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October 23, 2023
A high school in Northern Ontario reveals the long shadow of residential schools
The Globe and Mail: Sioux Lookout – Just off the side of a long dirt road, Norma Kejick, the executive director of the Northern Nishnawbe Education Council (NNEC), tells me that construction along this path leading to Pelican Falls First Nations High School is happening in stages. The reason, she says, is that the Bikiiwewining Nindawaashishiiminaanak...
October 16, 2023
FNTI expresses concern about lack of resources to help Indigenous students
NationTalk: A local school is speaking out about the state of learning involving Indigenous students. More information is provided below: As students across the country head back to school this fall, Indigenous learners will not have equitable access to the personal, professional, and community benefits because Indigenous-led institutions do not have adequate resources. This further...
September 6, 2023
Peace, order and bad education: How Canada is failing remote First Nation students in northern Ontario
By Matteo Cimellaro | Investigations, Urban Indigenous Communities in Ottawa | September 6th 2023 NationTalk: Canada’s National Observer – Indigenous education leadership brings a sense of belonging and culture to students in Thunder Bay. First Nation students in the city must live hundreds of kilometres away from family to complete high school. Photo by Matteo Cimellaro / CNO Listen to article At...
August 30, 2023
‘Major safety concern’: Nunavut’s aging schools spur thousands of maintenance requests
Reports from 2022 include fuel spills, ‘extremely dangerous’ doors and glycol seeping through floor Clockwise from top left: Tusarvik School, Joamie School, Inuujaq School and Paatsaali High School. These schools have experienced many maintenance issues over the past year, ranging from broken doors and windows to heating issues, fuel leaks and plumbing problems. (File photos)...
April 30, 2023
Teachers in Six Nations ask Canadians not to forget impact of federal strike on Indigenous students
1,100 kids in Six Nations have been out of school since April 19 CBC News: As the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) strike continues, students at the five federally run elementary schools in Six Nations of the Grand River face another week without class. The five schools — Jamieson Elementary, J.C. Hill Elementary, Emily...
April 11, 2023
University ethics boards are not ready for Indigenous scholars
Ethics review processes routinely impede Indigenous academics’ research with Indigenous communities. Nature: I am a Nlaka’pamux woman of mixed ancestry who works on the reclamation and revitalization of Indigenous food systems at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Being an Indigenous, tenure-track assistant professor is something to celebrate. I was aware that many...
February 1, 2023
Controversial academic meets noisy resistance at U of L after school halts planned lecture
Frances Widdowson appearance came after week of pushback from students, faculty CBC News: Controversial academic Frances Widdowson showed up at the University of Lethbridge on Wednesday, following a week of pushback from students and faculty and despite officials saying earlier in the week that they would not provide her official space to speak. Widdowson was invited to speak by a faculty...
July 5, 2022
How Commonwealth universities profited from Indigenous dispossession through land grants
The Conversation – Animated by social movements such as #RhodesMustFall and #BlackLivesMatter, universities today have entered a period of critical self-reflection on their histories. The renaming of campus buildings, removal of statues and re-branding of whole universities are all evidence of this trend towards uncovering higher education’s colonial legacies. Yet this emphasis on campus iconography, or even on the campus...
April 27, 2022
Ryerson University gets new name
Toronto Star: In a historic gesture toward reconciliation, Ryerson University is rebranding itself as Toronto Metropolitan University, cutting its connection to the man considered to have laid the foundations of the residential school system. The new name came after years of advocacy by staff, students and community members. In 2021, the school embarked on a...
June 6, 2021
Global News – A statue of Egerton Ryerson at Ryerson University, which was pulled down earlier Sunday evening by demonstrators, will not be “restored or replaced,” the university said Sunday. “The question of the statue was only one of many being considered by the Standing Strong (Mash Koh Wee Kah Pooh Win) Task Force, whose...
June 2, 2021
Toronto Star – On May 11, Ryerson University’s First Nation-led research centre, Yellowhead Institute, issued an open letter announcing that their students and faculty would be swapping the school’s current name with “X” University in their email signatures and on social media. This is the firmest action taken by the department that has long denounced...
September 13, 2020
Racism at USask
CBC – 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. The letter,...
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