About The Indigenous Top Ten

Academica’s Indigenous Top Ten (ITT) is a biweekly publication designed to signal-boost breaking news, best practices, and policy developments regarding First Nations, Métis, and Inuit education in Canada — from early childhood through to postsecondary and beyond. As a non-Indigenous firm, this publication is our way of using our existing channels, news access, and sector reach to support reconciliation in Canadian education.

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The Indigenous Top Ten is produced by Academica Group as a free service to the Canadian postsecondary sector. Our editorial team monitors newswires, regional national and international news media, education blogs, institutional media releases, campus newspapers, and other sources on a regular basis and writes the summaries by hand. To meet our editorial team, visit our Team page.

We cover a wide variety of news and editorials related to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit education in the approximate region of Canada, recognizing that Indigenous territories do not perfectly align with Canada’s borders. The topics we most commonly watch for include the following.

– Best practices for Indigenous education/support
– Developments in the modern education system related to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and its calls to action
– Donations/financial support for Indigenous education
– Educational infrastructure developments on and off reserve
– Enrolment/graduation trends for Indigenous students at all levels
– Government policy regarding Indigenous education (ie: updates, new legislation)
– Indigenous language training and revitalization
– Indigenous students’ educational outcomes (ex: test scores, literacy, graduation rates)
– New websites, apps, resources, technology developments for Indigenous students/educators
– Postsecondary institutions’ efforts to recruit and retain Indigenous students
– Reports/studies on Indigenous education
– Student-led initiatives/projects that deal with education, reconciliation
– Support services and dedicated spaces for Indigenous students

Due to the brief nature of our newsletter, we frequently use common abbreviations to refer to organizations and activities in the sector. Some of the abbreviations that we most commonly use in the Indigenous Top Ten include the following:

– ARUCC – Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada
– AVP – Associate/Assistant Vice President
– ARUCC – Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada
– BCCAT – BC Council on Admissions and Transfer
– BCCIE – BC Council for International Education
– CACUSS – Canadian Association of College and University Student Services
– CASFAA – Canadian Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
– CAUT – Canadian Association of University Teachers
– CBIE – Canadian Bureau for International Education
– CEO – Chief Executive Officer
– Cégep – Collège d’enseignement général et professionnel (general and vocational colleges)
– CFO – Chief Financial Officer
– CFS – Canadian Federation of Students
– CIHR – Canadian Institutes of Health Research
– CIO – Chief Information Officer
– COO – Chief Operating Officer
– COU – Council of Ontario Universities
– CUPE – Canadian Union of Public Employees
– ESL – English as a Second Language
– FTE – Full-time Equivalent or Full-load Equivalent
– HEQCO – Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario
– KPI – Key Performance Indicator
– MPHEC – Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission
– MOOC – massive open online course
– MOU – Memorandum of Understanding
– NACC – National Association of Career Colleges
– NSERC – Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
– OCAS – Ontario College Application Service
– OCUFA – Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations
– OPSEU – Ontario Public Service Employees’ Union
– OUAC – Ontario Universities’ Application Centre
– OUSA – Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance
– PCCAT – Pan-Canadian Consortium on Admissions & Transfer
– PSE – Postsecondary Education
– R&D – Research and development
– SSHRC – Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
– StatsCan – Statistics Canada
– STEM – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
– VP – Vice President

If you have published a news item within the last 3-5 business days that fits our publishing criteria (See: What do you cover in the Academica Top Ten?), you can submit the URL to the link by emailing it to the Top Ten team or using the Contact Us. Please note that submission does not guarantee publication due to the sheer number of news items we receive.

We do not accept paid sponsored content specifically for the Indigenous Top Ten at this time. On occasion, we may share special events and opportunities related to Indigenous education in the Top Ten. Contact us if you know of an event coming up that may be relevant.

Every edition of the Academica Top Ten and Indigenous Top Ten features career postings that are pulled exclusively from our Academica Careers portal. If you would like to post a career ad or browse our available career ads, please visit Academica Careers. Once your career is published, please note that there is no additional fee for consideration for inclusion in the Indigenous Top Ten: We include careers related to Indigenous education or at Indigenous educational organizations as a complementary service. Contact our Careers team if you would like your ad to be considered for the ITT.

Academica Group has been publishing the Indigenous Top Ten since 2013. Our website archive includes the stories from this newsletter since the beginning of 2021.

Please note that due to the sheer amount of stories we cover in a given year, we are unable to monitor or update links on archived news items. If you are searching for an article that we have linked to that is no longer available, we encourage you to follow up with that publisher for copies of their content.

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