Denise Amyot, President and CEO of Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan), released this statement in response to Canadians for a New Partnership efforts to heighten awareness and increase understanding about Canada’s Indigenous Peoples:
“Respect for Indigenous cultures and communities is a guiding principle at Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan). As go-to institutions for adult upgrading and post-secondary education for Indigenous learners across Canada, our members share in wanting to create ‘a future that is positive, healthy, productive and meaningful for the generations to come.’
“By working together to overcome significant systemic, cultural, or financial challenges, we can eliminate barriers and contribute to the success and understanding of Canada’s First Peoples. As a learning organization, Colleges and Institutes Canada would welcome the opportunity to take part in a national dialogue that contributes to the success of Indigenous Peoples.
“Our Association is already contributing to this effort through the development of an Indigenous Education Protocol for colleges and institutes, which was developed with Canada’s college leaders, Elders, students, as well as community and industry partners. The Indigenous Education Protocol will encourage supportive learning environments, the integration of intellectual and cultural traditions of Indigenous peoples in curriculum, strong relationships with Indigenous communities, and will contribute to increased understanding of Indigenous cultures by non-Indigenous staff and students.
“We are committed to continuing this important dialogue at our Association’s upcoming Indigenous Learning symposium, to be held in Ottawa on December 3-4, 2014.”
Colleges and Institutes Canada is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly supported colleges, cégeps, institutes and polytechnics. The Association works with industry and social sectors to train 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities. Colleges and Institutes Canada presently operates in 29 countries via 13 offices around the world.
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