Aboriginal Education: A Selected Bibliography


First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Framework
Alberta Education, February 2002
42 pages
In First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Framework leaving the ATA website, Alberta Education sets out the basic principles required to improve the individual and community well-being and self-reliance of Aboriginal peoples and to clarify federal, provincial and Aboriginal roles and responsibilities.

Improving Academic Performance Among Native American Students: A Review of the Research Literature
Demmert, W. G., Jr., 2001
Charleston, WV: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Appalachian Educational Laboratory
87 pages
This bibliography summarizes major research findings in recent reports and articles on the education of Native Americans. The bibliography is organized into the following categories: (1) early environment and experiences, (2) Native language and cultural programs, (3) teachers, instruction and curriculum, (4) community and parental influences on academic performance, (5) student characteristics, (6) economic and social factors and (7) factors leading to success in college or college completion.

Learning About Walking in Beauty: Placing Aboriginal Perspectives in Canadian Classrooms
Coalition for the Advancement of Aboriginal Studies and the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, 2002
300 pages
In 2000/01, the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, in association with the Coalition for the Advancement of Aboriginal Education, undertook a national survey to determine how knowledgeable young people are about the history, cultures, attitudes and current concerns of Aboriginal peoples in Canada. The 12-page survey was administered to 519 young adults (460 Canadians, 35 Aboriginals and 24 new Canadians) enrolled in first-year university and college courses across Canada. Learning about Walking in Beauty contains the results of that survey. In addition, the report presents a pedagogical framework for learning to "walk in beauty" together. The report also reveals that Canadians want Aboriginal perspectives integrated into the school curriculum from the earliest grades to high school.

Mapping the Healing Journey
Solicitor General of Canada, 2002
103 pages
Mapping the Healing Journey leaving the ATA website is the final report of a research project intended to identify the common characteristics of the many healing program that have been established to help Aboriginal people in Canada overcome a long legacy of oppression and systematic racism.

Nation To Nation: Aboriginal Sovereignty and the Future of Canada
John Bird, Lorraine Land, and Murray MacAdam, eds.
Toronto: Public Justice Resource Centre and Irwin Publishing, 2001
276 pages
This book in divided into three sections. The first offers a historical overview of the original sovereignty of Aboriginal peoples and examines how colonialism undermined Aboriginal self-government. The second section analyzes recent court decisions and treaty agreements in an attempt to determine the extent to which Aboriginal peoples have achieved self-government. The third features the personal stories of Aboriginal people in their struggles against colonization. An online review is available leaving the ATA website.

Native Residential Schools in Canada: A Selective Bibliography
Amy Fisher and Deborah Lee, eds.
Ottawa: National Library of Canada, 2002
Native Residential Schools in Canada leaving the ATA website lists materials available from the National Library of Canada pertaining to native residential schools in Canada. The bibliography includes books, scholarly articles, school histories, personal accounts, theses, videos, and Internet resources.

Our Children—Keepers of the Sacred Knowledge
Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada, December 2002
56 pages
Our Children—Keepers of the Sacred Knowledge leaving the ATA website is the final report of a working group commissioned by the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada to recommend what must be done to establish a high-quality elementary-secondary education system that will equip First Nations children to participate fully and confidently in their own communities and in Canadian society.

Our Words, Our Ways: Teaching First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learners
Alberta Education, October 2005
215 pp
Our Words, Our Ways: Teaching First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learners leaving the ATA website offers information and sample strategies that classroom teachers can use to help their Aboriginal students be successful learners. It provides information on Aboriginal cultures and perspectives, discusses the importance of family and community involvement, and provides advice on teaching students with learning disabilities.

Planning Guide and Framework for Development of Aboriginal Learning Resource
British Columbia Ministry of Education, 1998
17 pages
This Planning Guide and Framework leaving the ATA website is designed to help educators and Aboriginal communities work together to develop learning resources that reflect and honour the cultures and history of Aboriginal peoples. The guide focuses on creating resources that help students to better understand the rich diversity of Aboriginal cultures that exist in BC and to learn more about the First Nation whose traditional territory embraces the places where they live and attend school.