Jarret Leaman, Ojibway entrepreneur and executive director of the Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada, offered a keynote and led the workshop after introductions by Ron McLester, executive director and special advisor to the president on Aboriginal initiatives at the college, and Inuit Elder Sally Webster.
Leaman began with an overview of Canadian indigenous history and some of the tensions that exist within that relationship as well as what it means to be an indigenous person in Canada.
Jarret Leaman took his Cottager Moccasins to take in the many events, concerts, parties, and parade to attend throughout the Pride celebrations. He found himself moving around the Church and Wellesley Village a lot. His pride celebrations included attending the Black and White Party at the Thompson Rooftop, watching Tegan and Sarah and others perform in Yonge-Dundas Square, taking in the many performances on multiple stages set up in the Village, and, of course, watching the Pride parade down Yonge Street.
Canadian Aboriginal youth Rock the Indigenous Vote
Campaign pushes for higher turnout in Canada's First Nations communities.
Campaigners hope to combat low rates of First Nations turnout in previous years. According to the CBC, just 46.4 percent of aboriginal Canadian voters showed up at the polls on 2011. In some communities, turnout was as low as 30 percent.
The Landscape of an Aboriginal Education in Canada
Aboriginal education is a multifaceted issue within the borders of Canada, but these issues are felt by Indigenous Peoples all over the world. Aboriginal Peoples of Canada, which includes First Nations (status and non-status), Inuit and Metis face multiple barriers within the educational system.
We’ve got another month left of winter, so we might as well make the best of it. #WeAreWinter right Canada? UNM Contributor Jarret Leaman (Ojibwe) has got it right. He loves to celebrate his culture in his everyday wear while out and about in Toronto.
York sends recruiters to world's biggest powwow
by Martha Tancock
If you want to recruit more Aboriginal students to York, nothing beats setting up a table at the biggest powwow in North America.
The annual Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque draws tens of thousands of visitors from across the continent at the end of April each year. Many come from the nearby Navajo Nation reservation, home to about 175,000. “It’s a great opportunity” to promote York, says Jarret Leaman, York’s new Aboriginal relations liaison.
Integrating Aboriginal Experiences Through Four Directions
The little house at 146 Barrie Street has been bustling with activity this month as staff at the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre prepare students for another school year. The centre’s director, Janice Hill, presents a calm demeanour, a distinct contrast to the renovations underway in the house, the phones ringing, and the busy staff obviously on a mission to create a welcoming environment for Aboriginal students. That is, after all, a key part of Four Directions’ mission.
Education means many different things to me. First of all, education has completed shaped the lifestyle that I live today. I am able to have a job at a university while still having the ability to involved in community work. Having been in school for most of my life (Five and a half years postsecondary) education has also been a lifestyle that I have become accustomed to living. Having theatre, dance, and voice practices had become my regular norm while attending postsecondary, and my building and involvement within the Aboriginal community continues into my professional career. Education has given me the tools to help combat colonialism, poverty, and ignorance to make the world around a more informed environment of Aboriginal culture, values, and struggles.
Edmonton and Vancouver roundtables find Industry partnerships key to economic development strategy.
Industry partnerships and the capacity to engage in them figured at the core of a long-term Métis economic development strategy in roundtable discussions organized by the MNC and the Métis Nation of Alberta in Edmonton on March 5 and with the Métis Nation British Columbia in Vancouver on March 6.
In Vancouver, representatives from Ontario Hydro One, Ontario’s Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and the MNO presented on the Province’s proactive approach to Aboriginal procurement including Métis set-asides. The Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business also presented on its programs including certification of Aboriginal businesses that are facilitating Aboriginal and Métis business procurement opportunities with CCAB’s large corporate membership base. Overall, the findings from the two engagement sessions both validated and strengthened the recommendations that have been developed to date for the Métis economic development strategy that will go forward to Ministers and Métis leaders.