By Lynne Davis, Marlene Brant Castellano, Louise Lahache
Aboriginal humans in Canada and in other places have unquenchable desire within the promise of schooling. This choice of papers grew out of chosen learn experiences and around desk papers commissioned via the Royal fee on Aboriginal Peoples.
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In summary, we can think of the last phase of our review as revealing important touchstones for the work of RCAP. At the level of high policy and politics, the link between education and self-government emerged. It Policy Discussion about Aboriginal Education is reasonable to suggest that this was the first illumination of this fundamental connection for non-Aboriginal participants in the discourse and, perhaps, for some Aboriginal people as well. This period also reveals an increasing preoccupation with the “nitty gritty” of when and how education reforms should be undertaken, along with a redefinition of the roles of Aboriginal and Canadian governments.
This chapter documents the concern and ideas expressed by Aboriginal organizations in Canada with regard to linguistic issues; the inconsistent and inadequate responses of federal, provincial, and territorial governments; and the developments that appear to the authors to hold out the greatest prospect of linguistic justice. In a chapter of such wide scope, it was impossible to do full justice to the range of effort and dedication displayed by Aboriginal language educators and activists across this country.
Elders are the cornerstone of traditional education, and therefore must be accorded proper and fitting consideration for their expertise. All languages are to be accorded equal dignity and respect. – Assembly of First Nations (1990, 39) It has been a cold 130 years for Canada’s first languages, and the thaw is still awaited. For a country in which language rights are now written into the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Canadian governments have shown extraordinary disregard for the unique linguistic heritage of this land.
Aboriginal Education: Fulfilling the Promise by Lynne Davis, Marlene Brant Castellano, Louise Lahache