Northwest Community College is on a transformative journey to indigenize the culture and practice of how it provides education in Northwest British Columbia. This involves learning from Aboriginal values and needs, and taking direction from the communities. We base our approach on respect, relationships and responsibility. This provides the College community with tools for generating culturally responsive curriculum.

As part of the journey, the House of Learning and Applied Research presents the annual Challenging the Paradigm gatherings to examine how Aboriginal and mainstream pedagogical paradigms can be integrated to the benefit of the learner. We hope the gatherings will stimulate and inspire an on-going dialogue between educators and learners on how to produce real changes.

Challenging the Paradigm 2010 will be a summer gathering of scholars and leaders coming together with educators in the post secondary system to exchange ideas. This year, the focus will be on what PSE schools are doing to transform themselves. Keynote speeches from an exceptional group of prominent aboriginal speakers will engage the gathering and frame the discussions of the most innovative practitioners.

For more information contact:

House of Learning and Applied Research
web site:
Jim McDonald 250-638-5470
Anita Davis 250-635-6511 ext 5265