This year we further developed our commitment to Indigenous education through the development of an Indigenous Education Advisory Committee (IEAC) and by providing Indigenous Education curriculum training to a group of teachers.
As outlined in the Ontario First Nations, Métis and Inuit Policy Framework (2014) as developed by the Ontario Ministry of Education, each school board in Ontario is to have an IEAC. This committee is to be comprised of parents, community members, teachers, administrators, who identify as Indigenous or does allyship responsibilities.
This committee is to deepening the framework implementation by developing working relationships with community, sharing information, identifying promising practices and work collaboratively to support First Nations, Métis and Inuit student achievement and well-being.
Indigenous Education Curriculum Training
In April, a group of 77 teachers learned about curriculum updates in response to the 2015 report by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. One educator at April’s training session said of Patsy Day, an Indigenous Knowledge Keeper who supported the learning: “We need more Patsys to educate us as teachers. Her story and her perspective bring an inspirational approach.”
At Avon Maitland we will continue to build current teacher practice in this area and ensure that we keep a strong focus on supporting and working with our Indigenous partners, and improving the outcomes of our Indigenous students. This will help students continue to make connections and grow understanding and an appreciation for our local nations. For the many students in our school board that identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit it will ensure that their identity and history is taught in their home schools and that they feel an increased sense of belonging in their classrooms.