Two Canadian universities make indigenous studies a requirement
It’s a plan that university administrators hope will allow every student to learn the basics of the traditions, history, and modern-day issues of First Nations, Metis and Inuit people.

Starting next fall, every undergraduate student at the University of Winnipeg and Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ont., will be required to take a course in indigenous studies.

It’s a plan that university administrators hope will allow every student to learn the basics of the traditions, history, and modern-day issues of First Nations, Metis and Inuit people.

Wab Kinew, the associate vice-president of Indigenous Affairs at University of Winnipeg, says it was students who initiated the new requirement. There had been a few incidents of racism on campus and the student association met with the aboriginal student council to brainstorm solutions.

“And what they came up with was that education could play a role in fighting racism – education toward combating ignorance,” Kinew told CTV’s Canada AM from Winnipeg Thursday.

There’s been a lot of positive reaction to the announced change, he said, especially since it comes so soon after the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report.

“A lot of people are recognizing that learning about indigenous people is crucial to be an active and engaged citizen in our country,” he said.

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Manitoba civil service to be trained on indigenous rights, history if NDP re-elected
Courses would be based on subjects the TRC recommended for civil servants, NDP candidate says

The Manitoba NDP announced Friday that it will give civil servants mandatory training on indigenous histories and rights based on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action, if the party is re-elected in April.

“By learning more about each other, we can really move forward together in a strong and a robust way and create the

type of future for Manitobans that we all want,” said Wab Kinew, NDP candidate for Fort Rouge. “We are going to use the TRC calls to action and the specific subject areas that they recommend civil servants learn.”

Topics would include the history and legacy of residential schools, treaties and aboriginal rights, indigenous law and aboriginal-Crown relations, economic development, protecting traditional land and resources, healing and reconciliation, new technologies and new beginnings.

The training would be “cost neutral” and would be funded by rearranging existing training dollars, some of which fund existing optional aboriginal training, Kinew said.

“The TRC has reminded all of us of how much work remains to be done on reconciliation,” he said.

Kinew said the government will decide how training will be rolled out if it’s re-elected when Manitobans go to the polls on April 19.

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Wab Kinew on the Stereotypes about Natives in Canada
5 books by Indigenous authors to read over the holidays
If you need a break during the holidays, CBC Aboriginal has got you covered. From poetry and comics to memoirs, five books that reflect Indigenous reality

If you need a break during the holidays, CBC Aboriginal has got you covered.

It’s been a stellar year for indigenous authors, who have offered up everything from recollections of culture shock to graphic novels that challenge stereotypes.

Our own Rosanna Deerchild, host of CBC Radio One’s Unreserved, released Calling Down the Sky in November, a book of poetry about the effects of the residential school system, while Wab Kinew revealed the joy and pain of reconciliation in his memoir, The Reason You Walk.

But the selection of reading material doesn’t end there.

Here are five books by indigenous authors released in 2015 that you should add to your reading pile.

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Wab Kinew on La Loche and Discrimination Against First Nations Children

Wab Kinew discusses the recent school shooting in La Loche, Saskatchewan and a ruling that Canada discriminates against First Nation children.

Let me tell you about a great show called 8th Fire...

A four part series that brings up issues that Canadian Aboriginal people are facing today, as well as bashing out the common negative stereotypes that non-aboriginal people often have.

It’s hosted by Wab Kinew, an anishinaabe from the Ojiways of Onigaming First Nation in Ontario (He came to my high school as a public speaker a few years ago and he is a very funny and kind man).

The first episode talks about “Concrete Indians” or “Urban Anishinaabe” and the most common stereotypes non-native people have about native people in general, showing that they are so much more.

We meet plenty of aboriginal people that prove this and talk about their experiences. To name just a few….

Steve Keewatin Sanderson

An aboriginal artist. Comic book artist that is.
You should look him up and find his comics and check them out

Winnipeg’s Most

Rappers, continually making changes in their lives and the lives of their fans of all ages.
You can easily find their music on youtube

Kent Monkman

An artist, who takes old paintings from the 19th and 20th century and reimagines them in a new and interesting way, sometimes useing his drag queen alter ego, “Miss Chief Eagle Testickle”.

you can find his work here [x]

Jordin Tootoo

The first Inuit NHL player

There’s also a lawyer, author, teacher, photographer and more. And they’re all aboriginals. I think this show is incredibly inspiring to other natives (it was for me) and has lots of information that non-natives could take from it as well! I highly recommend watching at least the first episode of 8th Fire, which can be found on the CBC site, right here [x] it’s about 45 mins long. Please take some time to watch it and enjoy.

At least 13 indigenous candidates running between NDP, Liberals in Manitoba election
7 indigenous candidates running for Liberals, 6 running for NDP, parties say

At least 13 indigenous candidates will run between the Manitoba New Democratic and Liberal parties in the upcoming provincial election — a number up slightly from the 2011 election.

The NDP intend to field at least six indigenous candidates (up two from the last election), while the Liberals aim to run a minimum of seven (up one from 2011).

On Tuesday, University of Winnipeg associate vice-president of indigenous affairs Wab Kinew threw his hat in the ring for the NDP. Kinew, who is also a former CBC journalist, is running uncontested in the Fort Rouge constituency in Winnipeg.

A few days later Nahanni Fontaine, the Manitoba government special advisor on aboriginal women’s issues, announced she, too, would be stepping up to the plate for the NDP. Fontaine is hoping to take over for Gord Mackintosh in the St. Johns constituency, following the justice minister’s announcement last week that he would be pulling out of the race.

​Kinew and Fontaine join Assiniboia candidate Joe McKellep, finance minister and Selkirk MLA Greg Dewar, The Pas representative Amanda Lathlin and Kevin Chief, who is the current jobs and economy minister and MLA for Point Douglas.

Chief is up against indigenous candidate Althea Guiboche. Guiboche, who is also known as the bannock lady, is running for the Liberals in Point Douglas.

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Manitoba schools sign historic pact to advance indigenous education
The blueprint comes out of recommendations found in the report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a group formed to examine the impact of residential schools

Universities, colleges and public schools across Manitoba have signed a historic agreement to advance indigenous education.

They all put pen to paper Friday on the first Indigenous Education Blueprint in the province.

The blueprint comes out of recommendations found in the report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a group formed to examine the impact of residential schools.

It aims to see schools across the province engage more with indigenous groups, increase the study of indigenous languages and knowledge in schools, increase access to services and programs for First Nations students and eliminate racism in the classroom.

First Nations advocate Wab Kinew, now working at the University of Winnipeg, says it will have a tangible impact.

He says it will help to make schools a more welcoming environment for indigenous people.

“Students and elders are comparing it to a treaty signing so the real test will be how well we live up to this treaty signing.”

The University of Winnipeg recently became the first university in Canada to require all students to take an indigenous course in order to graduate.

Education Minister James Allum says it’s just another step on the path to reconciliation.

“We’re at the very front end of a renaissance of indigenous culture here in this province, here in this community and in this country,” he says.

A steering committee will be formed to work out more specifics over the next five years.