On an ongoing basis free workshops, webinars or group discussions will occur regularly for school leaders to come together with colleagues in discussion and professional learning. Please check this page regularly, as we will continue to add offerings during the school year.  

 Indigenous Connections
Indigenous Connections is a series of opportunities for school leaders to engage in conversations that deepen their understanding of Indigenous history, heritage, and culture.  These sessions are designed to maximize peer-to-peer connection and sharing of ideas, especially those connected to creating school environments that acknowledge and honour Indigenous ways of knowing and being, and where all students can thrive and grow.  

The January and February sessions will be facilitated by Colinda Clyne who is an Anishinaabe kwe (Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg) and Curriculum Lead for First Nations, Métis and Inuit education, Upper Grand District School Board.. An educator for 29 years, Colinda has been leading and facilitating professional development for 20 years. In her current role, Colinda creates the system wide action plan for First Nations, Métis and Inuit education, building capacity in staff, connecting Elders and knowledge keepers with educators and students, and implementing strategies to improve Indigenous student well being and success. This work is grounded in relationships, ones that she works hard every day to build and strengthen within her local community, school communities and beyond. Colinda also works as a writer and Indigenous content consultant for a number of Canadian publishers. She is founder and host of Anti-Racist Educator Reads podcast

Each session will focus on a theme.  So, grab a coffee, or other beverage of choice, and join us for these rich conversations.

  • Session #5: Indigenous Education – Setting the Context 
  • Session #6: Indigenous Education – Understanding Indigenous Rights and Public Education 

Session # 5: Indigenous Education – Setting the Context 

Description: This session is a brief overview of settler colonialism in Canada and the impacts on Indigenous peoples. Present implications in the Ontario education system will be discussed.

Date: Tuesday January 18, 2021.

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm EST.

Please ensure you register through the correct link

OPC Member Registration

Non-Member Registration

Session #6: Indigenous Education – Understanding Indigenous Rights and Public Education

Description: In this session, discussion will focus on human rights issues surrounding education and Indigenous peoples. Specifically, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Ontario College of Teachers Standards of Practice will be examined as they connect to the protection and advancement of Indigenous education in public education in Ontario.

Date: Tuesday February 15, 2021.

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm EST.

Please ensure you register through the correct link

OPC Member Registration

Non-Member Registration

 Principal Coffee Connections
OPC is offering 30-minute “Coffee connections” for the next few weeks. During these drop-in sessions you can join us with your morning coffee, tea, juice or water and discussion some of the issues you are dealing with along with principals and vice-principals from across Ontario or joint with the British Columbia Principals' and Vice-Principals' Association (BCPVPA). We may choose to focus on a specific topic, or we may not. The intention is to provide a space where you can have a coffee and friendly conversation with colleagues. 

OPC sessions: 

  • January 20 at 7:30 am
  • February 17 at 7:00 pm
  • March 17 at 7:30 am
  • April 21 at 7:00 pm
  • May 19 at 7:30 am
  • June 16 at 7:00 pm

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Past session recordings and resources are available for OPC members to access.