Education and Youth


Partnering for Future Generations Case Studies of Aboriginal Programs and Services at Canadian Colleges and InstitutesAssociation of Canadian Community Colleges (May 2012). The following case studies, collected in 2011-2012, show that colleges and institutes are creating partnerships for future generations by reaching out to Aboriginal youth through innovative recruitment activities and by supporting adults’ access to learning and employment opportunities. Based on a commitment to improving outcomes for Aboriginal learners, colleges and institutes operate as institutions of inclusion, and provide the support services needed for student success. Programs delivered in partnership with Aboriginal institutions ensure the specific needs of Aboriginal communities are met. The promotion of Aboriginal culture, art and knowledge is achieved through awareness activities on campuses and specialized programs that teach and celebrate Aboriginal worldviews. Programs in Aboriginal governance prepare the leaders of tomorrow. 

Highlights from Vancouver

View photos and watch a short highlight video from our May 11th gathering on innovations in Aboriginal education, which took place in Vancouver, B.C.

Roundtable on Aboriginal Land-Based and Culturally-Focused Education from The Circle on Vimeo.
A special thanks to everyone who contributed and participated on the events!

Why We Need a First Nations Education Act
This paper discusses the need for a First Nations Education Act.  The first step in achieving ‘Indian Control of Indian Education’ was for the federal government to cede control over First Nations education, and this has largely been done.  But the second and more crucial step is for First Nations to step into the vacuum and create the necessary organizational and financial infrastructure for a high-quality First Nations education system, and this has not been done.  Despite many First Nations attempts to establish needed educational infrastructure, only bits and pieces of an education system have so far been set up on various reserves across Canada.  For the most part, the major elements of an education system for First Nations are missing.  The paper describes those missing pieces and sets out a plan for how they may be put into place across Canada.  It is a proposal for a new Act of Parliament which would allow First Nations that wished to do so to establish properly funded First Nations school boards with clear legal empowerment and the necessary regional educational agencies to support them. A copy of this publication is available in Microsoft Word format. Please contact the Caledon Institute for information.

Closing the Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal Education Gaps
The yawning gap in education levels between Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals poses a huge social policy challenge in Canada, according to a study released by the C.D. Howe Institute. Social policy researcher John Richards argues in this report for creating Aboriginal-run school authorities that are able to operate on-reserve schools – independent of individual band councils. Off-reserve, provinces should build on the practices of school districts that achieve good results.

Education Links and Resources: Aboriginal Canada Portal
Includes links to education and professional training programs, teacher resources, financial assistance, band-operated and Aboriginal-focused schools, and Aboriginal programs within universities and colleges.

Hope or Heartbreak: Aboriginal Youth and Canada’s Future
This special issue of Horizons was a joint collaboration between the Government of Canada’s Policy Research Initiative and the Research and Analysis Directorate at Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. This volume is part of one of the PRI’s current interdepartmental projects, Investing in Youth: Evidence from Research, Policy and Practice. This special issue presents the latest research and analysis to highlight emerging trends, challenges and opportunities related to the rapidly growing population of Aboriginal youth within an aging and changing Canada.

The Meaning of Political Participation for Indigenous Youth
This research paper, authored by Taiaiake Alfred, Brock Pitawanakwat and Jackie Price, under the auspices of the Indigenous Governance Program at the University of Victoria, was produced as part of the Canadian Policy Research Network’s Democratic Renewal Series – Charting the Course for Youth Civic and Political Participation.

Nunavut Sivuniksavut college training program cited as one of Top 10 Charities of 2008
Tides Canada Foundation recognized this program as one of the top social change organizations in the country, working to create a more just and sustainable world.  Nunavut Sivuniksavut prepares Inuit youth for educational, training, and career opportunities created by the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement (NLCA) and the Government of Nunavut.  It instills pride and a stronger sense of cultural identity in Inuit Youth and works to preserve and share ancient traditions such as throat singing, drumming and Inuit Games.

Sharing Our Successes: Promising Practices in Aboriginal Education
Proceedings of a national dialogue of nearly 400 people, hosted by the Society for Advancement of Excellence in Education (SAEE), whose purpose was to capture present and future policy directions, opportunities for partnerships, and, identify strategies to generate large-scale progress in aboriginal schooling. Much of the preparatory research was supported by an anonymous Canadian foundation.