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October 2, 2017

Lambton College‘s Aboriginal Cultural & Learning Centre provides a friendly, supportive environment for Indigenous students.

A new path towards reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous peoples

At the 72nd Regular Session of United Nations General Assembly in September, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed his government’s commitment to building a renewed relationship with Canada’s Indigenous Peoples. This followed an important decision to dissolve the former department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), and put in its place two new structures: a Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, and a Department of Indigenous Services.

According to the government, this restructuring was taken on in an effort to both decolonize its institutions and work to build a nation-to-nation relationship with Canada’s Indigenous Peoples, and to dramatically improve the quality of services delivered to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people.

Canada’s colleges and institutes are longstanding leaders in both of these areas. Not only do they work to include Indigenous cultures and traditions within their institutional governance systems, but they also have long been the main providers of post-secondary education services tailored to the needs of Indigenous and northern communities across the country.

The seven principles of CICan’s Indigenous Education Protocol, which now has 52 college and institute signatories, underscore the importance of structures and approaches required to address Indigenous peoples’ learning needs and support self-determination and socio-economic development of Indigenous communities. Some recent examples of these principles in action:

On top of, and partly because of these inclusive governance structures and initiatives, colleges and institutes are uniquely positioned to provide education services to Indigenous and northern communities, with programs tailored to meet Indigenous needs, and Indigenous-specific resources available on campus – a role that colleges and institutes are eager to expand upon with the new Minister of Indigenous Services, Jane Philpott.

The Alberta College of Art + Design, for example, recently announced the opening of the Lodgepole Indigenous Resource Centre – a space to host traditional Indigenous teachings and to provide support for Indigenous students – while Algonquin College announced a first-of-its-kind Institute for Indigenous Entrepreneurship to provide entrepreneurship support that incorporates Indigenous traditions and teachings. Lambton College is also home to an Aboriginal Cultural & Learning Centre, which provides a friendly, supportive environment for Indigenous students; and, the Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue offers special welcome and integration sessions and a number of services to respond to the needs of Indigenous students.

For more examples of college and institute programming tailored to Indigenous the needs of Indigenous students, visit the Indigenous Inclusion section of our Canada 150 National Anthology, and re-read our June issue of Perspectives.

The government’s decision to replace INAC is an important step towards reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous peoples, and colleges and institutes look forward to exhibiting their leadership in the area and to continuing to chart the path forward.

Member News

Spread the word and encourage your students to submit to fundmy150!

In April, we launched fundmy150 – a student crowdfunding platform – as an opportunity to support creative student ideas while giving back to the community.

With fundmy150, students will be able to raise the modest resources they need to grow their projects and get new ideas off the ground through crowdfunding – like a community arts and crafts program that needs a bit of money for supplies.

We need your help to get students involved!

Remember that resources are available to spread the word on campus, in clubs, through student associations – anywhere and everywhere. Download and print this poster for your bulletin boards, and share these promotional pieces on social media.

CICan thanks out-going Governor General, David Johnston, welcomes in-coming Julie Payette

Over the past seven years, CICan has had the privilege of working closely with Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston and his wife, Her Excellency Sharon Johnston, to prioritize innovation, education, diversity, and inclusion as a means of creating a more welcoming and prosperous Canada.

During this time, CICan’s President and CEO, Denise Amyot, had the pleasure of accompanying His Excellency on several missions, including visits to China, Israel, Jordan, and India. Through these missions and many other collaborations, the association and the Governor General have forged deep connections to the benefit of Canada, at home and abroad.

Both CICan and Amyot look forward to continuing this relationship with Johnston through his important work at the Rideau Hall Foundation.

On October 2, 2017 Canada will welcome Julie Payette as the country’s new Governor General. Congratulations! Payette gave an inspiring keynote address at CICan’s 2017 Conference, and the association looks forward to working closely with the former astronaut to prioritize science and innovation to drive Canadian prosperity.

CICan launches new Career-Launcher Internship program

CICan is proud to announce the launch of its Career-Launcher Internship program that connects employers with skilled post-secondary graduates by providing up to $15,000 towards an intern’s salary.

The internships provide access to two different program streams focused on the green economy: Clean Tech Internships, which CICan has been offering since 2015, and Natural Resources Internships. Both programs are funded by the Government of Canada as part of the Youth Employment Strategy and aim to help students transition to long‑term employment or pursue advanced studies through hands-on experience and mentorship. The results to date are compelling – more than 75% of those who have completed their internship are now either employed in their field or continuing their education!

Visit the new Career-Launcher Internship website to learn more about the program. For full details of the launch, read the press release here.

You can also participate in CICan’s “Help Your Grads Access Valuable Career Opportunities” Webinar to learn about how your institution, your grads, and your local employers can benefit from these wage-subsidy internship programs. For more details and to register, click here.

Bursaries available for the 2018 Canada-Brazil Outbound Student Mobility Program

International experience is an important part of preparing students to succeed and contribute to a global economy.

In an effort to help students get this experience, CICan is offering bursaries to college and institute students who pursue an international experience in Brazil with the launch of the 2018 Canada-Brazil Outbound Mobility Program.

The program will offer a minimum of 33 bursaries of up to $5,000 each.

Colleges and institutes interested in participating in this program are asked to please complete the following survey before October 10, 2017. Additional details will be provided to respondent institutions in the Fall 2017.

For more information, please contact Rachel St-Jean, Senior Program Officer, Brazil at or by telephone at 613-746-2222 ext. 3165.

Join the CICan Awards of Excellence Selection Committee

CICan will be accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Awards of Excellence selection committee until Friday, October 27th, 2017.

The awards program recognizes and promotes excellence within Canadian colleges, institutes, cégeps, university colleges and polytechnics; showcases the extraordinary contribution of individuals to their college and institute communities; and highlights the role of these institutions in social, cultural and economic development. There are three levels of recognition: Gold, Silver and Bronze.

Click here to join the committee.

Call for Presentations for CICan’s 2018 Conference

Colleges and institutes across Canada will be gathering April 29 – May 1, 2018 in Victoria, BC, at the CICan “Na’Tsa’Maht” Conference!

This year’s conference will be divided into five thematic streams: Leadership and Governance; Student Experience; Applied Research, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation; International; and the Future of Skills.

Please use this link to submit your presentations. The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 17, 2017.

For further information, please contact Gail Mulhall, Manager, Member Relations, at or (613) 746-2222 ext. 3115.

CICan and Scotiabank, Partners for International Mobility

In an increasingly globalized world and multi-cultural Canada, international perspectives and the soft skills acquired through intercultural experience are in growing demand. Employers seek graduates who are culturally literate and adaptable, with strong intercultural communications skills and the ability to understand and empathize with different points of view. Experiencing and exploring the world beyond Canada’s boarders is therefore critical for Canadian youth to become skilled innovators in a globally connected and competitive workforce.

CICan recognizes the multiple benefits of international mobility and is committed to empowering the next generation of Canadians with the skills, experience, and tools they need to become successful global citizens.

With the support of Scotiabank, CICan is undertaking a pilot project Global Mobility Program which will offer Canadian students the opportunity to travel, study, and work overseas to acquire international and intercultural skills and experience that will benefit their career, their employer, their community, and Canadian society.

Two internships will be available through Scotiabank’s Digital Factory in Mexico City. The internships, which will include a cultural and language course offered through a Mexican post-secondary institution, will be fully funded, will begin as early as January 2018 and will last between 12 to 14 weeks.

A formal call for applications, with program details and guidelines will be sent directly to your inbox in the coming weeks. We appreciate your assistance in advertising these opportunities to your students and assisting them throughout the application process.

Eureka! Moment

Did you know that Lakeland College runs a fantastic initiative for students to practice the art of public speaking? The college’s Synergy Speakers’ Corner helps students build confidence with speaking projects such as “breaking the ice,” telling a story, leading a discussion, and sharing a joke. Launched in 2015, the initiative has received support to continue for another two years! Way to go Lakeland! Read more about the initiative here.


Northern College welcomed a new Chair of the college’s Board of Governors, Al Spacek, and thanked outgoing Board Chair George Kemp.

University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) was pleased to appoint a new Vice President, External. Craig Toews assumed the role following 29 years of experience at UFV.

Dr. Larry Rosia, President and CEO of Saskatchewan Polytechnic was also elected to serve on the Board of Directors for CANARIE, a non-profit organization supporting Canadian research through digital infrastructure and networks.


Canada’s 150th Anniversary! 

Submissions for CICan’s Canada 150 project are ongoing. Check out our Canada 150 website for more details.

A new crowdfunding platform 

Crowdfunding options are available for students looking to launch creative ideas to give back to their communities through fundmy150. Read more here.

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