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​​Indigenous Education and Equity - Building Knowledge and Capacity
​​Indigenous Education and Equity - Building Knowledge and Capacity

Building Knowledge IconBuilding knowledge and capacity involves understanding that inequitable structures, policies and practic​es create barriers which negatively affect student access to programm​ing, achievement and well-being. All stakeholders will acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours needed to foster inclusive and responsive learning spaces. Capacity building is informed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action as well as evidence-based, equitable and inclusive practices, programs and pedagogies for equitable and inclusive education.


System Actions

  • Identify strategies that foster voice and agency to deepen the understanding of social identities and lived experiences of all learners including English language learners (ELLs) and students with disabilities
  • Build a collective understanding of colonialism informed by Indigenous perspectives and its ongoing impact on Indigenous communities. Build an understanding of anti-oppression and Culturally Responsive and Relevant Pedagogy (CRRP) through professional conversations and the development of professional learning opportunities and resources​
  • Develop an anti-oppressive approach to the collection, analysis and use of identity-based data which will support schools and departments in planning, monitoring and reflecting on practices and resource allocation that support achievement for all underserved and underperforming students​
  • Review, develop, communicate and be accountable to policies, procedures, guidelines and processes in order to ensure accessibility, equity and inclusivity (e.g., faith accommodations, all gender washrooms and all gender athletics, discipline, hiring)​
  • Remain informed by current global trends and research to anticipate system leadership requirements in order to build and s​ustain an accessible, equitable and inclusive organization 
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School Actions

  • Develop and deepen critical consciousness through co-learning opportunities, school improvement processes and professional conversation
  • Engage whole school and collaborative school teams in professional learning related to Indigenous education, colonialism, anti-oppression and equity
  • Engage in learning about the history of residential schools, treaties and present day colonialism to understand their impact on education and to build capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy and mutual respect​
  • Develop an understanding of anti-oppressive analysis of school based data and the use of identity data to identify and eliminate barriers for marginalized groups

  • Explore and use diverse resources to support the Indigenous Education and Equity Strategy (e.g., Equity Action Plan, Teaching in a Good Way)
  • Identify an Indigenous Education and Equity Designate to support staff learning and awareness of system initiatives​



Classroom Actions

  • Examine and interrogate classroom practices based on an understanding of multiple social identities, positionality and school based data analysis to create accessible, equitable and inclusive classrooms
  • Deepen understanding of the social identities and lived experiences of all learners, including English language learners (ELLs) and students with disabilities, to foster student voice and agency​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  • Develop understanding of Indigenous identities, communities and histories through collaborative and self-directed learning

  • Develop understanding of socio-cultural consciousness through Culturally Responsive and Relevant Pedagogy (CRRP) in order to support engagement, mattering and belonging​


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