Creating a Learning Environment using a De-institutionalized Approach to Learning
Yekooche First Nation is a small, isolated aboriginal community in British Columbia, Canada which has been working towards finalizing a land claims and self government treaty with the federal and provincial governments. In preparing for the responsibilities that flow with self government, Chief and Council decided to seek assistance from Royal Roads University in helping to prepare the community for this change. This paper is about a partnership that formed between a university and this remote aboriginal community to create a learning environment that would help its members prepare for governance by accessing non traditional forms of learning using technology. // This paper describes the background, benefits and challenges of establishing a learning environment and the lessons learned along the way. The paper also describes different approaches and engagement strategies through three stories of youth, who not only learned how to use the technology, but also revived their curiosity through interaction and mentorship that the Learning Centre provided.
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