The Executive Lead, Indigenous Achievement is tasked with building and expanding an Indigenous presence and visibility at the University of Manitoba and the broader Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities that will result in improved access, recruitment, retention and completion for First Nations, Métis and Inuit learners. Our vision is to make Manitoba a Centre for Excellence for Indigenous Education.
Dr. Frank Deer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, Faculty of Education. Since July of 2014, he has served as Director of Indigenous Initiatives for the Faculty, and has been key to advancing the field of Indigenous education as a field of study and practice. He was appointed (Acting) Executive Lead of Indigenous Achievement in April, 2016.
Dr. Deer received his PhD in educational administration from the University in Saskatchewan in 2008 and his M.Ed. from the University of Manitoba. Prior to joining the University of Manitoba in 2009, he was a classroom teacher in the Frontier School Division and the Winnipeg School Division. Dr. Deer's research is in the areas of Indigenous post-secondary education, Indigenous languages, citizenship education, and identity studies. His research has been funded by several local and national funding agencies, including the Winnipeg Foundation and SSHRC. He recently completed a collaborative project on Canadian post-secondary education and Aboriginal Peoples of Canada, and is currently exploring podcast publishing as a way of sharing learning through undergraduate and graduate teaching and supervision. Outside of the University, Dr. Deer currently serves as President of the Canadian Association for Studies in Indigenous Education.