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The Learning Conference 2003

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Aboriginal Teacher Certification Program: Historical and Personal Perspectives

Gerald Laronde.

The Aboriginal Teacher Certification Program located in North Bay, Ontario, Canada was established to increase the number of Native teachers working in their home communities. The paper outlines the history and success of the program. Interviews of Native teachers were conducted to determine reasons why they entered into the teaching profession. It was found that Native teachers entered the profession for many of the same reasons that non Native teachers but government support in education facilitated their success.


Gerald Laronde  (Canada)
Faculty of Education
Nipissing University

Gerald Laronde teaches Science Education in the Faculty of Education at Nipissing University, North Bay, Ontario, Canada. He has worked as the Principal of the Aboriginal Education Programs at Nipissing University. Gerald is of Native (Ojibway) ancestry and has taught at the elementary, secondary and college levels. He has a BSc(Agriculture), BEd, and MEd and is currently pursuing doctoral studies at OISE, University of Toronto.

  • Aboriginal education
  • Indian
  • Native
  • Native teacher education
  • Qualitative research
  • Teacher development
  • Pre-service Education
  • Interviews

(30 min Conference Paper, English)