The Healthy Schools program at the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit works with schools to support students, parents, and staff to achieve optimal health and well-being. The ideal Healthy Schools approach is to create an inclusive Healthy Schools Committee, where there is representation of all social, cultural, and economic groups.
First Nations, Metis and Inuit parents, students, and staff provide valuable insight on what works well and where improvements can be made to support Aboriginal health and well-being in schools. In addition, they have a wealth of culture, history, and new perspectives that enrich the whole school community. We encourage Aboriginal people to have an active role in the school to build awareness and support strategies that enhance health and well-being. We also encourage school communities to increase their own awareness of FNMI culture and history.
The “Culture Card – A Guide to Build Cultural Awareness” was produced by the Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle (BANAC) and is an excellent resource. For more information, contact BANAC at www.banac.on.ca.
To support Aboriginal education, the Ministry of Education has produced a “First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Education Policy Framework”. They have identified three goals for Aboriginal students: high level of student achievement, reduce gaps in student achievement, and high level of public confidence. For more information, visit http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal/.
To support parent learning of child health, growth, and development, visit Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s website Just For You Parents section. It provides accurate and reliable information with topics listed from A-Z. There are links to parent resources, programs and services as well.
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