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.

NCTR receives $28M for work with historical records, initiatives

November 16, 2022
The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR), which is housed at the University of Manitoba, will be receiving $28M in new funding from the Government of Canada over five years. The funding will support the NCTR’s work collecting, reviewing, and making available historical records, survivor statements, and sacred items; efforts to locate and memorialize missing children and unmarked burials; and initiatives such as the National Advisory Committee on Missing Children and Unmarked Burials.

NSCC to launch Mi’kmaw practical nursing student cohort

November 2, 2022
Nova Scotia Community College has announced that it will be launching a new Mi’kmaw cohort for its practical nursing program at its Pictou campus. The cohort will have space for 30 L’nu learners, who will follow a custom curriculum that is developed using a Mi’kmaq and Indigenous lens with input from Mi’kmaw Kina’matenewey; Tajikeimik; the Dalhousie Indigenous healthcare in nursing team; the Nova Scotia College of Nursing; and the Government of Nova Scotia.

New investments from Canada, MB, support ECE projects in and with Indigenous communities

October 19, 2022
New funding from the Government of Canada and provinces such as the Government of Manitoba will support early learning and childcare projects across Canada, several of which involve Indigenous communities and researchers. The federal government recently invested funds into a variety of projects supporting ECE research and learning.

Schools host online discussions, workshops, ceremonies in honour of NDTR

October 5, 2022
Several schools in the K-12 and postsecondary sectors held online workshops and released free resources in addition to hosting events on and near campus to commemorate the National Day of Truth & Reconciliation. New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, the Manitoba Institute of Trades & Technology, St Mary’s University, Langara College, and other institutions have each shared online resources such as the Elder in the Making videos, the Wabanaki Collection, CBC’s Beyond 94 progress monitor website, and links to reports and texts related to residential schools.

SKG to celebrate grand opening on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 21, 2022
Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig (SKG) will be celebrating its grand opening as part of a Commemoration Day being held in Sault Ste Marie. SKG is an Anishinaabe postsecondary institute that is accepting its first cohort this year. The institution’s focus is on preserving the integrity of Anishinaabe knowledge and understanding in cooperation with society to educate present and future generations. The grand opening will include guest speakers, panel discussions, dancers and singers, and guided tours of the building and architecture.

Canada provides funds to support events commemorating Truth and Reconciliation for NDTR

September 7, 2022
The Government of Canada has announced a $4M investment to support events and projects that commemorate Truth and Reconciliation in honour of the upcoming National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Organizations across Canada will use the funding to remember the impact of residential schools and foster healing for Survivors, families, and communities.

Sheguiandah First Nation celebrates official opening of Biinojiinh Kinomaage-gamik Early Years Centre

August 24, 2022
The Biinojiinh Kinomaage-gamik Early Years Centre on the Sheguiandah First Nation has celebrated its official opening. The centre was completed in August 2020 and celebrated a soft opening in May 2022 when pandemic restrictions were lifted. The building has been prepared to welcome the children with toys, books, and learning materials, and features a washer and dryer and a storage unit to store equipment. “This early years centre is here for the many kids we have ... in the community,” said Sheguiandah Chief Elvis Mishibinijima.

Winnipeg teacher invites colleagues to incorporate Indigenous language into classrooms with new resource

August 10, 2022
A Winnipeg high school teacher is calling on colleagues to incorporate Indigenous languages into their daily routines this school year. Michelle Arnaud, who is Métis and whose ancestry is Cree, Anishinaabe and European, has been working on decolonizing education over the summer and created a virtual agenda that will be used to welcome students to the classroom each day. The agenda includes terms in Cree, Michif, Anishinaabe, Dakota, and Oji-Cree in order to bring Indigenous languages back into the classroom.

FNEC, ISC sign historic agreement to provide $1.1B, control over education to 22 communities

July 27, 2022
A historic regional education agreement was signed on Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory between the First Nations Education Council, FNEC’s 22 First Nations member communities, and Indigenous Services Canada. Under the agreement, approximately $1.1B over five years will be provided to the communities to fund education, including building culturally adapted programs, supporting school transportation, and the recruitment and training of over 600 teachers and other staff. Through this agreement, APTN News reports that the communities will have full responsibility over the schools and their curriculum.