Anishinabek News – April 26, 2017

Dr. Mike DeGagné, President and Vice-Chancellor of Nipissing University, has spoken hundreds of times on residential schools and reconciliation. Dr. DeGagné is also the Chair of Reconciliation North Bay. Recently, Dr. DeGagné was the Executive Director of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation which addressed Indian Residential Schools. Dr. DeGagné wants to continue to educate the public on what reconciliation can mean to them. He reflected on The Four Colours of Reconciliation Conference…


Wiikwemkoong Students Tackle Smith Bay Creek Cleanup

Manitoulin Expositor – April 26, 2017

Grade 7 and 8 students were joined by members of the Wiikwemkoong High School student council and environmental geography in an Earth Day mission to clean up Smith Bay Creek, which runs through the village. The cleanup effort was spearheaded by members of Manitoulin Streams and the Wiikwemkoong Lands department. Manitoulin Streams’ program manager Seija Deschenes explained the plan of action to the students and community volunteers who turned out for the event. Following some basic safety instruction and an admonition to call an adult should any of the students encounter sharps such as glass or needles, a number of hip waders were handed out to some of the more adventurous students.


No More 5 a.m. Boat Rides and Border Crossings for Students from Northern Ontario First Nation

CBC – April 25, 2017

There’s a new solution for kids from one northwestern Ontario First Nation who were spending more time in transit than in school. Kiizhik School — an Anishinaabe immersion school in Kenora — is setting up a satellite campus at Northwest Angle 33 First Nation, a small community on Lake of the Woods that hasn’t had a school of its own for about 20 years.  Students there used to travel for hours across the lake by boat, or winter ice road, crossing an international border to attend the closest school in Warroad, Minnesota.


Doctoral student guest speaker at Indigenous Leadership Speaker Series

Anishinabek News – April 11, 2017

Candace Brunette-Debassige, previously the Coordinator of Indigenous Services, was invited to speak on Indigenous Women, Leadership, and Education as part of the Indigenous Leadership Speaker Series. Brunette-Debassige’s visit was sponsored by Indigenous Services (IS) and Dr. Susan Hill of First Nations Studies, and she was introduced by Zeeta Lazore, Academic Transitions Opportunities Assistant of Indigenous Services. A Mushkego Iskew (Cree woman) originally from Fort Albany First Nation Treaty 9 territory, Candace is a long way from the small town of Cochrane in northern Ontario where she was born.


Closing the Gap in First Nations Education

Netnews Ledger – March 13, 2017

“Working with First Nations to identify how we can innovate together to put education for First Nations on solid footing for the future is one of our top priorities.  Congratulations to the six First Nations schools joining the Martin Family Initiative’s Model School Literacy Project. This initiative will help unlock student success and opportunity as well as provide the tools for Indigenous students to become tomorrow’s leaders,” says Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P. Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs.