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First Nations Education in Canada


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IntroductionEastern Door: Reconceptualizing First Nations Education1 Towards a Redefinition of Indian Education2 Peacekeeping Actions at Home: A Medicine Wheel Model for a Peacekeeping Pedagogy3 Redefining Science Education for Aboriginal StudentsSouthern Door: Connecting with and Maintaining Our Relations4 Aboriginal Epistemology5 Quaslametko and Yetko: Two Grandmother Models for Contemporary Native Education Pedagogy6 Language and Cultural Content in Native Education7 Learning Processes and Teaching Roles in Native Education: Cultural Base and Cultural BrokerageWestern Door: Meeting the Challenge of Incoherence8 A Major Challenge for the Education System: Aboriginal Retention and Dropout9 Teacher Education and Aboriginal Opposition10 The Challenge for Universities11 Non-Native Teachers Teaching in Native CommunitiesNorthern Door: Transforming First Nations Education12 Treaties and Indian Education13 Taking Control: Contradiction and First Nations Adult Education14 Locally Developed Native Studies Curriculum: An Historical and Philosophical Rationale15 The Sacred Circle: An Aboriginal Approach to Healing Education at an Urban High SchoolBibliography of First Nations PedagogyContributorsIndex

About the Author

Marie Battiste, a member of the Mi'kmaq Nation, teaches in the Indian and Northern Education Department at the University of Saskatchewan. Jean Barman is a Professor in the Department of Social and Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia.


This book should be read by everyone who is interested in Indian Education. The interweaving of first person interviews along with academic discourse makes the book seem authentic and convincing. The authors of First Nations Education in Canada provide us with provoking information. It demands our attention, fosters reflection on our own actions, and inspires us to perfect the processes and content of the Aboriginal education. -- Douglas Smith * Canadian and International Education *
[An] excellent collection of articles. This book is a must-read for teachers, academics, curriculum developers, and government officials with an interest in aboriginal education. -- Jean Manore * Canadian Book Review Annual *
To educators who have any kind of contact with First Nations education, I would say, "Buy this book!" -- John W. Friesen * American Indian Culture & Research Journal *

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