We are a non-profit organization that works with northern First Nations communities to recruit, prepare, and support outstanding teachers.
Education in Canada is a success story. Study after study shows that our public schools are among the best in the world. But high overall quality masks deep inequality. On First Nations reserves, 3 in 5 students do not complete high school. Too often, teachers arrive in remote and Indigenous communities without the preparation and support they need to succeed--and stay--in the classroom. The twin challenges of teacher supply and turnover compound historical injustice and systemic inequities to produce an education gap between First Nations and non-First Nations communities.
The right kind of teacher can help fill this gap. We work with education leaders, principals, teachers, and students in northern First Nations communities to recruit outstanding teachers from across the country, provide three weeks of community-focused summer training, and provide ongoing teacher support for a minimum of two years. Inspired by the leadership of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action on Education, Teach For Canada teachers emphasize a spirit of reciprocal learning with communities during their 2+ year teaching commitment.
Currently, there are 55 Teach For Canada teachers in 13 First Nations schools in northern Ontario. Their inspirational teaching is increasing student attendance, student engagement, and student achievement.