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REF NO.: 127

SUBJECT: Memorial University hosting symposium on Indigenous teacher education

DATE: March 23

Memorial University’s Faculty of Education and the Labrador Institute, in co-operation with the Association of Canadian Deans and Directors of Education, are hosting a two-day symposium that will bring together teacher educators working in the Indigenous context. They will come together to share ideas and experiences regarding teacher preparation programs.

EDGE 2015: The Third Annual Canadian Symposium on Indigenous Teacher Education will be held at the Labrador Interpretation Centre in North West River, Labrador, March 26-27.

There will be multiple sessions and presentations related to Indigenous teacher education on the themes of Indigenous voices, land-based education, Indigenous ways of knowing, educational partnerships and development, language and culture. Attendees will also have the opportunity to enjoy land based and local experiences, local entertainment and a Labrador-themed banquet supper. 

More than 60 teacher educators and administrators from across Canada, the United States and Europe will attend the symposium.         

The Faculty of Education started the “EDGE” concept in 2009 to share innovation in teacher education at a biannual conference. EDGE 2015 marks the first time the conference will be held outside of St. John’s. EDGE 2015 in Labrador will also celebrate the launch of the bachelor of education (primary/elementary) degree program for Nunatsiavut. This program is a result of collaboration between the Faculty of Education, the Labrador Institute, the College of the North Atlantic and the Nunatsiavut Government.

For additional information on the symposium, including an agenda listing the keynote presentations and showcases, please visit  

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For more information, please contact Lisa Pendergast, communications co-ordinator, Faculty of Education, at 709-864-8617 or



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