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Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

First Nations Education in Canada

The Circle Unfolds

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

375 pages

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



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