CBC News – January 23, 2019

Tara McGowan-Ross invites Montrealer’s to explore vast world of Indigenous books. Growing up in Toronto, McGowan-Ross says she identified first and foremost as a young punk but always knew that she was a little different because of her Indigenous ancestry.



Alberta Invests $1 Million into Calgary Indigenous Languages Resource Centre

Net News Ledger – January 23, 2019

The Alberta government is investing $1 million into Calgary’s first ever Indigenous Languages Resource Centre. The funding will support the acquisition of language resources, as well as programming that preserves Indigenous culture and heritage. “The future well-being of Indigenous culture rests in the sharing of Indigenous voices and stories both within communities and with people across Alberta and the rest of Canada. We are committed to supporting Indigenous language and taking steps towards reconciliation,” says Rachel Notley, Premier of Alberta.



Canada shifts policy in effort to narrow Indigenous education funding gap

Academica Group – January 23, 2019

The Canadian government is changing how it allocates nearly $2B in annual funding for First Nations education in an effort to close the gap between on-reserve students and those enrolled in provincial school systems, reports CBC. While provincial governments manage education off-reserve, the federal government funds on-reserve education.



JHR releases report on access to ON post-secondary for Indigenous youth

Academica Group – January 23, 2019

Journalists for Human Rights has released Emerging Voices, a report that investigates access to postsecondary access for Indigenous youth in Ontario as well as the role of journalism schools in implementing TRC Call to Action 86.



Fort William First Nation speaks about community efforts to revitalize Anishinaabemowin

Anishinabek News – Jan 23, 2019

Fort William Chief Peter Collins called for more Indigenous language teachings during Lakehead University’s Jan. 15 opening ceremony of its year-long celebration of the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages. “If you’re not talking [Anishinaabemowin] on a regular basis, it is not an easy language to pick up,” Collins says.



Humber supports reconciliation with cultural land markers

Academica Group – January 23, 2019

Indigenous gathering places and cultural markers are part of a new genre of architecture in Canada, writes Alex Bozikovic, highlighting a trio of projects at Humber College. “We are in a state of cultural reclamation, rediscovering culture, rediscovering language and art,” said Winnipeg-based Anishinaabe architect Ryan Gorrie, who has worked on the Humber project.



McMaster researchers collaborate with Six Nations knowledge holders

Academica Group – January 23, 2019

Global Water Futures, a seven-year research program out of the University of Saskatchewan, is funding a collaboration between McMaster University researchers and traditional knowledge holders on Six Nations of the Grand River. A release states that the collaboration will focus on water-related issues of training, wellness and resilience, and governance.



Level launches education, mentorship program in Thunder Bay to change lives through law

Academica Group – January 23, 2019

A new education and mentorship program launched by Canadian charity Level in Thunder Bay will enable elementary school students between the ages of 11 and 14 to learn more about law and the justice system. The program will see grade six and seven students from Kingsway Park Public School take part in the Indigenous Youth Outreach Program.



Indigenous virtual reality experience heading to Wilfrid Laurier’s Brantford campus

CBC – January 22, 2019

A virtual reality project exploring a desolate Toronto from an Indigenous perspective is heading to Wilfrid Laurier’s Brantford Campus. Lisa Jackson, an award winning filmmaker who is Anishinaabe, is the creative director of the virtual reality experience called Biidaaban: First Light, and looks at a version of Toronto if the infrastructure of the city were reclaimed by nature and Indigenous culture.



Government of Canada and Assembly of First Nations announce new policy and funding approach for First Nations K-12 education on reserve

Gov Canada – January 21, 2019

New approach takes effect April 1, 2019, supports First Nations control of First Nations education, and ensures more predictable and sufficient funding. First Nations students on-reserve deserve a high quality education with financial investments that meet their unique needs, including supports for language and culture to ensure they get the best start in life.



Liberals taking new approach for First Nations on-reserve education funding

CBC – January 21, 2019

The Trudeau government is changing how Ottawa allocates nearly $2 billion in annual funding for First Nations education to help ensure on-reserve students benefit from support comparable to what’s offered in provincial school systems.

Starting in April, the federal government will take a new approach it says will mean a more predictable base of money for First Nations elementary and secondary schools.



First Nations to have more control over on-reserve education as Ottawa looks to close funding gap

The Globe and Mail – January 21, 2019

A new funding arrangement announced Monday by Seamus O’Regan, the new Minister of Indigenous Services, and Perry Bellegarde, the National Chief of the AFN, is aimed at ensuring that the decades of disparities between the amount of money spent per student on reserve schools and the amount spent on provincially run schools is ended.



Groups seeking answers about student fees at post-secondary schools

CBC – January 21, 2019

Many student groups across Ontario say they are concerned about recent provincial changes to post-secondary affordability. The Progressive Conservative government is making sweeping alterations to tuition costs, student loans and fee payments. One of the changes is to the fees students at college and university pay up front for campus services.



Funding changes coming for First Nations K-12 education

APTN News – January 21, 2019

The federal government and Assembly of First Nations (AFN) say they’ve reached an agreement to reform the way K-12 education is funded in First Nations. An announcement of the co-developed plan was made Monday and will take effect on April 1.



Laurier student helps develop children’s programming for Indigenous outreach centre

CBC – January 20, 2019

Each year, the masters of social work Indigenous field of study program sends its students to work at a community group where they can share traditional Indigenous practices and approaches. The program has just got underway this year, and student Amy Smoke is focusing on building programming for Indigenous children.



Want to learn whose Indigenous land you’re on? There’s an app for that

CBC – January 18, 2019

If you want to find out whose land you’re on, and learn more about how to acknowledge it, there’s an app for that. “Whose Land was created because we’ve all sat and listened to somebody get a land acknowledgement wrong, and you can clearly tell that they didn’t do the research,”  said Mitch Holmes who is Haudenosaunee, and one of the developers of the app.