U of S first Canadian host of the Native American Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 12, 2013 SASKATOON - The Native American Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) has chosen the University of Saskatchewan to host its 2013 conference, the first time this the prestigious event has been held in Canada.

The conference is a professional gathering for scholars, researchers and community members interested in indigenous studies. More than 650 delegates from around the world are expected to attend the conference in Saskatoon June 13 - 15.
"The NAISA conference provides us the opportunity to showcase our priorities and commitment to Aboriginal engagement and the success of our First Nations, Métis and Inuit students," said Ilene Busch-Vishniac, university president. " I believe the University of Saskatchewan to be the best place in Canada for Aboriginal research, scholarship and artistic work."
NAISA members strive to develop programs that support Aboriginal student success, engage with Aboriginal communities, and include indigenous knowledge and experience in curricular offerings.
"This event is a tremendous opportunity for the university to highlight its talented faculty at the podium and share their knowledge and unique experiences around indigenous studies, " said Robert Innes, assistant professor of the Department of Native Studies and chair of the host committee. "People from around the world who gather for this important conference, will have an excellent opportunity to enjoy the hospitality of not only the University of Saskatchewan but also our beautiful city."
The conference will begin with a pipe ceremony in the Bowl on Wednesday, June 12 at 8 am, and a number of tours are scheduled including visits to several urban reserves in Saskatoon.
Discussion panels will address subjects such as education and development, preserving resources, boarding and residential schools and using indigenous knowledge for research.
For a complete list of presentations and more information about the conference, visit: www.naisa.org
For more information, contact:
Robert Innes
Assistant Professor
Department of Native Studies
University of Saskatchewan
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