The Kenora Catholic District School Board is continuing efforts to improve success and well-being and engagement for its First Nation, Métis and Inuit students.

The Board met this week and have chosen unanimously to add a third and permanent Student Trustee position, who will represent the voice and perspective of FNMI students across the region.

“Indigenous education and reconciliation are key priorities for the Kenora Catholic District School Board. Our FNMI student population is over 40 per cent, and it’s important that all students have a voice, are represented and that Indigenous student perspective is well-reflected in Board decisions,” says Chair of the Board, Teresa Gallik.

The Kenora Catholic District School Board has made a number of efforts to improve student success and well-being and engagement for FNMI students. Focus areas for the KCDSB have been the new Graduation Coach at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, the addition of an FNMI Liaison/Life Coach, increased focus on Equity and Inclusive Education strategies, Grade 7/8 Transitional Supports, and Jordan’s Principle implementation.

Senior member of the Student Trustee, Julia Tkachuk began her term back in September 2019 and will be complete at the end of the current school year after two terms. Maxwell Froese will move into the senior position at the beginning of the 2021 school year, mentoring and supporting the incoming Student Trustees.

“We offer a heartfelt thank you to Julia Tkachuk for her contributions over the past two years, and we look forward to welcoming two new students to the boardroom table in the fall to work closely with Maxwell and the rest of the Trustees,” says Teresa Gallik.

“I encourage interested students to apply for the role of Student Trustee and make a valuable contribution to the future of the Kenora Catholic District School Board for all students.”

The call for nominations, selection and voting process for Student Trustees will begin in late May with secondary students from St. Isidore Virtual School and St. Thomas Aquinas High School. The incoming Student Trustees will be announced at the June 15 Board Meeting and will participate in their Rite of Commissioning in September.