Battiste, Marie Ann
Department of Educational Foundations
University of Saskatchewan

State of Aboriginal Learning
Prepared for Canadian Council on Learning (CCL), Ottawa, Ontario byDr. Marie Battiste, Director of the Aboriginal Education Research Centre, College of Education, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

· Born: 30 September 1949, Aroostook Band of Mi'kmaq, Presque Isle, Maine

· D.H.L. (h.c.), Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, University of Maine, Farmington, Maine, 1997.
· LL.D., Honorary Doctorate, St. Mary's University, 1987.
· Ed.D., Stanford University, Curriculum and Teacher Education, Bilingual Bicultural Bidialectal Education Specialty, 1984.
· Ed.M., Harvard University, Administration and Social Policy, 1974.
· B.S., University of Maine at Farmington, Elementary and Junior High Education, 1971.

· Professional Teaching License Level TC 8, Professional Number 380667, Nova Scotia Department of Education, 1991.

· Professor, Department of Educational Foundations, 1999.
· Tenure, Department of Educational Foundations, 1997.
· Associate Professor, Indian and Northern Education Program, College of Education, 1993.

· Department of Curriculum Studies, College of Education, 2000-present.
· Department of Education Administration, College of Education, 1995-present.
· Native Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, 1995-present.
· Praire Region Health Promotion Research Centre, 1995-present.

· Sabbatical, July, 1999-July, 2000.

· First Peoples Publishing Award for Protecting Indigenous Knowledge and Heritage: A Global Challenge, Saskatchewan Book Awards, 2000.
· Eagle Feather, Mi'kmaq Treaty Day, Halifax, N.S. October 1, 1995. Given by the Mi'kmaq Grand Council, Mawio'mi.
· White Eagle Feather, Eskasoni School Pow Wow, Eskasoni, Nova Scotia, May 21, 1993.
· 125th Year Queen's Award for Service to the Community, 1992.
· Nova Scotia Social Studies Curriculum Development Award, SSTA, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1992.
· Social Science and Humanities Research Council President's Fellowship, 1986.
· Alumni Achievement Award, University of Maine, Farmington, Maine, 1985.
· Woman of the Year, Professional and Business Women's Society, Sydney, Nova Scotia, 1985.
· Honoring Ceremony, Stanford University Pow Wow, Stanford, California, 1984.
· Honoring Ceremony, University of California Pow Wow, Berkeley, California, 1978.

Dr. Marie Battiste is Mi'kmaq, from the Potlo'tek First Nation in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She is professor in Research and Leadership in Aboriginal Education, formerly Indian and Northern Education Program, in the Dept. of Educational Foundations at University of Saskatchewan, since 1993. A mother of three, she and her husband J. Youngblood Henderson have made Saskatoon their home after many years living in Eskasoni Reserve and working among First Nations schools and community organizations.

She has several earned degrees: Ed. D. (1984) Stanford University; Ed. M. (1974); Harvard University; B.S. (1971) University of Maine, Farmington and two honorary degrees: D.H.L. 1997 University of Maine, Farmington; LL.D. 1987 St. Mary's University.

She has published many articles and scholarly papers in books, journals and documents and remains involved in research on Aboriginal education, languages and teachers and teacher education. She is co-author of (2000) Protecting Indigenous Knowledge: A Gobal Challenge, Saskatoon, SK: Purich Press; and editor of (2000) Reclaiming Indigenous Voice and Vision, Vancouver: UBC Press; and senior editor of (1995) First Nations Education in Canada: The Circle Unfolds. Vancouver: UBC Press. She recently received the 2000 First Peoples Publishing Award for Protecting Indigenous Knowledge and Heritage: A Global Challenge from Saskatchewan Book Awards.

A quest for social justice and decolonization of education have framed her writings, her speaking, and her daily life in complex and integrated ways.

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