Knowledge, Traditions & Values
More than 80 Aboriginal scholars from across Canada participated in CAUT’s Transforming the Academy conference in Saskatoon last month.
“The focus on transformation reflects the urgency in Aboriginal educators’ demands that post-secondary institutions recognize cultural differences and Aboriginal learning needs and traditions, particularly the need to integrate and respect the importance of indigenous knowledge and the role of elders in the educational process,” said CAUT president Penni Stewart.
The three-day event was the second conference organized by CAUT’s Working Group on Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education.
Topics on the agenda included negotiating the multicultural classroom, helping individuals improve or achieve their life/work potential, creating research/knowledge mobilization opportunities, supporting Aboriginal graduate students and working conditions among others.
“We assembled two outstanding panels of national presenters, and we were thrilled with the response and participation in this conference,” Stewart said.
“This is all about making the academy responsive to Aboriginal needs and traditions. Too often, institutional discrimination continues to pose barriers.”