First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education

The Ontario Ministry of Education made a commitment to Aboriginal Education with a focus on improving student achievement among First Nations, Métis and Inuit students in the areas of Literacy and Numeracy and to close the gap between First Nations, Métis and Inuit students and other students in student achievement, retention in school, graduation rates and advancement to postsecondary studies. (Ontario First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Education Policy Framework, Ministry of Education, 2007)

WECDSB is working with the Aboriginal Education Office of the Ministry of Education and our Local First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities to support and develop programs and to provide student support to help us realize the goals set out for our First Nations, Métis and Inuit students.

The Aboriginal Education Department of the Ontario Ministry of Education has directed school boards to develop a voluntary self-identification policy to allow schools to identify First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. Other Provinces and most Ontario school boards collect this type of information to help them create effective and relevant programs for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students with a goal to reduce gaps and increase FMNI student achievement. This will enable us to create a baseline measure for assessing programs already in place and developing new programs relevant to our First Nations, Métis and Inuit students.

Our Guiding Principles

We are guided by Our Journey to Holiness values which is the foundation for our Catholic Character Development. These principles are also reflected in the Seven Grandfather Teachings and in the Good Mind teachings as shared by the local First Nations, Métis and Inuit Community. It is here where we meet.


WECDSB Journey to Holiness

Goodness, Kindness, Belonging, Gratitude, Faithfulness, Compassion, Respect, Knowledge, Wisdom, Courage, Integrity, Discipleship, Humility and Justice

Seven Grandfather Teachings

Wisdom, Love, Respect, Bravery, Honesty, Humility and Truth


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