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5 ways the government supports First Nation student education

Details: Historically, Indigenous Peoples have been mistreated in Canada’s education system, in residential and day schools — experiences that are well-documented in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)’s final report.. It is the government’s fiduciary duty to take measures to repair this broken relationship.

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New task force aims to improve post-secondary education

Details: New task force aims to improve post-secondary education for northerners, Indigenous students. This opens in a new window. Tosh Southwick’s pre-university education has always been a sore spot. As a citizen of Kluane First Nation in Burwash Landing, Yukon, Southwick grew up in a community of 70 people and had limited educational opportunities.

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Indigenous educators, kokums and parents share tips for

Details: Chris Scribe is the director of the Indian Teacher Education Program at the University of Saskatchewan and creator of Think Indigenous, which hosts seminars and professional development for North American educators who want to create space in their classrooms to think, speak and live from an Indigenous perspective

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NWT education system barely making the grade: audit

Details: Education Minister R.J. Simpson said the audit, which made nine recommendations, provides a blueprint to help the Department of Education, Culture, and Employment fix the system. “Sometimes we were doing too many things. We had too many …

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New on-reserve education policy good step forward but work

Details: A new five-year tripartite education agreement was announced replacing the old one originally signed in 2012 affecting 131 on-reserve schools in B.C. “It’s about us recognizing that nobody is better purposed to be decision makers in education than us ourselves,” said Tyrone McNeil, president of the First Nations Education Steering Committee.

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Education directorate in Yukon providing success for First

Details: The fish camp was one of many new programs rolled out by the newly formed Yukon First Nations Education Directorate. It replaces the Council of Yukon First Nations’ (CYFN) education department. The directorate will help First Nations employ more control over the education of Indigenous students in the Yukon, while also working toward its own

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First Nations leaders using education bill as "instrument

Details: Aside from outdated and unused sections in the Indian Act, reserve education is primarily governed by contribution agreements between bands and the federal department. The minister currently has absolute power over education in these agreements. “Overall, I am reasonably satisfied (with the bill). It is an important step.

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Funding changes coming for First Nations K-12 education

Details: Funding changes coming for First Nations K-12 education. The federal government and Assembly of First Nations (AFN) say they’ve reached an agreement to reform the way K-12 education is funded in First Nations. An announcement of the co-developed plan was made Monday and will take effect on April 1. It includes replacing the “outdated

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First Nations education centre in Thunder Bay to get major

Details: First Nations education centre in Thunder Bay to get major overhaul. This opens in a new window. The federal government is investing $16 million to complete an investment designed to keep First Nations students safe in Thunder Bay. Leaders who gathered for the announcement said it was years in the making. “It will help bring people together

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Education Archives

Details: The TRC called for more inclusive education for all ages — from curriculum to cultural support, here are some ways the government has responded. New Minecraft world to teach students about Anishinaabe culture . 8 months ago Darrell Stranger.

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Residential school survivors can now receive cash for an

Details: Residential school survivors can now receive cash for an education. This opens in a new window. If you went to a residential school and received the common experience payment you or a family member can now receive 3000 dollars towards getting an education

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Education directorate promoting student success in Yukon

Details: New educational programs designed to strengthen students’ education, promote learning. The Yukon First Nations Education Directorate gave away 30,000 pounds of salmon to First Nation families as part of its nutrition program, and just recently helped secure $950,000 to purchase devices for students impacted by COVID-19.

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‘This is a big day’: Lheidli T’enneh Nation pushing

Details: Education coming around. Another step forward for the Lheidli T’enneh Nation falls into the area of education. This fall, the community signed an agreement with the University of Northern British Columbia to waive tuition for their band members.

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Indigenous studies now mandatory in southern Ontario

Details: The Indigenous education consultant says it’s an exciting time and a lot of work “The curriculum component is there and that’s all we’re asking our teachers to cover,” said Dean Smith, Indigenous education consultant.

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Education report says Winnipeg board behind in hiring

Details: The report also shows there is a lack of Indigenous student pursuing education in post-secondary institutions in the province. From 2011 to 2015 the mean average of Indigenous students enrolled in the University of Winnipeg’s bachelor of education program was seven per cent.

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What the four federal parties have promised Indigenous

Details: Increase education opportunities for First Nations by eliminating the 2 per cent cap. Uphold the Sparrow decision, the Haida decision and the Tsilhqot’in decision. Legislate hunting and logging rights for Indigenous peoples on traditional lands. The disposal of the Indian Act if enough pressure mounts from First Nations.

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Band-operated schools at ‘significant’ disadvantage due to

Details: Education funding in Canada is primarily a provincial responsibility except for on-reserve schooling, which is paid for by Ottawa. There were over 110,000 students on-reserve in 2013, with 65 per cent going to a band-operated school, while the rest went to provincial or private schools.

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Education, language law will delay Inuktut as first

Details: Amendment to education laws in Nunavut means it will take until 2039 for all students to have Inuktut taught as a first language. A bill passed in the Nunavut legislature that will shape how Inuit languages are taught in school for years to come is being called a form of cultural genocide. The territory’s original Education Act guaranteed

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Yukon First Nations want IEP education program returned to

Details: A mother in the Yukon says she’s frustrated with the department of education’s redefinition of a nationally-recognized education plan program, and she’s concerned her son will never receive the proper supports he needs to succeed in school. “Right now I’m sitting with a nine-year-old in Grade 4 who is reading, writing, and doing math at a Grade 2 level.

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First Nation school reopens after mould removed

Details: READ the motion disbanding the education board. A spokesperson for Indigenous Services Canada confirmed Monday those mould “remediation efforts at the school are now complete. “The First Nation has informed us that the school reopened on February 25, 2019 and students are back in class,” the department added in an email.

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Mattawa First Nations seeking $25M to reopen its schools

Details: The demand for emergency funding would also include funding for the Matawa Education and Care Centre in Thunder Bay. “This funding is required for the Matawa Education and Care Centre to offer safe, supportive and equitable (to the province) education programming and services for our students,” Brad Nattiston, principal of the learning

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Has there been progress to implement the TRC’s calls to

Details: One recommendation has been covered in the area of language and culture but none in education. Seven of the recommendations have been completed in the section marked: Reconciliation. A statement released by Carolyn Bennett, the minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, said the federal government has been making progress in important areas.

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Cowichan Elder reclaiming her education after

Details: Day school survivor Linda Jack is reclaiming her education and wants to help others in her community to do the same. Linda Jack’s eyes sparkle behind her tinted glasses as she sits down at a busy restaurant in Nanaimo, B.C. She is wearing an orange shirt in honor of Orange Shirt Day, which is marked to bring awareness to the harm caused by

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Yukon election zeroes in on education and addications as

Details: All five of Yukon’s candidates running for MP say they would invest in First Nations education and the development of a First Nations school. Brendan Hanley, the Liberal candidate, says improving educational outcomes is part of reconciliation and must begin early while children are still in pre-school. His party would look for partnerships

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School's out: Nunavut closes schools facing mounting COVID

Details: Many of Nunavut’s schools offer lunch programs and have foodbanks for students. When asked about those hungry students, Education Minister David Joanasie didn’t have much to offer, saying “Were just focusing on announcing the school closures, as well as all the daycare facilities territory wide.

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Minecraft game Manito Ahbee Aki designed to help with culture

Details: It’s a first of its kind education tool using an educational version of the game. The program was made thanks to a partnership between Microsoft Canada, Minecraft: Education Edition and LRSD. Students enter the virtual world of Manito Ahbee Aki meaning “the place where the Creator sits” to learn and explore Manitoba’s Anishinaabe community.

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First Nation students sickened, forced from school due to

Details: A First Nation school in northern Manitoba remains closed after the discovery of a toxic, indoor mould. “I had to do it,” said Guy Dumas, a director of education consultant for the Mathias Colomb Education Authority.

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First Nations educator develops suicide prevention

Details: First Nations educator develops suicide prevention curriculum for teachers. This opens in a new window. There’s a new resource for educators interested in teaching about suicide. First Nations educator Harvey McCue has produced a program of 24 one-hour sessions designed for youth between the ages of 11 and 13.

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Teacher, school board apologize to family for

Details: A statement from the Ministry of Education at that time said the decision was made “in keeping with the commitment Premier Doug Ford made to run government more efficiently.” Hupfield said it is difficult to have an understanding of colonialism in Ontario when education involving Indigenous Peoples remains out of their hands.

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‘Incomprehensible failure’: Auditor general says federal

Details: The federal government was also “inconsistent” in its funding approach to educating students over age 21. While an elementary and secondary education program was meant for students aged four to 21, a “significant” number of students over the age limit were funded. Yet other older students wishing to return to high school were denied

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Read the 94 Calls to Action here

Details: Education For Reconciliation. 62. We call upon the federal, provincial, and territorial governments, in consultation and collaboration with Survivors, Aboriginal peoples and educators to: i. Make age-appropriate curriculum on residential schools, Treaties, and Aboriginal peoples’ historical and contemporary contributions to Canada a mandatory

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Election 2021: A guide to the federal parties’ Indigenous

Details: Support the development of Indigenous education curricula that are language and culture-specific. Increase access to post-secondary education for Indigenous youth by removing the two per cent funding cap, as well as fully funding the program backlog. Develop inclusive and culturally appropriate Urban Indigenous Housing Strategies.

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Ontario government cancels summer work updating K-12

Details: Colinda Clyne, an Anishinaabe teacher and Curriculum Lead for First Nations, Metis and Inuit Education in Ontario’s Upper Grand District School Board, told APTN Monday the cancellations could impact the second and third phases of a three-stage process to update Indigenous content in the curricula. “This is really significant,” she said.

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Federal budget promises money for education, water and

Details: The education report called on Ottawa to invest immediately to close the gap between education on reserve and in provincial schools. The report found that at least 100 schools were in desperate need of renovation or replacement and failed to …

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Trudeau: Ottawa moving on MMIW inquiry, FN education, 2

Details: Trudeau also said his government would soon begin work on crafting a new agreement on First Nations education, a sensitive issue given the history of Indian residential schools and a costly one given the state of schools and funding for education on reserves. “We will never impose solutions from the top down.

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Songhees mother shares her difficult journey through the

Details: Songhees mother shares her difficult journey through the education system. (Florence Dick is a Songhees woman who has overcome many barriers in the education system. Catherine Lafferty photo) Florence Dick, who grew up on the Songhees Reserve, is passionate about Indigenous education. “The system is not working for our people,” says Dick

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Government of Nunavut to push back mandatory Inuktitut in

Details: When Nunavut was founded, the plan was to have full Inuktitut instruction available in schools in 20 years. It is 20 years later; and the government of Nunavut has decided to push that goal back another 20 years. Bill 25 – the legislation to amend the Education Act – was introduced in the Nunavut Legislative Assembly in the session that

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Trudeau announces $75M in pandemic aid for Indigenous

Details: Trudeau announces $75M in pandemic aid for Indigenous students. This opens in a new window. Facing criticism over his government’s emergency relief packages and people falling through the cracks, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded with help for post-secondary students. In all, Trudeau promised $9 billion in aid to students and of that

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Chief Dan George's powerful Indigenous rights speech, 50

Details: The speech ends with a call to rise again, like “the thunderbird of old” and to seize the white man’s education and skills. It predicts young braves and chiefs will sit in the houses of government and law. “So shall the next hundred years be the greatest in the proud history of …

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‘Sage and Sunshine’ school weaves Indigenous culture into

Details: Getting an education with Indigenous culture and language in the city is always a challenge, something a new school in Peterborough, Ont., is hoping to fix. It’s only been three weeks since Sage and Sunshine first opened its doors, but already the kids have caught on to the routine. The little school is the creation of teacher, Ashley Wynne.

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High School Graduates in Ile a la Crosse celebrate an

Details: An example of exceptional success of the community making their children’s education a priority is Junior Mayor & SRC President, Jeremy Corrigol. “I am a graduate this year of Rosalind high school heading to SIIT in Saskatoon for business and I want to pursue business in …

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Budget 2016: Trudeau Liberals blow 2 per cent cap with

Details: The central piece of the budget is $3.7 billion committed for First Nation education, including new money for the classroom-level and for new schools, along with renovations to existing facilities. The biggest single yearly investment for education infrastructure, $282 million, is earmarked to flow in 2017-2018 and the total will hit $969

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No state of emergency on Alberta First Nation reeling from

Details: Getting the education system in line would be another problem to handle as, if the students don’t feel that they are worth teaching, then they won’t bother trying. Re-establishing the culture among the people would be beneficial in helping them to re-identify with who they are and their pride.

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Federal debate night on APTN: Here are the party's

Details: Support the development of Indigenous education curricula that are language and culture specific. Increase access to post-secondary education for Indigenous youth by removing the two per cent funding cap, as well as fully funding the program backlog. Health and Wellness End drinking water and boil water advisories

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Atleo's leadership questioned as chiefs reject education

Details: The panel was mandated to provide Ottawa with recommendations on creating legislative solutions to deal with the large education gap between First Nations students living on-reserve and their counterparts in the rest of the country. The panel’s focus on legislation instead of funding is at the root of the chiefs’ decision.

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APTN Investigates Indian Residential Schools Settlement

Details: Counselling, programs and education is needed to help start the healing. We can’t go back but we can acknowledge the past and begin to move forward. Neil says: June 20, 2017 at 2:07 am . Thank you Paul for bringing this to the people’s attention. My family dealt with this first hand. A country full of redneck rasists could care less though.

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Clément Chartier stepping aside as MNC president

Details: APTN file photo) In a major shake-up, the head of the Métis National Council (MNC) has announced he is stepping aside. In a letter to members, obtained by APTN News, Clément Chartier says he is moving on to other duties and won’t stand for re-election as president in 2020. “I believe that during my 16 years as MNC president, the Métis

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