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CPA Martin mentorship program for Indigenous high school students

Together, CPA Canada and the Martin Family Initiative co-sponsor the CPA Martin Mentorship Program for Indigenous High School Students.

The goals of our program are to support Indigenous students through their high school years, help them understand the benefits of pursuing post-secondary education, expose them to the business environment, and help them consider potential job opportunities, including careers in business, finance and the accounting profession.

The program is currently available in 26 schools in seven provinces across Canada: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia and Quebec.

LSK Chosen To Participate In Model Schools Literacy Project

Source: The Weekly Press

Summary: Young students in their early years of learning will get some extra support thanks to the Model Schools Literacy Project. L’nu Sipuk Kina’muokuom (LSK) School in Indian Brook (Sipekne’katik) has been chosen to participate in the project, offered through the Martin Family Initiative.

“They’re working with us to improve literacy in students in grades primary through three,” said Kelly Oliver, the principal at LSK. “The project will be enhancing and supporting our resources, and providing training for teachers, and resources for teachers and staff. We started with the project in September.”

LSK currently has 45 students in Primary through Grade 3

Seabird Island school joins First Nations literacy project

Source: Agassiz Harrison Observer

Martin Family Initiative’s literacy project advances reading and writing skills

Literacy is proven to be key to predicting high school graduation and preparing students for academic success. That’s why the Seabird Island Community School is excited to join the Martin Family Initiative’s Model Schools Literacy Project, a program that helps ensure First Nations students can read and write well enough by the end of Grade 3 to support continued school success.

The Model Schools Literacy Project was launched in Ontario in 2009 with a five-year Model Schools Pilot Project in two elementary schools. Five years after the program started, results showed a 68 per cent increase in reading proficiency in grade three students – higher than Ontario’s province-wide average.

BMO Celebrating Women: BMO Recognizes Outstanding Women in Edmonton through National Program

As principal, Ms. Michael has introduced several initiatives and programs to foster and support the success of her students.

In 2016, Ms. Michael, as principal of Ermineskin Elementary School, an institution providing Nêhiyawewin education for approximately 470 students from the four nations in Maskwacis, Alberta applied for the Martin Family Initiative’s Model Schools Literacy Project (MSLP), a program that supports literacy education and achievement for Indigenous students from kindergarten to Grade 3.  All First Nations schools across Canada were eligible, but only six were selected. Ermineskin Elementary was selected due in part to the strength and commitment of Ms. Michael’s leadership.

Ms. Michael introduced The Leader in Me program, a method of teaching students to see themselves as capable leaders. Since the implementation of the program, students have become more active, engaged partners in their education and have gained greater self-confidence as leaders.

Ms. Debbie Michael received the BMO Celebrating Women Award for Community & Charitable Giving.

With humility and an unwavering commitment to excellence, Ms. Michael continues to be an inspiration to her students and an outstanding community leader.

Treaties and the Treaty Relationship

This issue of Canada’s History explores the history of Treaties and the Treaty relationship and is an important first step in sharing First Nations perspectives.

It has been developed with contributors who have helped to incorporate the spirit and intent of Treaty making. The contributors, drawn from across the country, bring expertise and insights that help us to understand the continuing relevance of Treaties and the Treaty relationship.

Everyone benefits when there is a greater understanding and appreciation of Treaties and the Treaty relationship. This special issue is part of a greater conversation to ensure that our collective history truly inclusive.

TRU appoints Simpcw Chief Nathan Matthew as chancellor

Simpcw Chief Dr. Nathan Matthew has been a member of the Promising Practices in Indigenous Education’s Advisory Group since its inception. On February 2, 2018, he was appointed Chancellor of Thompson River University.

Napi’s Playground School Library Revitalized

Source: Pincher Creek Voice

Summary: Napi’s Playground School at Piikani Nation hosted a reopening ceremony for their extensively renovated library on November 15. Guests in attendance included representatives of the Fu Hui Education Foundation (FHEF) and the Martin Family Initiative (MFI). Both organizations provided financial support to the school to refit the library. The guests were toured through Napi Playground (Piikani Nation’s elementary school) and visited with students in their classrooms before the presentation.

The School Staff, the Students and the Community all demonstrated a renewed interest in making their library an integral part of the school. Based on these factors as well as the school’s commitment to provide personnel to oversee the maintenance of the collections and to encourage multiple uses of the facility, it was decided that the Napi’s Playground Elementary School and Piikani Nation Secondary School Library would be an excellent choice for support through the Model School Library Project.

Martin Family Initiative (MFI) representative Carlana Lindeman explained the organization’s intent to support students to help them reach their full potential. Federal funding eligibility is across the country. Originally there were two First Nation schools in a pilot project. Napi’s Playground is the third school. MFI’s Julia O’Sullivan later explained the organization’s ongoing efforts. “We have a goal to be in 20 schools, by the year 2020.” Napi’s Playground is the first of six schools which MFI is supporting. Each school will work with MFI for six years. “We work with schools who have applied to work with us to improve the children’s reading and writing within their school.”

Judy San of Fu Hui Education presented a commemorative plaque to the school. San said the foundation is aiming at helping build 6 schools across Canada in the upcoming year. San also presented the library with a number of unique bookmarks made of real maple leaves, laminated, with inspirational messages, to be given to the students.

Principals in First Nations schools find support through U of T’s new online course

Summary: Isolation, lack of adequate funding, limited resources, complex social issues – these are just some of the challenges principals face while working in First Nations schools.

“I always say that these principals are the loneliest people in Canada,” says Carlana Lindeman, one of the key people behind a new professional  development course for principals in First Nations schools, offered by U of T’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

“They don’t have a network, they don’t have, in many cases, a school board type structure. They’re one-school communities, and the buck usually stops at the principal’s desk,” says Lindeman.

That’s why OISE’s Continuing and Professional Learning program started the First Nations Schools Principals’ Course. The e-learning class addresses the specific needs of principals, vice principals and aspiring school leaders working in band-operated First Nations schools.

The 10-month, 200-hour course is the result of a partnership of the Martin Family Initiative, OISE scholars with expertise in Indigenous education, and an advisory board made up of First Nations leaders and educators from communities across Canada.

New Entrepreneur Program Launched

Source: The Eastern Door

Summary: The AYEP two-semester course is the result of a partnership with the Martin Family Initiative (MFI), a not-for-profit group run by former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin, that works on improving education for Indigenous people in Canada in partnership with communities across the country.

Martin was in Kahnawake … for the signing of the partnership, and spoke about his excitement of having an entrepreneurship program designed specifically for and by Indigenous entrepreneurs. “The thing I would say to you and that gives me such excitement is that, whether it be the Mohawk culture, whether it be the Cree, or the Ojibway, these are incredibly rich cultures of people who did business for literally thousands of years,” said Martin.

“We all know how the history of this country was built on trade, and that we all understand that as well is that the treaties to which this country should adhere were built between longstanding nations who understood how we came together, and that also is the basis of this course.”

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