Trent University will be offering a new program in the fall in the hopes to increase the number of aboriginal teachers in Canada.
Interim Dean of Education, Cathy Bruce, stated they will offer an Indigenous Bachelor of Education program. The school is still accepting applications, and hopes to have 15 First Nations students enrolled for September.
The program is partially a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report and its emphasis on changing educational policies to repair problems caused by residential schools.
The program will work closely with Trent’s indigenous studies department and will offer classes such as an Ojibwa language and math courses specifically related to indigenous culture.
"We need to increase the actual number of indigenous teachers in Ontario schools so that students see those role models and students see that they too can become a teacher," Bruce said.22