Support for Staff

Indigenous Education Team

Indigenous Education Team Poster
Professional Development 
  • Understanding intergenerational trauma faced by  First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities. Includes how to best support students and best practices for instruction.
  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultural competency - ongoing - and in many different venues. Includes understanding of historical trauma.
  • Using talking circles in classrooms as an instructional practice - ongoing with many different sessions.
  • How to incorporate First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives and arts into their teaching of the arts, English and numeracy
  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit studies subject council plans professional development funded by the Ontario Secondary Schools Teacher's Federation.
  • Indigenous Education Itinerant teacher (K-8) paired with elementary schools to support staff in becoming culturally competent and responsive
  • Books with First Nations, Métis and Inuit content, perspectives and authors provided to all schools and training on using them.
  • Posters and Treaty maps provided to all schools.
  • Assistance in reaching out to and inviting Indigenous elders, knowledge keepers, and cultural teachers into the classrooms.
  • Attendance at many Indigenous community events by teachers, administrators, social workers and all other OCDSB employee groups.
  • An Indigenous staff network exists to support and share experiences.
  • A resource database provided and maintained on our on-line learning platform that can be accessed by all staff.

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