We foster Indigenous ways of knowing, being, doing and relating.
IECC is involved in a number of college and community projects intended to enhance Indigenous student success and support community engagement in education.
The ASP incorporates Indigenous ways into the College
The ongoing Aboriginal Service Plan (ASP) seeks to incorporate Indigenous ways of knowing, being, doing, and relating into the ways of the College. The goal of the project is to ensure that Indigenous ways of seeing and experiencing the world are reflected in the way Camosun operates and that all non-Indigenous students come away from Camosun College better prepared to live alongside, negotiate with, and build better relationships with Indigenous people.
The following projects, positions and responsibilies are outlined within the 3 year plan PDF
- ASP Coordinator
- Indigenization Initiatives
- Indigenous Advisor
- Indigenous Community Liaison
- Elders' Initiative
- Indigenous Access Programming
- Student Belonging Initiatives & Enhanced Student Supports
Communities have the opportunity to apply for small project funds to deliver projects they believe will provide the most benefit for their communities, with Camosun providing external support. These projects support communities to enhance their access to Camosun and engagement with the College on their own terms. Camosun currently has community based projects in partnership with the following:
- Esquimalt Nation
- Songhees Nation
- Pauquachin First Nation
- Tsartlip First Nation
- Tsawout First Nation
- Tseycum First Nation
- Scia’new First Nation
- T’Sou-ke First Nation
- Pacheedaht First Nation
- Malahat First Nation
- Metis Nation of Greater Victoria
- Saanich Adult Education Centre, W̱SÁNEĆ School Board
- Victoria Native Friendship Centre
- Aboriginal Nations Education, School District 61- Victoria
- Aboriginal Education, School District 62 - Westshore
- Aboriginal Education, School District 63 - Saanich
Celebrating Indigenous culture
For many years students have been able to participate in various cultural activities and events including a Welcome Feast each September and other events such as the Indigenous Speaker Series, crafting learning opportunities, and special activities sponsored by the First Nations Student Association. The ASP has enhanced such opportunities, supporting National Indigenous Day celebrations, Elders' teachings, and the Songhees Pit Cook Demonstration, all of which support students' cultural and spiritual well-being. Some of these activities have now been taken on as a sole responsibility of Camosun.