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​​Indigenous Education and Equity - Engaging Families, Guardians and Communities
​​Indigenous Education and Equity - Engaging Families, Guardians and Communities
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We engage families, guardians and communities when we build trusting relationships with them and when we understand and are responsive to their assets, lived experiences, perspectives and needs particularly for those harmed and/or marginalized by the education system.


System Actions

  • Identify and use intentional strategies to seek out and value the voices and experiences of families, guardians and communities, traditionally marginalized by structures and practices, to develop responsive and inclusive system practices
  • Create and revise policies, procedures and practices to effectively support the inclusion of First Nations, Métis and Inuit partnerships and relationships with families, guardians and communities
  • Increase community partnerships with Indigenous and culturally responsive and/or culturally specific organizations with competency in anti-oppressive practices to address the well-being and achievement of traditionally marginalized identities
  • Make information available and promote the Board’s equity, inclusivity and human rights services in a variety of languages and in alternative formats for accessibility
  • Revise current strategies to ensure representation of diverse and intersectional identities on Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), Parent and Family Engagement Advisory Committee (PEAC), Equity and Inclusivity Advisory Committee (EIAC) and school councils
  • Partner with families, guardians and communities to foster reciprocal learning about equity, accessibility and inclusivity
  • Offer safe spaces that affirm diversity, belonging and identity, where all First Nation, Métis and Inuit people experience cultural and linguistic inclusion​
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School Actions

  • Ensure that diverse and intersectional identities are represented and valued in the social, physical and academic environment of the school to promote positive relationships with all families, guardians and community members
  • Engage with local Indigenous communities and families to integrate authentic experiences and content
  • Foster a school-community collaborative approach to identify and address discriminatory biases and systemic barriers and to promote student achievement and well-being
  • Provide ongoing culturally responsive and relevant opportunities for open dialogue with students, families and communities
  • Use the revised system strategies for parent and community engagement to ensure representation of diverse and intersectional identities on school councils
  • Plan and implement school events that are accessible and responsive to the diversity of identities and abilities in the school community

Classroom Actions

  • Partner with Indigenous families and communities to design environments that are physically, socially and academically safe, supportive and inclusive for all Indigenous identities
  • Implement practices in the classroom that enable the diversity of student voices through instruction, self-advocacy and home-school connections​
  • Actively engage with families in a culturally responsive and relevant manner to promote positive connections between home and classroom and to create a sense of belonging for all students
  • Engage and include student, parent/guardian and community voices and experiences to inform the planning, instruction, assessment and decision-making processes
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