Alberni School District No 70 wins Supreme Court case on smudging ceremony

January 15, 2020

The Supreme Court of British Columbia has ruled in favor of the Alberni School District No 70, supported by the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council who served as intervenors, on the recent Servatius v. Alberni School District No. 70 court case. Parent Candace Servatius argued that the religious freedoms of her children were infringed up on when they participated in smudging and hoop dance ceremonies, adding that the school district should be prohibited from holding similar events in the future.

YK passes bill to transform Yukon College into Canada’s first northern university

December 11, 2019

The Yukon Legislature has passed a bill to make Yukon College Canada’s first Arctic university. Once Yukon College has transitioned to Yukon University, it will become the first institution in the territories to grant a degree under its own name. Research at the new school will focus on northern issues, such as environmental conservation and sustainable resource development, with additional emphasis on Indigenous content.

“When will the future of Indigenous people be worth investing in?”: Opinion

November 27, 2019

“For all the talk of reconciliation, in my opinion, there is a lot to be desired,” writes Celeste Bird of the Public School system. The author recounts moving to Regina from the Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation at the age of six and finding a lack of Indigenous representation and cultural support at her new school. The author goes on to describe the loss of cultural knowledge and identity that has come with not being able to learn Cree language, receive knowledge and access to traditional ceremonies, attend powwows, or create her own regalia.

Walking the talk of recognition through walking land acknowledgements: Opinion

November 13, 2019

“What do groups mean when they say they recognize Indigenous presence, resilience and Land?” asks Matthew Robert Anderson. According to the author, settlers need to do more than “talk the talk” of Land acknowledgements by offering “walking acknowledgements,” which offer a way for non-Indigenous persons to demonstrate their verbal acknowledgement about unceded and traditional territories. Several Indigenous academics argue that Indigenous ways of knowing require the bodily recognition of one’s relationship to Creation and to others.

BC introduces legislation to implement UN Declaration

October 30, 2019

The Government of British Columbia has introduced legislation to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN Declaration). Article 14 of the UN Declaration states that Indigenous peoples have the right to establish and control their educational systems, that Indigenous individuals have the right to all levels and forms of education without discrimination, and that the government and Indigenous peoples will work together to ensure Indigenous individuals outside their communities have access when possible to an education in their own culture and language.

Provincial revisions to curriculum range from “quite intense” changes in BC to stagnation in ON

October 16, 2019

"The process of including Indigenous history and perspectives into school curricula has been slow and there is still more work to be done,” write Jasmine Kabatay and Rhiannon Johnson. The authors highlight progress in regions across Canada and find that different provincial and territorial education systems have performed varying levels of revision to their curricula. British Columbia has seen “quite intense” revisions to its curriculum, with changes to the K-9 curriculum in 2016 and changes to Grades 11 and 12 coming into effect this September.

ON government’s REA framework removes barriers to education for First Nation students

October 1, 2019

The Government of Ontario has announced the creation of the new Reciprocal Education Approach (REA), a framework that aims to create a transparent process for First Nations youth and their families regarding whether they should study at a publicly funded school or a First Nation-operated school. “First Nations have long advocated for better access to education. It’s time we seize the opportunity to work with the province,” says Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Glen Hare.

Why Canada should look to Indigenous communities to fill tech industry skills gap

September 18, 2019

Many Canadian businesses and organizations are overlooking Indigenous peoples when they search for new personnel to fill the tech industry’s skills gap, and are thus missing out on a massive opportunity to develop top talent, say Indigenous leaders. “It still upsets me when I hear all this talk about importing workers from other countries when the youngest and fastest-growing population has been proven is the native people,” says Chief Clarence Louie of the Osoyoos Indian Band in British Columbia’s Okanagan region.

Canada invests in Indigenous women entrepreneurs at Queen’s

September 4, 2019

Queen’s University has received $3.27M to deliver a suite of programming for women in technology and Indigenous women entrepreneurs. The funding comes from the federally supported Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES) Ecosystem Fund, which invests in programming and research at several institutions and organizations to support women entrepreneurs. The suite of programming at Queen’s will be delivered through partnerships with several local companies, including Okwaho Equal Source, an agency focused on providing Indigenous entrepreneurs with access to relevant programming.

UAlberta Indigenous law centre gets federal boost

August 21, 2019

The University of Alberta’s Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge will be working with Indigenous communities to better access, understand, and apply Indigenous laws. “For a century few, if any, Canadian lawyers ever asked the question about how First Nations on the prairies regulated their societies and relationships and dealt with the same issues that common law, Western law dealt with,” said David Percy, UAlberta’s Interim Dean of Law. “The lodge is a great example of an academic institution listening to Indigenous communities and organizations.