The IEC, therefore, represents the interests and concerns of local Indigenous communities and is committed to the educational success of current and future Indigenous learners. Its University-wide mandate is to develop and implement relevant policies, programming, services and spaces that affect and impact Indigenous postsecondary success.
The IEC will initiate a review of the terms of reference as needed to ensure their relevancy to the context in which they are working.
The Indigenous Education Council’s key goals are:
- create a respectful, inclusive environment within the University that values Indigenous languages, cultures, worldviews, histories, and knowledges
- foster a more culturally-sensitive and supportive environment that will help Indigenous students achieve their highest academic potential
- encourage the recruitment and participation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit in the University of Ottawa’s workforce
- facilitate intellectual partnerships with Indigenous peoples drawing on the traditional knowledges and cultural protocols of Indigenous teachings specific to different nations