Piikani First Nation and First Mile Researchers Host 3-day Cultural and Digital Literacy Camp

On July 17-20, 2017, Piikani community members and First Mile researchers held a 3-day Piikani Cultural and Digital Literacy Camp focused on the community’s Past, Present and Future. Grade 9 students learned Blackfoot language and culture while camping on the land. They documented camp activities using digital video cameras, which was an entry point to[…]

First Mile Researchers Host Digital Literacy Workshop with Gwich’in Tribal Council

Last week the Gwich’in Tribal Council’s Department of Cultural Heritage (GTC) hosted a day-long workshop on Digital Content and Connectivity in Gwich’in communities. This pilot was designed by GTC staff and partners from the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Extension and the First Mile Connectivity Consortium. The team included Dr. Rob McMahon and Master of Arts[…]

28 Indigenous Knowledge Synthesis research projects funded by SSHRC

From http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/news_room-salle_de_presse/press_releases-communiques/2017/ksg-ssc-eng.aspx Government of Canada Invests in Indigenous Research Projects $695,000 for 28 research projects on the experiences of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples March 16, 2017, Ottawa, Ontario—Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council The Government of Canada is committed to renewing the nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous peoples based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation[…]

Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education – Free Online Course from UBC

Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education Advancing reconciliation in classrooms, organizations, and communities through the teaching and learning of Indigenous ways of knowing. Check it out at https://www.edx.org/course/reconciliation-through-indigenous-ubcx-indedu200x-1 About this course For educators, this means responding to educational reforms that prioritize improved educational outcomes for Indigenous learners. In addition, educators must support all learners to develop their knowledge[…]

Community-driven skills training programs making difference for First Nations

Government of B.C. Press Release Job training programs delivering strong results Community-driven skills training programs supported by the British Columbia government are making a real difference in the lives of a growing number of First Nations members. Launched in 2015, the Aboriginal Skills Training Development Fund provides $30 million in skills-training funding over three years[…]

Internet access to remote areas an important step for Canadians

From http://medicinehatnews.com/commentary/opinions/2016/12/24/internet-access-to-remote-areas-an-important-step-for-canadians/ Internet access to remote areas an important step for Canadians BY MEDICINE HAT NEWS OPINON ON DECEMBER 24, 2016. Seven First Nation youth died in Thunder Bay, Ont., between 2000 and 2011. These youth had spent their earliest years in remote First Nation communities — accessible by long winding gravel roads, or small aircraft,[…]

Interviews of professors about their research and work with Indigenous communities

Two professor were recently interviewed about their research and work with Indigenous communities .. Marie-Odile Junker, a linguistics professor at Carleton University and lead of the Algonquian Linguistic Atlas http://www.universityaffairs.ca/magazine/sponsored-content/smart-ideas-qa-marie-odile-junker-alsatian-loves-algonquian-languages  Jo-ann Archibald on Indigenous “storywork” Associate dean for Indigenous Education and Director of the Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP) at the University dans quel pays[…]

Líl̓wat Nation receives federal funding to construct Tśzil Learning Centre

ISED Press Release Government of Canada invests in new Tśzil Learning Centre The Government of Canada values the role of post-secondary institutions as they help equip young Canadians with the education and training they need for future careers that will help them join a strong, healthy middle class. Today’s $7.21-million investment in the Tśzil Learning Centre[…]

MWC-FNI Report: Supporting Indigenous Language and Cultural Resurgence with Digital Technologies

The Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre (MWC) and the First Nations Innovation (FNI) research project at the University of New Brunswick teamed up to produce a SSHRC-funded Knowledge Synthesis report entitled: Supporting Indigenous Language and Cultural Resurgence with Digital Technologies David Perley, Director of MWC and Susan O’Donnell, lead investigator of the FNI led the production of this report.[…]

FMCC members present at Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation conference

Susan O’Donnell and Brian Beaton delivered presentations at this year’s Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (http://crrf.ca) conference in Guelph, ON on October 12 to 15. The session, entitled “Technology in Rural, Northern & Aboriginal Communities” included a discussion about the ISED report completed by the FMCC team in January 2016 and a description of the First[…]