Since 1970, University nuhelot’įne thaiyots’į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills (UnBQ) has been a locally controlled Indigenous education centre serving the academic and training needs of people of all cultures, encouraging everyone to experience studying in a unique socio-cultural and academic environment. As an Indigenous non-profit educational institution, a prime objective is to promote a sense of pride in Indigenous heritage and reclaim traditional knowledge and practices. We take great pride in ourselves as an Indigenous institution whose collective leadership style and academic programs are grounded in traditional Indigenous knowledge, ancient sacred wisdom that has been transmitted orally over several generations through ceremony, language and land based teaching. Blue Quills, guided by the seven member First Nations, will facilitate the process of proactive change in learning. The college environment will reflect our cultures, values, ancestral knowledge, traditions and relationships, nurturing learners to achieve their individual goals and meet the collective need.
The Blue Quills Social Work education at Blue Quills is designed to prepare students for generalist social work practice, committed to addressing issues of social justice and oppression, and founded on Indigenous knowledge and practice. Students examine both Indigenous and Western paradigms, explore the environments that have shaped their own development, and identify helping and healing practices that flow from both world views.
The Blue Quills Literacy Centre follows an Indigenous literacy model as mandated and validated by the seven governing nations. This model includes programming for Indigenous Worldview, Reading, Writing, Family Literacy, Indigenous languages, and Relationships. The Blue Quills Elders Senate endorses the inclusion of Indigenous Language and Culture in the Indigenous Literacy model.