Actions and Commitments

Call to Action # 16: Language and Culture (13-17)

Indigenous Education Protocol – 2023

June 26, 2023

In order to reaffirm the importance of Indigenous education, Colleges and Institutes Canada, in consultation with its members and partners in indigenous communities has developed an Indigenous Education Protocol. This important 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 is founded on seven principles including “intellectual and cultural traditions of Indigenous peoples” and “Indigenous-centred holistic services and learning environments” that aim to guide the institutions who will agree to sign on to this aspirational document.

  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-centred 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

71 institutions are signatories to the Indigenous Education Protocol.

British Columbia
New Brunswick
Northwest Territories
Nova Scotia