Last week, the Canadian government agreed to a $2.8 billion settlement with 325 First Nations. The agreement brings to an end the 11-year-long legal battle over the collective loss of language and culture suffered by Day Scholars in Canada’s Residential School system.

In 2012, members of the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc and shíshálh Nation launched a national class-action lawsuit for Day Scholars who were left out of the original Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement in 2006.

Today, in The Conversation Canada, Jackson Pind from Trent University analyzes what the settlement means for Indigenous communities. As Pind notes, “each agreement has been earned through the dedication of survivors to fight these battles through court, not the generosity of the Canadian state.”

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Ibrahim Daair

Culture + Society Editor

Former Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc Chief Shane Gottfriedson, left, speaks as hiwus (Chief) Warren Paull, of the shíshálh Nation, listens during a news conference, in Vancouver, on Jan. 21, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canada’s $2.8 billion settlement with Indigenous Day Scholars is a long-time coming

Jackson Pind, Trent University

This new agreement finally allows First Nations to decide for themselves how the funding will revitalize their language and culture independently of the government.

Research suggests labour strikes at universities get scant media coverage, both in Canada and the United States. In this December 2022 photo, graduate student instructors and researchers picket at University of California, Berkeley. (AP Photo/Terry Chea)

Why labour strife at universities should concern us all

Andrew Biro, Acadia University; Joseph Hayes, Acadia University; Rachel K. Brickner, Acadia University

Labour unrest at universities is a matter of public interest. That’s why support for local, independent media outlets to provide in-depth coverage of university strikes is so important.

The University College building at the University of Toronto. Government budget cuts and the race to attract more students are changing the function and purpose of Canadian universities. (Shutterstock)

What are universities for? Canadian higher education is at a critical crossroads

Marc Spooner, University of Regina

Forcing universities to only serve the needs of the labour market undermines their abilities to educate students and conduct research.

What happened to all of the content posted on social media platforms and blogs — like MySpace and LiveJournal — more than two decades ago? (Shutterstock)

What happens to our data when we no longer use a social media network or publishing platform?

Katie Mackinnon, University of Toronto

Social media and publishing platform users have generated vast amounts of data. This data remains online long after people have stopped using the platforms, and can impact people’s lives.

Margot, played by Anya Taylor-Joy, is important because viewers without much experience with fine dining culture, or who empathize with criticisms of it, can relate to her. (Eric Zachanowich/Searchlight Pictures)

Horror comedy ‘The Menu’ delves into foodie snobbery when you’re dying for a cheeseburger

Melissa Montanari, McMaster University; Marika Avenel Brown, McMaster University

The Menu’s real horror comes from the ways food, eating, and cooking lose their carnal pleasures under capitalism.

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L’humain n’est pas fait pour vivre dans le froid. Voici comment il s’est adapté – et fort bien !

Laura Buck, Liverpool John Moores University; Kyoko Yamaguchi, Liverpool John Moores University

Vous n’aimez pas l’hiver ? La réponse se trouve peut-être dans notre évolution.



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