Making the Spirit Dance Within: Joe Duquette High School and an Aboriginal Community

with Kathy L. Hodgson-Smith, Robert Regnier, Jo-ann Archibald, Our Schools Our Selves, James Lorimer & Company, Toronto, 1997.

This book offers an in-depth study of a remarkable school for native students, the Joe Duquette High School in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The key to success of Joe Duquette is in its commitment to aboriginal spirituality as its guiding principle for both curriculum and human relations within the school. The sacred circle, recognition of the interrelatedness of all beings, is the foundation of the school's philosophy. Sweet grass circles, trips to the sweat lodge, feasts, and respect for the teaching of Elders (who are a constant guiding presence within the school) are central to students' activities. Joe Duquette provides a model for educating native students, and it stands in stark contrast to the silence about the First Nations, their history and culture which is typical of Canadian main-stream schools.


Celia Haig-Brown ~ Last updated: 03-Feb-2005