The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has formed an Indigenous Education Advisory Committee (IEAC) within the Department of Education. The Province claims in its Indigenous Education Framework that the IEAC includes “full participation from the Indigenous communities in Newfoundland and Labrador.” However, the committee does not have any urban Indigenous representation. It also has not met since June 2022. First Voice is now advocating for the Province to reconvene the IEAC on a regular schedule and to ensure that it includes urban Indigenous people in its decision-making.
In addition, First Voice is in the process of establishing a Language Revitalization Action Circle to advance work on aspects of this Call for Change in conjunction with 6 others.
Related national efforts include TRC Calls to Action 10, 62, and 63 and MMIWG Call for Justice 11.2. Relevant international human rights standards include UNDRIP Articles 13 and 15.
Action Area 1: Education, Training, and Employment
We envision a city where all residents have a sound understanding of the diverse histories and cultures of the Indigenous Peoples of Newfoundland and Labrador and where they mobilize such understanding to close gaps in education and employment outcomes. To realize this vision, we call on all residents of St. John’s to help advance change in the following ways:
Not Yet Started
Collaborate with post-secondary institutions to ensure that programs in essential areas such as health, law, education, engineering, and public policy incorporate mandatory content on antiracism and the histories and cultures of Indigenous Peoples.
Support and promote the establishment of designated Indigenous seats in essential post-secondary programs such as health, law, education, engineering, and public policy.
Promote and support the redevelopment of the K-12 curriculum so that it includes appropriate content on Indigenous histories, cultures, stories, and languages as well as a discussion of colonialism and its legacy in the province. This process must be undertaken with the collaboration of all Indigenous groups in the province, including urban Indigenous people.
Promote and support the addition of appropriate Indigenous content in early childhood education, including cultural practices, stories, languages, and land based activities.
Promote and support the development of post-secondary courses and degree programs in Indigenous languages.
Build strategic partnerships to support the development and delivery of sector-specific anti-racism training in essential areas such as health, law, education, engineering, and government services.
Collaborate with professional licensing bodies in essential areas such as health, law, education, and engineering to establish appropriate requirements that encompass antiracism and the histories and cultures of Indigenous Peoples.
Promote and support the development, implementation, and enforcement of inclusive human-resources policies.
Create and support a network of businesses and business stakeholders to promote training and the sharing of wise practices in alignment with TRC 92.
Support the recruitment and retention of Indigenous people into essential industries and professions such as health, law, education, engineering, and government services.