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Donna-Lee Smith

Faculty Lecturer

Director, First Nations and Inuit Education Teaching Programs

donnalee [dot] smith [at] mcgill [dot] ca (E-mail)
Phone: 514-398-6074

Room 335, Education Building

Areas of interest

  • Aboriginal literacy
  • Aboriginal education / curriculum development
  • Multiculturalism in the classroom
  • Literature for children and young adults
  • Fiction, short stories


Description of research/teaching activities
Over the past year I was involved with Josephine Peck, a First Nations educator in the Mi’kmaw community of Wagmatcook, Nova Scotia, looking at the impact of the Certificate of Aboriginal Literacy in Education on the learning and retention of the Mi’kmaw language. We are now developing children’s storybooks written in Mi’kmaq to be used in the Mi’kmaw classrooms, pre-k to grade 2.

Selected publications/presentations
Smith, D-L. & Peck, J. (in press). Wksitnuow wejkwapniaqwaq: A voice from the people of the dawn. McGill Journal of Education.

Smith, D-L. & Peck, J. (2003, June). Wskitnuow wejkwapniaqwaq: A voice from the people of the dawn. Tenth Annual Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Conference, Baraboo, Wisconsin.

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