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McGuinty Government Boosts Investment In First Nations Technical Institute

The First Nations Technical Institute will continue to provide high-quality programs to Aboriginal students in a new partnership with the Ontario government.

The new partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities will help the institute develop a long-term plan to deliver a quality educational experience for Aboriginal students. A one-time, $1.5-million investment will guarantee that it will continue to welcome students.

The institute is Aboriginal owned and controlled. Founded in 1985, it is the oldest Aboriginal postsecondary institute in Ontario.

Quick Facts

  • 90 per cent of First Nations Technical Institute graduates find jobs.
  • More than 2,000 students have graduated from the institute in its 22-year history.
  • Ontario government funding to the institute increased to $1.7 million last year.
  • Between 1985 and 2007, the federal government provided operating funds to the institute. In 2008, federal funding will decrease by almost 75 per cent.

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“Together with the First Nations Technical Institute, we're strengthening Ontario by helping Aboriginal students reach their full potential.”

John Milloy

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

“We are pleased to work with the Government of Ontario to ensure that our students can complete their programs of study for this year. We continue to strive to achieve equity and fairness in postsecondary education.”

Tim Thompson

President and CAO, First Nations Technical Institute

“Training means jobs. The First Nations Technical Institute is the starting point for more jobs, a stronger economy, and a brighter future for the Tyendinaga community and Ontario's First Nations students.”

Michael Bryant

Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

“For more than twenty years, the First Nations Technical Institute has helped Aboriginal people from this community and across the province find success through postsecondary education. I am pleased that we are able to strengthen the partnership with the institute.”

Leona Dombrowsky

MPP for Prince Edward-Hastings



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