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ERIC Number: EJ992827
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
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ISSN: ISSN-0013-1253
Empowered Mi'kmaw Community Builds a High School of Its Own
Lewington, Jennifer
Education Canada, v52 n5 2012
In fall 2010, after several incidents of student suspensions and expulsions at a nearby provincial high school, members of Potlotek First Nation in Nova Scotia talked about having a school of their own. Discussions came to a head several weeks later for the Mi'kmaw community on Cape Breton Island when two more students were suspended on the same day in the first week of classes in January 2011. One month later--in response to community concerns--Potlotek set up its own high school program based on Mi'kmaw traditions and the provincial curriculum, with an initial intake of 35 students. The speedy response was possible, in part, because Potlotek is a member of the Mi'kmaw Kina'matnewey (which translates as the "whole process of learning") education authority. In 2011, the school had its first graduate, now in second year of university, and three more graduated last June.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada