Empowering Indigenous students
Indigenous Education Project — Canada & USA
The Indigenous Education Project is a multi-phased project that identified what was working and what wasn't in the current Indigenous education system. We looked for opportunities to develop innovative learning solutions that would empower Indigenous students to become productive contributors in their community and in Canadian society. The four phases included: (1) A comprehensive review of research literature on Indigenous Education to identify common themes, challenges and pitfalls. (2) Site visits to select schools to investigate critical success factors and how key themes were integrated into practice. (3) In 2017, a conceptual model for Aboriginal Education was developed that addressed academic achievement as well as economic, community and societal factors that may impact the student experience. (4) The final phase was the launch of a pilot project in a real world setting to test and enhance the model as needed. Our objective was to ensure the model was scalable, replicable and self-sustaining.