In 2016, the Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA)—along with representatives of the Government of Alberta, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) and other education organizations in Alberta—signed the Joint Commitment to Action (JCTA) to ensure that all K–12 teachers receive additional training related to First Nations, Métis and Inuit histories and cultures. The JCTA is part of an enduring commitment to respond to the TRC’s Calls to Action. This lifelong commitment requires the collective efforts of all education partners, including the commitment to foster meaningful relationships with First Nations, Métis and Inuit Elders, Knowledge Keepers and communities to authentically advance reconciliation.
As part of its commitment to the JCTA and the TRC Calls to Action, the ATA implemented the Walking Together: Education for Reconciliation professional learning project to support Alberta’s teachers and school leaders in meeting the competency for developing and applying First Nations, Métis and Inuit foundational knowledge. The ATA continues to be committed to supporting the TRC Calls to Action and to supporting teachers and school leaders in implementing the Indigenous-focused competencies and indicators outlined in the Leadership Quality Standard and the Teaching Quality Standard. Resources, workshops and supports continue to be developed and available to support teachers and school leaders in meeting the competency for developing and applying First Nations, Métis, and Inuit foundational knowledge.
Education Council of the Alberta Teachers' Association works to foster the professional development of teachers through annual conferences, producing publications, providing members with opportunities to share ideas and gather new information. Consider joining or subscribing to the Indigenous Education Council of the Alberta Teachers' Association.