Webinar 29 | First Peoples Post-secondary Storytelling Exchange (FPPSE)


Michelle Smith, FPPSE Project Director, Dawson College;

Nicole Yves, Professor, McGill University;

Sophie Tukalak, student, Concordia University;

Pasha Partridge, student, McGill University.


Our Education Our Future: Perspectives of Post-secondary from Nunavik and Tiohtiake

From 2016-2020, more than 100 individuals from 20 First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities living in southern and northern Quebec shared stories of education and learning at school, college, university, in family and on the land. These accounts of personal transformation, challenge, and resilience, audio and video recorded, are the result of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council College and Community Social Innovation-funded project, First Peoples’ Postsecondary Storytelling Exchange (FPPSE).

FPPSE, led by Montreal’s Dawson College, partnered with McGill University, First Nations Regional Adult Education Centre, Kahnawake Survival School, Concordia University and others to explore an innovative strategy to improve Indigenous students’ access to education. FPPSE engaged Indigenous postsecondary students and former students in a storytelling exchange about their experiences within the education system and in community. Stories are collective accounts shared in talking circles, individual and family testimonials, and narrative films, created in collaboration with project filmmaking partner, Our World.

FPPSE Storytellers and Collaborators Pasha Partridge and Sophie Tukalak, Project lead Michelle Smith and Co-Investigator Nicole Ives present stories and outcomes from the project and share recommendations for Indigenous post-secondary education in Quebec.


Links: FPPSE website

Radio Canada international : Un nouveau site web présente des expériences vécues par les Autochtones au niveau postsecondaire (In French)


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