The Ogimaawin-Aboriginal Governance Council (formerly Aboriginal Management Council) at Lakehead University was founded on the original Native Advisory Committee and constituted into its present form in response to the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training - Aboriginal Education and Training Strategy (AETS) in the early 1990s. AETS is an initiative to increase access for Aboriginal students in Ontario's universities and colleges. O-AGC membership consists of organizations from the surrounding Aboriginal community that sit in an advisory capacity to the President's Office. O-AGC has representation on the Lakehead University Board of Governors, and Senate.
The Ogimaawin-Aboriginal Governance Council meets regularly during the academic year from September to April.
Aboriginal Education and Training Strategy
The Aboriginal Education and Training Strategy is an initiative to increase access for aboriginal students in Ontario's universities and colleges. Through support received under the Strategy, aboriginal academic programs and content across the curriculum were designed, developed and implemented, to increase enrolment, retention and completion rates of Aboriginal students studying in the mainstream. As part of this initiative, a culturally sensitive environment for Aboriginal students was enhanced at Lakehead. Culturally relevant academic and support services programs have increased in the past six years as has the total number of Aboriginal faculty and staff working within the institution.
Evolution of the Ogimaawin-Aboriginal Governance Council
- 1987, the Academic Plan placed an emphasis on Aboriginal Initiatives.
- A Native Advisory Committee was established and several initiatives followed.
- In the early 1990s, the provincial government initiated the Aboriginal Education and Training Strategy.
- The Aboriginal Management Council was established.
- In 2011 the Aboriginal Management Council was renamed the Ogimaawin-Aboriginal Governance Council.
- In 2020 the Ogimaawin-Aboriginal Governance Council was renamed the Ogimaawin Indigenous Education Council.