Building Legacy from a Royal Visit to Traditional Art Exchange
This afternoon, a First Nations style high tea was held in celebration of the latest stage in a partnership between Prince’s Charities Canada and First Nations University of Canada. Judy Anderson, an Associate Professor of Indian Fine Arts at FNUniv, is preparing to spend eight weeks at The Prince’s School for the Traditional Arts (PSTA) in London, United Kingdom where she will be sharing her skills and knowledge.
“It was an honour to host HRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in May 2012. We are delighted in the legacy from the royal visit that is resulting in an exchange of knowledge celebrating the richness of First Nations cultures and traditions through one of FNUniv’s Indian Fine Arts professors,” stated Dr. Lynn Wells, FNUniv Vice-President Academic.
FNUniv Indigenous Health Professor, Dr. Carrie Bourassa, Named Member of the Inaugural Cohort
First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) is proud to share the exciting news that Dr. Carrie Bourassa, Professor of Indigenous Health Studies, has been named a member of the inaugural cohort of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. She joins 90 other colleagues from 51 Canadian universities and the National Research Council and together they represent Canada’s emerging generation of scholarly, scientific and artistic leadership.
“On behalf of First Nations University of Canada, I want to extend hearty congratulations to Dr. Bourassa and her new colleagues as they blaze a trail through this exciting new opportunity. In addition to the clear benefit of contributing an Indigenous voice to this outstanding initiative, Dr. Bourassa will also continue to raise the profile of FNUniv on the national academic stage,” said Dr. Mark Dockstator, President of FNUniv. “Along with the rest of FNUniv’s fine faculty, Dr. Bourassa is making important strides in demonstrating the tremendous caliber of our research and expertise. Our faculty has a profound positive impact on Indigenous people and communities, and on Canadian society as a whole.”
Community-Based/Academic Partnership Poised to Examine the Root Causes of HIV and AIDS
Community members and academic researchers gathered at the First Nations University of Canada’s Regina Campus to publically launch Digging Deep: Examining the Root Causes of HIV and AIDS among Aboriginal Women. The three-year project, funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research, will engage in community-based participatory research with, by and for Indigenous women affected by HIV and AIDS
“I am pleased to see this project come into fruition as there has been years of groundwork and past collaborations with the All Nations Hope Network and the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network,” stated Dr. Carrie Bourassa, FNUniv Professor, Indigenous Health Studies and co-Principal Investigator for Digging Deep. “We will be exploring a model of culturally safe care and ensuring that there is a legacy from this research for both community members and academics through what we commonly refer to as the two-eyed seeing model.”
Highlighting First Nation Students’ Mathematic Excellence with FNUniv’s Wiseman Contest
The First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) is pleased to highlight both the interest and excellence that First Nations youth are demonstrating in mathematics through their participation in FNUniv’s annual Wiseman Mathematics Contest. The initiative, designed to motivate young students in First Nations schools to learn math in a competitive environment, bears the distinction of being North America’s first math contest developed for Aboriginal students.
“We are delighted with this year’s response in participation as well as the special ways that the various schools celebrate the students who chose to participate in the contest,” affirms Dr. Lynn Wells, FNUniv Vice-President Academic. “I’d also like to acknowledge the dedication of FNUniv Science Faculty member, Dr. Arzu Sardarli, for initiating this contest in 2008 and continuing to spearhead it.”
FNUniv Announces Appointment of New President
The First Nations University of Canada’s (FNUniv) Board of Governors is pleased to announce that Dr. Mark S. Dockstator will be stepping into the leadership position as FNUniv President effective July 1, 2014.
Dr. Dockstator brings a breadth and diversity of experience to the First Nations University of Canada. A member of the Oneida Nation of the Thames, he has been an Associate Professor, Indigenous Studies, at Trent University since 1997. In addition, Dr. Dockstator also served as Departmental Chair and Director of the PhD program. He received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. He later pursued a Master’s of Law at the University of Saskatchewan and then transferred to Doctor of Jurisprudence program at York University where, in 1994, he was the first First Nations person to graduate with a doctorate in law. His doctoral dissertation, entitled “Toward an Understanding of Aboriginal Self Government”, is a blend of Indigenous and Western knowledge and was used as a foundation for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples final report.