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A sense of cultural identity is important to an individual person’s own self-identity. Cultural identity is a built feeling of belonging that includes understanding the histories, languages, stories and practices of a group. The stories in this category include examples from schools, land-based programs and community initiatives. They involve hands-on opportunities focused on learning language and experiencing cultural activities through traditional teachings and practices. Some are land-based programs and others bring cultural knowledge indoors to combine Indigenous knowledge with other forms of knowledge. Many stories include a focus on cultural knowledge, values and protocols that build intergenerational relationships to show how traditional teachings can offer solutions for present day challenges and demands and build a stronger sense of identity while healing from intergenerational impacts of colonialism and government policies.
The Alternative Secondary School Program (ASSP) addresses the needs of urban Indigenous students in Fort Frances and surrounding areas by creating a culture-based educational environment where the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual areas of a student's life are centered.
Wiingashk Alternative Secondary School is located at N’Amerind Friendship Centre in London. This program offers urban Indigenous students a culture-based education that balances the secondary school curriculum with wholistic, culturally relevant educational approaches.
Meeka is a well-known teacher of education, healing, and Inuit culture. She started teaching children in 1971, and moved onto adult education at Nunavut Arctic College for 18 years. Meeka believes that elder knowledge from experience is necessary have a foundation for living an Inuit life as our ancestor did. She hopes that healing and education from Inuit go a long way.