Uniting people in a transformed world

The COVID-19 pandemic continued to reshape and transform our interactions and behaviours in 2022-23. For CICan, it meant hosting our first-ever hybrid connection conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Nearly 700 college and institute leaders and partners joined us on-site, and almost 300 participants joined us online. These numbers include representatives from every province and territory across the country and eight countries around the world! We learned from over 100 presenters in over 50 live and pre-recorded presentations in six nautical streams: Governing the Vessel, Charting Teaching and Learning, Navigating the Economy, Mapping Sustainability, Steering Innovation, and Sailing Globally.

Later in the year, we also gathered 150 educational leaders in Québec City on the unceded territory of the Huron-Wendat Nation for CICan’s 12th National Indigenous Education Symposium. Participants discussed and reflected on their shared visions and responsibilities when it comes to advancing truth and reconciliation.

It’s been almost ten years since CICan launched its Indigenous Education Protocol – an aspirational document and framework to improve educational outcomes for Indigenous learners and help institutions support Indigenous students. To date, 71 colleges and institutes have voluntarily signed the Protocol.