Source: Pamela Rose Toulouse. Laurentian University, August 2013
Summary: This paper addresses themes that emerged from the Canadian Teachers’ Federation July 2013 President’s Forum on First Nations, Métis and Inuit education. Strategies, programs and wise practices for holistic Indigenous student success in Canada are highlighted and discussed. Current research focusing on equitable education environments based in social justice philosophies, inter-agency approaches, culturally relevant pedagogy, system wide change and inclusion are presented. A highly visual journey navigates the complexity and necessity for immediate action aimed at fostering understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples as key. Advice, teachings, models and principles from students, educators, researchers, leaders, Elders and other stakeholders on Indigenous student success are infused throughout.