Moving Towards Reconciliation

May 2, 2016 at 12:46 pm Leave a comment

Ontario’s People For Education has released an April 2016 report titled Moving Toward Reconciliation on Ontario’s Publicly Funded Schools. 

From page 8 :

“Across Ontario, there is a strong commitment to improving Indigenous education for all students. And real change is evident: this year, for the first time, the Ministry engaged First Nations, Métis, and Inuit education partners in discussions on education funding to support equitable outcome for all students; there are improvements in schools’ support for Indigenous learning; and universities are making changes to their programs for future teachers.

In order to ensure that we continue to make progress toward reconciliation:

• The Ministry should establish mandatory curriculum on Indigenous education for all Bachelor of Education programs and ensure that all educators receive high quality professional development.

• Currently, Ontario has an Aboriginal Education Office, which falls within the responsibility of the Assistant Deputy Minister for French Language, Aboriginal Learning and Research. The Ministry of Education should appoint a specific Assistant Deputy Minister for Indigenous Education, as called for by the TRC.

• First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities must be involved at all levels (schools, school boards, and the Ministry) in the development of strategies and professional development for educators to support Indigenous education.

• The Ministry should collect data on Indigenous student achievement in order to be able to measure progress toward closing the achievement gap.”

You may also want to read:

Toulouse, P. (2016). What Matters in Indigenous Education: Implementing a Vision Committed to Holism, Diversity and Engagement. In Measuring What Matters, People for Education. Toronto: March, 2016. Click here.

And Lousie Brown’s article in today’s Star (p. A3) Teaching the Teachers Native Studies.

Check it out!

Rowan

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