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Greater Essex County District School Board
Building Tomorrow Together Every Learner, Every Day
Open Minds Program

Indigenous Student Achievement and Culture Program
We would like to extend a warm welcome to you and your child/children. This welcome is to ensure you are aware of the services and opportunities available to your child. GECDSB is dedicated to supporting the success of Indigenous learners and promoting an awareness of Indigenous culture and history for all students and staff. As a self-identified student your child may be entitled to extra academic support, cultural activities and other extra curricular opportunities through funding provided by the Ministry of Education.

FNMI Student Support Workers are available in both elementary and secondary schools to:
* work with individual students to increase academic and classroom success
* encourage the inclusion of Indigenous culture in schools to create a sense of belonging for our youth as well as bring awareness to the school community.
* work with parents to strengthen the home-school relationship

This program is available throughout the school year to ensure that all FNMI students have the opportunity to engage in the unique experiences offered by the Greater Essex District School Board. Individual school support will be differentiated based on student and parent interest. If you are interested in learning more about what is available to your child/children through this program, please feel free to contact us​.

The Open Minds Program is an Indigenous Student Achievement and Culture Program that targets:

Improve academic achievement among First Nations Metis and Inuit students.

The Individual
Increase First Nations Metis Inuit student well-being supporting the whole child – his or her cognitive, emotional, social and physical well-being

Increase parent engagement
Increase awareness and appreciation for Canada's Indigenous peoples and their rich histories, cultures, and perspectives

​Together, we are committed to ensuring the success of all First Nation, Métis and Inuit students​