The Northwest Catholic District School Board is made up of 6 schools consisting of 1350 students. We have approximately 100 students enrolled in our Native Language Program. Our Native Language Program is present in 4 schools within our board, Sacred Heart School in Sioux Lookout, St. Francis and St. Michael’s in Fort Frances and Our Lady of the Way in Stratton. It is imperative that we ensure First Nation, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) cultures are recognized and supported within our schools.
It is the mandate of The Northwest Catholic District School Board to ensure the promotion of an excellent Catholic Education, based on gospel values for all its students and to provide quality education to Aboriginal students in all schools of The Northwest Catholic District School Board. The Board will ensure that all schools will implement the curriculum principles found in the 2007 Ontario First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Education Policy Framework document that will:
increase the capacity of the education system to respond to the learning and cultural needs of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit students;
provide quality programs, services, and resources to help create learning opportunities for First Nation, Métis, and Inuit students that support improved academic achievement and identity building;
provide a curriculum that facilitates learning about contemporary and traditional First Nation, Métis, and Inuit cultures, histories, and perspectives among all students, and that also contributes to the education of school board staff, teachers, and elected trustees; and
develop and implement strategies that facilitate increased participation by First Nation, Métis, and Inuit parents, students, communities, and organizations in working to support academic success.
Voluntary Aboriginal Student Self-Identification
Promoting Success For All First Nation, Métis, And Inuit Students
The Northwest Catholic District School Board is requesting confidential, voluntary, self-identification of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit ancestry. This self-identification will help to determine programming and increase support to ensure Aboriginal student success and achievement.
In January 2007, the Ontario Ministry of Education released the Ontario First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Education Policy Framework (FNMI) which outlines:
- Strategies and an implementation plan to improve educational outcomes for Aboriginal students
- The need to implement an Aboriginal student self-identification policy
The document outlines strategies to improve achievement and to close the gap between First Nation, Métis, and Inuit students in the areas of:
- Literacy and numeracy
- Retention of students in schools
- Graduation rates
- Advancement to post-secondary education
This voluntary Aboriginal student self-identification information pamphlet and registration form is sent home with all The Northwest Catholic District School Board students. Parents/guardians have the opportunity to self-identify their child(ren) as First Nation, Métis, or Inuit.
This voluntary student self-identification is part of the standard registration process of all students in The Northwest Catholic District School Board.
Statistics Canada data indicated the following:
- In Ontario, there are 424 490 First Nation, Métis, and Inuit people
- This represents a 30.9% increase since the last census
- 43% of 105 205 FNMI peoples are less than 25 years old
HOW WILL THE DATA BE USED?
The information collected from the self-identification process will be used to improve First Nation, Métis, and Inuit quality of education. Information on individual students will not be released. Information gathered will be used as the basis for determining additional supports and the programs for the TNDCSB FNMI students.
The Board First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Education Advisory Committee will be instrumental in making decisions about curriculum supports, programming, scholarships, data collection, and analysis. We will work closely with Aboriginal Leaders in the community to ensure that we provide our FNMI students with the highest quality of Catholic educational programming specific to FNMI needs. The Northwest Catholic District School Board shall share its self-identification data with the Ministry of Education and the Education Quality Assurance Office (EQAO).
REASONS TO SELF-IDENTIFY
- Celebrate and integrate ancestry
- Enhance equity in education
- Assist students to reach their full academic potential
- Increase opportunities for students success
- Increase student support services