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Colonial Education in the Canadian Context

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Part of the Critical Studies of Education book series (CSOE,volume 16)

Abstract

Colonial education in Canada has been underpinned by Eurocentric ideologies of European ethno-superiority born out of the nineteenth century belief in the moral and cultural superiority of Europe. Settler colonialism imposed colonial theories of knowledge that privileged and superiorized Eurocentric knowledges and denied, denigrated and invalidated Indigenous knowledges and epistemologies such that to this day, Eurocentric educational ideology has mediated and continues to inform what is considered formal education in Canada. This chapter traces the history of colonial education in Canada, its colonizing logics including the colonization of Indigenous knowledge forms and ways of knowing and pedagogies. It identifies instruments of the violence of colonial education and how these structures continue to sustain settler and other forms of colonial education and its self-proclaimed superiority over Indigenous knowledges and epistemologies.

Keywords

  • Residential schools
  • Multiculturalism
  • Integration
  • Equality
  • Hidden curriculum
  • Push-out
  • Standardized testing
  • Racialized
  • Adultification
  • Indigenous
  • Erasure
  • Genocide
  • Resistance
  • Land
  • TRC
  • Schooling
  • Dissonance
  • Alienation
  • Border crossing
  • Racism
  • Unmapping

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Dei, G.J.S., Karanja, W., Erger, G. (2022). Colonial Education in the Canadian Context. In: Elders’ Cultural Knowledges and the Question of Black/ African Indigeneity in Education. Critical Studies of Education, vol 16. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-84201-7_3

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