In 2013, the OISE M4YC team was invited to Northwestern Ontario to collaborate with the Rainy River District School Board and support early years mathematics teaching in schools serving First Nations students.
A diverse group of educators formed a collective with the purpose of thinking about how to teach and learn high quality mathematics in a way that is more inclusive, accessible, playful, culturally responsive and engaging. Elders and Indigenous leaders were consulted throughout the research process. M4YC – North West highlights the role of Indigenous educational leadership in improved understanding of teaching and learning mathematics. Our collaboration demonstrates the importance of respectful and reciprocal partner relationships in advancing student success.