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There is a lot to learn about Indigenous education in Ontario and around the world. The creation of the Council, for example, follows decades of developments while Indigenous Institutes have histories of community-based learning systems that long pre-date European contact. We welcome additional link suggestions.

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References

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Indigenous Institutes Act, 2017

“…The Government of Ontario affirms that it is committed to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

The Government of Ontario acknowledges that the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 2007, recognizes the right of Indigenous peoples to establish and control their educational systems and institutions…”

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United Nations Declaration on the rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), 2007

“Recognizing the urgent need to respect and promote the inherent rights of indigenous peoples which derive from their political, economic and social structures and from their cultures, spiritual traditions, histories and philosophies, especially their rights to their lands, territories and resources…”

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Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, 1996

“3.5.27: Aboriginally controlled post-secondary educational institutions collaborate to create regional boards and/or a Canada-wide board to (a) establish standards for accrediting programs provided by Aboriginal post-secondary institutions; (b) negotiate mutual recognition of course credits and credentials to facilitate student transfer between Aboriginal institutions and provincial and territorial post-secondary institutions; (c) establish co-operative working…”

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Indian Control of Indian Education, 1972

“….The present school system is culturally alien to native students. Where the Indian contribution is not entirely ignored, it is often cast in an unfavourable light. School curricula in federal and provincial/territorial schools should recognize Indian culture, values, customs, languages and the Indian contribution to Canadian development. Courses in Indian history and culture should promote pride in the Indian child, and respect in the non-Indian student …”

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Annual Report 2018-2019

“…Although the Indigenous Institutes pillar is not new, it is newly recognized. The Indigenous Advanced Education and Skills Council (IAESC) has worked to lay a foundation for the growth of high-quality and credible programs in our first year of operations. This foundation is only the very beginning and will lead to new partnerships and opportunities as we continue to move forward together across communities, governments, and sectors… We invite you to read this annual report to learn more about IAESC’s work over the past year and the path that lies ahead…”

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Annual Report 2019-2020

“…The Indigenous Advanced Education and Skills Council (IAESC) is an Indigenous governed and controlled quality assurance organization. Through the Indigenous Institutes Act, 2017, IAESC is mandated to quality assure the programs and credentials of Indigenous Institutes in Ontario. Our work is carried out through a commitment to respectful engagement, and to incorporating student and community voices into our quality assurance framework. We are committed to creating quality frameworks that are grounded in Indigenous communities and knowledge…”

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Report on the indigenous employment and training landscape in Ontario

“…In 2020, the Indigenous Advanced Education and Skills Council (IAESC) commissioned Medow Consulting to produce a foundational employment and training environmental scan which would: Provide a baseline understanding of recent updates or changes to the provincial and federal government’s employment and training strategies and approaches; Provide an outline of key employment and training gaps for Indigenous people in Ontario; and Describe demographics, labour market trends and outline how graduates from Indigenous Institutes can fill employment gaps, with particular attention paid to the skilled trades….”

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OUTCOME DOCUMENT: Indigenous Institutes Dialogue on Issues, Priorities, and Challenges of the Indigenous Institutes Pillar and the Role of the Indigenous Advanced Education and Skills Council, April 8, 9, 2021

“…On April 8 and 9, 2021 the Indigenous Advanced Education and Skills Council (IAESC) invited Indigenous Institutes, their chosen representatives, and respective communities to a dialogue. The topic of the dialogue focused on the Indigenous Institutes pillar and related issues, priorities, and challenges, as well as the role of IAESC in supporting and responding to those…” The Outcome document was shared with Indigenous Institutes in a follow-up Dialogue on June 24, 2021.

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