Atikameksheng Anishnawbek Votes ‘Yes’ to the AES

Anishinabek News – July 14, 2017

Atikameksheng Anishnawbek—On July 12, the eligible voters of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek voted “yes” to the Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement with Canada. This “yes” vote means that Atikameksheng Anishnawbek will be part of the Anishinabek Education System. “It’s one step closer to self-governance,” stated Chief Steve Miller on the successful ratification of the Education Agreement. “Education has always been a major stone in order for our people to advance our interests and our treaty rights. It’s something that’s really important to not only our community, but our children that are in the education system. This is a big step and it’s a step that’s been long coming. The foreign government has forced us into an education system that really didn’t work for us and there are stats on that year after year showing how the education system is failing our First Nations in Ontario and right across Canada. So to have this control and this say on how we want to be teaching our children on all levels of education is something that we embrace.”


The World of Education is Coming to Six Nations

Turtle Island News – July 12, 2017

Indigenous educators will be coming to Chiefswood Park on July 24th to celebrate the opening ceremonies of the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE) because of the flooding of the Toronto Islands.


How Should We Remember The Past? Ryerson, Residential Schools and History’s Complicated Nature

Chronicle Journal – July 12, 2017

SHOULD Toronto’s Ryerson University change its name out of respect for indigenous people? The Ryerson Students’ Union says yes (although there are some hints it may be changing its mind). So does the school’s Indigenous Students Association. Other students are said to be split. The specific debate is very modern. Governments and institutions are sensitive these days to charges that they have been casually indifferent to offences committed against First Nations, Inuit and Métis.


Education is the Way of Life for Phd Student and Role Model Randi Ray

Anishinabek News – July 12, 2017

Ray firmly believes education is a key determinant of health for her community. Knowledge gives confidence to be curious and the curiosity, as she says, “will light our inner fires.” “Lifelong learning keeps us excited, motivated, and sustainable in our personal and professional lives,” adds Ray.


First Nations Evacuations Complicated by Legacy of Residential Schools, Expert Says

CBC Indigenous – July 13, 2017

“We’ve talked to hundreds of First Nations people who have gone through these situations and it is highly stressful for them. They’re getting sent out of their communities with very little warning time to places that they are very unfamiliar with,” she said. “[A lot of] our participants are saying in future evacuations they won’t leave their community again.”


Indigenous Reading Camps Kick Off Throughout First Nations

The Chronicle Journal – July 13, 2017

Twenty-four Northern Ontario First Nations are holding reading summer camps aimed at boosting literacy skills. The First Nations have partnered with Frontier College, a Canadian charitable literacy organization, to keep young minds active over the summer with the Lieutenant Governor’s Indigenous Summer Reading Camps.

Now in their 13th year, the free camps are offered to more than 2,500 children between the ages of five and 12. The initiative is meant to support student success and reduce summer learning loss, which can occur if children do not use their reading and writing skills between school years.