Aboriginal Education Strategy

Aboriginal Student Self-Identification

To assess Ontario's progress in helping more Aboriginal students reach their full potential, it is necessary to have accurate and reliable data.

A new resource will enable school boards to develop effective policies and practices for voluntary, confidential Aboriginal student self-identification. These policies will help identify First Nation, Métis and Inuit students who attend Ontario's publicly funded schools.

The information will help school boards improve programs and supports for Aboriginal students and enable them to focus their efforts on student achievement.

The resource is called Building Bridges to Success for First Nation, Métis and Inuit Students – Developing Policies for Voluntary, Confidential Aboriginal Student Self-Identification: Successful Practices for Ontario School Boards (PDF, 596 KB). It includes:

  • background information,
  • a recommended process,
  • case studies,
  • practical tools, and
  • reference information.

For more information, contact the Aboriginal Education Office at:

Aboriginal Education Office
900 Bay Street, 12th Floor, Mowat Block
Toronto, ON M7A 1L2
General Inquiries: 416-326-3561