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IAESC is a quality assurance organization

IAESC is an Indigenous-controlled and governed Council, recognized under the Indigenous Institutes Act, 2017 and tasked with establishing quality assurance standards and benchmarks for 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.

The founding members of the Council include the late Delbert Horton, Pamela Toulouse, PhD, Bob Watts and Chair and Executive Director, Laurie Robinson.

IIQAB members include Kali Storm, Laura Horton and T’hohahoken Michael Doxtator, PhD.

IAESC is a Not-for-profit corporation, pursuant to the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act, 2009.

The Indigenous Institutes Act, 2017

The Indigenous Institutes Act, 2017 received royal assent on December 14, 2017.

This legislation recognizes Indigenous Institutes as a unique and complementary pillar of Ontario’s post-secondary education and training system; and an Indigenous controlled and governed Council.

On April 13, 2018, Ontario Regulation 239/18 recognized IAESC as the Council and nine Indigenous Institutes for the purposes of the Act.

As the Council recognized in regulation, IAESC may:

  • Approve Indigenous Institutes to grant diplomas, certificates and degrees;
  • Establish a quality assessment board and quality assurance standards;
  • Make recommendations to the Ontario government regarding which Indigenous Institutes should be included to receive operating funding; and,
  • Approve Indigenous Institutes to use the term “university.”