ATECís goal is to increase the number certified Aboriginal teachers in order to bring more Aboriginal perspectives and Aboriginal role models into BC schools, for the benefit of all students.
On February 2, 1999, education and government bodies, through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, agreed to work together to improve school success for Aboriginal learners in
The Education Partners include:
- BC Teachers’ Federation
- BC Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association
- BC School Trustees Association
- BC School Superintendents Association
- BC College of Teachers
- BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils
- Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
- Ministry of Education
- First Nations Schools Association
- First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC)
Aboriginal Teacher Recruitment
The Education Partners and the Deans of the BC Teacher Education Programs agreed to form and support an Aboriginal Teacher Recruitment Strategy. The Post-Secondary Institution ATEC members include:
- The University of British Columbia
- The University of Victoria
- Simon Fraser University
- Thompson Rivers University
- Vancouver Island University
- University of Northern British Columbia
By providing administrative support, First Nations Education Steering Committee helps ATEC fulfill its mandate and to develop and oversee the work plan with the assistance of ATEC members.
FNESC is comprised of First Nations education technicians from across BC who provide direction and advice regarding the promotion and implementation of First Nations control of quality First Nations education.
ATEC members devised a strategy that has four main components:
- Outreach to potential teachers, to foster an interest on the part of students and community members to pursue a career in teaching.
- Academic counselling/in-school support, to work with counsellors and advisors to develop effective strategies for ensuring First Nations students select courses that will enable them to access post-secondary opportunities, such as teacher education.
- Support for students to enter and successfully complete teacher education programs, including study skills, upgrading, bridging to education and financial support.
- Increasing access to teacher education programs, through Satellite Teacher Education Programs in consultation with First Nations communities and securing spaces in existing programs.