Camosun College has a long history of commitment to and engagement with Indigenous education. By investing in people, knowledge and resources, Camosun has developed into an Indigenized space where Indigenous students see themselves and their communities reflected in their studies.The college now offers close to 60 courses that integrate Indigenous content into the curriculum, as well as a number of certificate and diploma programs that are customized for Indigenous students in health care, human services, business and trades. The college now welcomes more than 1,100 Indigenous students of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and Native American ancestry, a thousand-fold increase since the 1990s.
The Indigenous Education Excellence Award recognizes a college or institute that has a demonstrated commitment to Indigenous education through innovative approaches and dedicated structures, curriculum, holistic support services and community partnerships that contribute to learner success, as well as socio-economic development and reconciliation within communities. This award recognizes institutional, rather than individual achievements. To be eligible for this award, your institution must not have received the “Gold” award within the past 3 years or since 2020.