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Article in Response to Controversy

Abstract

This article examines the school-to-prison nexus for Aboriginal youth in Canada. The author calls on educators to examine their complicity in the overrepresentation of Aboriginals in Canada’s penal system, and suggests four overlapping areas that point to this need: the racist and colonial histories of law and education for Aboriginals; the disciplinary culture of schools; the lack of diversity in the Canadian teaching force, understood as a larger problem of systemic Whiteness; and the overuse of paradigms of cultural differences to explain Aboriginal under-education.

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