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Aboriginal high school students invited to visit Laurier Brantford

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Feb 26/08

BRANTFORD — Aboriginal high school students will have the chance to experience life at university when they spend the day at Laurier Brantford on February 27.

During their visit, students from Saunders Secondary School and Beal Secondary School in London will take part in a sample lecture from the Indigenous Studies program and learn about Laurier’s Aboriginal Student Services.

“It is important to provide Aboriginal youth the experience of sitting in a university classroom and asking faculty members questions,” says George Kennedy, Native Student Services Coordinator.

“It is my intent that Aboriginal students will take home with them a tangible goal and I hope they leave here inspired to complete high school knowing that Laurier has a place for them when they graduate.”

The campus visit, the first such Aboriginal student day visit at Laurier, will also include traditional aboriginal foods and an Iroquois social with traditional songs.

The Indigenous Studies program is a series of courses offered at Laurier Brantford that can be coupled with any of the programs offered at Laurier Brantford, including the Contemporary Studies major. Students explore issues from a variety of perspectives to learn about Indigenous peoples of North America and their history and place in today’s society. Topics of study include North American Native people and their religions, the effects of colonialism, native art and literature, as well as political issues.

Laurier Brantford's Aboriginal Student Services are continually being developed and the university hopes the services will gain more exposure among Aboriginal communities.

The university’s Aboriginal Student Services provides culturally-relevant, holistic student support services and programs to self-identified Native students (Status, Non-Status, Metis, Inuit). It offers resource space; community and academic support; bursaries, scholarships and awards; career planning and social events to Aboriginal students.

For further information about the campus visit, the Indigenous Studies program or Aboriginal Student Services, please contact George Kennedy, Native Student Services Coordinator: gkennedy@wlu.ca or (519) 756-8228 ext. 5884 or the Recruitment Office at liaison_brantford@wlu.ca or 519-756-8228 ext. 5777.

Lori Chalmers Morrison
Public Affairs

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