SRC, CRCC announce new grants, program expansions

June 27, 2018

The Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) has announced that it is formally expanding the Aboriginal Mentorship Program. The program helps connect First Nations, Inuit, and Métis postsecondary students in STEM fields with an SRC mentor in a similar discipline. The students also gain work experience through a hands-on summer job at SRC. The Canada Research Coordinating Committee has announced the launch of new tri-agency Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation—Connection Grants.

Cowichan, Stz’uminus, VIU collaborate on specialized ECEC program

June 13, 2018

Cowichan Tribes, the Stz’uminus First Nation, and Vancouver Island University have collaborated on the design of a specialized early childhood care program. Over the course of the three-year program, 24 Indigenous students will receive adult basic education upgrading, Hul’qu’minum language learning, and a diploma in early childhood education. “Cowichan Tribes Education and Vancouver Island University maintain a positive and successful working relationship,” said Char Crocker, director of Quw’utsun Syuw’entst Lelum’ of Cowichan Tribes.

CBU introduces interdisciplinary program for Mi’kmaw students

May 30, 2018

Cape Breton University will launch an interdisciplinary program in science, technology, and business for Mi’kmaw students in September of 2018. Nation Talk reports that Indigenous graduates of CBU have historically completed Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Arts Community Studies, and that Mi’kmaw leaders requested the new program to introduce Indigenous students to a more diverse array of course and career options.

St Michael Catholic HS marks Indigenous Education Day with grandmothers

May 16, 2018

At St Michael Catholic High School, four First Nations grandmothers visited on Indigenous Education Day to share their cultural teachings. The day was filled with education and activities, and students were treated to traditional and ceremonial teachings, drumming, and singing. Intermediate students and staff also had the opportunity to learn about First Nation culture, medicines, traditions, as well as participating in a strawberry ceremony; while high school students listened to two members of the Ottawa River Singers perform.

Longue Sault Public School, Ahkwesahsne Mohawk School exchange ideas

May 2, 2018

Students and staff from Longue Sault Public School and Ahkwesahsne Mohawk School recently gathered to participate in a “Celebration of First Nations” at LSPS. At the event, Grade 1 and 2 students learned First Nation games and the history behind them, Grade 3 students learned about wampum belts, and Grade 4 students listened to stories about First Nations culture and spiritual practices. “They shared many stories and legends about (First Nations) rich culture and heritage,” LSPS Teacher Helene Sauve said.

Piikani Nation takes on tiny home pilot project

April 18, 2018

The Piikani Nation in Alberta hopes to both address a housing crisis and give high school students the opportunity to develop skills for careers in the trades by testing out a tiny home pilot project. The Nation recently broke ground on the federally-funded program that will see a dozen high school students build a one-bedroom tiny home for a local elder. “We're giving these kids an experience as a team, empowerment, pride and a sense of community,” said program manager Jay Noel, adding that the project gives students apprenticeship hours, a high school class credit, and a paycheque.

UManitoba students lobby for Indigenous language education

April 4, 2018

Noah Wilson, co-president of the Aboriginal Students Association at the University of Manitoba, is leading the ReconciliAction campaign, which will lobby Canadian universities to create official degrees and diplomas in Indigenous languages. “It's about bringing light to the TRC Calls to Action, and ensuring that the calls to action are being implemented,” Wilson told CBC. The campaign’s launch featured panels that included elders, students, and administrators.

Racist graffiti at NS school sees students stay home

March 21, 2018

Hundreds of students from the Nova Scotia First Nation who attend East Antigonish Education Centre/Academy recently stayed home from school as the RCMP investigated threats and racist graffiti. Racist slurs against Indigenous and black people were found spray-painted Monday in four spots on a school bus and on a sign near the K-12 school. At least one person was also reportedly heard making verbal threats against the school.

ON invests in training for Indigenous communities

March 7, 2018

The Ontario Government has announced funding for Indigenous communities across Ontario to improve economic outcomes through training and job creation. “These grants are part of Ontario’s commitment to work closely with Indigenous partners so they can fully develop the talent and economic potential in their communities,” explained David Zimmer, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. In the Georgian Bay region, ON is supporting the Huronia Area Aboriginal Management Board Skills-Ready Aboriginal Peoples Project with nearly $250K in funding.

Western knowledge finally catching up to Indigenous knowledge: SFU Professor

February 21, 2018

“There are many cases where science and history are catching up with what Indigenous peoples have long known,” writes Simon Fraser University Professor of Archaeology George Nicholas. The author highlights examples in several different fields where Traditional Knowledge was aware of a phenomenon or event that was not understood or accepted by Western Knowledge until significantly later, such as the use of fire by birds of prey.