Confirmed cases of COVID-19

April 4, 2021

On First Nations reserves, as of April 4 Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) is aware of: 25,032 confirmed positive COVID-19 , 707 active cases , 1,127 hospitalizations , 24,040 recovered cases and 285 deaths.

https://www.sac-isc.gc.ca/eng/1598625105013/1598625167707

Ontario reports 3,065 new COVID-19 cases and 8 more deaths; record-high ICU occupancy

April 6, 2021

Ontario reported more than 3,000 new COVID-19 cases and eight more deaths today, along with a record number of patients battling the disease in intensive care units across the province.

https://www.cp24.com/news/ontario-reports-3-065-new-covid-19-cases-and-8-more-deaths-record-high-icu-occupancy-1.5376073

High vaccination rates decreasing COVID-19 cases in Indigenous communities

April 2, 2021

The number of active COVID-19 cases in First Nations communities has declined by 80 per cent since mid-January thanks to the high uptake of vaccines, says the top doctor at Indigenous Services Canada.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/high-vaccination-rates-decreasing-covid-19-cases-in-indigenous-communities-1.5372492

 

Indigenous residents over 18 can now book a COVID-19 vaccine

April 1, 2021

A vaccination clinic for urban Indigenous people living in the city of Thunder Bay is once again lowering the age threshold to those eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

https://www.tbnewswatch.com/local-news/indigenous-residents-over-18-can-now-book-a-covid-19-vaccine-3596785

COVID study reveals that more mental health supports are needed on First Nations

April 5, 2021

A new report by a committee of MPs — who spent the past year studying the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Indigenous populations in Canada — has revealed that the reservations, many of which have very limited access to resources, need extra mental health support during the pandemic.

https://www.cochranetoday.ca/indigenous-alberta/covid-study-reveals-that-more-mental-health-supports-are-needed-on-first-nations-3595102

Progress update on the Government of Canada’s commitment to clean water in First Nations communities

April 1, 2021

The Government of Canada continues to work towards improving access to clean and safe drinking water for all First Nations communities. Today, the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, provided an update on the Government’s commitment to end all long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserves.

https://www.canada.ca/en/indigenous-services-canada/news/2021/04/progress-update-on-the-government-of-canadas-commitment-to-clean-water-in-first-nations-communities.html

 

Ontario Extends COVID-19 Vaccination Booking to More Age Groups

April 1, 2021

The Ontario government is extending booking for COVID-19 vaccination appointments to more age groups through its provincial booking system in 10 public health units on Friday, April 2, 2021.

https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/60994/ontario-extends-covid-19-vaccination-booking-to-more-age-groups

Three First Nations declare moratorium on Ring of Fire development

April 6, 2021

Three northern Ontario First Nations have issued a call for a moratorium on the development of access roads to the proposed Ring of Fire mining region and on development of the Ring of Fire itself.

https://canada.constructconnect.com/dcn/news/infrastructure/2021/04/three-first-nations-declare-moratorium-on-ring-of-fire-development

Canada First Nation group opposes De Beers waste dump on traditional territory

April 6, 2021

De Beers is seeking Ontario government approval for a landfill for mine demolition waste in the vulnerable James Bay wetlands area, in a place of critical cultural, spiritual and subsistence importance to the Kattawapiskak Cree people, the Attawapiskat First Nation said.

https://www.nasdaq.com/articles/canada-first-nation-group-opposes-de-beers-waste-dump-on-traditional-territory-2021-04-06

Province designates Niijaansinaanik Child and Family Services as Indigenous children’s aid society

April 4, 2021

The Doug Ford Government has designated the Niijaansinaanik Child and Family Services as Ontario’s 13th Indigenous children’s aid society.

https://northernontario.ctvnews.ca/province-designates-niijaansinaanik-child-and-family-services-as-indigenous-children-s-aid-society-1.5373944

Nipissing First Nation one of 37 clean water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure improvement projects for First Nations

April 1, 2021

Canadians everywhere are feeling the impact of COVID-19, on their families, their livelihoods and their way of life. Together, Canada, Ontario and First Nations are working to reduce the impact of the pandemic, ensure health and safety, rebuild businesses, and promote job creation, growth, and investment.

https://anishinabeknews.ca/2021/04/01/nipissing-first-nation-one-of-37-clean-water-wastewater-and-stormwater-infrastructure-improvement-projects-for-first-nations/

M’Chigeeng First Nation declares state of emergency citing opioid use community safety and mental health

April 1, 2021

With as many as 80 people suffering from opioid addiction in the community, and about 35 percent of all paramedic calls on Manitoulin related to overdoses from January until present located in M’Chigeeng, chief and council of M’Chigeeng First Nation (MFN) have declared a state of social emergency as it relates to opioids, community safety, mental health and violence. They have also passed an emergency protection bylaw to address drug dealers in the community.

https://www.manitoulin.com/mchigeeng-first-nation-declares-state-of-emergency-citing-opioid-use-community-safety-and-mental-health/

Ontario G1 driver’s licence test now available in 3 Indigenous languages

April 5, 2021

The knowledge test to get a G1 driver’s licence in Ontario is available in 27 different languages — and Ojibway, Oji-Cree and Cree are the most recent additions.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/g1-drivers-licence-test-indigenous-languages-1.5972703

FedNor pledges $770K for northwestern Ontario communities to hire economic development officers

April 6, 2021

Three northwestern Ontario communities will be receiving economic development support thanks to a FedNor grant. The agency announced last week it was pledging $770,000 so Dryden, Machin, and Obashkaandagaang First Nation can each hire full-time economic development officers (EDOs) for three years.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/economic-development-fednor-1.5973307

Beausoleil First Nation Wind and Water Monitoring Project recognized for research excellence

April 5, 2021

The Agaaming – Across the Bay: Beausoleil First Nation Wind and Water Monitoring Project was recently recognized during the Lakehead University Research and Innovation Awards of Excellence reception on March 4.

https://anishinabeknews.ca/2021/04/05/beausoleil-first-nation-wind-and-water-monitoring-project-recognized-for-research-excellence/

Local OPP officer blazing trail in Indigenous policing

April 5, 2021

Orillia OPP Sgt. Brooke McRoberts has been nominated for the Police Association of Ontario’s 2021 Police Services Hero of the Year award.  The 40-year-old Rama First Nation woman works in the OPP’s Indigenous Police Bureau and is responsible for the Indigenous awareness training course which all front-line OPP police officers are required to take.

https://www.orilliamatters.com/local-news/profile-local-opp-officer-blazing-trail-in-indigenous-policing-3596927

A warrior’s way to Indigenous inclusion

April 4, 2021

Jason Thompson envisions Indigenous-owned companies someday being major participants in resource and infrastructure development from beginning to end. The affable and prolific Thunder Bay entrepreneur is launching his latest venture this spring with the establishment of Warrior Engineering.

https://www.timminstoday.com/local-news/a-warriors-way-to-indigenous-inclusion-3601101

Voices of Indigenous women

April 2, 2021

The voices of indigenous women are making waves through Thunder Bay and the Ontario Native Women’s Association is at the forefront of this new, rumbling choir. With such prominent models like Tanya Talaga and Autumn Peltier, She is Wise shared stories and discussions, creating a space for everyone to understand and listen to these prominent Indigenous women from across Canada.

https://www.tbnewswatch.com/wisdom/voices-of-indigenous-women-5-photos-3592151

Victim Services of Nipissing expanding to 24/7 assistance to victims and their families.

April 2, 2021

Victim Services of Nipissing District will receive $363,000 to provide new supports and services for victims of crime and their families. The Nipissing region has been a historically underserved area in terms of supports and services, and this will increase access to crisis intervention services for local residents by expanding 24/7 assistance to victims and their families according to a news release.

https://www.baytoday.ca/local-news/victim-services-of-nipissing-expanding-to-247-assistance-to-victims-and-their-families-3598445

Kettle & Stony Point announces land claim settlement distribution

April 5, 2021

Kettle and Stony Point First Nation has announced a distribution plan for the settlement payment from a 168-year-old land claim.

https://blackburnnews.com/sarnia/sarnia-news/2021/04/05/kettle-stony-point-announces-land-claim-settlement-distribution/

Unique Indigenous mental-health program in Ontario secures last-minute funding

April 1, 2021

Funding for a mental-health program that offers specialized care for Indigenous people has been renewed and will continue indefinitley, CBC News has learned.  The Biigajiiskaan mental wellness program is based out of London’s Parkwood Institute and run by St. Joseph’s Health Care London. It’s co-led by Atlohsa Family Healing Services.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/funding-runs-out-for-unique-indigenous-mental-health-program-1.5972489

Grand Council Treaty #3 to host education roundtables

April 3, 2021

Grand Council Treaty #3 and Treaty #3 Youth Executive Council’s are hosting two youth roundtables on education next weekend. The roundtable discussions will focus on how COVID has impacted education and are open to youth aged 17-29, who are transitioning to or are currently in post-secondary education.

https://www.drydennow.com/local/grand-council-treaty-3-to-host-education-roundtables

‘The whole system needs to be revamped’ says retired police officer on policing and judicial system

April 2, 2021

In 2016, the nation was shocked when 12 white jurors in Saskatchewan found Gerald Stanley innocent of shooting and killing Colten Boushie despite testimony that he fired the gun intentionally.

https://anishinabeknews.ca/2021/04/02/the-whole-system-needs-to-be-revamped-says-retired-police-officer-on-policing-and-judicial-system/

‘It excites people’: First Nations artists give beadwork a modern twist

April 4, 2021

The longstanding tradition of beadwork is taking on a new twist among young First Nations artists who’ve developed a long string of social media followers, helping many turn their hobbies into businesses.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/indigenous-beadwork-artists-modern-traditional-1.5965524

Anishinaabe artist defends her work on beer can label design amid online criticism

April 3, 2021

Anishinaabe artist Chief Lady Bird stands by the work she donated to an Ontario brewery that will benefit a local women’s shelter, though online criticism has raised questions about if Indigenous art belongs on alcohol packaging.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/chief-lady-bird-art-beer-label-1.5973969

Harbourfront Centre celebrates 20th anniversary of Indigenous art innovators Red Sky Performance with digital dance film

April 3, 2021

Harbourfront Centre, in partnership with Digidance, announces the Canadian digital broadcast of More Than Dance, We Are A Movement, streaming April 14-20, 2021. The film marks the 20th anniversary of Toronto’s own interdisciplinary innovators Red Sky Performance – showcasing excerpts of their award-winning work and the remarkable story of their rise to one of the world’s most prolific and celebrated Indigenous performance creators.

https://anishinabeknews.ca/2021/04/03/harbourfront-centre-celebrates-20th-anniversary-of-indigenous-art-innovators-red-sky-performance-with-digital-dance-film/

London’s first-ever Indigenous child care centre gears up for summer opening

April 2, 201

A first of its kind Indigenous-led child care and family centre plans to open its doors this summer for Indigenous families in the London area. The Nshwaasnangong Child Care & Family Centre is set to open in the city’s SoHo neighbourhood. It will be filled with traditional languages and culture, with the building itself being developed into the shape of a turtle to signify Turtle Island, which is North America.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/nshwaasnangong-child-care-london-ontario-1.5973746

North shore First Nation signals support for proposed mine

April 1, 2021

North shore mine builder Generation Mining has signed an “agreement in principle” with Biigtigong Nishnaabeg on the proposed Marathon Palladium Copper Project, situated outside of the town of Marathon.

https://www.northernontariobusiness.com/industry-news/mining/north-shore-first-nation-signals-support-for-proposed-mine-3596775

Construction Firms Create New Departments to Better Work with Indigenous Communities

April 5, 2021

An increasing number of construction firms across Canada are committing to building their own Indigenous relations departments to help enhance how they cooperate with Indigenous communities and probably address a rising labor shortage.

https://www.westislandblog.com/construction-firms-create-new-departments-to-better-work-with-indigenous-communities/

Charities and non-profits in trouble seek federal support

April 6, 2021

Canadian charities and non-profit organizations devastated by the pandemic are looking to the federal government to help keep their doors open. Operations including YMCA, Friendship Centres and the United Way say they are seeing a decline in revenues and an increase in the needs of the people they serve, putting child care, employment, housing, after-school, domestic violence and food programs in jeopardy.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/charities-non-profits-financial-losses-seek-federal-money-budget-1.5972063

 

Ottawa stopped in bid to block creation of detailed residential school statistics

April 2, 2021

The Ontario Court of Appeal on Thursday overturned a decision the federal government won last year to prevent the creation of detailed statistical reports that would reveal which residential schools had the highest rates of abuse.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/appeal-records-residential-school-1.5973727

Indigenous policing and cross-cultural interviewing

April 5, 2021

Indigenous people are overrepresented both as victims of crime and within the incarcerated population in Canada. It can, therefore, be assumed that Indigenous people represent a disproportionate number of police-citizen interactions in Canada—including in investigative interviews.

https://www.blueline.ca/indigenous-policing-and-cross-cultural-interviewing/

Removing the colonial lens: The push to decolonize museums in Canada

April 2, 2021

It’s no secret that museum collections have benefitted from the colonization of countries occupied by imperial powers such as Britain and France. But in recent years, spurred in part by the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), there is a global push to decolonize museums.

https://www.aptnnews.ca/investigates/decolonize-museums-canada-aptn-investigates-part-1/

Indigenous women, transgender and Two-Spirit people need support when leaving prison

April 5, 2021

We’re all aware of how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting our health and wellness — but why isn’t more attention being paid to the relationship between COVID-19 and the criminal justice system, specifically how it’s impacting Indigenous women, transgender and Two-Spirit people.

https://theconversation.com/indigenous-women-transgender-and-two-spirit-people-need-support-when-leaving-prison-158024

Melillo: Reopening the economy a priority in 2021’s budget

April 6, 2021

Kenora MP Eric Melillo has high expectations for the upcoming federal budget; the first in two years after 2020’s budget was pushed back due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://www.drydennow.com/local/melillo-reopening-the-economy-a-priority-in-2021-s-budget

Ontario Working with Conservation Experts to Protect More Natural Areas

April 1, 2021

The Ontario government has established a working group of conservation experts to identify opportunities to protect and conserve more natural areas in order to enhance the province’s natural diversity and provide more recreational opportunities for people to enjoy the outdoors.

https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/60977/ontario-working-with-conservation-experts-to-protect-more-natural-areas

Montreal teen seeking Indigenous participants for program furthering reconciliation

April 5, 2021

A Montreal teenager is doing her part to further reconciliation. This past fall, Anne Lin Arghirescu, a first-year student at Marianopolis College in Montreal, participated in a program called Circles For Reconciliation offered by a Winnipeg-based organization.

https://anishinabeknews.ca/2021/04/06/montreal-teen-seeking-indigenous-participants-for-program-furthering-reconciliation/

‘A changemaker’: Quebec Cree student wins leadership award from Nipissing University

April 4, 2021

A Quebec Cree student with a dream of helping Indigenous families heal has been recognized for his contributions to the community of North Bay, Ont., where he studies at Nipissing University.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/cree-ottereyes-nipissing-university-dave-marshall-award-racism-hockey-1.5972691

Non-binary Cree artist Angel Baribeau releases new album, video featuring LGBTQ youth

April 3, 2021

Angel Baribeau has been song writing for as long as they can remember and credits their family for the influence. From the Cree Nation of Mistissini in northern Quebec, Baribeau said there was always music in the house growing up.

https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/non-binary-cree-artist-angel-baribeau-releases-new-album-video-featuring-lgbtq-youth/

How Kahnawake’s cross-border ironworkers are dealing with isolation from their families, community

April 5, 2021

Like many Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) families, Hogan Gilbert’s has a rich history in ironwork, and the trade has taken him far from home. Gilbert and countless other ironworkers from Kahnawake, Que., near Montreal, travel roughly 600 kilometres up and down the I-87 every week to build New York City’s bridges and skyscrapers. It’s a longstanding tradition that has spanned multiple generations of Kanien’kehá:ka families.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/kahnawake-ironworkers-covid-19-border-1.5970916

The nehiyo tipi embraces the elements. This architect thinks more structures should too

April 1, 2021

Most buildings and houses in Canada today are built to ward off the elements; sealed buildings repel snow, wind and rain. But some of the structures built on Turtle Island weren’t meant to seal off the elements — some, like the nehiyo (Cree) tipi, were designed, in part, to embrace them.

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/unreserved/how-indigenous-architects-are-resisting-colonial-legacies-and-reshaping-spaces-1.5971556/the-nehiyo-tipi-embraces-the-elements-this-architect-thinks-more-structures-should-too-1.5971648

New COVID-19 rapid testing site opening in Winnipeg to make testing more accessible to Indigenous people

April 6, 2021

A new rapid COVID-19 testing facility has opened in Winnipeg’s North End to help make it easier for urban Indigenous people, as well as those travelling to First Nations, to be tested for the illness.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/covid-19-rapid-test-ma-mawi-winnipeg-1.5976184

Tribal groups opening immunization clinics in Saskatchewan

April 5, 2021

Prince Albert Grand Council, the Saskatoon Tribal Council, and Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs are working together to help urban band members and others get immunized against COVID-19.

https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/saskatchewan-tribal-council-covid/

Indigenous-owned businesses across Canada expanding with help of $25M fund

April 5, 2021

Bobbie Racette knew that remote working from home was going to be big. So she started The Virtual Gurus, which provides virtual support for businesses – from administration to social media, sales and more.

https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/female-entrepreneur-alberta/

‘Ever Sick Dangles’: Indigenous Apparel Brand Celebrates First Nations Hockey

April 5, 2021

Growing up, when Harlan Kingfisher (Plains Cree from the Sturgeon Lake First Nation) would leave the house for big hockey games, his grandfather, or Mushum, would instruct him to smudge his blades and hockey stick. “Smudging” is the Indigenous practice of burning sweetgrass or sage in prayer to summon positive energy and cleanse one’s spirit.

https://nativenewsonline.net/business/ever-sick-dangles-indigenous-apparel-brand-celebrates-first-nations-hockey

A Long Plain First Nations mother on why she got the COVID-19 vaccine

April 3, 2021

In December 2020, I helped plan an online memorial for a colleague, who passed away due to COVID-19. He was only eight years older than me. On the winter solstice, I stood near his grave in frigid weather as he was lowered into the ground.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/first-person-melanie-ferris-covid-19-vaccination-1.5970034

First Nation Chiefs say new training program should help improve oral health equity

April 4, 2021

A new dental therapy program is expected to have a significant impact in meeting the needs of the dental workforce and patients’ access to care on First Nations in the province.

https://panow.com/2021/04/04/first-nation-chiefs-say-new-training-program-should-help-improve-oral-health-equity/

Catholic order gives $150K to support Indigenous nursing students at Thompson Rivers University

April 4, 2021

A group of Victoria-based Catholic nuns have donated $150,000 to support Indigenous nursing students at Thompson Rivers University as an act of reconciliation. On March 25, the university headquartered in Kamloops, B.C., announced that the donation from Sisters of St. Ann will be used to establish an endowment fund for sponsoring elder-in-residence programs and other culturally appropriate projects for its First Nations nursing students.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/sisters-of-st-ann-donation-indigenous-nursing-student-tru-1.5974703

Saskatchewan loses premier Saulteaux language teacher Margaret Cote

April 4, 2021

Margaret Cote, 70, dedicated her life to preserving the Saulteaux language for the next generation.  She accomplished this first by teaching it in the classroom, then by creating the resources and finally by training her successor.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/saulteaux-language-speaker-margaret-cote-1.5975146

‘Wellness warriors’ host clinics, provide support to get elders vaccinated

April 2, 201

People known as wellness warriors don’t need a sword to do their job.  Darian Agecoutay, a peer health advocate from Regina otherwise known as a wellness warrior, uses things like a phone or a car as his weapons of choice to support Indigenous elders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/wellness-warrior-1.5974376

Non-Indigenous students in Calgary pushing to remove Langevin name from school

April 4, 2021

When Joy McCullagh and Zach Helfenbaum learned who their school is named after, they decided to try and change it. “It makes me feel sad that to this day there is still a school that is named after someone like that,” said 13-year-old McCullagh, one of the two non-Indigenous students pushing for the change.

https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/non-indigenous-students-in-calgary-pushing-to-remove-langevin-name-from-school/

Cree subs in Enoch Cree Nation offering a taste of Kookum’s cooking

April 3, 2021

Across from the River Cree Resort and Casino is the hottest new place to get your taste of home. Located in the Shell gas station on Enoch Cree Nation just west of Edmonton, Cree Subs opened in February.

https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/cree-subs-in-enoch-cree-nation-offering-a-taste-of-kookums-cooking/

Qalipu band council dumbfounded by Ottawa’s decision to abandon former FNI members membership issues

April 3, 2021

After 27 months of discussions the federal government has told the Qalipu First Nation that it intends to stop further discussions with the band and abandon joint efforts to address membership for former members of the Federation of Newfoundland Indians (FNI) and its affiliates.

https://www.thetelegram.com/news/local/qalipu-chief-upset-by-federal-decision-to-abandon-efforts-to-address-membership-issues-for-former-fni-members-571657/

‘I don’t feel safe’: Syilx mother shaken after learning RCMP, social worker searched her home without her knowledge

April 1, 2021

When Lauren Marchand found out that an RCMP officer and a social worker had banged on her door, entered her home and searched it — without her knowledge or consent — she started crying.

https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/i-dont-feel-safe-syilx-mother-shaken-after-learning-rcmp-social-worker-searched-her-home-without-her-knowledge/

Indigenous B.C. professor appointed to prestigious United Nations position

April 3, 2021

Sheryl Lightfoot has been named the North American member on the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The announcement was made March 24 in Geneva, Switzerland. Lightfoot, 53, is the first Indigenous woman from Canada to be appointed to the UN’s prestigious position.

https://www.princegeorgematters.com/local-news/indigenous-bc-professor-appointed-to-prestigious-united-nations-position-3600576

Scientists, First Nations team up in fresh attempt to revive struggling B.C. herring stocks

April 5, 2021

Vancouver’s Coal Harbour hardly looks like a setting for a potential wildlife refuge. Noisy float planes skitter to and from a nearby dock, storm sewers empty into the saltwater, and high rise towers loom over the water.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/herring-bc-scientists-conservation-first-nations-1.5972197

 

New Vancouver Island hospital project will turn fear into healing, Indigenous leader says

April 2, 2021

A new hospital will become a place of healing for members of an Indigenous nation in British Columbia after decades of fear associated with the current facility, a tribal leader said Thursday. The planned 201-bed, $887-million hospital slated to replace the Cowichan District Hospital in Duncan, B.C., will help erase long-held mistrust by Indigenous people in the area, said Albie Charlie, an elected Cowichan Tribes councillor.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/vancouver-island-hospital-cowichan-tribes-1.5974354

Rural, remote, Indigenous communities receive grants to address overdoses

April 1, 2021

Communities and organizations in the Vancouver Coastal Health region now have extra support to expand local overdose response and awareness efforts through a provincial grant program.

https://ihtoday.ca/bc-government-rural-remote-indigenous-communities-receive-grants-to-address-overdose/

 

IndigiNews is covering education for Indigenous students, teachers, and families: Here’s the latest

April 3, 2021

As IndigiNews’s education reporter covering Vancouver Island, I’m following all of the latest developments. Every month, I’ll bring you a roundup of what you need to know about what’s relevant to Indigenous students, teachers, parents and families.

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/indiginews-covering-education-indigenous-students-193022794.html

Meet the woman who is exposing the history of Canada’s Giant Mine ‘monster’ on TikTok

April 4, 2021

A staggering number of comments on Morgan Tsetta’s TikTok page start the same way: “I’ve never heard about this.” For months, Tsetta, a member of Yellowknives Dene First Nation, has been using her growing TikTok platform to raise awareness about Giant Mine, a now-closed gold mine containing 237,000 tonnes of arsenic trioxide near Yellowknife, N.W.T.

https://www.wellandtribune.ca/ts/news/canada/2021/04/06/meet-the-woman-who-is-exposing-the-history-of-canadas-giant-mine-monster-on-tiktok.html

Kluane Adamek addresses ruling on carbon pricing, emphasizes Indigenous autonomy

April 2, 2021

Kluane Adamek, Yukon’s Assembly of First Nations regional chief, has issued a statement regarding the recent Supreme Court ruling on carbon pricing. The Canadian Supreme Court ruled on March 25 that the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act is constitutional. The carbon pricing was challenged by the Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta governments, who argued that the two-tiered pricing undermined provincial authority over natural resources.

https://www.yukon-news.com/news/kluane-adamek-addresses-ruling-on-carbon-pricing-emphasizes-indigenous-autonomy/

Building suicide prevention supports in Denı́nu Kų́ę́ N.W.T.

April 3, 2021

In a small sharing circle on a Saturday afternoon, elders spoke their truths around suicide in Denı́nu Kų́ę́ – Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories. “We need resources here in the community. They need someone to talk to, someone they can call, someone that can help get them to treatment,” said Eva Villeneuve, one of a dozen elders working to build supports around suicide prevention.

https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/building-suicide-prevention-supports-in-deninu-kue-n-w-t/

Dene national chief says N.W.T. should create own school curriculum

April 6, 2021

Alberta’s decision to renew its education system could lead to a change in the course of learning in the Northwest Territories. The province is coming under fire for proposed changes to its K-6 curriculum that critics are calling Eurocentric, dismissive of Indigenous perspectives, and not based on research about how to teach young children.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/alberta-curriculum-renewal-nwt-made-education-1.5974036

Outdoor classroom in the N.W.T. perfect for language, culture

April 4, 2021

There’s something about being outside that’s putting learning into focus for high school students in the Northwest Territories. Milder weather means a break from the classroom and the opportunity to sit in front of a roaring fire.

https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/outdoor-classroom-in-the-n-w-t-perfect-for-language-culture/

N.W.T. artist Leela Gilday is a double Juno Award nominee

April 5, 2021

Leela Gilday, a Dene musician from the Northwest Territories, was in her kitchen cleaning out her fridge’s veggie drawer when she found out she was a double Juno nominee. She had tuned into the nomination announcement for the music award show when the category of Contemporary Roots Album of the Year came up.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/leela-gilday-double-juno-award-nominee-1.5970056

Guardians of Edehzhie adapt to protect Indigenous land during COVID-19 pandemic

April 4, 2021

There was a time last year when the guardians of Edehzhie would head out on the land in the Northwest Territories and worry what their communities might look like when they returned.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-guardians-of-edehzhie-adapt-to-protect-indigenous-land-during-covid-19/

Federal court judge rules in favour of Acho Dene Koe First Nation member’s complaint about election delay

April 2, 2021

A federal court judge has ruled that the N.W.T. Acho Dene Koe First Nation chief and council overstepped their powers when they extended their term of office last year. The judgment could have ramifications for other First Nations whose elections were postponed or cancelled in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/federal-ruling-acho-dene-koe-first-nation-1.5974603

Behind the Inuit tattoo revival: Once banned, now the ancient markings are making a comeback

April 5, 2021

There was a time when the experience of getting a tattoo, for many people, might have been an act of rebellion. That has changed in recent years, as they have become more common. For Inuit women, there is a whole other motivation, one of tradition. Jana Angulalik shares what they mean to her and other Inuit women with her words and images.

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/entertainment/news/behind-the-inuit-tattoo-revival-once-banned-now-the-ancient-markings-are-making-a-comeback/ar-BB1fknpa

UPCOMING EVENTS

Call for Proposals: Capacity-building funding for An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families for fiscal year 2021-2022

A call for proposals is now open to support capacity-building in relation to An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families for fiscal year 2021-2022. Funding is available to Indigenous Peoples, communities, and groups as they begin work to develop their own legislation and explore Indigenous-led models for child and family services.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/31P9GUe

Call for artist interpretations/artwork for the Assembly of First Nations 2021 Annual General Assembly

The Chiefs of Ontario Host Committee will be hosting the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) 42nd Annual General Assembly in Toronto in July 2021 and is currently accepting original Indigenous artwork to be submitted. Artwork will be used for materials by the Chiefs of Ontario Host Committee and the AFN in promoting the Assembly. We are seeking artwork that supports and promotes First Nations culture in Ontario.

http://chiefs-of-ontario.org/call-for-artist-interpretations-artwork-afn-annual-general-assembly-july-2021/

Save the Date: Chiefs of Ontario 47th All Ontario Chiefs Conference 2021

The Chiefs of Ontario and Grand Council Treaty #3 will be hosting the 47th All Ontario Chiefs Conference 2021 on June 15-17, 2021. For the Chiefs of Ontario All Ontario Chiefs Conference (AOCC), please find the 1st Call for Resolutions attached. Deadline for Resolutions is Wednesday, May 26, 2021. For more information, please visit https://www.chiefsmeeting.com/aocc-2021 .

Issue 9 of The Official Chiefs of Ontario Magazine, The Advocate is now online! 

To view, please click here: https://www.mediaedgemagazines.com/the-chiefs-of-ontario-coo/oo21c/ .

International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) Annual Meeting, May 17-21, 2021

Hosted by Michigan Technological University, the virtual conference will feature four days of scientific sessions and speakers focusing on our theme Bridging: Knowledge, Seven Generations, Land-to-Lake.

For more information and registration, click here: https://bit.ly/3nI8gUh .

Chiefs of Ontario Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Find Our Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates Here. This website provides information on emergency planning and preparedness, as well as on the unique programs and services that are available to First Nations in Ontario during times of emergency.

https://www.coo-covid19.com/