Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

Visiting Scholar Presentation by Claudette Commanda

Join us for a visiting scholar presentation by Professor Claudette Commanda:

Place and Power in Education: Decolonizing the Mind, Decolonizing Education

11:40 am - 12:40 pm
Wednesday, July 6​, 2016
B242 (the e-Hub classroom)
Duncan McArthur Hall

Claudette Commanda

Professor Claudette Commanda is an Algonquin Anishinabe from KITIGAN ZIBI ANISHINABEG First Nation located in the province of Quebec.  Claudette is an alumni of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Common Law and Faculty of Arts. She has dedicated the last 30 years promoting First Nations people, history, culture and rights in various capacities as a University of Ottawa student, professor, member and chair of the aboriginal education council; and in the public forum via speaking events. She is a professor for the University of Ottawa’s Institute of Women’s Studies; Faculty of Education; Faculty of Law; and the Aboriginal Studies Program, teaching courses on First Nations Women; Native Education; First Nations People and History; Indigenous Traditions; and Decolonization. In addition, she is the Executive Director of the First Nations Confederacy of Cultural Education Centres, a national organization which protects and promotes First Nations culture, languages and traditional knowledge. She is inducted into the Common Law Honour Society; appointed to a second term to the Board of Governors for the First Nations University of Canada; and re-elected for a third term on the Kitigan Zibi band council. She is the mother of four and grandmother of ten.

Abstract: The presentation will focus on a First Nation perspective on education, its colonial thought and language; and the fundamental need to decolonize education in order for place and power of learning, place and power of the mind as a means for change to occur in reshaping education for educators, learners and stakeholders.  Education must be inclusive of First Nation knowledge, language, cultural practice and priorities. In essence, education cannot be restricted to academic learning but rather a process of lifelong learning by incorporating First Nations worldview and lifeways.