Indigenous Education

Indigenous Education

Our mission is to provide Indigenous education that is rooted in the Seven Grandfather teachings to support all students to reach mno-bmaadziwin (the good life path) of Indigenous culture and traditions and aligning faith based on Gospel values, an education excellent in all of its aspects, in which the intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual growth of each student is fully developed.

Indigenous Programs 

SJSH has a variety of courses and programs open for ALL students to help them reach mno-bmaadziwin (good life). These courses provide opportunities to gain knowledge and appreciation of contemporary and traditional First Nations, Metis, and Inuit histories, cultures, perspectives and contributions.

Grade 9

Nishnaabemwin (Ojibwe) 

  • Native Languages, Level 1, Open (NL1) (LNOAO)
  • Native Languages, Level 2, Open (NL2) (LNOBO) *Prerequisite 4 or more years in elementary ojibwe language


  • Expressions of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Cultures (NAC10) *Compulsory - to replace for Art Elective

Grade 10

Nishnaabemwin (Ojibwe)

  • Native Languages, Level 2, Open (NL2) (LNOBO) 
  • Languages, Level 3, Open (NL3) (LNOCO)


  • First Nations, Metis, and Inuit in Canada (NAC20) *Compulsory - to replace CHC2(Canadian History since World War 1)

Grade 11

Nishnaabemwin (Ojibwe) 

  • Native Languages, Level 4, Open (LNODO)


  • Contemporary First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Voices (NBE3U) *Compulsory - to replace ENG3U
  •  Contemporary First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Voices (NBE3C) *Compulsory - to replace ENG3C
  •  Contemporary First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Voices (NBE3E) *Compulsory - to replace ENG3E

FNMI Studies

  • Worldview and Aspirations of First Nation, Metis, and Inuit Communities in Canada (NBV3C)
  • Worldview and Aspirations of First Nation, Metis, and Inuit Communities in Canada (NBV3E)

Grade 12

Nishnaabemwin (Ojibwe) 

  • Native Languages, Level 5, Open (LNOEO) 

FNMI Studies

  • Contemporary Indigenous Issues and Perspectives in a Global Context (NDW4M) Note: University/college preparation
  •  First Nation, Metis, and Inuit Governance in Canada (NDG4M) Note: University/college preparation

Indigenous Graduation Coach

The role of the Indigenous Graduation Coach is to provide support for Indigenous learners with the goal of increasing the numbers of Indigenous students receiving an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. The Indigenous Graduation Coach acts as a mentor, advisor and advocate while providing an integrated support system for Indigenous student achievement and wellbeing. 

Please contact Jordan Mowat at [email protected] or call the main office at 705-474-8600 ext 40249.

Indigenous Self-Identification

Self-Identification is a confidential and voluntary process to identify and connect Indigenous students with our Indigenous Graduation Coach. This helps support academic achievement and wellbeing for Indigenous students and families. Additionally, this serves to inform and guide our school community for future program planning towards Indigenous education.

The Wiidooktaadwin Indigenous Mentorship Initiative

The WIMI is a mentorship program for Indigenous Youth ages 13-17 led by Nipissing University. Wiidooktaadwin is an Anishnaabe word that means “helping one another.” The WIMI program connects Indigenous university students with Indigenous youth at SJSH. Indigenous university students, elders, and knowledge keepers visit the school to lead sessions that include Indigenous teachings and activities that emphasize working together and the importance of sharing our gifts. Students are provided opportunities to attend a variety of workshops, conferences, and local field trips to the University. 

Indigenous Student Trustee

The Indigenous student Trustee play an important role as a student representative of the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board of Trustees.

Boozhoo, Grace Couchie ndizhnikaaz. Nbisiing ndoonjibaa mina SJSH ndoo-kinoomaagos.

Translation> My name is Grace Couchie. I'm from Nipissing First Nation and I attend St. Joseph Scollard Hall. <end translation

I am the indigenous student trustee for the 2020-2022 school years. 

My goals are to; educate people on recognizing racism in our school community,

educate people by providing people with awareness of misconceptions about Indigenous peoples, and advocate on behalf of all students by promoting more Indigenous language and culture in our school community.

I wish for all students to have an amazing experience here at SJSH! 



Mkwa Doodem (Indigenous Student Council)

Mkwa Doodem is a Nishnaabe word that means “Bear Clan”. Mkwa Doodem is the Indigenous Student Council of St. Joseph Scollard Hall that aims to promote awareness and reconciliation. Formed in 2018, Mkwa Doodem organizes school wide events to help others learn about Indigenous culture, history, and language. 

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