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Self-identification

Aboriginal self-identification is voluntary and confidential. It represents an opportunity for students and families to identify with the descendants of their First Nations, Métis or Inuit heritage. It is not necessary to have an Indian status card, Métis citizenship or Inuit identification number to self-identify. You just need to have native roots.

Self-identification helps students to fully construct their identity as Francophone and Aboriginal. It provides an inclusive learning environment where the cultures, traditions and perspectives of Indigenous peoples are visible and valued.

The Board encourages its students and staff to self-identify. To do this, just fill out a short form. So far, over 340 of our students with Indigenous ancestry have self-identified.

Why self-identify?

The data collected is analyzed and used globally and not individually for:

  • improve the learning and training of students, whether Aboriginal or non-Aboriginal;
  • increase the success and well-being of all students, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit;
  • improve access to cultural programs, services and support;
  • increase awareness of the diverse needs of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and learners;
  • increase graduation rates and access to information on post-secondary pathways (workplace, apprenticeship, college, university or community living) and financial support;
  • improve, develop and implement education programs and support services for students, staff and self-identified school counselors.
  • respect the ministerial expectation of supporting the recruitment and retention of Indigenous teaching and non-teaching staff.

Confidentiality of information

In accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the Council is committed to using the data collected in aggregate for analytical purposes in order to improve learning opportunities for all students. This information will be shared with the Ministry of Education and the Office of Quality and Responsibility in Education (EQAO), who will make these results public.

For more information, please see the policies regarding student self-identification et self-identification of staff members.

For any questions or requests for additional information, please contact Ms. Angèle Beaudry, responsible for the First Nations, Métis and Inuit file: