Assiniboine and Students Association sign United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals Accord

March 7, 2024 | Community News

Assiniboine College and the Assiniboine Students’ Association have signed on to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Accord, joining fellow Canadian colleges in committing to delivering environmental, social and economic impact. The SDGs offer a shared framework to measure the college’s impact and participate in a global initiative.

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) has been leading the way launching the ImpAct Initiative in 2019 to amplify the college system’s contributions to economic and social development, community well-being and a sustainable future through supporting the SDGs.

Among the 17 SDGs are goals relating to poverty, hunger, health and wellbeing, quality education, equality, responsible consumption and production, and sustainable communities – all of which intersect with the work of Assiniboine

“We’re already committed to these goals, and ensuring the work we do creates meaningful impact in these areas,” said Mark Frison, President of Assiniboine. “We are grateful for the leadership of CICan in championing this initiative and look forward to continuing to ensure that our impact on students and communities is guided by these goals.”

By providing a framework for collaboration among partner agencies, the SDGs ensure that the actions of signatories contribute to positive change for people and the planet and encourage the sharing of best-practices for a sustainable future.

“Assiniboine College is the national leader in community-based education offering full-time programs in more than 20 communities every year,” added Amy Doerksen, Director of Integrated Planning. “Our graduates consistently find employment, in their field of studying and stay in Manitoba.”

Assiniboine has an annual economic impact of $612 million.

“With our lens on student success and belonging, we’re inspired by the SDGs and committed to these goals being a guide to what we do, in supporting students and in partnership with the college,” said Amanda Hamm, Executive Director of the Assiniboine Students’ Association.

“The impact of Assiniboine is far-reaching, be it to the communities in which we deliver programming or the students we have welcomed from more than 55 countries over the past five years,” said Danielle Adriaansen, Vice President Enrolment at Assiniboine. “In recognition of that global viewpoint, the college will continue to foster sustainability, equity diversity & inclusion, and measured economic impact.” she added.

Those interested in more information about the United Nations Sustainability Development goals, click here.

About Assiniboine Community College

Assiniboine Community College has been providing exceptional learning experiences for more than 60 years, offering unparalleled learning environments and responding to the demands and requirements of the Manitoba labour market. Following the philosophy of “learn by doing,” programs combine theory with hands-on learning inside classrooms, labs, kitchens, shops, fields and the college’s Sustainable Greenhouse.

Assiniboine’s Business Administration Diploma is accredited through the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), one of 11 business schools in Canada to be accredited. Assiniboine offers more than 60 certificate, diploma and post-graduate programs across a variety of disciplines including culinary arts and hospitality, business, agriculture and environment, health and human services, and trades and technology. The college also delivers apprenticeship programming in a range of skilled trades disciplines.

The college welcomed more than 3,700 full-time and 6,000 part-time students last year. With campuses in Brandon, Dauphin, Winnipeg and Portage la Prairie, Assiniboine provides comprehensive educational opportunities throughout Manitoba. The college also partners with many communities and organizations across the province to deliver customized education and training. Assiniboine’s annual provincial economic impact is $612 million. In the most recent survey of graduates, nine months after graduation, 94 per cent were employed, with 94 per cent remaining in Manitoba.

Assiniboine Community College campuses are located on the traditional territories of Treaty No. 1 and Treaty No. 2, the shared traditional lands of Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene and Anishinabek/Ojibwe peoples, and the homeland of the Red River Métis. We acknowledge their welcome to the students who seek knowledge here.

For more information, please contact:
Shaun Cameron
Communications Specialist
Assiniboine Community College
204.725.8700 ext. 6617