15th June 2005

 

CANADIAN VISITORS ON FACT-FINDING MISSION

 

Three aboriginal Canadian women will visit Lincoln next week on a fact-finding mission to compare notes on children’s services in Canada and the UK.

 

Addie Pryce, Penny Spence and Mary Brown are at the University of Lincoln in Hull this week attending four days of events to celebrate early years, play and children’s services in the city.

 

On Monday (20th June) the women will visit the Brayford Pool campus of the university to share insights between Sure Start in the UK and Head Start in Canada.

 

Addie Pryce is from the Nisga’a Nation on the north coast of British Columbia and is the National Manager of the Aboriginal Head Start On Reserve Program, supporting the work of community-based projects across Canada.

 

Penny Spence is from the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation and her spiritual name is Medicine Feather Woman. She is a local programme co-ordinator for the Brokenhead Aboriginal Headstart.

 

Mary Brown is a member of the Sandy Bay First Nation and is the assistant Regional Brighter Futures / Building Healthy Communities co-ordinator.

 

Heather Austin of the university’s School of Health and Social Care travelled to British Columbia earlier this year to make comparisons between the UK and Canada.

 

“Both of our organisations started up about the same time and are based on the same model and research from the USA,” she said. “Clearly though, we work in very different contexts politically, culturally and geographically, which makes a lot of difference too.


”The idea in inviting these visitors back here is to give people in Hull and Lincoln a chance to hear about different ways of setting up children's services and the different kinds of issues faced by the First Nations people living on reserves.”

 

The visitors will be at the university from 11am until 6pm on Monday 20th June.

 

For interviews or photographs contact

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk