OPSBA believes that through education we can 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).
Each year, a range of initiatives are undertaken to support First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) Education and trustee representatives sit on the Minister's Advisory Council on FNMI Education.
OPSBA's Indigenous Trustees' Council is the primary advisory body on FNMI Education. The Chair of the Council sits as the First Nations Director on OPSBA's Board of Directors. The Council provides advice on matters pertaining to FNMI Education programming, curricula, training and resourcing and facilitates partnerships with FNMI organizations.
OPSBA's advocacy paper was directed by the following resolution of its Indigenous Trustees' Council, then known as the First Nation Trustees Council, approved by the Board in September 2014:
That a position paper be developed to advocate for mandatory elementary and secondary curriculum components in FNMI history that includes treaty education, the history and legacy of residential schools and the impact of the Indian Act.
That paper is now available for download.
The advocacy paper is in accord with the calls for action in the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in that it proposes a mandatory continuum on FNMI history in Ontario's curriculum. The intent is that every Ontario student will learn about the government policies and legislation that gave rise to residential schools, their ongoing impact, as well as the contemporary realities of FNMI peoples.
A Tuition (Education Services) Agreement Guidebook has been developed as a joint initiative of the Chiefs of Ontario, Ontario's school board associations, the Ministry of Education and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. The guidebook is intended as a resource for First Nation communities and school boards when negotiating tuition/education services agreements for students from First Nation communities who attend schools in the provincial system.
Download the Guidebook