Indigenous Education

Guided by the SCDSB’s Mission and Vision statements and our Strategic Priorities, the Indigenous Education department supports the achievement and well-being of self-identified First Nation, Métis and Inuit students. We do this through direct support to students, while also providing opportunities for all SCDSB students and staff to develop a greater understanding of the history, culture and contributions of Indigenous peoples in our communities and across Canada. Our work aligns with both the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action and the Ministry of Education’s Ontario First Nation, Métis and Inuit Implementation Policy Framework, and continues to be informed by school and system data as well as  Ministry of Education progress reports on Indigenous Education.  

In order to achieve our goals, the SCDSB Indigenous Education department currently employs a central lead administrator, teaching resource staff, Indigenous student advisors and a social worker. This team of dedicated staff provide system-learning opportunities, direct support to students and teachers and offer community gatherings to meet with parents, students and community members.

Restorative Practices for Respectful Relationships

Restorative Practices is an approach focused on building community, strengthening relationships and repairing harm through open dialogue, problem solving and accountability. It enhances teaching and learning and creates a safe school environment.

As a symbol of community, circles are one of the most distinctive and flexible forms of restorative practices. Circles can be used to check in with students at the beginning of the day or before certain classes to help students with planning, to set ground rules for projects and activities, and to deal with more serious problems in a class.