ERIC Number: ED405038
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Traditional Knowledge: An Implementation Workplan for Aurora College.
Aurora Coll., Fort Smith (Northwest Territories).
Prepared as part of an effort to make Aurora College, in the Northwest Territories, Canada, more responsive to the Native American communities that form its primary student base, this plan outline strategies for infusing traditional knowledge into the college's day-to-day operations. Following introductory sections describing traditional knowledge and its role at Aurora College, the college's general vision for implementing traditional knowledge is described, suggesting that it will help provide students with a sense of ownership and belonging, establish a culturally dynamic atmosphere, and help students approach the contemporary world using the spirit and wisdom of their people. Next, specific initiatives are discussed for the following areas: (1) administration, including in-house activities to coordinate implementation and efforts to broaden the influence of traditional knowledge; (2) staff, including the development of a staff that reflects the population served and efforts to promote staff understanding of traditional knowledge; (3) programs, including efforts to enhance delivery, conduct research and evaluation, and form liaisons with communities and traditional knowledge holders; (4) facilities, including displays of First Nations art and culture on campus and the establishment of healing and counseling facilities; and (5) support services, such as library collections that include traditional knowledge materials and student support and wellness groups. Strategies for meeting challenges in implementing traditional knowledge are then presented with respect to funding, human resources, and logistics. Finally, an implementation schedule for 1996-97 to 1998-99 is presented. (HAA)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indian Education, Canada Natives, College Administration, Community Colleges, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Traits, Educational Environment, Educational Facilities Improvement, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Organizational Development, School Culture, Student Personnel Services, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Aurora Coll., Fort Smith (Northwest Territories).
Note: Printed on colored paper.