The authors of this document set out the standards for evaluating the success of Aboriginal language programs, then apply those standards to a specific program.
The authors note that Aboriginal learning has three foundational themes based on place, spirit and Aboriginal language that form the base of indigenous knowledge. Promising practices in Aboriginal languages must address the three foundational themes.
As well, the practices must embody any or all of several foundational principles: improving the learning of Aboriginal individuals and respecting diverse learning styles; legitimizing the voice of all Aboriginal people through place and culture; encouraging a transformative approach to learning that embraces indigenous knowledge while respecting mainstream knowledge; and supporting learning and community by encouraging the involvement of parents, Elders and community in order to build a successful learning continuum and healthy, resilient communities.
The authors then provide a detailed look at the programs and practices of the
Kanien’kehá:ka Onkwawén:na Raotitióhkwa Language and Cultural Centre (KORLCC).