Si Sityaawks Jessica Wood

February 19, 2021
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm PST

Note: Registration is now closed. If you have already registered and require assistance please contact events@fnesc.ca.

How will we rise to the challenge of transforming K-12 schools and other public institutions, consistent with BC’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act and Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada?

Join us on February 19th to hear from Jessica Wood, Assistant Deputy Minister with the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. Known as Si Sityaawks (Woman who creates change), Jessica is leading BC’s cross ministry work to adopt and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, and learnings from the relevant case law such as the Tsilhqot’in decision. As part of this transformation she has led, in collaboration with the First Nations Leadership Council, the development of legislation to implement the UN Declaration in provincial law. BC’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act received Royal Assent in November of 2019. Now her Division is leading the development of the provincial Action Plan to support the Act’s implementation.

Registration & Eligibility

Note: Registration is now closed. If you have already registered and require assistance please contact events@fnesc.ca.

  • Registration is free but please note space is limited. This is an online session that will take place on Zoom. There will be a question and answer period following the address.
  • Eligibility: Educators and education administrators in BC are eligible to attend, including representatives from First Nations, First Nations schools, public schools, and independent schools. The intended audience for this event is educators and education administrators and not K-12 students. FNESC will be organizing a Speaker Series for students at a later date.

About the Speaker Series

FNESC is providing this opportunity for opportunity for learning, sharing, and dialogue to address significant topics in First Nations education. It is part of FNESC’s efforts to build capacity within the BC education system in regard to issues including Indigenous rights and anti-Indigenous racism, in alignment with the 57th Call to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

Event Contact

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