LILLIAN:Yes, there's a perception in the white community that Indian People are full of problems. I think we need to realize that many native families operate in a very positive way. There are positive role models that we and other native people can learn from.
JANET: So we come again to our need for education and the necessity of that reciprocal process of learning.
LILLIAN: Yes, definitely. We're involved in a sharing experience, a circular process of teaching and learning. I think its so important as an educator to stay open to that process.
Lillian Nakamura Maguire, Yukon Director for CCLOW, is the coordinator of personal skills development programs at Yukon College in Whitehorse. She is a distance education, self-directed learner in the Master of Adult Education program at St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia.
Janet Patterson the BC Director for CCLOW, is an anthropologist who has taught social anthropology, nature studies and women's studies. She has been a women's advocate in community colleges and is now a social planner with the District of North Vancouver.