Indigenous Education Senate Sub-Committee (IESSC)

The Role of the Indigenous Education Senate Sub-Committee (IESSC)

The Indigenous Education Senate Sub-Committee (IESSC) will, first, review the existing academic programs, services and institutional initiatives conducted in support of Indigenous education within the context of the ten point commitment of the Manitoba Education Blueprint.  The IESSC will assist the university in fulfilling its academic vision pertaining to engaged citizenship and leadership through enhancing the understanding of all students, faculty and staff about the role, history, knowledge and contributions of Indigenous communities in shaping Canada today and in the future. Furthermore, it will continue on an on-going basis to monitor our efforts in reaching the ten point commitment.

2020-2021 Summary Report

  • Development and initiation of the Brandon University Teaching House – offering cultural teachings monthly led by Knowledge Keepers
  • Adapted Pulling Together – Manitoba Foundations guide was launched September 2021 as a learning tool. First facilitator-led cohort started in November 2021
  • Motion went to Senate in January 2021 for a minimum 3 credit hour Indigenous content requirement for all degree programs using the model of liberal education requirements
  • Indigenous Education Website developed and available directly off the homepage
  • Created Guidelines for Engaging Knowledge Keepers on the Indigenous Education Website
  • Review of BUFA Collective Agreement for barriers to bring Indigenous knowledge into the institution. Creation of Brandon University Working Group on Indigenization of the BUFA Collective Agreement
  • Motion to Senate to create an Indigenous seat on Brandon University Board of Governors and Senate Committee