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

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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

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Canada – Minister Miller talks about mental wellness during the pandemic

Mental Health Week, and Child and Youth Mental Health Day are about celebrating, protecting and promoting mental health. More than ever, the COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us of the crucial importance of taking care of our mental wellness.

OTTAWA, ONTARIO (May 7, 2021) – The Minister of Indigenous Services, Marc Miller, issued the following statement today:

“Mental Health Week, and Child and Youth Mental Health Day are about celebrating, protecting and promoting mental health. More than ever, the COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us of the crucial importance of taking care of our mental wellness.

We know that people of all ages and backgrounds are experiencing unprecedented stress and feelings of anxiety related to the pandemic. Forty per cent of Canadians say their mental health has deteriorated since the onset of the pandemic. If you feel that way, you are not alone.

The pandemic is having profound impacts on mental wellness in Indigenous communities, magnifying existing mental health issues and inequities, and creating new gaps and needs. According to Statistics Canada, 6 in 10 Indigenous people report that their mental health has worsened since the beginning of the pandemic, noting physical distancing, not being able to spend time with loved ones and not being able to engage in cultural activities as the largest contributor to this feeling.

There are ways we can support mental wellness now. One of those ways is to talk about it. Speak out about how you’re feeling. Name your emotions. Reach out to friends, family, Elders and mental health professionals.

And if you need help, there is support you can turn to:

The Hope for Wellness Help Line is there for anyone – First Nations, Inuit, Métis, child, youth or adult. Call toll-free 1-855-242-3310 or connect to an online chat at hopeforwellness.ca. Services are available in English, French, Cree, Ojibway and Inuktitut.
Kids Help Phone can connect you with an Indigenous volunteer crisis responder by texting FIRST NATIONS, INUIT or METIS to 686868 for young people and 741741 for adults or through Facebook Messenger.

Mental wellness has long been a priority for Indigenous populations—this is a priority shared by the Government of Canada. To address the growing impact of the pandemic on Indigenous mental wellness, the Government of Canada announced $82.5 million in mental health and wellness supports in August 2020 to help Indigenous communities adapt and expand mental wellness services, improve access and address growing demand.

This additional investment builds on the progress being made through on-going annual funding of approximately $450 million. This investment supports Indigenous-led, culturally relevant and community-based mental wellness and substance use services for First Nations and Inuit communities.

Recognizing the importance of being able to access critical mental wellness supports, Budget 2021 committed $597.6 million over three years, beginning in 2021–22, to continue providing access to emotional, cultural and mental health supports for survivors of Residential Schools and their families, and to stabilize other community-based supports.

The Government of Canada also funded $59 million through the 2020 Fall Economic Statement for First Nations to adapt their on-reserve community infrastructure. First Nations were able to use these funds to support the safe restart of schools, daycares and Aboriginal Head Start on Reserve. Resuming these activities safely has been key to supporting mental health in children and youth who have been tremendously impacted by the disruptions to their routines and daily lives.  

Furthermore, Budget 2021 commits $2.5 billion over five years to build on the existing distinctions-based approach to Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care. This investment supports a range of programs and services that build strong social connections and focus on resiliency and emotional regulation in young children. These experiences and skills, in turn, support mental health as children age into adulthood.

Even in times of extreme anxiety and stress, mental health is something we should strive to protect and nurture. We all struggle from time to time, and we all deserve to be well.

Today—and every day—join me to #GetReal about mental wellness.”

Adrienne Vaupshas

Press Secretary

Office of the Honourable Marc Miller

Minister of Indigenous Services

adrienne.vaupshas@canada.ca

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Canada – Minister Miller and PS Damoff will hold a media availability following discussions on economic development in Indigenous communities

The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, and Pam Damoff, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Services, will participate in a media availability following roundtable discussions on economic development.

Ottawa, Ontario — Please be advised that the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, and Pam Damoff, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Services, will participate in a media availability following roundtable discussions on economic development.

Date:  April 30, 2021

Time: 12:30 PM (ET)

Where: Virtual participation only via Zoom.

Meeting ID: 876 9663 5219

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Miller Architects & Builders Breaks Ground on Nasinec Funeral Home and Crematory

Construction has officially started on Nasinec Funeral Home and Crematory in Wells, Minnesota.

The funeral home’s name is after Susan and Nate Nasinec, who have been the owners of Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home since January 1, 2008. Sue stated that, “Over 60 years ago, the Heitner family built the current funeral home and chapel because of ‘faith in the future of Wells.’ With the purpose of ‘serving the community’ in the most efficient and reverent manner. As a continuation of that faith in the community, the Nasinec family follows that same tradition of dedication to service, hoping that this new facility will help them serve families even better.”

The new 14,315 square foot funeral home features a 150-person chapel for visitations that can be equally divided for two visitations at one time. A beautiful, window-filled, 150-person luncheon room can be closed off from the rest of the funeral home and rented for non-funeral home-related events. Other amenities include:

– A spacious, light-filled lobby with an electric fireplace
– An attached boutique with a separate exterior entrance
– An exterior patio with fireplace
– Public restrooms
– A Family restroom
– Arrangement room
– Family lounge
– Merchandise room
– Business office
– Prep room
– Separate dressing room
– A flower delivery room
– Storage
– A four-car garage
– Crematory

The project also includes an attached small two-bedroom apartment for staff.

Miller is providing architectural design and construction services. Nasinec Funeral Home is scheduled for completion in the winter of 2021.

Miller Architects & Builders, LLC, St. Cloud, MN, is a full-service architectural and construction firm providing design/build, architectural design, pre-construction, construction, and construction management services for commercial projects in the upper Midwest. More information about the firm can be found at www.millerab.com.