From September 10 to 12, a group of Māori Scholars and PhD students from the University of Waikato visited the Faculty of Education.
Over the three days, Indigenous graduate students and scholars shared about their experience working, studying, and conducting research in post-secondary institutions and engaged in panel discussions about supporting Indigenous graduate student persistence and success, culminating with a launch of the International Indigenous Speaker Series, Land, Language, and Learning: Living in Good Relations featuring Māori Scholar, Dr. Linda Smith.
Graduate students, undergraduate students,faculty, staff, and community members attended and engaged in dialogue to advance engagement Indigenous knowledges, perspectives and priorities.
During the graduate student panel, Māori and Indigenous students from BC remarked on how similar their experiences in post-secondary institutions have been despite the geographical distance. All students spoke about the importance of culture and Indigenous knowledges having space in the university and how important it was to be able to engage with Indigenous peers.
Dr. Linda Smith spoke about a research project with Māori community members as an example of living in good relations. You can find the recording of her talk available here.