Voluntary Indigenous Self-Identification
The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board is providing an opportunity for students to self-identify their First Nation, Métis and/or Inuit ancestry in a voluntary and confidential manner. This program will allow the Board to provide expanded supports to First Nation, Inuit and Métis students.
Self-identification will provide access to culture and language programs, funding opportunities through potential scholarships and bursaries, and monthly programming for students and families. Relevant information will be sent directly to you about upcoming cultural events and opportunities which help to build community and a sense of Indigenous pride in Dufferin-Peel. Indigenous secondary students can decide to participate in the DPCDSB Indigenous Student Council as well as provide valuable input regarding Indigenous Education throughout the board.
Who can self-identify?
If you are First Nation (Status Indian or Non-Status Indian), Métis and/or Inuit you can self-identify as Indigenous. You do not need to produce any documentation or proof of ancestry. Self-identification is voluntary and confidential.
How can I self-identify?
There are several ways to indicate your identity if you should choose to identify.
1. New students: the DPCDSB online registration form has a section where you can indicate if you identify as First Nation, Métis and/or Inuit.
2. Returning students: can register by updating their student verification form that are sent home each year to give parents the opportunity to update information. There is a section on this form where you can self-identify.
3. Complete the
4. Contact the Indigenous Education Lead:
Who will have access to my information?
This data will be recorded in the Board's Student Management System in a personal and confidential manner. The Indigenous Education Department of the Board will have access to contact information in order to connect students and families with cultural events and other relevant opportunities. This information will not be shared and/or used outside of the Indigenous Education department without the express, free, prior and informed consent of the student and/or family. School principals will also have access to this information, and will remain confidential unless families choose to disclose this with other staff such as a student's classroom teacher.
Questions can be directed to the Indigenous Education Coordinator: