Chronicle Journal – Dec 13, 2018

The long awaited and first-of-its-kind Matawa Education and Care Centre has finally opened in Thunder Bay paving a road of knowledge, safety and promising futures for Indigenous youth.


 Laughter is Good Medicine visits Sagamok First Nation

Anishinabek News – December 13, 2018

Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation hosted an evening of story-telling and hilarity with comedian Don Burnstick on November 29.


Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Canada mark milestone with Education Agreement-in-Principle

Academia Group – Dec 12, 2018

Nishnawbe Aski Nation and the Government of Canada have signed an Education Agreement-in-Principle that paves the way for continued negotiations for First Nations’ authority over K-12 education in their communities. The agreement marks a major milestone in the two parties’ journey towards reconciliation and renewed nation-to-nation relationships.


First Nations students push for new high school in Thunder Bay

Academia Group – Dec 12, 2018

A group of northern Ontario First Nations youth is pushing for a new high school and a residence to end billeting. Youth from remote First Nations in northern Ontario currently must attend high school in urban centres, and the students say that the current billeting systems create too many problems related to racism and crime.


 Notre Dame High school students take play to Parliament Hill

Toronto –  December 12, 2018

A group of Notre Dame High School students from east Toronto recently performed a multimedia piece entitled ‘Minotatemiskatowan’ – a word in Cree – on Parliament Hill to promote and encourage a conversation about Indigenous issues.


 Algonquin College creates a space to Promote Truth and Reconciliation

The Star – December 11, 2018

At Algonquin College, tucked away in the Student Commons, you will find the Mamidosewin Centre — a place with a mandate is “to empower and support Indigenous students at Algonquin College into the next phase of their lives in a way that is respectful and reflective of Indigenous cultures.”


Decisions and Discussions at AES gathering

Anishinawbek News – Dec 11, 2018

As members to the AES, the PFNs gather twice a year to keep updated on programs and services, operations, the implementation of the federal and provincial education agreements.  The PFNs use the bi-annual forums to vote on major decisions related to the AES and the KEB.


 Some Mi’kmaw residential school survivors say settlement wasn’t worth the painful process

CBC – December 11, 2018

Mi’kmaw residential school survivors told a feedback gathering session last week that the results of the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement process were often not worth recounting the painful memories of their time at the schools.


Sixties Scoop Survivors Sought for Cash Settlement

Montreal Gazette – December 9, 2018

First Nations and Inuit people who were placed in the care of non-Indigenous foster or adoptive parents between 1951 and 1991 may be eligible for compensation between $25,000 and $50,000.


Statistics Canada report finds more people are learning Indigenous Language

The Star – December 9, 2018

As a child, Carolyn Kiskotagan was afraid to speak her native tongue. It started in Grade 3, while she was attending a public school near the Red Pheasant reserve in Saskatchewan, one with Plains Cree children like herself. She was exhilarated, finding children other than her sister to speak Cree with between classes — at least until the school found out.


Wiikwemkoong Chief says a step taken toward reconciliation with deal to compensate former Day School students

CBC – December 7, 2018

The Chief of Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory says he appreciates the step that Canada’s federal government has taken toward reconciliation.


 Indigenous high school students and July Talk collaborate on new song

CBC – December 7, 2018

Dennis Franklin Cromarty students sing about leaving home to study in Thunder Bay. ‘There was a whole bunch of really cool moments,’ while recording the song at the school’s studio, said DFC teacher Greg Chomut, including this one, when three students held hands to give each other courage while singing the chorus of the song. (Nick Ferrio)