October 2, 2020

Runny noses and headaches no longer require automatic COVID-19 tests to return to classroom or child care.



Cree posters going up at Timmins-area schools

October 2, 2020

Cree language posters can now be spotted at some District School Board Ontario North East (DSB1) schools, including Timmins.



Math on the Land

October 2, 2020

An Elder once said, “We have two eyes, two ears and one mouth so we can watch and listen twice as much as we speak.” Listening to Indigenous communities along with teaching about Canada’s history of colonization, practices of forced assimilation and continued treaty relationships means staying away from trivializing crafts such as paper plate Dreamcatchers.



West Nipissing school bus drivers want parity with Sudbury drivers

October 1, 2020

School bus drivers in West Nipissing are threatening to walk off the job next week if they don’t get the same pay as their Sudbury counterparts. They also claim they are not being compensated for the extra work that is required due to the COVID-19 pandemic.



First Nation Student Death Inquest Report Card

October 1, 2020

It’s an annual progress report conducted by Aboriginal Legal Services and the families of Jethro Anderson, Reggie Bushie, Robyn Harper, Kyle Morrisseau, Paul Panacheese and Jordan Wabasse. It grades Canada, Nishnawbe-Aski Nation, Ontario, City of Thunder Bay, Thunder Bay Police Service, Matawa Learning Centre, Northern Nishnawbe Education Council and Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School and Keewaytinook Okimakinak.


5 years into agreement, what does treaty education look like in Nova Scotia?

October 1, 2020

Each day, Jenny MacLean’s primary students take time to read from a classroom treaty they created together.



Humber, CapU receive donations from Canadian banks for Indigenous education, engagement

October 1, 2020

Humber College and Capilano University have received donations from Canadian banks in support of Indigenous education and engagement. Humber College received $250K from the Royal Bank of Canada to launch the RBC Grad-Ready Program and RBC Peer-to-Peer Support System, which will provide coaching, peer-mentoring, and skills development opportunities for Indigenous students and graduates. CapU received $450K from the TD Bank Group toward the university’s Indigenous Digital Accelerator program to help Indigenous entrepreneurs develop their skills and create jobs. “The IDA program bridges gaps in digital skills and business training to help Indigenous entrepreneurs break through barriers and succeed in the tech, digital-creative and cultural sectors,” said Doreen Manuel, director of CapU’s Nat and Flora Bosa Centre for Film and Animation. “Fostering successful Indigenous-led businesses leads to vibrant and healthy Indigenous communities.”



Launch of Consultations to Advance Implementation of Indigenous Languages Act

September 28, 2020

The implementation of the Indigenous Language Act—an act supporting the efforts of Indigenous Peoples to reclaim, revitalize, maintain and strengthen Indigenous languages—remains a top priority for the Government of Canada. The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced today that the Government of Canada is taking essential steps to advance the implementation of the Indigenous Languages Act by hosting a series of virtual consultations across Canada.



Outdoor learning program spares N.W.T. college students from fully online semester

September 27, 2020



ON gives $1.9M to job skills programs in north

September 25, 2020

The Government of Ontario is giving $1.9M from the Skills Catalyst Fund to programs that will help people in northern Ontario develop skills to find better jobs. The investment is focused on initiatives that will help Indigenous people, students, underemployed adults, and other workers in Northern Ontario complete training for new jobs and upgrade their existing skills. Projects and programs receiving the funds include the Shwe Miikaan and Confederation College Construction Trades Training Project, Northern College’s public administration training, and Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute personal support worker training for Indigenous community members.



Landmark agreement supports First Nations postsecondary students

September 23, 2020

Six postsecondary institutions, six First Nations, and other partners in southwestern Ontario have signed the Post-Secondary Education Collaborative agreement promoting opportunities for First Nations students. The agreement provides a framework and conditions for the parties to work together in helping First Nations students have “a safe and successful post-sec experience,” explained Southern First Nations Secretariat (SFNS) executive director Jennifer Whiteye. The group has so far focused on knowledge-sharing and solidifying relationships, and the next step for the signers will be to develop an action plan. The agreement includes Lambton College, Fanshawe College, St Clair College, triOS College in London, Western University, and the University of Windsor; member nations of the SFNS; and the regional tribal council and the Tecumseh Community Development Corporation at Aamjiwnaang.