NS Mi’kmaq graduation rate reaches “amazing” levels, yields $600M, 10-year agreement with Canada

March 20, 2019

The graduation rate of Nova Scotia’s Mi’kmaq students has risen from 30 to 90% in the last 20 years, according to the Canadian Press, and the Government of Canada has recognized the NS Mi’kmaq community by signing a 10-year education agreement worth $600M. Chief Leroy Denny of the Eskasoni First Nation in Cape Breton stated that the province’s Mi’kmaq First Nations originally did not have their own schools and students had to be bused to other communities.

New Kwak’wala language immersion program launching at SD72 school on Vancouver Island

March 6, 2019

School District 72 has approved the launch of a pilot Kwak’wala language immersion program at Ripple Rock Elementary School in Campbell River, BC. Starting in September, kindergarten students will be immersed in the Kwak’wala language. “We thought about how our French immersion program actually began — by parents coming forward and saying could this happen — and so we just took that example and we went to the [school] board,” said Assistant Superintendent Nevenka Fair.

“It is so warm and inviting”: KPU teams up with engineering foundation for FNMI initiative

February 20, 2019

Kwantlen Polytechnic University will host the Verna J Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program in 2019. The initiative supports educational opportunities and activities outside of the classroom for First Nations, Metís, and Indigenous students through research mentorship.

Fontaine, Sniderman: Canada must end education inequality for First Nations

February 6, 2019

“The prime minister says that lower funding for Indigenous students is ‘simply not right.’ It is also, crucially, illegal,” write Lorena Sekwan Fontaine of the University of Manitoba and Andrew Stobo Sniderman of McGill University. The authors note that over the past 16 months, they have pored over papers in government archives in hopes of answering the question of why reserve schools are separate and unequal in terms of the support they receive.

Canada shifts policy in effort to narrow Indigenous education funding gap

January 23, 2019

The Canadian government is changing how it allocates nearly $2B in annual funding for First Nations education in an effort to close the gap between on-reserve students and those enrolled in provincial school systems, reports CBC. While provincial governments manage education off-reserve, the federal government funds on-reserve education.

Efforts to keep traditional languages alive see growth, but require sustained supports

January 9, 2019

As mother-tongue speakers become more uncommon and proficient second-language speakers edge toward retirement, the Globe and Mailhighlights the difficulties of keeping traditional languages alive. David Underwood of the WSANEC Saanich territory teaches SENCOTEN through a University of Victoria and WSANEC School Board partnership program. “The parents wouldn’t speak to their children in the language.

Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Canada mark milestone with Education Agreement-in-Principle

December 12, 2018

Nishnawbe Aski Nation and the Government of Canada have signed an Education Agreement-in-Principle that paves the way for continued negotiations for First Nations’ authority over K-12 education in their communities. The agreement marks a major milestone in the two parties’ journey towards reconciliation and renewed nation-to-nation relationships.

Indigenous Language in Education program receives $6M from AB

November 28, 2018

The Government of Alberta has announced the Indigenous Language in Education grant program. The program will see AB invest $6M to increase the number of teachers versed in First Nation languages and expand resource development for early childhood education and K-12 classes.

Concordia, Cree Health Board, Boscoville partner on certificate program for Cree youth workers

November 14, 2018

Concordia University, in partnership with the non-profit youth organization Boscoville and the Cree Health Board, has introduced a new certificate program for Indigenous youth workers. A Concordia release states that the certificate is the culmination of a partnership between Cree Health and Boscoville that began in 2016.

QC ombudsman sounds alarm on Inuit education

October 31, 2018

Quebec ombudsman Marie Rinfret has released a report stating that the province is failing to provide Inuit children with access to quality education. “The ministry is not giving (the Inuit) school board the tools to succeed,” said Rinfret. “The ministry is adopting a restrictive vision of its role.” The Montreal Gazette reports that about 80% of students in Nunavik drop out before finishing high school, and cites issues related to class cancellations, overcrowded homes, and home repair needs.

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