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ERIC Number: ED138427
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Aug-30
Reference Count: N/A
Native Studies Programs in Canada and the United States.
Defining Native studies programs in Canada and the U.S., this essay presents: (1) Rationale for Native Studies (recognition on the part of the majority of cultural differences; the emergence of an affirmative Native identity; and declining enrollments in colleges); (2) Structural Organization Alternatives (as part of an existing department; as an interdisciplinary program; as a separate degree-awarding department); (3) Goals (to provide cultural awareness for persons preparing to work among Native populations; to provide Native students with a sense of belonging and an indigenous belief system that would provide ethical moorings; to enable Native students to develop an identification with the formal educational system; to provide a forum for discussion of the solution to Native problems; to preserve and promote Native heritage; to promote non-partisan intellectual activity; to serve as an unofficial co-ordinator of other Native programs); (4) Recommendations (development of a Native studies periodical and professional conference to promote idea exchange; formation of a North American Native studies organization to facilitate development of a Native university and to exert political influence upon the administration of Native programs; encouragement/assistance to scholars in Native studies by government and industry; deliberate and courageous Native studies goal clarification/articulation; greater commitment to the academic aspects of Native studies). (JC)
Descriptors: Alaska Natives, American Indians, Canada Natives, Change Strategies, Classification, Communication (Thought Transfer), Cultural Background, Cultural Differences, Definitions, Educational Objectives, Essays, Ethnic Studies, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Organization, Political Power, Program Development, Research Needs, Self Actualization, Self Concept
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Brandon Univ. (Manitoba).
Identifiers - Location: Canada; United States