Main Content

December 2, 2021

Bird Construction, CICan launch new bursary for Indigenous students with support of Paul and Gerri Charette

Mississauga, ON, Dec. 1, 2021 - Bird Construction Inc. (“Bird”) and Colleges and Institutes Canada (“CICan”), in partnership with Paul  and Gerri Charette, are pleased to announce the establishment of the Bird Construction /Paul and Gerri Charette Endowment Fund (“the Fund”). This will ensure the ongoing financing of a brand-new bursary offered to Indigenous students across the country. The Fund has been established to advance reconciliation and empower Indigenous individuals and communities by removing barriers to education for learners, while promoting a culture of respect and inclusion. Thanks to the support of Bird and the Charette, who both provided $100,000... Read more
Read more
November 24, 2021

Colleges and Institutes Canada reacts to Speech from the Throne

Ottawa, November 24, 2021 – Denise Amyot, President and CEO of Colleges and Institutes Canada issued the following statement on the Speech from the Throne to open the first session of the 44th Parliament of Canada. “After nearly two years of a pandemic, Canada needs to focus on how it will move forward and rebound. The government expressed this clearly in its Speech from the Throne, which looks towards building a better future.” “The government can count on Canada’s colleges, institutes, CEGEPs and polytechnics to support efforts towards a green, inclusive and resilient recovery. “ “We share many of the... Read more
Read more
July 7, 2021

CICan to support greater equity, diversity and inclusion with ImpAct-EDI

Ottawa, July 7, 2021 – As part of its commitment to support equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI), as well as promoting greater access to post-secondary education for all, Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) has launched ImpAct-EDI. This new national initiative will facilitate the sharing of best practices and promote a coordinated approach to foster a culture of inclusion specific to the college and institute system. ImpAct-EDI will be based on three main initiatives: a new National EDI Advisory Committee that will provide guidance to the association, a CICan Centre of Excellence on EDI, and the creation of a new community... Read more
Read more
June 19, 2020

Celebrating and committing to Indigenous success

Ottawa, June 19, 2020 – This Sunday, on National Indigenous Peoples Day Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) joins all Canadians in recognizing and celebrating the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding contributions of Indigenous peoples! As the primary access point to post-secondary education for First Nations, Inuit and Métis learners, with 86% living within 50 km of a college or institute, CICan members are deeply engaged in the process of reconciliation and deeply committed to empowering Indigenous students. They work in close partnership with their local Indigenous communities to remove barriers to education and promote a culture of respect and inclusion on... Read more
Read more
June 20, 2017

BCIT becomes 50th institution to sign the CICan Indigenous Education Protocol

Ottawa, June 20, 2017 – In honour of National Aboriginal Day, the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) signed Colleges and Institutes Canada’s (CICan) Indigenous Education Protocol yesterday in Vancouver, BC. This is a momentous occasion, marking the 50th institution that has adopted the principles of this groundbreaking document. Launched in December 2014, the CICan Indigenous Education Protocol provides a vision of how colleges and institutes can strive to improve their practices and better serve Indigenous peoples. It is based on seven principles that underscore the importance of structures and approaches to address Indigenous peoples’ learning needs and support self-determination... Read more
Read more
June 29, 2016

Supporting Indigenous Education Key To Thriving Economy

This op-ed was initially published in the Huffington Post on June 28, 2016 With indigenous peoples among the fastest growing demographic in Canada, providing education opportunities that ensure they have the skills they need to succeed is more than a social responsibility, it is also an economic imperative. Collaboration between educators and leaders in the business sector is therefore key in achieving real progress. Education is one of the five key areas identified by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) that need to be reformed. Educators and the business community have key and mutually interdependent roles in the Commission's recommendations because underfunding... Read more
Read more