Opening Up Opportunities: The Centre for Indigenous Governance
Founded by Ryerson in 2010, The Centre for Indigenous Governance builds capacity for Indigenous governance, advances research in governance issues, and increases educational opportunities for Aboriginal students.
The Centre was established with the help of a $500,000 gift from Hydro One Networks Inc. "Hydro One is pleased to have established a strong and long-standing relationship with Ryerson," said Lee Anne Cameron, Director, First Nations and Metis Relations, Hydro One. "We are especially proud to play a role in the establishment of the Chair of Aboriginal Governance because of our stated commitment to working with First Nations and Metis peoples in a spirit of cooperation and shared responsibility.” The Centre for Indigenous Governance is also supported by generous donations from the Nuclear Waste Management Organization and Vale Inco.
The Centre for Indigenous Governance furthers Ryerson’s strengths in Aboriginal education as well as its history of developing expertise in Aboriginal governance. In explaining what her role as chair of the centre means to her on a personal and professional level, Dr. Pamela Palmater says, “This centre spoke to me because it's about building capacity for Aboriginal people and their communities. It's also about giving Aboriginal students a wide range of career choices so they can enrich their communities with new-found knowledge and experience."
In addition to offering leaders from Aboriginal communities a variety of workshops, seminars and training programs to address governance concerns, the centre fosters collaborative research on governance issues such as citizenship, treaties or land claims. Internships and research assistance opportunities are also available for Aboriginal students. In 2011–2012, the Centre presented a Lecture Series entitled “Indigenous Women Leaders,” which included discussions about Indigenous women leaders within the context of media, self-government, and communities.