Toronto District School Board

Kindergarten at First Nations School

The Kindergarten program at First Nations School is a child-centred and culturally relevant. For First Nations people it provides an opportunity for Native children to learn about Anishinabe cultural traditions in a nurturing, caring environment. Children learn within a circle of caring that includes family, caregivers, community and the children themselves.

Children learn about the teachings and ways of their people through becoming engaged physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually in play based programs that include music, songs, games, stories and dances of Anishinabe culture.


Kindergarten Registration Information
If your child will turn 4 before December 31, 2017, he/she is eligible to attend Full-Day Junior Kindergarten in September 2017. Registration Week for First Nations School is Monday, February 6 to Friday, February 10. Feel free to contact the school at any time to inquire about a space for September.

Principal: Jonathan Kakegamic
935 Dundas St. East (Broadview and Dundas)
Phone: 416-393-0555
Fax: 416-393-0552

Spaces are given on a first come, first serve basis. Due to limited spaces, sibling rules do not apply.

First Nations School of Toronto

History
First Nations Public School (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8) is located at 935 Dundas Street at Broadview Avenue. In 1977, the school was called Wandering Spirit Survival School and was designated as an alternative school. In 1983, the school was recognized by the Toronto Board as a Cultural Survival/Native Way program instead of an alternative school. In 1989, the program was renamed First Nations School of Toronto (FNST).

School Focus
The focus of the First Nations School is to offer a tradition-based curriculum that meets the requirements set by the Parent Council, the Toronto District School Board and the Ontario Ministry of Education. First Nations Public School is unique in that Native values, spirituality, culture and Ojibwe language are integrated throughout the school curriculum.

The goal is to ensure that urban Native children will have the opportunity to learn about their heritage and the traditional Anishinaabe cultural perspective while acquiring the skills necessary to survive in today`s world. While a large base of the student population of First Nations School is of Anishinaabe ancestry the school welcomes children of all backgrounds.

Supporting Aboriginal Voices Across the Curriculum
Currently there are approximately 120 students who attend the First Nations School of Toronto. Students of First Nations School of Toronto enjoy a culturally enriched program that incorporates some of the following programs: 

  • Native Second Language program
  • Music: Native traditional singing and drumming
  • Dance and movement: Native tradition
  • Community feasts

School Address
935 Dundas St. East, Toronto, M4M 1RM
Tel: 416-393-0555
Fax: 416-393-0552

Principal: Jonathan Kakegamic

For more information on the First Nations School of Toronto and the programs and courses offered click on
First Nations School of Toronto.

Eastview Jr. Public School

Overview
Eastview Jr. Public School is a Junior public school providing instruction from Junior Kindergarten to 8 and is located in the vicinity of Kingston Road and Lawrence Avenue in Scarborough. Eastview has a large community of Aboriginal children and has been a leader in developing First Nations, Métis and Inuit education programs in an urban setting.

School Address and Contact Information
20 Waldock Street
West Hill, M1E 2E5
Tel: 416-396-6210
Fax: 416-396-6214

Principal: Ken Morden
Vice-Principal: Karen Fox Casey

Supporting Aboriginal Voices Across the Curriculum
Eastview Jr. Public School offers First Nations, Métis and Inuit studies across the curriculum through specific programs and support initiatives such as:

  • The Native Second Language Program from Grade 4 to Grade 8 (Ojibwe)
  • Cultures and Traditions Program for all students

For more information about the school and the programs offered click on Eastview Jr. Public School for a link to the Toronto District School Board's alphabetical listing of elementary schools.

Riverdale Collegiate Institute

School Address and Contact Information
1094 Gerrard Street East
Toronto, M4M 2A1
Tel: 416-393-9820
Fax: 416-393-0988

Principal: Kenneth Harvey

Vice-Principal(s): Trevor Bullen, Rebekah Tsingos

 
Supporting Aboriginal Voices Across the Curriculum
Currently Riverdale Collegiate Institute is the only Secondary school in the Toronto District School Board that offers the Native Second Language Program at all four language levels.

For more information about the school and the programs offered click on Riverdale Collegiate Institute for a link to the Toronto District School Board's alphabetical listing of secondary schools.

Native Learning Centre - Jarvis Collegiate & Native Child and Family Services Toronto

The Native Learning Centre is a partnership that was developed in 1998 between Native Child and Family Services and the Toronto District School Board. The program provides opportunities for re-entry for students of Native ancestry. The program is an highly individualized one, designed to support students working toward high school graduation or apprenticeship programs.
 
School Address and Contact Information
Native Child and Family Services of Toronto
464 Yonge Street Suite 201 
Toronto, Ontario
M4Y 1W9
Telephone: 416-969 8510 
Fax: 416-969-9251
Coordinator: Bill Schmut

For more detailed information on the Native Learning Centre and the programs offered contact Native Child and Family Services of Toronto. For more information about the Native Child and Family Services of Toronto and the services and programs they provide find a link for their webpage on our Community Resources and Links.*

Native Learning Centre - Scarborough

The Native Learning Centre - Scarborough is for secondary students in Grades 9 to 12.

Principal: Marios Tenentes

Vice Principals: Zaheer Bhyat, Leslie Ann Klinger, Mark Varvas

 

Native Child and Family Service Coordinator: Jennie Town

 

School Address

145 Guildwood Parkway,
Scarborough, ON
M1E 1P5

NLC EAST is now housed at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute. Call: 416-393-6981.

Drawing by a kindergarden student

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the knowledge, skills, and values
they need to become responsible members of a democratic society.
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