April 14, 2021 - Canada and Ontario Invest in School Infrastructure to Respond to the Impacts of COV

April 14, 2021

OTTAWA — Projects will enhance health and safety protection for students and staff. The governments of Canada and Ontario announced $656.5 million in funding to provide critical infrastructure upgrades to protect students and staff from COVID-19 in the province's schools.

https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/61133/canada-and-ontario-invest-in-school-infrastructure-to-respond-to-the-impacts-of-covid-19

 

Laurentian cancels 69 programs, lays off approximately 100 faculty

April 14, 2021

Laurentian University’s academic senate has voted to cut programs and lay off instructors as part of its restructuring process.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/laurentian-negotiations-insolvency-terminations-restructuring-1.5982114

 

Northern Quebec school board staff set for 1-day walkouts

April 13, 2021

The unions representing teachers, school professional and support staff in northern Quebec Cree and Inuit communities say the provincial government is failing Indigenous students by not addressing chronic staffing and service shortages. 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/cree-inuit-quebec-education-strike-1.5984548

 

University of Windsor introducing new scholarship for Indigenous law students

April 13, 2021

The University of Windsor Faculty of Law has announced a new scholarship for Indigenous law students, starting this fall, in memory of alumnus Fred Bartley, the Crown Attorney who was instrumental in establishing Gladue courts in Toronto.

https://www.lawtimesnews.com/resources/legal-education/university-of-windsor-introducing-new-scholarship-for-indigenous-law-students/354878

 

Isaac Murdoch celebrates spring through storytelling and traditional teachings

April 13, 2021

NIMKII AAZHIBIKONG — Serpent River’s Isaac Murdoch enjoyed sharing stories virtually from Nimkii Aazhibikong during the March 29 Lakehead University Spring Celebration with Isaac Murdoch event.

http://anishinabeknews.ca/2021/04/13/isaac-murdoch-celebrates-spring-through-storytelling-and-traditional-teachings/

 

Ontario Moves Schools to Remote Learning Following Spring Break

April 12, 2021

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has made the difficult decision to move elementary and secondary schools to remote learning following the April break. This move has been made in response to the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, the increasing risks posed to the public by COVID-19 variants, and the massive spike in hospital admissions.

https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/61106/ontario-moves-schools-to-remote-learning-following-spring-break

 

Broken Promises and Devastating Cuts for Laurentian University Students

April 12, 2021

The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario, representing 350,000 students across the province, is shocked by the devastating news for students, staff and faculty coming out of Laurentian University on April 12, 2021.  While Laurentian is a bilingual institution, its mandate is tricultural and, in particular, offering a hub for Indigenous learning and research. The program cuts will also have severe and negative impacts on Indigenous learning and Indigenous language degrees. 

https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/broken-promises-and-devastating-cuts-for-laurentian-university-students-807566382.html

 

CICan launches new report and environmental scan on microcredentials

April 12, 2021

In order to help understand the latest trends in lifelong learning, Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) has released a new study on the status of microcredentials. Based on an environmental scan and a survey of colleges and institutes, the report shows how these flexible and accessible learning options are gaining ground across the country.

https://www.collegesinstitutes.ca/news-centre/news-release/cican-launches-new-report-and-environmental-scan-on-microcredentials/

 

Timiskaming First Nation students spread kindness with school challenge

April 12, 2021

We see you. We miss you. You're doing great.  These are some of the positive messages students at Kiwetin School in Timiskaming First Nation, Que., have been spreading across their community with a challenge to promote random acts of kindness.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/timiskaming-school-acts-kindness-1.5980164

 

Syilx people can earn a degree in the Nsyilxc?n language with new UBC program

April 11, 2021

The University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) will be the first university in Canada to offer their students the opportunity to receive a bachelor’s degree in Indigenous language fluency.

https://thediscourse.ca/okanagan/indigenous-language-fluency-program-in-nsyilxc%C9%99n-language

 

Edmonton researcher looks into autism spectrum disorder through a First Nations lens

April 10, 2021

After struggling to find information to help him parent two sons on the autism spectrum, Grant Bruno decided to study autism in First Nations communities to help families in the future. Despite his university education — he has a master of science degree in risk and community resilience — Bruno found it difficult to navigate the system in search of the right programs for his boys, ages 11 and six.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/edmonton-researcher-looks-into-autism-spectrum-disorder-through-a-first-nations-lens-1.5978433

 

U of T alumna establishes bursary for Indigenous, Black and Taino students 

April 9, 2021

Erica Neeganagwedgin is looking to tell a different story than the one currently being told. Neeganagwedgin, who earned master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), has established the Olive Moxam Indigenous Bursary – named for her mother – to support Indigenous, Black and Taino students in OISE’s master of teaching program.

https://nationtalk.ca/story/u-of-t-alumna-establishes-bursary-for-indigenous-black-and-taino-students-u-of-t-news