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Indigenous people with experience guiding culturally safe talking circles in an online environment can work with students to nurture safe virtual spaces. (Shutterstock)

How universities can support Indigenous online learners in the COVID-19 pandemic

Student respondents to a survey discussed memories of historical trauma of infectious disease and displacement, financial hardship related to Alberta tuition hikes and mental health concerns.
A water bottle sits on the table in front of Chief and NDP candidate Rudy Turtle during a visit by NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh on Oct. 5, 2019 on the Grassy Narrows First Nation, where industrial mercury poisoning in its water system has seriously affected the health of the community. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

A sin tax on sugary drinks unfairly targets Indigenous communities instead of improving health

A tax on sugar-sweetened beverages may be intended to improve health, but for Indigenous consumers, such a tax would be unethical, contravene tax law and undermine Indigenous rights.
Ministries of education need to embed ongoing anti-racist training into their teacher education programs. Short-term anti-bias training has little impact. Here, a school school in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Short-term anti-racist training is not enough to counter systemic racism in Canadian education

COVID-19 has exposed how systemic racism affects the lives of many racialized students in Canada. But what are some possible solutions?
Margaret Swan, left, embraces Mariette Buckshot after she spoke during an Indian Day school litigation announcement in Ottawa, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Indian day school survivors are seeking truth and justice

Canada is accepting claims emerging from a settlement with survivors of Indian day schools, but there has yet to be a public inquiry. There is an urgent need to hold Canada accountable.
Demonstrators hold a vigil marking the death of Joyce Echaquan, who recorded insults hurled at her by staff at the Joliette, QC, hospital while she was there for treatment. The Canadian Press/Paul Chiasson

Joyce Echaquan’s death: How a decolonizing approach could help tackle racism in health care

Joyce’s Principle seeks to shift the way health services are provided to Indigenous communities and ensure they are free of discrimination.
Rocks painted with the message “every child matters,” commemorate Orange Shirt Day, Sept. 30, about creating meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and their legacy. (Province of British Columbia/Flickr)

Racism contributes to poor attendance of Indigenous students in Alberta schools: New study

A study in one Alberta school board found racism contributes to poor attendance of on-reserve Indigenous students in public schools, despite educators not recognizing this as a barrier.
Canada’s Indigenous leaders are concerned that the federal government’s promised support to help First Nations, Inuit and Métis people deal with the impacts of COVID-19 may not be sufficient. Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde, second from right, makes the point during a news conference in Ottawa with First Nations leaders. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Indigenous communities at increased risk during the coronavirus pandemic

Measures to control the spread of COVID-19 within Indigenous communities represent less than one per cent of Canada's funding to limit the impacts of the virus.

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