At the Edge of Canada: Indigenous Research presents interviews with researchers about their work with Aboriginal peoples. The objective is to assist people in better understanding Indigenous people, our issues and the often asked Google term “what is aboriginal.” It is originally produced as a radio broadcast on UMFM 101.5 FM in Winnipeg Manitoba and hosted by Dr Robert-Falcon Ouellette while working at University of Manitoba. He is now an Member of Parliament in Ottawa. Ekosani.
Exploring various Perspectives on Manitoba’s Education System
This radio documentary focused
on four culturally diverse perspectives from individual experiences throughout
the Manitoba education system. The documentary provides insight and evidence
regarding the incredible disconnect between the expectations of teachers and
the reality of providing aboriginal perspectives in the classroom. After
completing the documentary we were left with more questions than answers. Some
of these questions include, how can future educators become better prepared for
teaching in culturally diverse classrooms, specifically in regards to the
inclusion of Aboriginal perspectives? Should there be a mandatory Northern
Practicum placement? Should there be a larger focus on Aboriginal perspectives
and education throughout the faculty of education?
Included in our interview we
have a seasoned teacher, a teacher candidate and two students who have
graduated. All of which have asked to remain anonymous, therefore names and
voices have been altered to help protect their anonymity.
Music: Ancient Winds Jose Cabezas Native American Flute