January 22, 2010
Ottawa, ON Ã¢â‚¬” The membership of the First Nations Confederacy of Cultural Education Centres gathered on November 16 and 17, 2009 for the Annual General Assembly to discuss the important work of Cultural Centres from coast to coast; and to set national direction on the promotion and protection of First Nations languages and culture; and, to elect a new President for a three year term. Two strong candidates were nominated for the Office of President: Dr. Donna Goodleaf and Rebecca Hall.
On November 17, 2009, after one round of voting, the FNCCEC membership elected Dr. Donna Goodleaf to the Office of the President. Dr. Donna KahÃƒ©rakwas Goodleaf is Bear Clan and is a citizen of the Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) Nation, Kahnawake Territory. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Kanien’kehaka OnkwawÃƒ©n:na Raotitiohkwa Language and Cultural Center, Kahnawake, Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) Nation Territory via Quebec.
In addition to her work as a frontline language advocate, Dr. Goodleaf is a notable author of a book Entering The War Zone: A Mohawk Perspective on Resisting Invasions and has co-authored other publications. “I am very honored to carry the title of President for this long standing organization and look forward to representing the cultural centres and in strengthening our organization”, articulates Dr. Goodleaf.
Dr. Goodleaf’s passion for the protection, maintenance and sustainability for First Nations languages and culture is the driving force that gives First Nations Cultural Education Centres renewed commitment and energy in our work as the frontline workers in keeping our languages and culture alive for our nations and communities.
Dr. Goodleaf brings a wealth of traditional knowledge, expertise, leadership, academic strengths and vision to the organization. We look forward to her visions, goals and strengths in moving forward in promoting the fundamental work of our cultural centres, today and tomorrow.
The First Nations Confederacy of Cultural Education Centres is a non profit national organization comprising of 87 Cultural Education Centres representing over 400 First Nation communities across Canada. “The First Nations Confederacy of Cultural Education Centres is the national organization that carries the mandate from their respective communities and is the national voice in the promotion, protection, revitalization and maintenance of First Nations languages and cultures,” asserts President, Dr. Goodleaf.
Dr. Goodleaf is a member of the PWRDF Board of Directors.