Memorial University is pursuing a number of goals in response to “A Special Obligation,” the report of a 2009 Presidential Task Force on Aboriginal Initiatives. The Office the Special Advisor to the President on Aboriginal Affairs coordinates this work in collaboration with other University offices and personnel.
We are pleased to announce that Catharyn Andersen has been appointed Special Advisor to the President on Aboriginal Affairs, Memorial University. Her appointment is effective March 18, 2015 for a 5-year term.
Ms. Andersen comes to the position with significant experience working with the Nunatsiavut Government. She previously served in the roles of director and Inuktitut language program co-ordinator with the Torngâsok Cultural Centre in Nain, Labrador. In these roles, Ms. Andersen managed and developed the cultural arm of the Nunatsiavut Government, built support for and delivered cultural and heritage initiatives, advised the Nunatsiavut Executive Council on language, cultural and heritage issues, led the development and implementation of the Labrador Inuttitut Language Strategy, and managed language programming for northern Labrador.
Ms. Andersen has been involved with a variety of committees and groups relevant to Aboriginal issues. She is a member of the Labrador Inuttitut Training Program Committee and former chair of the Nunainguk Historical Society.
Please join us in welcoming her in this important role.
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