Indigenous Identity Declaration
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS FOR PARENTS & GUARDIANS
What is Indigenous Identity Declaration?
Indigenous Identity Declaration (IID) is an opportunity for parents and guardians of Indigenous students to declare their child’s Indigenous identity within Manitoba’s K–12 provincial school system, usually at the time of registration. IID information received from parents and guardians is entered into a database by the school office and is then reported yearly to Manitoba Education and Early Childhood Learning. IID is optional and the information is collected in compliance with section 36(1)(b) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
Can I declare my child’s Indigenous identity after registration?
Yes. If you did not declare at the time of registration, you can declare your child’s Indigenous identity at any time of the year. Just contact your child’s school for more information.
Do I need to declare every year?
No. Once you have declared your child’s Indigenous identity, you do not need to declare again. The declaration information will remain the database throughout the child’s education in the Manitoba K–12 provincial school system.
Can I change my child’s declaration as my family and I discover and learn more?
Yes. You can change your child’s declaration at any time.
What are the advantages to declaring my child’s Indigenous identity?
By declaring your child’s Indigenous identity, they will have access to a variety of Indigenous supports, and approaches to learning. They may also benefit from the following:
- Indigenous youth leadership groups
- Increased access to Indigenous language learning when possible
- Access to Elder and Knowledge Keeper teaching and supports
- Supplies and opportunities to smudge, drum, sing, and more
- Invitations to participate in divisional events such as Powwows and feasts
- Opportunities for families to connect with other families
- Being part of the conversation about how RETSD can best support First Nations, Métis, and Inuit youth
For what personal reasons may I wish to declare my child’s Indigenous identity?
Many Indigenous people have not self-identified in the past. The division acknowledges the many systemic barriers facing Indigenous people, many of whom are now reclaiming their heritage. Something that was once hidden away is now being supported. Declaring one’s Indigenous identity may be part of many people’s journey.
If you have questions about your child’s IID form and would like to find out more, please reach out to your child’s school. If needed, they can connect you with the divisional Indigenous Education Team.
Our thanks to the Indigenous Inclusion Directorate, who compiled and shared this information. The Indigenous Inclusion Directorate operates from within Manitoba Education and Early Childhood Learning.