Shirley Burdon, graduate of the MATE 2009 cohort, has been a leader in promoting Aboriginal literature in the classroom. An article she has co-authored is now published in the November 2015 issue of BCTELA's English Practice. Her article can be found on page 34 of Starting a Circle: Exploring Aboriginal Education.
Shirley currently teaches English First Peoples 12 at Gladstone Secondary in Vancouver and has been doing so for the last four years. Shirley states that her interest in Aboriginal literature was ignited while taking a course with Deanna Reder in the MATE Program.
The MATE Program will be focusing on Aboriginal literature for the 2016 cohort. The program schedule will provide more detailed course content.