March 3, 2016 - 12:00 am
An understanding the wide gaps that exist in academic achievement and graduation rates between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students in Canada requires consideration of the impact of a dark and oppressive past. A recount of education policies and their negative impact on Aboriginal peoples in Canada will be considered as the source of numerous disparities observed between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities today. Unethical situations within Aboriginal Education in Canada will be considered through a historical overview of education policy that will outline the impact and legacy of such with reference to examples from the life and family experiences of the presenter, such as Indian Residential Schools, federal Indian Day Schools, the 60’s Scoop, and forced public school integration. National and international responses to the circumstances of Aboriginal education in Canada will be considered alongside responses to the final report and recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
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