All students should know about the history of the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, and about Indigenous history, culture, perspectives and experiences.
of elementary schools offer Indigenous education opportunities.
of secondary schools provide professional development for teachers on Indigenous cultures.
of secondary schools have a designated staff member who coordinates Indigenous education.
“We are governed in our approach to reconciliation with this thought: the way that we have all been educated in this country has brought us to where we are today—to a point where the psychological and emotional well-being of Aboriginal children has been harmed, and the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people has been seriously damaged. … but education holds the key to making things better…if we agree on the objective of reconciliation, and agree to work together, the work we do today will immeasurably strengthen the social fabric of Canada tomorrow.”
The Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
Measuring What Matters and Indigenous education
Dr. Pamela Toulouse explores an Indigenous approach to quality learning environments and the Measuring What Matters competencies/skills.
Indigenous education research
Schools across Ontario have been working hard to support Indigenous education initiatives, with some impressive results. However, there is still work to be done.
People for Education's Annual report on Ontario’s publicly-funded schools is an audit of the education system – a way of keeping track of the impact of funding and policy choices in schools across the province.…
A school in British Columbia has dramatically increased graduation rates for Indigenous students by partnering with the local Indigenous community to create a 20 credit academic program, The Academy for Indigenous Studies.
In September 2017, Premier Kathleen Wynne established an Independent Review of Assessment and Reporting in Ontario. The results of that review have been released, and include a number of recommendations to transform how students are assessed.
In this session from PFE's 2017 Making Connections conference, speakers discuss how schools can go beyond offering stand-alone "native studies" courses, and incorporate Indigenous perspectives and knowledge in all subjects.
This is an excerpt from our annual report on Ontario's publicly funded schools. It looks at access to Indigenous educational opportunities, teacher professional development, and supporting achievement for Indigenous students.
Did you miss our annual conference in November? Were you there, but want to re-visit some of the sessions?
We invited our conference speakers to share a few key takeaways and resources, and here's what we've heard so far...
While public attention is most often focused on the challenges faced by on-reserve schools, the majority (82%) of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students attend provincially funded schools.
This report articulates an approach to reconciliation in our publicly funded schools that will engender real change for all students.
In the news
A feature story on Maggie MacDonnell, the keynote speaker at our 2018 annual conference, and the winner of the $1 million Global Teacher Prize in 2017.
People for Education's annual report on Ontario’s schools shows decline in library staff and music teachers; improvements in Indigenous education.
People for Education releases 19th Annual Report on Ontario’s Publicly Funded Schools.