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Aboriginal Education Research Forum 2022

Keynote Speakers

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Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek

Dr. Cote-Meek is Anishinaabe from the Teme-Augama Anishnabai. She is the inaugural Vice-President Equity, People and Culture at York University where she leads a team that includes the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion, Labour Relations and Human Resources.

Prior to this, Dr. Cote-Meek was the Associate Vice-President, Academic and Indigenous Programs at Laurentian University where she played a leadership role in advancing Indigenous education.

Author of Colonized Classrooms – Racism, Trauma and Resistance in Post-Secondary Education (2014) and two recent co-edited books, Decolonizing and Indigenizing Education in Canada (2020) and Critical Reflections and Politics on Advancing Women in the Academy (2020), Dr. Cote-Meek is well-known provincially and nationally for her work in promoting equity and inclusion in higher education.

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Dr. Dwayne Donald

Dwayne Donald is a descendent of the Amiskwaciwiyiniwak (Beaver Hills people) and the Papaschase Cree and works as a professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. His work focuses on ways in which Indigenous wisdom traditions can expand and enhance understandings of curriculum and pedagogy.