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06/22/17

‘We aren’t Indians’: Indigenous teens say words matter

Nineteen-year-old Kassidy Harper feels only one emotion when she hears the word “Indian.” “Anger,” Harper said. “We aren’t Indians.” The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, the Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre and other bodies have recently purged “Indian” from their names. Harper… +Read More
06/16/17

Today, trans Canadians celebrate Bill C-16. Tomorrow, the work begins for us all

Brenda Cossman is a professor of law and director of the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto. Ido Katri is a doctoral candidate, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Scholar and Vanier Canada Scholar at the… +Read More
06/07/17

More education, change to come: TRC commissioner Marie Wilson on 2nd anniversary of calls to action

‘If we keep doing everything the way we’ve always done, that change will not happen’ She told CBC Radio’s The Morning Edition that people who make glib comments about residential schools like ‘it couldn’t have been all bad’ fail to understand why countries hold truth and reconciliation commissions. “You don’t have a truth and reconciliation commission when everything is going well,” she said. “You have one because something terribly wrong has happened.” ‘They’re not all about what the government should do.’ – Marie Wilson... +Read More
06/05/17

New report highlights gaps between province’s poorest and most affluent schools

Ontario schools report more focus on Indigenous learning and programs, advocacy group People for Education finds. Equity has become a buzz word in education, with Ontario boards championing equal access to learning and opportunities for all students. But in reality, major gaps between kids from the most affluent neighbourhoods and those in high-needs communities are becoming entrenched, according to the latest annual report from People for Education. Although the gulf is widening, provincial grants dedicated to levelling the playing field... +Read More
05/29/17

Two-spirit talking circle held in Regina for Indigenous LGBT youth

A group of Indigenous two-spirit and LGBT youth gathered in Regina on Sunday to share experiences and support one another. The talking circle was facilitated by two-spirit elder Marjorie Beaucage, who described the circle as a kind of peer support for… +Read More
05/22/17

Schmaltz uses historical quotations to emphasize his commitment

In his initial address to councillors, recently named Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation Executive Director Randy Schmaltz evoked the words of such luminaries as Martin Luther King Jr. and Winston Churchill. Schmaltz pulled no punches in describing the serious challenges the teaching… +Read More
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