National Trustee Gathering on Aboriginal Education Expected to Drive Discussion

Jo Chrona 520x324 A focus on Aboriginal Education will be front and center at this year’s Canadian School Boards Association National Congress.

Along with hosting its annual National Congress, the CSBA will co-host the National Trustee Gathering on Aboriginal Education with the British Columbia School Trustees’ Association. With a packed schedule filled with several speakers with varied and experienced backgrounds, the Gathering is set to ignite a conversation on Aboriginal Education.

And, according to the BCSTA, it’s been a long-sought-after conversation.

“The National Trustee Gathering on Aboriginal Education was conceived by CSBA in response to people across Canada calling for a forum where sharing successful, effective practices that foster strong Aboriginal student learning outcomes could take place,” explains BCSTA President Teresa Rezansoff. “There are gaps in public education, and the reality is that we are not adequately serving the educational needs of Aboriginal students. As this is an event and topic of significant importance, we felt it was important that we contribute by hosting the gathering in 2017.”


Taking place from July 5-8, 2017 in Whistler, BC, the Gathering is set to attract district teams, including trustees, administrators, business officials and beyond. With the objective of sharing knowledge of best practices, and taking that information back to the local community level, they say it is incredibly important to have as many different stakeholders present as possible, representing multiple disciplines, focuses and leadership roles.

Keynote speakers range from Ministry of Education representatives working within Aboriginal Education to an award-winning journalist to strategic educational consultants and professors. The outlined topics, sessions and keynotes will definitely drive discussion on Aboriginal Education.

Rezansoff hopes the lessons that come from this Gathering have a lasting impact.

“We want people to learn what is working in different districts, and take those lessons home, so we can see continuous, positive change across the country. It is our goal that attendees leave the gathering with a broader understanding of the issues. We hope to provide an avenue where they can share experiences, ideas, methodologies and results with peers, but also challenge one another and ask questions of the greater education community,” she says. “Our hope is that through this, learning outcomes for Aboriginal students can be equally improved across the country, regardless of environment. We want teams and individuals to leave inspired with the tools they need to seek real, positive change in public education.”

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