The University of Alberta is enlisting some celebrity help to recruit students from Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.The university has given renowned Canadian Inuit singer and songwriter Susan Aglukark a distinguished scholar in residence position.
She will be a mentor to aboriginal artists on campus, and will help build a joint native studies, recreation, sport and community health degree program.
Aglukark will also serve as a consultant to the Canadian Circumpolar Institute and plans to lobby both provincial and federal governments to increase funding to aboriginal students.
In a release, she says she’s always had an interest in encouraging First Nation’s people to pursue post-secondary education.
She will be housed in the Faculty of Native studies for three days each month starting July 1.
-with a report from CP