Indigenous Education Council

Conestoga's Indigenous Education Council (IEC) is a joint advisory committee and decision-making body that centres the success of Indigenous students and employees at the college. The IEC is an essential collaborative space for strategizing methods to increase Indigenous student success. The IEC is one pathway for Conestoga to build community with Indigenous communities and to directly engage with Indigenous students and employees.

The council champions the needs of Indigenous students and employees and provides advice and support to the college on all Indigenous matters. It is the primary body responsible for promoting and advocating for the advancement of Indigenous education.

The Indigenous Education Council is mandated by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) to ensure that Indigenous Peoples are consistently and regularly engaged in decision-making within the institution.

The Indigenous Education Council provides recommendations to the director of Indigenous Initiatives, including guidance and recommendations that inform:

  • Indigenization of academic programming: how to integrate Indigenous knowledge into academic programming, how to value Indigenous-led educational opportunities
  • Enhancement of Indigenous student and employee experience
  • Opportunities to collaborate and community build through Indigenous-led professional development opportunities, committees, arts and events

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Indigenous Education Council membership

2023 membership
Membership representation
Community / Professional role
​Luane Roberts
External Indigenous Services Agency
Waterloo Region Community Legal Services - Indigenous Justice Program - Indigenous Justice Coordinator
​Christina Restoule (Co-chair)Manager, Indigenous Services, Conestoga CollegeManager, Indigenous Services, Conestoga College
​Danielle BoissoneauDirector, Office of Indigenous Initiatives, Conestoga CollegeDirector, Office of Indigenous Initiatives, Conestoga College
Raven MorandConestoga alumni
Indigenous Services Coordinator, Be-Dah-Bin-Gamik (Indigenous Services), Conestoga College
​Brandi BilodeauConestoga alumni
Conestoga College alumni
​Tammy WebsterCommunity member
Formerly Waterloo Region Catholic School Board
Jennifer Parkinson​Community member
​President, Grand River Métis Council, Métis Nation of Ontario
​Nicole RobinsonWaterloo Region District School Board
Equity and Inclusion Officer – Indigenous Focus, Waterloo Region District School Board
​Roxane ShawanaIndigenous student recruiter / Marketing, Conestoga College
Indigenous Student Recruiter, Marketing, Conestoga College
​Kassidy RouselleIndigenous Director, Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI), Conestoga College
Indigenous Director, Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI), Conestoga College
​Nelson ChukwumaPresident, Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI), Conestoga CollegePresident, Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI), Conestoga College
​Michelle RehelIndigenous Student Circle member, Conestoga CollegeIndigenous AVP, Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI), Conestoga College
​Shawn BrakeAdministration, Conestoga CollegeExecutive Dean, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Conestoga College
​Trish Weigel-GreenVice President, Students, Conestoga CollegeVice President, Students, Conestoga College
​John TibbitsPresident, Conestoga CollegePresident, Conestoga College
​Zandra Bear-LowenFaculty, Conestoga College
Faculty, Conestoga College