Rick Garrick

Oshki set to launch new programs in 2021

Create: 11/03/2020 - 23:42

Oshki-Pimache-O-Win The Wenjack Education Institute is launching a new Bachelor of Social Work degree program in partnership with Algoma University with a scheduled start date of January 2021.

“This is an accelerated opportunity for students who already have a college diploma to jump in midway into a typical Bachelor of Social Work degree program,” says Kim Falcigno, director of academics at Oshki. “It takes one year less than normal so they would do it with us at Oshki in three years instead of four years in the regular delivery at Algoma University.”

2020 Youth Inquest Report scores an A+

Create: 11/03/2020 - 23:39

Northern Nishnawbe Education Council (NNEC) was pleased to see its grade on the Year Four Report Card on the Implementation of Recommendations from the First Nations Youth Inquest in Thunder Bay remained at an A+. The First Nations Youth Inquest was held over nine months from October 2015 to June 2016 to look into the deaths of seven First Nations youth from NAN communities who died while pursuing their high school studies in Thunder Bay.

Six NAN communities to receive fossil fuel reduction funding

Create: 10/16/2020 - 22:32

Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler looks forward to the installation of upgraded high-efficiency wood stoves in six Nishnawbe Aski Nation communities through $2,532,000 in federal government funding. The high-efficiency wood stoves are being installed to replace existing wood stove heating appliances, which will reduce fossil fuel heating use by lowering demand on the community’s diesel-generated electricity supply.

Missanabie Cree settles land claim

Create: 10/16/2020 - 02:06

Missanabie Cree First Nation recently concluded a negotiated settlement with the federal government over a Treaty Land Entitlement Claim for reserve land promised under Treaty No. 9 more than 110 years ago. The settlement includes about $150 million in financial compensation and the ability to add up to 3,200 acres to their reserve land base.

NNEC makes modifications for high school delivery during pandemic

Create: 09/22/2020 - 00:30

Northern Nishnawbe Education Council (NNEC) plans to operate the Dennis Franklin Cromarty and Pelican Falls high schools under a quadmester system this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It also plans to operate the Wahsa Distance Education Centre through its usual remote delivery system with learning centres in the communities according to the school calendar that was approved this past spring.

DGC’s Fox and Smallboy give September COVID-19 updates

Create: 09/22/2020 - 00:23

Deputy Grand Chiefs Derek Fox and Jason Smallboy recently delivered Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) WRN updates on COVID-19 education funding requests and COVID-19 health protocols in early September.

“We asked the federal government for $33 million for the start of the school year in supports, that’s $33 million for 49 First Nations of NAN,” Fox says during his September WRN update. “We have roughly 9,000 students in Nishnawbe Aski Nation, and when you divide that (into) $33 million that’s about $3,600 per student.”

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