Reimagining education in the North

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Mary-Anne Neal
David Codzi and Fred John Barnaby visited RRU in February.

Improving learning outcomes for people in remote northern communities is a pressing concern because education is associated with almost every measure of population health and well-being. School of Education and Technology associate faculty member Mary-Anne Neal works closely with the Dene communities in the Sahtu Region of the Northwest Territories to improve student achievement. 

How can the education system support learners of all ages while maintaining the Dene culture, language and traditions?  This is the question she hopes to begin to answer in the coming months.

For the next two weeks, Mary-Anne will live in the communities of Fort Good Hope and Colville Lake, where the people are closely connected to the land.  Together with the Behdzi Ahda First Nation, K'Ahsho Got'ine, and Yamoga Land Corporations, she will consult with the people, collect data and identify existing strengths and challenges as the first step in a project that will re-imagine education as continuous, lifelong, community-based learning.

This picture shows David Codzi and Fred John Barnaby, who visited us in February.  They travelled from north of the Arctic Circle to learn more about how the Dene Nation might partner with Royal Roads University in a long-term relationship that will be mutually beneficial.