Because I need a question that can give me an inroad to start this discussion, I need to wrestle with this in order to find a pathway from which to embark on this discussion. I wonder if the question is in regard to one of the three groups of Aboriginal people in Canada or if it would be important to first identify and include the Aboriginal people of Canada, the Inuit, Metis, and First Nations.
And do we limit our comments to more urban or more rural Aboriginal people? Since we are on Coast Salish territory, perhaps, it makes sense to discuss it in the context of our working relationships with the Katzie and Semiahmoo upon whose traditional territories this school district resides.
And in what context is this question being asked? Are we concerned about the pedagogical considerations that concern educators or do we want to move into the realm of how it is we support Aboriginal students through to grade 12 graduation? Can it be rephrased to this: What matters most about Aboriginal education? Or is what we are doing making a difference? And what is it we are doing?