YorkU, TDSB partner on creation of new Wabaan Indigenous Teacher program

June 27, 2018

York University and the Toronto District School Board have partnered on the creation of a Bachelor of Education with a focus on Indigenous worldviews. The Wabaan Indigenous Teacher Education program will prepare the next generation of teachers to address the needs of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students, families, and communities. “Wabaan, which is an Anishinabe (Ojibwa) word meaning ‘it is tomorrow’, draws on the wisdom of ancestral teachings and contemporary leaders to put Indigenous futures into Indigenous hands,” said YorkU Faculty of Education Professor Susan Dion, who designed the program. “The curriculum includes attention to contemporary urban, rural, and reserve perspectives, and teachings from a diversity of nations.” The program will include culture camps where students can learn on the land from Indigenous artists and scholars, engage with families, and focus on Indigenous student voices. Teacher candidates will also help to shape the curriculum, create resources, and contribute to Indigenous education publications. YorkU | Nation Talk