The Australian Educational Researcher

, Volume 44, Issue 1, pp 55–70 | Cite as

Other ways of being: challenging dominant financial literacy discourses in Aboriginal Context



Financial literacy education (FLE) continues to gain momentum on a global scale. FLE is often described as essential learning for all citizens, despite the bulk of initiatives outside the compulsory school classrooms focussed on educating economically disadvantaged individuals. Informed by Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing a critical discourse analysis of FLE facilitators resources used in train-the-trainer workshops in/for a Canadian Aboriginal community was conducted to identify dominant discourses. An uncomfortable space was uncovered as the ubiquitous focus on individual wealth accumulation contradicted Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing, underscoring the challenges of embedding Indigenous epistemologies in highly institutionalised charitable organisations’ attempts to help Indigenous (and non-Indigenous) peoples in poverty. Although this research is based on a Canadian program, the explosion of FLE as a “solution” to collective problems such as poverty lends itself to other—including Australian—contexts.


Cultural Responsiveness Curriculum Equity Financial literacy education Indigenous education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Griffith UniversityMt GravattAustralia
  2. 2.University of Ontario Institute of TechnologyOshawaCanada

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