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Helping Aboriginal Students Reach Higher

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Helping Aboriginal Students Reach Higher

Founded in 1985, the First Nations Technical Institute is the longest standing Aboriginal postsecondary institute in Ontario. It is located on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, a First Nations community near Belleville, and is Aboriginal owned and operated.

The institute offers postsecondary programs, in partnership with colleges and universities, in a range of areas, including social work, public administration and aviation. It also offers community programs such as the Tyendinaga Justice Circle.

More than 2,000 students have graduated from the institute in its 22-year history, with 90 per cent of graduates going on to find jobs.

Investing In Aboriginal Students' Futures

The number of Aboriginal students pursuing postsecondary education across Ontario is on the rise and Ontario is committed to ensuring that every Aboriginal student reaches their full potential.

In 2007-08, Ontario invested $24 million in Aboriginal postsecondary education and training. This investment includes $10 million for projects at colleges and universities that are aimed at helping Aboriginal students succeed at the postsecondary level.

Students can visit the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities' Your Future website to find out more about attending a college, university or apprenticeship program.



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