Dear Canada as you Celebrate 150:
REFLECTIONS FROM A FIRST NATION’S PERSPECTIVE
All Canadians must know the recent history in Canada. Only then, can we collectively make change for a better future for everyone. ~ Gwen Point
[box]WHEN: Thursday, September 28th 1:30 – 2:30 PM
WHERE: B101, Abbotsford Campus[/box]
[highlight]Everyone welcome to attend![/highlight]
As you celebrate 150 years of Confederation I hear the words of Chief Dan George spoken on Canada’s 100th birthday, “Today, when you celebrate your 100 years, oh Canada, I am sad for all the Indian people throughout the land.”
Chief Dan George finished with,“Oh God! Like the thunderbird of old I shall rise again out of the sea; I shall grab the instruments of the white man’s success-his education, his skills- and with these new tools I shall build my race into the proudest segment of your society”. Let us look at what has changed in the last 50 years.
Dr. Gwen Point holds a BEd from UBC, an MEd from the University of Portland, a Doctorate in Education from SFU, and an honorary doctorate from UVic. Her connections to our University stretch back decades. She’s been a student, a member of the Board of Governors, a faculty member, and an Aboriginal Curriculum Coordinator, to name just a few of her roles. Dr. Point has also held a number of provincial government and regional posts supporting education, child and family services, and First Nations communities. She is a respected Stó:lõ leader, mentor, and cultural advisor who has contributed her cultural knowledge and experience to numerous books, conferences, workshops, and communities, and earned many accolades and awards.