October 18, 2016. Cree dancer and NorQuest College alumnus Adrian Lachance will join instructors Sheilagh McBride and Krystine Nichols to present at the International Corrections and Prison Association conference in Bucharest, Romania, from Oct. 23-28. Lachance, who will perform a traditional Cree dance, will talk about his journey from foster care, through his own incarceration to his cultural awareness, which has helped him personally and which he uses to help others. Lachance graduated from the academic upgrading program at NorQuest College and has worked as a youth worker, Aboriginal cultural helper, and has traveled internationally with his Yellow Ribbon Dancers. He currently works with Distinctive Employment Counseling Services of Alberta’s transitions program, developed to assist individuals who have been sexually exploited to move into mainstream employment or education. McBride and Nichols are instructors at the college’s correctional campus located at the Edmonton Remand Centre, educating approximately 150 students each week who take academic upgrading, personal development, or employment training courses through a consortium agreement with NAIT and the Ministries of Justice and Solicitor General, and Advanced Education. “The conference session will be a way of educating those in attendance on First Nations’ culture in Canada and the issues faced by many of the world’s Indigenous Peoples,” said LaChance.
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