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Grand Erie teacher Sabrina Sawyer wins ETFO Curriculum Development Award for Indigenous education

August 13, 2019

TORONTO - The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has presented Grand Erie teacher Sabrina Sawyer with its 2019 Curriculum Development Award for her resource What Can I Contribute to Meaningful Reconciliation?

The award is presented to a member or group of members to recognize a curriculum unit or resource that they have developed.

What Can I Contribute to Meaningful Reconciliation? is a curriculum unit for grade 6 and up that explores the causes and consequences of residential schools in Canada. It supports educators and learners to develop deep understandings of some of the complex, challenging and painful events that have affected the relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Currently with the Grand Erie District School Board (GEDSB) Indigenous Education Department, Sabrina developed the resource in collaboration with Six Nations of the Grand Rivers’ Education Department, the Mississaugas of New Credit and GEDSB. It invites thoughtful explorations to move educators and learners beyond understanding the past and into their roles and responsibilities in the present and invites genuine commitments and actions that contribute to reconciliation.

Along with her school board, Sabrina has developed a number of Indigenous curriculum resources for the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, National Film Board of Canada and other education stakeholders and has been a contributing writer for ETFO resources.

“Having endorsed the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendations for education, ETFO is so very proud that Sabrina is doing so much to further Indigenous studies in public elementary schools among educators and students,” said ETFO President Sam Hammond.

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario represents 83,000 elementary public school teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals across the province. ETFO’s Building Better Schools education agenda can be viewed at