Celebrated poet and author to open Lakehead’s Aboriginal Series

(September 18, 2013 – Orillia, ON)

Celebrated author, poet, and educator, Lee Maracle, will be the guest lecturer at Lakehead University’s first event of the 2013 Aboriginal Speakers Series.

Maracle, a member of the Sto:lo Nation of British Columbia and granddaughter of the renowned Chief Dan George, will read from her book, Ravensong, on Thursday, September 26 from 6 to 8 pm at Lakehead Orillia’s University Avenue campus. All events in the series are open to the public and free of charge.

The series is organized by David Snake, Lakehead Orillia’s Aboriginal Liaison Advisor and promotes an understanding of Aboriginal history and customs. Each session is led by a local Aboriginal leader or guest lecturer and begins with traditional ceremonial greetings, followed by presentation and discussion. The significance of indigenous place names and the meaning of the Ojibwe clan system are just two of the interesting topics that will be covered in the upcoming series.

“Participants will gain a sense of understanding of Aboriginal history and culture, especially around some common stereotypes,” explains Snake.  “By the end of the five-event series, they will also have a good knowledge of the interesting history of the area.”

The Aboriginal Speakers Series continues on Wednesday, October 2 and on Thursday evenings, October 10, 16 and November 7. For details, including topics and speakers, click here or contact David Snake at dsnake@lakeheadu.ca

 Canadian First Nations poet and author Lee Maracle

Canadian First Nations poet and author Lee Maracle opens Lakehead’s Aboriginal Speakers Series on September 26.

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Media:  For more information, please contact Lakehead University’s Communications Officer, Kathy Hunt, at 705-330-4008 ext. 2014 or kjhunt3@lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead University is a comprehensive university with a reputation for a multidisciplinary teaching approach that emphasizes collaborative learning and independent critical thinking. Over 8,700 students and 1,850 faculty and staff learn and work at campuses located in Orillia, and Thunder Bay, Ontario, which is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Lakehead University promotes innovative research that supports local and regional socio-economic needs. In Orillia, development continues on building a campus that meets Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards. For more information about Lakehead University, visit www.lakeheadu.ca.