UBC, UNBC strive to graduate more Aboriginal MDs

November 2, 2016

A recent segment on CKPG TV highlights the efforts of the University of British Columbia and the University of Northern British Columbia to graduate more Aboriginal medical professionals. The report notes that in 2006, UBC set a goal of 50 additional Medical Program graduates by 2020. To date, it has already surpassed that goal, graduating 63 Aboriginal MDs. The university has also been working closely with UNBC to entice more Aboriginal high school students and undergraduate students with an annual workshop on medical education.

UCN hiring Aboriginal Curriculum Specialist to strengthen ties with Aboriginal community

October 19, 2016

University College of the North has announced that it will be hiring an Aboriginal Curriculum Specialist as part of its strategy to be connected to northern and Aboriginal peoples.

MUN endorses new PhD pathway to encourage Aboriginal student participation in graduate program

October 5, 2016

Memorial University of Newfoundland has recently endorsed a new doctoral pathway that aims to encourage Aboriginal students to participate in the university's graduate programs. The MUN Gazette reports that the program will "follow a cohort model of learning" by creating peer learning communities among students and creating a clear path to postgraduate studies, complete with milestones to guide the process.

Canadore releases five-year Indigenous Education strategy

September 21, 2016

Canadore College has released a five-year plan outlining its priorities for Indigenous Education. Canadore states that the plan emphasizes building relationships and being accountable to Indigenous communities, increasing the number of Indigenous employees with ongoing appointments at the college, creating and maintaining Indigenous-centred holistic services and learning for student success, and reflecting Indigenous knowledge and traditions in curriculum and learning approaches, among other priorities.

Mandatory Indigenous programming signals new direction for Canada, writes The Guardian

September 7, 2016

“The adoption of mandatory Indigenous courses at two Canadian universities comes as Indigenous issues are increasingly in the spotlight in the country,” reads a recent article in UK-based The Guardian.

uWaterloo affiliate hosts summer science camp for Aboriginal girls

August 24, 2016

The Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre at St. Paul's University College (affiliated with the University of Waterloo) recently hosted a new summer camp designed to get Aboriginal girls interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects. The camp had participants from communities across southern Ontario, including Kettle Point, Walpole Island, and Chippewas of the Thames First Nations. The camp encouraged parent/caregiver participation in order to emphasize the importance of passing down cultural knowledge and foster education and curiosity at home.

First Nations students get taste for trades at VIU

August 10, 2016

Students from Dehcho First Nations recently took part in a two-week Exploring the Trades program at Vancouver Island University. The trip, which is funded by Dehcho First Nations, includes campus tours and mini-courses in a variety of trades programs, along with excursions in and around Nanaimo, BC. “They get to come to a university and experience that and experience the city for a couple weeks,” said Doug Campbell, VIU’s Coordinator of Professional Development and Training. “They also get a sense of what it’s like to take courses here.

Fleming, Trent partner to provide more teachers with background in Aboriginal ways of knowing

July 27, 2016

Fleming College and Trent University are working to increase the number of educators who have a meaningful understanding of Aboriginal knowledge and perspectives.

SK educator calls for ability to contribute tax directly to Indigenous education

July 13, 2016

A long-time Indigenous educator in Saskatchewan is calling on the province to create a “third tax option” that would allow Indigenous peoples living in urban settings to contribute directly to Indigenous education programs, writes theStarPhoenix. Shauneen Pete, Executive Lead on Indigenization at the University of Regina, told the newspaper that she became concerned about the lack of investment in education in the most recent SK budget.

Canadian universities increasingly offering dedicated supports for Indigenous students

June 29, 2016

Universities Canada recently conducted a survey of the programs and services specifically designed for Indigenous students at universities across the country, finding that 86% of institutions now offer targeted support services such as academic counselling and peer mentoring. In addition, 69% of Canadian universities offer programs to help Indigenous students transition to higher education. “Education is an important pathway to reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada,” said Paul Davidson, President of Universities Canada.

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