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OCAD President’s Speaker Series

welcomes Dr. Marie Battiste

TORONTO, February 17, 2009—Sara Diamond, President of the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD), welcomes Dr. Marie Battiste as the third keynote speaker in the President’s Speaker Series, on Thursday, March 5 at 6:45 p.m.

Battiste, a Mi’kmaq educator from Potlo’tek First Nations of Unama’kik, Nova Scotia, has worked actively with First Nations schools and communities as an administrator, teacher, consultant, and curriculum developer, advancing Aboriginal epistemology, languages, pedagogy, and research. She is Professor and Director of the Aboriginal Education Research Centre (AERC) at the University of Saskatchewan and Co-director of the Aboriginal Learning Knowledge Centre, a national project of the Canadian Council on Learning.

“Indigenous knowledge is part of the collective genius of humanity,” says Battiste, who will deliver a lecture entitled “Indigenous Knowledge: Roots and Routes to Learning.” “Despite the long and sustained use of Indigenous Knowledge around the world, little is understood about it, because Eurocentric foundations of knowing have dominated education in what I have called ‘cognitive imperialism.’”

According to Battiste, indigenous peoples now comprise about 5% of the world’s population (370 million), embody 80% of the world’s cultural diversity, occupy 20% of the world’s land surface and know and nurture 80% of the world’s biodiversity. Their accumulated experience, wisdom and knowledge represent over 5000 languages and cultures contained in more than 70 nation-states.

Battiste’s presentation will offer a foundation for understanding what indigenous knowledge is, what processes for learning are critical to its continued use, and how it can be respectfully brought into learning environments in indigenous communities and beyond.

President’s Speaker Series presents
Dr. Marie Battiste: “Indigenous Knowledge: Roots and Routes to Learning”
Thursday, March 5, 2009, 6:45 p.m.

Ontario College of Art & Design
Auditorium, 100 McCaul Street

All are welcome to attend, and admission is free.

About the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD)
The Ontario College of Art & Design (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “university of the imagination.” OCAD is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. The university is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinarity, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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