MEDIA ADVISORY -- Experiences of Aboriginal Teachers: Focus of New Study

March 08, 2010
OTTAWA - A major study of the professional knowledge and experience of Aboriginal teachers in Canadian public schools will be released Wednesday, March 10, at a special Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) symposium on Aboriginal education. The study was commissioned by the CTF and its advisory committee on Aboriginal education and funded by the Canadian Council on Learning.
The study, authored by Verna St. Denis, Ph.D., associate professor at the University of Saskatchewan, interviewed 59 Aboriginal teachers teaching in public schools across Canada.
Data collection focused on four areas, including the philosophy of teaching, integrating Aboriginal content and perspectives into the curriculum, racism in education, and allies of Aboriginal education.
The following are details of the event:
Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Canadian Teachers’ Federation
2490 Don Reid Drive
Ottawa ON  K1H 1E1
Greetings and introductory remarks by CTF President Mary-Lou Donnelly.
CTF Vice-President Dianne Woloschuk, chair of the CTF Advisory Committee on Aboriginal Education, will moderate the event and provide background on the research project.
Author Verna St. Denis, Ph.D., will present her research findings and take questions from symposium participants.
A reception will follow.
Founded in 1920, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is a national alliance of provincial and territorial teacher organizations that represent nearly 200,000 elementary and secondary school teachers across Canada. CTF is also a member of the international body of teachers, Education International.
Comments: Mary-Lou Donnelly, CTF President
Verna St. Denis, Ph.D., author of the study
Paul Cappon, CCL President & CEO
Contact: Francine Filion, Director of Communications, 613-688-4314 or 613-899-4247 (cell)