Marie Battiste begins the last paragraph of Decolonizing Education: Nourishing the Learning Spirit with the sentence, “For educators, Aboriginal or not, it is not enough to rebel against injustices unless we also rebel against our lack of imagination and caring” (p. 190). She conducts a very serious critique of Canada’s Eurocentric education system and the effects of its devastating policies and practices against the Aboriginal peoples of that nation.
There are 25 chapters in this latest book from one of New Zealand’s foremost analysts in the fields of Māori health and wellbeing, Māori higher education, and community development. Divided into four parts Ngā Tini Whetū: Navigating Māori Futures is organized around a set of 25 papers presented at a variety of conferences in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Malaysia and the USA between 2004 and 2010. It follows a similar pattern to Durie’s earlier book entitled Ngā Kāhui Pou: Launching Māori Futures. This was published in 2003 and was based on conferences and seminars between 1999 and 2002.