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Nicole Bouchard
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi


Dear Participants,

Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, with the support of the Centre des Premières Nations Nikanite, is proud to present the fourth edition of the Convention on Perseverance and Academic Achievement for First Peoples.  This year, more and more of you are taking part in this event which is now a must on the agenda of all those who wish to participate in a collective effort to better understand the academic paths of young and not-so-young Indigenous learners and make a positive impact.

At Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, we have been working with the First Peoples since our founding 50 years ago. Since 1991, with the advent of our Centre des Premières Nations Nikanite, we have worked intensively to offer university programs that meet their expectations, while providing hospitality, support and assistance to these students from all Indigenous peoples of Quebec. We know that customized support is a key to the success of our students, and it is the reason our teams of professors and professionals invest themselves daily to meet their specific needs while respecting their culture.

In fact, UQAC is the holder of the first Indigenous UNESCO Chair in Canada, entitled First Nations Cultural Transmission as a Dynamic of Well-Being and Empowerment. Its governance structure is based on a committee of Indigenous Elders. It is part of UNESCO’s major strategic objectives for the protection of the diversity of cultural expressions and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We are very proud to be the bearers of it.

More than a conference, the event you are attending is also a privileged venue of sharing and cultural transmission. By focusing on dialogue, there is no doubt that we can make a difference in terms of perseverance and academic success among First Peoples.

To all of you, I wish you an excellent Convention.