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Strategic Plan 2023-2028

After a year-long consultation process, the college has launched a new Strategic Plan that will guide us over the next five years. The plan is the result of many conversations and reflects thousands of comments, ideas and thoughts.

Image of Camossung created by Coast Salish artist Dylan Thomas for the 2023-2028 Strategic Plan

The Strategic Plan consists of six priority areas each represented by individual paddles designed by alumni and Coast Salish artist Dylan Thomas.

The Spirit of Camossung

The Spirit of Camossung represents the concept of transformation as told through the Songhees legend of Camossung — where two waters meet and are transformed. In the legend, Halyas, who is said to be a transformer being, turned a young girl, known as Camossung, into stone and cast her into the narrows, near where the Tillicum bridge is located today. After her transformation, the Spirit of Camossung was believed to be a protector of those traveling by canoe through the Gorge to the Portage Inlet and was able to grant powers to those who swam in the narrows. 

In the image, Camossung is shown gesturing the ‘raising of hands’ to honour and acknowledge the ancestors and give thanks for the ancestral lands. Above her head, she is holding six individual paddles each with a traditional symbol to represent the six priorities of the college’s strategic plan. The paddles in the strategic plan image are another reference to the legend of Camossung and are also intended to represent the notion of the college community ‘paddling or pulling together.’

Created by local artist and alumni Dylan Thomas, the image is a modern example of traditional Coast Salish art, iconography, and semiotics.

Introduction to the 2023-2028 Strategic Plan with Dr. Lane Trotter

Over the next six weeks, each priority will be introduced with a short video alongside the accompanying paddle design.

Strengthening the Camosun Advantage - Thunderbird

Strengthening the Camosun Advantage (Thunderbird) 2023-2028 Strategic Plan

The Thunderbird is known for its strength in Salish culture. In one Cowichan legend, the Thunderbird is the only one strong enough to defeat the supernatural Orca that was eating all the salmon and causing a famine.

At ̽, we prepare students to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

  • Goal 1: Empower students to stand out by providing educational experiences that will equip them for their future.
  • Goal 2: Deliver outstanding flexible learning opportunities to support students’ evolving educational needs.
  • Goal 3: Cultivate relationships with students to support their educational journey within and beyond Camosun.

ÍY,ĆȺNEUEL OL: Doing Good Work Together - Hands Together

ÍY,ĆȺNEUEL OL: Doing Good Work Together paddle

Two human hands come together to complete a single design. This symbolizes the teamwork that is necessary to keep any community healthy.

̽ is committed to cultivating a work environment that values people, life-long learning, individual and organizational well-being, and service.

We work together to advance the vision, mission, and values of the college.

  • Goal 1: Nurture a positive, collaborative and rewarding work culture.
  • Goal 2: Ensure financial sustainability for continued investment in student success.
  • Goal 3: Promote a culture of data-informed decision-making and process improvement.

Responding to Community Needs

Responding to Community Needs

The eagle is known as mediator between earthly and spiritual realms, bringing the prayers of people to the ancestors.

̽ is dedicated to serving students and partners within the local and global community.

We will continue to be responsive to evolving community needs and ensure that graduates are equipped with the education and skills essential to employers.

  • Goal 1: Enhance student life on campus, prioritizing student housing and creating spaces that contribute to collaboration and community.
  • Goal 2: Excel in building lasting and reciprocal relationships and partnerships, locally, nationally, and globally to serve the college community and students.
  • Goal 3: Break down systemic barriers to improve access to post-secondary education.


Rising to the Challenges of Climate Change

Honouring Indigenous Resurgence (Ancestors) paddle - Strategic Plan 2023-2028

The salmon are a symbol of the prosperity that a healthy environment can provide for its inhabitants.

̽ is committed to addressing the climate emergency and our impact on the environment through policy, practice, and education.

  • Goal 1: Invest in necessary resources to build momentum and capacity for addressing the climate emergency.
  • Goal 2: Support existing programs and increase climate education across the college.
  • Goal 3: Lower climate-changing emissions to meet or exceed B.C.’s legislated targets while adapting to the impacts of climate change.


Honouring Indigenous Resurgence

Rising to the Challenges of Climate Change

The ancestor represents the traditions and knowledge that the current generation of Indigenous Peoples is fighting to revive.

̽ supports and upholds the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and in particular Article 15.1 that “Indigenous Peoples have the right to dignity and diversity of their cultures, traditions, histories, and aspirations which shall be appropriately reflected in education and public information.”

The college will advance work to honour Indigenization, decolonization, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, the UN Declaration, and B.C.’s Declaration Act.

  • Goal 1: Engage with reciprocity, understanding, and in good ways to cultivate healthy and supportive community relationships.
  • Goal 2: Further incorporate the four ‘R’s of Indigenous Education to ensure the college is an accessible, inclusive, and safe place where all students can thrive.
  • Goal 3: Infuse Indigenous ways of being and doing into practices and spaces at the college.


Advancing Social Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

Advancing Social Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion paddle

The supernatural mink has the ability to shapeshift and represents the diversity of human beings that share this planet.

̽ is committed to upholding the values of Social Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion to foster a barrier-free and respectful learning and working environment for students and employees.

  • Goal 1: Develop a centre for Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion
  • Goal 2: Embed the principles of social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion as individual and collective responsibilities.
  • Goal 3: Celebrate and uphold the diversity of students and employees as a strength within Camosun’s community.