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Trudeau scholar addresses gender violence

May 6, 2020 - The Ring

Can Indigenous diplomatic legal principles help lead communities away from gender violence? Jasmine Dionne, a UVic PhD student in political science, is working with the Cree and Metis community of Saka Wiyiniwak (Cree for “Boreal Forest Peoples”) in Northeastern Alberta to reimplement Indigenous legal principles, as part of a three-year scholarship, announced this month by the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation. She is one of only 16 Canadian doctoral students receiving a $180,000 award.

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NEȾOLṈEW̱: One mind, one people and 42 Indigenous languages

November 23, 2017 - Media release

A new language revitalization project led by UVic will bring new life and strength to Indigenous languages in Canada. NEȾOLṈEW̱, which translates as 'one mind, one people' in SENĆOŦEN, is a six-year project supported by a $2.5M SSHRC Partnership Grant that will create a learning and research network with nine Indigenous-led partner organizations across the country.

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“Our women have always carved”

March 1, 2017 - The Ring

The newest exhibit at UVic's Legacy Art Gallery Downtown seeks to correct gendered colonial myths with works by Ellen Neel, a woman carver of the Northwest Coast. Ellen Newman Neel (Kwagiulth, Kwickwasutaineuk and 'Namgis) is often described as the first Northwest Coast woman carver. A prolific artist, she was only 49 years old when she passed away in the 1960s. But her defiance of gender barriers and federal law carries deep resonance for all Canadians to this day—and her artistic legacy lives on in the work of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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First analysis of MAP for adult Indigenous language learning

December 20, 2016 - The Ring

Adult learners are a "missing generation" in Indigenous language revitalization. The majority of fluent speakers are 70 years of age or older and although young children in immersion are speaking their languages in increasing numbers, many Indigenous adults aged 18 to 60 do not. Onowa McIvor (Indigenous education) and Peter Jacobs (linguistics) just wrapped up the first study of the Mentor-Apprentice Program for Indigenous adult language learners in BC.

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Orange Shirt Day 2016 at UVic

September 29, 2016 - The Ring

Indigenous Education at UVic joins a growing number of communities, schools, First Nations and local governments in Canada by honouring Orange Shirt Day on September 30—in recognition of the harms the residential school system did to children's sense of self-esteem and wellbeing, and as an opportunity to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.

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