Aboriginal Awareness

Aboriginal Awareness
A part of the ‘Advise the Advisor’ series
Presented by: Amber Shilling
Tuesday, December 11th, 2012









Enrolled in a Master’s program at the Uof C, Amber brings her own unique background as a self-identified Aboriginal student to the work she does in recruitment and admissions.  There are approximately 800 undergraduate and graduate Aboriginal students studying at the UofC with anticipated growth in the future. Amber  spoke about significant challenges Aboriginal students regularly face including housing, long commutes, wellness issues, lack of funding, and the negative impact the Canadian residential school system has had on many of their families and communities. She explained that advisors can help these students overcome their challenges by showing sensitivity and respect for their cultural practices and the extra effort they must make in pursuing higher education.

 Recommended Websites:

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (Residential School information)

Paper on First Nations Education Funding

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development (General information on government policies relating to First Nation, Inuit and Metis people)

And last but not least (most importantly actually!): A Tribe Called Red

Powerpoint Presentation by Amber Shilling

Blog posted by: Carole Taylor
Photos by: David Bininda

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