The Faculty of Education will soon have all of its departments and centres under one roof.
The Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education – housed in the Brock Research and Innovation Centre on Lockhart Drive since 2006 – will be moving into Welch Hall just before the winter break.
“The Tecumseh centre has been an important part of the Faculty of Education, however, in its current location it is not physically a part of the Faculty,” said Interim Dean David Siegel.
The staff of the Tecumseh Centre will be moving into the offices on the atrium level of the Welch Hall expansion.
This location in Welch Hall was deemed most appropriate as the offices are near the Birch bark canoe that was donated to the centre by students in Sioux Lookout, Ont., and encased for display in the summer of 2015.
While being inclusive, this location will also provide a culturally appropriate gathering place for students.
Having the full Faculty of Education’s operations in the same building will no doubt strengthen the faculty as a whole, but also the University, as there will be a greater presence of indigenous groups on campus.
“It is important that indigenous peoples and programs be visible on campus,” said Julian Kitchen, Director of the Tecumseh Centre. “This move will increase the Tecumseh Centre’s profile and help build educational partnerships.”
Moving to the main campus will be Kitchen, as well as instructors Spy Denomme-Welch, Sherri Vansickle, Sakoieta Widrick, and staff members Sarah McGean and Jennifer Brant.
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