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Living the Prophecies: Coming Together inTimes of Change 45th Annual Elders & Traditional Peoples Gathering March 18-21

First-ever virtual elders gathering features keynote address from  Ontario regional chief RoseAnne Archibald

Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples from across the continent will gather virtually this weekend
for the 45th annual Elders and Traditional Peoples Gathering, hosted by the First Peoples House of
Learning (FPHL) and the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies at Trent University.

“The Elders and Traditional Peoples Gathering is an important annual event that connects students,  community members and Elders. While the gathering has moved to an online format this year, it will  still centre on diverse Indigenous voices, traditional teachings and films that celebrate Indigenous  culture and heritage,” says Dr. Dawn Lavell Harvard, director of FPHL. “The elders and knowledge holders speaking at the gathering bring a wealth of knowledge about our collective past to help guide  our path into the post-pandemic future.”

Indigenous Insights, the pre-conference on Thursday, March 18, features undergraduate and  graduate students sharing their experiences over the past year, and how Indigenous Traditional  Knowledge has guided them through the pandemic. The annual Indigenous Women’s Symposium  has also partnered with the Elders and Traditional Peoples Gathering, offering a panel presentation  during the conference. 
Each year, the Elders and Traditional Peoples Gathering offers an opportunity for attendees to share  in Indigenous knowledge through workshops, presentations, and performances. This year’s film line-up includes Cottagers and Indians, as well as other films exploring water, Indigenous identity  and relationships across generations. The films are presented in partnership with ReFrame Film  Festival. 

Advanced registration for Indigenous Insights and the Elders Gathering is required. Admission is free  for everyone. The Elders and Traditional Peoples Gathering is sponsored by Bell Let’s Talk, the  Province of Ontario, and the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough. 

Highlights of this year’s virtual event are listed below: 
Indigenous Insights: Pre-Conference Celebrating Student Voices 
Thursday, March 18, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  ∙ Student presentations about their experiences in the past year

Grand Opening: Elders and Traditional Peoples Gathering 
Friday, March 19, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 
Keynote Address: Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald Friday, March 19, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
Breakout Sessions: 2-Spirit Voices or Indigenous Women Leadership  Friday, March 19, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
∙ 2-Spirit Voices features Sharp Dopler, Heidi Whetung and Smokii Sumac ∙ Indigenous Women Leadership features Katsi Cook, Diane Longboat, Manulani Aluli Meyer,  Elder Reepa Evic-Carleton and moderator Nahannee-Fe 

Panel: Offering Words of Wisdom Friday, March 19, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
∙ Featuring Elders Dr. Shirley Williams, Katsi Cook, Edna Manitowabi and former Trent  chancellor Mary May Simon 

Simultaneous Workshops  Saturday, March 20 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. ∙ Rewriting the Prophesy: Our Vision for the Future Generations, Rick Hill ∙ Star Teachings: Elder Mary Moose ∙ Inuit Throat Singing and Urban Inuit Experiences, Abigail Carleton and Aneeka Anderson 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ∙ Beyond the Prophecies: The Dawn is Ours, Diane Longboat ∙ Nwaachge: Reading the Signs, Alan Corbiere 
∙ Inunnguiniq: Making a Human Being, Karen Baker-Anderson and Elder Reepa Evic-Carleton 

Keynote Address: Louise McDonald and Katsitsiooni Fox 
Saturday, March 20, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 
∙ Louise McDonald and Katsitsionni Fox will showcase their film Without a Whisper 

Panel: Offering Words of Wisdom 
Saturday, March 20, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
∙ Featuring Elders Dr. Shirley Williams, Mary Moose, Tom Porter and Verna DeMontigny

Ryerson receives $2.5M for Indigenous Youth-Centered Justice Project

Ryerson University’s National Indigenous Courtworkers: Indigenous Youth-Centered Justice Project (IYJP) is receiving nearly $2.5M from the Government of Canada’s Department of Justice over five years to help improve outcomes for Indigenous youth who are both involved in the child welfare and the youth criminal justice systems. The funding will support IYJP’s efforts to reduce or eliminate custody for Indigenous youth, reduce time within the youth criminal justice system, and keep youth from moving into the adult system. “Indigenous Courtworkers look forward to partnering with Toronto’s Ryerson University on the National Indigenous Courtworkers: Youth-Centered Justice Project,” said the Indigenous Courtwork Directors’ IYJP Steering Committee. “We are pleased that Ryerson University has approached us to share our knowledge and experience in this project. Indigenous Courtworkers would like to acknowledge Dr. Judy Finlay of Ryerson University’s School of Child and Youth for recognizing the importance of Indigenous leadership on this project and for her commitment on behalf of young people across Canada.”  CA (ON)

Indigenous Nations, organizations and prominent individuals support federal implementation of UN Indigenous rights Declaration

In an open letter published this week in The Hill Times, 37 Indigenous Nations and governments and other organizations, and 125 human rights advocates, are calling for the timely passage of Bill C-15, the proposed federal legislation to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The open letter coincides with the beginning of Parliamentary hearings on the Bill, which was tabled by the Liberal government in early December. Romeo Saganash, whose private Member’s bill, Bill C-262, provided the model for C-15, is among the expert witnesses testifying on March 11.

The letter calls Bill C-15 “an historic opportunity to advance reconciliation.” Noting that stalling preventing Bill C-262 becoming law, the letter states:
“Concrete measures to implement the UN Declaration in Canadian law and policy are necessary and overdue. Passage of Bill C-15 should be a top priority for all Members of Parliament and Senators.”

Signatories include the Assembly of First Nations, the Inuit Circumpolar Council, the Métis National Council, a former Attorney General of Canada, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, a former Premier of the Northwest Territories, the chair of a UN human rights committee, notable philanthropists, and grassroots leaders and activists, among others.

The letter and the full list of signatories to date can be found at:

An Exhibition of Northwest Coast Indigenous Art

“This exhibition is part of a process of rewriting the historic narratives of governments and  institutions while expressing an Indigenous perspective and an Indigenous truth. It is also an  expression of Northwest Coast Indigenous artists understanding of Em̓út – of being home.” Ray  Hartley and Sheila Hall, curators. 

BC Achievement is honoured to be part of a new exhibition of Northwest Coast Indigenous Art  called Em̓út | Being Home, in collaboration with the Libby Leshgold Gallery at Emily Carr  University of Art and Design, and in conjunction with guest curators Ray Hartley and Sheila Hall  from the Aboriginal Gathering Collective.  

Starting today, visits can be scheduled to view new work and films featuring First Nations  artists: Primrose Adams, Sonny Assu, Dempsey Bob, David A. Boxley, Corey Bulpitt, Brenda  Crabtree, Ben Davidson, Robert Davidson, Aggie Davis, Shawn Hunt, Lena Jumbo, Isabel Rorick,  Evelyn Vanderhoop, and Xwalacktun.  

The majority of the featured artists are recipients of the Fulmer Award in First Nations Art  spanning the program’s thirteen years of celebrating artistic excellence. The exhibition includes  a variety of mediums including painting, printmaking, wood carving, textiles, basket weaving,  and sculpture. As well it gives the visitor the opportunity to view short films, produced in  conjunction with the Fulmer Award recognition, which give intimate portraits of the artists at  work in their homes and studios.  

Em̓út | Being Home celebrates the artistic contributions of First Nations artists whose practice represents excellence in traditional and contemporary art, and who have been recognized in  their communities as mentors and teachers in their field. 

The exhibition is dedicated to the memory of artist, Ben Davidson. An exceptional artist and  loved father, son, husband and friend, who passed away unexpectedly in August 2020 at age  44. 

The Exhibition runs from March 10 until May 1, from 12 – 5pm Tuesday – Saturday.

Image: Ben Davidson, Almost There. Silkscreen serigraph on rag paper”

Educators Rising Alaska Leadership Conference February 28th – March 1st

Educators Rising Alaska (EdRisingAK) is hosting its annual conference (virtually) February 28th – March 1st. EdRisingAK will host a number of notable speakers, featuring keynote speaker Nick Iligutchiak “Eskimo Ninja” Hanson, DEED Commissioner of Education Michael Johnson, UA Interim President Pat Pitney, UAF Dean of CNSM Kinchel Doerner, 2020 Teacher of the Year Amy Gallaway, and Dean of College of Education, Dr. Steve Atwater along with David Song, UAS Student Recruiter. Haliehana Alaĝum Ayagaa Stepetin will speak and offer a virtual dance performance, as well as Fairbanks’ Pavva, Iñupiaq dancers (led by UAF’s Professor Sean Topkok). The theme for this year’s conference is “Rising Above Adversity”.

“Our offices have been delivering materials and events virtually for years, and it’s exciting to embrace our current situation and offer an entirely remote conference. This is a unique opportunity, where we can reach more students who might not normally attend a live conference,” said Glenda Findlay, Director of K-12 Outreach, which houses EdRisingAK.

The EdRisingAK Leadership Conference will follow several days of student competitions, in various categories, including Public Speaking, Lesson Planning, and Children’s Literature. ALEKS testing will be available, as well as leadership activities including a workforce workshop and Indigenous student support. Breakout activities will include a Photo Booth and a scavenger hunt.

“EdRisingAK is excited to offer leadership skills to students from all over Alaska,” says Barbara Wadlinger, EdRisingAK Program Manager. “We hope this event can help to inspire more Alaskan students to become teachers in their communities or other Alaska locations.”

The 2021 Student Officers have been integral in helping with this years’ conference. They worked together to design a conference logo, cover social media, and help to boost student interest and involvement with the program. Past Student Officers and National Student Officers will offer panel discussions as well.

Educators Rising Alaska hopes to foster excellence within the state of Alaska by supporting middle school through collegiate level students on their path to become Alaskan educators. Our purpose is to inspire students from across the state, creating a scaffold on which rural and urban students can be encouraged, nurturing their enthusiasm to become future educators, administrators, councilors, aides, and supporting staff.

For the safety of our students, we ask that the interested public register prior to the conference.

For more information about this event or EdRisingAK, please contact

Putt Clark, K-12 Outreach Communications Specialist — Educators Rising Alaska website  (907)450-8408


CJF-CBC Indigenous Journalism Fellowships


Toronto – Jan. 25, 2021 – To amplify Indigenous voices and issues in the media, The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF), together with CBC News, is now accepting applications to its CJF-CBC Indigenous Journalism Fellowships program, made possible with support of new fellowship sponsor Sobeys Inc.

The annual fellowships provide a unique opportunity for two early-career Indigenous journalists, with one-to-10 years’ experience, to explore Indigenous issues while being hosted for one month at the CBC’s Indigenous Unit in Winnipeg. This year, the fellowships may be conducted remotely. The application deadline is February 19.

“Our storytellers, our journalists, need space and opportunity to learn, grow and thrive,” says fellowship jury member Tanya Talaga, an award-winning author, journalist and president and CEO of Indigenous production company Makwa Creative. “The CJF-CBC Indigenous Journalism Fellowship program opens doors for the next generation and, in doing so, our storytellers spread their knowledge to newsrooms across Canada. Both are needed steps as we work toward a more equitable Canada.”

Fellows receive a $4,000 stipend, while the CJF covers all associated travel and accommodation costs, a per diem for meals and other reasonable expenses.

“Sobeys is thrilled to support the CJF-CBC Indigenous Journalism Fellowships and CJF awards,” says Jacquelin Weatherbee, vice-president of communications and corporate affairs for Empire, corporate parent of Sobeys. “We are committed to creating meaningful inclusion opportunities within the communities we serve. It is our hope that the support of this program will amplify the important voices of Indigenous communities in a meaningful way.”

Past recipients and topics include: Charnel Anderson, now a staff writer with TVO based in northwestern Ontario, on how Georgina Island First Nation took back control of its lands and resources; Logan Perley, a reporter with CBC New Brunswick, on the challenges of revitalizing the Wolastoqey language; and Ntawnis Piapot, a reporter with CBC Saskatchewan on universities’ commitment to Indigenization.

This year’s recipients will be recognized at the virtual CJF Awards virtual ceremony on June 9.

Encouraging Indigenous voices and issues in the media

The CJF-CBC Indigenous Journalism Fellowships are offered to two Indigenous journalists with one to ten years of experience to explore an issue of interest, while being hosted for one month at the CBC News Indigenous Unit in Winnipeg. The award aims to foster better comprehension of Indigenous issues in Canada’s major media and community outlets. 

Successful applicants will:

• Spend one month (June, September or October, 2021) with the CBC News Indigenous Unit in Winnipeg . This may be offered as a remote experience. (

• Have a training stipend of $4,000, all associated travel and accommodation, a per diem for meals and other reasonable expenses, provided by The Canadian Journalism Foundation.

• Write or produce an article/piece or series upon completion of their fellowship opportunity, which will be considered for publication or broadcast by CBC News.

The recipient will be selected by a jury. All arrangements for the award assignment will be made in consultation with award winners.

Judging Methodology
The judging panel is comprised of four to eight jurors who review all submitted entries through an online portal, rank the entries and then attend a meeting with their rankings to agree upon the recipients of the award. The recipients are announced in April or May, and are recognized at the annual CJF Awards virtual ceremony on June 9.


For information, contact:
Natalie TurveyPresident and Executive DirectorThe Canadian Journalism

February 2021 Online Greenlandic Inuit Art Auction Bidding starts February 4th, 2021 at 8:00 am Bidding starts closing February 11th, 2020 at 8:00 pm This is an online-only auction

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Call for Indigenous Music Creators

Red Sky Performance is bringing our award-winning production Mistatim to the screen for an engaging digital experience. Working with the Toronto Symphony OrchestraMistatim will be reimagined to include newly created music by four Indigenous music creators and eight TSO musicians, who will explore and learn together. The collaboration will include four mentorship sessions with leading Indigenous and TSO musicians, creators, and composers.


  • Indigenous music creators from across Canada and the United States with a strong interest in music collaboration.
  • The composition, collaboratively created, will be 15 minutes.
  • It is not necessary to read or write music.

PROJECT TIMELINE: March 15 – May 20, 2021

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  February 12, 2021


  1. Music composition and collaboration (online/Zoom) (March 15-April 30)
  2. Music mentorship sessions (online/Zoom) (March 15-May 7, 2021)
  3. Music video/audio capture (May 7-20, 2021) in Toronto.

(1) Statement: A brief video or written statement outlining why you want to be part of this collaboration, what you hope to gain, and what you plan to contribute as a music creator — 250 words or 2 minutes maximum.

(2) Resume: A brief resume including musical instruments, experience, touring, collaborations, training, and accomplishments — one-page maximum.

(3) Music Sample: A sample of your work in digital audio and/or video file (i.e., mp3) or web link (i.e., YouTube, Vimeo) — 5-15 minutes in length.

(4) Music Score: A sample music score IF you have experience creating a score. This is not mandatory but will be reviewed as part of the adjudication process if you have it. The score may be for music composition, film, music video, or theatre work.

Apply to: Email your application to Kathy Morrison, General Manager, at no later than February 12, 2021 at midnight.

If you have any questions, please contact

Applicants will be shortlisted based on their submitted material and then invited to participate in a brief interview (on Zoom) with adjudicators after which final decisions will be made.

Applicants will be notified by February 19 and selected music creators will begin March 15, 2021.

An artist fee will be paid to selected Indigenous music creators. The fee will be commensurate with experience.

Red Sky Performance and Toronto Symphony Orchestra will adhere to provincial COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. Due to current health guidelines and travel restrictions, this project will take place online (primarily via Zoom).

An unforgettable story of reconciliation, Mistatim is about the taming of a wild horse and the truest of friendships. Under a prairie sky, a simple wooden fence is all that separates Calvin on his ranch and Speck on her reservation. In many ways they are worlds apart, that is until a wild horse named Mistatim turns their worlds upside down. Red Sky’s award-winning production for young audiences, Mistatim will be transformed into an exciting, multi-faceted digital film experience.

Red Sky Performance is a leading company of contemporary Indigenous performance in Canada and worldwide. Now in our 20th year of performance (dance, theatre, music, and media), Red Sky’s work highlights the originality and power of contemporary performance, enabling new creations to expand the breadth and scope of Indigenous-made work in Canada.

One of Canada’s most respected arts organizations, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra plays a vital role in the city’s dynamic cultural life. Committed to serving local and national communities through vibrant performances and expansive educational activities, the TSO is a unique musical ambassador for Canada around the world.

Adjudicators will comprise of representatives from Red Sky Performance and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Government of Canada Partnering with Indigenous Coastal Communities to Enhance Marine Safety in British Columbia

Through the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada is working in partnership with Indigenous coastal communities to improve marine safety and responsible shipping to protect Canada’s marine environment.

As part of this $1.5 billion plan, in 2017 the Canadian Coast Guard launched the Indigenous Community Boat Volunteer Pilot Program. Under this program, communities are provided with funding to purchase boats and equipment to enhance their marine safety capacity as members of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Today, under year three of the program, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, announced $312,815 for Nisga’a Nation and $214,156 for Ahousaht Nation to each purchase a search and rescue boat and related equipment for the communities.

Through new equipment and training, Auxiliary members are better equipped and prepared to respond to marine emergencies, helping to enhance the safety of their communities and the surrounding waters and coasts. 

The Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary is a national non-profit organization of 4,000 volunteer members with access to 1,100 vessels that boost the Government of Canada’s maritime search and rescue response capacity. The Canadian Coast Guard funds the Auxiliary through a contribution program totaling $7.7 million each year. The Auxiliary responds to approximately 25 per cent of maritime calls for assistance each year, providing an often life saving service.

The $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan is the largest investment ever made to protect Canada’s coasts and waterways. This national plan is creating a stronger marine safety system that provides economic opportunities for Canadians today, while protecting our coastlines and clean water for generations to come. This work is being done in close collaboration with Indigenous peoples, local stakeholders and coastal communities.

November 7, 2020, marks the fourth anniversary of the launch of the Oceans Protection Plan. Despite the new challenges that have emerged with COVID-19, the Oceans Protection Plan continues to:

  • Foster partnerships with Indigenous and coastal communities;
  • Improve marine incident response;
  • Prevent marine accidents and pollution;
  • Protect Canada’s endangered whale populations; and
  • Preserve and restore Canada’s marine ecosystems.


“Investment through the Indigenous Community Boat Volunteer Pilot Program recognizes the critical role of Indigenous communities as members of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary in protecting mariners, and their residents. Indigenous coastal communities have been stewards of the environment including oceans and shores for generations, and are unquestionably vital to Canada’s marine safety system today. The program provides necessary funding and equipment to support their efforts.”

The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

Our Government is committed to working with Indigenous coastal communities in order to protect some of Canada’s greatest resources: oceans and waterways. Thanks to initiatives under the Oceans Protection Plan, marine shipping and coastal environments are safer now than ever before. Indigenous communities in their region have a significant role in implementing the Oceans Protection Plan. This additional funding will expand search and rescue capabilities for the residents of British Columbia and play a meaningful role in emergency response and waterway management.”

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport

“The Nisga’a Nation as represented by Nisga’a Lisims Government is committed to ensuring its programs, services and day to day operations reflect our vision, Sayt-K’il’im-Goot: One Heart, One Path, One nation. Using this vision, we are very excited to join the Coastal Nations Coast Guard Auxiliary. The financial supports provided through the Indigenous Community Boat Volunteer Pilot Program has allowed us to purchase a Multi-use Vessel with many capabilities to render response services in the northern waters of B.C. We have also acquired search and rescue equipment to provide our responders with proper PPE to keep them safe. Lastly this program has provided funding to develop a training plan to lay the foundation and strive sustainable prosperity and self reliance for the long term with a purpose to protect both mariners and citizens traveling throughout the northwest coast of B.C.”

Anthony Moore, Emergency Response Services Manager, Nisga’a Lisims Government

Quick Facts

·        As part of the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada is partnering with Indigenous and coastal communities to develop a world-leading marine safety system that meets the unique needs of people on all coasts.


·        The Indigenous Community Boat Volunteer Pilot Program is a four-year pilot program, which began in 2017. Coast Guard continues conversations with coastal Indigenous communities to identify those that are interested in participating in the future.


·        The search and rescue capable boats and other equipment bought under this program meet the standards of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary and Transport Canada.

·        Since the Oceans Protection Plan started in November 2016, over 50 initiatives have been announced in the areas of marine safety, research and ecosystem protection that span coast-to-coast-to-coast.

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