It is the policy of the District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) to provide programs and put into place measures to support all First Nation, Métis and Inuit students. All First Nation, Métis and Inuit students have the right to voluntarily self-identify so that they may receive supportive programming and instructional practices that better serve their learning needs. The first such measure in recognizing this right is to establish self-identification procedures to identify, collect and aggregate student achievement data for First Nation, Métis, and Inuit students.
Indigenous identification refers to the definition in the “Constitution Act, 1982, Section 35 (2)”, in that “Aboriginal peoples” include “Indian, Inuit and Métis.”
These groups include the following categories:
The DSBN recognizes diversity within cultures, however, families will need to choose one self-identification that is most reflective of how each student identifies.
The learning, aspirations and potential of Indigenous students can be realized through a responsive, transparent and accountable process. This process focuses on improved services and supports that build on strong partnerships with Indigenous parents and their communities. Collecting student achievement data of Indigenous students allows for analysis to determine programming to meet learning needs. Continued data collection and analysis will provide information for future decision-making surrounding Indigenous student success.
Voluntary Self-Identification data can continue to be collected on currently enrolled students through the DSBN Voluntary, Confidential, Indigenous Student Self-identification online portal and students new to the DSBN can self-identify during the registration process.
The DSBN believes that all students can learn. Our mission is to be committed to student success by working together to inspire, empower, and support all learners to achieve their full potential.
The Voluntary, Confidential Indigenous Student Self-Identification Policy is designed to support this mission by establishing the following goals for Indigenous education within the DSBN’s jurisdiction:
The Voluntary, Confidential Indigenous Student Self-Identification policy will continue to evolve as the DSBN seeks to improve achievement and program delivery for First Nation, Métis and Inuit students. For implementation and for future refinement of this policy, the following principles will continue to guide us: