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Improving Indigenous education in Ontario - Take the online survey

The Ministry of Education is committed to improving Indigenous education in Ontario, improving student achievement and well-being, and closing the achievement gap between Indigenous students and all students. In support of this, they have released an online survey to gather feedback and input which will be used to inform the development of the third Progress Report on the implementation of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Framework. This survey is open to all students, parents/guardians and families, school board staff, Indigenous communities, organizations and partners. Participation in the 15-minute survey is voluntary and confidential. The survey will be available until June 23, 2017. 

Click here to take the survey


Online Indigenous education focus groups

In addition to the online survey, the Ministry is offering a series of online focus groups to share perspectives. All students, parents/guardians and families, Board staff, and Indigenous organizations and partners are invited to participate. To participate, please RSVP to thirdprogressreport@gmail.com indicating which session you would like to attend. The dates for the focus groups are as follows:

  • Students: Monday, June 19 from 7-8 pm (offered in both English and French)
  • Board staff: Thursday, June 15 from 7-8 (English) or Tuesday, June 20 from 7-8 pm (French)
  • Indigenous organizations and partners: Thursday, June 8 from 2-3 pm (English) or Tuesday, June 27 from 7-8 pm (French)
  • Parents/guardians: Monday, June 12 from 7:30-8:30 pm (English), Wednesday, June 21 from 7-8 pm (English) or Monday, June 26 from 7-8 pm (French)

Voluntary and confidential self-identification for First Nation, Métis and Inuit students

The Ottawa Catholic School Board is committed to providing our First Nation, Métis and Inuit students with an education that honours Indigenous ancestry. When you self-identify as First Nation, Métis or Inuit, you help provide your child with the opportunity for enhanced academic programming and support to succeed in school and life.

Self-identification procedure

For students under 18 years of age, a parent or guardian must identify on behalf of the student. For students 18 years of age and older, the student can choose to self-identify. Proof of ancestry is not required for the purpose of voluntary and confidential self-identification.

Complete the self identification process


What happens to the information?

When you self-identify, the information is maintained in the student’s Ontario Student Records (OSR) confidential file at their school. The information is available to your child’s teacher and principal so that enhanced programming, support, and opportunities can be provided for your child.

As part of Indigenous education programming, the OCSB will:

  • engage with First Nations, Métis and Inuit community members to strengthen their voice and involvement in education;
  • ensure equity for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students;
  • design and provide programs and services that foster student success;
  • provide a culturally relevant education; and,
  • increase the knowledge and appreciation of contemporary and customary traditions, cultures, and perspectives for all students and staff.

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