New BEd program to be taught by community members at Listuguj First Nation

August 24, 2016

Members of three First Nations communities in Quebec and New Brunswick will soon have the opportunity to pursue a bachelor of education degree at the Listuguj First Nation. The program’s first cohort will consist of 25 Mi'kmaq students from the Listuguj, Eel River Bar, and Gesgapegiag First Nations. Community members with advanced degrees will teach the courses, incorporating local Indigenous knowledge and culture. The program is offered through a partnership with McGill University and is designed to encourage more community members and youth to pursue education opportunities. It is also hoped that training local educators will have benefits for the community's Alaqsite'w Gitpu School, creating a “ripple effect” of change in attitudes towards education, said Listuguj Chief Darcy Gray.