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The Aboriginal Learning Subcommittee looked specifically at developing recommendations that address First Nations, Metis and Inuit learning needs and supports. The Subcommittee proposes policy actions and recommends that all stakeholders work together to implement these actions. The first recommendation for action is to build on partnerships to create more access and success in a full range of advanced learning opportunities, to expand the current system to include aboriginal post-secondary institutions, and to develop initiatives and strategies to insure that aboriginal people aspire to, participate and succeed in key decision making positions and in governance structures that make up the advanced learning system. The second recommendation seeks to inspire aboriginal learners. This involves public awareness campaigns that promote the value of learning and the learning options available, partnership with the K-12 education system that insures that students are prepared for advanced learning and the workforce, and supporting participation in apprenticeship and training programs. Furthermore, the recommendations deal with the system developing adaptive and flexible learner transition programs, providing infrastructure support and encouraging more aboriginal teachers. Recommendation three involves developing and continuing programs to foster culture and language preservation and development. The last recommendation calls for funding support to accomplish all the policy actions recommended. The document contains an executive summary, the policy recommendations, an appendix of best practices, and a bibliography. [The Aboriginal Subcommittee, as part of Alberta Advanced Education's "A Learning Alberta" dialogue with stakeholders, prepared this paper.]

Descriptors: Governance, Canada Natives, Partnerships in Education, Student Needs, Educational Policy, Access to Education, Educational Opportunities, Postsecondary Education, Indigenous Populations, Participative Decision Making, Apprenticeships, Transitional Programs, Minority Group Teachers, Language Maintenance, Culturally Relevant Education, Cultural Maintenance, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Adult Education, Vocational Education

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