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Open seminar on Indigenous Languages at University of Lapland


Open seminar on Indigenous Education will discuss educational contexts of indigenous people in Greenland, Canada and Australia. The seminar will take place at the University of Lapland, Department of Education, in room ss22, and it is hosted by ADVOST research project and UArctic Thematic Network Teacher Education for Social Justice and Diversity.

The first part of the seminar includes two presentations by visiting international experts. First, Professors Karen Trimmer from University of Southern Queensland (Australia) and Debra Hoven from Athabasca University (Canada) give an expert lecture about Supervision of Indigenous postgraduate students. They have a long experience about various kind of supervision tasks at higher education. Secondly, Head of Department and Associate professor Benedikte Brincker, Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen (Denmark), will talk about how different forms of motivation influences attraction and attrition of school teachers working under extreme conditions – Case: East Greenland.

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Benedikte Brincker will talk about her research in Greenland.

The second part of the seminar includes the launch of the international book Indigenous postgraduate education: Intercultural perspectives, edited by Professor Karen Trimmer, University of Southern Queensland, Australia, Professor Debra Hoven, Athabasca University, Alberta, Canada and University Researcher Pigga Keskitalo, University of Lapland, Finland. The book explores how Indigenous people may be better supported towards more equitable participation to undertake higher degree research postgraduate studies in higher education institutions internationally.

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The editors of the book: Debra Hoven, Karen Trimmer and Pigga Keskitalo.

In Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; in Canada, First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples; in Scandinavia and Kola Peninsula, Sámi and in New Zealand, Maori people; have been the “subjects” of formal and informal research since colonisation and assimilation. However, in many colonised or assimilated contexts Indigenous people have had limited opportunities to be the researchers or undertake postgraduate study by research. Increasing numbers of Indigenous postgraduate students and researchers is key to enabling leaders and communities, and in the development and understanding of and respect for Indigenous histories, cultures and language within curriculum and pedagogy and approaches to research. Importantly, postgraduate students and researchers can also be agents of power and have the capacity to not only subvert and resist but to positively advance within their own cultural context.

There is an important contribution to be made by giving voice to Indigenous postgraduate students so that they can share directly the stories of their experience, their inspirations and difficulties in undertaking postgraduate study. Bringing the topic and the voices of Indigenous students clearly into the public domain provides a catalyst for discussion of the issues and potential strategies to assist future Indigenous postgraduate students and can provide sustainable solution-focused and change-focused strategies to support Indigenous postgraduate students who will go on to become stronger Indigenous educational leaders, in turn supporting the next generation.

Open seminar and book launch at the University of Lapland, Rovaniemi
Wednesday March 11:
Time: 10-12
Room: ss22.

10-11 Supervision of Indigenous postgraduate students
Professor Karen Trimmer, University of Southern Queensland (Australia) and Debra Hoven, Athabasca University (Canada).
11.00-11.30 How different forms of motivation influences attraction and attrition of school teachers working under extreme conditions - Case: East Greenland
Associate Professor Benedikte Brincker, Head of Department, Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen
11.30-12 Book launch Indigenous postgraduate education - Intercultural perspectives (by IAP), Editors: Karen Trimmer, Debra Hoven and Pigga Keskitalo

Coffee and snacks. You all are warmly welcome! 


More information:

Pigga Keskitalo
Researcher, ADVOST project 

Janette Peltokorpi
+358 40 484 4485
Project coordinator, UArctic Thematic Network on Teacher Education