Water delivery issues cause school closures in Nunavik

April 20, 2022
Several schools in the Nunavik region have been forced to close following water delivery issues, reports CBC. Tarsakallak School in Aupaluk, Quebec has repeatedly run out of water, resulting in students being sent home when washrooms become unusable. When water reservoirs run low, CBC explains that Principal Elom Akpo has to search for water tankers. However, these tankers are not always available due to a shortage of qualified drivers and mechanical issues, and the schools often face issues such as inadequate or damaged pumps, filtration, or water storage tanks and climate challenges.

Indigenous, newcomer advocates call for Winnipeg school board electoral map changes

April 6, 2022
Indigenous and newcomer advocates are calling for the electoral maps of Winnipeg school boards to be changed so that each ward is represented by one trustee. In the 2021 State of Equity in Education reports, individuals from the Winnipeg Indigenous Executive Circle (WIEC), Newcomer Education Coalition, and Community Education Development Association (CEDA) argued that this change would boost representation within trustees.

WIEC report calls for changes in the Winnipeg education system to improve Indigenous representation

March 23, 2022
A new report from the Winnipeg Indigenous Executive Circle calls for the development of new programs, strategies, and supports to improve equity in the Winnipeg school system.

BC, York Region District School Board announce Indigenous coursework requirements

March 9, 2022
The Government of British Columbia has announced that it is implementing a new Indigenous-focused coursework requirement for graduation from high school. Starting in September 2023, students will be required to take Indigenous-focused coursework to help strengthen their understanding of the histories and knowledges of Indigenous people. “Building awareness and understanding of First Peoples’ perspectives, cultures and histories among all B.C.

MB, ILM collaborate to increase speakers and translators of Indigenous Languages

February 23, 2022
The Government of Manitoba is partnering with Indigenous Languages of Manitoba Inc to build Indigenous language proficiency, literacy, and translation capacity in the province. MB will be providing a one-time $300K grant to support the creation and operation of two language programs over the next three years.

Yukon schools vote to create First Nations School Board

February 9, 2022
The Government of Yukon and the Chief’s Committee on Education have formally announced the creation of a new school board in Yukon: the First Nations School Board (FNSB). The school communities of Chief Zzeh Gittlit School, Ross River School, St. Elias Community School, Johnson Elementary, Watson Lake Secondary, Nelnah Bessie John School, Takhini Elementary School, and Grey Mountain Primary will be transferred to the board for the 2022-23 school year.

BC First Nations schools negotiate for self-governed education

January 26, 2022
Several First Nations schools in British Columbia have taken steps and made changes to secure a greater level of control over the education they offer. CBC says that 13 First Nations have been negotiating with the federal government on issues such as curriculum development, graduation requirements, and teacher and school certification.

NWT signs agreement to use BC curriculum from junior kindergarten to Grade 12

January 12, 2022
The Government of the Northwest Territories has announced that it has signed an agreement with the Government of British Columbia to use the BC curriculum for junior kindergarten to Grade 12. BC’s curriculum is competencies-based and best aligned with NWT’s education priorities, and will be phased in over the next few years. The change means that the Alberta curriculum will no longer be used in the NWT. “British Columbia’s redesigned curriculum aims to personalize learning, making it more student-centered and flexible,” said NWT Education Minister RJ Simpson.

QC invests $19.4M in educational initiatives to create closer ties with Indigenous people

December 15, 2021
The Government of Quebec has announced nearly $20M to support three initiatives focused on supporting Indigenous youth integration in the education system and informing youth about the experiences of Indigenous people. The three initiatives include a partnership to create new educational material about the realities faced by Indigenous people, the provision of new supports to Indigenous youth in the public school system, and a long-term plan to integrate an Indigenous perspective into the revision of all programs.

MB launches consultation team to guide redevelopment of education model

December 1, 2021
The Government of Manitoba has created a consultation team that will guide the redevelopment of the education funding model to ensure sustainable, fair investment of funds. “We need to simplify funding to schools, better support specialized learning needs and create predictability in funding,” said MB Education Minister Cliff Cullen.