Canada, ON, MB, NWT announce major investment into schools, community infrastructure

August 11, 2021
The Government of Canada and the provincial and territorial governments of Ontario, Manitoba, and the Northwest Territories have announced significant investments into local learning centres. In ON, an investment of over $37.8M will support projects at several schools, community centres, and treatment centres. Among the 35 recipients are First Nations K-12 schools and early childcare centers–such as Dennis Franklin Cromarty First Nation High School, Pelican Falls High School, and the Matawa Education & Care Centre–which will use the funds for major new additions and renovations.

Lakehead, Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians to create Indigenous law institute

July 28, 2021

Lakehead University’s law faculty and the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians have received a pledge of $918K over three years to support the creation of an Indigenous law institute in Thunder Bay. Justice Minister and Attorney General of Canada David Lametti said that the funds will support research on Indigenous law-making and “lay the foundation” for a new legal centre that will reinvigorate Indigenous legal systems. The funding will support a project to improve Lenape, Mohawk, Oneida, and Anishinaabe law-making processes in a research phase and implement them in a pilot phase.

Provinces, territories called on to revamp curriculum to include Indigenous history, languages

July 14, 2021

Several provinces have received new or renewed pressure to revise their curricula to better reflect Indigenous culture, history, and/or languages. In New Brunswick, the provincial history and social sciences curricula have been criticized for being Eurocentric in their content, as well as outdated and insufficient. "I don't think [the current curriculum] gives them the foundation to clearly understand how learning about the past helps them make sense of the world they're living in,” said STU History department chair Karen Robert.

Anishnawbek Nation, BCcampus, FPCC, MLTC launch new educational resources and tools

June 30, 2021
Several new educational resources and tools have been launched this month to support students and teachers who wish to know more about Indigenous history, treaties, rights, languages, and culture. The Anishnawbek Nation celebrated the launch of an online educational resource called “Ezhi-Nawending: How Are We Related” for teaching elementary school students about First Nations history, treaties, and Aboriginal rights. The resource builds upon an existing elementary teacher’s kit that was released in 2015 and contains over 80 animations, videos, and other tools.

Academics, institutions seek to find, support searches for those buried at former residential schools

June 16, 2021
Several Canadian postsecondary institutions have responded to the discovery of the remains of 215 Indigenous children at the Kamloops residential school site by supporting search efforts or embarking on their own searches for other graves. The Canadian Archaeological Association has created free online resources to answer questions and explain the process of finding unmarked graves so that communities have the information to quickly move forward.

Education community responds to discovery of children’s remains at former residential school

June 2, 2021

The Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc recently discovered the remains of 215 children on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, and members of the education community are responding to the discovery with expressions of grief and calls for action. “We need to make sure [former school sites] are controlled and protected so full investigations can be done,” said Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, director of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre at the University of British Columbia.

Grand Council Treaty #3, Canada, ON sign MOU to improve education for First Nations students

May 19, 2021
Grand Council Treaty #3, the Government of Canada, and the Government of Ontario have successfully concluded the negotiation of a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding that supports First Nations control of education to improve student success in Northwestern Ontario.The partnership will help create a better education system for the over 1,300 First Nations students who live in Treaty #3 territory and the 17 First Nations in Ontario who have signed the agreement. Canada and ON have invested $1.16M and $300K respectively to support Grand Council Treaty #3 as they implement the agreement.

MNBC invests $16.6M into early learning and childcare programs, services

May 5, 2021
Métis Nation BC (MNBC) has announced that it will be investing over $16.6M into early learning and childcare programs and services. In addition to providing $500K for the Miyoopimatishihk (Wellbeing) Program, MNBC will provide $500K each to the Métis Early Years Cultural & Language Program, Métis Family Connections, and Métis Early Years Family Gatherings and early years programing in Chartered Communities.

Canada invests $150M in better ventilation for schools, other public buildings in Indigenous communities

April 21, 2021
The Government of Canada has announced that it will be investing $150M in better ventilation for public buildings in Indigenous communities such as schools and hospitals. The funding will be used for projects that will decrease the risk of aerosol transmission of COVID-19 by assessing, monitoring, and improving ventilation and indoor air quality. Communities will be able to access upgrades or conversions of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, as well as community-based solutions.

AB unveils new curriculum, education community expresses concerns

April 7, 2021
The Government of Alberta has released a new draft elementary school curriculum that has received criticism from members of the education community. Everything GP reports that the draft curriculum will see students begin to learn about First Nations treaties in Grade 4 social studies, while the history of residential schools will begin in Grade 5. Cree Elder Betty Letendre, who was part of a working group of five elders tasked with reviewing the Indigenous portions of Alberta’s new K-6 curriculum, says that she cannot endorse the curriculum at this time.