media release

Exchange deal supports indigenous education across hemispheres

September 21, 2011
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Contact:
Jon Driver, 778.782.3927, driver@sfu.ca
William Lindsay, 778.782.8924, wlindsay@sfu.ca
Scott McLean, SFU Vancouver, 778.782.5151, srmclean@sfu.ca


Canada’s Simon Fraser University today inked an agreement with Australia’s Griffith University to foster regular exchanges of Indigenous students, staff, faculty and elders between the two institutions and their host countries.

The SFU-Griffith University Indigenous Exchange Agreement aims to strengthen ties between Aboriginal peoples and facilitate a free flow of knowledge, ideas and expertise between hemispheres.

While details have yet to be determined, Jon Driver, SFU’s Vice-President Academic, says the agreement “will encourage students to become better informed about opportunities and challenges faced by Indigenous communities in another country, and will add a new dimension to the developing relationship between BC and Queensland.” 

The signing ceremony at SFU’s Vancouver campus kicks off a 10-day tour of southern BC by 10 Aborigine post-secondary students from Queensland (home of Griffith University).

“During this informal field school, the student ambassadors will tour several post-secondary institutions and First Nations sites, and participate in various lectures and cultural events at SFU and other BC schools,” says William Lindsay, director of SFU’s Office for Aboriginal Peoples.

“It is precisely this sort of cross-cultural learning experience that we hope to promote with our new agreement.”

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