TIMMINS, ON: Northern College and the Northern College Indigenous Council on Education signed Colleges and Institutes Canada’s (CICan) historic Indigenous Education Protocol today, during a special signing ceremony at the Timmins Campus. The new protocol aims to increase access and learning outcomes for Indigenous students across Canada.
CICan developed the protocol to address several common barriers faced by Indigenous learners at Canadian colleges. Many of the identified barriers stem from a lack of access to relevant post-secondary programming in rural and remote Indigenous communities.
“We have a long-established history of working with local Indigenous communities to develop and deliver post-secondary programming and training opportunities that support the needs and directions of those communities,” says Fred Gibbons, President of Northern College. “By signing CICan’s Indigenous Education Protocol, we’re strengthening our commitment to those communities, and to being the college of choice for Indigenous learners throughout the north.”
Signing the protocol alongside President Gibbons will be Micheal Miller, Chair of the Northern College Indigenous Council on Education, as well as Timmins Campus Elder David Faries.
“Access to high-quality education is essential to the future development and prosperity of all Indigenous communities,” says Miller. “That’s why we are very excited to be signing the new Indigenous Education Protocol, because its seven guiding principles provide clear goals and aspirations for enhancing the programming and services that we provide to our Indigenous learners.”
Representatives from several local Indigenous groups and communities attended the ceremony, including the Métis Nation of Ontario, Timmins Native Friendship Centre, Moose Cree Education Authority, Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Ojibway and Cree Cultural Centre, Omushkego Education, Moose Cree First Nation, Wabun Tribal Council, and Timiskaming First Nation.
Throughout the ceremony, the O’Mushkegowuk Mother Clan Singers performed several songs. A feast concluded the day’s events.
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