September 18, 2020

Learn about coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Ontario schools and child care centres, and what happens if there is an outbreak. Data is published weekdays at 10:30 a.m.


Vale, Indspire team up for $150K Cambrian scholarship fund for Indigenous students

September 18, 2020

A new partnership that includes Vale, Indspire and Cambrian College is ensuring Indigenous students looking to study the trades will get the financial support they need to succeed at school through 2023.


First Indigenous president of Yukon University resigns to take over Indspire

September 17, 2020

Michael Degagne, the first Indigenous president of Yukon University, has resigned after working just two months in the position to take over the Indspire charity.

“It is with a heavy heart that I have made this decision. Yukon University is a fantastic institution,” he said in a Sept. 16 press release. “There is much to be proud of here. Yukon and Canada are fortunate to have such dedicated faculty, staff and executives working hard to make a difference for students, northerners and all Canadians.”


When the bedroom is the new classroom

September 15, 2020

Like parents across Ottawa, Mary Jean Hookimaw is getting her two school-age kids ready for classes this week, but they won’t be leaving the house. Like thousands of other families, they’ve opted for online learning, which begins Friday. For Hookimaw, 39, that means setting aside a dedicated “classroom” space in their Vanier apartment. “I set up my kids in their room, so that way they can have that quiet and only focus on their school,” she said. Hookimaw, from Attawapiskat First Nation, said she’s able to look after her children’s schooling because she’s currently not working outside the home. The family receives support from Ontario Works and the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health


Ontario Launches New COVID-19 Screening Tool to Help Protect Students and Staff

September 16, 2020

The Ontario government launched a new voluntary interactive screening tool to assist parents, students and staff with the daily assessment of COVID-19 symptoms and risk factors that is required before attending school. The results will let parents, students, and education staff know whether they should attend school each day or guide at-risk individuals to proper resources. This tool is another layer of prevention that the province is using to protect the health and safety of students, staff, and the communities where they live and work.


Ontario Launches COVID-19 School and Licensed Child Care-specific Web Page

September 11, 2020

Daily information available to parents and the general public.


More than 200 people sign letter demanding changes to University of Saskatchewan education college

September 11, 2020

More than 200 people have signed an open letter demanding more respect for Indigenous knowledge and faculty in the University of Saskatchewan’s college of education. The letter follows revelations that at least nine Indigenous faculty, as well as other senior Indigenous staff, have recently departed the U of S in frustration.


Why this Kanien’kehá:ka community is offering home learning for its students

September 11, 2020

While thousands of children in Quebec have returned to the classroom, roughly half of the student population in Kahnawake, Que., are expected to be starting the new school year from home. It’s an option parents had at the Kahnawake Education Center, which oversees two elementary schools and one high school in the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) community south of Montreal.


First Nations being left in dark over new school year

September 10, 2020

First Nation families are concerned about their children returning to school in person as the school term starts this year. More than 17,000 First Nation students will be heading back to school this month even though the government of Manitoba has not properly informed schools and families on how to adequately deal with COVID-19 as the school term starts.