“The whole country changed with only a handful of raggedy-assed pilgrims who came over here in the 1500s and it can take a handful of raggedy-assed Indians to do the same. I intend to be one of those raggedy-assed Indians.” AnnaMae Pictuo Aquash
Karen McClain a member of the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation intends to be one of them too.
Since retiring from teaching she has completed an Hon. B.A. in Native Studies at Trent University, and an M.A. in Sociology and Equity Studies in Education from OISE/UT.
Karen has taught in the Aboriginal community for over 40 years in several capacities including elementary school teacher and principal; adult education instructor; researcher and writer of First Nations’ Curriculum Reviews; author of Culturally Relevant Curriculum for First Nation Schools; co-author Transition to Employment, Transition to Post-Secondary and Transition to High school. Karen has facilitated workshops for the Ontario Native Literacy Coalition and the Peterborough Native Learning Program. The keystone of Mrs. McClain’s work is an Aboriginal, wholistic perspective which embraces interconnectedness and a theory of prevention v.s. intervention. Karen has dedicated her career to Aboriginal capacity building and within this context has set her standards high for materials, learners and herself as an educator.