Top Ten

April 23, 2018

VIU to recognize Indigenous Peoples with Canadian ancestral lands as domestic students

Vancouver Island University’s Board of Governors has approved a new tuition approach that allows any Indigenous peoples whose ancestral lands are within Canada to be considered domestic students rather than international students. The change was made after discussions with Indigenous communities indicated a strong interest in enhancing educational opportunities for members of those communities who live outside of Canada. “The Jay treaty is part of a legacy of obligations and understandings respecting Indigenous peoples that have for too long been ignored and violated,” said Snuneymuxw Councilor and VIU Centre for Pre-Confederation Treaties and Reconciliation Director Douglas White III. “It is through concrete action that changes the lives of people, like this tuition adjustment, that a better future can be built.”


NSCC, NS, industry partner on shipbuilding opportunity for African Nova Scotians

A partnership between Nova Scotia Community College, the Government of Nova Scotia, and several industry partners has resulted in the launch of a program called Pathways to Shipbuilding for African Nova Scotians. The program will see twenty African Nova Scotians study welding and gain new career opportunities in shipbuilding. Following 14-weeks of essential skills training, personal readiness, and academic refreshers, participants enter into a pre-apprenticeship welding diploma program at NSCC. Successful graduates who meet employment eligibility criteria will be hired as apprentices as positions become available at Halifax Shipyard.

Halifax Today | EPEA

YorkU offers tuition credits, bursaries as strike continues

York University’s administration is offering tuition credits and bursaries for undergraduate students affected by a six-week work stoppage, CBC reports. While some classes have proceeded as scheduled, other departments reportedly chose to suspend classes altogether until the end of the strike. In a letter to students, YorkU Interim Provost and VP Academic Lisa Philipps stated that the university will provide tuition credits for any Fall/Winter 2017-18 course or 2018 Winter course from which a student has withdrawn. Students in demonstrable financial hardship because of the strike may also apply for a $1.5K bursary, Philipps added. 

CBC | The Star

UPEI AVC achieves full accreditation

The University of Prince Edward Island’s Atlantic Veterinary College has been granted full accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education for the next seven years. “This achievement by the College is a testament to the quality of our program and the people engaged in its delivery,” said AVC Dean Greg Keefe. “This is an important milestone--one that will drive us forward as we strive to continuously improve.” Keefe explained that the accreditation process began with preparations 16 months in advance and included a week-long campus visit; interviews with faculty, staff, and students; a detailed evaluation of the college’s programming; and an inspection of the facilities.


NOSM engages panel to review relationship with Indigenous communities

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine has engaged an Expert Panel to gather input from key stakeholders and report on the relationships, structures, and policies existing between the school and Indigenous peoples. The panel will seek input from key stakeholder groups—including the Elders Council; Indigenous communities and organizations; and NOSM learners, staff, and faculty—on topics such as curriculum, Indigenous leadership and influence, and support structures. “If we are to be accountable, we have to reflect on where the School’s relationship with Indigenous Peoples currently stands, and where it can be improved,” said Darrel Manitowabi, Interim Director of Indigenous Affairs at NOSM.

Nation Talk | Thunder Bay Newswatch

Loyalist launches certificate in Cannabis Applied Science

Loyalist College has announced that it is launching Canada’s first postgraduate certificate in Cannabis Applied Science. The program will feature classroom learning and a field placement for hands-on experience, while also emphasizing green technologies in accordance with an industry-wide shift away from petrochemicals. “Our Program Advisory Committee (PAC) is comprised of specialists in the cannabis field and their expertise is reflected in our highly relevant Cannabis Applied Science curriculum,” stated Loyalist Senior VP Academic Ann Drennan. “Graduates of this program will be the qualified personnel employers require to fill their growing number of job opportunities.” Loyalist

CQFA, Chicoutimi, l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue forge partnership for pilot-training program

Chicoutimi College, Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue, and the Centre québécois de formation aéronautique have partnered to develop a new pilot training program in Northern Quebec, an Abitibi-Témiscamingue news release states. According to Skies Magazine, the partnership grew from a concern that Indigenous peoples are underrepresented in QC aviation. “We always want to give priority training to Aboriginal students in Quebec,” Abitibi-Témiscamingue Director General Sylvain Blais told Skies. “Our college has extensive expertise in teaching Aboriginal students.” CQFA is reportedly the only flight school in Canada to offer airline, bush, and helicopter pilot training.Skies | Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Single-session therapy poses solution for long counsellor wait times

As average waiting periods for counsellors in Canada’s colleges and universities have reportedly ballooned up to six weeks in recent years, CBC finds that some institutions are introducing single-session therapy. University of New Brunswick, Saint John Counsellor Meredith Henry explained that "single-session works well for students coming in already having some basic [coping] skills." CBC adds that a national survey found that self-reported depression and anxiety amongst postsecondary students, at 44%, is nearly triple that of the same age cohort not in school.


BVC offers UAV Certification Courses

Bow Valley College will be offering two comprehensive certification courses in May 2018 to help drone enthusiasts and professional operators prepare for the new and updated aviation laws. The courses, to be held on the Okotoks and High River campuses, will provide theory and practical knowledge through in-class instruction, labs, sand seminars, as well as a certificate that must be renewed every five years. “Our courses will make it easier for people to enjoy their drones legally as well as operate them safely,” said BVC Instructor Chris Healy.


Mohawk receives funding boost to address labour shortage, at-risk youth.

Hamilton Liberal MPP Ted McMeekin has announced a three-year, $600K grant for new skills training programs at Mohawk College. The program will be delivered through Mohawk’s City School initiative, which reportedly provides free college-credit course and workshops throughout the city. According to the Spectator, the program will address two goals: the courses are targeted toward at-risk youth who will, in turn, fill a labour shortage for skilled machinists and maintenance workers. The Hamilton Port Authority and Hamilton Health Sciences, as well as several small companies in the region, are said to need specialized workers.

The Spectator (1) | The Spectator (2)