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Indigenous Self-Identification

Indigenous Self-Identification

Indigenous self-identification is a process that provides an opportunity for those of Indigenous ancestry – First Nation, Inuit or Metis to voluntarily identify themselves to the Upper Canada District School Board.

The UCDSB, along with the Ministry of Education, has identified Indigenous Education as a priority and has identified two areas of focus:

  • to improve achievement among First Nations, Metis and Inuit students; and
  • to close the education gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.

The UCDSB wants to provide First Nations, Metis and Inuit Students with educational opportunities that honour their mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

Benefits of self-identifying:

  • access to cultural programming and information about post-secondary pathways;
  • opportunities for Indigenous students such as First Nations, Metis and Inuit camps, bursaries and Indigenous Leadership Program (iLeads); and
  • stronger partnership between Indigenous parents and communities.

The Indigenous self-identification form is voluntary and confidential. Parents/guardians or students over the age of 18 can fill out the self-identification form and return it to their school at any point during the school year.

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