Windigo First Na­tion and KPDSB sign MOU

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Windigo First Na­tions Coun­cil and the Kee­watin Pa­tricia Dis­trict School Board an­nounced the sign­ing of a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing to en­hance ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices and op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents and staff.

The agree­ment was signed Thurs­day, Nov. 29 in Win­nipeg dur­ing the WFNC Chiefs’ meet­ing.

“We en­vi­sion go­ing for­ward with the is­sues out­lined in the mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing, it can only ben­e­fit our stu­dents, not only aca­dem­i­cally, but also emo­tion­ally and so­cially with the nec­es­sary sup­ports that will en­sure their suc­cess,” said WFNC CEO and Coun­cil Chair Frank McKay in a press re­lease.

The MOU is in­tended to es­tab­lish a fo­rum for the WFNC and KPDSB to work col­lab­o­ra­tively to help de­sign and pro­mote strate­gies to equip First Na­tion stu­dents with the so­cial, emo­tional and aca­demic ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties re­quired to be suc­cess­ful in reach­ing their per­sonal and ed­u­ca­tional goals, and in at­tain­ing achieve­ment lev­els com­pa­ra­ble to the gen­eral stu­dent pop­u­la­tion in On­tario.

“Both Windigo and the KPDSB en­sured Indige­nous and North­ern chil­dren were at the cen­ter of ev­ery con­ver­sa­tion and de­ci­sion through­out the cre­ation of this agree­ment,” said KPDSB di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion Sean Mon­teith in a press re­lease.

“The cen­tre­piece of this agree­ment as­sures all of the Windigo com­mu­ni­ties that the KPDSB will share its ex­per­tise, learn­ing and ca­pac­ity-build­ing so that the Windigo Ed­u­ca­tion Author­ity may in a shorter pe­riod of time, be a stand-alone ed­u­ca­tion author­ity.”

Some of the pri­or­ity ar­eas in the MOU in­clude stu­dent sup­port ser­vices which is fo­cus­ing on stu­dent safety, so­cial and emo­tional men­tal health, stu­dent tran­si­tion and ori­en­ta­tion pro­grams, early ex­po­sure to ca­reer plan­ning, parental em­pow­er­ment ini­tia­tives, sup­port mech­a­nisms for stu­dents liv­ing away from home, stu­dent re­ten­tion strate­gies, ac­cess and on­go­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion in ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties, the de­vel­op­ment of a First Na­tion stu­dent anti-ad­dic­tion ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram, and other stu­dent sup­port ser­vices as needed.

Some other ar­eas in­clude in­de­pen­dent ed­u­ca­tion plans, cur­ricu­lum, pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, hu­man re­sources and pro­fes­sional men­tor­ing.

“KPDSB will share its ex­per­tise, learn­ing and ca­pac­ity-build­ing so that the Windigo Ed­u­ca­tion Author­ity may in a shorter pe­riod of time, be a stand-alone ed­u­ca­tion author­ity,” Mon­teith said. “Kee­watin-Pa­tricia will now proudly add Windigo to its suc­cess­ful Indige­nous part­ner­ships that will im­prove the lives of chil­dren.”

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(From left) Kenora Dis­trict Ser­vices Board CAO Henry Wall, WFNC Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer and Coun­cil Chair Frank McKay and KPDSB di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion Sean Mon­teith.

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