In 2010, ETFO completed an Arts professional development initiative in Northern Ontario in collaboration with the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) to support the Ministry’s Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy and release of the revised Arts curriculum. The project was built around the play Spirit Horse, adapted by First Nations playwright, Drew Hayden-Taylor. The tour reached students in 160 elementary schools across 33 Northern communities as well as First Nations schools.
ETFO has taken the lead again in Ontario for the 2015 Southern Tour of Spirit Horse that will span 23 ETFO locals, extending southward from Huntsville, and from Cornwall to Sarnia and Windsor. The tour will offer over 100 performances and professional development/learning (PD/L) from March 30 to June 5.
Along with performances for public elementary and First Nations schools, Spirit Horse will be performed at all southern Ontario faculties of education After attending the play, ETFO members from nominated schools will attend a “face-to-face” PD/L day hosted by a Spirit Horse Aboriginal Education Lead at the ETFO local. Over 35,000 students will experience this theatrical production while approximately 900 teachers will receive face-to-face and online professional development/learning around Aboriginal issues.