113, Future of Innovation
Along with the right to education, Indigenous students should have the right to maintain their identity. They should never have to hide or lose their heritage and culture to assimilate while pursuing post-secondary studies. As a national Indigenous organization, Indspire is familiar with all the pressures that Indigenous students face and they have programs in place specifically designed to relieve some of these pressures.
At the age of nine, Mark Quinn was introduced to cigarettes, and by the time he was fifteen, he was smoking regularly. Did you know commercial smoking and vaping are, on average, twice as high among Indigenous populations in Canada? For anyone looking to quit, Quinn encourages trying the Talk Tobacco program with an open mind. “It helped me reach my goals, and it was a great experience for me. I encourage others just to try it once. Listen and accept the help, and know you’re not alone.”
The pandemic has changed the way First Nations Residential Treatment Centres across Canada offer services. The centres are funded by the National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program and the National Youth Solvent Abuse Program. Faced with closures for safety reasons, the treatment centres quickly developed virtual and land-based approaches to accommodate sharp increases in substance use, mental health issues, and family violence.
The University of Windsor Faculty of Law now offers a specialization in Indigenous Legal Orders to students completing the mandatory first-year Indigenous Legal Orders course. It is also offered in various upper-year courses from a menu of course offerings featuring predominantly Indigenous content while being taught by an Indigenous scholar or Elder.
Twenty years ago, SAY Magazine was founded, and the first issue was published. But this story really begins nearly thirty years ago. SAY Magazine’s founder Leslie Lounsbury, an educator in the community college system at the time, was greatly disappointed in the lack of attention given to Indigenous Peoples in the education system. She also noticed a significant lack of positive Indigenous stories in Canadian media.