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First Nations Advisory Committee

First Nations Advisory Committee (FNAC)

Who Are We?

  • Atikameksheng Anishnawbek
  • Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation
  • Dokis First Nation
  • Kenjgewin Teg
  • M’Chigeeng First Nation
  • N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre
  • Rainbow District School Board
  • Sagamok Anishnawbek
  • Sheguiandah First Nation
  • Sheshegwaning First Nation
  • Wahnapitae First Nation
  • Whitefish River First Nation
  • Zhiibaahaasing First Nation

The Board’s First Nations Advisory Committee (FNAC) is in place to:

  • to make recommendations to the board in respect to any matter affecting the establishment, development and delivery of programs and services for First Nations pupils of the board;
  • to review the financial statements and tuition agreements of the board as they relate to First Nations tuition agreements;
  • to monitor progress in incorporating the seven social factors as identified in tuition agreements into Rainbow District School Board plans and programs;
  • to provide First Nations people an effective voice in determining relevant educational programs and services for students of First Nations ancestry, and
  • to increase all students’ knowledge, awareness, understanding, and appreciation of First Nations people and their history and cultures.

The parties to education service agreements, have entered into an understanding to:

  • increase school success of First Nations learners,
  • honour and support the language, culture, and history of the First Nations people whose territories are served by the School Board,
  • increase knowledge and understanding of First Nations people,
  • build awareness of the important issues that affect First Nations learners in Rainbow Schools,
  • bring about positive change for all students.

This understanding is built on the fundamental beliefs that First Nations people are integral to the social fabric of Canada and that educational opportunities and success for First Nations learners are of vital concern for all partners in education.

There is an explicit acknowledgment that Indigenous learners are not experiencing school success in Ontario. The intention is to work together within the mandates of our respective organizations to improve school success for Indigenous learners in the Rainbow District School Board through the strategic plan of the FNAC.

Fundamental to the successful implementation are the following:

  1. Train all Rainbow District School Board, administration and staff to better understand and gain knowledge of First Nation, Inuit and Métis peoples.
  2. The faculty should have the knowledge that the worldview and culture of First Nation, Inuit and Métis people is embedded in their native language
  3. Acknowledgement by all staff of the First Nation, Inuit and Métis people and their cultures as distinct from non-Aboriginal cultures. Acknowledgement of the First Nation, Inuit and Métis contributions to the Canadian culture.
  4. The infusion of the First Nation, Inuit and Métis people and cultures through curriculum and the school life in the Rainbow District School Board.
  5. Understanding by all staff that student success is based on a balance of body, mind, soul and spirit.
  6. The priorities of student retention and parent/community involvement.

FNAC Meetings

Thursday, September 21, 2023
Thursday, November 16, 2023
Thursday, February 15, 2024
Thursday, May 16, 2024

Meetings of the FNAC will be held at the Rainbow District School Board Centre for Education, 408 Wembley Drive, Sudbury.

Meetings are open to the public.

Please confirm meeting dates, times and locations by calling 705-674-3171, ext. 8236.