Carleton creates new Aboriginal education council

November 21, 2013

Carleton University has established a new Aboriginal Education Council made up of students, staff, faculty, and representatives from local First Nations communities. The council is designed to ensure the implementation of Carleton’s long-term coordinated strategy on Aboriginal issues, including providing guidance on “programs, courses and services that have an Aboriginal focus.” The council will also serve as a resource on the educational and support needs of Aboriginal students, staff and faculty. Chair Anita Tenasco, Kitigan Zibi’s Director of education, stated “The Aboriginal Education Council wants to help provide all Aboriginal students every opportunity to learn and expand their horizons. Education is the key to First Nations, Inuit and Métis people moving forward in a positive way.” Carleton recently opened a new Aboriginal centre, called Ojigkwanong, which means morning star in Algonquin. The centre was designed by Indigenous architect Douglas Cardinal, and is a hub for the more than 600 Aboriginal students and faculty at Carleton. Ottawa Citizen | Carleton News Release