Matawa students try cross-country skiing thanks to Spirit North partnership

April 3, 2019

Students at the Matawa Education and Care Centre in Thunder Bay were recently able to try cross-country skiing at the Kamview Nordic Cenre, thanks to a new partnership. Spirit North, the partner organization, is a charitable group that helps First Nations start cross-country ski programs for youth. The organization provided 30 full sets of ski gear to the centre and arranged for the students to be joined by experienced instructors.

New Northern ON internship program to broaden support for Indigenous, skilled workers

March 20, 2019

The Government of Ontario has announced that it is revamping an internship program that will create more opportunities for Indigenous peoples and address the skilled labour shortage across the province’s North. Among the changes to the province’s Northern Ontario Internship Program will be a removal of the requirement that applicants be recent university or college graduates.

Camosun, SIPP partner to solve transportation puzzle for South Island First Nations

March 6, 2019

Camosun College is collaborating with the South Island Prosperity Project to develop better transportation opportunities for the Indigenous communities in the South Island, BC region. A Camosun release states that the initiative aims to improve access to post-secondary institutions in the region, First Nations-run education centres, and other such destinations. “Camosun’s relationship to South Island First Nations is immensely important to our success as an institution.

USask launches Certificate in the Study of Indigenous Storytelling

February 20, 2019

The University of Saskatchewan will provide a space for Indigenous storytelling from multiple disciplinary and culturally-specific perspectives through a new Certificate in Indigenous Storytelling. A USask release explains that courses will focus on how methods of telling and recording Indigenous stories impact their dissemination and reception. “We hope that learning through the lens of Indigenous storytelling will help to provide an understanding of the past, the present and the future,” said Wendy Roy, Head of USask’s Department of English.

Squamish Nation, North Vancouver School District sign Indigenous education protocol 

February 6, 2019

The North Vancouver School District and the Squamish Nation have signed a formal agreement to collaborate to improve education for Indigenous students in North Vancouver. reports North Shore News. Brad Baker, district principal of Indigenous education, noted that the new agreement “raises the bar” for both the school district and the Squamish Nation in supporting both the academic success and sense of belonging of local First Nations students.

Level launches education, mentorship program in Thunder Bay to change lives through law

January 23, 2019

A new education and mentorship program launched by Canadian charity Level in Thunder Bay will enable elementary school students between the ages of 11 and 14 to learn more about law and the justice system. The program will see grade six and seven students from Kingsway Park Public School take part in the Indigenous Youth Outreach Program. A volunteer--a student from Lakehead University Faculty of Law--will run a variety of workshops on the Canadian criminal justice system.

NIC introduces Likʷala /Kwak’wala and Nuu-chah-nulth language courses

January 9, 2019

North Island College has announced that it is offering introductory language courses in Likʷala /Kwak’wala and Nuu-chah-nulth at its Campbell River and Comox Valley campuses. A release explains that the Kwak’wala course, which is offered at both locations, includes listening and speaking with a focus on basic conversation, structure, and pronunciation. Introduction to Nuu-Chah-nulth, which will be offered at Comox Valley, enables students to develop listening techniques that compare and contrast Nuu-chah-nulth and English sound patterns and pronunciation.

More Canadians learning Indigenous languages, but everyday usage, youth necessary to thrive

December 12, 2018

Statistics Canada has shown that a growing number of people in Canada are learning an Indigenous language, especially languages such as Blackfoot, Cree languages, Ojibway, Salish languages, and Inuktitut. However, StatsCan also found that the share of the Indigenous population that is able to speak an Indigenous language has declined over the past two decades, a finding that is likely impacted by the growing likelihood of self-identification, while the total number of people who are able to speak an Indigenous language has risen by 8%.

STU receives human rights complaint from Kingsclear mother

November 28, 2018

APTN News has learned that Keyaira Gruben, a mother from Kingsclear First Nation in New Brunswick, is filing a human rights complaint against St Thomas University after she was told that she could not bring her baby to class. Administrators of the Mi’kmaq Maliseet Bachelor of Social Work Program advised Gruben that they had received complaints from other students about the infant. APTN adds that Gruben is not the first student faced with this problem, and that several young mothers have stated that STU needs to provide better childcare options.

NIC provides more early childhood educators to Vancouver's West Coast through partnership

November 14, 2018

An in-community partnership between North Island College and the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation will bring nine new qualified early childhood educators to Vancouver Island’s West Coast. “Limited access to childcare has a big impact on families, whether it’s a parent’s ability to work, or go to back to school to train for a new career,” said Tla-o-qui-aht Education Manager Iris Frank, who originally approached NIC about bringing the program to the West Coast.