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Indigenous Education and Equity Strategy
Indigenous Education and Equity Strategy

Context

The York Region District School Board (YRDSB) is committed to student achievement and well-being by working to ensure equitable access and outcomes through accessible and inclusive learning and working environments.  YRDSB recognizes that Indigenous students and students of diverse social identities are marginalized by systemic barriers and are underserved which results in varying levels of underperformance and gaps in student achievement and well-being.  Ongoing collection of data from multiple sources will help align resources to support our schools; identify and eliminate systemic barriers to student success; create more equitable and inclusive school environments; and improve student achievement and well-being. We work to identify and implement strategies that center voice and agency to deepen the understanding of the social identities and lived experiences of all learners including English language learners (ELLs) and students with disabilities. We have a collective responsibility to close gaps through explicit and deliberate actions which are grounded in human rights, the Calls to Action from the national Truth and Reconciliation Commission which reflect the principles of equity and inclusive education.

The Indigenous Education and Equity Strategy provides direction for actions in classrooms, schools, and the system to foster the development of high levels of critical consciousness and transformative practice that fulfill the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action, foster accessible and equitable schools and classrooms, and improve outcomes for all students.

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At the system, school and classroom levels, YRDSB will build a collective understanding of:

We will provide learning environments which raise the achievement and well-being of our underserved students by:

  • building knowledge and capacity;
  • focusing on learning, teaching and assessment;
  • disrupting oppression; and
  • engaging families, guardians and communities.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action provides direction for actions in classrooms, schools and the system to engage students and staff in authentic, relevant, and deep learning that enables all YRDSB spaces to be safe, inclusive, equitable, engaging, and empowering for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people where:

  • Indigenous languages are supported and honoured;
  • Indigenous perspectives, beliefs and ways of doing things are respected and valued;
  • Indigenous ways of thinking are promoted and integrated into practice;
  • There is pride in Indigenous culture and history;
  • Indigenous students are advocates who contribute and relate to collective identity and community in a good way;
  • Indigenous students feel it is safe and valuable to self-identify through the board process of self-identification; and
  • All students are empowered to be autonomous, reflective and collaborative learners who are prepared to live and contribute in a modern world through independent thinking and learning.

Actions

Visit the actions in the pillars below organized by system, school and classroom. 

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Resources

Aligning resources effectively, purposefully and efficiently to focus on what matters most is a key leadership function. Resources have been identified to support the implementation of the Indigenous Education and Equity Strategy.

They are organized into categories:

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