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Supporting Indigenous Children’s Development

Community-University Partnerships

This book challenges and offers an alternative to the imposition of best practices on communities by outside specialists. It tells of an unexpected partnership initiated by an Aboriginal tribal council with the University of Victoria’s School of Child and Youth Care. The partnership produced a new approach to professional education, in which community leaders are co-constructors of the curriculum. Word of this “generative curriculum” has spread and now over sixty communities have participated in the First Nations Partnerships Program. The authors show how this innovative program has strengthened community capacity to design, deliver, and evaluate culturally appropriate programs to support young children’s development.

152 pages

Table of Contents



1 Turning the World Upside Down

2 Harnessing the Potential of Partnership

3 Co-Constructing Curriculum from the Inside Out

4 Sitting Backwards at Our Desks

5 Grounding Learning in the Heart of Communities

6 Transforming Knowledge through Trust and Respect

7 Asserting the Power of Not Knowing

8 Supporting Children and Families with Sustained Community Transformations



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