Assiniboine Community College recognizes the unique history of Indigenous peoples and is committed to having an active part in reconciliation. Indigenous learners and communities are an important consideration in senior-level decision making and organizational planning.
We believe strongly in strengthening our partnerships with First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples through continued collaboration. Our college has a proud history of working with Indigenous communities and organizations across the province and this will continue to flourish. By making positive changes to reduce barriers to education and educational supports, we can empower Indigenous students to succeed.
ACC has an important role in helping to reducing the educational attainment and employment gaps that currently exist between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Increasing pathways for Indigenous learners will contribute to the success and prosperity of individuals and families while also addressing labour market demand and Manitoba’s economic growth. With the support of provincial and federal government, additional education opportunities extend beyond our campuses to training sites both on- and off-reserve.
Our campuses are located on the traditional lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene peoples and home of the Métis nation. It is encouraged practice to acknowledge the history of these lands at formal events, ceremonies and presentations.
We foster an environment for all students to grow through sharing of knowledge, perspectives and experiences. As both Indigenous peoples and Canadians alike grow to understand the impacts of colonialism, we work at renewing relationships as we partner to change in education.
ACC is a proud signee of College and Institutes Canada’s Indigenous Education Protocol for Colleges and Institutes. This document is based on seven principles that reaffirm the importance of Indigenous education and offer guidance on governance structures, student supports, participation rates and learning environments.
In December 2015, the college joined other education institutions from across the province to sign the historic Indigenous Education Blueprint. The Blueprint takes action on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations on education. Signatories commit to 10 key priorities:
- Engaging with Indigenous peoples in respectful and reciprocal relationships and to realize the right to self-determination, and to advance reconciliation, language and culture through education, research and skill development.
- Bringing Indigenous knowledge, languages and intellectual traditions, models and approaches into curriculum and pedagogy.
- Promoting research and learning that reflects the history and contemporary context of the lives of Indigenous peoples.
- Increasing access to services, programs, and supports to Indigenous students, to ensure a learning environment is established that fosters learner success.
- Collaborating to increase student mobility to better serve the needs of Indigenous students;
- Building school and campus communities that are free of racism, value diversity and foster cultural safety.
- Increasing and measuring Indigenous school and post-secondary participation and success rates.
- Showcasing successes of Indigenous students and educators.
- Reflecting the diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis cultures in Manitoba through institutional governance and staffing policies and practices.
- Engaging governments and the private and public sectors to increase labour market opportunities for Indigenous graduates.
A central pillar in ACC’s strategic direction is contributing to First Nation, Métis and Inuit prosperity by having the highest college participation rate in the province. Currently, 18 per cent of our student body identify as being First Nations, Métis or Inuit.
Education has a central responsibility in reconciliation across Canada. It is the view of Assiniboine Community College that we move forward together in unity with healthy dialogue, cultural respect, kindness and shared perspectives.
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