Dec 2, 2016 - Listening to History: Correcting the Toronto Metis Land Acknowledgement

Active History - Dec 2, 2016

One of my friends is a teacher for the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). She recently asked me for help regarding their traditional land acknowledgement recognizing the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, Wendat, and the Metis. She told me that the board was facing considerable resistance from the community regarding the acknowledgment of the Metis. The blow back is understandable, and here’s why...


Anishinabek First Nations vote on historic education agreement

iPolitics – Dec 1, 2016

After more than 20 years of negotiation, Anishinabek First Nations will decide this week whether to move forward with historic education reforms. “We’ve been complaining about Indian control of Indian education since 1972. We now have a chance to do something about it,” said Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee. He’s urging the 30 or so First Nations voting this week to support the creation of the Anishinabek Education System. If the vote is successful, it will lead to Ontario’s first education self-government agreement — the largest of its kind in Canada.


OPSEU and Ontario First Nations Chiefs partner on Indigenous Mobilizing Team

Anishinabek News – Dec 1, 2016

On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas addressed First Nations Leaders from across Ontario who are meeting with Premier Kathleen Wynne and Ontario cabinet ministers this week at the “Leaders in the Legislature” event to discuss collaborative actions on First Nations priority issues such as community safety, education, community wellness, infrastructure and environment.


First Nations people encouraged to get involved in studying law at Lakehead University

Anishinabek News – Nov 28, 2016

“I’ve always been interested in academics, in the law, and also in encouraging other Native people to pursue a law degree and a career in law,” says the director of Indigenous relations at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law. “To me, law opens a lot of doors. You don’t necessarily have to be a barrister in court arguing in front of a judge; you can be a solicitor. Once you have your law degree, the sky is the limit; your imagination is the limit. It gives you that academic rigour on how to analyze things.”