Reflecting Upon The (Research) Conversations
This research note represents a critical reflection upon my experiences learning from the voices of Aboriginal youth
in northern Ontario, Canada. Over the span of two calendar years various Aboriginal students from three different publicly
funded elementary schools were invited to attend two Research Conversations at the conclusion of their grade 7 and 8 years.
The impetus for the conversations was the 2007 landmark provincial policy related to Aboriginal education, Ontario First
Nation, Metis, and Inuit Education Policy Framework (the Framework). Among the intentions was to investigate the extent
to which the policy Framework was, or was not, being implemented in publicly funded schools and classrooms in northern
Index Terms- Aboriginal Education Policy, Aboriginal Students.