Founded in 2010, the Indigenous Education Council (IEC) was created to promote a positive educational experience and the success of Indigenous students at Laurier.
The IEC is comprised of university administrators, faculty, students and Indigenous community members. It is committed to developing and supporting Indigenous educational aspirations through curriculum, programs, services and research at Laurier.
The IEC assists and advises Laurier in identifying and articulating priorities for programs and services intended to increase the successful recruitment, retention and graduation of Indigenous students.
The Indigenous Education Council is an advisory body to the President and Vice-Chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University and the senior management team. The council will assist Laurier in meeting its Values, Vision, Mission and Guiding Principles as it pertains to our interactions with, and inclusiveness of Indigenous peoples.
The Laurier Strategy (2019-2024) states that: Laurier excels at creating a culture of engagement that develops the whole person and builds reciprocal community relationships by pursuing enhanced and accelerated initiatives to integrate Indigenous knowledge and practices across the university. With leading academic programs, support services, community outreach, ceremonies, and research, Laurier strives to create an environment in which Indigenous values are acknowledged and celebrated.
The Laurier Indigenous Education Council (IEC) has been created to promote a positive educational experience and success of Indigenous students at Laurier.
The IEC will, as part of its function, help to fulfil the condition for community engagement required by the Province of Ontario’s Post-Secondary Education Training and Action Plan funding in support of Indigenous student initiatives.
Full complement of 17 members shall be as follows:
Banakonda Kennedy Kish Bell, email@example.com
Associate Vice President, Indigenous Initiatives:
Darren Thomas firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-chair, President and Vice-Chancellor:
Deborah MacLatchy, email@example.com
As alternate: Senior Executive Officer, Brantford Campus
Vice President, Student Affairs:
Ivan Joseph, firstname.lastname@example.org
Indigenous Field of Study, Master of Social Work program representative:
Lori Hill email@example.com
Indigenous Study Program Presentative:
Keri Chechoo firstname.lastname@example.org
Indigenous Staff Representative:
Laurie Minor email@example.com
Indigenous Student Representatives:
Undergraduate Student Waterloo Campus: Celeste Bond: firstname.lastname@example.org
Undergraduate Student Brantford Campus: Brandon Scharuda email@example.com
Manager Indigenous Student Services:
Emily Daniel firstname.lastname@example.org
Two Indigenous Community Organization Representatives:
Nicole Robinson, email@example.com. Representative from the Waterloo District School Board – Equity and Inclusion Officer Indigenous Focus
Indigenous Community Organization Representative: TBD
Four Indigenous Community Representatives (1 of which will co-chair)
Luane Roberts, firstname.lastname@example.org. Co-Chair, Indigenous Community Representative
Jody Noah, email@example.com. Indigenous Community Representative - Southern First Nations Secretariat
Indigenous Community Member Representative: TBD
The Laurier Indigenous Education Council (IEC) shall normally meet three times per year or as deemed necessary. Other meetings may be held at the call of both co-chairs.
Members should make every effort to attend scheduled meetings. When conflicts or unforeseen circumstances arise, members should, whenever possible, designate an alternate who will attend for them if necessary. If a member fails to attend three consecutive meetings, they may be asked to resign.
Minutes of each meeting will be kept, including discussion summaries, action items, and consensus decisions.
Visitors may attend council meetings; special guests may be invited to make presentations. Presentations will be made in a timely manner. There will be a limitation of time at presentations.
Quorum is 2/3 – 11 of 17 members.
Laurier shall provide administrative services and meeting expenses for the IEC and its committees, for the purpose of developing minutes, space agendas and materials for IEC meetings. At the request of members, travel expenses and honoraria will be reimbursed; travel claims can be submitted to the AVP Indigenous Initiatives by email.
AVP Indigenous Initiatives be responsible for seeking replacements.
Decision-making will be by consensus.
Only those who are identified members of the Council shall participate in deliberations.
To identify a consensus, the meeting chair will state the decisions as s/she understands it for the record.
In the case where there is not a clear consensus, the meeting chair should first ask every delegate in attendance to state her/his opinion on the subject at hand. If no consensus exists, the meeting chair may defer the decision until the next meeting.