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Indigenous Studies

Indigenous Studies in the UCDSB 

The Upper Canada District School Board is committed to providing our students with multiple opportunities to learn about and engage with Indigenous culture. 

Upcoming Courses & Learning Opportunities 

Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School (CCVS) has an exciting opportunity for Indigenous students heading into Grade 9.  

CCVS is offering a four-week summer program in Civics and Careers that will help students earn a compulsory high school credit while exploring a variety of career opportunities.   

July 4-29, 2022, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., students will hear from a variety of speakers from Akwesasne, develop self-advocacy skills and team building, learn about future careers, enhance their cultural knowledge, and go on excursions to learn about government and services in their area. 

Summer program offering for Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School

Register for this exciting opportunity today! The deadline to apply is June 17, 2022. Course details and registration info are available by calling Lisa Zeran at 613-932-8360 ext. 4225 or emailing Kelty Grant at [email protected]. 


Here are some of the ways our school board integrates Indigenous education into regular classroom learning across our school board, and specific programs opportunities for Indigenous students and their allies. 

  •  Workshops for Schools: Schools coordinate workshops that provide students with the opportunity to learn further about Indigenous culture, including the blanket exercise, Haida art, medicine wheel and smudging.
  •  iLead Days: Indigenous students in Grade 9-12, their allies, and educators meet five times a year to engage in activities that increase Indigenous cultural awareness and understanding. Each year, the number of Indigenous students participating in iLead days continues to increase. Self-identified UCDSB students can sign up at any point in the school year by speaking with their school's iLead teacher representative.
  •  Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC): The UCDSB is committed to embedding Indigenous Education into classrooms across the district each day. This includes providing schools the opportunity to engage in an Indigenous Collaborative Inquiry each year, in partnership with various cultural advisers. A variety of books by Indigenous authors are also provided to schools. Schools have had the opportunity to bring in various cultural advisers/knowledge keepers to share teachings with students and staff.

    Committees, Funding, & Curriculum 
    Indigenous Education Advisory Committee (IEAC)

    The Director of Education, Superintendent of Schools, Indigenous Education Lead, and representatives from our Indigenous Community (Elders, parents, students) meet at least two times per year to discuss and seek feedback about UCDSB's Indigenous Plan and the direction of Indigenous Education within our school board. 


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