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Indigenous Trustees' Council

OPSBA's Indigenous Trustees' Council (ITC) is composed of First Nations trustees appointed to school boards, and other Indigenous trustees elected through the regular electoral process.

One of OPSBA's multi-year strategic priorities is Advancing Reconciliation: First Nation, Métis and Inuit Education (see below). We believe that through education we will move towards a Canada where the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians is founded on mutual respect and OPSBA, therefore, supports the Calls to Action of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

The ITC has engaged in a range of initiatives to support the education of Indigenous students, and to ensure all students are educated about the history and culture of Indigenous peoples. Council members have successfully worked on revisions to the mandatory curriculum to include treaty education, the history and legacy of residential schools, the Sixties Scoop, the High Arctic relocation, the Powley Decision, and the impact of the Indian Act

For the 2018-19 school year, Algoma DSB Trustee Elaine Johnston serves as the Chair of the Indigenous Trustees' Council (ITC) and sits as the Council's representative on the OPSBA Board of Directors. Hastings and Prince Edward DSB Trustee Lucille Kyle serves as the ITC's Vice Chair. 

Executive Council Liaison to the Indigenous Trustees' Council - Donna Danielli

OPSBA Staff Advisor to the ITC - Sean Monteith, sean.monteith@kpdsb.ca

 

OPSBA Priority: Advancing Reconciliation: First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education 

​​Our Vision

OPSBA believes that through education we will move towards a Canada where the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians is founded on mutual respect and OPSBA, therefore, supports the Calls to Action of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).  ​

The Focus of our Advocacy and Actions

  • Advocate for a comprehensive Ontario curriculum that contains clear expectations that every Ontario student will acquire knowledge and understanding of Treaties and of the historical context that gave rise to residential schools, the impact on First Nation, Métis and Inuit children and their families, and the ongoing legacy that is the responsibility of all Canadians 
  • Advocate for sufficient provincial funding to cover curriculum resources, and staff training, to support the implementation of the comprehensive Ontario curriculum
  • Ensure the needs and aspirations of First Nation, Métis and Inuit children and their families are a prominent focus of OPSBA's other priority areas
  • Respect the TRC Call to Action regarding retention and revitalization of Indigenous languages in Ontario schools, taught by fluent Indigenous speakers
  • Expand capacity of First Nation trustees and increase understanding by all trustees of First Nation, Métis and Inuit issues
  • Advocate for equity at the federal level in education funding for First Nations students
  • Explore the issues of representation of First Nation, Métis and Inuit students in urban environments
  • Support the development of mechanisms to increase the hiring of Indigenous staff, including in leadership roles
  • Advocate for supports needed to ensure the well-being of Indigenous students.