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Indigenous Education Council

Community Representation

Christine Blake
IEC Co-Chair
Dean of Students
(Representing the Office of the President)

Darryl Day
IEC Inuit Community Member (Alumni)

Gary Pritchard
Manager, Cambium Aboriginal
Curve Lake First Nation

Greer Atkinson
Education Program and Projects Co-ordinator,
Ogemawahj Tribal Council  

Mark Solomon
Associate Dean, Student Services & Indigenous Education
College Representative

Samantha Curnow
IEC Co-Chair
Rama First Nation Representative (Alumni)

Michael Maynard
Dean, Faculty of Communication, Art and Design
College Representative

Patti Big Canoe
Education Operations Lead,
Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation

Randy Pitawankwat
Co-ordinator, Centre for Aboriginal Student Services (York University)
Indigenous Community Representative

Roxanne Kropf-Salami
Indigenous Community Representative (Alumni)

Indigenous Education Protocol for Colleges and Institutes

The signatory institutions to this protocol recognize and affirm their responsibility and obligation to Indigenous Education.

Colleges and institutes respect and recognize that Indigenous people include First Nation, Metis and Inuit people, having distinct cultures, languages, histories and contemporary perspectives.

Indigenous education emanates from the intellectual and cultural traditions of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Indigenous education will strengthen colleges' and institutes' contribution to improve the lives of learners and communities.

The signatory institution agrees to:

  1. Commit to making Indigenous education a priority.
  2. Ensure governance structures recognize and respect Indigenous peoples.
  3. Implement intellectual and cultural traditions of Indigenous peoples through curriculum and learning approaches relevant to learners and communities.
  4. Support students and employees to increase understanding and reciprocity among Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
  5. Commit to increasing the number of Indigenous employees with ongoing appointments, throughout the institution, including Indigenous senior administrators.
  6. Establish Indigenous-centered holistic services and learning environments for learner success.
  7. Build relationships and be accountable to Indigenous communities in support of self-determination through education, training and applied research.
Indigenous Education Council

Contact Us

Indigenous Counsellor

Karen White 416.491.5050 ext. 22776

First Peoples@Seneca Co-ordinator

Peggy Pitawanakwat 416.491.5050 ext. 22953

Location & Hours

Room E1401, Newnham Campus
1750 Finch Ave East
Toronto, Canada

Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

We offer extended office hours during the fall and winter terms.

Note: Our staff have a “visiting campus” schedule. Please email Karen White for details and an updated schedule.

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