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Chantal Fiola

Conference showcases spirituality in reconciliation

Keynote's spiritual journey shaped identity, informed research, teaching practice

Dr. Chantal Fiola says that Indigenous spirituality has informed not only her research but also her teaching practice as a university professor.
Fiola shared her personal story of spiritual discovery that has led to a successful career as a researcher, writer and academic, as keynote speaker on the opening day of the Aboriginal Education Research Forum, “Shawane Dagosiwin” and the Canadian Symposium on Indigenous Teacher Education.
Speaking to the conferences’ theme of “Embedding Spiritual and Sustainable Wisdom in Education and Research as an Act of Reconciliation,” Fiola recounted her experiences growing up a Red River Metis, steeped in Catholicism before recognizing herself as Two-Spirited, and turning to Aboriginal spirituality and practices.

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