Aboriginal Council restructures for greater effectiveness
The revamped Aboriginal Council of Queen’s University (ACQU) gives Aboriginal peoples greater representation and strengthens the council’s connection with the governing bodies of the university.
“The ACQU determined that it could fulfill its duties more effectively as a smaller council while enhancing the representative nature of its composition,” says Caroline Davis, Vice Principal (Finance and Administration), and co-chair of ACQU.
The council has been reduced from 44 to 24 members. Under the new composition, Aboriginal community members make up 51 per cent of the ACQU. Previously, 30 of the 44 members (68 per cent of the council) were Queen’s representatives.
The change in composition also aligns ACQU’s reporting structure with provincial guidelines. Queen’s principal or designate will now sit on the council and serve as its representative at Senate and the Board of Trustees.
The revised council includes:
• Ten representatives from Aboriginal communities (one elder, two from national, provincial or territorial organizations, and seven from local Aboriginal communities);
• Five Queen’s student representatives;
• Nine Queen’s community representatives (five faculty members and four senior administrators or their designates).
ACQU co-chairs will be selected from within the council by the members.
Initial appointments to the revised ACQU are for a one-year period. A process for nominating new members will be developed during that time.
ACQU ensures that Aboriginal peoples have access to higher education at Queen’s, and that the institution is responsive to the broader needs of Aboriginal peoples. Meetings are open to all faculty, staff and student members of the Queen’s community.
A report on the changes to the ACQU can be found online through the Queen’s Senate website.