Pathways for Aboriginal Learners: Phase III

Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology
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The Centre for Policy in Aboriginal Learning (CPAL) (Confederation College), in partnership with Trent University (Trent) and the First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI) undertook a project, entitled, Pathways for Indigenous Learners: Collaborating across Aboriginal Institutes, Colleges and Universities. This work aims to address a gap in supporting and advancing learning opportunities for Indigenous learners, and learners pursuing Indigenous Studies, through the creation and formal recognition of Indigenous specific learning pathways. Earlier phases of this work resulted in the successful development of an Indigenous learner’s pathways across partners, where articulation agreements, academic bridging and comprehensive “wrap around” supports for learners were key components of the pathways model. Building off the success of the earlier phases of this work, this project entered into a “Phase III”, by expanding partnerships with additional interested Colleges and Universities across Ontario’s postsecondary, including partnerships with Algoma University, Algonquin College, Canadore College, Lakehead University, Lambton College, Northern College, Mohawk College and Sault College. Representatives from partnering institutions, who form the steering committee, met in person throughout the year to explore and identify opportunities for partnership, collaboration, and pathways development across their institutions. This Phase of the project relied upon shared group values, practices, and processes to guide the different stages of this work, which included: formal partnership and relationship building, building a common ground, and collaborative and informed action in the creation of pathways for Indigenous learners across partnering institutions...