First Nations, Métis, and Inuit


The Board is committed to improving educational programs and services by ensuring that the unique strengths and needs of all students are met, including students with First Nation, Métis, and Inuit ancestry. Fulfilling this commitment requires a focus on effective educational programs for First Nation, Métis, and Inuit students and strong partnerships with their parents and communities.

View our Board Action Plan on First Nation, Métis and Inuit Education for 2016-2017

Listen to our student choir from St. Paul Catholic Elementary School in Lakefield singing O Canada in Ojibwe

Ontario First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Education Policy Framework provides the foundation for delivering quality education services and improving education outcomes for First Nation, Métis, and Inuit students in Ontario's provincially funded school system and enhancing the knowledge and understanding of all students regarding contemporary and traditional First Nation, Métis, and Inuit cultures, histories and perspectives.

Community Partners

Beginning in 2008, the Board has worked with local First Nation, Métis, and Inuit representatives to plan, develop, and implement a voluntary self-identification policy and administrative procedure. Our partnership with these representatives plays a vital role in guiding the Board on policy and procedure.

Our goal is to provide educational programs and services and improve understanding of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit histories, cultures, and perspectives. 

What is voluntary and confidential First Nation, Métis, and Inuit student self-identification?

It is a way for parents, guardians, and students 18 years of age or older to inform the Board that a student is of First Nation, Métis, or Inuit ancestry.

What will student self-identification information provide?

Self-identification will allow the Board to obtain information on enrolment, literacy, numeracy, graduation rates, and course completion results. The information will allow the Board to assess our progress and focus our efforts and resources to develop and implement supportive programs to improve First Nation, Métis and Inuit student achievement where needed.

Who benefits from self-identification?

Students benefit from self-identification. Self-identification provides an opportunity for more curriculum content that addresses and celebrates First Nation, Métis, and Inuit histories, cultures, and perspectives. All students will grow in their own knowledge, understanding of, and respect for First Nation, Métis, and Inuit, histories, cultures, values, and contributions.

How will the data be used?

The data will only be used to determine the success of the Board's current programs and help determine which programs to offer in the future.

The data will be confidentially collected and securely stored centrally. Only aggregate information will be analyzed, reported, and stored for the purpose of developing and implementing programs. It will not identify your child in any way as an individual. It is our duty to protect the personal information of individual students, and to use the information as a whole to provide extra support where needed. Data will be treated in the same manner as the Ontario Student Record and in compliance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

How can I self-identify?

Parents/guardians of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit students and students 18 years of age or older may self-identify. Beginning in September 2009, opportunities for self-identification will be provided at anytime as follows:

  • Complete the Voluntary Self-Identification form available at any Board Catholic school for confidential submission
  • Download and complete the Voluntary Self-Identification form for students under 18 years of age or students over
    18 years of age
  • Identify First Nation, Métis and Inuit ancestry on the Board registration form when registering for school

Terms and Definitions

First Nation

Peoples, excluding Inuit, whose ancestors used and occupied traditional territories before contact with Europeans, status and non-status on and off reserve


Peoples of historic Métis Nation ancestry, distinct from other Aboriginal Peoples, and accepted by the Métis Nation.


An original people of the land now known as Canada. The people and culture known throughout the world as Inuit have occupied the vast territory stretching from the shores of the Chukchi Peninsula of Russia, east across Alaska and Canada, to the southeastern coast of Greenland.

Voluntary Self-Identification

Opportunity provided to students and parents to safely and securely specify First Nation, Métis, or Inuit ancestry.


Aggregate information is information in summary or statistical form that does not contain data that would permit the identification of a specific individual.