Last week, we announced the new Indigenous, Equity, and Human Rights Department. This week, we are profiling the first of three branches within the department: the Indigenous Education Branch.

Indigenous Education Branch

The work of the Indigenous Education Branch is guided by the Calls to Action identified within the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report. We recognize that we are all treaty people and acknowledge both the rights and responsibilities that lie at the heart of the treaties in place in the territory on which WRDSB facilities are located.

Indigenous Learning Team

The Indigenous Learning Team (ILT) is composed of the Equity and Inclusion Officer with an Indigenous Focus and several teacher consultants. The team is part of the Indigenous Education Branch of the Indigenous, Equity, and Human Rights Department working out of the Education Centre.

Learn more about the ILT.

Indigenous School Social Worker

The Indigenous School Social Worker’s role is to provide direct support to Indigenous students and/or families in areas such as, navigating community resources, mental health, and school re-engagement. The Indigenous School Social Worker aims to work in conjunction with the community and will support Indigenous students and families from a wholistic lens that aims to be culturally relevant.

Learn more about the Indigenous Social Worker.

Resources and Supports

Territorial Acknowledgement

You will find the WRDSB Territorial Acknowledgement on each of the IEHR pages, along with a link to a page with more information about this important acknowledgement, and resources to help begin an ongoing process toward understanding our relationship to this land.

Resources That Inform Our Work

Learn more about the resources that inform our work, including Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, Ministry of Education policies and WRDSB policies.

Community Connections

Find information about community connections the WRDSB has to Indigenous organizations, and details on the Indigenous Education Advisory Council.

Interested in learning more about the work of the IEHR Department? Explore our pages on the WRDSB website, and see all the resources available to the WRDSB community.