LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION AMONG CANADIAN NATIVE PEOPLES
Volume 11 Number 5.
Barbara Burnaby has distilled the main topics from her studies and book about languages used in educating native children in northern Ontario and has presented them in this very readable booklet. It begins with background information of a very general nature about the definition of "native." Some basic statistics about status Indians are illustrated, and five maps illustrate the eleven native language families in Canada. Different types of schools and which governments fund them are outlined. The introduction ends with statistics about native children's educational achievements and poses a number of questions about the role of language differences in the problems facing native children in schools.
The second section deals with language programs in place and some of the difficulties under which they are taught. More questions are posed than are answered. A short summary follows, then footnotes, then a comprehensive further reading list on the topics mentioned.
The booklet is must reading for anyone teaching native children. The basic problems are touched upon. It is easy to read in one sitting, yet is professionally written and documented. A number of black-and-white cartoons illustrate some of the key problems in language education and use among native peoples.
Algis Tribinevicius, Tehkummah, ON.
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