Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal – Nov 15, 2016
Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School’s basketball teams had a lot to celebrate after receiving $10,000 from Hydro One on Monday. The school applied for the grant offered by the energy company a few months ago. The money will go towards improving the school’s basketball program, which will include new backboards, hoops and new jerseys and shoes for the students. A spokesman for the school said the school hadn’t seen any renovations since the 1960s and hoped to have the improvements started by mid-December or January.
Contamination forces Ontario First Nation to close school, fly in bottled water
CBC – Nov 14, 2016
Residents of a remote northern Ontario First Nation are in crisis mode after the community's drinking water was contaminated because of broken pipes, forcing officials to shut down the school and fly in bottled water. Photos shared on social media show discoloured water that has come out of taps on the Weagamow First Nation, also known as North Caribou Lake First Nation. "All last week there was no school," Chief Dinah Kanate said. "We closed down for the whole week.... There's no water in the community."
AES will ‘bring positive change to the education system itself’ says Fort William Chief
Anishinabek News – Nov 11, 2016
Fort William Chief Peter Collins says self determination is a key reason for his community to sign on with the Anishinabek Education System (AES). “It’s all about creating our own destiny and our own education system for our community,” Collins says. “And to bring positive change to the education system itself.” Collins says the AES has been a “long time in the making” and is a “good funding formula” for the communities.
It’s a step in the right direction in regards to self-government’ says Biigtigong Nishnaabeg Chief
Anishinabek News – Nov 8, 2016
Biigtigong Nishnaabeg Chief Duncan Michano says self-government and control over education are key reasons for his community to sign on with the Anishinabek Education System (AES). “It’s a step in the right direction in regards to self-government,” Michano says. “And that is something that, I think, all Anishinabek people aspire to. We were in the process anyway of doing our constitution — we just hurried it up so that we could get on board with the AES.”
Drumming, wampum belts help launch Treaties Recognition Week in Ontario schools
CBC – Nov 7, 2016
Schools across Ontario marked the start of province's first Treaties Recognition Week on Monday, with speakers telling students that treaties with Indigenous peoples are living documents that need to be honoured. At David Bouchard Public School in Oshawa, Ont., east of Toronto, Ontario Indigenous Relations Minister David Zimmer and Education Minister Mitzie Hunter launched a new resource guide and kit for high school teachers.
Province and Anishinabek Nation launching new Treaty resource for teachers, students
Anishinabek News –Nov 7, 2016
As part of its commitment to rebuilding relationships with First Nations based on trust and respect, Ontario is honouring the importance of treaties and helping people learn more about treaty rights and treaty relationships. David Zimmer, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, and Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education, joined Anishinabek Nation’s Grand Council Chief Patrick Wedaseh Madahbee at David Bouchard Public School in Oshawa to celebrate Ontario’s inaugural Treaties Recognition Week.
Timmins, school board observe Treaties Recognition Week
Timmins Today – Nov 7, 2016
The City of Timmins and District School Board Ontario North East (DSBONE) declared the week of November 6 to 12 as Treaties Recognition Week, as part of Ontario’s implementation of recommendations contained in the Truth and Reconciliation process in residential schools. “We are pleased to be here today to formally recognize this important week – Treaties Recognition Week,” said Lisa Innes, the first Indigenous System Lead coordinator for DSBONE.
MRU launches Indigenous Strategic Plan, permanently raises Treaty 7 and Métis flags
MRU - Nov 5, 2016
Mount Royal University has permanently raised the Treaty 7 and Métis flags on its campus as part of its newly initiated Indigenous Strategic Plan. The new plan reflects 18 months of consultation with both MRU's campus and surrounding community, and reportedly marks a clear commitment by the university to make “space for reconciliation, Indigenous ways of knowledge, learning, ceremonies and culture and create cross-cultural opportunities for all students, Indigenous and non-Indigenous.” “At Mount Royal we really believe that Indigenous people have the right to meaningful success and access to post-secondary education,” said MRU President David Docherty, who noted that the purpose of the flag-raising ceremony was to honour all students and members of the Treaty 7 Nations.
Georgian acknowledges campus built on traditional Anishnaabeg land at Indigenous plaque unveiling
Barrie Examiner – Nov 2, 2016
Georgian College unveiled a new plaque on its campus this month that acknowledges that the college is built on traditional Anishnaabeg land. The plaque further announces the school’s dedication to honouring Indigenous history and culture and moving forward in a spirit of reconciliation alongside First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people. “Georgian wants to be part of the nationwide effort to restore trust between Indigenous peoples and public institutions – and we think that effort begins right here on our campuses,” commented Georgian President MaryLynn West-Moynes. “There’s a long way to go, but the college has demonstrated consistently its commitment,” added Anishnaabe Education and Training Circle representative and Georgian governor and chairman Kevin Wassegijig.