The Native Literacy Source of Medicine

Taking Care of the Care Givers

by Nisheducator



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/30/2009

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 128
ISBN : 9781449020897

About the Book

There is a vast difference between holistic as used by mainstream and wholistic as known by Aboriginal worldview.  Holistic according to mainstream understanding continues to deny the spiritual and community aspect of life.  This book traces Native literacy back to the the source of its struggle to effect relevant change for the Native adult learner.  Wholistic according to Aboriginal worldview understands that spirit strengthened in identity is the axis of development.  Left to practice its own definition and understanding of wholistic literacy, Native literacy would make significant changes in levels of postsecondary education and employment. Wholistic Native literacy can provide an understanding of the conditioning of history thus freeing the individual from the self-fulfilling prophecy of inferiority. Aboriginal worldview historically embraced the life-long learner concept that adult education embraces. It embraces individual and community responsibility to maintain community denying current individualism and politics. When the right to heal is returned through Aboriginal definition of wholistic literacy, and Aboriginal society returns to health, perhaps mainstream too will heal and move forward from the disastrous, self-inflicted situation it currently maintains. 

About the Author

“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. McClains 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.