Radio New Zealand : News : Te Manu Korihi : Maori academic wants to raise First Nations profile at Alberta University

Dr Brendan Hokowhitu from Ngati Pukenga arrived in Canada in February to become the faculty’s dean, after time as an Associate Professor at Otago University.

In New Zealand he became known for his research into indigenous culture and sport, while setting up a Masters Degree progamme in tangata whenua (indigenous) studies.

He says First Nations people in Canada want to learn from the way Maori have advanced their causes.

But Dr Hokowhitu said he would need to approach the topic with humility, because Maori in Aotearoa did not go about things in the same way as First Nations people in Canada.

He hoped to bring about some positive changes during his tenure, including raising the profile of Aboriginal people on campus.

via Radio New Zealand : News : Te Manu Korihi : Maori academic wants to raise First Nations profile at Alberta University.

Author: Makere

A transplanted New Zealand Scots/Maori academic/grandmother/random singer and sometime activist, my life is shaped by a deep conviction of the necessity for active critical engagement in the multi-faceted global and local crises of being and survival of species that confront us in the 21st century, the urgency of re-visioning the meaning of thriving together, and the contribution of Indigenous knowledge systems to a truly sustainable and just global society.