UNBC has appointed its first aboriginal scholar in residence.
A member of the carrier nation, Dr. Dustin Louie says he feels fortunate to give back to indigenous students and looks forward to ‘ collaborating in the indigenzing work of UNBC.’
The Aboriginal Scholar in Residence program is designed to increase access, retention, transition and completion for aboriginal learners.
Along with his new official title comes a four-month residency at UNBC which will see Dr.Louie engage audiences through class presentations and speaking engagements.
Louie mentioned his passion for mentoring other aboriginal students who want to attend post secondary education but adds he had his own self-doubt about pursuing education and hopes this is something he can use to change the trajectory of any future students mind.
UNBC Senior Advisor Dr. Rheanna Robinson says the unique opportunity will allow him time to build relationships and educate aboriginal and non aboriginal students at UNBC.
But she says Dr. Louie’s duties don’t end with students alone. The faculty of the university and the people of Prince George are thrilled to have Dr. Louie and looking forward to hearing him speak.
During his four-month term, he will travel to communities throughout Northern BC in hopes of providing insight on his work recognizing indigenous education
Dr. Louie graduated high school from Burns Lake and went on to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Canadian History, a Master’s degree in International Relations and a P.h.D in Educational Leadership. He currently holds a position as the associate professor at the University of Calgary, teaching courses related to indigenous education, social justice and educational philosophy.