Social inequities and the manifestation of microaggression for First Nations students in the educational system in Canada and the role of transformational leadership
discrimination in higher education, racism in higher education, First Nations students
This chapter explores through the context of transformational leadership, social justice and the inequities which lead to microaggressions towards First Nations students in the educational system in Canada. The chapter argues that acts of microaggression are pervasive in the Canadian education system and only serve to thwart opportunities for economic and social advancement of First Nations people. As such, the education of First Nations students’ needs to be approached through the lens of social justice. In order for social justice to be effective, it requires education leaders who are open, willing to facilitate change, and encourage those that they lead to strive for higher ideals. The chapter contends that transformational leadership and social justice approaches to education are well suited to enact change at the individual, group, and community levels in First Nations education and thwart the practice of microaggression toward this group within educational settings.
Roache, D., Thomson, S. B., & Marshall, J. (2021). Social inequities and the manifestation of microaggression for First Nations students in the educational system in Canada and the role of transformational leadership. In Julie K. Corkett, Christine L. Cho, & Astrid Steele (Eds.) Global Perspectives on Microaggressions in Schools: Understanding and Combating Covert Violence, Routledge, Ch. 10, pp 158-169. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003244394-12
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