Oral Presentation # 3

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Title of Paper

Name (if you wish–this will be public, so you are absolutely free not to post your name here)


Please come to the presentation with questions prepared for all of the people who are also presenting on the same day as you. Don’t forget to see if you can link any of the papers to readings we did at the beginning of the course.


4 thoughts on “Oral Presentation # 3

  1. Canada’s Indigenous Youth: Alternative Education, Indigenous Knowledge and Resilience
    Andrea Labelle

    This paper focuses on indigenous knowledge as a better method for education and a means for decolonization of Indigenous nations by moving away from Eurocentric schools. The research collected was derived from scholarly sources. Two studies which proved aboriginal students preference for Indigenous based education are outlines in this paper. The Mushkegowuk river project is introduced as an alternative teaching method being used today. The paper includes the youth activist Ta’kaiya Blaney as an example of how Indigenous youth are using traditional knowledge to decolonize. She is also noted for her influence on other youths.

    • This paper argues that Canadian (specifically British Columbian) residential schools left a lifelong impact on the young Canadian indigenous students who were forced to attend them. The research in this paper mainly uses scholarly articles which include papers written by indigenous peoples themselves, and various studies. The students were forced to attend the residential schools from the age they were taken away from their home until eighteen years old. Residential schools were an integral part of the Canadian government’s policy of integrating aboriginal people into the mainstream of Canadian society. Thus, the Canadian government’s goal was to remove the students’ from their cultures and families and expose them to the norms, values, and habits of “civilization.” Thus, in the residential schools, which were supervised by supervisors and church officials, many children died of neglect and diseases and often faced various other injustices performed by the staff, including sexual, psychological, cultural and emotional abuse.

  2. Broken Nation
    Daniela Cordoba

    In this article I will argue how residential schools disorientated and ruined first people’s childhood. I will explain the differences between the European education and native one. I will denounce different aspects in residential schools that only prove that is the worst and horrible system that ever existed in Canada. Some aspects like education, punishment and abuse are explained with quotes from testimonies of students who attended residential schools.

  3. Improving Education, Improving our Future
    Ylanna Rota

    This paper discusses the issue of education of indigenous students in Canada. It attempts to explore ways in which to make the system better, so as to benefit First Nations’ youth. It does this by establishing the colonial values of the Western education system, and how they affect indigenous students’ perception of school and the academic world. It also explores traditional indigenous knowledge, its core values and how it is passed on. This paper argues that the best way for Indigenous students to maintain their cultures and identities is for the education system to be completely decolonized and to have schools that are run by Indigenous people, for Indigenous people. These schools will allow students to grow within their communities and knowledge to be passed along following traditional norms.

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