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7th Annual Dr. Ottilia Chareka Memorial Lecture in Education & Social Justice -FR

Author: myUNB News

Posted on Oct 11, 2018

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The 7th Annual Dr. Ottilia Chareka Memorial Lecture in Education & Social Justice, co-sponsored with the Canadian History of Education Association, will take place on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in the Jr. Ballroom, (659 Queen Street).

"Education as Cultural Imperialism: Taking it Personal" will be presented by Dr. Marie Battiste, Professor of Educational Foundations, University of Saskatchewan.

This is a free public event.

The history of education in Canada as compulsory Eurocentric-structured systems required for the Canadian masses has resulted in devastating trauma and losses for Indigenous peoples of their languages, knowledge systems, and connections to holistic learning leading to wretched nihilism among the youth with regard to education. It has also yielded ignorance, racism, and political actions that courts have begun to redress based on treaties and aboriginal rights. TRC has urged a new transformative agenda, one that seeks through education and history of treaties, relations, and outcomes of the past to reverse not only the nihilism of Indigenous youth but also Canadians’ ignorance and racist narratives about Indigenous peoples. This talk through the personal narrative of a decolonizing Indigenous scholar seeks to address the nature of cognitive imperialism through another look at the history of education in Canada and its devastating and potentially empowering agendas.

Ottilia Chareka, mother, activist, scholar, mentor, and friend was a three time graduate of the Faculty of Education at the University of New Brunswick (DAUS 1993; M.Ed 1994; PhD 2005). Ottilia was the first woman from her rural village in Zimbabwe to complete high school and went on from there to enjoy a stellar career as a teacher and academic. Throughout her life Ottilia was a considerable advocate for others including the many Zimbabwean girls she supported in educational endeavours, fellow immigrants to Canada, and the First Nations students she worked with at St. Francis Xavier University.

When Ottilia died tragically in the spring of 2011 the Faculty of Education at UNB chose to honour her with an annual lecture in her name focusing on education as a vehicle for social justice, something that was a life long passion for Ottilia.

Ottilia is survived by her five daughters and a memorial fund has been set up by the St. FX Faculty of Education for her children.

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