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Aboriginal classes need attention

By Tunkan Tansikian

When it comes to whether Aboriginal language studies should be made compulsory for Aboriginal students, society at large should realize the special nature of these courses and treat them in an appropriately different way from other native languages.

In addition, a greater understanding of the ideas and opinions that exist within indigenous societies, the hard work they have done and the results they have achieved are needed to discuss the legitimacy and feasibility of this new education policy in a more comprehensive way.

Tunkan Tansikian is an assistant professor in the Department of Indigenous Development and Social Work at National Dong Hwa University.

Translated by Drew Cameron

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