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November 2, 2023
While Aurora College is in the process of transforming into a polytechnic university, it is laying the groundwork for the establishment of an Indigenous Knowledge Holders Council.
“The main reason for this new council is really to have a helper or calls to become increasingly more effective and efficient and better positioned to identify and respond to the needs of Indigenous and Northern residents,” said Dr. Angela James, special advisor to the president of Aurora College.
Although representatives have yet to be appointed, the 13-member body shows that Aurora College is paying tribute, honour and respect to Indigenous peoples, according to James.
The council, one of three bodies that will make up the new tri-cameral governance structure, is the first of its kind to appear in a post-secondary institution in Canada.