Not Just Adding Aboriginal Contents to a Non-Aboriginal Curriculum: Preparing Saskatchewan Teachers for the Rising Aboriginal School Population
By 2016, more than 40% of Saskatchewan's students will be of Aboriginal origin according to Statistics Canada. Educators will face the challenge to meet the educational needs of the rising Aboriginal population. The dual goal of reinforcing Aboriginal identity and to provide training necessary to survive in the so-called modern world, introduced by the Assembly of First Nations in 1973, points towards a cultural basis. Emphasizing this cultural basis, this presentation shows an example of how Aboriginal education concepts can be incorporated in teacher training programs. Integration of Aboriginal education is discussed from an Aboriginal cultural basis with mainstream theory and concepts explained into it rather than using the usual approach of fitting Aboriginal concepts into mainstream theory.
Keywords: Aboriginal Education, Aboriginal Epistemology, Cultural and Spiritual Basis, Left-Right Brain Learners, Multiple Intelligences
Dr. Norbert W. Witt
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education (Aboriginal Education), University of Regina