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First Nations Education in Canada
The Circle Unfolds
Marie Battiste   Jean Barman  

$34.95 Paperback
Release Date: 3/14/1995
ISBN: 9780774805179    

375 Pages


About the Book

Written mainly by First Nations and Metis people, this book examines current issues in First Nations education.

About the Author(s)

Marie Battiste (editor), a member of the Mi'kmaq Nation, teaches in the Indian and Northern Education Department at the University of Saskatchewan.

Jean Barman (editor) is a Professor in the Department of Social and Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia.

Table of Contents


Eastern Door: Reconceptualizing First Nations Education

1. Towards a Redefinition of Indian Education
2. Peacekeeping Actions at Home: A Medicine Wheel Model for a Peacekeeping Pedagogy
3. Redefining Science Education for Aboriginal Students

Southern Door: Connecting with and Maintaining Our Relations

4. Aboriginal Epistemology
5. Quaslametko and Yetko: Two Grandmother Models for Contemporary Native Education Pedagogy
6. Language and Cultural Content in Native Education
7. Learning Processes and Teaching Roles in Native Education: Cultural Base and Cultural Brokerage

Western Door: Meeting the Challenge of Incoherence

8. A Major Challenge for the Education System: Aboriginal Retention and Dropout
9. Teacher Education and Aboriginal Opposition
10. The Challenge for Universities
11. Non-Native Teachers Teaching in Native Communities

Northern Door: Transforming First Nations Education

12. Treaties and Indian Education
13. Taking Control: Contradiction and First Nations Adult Education
14. Locally Developed Native Studies Curriculum: An Historical and Philosophical Rationale
15. The Sacred Circle: An Aboriginal Approach to Healing Education at an Urban High School

Bibliography of First Nations Pedagogy


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

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

Sample Chapter

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Related Topics

Native Studies > Canada
Aboriginal Studies

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