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Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network’s (UAKN Atlantic) Conference “Decolonizing the Academy Through Community-Driven Research”


  • Wu Centre, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton 6 Duffie Drive Fredericton, NB, E3B 0R6 Canada (map)

SAVE THE DATES: February 19 – 21, 2019

For the Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network’s (UAKN Atlantic) Conference

“Decolonizing the Academy Through Community-Driven Research” 

Wu Centre, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

In 2012, Professor David Newhouse, Trent University was awarded a 2.5 million SSHRC Partnership Grant, called “Research for A Better Life” to establish four research centres across Canada and a national secretariat. Together they form the Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network (UAKN) and their purpose is to fund community-driven research that helps us deepen our understanding of the needs and aspirations of Canada’s urban Indigenous populations. The research centre for Atlantic Canada, called the UAKN Atlantic, is in the UNB Faculty of Education, Fredericton. Over the past six years, the UAKN Atlantic has funded 27 research projects across the region. 

The UAKN Atlantic is now entering its knowledge mobilization phase and would like to share its research findings with Atlantic Canada’s broader Indigenous community, academic institutions and governments. In addition to increasing the visibility of urban Indigenous populations in Atlantic Canada, this conference is designed to familiarize participants with community-driven research methodologies – namely, what community-driven processes work and what institutional or colonial barriers are frequently encountered. Following presentations by community members grouped around: urban Indigenous children, their families and community; well-being; education; urban Indigenous identity and duty to consult -- a guest panel comprised of community leaders, academics and government representatives, will dialogue with presenters on: 1. How the research findings can inform policy and practice in ways that support self-government and self-determination, and 2. What true reconciliation would look like.

Special guests and plenary speakers include: Miigam’agan, Elder St. Thomas University; Christopher Sheppard, President, National Association of Friendship Centres and Executive Director First Light St. John’s Friendship Centre; Joceyln Formsma, Executive Director, National Association of Friendship Centres; David Newhouse, Director and Professor, Chanie Wenjack School of Indigenous Studies, Trent University, and Principal Investigator for the UAKN; Sylvia Moore, Professor, Aboriginal Teacher Education Program, Labrador Institute, MUN and author of “Trickster Chases the Tale of Education”; and Kelly Denny, Friendship Centre Grand Prairie Regional College, Alberta.

There will be on-site exhibitions of: Halifax Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre’s “This is what I wish you knew” art panels and videos; Films “Tracing Blood” and “Feast of Forgiveness”; digital stories from Newfoundland and Labrador’s “Re-Storying NunataKavut” and “Women’s Narratives” research projects; and featured videos from Atlantic Canada’s contribution to the National Centre for Collaboration in Indigenous Education’s (NCCIE) virtual library. 

This conference will be of interest to community members, educators, researchers and all levels of government. Continuing Education Credits will be arranged with the NB Medical and Law Societies, NBASW, MMBSW, nursing and education associations. 

On-line registration starts December 17, 2018. 

The CONFERENCE PROGRAM will be released January, 2019.

For additional information please contact:

Verlé Harrop, PhD

Director, Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network Atlantic Research Centre (UAKN Atlantic) 

Co-Lead National Centre for Collaboration in Indigenous Education (NCCIE), Atlantic Region

C: 506 259 1790

E: vharrop@gmail.com