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2021-11-24

Canada History Week

Questions 1:  Canadian Constitution recognizes three groups of Indigenous peoples.  Name them. 2:  Approximately what percentage of Canada’s population identifies as Indigenous? 3:  The word Inuit, in the Inuit language of Inuktut means? 4:  Who is the first Indigenous Governor General of Canada? 5:  This Canadian born singer and Indigenous advocate was recently honoured with a commemorative stamp by Canada …

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2021-09-30

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Today, September 30th marks our first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day honours the lost children and survivors of residential schools, their families and communities, and fulfills recommendation #80 of Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls for action. September 30th is also Orange Shirt Day, started in 2013 by a remarkable and courageous woman – Phyllis Webstad.  It commemorates …

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2021-09-26

Temporary Changes to the EI Program

As announced in Budget 2021, temporary measures under the Employment Insurance (EI) program came into effect on September 26, 2021. These measures will be in place for a one-year period from September 26, 2021, until September 24, 2022, and include: Implementing a uniform entrance requirement of 420 insurable hours of employment for EI regular and special benefits; Ensuring that all …

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2021-08-06

#IndigenousReads Book Club

As part of National Indigenous History Month, my team and I committed to broadening our understanding of Indigenous cultures and history through the lens of various Indigenous authors. For our #IndigenousReads book club, we each picked a book and we are sharing some of what we’ve learned from these stories. Scroll down for our book reports. Do you have a book to …

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