Dec 28, 2018
UBC professor emeritus Jo-ann Archibald has been appointed officer of the Order of Canada for her substantial work in Indigenous education.
Governor General Julie Payette made 103 new appointments on Thursday, honouring Canadians who have helped shape and innovate societies across the country.
Archibald, also known by her Stó:lō name Q’um Q’um Xiiem, is a member of the Soowahlie and Xaxli’p First Nations. She spent her career helping to advance Indigenous educational programs in Canadian elementary and university curricula.
Archibald says when she was going through the B.C. public school system as a child, she did not feel the curriculum represented Indigenous peoples, topics and approaches properly.
“I often felt concerned. And I felt I wasn’t proud of being Indigenous because what was taught about Indigenous people was rather negative. It wasn’t what I was familiar with as far as living an Indigenous life,” she told On the Coast guest host Margaret Gallagher.
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