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ERIC Number: ED478157
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May
Pages: 19
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The Key and the Coveted: An Expose on the Lack of First Nations Representation in First Nations Studies Programs at the College and University Level.
Lindsay, William G.
There has been a dearth of First Nations people teaching First Nations Studies programs across Canada. This means that Native students must learn their history and contemporary academic knowledge from those who are non-Native in ethnicity and background and whose knowledge has been learned in schools instead of lived. It is time that First Nations people learn about their own history and knowledge from those who are actually part of the culture and have lived the life of a First Nations person. A glass ceiling exists for up and coming Native academics and teachers, a ceiling caused by union protocol and rules, an old-boys club mentality, "promotion from within, first" conventions, and academic elitism. This results in a lack of important First Nations role models at the postsecondary level, a lack of understanding regarding First Nations issues and protocol often bordering on the reprehensible, a lack of cultural sensitivity, and a closed-off ivory tower that is virtually unassailable to qualified First Nations people who could make a tremendous difference with their great knowledge and experiences. Recommendations include negotiating with unions to ensure that people presently on the outside of an institution would be hired for certain "specialized" positions; hiring First Nations workers with master's degrees and allowing them to complete their doctoral studies; and adopting policies of accepting only First Nations candidates for certain faculty positions. (TD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada