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School in the Bush ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB521848
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Dennis Sawyer, Andy Thomson
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Character Education, Documentary, Early Childhood Education, Education, Family Studies/Home Economics, First Nations Studies, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Special Education
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1986
Running Time:  15m 02s


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School in the Bush vividly communicates Cree values and culture, and the Cree reverence for the land. In it, a young Cree woman reflects on a unique experience: a school year spent not in a formal white school, but with her family during a traditional Cree winter in the bush. The film shows this hunting culture's way of life, from the building of the winter camp and the divisions of labour to the celebratory feasts and rituals following a successful hunt. For the Cree, life and education are the same: children learn by working with their parents; schooling in the bush never stops. The film also touches on the jarring dichotomies experienced by Indigenous children in city schools. An excellent discussion-starter on different cultures, different value systems, and optimal learning experiences.



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