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The University College of the North (UCN) announced Wednesday that it will hire an aboriginal curriculum specialist as part of an overall strategy to be connected to northern and aboriginal peoples.
UCN said by email that indigenization of course material is complex, and helps to contribute to post-secondary programming.
"The aboriginal curriculum specialist will assist faculty members in integrating aboriginal worldviews and northern perspectives in their courses, and help with including aboriginal methods in teaching, plus support faculty in including aboriginal content in technologically-mediated courses," said Linda Melnick, dean of the department of research and innovation.
"The aboriginal curriculum specialist is another resource who will help ensure ongoing strengthening of aboriginal curriculum, and the development of additional mandatory courses on indigenous issues," said UCN officials.
Mandatory courses in all degree programs introduce students to aboriginal culture and language. Additionally, Waskawimakanwa Mecimwaci Isihtwawina — Cree for "Indigenous Traditions and Values in a Changing World" — is now in its 15th year, and is a requirement for graduation from all UCN certificate, diploma and degree programs.
"Our mandatory courses introduce degree, diploma and certificate students to aboriginal cultures and histories," said UCN president Konrad Jonasson. "In the past, Canada’s education system has discounted the contribution of aboriginal peoples in Canada, and UCN is contributing to the reversal of that trend."