Indigenous Speaker Series- Future of Post-Secondary for Indigenous Students

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In partnership with Stratéjuste, we hold a speaker series devoted to emerging policy issues that affect First Nation, Métis, Inuit..

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In partnership with Stratéjuste, we hold a speaker series devoted to emerging policy issues that affect First Nation, Métis, Inuit, and urban Indigenous people in Canada.

What does the future look like for Indigenous students in post-secondary? Join Dr. Mike DeGagné, the new President and CEO of Indspire, to discuss what will happen in the coming years as growing numbers of Indigenous students reach university and college campuses across the country. How can we make sure they do? How will they be welcomed once they arrive? Will they have appropriate supports to succeed? Dr. DeGagné has made a career of focusing on Indigenous post-secondary success including as President of Nipissing University. Now, at Indspire he’s able to see and impact Indigenous students’ success in new ways.

Bio: An Ojibway from the Animakee Wa Zhing 37 First Nation, Dr. Mike DeGagné is the President and CEO of Indspire. He was appointed Nipissing University President and Vice Chancellor in 2013, becoming one of the first Indigenous presidents of a Canadian public university. While President of Nipissing, Dr. DeGagné dedicated much of his work to Indigenous issues and ensuring that Nipissing University took a leading role in the Indigenization of the post-secondary education sector. During his tenure, the University experienced growth in both its graduate and undergraduate programs as well as an increase in research funding. Nipissing also strengthened its position as one of the top universities in the country for student experience, mental health services, residence experience and overall student satisfaction. His career includes work with the federal government in management of Aboriginal programs and as a negotiator of comprehensive claims. He also served as the founding Executive Director of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, a national organization which addressed the legacy of Indian Residential Schools.

DeGagné has served on numerous Boards of Directors in the health and university sectors including as Chairman of Ottawa Queensway-Carleton Hospital and Chairman of the Child Welfare League of Canada.

With a PhD in Education focusing on Aboriginal post-secondary success from Michigan State University, Dr. DeGagné also holds Masters degrees in Administration and Law. He lectures nationally and internationally in the areas of Indigenous governance and reconciliation. He is a recipient of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario as well as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

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