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Aboriginal students who complete undergrads more likely to go onto higher degrees

The process of aboriginal education is improving but very slowly. Only recently, aboriginal people were limited to a grade 5 education. It is only this generation that sees aboriginal people at university. Unfortunately, there is only a 50% graduation rate for aboriginal students from the k-12 system. However, aboriginal students who complete their undergraduate degrees […]

Keynotes and Guest Speakers: Discussions from the Canadian Federation of Students, National Aboriginal Caucus: Dr. Jo-Ann Episkenew, Dr. Lynne Davis, Eber Hampton, Otis Jasper notes and discussions

INDIGENIZING THE ACADEMY GATHERING August 26th–28th, 2012   Notes courtesy of Dolly Reno. DAY 1: Opening Ceremony with Elders   DAY 2: Guest Speaker: Dr. Jo-Ann Episkenew, University of Saskatchewan:   Gatekeepers as a disconnect and obstacle to indigenization Gatekeepers      that are a part of the reason for a disconnection between Indigenous      people […]

Next Steps: Recommendations from the Canadian Federation of Students, National Aboriginal Caucus

Next Steps:  Recommendations from the Canadian Federation of Students, National Aboriginal Caucus: •             Put Keynotes on the web to create some structure to use as a way to gather more information on the web from others who read it. •             CADD – Research •             Make Indigenizing the Academy meetings a regular event •             All institutions […]

Elders, Aboriginal advisors and Culture: a “way of being”, not an event

Communities where there are no bands makes the community liaison job difficult.  The students do not self-identify as First Nations. There is an advisory committee to build a better approach to the First Nation program and approaches but the systemic barriers need to be acknowledged before they can be changed. Changes have begun in the […]

Learning Does Not Need to Be Uncomfortable

Just because learning was uncomfortable for me does not mean that I need to make it uncomfortable for my students. I try very hard to create compassionate, genuine, reciprocal relationships with my students.