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Indigenous Grant Projects

Over the past 4 school years, the Aboriginal Education office (AEO) has made funding available to school boards for initiatives in support of Indigenous student achievement. The funding is aligned with the strategic direction of the Framework and supports the ministry's three core priorities of high levels of student achievement, reduced gaps in student achievement and high levels of public confidence.

DSBN Grant Projects for 2011 - 2012:

Completing the Circle: Aboriginal After School Program

In an effort to increase First Nations, Métis and Inuit student achievement, the District School Board of Niagara has created an Aboriginal after school program. These after school programs aimed at supporting Aboriginal student success are up and running at three DSBN high schools across the region.

Programs at Fort Erie Secondary, Stamford Collegiate in Niagara Falls and St. Catharines Collegiate will offer students academic, social and cultural supports. These after school programs are "drop-in" programs aimed at meeting the needs of the whole student, They offer students a place to go after school to complete homework assignments, access to technology, receive cultural supports, mentorship, guidance and get a healthy snack.

The programs will run three afternoons per week at each site. Students can drop in at any time during the scheduled hours and there is no fee to attend.

Voluntary, Confidential Aboriginal Student Self-Identification Promotion

To promote the Aboriginal student self-identification policy to the community and to make aware to all, the purpose of the data collection. To increase the number of students who are self-identifying and to provide Aboriginal programming and academic supports to increase student achievement for our First Nations, Métis and Inuit students.