Aboriginal Education

New First Nation, Métis and Inuit Secondary Courses

  • Expressing Aboriginal Cultures Through Art
    Arts Course – Grade 9 and Grade 10
    Starting September 2015. Learn More (PDF)
  • Contemporary Aboriginal Voices
    English Course – Grade 11 University
    Starting September 2015. This course meets the compulsory credit requirement for Grade Eleven University English (NBG3U). Learn more (PDF)

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The Ministry of Education has identified Aboriginal education as one of its key priorities with two specific goals: Improving student achievement among First Nation, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) students and to close the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students in the following areas:

  • Literacy and numeracy
  • Retention of students in school
  • Graduation rates
  • Advancement to postsecondary studies.

In response to a Ministry directive, the Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee (AEAC) was established in Niagara in 2009. This is a partnership between Niagara Catholic and our co-terminus Board, the District School Board of Niagara. Members of this committee include the Aboriginal Student Services Department of Brock University and Niagara College, as well as our local Aboriginal community.

Niagara Catholic District School Board’s Voluntary and Confidential Self-Identification Policy for First Nation, Métis and Inuit Students (301.9) was adopted in June 2011.

Why Self-Identify?

Niagara Catholic encourages our FNMI students to participate in our Voluntary and Confidential First Nation, Métis and Inuit Student Self-Identification Process. In the academic year 2013-14, Niagara Catholic provided a number of benefits to FNMI students, including:

  • Access to culturally relevant books and programs in schools, (Turtle Island Series) which allow Aboriginal students to see themselves reflected in the learning materials
  • Niagara Catholic -specific research that will help support the unique learning needs of Aboriginal students within our schools
  • First Nation Metis or Inuit Tutors from local post-secondary institutions providing extra academic and cultural support to identified students improving student engagement and success
  • Direct, timely and free access to cultural events offered throughout the school year, eg:/Aboriginal Career Day, FNMI Leadership Camps
  • Learning Luncheon Club for Self-Identified students in our Secondary Schools
  • Special events across our schools allowing our Aboriginal students to share their unique cultural identity with non-Aboriginal students.
  • First Nation, Metis and Inuit Secondary Course options focusing on Aboriginal history and Aboriginal culture through art.

Learn more about Aboriginal Education:

Aboriginal Education in Ontario

Aboriginal Educational Strategy Policy Framework

Ontario Aboriginal Education Strategy – Aboriginal Student Self-Identification

Aboriginal Education Strategy – Curriculum

For further information please contact Niagara Catholic’s Equity and Student Leadership Consultant at 905-735-0240, ext. 115.