2nd Bi-Annual Anishinaabe Inendamowin (Thought) Research Symposium


SAULT STE MARIE – Algoma University, the Anishinaabe Initiatives Division (AID), and Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig (SKG) will be hosting the 2nd Bi-Annual Anishinaabe Inendamowin (Thought) Research Symposium, on Friday, January 29, 2016, in the Shingwauk Auditorium from 9:00am – 6:00pm.

The Anishinaabe Inendamowin Research Symposium will highlight the research being conducted by Anishinaabe faculty and students in the Algoma University community and demonstrates the need for Anishinaabe perspectives in current research.

The symposium also encourages Anishinaabe students to consider higher education. Since the inception of Anishinaabe student support and services in 1987, numerous students have continued their education, completing professional programming, as well as post-graduate programs at the master’s and doctoral level. “We would like to see more of our students pursuing higher education,” said Judy Syrette, Director of Anishinaabe Student Success at Algoma U. “Doing research at the undergraduate level is a key to opening that door. We are just planting some seeds [with this symposium].”

Yvonne Vizina is a PhD Candidate in the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan. Vizina earned a Bachelor of Education Degree with Great Distinction from the Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program with the University of Saskatchewan. In 2010, she completed a Master of Education Degree with a thesis on Métis Traditional Environmental Knowledge and Science Education. Her past work as the Associate Director of the Aboriginal Education Research Centre provided experience managing local and national research projects involving Aboriginal communities. Vizina is Métis, and has worked for Métis organizations at regional, provincial, and national levels. As past Director of Environment and Policy Analyst for the Métis National Council, she worked on national and international environmental issues.

Other featured speakers include Alan Corbiere, Pat Ningewance, and Professor Eddie Benton-Banai. Additional speakers include both Algoma University faculty and students.

For more information, please contact Judy Syrette at judy.syrette@algomau.ca or at 705-949-2301, Ext. 4335.

The symposium is open to all members of the University as well as the public.

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