Terms of Reference
Native Education and Training Council of Sault College
 

PREAMBLE
The Native Education and Training Council is an advisory committee to the College’s Board of Governors. 

Our commitment to helping Native students achieve their fullest potential plays an essential role in developing an institutional strategy for meeting Native student and community educational needs, as well as further creating an environment of social inclusion – one that seeks and promotes intercultural sharing.

VISION
To effectively engage Native learners in higher education to improve quality of life for our people.

MISSION
The Native Education and Training Council is committed to addressing Native Education at Sault College so that we may ensure that the seven generations hereafter of our people will have culturally appropriate and controlled education available to them. 

MANDATE

  • To identify and articulate priorities for, and to make recommendations on, the development of new programs, training, and services to meet the existing and evolving needs of the [ Native ] community;
  • To directly interact with the Board of Governors of Sault College through an annual joint meeting and general meetings as required, as well as through liaison with the Native Governors on all issues affecting the Native student population and to support the distinct relationship between Sault College and the Native community at large;
  • To assess the effectiveness and adequacy of the programs and services of Sault College as they relate to present and future students of [ Native ] ancestry through the College’s program and operational review process and through other forms as recommended by the Council to the Sault College Board of Governors;
  • To have the opportunity to review and approve the design and development of Native Education and Training Programs and Services, either independently or in partnership with other stakeholder (s), for Native students projected for implementation and delivery by Sault College;
  • To research, review, recommend and advise/direct the writing of proposals that address general and specific Native post-secondary education and training programs and services that will ensure continuing Native students’ participation and enhance completion rates of Native students at the College;
  • To examine and recommend changes and modifications to the Sault College Board Appointment profile as necessary for the fair and equitable representation of Native people on the Board;
  • To act as the primary resource for the nomination/appointment of representatives from the Native community to the Sault College Board of Governors;
  • To appoint a member of the Native Education and Training Council to serve as a Board of Governor;
  • To participate in the selection process and recruitment of Native staff and to provide recommendations related to the development and retention of Native Education and Training;
  • To determine through group consensus the Chair and Vice-Chair of the NETC who shall serve for a term of one (1) year with the opportunity for renewal up to three (3) years. Appointed Council members shall serve a term of three (3) years with the opportunity for renewal and/or organization reappointment.
     

MEETING OF THE COUNCIL
The Native Education and Training Council will convene a minimum of four times annually and will meet with the Sault College Board of Governors annually, and with other meetings as deemed necessary to facilitate their working relationships with Native Education and Training Council.

The College will provide financial reimbursement for the cost of travel and meal expenses for all members to attend Council meetings as per College guidelines. 

MEMBERSHIP OF THE NATIVE EDUCATION AND TRAINING COUNCIL
The Native Education and Training Council of Sault college will consist of: 

  • One (1) voting representative and one (1) alternate appointed by the Indian Friendship Centre and Ontario Centres.
  • One (1) voting representative and one (1) alternate appointed by the Batchewana First Nation.
  • One (1) voting representative and one (1) alternate appointed by the Métis Nation of Ontario.
  • One (1) voting representative and one (1) alternate appointed by the Garden River First Nation.
  • One (1) voting representative and one (1) alternate appointed by the Michipicoten First Nation.
  • One (1) voting representative and one (1) alternate appointed by the North Shore Tribal Council.
  • One (1) voting representative and one (1) alternate appointed by the Native Student Council of Sault College.
  • One (1) voting representative and one (1) alternate appointed by the Missanabie Cree First Nation.
  • One (1) voting representative and one (1) alternate appointed by Neech-Ke-Wehn Homes.
  • One (1) voting representative and one (1) alternate appointed by the United Chiefs and Councils of Manitoulin.
  • One (1) voting representative and one (1) alternate appointed by the Historic Sault Ste. Marie Métis Council.

Alternates will have voting privileges when attending in place of voting representative. The non-voting representative from Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology will be the Director of Native Education. 

WHO WILL:

  • Liaise between the institution and the Council.
  • Advise and make representation on issues before the Council.
  • Report on a regular basis on plans, activities, targets, progress, etc.

The role of the Elders will be determined formally by the Native Education and Training Council. 

QUORUM
The Quorum shall consist of 50 percent plus one (1) of the voting membership of Native Education and Training Council. 

REVIEW OF TERMS OF REFERENCE
These terms of reference will be reviewed annually each September, and changes will be made as deemed appropriate by the members of the Native Education and Training Council.

EX OFFICIO MEMBERS WILL CONSIST OF:
Board of Governors Native Representative
College President 
College Vice-President Academic
Director, Native Education

CONFIDENTIALITY
Council members will maintain the confidentiality of any and all information, discussions, or proceedings taking place at sessions of the Council. 

CONFLICT OF INTEREST
Council members will act with honesty, in good faith, and in the best interests of the Native Education Department. If a conflict of interest arises, the member will declare such and remove him/herself from all proceedings related to the conflict.

REMOVAL OF NETC MEMBER
The Council may remove a member (other than ex officio members) from the Council by a resolution of the Council according to the NETC Removal of Council Members process.