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HCDSB News Release
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Halton School Boards to Hold Community Information Sessions
Parents and Community Members Invited to Learn More about the Voluntary, Confidential Self-Identification of First Nation, Métis and Inuit Students

​The Ministry of Education has identified Aboriginal education as one of its key priorities, with a focus on meeting two primary challenges by the year 2016. It is determined to improve achievement among First Nation, Métis, and Inuit students; and to close the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students in the areas of literacy and numeracy, retention of students in school, graduation rates and advancement to post-secondary studies.

The joint Halton School Boards’ Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee (AEAC) developed a policy on Voluntary, Confidential Self-Identification of First Nation, Métis and Inuit students. This policy development included community consultations. Parents of all Halton public and Catholic schools will have the opportunity to voluntarily identify their child as being of Aboriginal ancestry (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit). Self-identification will take the form of a question found on the student verification form that will be sent home in September.

“The collection of this data will increase the capacity of the school boards to respond to the learning and cultural needs of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students,” says Sherry Saevil, Aboriginal Liaison Officer, Halton Catholic and Halton District School Boards. “This data will enable the school boards to continue to promote the development of a positive personal and cultural identity, and a sense of belonging for these students, in an effective and meaningful way.”

The following Community Information Sessions will begin at 7:00 p.m. with light refreshments and cultural entertainment:

Date​ Location
May 24, 2011​ E. C. Drury High School (215 Ontario Street South, Milton)​
May 30, 2011​ Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School (2333 Headon Forest Drive, Burlington)
May 31, 2011​ Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School (2420 Sixth Line, Oakville)​
 *A Joint News Release of the Halton Catholic and Halton District School Boards.

The Halton Catholic District School Board is a model learning community, widely recognized as distinctively Catholic. A provincial leader in student achievement, HCDSB provides exceptional educational experiences and services to over 33,000 students of all ages. God’s call to love and to serve is nurtured across our 46 elementary schools, 9 secondary schools, and 3 continuing education facilities, serving the communities of Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton, and Oakville. With a focus on Achieving, Believing, and Belonging, we provide our students and staff with the tools for realizing their fullest potential, while also instilling a life-long commitment to the community.

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Media Contact:
Sherry Saevil
Aboriginal Liaison Officer
Halton Catholic and Halton District School Boards
905-632-4814, ext. 5687
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