MNA, RLI provides Chromebooks for K-12 Métis students for online learning

April 22, 2020

The Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA), Rupertsland Institute (RLI), and the College of Alberta School Superintendents have launched a province-wide initiative to provide Chromebook devices to help K-12 Métis students participate in virtual classrooms during the COVID-19 pandemic. Funded by the MNA, the initiative will provide 1,200 devices to students self-identified with their school as Métis, Métis citizens who are registered (or applying) with the Métis Nation of Alberta, and those whose household includes K-12 Métis students in need of help to keep up with virtual studies.

Students selected for Yellowknife Family Medical Residency Program

April 8, 2020

Two medical students have been selected as the first residents of Canada’s territorial residency program. Kasja Heyes and Thomsen D’Hont, soon to be graduates of the University of British Columbia’s medical school, were recently matched with the University of Alberta's Yellowknife Family Medical Residency Program. The placement is particularly important for D’Hont, who is Métis and grew up in in Yellowknife. His 2017 policy paper focused on increasing the number of northern doctors that were born and raised in the Northwest Territories.

Educators volunteer to provide online learning about Indigenous knowledge, storytelling 

March 25, 2020

Indigenous educators are volunteering their time to help educate students online as schools close down in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. "I wanted to offer these online Facebook, social media classes for parents who are at home with their kids, just so they can connect with their learning," said Chris Scribe, director of the University of Saskatchewan’s Indian Teacher Education Program and founder of Think Indigenous.

Algonquin launches DARE6 initiative to promote Truth, Reconciliation

March 11, 2020

Algonquin College has launched a corporate partnership initiative with PCL Constructors Canada Inc to help further the College’s commitment to Truth and Reconciliation. The DARE6 concept is based on an Indigenous governance model derived from the Iroquois, or Haudenosaunee, Confederacy. Algonquin Vice President of Truth, Reconciliation & Indigenization Ron (Deganadus) McLester described how Algonquin drew on the history of the Iroquois Confederacy in wanting to establish special partnerships between the College and half-a-dozen corporate stakeholders – hence, the DARE6 name.

Canada fails to meaningfully engage Indigenous knowledge in addressing environmental issues

February 26, 2020
Two researchers from the University of Victoria have published a paper arguing that the federal government is failing to meaningfully engage with Indigenous knowledge in environmental decision-making. In the paper, the authors Lauren Eckert and Nick XEMŦOLTW̱ Claxton identify six categories of obstacles that prevent equitable engagement with Indigenous knowledge.

Birch Island expands Shawanosowe School to accommodate daycare, innovation centre

February 12, 2020

The Shawanosowe School in Whitefish River First Nation has celebrated the official grand opening of a state-of-the-art daycare centre. The new space has been several years in the making, and includes a circular gathering area, a spacious kitchen area with stool seating, designated lockers for the children, and dedicated learning wings with student and staff work spaces. Each learning wing will have sliding partition walls, so that the space can be adapted to the needs of the day.

SK finds Following Their Voices initiative improves grad rates, credit attainment

January 29, 2020

The Government of Saskatchewan has announced that the Following Their Voices initiative was successful in improving First Nations, Métis, and Inuit student credit attainment and graduation rates. Over the past five years, the initiative has seen a 20% increase in credit attainment and an 11.8% in-crease in three-year graduation rates. “I feel that I can best explain how the cultural responsiveness has changed with the implementation of Following Their Voices into the Canoe Lake Miksiw School,” said Canoe Lake Miksiw School Principal Arliss Coulineur.

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.