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ERIC Number: ED411888
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Lifelong Learning and Cultural Identity: Canada's Native People.
Rice, Brian; Steckley, John
This paper focuses on lifelong learning and the cultural identity of Canada's native people. The introduction reviews educational programs instituted by indigenous minority groups in New Zealand and Hawaii. The second section reviews the importance of storytelling and ritual ceremonies in Native education. The third section discusses the tension Native people encounter between the demands of modern western society and traditional culture in managing their schools. The fourth section describes how the teaching of traditional culture and science can be merged. The fifth section acknowledges that loss of traditional culture is unavoidable, but suggests that certain rites-of-passage and other life stage activities such as Vision Quest be maintained to help re-create a broad lifelong learning framework for native people. The sixth section examines the importance of traditional language for the life long learning of native people and offers several suggestions on how to maintain it. The seventh section reviews the role and practice of traditional rites of passage ceremonies such as Vision Quest. Finally, the last section reviews the implications of the foregoing for life long learning among indigenous peoples. The Vision Quest ceremony is appended. (JDI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada