Minister and Education Leaders discuss ongoing initiatives to improve student outcomes


Yellowknife — November 2, 2020

Education Leaders met via teleconference with Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) Minister R.J. Simpson and the NWT Teachers’ Association (NWTTA) on October 28, 2020 to discuss improving student outcomes in the territory.

The discussion included a review of plans underway to address recommendations outlined in the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) report released in February 2020, and the Education Renewal and Innovation (ERI) mid-term evaluation by ECE. The Minister provided an update in advance on the development of the Department’s action plan for improving student outcomes that will be presented publicly to the Standing Committee on Government Operations on November 6, 2020. 

Other topics discussed included the upcoming Standing Committee review of the Official Languages Act, mental health supports to educators, and monitoring the short and long-term impacts of COVID-19 on students and the school systems.



“The GNWT is committed to improving student outcomes in the Northwest Territories to the same level as the rest of Canada and recognizes that this work is a shared responsibility with our education partners and NWT residents. I am pleased to continue these important discussions with Education Leaders on how to improve outcomes for our students, which is vital to the success of our territory.”

-R.J. Simpson, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment


 “Education body leaders also commit to improving student outcomes in the Northwest Territories.  The proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child” is extremely fitting as it means an entire community of people must interact with children for those children to experience and grow in a safe and healthy environment.  Using an integrated interdepartmental approach and setting clear and precise targets for student academic achievement is essential.  All stakeholders must get involved for the sake of our children.”

-Simon Cloutier, CSFTNO representing all Education Leaders



Media inquiries:

Jaimee Kepa

Department of Education, Culture and Employment
Government of the Northwest Territories