Pilot program in Toronto Catholic schools encourages self-identification

May 20, 2015

A pilot program created in partnership by the Toronto Catholic District School Board and the Indigenous Education Network at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) is helping Aboriginal students self-identify while educating all students about Aboriginal culture and history. Aboriginal graduate and undergraduate students from OISE act as peer mentors to Aboriginal students in grades 5 and 11, and also provide resources on Aboriginal identity, culture, and education to teachers and other students. The goal of the program is to educate all students about Aboriginal issues while encouraging Aboriginal students to embrace their identities. “Education is now a place of knowledge and healing for Aboriginal students and that begins with making it safe for Aboriginal students to self-identify,” said OISE professor Suzanne L Stewart. TCDSB News Release