The term "Indigenous" includes peoples in Canada referred to as Aboriginal, First Nations, Indian, Métis, and Inuit, and reflects local and shared experiences of First Peoples within Canada and around the world.
This handbook, which has been supported by the British Columbia Federation of Post-Secondary Educators (FPSE), is designed to give you that knowledge. It brings together some of the most important Indigenous academics, activists and allies to explore the impacts of colonization on Indigenous peoples and to look at paths toward decolonization that can right those wrongs and may, some day, lead us toward true reconciliation.
Post-secondary education, often referred to as “the new buffalo,” is a contentious but critically important issue for First Nations and the future of Canadian society. While First Nations maintain that access to and funding for higher education is an Aboriginal and Treaty right, the Canadian government insists that post-secondary education is a social program for which they have limited responsibility.In The New Buffalo, Blair Stonechild traces the history of Aboriginal post-secondary education policy from its earliest beginnings as a government tool for assimilation and cultural suppression to its development as means of Aboriginal self-determination and self-government. With first-hand knowledge and personal experience of the Aboriginal education system, Stonechild goes beyond merely analyzing statistics and policy doctrine to reveal the shocking disparity between Aboriginal and Canadian access to education, the continued dominance of non-Aboriginals over program development, and the ongoing struggle for recognition of First Nations run institutions.
NorQuest College is on the traditional lands, referred to as Treaty 6 Territory. The City of Edmonton and all the people here are beneficiaries of this peace and friendship treaty.