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Indigenous Education

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The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) is committed to working with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) community members in the Ottawa-Gatineau region to ensure that First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students have opportunities and resources to achieve academic success and to further their personal well-being. In addition, it is our goal to improve educational outcomes for all of our students by ensuring that they leave secondary school with a complete and authentic understanding of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit histories, traditions, and contemporary realities.

Left to Right: Josh Lewis, Kareena Butler, Kris Meawasige, Chantel Verner and Jody Alexander

Left to Right: Josh Lewis, Kareena Butler, Kris Meawasige, Chantel Verner and Jody Alexander


The OCDSB First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education team works with students, schools and community partners to:
  • forge strong relationships between OCDSB schools and staff and First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities in Ottawa;
  • promote First Nations, Métis, and Inuit perspectives as part of daily school life, across the curriculum and throughout the school year;
  • support programming for learning and leadership specific to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students in grades K-12; and
  • create school spaces that are inclusive of and responsive to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students, their families, and their cultures.

Interested in learning more? Select one of the four quadrants below!


Community Involvement



Parent Involvement


Medicine Wheel

Support for Students and Families



Support for Staff


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For more information about the OCDSB’s commitment to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education programming, please contact:

  • Dorothy Baker, Superintendent of Instruction, at (613) 596-8211 Ext. 8818
  • Jody Alexander, Vice-Principal, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education at (613) 596-8211 Ext. 8179
  • Chantel Verner, Instructional Coach, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education at (613) 596-8211 Ext. 8159
  • Kris Meawasige, Indigenous Student Support and Re-engagement Coordinator, at (613) 608-9764
  • Kareena Butler, Indigenous Education Itinerant Teacher (K-8), at (613) 596-8211 Ext. 8426
  • Josh Lewis, Indigenous Student Support Coordinator, at (613) 979-4623
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