Changing Narratives in Indigenous, Rural, Remote and Northern Communities Virtual Forum (E/SI)

April 27, 2021 | 10:00 - 11:45

Track: Extracurricular Activity

Supporting Indigenous, rural, remote, and northern communities throughout the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic has required new innovative approaches to ensure the sustainability and prosperity of these communities.

This virtual forum aims at stimulating broad discussion and reflection on how colleges and institutes can keep improving the response to changing realities and contribute to the economic recovery in key areas such as: advancing truth and reconciliation, developing the workforce of today and tomorrow, meeting diverse needs of learners, creating inclusive learning environments, and responding to labour market needs.

The forum will include an Indigenous lens and will bring together delegates who serve Indigenous, rural, remote, and northern communities to interact with each other through a combination of keynote, plenary and concurrent presentations, and call for action sessions.

10:00 – 11:00 PLENARY SESSION
10:00 – 10:15 Welcome
Denise Amyot, President & CEO – CICan


Indigenous Welcome
Jane Meader, Elder, Membertou First Nation Community

10:15 – 11:00 Keynote Address
Build back smarter:  The role of college education for Indigenous, rural, remote and northern communities in Canada’s post-COVID economy

Mark Podlasly, Director, Economic Policy and Initiatives – First Nations Major Project Coalition
Denise Amyot, President & CEO – CICan

Session # 1
College-Industry Partnerships
Diane Teslak, Vice-President, Finance and Corporate Services – College of the Rockies


Presentation # 1 – Shipbuilding; Building Stronger College, Community, Industry Relations (EN)

Jude Gerrard, Senior Advisor, Mi’kmaw and Indigenous Initiatives – NSCC
Terrah Keener, Dean, School of Access, Education and Language, NSCC
Melanie Sack, Director of Program and Partnership Development, Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre
Audra McCreesh, Manager, Industrial Participation, Irving Halifax Shipyard


Presentation # 2 – Projets écologiques, inclusifs et novateurs (FR)
Robin Craig, Director, Research and Innovation Boréal – Collège Boréal

Session # 2 – Responding to Community Needs (SI) Facilitator:
Donald DesRoches, President – Collège de l’Île


Presentation # 1 – La radio autochtone : richesse culturelle à protéger (projet collégial avec divers acteurs) (FR/SI)

Isabelle Quirion, Coordinator, Mastera – Continuing Education – Cégep de Jonquière


Presentation # 2 – Un collège nordique francophone au cœur de sa communauté (FR/SI)
Josée Clermont, Director General – Collège nordique francophone
Rosie Benning, Coordinator, Language Training School – Collège nordique francophone

Session # 3 – Recruitment, Retention and Success of Students Facilitator :
Nadine Arbour, Coordinator, Écobes – Cégep de Jonquière


Presentation # 1 – Northern Lakes Colleges Supported Distance Learning (SDL) Model in Unprecedented Times (EN)

Michelle Mitchell, Dean, Academic Development & Quality & Interim Dean, Health – Northern Lakes College
Amy Saitz, Dean, Business, Academics, Trades and Regional Stewardship – Northern Lakes College
Tammy Purchase, Registrar – Northern Lakes College


Presentation # 2 – Cumberland College: Student Engagement Pandemic Response (EN)
Bobbi Gray, VP, Academic – Cumberland College
Corinne Lam Ma, Manager of Learner Services and ESL – Cumberland College

Presentation # 4 – Sustainability and Prosperity of Communities Facilitator: Angus Graeme. President, Selkirk College


Presentation # 1 – What have we learned from the 2019 CICan Forum for Colleges and Institutes Serving Rural, Remote and Northern Communities – What can we learn from these findings in today’s postsecondary environment? (EN)
Catherine Drea, Higher Education Consultant


Presentation # 2 – The Perspective and Experience of an Indian Institute of Technologies
Tavia Laliberté, Vice-President, Academics – Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT)

11:40 – 11:45 PLENARY SESSION

Closing Remarks
Denise Amyot, President and CEO – CICan

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