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Indigenous Internship Opportunities

Experience working in the Ontario Public Service (OPS) – grow your future.The OPS is dedicated to recruiting and advancing top talent while building a diverse public service that is reflective of Ontario's population and communities. These exciting opportunities offer recent Indigenous post-secondary graduates the opportunity to develop their careers and gain valuable work experience with one of ...
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FIRST NATION CASES & PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATE

ONTARIO RE-OPENING On June 8, 2020, Ontario announced a regional approach to Stage 2 of re-opening the Province. This means Ontario will be easing restrictions in certain regions of the Province, where public health indicators show it is safe to do so. Many regions in Ontario are permitted to enter stage 2 on June 12, 2020. A full list of regions allowed to enter stage 2 is provided here: https:/...
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SCHOLARSHIP FOR INDIGENOUS STUDENTS

This scholarship is awarded to a grade 12 First Nation, Métis or Inuit student who is working to preserve indigenous languages and culture. The $10,000 scholarship will help that student start their post-secondary education with meaningful financial support. If you know of a grade 12 indigenous student making a difference in their community, please encourage them to apply by visiting nelson...
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COVID-19 – Economic Support Update

“Second Wave” Funding for Indigenous Communities On May 29, 2020, Prime Minister Trudeau announced an additional $650 million of funding to support Indigenous communities’ response to COVID-19. This brings the total federal investment for Indigenous communities for pandemic-related needs to $1.3 billion. Indigenous Services Canada Minister Marc Miller has stated that this new funding will hel...
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2020 Virtual Elders Gathering

Background: As per the recommendation of the Health/Social Advisory Board (H/SAB) and the approval of the AIAI Chiefs Council, the 2020 Annual Elders Gathering has been postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  In order to continue to engage the Elders and ensure their input can continue to guide our work, AIAI will be hosting a 2020 Virtual Elders Gathering. What we are ...
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JUNE IS INDIGENOUS HISTORY MONTH

London, Ontario June 2nd, 2020 – In 2009, the House of Commons officially recognized the creation of National Aboriginal History Month.  This month acknowledges the role Indigenous people have played in history, the importance of our history and the diversity within First Nations from coast to coast throughout North America. Grand Chief Joel Abram states “Last year the month was used to h...
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FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO STALL ON ACTIONS FOR MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN AND GIRLS AGAIN

London, Ontario May 29th, 2020 – Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett recently announced that the Federal government would not be able to deliver on the 231 ‘calls for justice’ from Indigenous women’s groups.  Bennett, who initially stated that something would be ‘in the window’ by June now says that the COVID-19 pandemic has made this impossible to accomplish. The fact tha...
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CANADA NEEDS TO DO BETTER BY OUR FIRST NATIONS CHILDREN

London, Ontario May 26th, 2020 – In a recent report by KidsRights, Canada has slipped in adhering to children’s rights and is treading water in the middle of the global rankings.  This may come as a surprise to Canadians given how Canada prides itself as a progressive country that holds a higher standard of living, but this is not a shock to our Indigenous children. Canada has ignored hea...
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COVID-19 Ontario updates on child care and education (closures, camps, teachers, post-secondary)

Child Care Updates Daycare Closures Continue On May 19, 2020, the Minister of Education announced private schools, licensed child-care centres, and EarlyON programs will remain closed, except emergency child-care or front-line workers. Stage 2 reopening will involve opening daycares based on the public health guidelines. There will be strict health guidelines and protocols: • no more than 50 ...
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MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

In the wake of COVID-19, the federal and provincial governments are increasing investment in virtual, telephone, and online mental health services so they can be accessed safety and without cost to everyone. A summary of these supports is provided below. Many of the supports targeting anyone, though some are indigenous specific, or age group specific. ONTARIO On May 6, 2020, the province announc...
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