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Indigenous Education Advisory Circle

Purpose

Under the Aboriginal Education Strategy set out by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU), each university and college is required to establish a formal body to ensure Aboriginal people are consistently and regularly engaged in decision making within the institution, and that representatives from Aboriginal communities and/or organizations have direct access to the Board of Governors and the Academic Council. To that end, the Indigenous Education Circle has been established to provide guidance to the university on its current goals for Aboriginal student enrolment, retention and support, and to enhance and celebrate Aboriginal cultures and ways of knowing.

Terms of reference

The UOIT Indigenous Education Circle is responsible for providing advice and guidance to the President in the development of programs and initiatives designed to achieve the goals and objectives as set out in the MTCU Aboriginal Education Strategy. This includes:

  • Providing advice and recommendations on indigenizing the university to create an inclusive environment that recognizes, honours and celebrates Aboriginal histories and cultures.
  • Supporting the development and evaluation of programs and initiatives designed to increase Aboriginal participation in post-secondary education and to enhance persistence and success among Aboriginal students at UOIT.
  • Facilitating the design and implementation of programming and curriculum designed to promote a broader recognition and inclusion of Aboriginal perspectives and ways of knowing.

Membership

The Indigenous Education Circle shall be chaired by the President (or delegate) and comprise a maximum of 12 members, including faculty, staff, students and key members of Aboriginal organizations within the Durham Region, as follows:

UOIT members:
  • President or delegate (Chair, ex-officio)
  • Indigenous Cultural Advisor (Secretary, ex-officio, non-voting)
  • faculty dean
  • Indigenous faculty or staff member
  • an Indigenous student
Community members:
  • Elder 
  • school board representative
  • First Nation community education counsellor
  • regional representative from the Métis Nation of Ontario

Members serve on a voluntary basis for a two-year term with the possibility of renewal for an additional two years. Representatives from stakeholder groups, Aboriginal communities and organizations will be determined by their respective group. 

Regular attendance and contribution is required. If a member misses three consecutive meetings, the Chair may request an alternative representative.

Meetings

The Circle will meet twice per academic year; however, additional meetings may be required. The presence of 50 per cent of the members will constitute quorum.


For more information, please contact Jill Thompson, Indigenous Cultural Advisor, at ext. 6793.

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