Draft standards for Indigenous services

Background

In 2014, the Division of Student Affairs at UVic embarked on the process of engaging with the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) standards for student services. However, as there are no CAS standards for Indigenous services and programs, a group of colleagues from UVic, University of British Columbia Okanagan and Royal Roads University came together to begin the work of defining standards based on their experiences as Indigenous student affairs professionals and institutional leaders. A draft of these standards was presented and workshopped at the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education in Toronto in July 2017.

This draft document was created by:

Participant Position Insitution
Asma-na-hi Antoine Manager, Indigenous Education and Student Services Royal Roads University
Ian Cull Associate Vice President Students UBC Okanagan
Dr. Rob Hancock LE,NONET Academic Coordinator University of Victoria
Dr. Robina Thomas Executive Director, Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement University of Victoria
Ruth Young (former) Director, Office of Indigenous Affairs University of Victoria

Current Work

In the fall of 2017, with support from the BCcampus Indigenization Project, this work was taken up by a team of colleagues from UVic, UBC Okanagan and Simon Fraser University. Along with the standards and supporting documents, the work also included the creation of a self-assessment tool to assist units providing services and programs for Indigenous students to identify their strengths, the areas they can improve and the next steps they can take. The intention is to offer a series of principles and promising practices to support the development and delivery of Indigenous programs and services at postsecondary institutions across North America. 

Participant Position Insitution
Ian Cull Associate Vice President Students UBC Okanagan
Dr. Rob Hancock LE,NONET Academic Coordinator University of Victoria
Dr. Stephanie McKeown Director, Planning and Institutional Research UBC Okanagan
Dr. Michelle Pidgeon Associate Professor, Faculty of Education Simon Fraser University
Adrienne Vedan Director, Aboriginal Programs and Services UBC Okanagan

These standards are in the process of being finalized, and will be posted here when they are complete. To request an electronic copy of them, or for further information, please contact .