Professor Marie Battiste has been advocating for decades for a more inclusive history for Canadian schools. Due to her hard work, textbooks and curriculu in many provinces are being revised to include a more complete and accurate history of Indigenous people in Canada.
Orange Shirt Day is officially recognized on September 30, and hundreds of students, politicians, dignitaries, and members of the public gathered in Edmonton to participate. Orange Shirt Day started in 2013 in Williams Lake, BC, in order to remember the victims of residential schools.
The Westbank First Nation's museum in Kelowna, B.C., preserves and interprets history. Jordan Coble, the cultural and operations administrator at the museum, discussed how the museum developed traditional protocols in order to handle sacred items.
Ron Walker, executive director of Operations at the Canadian Native Friendship Centre in Edmonton, is speaking out about the importance of education in First Nations communities. The Canadian Native Friendship Centre and the Saskatoon Tribal Council has partnered with Pathways to Educ
In British Columbia, school started over a week ago, but special needs children in at least 11 school districts have been told to stay home or attend classes for less than a full day. In some cases, gradual entry is requested to help students transition.
The development of new programs in school which include Indigenous languages has led to an increase in the demand for teachers who are fluent in Indigenous languages.
Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario is creating a full-time elder position to take the lead on brining in a cultural perspective. Indigenous elders have an entire set of knowledge that no one else has and can bring their expertise to higher education systems.
With racist rhetoric finding its way back into the mainstream discourse, schools are addressing this change by working to equip students and teachers with methods to combat racism.
In September, First Nations students will return to an underfunded and under-equipped education system.
Renison University College will be offering a new program called Introduction to Kanien’kéha (Mohawk Language) in September.