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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
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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
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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
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May 26, 2016

There’s A Way We Can End The Indigenous Health Crisis

This op-ed was initially published in the Huffington Post on May 19, 2016   Erin Konsmo, a Metis, is doing great things to improve the health of her community. She has found success breaking down conversation barriers with youth about a variety of sensitive topics in her work with the Native Youth Sexual Health Network. Leading workshops on traditional indigenous practices like beading, she has been able to have important conversations about safer sex, two-spirited experiences, and the history of Indigenous people in Canada. It is experiences like Erin’s that show us the potential to broach the complicated health issues gripping... Read more
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September 18, 2015

2015 International Report Card on Public Education: Key Facts on Canadian Achievement and Equity

Abstract The comparative performance of education systems is attracting more attention than ever before. In Canada, questions have been raised about whether we are keeping pace with the world’s leading education systems, and whether our performance has been eroding over time. There are also concerns about whether too many students from less advantaged backgrounds are being left behind. This report reviews the latest international evidence regarding achievement and equity in education. It shows that, in terms of achievement, Canada consistently places among an elite group of high performing countries and economies. Moreover, Canada continues to be a leader in terms... Read more
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August 4, 2015

Assessing the Influence of First Nation Education Counsellors on First Nation Post-secondary Students and Their Program Choices

Abstract: The exploratory study focused on First Nation students and First Nation education counsellors within Ontario. Using an interpretative approach, the research sought to determine the relevance of the counsellors as a potentially influencing factor in the students’ post-secondary program choices. The ability of First Nation education counsellors to be influential is a consequence of their role since they administer Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP) funding. A report evaluating the program completed by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada in 2005 found that many First Nation students would not have been able to achieve post-secondary educational levels without PSSSP support. Eight self-selected... Read more
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