Further to the Board’s Three Year Education Framework, we have formed our district-wide First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Students Advisory Committee, a key strategy in Outcome Two: The Achievement Gap Between First Nations, Métis and Inuit Students and All Other Students.
The formation of the committee began with the vision to create “two-eyed seeing” (Hogue & Bartlett, 2014):
…learning to see from one eye the strengths of…the Indigenous knowledges and ways of knowing, and from the other eye to see with the strengths of… the Western (mainstream) knowledges and ways of knowing, but most importantly, learning to use both eyes together for the best of all (retrieved on August 29, 2016 from http://www.cea-ace.ca/educationcanada/article/two%E2%80%93eyed-seeing).
As a diverse committee of external, district- and school-based members, our goals are:
- To understand, share, and recommend strategies to enact Education for Reconciliation, which is part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action (2015) within our school communities.
- To build capacity of all staff to bridge gaps in our First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students’ learning, achievement, and well-being through meaningful professional learning opportunities.