|dc.creator||Lafond, Harry James||en_US
|dc.description.abstract||As a guidance counsellor, the author has found a lack of
the resources necessary to help Cree students through self-concept
development. The Cree are from an oral culture and
have not documented the resources they use within their
culture to help their children develop positive self-concepts.
The Saskatchewan Department of Education has
developed a Career Education curriculum to facilitate
teaching of self-confidence, social awareness and work
cluster explorations. The children from Muskeg Lake Reserve
attend school in Marcelin, Saskatchewan, a non-Cree
community. The people from Muskeg Lake must become involved
in the implementation of career education for their
children. They can best do this by becoming resource people
to the teachers of the program.
The findings of this study showed unique cultural traits
exhibited by the Cree of Muskeg Lake. The people believe in
and live a life centered on the extended family which is
reflected in the settlement patterns, child-raising and
social interaction. The grandparents spend much of their
time interacting with grandchildren.
Informants interviewed in this study identified the
importance of sports to the pride and well-being of the community. Young boys begin early to strive for athletic
excellence. They receive community and peer recognition to
establish personal status and prestige.
Religion permeates the total life of the individual and
the community. This was true traditionally of the Plains
Cree, and according to the informants in this study, is
still true of the Cree of Muskeg Lake. The trend among some
Band members to re-discover Cree spirituality shows a
concern for the spiritual well-being of the individual and a
re-affirmation of Cree cultural practices.
The findings of this study indicate the possibility that
the Career Education Curriculum statement of philosophy
reflects the Muskeg Lake holistic perceptions of the world.
The school and the Muskeg Lake Cree have the responsibility
to ensure that Cree cultural traits in religious
ceremonialism, in sport, in settlement patterns and in
social interactions are reflected in the content and
strategies of the program.||en_US
|dc.title||Cultural developments in Muskeg Lake and the implications for career education||en_US
|thesis.degree.department||Indian and Northern Education||en_US
|thesis.degree.discipline||Indian and Northern Education||en_US
|thesis.degree.grantor||University of Saskatchewan||en_US
|thesis.degree.name||Master of Education (M.Ed.)||en_US