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Knowing the Past, Facing the Future

Indigenous Education in Canada

In 1867, Canada’s federal government became responsible for the education of Indigenous peoples: Status Indians and some Métis would attend schools on reserves; non-Status Indians and some Métis would attend provincial schools. The chapters in this collection – some reflective, some piercing, all of them insightful – show that this system set the stage for decades of broken promises and misguided experiments that are only now being rectified in the spirit of truth and reconciliation. The contributors individually explore what must change in order to work toward reconciliation; collectively, they reveal the possibilities and challenges associated with incorporating Traditional Knowledge and Indigenous teaching and healing practices into school courses and programs.

312 pages | 6 x 9

Table of Contents

Introduction / Sheila Carr-Stewart

Part 1: First Promises and Colonial Practices

1 “One School for Every Reserve”: Chief Thunderchild’s Defence of Treaty Rights and Resistance to Separate Schools, 1880–1925 / Sheila Carr-Stewart

2 Placing a School at the Tail of a Plough: The European Roots of Indian Industrial Schools in Canada / Larry Prochner

3 The Heavy Debt of Our Missions: Failed Treaty Promises and Anglican Schools in Blackfoot Territory, 1892–1902 / Sheila Carr-Stewart

Part 2: Racism, Trauma, and Survivance

4 If You Say I Am Indian, What Will You Do? History and Self-Identification at Humanity’s Intersection / Jonathan Anuik

5 Laying the Foundations for Success: Recognizing Manifestations of Racism in First Nations Education / Noella Steinhauer

6 Iskotew and Crow: (Re)igniting Narratives of Indigenous Survivance and Honouring Trauma Wisdom in the Classroom / Karlee D. Fellner

Part 3: Truth, Reconciliation, and Decolonization

7 Curriculum after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission: A Conversation between Two Educators on the Future of Indigenous Education / Harry Lafond and Darryl Hunter

8 Indigenous and Western Worldviews: Fostering Ethical Space in the Classroom / Jane P. Preston

9 Supporting Equitable Learning Outcomes for Indigenous Students: Lessons from Saskatchewan / Michael Cottrell and Rosalind Hardie

10 Hybrid Encounters: First Peoples Principles of Learning and Teachers’ Constructions of Indigenous Education and Educators / Brooke Madden

11 The Alberta Métis Education Council: Realizing Self-Determination in Education / Yvonne Poitras Pratt and Solange Lalonde


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