Dr. Shauneen Pete honoured as inaugural Indigenous Scholar at Nipissing University

By Everett Dorma Posted: March 23, 2016 11:45 a.m.

Dr. Shauneen Pete, Executive Lead: Indigenization.
Dr. Shauneen Pete, Executive Lead: Indigenization. Photo courtesy of Michael Dubois, Dub Photography.

Dr. Shauneen Pete, Executive Lead: Indigenization at the University of Regina and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education was the inaugural Indigenous Scholar in Residence at Nipissing University from January 25-29, 2016.

“It was an honour for me to be asked to be the inaugural Indigenous scholar at Nipissing and to be able to meet with the students, faculty and staff who are engaged in Indigenization within their university community,” says Pete.  “In addition to participating in a variety of events, workshops and discussions, I was delighted to be able to deliver the keynote address for Nipissing’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Arts and Sciences.”

Titled, Unraveling Community in Indigenous Community-University Research Collaborations, Pete’s address identified Indigenous communities as complex places with often integrated and complicated social justice issues.  Pete emphasized that these communities can provide researchers new opportunities for relationship building and the possibility for innovative research collaborations by addressing the questions: Where do we begin? How do we initiate culturally respectful relationships? What are our roles as university researchers?

“I was also thrilled to join former U of R colleague Dr. Spy Dénommé-Welch, Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in Education at Brock University, earlier this month to speak about the need to create and nurture pedagogically responsive and inclusive spaces for Indigenous knowledge systems,” says Pete. “We provided two lectures as part of Brock’s Distinguished Speaker series.  The first was with 250 undergraduate Education students at the Hamilton Campus, which was also live-streamed to the St. Catharines campus.  The second was in the evening with a diverse group of faculty, staff and graduate students.

“These opportunities speak to the growing interest in the Indigenization of higher education across the country and the University of Regina’s leadership in this area.”

For more information on the U of R’s Indigenization efforts visit: http://www.uregina.ca/president/indigenization/index.html.