Confederation College Launches New Strategic Plan, Kaa-anokaatekin; the Catalyst for the Work that is Now Carried



Greenstone (Longlac)
Lake of the Woods (Kenora)

THUNDER BAY, ON, October 28, 2020 – Confederation College launched its new Strategic Plan Wednesday. Named Kaa-anokaatekin, an Anishinaabe word meaning “work that is now carried,” the plan will guide the College through to 2025. Building on past successes, the plan is grounded in four strategic pillars: Access and Success, Indigenous Learning, Institutional Excellence and Community Prosperity.

“We are thrilled to embark on a new journey with the unveiling of our 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, Kaa-anokaatekin, which is the catalyst for the work that is now carried” said President Kathleen Lynch. “The new plan will enable us deliver on our mission, vision and Negahneewin vision. It will be instrumental in ensuring our new values of Courage, Equity and Relationships are demonstrated in the work we do every day. This plan also helps to further distinguish Confederation College as a leader in postsecondary education.”

Each pillar outlined within the plan stands on its own as a significant area of focus, and each works in tandem with the others to form a complete picture of what the future can hold for Confederation College.

  • Through its commitment to Access and Success, Confederation College creates a positive, supportive environment that attracts students and meets their educational objectives
  • Through its vision of Indigenous Learning, Confederation aspires to be a leader in Indigenous learning in Canada
  • Through its dedication to Institutional Excellence, the College is recognized as an excellent and progressive organization, and
  • Through its focus on Community Prosperity, Confederation College enriches the quality of life, prosperity and sustainability of diverse communities.

Chair of the College’s Board of Governors, Kristen Oliver is proud of the work of the College and the significant consultation that took place throughout the region to develop this plan of action. “The Strategic Plan was developed through extensive collaboration with the College’s employees, students and community partners across northwestern Ontario,” she said. “Integrating the voices of all stakeholders was critical in creating a plan that everyone can believe in as Confederation continues to change lives through learning. The College and Board look forward to working with those same stakeholders across these next few years to advance support of students with Kaa-anokaatekin.”

The virtual launch included direct email communications to students, employees and community partners, a new landing page on the College website and a video. To learn more about Confederation College’s 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, Kaa-anokaatekin, visit


Confederation College has been serving the citizens of northwestern Ontario since 1967 meeting the educational needs of students in a catchment area of some 550,000 square kilometres. Along with its main campus in Thunder Bay, Confederation College has eight regional sites located in Dryden, Fort Frances, Greenstone, Kenora, Marathon, Sioux Lookout, Red Lake and Wawa. 

Confederation College delivers exceptional education and training to an average of 7,000 combined full- and part-time students per year and currently has a total of 850 full- and part-time employees. Confederation’s regional economic impact and contribution is valued at $643.4 million annually.


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