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Call of the Spirit: Stories of Success in Indigenous-Led Post-Secondary Education


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In the June 2013 series "Call of The Spirit," The Tyee Solutions Society's Katie Hyslop explored what five Aboriginal post-secondary graduates had to teach the rest of us about reversing the discouraging trends in educational achievement and satisfaction among Aboriginal Canadian youth.

That population is growing fast. And young Aboriginals have their gaze set on taking expanding roles in politics, the economy and mainstream Canadian society. But most of those roles require a post-secondary education. With mainstream university settings clearly falling short, Call of the Spirit: Stories of Success in Indigenous-Led Post-Secondary Education looks at some unconventional institutions or programs which have set out to deliver post-secondary-level instruction, with a clearly indigenous voice.

From a classroom-on-a-beach, to learning her way around a rifle, the series expanded Hyslop's understanding of what higher learning could be, and deepened her perspective on why the process -- as well as the content -- of education are such critical issues for Canada's First Nations and indigenous communities.

This series was produced by Tyee Solutions Society in collaboration with Tides Canada Initiatives (TCI), with funding from the Vancouver Foundation. TCI and the Vancouver Foundation neither influence nor endorse the particular content of TSS' reporting. Other publications wishing to publish this story or other Tyee Solutions Society-produced articles, please see this website for contacts and information.

In This Series


Guardian Watchmen cover

How First Nations Guardians Defend BC's Fragile Coast

With cuts to conservation protection, Aboriginal stewards step forth, on their own terms. First in a new series.

By Katie Hyslop, 19 Nov 2013



'I Think It's Time We Were Educated'

Kwantlen University aims to heal rifts between academia and local aboriginal groups. Part of a series.

By Katie Hyslop, 20 Nov 2013


First Nations University

Reboot at First Nations University

Another shot at a thriving indigenous post-secondary school in Canada. Third in a series.

By Katie Hyslop, 21 Nov 2013


Dechinta students, elders, faculty, and staff

Indigenous Post-Secondary, North of 60 Style

A reporter's 'unsettling' journey at Dechinta, a First Nations-centred university. Last in a series.

By Katie Hyslop, 22 Nov 2013