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Terms of Reference
Seneca Aboriginal Education Council  

Adopted on October 15, 2015

Seneca’s AEC has developed over the past few years where it is ready to transition to a more strategic focus rather than operational and therefore the terms of reference should reflect this stage of its growth.


The AEC supports the College on enhancing and developing structures, policies and programs that align with the principals of Indigenous Education Protocol for Colleges and Institutes:

  • 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-centered 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.


The role and responsibilities of the AEC include the following:

  • To interact with the Board of Governors of Seneca College on all Indigenous education issues affecting indigenous learners.
  • To enhance the ongoing partnership between Seneca college and the indigenous community for the purpose of addressing indigenous education.
  • To identify and articulate indigenous education priorities and make recommendations on programs, curriculum, and services to be enhanced and/or developed for indigenous learners.
  • To make recommendations to enhance Seneca college’s ongoing strategies for recruitment of indigenous learners, faculty and staff.
  • To review and advise the design, development, content, and ongoing implementation of all indigenous education focused education, training, and service programs.
  • To annual review and approve the budget received from the of Advanced Education and Skills Development and monitor on a quarterly basis the expenditure of funds for the implementation of indigenous programs and services.
  • To guide the development of a College environment which will enrich the academic, social, and cultural needs of indigenous leaners.


The AEC will include representatives from the following:

First Nations community 

  • Indigenous agencies/ organizations 
  • Indigenous alumni
  • Indigenous students
  • Indigenous faculty members
  • College members

The indigenous community representatives will be recruited by interest, competency, and appointment.

The President of Seneca College will be represented on an ongoing basis by his/her designate.


The Seneca College Aboriginal Education Council shall appoint a Chairperson as well as an alternative Chairperson for a 2 year term.

Decision Making

All decisions shall be by consensus. Consensus is defined as a process whereby all members will speak to an issue and be heard. Dissenting points of view will be expressed and discussed. Agreement and collaboration shall be sought among the group but when consensus is not reached, a decision will be made that enables all members to be comfortable with the outcome.


Shall consist of 1/3 of the AEC membership.

Frequency of Meetings

Three meetings with be held each academic year, Spring/summer, fall and winter. Additional meetings may be called from time to time.

Resource People

The First Peoples@Seneca team will provide reports on plans, activities and progress.

Terms of Reference Review

These terms of reference are subject to review from time to time as deemed appropriate by member of the AEC.