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Laurier Brantford to Host Aboriginal Education Conference

by NationTalk on April 27, 2008733 Views

Laurier Brantford
Apr 24/08

Contact: George Kennedy, Native Student Services Co-ordinator, Laurier Brantford, 519-756-8228 ext. 5884 or gkennedy@wlu.ca

BRANTFORD – Leaders in the development of Aboriginal education will gather at Laurier Brantford on May 2 to discuss positive practices for student achievement during the “Critical Issues in Aboriginal Post-secondary Education” conference.Organized by Aboriginal Student Services and the Indigenous Studies program, this one-day conference will include workshops and panel discussions designed to identify and promote an understanding of rights and responsibilities of Aboriginal culture on campus; to develop strategies to overcome difficulties that arise; and to establish a more inclusive social and academic environment.

“This is a unique opportunity to hear from the key players in the advancement of Aboriginal education,” said George Kennedy, native student services co-ordinator at Laurier Brantford. “Participants will take with them knowledge of what has been successful, and hopefully what is to come to their own communities and institutions.”

Rebecca Jamieson, a recipient of the Order of Ontario for her career as a leader and educator in the First Nations community, will give the keynote address. Also scheduled to speak are Vivian Cywink-Peters, co-ordinator of First Nations services at the University of Western Ontario, Leslee White-Eye, education officer for the Aboriginal Education Office, and Christy Bressette and Sabrina Saunders, PhD candidates, who will present findings from their research into Aboriginal education.

“It is an honour to have each of the speakers share their years of experience and knowledge that has been obtained through their passion for the academic success of students,” said Kennedy.

The conference is designed for policymakers and individuals who work with Aboriginal students in an educational setting. Attendance is free of charge, but seating is limited. Those interested in attending should contact George Kennedy at gkennedy@wlu.ca.

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