Education Symposium on Indigenous Leadership

UBC’s Faculty of Education, Year of Indigenous Education, is pleased to present a symposium about Indigenous leadership and learning that is co-sponsored by UBC’s Educational Studies graduate program in Educational Administration and Leadership and the Indigenous Education Institute of Canada. The symposium will feature some of the authors of the newly released book, Living Indigenous Leadership: Native Narratives on Building Strong Communities, edited by Drs. Carolyn Kenny and Tina Ngaroimata Fraser. The evening’s focus is a panel of five Indigenous women scholars who will discuss their community-oriented research in relation to leadership and education. Tina Ngaroimata Fraser, Maori, is Assistant Professor at the University of Northern British Columbia; Alanaise Goodwill, Ojibway, is Assistant Professor at Brandon University; Carolyn Kenny, Choctaw/Haida, is a Professor at Antioch University; Michelle Pidgeon, Mi’kmaq, is an Assistant Professor, at Simon Fraser University; and, Alannah Young Leon, Opaskwayak Cree, is a PhD Candidate at The University of British Columbia.

The purpose of the symposium panel and paired book launch is an effort to highlight new scholarship about Indigenous leadership and to discuss how this research can help improve education. Kenny explains that authors “present their work in the style of stories, so it’s very accessible to people from different sectors.” The editors consider the book an inspirational bridge between three main groups: educators working in Indigenous communities such as teachers, social service workers, and healthcare professionals; those engaging in Indigenous leadership discourse; and non-Indigenous people in leadership studies who may not presently be aware of Native leadership that is not yet showcased in mainstream leadership literature.

Dr Carolyn Kenny, Symposium Chair and Co-editor of Living Indigenous Leadership: Native Narratives on Building Strong Communities.

Panelists: Alannah Young Leon, Tina Fraser, and Michelle Pidgeon.


November 19th Event, UBC Longhouse, 4 – 6:30 pm