Ontario Increasing Support for Indigenous Students
Province Investing in Indigenous Education and Achievement
Ontario is investing in Indigenous student achievement and promoting greater awareness among all students of Indigenous histories, cultures, contributions and perspectives.
Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education, made the announcement in Sault Ste. Marie today while visiting the Urban Aboriginal School. The school provides access to culturally appropriate programs and services and incorporates Indigenous values and traditional healing into its curriculum, and is an excellent example of how a stronger provincial investment is leading to improved resources, supports and learning opportunities for Ontario's Indigenous students.
This new funding is allowing all school boards across Ontario to hire a dedicated Indigenous Education Lead to support the implementation of Ontario's Indigenous Education Strategy, with a focus on increasing Indigenous student achievement and well-being. The lead is also responsible for collaborating with First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities, organizations, students and families to build Indigenous knowledge and awareness among all students.
Investing in Indigenous education is one of many steps on Ontario's journey of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. This work - in collaboration with Indigenous partners -- supports mandatory learning throughout the curriculum of residential schools, treaties, the legacy of colonialism, and the rights and responsibilities we all have to each other as treaty people.
Improving Indigenous education in Ontario and closing the achievement gap between Indigenous students and all students is an important part of the government's plan to create jobs, grow the economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- Ontario is increasing its investment in Indigenous education by more than $6 million.
- Overall funding for Indigenous Education in the 2016-17 Grants for Student Needs is projected to be $64 million - an increase of about $52 million since 2007.
- A new resource to support voluntary, confidential Indigenous student self-identification is giving school boards the data they need to better customize programming to support Indigenous student achievement and well-being.
- The Indigenous Education Strategy sets the foundation for improving achievement among Indigenous students in provincially-funded schools and supports life-long learning as students transition to postsecondary education, training, or workplace opportunities.
“Our government is committed to increasing opportunities for Indigenous students – whether they live in remote areas or in urban areas – and to enhance the knowledge and awareness of all students about Indigenous histories, cultures, perspectives and contributions.”