Indigenous Language in Education program receives $6M from AB

The Government of Alberta has announced the Indigenous Language in Education grant program. The program will see AB invest $6M to increase the number of teachers versed in First Nation languages and expand resource development for early childhood education and K-12 classes. "This new flow of money gives us a chance for us to actually do some real hard study and gather more information for pedagogy, so it's a very important flow of money we've never had before," said Bruce Starlight, the language commissioner for the Tsuut'ina Nation and one of 29 people in the world who can speak the Tsuut'ina language fluently. "There's a lot of interest from the young people, trying to find their identity. It's part self-esteem, nationhood and all of that, it's all moulded into our culture. If you don't have your language, it's pretty difficult to live your culture. In our worldview, everything is contained in language."

MB Indigenous communities receive $1.8M for language projects

The Government of Canada has announced that it is providing $1.8M over two years to preserve, promote and revitalize Indigenous languages in Manitoba. The funding is provided through the Aboriginal Languages Initiative, which supports 16 community-based projects that include language camps, classes, nests and master-apprentice programs offered to Indigenous communities. The University of Winnipeg has received a combined $138K towards the Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning Centre and Summer Institute for Six Seasons of the Asiniskow Ithiniwak Project, while the University College of the North received $53K for Aski Achimowin.

Four schools in MB First Nations receive federal funding for construction, fifth celebrates opening

Funds from the Government of Canada will support four new schools in northern Manitoba First Nations. The funds will go towards  new schools in God's Lake Narrows, Manto Sipi, Wasagamack First Nations, and Bunibonibee Cree Nation. APTN News adds that Bunibonibee Nation's existing elementary school will also undergo renovations. God's Lake Narrows has started Cree training 50 members to work on construction of the schools, and Chief Gilbert Andrews added that the community is looking into post-secondary options to provide satellite training. MB has also celebrated the opening of the Dauphin River First Nation school, which replaces the former structure that was damaged by flooding in 2011 and the five temporary classrooms that were installed in 2012. The school was funded by Canada and MB, has a capacity for 63 students, and features facilities such as four multi-age classrooms, a lunchroom, a gym and multipurpose room and more.

SNP to revitalize Cayuga language with $732K of new funding

Six Nations Polytechnic has received $732K from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to help preserve and spread the Cayuga language. "To say we are excited is an understatment," said Rebecca Jamieson, the president of Six Nations Polytechnic. "Once launched, the project will be the most significant effort to stablize the Cayuga language that our organization has ever initiated." SNP reports that the instruction will include up to 3,600 hours of immersion programming with those who cans speak Cayuga, in addition to producing a minimum of 500 hours of audio and visual material. The program will be launched in January 2019 as part of the kickoff of the United Nations' International Year of Indigenous Languages.

Indspire, Universities Canada call on federal government for more Indigenous support

Although 70% of Canadian universities now have partnerships with Indigenous communities and organizations while Indigenous-centered academic programming has increased by 55%, several barriers to Indigenization in the postsecondary sphere persist, write Paul Davidson and Roberta Jamieson. In addition to problems of basic access to postsecondary education, many institutions are situated far away from Indigenous communities. Indigenous students also need more funding for essential supports like housing, food, and childcare, better infrastructure for on-campus Indigenous services, and mentorship. Davidson and Jamieson state that Universities Canada and Indspire are working toward filling these needs, but that the federal government must increase its investments in First Nations, Inuit and Metis learners as promised in Budget 2017.