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TRU: Camp balances fun and higher priorities

August 17, 2018

Who says summer camp can’t be fun and address bigger issues at the same time?

Not only is the TRU Aboriginal Science and Health Science Camp chock-full of activities, opportunities to use high-tech instruments and overnight at the TRU Residence and Conference Centre, but there was also an emphasis on blending Indigenous science and culture with western science.

Held July 30–Aug. 3 and for those going into grades 8 through 10, the camp also served as:

  • an opportunity for prospective students to experience campus
  • an opportunity to implement recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • an opportunity for current Indigenous students and grads to connect with youth while themselves gaining valuable leadership and teaching experience in their roles as instructors and chaperones. They were also seen as role models and sources of inspiration.

“Summer camp gives students opportunities to explore science and health and they will be leaving here with goals and ideas that post-secondary is an option for them, and that this university supplies a lot of support for people who want to pursue post-secondary,” said Jaye Simpson, the camp’s on-site coordinator who is from the Sapotoweyak Cree Nation in Central Manitoba.

“This camp is important because it’s important for Indigenous people to take a space in science, because for too long there hasn’t been a space allotted to us,” said Simpson, who also served as a chaperone in 2017 and 2016 and had completed a number of TRU social work courses before transferring to UBC.

Eighteen campers enrolled this year, with eight from the northern BC community of Hazelton, five from Kamloops, and one each from Burns Lake, Bella Coola, Bonaparte, Barriere and Adams Lake.

Celebrating its tenth year, the camp was founded by faculty members Ann Cheeptham (biological sciences) and Star Mahara (nursing), who in recent years have stepped back to let others gain some leadership experience through the organizing and planning that’s required. Simpson and Tatyana Daniels were among those who have stepped in for the founders. Daniels returned for her third year as coordinator and previous to that was a chaperone for one year. From the Gitxsan Nation and the village of Hazelton, she completed science classes at TRU before transferring to UBC to pursue dietary medicine with an Indigenous focus. Through the years, Aboriginal Education staff member Vernie Clement has also played a key role and he too has stepped back to let others take more responsibility.

Most of the instruction during the week is provided by someone with an Indigenous background—something that’s important to the camp structure and to Daniels.

“When I was younger and attending camps, I didn’t feel that I could connect to the presenters that were non-Indigenous. They didn’t have the same life experiences as me, they didn’t have the same lack of opportunities as me and they didn’t come from the same life,” said Daniels during the camp’s panel discussion called Exploring the Possibilities. “I thought this would help increase the Indigenous excitement for science by having Indigenous presenters.”

Earlier in the week natural resource science grad Jeremy Sterling (Chu Chua, Barriere) brought bird skeletons with him for his presentation. Computing science students Melvin James (Lil’wat, Mount Currie) and Dolan Paul (Tk’emlúps, Kamloops) talked about coding, big data and the role the campers could play in bringing remote communities into the digital age. Erik Prytula (Haida Gwaii), a science grad and now student in TRU’s Master of Science in Environmental Science, shared how he turned his schooling around from disinterest in his second year of Grade 12 to becoming a straight-A student. Studying birds, his goal is to one day open a birding tourism business in Haida Gwaii.

Other sessions included Genome BC’s Gene Skool, a science show by Science World British Columbia, traditional games like Lahal, a cultural workshop of picking sage and the making of salves, swimming, a night at the movies and shopping.

Marie Sandy, of the T’exelc Nation (Williams Lake), was back for another year as a chaperone. Now in TRU’s Master of Education after graduating this spring from TRU’s Bachelor of Education, she was happy to again be a role model and inspiration who clearly demonstrated education is far from dull and boring.

“I like being somebody they can look up to and to believe that they can be smart and successful. Education has given me so many opportunities. I’ve been able to travel all over BC and in the future will have many more opportunities to travel internationally and because of that, be exposed to the different cultures out there,” said Sandy.

The transition to university can be a difficult one for anyone, especially those coming from smaller towns. Sandy didn’t hesitate to talk about the many supports available and of the ones that assisted her.

“I want these kids to see that there’s help and support on campus, that they belong here and to see the opportunities that education can give you,” she said.


Media advisory: Minister Philpott to announce funding for the Huu-ay-aht First Nations Social Services Project on Child and Family Services

Nanaimo, British Columbia – Please be advised that the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services along with Chief Councillor Robert J. Dennis Sr. of Huu-ay-aht First Nations, will announce funding to support Huu-ay-aht First Nations and its programs to improve the well-being of Indigenous children.

Date: August 21, 2018

Time: 10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (PDT)

Best Western Dorchester Hotel
Harbour Room
70 Church St.
Nanaimo, British Columbia
V9R 5H4
For more information (media only):

Rachel Rappaport
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Jane Philpott,
Minister of Indigenous Services

ISC Media Relations

Heather Thomson
Communications Coordinator
Huu-ay-aht First Nations

Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Children and Family Development
Province of BC


Commerce Resources Corp. Provides Update on the Metallurgical Test Program at Université Laval for the Ashram Rare Earth Deposit

Commerce Resources Corp. (TSXv: CCE, FSE: D7H) (the “Company” or “Commerce”) is pleased to provide an update on the metallurgical test program for the Ashram Rare Earth Deposit that is being completed under the direction of the Université Laval (“Laval”). The test program uses an alternative flowsheet approach with the purpose of validating a software model simulator developed by Laval (see news releases dated May 31 and July 24, 2018). The program is fully funded through a grant received by Laval with testwork being completed in collaboration with SGS Canada Inc. (“SGS”) at their facilities.

Since the program was first initiated in May 2018, the test work has advanced aggressively with a bench-scale level demonstration of the entire flowsheet now complete, including the production of several grams of mixed rare earth oxide concentrate (see news release dated July 24, 2018). The Company is now pleased to report that the crushing and grinding component, as well as the large-scale flotation component of the program, have now been completed. A total of ~1.5 tonnes of Ashram Deposit material was processed, with the flotation component completed using individual batches ranging from 10 kg to 30 kg. Initial results are in line with expectations with the team now looking ahead to the pilot-level hydrometallurgical component that will commence with a caustic crack on an estimated 150 kg of flotation concentrate.

Company President Chris Grove states, “We continue to be impressed with the rapid advancement of this collaboration and look forward to the commencement of the hydrometallurgical pilot component.”

The next steps of the program will use the flotation concentrate as feed to a semi-continuous hydrometallurgical pilot operation to produce a purified solution containing the REE. The REE solution will then be processed through a continuous solvent extraction (SX) separation pilot circuit to separate the LRE(1) from the SEG(2) and HRE(3). In parallel, the solution composition will be used to simulate the pilot scale SX separation circuit using the model simulator. The comparison between the results of the pilot plant and the simulation will validate the model simulator, which could then be used to further assess the economics of the separation of the REE into individual rare earth oxides.

  • LRE – Light Rare Earth
  • SEG – Samarium, Gadolinium, Europium
  • HRE – Heavy Rare Earth

NI 43-101 Disclosure

Darren L. Smith, M.Sc., P.Geol., Dahrouge Geological Consulting Ltd., a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, supervised the preparation of the technical information in this news release.

About Université Laval

Université Laval is a French-language university based in Quebec City, QC, Canada with over 42,500 students enrolled in some 500 programs. Laval is a highly regarded academic institution at the forefront of research and development in the country with over 60 departments and schools supporting a range of innovative initiatives.

About SGS

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 95,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,400 offices and laboratories around the world.

About Commerce Resources Corp.

Commerce Resources Corp. is an exploration and development company with a particular focus on deposits of rare metals and rare earth elements. The Company is focused on the development of its Ashram Rare Earth Element Deposit in Quebec and the Upper Fir Tantalum-Niobium Deposit in British Columbia.

On Behalf of the Board of Directors


“Chris Grove”

Chris Grove

President and Director

Tel: 604.484.2700



Brixton Metals Provides Update on its Hog Heaven Silver-Gold-Copper Project

August 20, 2018 – Brixton Metals Corporation (TSXV: BBB) (the “Company” or “Brixton”) is pleased to provide an update on its Hog Heaven project data review, new geophysical data acquisition and short term project development plans.

Highlights from the work to date at the Hog Heaven project:

  • Completed the historical assay data entry and drill log data entry. Total metres historically drilled on the project is 57,498m from 722 drill holes as rotary, reverse circulation and diamond drill core
  • Completed 724 line kilometers VTEM Plus and horizontal magnetic gradiometer survey
  • Completed the acquisition of 60 square kilometer of Lidar and digital air photography
  • Received the exploration/drilling permit from Montana Department of Environmental Quality
  • Renewed the operating permit with Montana Department of Environmental Quality
  • Construction of a new core facility has been completed
  • Brixton funded 2 M.Sc. research studies with Montana Tech University to look at alteration and ore mineralogy to further understand the hydrothermal fluid system to provide vectors for feeder zones of the mineralization

Chairman and CEO of Brixton, Gary R. Thompson stated, “The Hog Heaven project, which hasn’t seen any work since the mid 1990’s, is now drill ready. The project represents a high quality high-grade asset that we rarely see available in the market these days. The initial drill programs should focus on infill and confirmation drilling to support a NI-43-101 resource estimate and to confirm the presence of new mineralization on the property. Targets include near surface high sulphidation high-grade polymetallic-silver-gold rich veins and breccia, which is believed to be related to a porphyry target at depth. We are excited to drill some fresh core on the project”.

A detailed presentation on the Hog heaven projects is available at the following link:


Brixton is planning to initiate a nine hole drill plan for the fall of 2018 to twin and confirm some of the previous drilling and to test the high-grade feeder zones to the west of the Main Mine zone and south of the Ole Hill zone. Phase two drilling will focus on expanding the known mineralized zones, infilling areas of sparser drilling and testing some of the nearby compelling targets. Additional holes will test newly generated targets. The proposed drilling program is subject to future financing.

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Encanto Potash Closes Private Placement with Long Term Investor

Encanto Potash Corp. (“Encanto” or the “Company”) (TSXV: EPO) announces that it has closed its private placement of 1,666,666 units at a price of $0.30 per unit for gross proceeds of $500,000 (the “Private Placement”). Each unit consists of one common share of the Company and one share purchase warrant (“Warrant”), with each Warrant entitling the holder to purchase one common share of the Company at a price of $0.18 per share for a period of 2 years from closing. The securities issued pursuant to the Private Placement are subject to a hold period until December 18, 2018.

Encanto arranged and will use this funding to further its strategy to lower the Capex and engineering costs through the present studies that are being carried out, as well as for operating capital. This funding will enable Encanto to move through this present stage into the 4th quarter. At that time the Company will have the results from the Environmental Gap Analysis, Water Study and Value Engineering Studies.

For further information, please contact:
Gary Deathe
Director of Corporate Development
Toronto, Tel: 905-510-3079


Chinese settlers honoured in Yale

Aug. 18, 2018

YALE – Chinese British Columbians, leaders of the Yale First Nation and residents of Yale gathered for the unveiling of a special commemorative plaque honouring early Chinese settlers in the area.

George Chow, Minister of State for Trade, unveiled the plaque, which acknowledges the settlers’ struggles while enduring discriminatory laws.

“Early Chinese settlers experienced racism and severe hardship as they helped to build our province,” said Chow. “The plaque celebrates their strength in the face of adversity and ensures this chapter of B.C.’s past is not forgotten.”

The plaque commemorates the Province’s formal apology to Chinese Canadians in 2014 for historical wrongs committed by early B.C. governments. It was designed after extensive consultations with area residents.

“I am pleased the government is honouring the memories of Chinese Canadians this way and celebrating their contributions,” said Lily Chow, director of multiculturalism for the New Pathways to Gold Society. “Early settlers worked very hard to build new lives in B.C, and with effort and determination, many succeeded. One of these success stories is the historical On Lee Store in Yale, which is recognized as a Chinese-Canadian heritage site. The plaque and recognition as a historic site confirm the existence of the Chinese community in the history of Yale.”

Chinese settlers came to the region in the mid-1800s to take part in the Fraser Canyon gold rush and to help build the Canadian Pacific Railway. After completing work on the railway, some remained in the area, becoming merchants and pillars of the community.

Yale’s commemorative plaque is part of $1 million in legacy projects undertaken by the provincial government to celebrate the positive contributions of Chinese Canadians to B.C. The legacy projects fulfil recommendations from the Chinese Historical Wrongs Final Report.

Quick Facts:

  • In 1788, the first Chinese workers to come to British Columbia landed in Nuu-chah-nulth territory (Nootka Sound). They were part of Captain John Meares’ expedition to build the first year-round, non-Indigenous settlement.
  • Today, B.C. is home to more than 460,000 Chinese Canadians.
  • The B.C. government has introduced a series of legacy projects to commemorate the recommendations in the Chinese Historical Wrongs Consultation Final Report. The adoption of the recommendations, including legacy projects, was guided with advice from the Legacy Initiatives Advisory Council.
  • The other Chinese legacy commemorative monuments are located in:
    • Ashcroft Chinese Cemetery
    • Barkerville heritage park
    • Cumberland Chinese Cemetery
    • Lytton
    • Kamloops Chinese Cemetery
    • Kelowna Memorial Cemetery
    • Victoria Chinatown

Learn More:

For more information about the Chinese legacy projects, visit:

For more information about the Chinese Historical Wrongs Final Report and Recommendations, visit:


Trish Rorison
Communications Director
Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture
Government Communications and Public Engagement
778 580-6723

Connect with the Province of B.C. at:


Province to match Red Cross donations to help people affected by wildfires

Aug. 17, 2018

VICTORIA – To help people affected by the wildfires that are burning around B.C., the Province of British Columbia will match all donations to the Red Cross, up to $20 million.

“The Red Cross is on the ground, helping people and communities affected by the wildfires burning around the province,” said Jennifer Rice, Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness. “The Province is supporting this critical work by matching contributions to the Red Cross, so donations will go even further.”

The Canadian Red Cross works with the Province, local authorities and First Nations leadership to help people and communities impacted by the wildfires.

“We know people in B.C. and across the country are concerned and want to help. Donating to the Red Cross is a great way to do that,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “Our government is doing everything we can to support firefighters and emergency responders, and keep people and communities as safe as possible. The Red Cross provides critical help in emergency situations like this. It’s important that we support that work.”

The Province will match donations until Oct. 12, 2018.

Canadians wishing to make a financial donation to help those impacted by the B.C. fires can do so by calling 1 800 418-1111, contacting their local Canadian Red Cross office or online:

The B.C. government declared a provincial state of emergency on Aug. 15 to support the provincewide response to the ongoing wildfire situation.

The state of emergency is initially in effect for 14 days once issued, and may be extended or rescinded as necessary.

To report a wildfire or open-burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free, or *5555 on a cellphone.

For up-to-date information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, call 1 888 3-FOREST or visit:

You can follow the latest wildfire news:


Media Relations
Emergency Management BC
1 800 565-2500

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Anti pipeline protesters released days before weeklong jail sentences end – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Aug 20, 2018

MAPLE RIDGE, B.C. _ Several pipeline protesters were released from a British Columbia jail on Sunday, a few days before their weeklong sentences were set to end.

Seven protesters in all were sentenced to a week in jail on Aug. 15, after pleading guilty to contempt charges in B.C. Supreme Court.

Five who were released on Sunday issued a joint statement, saying they were imprisoned because of their opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

In the statement, the five women _ who include anti-poverty activist and Order of Canada recipient Jean Swanson _ said they are not criminals, but “political prisoners.”

Swanson said in a phone interview that her four days spent at the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women in Maple Ridge, B.C., had not deterred her in what she said is a fight against climate change.

“I don’t know how anyone can look at the sky in Vancouver today and say global warming is not an issue,” said Swanson, in reference to the smoke and particulate matter from wildfires hazing the skies in southwestern B.C.

“We need to do something, we need to stop the insanity.”

From her perspective as an anti-poverty advocate, Swanson said the Trans Mountain pipeline ties the issues of homelessness, poverty and climate change together.

“For all those billions and billions of dollars, governments could actually create jobs building renewable energy … Governments could end homelessness, they could put clean and safe water on Indigenous reserves.”

In May, the federal government announced its intent to acquire Trans Mountain from Kinder Morgan Canada.

According to recent documents filed with the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission, the sale could cost as much as $1.9 billion more than the initial quote of $4.5 billion.

The documents also suggest the project could take another 12 months to finish.

More than 200 activists have been arrested for demonstrations against the Trans Mountain project since March.

Those released on Sunday also included former B.C. Teachers’ Federation president Susan Lambert.


Minister Joly in British Columbia to talk tourism and middle-class jobs

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

The tourism industry accounts for over 300,000 direct and indirect jobs in British Columbia

August 20, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario

Tourism brings prosperity and good middle-class jobs to communities in British Columbia and across Canada. That’s why the visitor economy is an important part of the Government of Canada’s long-term plan to strengthen the middle class and grow the economy.

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie, today began a visit to British Columbia to meet with stakeholders and discuss the government’s vision for tourism. She highlighted the importance of working with Indigenous communities and the huge opportunities presented by the 2018 Canada-China Year of Tourism.

During the trip, Minister Joly will speak at the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade’s session on opportunities for growing tourism in British Columbia.

Minister Joly will also meet with tourism and travel industry stakeholders, including David Goldstein, President and CEO of Destination Canada; Keith Henry, President and CEO of the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada; Ty Speer, President and CEO of Tourism Vancouver; and representatives of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada.


“I am back in British Columbia to listen to tourism industry stakeholders and to work with them so that we can harness the full potential of the visitor economy for Canadians. B.C. offers a unique mix of cosmopolitan nightlife, rugged coastlines and majestic mountain views—no wonder more than 5.7 million overnight visitors came to experience our westernmost province last year. In communities across British Columbia and Canada, tourism provides good jobs for the middle class and opportunities for economic growth that cannot go unrecognized. That’s why our government is committed to the success and growth of Canada’s tourism industry. We know that when the tourism industry does well, our whole economy benefits.”

– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie

Quick facts

  • One in ten jobs in Canada—about 1.8 million jobs—is associated with the visitor economy.
  • Tourism directly supported over 736,000 jobs across Canada last year.
  • The tourism industry is the largest employer of Canadian youth.
  • Tourism is Canada’s number one service export, with international revenues reaching $21.3 billion in 2017.

Associated links


Sandra Aubé
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada


Media advisory: Minister Rodriguez to Visit British Columbia’s Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island

From: Canadian Heritage

VANCOUVER – As part of a trip to the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island, the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, will meet with stakeholders and organizations on Monday to discuss priorities facing various cultural communities. Minister Rodriguez will then tour an important Indigenous heritage site on Vancouver Island on Tuesday, followed by a visit to a Young Canada Works project.

Please note that all details are subject to change. All times are local.

The details are as follows:

Meet with stakeholders and organizations

Monday, August 20, 2018

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

South Hill Neighbourhood Centre
5888 Fraser Street
Vancouver, British Columbia

Notes to media:
The Minister will be available for interviews following the meeting.

Meet with stakeholders and organizations

Monday, August 20, 2018

2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Fleetwood Public Library
15996 84 Avenue
Surrey, British Columbia

Notes to media:
The Minister will be available for interviews following the meeting.

Meet with stakeholders and organizations

Monday, August 20, 2018

4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
6688 Southoaks Crescent
Burnaby, British Columbia

Notes to media:
The Minister will be available for interviews following the meeting.

Tour of Ye’yumnuts Village site

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

10:30 a.m.

Ye’yumnuts Village (Somenos Lake)
York Road
Duncan, British Columbia

Visit to BC Forest Discovery Centre

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

12:00 p.m.

Ye’yumnuts Village (Somenos Lake)
2892 Drinkwater Road
Duncan, British Columbia
For more information (media only), please contact:

Simon Ross
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage


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