Grace Fox reaffirmed as First Nations Director to OPSBA



    TORONTO, June 17 /CNW/ - The Ontario Public School Boards' Association
(OPSBA) is pleased to announce that Grace Fox, a trustee with the Rainbow
District School Board, has been reaffirmed as the Association's First Nations
Director. Now serving for a fourth term, Grace will be supported in her role
as First Nations Director by Howard Archibald, a trustee from District School
Board Ontario North East, who was elected as her Alternate on the OPSBA Board.
    "The Council of First Nations trustees is committed to promoting success
in school for First Nation students and increasing the knowledge and
understanding for all students and staff of the contributions and aspirations
of the first peoples of this country," said Grace Fox.
    Under Grace's leadership and with the support of the Council of First
Nation trustees, there has been greater participation by First Nation trustees
in decision-making at the local board level. OPSBA is pleased to see that
recently amended provincial regulations reinforce this active role. Grace will
also be a school board representative on the Minister's First Nation, Métis
and Inuit (FNMI) Education Advisory Council. This newly established body is
another positive step in bringing all voices to the table to support the
success of First Nation, Métis and Inuit students and improved awareness for
all Ontario students.
    A constitutional change was made at OPSBA's AGM which has resulted in the
expansion of the Education Program Work Team and Policy Development Work Team
to include one First Nation trustee on each team. Trustee Marion Macdonald of
the Grand Erie District School Board will sit on the Education Program Work
Team and Mike Brant of the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
will sit on the Policy Development Work Team.
    OPSBA will continue provide support to First Nation trustees to promote
their role in infusing First Nation perspectives in learning in Ontario
schools, to increase knowledge and build success not just for First Nation but
for all Ontario students.





For further information:

For further information: Jeff Sprang, OPSBA Communications, (416)
340-2540


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