Founded in 1994 to address the collective issues impacting post-secondary Indigenous education in Ontario, today the Indigenous Institutes Consortium (formerly the Aboriginal Institutes Consortium) represents eight Indigenous-owned and controlled education and training institutions across the province.
Our member institutes are:
Through 25 years of ongoing advocacy, the Indigenous Institutes Consortium (IIC) has succeeded in raising the awareness and profiles of Indigenous institutions, learners and communities. This work culminated in 2017 with the historic passage of Ontario’s Indigenous Institutes Act which formally recognized the role of Indigenous education.
Today, the IIC is the collective voice of the province’s Indigenous education sector and is driving the push for resources and capacity-building required to ensure that Indigenous education forms a viable and sustainable third pillar alongside Ontario’s colleges and universities.
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.
Indigenous education is recognized as the third pillar of Ontario’s post-secondary education system and institutes have the resources and capacity to support Indigenous students and their communities in reaching their potential.
The proposed values of the IIC include respect, honouring our ancestors, shared responsibility, courage and resiliency. The Seven Grandfather Teachings provide a solid foundation for our core values:
The Governance Circle is:
Ongwehoweh Skills and Trades Training Centre (OSTTC)
Six Nations Polytechnic
Anishinabek Education 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.