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Aboriginal Info
​Durham students have been able to voluntarily and confidentially self- identify their Aboriginal ancestry as First Nation, Métis or Inuit since April 2008, as part of the DDSB's implementation of the Ontario First Nation, Métis, Inuit Education Policy Framework.
The opportunity to Self-Identify Aboriginal ancestry is now included on both the DDSB school registration and verification forms. The information gathered from Self-Identification is used to support Aboriginal student success and achievement, allocate resources, determine program locations, and communicate with families.
Durham Region is home to more than 6,500 Aboriginal residents according to 2006 Canada Census data, and over 325 DDSB students have identified their Aboriginal ancestry to date. For more information on Voluntary, Confidential Aboriginal Student Self-Identification please contact the school office for a brochure, contact the Aboriginal Education Department at (905) 666-5500, or go to the DDSB Aboriginal Education website at