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Cultivating success


New Vision for Mohawk College's Indigenous Education Council

Mohawk College’s Indigenous Education Council (IEC) has been a committed and dedicated advisory group with membership from community organizations, partners and other stakeholder groups serving our Indigenous communities and supporting the work of our Indigenous Education and Student Services teams. With the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions 94 Calls to Action, and Mohawk’s commitment under the Indigenous Education Protocol with Colleges and Institutes Canada, the IEC has reviewed and refined their vision, mission and goals.

The IEC’s new vision is: Leadership that cultivates Indigenous Learners’ Success. With a renewed mission to continue to be a circle of Leaders, Allies and Advocates who influence decision-making at Mohawk College by ensuring the voices of Indigenous Communities and Learners are recognized. This includes a sharpened focus on the following:

  • Increasing access to post-secondary education for Indigenous learners who live on Six Nations of the Grand River or Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation;
  • Increasing access to Indigenous culture and identity for Indigenous learners; and
  • Building awareness and understanding of Indigenous history and culture for college students, staff and faculty.

By continuing to offer student services such as Elders in Residence, Indigenous student coaching, counselling, and Peer Mentorship, Mohawk College supports the holistic needs of Indigenous learners at all Mohawk College and partnership campuses. Mohawk is also focused on increasing holistic learning by supporting academic program development with the inclusion of Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing as well as further professional development for staff and faculty with the launch of the Indigenous Insights Micro-credential.

“The Indigenous Education Council at Mohawk College is doing great things because the College leadership genuinely want to work towards truth and reconciliation regardless of obligation, and the Council members come with good hearts and vast skill sets.”

Rick McLean, Owner, McLean Consulting Services and Indigenous community leader

For more information, please contact Amy Kelaidis, Director & Special Advisor, Indigenous Initiatives: amy.kelaidis@mohawkcollege.ca

About Mohawk

Mohawk College educates and serves more than 29,500 full-time, part-time, apprenticeship and international students at three main campuses in Hamilton, Ontario and learning hubs across Hamilton through City School by Mohawk, and at the College’s Centre for Aviation Technology at the Hamilton International Airport. Mohawk is among the top five colleges for applied research in Canada. It has been named one of Canada’s greenest employers seven years in a row, holds a GOLD STARS rating from AASHE for sustainability achievements and is home to the country’s largest and first institutional building to receive dual certification for Zero Carbon Building Framework design and performance for The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation. More than 135,000 people have graduated from Mohawk since it was founded.