First Nations Education in Canada: Systemic Issues and Educational Attainment

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First Nations people in Canada have both a Constitutional and treaty right to education, yet government urisdictional obligations have not provided access to effective educational services. In both 2000 and 2004, Canada's Auditor General identified that Canada could not demonstrate that it met its stated objective to assist First Naitons students living on reserve in achieving their educational needs and aspirations. This research focuses on systemic governance issues, factors limiting community decision makeing and parental involvement, and the recent initiatives by First Nations people across Canada to regain control of educationa and ensure educational pedagogy reflects their community needs, beliefs, and worldviews.

Keywords: Indigenous Education, Educational Attainment, Educational Governance
Stream: Education and Social Welfare
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Sheila Carr-Stewart

Professor, Department of Educational Administration 
College of Education, University of Saskatchewan

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Presently, I am professor and Head, Department of Educational Administration and teach in the area of organizational theory, educational administration and leadership at the undergraduate and graduate levels. My research focus is Indigenous education particularly in the area of educational governance, community development and educational attainment. I presently hold a three year SSHRCC grant in the area of First Nations education focussed on changing governance and administrative structures. I have worked in the area of school administration both on-reserve and in provincial schools. I completed a PhD at the University of Alberta in educational policy studies.

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