Fort McMurray schools miss connection to Indigenous elders

Unique circumstances are part and parcel of Indigenous learning at Catholic schools in Fort McMurray, Alta., in a year where education has already been anything but normal.

Protecting the vulnerable population of Indigenous elders has been the primary concern for educators accustomed to leaning on elders’ traditional teachings in the classroom.

From sharing experiences in residential schools to facilitating land-based learning, the aging cohort has been an invaluable resource in Indigenous education in past years. But elders have had to sit out due to safety concerns around the pandemic.

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‘Negligible’ savings from assisted suicide, parliamentary report says

A fiscal analysis of Canada’s Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) system shows that making access to an assisted suicide easier could save Canada’s health-care system up to $149 million a year.

But the study, which was prepared by the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO), is quick to point out the level of savings is a very small percentage — 0.08 per cent — of what the provinces, which administer health services, spend on health care each year. In 2019, total health expenditure in Canada was estimated at $264 billion, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

“Expanding access to MAiD will result in a net reduction in health-care costs for the provincial governments,” the PBO report said. “However, this reduction represents a negligible portion of the health-care budgets of provinces.”

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Archbishop in Dialogue asks the question: How and why do we prepare for Mass?

This episode asks the question: How and why do we prepare for Mass? Archbishop Smith’s guests are Jessica Heidenreich-Korchinski, a 4th-year Religious Studies student at the University of Alberta, and Theresa Robinson, campus minister at St. Joseph’s College.

We invite you watch the video here on Grandin Media, on the Archdiocese of Edmonton Youtube channel, or pick up the audio podcast. Is there something you’d like to see addressed on Archbishop in Dialogue? Comments and questions welcome!

ARCHBISHOP IN DIALOGUE is a new digital platform for the Archbishop of Edmonton to teach the Catholic faith in an engaging manner, using thoughtful conversations with a variety of guests from all walks of life. Each episode will be presented in long form video and audio podcast formats, and viewers/listeners will be invited to comment.

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