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AERC Report 2012

College of Education

Marie Battiste, Yvonne Vizina & Megan Steeves

February 27, 2011


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7th Annual Safe Schools Conference

safe schools conference

Saskatoon March 21 & 22, 2012

Travelodge Hotel


John Linney

Chris McLauchlan


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Marie Battiste and Yvonne Vizina
Dr. Marie Battiste and Yvonne Vizina

AERC announces the departure of Ms. Yvonne Vizina as Associate Director of the Aboriginal Education Research Centre as of December 31, 2010. As Director of the centre, I wish Yvonne well in her new position with the Métis National Council and thank her for her dedication and commitment to the success of our many research projects. ...Dr. Marie Battiste

Canada Endorses the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

(No. 361 - November 12, 2010 - 1:45 p.m. ET)

The Government of Canada today formally endorsed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in a manner fully consistent with Canada’s Constitution and laws. Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Mr. John McNee, met with the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Mr. Joseph Deiss, to advise him of Canada’s official endorsement of the United Nations Declaration.
“We understand and respect the importance of this United Nations Declaration to Indigenous peoples in Canada and worldwide,” said the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-status Indians. “Canada has endorsed the Declaration to further reconcile and strengthen our relationship with Aboriginal peoples in Canada.”

“Canada is committed to promoting and protecting the rights of Indigenous peoples,” said the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs. “Canada’s active involvement abroad, coupled with its productive partnership with Aboriginal Canadians, is having a real impact in advancing indigenous rights at home and abroad.”
The United Nations Declaration describes the individual and collective rights of Indigenous peoples. It sets out a number of principles that should guide harmonious and cooperative relationships between Indigenous peoples and States, such as equality, partnership, good faith and mutual respect. Canada strongly supports these principles and believes that they are consistent with the Government’s approach to working with Aboriginal peoples. While the Declaration is not legally binding, endorsing it as an important aspirational document is a significant step forward in strengthening relations with Aboriginal peoples.
“Canada’s Aboriginal leadership has spoken with passion on the importance of endorsing the Declaration. Today’s announcement represents another important milestone on the road to respect and cooperation,” added Minister Duncan.
Canada’s endorsement builds upon numerous other government initiatives for Aboriginal peoples on education, economic development, housing, child and family services, access to safe drinking water, and the extension of human rights protection and matrimonial real property protection to First Nations on reserve.


Aboriginal Education Research Centre invites you to attend a Presentation & Roundtable with:
Bertus Haverkort and Dr. Freddy Delgado Burgoa

Endogenous Development, Education and Research

(activities based mainly, but not exclusively, on locally available resources, Indigenous knowledges, cultures and leadership. They contribute to shaping a diversity of culture-specific societies, ways of learning and sciences)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 1:30 pm –3:30 pm
Room 1004, College of Education
(across from Quance Theatre)

This presentation and roundtable is provided to discuss emerging collaborations at universities in Ghana, India and Bolivia where work with academic and Indigenous scientific traditions have led to mutual learning processes through transdisciplinarity and dialogue. This work seeks to enhance the emancipation and vitalization of traditional knowledges and sciences, building on the rich diversity of scientific traditions all over the world. As well, it seeks to build greater dialogue and networks with interested faculty and graduate students in Indigenous knowledge and the sciences.

Dr. Freddy Delgado Burgoais Director of AGRUCO at the Universidad Cochabamba in Bolivia. Bertus Haverkort is a freelance artist, consultant and lecturer from the Netherlands. Both are working with an international program called Capacity and Theory Building for Universities and Research Centres in Endogenous Development (CAPTURED) in South America, Africa and India with the aim to develop institutional and human capacities and theories for Endogenous Research, Education and Development.

Faculty, students, and staff interested in learning and building networks with universities working with Indigenous knowledge and science, ecology, and agriculture are encouraged to attend.

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Teaming up for Empowered Youth

April 7 (p.m.), April 8, 2011 The Coast Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre, Calgary Alberta

Keynote Speaker: Craig Kielburger
Additional Presenters: Marie Battiste, Ray Hughes, Suzanne Zwarych, Andrew Judge

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6th Annual Safe Schools Conference

Healthy Learning Environments

February 10 (p.m.) & 11, 2011 Travelodge Hotel - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Keynote Speakers: Carol Tomlinson and Joni Turville
Featured Presenters: Ray Hughes, Marie Battiste, Andrew Judge

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ALN Lifelong Learning FORUM

Subject: National Forum Lifelong Learning Matters:
Taking Steps Forward

November 7, 2010, Ottawa

We are pleased to inform you that the website of the Adult Learning Network's Forum is now on line. For information and registration, visit the following link:

Integrated Master of Education
Department of Educational Foundations
Programs in Social and Ecological Justice Education

Study full-time or part-time, on campus, off-campus, and through distance delivery methods.  Scholarships are available for qualified students.  
Investigate Indigenous and anti-racist education, environmental and ecological education, comparative and international education, gender and sexual orientation issues as well as critical and creative approaches to various educational practices including process philosophy, critical pedagogies, place-based learning, land-based learning, learning through life history, anti-oppressive education and global education.   
The rich and diverse graduate experience offered by the Integrated M.Ed. program attracts students and professionals from a variety of academic disciplines. Admission requires a B.Ed. or another undergraduate degree (in a relevant discipline) from a recognized college or university.
Join with other Masters’ and Doctoral students in an examination of a wide range of topics connected with social and ecological issues.  All enquiries are welcome.  To learn more about our faculty and graduate programs, please visit our website: or contact our graduate secretary at or 966-7514.

What is Green?
Poems from Inner City Youth

These poems are a selection of poems from poetry workshops I did over a two year period with a group of Grade 5, 6 and 7 students at Grandview Elementary School, in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. The school has a high Aboriginal student population; going into the workshops, I wondered what urban students had to say about their local ecologies. As a poet and English teacher, I wondered: Will poetry save the planet?

Veronica Gaylie,
Ph.D. Education University of British Columbia / Okanagan

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Aboriginal Learning Knowledge Centre

(ABLKC) Publications

Aboriginal Learning Knowledge Centre (ABLKC) publications will be posted as they become available at:

the AERC website at

at the website of our partner for this project: First Nations Adult and Higher Education Consortium (FHAHEC)

and on the website of the Canadian Council on Learning

Keep checking in with us to see our new publications as they become available!

Learning Indigenous Science From Place

AERC is one of the founding members of the Indigenous Knowledge in the School Science Curriculum Committee, actively involved in dialogue circles regarding the importance of Indigenous Science and the status of Indigenous Science within school curriculum in Saskatchewan.  In 2007, the Canadian Council on Learning provided funding for the Learning Indigenous Science from Place research project.  The full report and executive summary are now available for download. The Committee and the Research Team, Dr. Herman Michell (First Nations University of Canada), Yvonne Vizina (U of S), Camie Augustus (U of S) and Jason Sawyer (U of S), invite you to review the report and engage in dialogues of your own.  We hope you enjoy the report and welcome your feedback and comments!

Click here to download Final Report

Click here to download Executive Summary

The Virtual Aboriginal Health Training Centre of Excellence Discussion Paper is now posted for your review.  The Executive Summary contains a series of questions to which your responses will help bring a focused approach to the research and development of a successful Centre.

Dr. Marie Battiste
Receives National Aboriginal Achievement Award                  

November 15, 2007

Fourteen exceptional achievers, coming from diverse backgrounds, both culturally and geographically have been named recipients of the 2008 National Aboriginal Achievement Awards.

"The 2008 award recipients have transformed their knowledge and experience into outstanding achievement" said Roberta Jamieson, CEO of the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation. "We invite all Canadians and the world to join us in recognizing these extraordinary individuals who have contributed so much to the greater society around them." The 14 recipients will be honoured at the 15th Annual event, returning to Toronto after 10 years on March 7, 2008 at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, taped live, to be televised on both the Global and APTN television networks.

Dr. Marie Ann Battiste (Mi'kmaw) -- Education --
born to Mi'kmaw parents who did not finish primary school, she attained a doctorate in education from Stanford University in 1984. She is one of the acknowledged leaders of the renaissance in Indigenous education, both nationally and internationally. As a unique world-class scholar, her influential books, essays and collective works have created a new legacy in educational thought and practice. Her achievements and commitments to Aboriginal knowledge, learning, anti-racism, and decolonization in mainstream education have created significant pathways for others to share and develop. She is a senior tenured professor at the College of Education of the University of Saskatchewan, and Director of the Aboriginal Educational Research Centre at the University of Saskatchewan, and co-director of Aboriginal Learning and Knowledge Centre, a national centre of Canadian Council on Learning.

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