​Students/families can identify their Indigenous ancestry​ online or in school. Some of the benefits include:

  • Culturally specific learning opportunities or activities, such as conferences or student leadership opportunities.

  • Additional support for academic achievement and well-being provided by our Indigenous Student Advisor.

  • Ongoing communication between schools, First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education staff, students and their families.

  • Connections to post-secondary institutions, community groups, service providers and other partners.

Self-identification is voluntary and the information gathered is kept confidential.

How to self-identify

  • Students who are new to the Board can identify their Indigenous ancestry when they register on their School Registration Form.

  • Students who are already attending a public school in York Region can complete an Indigenous Self-Identification Form at any time and return it to their school office. This form is also available through the school.

More information

For more information about Self-Identification, check out:

Questions and Answers

Ministry of Education website