The Indigenous Education Network Presents: Strengthening Aboriginal Success: Aboriginal Education and the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada Who: Dr. Christy R. Bressette, Council of Minister of Education, CanadaWhere: OISE Room 2211, 2nd Floor, 252 Bloor Street WestWhen: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) first declared Aboriginal education tobe a priority issue in 2004. This was reaffirmed in 2008 in the CMEC ministerial declaration,Learn Canada 2020.CMEC’s coordinator for Aboriginal Education, Dr. Christy R. Bressette, will share examplesof programs, policies, and practices from individual provinces and territories that are helpingto eliminate the gap in academic achievement and graduation rates between Aboriginal andnon-Aboriginal students.She will also review key CMEC-sponsored pan-Canadian activities on Aboriginal educationsuch as the CMEC Summit on Aboriginal Education, the CMEC Technical Workshop on Pan-Canadian Aboriginal Data, and the CMEC Educators’ Forum on Aboriginal Education.Bio: Dr. Christy Rochelle Bressette is an Anishinabe parent, student, teacher, and communitymember of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation. On June 23, 2008, Christy successfullydefended her doctoral dissertation, Understanding Success in Community First NationEducation Through Anishinabe Meno-Bimaadziwin Action Research, making her the firstAboriginal student at the University of Western Ontario to earn a Ph.D. in Educational Studies.She is an active supporter of programs designed to empower Aboriginal youth and increaseparental engagement and community participation in education. OISE is a leader in Aboriginal education and is among the first Canadian faculties of education to prioritize Aboriginalvalues and educational research following the signing of the Accord on Indigenous Education by the Association ofCanadian Deans of Education (ACDE) in June 2010.