MRU celebrates grand opening of Office of Academic Indigenization

February 7, 2018

Mount Royal University has celebrated the grand opening of the Office of Academic Indigenization. The office will consult and collaborate with stakeholders from the MRU and external communities to promote culturally responsible and respectful curricula. It will also lead professional development for faculty. “I hope and believe we will be able to influence students profoundly and positively in at least three ways,” said MRU Vice-Provost Jim Zimmer. “First, by increasing the number of Indigenous students on campus. Second, by ensuring not only their success but their excellence here.

NWT Indigenous youth to receive $5.38M for skills training, nursing programming

January 24, 2018

The federal government has announced that a total of $5.38M will be invested in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, the bulk of which will go towards a new program delivered by the Gwich’in Tribal Council. GTC’s Taii Trigwatssii (Breaking Trails) project will involve about 80 youth in an eight-month skills training program that incorporates Gwich’in’ traditional knowledge,  adult basic education, essential life and workplace skills, and entrepreneurship.

WLU Indigenous Field of Study launches Educator's Certificate in Indigegogy

January 10, 2018

The Indigenous Field of Study, Masters of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University has announced the launch of The Centre for Indigegogy: Indigenous Centred Wholistic Development. A WLU release notes that Indigegogy is a term coined by Stan Wilson, a Cree elder and educator, which means using Indigenous knowledge,and Indigenous ways of learning to create and provide education. The Indigenous Educator's Certificate in Indigegogy is designed for educators who wish to develop the capacity for bringing Indigenous ways of knowing and learning to their curriculum.

URegina honoured with eagle staff for reconciliation efforts

December 13, 2017

The University of Regina has received an Eagle Staff created by Elder Roy Bison and his son Teddy Bison for the institution’s efforts towards reconciliation. “The Eagle Staff is representative of a nation. In our traditional societies when visitors approached an encampment or community the presence of the Eagle Staff meant that the visitors were coming in peace and respect. In contemporary times, the Eagle Staff represents the ideals and values of the owner. It may represent a history,” explained Elder Roy Bison.

Algoma approves new First Nation certificate program, UAlberta launches PhD

November 15, 2017

A new certificate in First Nation social policy and community development offered by Algoma University will provide a pathway into the school's degree programs. SooToday explains that the 10-course certificate will offer students the opportunity to stream into Algoma's community economic and social development and community development bachelor of arts programs. The University of Alberta’s Faculty of Native Studies has also introduced a three-year compressed PhD program, which has seen its first cohort of five Indigenous students begin this year.

Vancouver school to be renamed Xpey’ school

November 1, 2017

The Vancouver Courier reports that Sir William Macdonald elementary school, located in Eastern Vancouver, will be renamed the Xpey’ Elementary school. The school reportedly became an Aboriginal focus school in 2012, and the name change is reportedly two years in the making, with over 30 names submitted for consideration by 45 people. CBC explains that the name Xpey’, which translates to “cedar” in the Hul'q'umi'num' dialect, was suggested by Chief Wayne Sparrow and council members of the Musqueam lndian Band.

SFU pledges to move forward on reconciliation recommendations

October 18, 2017

Simon Fraser University says that it will spend $9M over the next four years to help implement recommendations from its Aboriginal Reconciliation Council. Council Co-Chair Chris Lewis spent months performing consultations both on and off the SFU campus to help shape the recommendations. “It was the first step in terms of  transforming SFU to make sure that it's a welcoming place for our Indigenous students and for all students that they can hear our songs, witness our ceremonies and protocols,” said Lewis.

The process of learning to include Indigenous knowledge in the classroom

October 4, 2017

“Teaching is a deeply personal act for most of us,” writes University of Toronto OISE Distinguished Professor Kathleen Gallagher. “But this year is different from others. There is a new duty felt by teachers at all levels of our education system to make good on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) calls to action, creating both a critically important opportunity and an unease about our preparedness.” Gallagher writes about how she learned to include Indigenous knowledge in the classroom and “decolonize” teaching habits.

SNP, Canadore form new strategic education and training alliance

September 20, 2017

Canadore College and Six Nations Polytechnic have entered into a formalized agreement that commits the schools to a number of educational initiatives. These opportunities include the creation of accelerated transfer pathways, development of community capacity, and delivery of education and training programs. In addition, the agreement will see the schools share Indigenous knowledge in a way that is consistent with First Nations Principles of Ownership, Control, Access and Possession and community protocols.

Loyalist, Carleton rename resource centre to use preferred term Indigenous

September 6, 2017

Loyalist College has announced that it has renamed its resource centre the Indigenous Resource Centre. “We strongly encourage the use of the word ‘Indigenous’ in lieu of the term ‘Aboriginal’ in all instances,” said Loyalist Indigenous Services coordinator Paul Latchford, who explained that “using the correct vernacular will help us create a more positive learning environment for our First Nations, Inuit and Métis students.” Carleton has also announced that its Centre for Aboriginal Culture and Education has changed its name to the Centre for Indigenous Initiatives.