CBC News – October 2, 2017

Canada’s first Indigenous student trustee wants to see more of his culture incorporated into the education system “to help move our people forward.” Tehatsistahawi (Tsista) Kennedy was elected to the Thames Valley District School board last week. The grade eleven student at Saunders Secondary in London said he was “overwhelmed with emotion” when he learned he had been chosen from a field of seven Indigenous students, each representing a different Thames Valley school.



Regina’s Sacred Heart School Honours Indigenous Students, Late Elder With Buffalo

CBC News – October 2, 2017

The school is changing the name of its sports teams from the Stars to the Buffalo and will now have a buffalo within the halls of the school’s new building which opened earlier this year, a way to honour the connection to the First Nations culture in the area and Pinay’s teachings. “One of the things [Pinay] always talked about when he came in and talked to the students was the significance of the buffalo that it played in tradition and in their culture,” Magnusson told CBC Radio’s The Morning Edition on Monday.



CBU to Build Legacy Room and Honour Residential School Survivors

Nation Talk – October 2, 2017

As part of Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters, the event will serve to recognize the wrongs of the past and honor survivors with the creation of a Legacy Room, where the community will have the opportunity to learn the story of Chanie Wenjack, the history he represents, and be inspired to act in the name of reconciliation. The goal of creating these rooms is to help the healing process through a combination of awareness and education. “We are humbled to be a part of a project that is so deeply impactful for the community,” says Dr. Dale Keefe, President. “Cape Breton University values the relationship with First Nation communities immensely and we are committed to doing what we can to play a role in reconciliation.”



Decolonizing Education: Prof Advocates for Broader Changes in Indigenous History

CBC News – October 2, 2017

The history education most Canadians learned in school, when it came to Indigenous peoples, was incomplete and often inaccurate. The work to remedy that, to revise textbooks and curricula, is already underway in many provinces, in part thanks to Battiste’s work.



Elementary School’s Ojibway Language Program so Popular it Needs More Teachers

CBC Radio – October 1, 2017

The sound of kids learning the Ojibway language fills the hallways at École Riverbend Community School in Winnipeg. Singing, speaking and playing in Ojibway, or Anishinaabemowin, is part of the bilingual curriculum for kindergarten to Grade 4 students at this school. “We’re noticing that a lot of kids don’t have a connection to their cultural background. We are noticing that a lot of people are losing the language,” said vice-principal Jennifer Lamoureux.



Residential School Survivors Mark Orange Shirt Day at One of Canada’s Oldest Residential Schools

Yahoo News – September 30, 2017

“Orange Shirt Day asks us to confront the horrific truth about residential schools, remember the tragic outcome for thousands of Indigenous children and families, and recognize the lasting, intergenerational harm,” Horwath said in a statement. https://ca.news.yahoo.com/hundreds-residential-school-survivors-mark-011834086.html


Talking is the First Step Toward Healing

TB News Watch – September 30, 2017

THUNDER BAY – For three years, Lester Bouchard attended the St. Joseph Mission Residential School on Franklin Street in Fort William. Only five-years-old when he first arrived, years later Bouchard was unable to talk about his experiences, but as more people begin to talk, the easier it is to move toward healing. “I more or less kept it to myself, but now I talk to certain people on a one-on-one basis and it helps,” he said. “I was angry all my life until I started talking about it.”



Sask. First Nation Chief says Tobacco Offering From Visiting School’s Coach a Step Toward Reconciliation

CBC News – September 30, 2017

Taypotat said before the game began, he noticed a coach from the opposing team running toward him from the locker room. “He had a backpack on his shoulder and when he got close to me he said, ‘Are you Chief  Evan Taypotat?’ And I said, ‘Yes, I am.'” Taypotat said what happened next stunned him and others on the field: the coach pulled out an offering of tobacco and cloth, thanking him for welcoming their school to the First Nation and Treaty 4 territory.



Campus Tipi Raising Competition Helps Build Community & Raise Awareness of First Nations Culture

University of Regina – September 30, 2017

The event is organized by the University’s Aboriginal Students Centre and sponsored by K+S Potash Canada. “It’s a wonderful event,” says Tourangeau. “K+S is committed to giving back to the community. We’ve been sponsoring this event for a number of years and will continue to sponsor it. It’s great for the community and everyone competing clearly loves it.”



Museum Educates About Indigenous Cultures Through Exhibit Grant

Well and Tribune – September 30, 2017

The Welland Museum officially opened its newest exhibit to the public on Saturday and shared about plans to contribute to education about indigenous cultures. The Our Voices exhibit, which will be at the museum until the end of January, features artwork by Métis artist Norval Morrisseau, as well as collections of items from First Nations, Inuit and Métis cultures. The goal of the exhibit is to facilitate honest dialogue about this history of these indigenous peoples in Canada and the impact that non-indigenous Canadians have had on them.



Amazing Race: Fun Way for Indigenous High School Students to Learn Way Around Thunder Bay, Ontario

CBC News – September 29, 2017

Students at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School in Thunder Bay, Ont., participated in their own version of The Amazing Race Friday. The high school is run by the Northern Nishnawbe Education Council. Many of the students are from remote First Nations communities, and for some it’s their first experience living in a big city.



Kitsumkalum Students to be Heard Across Canada

BC Local News – September 29, 2017

It also brought hope for the future that students from Bulkley Valley Christian School and Muheim Memorial Elementary School spent time inside the hearings to learn and listen to what is happening in their communities, province and country. http://www.bclocalnews.com/news/448712703.html


Survivors Shine a Light on Residential Schools for Orange Shirt Day

Yahoo News – September 29, 2017

“I connect with the children, tell my story. I feel [their] empathy. I do it because I think I speak for other people in my family that are unable to get up and say what happened to them … and the children that never made it out of these schools,” Ginger said. “I like to share with the youth that they shine some light on our way of life, and if they continue to do so, it’ll make everything much better in the educational system for Aboriginal peoples.” Survivors’ stories are key.