When you self-identify as an Indigenous person, it benefits others by helping to build a sense of community and pride among Indigenous learners at Confederation College.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can self-identify as an Indigenous person?
Any individual can self-identify as an Indigenous person if they believe they have Indigenous ancestry.
Confederation College uses the term Indigenous in reference to both the legal definition provided in Section 35(2) of the Canadian Constitution, which defines Indigenous peoples as Indian (First Nation), Metis, or Inuit, and in the spirit of this definition, to include any individual who has ancestry to, or is descended from, an Indigenous person.
Any student, who believes that he or she meets either the legal definition, or the spirit and intent of the definition, is encouraged to self-identify.
Confederation College acknowledges that students may prefer to identify using different terms that more accurately reflect their own definition or perception of identity.
How does self-identifying benefit me?
If the College knows you are of Indigenous identity or ancestry, relevant information may be sent directly to you. This may include information about specific Indigenous bursaries or other financial assistance, notice of traditional events, referrals to support services, and invitations to participate in a variety of activities.
Why would I be asked to self-identify?
Self-identifying aids colleges in:
- Developing strategies to encourage Indigenous students to participate in post-secondary education and training;
- Reaching out to Indigenous students at the College and encouraging participation in events and activities;
- Involving Indigenous students in continuing to build a proud and respectful community of Indigenous learners, and
- Providing services and cultural supports to assist Indigenous students to successfully graduate.
In order to appropriately plan and deliver programs, services, supports, and opportunities that are relevant to Indigenous learners, the College would like to know how many Indigenous students are applying, and/or enrolled.
The information you provide also helps the College effectively measure the success of our efforts and this information is relayed to the Board of Governors, and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU).
Who will have access to my information about self-identification?
All student information collected is legally protected under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Information about your Indigenous identity or ancestry is stored in the secure student information system.
Will I have to prove I am Indigenous?
This process is voluntary in nature and you are not required to prove your Indigenous identity.