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Frequently Asked Questions
Who Can Self-Identify?
You may chose to self-identify if you are a student over 18 years of age and have any degree of Aboriginal ancestry. If you are under 18 years of age, your parent(s) or guardian(s) will need to identify for you. You can identify as First Nations, Métis, or Inuit. We encourage status and non-status students to self-identify. No proof of ancestry is needed.

Will I Be Treated Differently If I Self-Identify as First Nations, Métis, or Inuit?
No. Schools ensure that all students are treated with respect. You may, however, be entitled to some additional supports as an identfied First Nations, Métis, or Inuit person.

How Was The Self-Identification Policy Created By The Board?
​The GECDSB consulted with parents and local organizations, teachers, and administrators, board staff, Ministry of Education personnel, and other school boards to develop the policy.