Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 – Thames Valley's first Indigenous Student Trustee will
be elected later this month to represent the voice of students who identify as First
Nations, Metis or Inuit.
"I believe this position is the first in Canada for a school board," Chair Matt
Reid told Ontario Education Minister Mitzie Hunter in a recent letter, in which
he suggested she encourage other school boards to establish the role of Indigenous
Until now, two Student Trustees have been elected annually by Thames Valley students
from across the school district to provide input and represent the perspectives
and voice of students on the Board of Trustees.
"The addition of an Indigenous Student Trustee is an important step in recognizing
the significance of indigenous people in the history and future of our community,"
said Reid, who supported changing board policy to allow new position.
The policy change was initiated by Student Trustee Stefan Suvajac, now a graduate
of London Central Secondary School, who Reid praised for his work representing student
voice as a member of the Board.
Superintendent Paul McKenzie, whose portfolio includes programs supporting First
Nation, Metis and Inuit students, is excited by the addition of the new Student
"The Indigenous Student Trustee will be an important voice, along with First Nations
Trustee (Phil Schuyler), to ensure the views of Indigenous peoples are represented
in our Board," said McKenzie.
"The Indigenous Student Trustee will play a key role in engaging First Nations,
Metis or Inuit students and inspiring them to be the designers of their future success."
Candidates must be a full-time student in Grade 11 or 12 or equivalent program and
self-identify as First Nations, Metis or Inuit. The deadline for application is
Monday, Sept. 25, with a debate and election to take place Thursday, Sept. 28.