ERIC Number: ED459022
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Pathways to Equality: Hearings on Access to Public Education for Aboriginal People. Discussion Paper.
British Columbia Human Rights Commission, Vancouver.
Aboriginal people are not benefiting from the British Columbia school system, as evidenced by their poor performance on basic skills tests, overrepresentation in special education, and low high school completion rates. The British Columbia Human Rights Commission feels that Aboriginal students do not receive an equal education. Through research, public hearings, and follow-up actions, the Commission will identify ways to use its human rights mandate and legislative authority to remove barriers for Aboriginal students in the school system. The intention of the public hearings is to work cooperatively with all education stakeholders to identify and implement solutions to ensure educational equality for Aboriginal students. Educational equity will be achieved when Aboriginal children see themselves and their people reflected in the curriculum, feel a sense of belonging in the school system, and no longer face discrimination; Aboriginal parents are a part of their children's education; Aboriginal communities share control over their children's education; a holistic approach to education is adopted; and non-Aboriginal Canadians understand their country's history regarding Aboriginal people and respect the unique status of Aboriginal people. Key questions for public hearings include: How can the Commission work with education and Aboriginal communities to create an equal education system for Aboriginal students? How can identified barriers be eliminated? What educational barriers have yet to be identified? and Which programs and activities are successful? (Contains 28 endnotes.) (TD)
Descriptors: American Indian Education, Canada Natives, Cultural Awareness, Culturally Relevant Education, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Foreign Countries, Hearings, Participative Decision Making, Racial Discrimination, School Community Relationship
For full text: http://www.bchrc.gov.bc.ca/AboriginalDiscussionPaper.asp.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Human Rights Commission, Vancouver.
Identifiers - Location: Canada