Miigwech – thank you for your interest in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia. As an Anishinaabe scholar and educator from the M’Chigeeng First Nation, located in northern Ontario, I am delighted to serve as Dean pro tem for this academic year.
As we begin to move past the pandemic, it is important for us to reflect on what we have been through in the last sixteen months so that we can create stronger learning environments and better relations with each other and the lands on which we live and work. COVID-19 has created immense personal and professional challenges that we have had to adapt to and overcome. Amid the pandemic, we also observed intense racial injustice, as well as a spirited response to the need for change. Moving forward, I encourage us to create time to reconnect with each other in order to revitalize our work together in schools and communities, and wherever we can join together to advance education’s role in the lives of people and the world around us.
All my relations.
Jan Hare, PhD
Professor and Dean pro tem
Faculty of Education, UBC