Canada, NV, NTI agree to strengthen Inuktut education in territory

March 24, 2021
The Government of Canada, Government of Nunavut, and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated have signed an MOU to strengthen Inuktut education in the territory. The agreement is focused on several goals, including increasing access to Inuktut-language instruction, increasing and maintaining the number of Inuktut-speaking educators, creating supports for educators, and supporting the Uqariuqsatittijit Initiative and innovative measures for Inuktut education and educators.

Tl’etinqox First Nation to construct new daycare, provide education up to Grade 12

March 10, 2021
Tl’etinqox First Nation has received approval for funding through the Government of British Columbia to build a 76-space daycare. Chief Joe Alphonse expressed his excitement for the announcement, explaining that childcare can be challenging to come by in rural communities. Construction is expected to begin this spring, and Alphonse said that he anticipates that the Tl’etinqox ?Esqax (Anaham Children) would be completed by March 2022. The Toronto Starreports that, starting in the next school year, the Tl’etinqox School will also be providing education for students up to Grade 12.

FPPSE combines storytelling, filmmaking for inclusive learning

February 24, 2021
A new initiative called the First Peoples Post-secondary Storytelling Exchange is combining different forms of storytelling and filmmaking in order to create a more responsive postsecondary education for Indigenous students in Quebec. Researchers contacted more than 100 people from over 20 First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities who shared their stories about education and learning.

First Nations seek audit of spending at SD57

February 10, 2021
The chiefs of the Lheidli T’enneh Nation and McLeod Lake Indian Band are reportedly seeking an audit of how School District 57 is spending the money that has been earmarked for its Indigenous students. In an issued statement, the chiefs explain that the two communities have not received transparent, annual accounts of how the money they send the district is being used, and expressed concern about lower graduation rates for Indigenous students in the district.

New robes created with cedar, Coast Salish design for first Indigenous woman as KPU chancellor

January 27, 2021
Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s new chancellor, Kim Baird, is a former chief of Tsawwassen First Nation and a graduate of KPU. As the first Indigenous woman to serve as chancellor at KPU, Baird was given new academic robes with a Coast Salish design and modern fit to honour her.

Hundreds don ribbon skirts, call for national day after SK student criticized

January 13, 2021
The Good Spirit School Division has apologized and promised to do better after Kamsack Comprehensive Institute student Isabella Kulak was shamed for wearing a traditional ribbon skirt to Formal Day at the school. Kulak, a member of Cote First Nation in eastern Saskatchewan, was scolded by a teaching assistant for wearing the ribbon skirt and was told that it was not considered formal attire. In response, hundreds of people donned ribbon skirts to show support for Kulak, and called for a national ribbon skirt day.

TRC reconvenes to call on governments, Canadians, to renew commitments to reconciliation

December 16, 2020
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has reconvened for the first time in five years in order to renew the sense of urgency, purpose, and unity in fulfilling the 94 calls to action. The commissioners said that Canadians from all walks of life embraced the calls to action, but expressed concern about the slow and uneven pace of implementation. They additionally pointed to recently leaked documents from the Government of Alberta, which argued that information about residential schools should not be taught to children in Grade 3, as an example of a step back.

TRC reconvenes to call on governments, Canadians, to renew commitments to reconciliation

December 16, 2020
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has reconvened for the first time in five years in order to renew the sense of urgency, purpose, and unity in fulfilling the 94 calls to action. The commissioners said that Canadians from all walks of life embraced the calls to action, but expressed concern about the slow and uneven pace of implementation. They additionally pointed to recently leaked documents from the Government of Alberta, which argued that information about residential schools should not be taught to children in Grade 3, as an example of a step back.

SIRCAAQ receives $18.4M to support building three Indigenous housing centres

December 2, 2020
The Government of Quebec will provide $18.4M to the Société immobilière of the Regroupement des centres d’amitié autochtones du Québec (SIRCAAQ) to support the building of three housing centres for Indigenous students. The centres will be located in Trois–Rivières, Sept-Îles, and another location that is still to be determined. These centres will provide safe and affordable housing to Indigenous students and their families, as well as culturally-relevant services intended to help students stay in school and experience educational success.

UManitoba College of Nursing looks to the bear in renaming education pathway

November 18, 2020
When the “Aboriginal Nursing Cohort Initiative” at the University of Manitoba College of Nursing outgrew its name, a committee at the university turned to the symbol of a bear to reflect the healing, strength, and courage necessary at the program’s core. The newly named Mahkwa omushki kiim, Pathway to Indigenous Nursing Education (PINE) reflects this as it carries on the work it previously did under the ANCI name. UManitoba explains that the Ojibway part of the name – Mahkwa omushki kiim – means “bear medicine” when translated.

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