The Wellington Catholic District School Board is committed to First Nation, Métis, and Inuit student success. By enhancing the knowledge of all students and educators about the rich cultures and histories of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit peoples we continue to provide culturally relevant programming in our schools for all students.
The Wellington Catholic District School Board, in partnership with the Upper Grand District School Board, has a First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education Council. The purpose of this committee is to assist in identifying community needs and to provide advice and guidance on Indigenous education initiatives. New Indigenous education initiatives and projects will be shared with this group for consultation and feedback.
Canada has entered into a period of reconciliation. The federal government's December 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission report included 94 Calls to Action to further reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
Part of the Truth and Reconciliation calls to action include respecting and honouring the treaties and nation-to-nation relationships. To that end, the board's First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Advisory Committee, together with local communities, drafted this territorial acknowledgement:
From the Anishinaabe to the Haudenasaunee and the Métis, these treaty lands are steeped in rich indigenous history and modern traditions. As a community, we have the responsibility to honour and respect the four directions, land, waters, plants, animals and ancestors. Today, this area is home to many Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island. We would like to acknowledge that we are gathered on the ancestral and treaty lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation of the Aanishinaabek Peoples and we would like to express our gratitude for sharing these lands for our mutual benefit.
The Wellington Catholic District School Board covers the ancestral and traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Six Nations of the Grand River, and Saugeen Ojibway Nation Territories.
Wellington Catholic has developed a Voluntary Indigenous Self-Identification policy to assist in identifying and supporting First Nation, Métis, and Inuit students’ success. Data is kept strictly confidential.
The data collected through the self-identification process becomes the foundation of our efforts to further support the success of our Indigenous students. This allows us to advocate for funding that will provide the means to develop and implement supports for all students to experience achievement in both elementary and secondary school.
The board's actions are based on the government of Ontario's First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Education Policy Framework. You can find out more about the province's strategy at www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/aboriginal.
Download the Self Identification form Voluntary Confidential Self-Identification for Students.pdf. If you are a new family to the school, the Indigenous Self-identification form will be included in your child’s registration package.
Why is it important for parents/guardians to participate in the Voluntary Self-Identification? Our Wellington Catholic DSB schools continually strive to meet your child’s education needs. Completing and returning the Self-Identification form will allow us to learn more about student achievement for all students in our system. We want to ensure we are meeting your child’s learning and developmental needs through appropriate supportive programming in the schools. Participating in student self-identification is voluntary.
Who is being asked to Voluntarily Self-Identify? All new and existing elementary and secondary students are given a Self- Identification at registration or at the beginning of the school year. The information is provided on a voluntary basis.
What box do I select if my child is both Métis and First Nation? The parent or guardian has the choice to select which ancestral background.
Is it mandatory for parents/guardians to self-identify their child? No. It is voluntary for parents/guardians to participate in this process. Parents/guardians have the option to not participate if they choose. The student information given is collected as a whole and kept confidential. Verification of ancestral background is not required.
How will my child benefit from answering the Voluntary Self-Identification question? Knowing how our students, as a whole, are doing in school will help us understand what education programs and methods are working,
where additional programs and supports are required and what changes need to be made.
What specific information will be tracked? Information on ancestry such as First Nation, Métis and Inuit will be collected as a whole. In order to measure the success of all students, establishing baseline student data is required. Particular attention will be given to monitoring grade promotion/retention, academic performance, and graduation rates.
How is the information collected and maintained? All student information collected is kept confidential. These forms are securely stored to respect privacy and will be treated in the same manner as Ontario Student Record Guidelines, according to the Education Act and Municipal Freedom of Information and Privacy Act.
For further information or questions, please contact the school Principal or our Program Department at (519) 821-4600 Ext. 244