The Greater Essex ETFO Local represents approximately 1,500 teachers instructing 22,500 elementary students located at 63 sites across Essex County in Southwestern Ontario. Our goals are to promote and protect public education, as well as to foster a climate of social justice and provide leadership in such areas as anti-poverty, non-violence and equity.
The Objects of Greater Essex ETFO are:
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario is committed to:
Harassment and discrimination on the basis of a prohibited ground are violations of the Ontario Human Rights Code and are illegal. The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario will not tolerate any form of harassment of discrimination, as defined by the Ontario Human Rights Code, at provincial or local Federation sponsored activities.
In the Spirit of Truth and Reconciliation, the Greater Essex Local of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario acknowledge that we are on land and surrounded by water, originally inhabited by Indigenous Peoples who have travelled this area since time immemorial. This territory is within the lands honoured by the Wampum Treaties; agreements between the Anishinaabe (Ah-nish-e-naa-bay), Haudenosaunee (Hoe-den-oh-show-nee), Lenni (Len-eh) Lenape (Le-naw-pay) and allied Nations to peacefully share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. Specifically, we would like to acknowledge the presence of the Three Fires Confederacy (Ojibwe (Oh-jib-way), Odawa (Oh-dah-wah), Potawatomi (Paw-taw-watt-oh-me) and Huron/Wendat (Wen-dat) Peoples. We are dedicated to honouring Indigenous history and culture while remaining committed to moving forward respectfully with all First Nations, Inuit and Métis.