Regina celebrates opening of one-of-a-kind mâmawêyatitân centre

September 20, 2017

Regina Public Schools, the City of Regina, and the Regina Public Library joined with Elders and members of the north central community to celebrate the opening of mâmawêyatitân centre last week. The $42.2M centre is reportedly the first of its kind in Canada, and includes the new Scott Collegiate High School, a child care centre, a city recreational complex, a public library branch, a community policing centre, and a First Nations Elders’ ceremonial room.

“Why is indigenization so difficult?” ask Four Worlds authors

September 6, 2017

Indigenization efforts often begin with the best of intentions, write Michael Bopp, Lee Brown, and Jonathan Robb, but “it is not unusual to see what turns out to be a complex change and development processes falter, or even stall somewhere along the way as the rubber hits the road in terms of actual implementation.” The authors explore what success looks like when it comes to indigenization in PSE, then describe some of the most common barriers to achieving this success.

Anishinabek signs historic self-governing education agreement

August 23, 2017

The Anishinabek Nation in Ontario signed the largest self-governing education agreement in Canadian history earlier this month. The agreement enables the Anishinabek Nation to govern its K-12 education system on reserve, which includes managing classroom curriculum and school resources in the hopes of improving academic achievement and keeping students in school. “These 23 communities will be in the driver's seat in creating a great future for their children,” said Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee.

Canada must create Indigenous language preservation plan “with teeth” says USudbury prof

August 9, 2017

Canada’s Indigenous languages are in danger of dying out if the federal government does not develop an effective preservation plan, according to University of Sudbury Professor Mary Anne Corbiere. “If they are not preserved, they will die when the last speaker dies,” Corbiere told CBC's Morning North. Corbiere has reportedly been running her own for-credit courses at USudbury to help students learn to speak Indigenous languages. Corbiere also says that she welcomes any non-Indigenous learners who would like to learn the languages.

Renaming Ryerson is about addressing colonialism, not sanitizing it: opinion

July 26, 2017

There is a “certain irony” to the fact that many people are insisting that Ryerson University continue to be named after a man whose ideas were pivotal in the creation of residential schools, writes Doug George-Kanentiio for CBC.

Nishnawbe Aski Nation asks Thunder Bay, Fort William First Nation to declare state of emergency

July 12, 2017

Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler says that he will ask the City of Thunder Bay and Fort William First Nation to declare a state of emergency to mobilize more funds for student safety. Seven First Nations students have died in the city since 2000. “This is not the kind of conference that we want to have, but we have to,” said Fiddler. “I think the issues are too urgent.” The statement comes after two days of talks with chiefs from First Nations across Northern Ontario, who gathered to discuss the safety of Indigenous youth attending school in Thunder Bay.

Postsecondary schools across Canada open Indigenous centres, art pieces, rename schools

June 28, 2017

Many postsecondary schools across Canada announced the grand opening or renaming of schools, the establishment of art pieces, and more in honour of Indigenous peoples and in celebration of National Aboriginal Day. Mount Saint Vincent University became the first university in Nova Scotia to raise a wikuom, also known as a wigwam, on its campus, which will serve as a space for Indigenous gatherings and education at the university.

Report calls for overhaul of special education funding for First Nations students

June 14, 2017

A federally-funded report has called for a complete overhaul of special education funding for First Nations students from Ontario reserves in order to provide stability and predictability. “A new model is needed that is bottom-up, holistic, uncapped, flexible, eligible for carry-over between years, and indexed,” the report states.

Parents “outraged and upset” after elimination of Aboriginal retention worker program

May 31, 2017

Parents say that they are “outraged and upset” about the Saskatoon Catholic school division’s decision to end its Aboriginal student-retention worker program. CBC reports that on Tuesday, May 23, the program’s 12 employees received layoff notices. “Knowing that they had a place to go to and a person to speak to, to make decisions for their future, there was a personal relationship bonded there,” said parent Rachelle Tanton, who added that her four children have benefited greatly from the program.

Kativik School Board deems new History of QC, Canada curriculum unacceptable

May 17, 2017

“The new History of Quebec and Canada curriculum is unacceptable. Not only does it offer too little Aboriginal content, but it was crafted out of a consultation process that repeats a historical pattern of oppression, which continues to suppress the Inuit voice,” says Alicie Nalukturuk, President of the Kativik School Board. NationTalk reports that KSB has been an active participant on a committee created by the Quebec Ministry of Education to review and propose changes to the new History of Quebec and Canada curriculum.