TDSB votes to replace Grade 11 English course with course highlighting Indigenous voices

February 8, 2023
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) recently voted to replace the compulsory Grade 11 English course with a course titled Contemporary First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Voices. The course is designed to focus on the literary, oral, media, and cultural texts of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples while also preparing students for the Grade 12 English course.

Indigenous high school receives $2.9M from federal government for retrofits

January 25, 2023
Inner City High School, an Indigenous high school in Edmonton, has received $2.9M in federal funding to retrofit its building. Inner City will use the funds to increase the building’s sustainability through energy-efficient renovations such as improving glazing, using alternative energy sources, and increasing the building’s climate resilience; as well as making accessibility improvements and introducing English and Cree signage. The federal release explains that the retrofits will lead to cost savings that will be directed back into supporting students at the school.

School boards celebrate First National Ribbon Skirt Day

January 11, 2023
The first National Ribbon Skirt Day was held on January 4th, and several schools marked the day in-person and online to recognize Indigenous traditions and celebrate those wearing ribbon skirts. The day responds to an incident in 2020 in which 10-year-old Isabella Kulak was shamed at her school for wearing a ribbon skirt. Divisions such as Good Spirit School Division, the Sun West School Division, and Regina Public Schools recognized the day and showed their support.

NAN, Canada sign NAN-Canada Education Reset Table Agreement

December 14, 2022
The Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) and the Government of Canada have signed the NAN-Canada Education Reset Table Agreement. Under this agreement, NAN and Canada will continue to support the NAN education systems in providing safe, culturally appropriate, and high-quality education services that are sensitive to the circumstances, strengths and challenges of each community. The agreement also establishes the NAN-Canada Education Reset Table, which will develop a policy and funding framework that will enable NAN First Nations to have more control over their education systems.

Canada, NBES, KWLIS announce funds, resources to support language learning, literacy

November 30, 2022
Several organizations and governments have announced new funds and supports for Indigenous language learning and literacy. The Government of Canada announced $39.4M to support the preservation and revitalization of Indigenous languages in the territories. "Our vision is to have schools talking in our language, all the way from kindergarten to graduation,” said Dettah chief Edward Sangris, who added that he anticipates the funds to be put toward Willideh language programming in the Yellowknives Dene First Nation community's school.

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.