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Ontario isn't doing enough to provide aboriginal education: Queen's University expert

2013-11-12

Queen’s University aboriginal education expert Lindsay Morcom is available to comment on a new report from the People for Education saying Ontario schools are not doing enough to provide aboriginal education. The report said publicly funded off-reserve schools aren’t doing enough to educate aboriginal students about their cultures and histories.

"In talking about Aboriginal education in Ontario, there are two areas that we need to consider: education for Aboriginal people, and education about Aboriginal people,” says Dr. Morcom, co-ordinator of the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program at Queen’s. “We need to focus on building a system that better serves the needs of Aboriginal learners by providing support, incorporating Aboriginal knowledge and perspectives and getting input from Aboriginal community members. Of equal importance, however, is the need to give all Ontario learners an understanding and appreciation of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples.”

Please note Dr. Morcom is only available for phone interviews.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officer Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca or Rosie Hales at 613-533-6000 ext. 77513 or rosie.hales@queeunsu.ca at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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