Removal of the unusual and exclusion of the non-conforming is the primary purpose of state-sponsored education. Aboriginal knowledge centres, on the other hand, stress the importance of making a place for everyone and everything.
Promoters of superficial education like to pride themselves on the practicality of career-oriented institutions of higher learning, but one look at the world they created should give one pause to think.
As aboriginal cultures understand, knowledge cannot be fast-tracked; the path to wisdom is a slow, arduous undertaking. As more of us now realize, short cuts in learning are literally dead ends.
The library is dedicated to the memory of Secwepemc Chief George Manuel (1921-1989), to the nations of the Fourth World and to the elders and generations to come.access here