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Redefining success in Aboriginal learning
First Nations, Inuit and Métis have long advocated learning that affirms their own ways of knowing, cultural traditions and values. However, Aboriginal Peoples also desire Western education that can equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to participate in Canadian society. First Nations, Inuit and Métis recognize that “two ways of knowing” will foster the necessary conditions for nurturing healthy, sustainable communities.
Over the last four decades, the importance of Aboriginal learning to community well-being has become a critical issue as First Nations, Inuit and Métis people continue to experience poorer health and higher rates of unemployment, incarceration, and youth suicide than non-Aboriginal people.
Increasingly, Aboriginal communities are administering educational programs and services formerly delivered by non-Aboriginal governments. They are developing culturally relevant curricula and community-based language and culture programs, and creating their own educational institutions.
Yet as Aboriginal people work to improve community wellbeing through lifelong learning, they recognize the need to identify appropriate measurement tools that will help them assess what is working and what is not.
Although current learning indicators now widely used by governments and researchers are important measures, they fall short. They must be broadened to measure more than simply years of schooling and performance on standardized tests. A more holistic approach to measurement that recognizes all aspects of lifelong learning is needed to measure the individual and collective well-being of First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities. Find out more »
To support this ongoing initiative, CCL has introduced three online, interactive learning tools, accessible from CCL’s website. These online tools provide an opportunity to demonstrate how the Holistic Lifelong Learning Models can be used to identify data gaps, disseminate information to a larger audience and increase access to data and indicators.
Are you a fan of CCL’s Aboriginal Holistic Lifelong Learning Models? Now you have a new place to express your appreciation—Facebook. CCL now has a Facebook page for its First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning Models, and it’s the perfect place for individuals and organizations to share their experiences using the innovative and internationally acclaimed models. Just click on the link, become a fan, and head to the Discussion Forum to share your experiences using the models; whether it’s related to teacher training, community planning, curriculum development, measurement purposes or simply personal reflections.
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A commitment to new approaches and to new ways of thinking about measuring learning success and quality education for Aboriginal learners is needed. CCL recommends that government and researchers collaborate with First Nations, Inuit and Métis to ensure that holistic lifelong learning for Aboriginal people is understood, and appropriately articulated, measured and reported.
CCL recommends that any process to redefine how success is measured in First Nations, Inuit and Métis learning should:
CCL will ensure that the Redefining How Success is Measured in First Nations, Inuit and Métis Learning initiative becomes a rallying point for significant change by: