Join us! Mark Point will unravel the multiple layers to Aboriginal student success.
Date: March 8th, 2016
The Stó:lō presenter, Mark Point, is from the Skowkale First Nation. The traditional canoe carver/racer, tribal council manager, band manager, teacher, and school principal brings his wealth of experience to his PhD dissertation research, “What Does Aboriginal Student Success Look Like?”
- What does suffering from historical trauma have to do with Aboriginal student success?
- Do we need to improve our lot in life with education?
- What can parents, and Indigenous communities do to increase Aboriginal student success?
Mark Point is the third oldest in a family of 10 children. Born in Chilliwack, he lived his entire life on the Skowkale First Nation. Mark is Sto:lo, and considers himself cultured and over educated individual. Together, Mark and his wife Brenda, raised their 5 children. They now have 10 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
In his own words, “I have worked as a commercial fisherman, a pot washer, a Band Manager, Manager of a Tribal Council, a logger, civil servant, class room teacher, vice principal/school principal in Band and public schools. I enjoy participating in many cultural events and I am considered a traditional canoe carver. Along with making canoes I have with my family, traveled the world racing canoes.
I have a degree in Education, a masters in Education and I am a Dr. Candidate. Thus my interest in Education and the burning desire to see First Nations children enjoy better outcomes with their school experience.”