Elementary school responds by bringing in elder in response to bullying

April 6, 2022
After Tyburious Saddleback, a Grade 2 student at Ponoka Elementary School, was bullied for having his long hair in braids and expressed his desire to cut his hair, staff took action by having Montana First Nation elder Sheila Potts speak to his class. Potts spoke to the class about the significance that long hair and braids has in their culture. “In my teaching it’s because it’s family unity and you’re intertwining your family together,” said Potts. “I told them that our ancestors had long, beautiful hair.

BC announces Indigenous-focused graduation requirement

June 29, 2022
The Government of British Columbia has announced that it is implementing an Indigenous-focused graduation requirement starting in 2023-24. High school students will be required to complete an Indigenous-focused course, such as Contemporary Indigenous Studies or one of 18 eligible First Nations language courses, before they graduate from high school. The introduction of the new requirement will make BC the first province to have an Indigenous-focused graduation requirement.

Canada announces $102M for new, renewed chairs at 35 Canadian research institutions

June 15, 2022
The Government of Canada has announced the latest round of new and renewed Canada Research Chairs. With a $102M investment, Canada has announced 119 CRCs at 35 Canadian research institutions. The investments will allow researchers to continue to contribute to global discussions in a variety of topics, such as economics, viral vectors and vaccines, and the Indigenization of higher education.

Lennox Island First Nation experiences cultural revival as students embrace Mi’kmaw culture

June 1, 2022
Lennox Island First Nation is experiencing a cultural revival as students reclaim their education through practicing Mi’kmaw culture, reports CBC. Students at John J Sark Memorial School, which is a former day school, have been practicing Mi’kmaw culture by drumming and speaking the language. Students take pride in their heritage through activities such as drumming at lunch and announcing the weather to their school and community in Mi’kmaw and English. “I feel it’s super cool because my ancestors, it was illegal for them to do it, a long time ago ...

Schools, postsecondary institutions honour Red Dress Day, Moose Hide Day with education, reflection

May 18, 2022
Educational institutions across Canada spent time this month to honour missing and murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people, provide education to staff and students, raise awareness about gender-based violence, and stand in solidarity with survivors.

MB releases Indigenous Education Policy Framework, new education reform action plan

May 4, 2022
The Government of Manitoba has developed an education policy for Indigenous students called Mamàhtawisiwin: The Wonder We Are Born With - An Indigenous Education Policy Framework, as well as a new education reform action plan. Mamàhtawisiwin includes four policy directions: Authentic involvement; ensuring students are at the centre; understanding world views, values, identities, traditions, and contemporary lifestyles; and inclusive, culturally safe learning environments.

Water delivery issues cause school closures in Nunavik

April 20, 2022
Several schools in the Nunavik region have been forced to close following water delivery issues, reports CBC. Tarsakallak School in Aupaluk, Quebec has repeatedly run out of water, resulting in students being sent home when washrooms become unusable. When water reservoirs run low, CBC explains that Principal Elom Akpo has to search for water tankers. However, these tankers are not always available due to a shortage of qualified drivers and mechanical issues, and the schools often face issues such as inadequate or damaged pumps, filtration, or water storage tanks and climate challenges.

Indigenous, newcomer advocates call for Winnipeg school board electoral map changes

April 6, 2022
Indigenous and newcomer advocates are calling for the electoral maps of Winnipeg school boards to be changed so that each ward is represented by one trustee. In the 2021 State of Equity in Education reports, individuals from the Winnipeg Indigenous Executive Circle (WIEC), Newcomer Education Coalition, and Community Education Development Association (CEDA) argued that this change would boost representation within trustees.

WIEC report calls for changes in the Winnipeg education system to improve Indigenous representation

March 23, 2022
A new report from the Winnipeg Indigenous Executive Circle calls for the development of new programs, strategies, and supports to improve equity in the Winnipeg school system.

BC, York Region District School Board announce Indigenous coursework requirements

March 9, 2022
The Government of British Columbia has announced that it is implementing a new Indigenous-focused coursework requirement for graduation from high school. Starting in September 2023, students will be required to take Indigenous-focused coursework to help strengthen their understanding of the histories and knowledges of Indigenous people. “Building awareness and understanding of First Peoples’ perspectives, cultures and histories among all B.C.