Research project A comparative study of the issue of education of the indigenous populations in Sweden, Canada and Australia, 1850-2000
The educational policy towards minorities within a society can be regarded as an important indication of how the authorities view these minorities and their position in society. This has certainly been true for indigenous populations, who generally have held a subordinate position in society, a fact which also influenced the education they received. Thus, the issue of education is a central aspect in an analysis of the relationship between the state and indigenous groups, a fact which is a starting point of this project. The aim of the project is to compare the educational policies of Sweden, Canada and Australia towards their indigenous populations, which effects they had, and how the indigenous groups reacted to these policies, 1850-2000. The ambition is to bring the historical analysis up to the contemporary situation, in order to shed light on the importance of the historical roots for how the policy area is shaped today.