Papers & Workshops



  Negotiating Difference: Indigenous Teacher Education in Australia and Canada.


Carol Reid

Lecturer, Faculty of Education and Languages, University of Western Sydney, Australia

Indigenous education in Australia and Canada has been a site of struggle since colonisation. The focus has shifted over this period from issues of indigenous access to issues of indigenous control over curriculum, funding and administration. Two enclave programs for the training of indigenous teachers in N.S.W. (the Aboriginal Rural Education Program) and in Saskatchewan (the Northern Teacher Education Program) are at the focus of this paper. The two enclave programs were developed at a time when access was the primary consideration. Now that indigenous people have some presence in tertiary education other issues related to the culture of tertiary institutions have become the centre of debate. Specifically, this paper is concerned with the way in which administrators, teacher educators and students negotiate racialised difference in the two indigenous teacher education programs. It seeks to illuminate the negotiation of tensions and contradictions that arise as a consequence of centuries of racialisation of indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.
  Presentation Format: 45 min. paper

RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

5-9 July 2000