Lethbridge, Saamis partner on Powerline Technician program for Aboriginal community

April 5, 2017

Lethbridge College has continued its partnership with Saamis Aboriginal Employment and Training Association and partners to support a Powerline Technician program intake that is specifically for the Aboriginal community. Lethbridge states that, on top of powerline technician-specific training, the program includes essential skills training that will improve participant success and employability. “This is a wonderful opportunity for Aboriginal people in Lethbridge and area to take part in the Powerline Technician program,” says Saamis Executive Director Anita Neefs.

Cumberland to launch Elders-in-Residence program

March 22, 2017

Cumberland College has announced that it will introduce an Elders-in-Residence program at its campuses in Nipawin, Melfort, and Tisdale. The program will offer students an opportunity to meet with Métis and First Nation Elders from around the region to engage in traditional teaching on various topics. All three Cumberland College campuses will have elders available on Monday and Friday, rotating between First Nation and Métis.

Kugaaruk school fire leaves students in Nunavut hamlet without classrooms

March 8, 2017

An overnight fire in Kugaaruk has destroyed the Kugaardjuq School in Nunavut, which serves 310 K-12 students. The school was the only school serving the remote Arctic hamlet. The fire was initially deemed suspicious by the RCMP, and since that time, a 13-year-old has been charged. CBC confirms that school will resume in temporary classrooms throughout the community over the next two weeks: Kindergarten will be held at the community daycare, grades 1 through 6 will be held at the local church, and high school classes will be split up into three separate buildings.

BC links Aboriginal students to jobs through community-based partnerships

February 22, 2017

British Columbia’s Ministry of Advanced Education has announced that it is funding partnerships to connect Aboriginal students with education and training programs in their communities. Funded initiatives include partnerships between the University of Northern British Columbia and the Tsilhqot’in National Government, College of New Caledonia and the Saik’uz First Nation, and Justice Institute of British Columbia and the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre and Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council.

FSIN, USask partner on support for First Nations students

February 8, 2017

The University of Saskatchewan has signed an agreement with the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations that will see the two work together to improve the academic success of First Nations students. The agreement also commits the USask president and FSIN Chief to each annually present the initiatives that their organization or institution has undertaken to support and serve Indigenous students. “Our young people are seeking educational opportunities that will lead to productive careers,” said FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron.

New Amo Ososwan School opened in Winneway, QC

January 25, 2017

This month, the Winneway First Nation celebrated the grand opening of the Amo Ososwan School in Winneway, Quebec. The community reportedly received an investment of over $9M from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, more than $6M of which went towards the construction of the Amo Ososwan School. The new school will house approximately 130 students from pre-kindergarten to Secondary V and will contain 14 classrooms, science and computer labs, a library, a cafeteria, a home economics room, and a gym.

Indigenous students remain underfunded while Canada celebrates its 150th: Metro contributor

January 11, 2017

“Spending millions on a party while Indigenous children, families and communities fight for equitable services is a hypocrisy,” writes Vicky Mochama for Metro, referring to the nearly half a billion dollars that the federal government is slated to spend on its Canada 150 celebration. The author notes that while some of this money will go toward promoting truth and reconciliation, it does not address the significant funding gaps that remain between on-reserve Indigenous students and their provincially funded counterparts.

Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board looks to increase opportunities for Indigenous learners

December 14, 2016

The Chair of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board in Quebec City says that both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students can benefit from more cross-cultural exchanges of knowledge and experiences, reports the Suburban. Board Chair Jennifer Maccarone has warned, however, that Quebec’s tight control over school curriculum could make it difficult to change things quickly. “Obviously there’s a problem with the curriculum,” she said. “There are more than 3,200 native students currently enrolled in public education system in both English and French schools.

UVic proposes “globally unique” degree in Canadian, Indigenous law

November 30, 2016

The University of Victoria has proposed a joint degree in Canadian common law and Indigenous law that it says will be the first of its kind in Canada and globally unique, reports the Globe and Mail. The proposal for the program has reportedly been in the works for a decade and has been inspired in part by McGill University’s joint degree in civil and common law.

Georgian acknowledges campus built on traditional Anishnaabeg land at Indigenous plaque unveiling

November 16, 2016

Georgian College unveiled a new plaque on campus this month that acknowledges that the college is built on traditional Anishnaabeg land. The plaque further announces the school’s dedication to honouring Indigenous history and culture and moving forward in a spirit of reconciliation alongside First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people. “Georgian wants to be part of the nationwide effort to restore trust between Indigenous peoples and public institutions—and we think that effort begins right here on our campuses,” commented Georgian President MaryLynn West-Moynes.