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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.

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


Here are some more links to further information:  

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, email:dorothy.baker@ocdsb.ca
  • Jody Alexander, Vice-Principal, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education at (613) 596-8211 Ext. 8179, email: jody.alexander@ocdsb.ca
  • Chantel Verner, Instructional Coach, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education at (613) 596-8211 Ext. 8159, email: chantel.verner@ocdsb.ca
  • Kris Meawasige, Indigenous Student Support and Re-engagement Coordinator, at (613) 608-9764, email: kris.meawasige@ocdsb.ca
  • Kareena Butler, Indigenous Education Itinerant Teacher (K-8), at (613) 596-8211 Ext. 8426, email: kareena.butler@ocdsb.ca
  • Josh Lewis, Indigenous Student Support Coordinator, at (613) 979-4623, email: josh.lewis@ocdsb.ca
  • Kyl Morrison, Indigenous Graduation Coach (Gloucester Secondary), at (613) 291-5980, email: kyl.morrison@ocdsb.ca
  •  Courtney Valeyev MSW RSW, Indigenous Children and Youth Wellness Advisor Social Worker at (613) 325-4549, email: courtney.valeyev@ocdsb.ca


 2020-2021 Indigenous Education Advisory Committee Meeting Schedule
Date Location 
 Thursday, September 17, 2020 Zoom Meeting 
 Thursday, October 22, 2020 Zoom Meeting
 Thursday, December 10, 2020 Zoom Meeting
 Thursday, January 21, 2021 TBA
 Thursday, March 25, 2021 TBA
 Thursday, May 13, 2021 TBA

Indigenous Education
Meet the Team
Left to Right: Josh Lewis, Kareena Butler, Kris Meawasige, Chantel Verner and Jody Alexander
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