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Welcome to First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples

The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) would like to welcome Métis, Inuit and first nations families and communities to its schools.

The CECCE is committed to developing positive, lasting relationships with indigenous communities in an effort to promote a sense of pride, belonging and well-being among students in its schools who are Métis, Inuit, or members of a First Nation. The CECCE wants to help all its students become more familiar with indigenous cultures and perspectives, and to give its school staff the tools to include these types of knowledge in the classroom.

Voluntary, confidential self-identification

In order to help its staff meet the needs of all students appropriately, the CECCE invites parents, guardians, and students who are 18 years of age or older who identify as members of First Nations, Métis or Inuit to identify themselves voluntarily and confidentially upon initial registration or at any other time during the year.

To view our pamphlet on self-identification, click here (available in French only).

Why should I self-identify?

The Ministry of Education of Ontario and the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) will use this information confidentially for analysis purposes in order to better support the school boards in their interventions with all students. For example, the ministry is offering greater resources to school boards where there are higher numbers of self-identifying students.

Self‑identification also helps better familiarize the CECCE with the population of indigenous students attending its schools and tailor its interventions more carefully based on the number of self-identifying students at each school. Identifying your child helps the CECCE secure more resources and support from the Ministry of Education of Ontario in order to implement various initiatives.

Among other things, these resources and forms of support may be used to:

  • Acquire teaching resources (books, videos, games, posters, etc.) that reflect First Nations, Métis and Inuit values
  • Provide training to staff so as to better equip them to include indigenous perspectives in the classroom
  • Invite members of indigenous communities to share traditional knowledge with students and staff
  • Create safe, inclusive schools where indigenous students see themselves reflected and see that their culture is valued
  • Raise awareness among all students of the richness of indigenous cultural heritage

How do I self-identify?

For students already enrolled in the CECCE:

Parents or guardians of students (or students who are 18 years of age or older) may self-identify as belonging to First Nations, Métis or Inuit communities at any time by asking the school to add this information to the student’s record. To do so, simply fill out a short form (available only in French) available at the school or on the CECCE website.

For students who are new to the CECCE:

In this case, simply complete the section of the student registration form regarding self-identification of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. This form is available at the school or on the CECCE website.

Students are not required to have a federal government card attesting to “Registered Indian” status in order to self-identify; self-identification with your school board does not interfere in any way with the Indian Register.

Protection of Privacy

In accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the data collected by the CECCE, the Ministry of Education and the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) will be treated only in aggregate and will respect the privacy of all students. The CECCE guarantees that no personal information on students will be disclosed.

Do you have questions or comments, or are you interested in getting involved in developing initiatives to promote First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures at the CECCE?

Please contact our reception desk:

613 744-2555  OR  1 888 230-5131


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