Indigenous Scholar and Ceremony Launch Plenary
Indigenous Scholar and Ceremony Launch Plenary
Vancouver Preview, March 26, 2012
The 2012 AERA Annual Meeting welcomes all attendees to the Opening Plenary Lecture on Friday, April 13, at 4:05 p.m. Linda T. Smith, of the University of Waikato, New Zealand, will review research on indigenous education and share insights about applying in indigenous learning contexts what we know. Smith’s lecture is entitled “The Knowing Circle of Indigenous Education: It Is Not Enough Just to Know.” The event will take place in the Vancouver Convention Centre, First Level, West Ballroom C.

The lecture will be preceded by a traditional indigenous cultural protocol by members of the First Nations of Vancouver, who will welcome meeting attendees to their traditional territory. The ceremony is intended to convey the spirit and rich cultural heritage that have been so welcoming and supportive of AERA’s presence in Vancouver.   

Smith is a world-renowned indigenous scholar. She is professor of education and Maori development, Pro-Vice Chancellor Maori and Dean of the School of Maori and Pacific Development, at the University of Waikato, in Waikato, New Zealand. She has worked in the field of Maori education and health as an educator and researcher and is known for her work in Kaupapa Maori research. Smith is from two tribes in New Zealand: Ngati Awa and Ngati Porou.

The ceremony and lecture will be followed by a reception in West Ballroom D.