Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi is hosting Métis student Danielle Hohnisch as part of its international programme for indigenous knowledge exchange.
Danielle, 24, is an undergraduate student of the Bachelor of Arts in First Nations Studies at the University of Northern British Colombia (UNBC), Canada, expecting to graduate in May. As a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship, she will reside on campus in Whakatāne for three months as part of the Cross-Cultural Indigenous Knowledge Exchange. The exchange programme is a partnership between UNBC and Awanuiārangi.
Danielle was welcomed to Awanuiārangi at the end of January and will stay until April. Her exchange will focus on decolonizing praxis and pedagogy, cultural regeneration and integration, indigenous education, traditional aboriginal medicine and healing, art and traditional ecological knowledge, and will include sharing aspects of Métis culture, history and arts.
Under the reciprocal arrangement with UNBC, Awanuiārangi Bachelor of Humanities undergraduate Christina Nuku is completing the first exchange to Canada. Christina, whose majors are Indigenous Studies and Indigenous Policy, spent three months at UNBC in Vancouver studying a range of indigenous matters.
The Cross-Cultural Indigenous Knowledge Exchange is made possible through Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships, which are awarded to some 2000 students from Canada and other Commonwealth countries to fund academic study and internship programmes at home and abroad.