By Lynne Davis, Marlene Brant Castellano, Louise Lahache
Aboriginal humans in Canada and somewhere else have unquenchable wish within the promise of schooling. This selection of papers grew out of chosen study studies and around desk papers commissioned by way of the Royal fee on Aboriginal Peoples.
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Because compulsory schooling was used to rob Aboriginal people of the intergenerational processes by which language and culture are passed on, the classroom has become the main site wherein Aboriginal people are battling to reinstate them. Despite funding levels that are grossly inadequate for the project at hand, Aboriginal people continue to pursue language revitalization, in part because Aboriginal languages are seen as inseparable from issues of Aboriginal identity. As the bearers of thought processes, Aboriginal languages encode unique ways of interpreting the world.
In response to the culmination of these frustrations, the reports of this period begin to evince greater precision and greater detail in the hope of generating change. The tendency for documents to attempt to pin down what constitutes meaningful consultation and to clearly define strategies for implementing their recommendations suggests that Aboriginal people perceived government action to be evasive. This emphasis on greater precision and clearer definitions was also evident in some of the ideas that emerged during this period.
Learning: Tradition and Change. Yellowknife: Government of the Northwest Territories. Ontario Task Force on the Educational Needs of Native Peoples. 1976. Summary Report of the Task Force on the Educational Needs of Native Peoples of Ontario. Toronto: Government of Ontario. Ontario Métis and Non-Status Indian Association. 1985. Education proposal by the Ontario Métis and Non-Status Indian Association. Saskatchewan. Department of Education. 1985. Reaching Out: Report of the Indian and Métis Education Consultations.
Aboriginal Education: Fulfilling the Promise by Lynne Davis, Marlene Brant Castellano, Louise Lahache