Indigenous Education
Indigenous Education


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The Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board is committed to improving its Indigenous education programs, services and resources, in accordance with the Ontario First Nation, Metis and Inuit Education Policy and Framework.  

Our board wants to ensure that the unique strengths are celebrated and the needs of all students are met, including students with First Nations, Metis and Inuit ancestry.  We are working with local Indigenous community partners to develop programs and offer services to improve student achievement, increase graduation rates and improve overall student well-being.  

As we continue our work towards Truth and Reconciliation, we strive to provide every student with meaningful opportunities to learn about Indigenous histories, cultures and perspectives.

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Traditional Land Acknowledgement

The schools and buildings of the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board are located on the traditional lands of Indigenous peoples who have been its stewards for thousands of years.

 As people who now reside in the 1850 Robinson-Huron Treaty territory, the 1850 Robinson-Superior Treaty territory and Treaty 9 territory, we give thanks to our ancestors from the seven generations before us who took care of the land, water and air for us to enjoy the bounty of the territory of which the Creator has graciously provided without hesitation.

May we journey together in a good way.


Our Team

Lina DiPasquale

Lina DiPasquale

Vice-Principal of Equity, Diversity, and Indigenous Education 

P: 705.945.5532



Aimee Brunetti

Indigenous Education Lead

P: 705.945.5674


Hannah Syrette

Hannah Arnott

Indigenous Transitions Coach

P: 705.945.5448


Shannan Flint

Shannan Flint

Indigenous Graduation Coach

P: 705.945.5540



Barry Boissoneau

Cultural Resource Worker – Outdoor Education Program

P: 705.945.5532


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While educating all of our students about Indigenous culture and history is infused in the curriculum of all of our school communities a select number of schools offer Native as a Second Language (NSL) programs.

Schools providing an NSL program are listed below. Contact the school of your choice to enroll your child.

Holy Cross – Sault Ste. Marie

Our Lady of Fatima – Chapleau

Our Lady of Fatima – Elliot Lake

Our Lady of Lourdes French Immersion – Elliot Lake

St. Augustine – Wawa

St. Basil – Sault Ste. Marie

St. Basil’s – White River

St. Mary – Massey

St. Mary’s – Blind River

St. Mary’s College – Sault Ste. Marie

St. Mary’s French Immersion – Sault Ste. Marie

St. Paul

Days of Significance

Robinson Huron Treaty Gathering (Sault Ste. Marie)

Truth and Reconciliation Week

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day

Treaties Recognition Week

International Inuit Day

National Indigenous Veterans Day

Rock Your Mocs Week

Louis Riel Day

National Indigenous Languages Day

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls 

Indigenous Peoples History Month

National Indigenous Peoples Day

Nunavut Day

September 7, 8, 9

September 25 – 30

September 30

November 5 – 11

November 7

November 8

November 13 – 17

November 16

March 31

May 5

The month of June

June 21

July 9

Indigenous Education Committee (IEC)

The Indigenous Education Committee (IEC) collaborates with and provides guidance to the board on the implementation of the Ontario First Nation, Métis and Inuit Education Policy Framework document.

This document addresses the objectives of improved Indigenous student achievement and well-being, and the engagement of all students in increased knowledge and appreciation of contemporary and traditional First Nation, Métis and Inuit rich histories, traditions, cultures and perspectives.

Meetings & MINUTES