Nourishing the Learning Spirit: Findings from a National Project on Knowledge Exchange in Aboriginal Learning. ABLKC Leadership and Governance Co-Managed: Aboriginal Education Research Centre (AERC), College of Education, University of Saskatchewan
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Nourishing the Learning Spirit:
Findings from a National Project on
Knowledge Exchange in Aboriginal Learning
ABLKC Leadership and Governance
Review what we know (literature reviews/scans/surveys/
inventories of programs/report syntheses/meet with informed people…)
Ask and listen to what people say (dialogues, roundtables, workshops, conferences, schools, workplaces, forums,…)
Share with others what we heard (webpage, news bulletins, media, conferences, speakers, community talks, reports, papers, journals, On-line Resource Centre…)
Identify success (es) and find ways to report progress and celebrate these with each other and to the Canadian public (Composite Learning Index, State of Learning Report, National Recognition Program, national and regional conferences…)
Partnerwith learning organizations to make Aboriginal learning more visible, to identify good community work and publicize promising practices in learning.
Nourishing the Learning SpiritExplores the capacity and potential we have as human beings for learning and the impact of culture and how our ‘location’ (cultural, social, economic, political forces) in life affects the capacity to learn as individuals and groups.
Dr. Marie Battiste, Lead – Aboriginal Education Research Centre
College of Education, University of Sask
“Knowledge is held by the spirits, shared by the spirits and comes from the spirits…Our body then can be seen as carrier of the learning spirit.”
(Elder Danny Musqua, in D. Knight,1998)
“Learning and spirit are foundational to the ethos of Aboriginal culture and pedagogy.” (Ermine, 1998, 26)
What did We Learn?
What is the Learning Spirit?
mind, body, spirit
Positive energy activates more positive energy
Negative energy draws more negative energy
Aboriginal Learning Knowledge Centre
Directors: Dr. Vivian Ayoungman (FNAHEC) and Dr. Marie Battiste (AERC)
AERC, College of Education,
University of Saskatchewan
Room 1212, 28 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X1
Ph: 306-966-1362 Fax: 306-966-1363
First Nations Adult Higher Education Consortium (FNAHEC)
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Canadian Council on Learning Website: www.ccl-cca.ca