University offers supports for Aboriginal learners.In 1970, Cariboo For the former federal electoral district, see Cariboo (electoral district). For the former provincial electoral district, see Cariboo (provincial electoral district).
The Cariboo College's first classes were held at the Kamloops Indian residential school The Kamloops Indian Residential School was part of the Canadian residential school system and one of the 130 boarding schools for First Nations children that operated in Canada between 1874 and 1996. in Kamloops Kamloops (kăm`lps), city (1991 pop. 67,057), S British Columbia, Canada, at the junction of the North Thompson and South Thompson rivers. , B.C.
Now known as Thompson Rivers University Thompson Rivers University has its main campus in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada and a second campus in Williams Lake, BC. TRU was formally inaugurated April 1st, 2005 and is the result of the merger of the University College of the Cariboo and British Columbia Open University. (TRU TRU True
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TRU Transformer Rectifier Unit ), over the last four decades this educational institution has made the transition from a community college to a full university. TRU claims to be a different kind of university, with one of the largest Aboriginal student populations of any of British Columbia's post-secondary institutions.
Based on traditional Aboriginal pedagogy, students can complete their courses in a learning environment that makes efforts to accommodate Aboriginal students culturally, socially and academically.
The university boasts a coordinator of services for Aboriginal students, an Aboriginal cultural centre and a First Nations Student Association.
In the fall of 2003, The Gathering Place was opened. It is a resource, information and support centre for Aboriginal students and was established to empower empower verb To encourage or provide a person with the means or information to become involved in solving his/her own problems the cultural values of the diverse Aboriginal population that attends TRU.
In July 2006, Nathan Matthew, former Simpcw chief and tribal chief of the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council The Shuswap Nation Tribal Council is a First Nations government in the Canadian province of British Columbia. Based in the Thompson and Shuswap Districts of the Central Interior, although including one band on the upper Columbia River in the East Kootenay region, it is one of two , was appointed as First Nation advisor to the president of TRU. Previously an educator by profession, Matthew, has helped the university to better respond to the Aboriginal community's needs by functioning as an advisor and liaison between the TRU president and the university's Aboriginal services systems.
Joanne Brown Joanne Brown (born April 7, 1972 in Canberra) is a former softball catcher and outfielder from Australia, who won a bronze medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics and 2000 Summer Olympics.
She was inducted into the Softball Australia Hall of Fame in 2004. , TRU's Aboriginal student services coordinator, feels things have "come alive" since Matthew took on the advisor role. "He provided the shot we needed to go ahead and get things accomplished," she said.
Support for Aboriginal students is available from a variety of sources. Brown is available to act as liaison between students and their bands and other agencies. She is also there for the students in many other capacities, such as providing assistance with the transition from public school or on-reserve schools to the larger community campus. The First Nations Student Association has an office and a student lounge in the campus activity centre, and plans are in the works for an Elder in residence program that will provide a traditional approach to providing support for Aboriginal students. Students can also take advantage of the open learning option available at the school, which allows students to complete some or all of their desired courses without attending on campus classes.
By Leanne Flett Kruger