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June 21, 2021

Education that reflects the learners

Astronomically speaking, the summer solstice marks the day of the year that the North Pole is tilted closest to the Sun on Earth’s axis. In the Northern Hemisphere, it’s the longest day of the year. In Canada, it’s also National Indigenous Peoples Day, celebrating the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, and this year marks its 25th anniversary!

Did you know that, of our 135-plus members, seven are designated Indigenous institutions – meaning that they exclusively deliver culturally-relevant programs tailored to the needs of Indigenous learners and communities as a means of preserving and strengthening Indigenous cultures?

More broadly, colleges and institutes are also the primary access point to post-secondary education for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis learners, and are deeply engaged in advancing reconciliation and empowering communities. Even non-Indigenous institutions take this commitment to heart.

  • Over 95% of all Canadians and more than 86% of Indigenous people live within 50 km of a college or institute location; and colleges and institutes across the country offer over 300 credential programs tailored to the needs of Indigenous learners and communities.
  • Did you know that over 65 institutions have committed to making Indigenous education a priority, strengthening relationships with Indigenous communities, and supporting reconciliation through our Indigenous Education Protocol?

As stated in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report, education is vital to preserving and strengthening Indigenous communities. If we’re serious about celebrating and supporting Indigenous cultures in Canada, it’s important that we think about how we embrace this in every aspect of our educational efforts.

Perspectives LIVE: watch all of Season 1!

Last week on Perspectives LIVE, we looked at the role of education in the long-term sustainability of Indigenous communities and how can we ensure equitable access to post-secondary education for Indigenous populations remains top of mind. Watch the recording on YouTube to hear what our expert guests had to say!

Thank you to our fantastic speakers: Gabrielle Fayant, Marie Wilson, and Paul-Emile McNab; and our co-hosts: JIBC president Michel Tarko and Catherine Clark!

That wraps up Season 1!

Watch all nine episodes of Season 1 on YouTube covering topics like sustainable economic recovery, mental health, education in a digital world, amplifying BIPOC voices, and more! Perspectives LIVE connects post-secondary leaders and experts on thought provoking hot topics. Stay tuned for Season 2!

Save more with TD Insurance

Did you know that staff at participating CICan member institutions have privileged access to the TD Insurance Meloche Monnex program, which offers savings through preferred insurance rates? Take full advantage of this chance to save and enjoy the outstanding customer service you deserve. Their professional, licensed representatives offer personalized insurance advice to help you determine the right coverage at the right price.

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Support students facing challenges to post-secondary education

Back this year! Nominate a student for the CICan Paul and Gerri Charette Bursary providing support to college and institute students who face challenges, especially financial needs, to participating in and completing their post-secondary education! Deadline: September 17.

New eligibility criteria this year! Students enrolled full time in the first or second year of a multi-year program at a CICan member institution are now eligible. Last year, one in three applications were successful!

Students from or attending colleges or institutes in rural, remote, or northern areas will be given preference for the bursaries of $5,000 each.

Accelerate, energize, and mobilize sustainability!

How can we do even more to support Canada’s climate action commitments and a net-zero economy? In a LIVE session last week, we launched two new initiatives that will build on college and institute expertise and accelerate our contributions in the sustainability space!

Thanks to Sheridan College president Janet Morrison and Kelly Hodgins from the McConnell Foundation for joining us for this exciting launch! Watch the announcement on YouTube.

Sustainability is one of the most important challenges and biggest economic opportunities of our age, and Canada’s colleges and institutes have a long history of showing us how growing the economy and protecting the environment can – and do – go hand in hand.

Access recordings from our Connection Conference!

Last month, we wrapped up our biggest-ever experiment in virtual learning exploring our changing narratives and reimagining the future of post-secondary education. If you missed it, get the who, what, when, where, why, and how report in eleven key conference figures. If you took part, did you leave inspired?

New this year! All pre-recorded presentations and recordings of live sessions are available for registered participants in the presentation gallery, including: keynote addresses, live sessions recordings, presentation gallery presentations, and sponsor and exhibitor resources, until October 31.

Webinar: Developing cybersecurity programs that drive enrollment

As demand for cyber security professionals grows, so do the opportunities for colleges and universities to provide students with the training they need to become the next wave of cyber security experts. How can you differentiate your institution’s cyber security program from the rest?

Join us on with Field Effect, experts in cybersecurity, for insights on preparing students for an in-demand workforce, developing relevant content that sticks, and balancing theory with hands-on training. Date: June 24 (in English only).

Support the long-term care sector as a program delivery partner

Developed in collaboration with colleges and institutes from across the country, the new Supportive Care Assistant Program will help quickly address acute labour shortages in the long-term and home care sector. Join this national initiative as a program delivery partner!

The fully subsidized micro-certificate includes six weeks of online training and a four-month paid work placement. It is funded by Employment and Social Development Canada. Colleges and institutes offering the program will receive a tuition subsidy.

So far, Collège Communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick and Saskatchewan Polytechnic are the first colleges to have students in the program! More will be launching next month.

For students: Colleges and institutes are currently accepting applications. Begin your career pathway to becoming a fully certified personal care provider!

Strengthen mental health support services on campus

New funding is available from Bell Let’s Talk to help post-secondary institutions using the new national standard on mental health identify specific gaps or needs in their mental health support services and build new initiatives to address them! Apply before August 27.

Developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada in collaboration with CSA Group (and partners including CICan!), the National Standard of Canada for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students is the first of its kind in the world. Its goal is to provide a consistent, evidence-based framework schools can use to enhance existing mental health strategies or develop new ones.

This new funding opportunity is in addition to the more than $3 million in grants awarded by Bell Let’s Talk to 123 post-secondary institutions in April to help implement the National Standard.

Re-launch: Support youth employability in Kenya with Young Africa Works

Two opportunities are still available to help strengthen technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in Kenya and give youth, particularly women, market-relevant skills to find fulfilling work through Young Africa Works-Kenya: Youth Employability through TVET with the Mastercard Foundation! Apply before July 7.

*Note: During the summer, Perspectives will be published once a month on July 26 and August 30. Our regular schedule will resume on September 13.

Eureka! Moment

Did you know that Cambrian College’s applied research team just launched a new podcast? The Unlikely Innovators highlights how, contrary to popular belief, colleges and institutes are deeply embedded in Canada’s innovation ecosystem and are often the first stop for businesses and community partners looking to innovate. Proud of its hometown, Cambrian also hopes that the podcast will dispel the misconception of Sudbury, Ontario as an unlikely destination for innovation! Episodes so far include “College Applied Research 101,” and “What is a TAC?”: follow The Unlikely Innovators on Twitter.


Six Nations Polytechnic appointed Sara General-Deer as its first vice-president, Academic. General-Deer joined the polytechnic in 2012.

Dawson College and Cégep de Saint-Laurent appointed new directors of studies: Robert Cassidy will join Dawson College effective August 30, and Éric St-Jean will take on the role at Cégep de Saint-Laurent effective August 2.

The Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland welcomed Laurie Skinner as its new associate vice-president, Administration and Finance. Skinner has more than 25 years of experience in senior leadership across multiple sectors.


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