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.
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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.
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.
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.”
Source: Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
Summary: (March 10, 2017) Closing the gap in the education outcomes of First Nations children living on reserve is critical to improving their quality of life and contributes to stronger communities for the shared success of all Canadians. The Government of Canada believes there should be nothing preventing an Indigenous child from having the same hopes and aspirations as any other child in Canada and the opportunities to achieve them.
Today, the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, congratulated the students of the six First Nations schools that have joined the Martin Family Initiative’s Model School Literacy Project for the 2016-17 school year.
Source: Johnson Scholarship Foundation: Giving Matters. Dr. Carlana Lindeman, Author
Summary: Of the approximately 1.5 million Indigenous People in Canada, 50 percent are under the age of 25 — they are the youngest and fastest growing demographic in the country. A real concern for Canada is the low Indigenous high school graduation rate; the non-Indigenous high school graduation rate is about 90 percent while the Indigenous rate is about 50 percent.
The Martin Family Initiative (MFI), a charitable foundation, was established in 2008 to address this crisis.