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Issue #140
July, 2021

Maad’ookiing Mshkiki – Sharing Medicine

Source: Women’s College Hospital

Maad’ookiing Mshkiki – Sharing Medicine is a virtual hub that provides culturally relevant and trauma-informed information about COVID-19 vaccinations for First Nations, Inuit and Métis.

It aims to share traditional knowledges and healing practices across our cultures with western biomedical scientific information while also acknowledging traumatic experiences in healthcare. These resources provide information to enable and empower people to make informed decisions about their own health and wellbeing.

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Source: Ojibikens Indigenous Cultural Network

Summary: There are ninety EarlyON centres in Toronto that provide a welcoming drop-in environment. Parents and caregivers and children access services and programming together and can:

•          join fun activities – reading, storytelling, sing-alongs, games and more

•          get advice from professionals trained in early childhood development

•          find out about other family services in the community

•          connect with other families with young children

Ojiibikens means ‘little root.’  Ojiibikens is a land-based EarlyON program for children ages 0-6, and their siblings, parents and caregivers.  Our mobile team provides Indigenous land-based programs in partnership with EarlyON centres and community organizations across Toronto.  We are creating hands-on, outdoor learning environments for children that integrates language, culture, food, and physical activity.  The core of land base education is about families being on and connecting with the land.  Our activities will reclaim and rebuild land-based skills of growing, harvesting to preparing our Indigenous foods and traditional medicines.

Indigenous Voices

Source: Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) Live on Demand

Focus: Grades K-3

Summary: In this episode, we celebrate the changes of the season with animal puppet activities, while we listen to renowned keeper of stories Louise Profeit-LeBlanc, a Tsé Duna and member of the Nacho N’yak Dun First National from Mayo, in north-eastern Yukon.

The Power of Poetry and Writing Activity

Focus: 7-12

Summary:  In this episode, we’re joined by special guest Zoey Roy, award winning Cree-Dene Métis artist and educator, who will guide us in a writing activity to celebrate the power of poetry.

Native Land – Teacher’s Guide 2019

Source: Native Land Digital

Focus: Grades 9-12

Summary: Native Land is a tool that maps out Indigenous territories, treaties, and languages. We initially began in North America and have spread increasingly worldwide, and new areas are added regularly. This tool is not meant to be an official, legal, or archival resource. It is instead a broadly researched and crowdsourced body of information. It is meant to encourage education and engagement on topics of Indigenous land—particularly, where you are located. Native Land brings about discussions of colonization, land rights, language, and Indigenous history tied to our personal histories. We hope this guide makes you, the reader, want to know about the land you live on.

NGen Supercluster Partners with Martin Family Initiative in Support of Indigenous Education and Workforce Development

Source: Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen)

Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen), the industry-led not-for-profit organization leading Canada’s Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster, has announced a new collaboration with the Martin Family Initiative (MFI). The partnership will develop new resources and support services to complement an existing suite of Indigenous education and entrepreneurship programming administered by MFI.

NGen’s partnership with MFI is built on a shared vision for equity of opportunity for Indigenous Peoples across Canada. It leverages the scope and the reach of MFI’s Indigenous education programs, including early childhood education, literacy, entrepreneurship and mentoring, which are currently offered in 100 locations across 9 provinces and 2 territories and which have impacted over 8,000 students since 2008. NGen will work with the MFI to raise awareness about Canada’s manufacturing sector and provide guidance with respect to future career opportunities for Indigenous students.

“MFI is very proud to partner with NGen as it will create a variety of strategies for Indigenous students to learn about manufacturing and business”, Said The Right Honourable Paul Martin. “Manufacturing is a cornerstone of our modern economy. The sector relies on a highly skilled and knowledgeable workforce that includes designers, researchers, programmers, engineers, technicians and tradespeople. MFI believes that this partnership provides a tremendous opportunity for Indigenous People to contribute to the Canadian economy.”

La Supergrappe NGen s’associe à l’Initiative de la Famille Martin pour soutenir l’éducation et le développement de la main-d’œuvre autochtone

SourceNext Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen)

Fabrication de prochaine génération Canada (NGen), l’organisation sectorielle qui dirige la Supergrappe de la fabrication de prochaine génération du Canada, a annoncé une nouvelle collaboration avec l’Initiative de la Famille Martin (IFM). Ce partenariat permettra le développement de nouvelles ressources et de nouveaux services de soutien servant de compléments à la série existante de programmes d’éducation et d’entrepreneuriat pour Autochtones administrés par l’IFM.

Le partenariat entre NGen et l’IFM repose sur une vision commune de l’égalité des chances pour les peuples autochtones du Canada. Il tire parti de l’étendue et de la portée des programmes d’éducation pour Autochtones de l’IFM, y compris l’éducation de la petite enfance, la littératie, l’entrepreneuriat et le mentorat, qui sont actuellement offerts à 100 emplacements dans 9 provinces et 2 territoires et qui ont touché plus de 8 000 étudiants depuis 2008. NGen travaillera avec l’IFM pour faire connaître le secteur manufacturier canadien et fournir des conseils sur les possibilités de carrière futures pour les étudiants autochtones.

« L’IFM est très fière de s’associer à NGen, car cela permettra la création de diverses stratégies permettant aux étudiants autochtones de se familiariser avec la fabrication et le milieu des affaires», a déclaré le très honorable Paul Martin. « La fabrication est une pierre angulaire de notre économie moderne. Le secteur s’appuie sur une main-d’œuvre hautement qualifiée et compétente qui comprend des concepteurs, des chercheurs, des programmeurs, des ingénieurs, des techniciens et des gens de métier. L’IFM estime que ce partenariat offre une formidable occasion aux populations autochtones de contribuer à l’économie canadienne. »

ᐃᓂᖓᑦ ᐃᓚᒌᑦ Iningat Ilagiit | Connecting Through the Cape Dorset Archive


Focus: Secondary Students

Summary: Inuit artists from Kinngait (Cape Dorset) have created thousands of drawings. Approximately 100,000 of these artworks are housed at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection for the West Baffin Eskimo Co-op. Almost 4,000 of these drawings are available online here. 

This unique site is named Iningat Ilagiit, meaning “a place for family.” Here you can not only browse the collection, but also build your own collections of favourite artworks in order to create your own virtual exhibitions to share with others.

Iningat Ilagiit is also a space for Inuit and Northern communities to connect with their own art and contribute to the important work of sharing Kinngait history and culture.

Incorporating Indigenous Cultures and Realities in STEM

Source: Conference Board of Canada

Summary: When educators use a culturally responsive curriculum—one that bridges Indigenous ways of knowing with Western science—Indigenous students are more engaged and perform better.

In recent years, many organizations across Canada have established programs to help Indigenous learners get ahead in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. However, the effectiveness of these new initiatives is not well understood.

The inventory in Incorporating Indigenous Cultures and Realities in STEM lists more than a 100 different programs in Canada that specifically aim to help Indigenous learners succeed in STEM. These programs can be sorted into eight broad strategies for increasing Indigenous representation in STEM. Each strategy falls into one of three periods in the learner’s life course. Within each strategy, there are initiatives that attempt to address cultural difference.

The primer contains links to examples of every type of program.

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