Title

What do Canadian Aboriginal children in the Northwest Territories understand about themselves through their drawings?

RIS ID

101196

Publication Details

Blight, M. & Eady, M. (2015). What do Canadian Aboriginal children in the Northwest Territories understand about themselves through their drawings?. In J. Brown & N. F. Johnson (Eds.), Children's images of identity: Drawing the self and the other (pp. 149-167). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Abstract

At the onset of this project, our idea was to travel to the Canadian arctic to meet with the children there and have both the Aboriginal children and non-Aboriginal children draw pictures of what an Aboriginal child means to them and compare these drawings. Once we discussed our ideas with school principals in the regions we wanted to focus on, we realised that there may be an issue: in many of these regions there are few children who are not do not have some type of Aboriginal background and therefore, trying to do a comparison became a difficult task. However, we embarked on the journey and learned more about how Aboriginal children think about themselves through drawing than we could have imagined.

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