Indigenous Self-Identification

Territorial acknowledgement

We acknowledge and honour the land on which we reside and occupy as part of the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe people. These Indigenous Nations agreed to mutual sharing obligations and responsibilities as stewards of the land and water. Today these responsibilities and obligations extend to all Peoples. These lands are steeped in rich Indigenous history, traditions and modern cultures that are proud and vibrant.

Visit our Indigenous Education page for more information about Indigenous Education at HPEDSB. 



Parents and guardians of HPEDSB students, or students age 18 years or over, may voluntarily identify school age children as being of Indigenous heritage. The data collected is strictly confidential and is not shared. All data collected is treated in the same manner as Ontario Student Record Guidelines, according to the Education Act and Municipal Freedom of Information and Privacy Act.

Families may choose to voluntarily and confidentially self-identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit. When students and families choose to self-identify, it provides the board with vital information that allows for specific initiatives and strategies to be developed and implemented to address the primary goals of:

  1. Improving Indigenous student achievement and well-being, and
  2. Enhancing the knowledge and awareness about First Nations, Metis and Inuit cultures, histories, contributions and perspectives for all students.

The data collected through this voluntary self-identification process will be the foundation of our efforts to further support the achievement of our Indigenous students at both elementary and secondary. Our priority is to develop and implement supports and allocate resources appropriately that will enhance programs for our Indigenous learners.

Contact information

Toll-free: 1-800-267-4350

Phone: 613-966-1170, extension 62204

Fax: 613-966-6023

Email: [email protected]