Goals of the Voluntary Confidential Self-Identification Process 

The Ontario and Aboriginal leaders have identified education as a priority in improving lifelong opportunities for Aboriginal children and youth. Acting on this priority, the Ministry of Education identified Aboriginal Education as a way to address two primary challenges for Aboriginal learners in 2010 – (a) to improve student achievement, and (b) to close the gaps between Aboriginal, and non-Aboriginal students in the areas of literacy, retention of students in school, graduation rates, and advancement of post-secondary studies.

The Halton Catholic District School Board, and Halton District School Board have established the following goals for the Voluntary, Confidential Self-Identification Process:

  1. To provide high-quality, learner-oriented, culturally, and historically-relevant teaching, and learning experiences for Aboriginal students 
  2. To provide learning opportunities that are responsive, flexible, and accessible for Aboriginal students 
  3. To set high expectations for student achievement in supported learning environments 
  4. To improve the success of Aboriginal students in secondary school courses, and programs 
  5. To improve retention rates for Aboriginal students 
  6. To improve literacy, and numeracy results for students so as to improve EQAO (Education Quality and Accountability Offices) scores for Aboriginal students 
  7. To increase the graduation rates for Aboriginal students 
  8. To ensure that Aboriginal students are well-prepared for post-secondary education, and the world of work when they complete their secondary education 
  9. To promote effective, respectful Aboriginal student-teacher working relationships 
  10. To promote effective, respectful working relationships, and partnerships among Aboriginal parents, First Nations communities, and other Aboriginal communities​​​

Guiding Principles

For this process to be successful, the Guiding Principles must be: 

    1. Collaboration 
    2. Inclusiveness 
    3. Results orientation 
    4. Respect privacy and dignity of students, their families, their cultures and their history 
    5. Student orientation 
    6. Innovation 
    7. Acknowledgement of diversity 
    8. Transparency