Supports for Students & Families

We have three staff members who work directly with students:

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

Bridging the Gap presenters and student support
The OCDSB funds one Bridging the Gap position at the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Center. 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. If you are a teacher or a principal who would like to book a team member to come to your classroom or school, please contact the OICC at (613) 746-5400.

Aboriginal School Liaison
The OCDSB funds the Aboriginal 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 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
  • Summer Solstice Day - buses are provided for classes to attend the education day at the summer solstice pow wow
  • 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
  • Transition programs to improve transition for young students from the Aboriginal Head Start programs into public schools
  • 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
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