LFPress – December 19, 2017 

Now the 15-year-old First Nations teen speaks in front of crowds across Canada and the United States, spreading awareness about autism and the lack of support for children and families with special needs on reserves. “Going through elementary school, I was bullied a lot. I decided that I was going to try to stop that from happening to other people,” said Christie-White, from the Oneida Nation of the Thames southwest of London.



Odjig Hopeful to Play Hockey at the Post-Secondary Level Next Year

Anishinabek News – December 19, 2017 

RAYSIDE-BALFOUR – Despite an early setback, Ronson Odjig is hoping he can still have a memorable season in this, his final year of junior hockey eligibility. Odjig, a 20-year-old defenceman from the Wikwemikong Territory, is a member of the Rayside-Balfour Canadians, a Junior A squad that competes in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL). Odjig entered the 2017-18 campaign with high hopes. Not only was he hoping to be a key contributor to the Canadians’ blueline but he was also looking to impress others with his efforts as he is hoping to continue playing hockey next year at the post-secondary level.



Schools to Develop Indigenous Study 

Sault this Week – December 19, 2017 

“In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action, Ontario is working with First Nations, Metis and Inuit partners to co-develop revisions to the Ontario curriculum to enhance mandatory learning on the history of residential schools, the legacy of colonialism and the importance of treaties,” Irwin said.



Bill C-61 is now Law

Anishinabek News – December 18, 2017 

“The Kinoomaadziwin Education Body was pleased to present to the Senate and be a part of the legislative process. The deliberations showed promising support which will move us to the next step in supporting the future of our children,” expressed Kelly Crawford, Education Director for the KEB implementing the AES. “The passing of this bill will be life changing for many of our citizens.”



Indigenous Language Education

CBC Listen – December 18, 2017

Reviving Indigenous languages, one student at a time. The local school boards have been holding classes for a small but passionate group of students. They want to learn the languages of their ancestors.



What’s in it for Students? Students See Victories, but Must Continue to Advocate for Universal Post-Secondary Education 

Markets Insider – December 18, 2017

Last year, students won an investment of $90 million into the Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP) after years of lobbying on the issue and targeted lobbying since the Liberal government’s election to keep their election promise to fully fund the program. Students have remained vigilant in calling for a total investment of $141 million, the estimated amount (Assembly of First Nations) needed to fully fund all Indigenous learners currently eligible for the program. Additionally, students have called for the program to be expanded to fund education for Métis learners.



Indigenize High School Tour Inspires, Educates

CBC News – December 17, 2017 

“Indigenize is our positive solution to the whole topic. So we definitely are providing insights and messages and having a voice as a way to achieve reconciliation differently,” said Holness, whose stage name is Jah’kota, a nod both to his Jamaican and Indigenous heritage. 



New Program Looks to put Residential Schools on the Map

APTN – December 15, 2017 

The Google Earth Voyager residential school story is an interactive project which maps out the more than one hundred schools across Canada. The project uses survivor testimony and photos to bring to light the history of residential schools in Canada.



St. Anne’s Survivors Rally to have their Voices Heard at Court Hearing

APTN – December 14, 2017 

The residential school experience comes to life each time a survivor tells their story. But survivors of St. Anne’s residential school in Fort Albany, Ontario are in a fight to even get their stories out. They held a rally in Toronto where their testimony is being suppressed.



5 Years Later, Indigenous Students Reflect on the Influence of Idle No More

CBC News – December 14, 2017 

Five years after round dances and rallies swept communities across Canada, Indigenous students at Laurentian University are reflecting on how the Idle No More movement inspired their journey to post-secondary education. “I guess you could say it was life-changing, because I never thought I was going to get that opportunity to be part of something so big,” said Laurentian University psychology student Frankie Antone.