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.

Hawaii telescope project draws concerns from Canadian faculty, students, groups

August 7, 2019

The construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Mauna Kea has drawn serious concerns from Indigenous groups, students, and academics from across Canada and beyond. The Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy (ACURA), which includes 20 universities, has been a partner in the telescope project since its inception in 2003. "Indigenous people across the country stand with each other no matter what side of the [Canada-U.S.] border we fall," said Tomas Jirousek, the Indigenous affairs commissioner at McGill University's Students' Society.

Canada announces $100M for Indigenous Health research

July 24, 2019

The federal government has announced a $100M investment in Indigenous health research, which it says is the largest investment of its kind in Canada. Announced last week at the University of Victoria, the funds will come through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research over 16 years, starting this September. Canada Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor says that the investment represents "reconciliation in health." The funding will help establish a national network of centres focused on research, development, and knowledge translation for Indigenous health.

Canada contributes $9.1M to national centre for Indigenous law at UVic

July 10, 2019

The Government of Canada has contributed $9.1M toward a proposed national centre for Indigenous law at the University of Victoria. According to the Victoria Times-Colonist, the centre will house UVic’s dual-degree program in Canadian Common Law and Indigenous Legal Orders. It will include lecture theatres, faculty offices, an Elders’ room and "spaces for gathering, ceremony, and sharing of histories and knowledge," UVic adds.

Winnipeg-based teachers program receives $1M donation, plans to expand across Canada

June 26, 2019

The Teach for Tomorrow: Build from Within – Ozhitoon Onji Peenjiiee program has received $1M to expand across the country. The program stems from a three-way partnership between University of Winnipeg, Indspire, and the Winnipeg School Division that allows Indigenous high school students to take part in college-level courses and graduate with both a high school diploma and an educational assistant diploma.

Canada, Métis Nation sign PSE sub-accord to improve outcomes of Métis students and programs

June 12, 2019

The Government of Canada and Métis National Council have signed the Canada-Métis Nation Post-Secondary Education Sub-Accord. The sub-accord comes on the heels of a post-secondary education review announced in Budget 2017 and is described as "a historic step in closing the postsecondary education attainment gap between Métis Nation citizens and non-Indigenous Canadians." The Sub-Accord establishes new approaches for improving the education outcomes of Métis students and programs, as well as focusing on student support, community-based programs and services, and governance capacity.

Canada makes 10-year, $660M commitment to Métis job training

May 29, 2019

The Government of Canada has made a new 10-year commitment to fund Métis education and training that improves upon past funding arrangements. The new Indigenous Skills and Employment Training (ISET) Program will replace the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) that Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour Patty Hajdu stated was not being increased with the cost of living and was not sufficiently flexible.

UAlberta student’s two-year mapping project reveals hidden Indigenous history of campus

May 15, 2019

After two years of work, University of Alberta Native Studies student Robin Howse has created a 27-point walking map of sites around the university’s North Campus that informs passersby with new layers of historical perspective. Called pîtos-mâmitoneyihtamowin UAlberta—or the Cree term for “reimagine”—the project categorizes locations and sites according to the perspectives those sites represent, such as Indigenous and colonial interpretations of history. There are also links to news stories and videos attached to each entry to provide background information.

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