Under Grace’s leadership and with the support of the Council of First Nation trustees, there has been greater participation by First Nation trustees in decision-making at the local board level. OPSBA is pleased to see that recently amended provincial regulations reinforce this active role. Grace will also be a school board representative on the Minister’s First Nation, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) Education Advisory Council. This newly established body is another positive step in bringing all voices to the table to support the success of First Nation, Métis and Inuit students and improved awareness for all Ontario students.
A constitutional change was made at OPSBA’s AGM which has resulted in the expansion of the Education Program Work Team and Policy Development Work Team to include one First Nation trustee on each team. Trustee Marion Macdonald of the Grand Erie District School Board will sit on the Education Program Work Team and Mike Brant of the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board will sit on the Policy Development Work Team.
OPSBA will continue provide support to First Nation trustees to promote their role in infusing First Nation perspectives in learning in Ontario schools, to increase knowledge and build success not just for First Nation but for all Ontario students.
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