A desire for collaboration, co-creation and partnership with communities fuel our Advisory Council.
Teach For Canada’s core values–humility, respect, collaboration, integrity, and learning–represent a desire for collaboration, co-creation, and partnership with First Nations. To this end, an Advisory Council composed of community members has been established to provide community-driven advisory capacity to the organization.
Teach For Canada is in the early stages of its lifespan and while the strategic priorities are set by its Board of Directors, the Advisory Council helps to ensure that the work of Teach For Canada is driven by First Nation community partners. Furthermore, the Advisory Council and the space that is created for community-driven ideas allows for the co-creation of programs and activities at the earliest stages, as well as a forum to give feedback on Teach For Canada’s teacher recruitment, preparation, and support programs.
In July 2018 the Advisory Council gathered in Thunder Bay for the sixth biannual meeting. This was the biggest ever meeting with 37 representatives from First Nations partners. In addition to providing program updates and welcoming Pikangikum First Nation as a new community partner, topics of discussion included:
- Feedback on how to improve the hiring and matching process
- Feedback on potential funders
- Information from community members for profiles
- Input on the process to purchase products from community artists and entrepreneurs