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Native Pathways to Education
Alaska Native Cultural Resources
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Indigenous Education Worldwide

First Nations of Canada

First Nations and Higher Education: The Four R's - Respect, Relevance, Reciprocity, Responsibility
Excerpt: "American Indian/First Nations/Native people have been historically under-represented in the ranks of college and university graduates in Canada and the United States. From an institutional perspective, the problem has been typically defined in terms of low achievement, high attrition, poor retention, weak persistence, etc., thus placing the onus for adjustment on the student. From the perspective of the Indian student, however, the problem is often cast in more human terms, with an emphasis on the need for a higher educational system that respects them for who they are, that is relevant to their view of the world, that offers reciprocity in their relationships with others, and that helps them exercise responsibility over their own lives."

Learning Indigenous Science From Place
"Building upon the evolving provincial curriculum, and past federal, provincial and Aboriginal research supporting the need for greater cultural content within school systems, this research project seeks to bring perspectives and worldview foundations for processing Indigenous science knowledge in Saskatchewan. This research will provide theoretical and practical solutions for educators in integrating Indigenous science knowledge within curriculum. "

Northern Links
"Northern Links provides and improves peer networking, support and communication for all community leaders looking to create more culturally relevant and engaging programming."

First Nations Seeker
Directory of Canada's First Nations Portals [links to First Nations' websites]

Nitsitapiisinni - Stories and Spaces: Exploring Kainai Plants and Culture
From the Galileo Educational Network: "Check out the free webresource which features indigenous healing plants, aboriginal stories, historical photographs, student art and music, and video interviews with elders. You will find over 40 complete digitized books and teacher planning resources and links. Come explore the Kainai landscape with elder guides and learn from the Kainai ways of knowing. "

The University of Victoria's Indigenous Governance program was founded in 1998, building on UVic's highly successful Administration of Aboriginal Governments program, a community-based band management training project serving the needs of indigenous governments in British Columbia. Taking indigenous education beyond management training to the next level, educational and political leadership, the IGOV program provides its students with a framework of critical understanding and advocates a strategic approach to decolonization. Through the flagship Master of Arts degree program, various community projects and capacity-development workshops, the IGOV program aims to provide our societies with leaders capable of effectively confronting the challenges that lay ahead.

Aboriginal Themed Lesson Plans
Excerpt: "The Indian and Metis Curriculum Advisory Committee seeks to provide guidance for those educators who recognize the value of integrating Indian and Metis content and perspective in the classroom. This work is the product of continuing efforts of the Indian and Metis Curriculum Advisory Committee of the Regina Public School Division #4."

Native Studies 10: The Invitation of Elders
Excerpt: "Indian and Métis Elders in particular, are integral to the revival, maintenance, and preservation of Aboriginal cultures. Elder participation in support of curricular objectives develops the positive identity of Indian and Métis students and enhances self-esteem. All students may acquire a heightened awareness and sensitivity that inevitably promotes anti-racist education. It is important to note that the title "Elder" does not necessarily indicate age. In Aboriginal societies, one is designated an Elder after acquiring significant wisdom and experience. "

Aboriginal Mapping Network
Excerpt: "The Aboriginal Mapping Network is a collection of resource pages for First Nation mappers who are looking for answers to common questions regarding mapping, information management and GIS."

Native Access to Engineering
Excerpt: "We envisage a world where the representation of Aboriginal People among doctors, engineers, carpenters, entrepreneurs, biotechnologists, scientists, computer specialists, artists, professors, archaeologists and individuals in other careers is comparable to that of any other segment of the population."

The Waseskun Network
The Waseskun Network, created by Waseskun House & Waseskun Canada, is a healing & development network in areas of community corrections, Native justice, prevention and intervention, and many other issues facing Aboriginal communities today.

The Inuvik Centennial Library
The Inuvik Centennial Library, located 200 miles above the Arctic Circle, was built as a Canadian Centennial project in 1967. In 1996 the initial library was closed down, and the move was made into a larger 7,500 sq. ft. facility adjacent to the original one. The library has currently more than 30,000 items which include books, audio cassettes, videos, and magazines.


Go to University of AlaskaThe University of Alaska Fairbanks is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution and is a part of the University of Alaska system.


Alaska Native Knowledge Network
University of Alaska Fairbanks
PO Box 756730
Fairbanks  AK 99775-6730
Phone (907) 474.1902
Fax (907) 474.1957
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Last modified June 20, 2012