Building on its strength in Aboriginal post-secondary education, today Cape Breton University (CBU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Listuguj Education Directorate that will allow for the delivery of CBU’s Bachelor of Arts Community Studies (BACS) degree program in Listuguj First Nation, Que. This is the first time that CBU will offer programming in a First Nation community outside of Nova Scotia. Currently, CBU delivers programming in First Nation communities’ province wide.
Facilitated by Cape Breton University’s Unama`ki College, this new agreement speaks to the university’s ongoing commitment to Aboriginal education and student success. “For more than 20 years, we have been successfully offering CBU programming in various First Nation communities in Nova Scotia. We’ve created a model that has proven to be effective in supporting the needs of Aboriginal people, while being innovative in what we do. By working collaboratively, we are able to bring this model of education to Aboriginal communities outside of the province, which demonstrates our commitment to growth, and strengthens our reputation as a leader in Aboriginal post-secondary education,” says Stephen Augustine, Principal, Unama’ki College.
Acceptance into the BACS program being offered in Listuguj First Nation will be consistent with CBU’s admission processes in that students will have to meet all requirements of the program. As with all in-community programs offered, academic standards and quality assurance will be upheld and monitored, and support will be provided by faculty and staff of Unama’ki College to the Listuguj Education Directorate.
Cape Breton University has a more than 35 year history of excellence in Aboriginal education as proven by the more than 500 Aboriginal graduates who hold CBU degrees, diplomas and certificates. The university’s work in this important area of education has received national recognition and increasingly CBU is called upon internationally to discuss research, partnerships opportunities and education all with an Indigenous focus.
“The MOU signed today signals a new strategy for Unama’ki College and CBU,” says Dr. Keith Brown, Vice-President, International and Aboriginal Affairs. “Building on expertise and strong partnerships, we are extending our reach to offer CBU programming in new communities, with potential for more developments and new relationships across Canada and internationally.”