Classrooms across Grand Erie include students from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, and a number of other Indigenous, First Nation, Métis, and Inuit people in the urban community. It is the goal of the Grand Erie District School Board to provide an enriching school experience that acknowledges and respects the Indigenous communities represented in our schools.
The Grand Erie District School Board is dedicated to providing culturally responsive services and programs for Indigenous students that will improve the school experience and success for all Indigenous students. Grand Erie encourages the development of strong partnerships with Indigenous families, communities, and organizations.
Click here to read the most recent newsletter from the Indigenous Education team.
National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 21 - Indigenous Peoples Day is held on the summer solstice to celebrate the unique heritage, culture, and achievements of Indigenous people and communities across the country. On this day, there are celebrations across Canada that showcase First Nations, Metis and Inuit people and culture.
Indigenous Education Areas of Focus
Achievement: Identify, develop, implement, and review strategies to support First Nation, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) student achievement in collaboration with school and system staff through the Board Improvement Plan.
Environment: Create learning environments that are engaging, inclusive and culturally relevant to FNMI students, parents and community members.
Engagement: Establish, maintain, enhance and review partnerships and community relationships that support the unique needs of FNMI students to reach their full potential.
Well-Being: We will create environments that are
healthy and that recognize the well-being of mind, body, emotion and spirit of
students and staff.
As a way to advise the Grand Erie District School Board that a student is of Indigenous ancestry, a student can self-identify at any time. The form can be completed and returned to the school's principal. Click here for a Volunteer student self-identification form.
Native Advisory Committee
The Native Advisory Committee represents Six Nations interests in maintaining quality educational services purchased through the Tuition Agreement and ensures that the Board is appropriately advised in matters related to the education of Six Nations pupils.
Indigenous Education Advisory Committee
The mandate of the Committee is to promote, enhance and improve Indigenous education for all students. The Committee consists of Native Trustee, Representative from Senior Administration, Trustee appointed by the Board, Indigenous Education Lead (Teacher-Consultant), Six Nations Native Advisor, Chair of Six Nations Council Education Committee, Director of Education – New Credit, Mississaugas of the New Credit Education Pillar Lead, additional representative from MNCFN, Region 9 Métis representative, representation from local associations working to further the interest of Indigenous Education, and parent representatives.