Walk In Our Moccasins: A Comprehensive Study of Aboriginal Education Counselors in Ontario was released April 19 by the Ontario Native Education Counseling Association (ONECA).
April 29, 2010: Volume 37 #9, Page A7
Walk In Our Moccasins explores the role Aboriginal education counsellors have in improving Aboriginal student success.
“ONECA … speaks for its members who come from First Nations communities in Ontario and whose counselors work with isolated, fly-in communities and in large urban settings,” Cynthia Fisher, ONECA president said.
“These communities with a wide range of expectations and needs coalesce with common threads of experience, First Nation counselors make the difference and can support the increase in graduation rates and trained human resources on and off First Nation communities,” Fisher said.
The study consisted of a literature review, focus groups and surveys with post-secondary Aboriginal students as well as Native education counselors.
The study found the factors that contributed to Aboriginal student retention and graduation were parental and community engagement in education, full-time Native education counselors in the First Nation communities, and curriculums and policies in education that are inclusive of honouring and respecting the cultural practices of Aboriginal peoples.
I feel a greater sense of hope and optimism these days for the future when I talk to many of our young First Nation people. There are still many hurdles and...