Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation requests funds for new trades programs

July 11, 2018

The Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation has requested $1M from the Northwest Territories for a new trades program, CBC has learned. “Our plan is to focus on one trade at a time, to gain more employment opportunities for our people,” said Lutsel K’e Dene Chief Darryl Boucher-Marlowe. “Where we come from, an isolated community, there's not a lot of resources where we can access trades programs.” Boucher-Marlowe told CBC that the school would begin by offering carpentry, with programs in mechanics, electrical, plumbing, and welding to follow.

Canadian K-12 and PSE celebrate, reflect upon National Indigenous Peoples day

June 27, 2018

Postsecondary institutions and associated organizations from across Canada held celebrations, highlighted the contributions of Indigenous scholars, reflected upon historic wrongs, and more in honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day last Friday. Flag-raising ceremonies, cultural performances, and other events were held across the country, from Memorial University and the College of the North Atlantic on the east coast to Royal Roads University on the west. Several institutions announced that they had signed CICAN’s Indigenous Education Protocol or hired new Indigenous faculty.

Paul First Nation celebrates beginning of construction for K-9 school

June 13, 2018

The Paul First Nation in Alberta recently celebrated the official start of construction for a new K-9 school in their community with a sod-turning ceremony. The school will include an industrial art shop that will benefit junior high school students, as well as space to provide adult education for the community. “Education is critical to improving opportunities for First Nations youth and a welcoming learning environment is essential,” said Federal Minister of Indigenous Services Jane Philpott.

Maskwacîs Cree Nations, Canada celebrate landmark education agreement

May 30, 2018

The Maskwacîs Cree Nations and the Government of Canada have signed a landmark First Nations education agreement marking the official transition of true local control of education to the Cree Nations. The Agreement ensures that all 11 Maskwacîs schools are placed under full administrative control of the Maskwacîs Education Schools Commission, which will serve as the single education authority for students in the area. “This is an historic moment,” said MESC superintendent Brian Wildcat.

CEGEP, Cree Trappers Association announce college-level program teaching Cree lifestyle

May 16, 2018

Cégep de Saint-Félicien and the Cree Trappers Association have spearheaded a new program, the Eeyou-Ituun Traditional Pursuits Training Program, which will teach the fundamentals of the Cree traditional lifestyle. The 900-hour, one-year vocational certificate program will teach skills such as hunting, trapping, and fishing; building traditional dwellings; and other related skills. Cree land users and elders, as well as accredited instructors from the CEGEP will lead the program.

VIU to recognize Indigenous Peoples with Canadian ancestral lands as domestic students

May 2, 2018

Vancouver Island University’s Board of Governors has moved to approve a new tuition framework that allows any Indigenous peoples whose ancestral lands are within Canada to be considered domestic students rather than international students. The change was made after discussions with Indigenous communities indicated a strong interest in enhancing educational opportunities for members of those communities who live outside of Canada.

$1M gift supports Indigenous entrepreneurs program at UVic

April 18, 2018

BMO Financial Group has donated $1M to support and expand the Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs Program (ACE) at the University of Victoria, reports the Victoria Times Colonist. Developed out of a partnership between UVic’s Gustavson School of Business and Tribal Resources Investment Corporation, ACE offers culturally-informed business education for Indigenous communities in BC. According to UVic business professor Brent Mainprize, ACE has helped launch 72 businesses through the province, with an additional 128 in the planning stage.

Saskatoon, SIIT formally ink agreement supporting students

April 4, 2018

Saskatoon’s City Council has formally inked an agreement between the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies and the Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research. “One of the most tangible things is to identify and make sure that … the qualifications and the training that students are getting here are going to set them up to be able to compete with anybody else for positions,” said Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark. Clark explained that the agreement will make it easier for graduating students to get good jobs and create a more representative workforce in Saskatoon.

USask student leaders propose new Indigenous students’ union

March 21, 2018

Indigenous student leaders at the University of Saskatchewan say that they want to create an independent students’ union to better address the needs of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit students on campus. Indigenous Students’ Council President Regan Ratt-Misponas was joined by representatives of three other student groups in calling on USask administrators to recognize the proposed Indigenous Students’ Union. “It’s about being able to have a platform for our authentic Indigenous student voice to be heard,” said ISC president Regan Ratt-Misponas.

BC invests in childcare spaces, dedicates space to Indigenous children

March 7, 2018

The Federal Government and the Government of British Columbia have announced a $153M investment in early learning and childcare systems in the province. The funding will create 1,370 new infant and toddler child care spaces, and provide operational funding to administer low-cost spaces for at least 1,786 children. The investment also includes new funds that will create on- and off-reserve programming for approximately 590 families. “The B.C.