Eurocentric Knowledge And Indian Knowledge

Decent Essays

Question 1: The work of Marie Battiste and Youngblood Henderson defines the differences between Eurocentric knowledge and Indian knowledge in a new epistemological framework. For instance, Indian knowledge cannot be analyzed through Eurocentric methods, such as the “literature review”, since many of the Indian traditions focus on the oral transmission of knowledge. In this manner, the Indian paradigm of knowledge is not record through written text, which is a primarily Eurocentric mode of knowledge processing. Therefore, Indians experience knowledge through their own oral traditions and social interactions, which is discernably different than the text-based methods of knowledge utilized by white Europeans. The creation of the Wampum is …show more content…

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) provided a justification for reparations to the First Peoples, since many of the atrocities committed against Indians in the residential school system is well documented through eyewitness testimony. However, the indigenous people were given no legal recourse to bring charges against perpetrators of abuse against Indian children, and, more importantly, no viable means of financial or educational reparations were brought forth to help heal these deeply imbedded wounds in the indigenous community. In this regard, the TRC certainly brought greater public awareness to the issue of human rights violations against Canada’s Indian population, but it has done very little to address practical methods of alleviating these racist values in the educational system. This is why the Canadian government, under your leadership, must take direct governmental action to remedy the problem of racism in Canada’s educational system. Question 3: In the contact narrative of early Anglophile and Francophile settlements in Canada, the dominance of white European identity in the historical record is based on vastly different perceptions of indigenous/ aboriginal as being inferior to the “civilized” world. These misrepresentations of the indigenous peoples of Canada are primarily based on linguistic and cultural scholarship in the Eurocentric tradition, which were based on primitive tribal customs and social norms. In many cases,

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