Jukasa News Update – Monday, November 27, 2017
The province announced the indigenous post secondary institutions in Ontario will soon be able to independently grant degrees and diplomas.
Currently the schools offer degree programs through agreements with other accredited schools.
Officials say the new development will lead to an Indigenous Council that would approve diploma, certificate and degree programs at indigenous institutes.
Ontario says they are putting an additional $56 million dollars towards growing indigenous post secondary schools in the province.
The three year investment says the changes will empower more indigenous students to learn in culturally responsive First Nations led environments.
Inuit people from both Canada and Greenland are pushing to have free passage between the two countries — across the Arctic Ocean.
Rules were changed post after the terror attacks on New York City in 2001, making it impossible for hunters to easily travel between Ellesmere Island and Greenland in dogsleds, on snowmobiles or using small planes.
On Thursday, the Pikialasorsuaq Commission released its report on the area — saying the unfrozen sea is considered crucial to Inuit communities in Canada and Greenland.
Officials say the North Water Polynya is an Arctic marine oasis, the largest in the world. Narwhal, beluga, walrus, whales and polar bears depend on its warmer waters and rich food resources, as do millions of sea birds.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took the stage late last week to apologize for abuse and cultural losses at residential schools in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Former students at five schools in the province were left out of a compensation package and national apology in 2008 by former prime minister Stephen Harper.
His Conservative government argued for much of the next decade that Ottawa didn’t oversee those schools but the Liberal government offered last year to settle a class-action lawsuit for $50 million.
Innu leaders boycotted Fridays federal government’s apology for its part in residential schools in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Officials with the boycott say they do not accept the apology and say Innu children suffered in other places besides residential schools.
The leaders issued a statement saying their communities need apologies for more than the experience in the International Grenfell Association run residential school dormitories.
Grand Chief Gregory Rich says he is not satisfied that Canada understands yet what it has done to Innu and what it is still doing.
Rich says Innu children were abused in Roman Catholic schools and in the homes of teachers and missionaries in the communities of Sheshatshiu and Davis Inlet. And says governments haven’t recognized that.
Some Manitoba First Nations say they are worried some of the reforms planned for the province’s troubled child-welfare system could worsen the problem of having native children raised in non-Indigenous homes.
The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs says government plans to expand subsidies to include people seeking permanent guardianship of foster children will only make it faster and easier for kids to be taken from their parents forever.
Native people make up 17 per cent of Manitoba’s population, but almost 90 per cent of the 10,700 children in government care are indigenous.
First Nations leaders have long said the system is set up to encourage the seizure of children, because agencies are paid partly based on how many kids they care for.
The Progressive Conservative government, elected in 2016, has promised reforms but has yet to release details.