Superintendent of Indigenous Education
The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board serves the communities of Kenora, Dryden, Red Lake, Sioux Lookout, Pickle Lake, Upsala, Savant Lake, Ear Falls, and Ignace with a system of 23 elementary and secondary schools, two board offices, and several alternative learning sites. The KPDSB serves approximately 5,000 kindergarten to grade 12 students, with another approximately 1000 adult alternative learning students. First Nation partnerships have established unique and authentic relationships within the KPDSB; approximately 54% of our students voluntarily self-identify as of Indigenous ancestry. The KPDSB has approximately 850 permanent and 400 casual and term-position staff.
The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board is looking for a strong, dynamic individual with extensive experience in educational administration and strong innovative leadership in the area of Indigenous Education. Reporting to the Director of Education and a contributing member of the Board’s Senior Administration Team, this incumbent will have exemplary interpersonal skills, foster system coherence, and will be accountable for:
- Development and implementation of language, culture and land-based programs;
- Implementation and supervision of Ontario Ministry of Education First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Studies Curriculum, and curriculum revisions Grades K-12; with a specific focus on the Grades 9-12 provincial launch of new Ontario Secondary School (OSS) courses;
- Creation ofan Indigenous Student Annual Report that shares to stakeholders qualitative and qualitative data (graduation, attendance, student voice, EQAO, suspensions);
- Implementation and supervision of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) Recommendations as they pertain to Education;
- Supervision of the Board Action Plan for FNMI Student Achievement and Well-Being;
- Embedding of the History of Treaties 3,5 and 9 into local district school programming and curriculum;
- Supporting as the assigned Supervisory Officer the Board’s Indigenous Education Advisory Committee (IEAC);
- Supervising and expanding the Board’s Ojibwe and Oji-Cree Languages Program;
- Building upon and expanding the Board’s Memorandums of Agreements with the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN), Grand Council Treaty #3, the Seven Generations Education Institute, and numerous Tribal Councils and individual First Nations;
- Manage Education Service Agreements and Reciprocal Education Service Agreements with Indigenous Partners;
- Oversee and implement the Ministry of Education/KPDSB’s Equity and Inclusion Strategy;
- Supervise the KPDSB’s very successful “Four Directions” Graduation Coach Program across the Board’s secondary panel;
- Being the official Liaison for the KPDSB and the Ministry of Education;
- Manage the Board’s finances as they pertain to the implementation of Indigenous Education, Equity, and Reconciliation programming.
- Review and revise where appropriate the KPDSB’s Voluntary Self-Identification Policy and processes.
The successful candidate will ideally have Ontario Teacher Qualifications with Ontario Supervisory Officer’s qualifications (or a plan to obtain same within one year) in accordance with the Education Act and its Regulations; as well as an interest in and willingness to obtain training and/or qualifications specific to Indigenous Education and Reconciliation. The successful candidate will be an active supporter of the Board’s Policy #315 “Voluntary and Confidential Self-Identification for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Students” and familiar with utilization of self-identification data for the purposes of program planning and implementation. Fluency in at least one indigenous language would be considered an asset. Appropriate experience in First Nations communities and ability to demonstrate understanding of complex issues of jurisdiction, intergovernmental relations, and history will be necessary.
Applicants must include the names of three references and authorization for the Keewatin Patricia District School Board to contact the references under the terms of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
Jocelyn Bullock, Human Resources Manager
The Board thanks all applicants for indicating their interest in this position, however, only those selected for a personal interview will be contacted.
Confidential information provided by applicants will be used for the purposes of this competition only and will be protected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
This Board is an equal opportunity employer
The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
Sean Monteith , Director David Penney, Board Chair