First photo is of an Indigenous knowledge keeper showing students how to traditionally prepare a fire during camping trip. Second photo is of a student pointing to a quilt collage created by Special Education Department students of their artwork of Indigenous peoples and cultures. Third photo is of the orange Every Child Matters flag flying on a TCDSB school flagpole, along with the Canada flag.

Voluntary Self-Identification for Indigenous Students

Learn more below about the process and importance of voluntary self-identification for Indigenous students.

Why is it Important to Self-Identify?

Self-identification directs the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) in providing culturally relevant programming and services for indigenous students.​

It also allows us to meet the following objectives for indigenous students:

  • Help fulfill the personal and academic goals of each student.

  • Expand and improve current programs and services.

  • Develop new strategies to meet the needs of Indigenous students.

  • Connect with academic and school supports dedicated to the needs of Indigenous students.

Gathered self-identification information is used for statistical purposes:

  • Culturally relevant recourses (i.e., Elder and Knowledge Keeper)

  • Summer work experience

  • Employment opportunities

  • Dedicated grants and bursaries

  • Funding requests

  • Ministry reporting

To self-identify, submit the Self-Identification Form​ to your school Guidance Counsellor.