Canada provides funds to support events commemorating Truth and Reconciliation for NDTR

September 7, 2022
The Government of Canada has announced a $4M investment to support events and projects that commemorate Truth and Reconciliation in honour of the upcoming National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Organizations across Canada will use the funding to remember the impact of residential schools and foster healing for Survivors, families, and communities.

Sheguiandah First Nation celebrates official opening of Biinojiinh Kinomaage-gamik Early Years Centre

August 24, 2022
The Biinojiinh Kinomaage-gamik Early Years Centre on the Sheguiandah First Nation has celebrated its official opening. The centre was completed in August 2020 and celebrated a soft opening in May 2022 when pandemic restrictions were lifted. The building has been prepared to welcome the children with toys, books, and learning materials, and features a washer and dryer and a storage unit to store equipment. “This early years centre is here for the many kids we have ... in the community,” said Sheguiandah Chief Elvis Mishibinijima.

Winnipeg teacher invites colleagues to incorporate Indigenous language into classrooms with new resource

August 10, 2022
A Winnipeg high school teacher is calling on colleagues to incorporate Indigenous languages into their daily routines this school year. Michelle Arnaud, who is Métis and whose ancestry is Cree, Anishinaabe and European, has been working on decolonizing education over the summer and created a virtual agenda that will be used to welcome students to the classroom each day. The agenda includes terms in Cree, Michif, Anishinaabe, Dakota, and Oji-Cree in order to bring Indigenous languages back into the classroom.

FNEC, ISC sign historic agreement to provide $1.1B, control over education to 22 communities

July 27, 2022
A historic regional education agreement was signed on Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory between the First Nations Education Council, FNEC’s 22 First Nations member communities, and Indigenous Services Canada. Under the agreement, approximately $1.1B over five years will be provided to the communities to fund education, including building culturally adapted programs, supporting school transportation, and the recruitment and training of over 600 teachers and other staff. Through this agreement, APTN News reports that the communities will have full responsibility over the schools and their curriculum.

Four First Nations celebrate conclusion of education self-government agreements

July 13, 2022
Four First Nations recently celebrated the conclusion of self-government agreements that will give them authority over their K-12 education systems. The Cowichan Tribes, Lil'wat Nation, ʔaq'am, and Seabird Island now have law-making authority regarding teacher and school certification, graduation requirements, curriculum, and course approvals. The First Nations Education Authority (FNEA) has also been established, which will help the First Nations to expand their capacity to offer education on their land.

BC announces Indigenous-focused graduation requirement

June 29, 2022
The Government of British Columbia has announced that it is implementing an Indigenous-focused graduation requirement starting in 2023-24. High school students will be required to complete an Indigenous-focused course, such as Contemporary Indigenous Studies or one of 18 eligible First Nations language courses, before they graduate from high school. The introduction of the new requirement will make BC the first province to have an Indigenous-focused graduation requirement.

Canada announces $102M for new, renewed chairs at 35 Canadian research institutions

June 15, 2022
The Government of Canada has announced the latest round of new and renewed Canada Research Chairs. With a $102M investment, Canada has announced 119 CRCs at 35 Canadian research institutions. The investments will allow researchers to continue to contribute to global discussions in a variety of topics, such as economics, viral vectors and vaccines, and the Indigenization of higher education.

Lennox Island First Nation experiences cultural revival as students embrace Mi’kmaw culture

June 1, 2022
Lennox Island First Nation is experiencing a cultural revival as students reclaim their education through practicing Mi’kmaw culture, reports CBC. Students at John J Sark Memorial School, which is a former day school, have been practicing Mi’kmaw culture by drumming and speaking the language. Students take pride in their heritage through activities such as drumming at lunch and announcing the weather to their school and community in Mi’kmaw and English. “I feel it’s super cool because my ancestors, it was illegal for them to do it, a long time ago ...

Schools, postsecondary institutions honour Red Dress Day, Moose Hide Day with education, reflection

May 18, 2022
Educational institutions across Canada spent time this month to honour missing and murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people, provide education to staff and students, raise awareness about gender-based violence, and stand in solidarity with survivors.

MB releases Indigenous Education Policy Framework, new education reform action plan

May 4, 2022
The Government of Manitoba has developed an education policy for Indigenous students called Mamàhtawisiwin: The Wonder We Are Born With - An Indigenous Education Policy Framework, as well as a new education reform action plan. Mamàhtawisiwin includes four policy directions: Authentic involvement; ensuring students are at the centre; understanding world views, values, identities, traditions, and contemporary lifestyles; and inclusive, culturally safe learning environments.