Supports for Students & Families

We have seven staff members who work directly with students:

Jody Alexander (her/she), Algonquin from Pikwakanagan First Nation

Kareena Butler (her/she), Algonquin from Mattawa, Ontario

Josh Lewis (he/him) - Anishinaabe (Odawa) from Wikwemikong/N'swakamok

Kris Meawasige (he/him), Anishinaabe (Ojibwe and Potawatomi), from Serpent River First Nation and Curve Lake First Nation, born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario.

Chantel Verner (her/she), Algonquin First Nations, born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario.

Kyl Morrison (he/him), wemištikôšîhkân; mushkego, ililiw (moose Cree), osoba, dione

Courtney Valeyev (her/she), Anishinaabe Kwe (Ojibway-Michi Saagiig) from Hiawatha First Nation

Josh Pagan (he/him), Anishinabe (Ojibwe), from Chippewas of Rama First Nation, born and raised in Orillia Ontario.

Jasmine Doig (she/her) Inuit (Inukjuaq, Nunavik). Born in Montreal, raised in Ottawa.

Student Support and Re-engagement Coordinator, First Nations Métis and Inuit
Student Support

 Josh Lewis
student support


Community Partners

Bridging the Gap presenters and student support
The OCDSB funds one Bridging the Gap position at the Inuuqatigiit. The Bridging the Gap team consists of staff who support Inuit students (grades K-12) and parents, increase awareness of Inuit culture and history, and assist teachers in meeting the learning needs of Inuit students.

BTG Senior Presenter: Aalla,

Kayla's information is great and remains the same! 

Indigenous School Liaison 
The OCDSB funds the indigenous School Liaison Worker position at the Wabano Aboriginal Center for Health. This staff person provides advice and support to students/families, administrators, teachers and school board leaders in order to:
  • Develop an understanding and an appreciation for First Nation, Métis & Inuit culture through cultural awareness training;
  • Provide input on how to create a welcoming school environment for First Nation, Métis & Inuit families and students;
  • Expand existing channels of communication between First Nation, Métis & Inuit families and staff;
  • Expand existing partnerships between school board staff and First Nation, Métis & Inuit community organizations and/or individuals in the Ottawa region who can provide additional supports and educational opportunities for our First Nation, Métis, and Inuit students.

Indigenous School Lisison

  • Indigenous Voices in Schools - elders and traditional knowledge keepers are paired with schools for multiple visits with students and staff
  • Artists In Residence program - artists visit for a two-day workshop to create a collaborative mural
  • Leadership Camp - a two-day leadership camp combining Indigenous traditional knowledge and leadership activities
  • IN-STEM program - students learn science, tech, engineering and math through a hands-on program, taught by traditional knowledge keepers and University of Ottawa volunteers
  • Resources are provided for teachers of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Studies classes
  • Aboriginal Post Secondary Information Program - buses and chaperones provided for students in grades 11 and 12 to attend this information day
  • Cultural competency of staff improved by providing professional development opportunities
  • Math learned through Loom Beading program - knowledge keepers visit classrooms to instruct beading and mathematical concepts
  • Indigenous Education Itinerant teacher (K-8) paired with elementary schools to support staff in becoming culturally competent and responsive
  • OCDSB Indigenous Student Resource Newsletter - Subscribe
Original Voices Youth Council (OVYC) for secondary Indigenous Students Contact, Kris, Josh, Kyl or Kareena for more info  
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