Keyano College is the recipient of $697,700 from Suncor Energy Foundation’s Post-Secondary Donation Program.
The funds will assist in advancing Keyano’s commitment to integrating Indigenous knowledge and culture within the campus.
Keyano says it is set on multiple initiatives to promote an inclusive learning environment.
“For transformation to happen, we must implement curricular and non-curricular programming that is mindful of Indigenous history and ensure that our campus policies and support services align with Indigenous traditions,” said President & CEO of Keyano College, Jay Notay.
“We must work to honour the needs of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit students and families.”
The first initiative is the formation of an Indigenous Advisory Circle (IAC) which will include Indigenous community members, faculty, staff, students, and other stakeholders.
The IAC will ensure the college engages with and honours First Nations, Métis, and Inuit families and communities meaningfully while responding to the needs of the communities.
An Elder or Auntie-in-Residence Program is the other initiative to assist in support for Indigenous students.
The Elders or Aunties will serve as mentors to ensure the application of Indigenous knowledge to support the students and community building.
The program will also provide cultural, emotional, and spiritual guidance.
The overarching goal of the programs is to encourage the academic success and cultural integration of Indigenous students and to promote Indigenous-led solutions, equity, and reconciliation.
“These initiatives aim to amplify Indigenous voices and strengthen the collective spirit of Indigenous students, faculty, and community members,” says the Associate Vice President of Strategy and Business Transformation at Keyano College, Chantal Beaver.
“We are incredibly thankful to the Suncor Energy Foundation for supporting Keyano in its journey of reconciliation.”
Work on the programs will start this year with consultation.