Two Significant Speakers on Indigenous Issues for Non-Instructional Day Feb. 5

Posted On Wednesday January 20, 2021
Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond
Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond

Educators will hear presentations from two well-known presenters, who will speak about Indigenous issues during the district-wide non-instructional day Feb. 5.

Dr. Kevin Lamoureux is a University of Winnipeg professor and co-author of Ensouling our Schools, about creating inclusive spaces for all students. He is recognized as a passionate advocate for reconciliation. He has served as associate vice president at the university, as education lead for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, and as scholar in residence for several school divisions. His morning session with district educators will address reconciliation and contributing to an even better Canada for all children to grow up in.

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond is from the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation in Ontario. She is a Canadian lawyer, judge, and legislative advocate for children’s rights. Turpel-Lafond was the first Treaty Indian to be appointed to the judicial bench of the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan.

She was appointed in 2006 as BC’s first representative for children and youth, an independent position reporting to the Legislative Assembly. She was re-appointed to a second 5-year term in 2011.

Time Magazine has twice bestowed honours upon Turpel-Lafond, naming her as one of the '100 Global Leaders of Tomorrow' in 1994, and in 1999 as one of the Top 20 Canadian Leaders for the 21st Century.

She has recently completed a government-appointed review, In Plain Sight: Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in B.C. Health Care. Although her report was directed to systemic racism in health care in BC, it made many connections and recommendations around the education system. She will be speaking to that report and the implications for education during the afternoon session. 

"Given the involvement of Chair Diane Jules and her remarkable leadership, I am most happy to accept the invitation,” said Turpel-Lafond. “I know there are many positive things the District is doing, and I really value this hard work."

“We are very excited that we have two significant keynote speakers,” said Michael Bowden, district principal, Aboriginal Education. “This will make a powerful day of learning, and a great way to kick off February as Diversity Month. Not only do both speakers address the District’s Indigenous action plan, they will also directly speak to addressing anti-racism as a part of that plan.”

"Given the involvement of Chair Diane Jules and her remarkable leadership, I am most happy to accept the invitation,” said Turpel-Lafond. “I know there are many positive things the District is doing, and I really value this hard work."

 

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