Verna Kirkness, National Indian Brotherhood
Kirkness has received varied and numerous awards for her contribution and impact to Aboriginal education for the past four decades (Castellano & Lahache, 2000). Verna Jane Kirkness was born in 1935 in Manitoba's Fisher Reserved attended the Manitoba Normal School. She graduated in 1957 with a certificate in teaching and started off her career in an elementary school within the Manitoba public school system. Later on she became the principal and teacher in various First Nations Schools. In the late 1960's to early 1970's, Verna served as a supervisor in elementary school with frontier School division. She became instrumental and established Ojibway and Cree in several Manitoba schools as the languages of instruction. When she was the Education Director in Manitoba Indian Brotherhood and the National Indian Brotherhood, she participated in various development and implementation of the Manitoba Chiefs.
In 1974, she cleared her B.A and later on in 1976, cleared in Bachelor in Education. She went on to master and cleared in 1980 with a Master of Education in the University of Manitoba. In the early 1980's, she was absorbed in the University of British Columbia in the faculty where she put her leadership skills for the Native Teacher Education Program. She also created the Ts'kel Graduate Program. She is credited for being the first director of the UBC's First Nations House of Learning in 1985. She was as usual instrumental in the construction and conception of the first Nations Longhouse that was opened in 1993 on the campus (Kirkness, 2013)
[...] References Castellano, M. B., Davis, L., & Lahache, L. (2000). Aboriginal education: Fulfilling the promise. Vancouver: UBC Press. E., & Gibson Library Connections, Inc. (2009). Restoring the balance: First Nations women, community, and culture. Winnipeg [Man.: University of Manitoba Press. Kirkness, V. J. [...]
[...] (2013). Creating space: My life and work in Indigenous education. Kirkness, V. J., Bowman, S. S., & Canadian Education Association. (1992). First nations and schools: Triumphs and struggles. Toronto, Ont: Canadian Education Association. Kirkness, V. J. (1998). [...]
[...] Verna Jane Kirkness was born in 1935 in Manitoba's Fisher Reserved attended the Manitoba Normal School. She graduated in 1957 with a certificate in teaching and started off her career in an elementary school within the Manitoba public school system. Later on she became the principal and teacher in various First Nations Schools. In the late 1960's to early 1970's, Verna served as a supervisor in elementary school with frontier School division. She became instrumental and established Ojibway and Cree in several Manitoba schools as the languages of instruction. [...]
[...] Academic callings: The university we have had, now have, and could have. Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press.Valaskakis, G. G., Stout, M. D., Guimond, Roper, T. W., & Abschol. (1969). Aboriginal education: The teacher's role. North Melbourne, Vic.: Abschol, National Union of Australian University Students. [...]
[...] This was enough evaluation according to Kirkness (Valaskakis & Guimond, 2009). The final recommendation by Kirkness for the community was to evaluate where they intend to go and how they will get there. This revolves around the formulation of a model of education. The stakeholders were to decide the kind of education they wish to undertake particularly for their children. Kirkness was for an education that provides the members of the community with opportunities to share ideas that would encompass traditional values, a holistic approach with the inclusion of the scientific and technological advances of the modern age. [...]
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