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Supporting Aboriginal Postsecondary Education and Training

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Supporting Aboriginal Postsecondary Education and Training

Working in partnership with Aboriginal leadership and communities, Ontario is helping Aboriginal learners obtain the education and skills training necessary to succeed in today's economy:

Aboriginal Institutes

Aboriginal Institutes were created by Aboriginal communities to meet the training and education demands of Aboriginal communities in partnership with colleges and universities. These institutes provide opportunities for students to start and complete postsecondary education credentials in a culturally appropriate and safe learning environment close to home. They also offer college and university credentials through partnerships with Ontario colleges and universitiesSome Aboriginal Institutes also provide literacy and basic skills training, continuing education and GED/OSSD completion. There are more than 1,000 full-time and part-time students per year enrolled in the nine institutes.Nine Aboriginal institutes in Ontario receive funding from the government.

Aboriginal Postsecondary Education and Training Policy Framework

In March 2011, Ontario released the Aboriginal Postsecondary Education and Training Policy Framework to guide the development of policies and programs to close the education attainment and labour market outcomes gap for Aboriginal learners and enhance the Aboriginal student experience. Since the introduction of the framework, significant advancements have been made for First Nation, Métis, and Inuit learners across the postsecondary education, training, and employment sectors.

Achieving Results through Partnership: First Progress Report on Ontario's Aboriginal Postsecondary Education and Training Policy Framework, 2015, highlights the progress made in improving Aboriginal learners' access to, participation in, and completion of postsecondary education and training in Ontario. Successes to date are the result of strong relationships and collaboration with Aboriginal partners and sector stakeholders.

Postsecondary Education Fund for Aboriginal Learners

The Postsecondary Education Fund for Aboriginal Learners distributes funding for Aboriginal postsecondary education and training through four streams:

  • Student Success Fund: provides proposal-based funding to colleges, universities and Aboriginal Institutes for student-focused services and programs that increase the number of Aboriginal learners accessing and completing postsecondary education and training
  • Targeted Initiatives Fund: provides grants to educational institutions and/or community-based organizations for time-limited projects that improve program and service delivery, share information and best practices, create new partnerships and approaches to promote pre-apprenticeships and the trades and develop new academic programs
  • Aboriginal Skills Advancement Program: a first-of-its-kind program that meets the education and training needs of Aboriginal learners in the nine Matawa First Nation communities in northern Ontario
  • Aboriginal Bursary Fund: provided to students at all Ontario colleges, universities and Aboriginal Institutes

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