BCPPI Public Dialogue: March 26

   "Not Sufficiently Strong": Aboriginal Education       o  Outcomes in BC

A discussion of overall needs in BC emphasizing Northern BC and labour market needs. This dialogue is being presented by SFU Public Square, in partnership with the School for Public Policy and the BCPPI, as part of the BCPPI 2013 Spring Dialogue Series. The series is intended to generate public input on policy options to support provincial prosperity and are taking place at SFU Vancouver.


John Richards, SFU Professor of Public Policy


John Richards will present on his report, which is available online here, and our discussants will respond and provide commentary. Dialogue particpants will have a chance to ask questions of the panel. Following this, participants will, in small groups, engage in a facilitated democratic dialogue and consider if the suggested public policy will enhance the prosperity of British Columbians.

A faciliator and note-taker will be provided to help guide each group's the discussion, and to record the group's agreements, disagreements and recommendations. The dialogue results will be collated and posted on the BCPPI website within two weeks following the event. 

We are interested in your opinion!


Tue, 26 Mar 2013 7:00 PM


Room 1400 - 1430 Segal Centre Rooms
SFU Vancouver (Harbour Centre), 515 West Hastings Street


Dialogue is offered free of charge, advanced registration is required. Please register here.

Our Discussants:

Dr. Barry Anderson has over forty years of experience researching and managing educational organizations. He has worked in education planning, finance, school system management, information management and use, and the assessment of student and program performance.

Dr. Anderson served as Canada’s representative to the OECD during the early development of OECD’s International Student Assessment program and participated in the selection of OECD’s annual international education outcome indicators. He also participated in education capacity building in Argentina, several Canadian provinces and American states and Jordan.

In Canada, he developed two school finance systems for the British Columbia Ministry of Education, oversaw the introduction of several testing and assessment programs, implemented a province-wide student information system and designed and implemented information-based reporting and finance systems that led to marked improvement in the results obtained by Aboriginal students. 

Dr. Eldon Yellowhorn is Chair of the Department of First Nations Studies and a faculty member at SFU's Department of Archaeology. His research in Native Studies has focused on examining the experience of aboriginal people in the modern world and their struggle to promote cultural diversity in a homogeneous society.


Read Dr. Richard's Report:  “Not Sufficiently Strong”: Aboriginal Education Outcomes in British Columbia

And his op-ed in the Vancouver Sun: Native education faces obstacles

More About Our Presenter:

John Richards has written extensively on social policy in Canada, primarily via the C.D. Howe Institute where he holds the Roger Phillips chair in social policy.

He has written several books and monographs on Aboriginal education. A selection of publications includes *Aboriginal Choices* (2006) [a book], "Aboriginal Education: Strengthening the Foundations" (2009) and "Aboriginal Education in Quebec: A Benchmarking Exercise” (2011). He served as a consultant with the federal government on implementation of the joint AFN/AANDC 2012 panel recommendations on education reform.

In addition, he has undertaken teaching and research in Bangladesh over the last decade. He heads a modest policy institute linked to the International University of Business Agriculture and Technology.