Killing the Indigene: interrogating the support of First Nations' diversity in the modern university

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As an ongoing challenge to colonial incursion, many First Nations’ Communities and Peoples have centred education as a cornerstone to greater agency and self-determination. The difficulty for many Indigenous Peoples is that the engagement with the formal, mainstream academy contributes to reductive ideas of what constitutes Indigenous Peoples and cultures, and their ongoing engagement risks them being inculcated in diminishing understandings of the diversity of the First Nations’ experience. While the nineteenth century North American directive to ‘kill the Indian, save the man’ clearly constituted cultural genocide, the current higher education imperative encouraging homogenous knowledge acquisition fails to acknowledge and support diverse experiences and aspirations. In challenging practices that can result in an assimilationist approach to the Indigenous learner, this chapter will examine these problematic directives, as well as exploring practices and programs that centre First Nations’ learning, Knowledge(s) and strategies, and that reassert the diverse experiences and needs of both First Nations’ learners and their Communities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStrategies for supporting inclusion and diversity in the academy
Subtitle of host publicationhigher education, aspiration and inequality
EditorsGail Crimmins
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783030435936
ISBN (Print)9783030435929
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Indigenous Higher Education
  • Post-colonialism
  • Aboriginal and torres strait islander perspectives and contribution
  • Aspirational disciplines


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