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Community Builders Awards: Colinda Clyne’s leadership paves path toward reconciliation in local education system

This year’s Education Award winner has helped create change to ensure Indigenous histories are accurately represented in the curriculum

Colinda Clyne is an educator at the Upper Grand District School Board who truly demonstrates how teachers can take meaningful action toward deconstructing colonialism in the school curriculum.

An Anishnaabe woman herself, Colinda understands the reality of living with the impacts of colonialism and navigating the landscape of racism within the school system. 

She currently serves as UGDSB’s curriculum leader for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education, where she passionately works to provide annual training for school staff, raise awareness of Indigenous issues and ensure that other educators understand their obligation to move lessons beyond their colonial roots.

Colinda is also a member of the President’s Advisory Committee on Indigenous Initiatives at the University of Guelph. This organization’s mission is to raise awareness, improve access to education, enrich the curriculum, further innovative research, foster relationships and identify and secure funding to support Indigenous learners.

The important work happening in UGDSB schools to make connections between Indigenous knowledge and current curricula are critical in paving a path toward reconciliation. It could not be done without Colinda’s leadership.

Throughout the process, Colinda remains committed to helping guide others in the journey of becoming more aware of race and of the racism that is still prevalent in our society today.

Outside of the classroom, Colinda has a podcast, Anti-Racist Educator Reads, to help educators understand the need to talk about race and racism in schools.

The Education Award goes to a student, teacher, administrator, or education advocate who has made a difference in Guelph.

Congratulations, Colinda!

This award is proudly sponsored by Conestoga College.


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About the Author: Riley Barsanti, Community Cares team

Riley is a Communications Specialist and member of the Village Media Cares Team, whose mission is to create meaningful, long-lasting and positive change in the communities we serve.
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