Reconciliation Through Education
National Partners in Truth and Reconciliation Collaborate with Nova Scotia Indigenous Education Network in Precedent Setting Symposium
Representatives from across Nova Scotia gathered recently at St. FX University to discuss the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) calls to action as they relate to education in Nova Scotia. Charlene Bearhead, director of education and outreach for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation based in Winnipeg facilitated the session that covered the regional, provincial and federal response to the TRC calls to action within education. National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation representatives met with educators from across Nova Scotia recently at St. FX University to discuss the Commission’s calls to action as they relate to education across the province.
Nova Scotia is the first province to come together in developing a provincial Indigenous education network to address the calls to action at this level. Participants from CBU, Dalhousie, MSVU, Unama'ki College, the Legacy of Hope Foundation, Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey (MK), the Nova Scotia Dept. of Education, the Assembly of First Nations, the NS Teachers Union, Nova Scotia Libraries, KAIROS Canada, and Health Canada reviewed the P-12 Nova Scotia Treaty Education Program as a part of their sharing and deliberations.
The group reviewed the TRC's calls to action and discussed #62 which addresses Indigenous education and its application in the Nova Scotia education system. "Nova Scotia is a leader in taking this broad approach to Indigenous education and establishing this network to actively address #62," said Bearhead. The network will meet quarterly and share best practices and curriculum updates across the province.
Regional Chief Morley Googoo commended the groups’ work saying, "this collaboration is a direct response to the calls to action and stands as a concrete example of how Nation-to-Nation governance can and will produce results, my office will continue to champion these precedent setting activities."