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ERIC Number: ED094927
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-May
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Towards a Cross-Cultural Program in the N.W.T.
McPherson, Norm
Indian education programs in Canadian Northwest Territories (NWT) are based on the philosophy of communication, local involvement, relevancy. To implement these, the NWT Education Department has developed made-in-the-NWT curriculum handbooks -- A Curriculum Guide for K-6 and Learning in the Middle Years. In the NWT's 62 schools, there are over 100 native classroom assistants who not only help to bridge the gap between home and school, but who also have helped implement the Native language program in the first 3 years of school. For the past 4 years, NWT has sponsored a teacher training program for Native northerners. For local involvement and cultural inclusion, nearly every NWT has an advisory committee made up of local people. At Rae-Edzo, an all Indian school of some 300 pupils, the entire operation of the school has been turned over to the Rae-Edzo School Society, whose members are elected by the community. Largely at the insistence of local advisory boards, there are now 2 school years in the NWT. In most of the larger settlements, school is in session from early September until the end of June, while in the predominantly Eskimo and Indian settlements, school commences in mid-August and finishes in May so that families may go out to the fishing and sealing camps. The NWT also has programs in the Eskimo language, dental therapy, adult education, vocational training, and higher education. (KM)
Not available separately, see RC008075
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Canada