Accreditation and Aboriginal higher education: An issue of peoplehood

Mary Ann Naokwegijig-Corbiere

Abstract


This thesis asserts that an Aboriginal collectivity of some form ought to accredit any university degree program designated as Native-specific. Substantiation of this thesis rests principally on a critical analysis of policies that bear on Native higher education in Ontario. The author is concerned with three specific policies: the Ontario Aboriginal Education and Training Strategy (AETS); the federal government’s Indian Studies Support Program (ISSP); and the guidelines of Ontario’s Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board (PEQAB). The study reveals that the former two policies have limited potential for ensuring that Native-specific programs offered by universities serve those Aboriginal community goals related to survival as peoples. The constraints imposed by the PEQAB guidelines are identified as significant impediments to this goal.

Full Text:

HTML PDF


Higher Education Perspectives. ISSN: 1710-1530