Global Capacity, Growth, and Recognition.
We support Member Institutes to advance post-secondary Indigenous education innovation, through partnerships and collective collaborative approaches.
The Indigenous Institutes Consortium (IIC) represents the collective and collaborative efforts of its seven Indigenous-owned and operated education and training institutions across Ontario. Since 1994, the IIC has successfully raised the awareness and profiles of Member Indigenous institutions, learners and communities. It was an instrumental mechanism in the establishment of Ontario’s Indigenous Institutes Act in 2017.
The IIC provides support to the Indigenous Institutes as directed by its Governance Circle and in compliance with the IIC three-year strategic plan and governance polices. The Member Institutes are built on the foundation of Indigenous ways of knowing and being. Institutes continue to be deeply committed to preserving and strengthening Indigenous languages, traditions, and culture, and play essential roles in the promotion of cultural learning and language acquisition. Lifelong learning is essential in supporting the needs of First Nations communities who mandate each of the Indigenous Institutes.
DID YOU KNOW:
Indigenous institutions have successfully delivered post-secondary programs and services in Ontario since 1985 and currently deliver programs to 4000 learners per year.
IIC Facilitates and Champions Recognition and Relationships that Advance Indigenous Control Over Indigenous Post-Secondary Education in Ontario
Leading Post-Secondary Education Indigenous Institutions of Choice for Life Long Learning in a Culturally Supportive Environment for All Learners
The IIC is founded on the Seven Grandfather Teachings, which provide a solid foundation for our core values and how we work together and guide our collective unity. Courage and Wisdom guide our current path. Truth, Humility, Respect, Love and Honesty frame everything we do.
The IIC Governance Circle provides oversight to the IIC Secretariat. The Circle is comprised of directors appointed by and from each Member Institute. The IIC Secretariat is led by the Executive Director and supported by the Executive Assistant and Liaison.
Following the Carver model of governance, these policies have been created by and adopted by the Governance Circle Members. The Policies are aligned with the Corporate By-Laws pursuant to the laws of Ontario. A policy is a value or perspective. Two key categories include:
- Governance Process and Governance Circle-Management Delegation
- These policies are the rules for the Governance Circle’s own performance and behaviour.
- Ends and Operational Risk Limits
- These policies are the Governance Circle’s instructions to the staff/organization, through the Executive Director.
The Executive Director and Governance Circle ensure that the IIC achieves its Ends and maintains full compliance with the Operational Risk Limits policies through evidence-based monitoring reporting six times each year.
It is crucial to good governance that all Governance Circle Members be highly knowledgeable with its IIC Governance Policies. Ongoing education, training, monitoring and evaluation, is a key element of its governance structure.
The Governance Circle is:
Ogwehoweh Skills and Trades Training Centre (OSTTC)
Six Nations Polytechnic
Anishinabek Educational Institute
Iohahi:io Akwesasne Education & Training Institute
The Wenjack Institute
Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig
Wendelyn is Haudenosaunee from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory where she was born and continues to reside today.
She has extensive knowledge and experience working with Indigenous communities in Canada, over twenty years in a variety of sectors at the local, regional and national levels. Her expertise focuses on bridging the relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the spirit of reconciliation, program development, program review, fundraising and management.
Wendelyn has worked for numerous organizations such as the Chiefs of Ontario, Niagara College, the Belinda Stronach Foundation, Indspire, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, the Law Society of Upper Canada and many more inspiring organizations, encompassing Indigenous justice, education, health, governance, youth, computer literacy and the legacy of Indian Residential Schools.
Nominated three times for the Premier’s Award in Ontario for building relations, she is no stranger to overcoming diversity and finding solutions to issues within the Indigenous community. She served a three-year term as an elected Councilor for her home community at Six Nations.
With a passion for advancing the well-being of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in this country, Wendy brings a spirit of creativity and innovation mixed with drive and determination focused on closing the gap and building capacity in Indigenous communities.
Wendelyn is currently the Executive Director of the Indigenous Institutes Consortium (IIC) reporting to eight unique Indigenous Institutes across Ontario, with a focus on advancing and sustaining the Third Pillar of post-secondary education in Ontario to recognize Indigenous accreditation. The IIC is positioned to be a leader in Indigenous post-secondary education nationally through its successful co-creation model along-side Ontario.
She is the very proud mother of one beautiful daughter and is the youngest of twelve children.
Jake Jamieson is Mohawk Nation from Six Nations of The Grand River. Jake’s early upbringing has led to a passion for live performance and Indigenous-focused creativity. In 2018, he graduated from X University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in the Performance Production program at the School of Performance and in early 2019 started working with the Indigenous Institutes Consortium to support the Indigenous Institute members.