Sustaining Our Ways: Pimatisiwin, Living and Walking a Good Life 10th Annual Conference
Winnipeg, MB
January 24-25, 2013

Aboriginal Circle of Educators.

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

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4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 17,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 4 Film Festivals

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Collaborative Circle on Education and Youth Leadership

This Thursday (Dec. 14/12) we will launch a new program. The Collaborative Circle on Education and Youth Leadership aims to increase the creative generation of, solutions for, and investment in, innovative approaches to Aboriginal education and learning as a strong contribution toward improvement of educational opportunities for Aboriginal children and youth.  Read more about the launch of the Collaborative Circle here.  The best solutions come from working together! 

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Our Terms of Reference (draft) explains how we plan to work together and some of our indicators for success. With over 65 registered participants from across Canada, this event promises to be one of learning, a space to cultivate relationships, work together and discuss opportunities for leveraging resources.

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OTF grants 21 Ontario Aboriginal Communities & Project Groups

OTFVERTcolourThe Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is awarding grants to 21 projects benefiting Aboriginal communities and community groups across Ontario. Funding represents 17 Community grants made to local eligible organizations and in four Province-Wide grants awarded to larger or umbrella organizations whose projects will serve Aboriginal communities across the province.

OTF invests for impact in the community and will be looking more and more for organizations that can work together, making the most of investments through partnership, collaboration and inclusive programs. It is the best way to serve Ontarians and their communities across the province.” -Lucille Roch, Acting Chair, Board of Directors, OTF

Many of the latest grants support community organizations that are responding to local needs and forging stronger communities. OTF funding will be used to expand programs for people of all ages and abilities, and to increase public participation in community activities and programs.  View list of 21 grant descriptions

The Circle acknowledges OTF for their support (2011) in partnership with the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto.

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Elizabeth Penashue Wilderness Walk 2013

Elizabeth Penashue 2013 Wilderness Walk

Elizabeth Penashue 2013 Wilderness Walk

Every Year for the past 14 years, Sheshatshiu elder Elizabeth Penashue has ventured out on snow shoes with family and guests into the Mealy Mountains. Having the opportunity to attend this wonderful walk in the Winter of 2009, I am excited to share that Elizabeth will be walking on February 18th, 2013. For more information, please visit her website  Elizabeth Penashue is an Innu woman living in Sheshatshui, Labrador. She has committed her life to protecting the land and culture for the future generations. In the last fourteen years, she has led a canoe trip and spring snowshoe walk yearly to educate the people about the importance of Mother Earth. “Innu Pikasiun Nutshimit,” the foundation that supports Elizabeth’s walks, canoe trips and activities that help protect Innu culture and environment.

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Grassroots Organizing in the Northern Canada

The Feeding My Family Facebook Group has been working hard to bring awareness to the fact that the HIGH COST OF FOOD is preventing many Northerners from living healthy, happy and productive lives. “From Northern Labrador in the east, to Northern Alaska in the west, we are using this group as a forum where Northerners can come together to work toward positive change, despite the distance that separates our communities”. In the spring and summer of 2012 Nunavut saw protests across the territory denouncing the high cost of food and the federal government’s denial of the food security problem faced by 70% of Inuit homes. Sounds interesting? Well, if you are free tomorrow, on December 4, at 1 PM ET – Eric Joamie and Leesee Papatsie (co founders) will be live in discussion. Register Here.  

Food Secure Canada is a national voice for the food security movement in Canada. It is a nonprofit organization with individual and organization members across Canada.

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Reflection on Student Nutrition Webinar

Student Nutrition Programs: Partnerships in Canada that Grow

This week, The Circle proudly hosted a webinar on student nutrition programs in First Nations communities entitled, “Partnerships in Canada that Grow”. We felt honored to participate as our informative speakers from the organizations Breakfast Clubs of Canada, ONEXONE and Breakfast for Learning spoke passionately to the opportunities provided through student nutrition programs in Canada, especially in First Nations communities. The speakers covered much ground upon the broad issues impeding youth nutrition in remote First Nations communities, but also made space for personal accounts that truly shed light upon the profound impact these breakfast programs can have for youth in the long term.

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