National Conference Tackles Aboriginal Education

    WINNIPEG, Nov. 21 /CNW/ - Senior policymakers, educators, and aboriginal
leaders are gathering in Winnipeg this weekend to exchange strategies for
improving success rates for aboriginal students. Over 350 representatives of
governments, school boards, native organizations, and educators from across
Canada are attending the two-day conference November 23 and 24th at the York
Hotel and the University of Winnipeg.
    The conference is organized by the Society for the Advancement of
Excellence in Education (SAEE) which documented successful practices in 20
band and provincial schools across Canada in its Sharing Our Success research
series. These schools will be showcased at the conference alongside senior
government officials and other experts who will describe new policies and
initiatives to improve outcomes for First Nation, Métis and Inuit learners.
    "It will only be possible to close the achievement gap on a national
scale by pooling our knowledge about what works for aboriginal learners," said
Helen Raham, SAEE Research Director. "This event brings all stakeholders
together in a national sharing circle to examine promising models, build on
the research, and exchange solutions to long-standing barriers to success."
    Among the dignitaries addressing the conference are University of
Winnipeg President, Dr. Lloyd Axworthy; Hon. Peter Bjornson, Minister of
Education, Citizenship & Youth, Manitoba; Christine Cram, Assistant Associate
Deputy Minister, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada; Manitoba Regional Chief
Katherine Whitecloud, Assembly of First Nations; Roberta Jamieson, CEO of the
National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation; Peter Garrow, Education Director,
Assembly of First Nations; and Dr. Raymond Théberge on behalf of the Council
of Ministers of Education, Canada. The plenary address will be given by
Dr. George Fulford (principal author) and Dr. Jackie Moore Daigle
(co-investigator) in the 2007 set of school case studies.

    The Sharing Our Success conference is co-hosted by the University of
Winnipeg and funded by Indian and Northern Affairs, the Office of the Federal
Interlocutor for Métis and Non-status Indians, the Provinces of Manitoba,
Saskatchewan, BC and Ontario, Northwest Territories, Yukon, and numerous other

For further information:

For further information: Conference details:; Helen Raham, SAEE Research Director,
Tel (250) 717-1163, Cell (250) 878-1563; Mame Silva, SAEE General Manager,
Cell (250) 470-9975; Background Research: (2007 case studies), (2004 case studies)

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