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Supporting Indigenous Students: Importance of Collaboration and Cultural Competency

Presenter: Marcia Guno, Simon Fraser University


Marcia Guno is the Director of the Indigenous Student Centre at Simon Fraser University.   Marcia is from the Nisga'a Nation and her Nisga’a name is K’amyuuwa’a; she is Laxsgiik (Eagle) and is from the House of Minee’eskw. 

Marcia graduated from Simon Fraser University with her Bachelors Degree in 1996 and Masters Degree in 2001.  Her master’s thesis titled "In the Spirit of Sharing: Honoring First Nations educational experiences." focused on Aboriginal student experiences in their post-secondary journey. Marcia worked at SFU previously in a variety of roles that included SFU First Nations student recruiter; in this capacity, Marcia initiated a very successful provincial-wide Aboriginal student recruitment initiative called 'Strengthening Connections'.  Throughout her career, Marcia has managed a variety of innovative provincial scaled projects focused on Aboriginal education.  She enjoys managing project initiatives involving community engagement with multiple and diverse communities and partner organizations.   She continues to support creating opportunities to help ensure meaningful, respectful and collaborative work with multiple, committed stakeholders - she has witnessed how meaningful collaboration helps to achieve positive results for Indigenous learners.

Session Description

Engage in an interactive discussion focused on the benefits of collaboration and the importance of cultural competency.  Participants will engage in a dialogue that explores collaborative opportunities that enhance support provided to Indigenous students.. In addition, the facilitator will highlight the importance of cultural competency and potential ideas of how to strengthen one's cultural awareness of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

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