Being unveiled was the organization review and application process, the first step in IAESC’s quality assurance for Indigenous Institutes to receive approval to grant post-secondary certificates, diplomas and degrees. Standards are set out by the Council’s quality assurance board and approved by the Council, which has a memorandum of understanding with the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium to use its review methodology.
IAESC was created through legislation last year to make Indigenous Institutes an official pillar in the province’s post-secondary education and training landscape to help students across Ontario better prepare for their careers and employment.
MPP David Piccini, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities recognized the importance of the initiative.
“Today is an important step towards creating distinct pathways for Indigenous students in earning a diploma, certificate or degree from an Indigenous post-secondary education institution that reflects Indigenous knowledge, culture and language,” Piccini said.
“I have no doubt in my mind that as you continue down this path you will empower more Indigenous learners to reach their potential … something that will not only benefit them, but also their families, their communities and our province.”