Ottawa, ON, February 7, 2014 – Denise Amyot, President and CEO of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC), released this statement supporting the Government of Canada’s move to improve education for First Nations communities across Canada.
“For too long, significant funding gaps have been creating barriers to First Nations education and the success of Canada’s aboriginal students.
“Ensuring the success of First Nations students in K-12 is crucial to future achievement at the post-secondary level and ACCC is pleased to see this much-needed investment.
“Colleges and institutes are the main providers of high school equivalency programs and adult upgrading for Indigenous learners across Canada. In fact, many First Nations turn to colleges and institutes to give youth who have left high school with a way back to the classroom. This gives them their high school diploma and a pathway to a great career through real-world education provided through Canada’s colleges and institutes.
“This past December in Vancouver, the development of an Indigenous Education Protocol for Colleges and Institutes began to take shape. Canada’s college leaders, Elders, students, and community and industry partners came together to discuss best practices around supportive learning environments, preserving Indigenous languages and indigenizing curriculum as ways to aid student attainment. ACCC will continue to lead collaboration on this protocol, which we hope will also increase understanding about Indigenous cultures by non-Indigenous staff and students.
“Respect for Indigenous cultures and communities is a guiding principle at ACCC. We are pleased to see this federal investment and look forward to working with our members, national industry leaders and First Nations communities towards improving education success-rates and employment prospects for First Nations students.”
ACCC is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly funded colleges and institutes, working 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 from coast to coast to coast.
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2013 Indigenous Learners Symposium highlights are available on Twitter: #ACCCIndigenous.