Who do they learn from?
They start learning from birth and participate in activities as soon as they are capable.
The parents are the first one to greet the child into the world. They will have a great influence over the child and can be primary educators for the child.
The community is there to support the growth of the child. They come together to help raise the child and teach certain trades.
Aboriginal Elders are the ones that hold the most knowledge and wisdom. The Elders are very important individuals within the community as they pass on their knowledge/wisdom through various means of story telling or experiences.
What was wrong with the education of the Aboriginals before the Residential schools?
Frequently Asked Questions
The students are taught to respect the land and animals. Aboriginals respect Mother Nature and believe that they must return what they take. This is done through ceremonies and rituals.
What are the main differences between Western Education and First Nation Education?
- We have outlined curriculum documents
- We teach our students all subjects for all areas
- Students have the choice of their career
- Education is very individualistic (student worries about themselves)
- First Nation knowledge is passed on through the community/Elders
- The student is told what their calling is by an Elder
- The student is taught the skills required needed for their calling
- Education is community based (community builds the student)