Inclusive Strategies for Aboriginal Learners
There is no fast and easy solution to the concerns of educating indigenous learners in an effective and responsive way. The fact that most educators of these learners are not Aboriginal themselves, compounds the problem. Aboriginal learners need allies in the process of grappling with this world. Educators do not need to be perfect, but they do need to genuinely demonstrate compassion, understanding, and a willingness to learn and implement ways of being, knowing, and doing that speak to the learner’s actual, not perceived needs. Going forth with a clear mind, open heart, and a benevolent manner will go a long way in supporting Aboriginal learners in achieving their potential and fitting into a world to which we all belong and are connected to.
In this Ted Talk, Chris Garner speaks of the power of relevance in educating Aboriginal students in Australia. Many of the issues are familiar. Might this strategy be effective here in Canada too?