NWT signs agreement to use BC curriculum from junior kindergarten to Grade 12

January 12, 2022
The Government of the Northwest Territories has announced that it has signed an agreement with the Government of British Columbia to use the BC curriculum for junior kindergarten to Grade 12. BC’s curriculum is competencies-based and best aligned with NWT’s education priorities, and will be phased in over the next few years. The change means that the Alberta curriculum will no longer be used in the NWT. “British Columbia’s redesigned curriculum aims to personalize learning, making it more student-centered and flexible,” said NWT Education Minister RJ Simpson.

QC invests $19.4M in educational initiatives to create closer ties with Indigenous people

December 15, 2021
The Government of Quebec has announced nearly $20M to support three initiatives focused on supporting Indigenous youth integration in the education system and informing youth about the experiences of Indigenous people. The three initiatives include a partnership to create new educational material about the realities faced by Indigenous people, the provision of new supports to Indigenous youth in the public school system, and a long-term plan to integrate an Indigenous perspective into the revision of all programs.

MB launches consultation team to guide redevelopment of education model

December 1, 2021
The Government of Manitoba has created a consultation team that will guide the redevelopment of the education funding model to ensure sustainable, fair investment of funds. “We need to simplify funding to schools, better support specialized learning needs and create predictability in funding,” said MB Education Minister Cliff Cullen.

MMF to develop childcare centre in The Pas through $10.3M investment

November 17, 2021
The Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) will be developing an affordable housing project in The Pas, Manitoba, which will include a childcare centre. MMF has invested $10.3M and partnered with The Pas and The Pas Community Development Corporation on the project. The daycare will have 40 spaces and will have a focus on teaching children about culture and heritage through land-based learning. The construction is anticipated to begin next spring, with the daycare being a top priority. “We’re going to make sure land-based learning and language learning [is used],” said MMF president David Chartrand.

BC announces legislative changes to allow First Nations jurisdiction to certify, regulate teachers

November 3, 2021
The Government of British Columbia has announced legislative changes that will allow First Nations participating in BC’s education jurisdiction initiative to certify and regulate teachers who are working in schools under their jurisdiction. The new legislation will also change the British Columbia Teachers’ Council’s composition to ensure that the First Nations Education Authority is represented on the council.

IBM, NSCC, Mi’kmaw organizations partner on software engineering program for Indigenous high school students

October 20, 2021
IBM, Nova Scotia Community College, Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey, and Mi’kmaw Economic Benefits Office have partnered on a new program that will allow Indigenous high school students in Cape Breton to graduate from high school with a two-year college diploma in software engineering. The Unama’ki Pathways in Technology, Early College High School (P-TECH) has been launched at Allison Bernard Memorial High School in Eskasoni, and will provide a tuition-free path for students to earn a diploma conferred by NSCC as they gain work experience.

ON to introduce new Grade 1-3 curriculum, invest in supports for Indigenous students

October 6, 2021
The Government of Ontario has announced that it will be introducing a new mandatory Grade 1-3 social studies curriculum, which includes the residential school system, the Indigenous relationship to the land, and Inuktitut as a language option. Joanne Meyer, the chief operating officer of the Métis Nation of Ontario, said that these changes would align the curriculum with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations.

ACC, BrandonU, Campus Manitoba collaborate to launch Indigenization foundation guide

September 22, 2021
Assiniboine Community College, Brandon University, and Campus Manitoba have collaborated to launch an Indigenization foundation guide called the Pulling Together Manitoba Foundations Guide (Brandon Edition). The guide, which was originally created in British Columbia, is regionally specific and will give those living in the prairie more information to help them understand Canada’s colonial legacy.

Ryerson Board accepts all Standing Strong Task Force Recommendations, including renaming

September 8, 2021
The Standing Strong (Mash Koh Wee Kah Pooh Win) Task Force’s final report has been presented to Ryerson University’s Board of Governors, and the Board has approved a motion to accept all 22 recommendations. These recommendations include renaming the university, sharing materials that recognize Egerton Ryerson’s legacy, increasing supports for Indigenous and Black scholarship, and providing more opportunities to learn about Indigenous history. The university will be announcing its next steps in the days to come, and has committed to developing an action plan by January 2022.

Canada, ON invest over $14.2M in internet infrastructure for Indigenous communities, education

August 25, 2021
The Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario have announced that they will be investing over $14.2M in five Northern Ontario community and education infrastructure projects. The projects include the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Student Internet Connectivity Project, which will provide secure internet to students attending school virtually. Two other projects will provide 13 First Nation communities with internet, which will allow students to access remote learning, school websites, and online mental health resources.