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Aanii, Hello, Bonjour

My name is Rossella Bagnato and I am proud to be the superintendent of school effectiveness with the Sudbury Catholic District School Board. I am also quite humbled and honoured to serve, as the “First Nation, Metis and Inuit”(FNMI) education strategy lead.

The ultimate goal of this strategy is to help students achieve their full potential. The strategy includes initiatives that support learning and achievement for Aboriginal students. It also helps raise awareness about First Nation, Metis and Inuit cultures, histories and perspectives in all our classrooms.

The First Nation, Metis and Inuit Education Policy Framework is a key part of this strategy. See http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/policy.html.

The framework includes approaches for schools and school boards that will:
• boost Aboriginal student achievement,
• help close the gap in achievement between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students, and
• increase public confidence in publicly funded education.

The framework will make a difference by:
• improving students' literacy and numeracy skills,
• training educators in teaching methods that are appropriate for Aboriginal students, and
• encouraging more parents to get involved in their children's education or school.
• Engaging the community partners to further enhance the work

The framework also sets out strategies to integrate First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures, histories and perspectives throughout the Ontario curriculum. This will increase knowledge and awareness among all students. An Aboriginal Toolkit for teachers has been developed to help support these efforts. See http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/toolkit.html.

All of this is accomplished through various partnerships and collaboration among staff, students, families and communities. The Sudbury Catholic District School Board has made this strategy an ongoing commitment and will continue to forge ahead with great projects and initiatives to accomplish our goals.

Miigwetch, Thank you, Merci

Rossella Bagnato
Aboriginal Lead
 
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