As we fully embrace the fall season, there are lots of accomplishments and stories within Indigenous education in Ontario to celebrate. The past few months have proved that anything is possible, with IIC’s inaugural National Symposium and the first Indigenous person to sit on the Supreme Court, to strong Haudneosaunee community support, and the official opening of Shingwauk Kinoomage Gamig.
Read on for a highlight of the latest happenings at our Indigenous Institutes.
IIC’s Inaugural National Symposium
In mid-October, IIC’s National Symposium brought together educational professionals to discuss ways to strengthen local community economies, respond to labour market needs and decolonize post-secondary education. Featured speakers included Amos Key Jr. Executive Director and founder of SONICS/CKRZ 100.3 FM Wadrenota’ (radio) at Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, Guy Freedman Chief of Staff of the Métis National Council, Irene Barbeau current president of the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association (CSAA) and more.
Check out the resource booklet here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/12Spa36gJASaDsAVvpgwBtEPp95f41F62/view?mc_cid=100f256f43&mc_eid=4429136f27
Supreme Court nominee encourages young Indigenous women to dream big
“At the end of the day, if you work hard and your heart’s in it you can do whatever you want,” the first Indigenous nominee to the Supreme Court of Canada told a group of parliamentarians… “And I hope young Indigenous women will see that anything’s possible if you set your mind to it.” – Michelle O’Bonsawin
Support, recruitment for the Masters in World Indigenous Studies in Education expanded
“As an accredited Indigenous Institute in Ontario, Kenjgewin Teg looks forward to enhancing our long-standing partnership with Queen’s University and now contributing to graduate level studies from our Anishinabek lens.” – Beverly Roy, Kenjgewin Teg acting president
Expanding training programs bode well for life-long learning
“Serving the First Nation communities of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, as well as Indigenous learners from across Ontario, Oshki-Wenjack is proud to provide a path to life-long learning and stronger communities.”
Chief Shingwauk’s vision finally a reality
“Through the tribulation of the last 200 years we’ve been able to navigate through this system and have this beautiful place where an Indigenous view can be shared with not only our people but people from around the world in regards to post-secondary education through an Indigenous lens.” – Dean Sayers, Batchewana First Nation chief and SKG Board Chair
Six Nations’ Longhouse to be rebuilt after being destroyed by fire, fundraiser started
“The “We Will Build Again” fund has raised just over $15,000 in fundraising efforts to date. The plan for the new longhouse is already underway. The site has been cleared and excavated and GREAT has began drafting the plan and ordering supplies needed.”