uRegina President challenges Summit attendees to improve Aboriginal education

June 5, 2013

The University of Regina hosted the Lloyd Barber Summit on Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education May 23 and 24, where the focus was on creating new and innovative ways for Aboriginal peoples to access PSE. Keynote speakers included Perry Bellegarde, Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, and Shawn Atleo, Assembly of First Nations National Chief. Bellegarde spoke of the need to embrace diversity by integrating Indigenous ways of life into educational institutions. Atleo called for the implementation of treaty rights to education in order to raise the number of Aboriginal PSE graduates, which he believes will be a huge asset to Canada’s economy. At the end of the Summit, uRegina President Vianne Timmons challenged everyone there to focus on one thing they could do to improve Aboriginal education. She also announced her goal of creating PSE funding for all Aboriginal foster children who graduate from high school. Regina Leader-Post (1) | Regina Leader-Post (2) | Regina Leader-Post (3) | Saskatoon StarPhoenix