The Indigenous Advanced Education and Skills Council provides quality assurance for Indigenous Institutes in Ontario

Introduction to Indigenous Institutes Post-secondary Education

The Indigenous Advanced Education and Skills Council is an Indigenous-controlled and governed Council, recognized under the Indigenous Institutes Act, 2017 and tasked with establishing quality assurance standards and benchmarks for organizations and programs delivered by the Indigenous Institutes pillar.

The Council uses a quality assurance process steered by its Indigenous Institutes Quality Assessment Board (IIQAB). Through a Memorandum of Understanding signed in August 2018, the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC) is providing IAESC reference to its foundational accreditation process and access to its expertise.

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There is a lot to learn about Indigenous education in Ontario and around the world. View our resources.

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Focused shot of side profile of one individual smiling Rock Silhouette Purple Gradient ABOUT Quality Assurance is Key The Indigenous Advanced Education and Skills Council is the quality assurance organization for Indigenous Institutes in Ontario, the newest pillar in the province’s post-secondary education and training landscape. Accreditation will lead to improved opportunities for students as they build their careers through employment and life-long learning pursuits. World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium & attendees gather in circle focusing on speaker Rock Silhouette Purple Gradient Library Essential background and resources Indigenous education in Ontario and around the world has deep roots. The creation of the Council alone is tied directly to decades of developments while Indigenous Institutes have a history of community-based learning systems that pre-date European contact. The Library Page on this website features links to documents and reference material. We welcome suggestions for additional links, please email: Group of graduates toss caps in the air standing in front of teepee Rock Silhouette Purple Gradient Community Education landscape vast, diversified Indigenous Institutes create opportunities for the future by building on the foundations of culture, language and knowledge systems that have served their communities since time immemorial. Each are unique in both programming and development. And there are many partners in post-secondary education. The Community Page on this website is meant to link Institutes, partners and friends. Additional relevant link suggestions welcome, email: (Special thanks to Kenjgewin Teg, FNTI and Six Nations Polytechnic for sharing images of their students and learning environments.)

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