Canada announces Recognition and Implementation of Rights Framework

February 21, 2018

The Government of Canada has announced that it will develop a Recognition and Implementation of Rights Framework in partnership with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples. The Framework will aim to lay the foundation for lasting change on issues such as eliminating long-term boil water advisories, improving primary and secondary education on-reserve, and taking further steps toward reconciliation. The framework’s contents will be determined through national engagement activities, with the aim of introducing a framework in 2018 and implementing it before October 2019.

FSIN, SSBA, SICC, Treaty commissioner sign MoU for treaty education in SK

February 7, 2018

The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, the Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre, the Office of the Treaty Commissioner, and the Saskatchewan School Boards Association have signed a memorandum of understanding around treaty education in Saskatchewan schools. “Our children will grow up understanding their Inherent and Treaty rights,” said FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron. “They will learn that Treaties are a sacred covenant and are international law.

Fort William, TBCDSB partner on pilot kindergarten school

January 24, 2018

The Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board and Fort William First Nation have established a partnership that has laid the groundwork for a ‘pilot school’ in the community that will offer full-day kindergarten this fall. The classroom will open as a satellite of St Ann School at the First Nation’s community centre. It will be piloted for one year. “Short-term, we're looking to ensure that this is successful, that the programming is good and that we serve the needs of the community,” said TBCDSB Superintendent of education Omar Belisle.

Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement Act receives royal assent

January 10, 2018

The federal Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement Act has received royal assent as of December 2017, thus enabling Anishinabek communities to create and administer their own education systems. “For so long, having our own education system was a dream, but today, we take a step forward on our journey to building a better education and realizing a better future for our Anishinabek youth,” said Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee.

GPC, Office of the Treaty Commissioner sign strategic alliance

December 13, 2017

Great Plains College and the Office of the Treaty Commissioner have signed a strategic alliance to improve education on Treaties and Indigenous knowledge and collaborate on the promotion of Indigenous-inclusive learning environments. “The Office of the Treaty Commission has had an enormous impact on our student culture and in its support for Indigenous students in particular,” said GPC Vice President Academic Brian Gobbett. “The college is committed to incorporating Indigenous perspectives and knowledge in capacity building, community service and teaching.

Calgary public school trustees praise ‘impressive’ impact of FNMI grad coaches

November 29, 2017

In just one year, the Calgary Board of Education has seen a nearly 25 per cent increase in First Nations, Métis and Inuit students participating in diploma exams, and the board is praising the efforts of FNMI graduation coaches for the increase. “Those are enormous numbers of students feeling confident enough to participate and be part of their own success in learning and that gives me great hope in where we’re headed with our Indigenous Education Strategy,” said Wards 11 and 13 trustee Julie Hrdlicka.

UWinnipeg project to preserve Rocky Cree language, history, culture receives $2.5M

November 15, 2017

A seven-year project to extend the reclamation of Asiniskow Ithiiniwak (Rocky Cree) language, history, and culture has been awarded a $2.5M federal grant.  The project, entitled Six Seasons of the Asiniskow Ithiniwak: Reclamation, Regeneration, and Reconciliation, will be housed at the University of Winnipeg and directed by Dean of Graduate Studies Mavis Reimer. “The project is founded on the revelation of an ancestor, but it is oriented to the future and the ongoing work of reclaiming Rocky Cree languages, histories, and knowledge,” says Reimer.

Lethbridge College receives Indigenous name at Indigenous Celebration Day

November 1, 2017

Lethbridge College recently held an Indigenous Celebration Day, during which the college was granted the Blackfoot name “Ohkotoki’aahkkoiyiiniimaan,” which means Stone Pipe, by Kainai Elder Peter Weasel Moccasin. Weasel Moccasin explained that stone pipes are used in sacred ceremonies of the Blackfoot people to make an offering to Iihtsipaatapi’op, the Source of Life, and have historically kept the Blackfoot people at peace.

First Nations-run school system opens in MB

October 18, 2017

A new school system operated entirely by First Nations has officially opened in Manitoba. Last Wednesday, the Manitoba First Nations School system held its ribbon-cutting ceremony at Sgt Tommy Prince School on the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, about 65 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg. The new system includes a deal for increased funding levels and gives Indigenous leaders jurisdiction over schools in 10 First Nations communities. “Our people always understood the importance of education for creating a better life for future generations.

New FN schools opened and celebrated across the country

October 4, 2017

First Nations have been celebrating the opening of new schools across the country. In British Columbia, the Esk’etemc First Nation has officially opened the community’s new Sxoxomic School, which features three classrooms for its K-7 students, a gym, a kitchen, a pow wow circle, and a preschool space. In Saskatchewan, the Whitecap Dakota First Nation is celebrating the opening of the new Chief Whitecap School, which was developed through a partnership with Saskatoon Public Schools and offers a Dakota-influenced curriculum to its K-8 students.