The Bimose Tribal council is working with Nipissing University on a two-year teacher education program. The new course includes 13 of the 21 graduates from their education assistant program.
Professors are coming in to Kenora for students, so they don't have to leave their families or jobs. The course is being offered at Gaagagekiizhik School, in an effort to provide more teachers for First Nation schools.
"By bringing ITEP (Indigenous Teach Education Program) within the Bimose communities, it offers the opportunity for Anishinaabeg students to pursue post-secondary education at home," said Barbara Katic, who is the education services coordinator for the Bimose Tribal Council.
"Further, it will help address challenges around teacher recruitment, will graduate Anishinaabeg students, who are reflective of the children in our communities, and who will serve as successful role models. It's a win-win for everyone," Katic continued.