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Kenanow Model

The Kenanaw Learning Model is an education system that served Aboriginal people well for generations throughout time and history. It is about identity, a place of belonging, community history, roles and responsibilities of generations of families and the process of handing down knowledge in a larger context, the community that supports and nourishes the heart, mind, body and spirit. For Ininiwak, the Cree, the education system was transmitted through the families and communities as represented in the Kenanaw Learning Model.
Kenanaw was chosen by the Council of Elders at the UCN as the concept for the framework of the UCN teacher education program. The choice was made because for years, the public school system failed to meet Aboriginal student educational needs in many areas. These areas included the preparation of prospective teacher candidates in the teacher education programs, the program curricula, the instructional practices, text materials, and methods of teaching Aboriginal students.
Through the Kenanaw Learning Model a new foundation of teacher education is created that looks to the past, present and future for the education of northern and Aboriginal students.
The Kenanow learning model bridges the link between western education perspectives and the Aboriginal perspectives in the transmission of knowledge. Kenanow is a word drawn from the Cree language. Translated literally, it usually reads “all of us’, all of us who are here” which includes all our relations as described in the model. In this model the kinship system is envisioned as an organically functioning system into which education is naturally and harmoniously integrated and transmitted.
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