THUNDER BAY – The federal government is spending nearly $1.6 million to prepare nearly 160 future teachers with placements in Northern Ontario Indigenous communities.
Patty Hajdu, minister of employment, workforce development and labour, announced last week the government’s youth employment strategy will partner with Teach for Canada.
The organization’s youth career focus project provides placements in elementary, middle or high schools in Indigenous communities across Northern Ontario as well as provide two years of follow-up support to help with teacher retention by providing necessary tools.
“Too often, teachers arrive in remote Indigenous communities without the preparation and support they need to succeed—and stay—in the classroom,” executive director Kyle Hill said in a news release distributed by the federal government.
Participants in the program will learn Indigenous languages, learn about Canada’s history from an Indigenous perspective and be taught how to work in partnership with the communities.
The 158 participants will be from Thunder Bay and Toronto.
The initiative will enhance educational opportunities for youth in Indigenous communities, Hajdu said.
“A good education is essential in breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty. Helping young Canadians pursue their passion for teaching in Indigenous communities in the north will ensure that communities are healthier and stronger,” Hajdu said.