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Aboriginal Post-Secondary Information Program - Jolene John - SASSY 2014


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Presented at the 2014 Student Affairs and Services Symposium at York University.
Learn about the Aboriginal Post-Secondary Information
Program (APSIP) and how it empowers Aboriginal learners,
leaders, educators, institutions, and communities to collaborate to increase access, retention, and inclusion of Indigenous peoples, pedagogies, epistemologies, and methodologies within academia.

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Aboriginal Post-Secondary Information Program - Jolene John - SASSY 2014

  1. 1. July 21, 2014
  2. 2. East: Physical VISION “to see” South: Mental KNOWLEDGE “to know” West: Emotional ATTITUDES/ BELIEFS “to believe” North: Spiritual ACTION “to do” Teaching from: Sylvia Maracle Tyendinaga, Mohawk (OFIFC) Anishnaabe Medicine Wheel Model
  3. 3. Educational opportunities for Aboriginal learners Diverse educational opportunities Assist Aboriginal learners in achieving their educational goals Information Programs in the area of recruitment, educational awareness, accessibility and participation Increase the number of Aboriginal learners pursuing post- secondary education in Canada Specially targeting Ontario, Quebec and the sovereign Nations linked by treaty to Canada
  4. 4. Aboriginal people can best define the needs of Aboriginal learners and their communities Bring understanding of the formal educational process to community educational leaders Increase the enrolment and retention of Aboriginal learners within the post-secondary system Establish collaboration and partnership between APSIP members and the educational leaders within the targeted Aboriginal communities
  5. 5. Inspire, encourage and empower Aboriginal students APSIP members serving as positive role models Share personal lived experiences with perspective students Highlight achievements gained through the post- secondary educational system APSIP encourages the sharing of knowledge and wise practices among APSIP members, our institutions and the Aboriginal communities Provide the best services available for our communities.
  6. 6. A grassroots organization, APSIP began in 1998 Common goal – increasing the number of Aboriginal learners in the province’s post- secondary institutions Today, APSIP consists of 38 member institutions Representation from Colleges, Universities and Aboriginal post-secondary institutions across Ontario and Quebec
  7. 7. Gaps between the educational attainment of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal populations still remain In the 2011 Aboriginal Postsecondary Education Framework, the government of Ontario articulated its commitment to improving Aboriginal learners’ access to, and achievement in, post-secondary institutions Population rate of Aboriginal peoples in Canada is growing much faster than the general population
  8. 8. Ontario’s Learning Ministries have identified Aboriginal education as a key priority Improving Aboriginal learners’ achievements in educational settings Closing the educational attainment gaps Five Educational principles: Excellence and accountability Equity, inclusion, and respect for diversity Cooperation on and shared responsibility for postsecondary education and training Respect for Constitutional and treaty rights Respect for Indigenous Knowledge, languages, and cultures
  9. 9. 20.1 4.55.2 5.4 Canada Ontario Aboriginal Population Growth 2006- 2011 Aboriginal Non-Aboriginal
  10. 10. 3% 0% 2% 2% 10% 21% 14%11% 16% 17% 1% 1% 2% Aboriginal Identity Population in Canada Newfoundland & Labrador Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick Quebec Ontario Manitoba Saskatchewan Alberta British Columbia Yukon Northwest Territories Nunavut
  11. 11. Aboriginal Post-Secondary Information Program (APSIP) APSIP is uniquely tailored to recruiting the Aboriginal student population. We do this by visiting Aboriginal Friendship Centres, high schools with a high population of Aboriginal students, powwows, alternative schools, colleges, and Aboriginal organizations. When we are not on the road, we are committed to strengthening community ties. This is achieved through site visits, community councils/socials/gatherings, one-on-one counseling appointments, and formal group presentations. The role of the Aboriginal Recruitment Officer/ Liaison is to counter the history of exclusion from post-secondary education. By reaching out to Aboriginal youth, the ARO begins planting the seed of accessibility. Aboriginal peoples have historically been excluded from post-secondary institutions.
  12. 12. Community-based methodology Year long engagement in communities Members of the collective also serve as role models and become familiar points of contact in institutions that can seem challenging to navigate APSIP is able to successfully define and meet the needs of Aboriginal learners and their communities, as well as increase the postsecondary educational enrolment and attainment of Aboriginal students
  13. 13. Wk. Region/Community Dates Coordinators 1. North Western ON Sept 15- 19, 2014 Anna Chief 2. Hwy. 17 Loop Sept 22- 26, 2014 JoAnn Robertson & Melvin Peltier 3. North Shore/Manitoulin Sept 29- Oct 3, 2014 JoAnn Robertson & Melvin Peltier 4. Sudbury/North Bay Oct 6- 10, 2014 Gerard Peltier, Nancy Burke & Brad Robinson 5. BREAK WEEK Oct 13- 17, 2014 *optional visits* 6. GTA & Oshawa Oct 20- 24, 2014 Jolene John, Quazance Boissoneau, Vero Roussel & Beth Kotierk 7. Southern Georgian Bay Oct 27- 31, 2014 April Jones & Vero Roussel 8. Western Quebec & Ottawa Nov 3- 7, 2014 Mallory Whiteduck, Kakwira Cook & Beth Kotierk 8. Eastern Ontario Nov 10- 14, 2014 Dustin Brant, Ashley Maracle & Shari Beaver 10 Six Nations, Hamilton & Niagara Nov 17- 21, 2014 Lacey Hill & Jennie Anderson 11 Southwestern Ontario Nov 24- 38, 2014 Roxane Shawana & Kandice Baptiste 12 James Bay (TBA) (TBA)
  14. 14. 1. Indigenous recruitment is based on capacity building and strengthening relationships between Aboriginal learners, liaison staff, educational leaders, institutions, and communities. 2. APSIP provides a critical opportunity for Indigenous liaisons to act as positive role models for our youth. 3. The requirements of APSIP members vary from that of mainstream recruiters, and, this unique variance is particularly relevant because not only are our individual roles government mandated, funded, and prioritized, it is also holistically relevant and relational for Indigenous peoples, communities, institutions and our APSIP body.
  15. 15. 3540 3472 4185 Breakdown per year (2011 - 2013) 20111 2012 20131
  16. 16. 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 800 900 1000 2011 2012 2013 Breakdown per week (2011-2013)
  17. 17. “… I liked that I had a chance to talk to the university representatives, and have questions answered… I got information on scholarships and programs that helped me with planning what I am going to do in the future.” Grade 12 Student at Hamilton Event, 2011
  18. 18. “…APSIP managed to turn over new leaves for many students and I am truly grateful. As mentioned in person, it is so incredibly relevant to the students when they see fellow Aboriginal peoples who are successful, well-spoken, and driven”. Sharla Niroopan Grade 7/8 Teacher First Nations School of Toronto, TDSB
  19. 19. Visit the Aboriginal Student Services Department at your local institution Get to know your local Aboriginal Recruitment Liaison If you would like to coordinate a school visit or an information fair, then contact a Weekly Coordinator Find out when we will be in your area and contact us! Visit for more information!
  20. 20. Get informed! ON Ministry of Education: Aboriginal Education Strategy Aboriginal Post- Secondary Education and Training Policy Framework Ontario Native Education Counselling Association Additional Resources: Council of Ontario Universities COU’s Aboriginal Self- Identification Project Report COU’s Indigenous Issues in Post- Secondary Education: Building on Best Practices Report
  21. 21. Website: Facebook: Aboriginal Post-Secondary Information Program (APSIP) Twitter: APSIP @AboriginalPSE