Teacher Preparation

Teach For Canada’s Summer Enrichment Program

The Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) is the cornerstone of Teach For Canada’s community-focused preparation program. It is led by Indigenous leaders, northern teachers, and education experts. It helps teachers to learn about the histories and cultures of northern First Nations, to adopt culturally-relevant pedagogies, and to establish effective self-care practices.


See the 2019 Summer Enrichment Program Agenda and Presenter Biographies for the 2019 Summer Enrichment Program.


Summer Enrichment Program 2020: The Summer Enrichment Program will continue as scheduled for July 11th – 24th 2020. The Teach For Canada team will determine whether to host the Summer Enrichment Program at Lakehead University or, alternatively, through an adapted online format based on the latest recommendations of public health authorities by June 1st. 


The health of Teach For Canada teachers, our team, and our partners are our foremost concern. Selected teachers can expect to receive communication outlining the decision and any next steps they need to take by June 1st. Questions or concerns? Contact selection@teachforcanada.ca 


A Preparation Program

Focus 1: Culture
Teachers learn about First Nations’ histories, cultures, languages, traditions, and contemporary realities.
Focus 2: Community
Teachers will learn about community values and governance, local traditions and local knowledge. Teachers will also meet with members of the First Nations where they will teach to ask community-specific questions.
Focus 3: Classroom
Teachers learn culturally-responsive pedagogy, outdoor education, and classroom strategies. They are coached to develop professional and personal goals and concrete self-care strategies.

July 11th – July 24th 2020 



Lakehead University (Thunder Bay) 

*COVID-19 Update: Any changes in format for the Summer Enrichment Program will be communicated to selected teachers by June 1st 2020. 


Prepare you for teaching and living in the North


Teachers participate in facilitator-led workshops and interactive activities. Teach For Canada covers all costs including transportation, accommodation, and meals.

  • All Teach for Canada teachers must attend
  • Indigenous leaders, northern teachers, and education experts will
    lead sessions
  • Education directors and principals from community partners will
    join for several days
  • Many Teach For Canada teachers and staff will join


Summer Enrichment Program July 30, 2019
Challenged Beyond Measure
Marsha King
Summer Enrichment Program August 16, 2018
Jason Singh
Summer Enrichment Program August 5, 2018
Relationships and Reconciliation
Julie Hockridge
Three people fishing
Summer Enrichment Program July 30, 2018
An Enlightening Trip
Jim Priebe
Teach For Canada's Janna Garrett
Summer Enrichment Program July 24, 2018
Naanan Bagijiganan/Five Gifts
Janna Garrett
Two people on a big rock on the shore of a lake with a sunset in the background
Summer Enrichment Program August 10, 2017
With a Good Heart, in a Good Way
Andrea Grit
Teachers participating in leadership activities at Summer Enrichment Program
Summer Enrichment Program August 16, 2016
The Joys Of The Summer Enrichment Program
Chris Johnson