Literacy lives here: A community-based action research video-making project to celebrate and promote education and literacy in the western Arctic
Suzanne Michelle Robinson, St. Francis Xavier University , Canada
St. Francis Xavier University . Awarded
Education is failing Aboriginal people of the Canadian North and must be understood as a fundamental human right. The Northern educational crisis must be addressed so that all Northerners can attain the necessary literacy and education levels to be able to lead productive lives and to build healthy communities. The dual purpose of this thesis is to start and to document a community conversation about the role and purpose of literacy and education in my Northern community.
The methodologies of orality, social marketing, decolonization/post colonialism, Aboriginal literacy, holistic literacy and self-efficacy, and community development speak to the need to question the basic purposes of education and literacy, and to dispel the negativity associated with the struggles of Northern Aboriginal people here to achieve goals that are disassociated from their culture and values. Data collected through the research project was inspired by the Fogo Island model, the Vertov process, and collaborative, developmental Northern film.
Through these methods I describe, analyze, and evaluate the video-making process, the video. The feedback process offers insights into the role adult education and literacy can play in celebrating and promoting growth for Aboriginal learners in the North, thus promoting dialogue and growth for students and communities. Analysis of patterns indicates community desire for education to value Aboriginal history and knowledge, biculturalism, family and community, educational success and increased employability/economic security, and prosperity from education within education and literacy programs in the North.
Outcomes include a need to acknowledge and foster Northern perspectives, voice, and ways of knowing. It also calls for more resources to be developed for the North and in the North. New technology can be a method to try and promote and celebrate education and literacy in the North.
Robinson, S.M. Literacy lives here: A community-based action research video-making project to celebrate and promote education and literacy in the western Arctic. Master's thesis, St. Francis Xavier University.
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