The Conseil scolaire de district catholique des Aurores boréales implements winning teaching practices and provides learning opportunities to ensure the growth and success of all its students.
To further support First Nation, Métis and Inuit students, the Board is implementing the Ontario Aboriginal Education Strategy. The strategy is designed to close any achievement gaps that may exist between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students, to help build identity for Aboriginal students, and to increase awareness of the history, diverse culture and perspectives of Aboriginal peoples among all students and staff.
Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee
The Board collaborates with its parents and community partners through an Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee to discuss priorities, initiatives and issues related to Aboriginal education in CSDCAB schools. The purpose of the committee is to provide input to the Board on the development and implementation of the Aboriginal Education Action Plan in order to best meet the needs of self-identified First Nations, Métis and Inuit students.
Voluntary and confidential self-identification
Self-identification is a voluntary and confidential identification process that all students and families of First Nations, Métis and Inuit ancestry are entitled to. It is a personal choice and no proof is required.
Self-identification is an important step in developing cultural pride and a sense of belonging for Aboriginal students. This information enables the Board to better determine the resources, programs, supports and professional development options to value the cultures and histories of Aboriginal peoples and to ensure the academic success and well-being of all students, including First Nation, Métis and Inuit students.
How to self-identify?
Nothing could be easier! For a new student, all the parent has to do is fill out the appropriate section on the registration form. For a student already enrolled in one of our schools, you can fill out our online self-identification form.
We would like to pay tribute to the Aboriginal peoples, the traditional custodians of this land. We recognize their long-standing and sacred connection to this land. As such, we recognize that we are on the lands designated in the Robinson Superior Treaty, Treaty Number 3 and James Bay Treaty Number 9.
We would like to acknowledge the contributions of First Nations, particularly the Anishinabe, and the Métis of the region and other First Nations and Inuit who have shaped and strengthened our province and our country as a whole.
We must recognize the contributions and historical significance of Indigenous peoples as it is our collective responsibility to commit to the promise and challenge of truth and reconciliation in our communities.