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There is a hidden science curriculum that is widely being taught in Canadian schools today This hidden curriculum conveys a particular Eurocentric worldview amounting to cultural assimilation and marginalization of students who possess other knowledge bases than the Western societal norm The deculturization and devaluation has led to First Nations students generally not embracing scientific and environmental ecological discourses resulting in the loss of valuable Aboriginal knowledge the cornerstone of cultural identity of indigenous peoples In the wake of the broken links between Indigenous Knowledge and its people Indigenous Knowledge has become more widely recognized outside the communities where traditionally the knowledge has been in use While it is only in recent times that Western scientists have become concerned with environmental issues being responsible and caring for the land has always been a part of Aboriginal spirituality and life So how can educators assist Aboriginal students to gain access to Traditional Indigenous Knowledge and ways of thinking within the present Western scientific framework Before attempting to protect and reconnect the knowledge base of Aboriginal peoples we must first try to understand more in depth the history of Traditional Indigenous Knowledge Defining Traditional Indigenous Knowledge Traditional Indigenous Knowledge has been defined as a body of knowledge built by a group of people through generations living in close contact with nature It includes a system of classification a set of empirical observations about the local environment and a system of self-management that governs its use Other names for it include local knowledge folk knowledge peoples knowledge traditional wisdom or traditional science This knowledge is passed from generation to generation making it a cumulative and dynamic entity Indigenous knowledge is the local knowledge that is unique to a culture community or society and builds upon the historic experiences of a people adapting to social economic environmental spiritual and political change Although my paper focuses on traditional knowledge as it relates to the physical sciences and ecology
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