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Indigenous Education at Canadore College Receives National Recognition

May 20, 2020 | Cindy Males, Public Relations and Communications Specialist

Canadore College has been selected as the Gold Recipient of the CICan Indigenous Education Excellence Award.  CICan, or Colleges and Institutes Canada, is a national association formed in 1972 to represent the interests of its member institutions to government and industry.

“The national recognition Canadore received from Colleges and Institutes Canada is a testament to the talent and commitment of our First Peoples’ Centre staff and our Indigenous partners,” said Canadore College President George Burton.  “We have a proud history of collectively moving together to accomplish the goals of our learners, partners, and communities we serve within a framework of shared values and mutual respect.”

Canadore has developed several ongoing initiatives rooted in Indigenous cultural practices and values.

The programs were created in Canadore’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; and The Village which was designed with culturally-appropriate spaces and bridges Indigenous, eastern, and western health and wellness practices.

“Indigenous students are very diverse and come from unique circumstances and communities,” said Mary Wabano, Director of Academic Operations and Business Development and Director of the First Peoples’ Centre at Canadore.  “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.”

“Our holistic services are designed to support not only our students but to support our students within their family units. Our unique approaches are built on Indigenous values and principles of family, community, and healthy relationships,” said Wabano.




Canadore College trains people through applied learning, leadership and innovation. It provides access to over 80 full-time quality programs and has outstanding faculty and provides success services to students from nearly 400 Canadian communities and 15 international countries. The College and its students add nearly $244 million to Nipissing Parry Sound Service Area economy. Approximately 1,000 students graduate from Canadore each year, and they join 46,000 alumni working across the globe. Canadore receives less than 50 per cent of its traditional funding from the provincial Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and relies on its own innovation and entrepreneurial endeavors and generous donors for the balance.


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