ERIC Number: ED367514
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Indian and Metis Education: Parents as Partners. SSTA Forum Report (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, October 14-15, 1993). Report #93-10.
Saskatchewan School Trustees Association, Regina.
This report summarizes a forum held in Saskatchewan, Canada to discuss Indian and Metis education, with a particular focus on increasing parent involvement. Parent participation may be placed on a continuum from communication between school and parents to autonomous control of the school by parents and community. Demographic data show that Saskatchewan has a large and growing aboriginal population that will continue to have a significant impact on the province's education system. The majority of aboriginal students are now attending band-controlled schools. Forum participants emphasized the following key points for making parental involvement successful: (1) developing a welcoming climate; (2) fostering a sense of mutual respect; and (3) sharing a common cause and a meaningful reason for being involved. Participants also identified driving and restraining forces that influence the engagement of Indian and Metis parents in the delivery and governance of public education, and suggested ways to overcome restraining forces. The report describes current school governance structures and options for change that would encourage Indian and Metis involvement. Appendices include the forum agenda, participating school boards and organizations, further ideas for parent involvement, and guidelines for action planning. (KS)
Descriptors: American Indian Education, American Indians, Boards of Education, Canada Natives, Change Strategies, Community Involvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Family School Relationship, Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations, Institutional Environment, Metis (People), Parent Participation, Population Trends, School Community Relationship, Tribally Controlled Education
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Saskatchewan School Trustees Association, Regina.
Identifiers - Location: Canada