Grand Erie introduces Indigenous principal for Indigenous education

BRANTFORD — Grand Erie District School Board says they have hired Robin Staats as Grand Erie’s first System Principal Leader of Indigenous Education and Equity.

Staats has a 30-year career in Indigenous education, Most recently working as the principal of Emily C General Elementary School on Six Nations of the Grand River.

Staats holds a Masters of Education from Brock University, as well as a series of additional certificates, focused on education and teaching.

“We are thrilled to welcome Robin to Grand Erie District School Board where her experience in Indigenous communities and public education will be invaluable,” said Claudine VanEvery-Albert, appointed Trustee by Six Nations Elected Council to Grand Erie District School Board’s Board of Trustees. “We know Robin will do a superb job working to improve the success of Grand Erie’s Indigenous students, as well as developing and implementing initiatives to educate all students on crucial Indigenous subject matters.”

In her new role as System Principal Leader of Indigenous Education and Equity, Robin will be responsible for working with First Nations, as well as Métis and Inuit communities, organizations, students, and families to support student achievement, well-being and advance truth and reconciliation within the board. She will also help create and implement curriculum and programs to build knowledge and awareness of all students about Indigenous history, culture, perspectives, and contributions.

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