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FGS Presents: The Graduate Student Research Series - Featuring David Loewen...

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About the Graduate Student Research Series:
FGS is excited to announce our new seminar series which showcases AU graduate students and their research. We are really excited about the opportunity to show the AU community the fantastic research that our graduate students are conducting.
The talks will be available to staff and students at AU as well as other CARIs in the province. We highly encourage faculty and students from the presenter's discipline or program to attend as this will foster connections between students and faculty in that area as well as enable the opportunity for the students to engage in beneficial research discussions.


Featured Student: David Loewen (EdD Program)
David is originally from Haida Gwaii, once mistakenly referred to as the Queen Charlotte Islands – off the BC northwest coast. He currently lives on the territories of the Lheidli T’enneh in Prince George, BC. His current work is with the Indigenous Health team in the Northern Health Authority where his position focuses on community engagement, education and evaluation. He is in the fourth year of AU’s Doctor of Education (EdD) program.

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In mid-2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada released 94 Calls to Action focused on Canada’s 150-year legacy related to Indian Residential Schools. Several Calls recommend education for non-Aboriginal Canadians – Settlers – on topics such as Aboriginal rights and title, treaty rights, and Crown-Indigenous relations. The TRC also advocated for research into vital concepts, principles and practices of reconciliation, which may contribute to transformative social change. However, the TRC also argued that educational institutions are responsible for many current challenges in relations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians – through what these institutions have taught, or failed to teach.

The main purpose of my doctoral research is critically investigating and interrogating notions of social justice and change in online distance education as framed by some of the TRC Calls along with recent research exploring concepts of social justice within online education. My research is being conducted through critical self-reflection on my Settler (non-Aboriginal) Canadian identity and close to 20 years of experiences in online distance education as a student, instructor, and curriculum developer. This is complimented by over 20 years working for and with Indigenous communities. My current research is embedded in these multiply tensioned interfaces through narrative inquiry and autoethnography.

Registered guests will receive the link to the Adobe Connect session one day prior to the event.

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