Aaniin kena weya!

With the start of another academic year, Yellowhead Institute continues to grow and build in support of First Nation self-determination.

The most exciting news for us is the addition of a new Associate Fellow to our team. Eva Jewell from Chippewas of the Thames recently joined the Sociology department at Ryerson and is also now a core team member at Yellowhead. Eva will bring a community-grounded, Anishinaabe feminist approach to our work.

Of course, we have also been busy producing new research, which has had an impact on federal legislation, like our Child Welfare Special Report. In addition, we recently released a long overdue analysis of the First Nation Lands Management Act.

Looking forward, we'll be launching our first Red Paper, called "Land Back", a report focusing on how government dispossesses Indigenous people from their territories and, in turn, how some communities are getting it back. We've also started to support Indigenous students and youth in tangible ways with two new awards and the launch of our annual Freedom School.  

This Fall's newsletter shares some of these highlights. Please keep letting us know if this work is useful to your communities and what else we can be doing. 

Thanks, as always, for your support. 

 - Hayden King,
   Executive Director  
4 Things We Want to Share:
01. A Yellowhead Institute Special Report:
The Rise of the First Nations Land Management Regime in Canada: A Critical Analysis

As more and more communities move rapidly into the First Nations Land Management regime, our latest special report, authored by Dr. Shalene Jobin and Emily Riddle, provides much needed analysis on the regime's philosophy, process and outcomes. We also include a one page overview on FNLMA and factsheet of pros and cons to consider. LEARN MORE.
02. Honoring Vernon Yellowhead with a New
Student Award

We are proud to announce the Vernon Yellowhead Award, created to honour the legacy of Vernon Yellowhead, a direct descendant of Chief William Yellowhead, after whom our Institute is named. This award will support two Indigenous students at Ryerson pursuing studies in the area of environmental stewardship or Indigenous knowledge with $6,000 each. LEARN MORE.

Image: Hayden King, Lori Yellowhead; and Bill McRoberts, Hereditary Chief, Reindeer Clan (Anishinaabe)
03. OCTOBER 30, 2019 | Land Back: A Yellowhead Institute Red Paper

Join us for an event celebrating the launch of our flagship research report, the Red Paper. In collaboration with Ryerson University's Social Justice Week and with support from the Laidlaw Foundation, this event will feature a discussion on the intersection of Indigenous self-determination, land and water defense, and the crisis of climate change. Follow us on Twitter for the official announcement. 
Hamilton, NZ
04. Global Indigenous Solidarity Grant: Six Students Experience NAISA2019

This summer, six Indigenous Ryerson students had the opportunity to travel to Aotearoa, New Zealand and attend the NAISA (Native American and Indigenous Studies Association) conference, the worlds largest conference on Indigenous Studies. This opportunity was made possible through the Yellowhead Institute, Ryerson International and the Faculty of Arts. LEARN MORE.
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