ERIC Number: ED190288
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jun-2
Reference Count: 0
Implementation of Indian Control of Indian Education. Booklet No. 1. Revised.
Kirkness, Verna J.
The ten questions and their respective answers comprising this booklet illustrate a growing movement toward Indian control of Indian education. This movement is a policy of the National Indian Brotherhood of Canada based on parental responsibility and local control which recognizes that Indian people through their elected councils have the right to make decisions about the education of their children. This policy has been officially recognized by the Canadian government. Questions posed and then answered are: why do Indian people want to control their own education system, what are the goals, what changes will be made, what is involved, to whom is the "band education authority" responsible, and how can Indians be sure this is the direction they should take? The last question is answered as follows: "We can't be sure but we have no other alternative. We have been subjects to experimentation by others for many years; we have never before had the opportunity to decide our own destiny. We have witnessed years of failure in Canadian schools and we can not allow it to go on. We must design a system that will ensure our children maximum success." It is concluded that chances of success are great if efforts are united, if the counsel of elders is sought, and if all Indians strive forward even in the face of adversity. (AN)
Descriptors: American Indian Education, American Indians, Attitude Change, Board of Education Role, Canada Natives, Change Strategies, Community Control, Cultural Influences, Educational Change, Educational Philosophy, Educational Planning, Educational Strategies, Federal Indian Relationship, Governance, Objectives, Parent Participation, School District Autonomy, Self Determination, Tribal Sovereignty, Tribes
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Canada; National Indian Brotherhood (Canada); Tribal Government; Tribally Controlled Education