Indigenous Education Protocol

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Colleges and Institutes are key providers of applied postsecondary education for Indigenous communities across Canada. They are often the only postsecondary institution present in remote northern communities and many of them have been working actively to create curriculums that respect indigenous values and cultures.

Colleges and institutes respect and recognize that Indigenous people include First Nation, Métis and Inuit people, having distinct cultures, languages, histories and contemporary perspectives.

They recognize that indigenous education emanates from the intellectual and cultural traditions of Indigenous peoples in Canada. They also believe that Indigenous education will strengthen colleges’ and institutes’ contribution to improving the lives of learners and communities.

In order to reaffirm the importance of Indigenous education, Colleges and Institutes Canada, in consultation with its members and partners in indigenous communities has developed an Indigenous Education Protocol. This important document underscores the importance of structures and approaches required to address Indigenous peoples’ learning needs and support self-determination and socio-economic development of Indigenous communities.

This protocol is founded on seven principles that aim to guide the institutions who will agree to sign on to this aspirational document.

List of Signatories

Signatory institutions agree to:

Background and Context

Background and Context

Read about how Colleges and Institutes Canada makes a strategic priority of Indigenous peoples’ access to post-secondary education.
Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

CICan explains the development process of the Indigenous Education Protocol, how it will be launched, and the role of colleges and institutes.
Downloads

Downloads

Looking to be a part of this initiative? Download the protocol & 2014 presentations here.