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Indigenous Education
Stephanie Tschirhart, Indigenous Advisor
Bluewater District School Board

It is with great pleasure that we introduce Stephanie Tschirhart, Bluewater’s Indigenous Advisor. Stephanie began her work with Bluewater in May 2018 and has quickly made connections to students, parents, community, and staff.  

As the Indigenous Advisor, Stephanie will support Bluewater in various initiatives to bring our communities together, build awareness and develop capacity to:
  • Support the development of learning environments that engage the Indigenous learner
  • Improve communication with student, parents, and staff
  • Help parents support their children’s learning
  • Contribute to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for parents
  • Support the development of learning circles and alternative support programs

Stephanie will provide direct support to G.C. Huston Public School, Peninsula Shores District School, and Saugeen District Secondary, while supporting all other schools in our district.

Image of Indigenous art and items display with the words, 'Love', 'Honesty', 'Respect', 'Humility', 'Bravery', 'Wisdom' and 'Truth'

Image of student designed classroom door to represent Minaadendmowin - Respect; painting of two deer and a turtle with elements of nature including evergreens, water and sunlight   
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Bimaadzwin Door Project

Students at G.C. Huston Public School in Southampton have been engaged in a unique project that is allowing them to share powerful messages through the expression of art.  The students have been designing classroom doors that reflect Saugeen First Nation's Grandfather Teachings.  View our view gallery below.

Excerpt from Bluewater’s First Nation, Métis and Inuit Self Identification Policy
Bluewater District School Board recognizes that the learning aspirations and potentials of First Nation, Métis and Inuit students can be realized through a responsive, transparent and accountable policy that focuses on improved programs and services and builds on strong partnerships with First Nation, Métis and Inuit parents and their communities.
  • To accomplish this goal student achievement data needs to be collected and aggregated related to the performance of First Nation, Métis and Inuit students to provide us with data to determine whether programs currently delivered offer similar opportunities for success as for other students.
  • Continued data collection and analysis will provide information for future decision-making surrounding First Nation, Métis and Inuit student success.


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