The Need for Indigenous HIPPY
According to Statistics Canada, 52% of young adults (20-24) living on reserve did not graduate from high school.
Because the history of colonialism has affected Indigenous families and communities in Canada, Indigenous families have only cautiously received educational institutions and curriculum.
The probability of living in poverty increases with less formal education. As poverty is integrally linked to low literacy, a concerted effort must be directed toward increasing and improving education outcomes and decreasing high school drop-out rates for Indigenous children. And, efforts to undo the negative impact of colonization, including residential school and child welfare practices, must be enhanced.
Indigenous HIPPY has created a setting for Indigenous families to re-establish and embrace their traditional roles as parents and teachers of their children. As a community-driven and community-based organization, Indigenous HIPPY is an expression of Indigenous families’ and communities’ vision and strength to maintain deep cultural knowledge and passion by sharing teachings of their ancestors through its incorporation into education and learning. Indigenous HIPPY provides the building blocks for Nation-building by teaching children while simultaneously empowering caregivers.