FREDERICTON – New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) joined partners across the country in signing a ground-breaking national Indigenous Education Protocol. NBCC was very active in the development of the Protocol which was unveiled by Colleges and Institutes Canada in December 2014. This document underscores the importance of structures and approaches required to address Indigenous peoples’ learning needs and support self-determination and socio-economic development of Indigenous communities.
“This Protocol aligns with NBCC’s goal to increase Aboriginal participation and success to ensure New Brunswick’s First Nations populations can contribute more fully to our economy,” said Lois Scott, Chair of NBCC’s Board of Governors, at the signing ceremony at NBCC Woodstock Campus yesterday on Wolastoqiyik Territory. She was joined by NBCC President & CEO, Marilyn Luscombe; former New Brunswick Lieutenant-Governor Graydon Nicholas; and Chiefs and Elders of New Brunswick First Nations communities.
As a signatory to this aspirational document, NBCC agrees to:
- Commit to making Indigenous education a priority.
- Ensure governance structures recognize and respect Indigenous peoples.
- Implement intellectual and cultural traditions of Indigenous peoples through curriculum and learning approaches relevant to learners and communities.
- Support students and employees to increase understanding and reciprocity among Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
- Commit to increasing the number of Indigenous employees with ongoing appointments throughout the institution, including Indigenous senior administrators.
- Establish Indigenous-centred holistic services and learning environments for learner success.
- Build relationships and be accountable to Indigenous communities in support of self-determination through education, training and applied research.
“By formally signing the Indigenous Education Protocol for Colleges and Institutes, we are further strengthening our commitment to build relationships with Indigenous peoples,” said NBCC President & CEO Marilyn Luscombe.
In 2013-14, the number of self-identified Aboriginal learners enrolled at NBCC increased by 8%. In light of this protocol, the College will continue to renew and strengthen its Aboriginal education strategy in partnership with Aboriginal communities.
With over 90 programs and six campuses across New Brunswick, New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) is a provincially-recognized, public post-secondary institution reputed for producing skilled, knowledgeable graduates who are contributing to the Province’s socio-economic prosperity. NBCC offers students one- and two-year certificate and diploma programs. Find out more by visiting: www.nbcc.ca.
-30- Photo: Lois Scott, Chair of NBCC’s Board of Governors, signed the Indigenous Education Protocol at a signing ceremony at NBCC Woodstock Campus yesterday. From left to right, she was joined by Elder Imelda Perley; NBCC President & CEO, Marilyn Luscombe; Pabineau First Nation Chief David Peter-Paul; and former New Brunswick Lieutenant-Governor Graydon Nicholas.
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