More than an Afterthought? First Nations of Canada to Get Educational Autonomy!

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2 responses to “More than an Afterthought? First Nations of Canada to Get Educational Autonomy!

  1. I think a lot more needs to be done to address the needs of the First Nations in Canada. I don’t know whether having separate schooling for them would cause ghettoization and perhaps put their young people at a disadvantage in mainstream Canadian society. Whilst preservation of one’s native culture is clearly a good things, one must not become insular in the process. Coping with being exposed to a dominant culture is difficult, and if it’s not handled correctly leads to lack of confidence and even an inferiority complex in people. One cannot cling to an ancient culture for the sake of it. It must still serve a purpose and enhance people’s lives, whilst adapting to modern Canadian life.

    • It’s usually tricky to right historical injustices, but there are concrete, practical reasons why the First Nations should be accorded much more respect and a genuine dialogue should be initiated: they have at least as much knowledge and wisdom about the immediate environment as any group of local scientists.

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