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Indigenous Services minister backs new high school dreams for First Nations students in Thunder Bay

Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott says she supports efforts by First Nation youth to replace their current lead and asbestos tainted high school and end the billeting system that has added to the struggles of students who face a "constant fear" in Thunder Bay.

First Nations students want new school building and a residence to end billeting

Jorge Barrera · CBC News · Posted: Nov 29, 2018 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: November 29
Alexis Angeconeb, 15, left, and Kaiden Ageconeb, 16, travelled to Ottawa this week to meet with Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott to push for a new high school in Thunder Bay. (CBC News)

Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott says she supports efforts by a group of northern Ontario First Nations youth for a new high school and an end to the billeting system that adds to the struggles of students who face "constant fear" in Thunder Bay.

Youth in remote and fly-in First Nations in northern Ontario must attend high school in urban centres and Thunder Bay is one of the cities with a destination high school.

Philpott met Monday on Parliament Hill with 10 First Nations students who are currently attending Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School.

"I told them I was a big champion of their dreams to see that new, or improved school built as soon as possible," she said.

"We know how important this initiative is."  

Between 2000 and 2011, six students who were billeted in homes around the city and attended Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School died. Their deaths were the subject of a high profile coroner's inquest which concluded in 2016.

Fear in the city

Alexis Angeconeb, 15, whose family is from Sachigo Lake First Nation, said the new school needs to come with a residence for students because the current billeting system where students stay in homes scattered around the city creates too many problems with racism and crime.

"I don't want my siblings to deal with all the bad stuff, being afraid for your life in a city that scares you," said Angeconeb, who is in Grade 10 and stays with relatives in the city.

"Every day you are looking behind your back and making sure you are OK. I don't want them to live with a constant fear."

Her brother Kaiden Angeconeb, 16 and in Grade 11, lives with a school guidance counsellor, but said it takes him an hour and a half on the city bus to get to school every day.


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.








Nov 19, 2018

Agreement will further showcase Indigenous achievement to CBC’s national audiences

Ottawa, Ontario – Indigenous Sport & Wellness Ontario (ISWO - formerly known as Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario) and CBC have reached an exclusive five-year agreement making the national public broadcaster the premier media partner for the recognized Ontario sport governing body.

Last year’s successful partnership between CBC/Radio-Canada and the Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games (hosted by ISWO) resulted in more than 100 hours of live and on-demand coverage of the international sport and cultural event having been made available to Canadians. This newly announced agreement between ISWO and CBC builds on this past partnership to further improve awareness of and increase access to major sport and cultural events for Indigenous youth and adults in Ontario over the next five years.

“There are incredible stories of our People in the sports arena that need a voice,” said Marc Laliberte, President of Indigenous Sport & Wellness Ontario. “Partnering with CBC will provide Indigenous athletes, coaches, managers, volunteers, and teams the opportunity to share the important role of sport and wellness in our culture, while celebrating achievement and creating positive role models. Utilizing the unique reach of CBC throughout Ontario and across Canada will mean that more people than ever will not only learn about the mission of ISWO, but also be provided greater opportunity for participation.”

In addition to coverage of major events such as the Masters Indigenous Games, Ontario Indigenous Summer Games and Team Ontario’s participation in the 2020 North American Indigenous Games, CBC will provide coverage of ISWO’s flagship sport and wellness programs including Standing Bear Youth Leadership, the Urban Indigenous Sport Strategy, and the Far North Sport Strategy.

“Sharing the Indigenous sport experience with all Canadians underscores our commitment to ensuring Indigenous culture is on our platforms,” said Catherine Tait, CBC/Radio-Canada’s President & CEO. “All Canadians have stories to tell. Stories we need to hear. This agreement is an opportunity to spotlight the inspirational journeys of Indigenous talent who contribute to the development of sport in Canada, whether as athletes, coaches or organizers.”

“CBC Sports is dedicated to sharing athletes’ stories and their ongoing development with Canadian audiences, and this new collaboration with Indigenous Sport & Wellness Ontario allows us to collectively generate more awareness of the impact and importance of Indigenous sport and its participants,” said Greg Stremlaw, Head of CBC Sports & General Manager, Olympics.

Highlights of the agreement include:

  • CBC Sports will provide a minimum of 100 hours of live and on-demand coverage throughout the series of ISWO events, including, but not limited to the Masters Indigenous Games (2021, 2023), and the Ontario Indigenous Summer Games (2019, 2021, 2023).
  • CBC Radio will produce multiple documentaries telling the stories of the participants in ISWO programming who have used sport as pathway to wellness.
  • CBC Arts will produce digital and radio content reflecting the rich diversity of cultural expression during ISWO events.
  • CBC News’ award-winning Indigenous Unit will cover ISWO through original journalism, story-telling and news coverage. This coverage will be distributed across all CBC/ platforms, including those specifically developed to reach Indigenous people.
  • CBC Sports will produce signature ISWO sport features for several platforms including ca, Twitter and Facebook.
  • Where possible, CBC regional offices will collaborate with ISWO for the purpose of increased storytelling of Indigenous sport and wellness opportunities led by ISWO.
  • Both CBC and ISWO will make best efforts to provide increased opportunities to promote Indigenous participation in sports media careers.

The announcement was made Monday in tandem with a multi-year Games partnership between ISWO and the City of Ottawa, together with Ottawa Tourism and the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation.

Indigenous Sport & Wellness Ontario (ISWO) Quick Facts

  • ISWO was formerly known as Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario.
  • ISWO is primarily funded through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
  • ISWO serves all Indigenous Peoples and communities across the province of Ontario, including First Nations, Inuit and Metis, living on and off-reserve, in rural and urban settings, and 29 Friendship centres, encompassing approximately 300,000 Indigenous Peoples across Ontario.
  • ISWO promotes and creates opportunities for participation in sport and cultural activities that promote wellness and positive lifestyles for Indigenous peoples across Ontario.
  • ISWO runs dozens of camps, regional tournaments, sport clinics, leadership workshops and local sport opportunities on annual basis.
  • ISWO provides opportunities for physical literacy and competitive sport skill development and training by creating sport development pathways, designed specifically for Indigenous youth.
  • ISWO’s Sport Development Pathway aims to reach Indigenous people at each stage of their life and provide continuing opportunities in the areas of sport and recreation.
  • ISWO is recognized by the Aboriginal Sport Circle and the North American Indigenous Games Council, and is the designated sport body for the development, selection and management of Team Ontario, which participates in the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC) and North American Indigenous Games (NAIG).





ISWO honours the traditional lands and homelands of all Indigenous Peoples and communities across the province of Ontario, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis living both on and off reserve, in rural and urban communities.

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Alberta takes historic step to abolish red tape in health care for First Nations children

Jordan's Principle is named after Jordan River Anderson, a five-year-old boy from Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba who died in a Winnipeg hospital in 2005 after a dispute between provincial and federal governments over who would pay for his home care.

In signing trilateral agreement, Alberta becomes first province to fully implement Jordan's Principle

CBC News · Posted: Nov 15, 2018 5:03 PM MT | Last Updated: November 15
Representatives of First Nations from Treaties 6, 7 and 8 participated in a signing ceremony of an agreement to fully implement Jordan's Principle in Alberta. (CBC)

Alberta became the first province Thursday to commit to fully implementing Jordan's Principle, an agreement intended to end funding squabbles over who pays the health care bills for First Nations' children.

In what is being hailed as a first, the federal and Alberta governments and the chiefs of 11 First Nations from Treaties 6, 7 and 8 signed a memorandum of understanding on Thursday at a ceremony in Edmonton.

Under the agreement, First Nations children will receive culturally appropriate health care without any delays in deciding which level of government will pay, said Jane Philpott, federal minister of indigenous services.

"Let's give a big shout-out to Alberta for stepping up to the plate," Philpott said. "I hope it will be a model for other parts of Canada."