Shirley Hardman, Senior Advisor on Indigenous Affairs at University of the Fraser Valley, was pleased to be able to travel to the Regina, Saskatchewan this past week to attend the Lloyd Barber Summit on Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education. The two day event was a great follow-up to the UFV hosted conference last August on Indigenizing the Academy. Shirley was accompanied by two UFV administrators, Vice provost/Assistant V.P. Academic Dr. Peter Geller and College of Arts Associate Dean of Faculty, Dr. Ken Brealey, as well as Communications faculty member Dr. Marcella LaFever.
The focus of the summit was to explore promising practices from across Canada that support the path to success for aboriginal students in the, often daunting, post-secondary environment. 150 participants were welcomed by Dr. Vianne Timmons, President of the University of Regina and by Juliano Tupone, Acting President of Saskatchewan’s First Nation University. Other notable presenters included Chief Perry Bellegarde, Roberta Jamieson, Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, Dr. Lloyd Axworthy and Assembly of First Nations National Chief, Shawn A-in-chut Atleo. A dynamic and interactive panel session with Chief Tammy Cook Searson, Mr. Cadmus Delorme and Dr. Shauneen Pete was moderated by Mr. Paul Davidson, AUCC President.
Watch for more UFV indigenization initiatives coming in the future!!