UBC MOA prepares for major $8.8M renovation project to protect building, collection

October 31, 2018

The University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology will be undertaking an $8.8M renewal project in late autumn. The museum's Great Hall will be earthquake-proofed to protect the building and its collection. The Georgia Straight explains that the upgrade marks the second seismic engineering upgrade of its kind in the city. “In Vancouver, we are all too familiar with the idea of ‘the Big One’—a catastrophic earthquake that threatens to unleash irreparable damage upon our city and beyond,” said MOA Curator of Education Jill Baird.

AU partnership helps Indigenous students access Bachelor of Commerce programs

October 17, 2018

Athabasca University's Faculty of Business and the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Alberta have partnered to help Indigenous students access AU's Bachelor of Commerce undergraduate programming. Indigenous learners will access courses online as well as learning through face-to-face time with AU professors and AFOA mentorship support.

UCN announces Centre for Indigenous Community Development

October 3, 2018

University College of the North has announced the creation of the Centre for Indigenous Community Development, which will help support the economical, social, and cultural development of Indigenous and northern communities. The centre aims to create a conversation about social, economic, and leadership development and foster collaborative activity and programming on key topics and issues. “I am excited to be leading this great new initiative at UCN,” said former MKO Grand Chief Sheila North, who will lead the new centre.

ACAD, Tsuut’ina Nation partner to deliver course in Dené language

September 18, 2018

The Alberta College of Art + Design and ACAD’s Lodgepole Center have partnered with the Tsuut’ina Nation to help revitalize the traditional Dené language. A new 10 week course led by Tsuut’ina Language Commissioner Elder Bruce Starlight is open to the general public and is being offered for free. “The foundation of Indigenous art has always been in individual thought. There are no two designs in the traditional beadwork. The creators of the designs often spend hours drawing and redrawing patterns,” said Starlight.

Carleton, Nunavut Sivuniksavut partner on new college program

September 5, 2018

Carleton University's Faculty of Public Affairs and Nunavut Sivuniksavut have partnered on a pilot college program that aims to increase Inuit involvement in Nunavut's public service sector. “The academic component is going to be complemented with work placements in federal government offices to give students hands-on experience, and practical exposure to the actual career of possibilities for themselves," said Murray Angus, founder of Nunavut Sivuniksavut. The academic component of the program is drawn from a Carleton program that was discontinued due to a lack of funding in 2008.

Arctic College renews ABE funding for three more years

August 22, 2018

Nunavut Arctic College has received a renewed investment of $6M over three years to continue to improve literacy and numeracy skills among working age adults. From 2011 to 2017, the college reportedly provided 1,560 students with adult basic education, 99% of whom were Inuit. Many of those students went on to pursue further education, job training programs, or employment in a number of industries. “A strong education is more critical than ever in industries such as mining or construction,” said Amareet Sohi, NU Minister of Natural Resources.

NWT students set sail on Arctic, Antarctic expeditions

August 8, 2018

Eight students from the Northwest Territories took part in this year's Students on Ice program, which takes youth on educational Arctic and Antarctic expeditions. CBC states that 40% of the participants are Indigenous students from Canada, Greenland, or Alaska. Students spend their days hiking across the tundra, learning from Inuit leaders in remote communities, and taking part in educational workshops on-board that focus on everything from the Inuktitut language to climate change.

AlgomaU unveils Reclamation of Shingwauk Hall

August 8, 2018

Algoma University has opened what it calls the first major, permanent residential school survivor-driven exhibition in a former residential school building. The “Reclaiming Shingwauk Hall” exhibition explores over 110 years of history of the Shingqauk and Wawanosh Indian Residential schools. It also marks the beginning of a multi-phase, comprehensive exhibition plan that will see the former residential school transformed into a world-class commemoration and public education site.

K-7 students learn numeracy, literacy skills and cultural lessons at GECDSB's Camp Migizi

July 25, 2018

The Greater Essex County District School Board has introduced Camp Migizi, a three-week dacycamp for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 7. The camp helps students to sharpen their numeracy and literacy skills and learn more about their culture.

Dal Agricultural Campus introduces Indigenous Student Access Pathway

July 11, 2018

Dalhousie University’s Agricultural Campus has announced plans for the Indigenous Student Access Pathway, a one-year program for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students who would otherwise be ineligible for admission, or for those who would benefit from dedicated supports as they transition to university. “We are really working hard to become more welcoming to Indigenous communities both from a campus perspective and through our curriculum,” said Art Stevens, Manager of Indigenous Students on the Agricultural Campus.