Indigenous Education Survey

The Ministry of Education is committed to improving Indigenous education in Ontario, improving student achievement and well-being, and closing the achievement gap between Indigenous students and all students. In 2007, the Ontario Ministry of Education launched the Ontario First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Education Policy Framework (the Framework). The Framework guides the Ministry of Education, school boards and schools as they work together to improve and support the achievement and well-being of Indigenous students who attend Ontario’s provincially-funded elementary and secondary schools, and to increase the knowledge and awareness of all students about Indigenous histories, cultures, perspectives and contributions.

The Ministry has made a commitment to release a progress report on the implementation of the Framework every three years. Progress Reports were released in 2009 and 2013. The next progress report on the implementation of the Framework is scheduled to be released in Fall 2017.

To inform the development of this report, the Ministry is hoping to hear from all students, parents/guardians and family members, educators, and First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities and organizations about the progress that has been made in Indigenous education.

Everyone’s views are important, whether or not you feel you have a little or great deal of experience to share.

Key things to keep in mind about the survey:

  • Participation in this survey is voluntary.
  • This survey is confidential. That means that all answers will be combined anonymously (without any identifying information) with the answers received from other participants. No one who sees the answers will be able to link them to any individual person.
  • The Ministry will respect the data sharing protocols of the school boards, the Ministry of Education, and First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities and organizations.
  • The information received will be combined anonymously in a report that will be used to inform the development of the Third Progress Report.
  • Anyone can stop doing this survey at any time without any repercussions.

To complete the survey, visit:

Indigenous Education Focus Group

In addition to the online survey, the Ministry is also offering a series online focus groups for students, parents/guardians and families, teaching and nonteaching staff, and Indigenous, communities, organizations and partners to share their perspectives. The dates for the focus groups are as follows:

Students:

  • Tuesday, May 23 8-9pm EST (English)
  • Thursday, June 1 7-8pm EST (English)
  • Monday, June 19 7-8pm EST (English)
  • Monday, June 19 7-8pm EST (French)

Parents/Guardians

  • Monday, June 12 7:30-8:30 pm EST (English)
  • Thursday, June 15 7-8 pm EST (English)
  • Wednesday, June 21 7-8pm EST (English)
  • Monday, June 26 7-8pm EST (French)

Teaching/Non-Teaching Staff

  • Thursday, May 25 6-7pm EST (English)
  • Thursday, June 1 7-8pm EST (English)
  • Thursday, June 15 7-8 pm EST (English)
  • Tuesday, June 20 7-8 pm EST (French)

Indigenous Organizations & Partners

  • Thursday, June 1 2-3pm EST (English)
  • Friday, June 2 2-3pm EST (English)
  • Thursday, June 8 2-3pm EST (English)
  • Tuesday, June 27 7-8 pm EST (French)

All students, parents/guardians and families, teaching and nonteaching staff, and Indigenous organizations and partners are invited to participate in these online focus groups. To participate, please RSVP to thirdprogressreport@gmail.com indicating which session you would like to attend.

Questions?

The Indigenous Education Office of the Ministry of Education would be pleased to respond to any questions you may have regarding the process of engagement and data collection to inform the development of the Third Progress Report. Please send any questions directly to Jennifer Feasby, Manager Education Policy and Programs Unit (Jennifer.Feasby@ontario.ca).

Thank you in advance for your support of this important work.