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 2017, the Advisory Council gathered in Thunder Bay for its fourth bi-annual meeting. In addition to reviewing program updates and welcoming five new community partners—Bearskin Lake First Nation, Cat Lake First Nation, Grassy Narrows First Nation, Sachigo Lake First Nation, and Slate Falls Nation—topics of discussion included:
- How to further include community members in communication projects
- Introducing and discussing some new community engagement activities
- Advice on how to begin assessing Teach For Canada’s impact
- Feedback on improvements to the teacher selection and matching process