Indigenous innovations in higher education: Local knowledge and critical research
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When seeking information about Indigenous peoples around the world, one often comes across negative statistics concerning high crime rates, high drug use and low participation in any type of education including basic education. Furthermore, those statistics identify consistently low percentages of Indigenous students in higher education institutions owing to low enrolment figures and low numbers of Indigenous high school graduates. It is debatable what the use of these statistics might be. After all, how can a population of students whose dropout rates are high, or who did not find their way to school at all be part of higher education?
However, with this in mind, as scholars, we either need to stick to statistics of access and participation of Indigenous communities in education and higher education, in which case we will find ourselves going around in circles as usual. Some of us may decide to assume the typical stance of sympathising with Indigenous communities without taking any...