ON school boards, PSE commemorate Treaties Recognition Week

November 4, 2020
Several school boards and postsecondary institutions in Ontario have shared the ways that they will commemorate the fifth annual Treaties Recognition Week. The Anishinabek Nation has announced that it will be making more educational materials available to teachers and students online. Lambton Kent District School Board will be joining school boards across Ontario in commemorating Treaties Recognition Week by promoting education and awareness about treaty rights and treaty relationships. LKDSB will be focused on increasing awareness and understanding of Wampum Belts.

Kenjgewin Teg joins eCampusOntario 

October 21, 2020

Kenjgewin Teg has joined eCampusOntario as its first Indigenous member and 46th member overall. This will enable Kenjgewin Teg to contribute to eCampusOntario initiatives and share Anishinabek approaches to education and training.

Bilingual kindergarten class including Michif starts in Saskatoon

October 7, 2020
St Michael’s Elementary School in Saskatoon, home to the Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Core Michif Language Program, has launched a new bilingual Michif Kindergarten class. “We really want to make sure we’re growing the Michif language and Michif culture,” says Principal Cristin Dorgan Lee. “By having that housed here at our school we have opportunity to revitalize the language and celebrate the Métis culture.” Over the past five years, the school has focused on Métis teachings and culture with the intention of helping a new generation of language speakers revive the language.

UVic to build National Centre for Indigenous Laws

September 9, 2020
The University of Victoria has received $13M from the Province of British Columbia and $5M from the Law Foundation of BC to build Canada’s first National Centre for Indigenous Laws (NCIL).

Long Lake 58 First Nation makes history with community-based curriculum

August 26, 2020
Long Lake 58 First Nation has broken new ground in First Nations education by developing an entirely new history curriculum for students. The curriculum includes lessons about their own families and community, such as the Finlayson family from the late 1800s who played a significant role in the fur trade, and includes modules and lesson plans for every grade level. In kindergarten, students will learn about family relationships, while in Grade 12, students will learn about the mining development in the region called the Ring of Fire.

FedNor announces $13M for Indigenous-led initiatives across the North

August 12, 2020
The Government of Canada has announced a $13M FedNor investment for 22 projects supporting new jobs and growth for Indigenous communities, businesses, and organizations across Northern Ontario. The funded projects include the funds for equipment for the Seven Generations Education Institute’s main campus and satellite campuses, development of a central multiplex that will be used for cultural events and training at Ojibway Nation of Saugeen, and development of a business plan for the Weengushk Film Institute.

Matawa First Nations seeking $25M to reopen its schools

July 29, 2020
Matawa First Nations in Ontario has estimated that it will cost an additional $25M to safely reopen its schools after months of living under restrictions and has called on the Government of Ontario to provide funds. The Northern Ontario, James Bay, Cree, and Ojibway nations first expressed concern about the amount of money made available by the province in early July, and with students arriving in little over a month, the chiefs say urgent supplementary funding is needed to provide services during this time.

Indspire releases report on BBF program, calls for more funding for Indigenous education 

July 15, 2020

Indspire has released the Building Brighter Futures (BBF) Bursaries, Scholarships, and Awards Program Recipients’ Outcome report, which highlights the impact of BBF scholarships on recipients. Surveying over 6,500 individuals who received BBF funding in recent years, the report found that approximately 90% of recipients had graduated, 90% are employed, and nearly 50% work for an Indigenous community or an Indigenous-owned business.

Canada, provinces pledge major investments, policy shifts for Indigenous learners

July 2, 2020

The federal government and several provincial governments in Canada have made significant investments and policy shifts to support Indigenous learners this month. The Government of British Columbia has announced that $6.15M in funding will be supplied to Indigenous students in the province’s postsecondary schools. As part of its recently announced $213M Supports for Students Fund, the Government of Ontario announced that it would be investing in Indigenous education.