First Nation, Métis, Inuit Education 


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FAQ - Aboriginal Student Self-Identification

Strengthening Relationships

The Halton Catholic District School Board is committed to providing equitable, inclusive, and engaging educational opportunities for all of our students, including our First Nation, Métis, and Inuit students. This commitment is grounded in our shared understanding of developing a school culture where all persons feel understood, valued and respected.

In addition, the Halton Catholic Board is committed to strengthening relationships with local Aboriginal community members to ensure that our First Nation, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) educational programs and services provide complete, accurate and authentic information. This is a commitment to improving student achievement and person​al well-being in all of our Elementary and Secondary schools.

Ontario Ministry of Education Directive

The Ontario Ministry of Education has identified Aboriginal Education as one of its key priorities. The 2007 First Nation, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) Education Policy Framework in Ontario outlines the strategies to improve achievement among First Nation, Métis, and Inuit students, and to integrate First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures, histories and perspectives throughout the Ontario curriculum. As a result, this will increase Aboriginal knowledge and educational awareness among all students. For more information on the Education Policy Framework, provided by the Ministry of Education, please visit the Aboriginal Education Strategy page.

The Aboriginal Education Office of the Ministry of Education released, Building Bridges to Success for First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Students, which encourages school Boards to develop effective policies and practices for voluntary, confidential Aboriginal student self-identification. It was articulated that “…availability of data on Aboriginal student achievement in a provincially funded school system is a critical foundation for the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs to support the needs of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit students” (Ministry of Education, 2007).

The Halton Catholic District School Board has established an Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee to help guide and advise such projects. A major focus was to establish a First Nation, Métis and Inuit voluntary, and confidential student self-identification policy, which will allow parents to voluntarily identify their children. This is a significant step towards ensuring that First Nation, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) students receive the appropriate educational support, and that all Ontario students acknowledge the significant contributions that First Nation, Métis and Inuit history, culture, and language provide to Ontario’s cultural, economic and social future.

Self-Identification Program

By participating in the Self-Identification Program, you are assisting the Board with the determination of programming and support to increase Aboriginal student success and achievement. In addition, the self-identification process will help our Board monitor the supporting programs that have been implemented to improve student success. Please note that the information on individual students will not be released to the public, and is kept confidential in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection Privacy Act.

The Halton Catholic District School Board will share its Aboriginal self-identification data with the Ministry of Education and the Education Quality Accountability Office (EQAO). These provincial bodies will report their findings in an aggregate and collective format to the public.

Halton Catholic District School Board Policy and Program

The opportunity to self-identify Aboriginal ancestry has been available directly on Student Registration and Verification Forms, since September, 2011. The Registration Form is completed by students new to a Halton Catholic District School Board school, while the Verification Form is sent home to families beginning every school year in September, to verify student information. More information regarding the self-identification process can be obtained through your child's school at any time of the year, in a confidential and voluntary manner.

For more information, please read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)​, or contact the Halton Catholic District School Board's Aboriginal Liaison, Sherry Saevil​.

Contact Information:

Sherry Saevil
, Indigenous Education Advisor

Halton Catholic District School Board
(905) 632-6314, ext. 247

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