Canadore College has been recognized nationally for a pair of initiatives that incorporate Indigenous practices and values.
The North Bay postsecondary school was recognized with the Indigenous Education Excellence Award from Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan), a national association representing member institutions to government and industry.
The programs were created in the college’s First Peoples’ Centre, which provides culturally based services and supports to students and their families.
They include the Indigenous STEAM program (science, technology, education, arts and math), which combines modern technologies with Indigenous cultural practices and values.
The award also recognizes The Village, a health and wellness facility that combines Indigenous, Eastern, and Western practices, offering student-led clinics, custom-built classrooms, and a traditional Indigenous ceremony space.
“Indigenous students are very diverse and come from unique circumstances and communities,” said Mary Wabano, Canadore’s director of academic operations and business development, and director of the First Peoples’ Centre, in a news release.
“Learners come to postsecondary education to study in disciplines that appeal to their interests and goals. Our quality programs are reflective of the college’s commitment to providing quality, culturally safe learning environments.”
Canadore College offers training in more than 80 full-time programs, with campuses in North Bay, Parry Sound, Scarborough, Mississauga and Brampton.