Literacy has, historically, been continually looked at through a mainstream lens that does not typically fit with Aboriginal culture and needs. It has been realized that, although, there are many literacy models out there, a few key principles are true. For example, First Nations children require literacy development in their traditional languages as well as mainstream language, children should be encouraged to tell stories and express themselves orally as seen in First Nations culture and finally connecting with Elders can help develop traditional literacies.
During colonization, traditional teaching styles used to teach theory and hands on lessons were repressed; however, as we push for 21st century learning and teaching, it has been realized that these styles are extremely valuable in teaching aboriginal and non aboriginal students.
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