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Traditional knowledge refers to the knowledge, skills and practices that originally existed in a particular place and continues to shape the local context for Indigenous people. Because of colonization, many Indigenous people were separated from their traditional knowledge systems, so stories in this category focus on programs designed to revitalize traditional knowledge systems including language, history, relationship to land, crafting, arts, storytelling, music, ceremony, spirituality and cultural traditions. Stories in this category focus on the importance of intergenerational learning, and Elders are a key component to passing knowledge from one generation to the next. Stories in this category also convey the importance of valuing Indigenous knowledge in order to solve contemporary issues as Indigenous knowledge systems can provide insight into a more interconnected understanding of the environment.
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.