I am an Aboriginal Recruitment Officer and my job often involves a variety of educational tactics to inform prospective students why post-secondary is a good choice. One of these tactics is in-person visits to both urban and rural aboriginal communities across British Columbia. As a result of these visits, I have gained some new insights into current trends in the field of indigenous education and also the various roles that educators play as a result of trends.
It’s evident that the roles of indigenous educators are changing. One of the recent trends I’ve seen on the road during recruitment trips across BC and Canada-wide is that anyone working in indigenous education is now also working in recruitment. The common goal among educators, indigenous community leaders, education coordinators, support workers and others is that their community members attend post-secondary or obtain skills-based training. Recently the Ministry of Advanced Education released an aboriginal post-secondary education and training policy framework and action plan. The goal of the Ministry framework is basically to remove barriers to education for indigenous learners. I came across an example of this during a recent visit to the iCount School in Moricetown, BC. The educators at iCount shrug off commonly accepted roles and stereotypes and positively impact the lives of their students.
Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education and Training Policy Framework and Action Plan. (2012). Retrieved February 11, 2015, from http://www.aved.gov.bc.ca/aboriginal/docs/Aboriginal_Action_Plan.pdf
Butz, T. (2013). iCount AFN student video contest 2013. Canada: You Tube. Retrieved from http://youtu.be/jvPeBp0OGXw