Since 2000, seven Indigenous children have been found dead in the Thunder Bay waterways. All but one were boys. Racial tension has increased in the community as Indigenous people work to get police to take the deaths of these children seriously.
A suicide pact leading to the deaths of three Indigenous twelve-year-olds since January has prompted the Wapekeka First Nation to declare a state of emergency. After discovering the pact, Canada's health ministry promised $380,000 in funding, but has only provided $95,000.
Frontier College will offer free literacy camps during the summer to First Nations, Metis, and Inuit children ages five to 15. The camps were started over 10 years ago as way to reduce summer learning loss.
Last year, the Human Rights Tribunal ruled that the federal government had discriminated against First Nations children by underfunding child welfare services on reserve. The government has been slow to make suggested changes, resulting in three compliance orders from the tribunal since 2016.
Carolyn Bennett, Canada's Minister of Indigenous Affairs, stated that damages awarded to 60s scoop survivors will be awarded on a case-by-case basis.
Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and advocate for First Nations children, received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Winnipeg.
The Joyce Family Foundation has donated $500,000 to set up new bursaries at the University of Victoria for Indigenous students who need financial help to meet their educational goals.
On June 23 and 24, 2017, survivors of the Assiniboia Residential School will meet in Winnipeg for a reunion. More than 600 First Nations students attended the school, which was located in Manitoba, from 1958 to 1973.
The musical, Children of God, was written and directed by Corey Payette to bring attention to the stories of Indigenous children who were seized and taken to residential schools against their will.
A fourth teenage girl who was living in a group home around 500 miles from her home died on May 4. Chiefs in Ontario have passed a resolution demanding an inquest into the disparity between the care provided for kids who live on-reserve versus those from non-First Nations communities.