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Our History

The It's Elementary video and book detail ETFO’s history and its work over 20 years to build a better and more equitable future for members, students and families.

It's Elementary - 2020 Edition

This video is a brief history of Ontario's public elementary teachers and their federations. It is an updated version of the It's Elementary video that was released in 2018. By viewing the video, you will learn about the history of teachers in Ontario, ETFO and its predecessor organizations, the challenges they faced, and the victories they achieved.


It’s Elementary: A brief history of Ontario’s public elementary teachers and their federations is a comprehensive history of ETFO and its predecessor organizations. 

At this time only the first chapter, dealing with 2009 to 2018, is available as an AODA accessible Word document. The rest of the book—published in 2008—is a legacy publication (i.e., there is no Word version) and is posted in its original form and as part of the 2018 edition. 

It's Elementary - 2008 Edition

It's Elementary - Chapter One - ETFO's Second Decade 2009 - 2018