A diverse team working with a variety of resources and networks supports the achievement and success of Indigenous students in Grand Erie.
Meet the Team
Sabrina Sawyer (Indigenous Education Lead) is a member of the Mnjikaning First Nation, Marten Clan. She is currently the Indigenous Lead-Teacher Consultant for Indigenous Education within Grand Erie, the ETFO provincial representative on the Canadian Teachers’ Federation Aboriginal Advisory Committee, and Chairperson for the Grand Erie Elementary Teachers’ Federation Local, Indigenous Partnerships Committee.
Jeannie Martin (Native Advisor) has served 13 years in guidance as a Native Education Counsellor, two years as SWAC/Dual Credit/Student Success teacher, and is currently the Indigenous Support & Engagement teacher with Grand Erie's central Student Success Team. She is a proud member of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, Mohawk Nation, Wolf clan.
Suzie Miller (Elementary Program) is Mohawk Wolf Clan from the Grand River Territory. Suzie has 30 years of experience working within and around the community of Six Nations. With a background in counseling and 16 years as a classroom teacher, Suzie is in her fifth year with Grand Erie District School Board. Suzie shares teachings of Indigenous Knowledge and models community building in classrooms, starting with valuing student voice. Her practice of facilitating Talking Circles has been successful in the Elementary classroom.
The Extended Team
Six Nations Trustee
The Six Nations Trustee is appointed by the Six Nations Band Council to represent community interests at the Board level.
Indigenous Student Trustee
Grand Erie added an Indigenous Student Trustee position to ensure the voice of Indigenous students is represented in consultation and decision-making at the Board level. Allan St. Pierre, student at Tollgate Technological Skills Centre, was elected to the role for the 2018-19 school year.
Native Education Counselling Staff
The Native Education Counsellors provide for the instructional, counselling, and other needs of on-reserve Six Nations students.
Native Community Liaison Worker
The Native Community Liaison Worker provides service and support to on-reserve Six Nations students who are disengaged or at risk of being disengaged with their school experience.
Native Advisory Committee
The N.A.C. consists of the Director of Education, the Six Nations Trustee, one other Grand Erie Trustee, and a designate of the Six Nations Council Education Committee. Other resource members of the committee include the Native Education Counselling Staff, the Native Community Liaison Worker, the Native Advisor and Grand Erie principals of schools where Six Nations students attend.
Indigenous Education Advisory Committee
The committee's mandate is to promote, enhance and improve Indigenous education for all students. The committee consists of: Native Trustee, representative from Senior Administration, Trustee appointed by the Board, Indigenous Ed Lead (Teacher-Consultant), Six Nations Native Advisor, Chair of Six Nations Council Education Committee, Director of Education – New Credit, Mississaugas of the New Credit Education Pillar Lead, Additional Representative from MNCFN, Region 9 Métis Representative, Representation from local associations working to further the interest of Indigenous Education and parent representatives.