BC names recipients of recent funding for skills training programs

January 27, 2016

BC has announced recipients of more than $1.1 M in funding through the Aboriginal Skills Training Development Fund for skills and employment readiness training. In Fort Nelson, the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology will receive $314 K to provide job/college readiness training to members of the Fort Nelson and Prophet River First Nations.

Niagara and Confederation sign MOUs to increase access for Aboriginal students

January 13, 2016

Niagara College and the Anishinabek Educational Institute have renewed a partnership designed to improve Anishinabek students’ access to programs and boost student retention efforts. The five-year agreement will see Niagara and AEI collaborate on the promotion and curriculum development of chosen programs. In addition, the institutions will explore opportunities for shared curriculum and faculty/staff development. Similarly, Confederation College and the Couchiching First Nation have signed an MOU to collaborate on the creation of a trades school.

Indigenous content should be mandatory across all Canadian universities

December 16, 2015

“Every university in Canada should mandate Indigenous content,” writes University of Winnipeg President Annette Trimbee and uWinnipeg Vice-President of Indigenous Affairs Wab Kinew. The article notes that uWinnipeg and Lakehead University have already instituted mandatory Indigenous content, but calls upon all of Canada’s other universities to do the same.

SMU, Mi’kmaw Nation sign MOU to collaborate on digital atlas project

December 2, 2015

Saint Mary’s University has signed an MOU with the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq and the Union of Nova Scotia Indians, the two Tribal Councils representing all Nova Scotia First Nations.

Yukon College to be renamed Yukon University

November 18, 2015

The Yukon has announced that Yukon College will be renamed Yukon University when the college completes its transition into a university.

NVIT opens new $1.8 M trades training building

November 4, 2015

The Nicola Valley Institute of Technology has opened a new $1.8 M trades training building with support from the province. The new 670-square-metre facility is funded through BC’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint, a data-driven initiative designed to align provincial funding and programs with in-demand occupations. The program will invest up to $185 M in the province and will fund new trades training facilities at Camosun College and Okanagan College as well.

2015 Burt literature award winners announced

October 21, 2015

The Canadian Organization for Development through Education (CODE) has announced the winners of the 2015 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature. The order of the prizes will be announced at an upcoming ceremony. The three winners are Grey Eyes by Frank Christopher Busch, Lightfinder by Aaron Paquette, and Skraeling by Rachel & Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley.

Non-traditional students need more diversity in academic services, US study finds

October 7, 2015

A new study argues that institutions need to diversify their services to better suit their non-traditional students. Non-traditional students have traits such as having one or more dependents, not having a traditional high school diploma, and being employed full-time. About 75% of US undergraduates from 2011–12 were found to have at least one non-traditional characteristic, compared to 70% from 1995–96.

Education minister visits SK schools

September 23, 2015

Saskatchewan’s Education Minister Don Morgan recently stopped in at a couple of schools to observe programs geared towards Indigenous students. At Connaught School in North Battleford, Morgan visited a kindergarten class where the “Help Me Tell My Story” program is in use. Educators use a puppet, Aski the Turtle, to engage students and work on literacy and school-readiness.

Fire destroys high school in Nunavut community

September 9, 2015

A fire at Peter Pitseolak High School in Cape Dorset, Nunavut has completely destroyed the building and displaced approximately 170 grade 7–12 students. No injuries were reported. Along with school records and materials, the fire destroyed IT infrastructure equipment belonging to the territorial government and a number of valuable paintings by local Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak. In a news release, the Government of Nunavut said for the short- to medium-term the community elementary school would operate on a swing schedule so that the high school students can continue classes.