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50,000 km2 in Seal River Manitoba to become Protected Indigenous land
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50,000 km2 in Seal River Manitoba to become Protected Indigenous land

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Seal River Watershed is the size of Nova Scotia Indigenous Peoples have long been leaders in environmental stewardship and sustainable development. In order for the environment to prosper, the Government of Canada will continue to work with their Indigenous partners from coast to coast to coast to protect more nature – which is vital Read More…

Nunavut receives $18.3M in funding for 45 renewable energy projects
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Nunavut receives $18.3M in funding for 45 renewable energy projects

Reading Time: 2 minutes Nunavut leading the charge on renewable energy The fight against climate change must continue, particularly for Northerners, who are at the frontlines of these changes, with Canada’s North warming at three times the global rate. Today, Daniel Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, announced an investment to support the South Baffin Energy Management Project. The project will Read More…

Manitoba Hydro to Increase Rates 6.5% for First Nations Customers
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Manitoba Hydro to Increase Rates 6.5% for First Nations Customers

Reading Time: 2 minutes MKO Disappointed Manitoba Hydro Plans to Increase Rates for First Nations Customers Today Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) sent a letter to Manitoba Premier Pallister indicating their dismay with Manitoba Hydro’s plans to increase hydro rates by 6.5 per cent for many First Nations customers resident on reserve on September 1, 2020. In 2018, the Public Read More…

MKO demands immediate Re-Opening of Leaf Rapids Health Clinic
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MKO demands immediate Re-Opening of Leaf Rapids Health Clinic

Reading Time: 2 minutes High flooding has kept the Leaf Rapids Health Clinic closed until August 10 Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc. (MKO) is requesting the Province of Manitoba and the Northern Health Region to re-open the only health clinic in the community of Leaf Rapids. The clinic, which serves the approximately 500 people living in the community, is closed Read More…

Yukon Opioid death toll rises to 13, unprecedented historic levels
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Yukon Opioid death toll rises to 13, unprecedented historic levels

Reading Time: 2 minutes Since January 2020, 13 individuals have died as a result of drug overdoses Concern continues to rise around the number of opioid related deaths in Yukon. Since January 2020, 13 individuals have died as a result of drug overdoses, 11 of which can be directly linked to opioids. The numbers were jointly released today by Read More…

Citizens of War Lake First Nation Plan Rail Blockade
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Citizens of War Lake First Nation Plan Rail Blockade

Reading Time: 2 minutes Non Indigenous citizens are allowed to board trains without wearing a mask Citizens from the War Lake First Nation are planning to block the rail line running through their territory due to their lack of ability to purchase tickets on trains as well as mixed messaging about COVID-19 health measures. “War Lake citizens have been Read More…

Canada's national COVID-19 positive rate down to 1%
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Dr. Theresa Tam – Canada’s COVID-19 Pandemic Update

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canada has flattened the curve of the Pandemic while countries struggle to combat its first wave “There have been 111,697 cases of COVID-19 in Canada, including 8,862 deaths. 88% of people have now recovered. Labs across Canada have tested over 3,616,000 people for COVID-19 to date. Over the past week, an average of 42,000 people Read More…

Canada's national COVID-19 positive rate down to 1%
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Canada’s national COVID-19 positive rate down to 1%

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canada acted fast to contain the COVID-19 pandemic “There have been 109,669 cases of COVID-19 in Canada, including 8,839 deaths. 88% of people have now recovered. Labs across Canada have tested over 3,438,000 people for COVID-19 to date. Over the past week, an average of 40,000 people were tested daily, with 1% testing positive. As more Canadians go Read More…

Trudeau gives $19B to Premiers to restart their economies
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Trudeau gives $19B to Premiers to restart their economies

Reading Time: 3 minutes Trudeau government doing everything possible to ensure the provincial economies do not fail Today Prime Ministers Trudeau announced a federal investment of more than $19 billion to help provinces and territories safely restart their economies and make our country more resilient to possible future waves of the virus. “With Canadians doing their part and following Read More…

Federal Gov. Helps low income Canadians access fresh produce
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Federal Gov. Helps low income Canadians access fresh produce

Reading Time: 3 minutes $1.5 million in funding to support Community Food Centres Canada Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including healthy eating, plays an important role in the well-being and quality of life of Canadians and helps prevent chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Unfortunately, there are some Canadians who do not fully enjoy the benefits of continued Read More…

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Canada Celebrates the 21st Anniversary of of Nunavut

Reading Time: 2 minutes Nunavut became Canada’s Third Territory “Today on Nunavut Day, we celebrate the 21st anniversary of the creation of Nunavut. This day acknowledges the establishment of Canada’s newest and largest Territory. It is significant, as Nunavut Day represents an historic milestone in the Inuit journey towards self-determination. As we celebrate today, we must acknowledge the long Read More…

Indigenous man racially profiled at Thompson Walmart
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Indigenous man racially profiled at Thompson Walmart

Reading Time: 2 minutes Stereotypical views that Indigenous men are drunks is unacceptable “MKO has received several complaints about the ongoing mistreatment of First Nations citizens when they are attempting to shop at the Thompson Walmart,” said Grand Chief Garrison Settee. “ In recent days several members from the Indigenous community have made complaints about racial profiling at Thompson Walmart Read More…

Non-medical masks now mandatory at all Yukon airports
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Non-medical masks now mandatory at all Yukon airports

Reading Time: < 1 minute Non-medical masks now mandatory at all Yukon airports. 11 Cases of COVID-19 Reported in the Yukon The Government of Yukon has announced new health measures across all Yukon airports effective July 1, 2020. Individuals entering the building or the airport terminal will be required to wear a non-medical mask or face covering. This is in Read More…

MKO Celebrates Pride with a Special Event in Thompson
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MKO Brings Pride Festival Celebrations to Thompson Manitoba

Reading Time: 2 minutes MKO Brings Pride Festival Celebrations to Thompson Manitoba. Honour & Protect LGBTQ and Two spirited friends Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) to host “In Our Circle Diversity is Our Strength” today from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm at 55 Selkirk Avenue in Thompson. The event is to celebrate of the pride festivities due to the coronavirus. Pride Read More…

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No In, No Out; Canada/US Border Shut Down

Reading Time: < 1 minute The U.S.-Canada land border serves as an economic engine that supports over $2.4 billion dollars in daily trade. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States and Canada are temporarily restricting all non-essential travel across its borders. In each of our countries, we are encouraging people to exercise caution by avoiding unnecessary contact with Read More…

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Provincial Parks Closed, Camping Season In Jeopardy

Reading Time: 2 minutes Parks Canada announced under the advice of public health experts, they are taking all steps necessary to support the Government of Canada’s efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce risks to visitors, employees, and other users of Parks Canada spaces. Effective at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020, Parks Canada is temporarily Read More…

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Emergency Covid-19 Loans For Canadians Abroad

Reading Time: < 1 minute François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, highlighted the COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program for Canadians Abroad, as announced by the Prime Minister today. In light of the multiple measures implemented by governments throughout the world to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Canadian Government is advising all Canadians to avoid non-essential travel outside Canada until Read More…

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Trudeau Government Steadfast Handling Covid-19 Pandemic

Reading Time: 4 minutes On March 13th, 2020 the Public Health Agency of Canada advised Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel outside Canada in view of the worldwide pandemic and the rapidly evolving situation globally, and to self- isolate for 14 days upon returning to Canada. Today the Federal Government has imposed stricter guidelines for travelling in and out Read More…

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Prime Minister Trudeau Celebrates International Woman’s Day

Reading Time: 2 minutes On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the accomplishments and leadership of women in Canada and around the world, and recommit ourselves to moving forward to a future in which everyone has an equal chance to succeed. We all have women in our lives who inspire us every day. This year’s theme, Because Of You, honours those who Read More…

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Inuit-Crown Partnership Continues To Thrive Under Trudeau Government

Reading Time: 2 minutes Prime Minister Trudeau, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami Natan Obed, Cabinet ministers, and the elected Inuit leadership of Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, Makivik Corporation, and Nunatsiavut Government gathered Friday for a meeting of the Inuit-Crown Partnership Committee. The Committee met to review progress and to advance work on shared priorities for its fourth Read More…

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Trudeau Government To Reduce Wireless Cost By 25%

Reading Time: < 1 minute More than ever, Canadians are relying on wireless services for their everyday needs, making access to high quality and affordable wireless services absolutely essential. The Trudeau government is offering Canadian consumers more affordable options by helping to reduce the cost of mid-range wireless services by 25 percent and further increasing competition. To help Canadians get Read More…

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Trudeau Government Announces Big Investment To Support Survivors Of Gender-Based Violence In The Northwest Territories

Reading Time: 2 minutes Everyone deserves to be safe and to live a life free of violence. When violence does occur, it is crucial that survivors have access to timely supports and services that meet their needs. Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality Read More…

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Trudeau Sets Date To Meet With National Indigenous Leaders And First Ministers

Reading Time: < 1 minute Prime Minister Trudeau will meet with leaders of the Assembly of First Nations, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and the Métis National Council on March 12, 2020. They will discuss how the Federal Government can work together to advance the priorities of First Nations, Inuit, and the Métis Nation. “Canadians have been clear about the importance Read More…

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Team Canada INVICTUS Games 2020 To Take Part In U.S. Marine Corps Trials

Reading Time: < 1 minute Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces Members of Team Canada INVICTUS Games 2020 are set to take part in the 10th annual U.S. Marine Corps Trials being held February 28 to March 12, 2020 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton near San Diego, California. The Marine Corps Trials is an adaptive sports competition for Read More…

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Over 1 million Canadians Have Been Lifted Out Of Poverty Under Trudeau Government

Reading Time: 2 minutes Leading up to the 2015 federal election, the leader of the Liberal Party Justin Trudeau made a campaign promise to grow the middle class and improve the standard of living for many Canadians living in poverty. Once elected, Prime Minister Trudeau implemented a Poverty Reduction Strategy and set measurable targets that are aligned with the Read More…

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Trudeau Government Supports Yukon Assembly Of First Nations Climate Action

Reading Time: < 1 minute Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Jonathan Wilkinson, announced $250,000 in funding for the Assembly of First Nations Yukon Region through the Climate Action Fund. Through this funding, the organization will convene a gathering to bring together and empower First Nations to play a leading role in climate action in the Yukon. The Read More…

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Oath Of Canadian Citizenship Will Recognize Rights Of First Nations, Inuit And Métis Peoples

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ottawa – The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today introduced a Bill to amend the Citizenship Act to change Canada’s Oath of Citizenship. The bill responds to the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission by inserting text that refers to the rights of Indigenous Peoples. The proposed amendment to the Read More…

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Canadian Flag Celebrated Its 55th Birthday

Reading Time: < 1 minute In 1964, Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson formed a committee to resolve the ongoing issue of the lack of an official Canadian flag, sparking a serious debate about a flag change to replace the Union Flag. Out of three choices, the maple leaf design by George Stanley, based on the flag of the Royal Military College of Canada, was selected. Wikipedia February 15, Read More…

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Trudeau Announces Bi-Partisan National Security And Intelligence Committee

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canadians count on our security and intelligence community to respond to evolving threats in a way that protects their safety and security and upholds their rights and freedoms. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced new members of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians – a multi-party committee first established in 2017 that Read More…

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House Of Commons Finance Committee No Women Members For NDP, Bloc And Conservatives

Reading Time: < 1 minute Ottawa- The House of Commons is getting down to work with the establishment of various standing committees. The first to be called back to work is the important Finance Committee which met on Wednesday. This committee is mandated to conduct a wide-ranging consultation on the priorities of Canadians for the yearly Canadian government’s budget due Read More…

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MP Pat Finnigan Takes Leadership Role To Address Meth Crisis.

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Liberal Member of Parliament Pat Finnigan is raising eyebrows in Ottawa by increasing awareness about the terrible toll meth use is having in Miramichi. Recently a Community Advisory Committee has been formed and held their second meeting looking at how to address this growing problem. This is one of the most serious issues facing Read More…

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Canada Summer Jobs 2020: Employer Application Season Kicks Off

Reading Time: < 1 minute Investing in young people is key to ensuring Canada’s prosperity. Getting a good quality summer job is a great way to help young Canadians gain valuable skills and workplace experience toward starting a meaningful career – all while helping build our workforce. Today, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Read More…

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Indigenous Innovators Building The Foundation For Affordable Homes

Reading Time: 2 minutes Parksville, Traditional Snuneymuxw First Nation Territory, British  The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, congratulated 24 Indigenous innovators on moving forward in developing their ideas under the Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative. The 24 innovators come from all regions of Canada and their ideas cover a range of new ways to respond to Indigenous social Read More…

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Canadian Government Increases Research Funds For Indigenous Peoples

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ottawa —The federal Liberal government has just announced additional funding to help strengthen Indigenous research and training. It has long been known by Researchers that too many researchers build careers without providing benefits to the people used in their studies. This new fund will allow Indigenous peoples to set their own research priorities, guiding how Read More…

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New Federal Safety Requirements In Place Or Fresh Fruits Or Vegetables

Reading Time: < 1 minute Beginning today, new necessities of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) come into power for most organizations in the fresh fruits, natural products or vegetables (FFV) that import, export take part in the interprovincial exchange. The SFCR makes Canada’s nourishment framework considerably more secure by focussing on anticipation and taking into consideration quicker expulsion Read More…

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Canadian Government Establishes International Coordination And Response Group For families Of Victims Of Flight 752

Reading Time: < 1 minute After meeting with the families of Fight 752 to give his condolences and additional support to the grieving families, Prime Minister Trudeau’s government established the International Coordination and Response Group for families of victims of Flight 752, led by Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs. The participants are all countries whose citizens who were Read More…

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Canada Set To Blast Off Two New Astronauts Into Outer Space

Reading Time: < 1 minute Longueuil, Quebec, – Today, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) welcomes two new astronauts into an elite group of Canadians. Joshua Kutryk and Jenni Sidey-Gibbons accepted their certification at a packed ceremony at the Johnson Space Center in Houston Texas. This was the first time a Canadian Jeremy Hansen, supervised the NASA graduating class of 2020. Canada has been Read More…

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63 Canadians Killed In Ukrainian Plane Crash In Iran

Reading Time: < 1 minute A Ukrainian official just stated that 63 Canadians are among those killed in a plane crash near the Iranian capital of Tehran. Foreign Affairs Minister Vadym Prystaiko says Iranian, Ukrainian, Swedish, Afghan, British and German nationals were also aboard the plane. The passenger jet carrying 176 people crashed on Wednesday, just minutes after taking off Read More…

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The Top Reasons Why American Weed Is Better Than Canadian Weed

Reading Time: 4 minutes Markian Hawryluk: MarkianH@kff.org, @MarkianHawryluk DENVER — In a large warehouse, LivWell Enlightened Health feeds its cloned cannabis plants a custom blend of nutrients, sprays them with filtered water and pumps extra carbon dioxide into the air. LivWell releases three types of insects to clear the plants of unwanted pests without the use of toxic pesticides. Every part of the Read More…

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Minister MacAulay Honours Veterans; Commissions National Monument For Canadians Who Served In Afghanistan

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of having a special place to honour the more than 40,000 Canadians in uniform—as well as the hundreds of civilians and government officials—who served in Afghanistan between 2001 and 2014. Canada owes deep gratitude for the sacrifices made by Canadians who lost their lives or were injured—physically and psychologically—in Canada’s mission in Read More…

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Trudeau Government Commits $3Billion To Help Canadian Chicken Farmers

Reading Time: 2 minutes The governments of Canada and Ontario are helping farmers and other businesses in the province’s broiler chicken egg and hatcheries sector enhance traceability of its products. With cost-share funding of up to $141,450 through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership), the Ontario Broiler Hatching Egg and Chick Commission (OBHECC) will upgrade its systems that track Read More…

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Quebec Government Declined Chief Bellegarde Request To Reconsider Proposed Legal Action on Indigenous Child Welfare Act

Reading Time: 2 minutes Almost two weeks ago, National Grand Chief Bellegarde demanded the Quebec Government not take action against the Indigenous Child Welfare Act, they declined. The Government of Quebec does not see the merit of having Indigenous people in charge of Indigenous children. Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde says the Government of Quebec’s Read More…

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Yukon First Nations To Take Control Of Mineral Production

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Government of Yukon and Yukon First Nations with Final Agreements have approved a recommendation from the Mining Memorandum of Understanding table to require notification of Class 1 mineral exploration activities across Yukon as of April 1, 2020. The proposed notification regime would ensure the Government of Yukon and Yukon First Nations are aware of Read More…

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Trudeau Liberals On Target To Meet Climate Change Goals

Reading Time: 2 minutes From forest fires and floods to heat waves and coastal erosion, Canadians are living the impacts of a warming climate every day. Fighting climate change presents an enormous opportunity – to protect the health and safety of Canadians, and also to position Canada for economic success as demand for clean technology accelerates around the world. Read More…

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First Nations Control Of First Nations Education Becoming A Reality By The Federal Government:

Reading Time: 2 minutes Fighting The Aboriginal Industry Winnipeg- Full authority & control for First Nations education is being transferred to the Stoney Nakoda First Nation in Alberta in line with UNDRIP protocols by the federal government. A non-Indigenous school though is unhappy with new funding arrangements & is pushing back against the loss of power & funding due Read More…

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Government Announces Climate Action Incentive Payment Amounts For 2020

Reading Time: 2 minutes December 16, 2019 – Minister of Finance Bill Morneau announced the 2020 Climate Action Incentive payment amounts for residents of provinces that have not adopted the federal system or otherwise met the federal stringency requirements for pricing carbon pollution: Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Individuals will be able to claim these amounts through their 2019 Read More…

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Marc Miller, Minister Of Indigenous Services, Make Lifting Boiled Water Advisory On Reserves Top Priority

Reading Time: 2 minutes Yesterday, Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services doubled down on his commitment to ensuring all boiled water advisories are lifted on all first nations reserves by March 2021. This type of commitment and leadership was lacking in the previous conservative governments who did not have the desire to want to help our first nations Read More…

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Trudeau Re-Affirms Commitment To The North

Reading Time: < 1 minute Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Chrystia Freeland, and Minister of Northern Affairs Dan Vandal met with Northwest Territories Premier Caroline Cochrane to discuss shared priorities. The Prime Minister reaffirmed his commitment to work collaboratively with Premier Cochrane and the Government of the Northwest Territories. The Prime Minister Read More…

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GN Network Impacted By Ransomware

Reading Time: 2 minutes Iqaluit, Nunavut (November 3, 2019) – On Saturday, November 2, 2019, a new and sophisticated type of ransomware affected the GN, across the territory. The ransomware encrypted individual files on various servers and workstations. As a result, all government services requiring access to electronic information stored on the GN network are impacted, except Qulliq Energy Corporation. “I want to assure Read More…

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Government Launches New Driver Licensing And Registration System

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Government of Yukon is launching a new integrated system that will streamline vehicle and license-related transactions and better protect Yukoners’ personal information. YuDriv is a client-centered platform that includes a new driver licensing and registration system. Once fully implemented, this system will improve service delivery and lay the groundwork for additional online services for Read More…

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Mayo Airport Receives Transport Canada Certification

Reading Time: < 1 minute Following extensive upgrades, the Mayo aerodrome was certified as an airport by Transport Canada on November 1, 2019. The certification will allow the Mayo airport to support scheduled service on a long-term basis in anticipation of continued resource development in the region, increasing travel options for travellers, industry and Mayo citizens. Several upgrades were completed Read More…

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Premier Cochrane Shuffles Cabinet

Reading Time: < 1 minute YELLOWKNIFE (November 7, 2019) – Premier Caroline Cochrane today announced the following changes to the senior management of the Northwest Territories public service: Martin Goldney is appointed as Secretary to Cabinet and Deputy Minister of Executive and Indigenous Affairs Sandy Kalgutkar is appointed as Secretary to the Financial Management Board and Deputy Minister of Finance Read More…

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Caroline Cochran, New Premier of the Northwest Territories

Reading Time: < 1 minute Statement by the Prime Minister on the selection of the Premier of the Northwest Territories The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the selection of Caroline Cochrane as Premier of the Northwest Territories: “On behalf of the Government of Canada, I congratulate Caroline Cochrane on being chosen by her peers to Read More…