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REF NO.: 283

SUBJECT: Aboriginal lecture series launches with call to change educational system

DATE: May 9

Note to editors:
An expert on the complex intersection of education, imperialism and Aboriginals will give the inaugural Eve and Edward Roberts Aboriginal Speaker Series at Memorial University on May 16.
Dr. Marie Battiste, a Mi’kmaq from Nova Scotia who is now the Academic Director of the Aboriginal Education Research Centre in the College of Education at University of Saskatchewan, will speak on how Aboriginals have been subjected to “cognitive imperialism” through education in the past, and share a vision of how education could be redefined to shed the limitations of standardized criteria, incorporate diverse cultures and foster individual capacity. The title of her lecture is Cognitive Imperialism in Education and the Power of Decolonization.
This is the first public lecture in the Eve and Edward Roberts Aboriginal Speaker’s Series, which is sponsored by Lt.-Gov. Edward Roberts, and Mrs. Roberts, in collaboration with the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Arts.
It takes place in Petro-Canada Hall at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16.
Dr. Battiste is available in St. John’s for interviews on May 15 and 16.

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