Fort William, TBCDSB partner on pilot kindergarten school

January 24, 2018

The Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board and Fort William First Nation have established a partnership that has laid the groundwork for a ‘pilot school’ in the community that will offer full-day kindergarten this fall. The classroom will open as a satellite of St Ann School at the First Nation’s community centre. It will be piloted for one year. “Short-term, we're looking to ensure that this is successful, that the programming is good and that we serve the needs of the community,” said TBCDSB Superintendent of education Omar Belisle. If successful, the school could expand to offer programming up to Grade 2. “For us, it means an exciting time and an exciting journey that we're about to embark on,” said Fort William Chief Peter Collins, who noted the opportunities to bring language and land-based teachings into the curriculum. “This is only a step in the right direction and ... maybe a long-term opportunity for ... schools in our community.” CBC