by Mary Taws Thursday February 14, 2013

I want to begin this post by thanking everyone who participated in Wednesday's chat on aboriginal education. The Agenda has had a dedicated, insightful group of people chatting about aboriginal issues on our website, on Twitter, and on our Facebook page. The feedback from these online discussions has helped shape our coverage of aboriginal issues in the wake of Idle No More.

Throughout these discussions, a few topics have been prominent: whether or not to overhaul the Indian Act, understanding the core messages of the Idle No More movement, and how to go about reforming the way aboriginal issues are taught to students. We aired programs on the first two topics, and yesterday held the aforementioned chat on our website about aboriginal education for both indigenous and non-indigenous students. Given the quality ideas, questions, and concerns raised during the chat, I'll be using the content from our online discussion to shape an exciting event we'll be hosting in Peterborough, Ontario. 

As part of our Learning 2030 seriesThe Agenda will host a meet-up on the topic of aboriginal education on Saturday, March 2. (Doors open at 2:00 p.m. EST; the discussion will start at 2:30 p.m. and conclude at 4:00 p.m.). Steve Paikin will interview David Newhouse, Chair of Indigenous Studies at Trent University; Ryan DeCaire of Wáhta Mohawk Territory; and Jennifer Henry, Post-Secondary Representative on the Provisional Council of the Métis Nation of Ontario. After the initial panel, which will be based on the content of Wednesday's online chat, we'll open up the discussion for a Q&A session with event attendees. Please register if you're interested in attending the meet-up in Peterborough. To view the online discussion that will serve as the basis for this event, watch a replay of Wednesday's chat below. 

Image credit: The Globe and Mail.