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?
- The Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research promotes the renewal and development of Métis culture through the design and delivery of Métis-specific educational programs, research, and services. The Dumont Technical Institute is a CICan member institution and the applied arm of the GDI family, specializing in adult basic education and technical training across Saskatchewan.
- Kenjgewin Teg means “a place of knowledge” in Ojibwe and the institute includes Indigenous knowledge in all its educational programming and relationships with the community. Each learner works with staff to develop a unique learning plan and identify goals. Teaching includes obtaining sustenance from the land, using Indigenous games as teaching tools, and helping students broaden their cultural perspectives and ways of knowing.
- The Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologiesis made up of more than 90% Indigenous students and 70% Indigenous staff. The institute is responsive to the needs of learners and recently launched a curriculum renewal project to support innovation, ensure programs reflect current labour-market needs and position graduates for success. More than 55,000 SIIT alumni are creating change and prosperity in First Nation communities on a local and global scale!
- Nicola Valley Institute of Technology is grounded in Indigenous culture, traditions, and knowledge; and inspires learners to strengthen their communities. NVIT’s unique Elder Council guides the institution, its staff and faculty, and supports the spiritual, mental, and emotional well-being of students through higher education.
- Native Education College is deeply connected to Indigenous history, cultures, and communities. A variety of certificate and diploma programs in adult upgrading, business, fine art, health sciences, humanities and social sciences, and continuing education help Indigenous learners realize their potential in a supportive and cultural environment. Check out NEC Voices to hear firsthand what the college means to them!
- First Nations Technical Institute delivers culturally-rich post-secondary programs rooted in Indigenous ways of knowing. With over 4,000 graduates, FNTI is growing and is currently planning a completely net-zero campus to continue serving the community and future generations! FNTI is also home to the Tontakaiê:rine (It has become right again) Tyendinaga Justice Circle, which offers an alternative for youth involved with the justice system.
- Six Nations Polytechnic structures its programming around the principles of Ga’nigohi:yo:/Kanikoriio (respect and the good mind) and combines first-hand Indigenous knowledge with skills that lead to employment. The Six Nations Achievement Centre also provides free, culturally-sensitive literacy and essential skills training for adults looking to enter higher levels of education, gain employment, or advance their careers.
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.
- Saskatchewan Polytechnic launches Indigenous Leadership Skills Applied Certificate that will train students in leadership and resilience.
- Georgian College to offer free microcredential to address labour shortage in the long-term care sector.
- Le Cégep de Sainte-Foy et le Cégep de Chicoutimi offrent une nouvelle formation courte favorisant la réorientation vers les métiers du numérique.
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!
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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!
- Our new Massive Impact initiative will raise awareness among colleges and institutes and enhance engagement to reduce their environmental footprint.
- Our new President’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability will provide strategic advice on opportunities and challenges related to strengthening college and institute contributions to a net-zero economy!
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.
- Must read: “Leading the Way to a Net-Zero Carbon Future” presents the role of colleges and institutes on four pillars: green skills for a net-zero future, applied research and living labs, Indigenous and nature-based solutions, and leveraging campuses.
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.
- If you didn’t register, access the conference platform and all recordings for a small fee!
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.
- It’s not too late: Learn how your institution can get involved and help students discover careers in the long-term care sector! Apply before October 1.
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.
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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