Indigenous Education

Voluntary self-identification

Indigenous Education imageParents, guardians, and students are encouraged to voluntarily and confidentially disclose Indigenous ancestry. No proof of ancestry is required.

Voluntary self-identification is for anyone with status and non-status Indigenous ancestry.

How can voluntary self-identification benefit Indigenous families and students?

With information collected through self-identification, the School Board is able to:Support the success of Indigenous students by providing programming, resources, and encouraging student agency.

  • Improve the effectiveness of programs for our Indigenous students.
  • Build stronger relationships with students of Indigenous heritage.
  • Celebrate the rich and vibrant culture and traditions of Indigenous students and families.
  • Honour our true history and the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission acting for meaningful reconciliation and change.

How do I self-identify?

Complete an online form or contact the principal at your child’s school or call 1-888-526-5552.

The OP-6211 Voluntary Self-Identification for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Students policy may be found on the policies page.

Frequently asked questions

No, you do not have to live on a reserve to self-identify your child’s Indigenous ancestry.

No. If a student has Indigenous ancestry, they are encouraged to self-identify as First Nations, Métis, or Inuit. No proof is required.

All information will be securely stored to respect privacy and used only as a means to enhance Indigenous education programs with the school board. This information will be treated in the same manner as the Ontario Student Record and is protected by the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act.

No, this is an ongoing opportunity to help us in our efforts to support Indigenous students and families.

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