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When was the Tecumseh Centre established?
During the meeting of February 13, 2004 the Aboriginal Education Council (AEC) at Brock passed a motion to support the creation of Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education (the Centre) and referred the proposal to the Council of Academic Deans.
In February of 2004 the Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, who are the descendents of Chief Tecumseh, unanimously passed Resolution No. 2004-03-009 which endorsed Brock University’s request to name the proposed centre the Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education.
The Centre was approved by Brock University Senate in the fall of 2004 to the cheers and applause of a small crowd of Aboriginal students and community members.
What is the Vision of the Centre?
The vision of the centre was to establish a research focus at Brock University that connects Aboriginal and mainstream scholars, researchers, post-doctoral, graduate and undergraduate students to Aboriginal peoples and communities in a culturally appropriate manner in an effort to:
Further the understanding of the complex educational, health, socio-economic and socio-cultural realities of Aboriginal peoples, and to create new and innovative educational programming that promotes and encourages the transformation of those same realities. This direct connection between ‘research’ and ‘programming’ reflect the holistic nature of Aboriginal epistemologies.
How is the Centre conceived?
The Centre places the Aboriginal community at the centre of the research enterprise and the Brock community is connected to the Aboriginal community via research and educational programming. Thus the Aboriginal community moves away from being the subject of research and becomes a full participant.
The Centre is conceived as an organic multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, international and collaborative research and educational entity that has the ability to expand to include Brock faculties, other universities as needs are identified, relationships established and resources become available. This approach to expansion encourages the participation of a diverse array of researchers, scholars, students and community members dedicated to the creation of the intellectual critical mass that is necessary to encourage societal change.
How is the Centre governed?
Brock University is fortunate to have an Aboriginal Education Council (AEC) that represents the diverse Aboriginal community in the Niagara region. This Presidential committee not only provides guidance and direction relevant to Aboriginal research, programming, and support services it also legitimizes Brock’s Aboriginal endeavors in the eyes of the greater Aboriginal community in Canada and internationally. AEC members representing Aboriginal community organizations participate as full voting members as do students in the programs administered by the Centre and those enrolled at Brock in other undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral programs.
All faculty who are actively engaged in research related to Aboriginal issues are encouraged to participate in the governance of the Centre as are representatives from the Office of Research Services, the Office of Graduate Studies and the Vice President Academic.