Canadians Form Own Education Consortium

Aug 15th, 1997 | By | Category: 9-2: Re-envisioning Indian Education, Tribal College News

The First Nations Adult and Higher Education Consortium was formed last June by eight tribal community colleges and adult education programs in Canada. (Canadians use “First Nations” instead of American Indian or Native.) The mission statement emphasizes the members’ determination to exercise sovereignty over education and to focus upon culture.

Many of its goals resemble those of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC). It will provide unity, monitor and develop legislation and educational policies, and provide training and technical assistance. Membership is limited to learning institutions established by and controlled by First Nations people. The mission statement says, “It is an inherent right of each person to achieve a sense of self-realization within the context of his/her cultural understanding.”

Red Crow Community College in Alberta, one of the founding members of the new consortium, is also a member of AIHEC. The college will continue to participate in both national organizations, according to Red Crow President Marie Smallface Marule. Copies of the mission statement can be obtained from the Treaty 7 Tribal Council offices in Alberta at (403) 258-1775.

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