Trustees call on province to boost number of Indigenous teachers

 By Maggie Macintosh  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Winnipeg school trustees are calling on the newly-elected NDP government to set aside funding to help local universities graduate more Indigenous teachers. Elected officials from two city school divisions, St. James-Assiniboia and Winnipeg, have co-written a letter to call attention to representation gaps in kindergarten-to-Grade 12 classrooms. “It’s our way of saying to the government that this is still a priority for us and we hope that it can be a priority for them, too,” said Holly Hunter, chairwoman of the SJASD board of trustees. The memo, sent Wednesday to Advanced Education Minister Renee Cable, requests the province make a “significant investment” into training to tackle the workforce shortage. It also calls on the ministry to partner with community organizations to ensure First Nations,…

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