The CSBA Aboriginal Education Committee addresses aboriginal issues at the national level and seeks to develop and support a framework for analysis of how we can contribute to action/ deliberation on those issues by member associations. Below is a feed of valuable news and resources.
Our guiding principles can be found in the 2014 CSBA Charter of Commitment; First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education at CSBA Charter of Commitment; First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education.
We have built a cross country overview of how school boards are presently structured to ensure representation of FNMI interests, school boards response to the TRC Calls to Action and promising practices across the country. Read the full report below:
Some of our recent advocacy efforts are found below:
- To the Prime Minister, Ministers of Education, the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs and Premiers: A letter to call for all levels of government to work collaboratively with School boards and other partners in education and invest in a more equitable funding system and to provide for equal, responsive and appropriate education for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. Read the letter here.
- To the AFN; a letter offering our full support for their efforts to provide educational opportunities and to demonstrate our commitment to the Calls to Action specific to education in the TRC report. Read the letter here.
- To the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs: Following the Daniels vs. Canada ruling, requesting the plans for implementation and funding for improving the educational outcomes for Métis students. Read the letter here.
We have partnered with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to align our efforts on the Calls to Action that will impact education for all Canadian children. Their website provides a wealth of resources which you can access here.
One of the most interesting resources for best practices in Aboriginal Education is PPW. Sponsored by the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative (MAEI), this site provides access to a virtual library of resources related to K- 12 curriculum, research, multi-media, classroom practices and relevant policies.
Educators, researchers and others use the site to enhance and share learning opportunities and to improve educational success for Aboriginal students. The site also includes materials related to Early Childhood Education, Parent/Community Engagement and Issues. The site is updated monthly with new materials. By registering with them, you will receive these updates directly as they are posted. If interested in sharing practices and/or learning more about these initiatives, please visit their website at MAEI Promising Practices.
Below you will find additional links and resources that may be useful.