7.5.5 Importance of knowing and learning about traditional teachings among First Nations youth aged 12 to 17 years, Canada, 2013-2015

Very important Somewhat important A little important Not important
Importance of knowing and learning 50.5 27.9 15.6 6

The youth survey covered First Nations youth 12-17 years old, and therefore represents a large proportion of the school-aged population living on reserve and in northern First Nations communities.

Source: CICH graphic created using data adapted from the First Nations Information Governance Centre, Our Data, Our Stories, Our Future: The National Report of the First Nations Regional Early Childhood, Education and Employment Survey, (Ottawa: 2016). 104 pages.

Between 2013-2015, the majority of First Nations youth believed it was important to know and learn about traditional teachings.

51% of First Nations youth aged 12 to 17 years reported that it was very important to know and learn about traditional teachings.

A further 28% said it was somewhat important.

Learning about traditional teachings is important for developing a strong sense of identity among Indigenous youth. This contributes to their well-being and resilience. Quality education for Indigenous youth involves giving equal weight to both Western and Indigenous forms of knowledge in curricula, and incorporating Indigenous cultures, languages, and pedagogies to engage Indigenous students and facilitate improved academic success. This requires that Indigenous communities be actively involved in the design and implementation of the curricula.

Source: King, L., & Schielmann, S. (2003). The challenge of Indigenous education: Practice and perspectives. UNESCO.