Within Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB), we are working on ways to support the achievement of First Nation, Metis and Inuit students. One such effort we’ve begun is the Voluntary, Confidential Self-Identification for First Nation, Metis and Inuit Students.
Voluntary and Confidential Self-Identification is an opportunity for parents and caregivers to self-identify First Nation, Métis or Inuit ancestry for their children. The process is voluntary and confidential. The data collected is reported as a whole and is used to develop programs to meet the needs of First Nation, Métis and Inuit students.
We encourage parents of students with Aboriginal heritage to consider participation in this process. A brochure, with the form, providing detailed information about the process and how the information will be used and protected is available below, or can also be requested at the school.
If you have any further questions about the self-identification process, please contact HWDSB’s Aboriginal Community Liaison, Dr. Jenny Kay Dupuis at 905-527-5092, ext. 2464 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is voluntary, confidential self-identification?
Parents and guardians/caregivers have the opportunity to record First Nation, Métis or Inuit ancestry for their children. Data collected helps to develop programs to meet the needs of these students.
Who can Self-Identify?
Parents and guardian/caregivers can self-identify their children. Students 18 or older can identify themselves.
Do I need proof to identify my child?
Self-identification does not require any documented proof.
How confidential is this?
Information on individual students will not be released and is kept strictly confidential in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) and Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
Why should parents, caregivers/guardians or students age 18 or older self-identify?
Self-identifying is used to develop support programs, services and resources to increase First Nation, Métis, and Inuit student success and achievement.
How do parents, caregivers/guardians or students age 18 or older self-identify?
The Aboriginal-Self-ID-Brochure includes the registration form. Please return the completed form to the principal at your child’s school.
- Aboriginal Self-Identification brochure
- Aboriginal Self-Identification Form (printable)
- Aboriginal Self-Identification Form (online)
- Aboriginal Self-Identification Postcard
- First Nation, Métis and Inuit Education Policy
- First Nation Metis and Inuit Education Directive