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UNBC president says engaging First Nations students a priority

Dr. Daniel Weeks. (Credit: UNBC)

Dr. Daniel Weeks. (Credit: UNBC)

The University of Northern BC is holding its annual Board of Governors meeting in Terrace.

The two-day meetings started yesterday, and UNBC president, Dr. Daniel Weeks, says they’ll be discussing a wide range of issues.

He says they want to hear from locals how UNBC can better serve their current and future needs.

Dr. Weeks says engaging First Nations students has now become a priority at Canadian universities, and it’s something he says UNBC is working towards.

He says UNBC is doing its best to help Aboriginal students, especially those who come from small remote communities to transition to university life, but adds they’re also looking at ways to improve access to higher education in those remote communities.

UNBC has implemented a number of First Nations focused initiatives that Dr. Weeks speaks about proudly.

Dr. Reanna Robinson was appointed as Aboriginal relations senior advisor to the president last year, at the same time, an elders program was initiated.

Later this month, a sign including the local Lheidli T’enneh dialect will be unveiled at the Prince George campus.

Dr. Weeks says eventually all signs at every UNBC campus will include the language of the local First Nations.

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