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 www.academica.ca.
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"