Indigenous Education Council (IEC)

The Indigenous Education Council’s (IEC) ultimate responsibility is to facilitate the creation of a new, meaningful, and lasting relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples based on a respectful partnership between uOttawa and Algonquin communities upon whose lands the university sits, as well as other Indigenous communities that work in partnership with uOttawa.


The IEC 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, programing, services, and spaces that affect and impact Indigenous post-secondary success.

This is an organic document and will be revised and altered as required by IEC representatives as the goals change in relation to how the Indigenous Portfolio evolves over time. The current goals of the IEC reflect a mandate to support the development of uOttawa’s nascent Indigenous Portfolio.


To ensure that the IEC has a meaningful role to play in the development of uOttawa’s Indigenous Portfolio, the IEC has established the following priorities:

  1. Create an Indigenous Action Plan (IAP) which will be integral to the next university-wide strategic planning document undertaken by the University of Ottawa. As a part of the university-wide strategic plan, the IAP will approved by the Senate and Board of Governors.
  2. Guide relevant departments, faculty, and staff as they develop and implement academic policies, programming, and courses that respects Indigenous knowledges and ways of knowing by fostering intellectual partnerships with Indigenous scholars, peoples, and communities.
  3. Work with university personnel responsible for the Indigenous portfolio to ensure that the appropriate protocols and processes are followed with local Indigenous communities so that strong and productive relationships are developed and maintained.
  4. Advise appropriate uOttawa deans, directors, coordinators, and human resource personnel as they develop recruitment and retention policies and hiring strategies that specifically target Indigenous peoples.
  5. Develop a communication plan that makes available and accessible to the public the IEC’s values, goals, and activities to internal and external stakeholders, provides updated reports about their yearly meetings, and information related to PFAL funding.
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