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Distinguished speaker coming to Algoma U. You're invited

Friday, January 25, 2013   by: Staff



Nexen chair of Indigenous Leadership to speak at Algoma U

Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux discusses Urban Aboriginal Communities Thrive project

SAULT STE. MARIE - Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, the Nexen Chair in Indigenous Leadership at The Banff Centre, will be speaking at Algoma University on Thursday January 31.

Dr. Wesley-Esquimaux will be speaking about an action research project she is working on with the Ontario Indian Friendships Centres, including the Sault's IFC, called Urban Aboriginal Communities Thrive (UACT).

Her presentation will include discussions on research with indigenous communities; approaches, strengths, challenges and alternatives.

NORDIK Institute and the Indian Friendship Centre are co-hosting the event with the Anishinaabe Initiatives Division of Algoma University.

Dr. Wesley-Esquimaux has taught at Georgian College, Seneca and Laurentian University, as well as in the Aboriginal Studies and Social Work programs at the University of Toronto.

She believes that embedding Indigenous knowledge and Aboriginal history into curriculum at every level is the only way to ensure that Canadians develop an appreciation for the significant contributions of Aboriginal peoples in this country.

"We are fortunate to have a speaker of such national distinction here in Sault Ste. Marie and available to address the public," says Judy Syrette, director of the Anishinaabe Initiatives Division at Algoma University. "Dr. Wesley-Esquimaux is well-known across Canada as a scholar and community leader on urban Aboriginal issues."

Dr. Wesley-Esquimaux is leading a collaborative research project with several Indian Friendship Centres across the province, and has recently appeared on the CBC national news, commenting on the Idle No More movement and its impacts.

The public is welcome to join Dr. Wesley Esquimaux on Thursday, January 31, 2013.

Light refreshments will be available at 6:30 p.m. in Algoma University's SASA Life Centre (SH 201), with the presentation beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Doc Brown Lounge (EW 205).

Anyone interested in finding out more about the presentation is urged to contact Judy Syrette at 705-949-2301 ext. 4335 or at

About Algoma University

Algoma University offers a wide variety of liberal arts and sciences degree options including programs in Psychology, Computer Science, Business Administration, Fine Arts, Community Economic and Social Development, and Biology in Sault Ste. Marie, Brampton, Timmins and St. Thomas.

As a partner with Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, Algoma U is committed to respecting Anishinaabe knowledge and culture.

Algoma University has launched its Essential Elements Campaign to expand its campus and offer more scholarships and awards to students.

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