Indigenous Advanced Education & Skills Council


Meaning behind the rock in our logo

Rocks are our Grandfathers, they have held our teachings since time immemorial.

Rocks represent the integrity of Indigenous languages, cultures and knowledge. Rocks are resilient, forged by the elements and shaped by the environment over generations.

For these reasons, the Indigenous Advanced Education & Skills Council has chosen the Rock as the primary element in its corporate logo. The colours – reds and browns – reflect the earth and minerals that develop the rock’s character, strength and diversity.

The Rock also represents the strength of the communities and partners forming the foundation and future of Indigenous post-secondary education and training. The quality assurance standards established by the Council, signified by the rock’s layers, support students at Indigenous Institutes in their communities. Asymmetrical and varied layers are also similar to the many different approaches to education and multiple relationships that bond to support the journey of life-long learning.

IAESC is a quality assurance organization

Indigenous Institutes are the foundation of Ontario's newest pillar of post-secondary education and training. The Indigenous Advanced Education and Skills Council, an independent not-for-profit corporation created through provincial legislation, is the accreditation organization for Indigenous Institutes to grant certificates, diplomas and degrees.

The Council uses a quality assurance process steered by its Quality Assessment Board, which sets standards approved by the Council. Assisting quality assurance in Ontario is the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium. WINHEC is providing IAESC use of its framework accreditation process and access to its expertise through a memorandum of understanding agreement signed during its annual general meeting held in Norway in August 2018. A formal declaration of the relationship and partnership document is expected in early 2019.

Members of IAESC's founding board of directors includes Pamela Toulouse, PhD, Delbert Horton and Bob Watts with Laurie Robinson the chair and executive director. The Council's Assessment Board members include Kali Storm, Laura Horton and T'hohahoken Michael Doxtator, PhD.

The first organizational review of an Indigenous Institute is expected to begin in early 2019 as the Council nears its first anniversary of formation.

The Indigenous Institutes Act, 2017

The Indigenous Institutes Act, 2017 received royal assent on December 14, 2017.

This legislation recognizes Indigenous Institutes as a unique and complementary pillar of Ontario’s post-secondary education and training system; and an Indigenous controlled and governed Council.

On April 13, 2018, Ontario Regulation 239/18 recognized IAESC as the Council and nine Indigenous Institutes for the purposes of the Act.

As the Council recognized in regulation, IAESC may:

  • Approve Indigenous Institutes to grant diplomas, certificates and degrees;
  • Establish a quality assessment board and quality assurance standards;
  • Make recommendations to the Ontario government regarding which Indigenous Institutes should be included to receive operating funding; and,
  • Approve Indigenous Institutes to use the term “university.”
First IAESC video sets the stage

First IAESC video sets the stage

The first information video representing the Indigenous Advanced Education and Skills Council features insightful commentary by life-long Indigenous educators and Council board members. It's being released as part of the IAESC website launch in the lead up to the first anniversary of the Indigenous Institutes Act receiving royal assent Dec. 14, 2017.

Unveiling of IAESC review process

Unveiling of IAESC review process

An important milestone in Indigenous post-secondary education was celebrated Sept. 26 in Toronto in the lead up to the 2018 National Orange Shirt Day, which recognizes the legacy of Residential Schools with the slogan ‘Every Child Matters.’

Inside IAESC




Strive to be an innovative world leader in quality assurance for post-secondary Indigenous education and training programs.