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11. From ABC's to PhD's

Country Available: Canada, USA

It is felt by many that education is the single most important issue facing Aboriginal people. The education systems both on and off reserve are failing our people. Young people are dropping out of school every day and it’s not easy to return. Lack of education and lack of literacy are barriers to employment. What is wrong? How do we make it better? There are many programs that are set up specifically for Native students such as the Institute of Indigenous Government, Saskatchewan Indian Federated College, and UBC’s First Nations House of Learning. But some feel that programs that are designed specifically for Native people are designed for students to pass, not for them to learn.

 Aboriginal education programs are often viewed as substandard by non-Aboriginal educators and administrators. However, many students go on to post-secondary education and are successful, but meet many challenges on the way such as lack of housing, and lack of support in urban settings. Venturing Forth will profile students and educators who are working their way through these barriers to create successful academic careers as well as people who are learning and teaching their language.

Locations: Various.

View a printer friendly version of this page...Copyright Date: 2004 Length: 25 minutes Library Audience:
  • General Interest
  • School Audience:
  • Grades 6 - 12
  • Post-Secondary Education
  • Subjects:
  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Business and Marketing
  • Canadian History
  • Formats Available:
  • DVD
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