Colouring in the White Spaces:  Reclaiming Cultural Identity in Whitestream Schools

Presenter:
Dr Ann Milne

Dr Milne’s presentation, based on her Ph.D research and Kia Aroha College’s practice, points out that while New Zealand’s official education strategy for Māori learners talks about educational success “as Māori” schools and the education system confuses what this means, and institutionalised practices and solutions actually work against this goal.  She describes the school’s changes to support academic and cultural learning to develop “Warrior-Scholars” through a Critical Pedagogy of Whānau.  She challenges us to find and reflect on the white spaces in our own thinking and practice, and to actively work towards changing them.