Revitalizing indigenous knowledge
and education

Between 6,000 and 7,000 languages are spoken in the world, but most are likely to disappear. According to the United Nations (UN), 90% of them will disappear within 100 years.

Statistics

370 million Indigenous People on the planet
5% of the world’s population constitute of Indigenous People
15% of the world poverty concists of Indigenous People

About

Before contact with Europeans, Indigenous peoples educated their youth through traditional means — demonstration, group socialization, participation in cultural and spiritual rituals, skill development and oral teachings. The introduction of European classroom-style education as part of a larger goal of assimilation disrupted traditional methods and resulted in cultural trauma and dislocation. Reformers of Indigenous education policies are attempting to reintegrate traditional teachings and provide more cultural and language-based support to enhance and improve the outcomes of Indigenous children in the education system.

Traditional Education

Traditional education among most Indigenous peopleswas accomplished using several techniques, including observation and practice, family and group socialization, oral teachings and participation in community ceremonies and institutions. The adults responsible for educating youth included parents, grandparents, members of the extended family and community elders.

Truth and reconciliation

Education has been identified as being critical in improving the lives of Indigenous peoples and addressing long-standing inequities.

Sustainable development goals

The International Education Summit champions these goals (SDG) set by the United Nations.

Revitalize Indigenous knowledge and education

Speakers

Michelle
Audette

Canadian politician and indigenous activist