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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

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 that meet the needs of both the Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, faculty and staff 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 IEC provides leading advice regarding priorities for allocation of government and institutional funding for Indigenous initiatives.

Terms of Reference

These terms of reference will be reviewed annually at the spring meeting.

Council Members

Deborah MacLatchy, Co-chair: President and Vice Chancellor,

Nicole Robinson, Co-chair: Indigenous Community Member,

Heidi Northwood, Senior Executive Officer: Brantford Campus,

Associate Vice President: Indigenous Initiatives: TBD

Melissa Ireland, Director: Indigenous Initiatives,

Two representatives from two academic programs:

Three Indigenous student representatives:

Jennifer Parkinson, Representative from Metis Nation of Ontario and/or federally recognized Metis organization,

Susan Hill, Representative from Grand River Post-Secondary Education Office,

Veronica King, Representative from the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation,

Representative from the Waterloo District School Board – Equity and Inclusion Officer Indigenous Focus: TBD

Jody Noah, Representative from the Southern First Nations Secretariat,

Three Community members at large (two positions TBD):

Banakonda Kennedy Kish Bell, Elder,

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