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.

Canada’s youth will be the ones to chart a way forward for reconciliation: FineDay

October 17, 2018

There is reason for optimism in the fact that Canada’s youth will be key to the cause of reconciliation, says Max FineDay, executive director of the Canadian Roots Exchange. “When Canadians are polled, it’s young people that are the most optimistic that reconciliation can be achieved in their lifetime,” says FineDay, noting that each generation has a different idea of what reconciliation should look like.

Three national FNMI groups partner with federal government to improve early learning and child care

October 3, 2018

The Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Métis National Council, and the Government of Canada have partnered to strengthen early learning and child care programs and services for Indigenous children and families in 2018-19. The Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework establishes a vision for happy and safe Indigenous children and families, strong cultural identity, and an Indigenous-led system with accessible, flexible, and inclusive early learning and child care.

Indigenous-run school celebrates completed $24M expansion

September 18, 2018

Southeast Collegiate, a one-of-a-kind, Indigenous-run private school, completed a $24M expansion of its Fort Richmond campus with the creation of a new facility for First Nations high school students. The school educates students from Grades 10 to 12 and houses all 156 students on-site. “Southeast Collegiate is unlike any other school in Canada in that it not only educates students but also houses them on site, all while nourishing the First Nations culture,” said principal Sheryl McCorrister.

PSE works to Indigenize programs, campus life

September 5, 2018

The Canadian Press highlights recent efforts and preparations made by post-secondary institutions across the country as they continue to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada report, released in 2015. The article specifically highlights the efforts of institutions such as Ryerson University, the University of Manitoba, University of Saskatchewan, University of Alberta, Saint Mary’s University, the University of British Columbia, and McGill University. “Universities and colleges are inherently colonial.

BC First Nations Languages status report finds positive progress, continued challenges

August 22, 2018

The First Peoples’ Cultural Council’s newly released Report on the Status of BC First Nations Languages 2018 has found continued challenges in revitalization efforts and threats to language vitality, but also identifies positive progress in several areas. The report highlights the efforts by institutions such as the University of Victoria and Simon Fraser University in supporting language learners, the Government of British Columbia's historic investment into language revitalization earlier this year, and the progress made on documenting languages.

KTEI receives $5M for Anishinabek education

August 8, 2018

The Kenjgewin Teg Education Institute has received nearly $5M from the Government of Canada to support an innovative new project titled Mshiigaade Miikan - The Path is Clearing. The project will see KTEI partner with the Union of Ontario Indians and Sault College to strengthen First Nation peoples’ employability opportunities in key apprenticeship sectors such as skilled trades, hospitality, tourism, and teacher education.

Chiefs, elders, educators express disappointment at ON cancellation of curriculum development sessions

July 25, 2018

Several chiefs, elders, educators, and community members have expressed grave concerns and disappointments with the new Ontario government’s decision to cut summer sessions focused on developing educational curriculum on Indian Residential Schools. “We have heard from many educators, Elders and knowledge keepers and share their frustration as this important work was dropped just before it was set to begin,” said Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox. “This is a step backwards on our journey towards reconciliation.