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A Toolkit to Support the Creation of Pathways for Indigenous Learners

January 2019

Authors: Adam Hopkins, S. Brenda Small, Don McCaskill, Emily Willson, and Joyce Helmer (Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology, First Nations Technical Institute, and Trent University)

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Executive Summary

In 2013, the Centre for Policy and Research in Indigenous Learning (CPRIL), Confederation College, Trent University, and the First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI) undertook a project to create pathways and to support mobility for Indigenous Learners across their partnering institutions. This work has grown to be a strong collaboration of Steering Committee members who represent a total of fifteen postsecondary institutions from across Ontario. Indigenous ceremony and methodologies such as relationship building, reflection, building a shared understanding, and collaboration, ground the work of the group. Overall, the Pathways for Indigenous Learners Steering Committee seeks to build responsible pathways and partnerships that support Indigenous learners throughout their postsecondary journeys, from one learning community to another. Over 2019/20, the Steering Committee undertook this new project, Mobilizing Knowledge, which aimed to implement and share key findings that have been generated from five years of experience with creating pathways for Indigenous learners. Specifically, this project relied on key findings to develop new and existing pathways, produce resources such as a Pathways Tool Kit, and disseminate knowledge to external groups. Overall, the group was successful in enhancing and finalizing pathways, bringing the total number of pathways to fifteen, in creating a toolkit to facilitate institutions in undertaking their own work on creating and supporting pathways, and in meeting with external groups and individuals from across the province and country.


  • Student decisions, experiences, and outcomes
  • Program pathways, course transfer, and prior learning
  • Transfer assessment, application, and administration
  • Equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility
  • Indigenous
  • Public policy