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British Columbia, Jun 20 (Canadian-Media): $6.15 million is being provided to British Columbia (BC) government to indigenous students for their success at public post-secondary educational institutions throughout B.C. and to enable them to finish their studies, media reports said.
“We’re investing in the future of Indigenous students throughout British Columbia,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training according to today's news release. "I’m proud to be part of a government that is responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action by empowering Indigenous students with the tools they need to pursue their dream careers and make it to the finish line.”
Melanie Mark. Image credit: Twitter handle
This support includes $6.15 million for initiatives and programs that respond to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and for annual Aboriginal Service Plans that support the goals of the Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education and Training Policy Framework and Action Plan.
Partenering with programs that improve the post-secondary educational experiences and outcomes of Indigenous learners, this funding will enable the institutions to develop learning environments including programs and supports to make post-secondary more accessible and that address systemic barriers.
“When Indigenous students have access to learning and cultural supports, a world of opportunity opens up that can make a significant impact on their future careers and lives,” said Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. “Students are our future. By improving Indigenous students’ experiences and outcomes in post-secondary school, we are advancing reconciliation and helping to build a brighter future for everyone.”
Programs and activities supported by the funding include: outreach activities and events to promote Indigenous cultures; Indigenous cultural training for faculty and staff at post-secondary institutions; enhanced programs and courses to include Indigenous culture and knowledge; providing financial, academic or career counselling to students; delivery of programs or courses on campus or in Indigenous communities; and partnerships and engagement in Indigenous communities through community liaison, peer mentorship or Elders-in-residence programs.
Examples of ongoing and past years’ programs and activities at institutions throughout B.C.: