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Equity, Diversity and Inclusiveness

Child making indigenous art with Brian Kin

Niagara Catholic is committed to the achievement, equity and well-being of all students, who are welcomed as unique and treasured children of God.
 
Staff at all of our schools and sites use the Niagara Catholic Equity Action Plan 2017-2020 as the foundation for improving student achievement, promoting student and staff well-being and improving equitable outcomes for all students.
 
Niagara Catholic’s Multi-Year Accessibility Plan 2018-2021, developed by the Board’s Accessibility Committee, supports a caring, safe and accepting learning and working environment for all students, staff, parents/guardians and community members. The principles of inclusive practice, freedom from barriers and accessible environments inform Board policies and administrative procedures.
 

Musicounts group
Photo credit: Lindsay Miller

In 2019, Niagara Catholic registered the Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Centre as both an elementary school and a secondary school for indigenous students who wish to learn in an alternative setting. In October, Saint Kateri Catholic School received a $5,000 grant from the MusiCounts Band Aid Program, which allowed them to purchase a variety of musical instruments for students to learn and play. The event included a short presentation and performance by Indigenous musician Iskwe.
 
Following the successful implementation of Phase One of Landscape of Nations 360°, that organized a roundtable of academic scholars, master teachers, and Indigenous culture and language specialists to research, produce, and publish the Framework For Essential Understandings About Indigenous Peoples of the Niagara Region, Phase Two will focus on the development of a professional teacher training program, during the 2019-2020 academic year, designed to increase competence and confidence among educators responsible for teaching Indigenous subject matter.
 
The LON 360° Indigenous Education Initiative is part of the ongoing work being done to convey and enhance the meaning and messages of the Landscape of Nations Commemorative Memorial that was dedicated on October 2, 2016 in Queenston Heights Park, and through other important Indigenous historic sites and installations within the region.
 
LON 360° Phase Two will again bring together scholars, educators, and Indigenous cultural specialists to workshop a series of training components that will directly enhance teachers’ abilities to learn and appropriately incorporate Indigenous subject matter into the existing Ontario curriculum.  Teachers will participate in monthly training sessions covering topics such as geographic and special Indigenous sites in the Niagara region, historical timelines of treaties, Indigegnous contributions in history, especially the War of 1812, and Indigenous knowledge and its interface with natural history studies and science subject matter.

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