Department of Sociology Speaker Series

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Please join the Department of Sociology along with the Centre for Oral History and Tradition (COHT)
and the Institute for Child and Youth Studies (ICYS)


Why can't you just get over it?
by Dr. Tiffany Prete

Friday, January 20, 2023 at 2:00 PM
Zoom Registration Required

In this engaging presentation, Dr. Prete will talk about the main two strategies that the Canadian Government used for over a century to try and assimilate the Indigenous children into the wider Canadian population and the number of school models they employed to aid them in their quest of assimilation.

Apooyak’ii/Dr. Tiffany Prete (nee Hind Bull) is a member of the Kainai (Blood Tribe) of the Siksikasitapi (Blackfoot Confederacy), located in the Treaty 7 area. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Lethbridge. Her program of work is comprised of implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action on the Blood Reserve. Dr. Prete earned her bachelors of elementary education specializing in math and science, and completed her master of education and doctor of philosophy in education at the University of Alberta. She held both a Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellowship, and was an inaugural recipient of the University of Calgary's Provost's postdoctoral award for Indigenous and Black scholars at the University of Calgary. Dr. Prete’s background is in educational policy studies, specializing in Indigenous Peoples education. Her area of expertise includes: Indigenous secondary retention rates within the public school system, Blackfoot historical research, impacts of colonization, intergenerational trauma, and Indigenous research methodologies. In her spare time, she is a Native American bead work enthusiast, and published a research paradigm grounded in an Indigenous worldview that is guided by Native American beadwork. 

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