First Nation, Métis and Inuit


At the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, our goal is to help all students meet with success. We value inclusiveness, a respect for diversity, and the need to provide equitable opportunities for all those in our care.

As part of this commitment we continue to implement the Ontario Ministry of Education’s First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Education Policy Framework.

We work to support success for Indigenous learners by increasing awareness of Indigenous ways of knowing, and increasing understanding of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit cultures, histories, and perspectives.

We believe it is essential that First Nation, Métis and Inuit students are engaged and feel welcome in school, and that they see themselves and their cultures in the curriculum and the school community.

An important step on this journey has been, in consultation with our local Indigenous leaders, to adopt a new policy on voluntary self-identification for students with First Nation, Métis and Inuit ancestry.

By self-identifying as a student or family with Indigenous ancestry, you will be helping us with the most basic of questions – we do not know how many First Nation, Métis and Inuit students attend our schools. We also want to provide the most culturally appropriate learning experiences for students of Indigenous ancestry.

We will use the information we gather to support the educational goals to which we have committed to as part of the provincial First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Education Policy Framework.

Acknowledgement of Traditional Lands and Territories

Schools who wish to acknowledge the Traditional and Ancestral lands of Indigenous peoples at the beginning of events, gatherings and meetings may use the following text:

We would like to acknowledge that this school is located on the territory of the Mississauga Anishinaabeg, as well as, other Indigenous peoples who have shared this land historically and to the present day.


Sherry Mattson
Consultant: First Nation, Métis & Inuit K-12
705-742-9773 Ext. 2195

Melody Crowe
First Nation Education Liaison
1-877-741-4577 ext. 2377 or 905-352-2161

Jack Nigro
Superintendent of Education: Student Achievement, First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Education
Extension 2061