10:57 AM

Mohawk’s Director and Special Advisor on Indigenous Initiatives Appointed to National Advisory Committee

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Mohawk College congratulates Amy Kelaidis, Director and Special Advisor, Indigenous Initiatives on her appointment to Colleges and Institutes Canada’s (CICan) Indigenous Education Advisory Committee.

The national committee brings together leaders and professional practitioners from across Canada to provide input on advocacy priorities and positions related to Indigenous education and skills development. The committee also serves as a forum for discussions focused on building capacity to serve Indigenous learners and communities across Canada.

Amy is Anishnaabe-kwe, Eagle Clan of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. As Director and Special Advisor, Indigenous Initiatives, Amy has been advancing Mohawk’s initiatives on reconciliation and Indigenous education and working with community organizations and academic partner institutions to increase programming and create more opportunities for Indigenous learners.

Amy has used her academic background and teaching qualifications to support the design of Indigenous courses, programs and curricula and also continues to support the creation of arts and cultural spaces both within the college and the community. She has been part of several teams to develop policy, services, programs, courses and multi-year plans to motivate and provide leadership in building relationships between allies and Indigenous communities to work towards reconciliation in Canada.

“Mohawk is deeply committed to Indigenous education and to helping our Indigenous learners reach their full potential. CICan’s Indigenous Education Advisory Committee is a strong voice for Indigenous education and skills development in Canada, and we are proud that Amy has been selected to serve on this committee.” - Ron J. McKerlie, President & CEO, Mohawk College