Day: September 7, 2017

Ontario schools to collect race-based data in effort to reduce educational disparities

Open this photo in gallery: Schools across Ontario will soon start collecting demographic information on the province’s public school students, such as those seen in a Vaughan Road Academy class room in late May. The race-data initiative is intended to help recognize and ameliorate gaps in educational equity across the province. Schools across Ontario will be collecting race-based data in an effort to close the gaps in achievement and well-being between students of different backgrounds. A total of 15 boards, including the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), have been collecting race-based data for years, but the province would like...

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Justin Trudeau to meet with premiers, Indigenous leaders Oct. 3

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, celebrate the newly named National Indigenous Peoples Day in Ottawa on June 21. Trudeau will meet with Indigenous leaders and premiers on Oct. 3 in the National Capital Region. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet with premiers and Indigenous leaders next month with environmentally friendly economic development at the top of the agenda. The meeting will be held in the National Capital Region on Oct. 3. A news release from the prime minister’s office said federal, provincial and territorial governments...

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Indigenous leaders call on Manitoba to declare state of emergency due to forest fires

Manitoba MLA Judy Klassen provided this image showing a large forest fire burning near Wasagamack First Nation in northern Manitoba, on Aug. 29, 2017. Indigenous leaders called on the Manitoba government Thursday to declare a state of emergency and free up more hotel rooms for people who have fled northern forest fires. Chief Dino Flett of Garden Hill First Nation said evacuees living in close quarters in emergency shelters in Winnipeg – sleeping in rows of cots – have been getting sick while waiting for hotel space. "I’m just trying to take care of my people and right now these shelters are not helping," Flett said as he and others prepared for a protest march to the Manitoba legislature. "There’s still children in the shelters and … they’re catching colds. They’re getting sick. They’re not getting any better." A reported mumps outbreak at one shelter Thursday prompted the Canadian Football League Winnipeg Blue Bombers to postpone a planned visit by some evacuees to the team’s stadium. "We are incredibly disappointed we cannot host the evacuees who have been displaced from their homes," the team said in a statement. "However, the safety of guests, fans and players is the top priority of the Winnipeg football club when hosting events at the stadium." More than 4,000 people were forced to leave their homes last week in three aboriginal communities – Garden...

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Ottawa pledges ‘complete overhaul’ of specific claims to promote reconciliation with Indigenous peoples

The Trudeau government is vowing to revamp Ottawa’s specific claims process and policies to put more emphasis on reconciliation, rather than conflict, in dealing with historic Indigenous claims. Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett jointly announced Ottawa’s new approach this week, disclosing at the same time that on Sept. 5 the federal Crown withdrew its application for judicial review of a $14 million-plus Specific Claims Tribunal (SCT) compensation order in favour of the Huu-ay-aht First Nation of British Columbia last year: Huu-Ay-Aht First Nations v. Canada 2016 SCTC 14. The SCT...

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University of Windsor Aboriginal Outreach Centre hosts ‘Reflect 150’ event

Aboriginal Outreach coordinator, Kathryn Pasquach, co-hosted the ‘Reflect 150 – Biidaaban; The Past, Present and Future’ event at the University of Windsor on Sept. 7, 2017. (Stacey Janzer/CBC) Faculty, students, and the public came together at the University of Windsor Thursday to share stories about Canada’s Indigenous communities. "I really want people to come away with more than they walk in with," said Aboriginal Outreach coordinator Kathryn Pasquach. "I think the most important part of reconciliation is education." Pasquach co-hosted the ‘Reflect 150 – Biidaaban: The Past, Present and Future’ event on campus, which included a series of talking...

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