Boasting some of the best public schools in the world, Canadians can be proud of their home country’s strong and well-funded education system. And while many Canadian children benefit from this high-quality education, it remains that deep inequalities continue to exist throughout the country. This is particularly true across First Nations communities, where, on average, only 40 per cent of children living on reserves complete high school. Founded in 2013, Teach For Canada works in partnership with northern First Nations and education leaders to identify and recruit teachers with the motivation and passion to succeed in northern First Nations.
After three-week intensive training, educating the teachers themselves on First Nations histories, cultures, languages, and culturally-responsive pedagogies, as well as strategies for success in the North, Teach For Canada teachers make a minimum two-year commitment to work in the North. During this period, Teach For Canada provides professional, personal, and peer support programs, including in-classroom coaching, access to mental health counselling, healthcare coverage, and more. With teachers well-prepared and supported through the realities they will face in the North, Teach For Canada is able to reduce the rates of teacher turnover in each community.