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Nov 19, 2018

Agreement will further showcase Indigenous achievement to CBC’s national audiences

Ottawa, Ontario – Indigenous Sport & Wellness Ontario (ISWO - formerly known as Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario) and CBC have reached an exclusive five-year agreement making the national public broadcaster the premier media partner for the recognized Ontario sport governing body.

Last year’s successful partnership between CBC/Radio-Canada and the Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games (hosted by ISWO) resulted in more than 100 hours of live and on-demand coverage of the international sport and cultural event having been made available to Canadians. This newly announced agreement between ISWO and CBC builds on this past partnership to further improve awareness of and increase access to major sport and cultural events for Indigenous youth and adults in Ontario over the next five years.

“There are incredible stories of our People in the sports arena that need a voice,” said Marc Laliberte, President of Indigenous Sport & Wellness Ontario. “Partnering with CBC will provide Indigenous athletes, coaches, managers, volunteers, and teams the opportunity to share the important role of sport and wellness in our culture, while celebrating achievement and creating positive role models. Utilizing the unique reach of CBC throughout Ontario and across Canada will mean that more people than ever will not only learn about the mission of ISWO, but also be provided greater opportunity for participation.”

In addition to coverage of major events such as the Masters Indigenous Games, Ontario Indigenous Summer Games and Team Ontario’s participation in the 2020 North American Indigenous Games, CBC will provide coverage of ISWO’s flagship sport and wellness programs including Standing Bear Youth Leadership, the Urban Indigenous Sport Strategy, and the Far North Sport Strategy.

“Sharing the Indigenous sport experience with all Canadians underscores our commitment to ensuring Indigenous culture is on our platforms,” said Catherine Tait, CBC/Radio-Canada’s President & CEO. “All Canadians have stories to tell. Stories we need to hear. This agreement is an opportunity to spotlight the inspirational journeys of Indigenous talent who contribute to the development of sport in Canada, whether as athletes, coaches or organizers.”

“CBC Sports is dedicated to sharing athletes’ stories and their ongoing development with Canadian audiences, and this new collaboration with Indigenous Sport & Wellness Ontario allows us to collectively generate more awareness of the impact and importance of Indigenous sport and its participants,” said Greg Stremlaw, Head of CBC Sports & General Manager, Olympics.

Highlights of the agreement include:

  • CBC Sports will provide a minimum of 100 hours of live and on-demand coverage throughout the series of ISWO events, including, but not limited to the Masters Indigenous Games (2021, 2023), and the Ontario Indigenous Summer Games (2019, 2021, 2023).
  • CBC Radio will produce multiple documentaries telling the stories of the participants in ISWO programming who have used sport as pathway to wellness.
  • CBC Arts will produce digital and radio content reflecting the rich diversity of cultural expression during ISWO events.
  • CBC News’ award-winning Indigenous Unit will cover ISWO through original journalism, story-telling and news coverage. This coverage will be distributed across all CBC/ platforms, including those specifically developed to reach Indigenous people.
  • CBC Sports will produce signature ISWO sport features for several platforms including ca, Twitter and Facebook.
  • Where possible, CBC regional offices will collaborate with ISWO for the purpose of increased storytelling of Indigenous sport and wellness opportunities led by ISWO.
  • Both CBC and ISWO will make best efforts to provide increased opportunities to promote Indigenous participation in sports media careers.

The announcement was made Monday in tandem with a multi-year Games partnership between ISWO and the City of Ottawa, together with Ottawa Tourism and the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation.

Indigenous Sport & Wellness Ontario (ISWO) Quick Facts

  • ISWO was formerly known as Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario.
  • ISWO is primarily funded through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
  • ISWO serves all Indigenous Peoples and communities across the province of Ontario, including First Nations, Inuit and Metis, living on and off-reserve, in rural and urban settings, and 29 Friendship centres, encompassing approximately 300,000 Indigenous Peoples across Ontario.
  • ISWO promotes and creates opportunities for participation in sport and cultural activities that promote wellness and positive lifestyles for Indigenous peoples across Ontario.
  • ISWO runs dozens of camps, regional tournaments, sport clinics, leadership workshops and local sport opportunities on annual basis.
  • ISWO provides opportunities for physical literacy and competitive sport skill development and training by creating sport development pathways, designed specifically for Indigenous youth.
  • ISWO’s Sport Development Pathway aims to reach Indigenous people at each stage of their life and provide continuing opportunities in the areas of sport and recreation.
  • ISWO is recognized by the Aboriginal Sport Circle and the North American Indigenous Games Council, and is the designated sport body for the development, selection and management of Team Ontario, which participates in the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC) and North American Indigenous Games (NAIG).





ISWO honours the traditional lands and homelands of all Indigenous Peoples and communities across the province of Ontario, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis living both on and off reserve, in rural and urban communities.

About CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.

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Alberta takes historic step to abolish red tape in health care for First Nations children

Jordan's Principle is named after Jordan River Anderson, a five-year-old boy from Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba who died in a Winnipeg hospital in 2005 after a dispute between provincial and federal governments over who would pay for his home care.

In signing trilateral agreement, Alberta becomes first province to fully implement Jordan's Principle

CBC News · Posted: Nov 15, 2018 5:03 PM MT | Last Updated: November 15
Representatives of First Nations from Treaties 6, 7 and 8 participated in a signing ceremony of an agreement to fully implement Jordan's Principle in Alberta. (CBC)

Alberta became the first province Thursday to commit to fully implementing Jordan's Principle, an agreement intended to end funding squabbles over who pays the health care bills for First Nations' children.

In what is being hailed as a first, the federal and Alberta governments and the chiefs of 11 First Nations from Treaties 6, 7 and 8 signed a memorandum of understanding on Thursday at a ceremony in Edmonton.

Under the agreement, First Nations children will receive culturally appropriate health care without any delays in deciding which level of government will pay, said Jane Philpott, federal minister of indigenous services.

"Let's give a big shout-out to Alberta for stepping up to the plate," Philpott said. "I hope it will be a model for other parts of Canada."


New schools coming to 4 northern Manitoba First Nations

After fighting for better educational facilities for more than a decade, Bunibonibee Cree Nation, God's Lake First Nation, Manto Sipi Cree Nation and Wasagamack First Nation have signed a contract to build four new schools in their communities.
Jamie-Lee McKenzie · CBC News · Posted: Nov 16, 2018 12:33 PM CT | Last Updated: November 16
Four new schools will be built in Bunibonibee Cree Nation, God's Lake First Nation, Manto Sipi Cree Nation, and Wasagamack First Nation (Fernand Detillieux/CBC)

Four First Nations communities in northern Manitoba will be getting new schools.

After fighting for better educational facilities for more than a decade, Bunibonibee Cree Nation, God's Lake First Nation, Manto Sipi Cree Nation, and Wasagamack First Nation have signed a contract to build four new schools in their communities.

"This is a historic moment for these four communities, indeed for Canada, in that this is one of the largest infrastructure contracts that the government of Canada has ever signed with First Nations," Minister of Indigenous Services Jane Philpott announced in Winnipeg Friday morning. 

The schools are also being built with First Nations culture in mind.

"Each school has been specifically designed with the participation of community members who know exactly what they need and what the reality should look like," Philpott said. "The schools have been designed with the needs, the traditions, the perspectives of First Nations peoples in mind." 

Bunibonibee Cree Nation, God's Lake First Nation, Manto Sipi Cree Nation, and Wasagamack First Nation have signed a contract to build four new schools in their communities. (CBC News Graphics)

All education in the communities will be grounded in traditional First Nations knowledge with Elders being part of the education.

This is a huge step for education in remote First Nations communities. 


Setbacks hit water treatment projects for Ontario First Nations

The situations in Neskantaga and Slate Falls are examples of the challenges Ottawa faces meeting its target to clear all long-term boil-water advisories in First Nations by March 2021.

Neskantaga and Slate Falls thought they'd be rid of years-long water advisories by now

Jorge Barrera · CBC News · Posted: Nov 17, 2018 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: November 17
Roy Moonias says Neskantaga First Nation is tired of making do with its small, outhouse-like water station, after a new water treatment plant failed to arrive in May. (CBC News)

The filtered water station by the motel overlooking Attawapiskat Lake is the only place Neskantaga First Nation residents can get clean water for free. And project co-ordinator Roy Moonias is worried about elderly people slipping on ice formed from spills when temperatures drop below freezing.

The small, outhouse-like structure — which serves the community of some 300 people — "shouldn't be here," said Moonias. Neskantaga was supposed to have a new water treatment plant back in May. 

"Now we have to suffer more, using this system."

The fly-in Ojibway community, about 433 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, Ont.,, is under the country's longest unbroken boil-water advisory, first imposed in 1995.

It was supposed to be lifted this past spring, but things didn't go according to plan.

It's an example of the challenges Ottawa faces meeting its target to clear all long-term First Nations water advisories by March 2021. Even when projects are announced and money flows, remote communities pose challenges. Weather is particularly disruptive from fall through spring, and if equipment breaks and it can take weeks to get new parts. Those delays often lead to finger-pointing. 

This water station is the only free filtered water available on Neskantega First Nation. The band's projects coordinator, Roy Moonias discusses the issues with it 1:49

Ottawa said in December 2015 Neskantaga would get a new water treatment plant, committing later to completion in "late spring 2018."

But spring came and went as construction continued. Now, Indigenous Services projects completion for March 29, 2019.

Moonias says the community is growing frustrated with the slow place.

He says Indigenous Services budgeted $8.8 million for the project. Kingdom Construction, based in Ayr, Ont., offered to do it for $5 million, though he now expects delays will drive the price up. Technically, the community must foot the bill, though Ottawa has said it's willing to help with cost overruns. 

Moonias alleges the company "wasted two months last year because they said the First Nation didn't have adequate equipment."