SUDBURY – Cambrian College has signed an agreement to advance Indigenous education and culture on campus.
The Cambrian College Indigenous Education Protocol was ratified today during a ceremony at the Sacred Arbour, located at Cambrian’s main campus in Sudbury.
The Protocol commits Cambrian College to a number of measures, including
- Integrating Indigenous education into Cambrian’s academic programming
- Providing ongoing education to faculty and staff on Indigenous culture, traditions, and history
- Acknowledging the Calls to Action outlined by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
- Providing cultural, academic, and counselling support to Indigenous learners
- Strengthening relationships and accountability with Indigenous communities
Signing the Protocol were Bill Best, Cambrian’s President, and Ron Sarazin, Chair of the Circle for Indigenous Education. The Circle is a committee of Cambrian’s Board of Governors, with members from the Board and the community. The role of the Circle is to provide strategic direction and advice to the Board, to ensure Cambrian provides educational opportunities for Indigenous peoples.
“As Chair of the Circle for Indigenous Education, I am proud to be a part of the signing of this Protocol,” says Ron Sarazin. “It re-affirms the commitment we’ve made in our strategic plan to advance and improve the academic and cultural experience for our Indigenous students.”
Approximately 16 per cent of Cambrian’s full-time students self-identify as Indigenous.
“We believe we have an obligation to provide a learning environment that includes and celebrates the culture of our Indigenous learners,” says Bill Best. “We also believe we have a responsibility to do everything in our power to ensure the success of our Indigenous learners. This Protocol is a clear step in that direction.”
The signing of the Indigenous Education Protocol is the latest in a series of measures taken by Cambrian College to demonstrate leadership in Indigenous learning and student support. Cambrian was the first college in Ontario to sign a partnership with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation in Winnipeg. Beginning in September, Cambrian will also be offering a new program, Social Services Worker – Indigenous Specialization.
Cambrian College is home to the Wabnode Centre for Indigenous Services, which provides support services and cultural events for students. The Cambrian Indigenous Students Circle is a student-run organization providing events and activities for Indigenous learners.
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