Dolores Wawia dies at age 76 –

by ahnationtalk on June 1, 202088 Views

The pioneer in Indigenous education is lauded as a role model for generations of people.

THUNDER BAY — Respected Indigenous educator Dolores Wawia died on Saturday at the age of 76.

Born at Gull Bay First Nation (Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek) in 1944, she was a pioneer in Indigenous education and received numerous awards and accolades for her contributions over the years.

Wawia was the first Aboriginal woman to earn her Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Education in northwestern Ontario, and devoted her career to improving educational opportunities for First Nations students.

She spent 15 years at Lakehead developing the Native Teacher Education Program, followed by three years helping to set up the Indigenous Studies program at McMaster University.

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