One of the ministry's commitments in the First Nation, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Framework was to work collaboratively with school boards, First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities and organizations, to develop innovative approaches to meet the needs of First Nation, Métis and Inuit students living in urban centres.
Urban school boards need to find effective ways to reach out to Aboriginal families, communities and other service delivery organizations, in order to build partnerships and strategies that support student achievement.
In November 2007, the Ministry of Education's Aboriginal Education Office (AEO) launched a pilot project to help develop three urban Aboriginal education models for First Nation, Métis and Inuit student/family/community engagement that can be applied in different urban settings based on varying geographical and demographic circumstances.
These models are being developed as a result of in-depth inter-jurisdictional research and pilot projects being carried out in Simcoe County District School Board, Lakehead District School Board, and Toronto District School Board.
The project is overseen by a 30-member steering committee consisting of representation from school boards, Aboriginal organizations, and other key education stakeholders.
For further information please go to the Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE)'s website.