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January 25, 2021

Cindy Blackstock has been listed as one of Maclean Magazine’s most influential persons

Cindy Blackstock is a member of the Gitksan First Nation and a doctor of social work, holding a position as a professor at the School of Social Work in Montreal. She also currently serves as the executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, who has been instrumental in ending many discriminatory […]

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January 6, 2021

Play and the Pandemic

In an article published on December 23rd, in The Conversation, Dr. Patrick Lewis and Whitney Blaisdell, founder of Project Play YQR consider how the pandemic and its restrictions have affected play. The impact has been significant, and, as they argue, has centered play largely around the home. Three of the recommendations Lewis and Blaisdell make […]

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December 22, 2020

Holiday Connection

Due to the lockdown measures in Manitoba, it’s possible that 4000 children on Northern Manitoba First Nations may not receive Christmas gifts.Indigenous Canadian Medical Dispensaries has teamed up with Indigenous leaders and military members deployed in northern communities to create the ‘Let’s Save Christmas Toy Drive.’ The goal of the fundraiser is $50 000 and […]

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December 17, 2020

Eviction Ban Called For in Manitoba

Poverty advocates from Make Poverty History Manitoba are calling for the Government of Manitoba to reinstate eviction bans. Manitoba (among others) is seeing an uptick in homelessness and this is concerning as the temperatures continue to drop and COVID-19 numbers remain high. The previous eviction ban was in place from March until October. Advocates say […]

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December 15, 2020

2nd Round of Funding Announced for Sask. Schools

Saskatchewan has announced a second round of funding for its schools. The funding will be accessed through the COVID-19 Contingency Fund and will be used for: $5.2 million for sanitization, including 107 additional staff, $7.2 million for equipment and furniture, $21 million for remote learning, including 279 teachers and staff, $2.6 million for technology upgrades, […]

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December 3, 2020

Schools and COVID-19

With the increase in numbers of cases across Canada, and specifically in the Prairies, changes to in-person learning in elementary and secondary schools have been initiated. In Alberta, children in grades seven to twelve will be switching to online learning. Children with disabilities are exempt from this shift and may continue attending schools in-person. Children […]

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