In recognition of Indigenous peoples’ strengths, Indigenous Knowledge(s), and self-determining rights as distinct peoples of Canada, Western University will consult and engage with the Indigenous Postsecondary Education Council (IPEC) (formerly known as the Aboriginal Education and Employment Council, AEEC), which was first established in 1995 as a formal advisory Council to the University representing the common interests and concerns of local Indigenous communities relating to postsecondary educational matters at Western.
IPEC serves to support Western in fulfilling its strategic goals of “improving accessibility and success in higher education for Indigenous peoples” (Achieving Excellence on the World Stage, January 2014) and implementing the Ontario government’s Aboriginal Postsecondary Education and Training Policy Framework (MTCU, 2011) through approaches founded on 4 guiding principles:
1) Excellence and Accountability;
2) Equity, Inclusion and Respect for Diversity;
3) Cooperation on and Shared Responsibility for postsecondary education;
4) Respect for Constitutional and Treaty Rights, and respect for Indigenous Knowledge, Languages, and Cultures.
Indigenous peoples are fully engaging at every level of study, work, and research, ensuring positive educational experiences for Indigenous students, staff, and faculty and inspiring Indigenous success across Western University.
The Indigenous Postsecondary Education Council will have an opportunity to provide input into various aspects of Western University’s governance and long-term planning, student services, employment relations, academic programming, and research initiatives as it relates to Indigenous peoples. It will also fulfill the University’s strategic goals in higher education for Indigenous peoples (Going Global: Achieving Excellence on the World Stage, Western University Strategic Plan, 2013, p.14).
Western’s broad level goals in the area of Indigenous relations are to:
 The term Indigenous encompasses all Aboriginal peoples’ of Canada including; First Nations, Metis, and Inuit as recognized in the Canadian Constitution Act of 1982. Indigenous is also a term used to encompass Aboriginal groups from an international and global context and is sanctioned by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.