Ontario Partnering with Indspire to Support 400 Scholarships for Aboriginal Learners
Province Improving Access to Education and Training for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Students
Ontario is supporting better access to postsecondary education and training opportunities for First Nation, Métis and Inuit students by providing $1.5 million to Indspire, an Aboriginal charitable organization.
The funding will support the Building Brighter Futures Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards program for Aboriginal learners. With Ontario's assistance, the program will provide support for up to 400 scholarships and awards for postsecondary students in 2015, including funding to encourage more Aboriginal students to enter teaching and education related professions.
Ontario is committed to creating more opportunities for all students, including Aboriginal learners. Ensuring equity is a key goal outlined in the province's renewed vision for education. Other key goals include achieving excellence, promoting well-being and enhancing public confidence.
Supporting First Nation, Métis and Inuit learners is part the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- Ontario is providing $1.5 million ($750,000 each from the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities) in support of the program.
- In 2013-14, Indspire distributed more than $10 million through 3,000 financial awards across Canada. More than 900 of those awards, worth more than $3 million, were distributed in Ontario.
- A recent Indspire report shows that of the students who receive funding for their education from Indspire, 93 per cent earn a postsecondary degree or diploma, and 82 per cent of those graduates find work.
- Ontario also provides $1.5 million in annual funding through the Aboriginal Student Bursary Fund to help Aboriginal learners with financial needs participate in postsecondary education and training.
“Every student in Ontario should have the opportunity to pursue their passions and build their skills at one of our world-class postsecondary institutions. This investment will move us closer to that goal, and help Aboriginal learners access the skills training they need to actively contribute to our economy.”
“We want more Aboriginal students to succeed and reach their full potential. Aboriginal learners deserve to have access to programs, services and opportunities that nurture their personal and professional development. This funding will provide more opportunities for First Nation, Métis and Inuit learners wishing to pursue teaching- and education-related professions, and to help reflect the diversity of our population.”
“Our government is proud to invest and partner with Indspire in helping Aboriginal students pursue postsecondary education and training. Access to funding is a significant barrier for many First Nation, Métis and Inuit students. The Building Brighter Futures program provides the opportunity for Aboriginal learners to pursue and complete their formal education.”
“Research shows that a lack of funding is a key impediment for Indigenous students who are striving to complete their postsecondary education. Ontario’s contribution highlights the government’s commitment to ensuring First Nation, Inuit, and Métis students are obtaining the academic credentials they need to secure fulfilling employment.”