Canada – Minister Miller and Minister Hajdu attend the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Minister Miller and Minister Hajdu attend the 21st session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues on Indigenous Peoples, business, autonomy and the principles of due diligence.

April 26, 2022 — New York, Traditional Lenape Territory, United States of America — Crown−Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Today, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Crown−Indigenous Relations, and the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services, continued their participation at the 21st session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII). The theme of this session is “Indigenous Peoples, business, autonomy and the human rights principles of due diligence including free, prior and informed consent.”

Before the Forum began on Monday morning, Minister Miller, Minister Hajdu and Ambassador Rae all participated in a morning ceremony with the Indigenous Elders who shared their thoughts and guidance with the Canadian delegation throughout the UNPFII session.

To start the important work of the delegation off, Minister Miller delivered remarks for the opening ceremony where he addressed Canada’s first appearance at the Permanent Forum since the confirmation of unmarked burial sites at former residential schools last summer, and emphasized the Government of Canada’s commitment to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers also addressed the group with their hopes for the work ahead.

As the head of the Canadian delegation, Minister Miller attended the opening session of the Forum, along with Indigenous representatives, Member States, human rights and other expert bodies, academics and non-governmental organizations.

Canada also hosted a welcome reception for Canadian delegates, as well as Indigenous and Civil Society representatives from Canada, where Ambassador Rae addressed the group, followed by Minister Miller, words from Elders and a drumming song from a Tsilhqot’in cultural ambassador. Aluki Kotierk provided the keynote and Minister Hajdu gave closing remarks.

On Monday afternoon, Minister Miller addressed the United Nations plenary on the International Decade of Indigenous Languages and delivered a statement entirely in Kanien’kéha (Mohawk). He spoke about the efforts being made in Canada to revitalize and promote Indigenous languages, including the Indigenous Languages Act. Canada is working closely with Indigenous partners to develop a plan that reflects their vision, as languages are fundamental to identity, culture, spirituality, and self-determination. Indigenous Peoples are best placed to take the leading role in strengthening their languages. With their guidance and leadership, these efforts will support the revitalization of the more than 70 Indigenous languages spoken across Canada.

In the evening, Minister Hajdu attended a side event, led by the National Association of Friendship Centres and Hawaii Investment Ready, where participants discussed how Indigenous-led organizations are building social economies through Indigenous community-driven entities and generating community wealth, particularly within urban environments.

Minister Miller also hosted a side event, in partnership with the National Indigenous Economic Development Board, on economic reconciliation and the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The event explored the ways in which the Declaration can be leveraged as a tool for the full realization of the economic potential of Indigenous Peoples.

This morning, Minister Hajdu attended the United Nations plenary session on Indigenous business, autonomy, and free, prior and informed consent. In the spirit of enhancing the participation of Indigenous Peoples at the United Nations, she ceded her time to RoseAnne Archibald, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, who spoke about the importance of working collaboratively with the Government of Canada on supporting Indigenous self-determination.

Minister Hajdu also hosted a panel discussion this afternoon on resource extraction and climate transition, where she spoke about the critical importance of Indigenous leadership and knowledge in achieving the foundational changes required to address climate change. As new, green technologies are developed and the demand for critical minerals grows, it will be increasingly important for Indigenous Peoples to be partners in decision making processes in order to ensure industry projects are well designed, implemented, monitored and evaluated.

Throughout the Forum, the Ministers met with Indigenous representatives and international partners from Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Burundi to discuss a variety of issues, such as the participation of Indigenous Peoples in the United Nations, economic development, missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and COVID-19 impacts and recovery.

Canada’s participation in international forums is an opportunity to further the work with Indigenous partners and the international community to address colonial legacies and advance reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. Our relationships with Indigenous Peoples are strengthened when we collectively pursue the truth, as painful as it is. The Government of Canada is committed to listening to Indigenous Peoples about their priorities for action and the need for change, and will move forward with them in the best way they see fit and at their own pace – in the spirit of self-determination.

“It was a true privilege to have the opportunity to exchange with and hear from Indigenous and international partners this week. While we have made important progress on reconciliation, there is more work to be done, and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act is a tool that will help us along the way. We will continue working with Indigenous leaders and advocates to move forward on its implementation, and to give Indigenous Peoples our unwavering support for their enhanced participation in United Nations institutions.”

The Honourable Marc Miller

Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

“It is important for Canada to work internationally with global partners to reconcile with Indigenous Peoples. We are committed to furthering Indigenous rights to self-determination and self-government, equality, and non-discrimination, which includes full implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act. We are advancing economic reconciliation by making business supports more accessible to Indigenous Peoples and communities in Canada. We will continue to work towards those goals in partnership with First Nations, Inuit and Métis.”

The Honourable Patty Hajdu

Minister of Indigenous Services

Justine Leblanc

Press Secretary

Office of the Honourable Marc Miller

Minister of Crown−Indigenous Relations

justine.leblanc@rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca

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Alexey Miller discusses state and prospects of Russian-Belarusian cooperation in gas sector with Vladimir Semashko and Viktor Karankevich

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A working meeting of Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, with Vladimir Semashko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Russian Federation, and Viktor Karankevich, Minister of Energy of the Republic of Belarus, took place today in St. Petersburg.


The parties discussed the state and prospects of their cooperation in the gas sector. In particular, attention was paid to Russian gas supplies for Belarusian consumers in the current year and in the next year.

Background

The contracts between Gazprom and Gazprom Transgaz Belarus for gas supplies to and gas transportation across Belarus are valid until the end of 2022.

Canada – The Honourable Marc Miller and Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey highlight funding to support the reclamation, revitalization, maintenance and strengthening of Indigenous languages in Nova Scotia

The Government of Canada supports Indigenous languages in Nova Scotia through the Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey

Membertou First Nation, unceded traditional Mi’kmaq territory – July 13, 2021

Language is at the heart of cultural identity; it shapes who we are and our perspectives. Languages are integral to Indigenous cultures, self-identity and well-being. They carry stories, the memory of those who came before us, and the promise that we hold for those who come after us. They convey wisdom and traditions from elders to youth, from one generation to the next. The Government of Canada understands that we have a key role in protecting and supporting the revitalization of Indigenous languages.

Yesterday, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, on behalf of the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, along with members from the Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey Board of Directors, announced $513,492 in federal funding for the reclamation, revitalization, maintenance and strengthening of Indigenous languages and cultures by increasing access to language instruction and language resources suited to the needs and realities of Mi’kmaw First Nations.

Starting in 2021–22, Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey will now act as the third-party delivery administrator of the Indigenous Languages and Cultures Program for the province of Nova Scotia. Transferring control back to Indigenous partners is the best way to improve the realities of Indigenous educators, families and youth. Today’s announcement is in line with the Government of Canada’s commitment to transfer control of service delivery back to Indigenous peoples and will empower and inspire others to explore similar opportunities.

As part of this new role, the organization will undertake the call for proposals process in a fair, open and transparent manner, assess applications, make funding recommendations, and flow funding to successful applicants. Individual funding amounts are being determined, but work through Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey is underway. Additional details will be forthcoming.

Budget 2021 provides $275 million over five years and $2 million per year ongoing for Canadian Heritage to support Indigenous languages. This funding is in addition to funding announced in Budget 2019, which allocated $333.7 million over five years and $115.7 million ongoing, doubling the total funding amount over the next three years for various initiatives such as languages and culture camps, mentor-apprentice programs, and the development of Indigenous languages resources and documentation.

“Language not only reflects our identity as individuals and communities, but also holds our shared history and cultural heritage, and reveals our dreams for the future. For these reasons, the revitalization of Indigenous languages in Nova Scotia, and throughout Canada, is and will remain a priority for me, for our government and for all Canadians.”

—The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage

“It is difficult to imagine a right more basic than the right to be immersed and surrounded by one’s own language. Language is at the heart of cultural identity, shaping who we are by connecting us to our families, communities and history. This announcement with Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey ensures Indigenous partners have control over and support for the programming for their communities to preserve, strengthen and revitalize the Mi’kmaw language in the way they envision it.”

—The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services

“Indigenous languages are fundamental to Indigenous identities, cultures, spirituality and self-determination. It is critically important that we work together to support Indigenous peoples in reclaiming, revitalizing, strengthening and maintaining Indigenous languages in Canada. The Government of Canada is committed to renewing the relationship with Indigenous peoples based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership. I look forward to a future where First Nations, Inuit and Métis children will grow up speaking their languages, and where this valued linguistic heritage is cherished and protected for future generations.”

—The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P., Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

“Support for Indigenous languages is a crucial part of reconciliation. Speaking one’s Indigenous language allows today’s Indigenous youth to view the world through the lens of their ancestors. Today’s announcement is a step towards revitalization of the Mi’kmaw language and preserving the Mi’kmaw culture moving forward.”

—Jaime Battiste, Member of Parliament for Sydney-Victoria

“Our positive working relationship with Canada and its departments align with the agreement of 1997 respecting Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey’s sovereignty as a collective representing the education and language rights of the Mi’kmaw here in Nova Scotia. Control and delivery of the Indigenous Languages Component fund allows Mi’kmaw to identify priorities and projects to help revitalize, reclaim, and restore our beautiful L’nu language.”

—Blaire Gould, Executive Director, Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey

Camille Gagné-Raynauld

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage

camille.gagne@canada.ca

Adrienne Vaupshas

Press Secretary

Office of the Honourable Marc Miller

Minister of Indigenous Services

adrienne.vaupshas@canada.ca

Canada – Minister Miller and Indigenous Services Canada officials to hold a news conference on coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Please be advised that the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, Valerie Gideon, Associate Deputy Minister of Indigenous Services Canada, and Dr. Tom Wong, Chief Medical Officer of Public Health, will hold a news conference to provide an update on coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Ottawa, Ontario — Please be advised that the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, Valerie Gideon, Associate Deputy Minister of Indigenous Services Canada, and Dr. Tom Wong, Chief Medical Officer of Public Health, will hold a news conference to provide an update on coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Date:  June 16, 2021

Time: 12:00 PM (ET)

Location: Sir John A. Macdonald Building – Room 200

144 Wellington Street

Ottawa, Ontario

The media availability will also be held by teleconference.

Toll-free (Canada/US) dial-in number: 1-888-265-0903

Local dial-in number: 613-960-7527

Passcode: 1096603#

Adrienne Vaupshas

Press Secretary

Office of the Honourable Marc Miller

Minister of Indigenous Services

adrienne.vaupshas@canada.ca  

Canada – Minister Miller announces appointment of new Chair of the National Indigenous Economic Development Board

The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, is pleased to announce the Ministerial Appointment of Ms. Dawn Madahbee Leach as the new Chair of the National Indigenous Economic Development Board (NIEDB) for a five-year term, effective April 30.

May 20, 2021 — Ottawa, Traditional unceded Algonquin Territory, Ontario — Indigenous Services Canada

Increasing Indigenous participation in the economy helps improve the well-being and quality of life of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, but also that all Canadians are enriched by Indigenous economic inclusion.

Today, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, is pleased to announce the Ministerial Appointment of Ms. Dawn Madahbee Leach as the new Chair of the National Indigenous Economic Development Board (NIEDB) for a five-year term, effective April 30.

Ms. Madahbee Leach, an Anishinabe-kwe and member of the Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation, is an Indigenous leader in the field of business and economic development with strong expertise developed at the regional, national and international levels. Ms. Madahbee Leach has served on numerous governmental advisory committees, including serving as Vice-Chair of the NIEDB, and is also a director with Peace Hills Trust and Niobay Metals Inc. Ms. Madahbee Leach is also the first Indigenous woman in Canada to lead a regional financial lending institution, serving as the General Manager of the Waubetek Business Development Corporation since 1988.

Ms. Madahbee Leach is replacing Chief Clarence Louie, who has stepped down as Chair of the NIEDB.

“I am happy to announce the appointment of Ms. Dawn Madahbee Leach as Chair of the National Indigenous Economic Development Board (NIEDB). Ms. Madahbee Leach is a highly qualified leader, and her extensive experience in giving voice to Indigenous economic needs nationally will serve the NIEDB and Canada well in the future. I also wish to offer my sincere thanks to Chief Clarence Louie, who has led the NIEDB as Chair for the last fourteen years, for his time and dedication in providing advice and guidance to the federal government on issues of Indigenous economic development.”

The Honourable Marc Miller


Minister of Indigenous Services

Vanessa Adams

Senior Communications Advisor and Press Secretary

Office of the Honourable Marc Miller

Minister of Indigenous Services

343-543-7645

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