Indigenous Education

Kwey! Taanshi! She:kon! Boozhoo! Tunngasugitsi!

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) is committed to working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis community members in the Ottawa-Gatineau region to ensure that First Nations, Inuit and Métis 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, Inuit and Métis histories, traditions, and contemporary realities.

The OCDSB First Nations, Inuit and Métis Education team works with students, schools and community partners to:
  • forge strong relationships between OCDSB schools and staff andFirst Nations, Inuit and Métis communities in Ottawa;
  • promote First Nations, Inuit and Métis 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, Inuit and Métis students in grades K-12; and
  • create school spaces that are inclusive of and responsive to First Nations, Inuit and Métis students, their families, and their cultures.

Learn more about the Indigenous Education in the OCDSB by visiting the following links:
For more information about the OCDSB’s commitment to First Nations, Inuit and Métis Education programming, please contact the Indigenous Education Team.

Indigenous Summer Learning (Grades 9 to 12)

Program duration: July 15 - August 2, 2024


This summer, the OCDSB is offering an Indigenous Summer Learning program for First Nation, Inuit and Métis students going into grades 9 to 12. 

Through this program, students will be able to earn a secondary credit through cultural connection. Students will participate in Indigenous language learning, learning on the land, and engaging field trips. They will also have opportunities to connect with Indigenous community partners.

The program will take place from July 15th to August 2nd, 2024 at Urban Aboriginal Alternate High School (440 Albert Street) and other locations. Lunch and transportation will be provided.

Students can complete this form to register by June 28th. If you have questions about the program, please contact Kris Meawasige, Team Manager, Indigenous Education at [email protected].

The Mandate of the Indigenous Education Council (IEC)

  • To collaborate on the the development of the Indigenous Education Board Action Plan;
  • To provide strategic advice to the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action;
  • To advise the school board on any issues affecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis students' learning and well-being;
  • To act as a resource to provide authentic and current knowledge of  different FNMI perspectives to support informed decision making; and
  • 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.
  • Indigenous Education Council (IEC) Report Archives

For more information on the IEC's work, please refer to the policy P. 140.GOV.

Algonquin Nation protocols include how The Indigenous Education Council (IEC) meetings are conducted and the process of decisions and procedures. Read the full protocol document.

Please note the procedures for non-Indigenous guest attendees:

In Algonquin communities, a person wishing to come into the territory had to make a request. In the case of IEC, a request to be invited into the circle has to be made. When guests request to attend the IEC the following steps must be taken:

  1. The request must be emailed or in writing at least three weeks before the meeting.
  2. The request must include their name, position, the reason why they wish to attend as well as what they plan to do with any information they are gathering.
  3. Community members/Parents can send a request. However, as members of the community it is not necessary for them to outline their purpose. Identifying as community members will suffice.
  4. The requests will be discussed and determined by the Algonquin representatives of the IEC.

2023-2024 Indigenous Education Council Meeting Schedule

  • October 19, 2023
  • November 9, 2023
  • December 14, 2023
  •  21 September 2023
  • 19 October 2023
  • 9 November 2023
  • 14 December 2023
  • 18 January 2024
  • 15 February 2024
  • 21 March 2024
  • 18 April 2024
  • 16 May 2024

All Indigenous parents, students, community members and Indigenous Education staff are welcome to attend IEC meetings. To obtain the meeting information, please contact [email protected]

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