New members of College of the Rockies’ Indigenous team (l-r) Jo Ann Smith and Karen Smith, look forward to working with the Ktunaxa Nation to continue to improve the education experience for Indigenous learners in our region.

College of the Rockies announces new members of Indigenous team

Director, Indigenous Strategy and Reconciliation, and Indigenous Education Coordinator welcomed

Submitted

College of the Rockies Vice President Academic and Applied Research, Heather Hepworth, is pleased to announce the appointment of Karen Smith as Director, Indigenous Strategy and Reconciliation, and Jo Ann Smith as Indigenous Education Coordinator and Advisor.

Karen Smith holds a Bachelor of Education degree and began her teaching career at East Kootenay Community College (now College of the Rockies) in 1984 in the Adult Upgrading and English Language programs. She also worked as a teacher, principal, and director of education within the Ktunaxa Nation in the ʔaq̓am and yaqan nuʔkiy communities, as well as a principal at Tl’etinqox School in Alexis Creek, B.C.

“I look forward to bringing my knowledge and experience working with Indigenous communities and students of all ages to my new role,” she said. “In the spirit of reconciliation, one of my key goals is to work closely with the Ktunaxa Nation to incorporate Indigenous perspectives into all aspects of the College’s learning community.”

Jo Ann Smith has worked at College of the Rockies for six years in various roles, including coordinating the Adult Upgrading in Community program with the Ktunaxa Nation. She brings a bachelor’s degree in Adult Education and a master’s degree in Leadership and Training to her new role, in which she will be responsible for supporting students and working with faculty to help the College move forward to achieve the education-related Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

“I am excited to work with Karen and the rest of the College community toward enhancing a learning environment where all Indigenous people feel welcome and supported,” she said.

“I am pleased to welcome Karen and Jo Ann to their new roles at the College of the Rockies,” said Codie Morigeau, Director of the Ktunaxa Nation Council Education and Employment Sector. “Both Karen and Jo Ann are long-time allies with the Ktunaxa Nation, consistently demonstrating their commitment, care and creativity to improve the education experience for the aboriginal learners living within Ktunaxa ʔamakʔis.”

“We value our close relationship with Indigenous people in our region,” Hepworth said. “Work to incorporate Indigenous perspectives into our curriculum is already underway; we have opened our classrooms to Ktunaxa Elders and Knowledge Holders, and we are working to help revitalize the Ktunaxa language through the offering of Ktunaxa language classes for credit. The experience Karen and Jo Ann bring to their roles will be valuable in helping College of the Rockies to continue to strengthen pathways for Indigenous student success.”

Learn more about Indigenous Education services at College of the Rockies: cotr.ca/indigenous

Just Posted

Creative Monkeys gets permanent home, launches summer camps

Grand opening for new studio is April 6

Military Ames hosting second annual Pasta with a Purpose fundraiser

For the Bulletin Military Ames is happy to announce our Second Annual… Continue reading

College of the Rockies to add 96 beds for student housing

$17.7 million project of six cottage-style buildings to be completed by 2020

Kimberley City Council discusses bylaw, animal control reports

There were 38 complaints about streets and traffic in the month of February.

Sullivan Mine & Railway Historical Society seeks support for grant application

The society hopes to complete extensive renovations on the exterior of the historical powerhouse.

Dynamiters keep their winning streak going

Nitros beat out the Nitehawks 4-3 in game two of the Conference finals.

‘Families torn apart:’ Truck driver in fatal Broncos crash gets 8-year sentence

Judge Inez Cardinal told court in Melfort, Sask., that Sidhu’s remorse and guilty plea were mitigating factors

Boy who went missing from park remains largest probe in Victoria police history

The four-year old Victoria boy went missing without a trace on March 24, 1991

WestJet sticking with Boeing 737 Max once planes certified to fly

WestJet had expected to add two more of the planes this year to increase its fleet to 13

B.C. driver caught going 207 km/h on motorcycle along Okanagan Highway

A motorcyclist was caught by Kelowna RCMP going 207 km/h on Highway 97C

Protective human chain forms around B.C. mosque for Friday prayer

Vancouver Islanders stand arm-in-arm to show support in aftermath of New Zealand shootings

B.C. fire department offers tips to keep your home safe during wildfire season

With wildfire season getting closer, the Penticton Fire Dept. offer tips to keep your home safe

Rural Kootenay communities to receive high-speed internet upgrade

The provincial government is increasing internet connectivity to rural British Columbia

Fierce house cat spotted as ‘aggressor’ in face off with coyote in B.C. backyard

North Vancouver resident Norm Lee captures orange cat versus coyote in backyard showdown

Most Read