Challenges attracting, retaining teachers in remote First Nations communities: Editorial

In a recent editorial from Canada’s National Observer, Matteo Cimellaro discusses the challenges that remote First Nations communities have finding and retaining teachers. Even schools with adequate resources and good buildings face difficulties attracting and retaining teachers. Schools in these communities face high teacher turnover because life in the north includes many challenges, such as a high cost of living, a lack of affordable fresh fruits and vegetables, or problems with teachers’ quarters. The resulting “revolving door” of teachers makes it difficult for students to build relationships with teachers or become excited about their lessons. Cimellaro describes how some leaders have called for incentives such as a loan forgiveness program that would encourage teachers to work in a remote First Nation for a number of years.

National Observer