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ERIC Number: EJ887084
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0002-4805
Special Education in First Nations Schools in Canada: Policies of Cost Containment
Phillips, Ron
Alberta Journal of Educational Research, v56 n1 p72-81 Spr 2010
The education of First Nations students in Canada on reserve is the legal responsibility of the federal government. This article reviews and critiques the federal government's past and current special education policies and practices in regard to First Nations schools throughout Canada. The author has found that rather than establishing a comprehensive special education system for First Nations schools, the federal government has focused on limiting funding, services, and development. Four themes emerge from this review: (a) lack of willingness on the part of the federal government to honor constitutional obligations and responsibilities in special education to First Nations; (b) focus of providing provincial level of special education services resulted in little consultation with First Nations; (c) limited funding, and (d) lack of respect for First Nations expertise.
University of Alberta, Faculty of Education. 845 Education Centre South, Edmonton, AB T6G 2G5, Canada. Tel: 780-492-7941; Fax: 780-492-0236; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada