DFC and Confederation partner to provide dual-credit courses

November 5, 2014

Dennis Franklin Cromarty high school in Thunder Bay, Ontario has partnered with Confederation College to provide dual-credit courses for Aboriginal students. The institutions launched a 4-course pilot project this fall that will allow students to receive high school and college credits for courses in areas such as manufacturing, construction, and transportation technologies. The pilot project is part of DFC’s plans to introduce a First Nations trades-training school within the high school. A fundraising campaign is planned to fund facility and equipment improvements.

Language revitalization projects highlighted

October 22, 2014

Language revitalization efforts are in full-swing in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, and Listuguj First Nation in Quebec. In Cambridge Bay, Inuinnaqtun language courses are offered by the Pirurvik Centre for Inuit Language, Culture and Wellbeing. The program is offered in partnership with the Nunavut government, with learners able to enrol in beginner or advanced courses. Pirurvik is also offering Inuktitut language courses in other communities across the territory. In QC, the Listuguj Education Directorate has partnered with McGill University on a Mi’gmaq revitalization project.

SK high school focused on improving Aboriginal graduation rates

October 8, 2014

John Paul II Collegiate in North Battleford, Saskatchewan is celebrating its highest-ever on-time graduation rates last spring, with the rising graduation rate of the school’s First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students contributing to the overall success. In addition, a new program launched this year is expected to further increase the success rates of students.

uSask’s Indigenous Land Management Institute receives $500,000 from TD

September 24, 2014

TD Bank of Canada has committed $500,000 to the Indigenous Land Management Institute (ILMI) at the University of Saskatchewan. The funds will be used for education, scholarships, and research in support of the ILMI’s core mission to “work with Indigenous peoples to realize a more prosperous future through optimal land and resource management.” Half of the donation will be used for internships that allow students to work and research in SK.

BC commits $1 M for 10 Aboriginal training programs

September 10, 2014

The British Columbia government has committed $1 M through its Aboriginal Training for Employment Program for the delivery of 10 programs designed to increase employment opportunities for Aboriginal peoples in BC. The 10 programs, delivered by Aboriginal organizations and service providers, consist of a variety of training and learning initiatives, such as aquaculture technician, healthcare assistant, job-readiness, pre-trades, and firefighting programs.

BCIT introduces tuition waiver program for youth in care

August 27, 2014

The British Columbia Institute of Technology has joined the growing number of institutions that offer tuition waivers for youth that have been in foster care. BCIT’s program will target the skilled trades, covering tuition, student and medical fees, and lab costs for the entirety of a certificate or diploma program.

MHC offers no-cost pre-trades program to Aboriginal people

August 13, 2014

Medicine Hat College has partnered with SAAMIS Aboriginal Employment and Training Association to offer a tuition-free pre-trades certificate program to local Aboriginal people. Participants gain an understanding of various trades, including welding, carpentry, and pipefitting, as well as introductions to math and sciences. In order to qualify, individuals must be unemployed, underemployed, or facing unstable employment; a high school diploma or GED is not required to gain entrance to the program.

US institutions reach out to Indigenous youth

July 30, 2014

Increasing numbers of US PSE institutions are developing programs meant to support and encourage Indigenous students interested in pursuing higher education. Mini-college boot camps have been implemented by dozens of institutions, introducing youth to college/university surroundings and experiences while integrating traditional cultures and practices to “challenge the idea that tribal customs and higher education don't mix,” said Joshua Gonzalez, the Director of Native American Student Programs at the University of California, Riverside.

Educational summer camps in full swing

July 16, 2014

A number of summer camps for Aboriginal youth, offered by PSE institutions and other organizations, are up and running, with the goals of improving education outcomes, increasing student interest in PSE, and providing life and survival skills. Western University's Indigenous Youth Mini-University Summer Program is in its 8th year, and aims to interest Aboriginal youth in PSE through experiential learning led by Indigenous student-leaders, faculty, and staff. First Nations University’s Health and Science Camp uses traditional Indigenous toys and games to teach kids math and culture.

Obama reveals plans to enhance Indigenous education in US

July 2, 2014

On a recent trip to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, President Obama announced a number of measures designed to strengthen education in Indigenous communities across the US.