Perspectives regarding Indigenous curriculum and CSL projects

When: Lunch Panel May 25 12:20 to 1:20
Where: Ross Glenn Hall
Facilitator: Cynthia Gallop, CACSL Conference Academic Chair

Cynthia is an Associate Professor in the Child Studies and Social Work Department at Mount Royal University. She holds a BSW from the University of Victoria, and a MSW and PhD from the University of Calgary. Her postgraduate career was spent working as a consultant to non-profit organizations in the area of policy and program development and evaluation. She has combined her passion for making programs more equitable and accessible to diverse individuals, with her research interests, which include student engagement, organizational change, community service-learning, Participatory Action Research, and interpretive research approaches.


Yvonne Poitras Pratt PhD

As an Assistant Professor in the Werklund School of Education and as an Indigenous faculty member, Yvonne teaches a mandatory class on First Nations, Métis and Inuit education, history and leadership to education students. She and Dr. Patricia Danyluk, also of Werklund, have also developed a service learning program in nearby First Nations schools through a series of research grants. Yvonne will be a speaker for the Indigenous CSL/CE curriculum panel, as well as leading an academic workshop featuring the CSL project she and her colleague have developed.

Jessie Loyer

Jessie is a Librarian for Mount Royal University, and a Cree-Métis and member of the Michel First Nation. She is a central force in several committees pertaining to the Indigenization of curriculum, and amongst other contributions, and is building the indigenous library collection.

Shalene Jobin, PhD

Shalene is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Native Studies (University of Alberta, Canada), Director of the Aboriginal Governance programs, and the Academic Director of the Indigenous Partnership Development Program, a partnership between Executive Education and the Faculty of Native Studies. Shalene has a chapter forthcoming in the edited collection Reflections on Indigenous Women’s Knowledge, the edited collection Indigenous Identity and Resistance (2010), American Indian Quarterly (2011), Aboriginal Policy Studies (2012), Revue Générale de Droit (2013), and an article in Native Studies Review (2015).

Shalene has taught courses with a focus on Indigenous self-determination, Indigenous governments and relations with the Canadian state, Indigenous governance, Indigenous economies, colonialism, and community-based research. Two of these classes have a community-service-learning component where students use their skills to complete a volunteer project for an Indigenous government, organization, or department. Shalene is Cree from her mother (Wuttunee family) and Métis from her father (Jobin family); she is a member of Red Pheasant Cree First Nation (Treaty Six) and has spent most of her life in Central Alberta.

Inter-organizational (IOR) Collaboration in Environmental Sustainability: Community Engagement and Learning Benefits

Wednesday, May 25, 6:30 pm Ross Glenn Hall

Connie Van der Byl, PhD

Moderator: Connie Van der Byl, Director, Mount Royal Institute for Environmental Sustainability

In this panel session, case studies in environmental sustainability collaboration will be presented from the views of each participating organization. The Miistakis Institute, government and industry came together to develop environmental sustainability outcomes in support of wildlife biodiversity in Alberta. Panelists will comment on their role in the collaboration, its success and some of the challenges that were managed.


Panel Moderator:

Connie Van der Byl, PhD is an assistant professor in the Bissett School of Business and Director of the Institute for Environmental Sustainability (IES) at Mount Royal University; her research focuses on energy organizations and their strategic responses to environmental issues and she teaches courses in business strategy, corporate social responsibility and environmental management.


Danah Duke is the Executive Director of the Miistakis Institute, a conservation research institute affiliated with Mount Royal University with research thematic areas spanning transportation ecology, private land conservation, ecosystem services, fiscal dimensions of conservation, human wildlife coexistence and citizen science, with community engagement a key component across all thematic areas.

Courtney Hughes is Alberta Environment and Parks, Peace Region’s Land & Biodiversity Specialist who coordinates and participates in a variety of work, including engaging various audiences in grizzly bear management and integrated land use planning.

Susan Patey LeDrew is a Senior Environmental Advisor with Cenovus Energy responsible for ensuring compliance with wildlife, groundwater, wetland and other environmental conditions of Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act approvals for two oilsands facilities.

Tracy Lee is a senior project manager at Miistakis Institute focusing on the fields of citizen science, transportation ecology and human and wildlife co-existence.

Lunch Panel May 26: Changemaking

This interactive panel will explore how a building a campus-wide culture of ‘changemaking’ can support service learning vision of students, educators and communities learning and working together to strengthen individuals and society. We will provide insight into the Changemaker Roadmap process at MRU, as well as how community development, activism and social innovation and entrepreneurship contribute to a culture of changemaking.

James Stauch
Institute for Community Prosperity
Bissett School of Business
Mount Royal University

Panelists: Jill Andres, Katharine McGowan, and Brent Oliver