Media Advisory: First students of new Master’s Cohort in Urban Aboriginal Education graduate Thursday


TORONTO, June 18, 2015 – The first 17 graduates of the Master of Education Cohort in Urban Aboriginal Education will receive their diplomas today at 3:30pm during York University’s spring convocation ceremonies.

The Master of Education Cohort in Urban Aboriginal Education is a partnership between York U’s Faculty of Education and the Toronto District School Board Aboriginal Education Centre.

It is the vision of York U indigenous scholar Professor Susan Dion who is available to discuss the merits and goals of the program.

The program is open to all educators interested in teaching and learning Aboriginal content and perspectives. It introduces students to the history of colonialism in Canada, the impact of colonialism on education in Ontario schools and the work of Indigenous scholars who are contributing to resurgence and a new emergence in indigenous thought.

These graduates are well positioned to participate in responding to the Indian Residential School Truth and Reconciliation Commission's call to action in Aboriginal education.

When:                  Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 3:30pm

Where:                York University, Keele campus at the Convocation Pavilion located at the Aviva Centre (formerly the Rexall Centre), 1 Shoreham Drive, at York University’s Keele campus (#8 on map).

The convocation ceremony will be webcast at the following link, which will become live when it begins:

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