Tribute to Mikmaq History Month

first_img The launch of an Aboriginal women’s entrepreneurial tool-kit called Journey to Success was held on Oct. 26 in Millbrook. This event also saw the release of an Aboriginal woman’s statistical profile. About 200 students from the Truro area will see a specialscreening on Wednesday, Nov. 10, of a National Film Boarddocumentary on Aboriginal teenagers in their final year of highschool. The film, entitled Innuvunga, I am Inuk, I am Alive, will beshown at the Empire Studio 7 theatre at the Millbrook PowerCentre in Truro at 9:45 a.m. as a final tribute to Mi’kmaqHistory Month, which began Oct. 1. The screening — which is also open to the public — will be ofparticular interest to Mi’kmaq students who took a film workshopas part of Mi’kmaq History Month. A short piece they created willbe screened as a preview to Innuvunga, I am Inuk, I am Alive. Innuvunga, I am Inuk, I am Alive is being presented by theMi’kmaq MovieMakers program. The documentary tells the story ofeight Aboriginal teenagers in their final year of high school andthe challenges and joys these students experience in the monthsand days prior to graduation. The film is the final tribute to the many successful events heldto celebrate Mi’kmaq History Month in October. Among otherevents: The annual Treaty Day celebrations occurred at Province House on Oct. 1 and included the traditional flag-raising, speeches and award presentations. As part of Treaty Day, the Mi’kmaq also organized an evening of entertainment and a veteran’s parade.center_img On each Tuesday in October, staff of the provincial government were invited to a lunch-and-learn series featuring members of the Mi’kmaq community discussing a wide variety of topics. Speakers included Don Julien, Dan Christmas, Ken Paul and Patti Doyle Bedwell.last_img read more

Morneaus growth council to focus on unlocking business spending broadening job skills

OTTAWA — The Trudeau government’s influential team of economic advisers is pursuing solutions to an issue that has preoccupied policy-makers for years: how to open the spigot on business investment.Dominic Barton, chair of Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s growth council, told The Canadian Press that the group’s next report, due this fall, will outline ways to encourage more business investment with the aim of reversing several years of decline.“We’re still in the diagnostics (phase) to try and understand more what’s happening,” said Barton.“Are there levers that we can pull to try and encourage more investment?”Since its creation last year, the group has produced eight reports containing recommendations that have played a key role in the development of government policy.Ottawa’s growth council proposes spending to upgrade skills for swiftly evolving job marketAdvisory council recommends Canada embrace trade, become global hub to ‘jolt’ economyThe council, Barton added, is also working to build upon past recommendations on how to ensure Canadians are ready for the rapidly transforming needs of the country’s labour market.Earlier this year, the group suggested Ottawa establish an arm’s-length national agency to help workers upgrade their skills. It warned that nearly half of Canada’s jobs are at high risk of being affected by future technological change, such as automation.Barton, the global managing partner of consulting giant McKinsey & Co., said this time the advisers will focus on a plan to help higher-skilled workers who, like lower-skilled workers, face the possibility of losing their jobs.“We’re worried about the skilled workers that will lose their jobs,” said Barton, who hopes eventual solutions will be driven by the private sector.“So, how do we make sure there’s a system in place to help?”However, he was reluctant to share some of the council’s possible recommendations for job skills or for business investment, since it’s still early in the process.On business investment, Barton said the group will also weigh the potential impacts on Canada from the Trump administration’s plans for trade and corporate taxation.He said the council hopes to build on existing research, including work conducted by the Conference Board of Canada, the C.D. Howe Institute and tax-policy expert Jack Mintz. The group has already had a 90-minute session with Larry Summers, a one-time U.S. treasury secretary and former president of Harvard University.A discussion paper released in March by C.D. Howe said business investment in Canada was relatively strong between 2009 and 2014, which was marked by an oil-price shock.But since then, the think tank found there’s been a large decline in corporate spending across the country — from $15,100 per worker on new business investment in 2014 to a projected $11,700 per worker this year.“Capital investments by Canadian businesses have fallen sharply and 2017 looks especially bleak,” said the paper, which recommended policy measures to promote business investment: liberalized trade, less-intrusive regulations, cheaper electricity and lower taxes.Last month, the Bank of Canada’s business outlook survey detected early signs of a “modest” pickup in corporate investment over the near term, even amid considerable uncertainty surrounding the U.S. economic agenda.The Canadian Press read more