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Biennial Congress of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics 2012: Serving Indigenous Peoples and Communities

Halifax, May 28, 2012 – Today, the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) welcomes the knowledge and experience of Indigenous leaders who will share views on their deep commitment to equity for all Indigenous peoples, improved access to education, enhanced quality of life, and their contribution to economies around the world.

The Keynote speakers involved in this discussion include:

  • Mary Simon, President, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami: Ms Simon has served the Inuit of Canada for 6 years and has been their voice on all areas of Inuit life, including health, hunting rights, sovereignty and education.
  • Yasna Provoste Campillay, Former Minister of Planning, and of Education, Chile: In 2004, President Ricardo Lagos named Ms Campillay the Minister of Plan in his cabinet, with responsibility for Indigenous Affairs. As Governor of the Huasco Province, at the age of 27, the youngest female governor in the history of Chile, she pushed for the recognition of and integration of the Diaguita community of Atacama (her ancestral indigenous community) as one of the 9 recognized ethnic indigenous people under the 1993 Law of Indigenous People of Chile.
  • Daniel Christmas, Senior Advisor, Community of Membertou, Mi’kmaw Nation, and Board Member, Nova Scotia Community College, Canada: Mr. Christmas has been active in a number of national, provincial and local agencies in a wide range of fields including aboriginal & treaty rights, justice, policing, education, health care, human rights, adult training and the environment.
  • Kelly J. Lendsay, President and CEO, Aboriginal Human Resource Council, Canada: Mr. Lendsay’s career has been a series of catalytic flashpoints demonstrating that effective networks, corporate and community goals can translate smoothly into advancing educational, employment, and economic opportunities for Indigenous people.
  • Rustum Southwell, CEO, Black Business Initiative, Nova Scotia, Canada: Mr. Southwell is the founding Chief Executive Officer of the Black Business Initiative, a business development initiative addressing the unique needs of the African Nova Scotian business community.

ACCC and Nova Scotia Community College are co-hosting WFCP’s biennial Congress, Driving the Global Economy. It is expected to stimulate dialogue on the profound influence of applied education on societies, economies and communities.

ACCC is the national voice for 128 publicly-funded colleges and institutes with campuses in 1,000 communities across Canada.

For more information contact:

Rosemary Lafrenière,
Manager, Communications and Information Services, ACCC
Mobile: 613-513-6291
Email: rlafreniere@accc.ca