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.
June 21 - Solidarity Day, or 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 improve 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.
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.