Public Board Searches For Teachers

Finding qualified people to teach indigenous languages is proving to be a tough task for the Greater Essex County District School Board.

The board needs at least two part-time instructors with hopes of more if the program expands.

Superintendent of Education Clara Howitt says it’s an important cultural program that the board wants to bring back.

“It’s a clear demonstration from our First Nations community that language is important and we definitely want to respond to that opportunity,” says Howitt. “And meeting our goals of supporting First Nations, Matis and Inuit students in being comfortable and confident in their culture.”

Students who would have been taking this program in school are instead learning from a community partner outside the public board. The course teaches the Ojibwe and Oneida languages.