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Policy 519 First Nation, Métis, Inuit Self-Identification and Education

Policy Statement

The Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB) acknowledges that Indigenous Peoples are distinct from other equity seeking groups in that they are self-determining nations with inherent rights, laws, and institutions. Indigenous rights are distinct. It is the goal of the UGDSB to ensure that Indigenous staff and students are not deprived of their rights, and are provided with a learning and working environment that is free from racism and discrimination of any kind.

As mandated by the Ministry of Education, it is the policy of the UGDSB to provide students with the opportunity for voluntary self-identification as First Nation, Métis, or Inuit. The board is committed to supporting the achievement and well-being of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit students, and the education of staff and students on Indigenous Peoples, colonialism, and anti-Indigenous racism.


Note:  This policy was developed in collaboration with the Indigenous community partners who sit on the UGDSB First Nation, Metis, Inuit Education Council. It is the result of years of conversations on how a school board can both promote and protect Indigenous education. For more information, please visit the First Nation, Métis and Inuit Education page on the UGDSB website.

First adopted:  May 2021 (formerly Indigenous Education), January 2024
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