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Invitation to community forums on Aboriginal Education

Community members are invited to attend an open community forum to talk about voluntary, confidential, Aboriginal student self-identification.

Community Forum Dates, Times, Locations
Monday, May 11 6:30pm-7:30pm TRENTON
Queen Elizabeth Public School library, 16 Sillers Avenue, Trenton
Wednesday, May 13 6:00pm-7:00pm PICTON
Prince Edward Collegiate Institute library, 41 Barker Street, Picton
Tuesday, May 19  6:30pm-7:30pm BANCROFT
Métis Nation of Ontario, 91 Chemaushgon Street, Bancroft
Thursday, May 28 6:30pm-7:30pm WHITNEY
St. Martin Catholic School, 1 Post Street, Whitney
Monday, June 1 6:30pm-7:30pm TWEED
St. Carthagh Catholic School, 114 Hungerford Road
Thursday, June 4 6:30pm-7:30pm BELLEVILLE
Children’s Safety Village (Belleville Police Service)
93 Dundas Street East, Belleville
Tuesday, June 16 6:00pm – 7:00pm TYENDINAGA MOHAWK TERRITORY
Tyendinaga Community Centre
All parents, guardians and interested community members are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is committed to improving educational programs and services by ensuring that the unique strengths and needs of all students are met, including students with First Nation, Métis and Inuit ancestry. Fulfilling this commitment requires a particular focus on effective educational programs for Aboriginal students and strong partnerships with Aboriginal parents and communities. Since last fall, a greater emphasis has been placed on raising awareness of Aboriginal histories, cultures and perspectives through a number of initiatives, including:

• raising awareness of Aboriginal education;
• receiving input through community consultation;
• enhancing Social Studies programming in elementary schools; and
• offering more Native Studies courses in high schools beginning in September 2009.

All of this is helping HPEDSB to prepare for the implementation of a voluntary, confidential self-identification process. Parents/guardians of Aboriginal students and Aboriginal students 18 years of age or older will have the opportunity to voluntarily and confidentially self-identify as being of Aboriginal ancestry including First Nation, Métis or Inuit. The self-identification process will assist us to better program for Aboriginal students’ progress and success and help us design educational programs and services that ensure all students have the opportunities and resources needed to reach their goals.

Beginning in September 2009, opportunities for self-identification will be provided through student update forms. New students can indicate their ancestry on the student registration form. All students will have the opportunity to self-identify at any time by completing a voluntary, confidential Aboriginal student self-identification form.

For more information please call the Education Centre at 613-966-1170 or 1-800-267-4350, extension 2270.