Promising Practices in Supporting Success for Indigenous Students

Indigenous peoples are diverse, within and across nations. However, Indigenous peoples have experienced colonisation processes that have undermined Indigenous young people’s access to their identity, language and culture. At the same time, Indigenous children have not generally had access to the same quality of education that other children in their country have had access to. These two forces in combination have undermined the educational opportunities and outcomes of successive generations of Indigenous children and young people, at times with catastrophic effect. The six Canadian provinces and territories that participated in this study, along with New Zealand and Queensland (Australia), are actively seeking to better meet the educational needs and aspirations of Indigenous students and their families. The report seeks to identify promising strategies, policies, programmes and practices that support improved learning outcomes for Indigenous students and to build an empirical evidence base on Indigenous students in education. The study investigates four areas in Indigenous education: well-being, participation, engagement and achievement in education. These outcomes are inter-connected and mutually reinforcing, and each is essential for the success of every student.

Published on August 09, 2017Also available in: French


Foreword and acknowledgements
Executive summary
Overview: Improving the educational experiences of Indigenous students
Approach, objectives and methodology of the study on Indigenous students and education
Indigenous peoples and education in participating Canadian provinces and territories
Improving the well-being of Indigenous young people
Increasing the participation of Indigenous students in education
Improving the engagement of Indigenous students in education
Supporting educational achievement among Indigenous students
Annexes2 chapters available
Overview of the education systems in Canada, Australia and New Zealand
Representatives on education for Indigenous students in participating jurisdictions
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