Assembly of First Nations, feds team up to support Indigenous students

February 24, 2022

The federal government and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) have partnered on new, updated standards for all new school buildings to be built in Indigenous communities in the interest of providing students with a safe place to learn and grow, Indigenous Services Canada officials announced last week.

Assembly of First Nations and Government of Canada announce updated school design standards

February 22, 2022

Working in partnership, Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) are pleased to formally share the co-developed improvements to the School Space Accommodation Standards which came into effect in April 2021. These updates increase on-reserve school sizes and include space to support full-day kindergarten, language and culture rooms, knowledge keeper offices, counselling rooms, and outdoor learning spaces.

Nunavut author Nadia Sammurtok publishing books in English and Inuktitut

February 27, 2022

February is Inuit Language Month which is a big deal in Nunavut where around 76 per cent of the population can hold a conversation in Inuktitut. To keep the language alive, Nunavut schools need Inuktitut books and authors.

First Nation lunch program provides well-balanced meals for students in the North

February 23, 2022

The SchoolBOX North Lunch Program in Wabauskang First Nation in Treaty #3 pivoted their on-reserve school lunch program to provide weekly lunch boxes to families during the latest COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

Fleming College and Trent University have announced a new partnership

February 17, 2022

The pathways will allow eligible graduates of Fleming’s Ecosystem Management Technology, Environmental Technology, and Fish and Wildlife Technology programs to complete a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Indigenous Environmental Studies in an additional two years. Indigenous students in Fleming’s Early Childhood Education and Educational Support programs will also be able to transfer credits into Trent’s Indigenous Bachelor of Education degree. “The Indigenous-focused degree programs at Trent aim to support generations of Indigenous youth by producing greater numbers of role models,” said Professor David Newhouse, chair of the Chanie Wenjack School of Indigenous Studies at Trent.

George Brown College’s newly released Indigenous Education Strategy

February 14, 2022

The Education strategy outlines the steps the institution will take to support Indigenous education. The strategy is grounded in reconciliation, and outlines a holistic approach that centres Indigenous knowledge and Indigenous ways of knowing. It is guided by the Anishinaabe concept of Mino-Bimaadiziwin, which is a value system of achieving a “good quality of life.” “Our new Indigenous Education Strategy is a living, fluid document,” said George Brown Director of Indigenous Initiatives Audrey Rochette. “It will continue to change, expand and pivot to meet the evolving needs of our community. The strategy embraces a holistic approach — centred around Mino-Bimaadiziwin and wellbeing of our community at George Brown.”