David Christie, Northern Lights’ College former Coordinator of Aboriginal Services, has been announced as Director of Aboriginal Education for the organization.
Christie said developing and coordinating a community strategy for Aboriginal input within the College region will be a priority, and that he looks forward to bringing his experience and dedication to the role.
The newly created directorship position will serve as the College’s first point of contact for Aboriginal educational matters at all levels, and serve as a liaison between First Nation bands, school districts, employers and the College in the campus region.
“Ultimately, I want to encourage and support the inclusion and success of Aboriginal students within Northern Lights College and the workforce because that is my passion—continuing to have regular contact with our local bands and schools to provide advocacy and support is of paramount importance to me,” he said.
Christie was previously the Fort St. John Campus’ Aboriginal student advisor. Prior to his work at NLC, he also worked as a Aboriginal student support worker in Charlie Lake, and as an elementary school teacher in the Yukon.
Christie has a double major in Education and Philosophy — with a minor in Native Studies — from Nipissing University.
Right now, he is pursuing a Masters of First Nations Studies with UNBC.
Vice President of Community Relations and Student Services, Susan Hunter, said this is ‘a progressive and exciting position that will help Northern Lights advance in all aspects of Aboriginal Education Services.’
“I am confident that we have found the best candidate for this position, and that David’s considerable professional, educational and cultural background will be excellent assets to drive the College’s Aboriginal education mandate forward in a positive direction,” she said.
His appointment is effective immediately.