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Plethora of projects for aboriginal education

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Here’s a posting from this morning’s Academica Indigenous Top Ten, a roundup of news items about indigenous education, to which you can subscribe by going on

All sorts of partnerships are being formed across Canada, to boost aboriginal education, especially in northern and remote areas.

This one especially caught my eye, because when I was in Flin Flon, Egg Lake, and Cranberry Portage in September learning about innovative education programs, I kept hearing about Parkland College.

While it’s in Saskatchewan, Parkland has a campus in the town of Creighton, Saskatchewan, whose town limits literally start at the edge of the parking lot of the hospital in Flin Flon. There’s a lot of movement back and forth in that area, whether schools or colleges or off-campus projects, and educators are finding success without worrying at all about provincial boundaries.

As Rick Mercer would say, first, take a look at this:

"PSE institutions sign MOUs to support Indigenous education

Saskatchewan’s Parkland College has signed an MOU with the Keeseekoose First Nation, forming an official partnership that reinforces Parkland’s commitment to working with local First Nations. The affiliation will involve Essential Skills programs, Adult Basic Education, and specific skills training designed to link members of the First Nation with industry and jobs. The 5-year agreement details terms and directives for both parties to work to secure training allowances for students learning on-reserve. Ontario’s Northern College recently signed an MOU with the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) that is intended to strengthen and formalize the positive working relationship between Northern and the MNO. The MOU sets out several key areas for collaboration, including "increasing Métis participation in, and access to, Northern College programs and services, engaging in joint Métis research initiatives and promoting Métis content across the curriculum." And, Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops has signed an MOU with the Tk’emlups Indian Band to formalize and revitalize their co-operative relationship. Parkland News Release | Northern News Release | Kamloops Daily News"

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About Nick Martin

Nick Martin is the old bearded guy at the back of the newsroom, the most experienced reporter at the Winnipeg Free Press, having started his career in Ontario in 1971.

He’s been covering education for the Free Press since the spring of 1997, after decades primarily covering municipal politics, including a four-year stint at the Ontario legislature for the London Free Press.

Nick moved to Manitoba in 1988 with his Winnipeg-born wife, who is a professor at the University of Manitoba. They have two kids, both of whom graduated from Grant Park High School: son Chris and daughter Gillian.

Nick has won a national journalism award from the Canadian Association of University Teachers, two Manitoba Human Rights Journalism awards, and the Ontario Reporters Association investigative award.

Nick is a long-distance runner, having finished and survived 18 marathons and 15 half-marathons and 30-kilometre races, and having (barely) survived 10 years as an outdoor and indoor soccer coach.

Nick became a soccer referee in 2007, delighting in his 60s in outrunning 16-year-olds and keeping his distance from obstreperous coaches and parents.

Nick and his wife have discovered a mutual love for kayaking at their Whiteshell cottage, and are both regulars at the Reh-Fit Centre. They hold season tickets to both the Manitoba Theatre Centre and the Warehouse, and as empty nesters, have rediscovered the joys of an active winter vacation.

A native of Jarrow-on-Tyne, England, Nick is a member of the Toon Army as a Newcastle United supporter, and a proud citizen of Leafs Nation.

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