Originally produced by Lakehead District School Board, a series of community consultations were held to adapt the guide for Sudbury, Espanola and Manitoulin. Rainbow District School Board’s First Nation Advisory Committee reviewed the guide to ensure it reflected the local area, including the 11 First Nations communities served by the Board. Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, currency, and reliability of the content.
“I commend everyone who worked together to create this guide, an invaluable resource for educators and all school board employees,” said Rainbow District School Board Chair Tyler Campbell. “It’s a must-read for anyone who wants to gain a deeper appreciation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people in our community. The guide provides a foundation on which we can continue to build an inclusive school community that respects differences and celebrates diversity.”
Trustee Grace Fox, who chairs the First Nation Advisory Committee, says the guide is a rich resource. “We are proud of this publication and the information that it contains about our history, heritage, traditions, teachings, customs and practices,” she said. “We thank the Lakehead District School Board for laying the groundwork and commend Caroline Recollet for co-ordinating the revisions to reflect our local area. We look forward to sharing this knowledge with staff and administrators in Rainbow Schools so we can enrich learning opportunities for all students.”
First Nation, Métis and Inuit Presence in Rainbow Schools will create an Aboriginal cultural awareness in Rainbow Schools that will assist in delivering quality education, build a supportive school climate, meet the specific education needs for First Nation, Métis and Inuit students, and nurture relationships between Rainbow District School Board’s staff/administrators and First Nation, Métis and Inuit parents/guardians and families.
“The guide will be available to all staff and posted on the Rainbow District School Board’s website for all to access,” said Director of Education Jean Hanson. “It is an impressive document, one of many ways in which we are creating a sense of belonging for all students in Rainbow Schools. Our goal is to improve educational outcome for students.”