Carl Urion

Carl Urion

Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at University of Alberta

2-45 Medical Sciences Building, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
HQ Phone:
(780) 492-3946

General Information


B.Ed. With DistinctionUniversity of Alberta

PhD - anthropology , 

PhD - anthropology , University of Alberta


Professor Emeritus - U of A.

Founder - Native Student Services

Recent News  

Official Website of The Amundruds - NEWS

This will be done by Folkways Alive from the University of Alberta in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institute of Washington DC . Dr. Carl Urion has been working on a project which is looking at the history of Gospel music in Western Canada . They consider this to be a significant event and wish to record it for historical purposes.
A project studying the History of Gospel Music in Western Canada is being conducted by Dr. Carl Urion at Folkways Alive at the University of Alberta in association with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings in Washington DC. The University of Alberta's folkwaysAlive will be filming The Amundruds' concert at Spruce Grove Alliance Church on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010 as part of their archives research project on Gospel music in Western Canada under the leadership of Dr. Carl Urion and internationally awarded videographer, Grant Wang. - Dr. Carl Urion (University of Alberta) Visit theTOUR page for more information and directions to Spruce Grove Alliance Church.

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Aboriginal role model wins national award - Alberta ACADRE Network - University of Alberta

Dr. Carl Urion with Hamish, the grandchild of longtime friend Dr. Nancy Gibson.Now Dr. Carl Urion, professor emeritus in the University of Alberta Department of Anthropology, is receiving a national Aboriginal Achievement Award for a lifetime of education, research and advocacy around native issues. Urion is one of 14 people receiving the Canadian aboriginal community's highest honour at a nationally televised event April 4.Created in 1993, the awards are meant to celebrate the career contributions of First Nations people in diverse occupations.Urion is described by the jury as "one of the first role models in a university setting, who through his teaching and research set a new standard for Aboriginal students," helping two generations of them to "advance and excel." "I've known Carl for many years--he's the most delightful, forthcoming, dead honest kind of individual.There's no pretense, no supercilious layers to Carl.He's just a wonderful human being and a very distinguished member of the academy." Urion earned his B.Ed. degree at the U of A in the late 1960s, became a sessional instructor in the early 1970s and received a PhD in anthropology in 1978.A faculty member between 1975 and 1997, he was instrumental in establishing Native Student Services on campus.He has promoted the value of aboriginal education and high research standards in First Nations communities throughout his career. However Urion stresses that while certain departments in the university have made some gains in accommodating native students and understanding the research needs of native communities, there "has never been real institutional commitment" to improving conditions for native people at the U of A. "There has been a lot of press and a lot of rhetoric, but not a perpetual recognition of the indigenous client," he said."The U of A has a history of being in the vanguard of change in aboriginal and indigenous education and research, but then not seeing those changes through." Though retired since 1997 because of a debilitating condition that affects his balance and vision, Urion has continued his research, mentoring and committee work, said Gibson.Urion's current research includes a project on hate crimes in partnership with the Edmonton Police Service and another on post-traumatic stress disorder among burn victims.

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