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  • RAC for First Nations-Inuit

    Service Objective

    The RAC for First Nations-Inuit services were specifically designed to meet the needs of candidates from First Nations-Inuit communities in Quebec with previous work or life experience who wish to obtain recognition for their competencies, but who do not wish to leave the community to be recognized. The RAC services were specifically adapted to offer them an opportunity to be evaluated and recognized for the competencies they possess and to have access to flexible options for additional training when they require it (seminars, online resources, one on one help, etc.).

    DIFFICULTIES FIRST NATIONS-INUIT FACE

    • Lack of development of strong partnerships and reciprocal accountability between First Nation schools and educational organizations and provincial education institutions.
    • Lack of educational facilities that focus on First Nation students’ sense of pride and identity, and of education organizations that coordinate and provide strong support and services to schools and students.
    • Linguistic difficulties (in French and in English). The mother tongue of these candidates is usually an Aboriginal or Inuit language, which varies depending on which community they are from. French sometimes becomes their third language.
    • Remote First Nation communities find it difficult to commute to and from post-secondary institutions. Often students need to relocate thousands of kilometers away from family and friends in order to continue their education after high school.
    • Due to the remoteness of certain communities, the internet service is often unreliable. This poor service limits the ability to access online materials and resources.

    CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CURRICULUM SPECIFICALLY ADAPTED TO FIRST NATION-INUIT COMMUNITIES

    • A specific Pedagogical Advisor and team of Content Specialists have been assigned to work with the First Nation candidates. This team has a background of working with First Nation communities as well as a good understanding of their cultural identity. This ensures culturally appropriate supportive environments for First Nation candidates so that they can pursue their academic goals.
    • The RAC team works closely with the community, promoting partnerships and dialogue between the college’s team and school administration, the Band Office and the community at large.
    • The RAC team works in collaboration with the community to adapt the curriculum to suit the needs of the clientele.
    • Each week, the candidates receive additional support from a qualified RAC team member.
    • Optimally, Champlain’s goal is to hire a qualified community member to deliver seminars and tutoring sessions in the community.

    Measures for Success

    • The evaluations are done on-site, with the support of a RAC team member.
    • Candidates receive additional assistance in English. They practice the vocabulary related to the various subjects included in the program for which they are seeking recognition.
    • The candidates attend specialized seminars specifically prepared for First Nation-Inuit. These seminars are either offered through visits to the community by a Content Specialist or through video conference. The seminars, adapted to the specific needs of the participants, cover the competencies for which the participants require some training in order to obtain the AEC (Attestation d’Études Collégiales) they are seeking recognition for.
    • Free blocks are built-in the visiting schedule so that the Content Specialist can spend extra time with candidates who may need it or request it. These times can be used to get help on an assignment or spend extra time getting caught up on a missed session.
    • The candidates also benefit from activities which help them develop their Curriculum Vitae and cover letter writing skills, practice for job interviews, and get job search tips.
    RAC for First Nation-Inuit communities is currently available for the following AECs: For more information, please contact us.

    Current RAC Services being offered in First Nation-Inuit communities

    The RAC Early Childhood Education for First Nations’ Services are currently being piloted in the Naskapi First Nation community of Kawawachikamach, Quebec. Kawawachikamach is located approximately 16 km northeast of Schefferville on the Quebec-Labrador border. The objective of this pilot project is to help candidates in the early education field gain an official recognition of their competencies and to help the communities of Schefferville and Kawawachikamach increase the amount of certified educators in their daycare and school settings. We currently have a group of 13 candidates. Some work as educators in various daycare settings and others work as attendants or technicians at Jimmy Sandy Memorial School.
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