Teach For Canada is a non-profit organization that partners with northern First Nations communities to recruit, prepare, and support committed teachers. Our small, tightly knit team is based in Toronto with frequent travel to northern First Nations in Ontario. We work long but inspired and flexible hours. Our workplace culture is entrepreneurial and collaborative. We value lived experience and new ideas.
Education in Canada is a success story. Study after study shows that our public schools are among the best in the world. But high overall quality masks deep inequality. On First Nations reserves, 3 in 5 students do not complete high school. Too often, teachers arrive in remote and Indigenous communities without the preparation and support they need to succeed–and stay–in the classroom. The twin challenges of teacher supply and turnover compound historical injustice and systemic inequities to produce an education gap between First Nations and non-First Nations communities.
The right kind of teacher can help fill this gap. We work with education leaders, principals, teachers, and students in northern First Nations communities to recruit outstanding teachers from across the country, provide three weeks of community-focused summer training, and provide ongoing teacher support for a minimum of two years. Inspired by the leadership of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action on Education, Teach For Canada teachers emphasize a spirit of reciprocal learning with communities during their 2+ year teaching commitment.
Currently, there are 55 Teach For Canada teachers in 13 First Nations schools in northern Ontario. Their inspirational teaching is increasing student attendance, student engagement, and student achievement.
Recruit teachers who have the right personality and competencies
In partnership with our First Nations community partners, we run a national teacher recruitment campaign from November to April to find outstanding teachers who are a good fit in the north. Once the application window has closed, our national teacher selection panel–made up of community members, experienced northern educators, and Indigenous leaders–interviews and selects teachers who have the skills, attitudes, and mindsets to succeed in northern First Nations schools.
Our Community Partners
Teach For Canada strives to represent a new kind of partnership between a non-profit organization and a First Nations community. We recognize that there have been many one-sided relationships in First Nations education within Canada’s history, and we have attempted to build a new model for working together; one built on trust, transparency, and an understanding that the process is – and will always be – community-directed.
At the present time, Teach For Canada works with Cree, Ojibwe, and Oji-Cree communities in Treaty 3, 5, and 9 in northern Ontario.
Our Values – Our core values lay the foundation for our entire program.
Humility – We value the experiences and perspectives of others, and we recognize our limitations. We appreciate that our efforts complement a range of initiatives that seek to reduce educational inequity, and that we will only be a small step in the right direction.
Culture – We recognize that culture and education are fundamentally linked. We will ensure that cultural respect and responsiveness permeate our entire program.
Collaboration – We are committed to partnering effectively with schools, communities, and other groups to ensure that our work advances the broader good for all children.
Transparency – We will be transparent about our strengths and weaknesses, and open about our successes and failures.