On October 5th World Teachers’ Day 2017 will be celebrated both here in Canada and across the globe. The theme this year is “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers”. What does it mean to empower teachers in the context of education in Nunavut?
Each year our members are tasked with providing a safe, welcoming, and culturally rich environment for our students that supports academic learning and social development. There is not a profession in Nunavut that has as much responsibility placed upon it in our communities than teachers. Teachers deserve both recognition and support for the vital role we play in our society.
Our new territorial government that will be elected at the end of this month will have the opportunity to empower teachers through direct action. Negotiating a Collective Agreement that recognizes the cost of living and working in our communities would be empowering. Recognizing the value in educator-developed and directed professional development would be empowering. Creating and funding supports for safety and emotional well-being in our schools would empower teachers to do our work more effectively.
Empowered teachers lead to empowered students, which is a priority for us and the Government of Nunavut. Teachers who are valued and supported by both the Employer and our communities is an important step in providing the quality bilingual and culturally relevant education program that our youths deserve.
Join me in celebrating World Teachers’ Day in our schools and communities, and thank you for the wonderful difference you are making in the lives of our students!
Nunavut Teachers’ Association