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Decolonizing Education

Nourishing the Learning Spirit

Drawing on treaties, international law, the work of other Indigenous scholars, and especially personal experiences, Marie Battiste documents the nature of Eurocentric models of education, and their devastating impacts on Indigenous knowledge. Chronicling the negative consequences of forced assimilation, racism inherent to colonial systems of education, and the failure of current educational policies for Aboriginal populations, Battiste proposes a new model of education, arguing the preservation of Aboriginal knowledge is an Aboriginal right. Central to this process is the repositioning of Indigenous humanities, sciences, and languages as vital fields of knowledge, revitalizing a knowledge system which incorporates both Indigenous and Eurocentric thinking.

223 pages

Table of Contents

Foreword / Rita Bouvier

1 Introduction

2 The Legacy of Forced Assimilative Education for Indigenous Peoples

3 Mi’kmaw Education: Roots and Routes

4 Creating the Indigenous Renaissance

5 Animating Ethical Trans-Systemic Education Systems

6 Confronting and Eliminating Racism

7 Respecting Aboriginal Languages in Education Systems

8 Displacing Cognitive Imperialism

9 Recommendations for Constitutional Reconciliation of Education

10 Possibilities of Educational Transformations



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