Social Development Committee gets update on Aurora College review

ECE Deputy Minister Sylvia Haener, Minister Alfred Moses and ADM of Labour and Income Security Andy Bevan make presentation on Aurora College to Standing Committee on Social Development - Photo Credit Josh Campbell

The Standing Committee on Social Development heard directly from the Minister of Education Culture and Employment on the future of Aurora College yesterday.

Tu Nedhé-Wiilideh MLA Tom Beaulieu asked why the Social Work and Teacher Education programs were cut, before both review plans were announced.

“It’s going to hurt the NWT, the community of Fort Smith, the morale of the students who attend from right across the NWT,” Beaulieu told Moses on Thursday.

While Minister Moses called the Foundational Plan and the Aurora College Plan “ground breaking,” he confirmed that the Social Work Diploma and Bachelor of Education Programs will not be accepting new applications.

Committee chair and Nahendeh MLA Shane Thompson also asked Moses if the three Aurora College Campuses were part of the review, to which the Minister said yes.

No one from the Aurora College Board of Governors or Administration were in attendance.

Moses said only ECE officials were present where the department is looking at overhauling the Education Act, which the college is part of.

Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson and Frame Lake MLA Kevin O’Reilly also asked about the level of engagement with other stakeholders such as the Community Learning Centres, Friendship Centres, Dechinta Research and Learning Centre, and Collège Nordique Francophone.

The foundation review is expected to be complete by next fall and the Aurora College long term comprehensive plan is expected to be set by the academic year of 2018/19.

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Josh Campbell
Josh Campbell has returned to the CKLB News Team. He covered female university soccer and volleyball in New Brunswick, prior to graduating from Loyalist College in Mohawk Territory near Belleville, Ontario in 2007. He's covered politics and Indigenous stories in both the NWT and Yukon over the last 10 years.

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