Canadian Community Engagement Pilot

Beginning in 2018, an extensive pilot project was undertaken by 16 Canadian post-secondary institutions and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to explore the applicability of the Carnegie Community Engagement framework outside of the U.S. context and how the documentation framework (application) might be adapted to account for the Canadian national and cultural context. In 2021, the Canadian Pilot Cohort (CPC) committed to adopting the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification as the aspirational standard for post-secondary community engagement in Canada. 

Recognition of the true history of Canada and reconciliation with First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Peoples has been a fundamental goal that has guided the work of the Canadian Pilot Cohort. This will continue as the Canadian Carnegie Classification moves to its next stages of development. The Governance, Framework Documentation, and Community of Practice activities of the Canadian Carnegie Classification will reflect this and underpin the collective responsibility to respect the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and the four principles for a new relationship between Indigenous Peoples and Canada set out by the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples twenty-five years ago: recognition, respect, sharing and responsibility. These principles are foundational for the Principles and Calls to Action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission on Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women that followed. The Canadian Carnegie Classification will be a part of how Canadian post-secondary institutions are working to decolonize and reconcile in this context.

Group of individuals on stairwell representing the Canadian Pilot Cohort
Representatives of the Canadian Carnegie Classification Pilot cohort at Simon Fraser University, February 2019

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