Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.70
Liaison Whitney Crooks
Submission Date April 27, 2012
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Red River College Polytechnic
IN-3: Innovation 3

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Sara MacArthur
Sustainability Manager
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A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

RRC’s Aboriginal Student Support & Community Relations Department recognizes that many Aboriginal learners want and need a more holistic and supportive approach to entering and completing their post-secondary education. The department spends a lot of their time developing relationships with prospective learners, Chiefs, Elders, family members and others to ensure that academic programs and supports are being delivered in a culturally-sensitive manner while promoting student success. Often travelling to remote northern communities, RRC staff assume a hands-on and relational approach to creating a safe and welcoming post-secondary experience.

On campus, a Medicine Wheel Garden is used in academic teachings and as a gathering place for the College and broader community. Nine retention programs are designed to make Aboriginal students and their families feel part of the College experience, including a ‘Family Fun Night’ and a ‘Community Kitchen’. For the past 12 years, RRC has held a Pow Wow to honour Aboriginal graduates.

These are some of the programs that support and celebrate the diversity of the College. Altogether, they’ve been successful in making the College a welcoming place to learn. 17% of RRC students are Aboriginal. This figure is higher than the Provincial Aboriginal population.

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
The website URL where information about the innovation is available:

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