Dr. Battiste is a Mi'kmaw educator from the Potlotek First Nation, Nova Scotia and professor at the Department of Educational Foundations at the University of Saskatchewan. She is a nationally recognized expert on Aboriginal life-long learning, decolonizing and indigenizing the academy, and violence prevention and anti-bullying in schools.
As part of a three-day conference on Indigenization of the Academy at St. Thomas University taking place Sept. 27th -29th, Dr. Marie Battiste will be keynote speaker on Friday, Sept. 29th.

Further information on the agenda for the three-day conference will be forthcoming.

Dr. Marie Battiste

Dr. Battiste is a Mi'kmaw educator from the Potlotek First Nation, Nova Scotia and professor at the Department of Educational Foundations at the University of Saskatchewan. She is a nationally recognized expert on Aboriginal life-long learning, decolonizing and indigenizing the academy, and violence prevention and anti-bullying in schools.

She holds degrees from the University of Maine, Harvard, and Stanford, and she is recognized as a senior Indigenous scholar in Canada. She holds honorary degrees from the University of Ottawa, Thompson Rivers University, the University of Maine–Farmington, and St. Mary's University, and is a member of the Royal Society of Canada.

She is the founding academic director of the Aboriginal Education Research Centre at the University of Saskatchewan, a founding board member of the Canadian Council on Learning, and a former co-director of the Aboriginal Learning Knowledge Centre.

Dr. Battiste was awarded the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in Education in 2008 for helping to spur institutional change in order to decolonize education, activate social justice, and promote postcolonial approaches to education.  

She has recently conducted workshops with faculty at the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg, and participated in a panel on The Future of the Liberal Arts: A Global Conversation Workshop.

Thank you.

Dr. Kim Fenwick
Vice President (Academic and Research)
Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Indigenization of the Academy