“AS EDUCATORS AND TEACHERS BEGIN to confront new schemes of Indigenous knowledge and learning in reconciliations that create ethical, trans-systemic educational systems, they will need to identify new processes.” (Battiste, p.xx)

Recommendations for Constitutional Reconciliation of Education

Battiste offers the following recommendations for educational reform.

1. Affirm Canada’s Commitment to Indigenous Knowledge
2. Recognize and Affirm Aboriginal and Treaty Rights as Creating Constitutional Educational Jurisdictions
3. Affirm Aboriginal Lifestyles and Intergenerational Use of Indigenous Knowledge
4. Affirm Aboriginal Teachings of Next Generations within Place
5. Develop and Support Indigenous Knowledge Innovations in Educational Institutions
6. Develop Opportunities to Learn in Order to Teach
7. Create New Certification and Standard Setting for First Nations Schools
8. Encourage Research and Innovations in Classroom Work
9. Adopt Principles and Guidelines for Respectful Protocols
10. Implement the UN Human Rights Covenants and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
11. Implement the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
12. Protect Indigenous Knowledge and Heritage Canada, its provinces, and territories, in collaboration
13. Support First Nations’ Capacity to Oversee Use of Indigenous Knowledge
14. Develop Research and Capacity Building in Indigenous Knowledge and Pedagogy

Based on the number of examples of resources I was able to locate, I feel it is clear that we are not starting from nothing. Indigenous peoples and organizations throughout Canada have been actively moving in these directions for a long time. But there is still more work to do.

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