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OPSBA statement regarding Ontario providing additional support to help Indigenous students succeed

11/13/2020

The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) and its Indigenous Trustees’ Council welcome today’s announcement by the Government of Ontario of $17 million over three years to support First Nation, Métis, Inuit and urban Indigenous education partners. 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 therefore supports the Calls to Action of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Investments such as this have a heightened need and impact during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has compounded pre-existing challenges. 

“For nearly five years, one of OPSBA’s key priorities has been advancing reconciliation with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities. The success and well-being of Indigenous students across Ontario is an essential component of the success of our province. The investments announced by the government today are important, much-needed, and welcome news.”

Cathy Abraham, OPSBA President

“The Indigenous Trustees’ Council has on several occasions had the opportunity to highlight for Minister Lecce the many unique challenges faced by Indigenous students, as well as the many innovative and culturally appropriate programs available for Indigenous students across the province. There is always more work to do, but we are pleased that the government is making these important investments in the education of Indigenous youth.”

Elaine Johnston, Chair of OPSBA’s Indigenous Trustees’ Council

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