Who are we?

  • We are a diverse group of indigenous and mainstream practitioners of prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR)and adult learning from across Canada and internationally based primarily but not exclusively in the Belleville area of Ontario, Canada.
  • We have been associated with a variety of institutions including First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI) and Loyalist College.
  • We nurtured the beginnings of the Canadian Association for Prior Learning Assessment (CAPLA)                 (Paul Zakos served as the first president for many years).
  • We initiated and hosted annual PLAR Conferences ( Number 26 will be held in May 2015).
  • We were involved in the original Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) ALFI study.
  • We initiated ALFICan.

PLAR/RPL stands for Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition of Prior Learning.

Prior learning assessment and recognition defines processes that allow individuals to identify, document, have assessed and gain recognition for their prior learning. The learning may be formal or informal spread across a wide range of settings and in a variety of circumstances, depending upon the background and life path of the learner. Experiential learning is often a rich and diverse avenue to explore with adult learners seeking recognition for their prior learning.

For more information please go to the  PLAR and Portfolio Development  tab in the menu bar

ALFICan refers to Adult Learner Friendly Institutions Canada. It refers to a holistic process in which PLAR is embedded to assess the “friendliness” of your institution for adult learners. It consists of 8 benchmarks of best practices with performance indicators for each. ALFICan focuses on eliminating barriers for adult learners so that they can be truly successful.

For more information please go to the  ALFICan  tab in the menu bar.

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Be all you can be: making your portfolio work for you

By on December 17, 2014

By Rachel Comeau, OCT, BFA, BEd.

Your portfolio is the ultimate tool for selling yourself as an artist. Your medium discipline does not matter. You could be a visual artist (including photographers), musician, actor, filmmaker, singer, dancer, actor, etc, and your portfolio is your ultimate marketing tool. Truth be told, it is even better than a business card!

You may already have a portfolio in some stage of completion. It probably includes your curriculum vitae (CV), some samples of  your work, and an artist statement. This is a good start. If you are like me, you probably think there is some untapped potential in your portfolio. It currently feels like a picture book that you have to guide people through. But your portfolio can be so much more. It can be a tool that others can look through without you. It can sell you and your wares without your presence.

What is a portfolio? Portfolio – from Italian portafoglio; cognate with the French portefeuille (‘folder, wallet’), from the Latin verb portare (‘to carry’) and folium (‘sheet’). -Wikipedia. A portfolio is a collection of documentation (evidence) of what you have learned through living your unique life. It is a celebration of you, what you have done, can do, and who you are. Your portfolio is the tool you use to demonstrate your learning and experience.

The process of creating a portfolio is almost as important as the portfolio itself. One usually creates a portfolio for one or a combination of the following reasons: educational (to gain credit for life experience); career (to demonstrate experience and accomplishments to change or further one’s career); and self-discovery (to help you see where you have been and where you could go). In the process, you will learn about yourself, discover a journey you never knew you were on, and gain more confidence in yourself and your journey.

When I showed my portfolio to Susan Holland, the curator of the John M. Parrott Gallery, she had this to say: “Wow, this portfolio is really thorough. If everyone who submitted an application for a show had one of these, I would really get a sense of who the artist was. It would make the exhibition schedule much more cohesive and interesting.”

As a result, Art for Everyone! and the John M. Parrott Gallery have teamed to offer a Portfolio for Artists class in the New Year. Portfolio for Artists is an eight-week class. Its holistic approach will lead you through the process of creating your unique portfolio, whether it be for your career, self-discovery, or to further your education. In this class, you will learn about yourself, your learning and experience, how to take all that information and package it into a strong art portfolio, and how to make this tool work for you!

Portfolios have long been the ultimate marketing tool for artists, regardless of their discipline. In order to be competitive in the art world, it is important to have a portfolio that informs you and the art world about what you being to the table; that celebrates your unique skills and abilities. Your portfolio will help you be all you can be!

Thanks to the Quinte Arts Council Umbrella Volume 24, Number 4 Page 12.


PLAR Conference Letter- PLAR as a Catalyst for Change: Casting the Net Wide and Deep

By on January 14, 2015

Wallbridge-Loyalist Road ~ P.O. Box 4200 ~ Belleville ON   K8N 5B9 Ph: 1-888-569-2547 or 613-969-1913 Ext. 2533 Fax: 613-969-1867 www.loyalistcollege.com “PLAR as a Catalyst for Change: Casting the Net Wide and Deep” January 11, 2015 Dear Colleague: The conference planning


Season’s Greetings

By on December 24, 2014


Equipo Salud Intercultural (Intercultural Health Team) Tain Adkimn video

By on December 23, 2014


Maria Hueichaqueo presented with Governor General’s Chile Visit Medallion at Friends of Canada Reception December 1, 2014

By on December 3, 2014

The Governor General of Canada, David Johnson presented a Governor General’s Chile Visit Medallion to Maria Hueichaqueo for her continued and exceptional service in promoting and enhancing the Canada-Chile relationship. The proclamation reads: December 1, 2014 Dear  Ms. Hueichaqueo: Congratulations on receiving the Governor


26th Annual PLAR Conference May 26-May 29 2015

By on December 2, 2014


The Canoe of Life Model of PLA. Indigenous Portfolio Development- Janet Sinclair and Tania Smethurst (University of Vancouver Island)

By on October 31, 2014

Powerpoint                                 PDF


Plenary Session at V Symposium – Paul Zakos

By on October 31, 2014

  English Power Point                                                 Espanol Power Point


The Making of a Revolution Using the iPad Air. My Journey to Promote the International Indigenous RPL Collective to the Universe! Glen Brouwer

By on October 30, 2014

Keynote                                                 Powerpoint   glen.brouwer@gmail.com


Saludos Protocolares -Embajada de Canadá en Chile- Sara Cohen

By on October 30, 2014


Embassy of Canada to Chile

By on October 30, 2014

Embassy of Canada to Chile Our embassy participated in the inauguration of the V International Indigenous Symposium. The event is taking place in the city of Coquimbo and its purpose is to validate and recognize the ancient wisdom of the


Pre Opening Ceremonies at V Symposium in Coquimbo, Chile

By on October 30, 2014

The V symposium was opened with traditional ceremonies from the Mapuche, Diaguita, and Aymara cultures.    


6 Canadians make the trip to the V Symposium

By on October 25, 2014

October 25, 2014 Canadians from across Canada met in Toronto on Saturday October 25 before embarking to the V Symposium in Coquimbo Chile. Janet Sinclair and Tania Smethurst from Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, BC Glen Brouwer from Sunrise School


First Annual International Indigenous Youth Exchange Program Mapuche/Mohawk Tyendinaga Territory,Ontario Canada

By on October 3, 2014

On Friday September 19th, four Chilean Indigenous Mapuche youth arrived at Toronto, Ontario along with Pedro Valenzuela and Maria Hueichaqueo, their respected community leaders and chaperones of the first annual International Indigenous Youth Exchange Program. The program is inspired by and is


Collective News- Fifth International Indigenous Symposium

By on October 1, 2014

Announcing the Fifth International Indigenous Symposium : Ancestral Worldview and Intercultural Knowledge Dates:    October 30 and 31, 2014 Location: Coquimbo, Chile To download program click here Registration:  vsimposiumcoquimbo2014@gmail.com