Rights of Indigenous Peoples

An overarching acknowledgement of the rights of Indigenous Peoples is key to JIBC’s commitment to Indigenization at the Institute.

The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on Sept. 13, 2007. More than 20 years in the making, with the participation of more than 100 Indigenous organizations annually, the declaration is the most comprehensive statement of the rights of Indigenous peoples ever developed.

It represents a global consensus on a framework of minimum standards set for the protection of individual and collective rights of Indigenous people including their survival, dignity and well-being. It expands on existing human rights standards and fundamental freedoms as they apply to the specific situation of Indigenous peoples.

JIBC is also committed to the Indigenous Education Protocol for Colleges and Institutes developed by Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan). The protocol aims to support the commitment of colleges and institutes to Indigenous education and to provide a vision of how they can improve and better serve Indigenous peoples.

The document stresses the importance of structures and approaches necessary to address Indigenous peoples’ learning needs and support self-determination and socio-economic development of Indigenous communities.

Under the CICan protocol, signatory institutions, including JIBC, agree to:

1. Commit to making Indigenous education a priority.

2. Ensure governance structures recognize and respect Indigenous peoples.

3. Implement intellectual and cultural traditions of Indigenous peoples through curriculum and learning approaches relevant to learners and communities.

4. Support students and employees to increase understanding and reciprocity among Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

5. Commit to increasing the number of Indigenous employees with ongoing appointments throughout the institution, including Indigenous senior administrators.

6. Establish Indigenous-centred holistic services and learning environments for learner success.

7. Build relationships and be accountable to Indigenous communities in support of self-determination through education, training and applied research.

Last updated February 21, 2019