In 2017, NorQuest College became Edmonton’s first signatory to the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) Indigenous Education Protocol. This was the culmination of College-wide efforts to better serve Indigenous learners and support educational and economic development in their communities. The College’s Indigenization Strategy, Wahkohtowin, is a living document guiding its holistic approach to reconciliation and decolonization. NorQuest’s commitment as an Indigenous community hub is embodied in its Indigenous Student Centre; overseen by Indigenous staff and featuring the welcoming presence of two resident Elders.
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.