Indigenous Services collaborative model recognizes that it takes a shared approach to supporting Indigenous students in their academic journey. In collaboration with University partners and Indigenous communities within and outside the institution, Indigenous Services aims to nurture cooperative relationships based on mutual respect.
The collaborative model uses the back of a turtle shell to illustrate the cycle of work and key players involved. The turtle shell also exemplifies Indigenous ways of knowing as the foundation for working respectfully with Indigenous communities and in a culturally-relevant way within the institution.
The areas of significance embedded in the collaborative model cycle are: Vision; Mission; Holistic Program & Services; Indigenous Services 3 goals including; 1) Increasing Indigenous presence and inclusion; 2) Increasing access and outreach; and 2) Increasing transition, retention, completion and advancement; and finally, evaluation.