Lakehead Public Schools is hoping to have Indigenous representation on its board by this fall.

The school board trustees will vote on June 25 whether to add an Indigenous trustee, which superintendent Sherri-Lynne Pharand believes will make a strong statement to the community that the Lakehead board values its Indigenous partners.

“We really think it will build trust and be inclusive of the changing enrolment in our school system,” she said.

The idea was first raised by the board’s aboriginal education advisory committee in a letter to the board requesting an Indigenous trustee to represent the voice of the First Nation, Metis and Inuit youth in the city’s public schools.

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