NEWS RELEASE · 5th March 2013
Student Finds Voice at UNBC with Idle No More Movement
All week, faculty, staff, and students at the University of Northern British Columbia are holding an “Idle No More Teach-in” at the University’s Prince George campus. One of the event’s organizers, Third-year Biochemistry student Shalane Pauls, credits her post-secondary education for providing direction in her life, both for her intended career as a doctor in a First Nations community via the Northern Medical Program at UNBC, and as a passionate advocate for issues that are important to her.
This year, Pauls’ passion and activism has led to interviews on CBC Radio and in Rolling Stone Magazine. Recently, she has hosted Idle No More rallies in her hometown of Terrace as well as one in Prince George. “At UNBC, I’ve learned how to become an agent of change and how to make things happen,” says Pauls, who adds that UNBC’s First Nations Centre has been a home away from home for her. “I love Biochemistry because it’s a challenge. For the same reason, I love myth busting and helping to rid ourselves of stereotypes and racial ideologies.”
The Idle No More teach-in events at UNBC started on Saturday and will continue all week. Some of the events include forums on aboriginal health, tourism, arts, and environmental issues, as well as music and social activities.
“My time at UNBC has enabled me to mature and become bolder with my ideas and learn how I want to represent my community,” says Pauls, whose mother is Tsimshian and father is Tahltan, and who, as UNBC’s First Nations Representative on the Northern Undergraduate Student Society, will host a forum on the reality behind First Nations 'Myths' on March 5th. “I believe that, with a post-secondary education, you can do anything.”