Aboriginal Inquiry: Lifting All Learners

An Impact Assessment of the Aboriginal Enhancement Schools Network (AESN)

4.6.2 Experiential learning

An important theme that emerged during our study of this school district was the emphasis placed on experiential and place-based learning. As was noted in the literature review in this report, experiential learning (that is, learning by doing/enactment) and cultural immersion experiences are foundational ways in which dominant paradigms and beliefs can be challenged through shared, enacted experiences. In this next section we highlight the ways in which the AESN projects in Arrow Lakes have emphasized experiential and place based learning as a primary means through which to integrate Aboriginal content into the school curriculum through SD 10 inquiry projects. We describe three AESN projects that have this focus: the Ethno-botany inquiry project, the Archery inquiry, and Aboriginal woodcarving.