Indigenous teacher education as cultural brokerage: A university/First Nations partnership to prepare Nishnawbe Aski teachers

Julian Kitchen, PhD, John Hodson, PhD, Marg Raynor

Abstract


This paper studies a community-based Indigenous teacher education
program in Northwestern Ontario in Canada. This program, the result
of a partnership between the Northern Nishnawbe Education Council
and Brock University, was designed to prepare Nishnawbe Aski to teach
through a Two Worlds Orientation: unique Indigenous understandings
combined with Western educational principles. The program
characteristics and structure are outlined. The strengths of the program,
as identified by teacher candidates and teacher educators, are explored.
Challenges to teacher candidate success are also considered.


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