First Nation, Métis & Inuit (FNMI) Education
Restorative Practices for Respectful Relationships
Restorative Practices is an approach focused on building community, strengthening relationships and repairing harm through open dialogue, problem solving and accountability. It enhances teaching and learning and creates a safe school environment.
As a symbol of community, circles are one of the most distinctive and flexible forms of restorative practices. Circles can be used to check in with students at the beginning of the day or before certain classes to help students with planning, to set ground rules for projects and activities, and to deal with more serious problems in a class.
Restorative Practice Process
Urban Aboriginal Education Project
One of the Ontario Ministry of Education’s commitments in the Ontario First Nation, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Framework announced in January 2007 is as follows: “in collaboration with school boards, First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities and organizations, develop innovative approaches to meet the needs of First Nation, Métis and Inuit students living in large urban centres”.
In response to this challenge, the Aboriginal Education Office (AEO) sponsored a pilot project that featured the development of three urban Aboriginal education models for engagement with First Nation, Métis and Inuit students, families and communities. The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) was one of the three school boards in Ontario selected to implement innovative approaches to meet the needs of First Nation, Métis and Inuit students. The project was launched in 2008 and concluded in March 2011.
The reports below speak to creating conditions for the success of First Nation, Métis and Inuit students in Simcoe County schools.