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Rice, Brian; Steckley, John 

Lifelong Learning and Cultural Identity: Canada’s Native 
People . 

1997-00-00 

15p . ; In: Lifelong Learning: Policies, Practices, and 
Programs; see JC 970 458. 

Opinion Papers (120) -- Reports - Descriptive (141) 

MF01/PC01 Plus Postage. 

*Canada Natives; *Culturally Relevant Education; Educational 
Strategies; *Folk Culture; Foreign Countries; Indigenous 
Populations; *Lifelong Learning; *Tribally Controlled 
Education 

*Canada; Vision Quest 



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This paper focuses on lifelong learning and the cultural 
identity of Canada's native people. The introduction reviews educational 
programs instituted by indigenous minority groups in New Zealand and Hawaii. 
The second section reviews the importance of storytelling and ritual 
ceremonies in Native education. The third section discusses the tension 
Native people encounter between the demands of modern western society and 
traditional culture in managing their schools. The fourth section describes 
how the teaching of traditional culture and science can be merged. The fifth 
section acknowledges that loss of traditional culture is unavoidable, but 
suggests that certain rites-of -passage and other life stage activities such 
as Vision Quest be maintained to help re-create a broad lifelong learning 
framework for native people. The sixth section examines the importance of 
traditional language for the life long learning of native people and offers 
several suggestions on how to maintain it . The seventh section reviews the 
role and practice of traditional rites of passage ceremonies such as Vision 
Quest. Finally, the last section reviews the implications of the foregoing 
for life long learning among indigenous peoples. The Vision Quest ceremony is 
appended. (JDI) 



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Canada’s Native People 



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