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Office of Aboriginal Initiatives

Brown Bag Reading Group

Colonized Classrooms

Jul 15/14

Weekly discussion group for Sheila Cote-Meek's book "Colonized Classrooms Racism, Trauma and Resistance in Postsecondary Education".

See FORM for registration

Reading Group AGENDA

Book available for purchase at Laurier Bookstore for $24.95

Any Laurier Faculty or Staff

Limit of 20 registrants, minimum of 10. 7 Chapters 159 pages 4 weeks

The goal of the reading group is to create Aboriginal awareness on campus and improve classroom safety


Dr. Gus Hill

Gus is Anishnaabe from the Sault Ste Marie area in Ontario. He and his wife, Heather, have lived in the Waterloo Region since 2000 with their two sons, Daniel and Gibson. Gus completed his BSW in Native Human Services at Laurentian University, and his MSW and PhD at WLU. Gus has worked in child welfare, mental health, addictions treatment, corrections, along with private counseling and consulting. Gus has taught several courses for the Faculty of Social Work at WLU and was part of the inaugural delivery of the Aboriginal Field of Study.  Recently, Gus taught full-time at York University for two years.  He brings an indigenous-focused critical perspective to his teaching and research. Gus is focusing on research projects that are for and by indigenous people. As part of his indigenous critical perspective, Gus believes in research that places control, direction and ownership firmly in the hands of the knowledge-holders and indigenous communities.

Melissa Ireland

Melissa has been a staff member at Laurier since 2005 in various departments and capacities. Melissa has been active with local Aboriginal university community since 2004. She was a student representative on University of Waterloo's Aboriginal Education Council from 2005-2007, a committee member of SUNDANCe (Shared Universities Native Development and Navigation Committee) from 2004-2008, and a board member of Anishnabeg Outreach from 2004-2008. Melissa holds an Honours BA in English Rhetoric and Professional Writing from the University of Waterloo.Melissa has Anishinaabe (Ojibway) heritage from Curve Lake First Nation and is a proud hand drum carrier.

Paige Sillaby

Paige Sillaby is Ojibway from the Chippewas of Georgina Island, Otter clan. She was raised on Dokis First Nation, a small community located on the boundaries that separate the Districts of Parry Sound, Sudbury and Nipissing. Currently, Paige is a fourth year Global Studies student with a minor in Psychology. She has been part of the Aboriginal Student Leadership Team for the past three years, working in a variety of student staff positions. Including; First Year Student Success Officer, Student Intern, and Campus Connections Coordinator. Paige is an active member of the Aboriginal Studentís Association (ASA), serving as an executive member since 2010 when the campus club was first created, and from 2014-2015 she served as the ASA President. She is a member of the Laurier Student Drum Group at the Waterloo campus and a proud hand drum carrier. In her future career, Paige aspires to continue her work supporting Aboriginal student initiatives within education.

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