Access to education and redressing/ameliorating the impacts of colonialism in post-secondary education for Indigenous peoples. A thread.
In my current role at @NorQuest College, we've worked collaboratively with faculties & administration on developing responsive initiatives to ensure access to education and that we are advancing the process of reconciliation and decolonization. I'm proud to share some important..
...measures we've designed to support & increase access to education by Indigenous peoples. The first is setting admissions "floors" in high demand programs. These are not quotas - but rather the *minimum* number of Indigenous peoples admitted into programs across the college.
We are actively holding space for Indigenous learners in an effort to address the under-representation of Indigenous peoples in post-secondary and across professions. In advancing this change, we hold ourselves accountable to meeting our targets & the needs of Indigenous peoples.
Over the coming years, we hope to create and hold space for a critical mass of immensely talented and bright Indigenous learners. This is the beginning, not the end. To learn more, please go here: norquest.ca/current-studen…
The second is that we've removed the tuition deposit requirement so that Indigenous learners who have been accepted, can secure their seat immediately into their programs of choice. This is responsive to two things: (1) easy and timely access to financial resources is hard.
A deposit can seem insurmountable to those who have little to no access to intergenerational wealth accumulation due to the historical and ongoing impacts of colonization. (2) Given the vast underrepresentation of Indigenous peoples in post-secondary and across professions..
..being waitlisted or losing your seat due to lack of financial resources is unresponsive. If we are to truly hold ourselves accountable to advancing the process of reconciliation and decolonization, we must be intentional. Again, this is the beginning, not the end.
The last (for now), is the partnership we've developed with the Faculty of Business on their Open Admission Pathways program. This program is designed to remove barriers to entry for students who may not meet existing program admission requirements and allows students to...
begin their studies, earn credits towards their certificate or diploma, and earn entry into the business program of their choice. The Indigenous Relations & Supports Division is offering *full* tuition and fees bursaries to interested Indigenous learners. That's right. No cost.
To learn more, please go here: norquest.ca/x/open-admissi…
I am excited about all these changes, but most especially about this one. A program like this was the jumping off point to my own educational journey 17 years ago. I know it holds promise for many others like me.
I'm so proud to be a part of these changes and the ones to follow. Systems change takes time, but leading with intention and planning with the communities we serve in mind will undoubtedly help us ground what we do, and why we do what we do, in a good way. hiy, hiy.
Huge thanks to the Indigenous Relations team, EX leadership, faculty Deans and college wide admin for their collaboration and support.

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