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January 28, 2015

JIBC strengthens its commitment to support Aboriginal learners

JIBC signs Colleges and Institutes Canada's Indigenous Education Protocol

Signing of CICan Indigenous Education Protocol Jan 23 2015JIBC President and CEO Dr. Michel Tarko (seated, far right) with Métis Nation BC President Bruce Dumont (seated, third from left) and JIBC’s Aboriginal Education Advisory Council signing CICans Indigenous Education Protocol


On January 23, Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) signed Colleges and Institutes Canada’s (CICan) historic Indigenous Education Protocol.

This aspirational document reaffirms the Institute’s commitment to Indigenous education and provides a vision of how it will strive to improve and better serve Indigenous peoples.

The Protocol was signed with JIBC President and CEO Dr. Michel Tarko, Métis Nation BC President Bruce Dumont and JIBC’s Aboriginal Education Advisory Council members.

JIBC has made it a strategic priority to support the education and training needs of Indigenous learners. This is reflected in a number of courses and services that have been created towards this end, including JIBC’s Aboriginal Student Services, and the Office of Indigenization, which is currently engaging with the Aboriginal community on JIBC’s Indigenization Plan 2015-2020.

JIBC has also worked with Aboriginal leaders to provide a wide range of public and community safety education and training for members in various Aboriginal communities in B.C. and throughout Canada.  Over the last two years, several additional activities have been initiated including specific community-based program offerings and a speakers’ series on campus.

"Establishing and deepening collaborative partnerships with Aboriginal peoples and communities in B.C. and across Canada is a priority at JIBC,” said Dr. Michel Tarko, JIBC President and CEO. “These partnerships have been integral to the creation and delivery of needed education and training unique to each community. Signing this protocol today emphasizes our ongoing commitment to support our Aboriginal students, staff and faculty, and offer relevant justice and public safety education for Aboriginal learners in B.C. and across the country.”

“JIBC continues to act on our commitment to supporting Aboriginal staff, faculty and students,” said Cheryl Matthew, JIBC Associate Director of the Office of Indigenization. “Initiatives like our annual celebration of National Aboriginal Day, the launch of our Elders-in-Residence Program, and our recent Reconciliation Dialogue Workshop facilitated by Reconciliation Canada, reflect our aim of supporting the success of Indigenous learners at JIBC.”

The Indigenous Education Protocol was developed by CICan’s Indigenous Education Committee, comprised of college and institute representatives from across the provinces and territories, as well as though consultations held at the Serving Indigenous Learners and Communities Symposium in December 2013, and the CICan annual conferences in 2013 and 2014.

“As key providers of applied post-secondary education for Indigenous communities, colleges and institutes recognize that they have important responsibilities and obligations to Indigenous education,” says Denise Amyot, President and CEO of CICan. “This protocol will encourage our members to be even more inclusive of Indigenous cultures and even more proactive in eliminating the barriers to education that many Indigenous learners still face.”

About Justice Institute of British Columbia

Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) is Canada’s leading public safety educator. Our specialized programs lead to certificates, diplomas, bachelor’s degrees and graduate certificates in Law Enforcement, Investigations, Emergency Management, Firefighting, Paramedicine, Sheriffs, Corrections, Counselling, Leadership, Mediation, Conflict Resolution, and Driver Training. JIBC also provides customized contract training to domestic and international governments, agencies and organizations. Our approach to education emphasizes applied learning and realistic simulations, delivered by instructors who are experienced practitioners. Our students’ work makes communities safer, and helps people in need, throughout B.C., across Canada and around the world.

About Colleges and Institutes Canada

Colleges and Institutes Canada is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly supported colleges, institutes and polytechnics. We work with industry and social sectors to train 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities in Canada. The Association operates in 29 countries via 13 offices around the world.

Tags: Aboriginal Education Advisory Council, Aboriginal learners, CICan, College and Institutes Canada, Indigenization Plan, Office of Indigenization

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