Meijer Drees, Laurie

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    Elders-in-Residence at Vancouver Island University: Transformational Learning
    (Vancouver Island University, 2011-06) Martin, Melody; Meijer Drees, Laurie
    Postsecondary educational institutions across Canada are increasingly committed to addressing the historical disadvantage of aboriginal learners within their programs. Overall, involvement of Elders is perceived as a positive strategy for improving aboriginal student success. Vancouver Island University in British Columbia has, since 1994, pioneered the employment of aboriginal Elders-in-Residence. The findings of this study, based on the question "What is the value and impact of the role of Elders-in-Residence at Vancouver Island University?" emphasize the positive contribution Elders from local First Nations communities make to daily life on campus, whether in the classroom or at large. Although the study does reveal that concerns exist about the respect and support for, and the nature of, the role of the Elders as teachers, all respondents nonetheless believed in the value of the positions. The study concludes with four important recommendations for improving, clarifying and acknowledging the important contribution Elders bring to postsecondary education.
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    Personal, local, small: a principled approach to Indigenous education
    (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2017) Martin, Melody; Meijer Drees, Laurie
    Since the publication of "Indian Control of Indian Education" in 1972 by the National Indian Brotherhood, discussion about Indigenous Education has proliferated. Few easy solutions to attaining Indigenous control over education exist. This paper suggests three principles to guide new post-secondary efforts to "Indigenize". The principles of "personal, local and small" derive from Coast Salish Indigenous pedagogies and suggest fundamental requirements for inter/cross cultural learning.
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    [Abstract] The Indian Association of Alberta: A history of political action
    (UBC Press, 2002) Meijer Drees, Laurie
    Abstract of the book "The Indian Association of Alberta: A history of political action" by Laurie Meijer Drees (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2002).
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    [Abstract] The Nanaimo and Charles Camsell Indian Hospitals: First Nations' narratives of health care, 1945-1965
    (Les Publications Histoire sociale/Social History, Inc., 2010-05) Meijer Drees, Laurie
    Abstract of an article written by Laurie Meijer Drees, "The Nanaimo and Charles Camsell Indian Hospitals: First Nations' Narratives of Health Care, 1945-1965" which appeared in the journal Histoire Sociale/Social History.
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    Why we "care": thoughts on Canada's Indian residential school history, medical care, consent, and the law
    (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2/19/2016) Meijer Drees, Laurie
    Despite the efforts of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to acknowledge Indian Residential School (IRS) experiences and consequences, many gaps in our collective understanding of these institutions remain. Based on research initially presented to the TRC Missing Children Project, this presentation builds on those findings to offer further insights into the significance of the IRS history.
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