Top Ten

June 9, 2022

UBC officially opens new residence buildings with xʷməθkʷəy̓əm naming ceremony

The University of British Columbia has officially opened five new residence buildings with a naming ceremony hosted by xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam Indian Band). The buildings had received a hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ collective name in 2021: tə šxʷhəleləm̓s tə k̓ʷaƛ̓kʷəʔaʔɬ (The Houses of the Ones Belonging to the Saltwater). Each building has now received its own name from Musqueam: təməs leləm̓ – Sea Otter House; sqimək̓ʷ leləm̓ – Octopus House; sɬewət̕ leləm̓ – Herring House; q̓əlɬaləməcən leləm̓ – Orca House; and qʷta:yθən leləm̓ – Sturgeon House. “It is the university’s hope that through these names and the buildings’ design that residents and guests will develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of Musqueam history and storytelling,” said UBC President Santa Ono. UBC (BC)

NL expands capacity by five seats at Memorial Medical school

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has announced that it will be expanding Memorial University's Undergraduate Medical Education Program by five seats in September 2023. The new seats are meant to provide a long-term solution for NL’s doctor shortage, with a goal of increasing the number of students who will stay in the province to practice. “Memorial’s medical school has a rich history of training physicians to meet the evolving health care needs of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians for decades,” said Memorial President Dr Vianne Timmons. “We are pleased that additional seats will be set aside for Newfoundland and Labrador students to increase the number of locally trained physicians for the benefit of our communities.” CBC News | Nation Talk (NL)

FNU, NIUSLA release findings from first National Indigenous Identity Forum

The First Nations University of Canada and the National Indigenous University Senior Leaders’ Association (NIUSLA) have released a report containing the findings from the inaugural National Indigenous Identity forum. The forum discussed Indigenous perspectives on identity, citizenship, and validation practices for Indigenous-specific opportunities at postsecondary institutions. “It became clear that we needed to shift the narrative away from identity towards citizenship,” said FNU Senior Policy and Strategic Officer Meika Taylor. “As sovereign nations, Indigenous communities hold inherent rights to determine the citizens of their communities. This moves us beyond the question of ‘how do you self-identify?’ to ‘what nation do you have citizenship with?’, in essence, who claims you?” Another event will be held at FNU this fall to continue the dialogue. Nation Talk | FNU (National)

Yellowknife City Council earmarks Tin Can Hill as future Aurora campus

Yellowknife City Council has voted to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will earmark Tin Can Hill as the future Aurora College polytechnic university campus. The idea was pitched in a recent city council meeting. The MOU starts the land transfer process and enables staff to work on the project’s legislative steps. Cabin Radio says that the campus would initially use a twelfth of the Tin Can Hill area. Chamber of Commerce President Rob Warburton said that the location would be an act of reconciliation, as the institution’s land-based location would benefit Indigenous students coming from other areas in the Northwest Territories. CBC reports that some residents have expressed concerns about the decision-making process and the loss of greenspace, and that a petition against the development has received over 680 signatures. CBC | Cabin Radio (NWT)

NS expands eligibility criteria so more LPNs can enter BScN program to become RNs

The Government of Nova Scotia has expanded eligibility criteria to enable more licensed practical nurses (LPNs) to complete a bachelor of science, nursing (BScN) at Cape Breton University and St Francis Xavier University. Through the program, LPNs who meet eligibility requirements – including academic, work experience, and other licensing requirements – will be able to complete a BScN program so that they can become RNs. LPNs who graduated from Nova Scotia Community College before 2008 will now be eligible to enter a BScN, as will LPN graduates from out of province programs. CBC reports that applicants will still be competing for the same number of seats, but that the province hopes to have an additional 200 seats implemented in the next 18 to 24 months. NS | CBC (NS)

Postsecondary community members develop initiatives, call new graduates to action

Postsecondary community members across Canada are working on initiatives that support vulnerable individuals. In Sudbury, Laurentian University Centre for Social Justice and Policy Director Kevin Fitzmaurice and his team will be interviewing youth who have experienced homelessness. The three-year study focuses on homeless youth and aims to gather information that will help end homelessness in Canada. At Western University, Dr Jeffrey Turnbull, who will receive an honorary doctorate from Western for his work with people experiencing homelessness, called graduating Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry students to take action at a recent graduation speech. “You have a pact with society to improve people’s lives and that includes the most vulnerable among us,” said Turnbull. “Show kindness.” Students have also developed initiatives; at MacEwan University, students created a Street Outreach and Resource Team to help prevent overdoses in downtown Edmonton. CBC (Laurentian) | Western | CBC (MacEwan) (ON | AB)

BrandonU to host Cadet Training Centre program

Brandon University has announced that it will be hosting the Regional Cadet Support Union (Northwest)’s Cadet Training Centre program. BrandonU will be providing housing and food for approximately 80 to 100 people this summer, including cadets and support staff. The cadets will return in Summer 2023, with an option to extend the agreement into the future. “We consider it a true privilege to welcome Cadets Canada to our campus this summer,” said BrandonU Ancillary Services Manager Jackie Nichol. “In a season where things tend to be a little quieter here at BU, this group will bring great energy to our residence and ancillary spaces.” BrandonU (MB)

Durham launches three Pre-Apprenticeship programs to remove barriers to employment

Durham College has announced that it has launched three new Pre-Apprenticeship programs in the skilled trades to prepare students to meet Ontario’s labour market needs while removing barriers to employment. Electrical for Indigenous Peoples will focus on training Indigenous people in the electrical sector to provide pathways to employment while building the workforce in anticipation of a labour market shortage. Plumbing for Newcomers aims to reduce barriers to gaining credentials by providing plumbing training to newcomers so they can succeed in the industry. Welding for Women provides training and support to remove gender-related barriers so that women can pursue a career in welding. The three programs are offered at no cost to students, and include free tools, textbooks, and safety equipment. Durham (ON)

NBCC, FNEII sign MOU to enhance Indigenous education, foster academic cooperation

New Brunswick Community College has signed an MOU with First Nations Education Initiative Incorporated (FNEII) to enhance the college’s Indigenous education and foster academic cooperation. NBCC and FNEII will collaborate on a variety of areas to support Indigenous learners, including increasing postsecondary access, planning and developing programs together, and promoting higher education to Indigenous learners. “We know that Indigenous learners are underrepresented in post-secondary education across the country and here in New Brunswick, however, knowing isn’t enough, said NBCC President Mary Butler. “We need to understand the needs of First Nations youth today. That understanding can only come from meaningful partnerships where both parties learn from each other and work together towards shared outcomes.” NBCC (NB)

Students should develop their virtual identities using e-portfolios: Opinion

Postsecondary institutions should prepare students for learning by teaching them how to develop their virtual identities, write JT Torres and Marissa C McKinley. Torres and McKinley recommend that institutions consider preparing for new ways of learning by teaching students how to carefully cultivate and curate their virtual identities to avoid virtual missteps. The authors argue that a successful social network is shaped by shared ownership between students and faculty, student reflection, a clear purpose, and co-curricular support from multiple stakeholders. Torres and McKinley recommend that students develop e-portfolios that are shaped by these factors and “tell a digital story of the learning self.” The authors argue that these portfolios give students a place to express themselves and receive constructive responses while showing evidence of learning. Inside Higher Ed (Sub. Req.) (Editorial)