KNCLN announces change of incoming Executive Director

Lauren Smart-Lampl is the new incoming Executive Director of KNCLN. Photo via KNCLN.

Earlier this year, Kingston Native Centre and Language Nest (KNCLN) announced the appointment of Ian Fanning as the incoming Executive Director (ED), who transitioned into the role on March 4, 2024, and was to assume full leadership in May. Due to personal reasons, Fanning will no longer be continuing with the organization as ED, but will stay on staff in a part-time role, KNCLN stated in a media release.

“We are pleased to announce that Lauren Smart-Lampl has accepted the position of Executive Director. Lauren comes to us from the Queen’s University Faculty of Education, where she has held the position of Program Coordinator of the Indigenous Teacher Education Program,” said Constance Carriere-Prill, current ED at KNCLN.

Lauren Smart-Lampl (She/Her) is Kanyen’kehá:ka from Kenhté:ke (Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory,) and sits with the Bear Clan, in which she acts as Clan secretary, KNCLN shared in the release.

The organization said that she is a language learner and enjoys sharing the language with her two young children. Smart-Lampl also engages in different language learning opportunities through music, where she has learned different Children’s and Women’s Social songs.

“Lauren is an individual who enjoys connecting with the natural world and takes every opportunity she can to get on the land, especially with her family. Lauren has received her Bachelor of Honours from Trent University in Indigenous Studies, in which she received a broadened understanding of complex issues that Indigenous peoples face and are a part of our daily lived experiences,” KNCLN said.

Smart-Lampl also completed her Bachelor of Education from the Aboriginal Teacher’s Education Program at Queen’s University, which she graduated from in 2017. According to the release, she is completing her Masters of Education in World Indigenous Studies at Queen’s University, as well as researching food and seed sovereignty movements and how Indigenous culture, stories, and traditions inform our relationships with our traditional food systems.

Upon completing her B.Ed, Smart-Lampl moved to Kjipuktuk, Mi’kma’ki, (Halifax, Nova Scotia). In her six years out east, Smart-Lampl worked with the Halifax Regional Centre of Education, spending most of her time teaching in K-12 school nestled in a rural community. According to KNCLN, upon acceptance to the WISE M.Ed Program at Queen’s, she was also hired to the Indigenous Teacher Education Program as a Program Coordinator, which brought her back home to Ontario.

“Through her role with ITEP, Lauren has continued to create and maintain positive relationships with the Program’s many Indigenous partner communities. We are thrilled that partnership has brought Lauren to us, and we look forward to supporting her leadership as our new Executive Director in May,” KNCLN concluded.

Learn more about the Kingston Native Centre and Language Nest on the KNCLN website.

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