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The struggles and identities of educators are rich resources for transforming colonial and post-colonial educational systems. The teachers in this book resourcefully built their own identities from Indigenous ideologies and practices, as well as the world of mainstream schools. Their stories also emphasize that struggles to construct identity, far from being individual efforts, connect us to others. These struggles and connections fuel the transformation of colonial educational systems into spaces that support and encourage Indigenous learners.
The teachers were classmates during the five-year First Nations teacher education program at Prince Rupert/Simon Fraser University. The experiences of the teachers are connected to both the broad history of Aboriginal education in Canada, as well as to the specific history of north coastal British Columbia (pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial). In struggles with the legacy of this history, First Nations teachers have initiated the process of educational transformation.
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About the Author
June Beynon, PhD, worked at Simon Fraser University for 34 years developing programs, teaching, researching, and publishing in the areas of First Nations, anti-racist, and multicultural teacher education. She initiated and developed courses in these areas in the teacher education program as well as in undergraduate and graduate programs. She was director of professional programs and British Columbia education domain leader for the International Metropolis Project on Immigration.
Table of Contents
1. Perspectives on change2. Identity at the centre: Linking the past and the future3. Looking to the past: Sources of Indigenous educational discourses4. Resisting colonial discourses of the federal government and churches5. On the threshold of change: Struggles between discourses of Indigenous educational reform and mainstream discourses6. The world of employment: Finding a job7. Communities and parents8. Schools and classrooms, colleagues and kids9. Articulating new approaches for schools10. Looking to the future