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B.C. government invests in new homes for Indigenous peoples in Langford

Dec. 13, 2018

LANGFORD – With construction getting underway on 60 homes at M’akola Housing Society’s Station Avenue development, the B.C. government is adding to the project with 40 more new homes for Indigenous families in need.

“The housing crisis has left too many families in Langford struggling to afford housing, and that search for a quality home is even harder for Indigenous families,” said Premier John Horgan, MLA for Langford-Juan de Fuca. “That’s why — together with Indigenous leaders, Indigenous housing providers and First Nations — we are building new, affordable homes for Indigenous peoples throughout B.C.”

The 40 homes in Phase 2 of the Station Avenue project are being delivered through an $8-million investment from the new Building BC: Indigenous Housing Fund. The fund is a 10-year, $550-million commitment to build 1,750 new units of social housing for Indigenous peoples around B.C.

In addition to building 60 homes, Phase 1 will include office space for two Indigenous non-profit societies — Indigenous development consulting firm M’akola Development Services, and Hulitan Family and Community Services Society, which offers culturally sensitive services and programs for Indigenous youth and families.

“Offering expanded safe, affordable housing options for Indigenous families and Elders in the City of Langford, while also providing Hulitan Community Family Services Society’s first purpose-built offices along with our new provincial M’akola Development Services office, is an important and exciting day for M’akola and for our future in the development of affordable housing,” said Kevin Albers, M’akola Group CEO. “We see this building as a hub for not only Indigenous families and Elders to call their home but also the hub for affordable housing development projects across our province. This first phase of the redevelopment of our Station Avenue property will make meaningful and positive impacts on the residents of Langford for years to come.”

Construction for the first phase, a six-storey apartment, is expected to be complete by March 2020. Rents are projected to range from approximately $640 (studio) to $1,500 (three bedroom) per month.


Stew Young, mayor, City of Langford –

“The city is pleased to partner with the Province and the M’akola Housing Society by assisting with development costs associated with this six-storey residential project to be built in Langford. Projects like this are good for the community as they create local jobs, which help to boost our economy, and housing affordability is vital to any municipality and has long since been a key priority of city council.”

Kenda Gage, executive director, Hulitan Family and Community Services Society –

“We are thankful for the opportunity to work alongside M’akola. This partnership jointly leverages our capacities in the community to better serve the residents of Langford and the clients of our organizations. This project is testament to what occurs when Indigenous organizations come together, and our communities are stronger because of it.”

Margaret Pfoh, CEO, Aboriginal Housing Management Association (AHMA) –

“AHMA is committed to ensuring affordable housing is both accessible and offers culturally sensitive services that accommodate the diverse needs of Indigenous peoples around B.C. M’akola Group of Societies does a spectacular job of collaborating with Indigenous and surrounding communities to create not only affordable housing but thriving communities that honour and support Indigenous traditions.”

Quick Facts:

  • The Province is investing approximately $20 million in capital costs toward the Station Avenue development:
    • Phase 1: $12 million through the Provincial Investment in Affordable Housing program
    • Phase 2: $8 million through the Building BC: Indigenous Housing Fund
  • Through the Building BC: Indigenous Housing Fund, the Province will provide $550 million over the next 10 years to build 1,750 units of social housing for Indigenous peoples, on- and off-reserve in British Columbia. This includes 164 homes in Colwood and Langford:
  • The Indigenous Housing Fund was launched in Budget 2018 as part of the Province’s 30-point housing plan. The plan outlines the largest investment in affordable housing in B.C.’s history — more than $7 billion over 10 years. Through this investment, the Province will work in partnership to create 114,000 new, affordable homes.
  • Through the new Building BC housing funds, the Province is investing $140 million for 1,100 units of affordable housing throughout the Capital Regional District. This includes:
    • Community Housing Fund: $100 million for more than 900 homes
    • Indigenous Housing Fund: $33 million for more than 160 homes
    • Women’s Transition Housing Fund: $7 million for 20 homes

Learn More:

Read Homes for B.C., government’s 30-point plan to address housing affordability for British Columbians:


Jen Holmwood
Deputy Communications Director
Office of the Premier
250 818-4881

Rajvir Rao
BC Housing
604 456-8917

Melanie Kilpatrick
Media Relations
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
778 698-9176

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TRU: Faculty is listening to Indigenous students’ needs

December 12, 2018

In Indigenous cultures, community is incredibly important. In a world that has become increasingly individualized, Indigenous people continue to see the value in relationships and collaboration.

When Indigenous students leave home for university, the new atmosphere is often a stark contrast to the community life that they are used to. They walk through crowds of people looking down at their phones, headphones in and gazes averted.

With funding from the Coyote Project – a campus-wide initiative to improve Indigenous student recruitment, retention and success at TRU – the Faculty of Student Development (FSD) is moving forward in building a stronger sense of community for Indigenous students through effective and inclusive student services, educating staff and incorporating research into Indigenous services.

Research for students, by students

Kelsey Arnouse is one of three students recruited to conduct research into the experiences of Indigenous students. She took part in a two-day workshop called Knowledge Makers, where she learned about Indigenous research practices. These practices strongly influenced the methodologies and practices that the student researchers used.

Arnouse said the most significant distinction of Indigenous research is that it’s just as important, if not more so, to maintain and build relationships with the people who are part of the research than to gather information.

“With lots of other research, they go in and research and they leave. That is it. But with Indigenous research, there is no timeline. When they go in for an interview, they would slot off the rest of the afternoon. There isn’t much structure and they let it flow as much as they can,” she said.

The research showed some significant input regarding Cplul’kw’ten. Also known as The Gathering Place, this Indigenous centre is seen by many students as a home away from home. Although survey participants expressed affection and gratitude for Cplul’kw’ten, they also pointed out that the building is too small for its growing popularity. They suggested making the space larger to foster the sense of community they are missing on campus.

“The students loved that mentors and math tutors would go to Cplul’kw’ten. It made them more comfortable with those services. But there is just not enough space,” said Arnouse.

“When you don’t have the same rates of Indigenous students coming to university (as non-Indigenous students), you want to keep them here.”

The student researchers were led by Kyra Garson, FSD’s intercultural coordinator. She provided guidance while the researchers led and developed the work to give the results an authentic Indigenous student voice.

“We really wanted to hear from students, but we also felt that it was necessary to improve our own understanding and our ability to create services and programming that are going to be culturally responsive to Indigenous students,” said Garson.

Leading for change

The faculty conducted a cultural sensitivity inventory to help staff and faculty address potential biases and recognize differences in perspective.

“It’s one thing to say ‘Okay, we want to increase these services,’ but we also have to understand what we need to learn and improve on to do that in a good way, instead of just being imposing,” said Garson.

Along with the staff cultural sensitivity inventory, the faculty has hosted workshops and webinars and offered them to staff within FSD.

Faculty Dean Christine Adam is anticipating the final report and its conclusions. It will be the basis for some lasting changes in FSD.

“I hope that the lasting impact is that we do things better and that we do things differently based on a better understanding of what our students need,” said Adam. “We often think we know what people need and we don’t sit back and listen.”


Indigenous hereditary law at stake in energy legal battle: lawyer – APTN News

December 12, 2018

A subsidiary of TransCanada Corp. says it’s poised to lose “billions of dollars” if it can’t start work on a natural gas pipeline being blocked by an Indigenous clan.

The drama playing out in a remote part of northwestern B.C. is scheduled to be heard in a Prince George courtroom Thursday.

“It’s been a bit under the radar with so much else going on in B.C.,” said First Nation lawyer Merle Alexander of Victoria.

“If (defendants are) successful it will be a substantial win for hereditary leaders.”

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Dunnedin Reports KH10-11 Results & Focuses Pipe Exploration; Retains Diamond Experts to Advance High Grade Kimberlite Dikes

Dunnedin to Host a Webinar on Monday December 17th @ 11:00am PST/2:00pm EST

December 13, 2018 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Dunnedin Ventures Inc. (the “Company” or “Dunnedin”) (TSX-V: DVI) today announced diamond recovery results from kimberlite pipe KH10-11 and plans to advance its diamond assets at its 100% owned Kahuna Diamond Project in Nunavut, Canada (“Kahuna”).

Highlights include:

  • Kimberlite pipe KH10-11 is confirmed to be diamondiferous but low grade
  • Dunnedin’s advisor Dr. Chuck Fipke recommends focussing pipe exploration efforts on the Josephine Target Area (“JTA”) during 2019 and is prioritizing targets for drilling
  • The Company reports significant extensions to the strike length of its high-grade diamond dikes
  • Industry-leading kimberlite dike experts have been retained to advise on the expansion of the existing high-grade diamond resources and the advancement of other proven diamondiferous dikes

K10-11 Kimberlite Pipe & Focus of Future Kimberlite Pipe Exploration

Kimberlite pipe KH10-11 was identified during a geophysical data review in early 2018 and drilled during the summer program using rotary air-blast (“RAB”) drilling. A representative 152.8-kilogram composite from hole 18-RAB-032 was selected between 12.2 and 109.7 metres depth and sent to CF Mineral Research Ltd. (“CFM”) in Kelowna, British Columbia for analysis.  Processing returned one diamond in the 0.212 – 0.300 mm sieve fraction. Results confirm the pipe is diamondiferous but likely low grade and further sample processing is not warranted at this time. Details of the drilling at KH10-11 and a map are in the Company’s news release dated July 19, 2018.

The indicator mineral population recovered from KH10-11 differs from the abundant high-quality diamond indicator minerals (“DIM”) present in the JTA. Superior DIM chemistry and dispersion at the JTA continue to highlight this as the most prospective area on the Kahuna property to host significantly diamondiferous pipes with the potential to host large diamonds.

Dr. Charles (Chuck) Fipke, Dunnedin’s advisor and discoverer of Canada’s first diamond mine at Ekati commented, “The abundance and quality of diamond indicator minerals in the Josephine Target Area is exceptional and we have also observed rare indicator mineral chemistry that is associated with large diamonds at producing diamond mines.  The source of these indicator minerals is as yet undiscovered and this bodes well for a potential discovery.  I will continue assisting the Dunnedin team with the exploration and target identification.”

The Company is currently processing 109 high priority till samples collected this fall under Dr. Fipke’s direction in the JTA.  Dunnedin’s maiden drill program in 2018 tested only a small number of targets in this high-priority area. Once an up-ice “cut-off” for DIM counts in the JTA is determined, further targets consistent with kimberlite pipes will be drilled.

Kimberlite Dike Extensions

As part of the 2018 exploration at Kahuna, Dunnedin carried out several ground geophysical surveys over known diamond-bearing dikes. Approximately 173-line kilometres in eight grids were surveyed using a combination of Very Low Frequency (“VLF”) electromagnetics, OhmMapper capacitive-coupled resistivity and magnetic methods. The VLF and OhmMapper surveys were very successful at imaging and extending the strike extent of the kimberlite dikes targeted (see Figure 1).

Figure 1: Ground Geophysical Extensions at KD-24 and PST Dikes

Drilling at KD-24 in April 2018 extended the strike length of this dike to 225 metres. A subsequent VLF survey at KD-24 suggests a strike length of at least one kilometer, and that KD-24 may represent an offset southern extension of the Notch kimberlite, which is included in Dunnedin’s maiden inferred resource. At PST, drilling in 2018 extended the strike of this dike to 350 metres. Similarly, an OhmMapper survey and previous mag surveys at PST infer a geophysical response of at least 500 metres. Both the KD-24 and PST dikes remain open along strike and down dip. Both of these highly diamondiferous kimberlites present upside over and above Dunnedin’s inferred resources and are compelling targets for further drilling. Other known diamondiferous dikes include KD-13, KD-14, KD-16, Killiq and Jigsaw (see Figure 2). In total approximately 20 kilometres of kimberlite dikes have been defined at Kahuna through drilling and geophysics to date. These occur within a property-wide network of linear structures that may contain additional kimberlite occurrences but remains largely untested.

SRK Kimberlite Dike Study

Dunnedin has engaged SRK Consulting to develop options for expanding and progressing the existing inferred diamond resource on the Kahuna and Notch dikes, as well as incorporating the numerous other proven diamondiferous dikes on the Kahuna property. SRK will initiate the process by completing a high-level assessment of the geology, mineral resource model and conceptual mining methods of the diamond-bearing kimberlite dikes on the Kahuna Property.

Casey Hetman, P.Geo., Corporate Consultant at SRK said, “SRK has been providing industry-leading expertise in diamond geology, resource development and mining solutions to companies around the world. Our involvement in kimberlite dike hosted deposits globally and throughout Africa give us unique insight into what it takes to develop these into successful mines. Dunnedin has an opportunity to expand on its maiden resource and their project has all the right initial hallmarks to indicate that further staged evaluation work is warranted. We are looking forward to assisting Dunnedin to unlock the full potential of the diamond-bearing dikes at the Kahuna Project.”

Figure 2: Diamond Bearing Dikes (labelled) on the Kahuna Property


Dunnedin will host a webinar to discuss the Company’s recent news and future exploration plans. The webinar will take place on Monday, December 17th at 11:00am PST/2:00pm EST. Management will be available to answer questions following the presentation. Online access and dial-in numbers are as follows:

Readytalk Platform (access at the time of event):


*   Access code: 5147677

Dial-In Numbers:

*   Canada: +1-647-722-6839

*   United States: +1-303-248-0285

*   Access Code: 5147677

A replay of the webinar will be posted on Dunnedin’s website at the following day.

Technical Data – QA/QC

Diamond results reported herein are from RAB holes drilled during the summer of 2018. RAB samples were shipped to the CF Mineral Research Ltd. (“CFM”) laboratory in Kelowna, BC for processing and caustic fusion analysis. The material was treated through an autogenous mill-fusion circuit with a lower size cut-off of 0.106 mm. Unlike other microdiamond recovery methods, the circuit can recover nearly all diamonds present in a kimberlite to a predetermined cut-off size, along with associated indicator minerals. Quality assurance protocols include industry standard chain of custody and security procedures during sampling and transport. CFM operates using reference standards, internal quality assurance protocols, security and operating procedures for processing, recovery and reporting of diamond results. The CFM laboratory is accredited and audited for international quality standards through the International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) 17025:2005, which includes ISO 9001:2015 specifications.

Jeff Ward, P.Geo, Vice President Exploration and a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and approved the technical information contained in this release.

For further information please contact Mr. Knox Henderson, Investor Relations, at 604-551-2360 or

On behalf of the Board of Directors

Dunnedin Ventures Inc.

Chris Taylor                                      Claudia Tornquist

Chief Executive Officer                      Presiden


Xeni Gwet’in First Nation and conservation officers collaborate on enforcement

Dec. 12, 2018

WILLIAMS LAKE – The Xeni Gwet’in First Nation and B.C. Conservation Officer Service (COS) took part in an official signing ceremony to promote the sustainability of wildlife through a memorandum of understanding (MOU).

The MOU aims to foster an understanding of Xeni Gwet’in First Nation’s customs, traditions, cultural and spiritual practices, as well as traditional knowledge. It also promotes communication and collaboration between the COS and the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation, allowing for joint enforcement with the Tsilhqot’in Title Land Rangers. This includes enforcing communal restrictions, which prohibit the harvesting of cow moose for Xeni Gwet’in membership in its traditional territories.

“This memorandum of understanding is one more step in bolstering compliance, education and enforcement within our Aboriginal Title Lands and entire caretaker area of Xeni Gwet’in. Our food sources are of top priority to us as First Nations people,” said Chief Jimmy Lulua of Xeni Gwet’in First Nations Government. “Collaboration is one of the best ways to ensure success with our wildlife initiatives.”

Located in the Nemiah Valley, 200 kilometres northwest of Williams Lake, the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation is home to approximately 400 people who are strong in their culture and traditional ways. The valley is also home to a variety of animals, such as moose, cougars and bears.

The MOU, which came into effect in August 2018, promotes collaboration on the management, protection and stewardship of natural resources, fish and wildlife in its traditional territory, according to Xeni Gwet’in First Nation, provincial and federal laws.

“The B.C. Conservation Officer Service is pleased to work with the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation on enforcement within their traditional territory and the resulting collaboration and communication that has developed,” said Andy MacKay, COS acting inspector and provincial co-ordinator, restorative justice and First Nations. “The relationship will help strengthen respectful engagement with our agency and Xeni Gwet’in.”

Learn More:

To learn more about the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation, visit:

To learn more about the B.C. COS, visit:


Media Relations
Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
250 953-3834

Myanna Desaulniers
Tsilhqot’in National Government
250 305-7885

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Changing the narrative for Indigenous youth – UVic News

December 12, 2018

A UVic distance student aims to change what Indigenous youth think about post-secondary education

“As an Indigenous student, no one asked what university I planned to attend or even if I was interested in post-secondary,” says Santanna Hernandez.

Now a mother of four, Hernandez will graduate from the University of Victoria in June 2019 and is currently applying to medical schools.

“I want to change the narrative my children hear,” Hernandez explains. “I want them to know they can do anything they put their mind to.”

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Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada: Submissions to National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

On December 11, 2018, the oral submission from Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, AnânauKatiget Tumingit Regional Inuit Women’s Association, Saturviit Inuit Women’s Association of Nunavik, Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre, and Manitoba Inuit Association was made to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Please click on the links below to read or watch the oral and written submissions.


New app uses Indigenous basketry patterns to teach math concepts – SFU News

December 12, 2018

The cedar basketry designs of the Tla’amin Nation, just north of Powell River, B.C. on the Sunshine Coast, can now be shared with schoolchildren using an interactive, online application where they can recreate these beautiful geometric patterns.

Undergraduate students in SFU’s Department of Mathematics collaborated with the nation last year to design and complete the application.

“We met with members of the Tla’amin Nation and, with the blessing of their chief, Clint Williams, were given some of the basket patterns,” says undergrad Laura Gutierrez-Funderburk. “They see this as an opportunity to share their culture with us, and with B.C. schoolchildren.”

She worked on the application with fellow students Jenifer Pham and Howell Tan. They hope to introduce it to schools throughout B.C. as a fun way of introducing Indigenous culture into the classroom while also teaching mathematical concepts.

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Minister’s statement on new treaty commissioner

Dec. 12, 2018

VICTORIA – Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, has issued the following statement to mark B.C.’s appointment of a new commissioner with the BC Treaty Commission:

“The Province of British Columbia congratulates Angela Wesley on her two-year appointment as provincial commissioner with the BC Treaty Commission.

“Angela brings tremendous experience and knowledge to the commission. She played a key role in negotiating the Maa-nulth Treaty on behalf of Huu-ay-aht First Nations and continues to work on the treaty implementation team with B.C. and Canada, as well as serving as Speaker in the Huu-ay-aht Legislature.

“Angela’s expertise and insight will provide valuable guidance for ongoing treaty negotiations throughout B.C., as we work with federal and First Nations partners to transform modern treaty-making to better support Indigenous self-determination and the recognition of inherent title and rights.

“I also want to recognize retiring treaty commissioner Tom Happynook, of Huu-ay-aht First Nations, for his dedication and energy in helping advance many negotiations over the past four years.

“A number of challenging negotiations have benefited thanks to Tom’s guidance and experience from leading the negotiations and implementation of the Maa-nulth Treaty.

“On behalf of the Province, I extend my deepest gratitude to both Angela and Tom for their roles in advancing meaningful reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in British Columbia, as part of the commission.”


Media Relations
Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
250 952-1889

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