Chippewas of the Thames school rolling out big changes this fall
Chippewas of the Thames school rolling out big changes this fall

 By Calvi Leon  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Indigenous language and land-based learning will be at the forefront of a new education model for elementary pupils at a London-area First Nation this school year. Chippewas of the Thames First Nation and its education board have teamed up to restructure staff, hiring two new co-principals, and programming that is more tailored to the culture and needs of pupils at Antler River elementary school. “We’re really trying to decolonize our system, not taking the traditional principal-vice-principal-director kind of hierarchy approach,” JoAnn Henry, co-chair of the education board, said of the recent changes. “We’re looking at more of a team-based approach,” she said. The decision to hire co-principals Michelle Brown and Jenna Southen comes after the board successfully adopted the same leadership approach when

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