How Do I Self-Identify a Student as Indigenous?
Land Acknowledgement for the LDCSB
We begin today by acknowledging the traditional territory upon which we gather. For hundreds of years before we stand here today, the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Attawandaron, Huron-Wendat and Lenape Indigenous peoples have sought to walk gently on this land. They offered assistance to the first European travelers to this territory and shared their knowledge for survival in what was at times a harsh climate. Today, we acknowledge our three local communities of Munsee-Delaware, Chippewas of the Thames and Oneida First Nations. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties, including Treaty 6, the London Township Treaty. The London District Catholic School Board seeks a new relationship with the Indigenous People of this land, a relationship with our neighbours based on honour and deep respect.
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We are committed to the well being and success of Indigenous students within the London District Catholic School Board. We stand behind the Government of Ontario's commitment to Indigenous students in the province: "The Ministry of Education is committed to improving Indigenous education in Ontario, improving student achievement and well-being, and closing the achievement gap between Indigenous students and all students."
Students can self-identify as First Nations, Metis, or Inuit when they complete a "Student Registration Form" upon entry into the London District Catholic School Board or upon moving schools. If a student wishes to self-identify after they have already registered, their parent should simply contact the school at any time to change their registration status to First Nations, Metis, or Inuit. One-page documents explaining self-identification are available in all of the schools and they are linked above.
We are committed to implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action 62 and 63. To cite the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops in their Letter to the Indigenous Peoples of Canada: "For our part, through the participation of Catholic Bishops and faithful in the TRC process and from our ongoing relations with Indigenous Peoples, we have heard your invitation to engage honestly and courageously with the past, to acknowledge the failings of members of the Catholic Church, and to take active steps of solidarity with Indigenous Peoples towards a better future. To this, with the strong encouragement of Pope Francis, we pledge our commitment."
Indigenous Education Advisor for the LDCSB, Ray John Jr ([email protected]) of Oneida Nation of the Thames, Indigenous Student Success Worker Tyler Waddilove ([email protected]) of Munsee Delaware Nation, and Indigenous Lead Dolores Caranci ([email protected]) are committed to bringing as many Indigenous voices and as much Indigenous wisdom into the classroom as possible. You will find Ray and Tyler and Dolores and other Indigenous knowledge keepers in classrooms all over the Board most days of the week during the school year.
Indigenous Education is committed to implementing the revised curriculum for Social Studies Grades 4, 5, and 6 and History Grades 7 and 8 and History Grade 10. Follow this link to see these curriculum documents. Through this new curriculum, the London District Catholic School Board aims to develop pride and awareness of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit history and cultures for all students in our system and increase everyone's understanding of the story of Indigenous people in Canada. In the summer of 2021, the K-3 curriculum was also revised and we look forward to helping teachers implement that new curriculum once it is published.
"Education is one of the keys to reconciliation, said [Chief Justice Murray] Sinclair, who likes the changes he has seen so far at elementary and high schools." -Carleton University Newsroom
Orange Shirt Day
Treaties Recognition Week
- Chippewas of the Thames First Nation
- Oneida Nation of the Thames
- Munsee Delaware Nation.