Aboriginal Education

Gikinoo’amaadiwin – We Gain Knowledge

Lakehead University’s Department of Aboriginal Education offers people of Aboriginal descent the opportunity to become a teacher through a unique learning experience. This department works closely with each student in their journey to become a professional teacher certified by the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT). 

As part of the Faculty of Education, we offer undergraduate programs that focus on Aboriginal traditions, languages, and teachings.  Our programs provide you with the knowledge, qualifications, and cultural understanding to make a difference in your student’s lives.

Note:  Starting in the Fall of 2015 all of our undergraduate degree programs will include two years of professional program delivery instead of one.  This change will extend all of our programs by one academic year

Interested in Aboriginal Education?

Students interested in Aboriginal Education will learn the following…

  • A comprehensive understanding of pedagogical practices as they relate to teaching Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students
  • The ability to plan and teach a lesson that applies to many different learners
  • A better understanding of Aboriginal language, culture, and practices as they relate to education and teaching
  • The capacity to use Aboriginal languages to communicate with students or other learners

What is Aboriginal Education?

Aboriginal Education is the study and practice of teaching, which focuses on Aboriginal languages, values, and traditions.  We use a multidisciplinary approach to provide you with the knowledge and skills to teach both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students; our programs address the academic, cultural, and traditional needs of Native students, educators, and communities.