CBC News – May 8, 2018

  “It’s a sign of respect and a contribution to that language,” he said. Torkabadi said much of the language used in his thesis is very new academic terms and that translating enriches the local language being used.


St. Anne’s Residential School Survivors Lose What Could be Final Battle with Ottawa Over Documents

CBC News – May 7, 2018

The Ontario Court of Appeal dismissed an attempt by St. Anne’s survivors to overturn a lower court decision that kept transcripts from a civil case that ended in 2003 from being turned over for use in residential school abuse compensation cases.



Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Disappointed in Recent Appointment of Interim Law Dean

Anishinabek News – May 7, 2018 

“The appointment of George Smith as the interim dean is insensitive and adds insult to injury,” says Grand Council Chief Madahbee. “This thoughtless appointment of a dean that has incarcerated First Nations people for defending their land – their home – shows that he doesn’t understand what we as Anishinaabe, First Nations, and Indigenous people believe. His view and understanding of Indigenous history is not conducive for the university during a time where it is facing issues with systemic racism.”



Science North Receives $1 Million to Bring New Exhibits to Northern Ontario

Sudbury – May 4, 2018 

This initiative is the first major project undertaken by Science North as part of their recently revealed Strategic Plan for 2018-2023, which focuses on bringing new, exciting and innovative science experiences not just to the science centres in Sudbury but across all of Northern Ontario. “This new NOHFC investment shows that Science North recognises the need to grow and innovate in order to remain North Ontario’s most popular tourist destination.  The addition of the THINK project will give visitors a chance to learn about science in an interactive hands-on setting, while driving tourism and creating new jobs in Sudbury,” said Thibeault.



Innovative Approach to Math Helps Educators Push the Limits at Indigenous Schools

National Post – May 4, 2018 

Imagining objects moving in space, composing and decomposing shapes, and understanding the relationship between three-dimensional and two-dimensional shapes are all examples of spatial thinking. And in teaching these concepts to her students, Lunney Borden was able to reach them in a new way. “Their math abilities are increasing exponentially,” she says.



Kids Understand Injustice, says Brother of The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie

Guelph Today – May 4, 2018

Tasked with continuing the legacy of his brother Gord’s final project, Mike Downie spoke to 5,400 area schoolchildren on Thursday about The Secret Path — a multimedia project that teaches the story of the residential school system in Canada through the death of Chanie Wenjack. “Gord wanted it to be in every classroom in the country. It’s getting there,” Mike told GuelphToday in an interview immediately prior to him going on stage.



Lakehead University’s New Interim Dean ‘a Slap in the Face’ to Indigenous People

APTN News – May 4, 2018 

Indigenous leaders in northern Ontario are calling on Lakehead University to revoke the appointment of its new interim law school dean, a judge who jailed six members of a First Nation community for trying to protect their territory from a mining company.



First Nations Leaders Object to Ontario Law School’s Choice of Interim Dean

Saskatoon StarPheonix – May 4, 2018 

The Nishnawbe Aski Nation’s deputy grand chief calls Justice George Patrick Smith’s appointment at Lakehead University “an insult.” Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox says Smith sentenced Chief Donny Morris and five members of the Kitchenumaykoosib Inninuwug Council to prison in 2008 during the community’s fight to protect their traditional territory from mining activity.



Learning Canada’s Real History Raises the Bar for Students 

Anishinabek News – May 4, 2018 

NIPISSING FIRST NATION—Treaty education resource author, Kelly Crawford, recently spent a weekend in the Elders Hall at the Anishinabek Nation head office where she was devoted to training a diverse group of participants that we are all treaty people



Mohawk to Work with Employers to Develop City School Courses

The Hamilton Spectator – April 19, 2018

A $600,000 provincial grant will allow Mohawk College to work with local employers and create custom-built training to connect people from at-risk communities with in-demand jobs. With the funding from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Mohawk will conduct labour market analysis in partnership with the mayor’s “blue ribbon task force” on workforce development, Workforce Planning Hamilton and the Hamilton Neighbourhood Action Strategy.



VIU to Recognize Indigenous Peoples with Ancestral Lands in Canada as Domestic Students

VIU News – April 18, 2018 

“Education is a key determinant of social change and sustainable prosperity,” said Dr. Ralph Nilson, President and Vice-Chancellor of VIU. “This change continues the work VIU is engaged in to further the process of reconciliation and create pathways for Indigenous peoples to access post-secondary educational opportunities. VIU strongly believes that all sectors and all institutions in our region and across the country must examine our policies and consider tangible and specific actions such as this to invest in and actively support reconciliation with Indigenous nations.”