, Riel rises on Parliament
- Terry Fox inspired the nation
and the world through his courageous struggle against cancer and his
determination to raise funds for cancer research. Did you know he’s Métis?
- Check out this Fast Facts from
the RCMP. With schools across the country closed and young people
isolating at home, the Fast Facts aims at supporting parents and educators
with sharing tools and resources to keep young people engaged and
- RT: https://twitter.com/SSC_CA/status/1265274085640200193?s=20
- RT@MNA: Métis seniors lodge
puts heart into ‘our home’ https://twitter.com/AlbertaMetis/status/1265047277372137473?s=20
- RT@MMF: LIVE: a brand-new
episode of Red River Cart Adventures, our educational video series for
Metis Children, is livestreaming NOW on the MMF website! https://twitter.com/MBMetis_MMF/status/1265296639553679362?s=20
- Coronavirus: What’s happening
in Canada on Tuesday https://twitter.com/MNC_tweets/status/1265459569574187009?s=20
- RT: If you are located in
Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario or the Territories, and are eligible for
the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance for small businesses,
apply today! More info on how to apply and eligibility: https://twitter.com/CanadianPM/status/1265274526276956161?s=20
- Social assistance recipients
allowed to double-dip on CERB payments, depending on province they live in
- RT: Ottawa delays release of
national action plan on missing and murdered Indigenous women https://twitter.com/CBCIndigenous/status/1265393584943108097?s=20
- Hometown heroes: Ktunaxa Nurse
Manager Heather Fenner. Fenner is Metis, originally from northern Alberta
and currently residing in Cranbrook. https://twitter.com/MNC_tweets/status/1265461484177555462?s=20
- La Loche and Clearwater River
deliver positive update on COVID-19 outbreak | meadowlakeNOW https://twitter.com/MNC_tweets/status/1265460637318230016?s=20
- Northern Sask. plans for ‘very
active’ fire season | National Observer https://twitter.com/MNC_tweets/status/1265460346841640965?s=20
- RT: Saskatchewan Métis scholar
hired as Gabriel Dumont Research Chair in Métis Studies at USask – News –
Arts & Science – University of Saskatchewan https://twitter.com/willgoodon/status/1265295893172850691?s=20
- RT: U of M midwife program
slated to start next year | CBC News “Darlene Birch, a Métis elder &
registered midwife is helping develop the curriculum for the new prgm,
said midwives can provide essential care for women giving birth in N &
remote communities.” https://twitter.com/willgoodon/status/1265311194581135360?s=20
- RT: https://twitter.com/ShadowOfDumont/status/1265404690834968577?s=20
Winnipeg Sun – Feds
providing $75M to support Indigenous people: The Manitoba Metis
Federation (MMF) President David Chartrand said the federal government
should be applauded for making sure that no one is left out.
- Winnipeg Free Press –
Manitoba’s Ray St. Germain has played with some of country music’s best
over the past 65 years; the entertainer and radio host is celebrating his
80th birthday in July, but COVID-19 has hit pause on a big family
celebration for the time being.
- Winnipeg Free Press –
(Opinion) The real Manitoba Day is July 15: To date, Manitoba 150
has not recalled many of the noteworthy events that led to Manitoba’s
creation: [including] the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Métis
National Committee on Oct. 16, 1869.
- The Globe and Mail –
(Obituary) Once forced to ignore her Métis roots, Helen Power learned to
embrace her past:
Helen came from an illustrious Métis family with strong roots to the Riel
Rebellion in 1869 and the North-West Rebellion of 1885.
- The Globe and Mail –
Deal struck to dismantle blockades at Manitoba Hydro site, Indigenous
The announcement says the deal includes lifting a court injunction issued
last week against Tataskweyak Cree Nation, one of the communities that was
part of the protest.
- Global News – No new
coronavirus cases Sunday in Manitoba, no hospitaliziations: The total number of
lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba remains at
292, with 17 active cases. There are no patients in the hospital or
intensive care with COVID-19.
- Winnipeg Sun – Winnipeg
finds ‘200 issues’ with Gem Equities’ Parker Lands development plan: On Thursday, the
city’s Property, Planning and Development Committee voted to reject the
Gem Equities project. The Fort Garry site, which contains sensitive
forests formerly subject to protest, would potentially contain 1,740
housing units south of the CN Rivers mainline, and west of Pembina
- Winnipeg Free Press –
Boeing in Winnipeg hit with job cuts: The company plans to lay off approximately 400
positions in Winnipeg. Boeing employs around 1,600 people in the city at
its two sites at 99 Murray Park Rd. The Winnipeg operation is Boeing’s
largest in the country.
- Winnipeg Free Press –
Horses set to gallop along silent track: It’s the morning before the horse racing season
begins at Assiniboia Downs. Instead of 10,000 people packing the place on
opening day, today will only have roughly 50 essential staff members on
- CTV News – PM to speak
to latest COVID-19 aid as House to vote on new sitting plan: Trudeau is expected to
talk about the commercial rent relief program which launched Monday
morning, offering commercial property owners forgivable loans to cover 50
per cent of three monthly rent payments if they reduce their tenants’ rent
by 75 per cent.
- The Globe and Mail –
Trudeau reaches out to bank CEOs for advice on economic recovery: The consultations with
the CEOs were high-level check-ins rather than deep policy discussions,
intended to take the pulse of the efforts to deal with the economic
effects of COVID-19, the sources said.
- CBC – National strategy
needed to address grieving process ‘distorted’ by pandemic, coalition says: Canadian Grief
Alliance says specialized supports for front-line health-care workers,
- Radio-Canada –Le défi du rapatriement d’artéfacts des Métis
[Translation: The challenge of repatriating Métis artifacts]: The new facility will be dedicated to preserving and showcasing
the culture of the Métis people, whether with artifacts, contemporary art
or interactive exhibits, according to MMF President David Chartrand.
- Winnipeg Free Press – Letters from readers, May 19: Good news on
Manitoba Day: Congratulations to David
Chartrand and the Manitoba Métis Federation for buying the historic BMO
bank building at Portage and Main for a Métis museum. This is a win-win
situation, as it provides a home for the long-anticipated Métis museum and
finds a use for a beautiful building.
05/13/20 – CityNews – (Video) Manitoba Metis Federation buys historic BMO building: The Bank of Montreal has sold its historic building on the corner of Portage and Main. Stefanie Lasuik reports on the fate of the building and why some are calling it a milestone in reconciliation.
CityNews – (Video) Manitoba Metis Federation buys historic BMO building: The Bank of Montreal has sold its historic building on the corner of Portage and Main. Stefanie Lasuik reports on the fate of the building and why some are calling it a milestone in reconciliation.
Winnipeg Free Press – Pallister criticized for Manitoba 150 statement: Manitoba Metis Federation President David Chartrand accused the premier of deliberately ignoring Riel.
Winnipeg Sun – Metis Federation marks Manitoba 150th with Bank of Montreal building purchase: “The building will be used as a future home for the Metis Heritage Centre. We will also utilize the building as office space for human resources and other needs for our department,” he said on Tuesday.
Brandon Sun – Building a boon for Métis: In the spirit of reconciliation and reclaiming land, David Chartrand announced Tuesday the Manitoba Metis Federation has an agreement to purchase the iconic Bank of Montreal building at Portage and Main in Winnipeg.
CHVN – MMF partnering with BMO, creating heritage centre on Portage and Main: The Portage and Main location is symbolic for Manitoba’s Metis population due to its proximity to Settlement and the Red River Cart trails.
News release from Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada – Statement by Minister Carolyn Bennett, Minister Miller, and Minister Vandal on Manitoba’s 150th Anniversary
CBC – Indigenous organization says it’s taking Ottawa to court over ‘discriminatory’ COVID-19 aid: The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) is filing for a judicial review with the Federal Court on Wednesday over Ottawa’s funding levels to the organization, which it argues were discriminatory under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, according to a statement from the organization.
05/07/2020 – Winnipeg Free Press – COVID-19 data pact excludes some Indigenous groups: “If they’re gathering their data on our people, they’re not telling me who they’re collecting it from,” Manitoba Metis Federation president David Chartrand said Wednesday. “When we don’t know what’s out there, we’re fishing in the dark.”
05/04/20 The Brandon Sun – Province to gather more COVID-19 info: Manitoba Metis Federation president David Chartrand said Friday he has no issue with the province collecting the data. But, he said, the province needs to share that information with the Métis community.
05/04/20 Global News – Métis Nation Saskatchewan considers help from Red Cross as COVID-19 outbreak worsens in north: The Métis Nation–Saskatchewan (MN-S) says it is “gravely concerned” about the spread of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan’s north, and is calling on all levels of government to help its people.
05/01/20 – Brandon Sun – Chartrand critical of premier’s response to virus: In a public address to his people Thursday, Manitoba Metis Federation president David Chartrand called out Premier Brian Pallister for his lack of strategy and failure to communicate adequately about plans to reopen the province.
04/28/20 – Brandon Sun – Funding helps food hamper efforts: https://www.brandonsun.com/local/Funding-helps-food-hamper-efforts-569999451.html
04/27/20 – APTN – ‘They should be ashamed of themselves’: Manitoba called out for pushing legislation during pandemic: https://aptnnews.ca/2020/04/27/they-should-be-ashamed-of-themselves-manitoba-called-out-for-pushing-legislation-during-pandemic/
04/24/20 – APTN – Metis National Council says it has nothing to hide following ‘politically motivated’ audit: https://aptnnews.ca/2020/04/24/metis-national-council-says-it-has-nothing-to-hide-following-politically-motivated-audit/
04/23/20 – Brandon Sun – Friendship centres struggling during pandemic: https://www.brandonsun.com/local/Friendship-centres-struggling-during-pandemic-569879831.html
04/22/20 – Brandon Sun – MMF ramps up communication efforts: https://www.brandonsun.com/local/MMF-ramps-up-communication-efforts-569845601.html
04/18/20 – Global News – Métis Nation-Saskatchewan declares a state of emergency: https://globalnews.ca/news/6837754/coronavirus-metis-nation-saskatchewan-state-of-emergency/
04/17/20 – Brandon Sun -MMF preparing COVID-19 camps https://www.brandonsun.com/local/MMF-preparing-COVID-19-camps-569716991.html
04/16/20 – Brandon Sun -‘I don’t do this alone’: LaPlante https://www.brandonsun.com/westman-this-week/I-dont-do-this-alone-LaPlante-569651131.html
04/16/20 – Brandon Sun -Stefanson defends legislation
04/15/20 – Winnipeg Sun -Metis housing repair funding expected to improve ‘hundreds’ of homes
04/15/20 – Brandon Sun -Indigenous leaders fight for child benefits
04/14/20 – Winnipeg Sun -Clawing back children’s allowance an atrocity, say First Nation leaders
04/14/20 – Winnipeg Free Press -Chiefs condemn province in baby-bonus dispute
04/14/20 – CTV News -‘This is wrong’: Indigenous leaders criticize Manitoba government’s new bill
04/11/20 – Brandon Sun -Métis get funding for home repairs
04/9/20 – CTV News -Manitoba Metis Federation announces home repair program
04/9/20 – APTN -‘Positively Orwellian’: Manitoba accused of retroactively erasing history of taking cash from kids in care
04/08/20 -Winnipeg Free Press -Youth on verge of aging out of care await decision
04/06/20 -CTV News -Metis service authority to continue supporting youth during pandemic
04/05/20 -PortageOnline -Portage Friendship Centre Adapts to COVID-19 https://www.portageonline.com/local/portage-friendship-center-adapts-to-covid-19
04/03/20 -APTN (YouTube) -Manitoba Metis Federation president shares COVID-19 plans https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLFkWMgRUOw&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR3cto2vqtoKiCetI7xqWUVFIrXmmCUvjm1VUe5-kiLo1lc1bxePcbcBwo
04/03/20 -Winnipeg Free Press -Manitoba Indigenous communities get federal funds for COVID-19 fight