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Aboriginal Council of Queen's University

The Aboriginal Council of Queen's University (ACQU) was established in 1992, in conjunction with the Aboriginal Education and Training Strategy introduced by the provincial government.

...to ensure that for generations hereafter Aboriginal peoples will have access to higher education at Queen's University, and that the institution will be responsive to the broader needs of Aboriginal peoples.

The Aboriginal Council of Queen’s University provides guidance on Aboriginal programs and services at Queen’s. The Council is composed of representatives from Indigenous communities in Ontario, as well as Indigenous and non-Indigenous faculty, staff, students and senior administrators. The Council reports directly to the University Senate and Board of Trustees.

Working Groups of Aboriginal Council

The work of Aboriginal Council is informed by the Working Groups. The Working Groups meet regularly throughout the academic year and provide a report to Council on the progress of the work for each Council meeting.

Aboriginal Student Access and Support Working Group

The Aboriginal Student Access and Support working group supports the following policy objectives:

  • To enhance equitable access and participation of Aboriginal learners in all programs and services at Queen’s University and;
  • To increase the admission, retention, and academic success of Aboriginal students by developing and providing programs - including bridging and access programs and specialized.

Indigenous Knowledge, Curriculum and Research Working Group

The Indigenous Knowledge, Curriculum and Research working group supports the following policy objectives:

  • To ensure and enhance partnerships between Queen’s University and Aboriginal communities with the goal of developing collaborative research and learning projects that explicitly honour and value Aboriginal culture, ways of knowing and languages;
  • To more fully integrate the teaching of Aboriginal perspectives and content in courses and programs across the university to recognize Aboriginal history, culture and ways of knowing and;
  • To develop academic programs to meet the needs of Aboriginal students at Queen’s University.

Cultural Awareness and Programming Working Group

The Cultural Awareness and Programming group supports the following policy objectives:

  • To enhance the cultural climate for Aboriginal faculty, staff and students at Queen’s University by providing culturally appropriate support services, an increased cultural presence and a gathering place for Aboriginal students and other community members;
  • To increase the awareness of, and opportunities to celebrate the diversity of, Aboriginal students, cultures and perspectives within the Queen’s University community and;
  • To provide a range of on- and off-campus university activities to encourage social, intellectual, and cultural interactions between local Aboriginal communities and the Queen’s University community.

Terms of Reference

The 2013 Terms of Reference document provides:

  • an update and integration of the ACQU’s 2002 Terms of Reference
  • a 2006 action plan
  • a 2011 Senate-approved revision to the ACQU’s membership
  • the Ministry’s 2011 Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education and Training Policy Framework
  • similar Council documents from other Ontario universities
  • Queen’s 2011 Academic Plan
  • the 2012 Aboriginal education policy objectives, established by the ACQU

Aboriginal Community Representatives

Dwight Bero Jr. Akwesasne Mohawk Board of Education
Al Doxtator Elder
Patti Brinklow Tyendinaga Mohawk Council
Carol Ann Budd Community Co-Chair
Laurel Claus-Johnson Katarowki Grandmother’s Council
Elaine Jeffery Metis Nation of Ontario
Dave Mowat Alderville First Nation
Amanda Killabuk Tungasvvingat Inuit
Dawn Lavell Harvard Ontario Native Women's Association

Queen's University Community Representatives

Patrick Deane Principal
Mark Green Provost and VP Academic 
Teri Shearer Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion)
Ann Tierney Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs, Council Co-Chair
Janice Hill Associate Vice-Principal (Indigenous Initiatives & Reconciliation), Council Secretary
Brian Frank Associate-Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science 
Haley Cochrane Project and Communications Coordinator, OII, Associate Council Secretary
Deb St.Amant Representative, Faculty of Education
Vacant Faculty Member at Large
John Pierce Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning
Gordon Smith Vice Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science
Leslie Flynn Vice-Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences

Queen's University Student Representatives

Tanisha Paul Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP)
Emma Sparks and Kassie Hill Co-Presidents, Queen's Native Students Association (QNSA)
Jacob Calderone American Indian Science and Engineering Society, Queen's Chapter
Sebastian DeLine Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE)
Misko McGregor and Rachel Agnew Indigenous Commissioners, Alma Mater Society (AMS)
Paige Van Tassel Indigenous Graduate Liaison, Society of Graduate and Professional Studies (SGPS)