Northwest Community College is on a transformative journey to indigenize the culture and practice how it provides education in Northwest British Columbia.

Challenging the Paradigm 2009 is a summer gathering of scholars and leaders in the post secondary system to exchange ideas. This summer, the focus will be on community engagement, innovations in pedagogy, and successes. Keynote speeches from an exceptional group of prominent aboriginal speakers will stimulate the gathering and frame the discussions of the most innovative practitioners.

Program highlights will include:

- Opening of the Gathering by the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, His Honour, Steven L. Point.
- National Aboriginal Days in Terrace (June 21).
- Guest Speakers include Grand Chief Ed John, Professor Leroy Little Bear, and Professor Lorna Williams. Speaker Biographies can be found here
- Plenary sessions on 
        - Engagement: Indigenous Leadership and education 
        - Finding the Epistemology 
        - Innovation: Holistic approaches to learning 
        - What Success looks like
- Panels and discussions on best practices in implementing the paradigm shift
- Community of Practice Panel discussion on Aboriginal Service Plans: “Sharing and Visioning?”
- Exhibition at the Freda Diesing School of NW Coast Art 
- Gathering Banquet prepared by NWCC Culinary Arts diploma class
- Salmon BBQ and tour of the Kitselas Canyon National Heritage Centre, including cultural events.

For information, please contact the House of Learning and Applied Research.

Registration and more information can be found here.