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OCDSB Indigenous Student Resource eNewsletter

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This newsletter, shared by the Indigenous Education Learning Team, provides bi-weekly updates of community events and opportunities for students, parents and guardians.
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Indigenous Student Support Coordinators

Original Voices Youth Council 

Original Voices Youth Council is a space for Indigenous youth in OCDSB secondary schools Grades 8-12 to connect with other First Nations, Inuit and Métis students, learn/share about Indigenous cultures, and speak their voice to guide positive change in the OCDSB. Students can accumulate community volunteer hours from attending meetings.

A tasty meal will be provided and support with transportation is available.

For more information, please contact: Nim'keehns Wemgiwans, Indigenous Graduation Coach at [email protected]

Parent Involvement
The Indigenous Education Learning Team extends a warm invite to Indigenous students, parents/guardians (of Indigenous students) in the OCDSB to join the OCDSB Indigenous Education Council (IEC). One of the mandates of the IEC is to actively engage with Indigenous parents and community partners to help provide an equitable and inclusive education and work environment for Indigenous students and staff. If you are interested in joining the Indigenous Education Council, please email Kris Meawasige at [email protected]

Voluntary Self Identification
Parents are invited to complete the Voluntary Self Identification form, optional and confidential, but which allows us to provide more programs for your children

Community Partners

Inuuqatigiit's Bridging the Gap (BTG) Student Support and Presenters

Inuuqatigiit’s Bridging the Gap  Student Support Coordinator provides 1-to-1 support for Inuit students and families (grades K-12) to navigate the education system and to increase awareness of Inuit values, culture and history. External referral forms are to be submitted to Inini at [email protected] .  

Inuuqatigiit’s Bridging the Gap Presenters are offering free virtual presentations for K-12  for OCDSB schools to increase awareness of Inuit culture and history through authentic learning experiences. Contact Holly Alguire for more information at [email protected].

Community Involvement

The OCDSB works hard to be responsive to community partners - we have and continue to work with many local First Nations, Inuit and Métis community agencies, including:

A7G - Assembly of Seven Generations Algonquins of Pikwakanagan Inuuqatigiit Kitigan Zibi Anishnabeg Makonsag Aboriginal Head Start (See also: Aboriginal Best Start video) Minwaashin Lodge Nunavut Sivuniksavut Odawa Native Friendship Centre Tewegan Transition House Tungasuvvingat Inuit Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health

We also create as many opportunities as we can to invite local traditional knowledge keepers, elders, spiritual advisors and grandmothers into the schools to teach and work with students and staff.

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