The Aboriginal Peoples Network is a
comprehensive site that collects and disseminates information on Aboriginal
initiatives in and around the University of Alberta campus.
there are over a dozen Aboriginal groups/organizations, faculties and
departments, individual faculty members and students on campus that engage in
and promote events and activities related to Aboriginal culture and tradition.
there are intermittent existing methods of disseminating information, they are
not comprehensive. There are no
centralized systematic locations that people can access for current Aboriginal-relevant
news and events.
the creation of the Council on Aboriginal Initiatives (CAI), and interest in
the Gathering Place there has been a significant increase and flurry of
Aboriginal initiatives on and around campus.
website dedicated to Aboriginal initiatives at the University of Alberta has
incredible potential to create a strong, collaborative community of current and
future faculty, staff, and students as well as linking communities on campus
As this site grows it will share:
· Minute by minute updates of the happenings in
and around campus
· Current events and happenings (speaker
series, guest lectures, performances, groups and organization meeting times
· ‘How to Guides’ for prospective students
· Recent graduates and alumni achievements
· Current research, papers, books and
· Introducing new staff and/or faculty
· Highlighting Aboriginal specific programs,
courses and policies
· Historical facts
This site will accomplish two priorities: First, it will act as a open
and alluring invitation to prospective Aboriginal students, faculty and staff as
well as anyone who has an interest in the current and relevant Aboriginal
initiatives at the University of Alberta.
Anyone logging on to the site should immediately discover a vibrant and
thriving community campus. The
University of Alberta should be able to confidently demonstrate that we are the
leading institution for Aboriginal post-secondary education.
Secondly, the website will act as a focal
point, a community “watering hole” (so to speak) where interested parties can
go to find the latest information on Aboriginal initiatives. The
Watering Hole will keep everyone
apprised of the many events and accomplishments of our Aboriginal scholars,
students, staff/faculty and groups.
creation of this online community virtual space will foster meaningful dialogue
and promote exceptional and innovative collaboration. This space will showcase the
current Aboriginal initiatives and allow us to develop and strengthen
relationships, ultimately, creating a stronger, more vibrant Aboriginal
community on campus.