Nourishing the Learning Spirit: Living Our Way to New Thinking

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  • Source:
    Education Canada, v50 n1 p14-18 Win 2009-2010. 5 pp.
  • Accession Number:
    http://www.cea-ace.ca/pub.cfm?subsection=edu&page=cur
  • Language:
    English
  • Publication Type:
    Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
  • Additional Information
    • Author(s):
    • Availability:
      Canadian Education Association. 119 Spadina Avenue Suite 705, Toronto, ON M5V 1P9, Canada. Tel: 416-591-6300; Fax: 416-591-5345; e-mail: [email protected]; Web site: http://www.cea-ace.ca/education-canada
    • Peer Reviewed:
      N/A
    • ISSN:
      0013-1253
    • Subject Terms:
    • Subject Terms:
    • Keyword:
      Canada
    • Abstract:
      Learning, as Aboriginal people have come to know it, is holistic, lifelong, purposeful, experiential, communal, spiritual, and learned within a language and a culture. What guides their learning (beyond family, community, and Elders) is spirit, their own learning spirits who travel with them and guide them along their earth walk, offering them guidance, inspiration, and quiet unrealized potential to be who they are. In Aboriginal thought, the Spirit enters this earth walk with a purpose for being here and with specific gifts for fulfilling that purpose. In effect, the learning Spirit has a Learning Spirit. It has a hunger and a thirst for learning, and along that path it leads them to discern what is useful for them to know and what is not. However, Aboriginal peoples in Canada have been relegated to systemic poverty. They are the most economically disadvantaged Canadians by all standard measures. They suffer from isolation, unemployment, powerlessness, cultural imperialism, and racism (both individual and systemic), as evidenced by run-down schools, inequities in funding of those schools, assimilation to English language and Eurocentrism that is now normalized in all schools, lack of consideration of the cultures or spiritual growth of the students, lack of funding and research on methods for dealing with special needs, and more. In the educational environment, including but not limited to residential schools, Aboriginal people's experiences are relayed in spoken and unspoken messages, complete with statistics telling them that it is not okay to be who they are. Today, the global community is becoming increasingly aware of the limitations of modernity and technological knowledge, of the possibilities and potential of Indigenous knowledge, of the nature of their loss, and of the desperate need to repair their own systems. At present, the greatest needs are to continue to address racism and Eurocentrism in society and to offer what Elder Albert Marshall called Two Eyed Seeing: that is to normalize Indigenous knowledge in the curriculum so that both Indigenous and conventional perspectives and knowledges will be available--not just for Aboriginal peoples, who would be enriched by that effort, but for all peoples. (Contains 15 notes.)
    • Abstract:
      ERIC
    • Physical Description:
      5
    • Education Level:
      Adult Education
    • Journal Code:
      APR2018
    • Publication Date:
      2010
    • Accession Number:
      EJ868722
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      BATTISTE, M. Nourishing the Learning Spirit: Living Our Way to New Thinking. Education Canada, [s. l.], v. 50, n. 1, p. 14–18, 2010. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=EJ868722&custid=s3443875. Acesso em: 12 ago. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Battiste M. Nourishing the Learning Spirit: Living Our Way to New Thinking. Education Canada. 2010;50(1):14-18. Accessed August 12, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=EJ868722&custid=s3443875
    • APA:
      Battiste, M. (2010). Nourishing the Learning Spirit: Living Our Way to New Thinking. Education Canada, 50(1), 14–18.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Battiste, Marie. 2010. “Nourishing the Learning Spirit: Living Our Way to New Thinking.” Education Canada 50 (1): 14–18. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=EJ868722&custid=s3443875.
    • Harvard:
      Battiste, M. (2010) ‘Nourishing the Learning Spirit: Living Our Way to New Thinking’, Education Canada, 50(1), pp. 14–18. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=EJ868722&custid=s3443875 (Accessed: 12 August 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Battiste, M 2010, ‘Nourishing the Learning Spirit: Living Our Way to New Thinking’, Education Canada, vol. 50, no. 1, pp. 14–18, viewed 12 August 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Battiste, Marie. “Nourishing the Learning Spirit: Living Our Way to New Thinking.” Education Canada, vol. 50, no. 1, Jan. 2010, pp. 14–18. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=EJ868722&custid=s3443875.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Battiste, Marie. “Nourishing the Learning Spirit: Living Our Way to New Thinking.” Education Canada 50, no. 1 (January 1, 2010): 14–18. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=EJ868722&custid=s3443875.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Battiste M. Nourishing the Learning Spirit: Living Our Way to New Thinking. Education Canada [Internet]. 2010 Jan 1 [cited 2020 Aug 12];50(1):14–8. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=EJ868722&custid=s3443875