Local Poverty Reduction Fund to Invest in Educational Programs in Brantford and Ohsweken
New Fund Supports Community-Driven Solutions to Tackling Poverty
Ontario is investing in two projects by Six Nations Polytechnic and the City of Brantford to help improve educational opportunities for Aboriginal students and children affected by poverty.
Through the Local Poverty Reduction Fund, Ontario is investing up to $529,000 in two projects in Brantford and Ohsweken that help students achieve educational and career success.
Six Nations Polytechnic will use culturally relevant community-based learning to help Aboriginal students gain trades training and skills development opportunities. It will identify the best ways to help Aboriginal learners build confidence, skills and feel connected to their communities.
The City of Brantford's project will examine whether investing in post-secondary savings plans helps students from low-income families develop more positive attitudes toward school, improving their educational achievement and chances of graduating.
Evidence gathered from these projects and others will be used to support poverty reduction programs across the province that have been proven to work and that can expand over time.
Fighting poverty is part of 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 savings plan.
- Six Nations Polytechnic will receive up to $495,000 and the City of Brantford will receive up to $34,000 through the Local Poverty Reduction Fund.
- The Local Poverty Reduction Fund is a $50 million, six-year initiative that supports community-driven projects, which measurably improve the lives of those disproportionately affected by poverty, including: women, single parents, people with disabilities, youth, newcomers, visible minorities, seniors and Aboriginal Peoples.
- Organizations have two more opportunities to apply for funding in 2016 and 2017.
“With this fund, we are establishing a new way of tackling poverty, one that’s rooted in evidence. I’m thrilled to see that Six Nations Polytechnic and the City of Brantford are helping us build the evidence we need to make sure we are investing in what works, and in what makes peoples’ lives better.”
“Six Nations Polytechnic and City of Brantford are committed to creating and identifying the approaches that work best for Aboriginal Peoples and families who are facing poverty. By supporting their projects, the government is investing in creating a body of evidence that will help us measurably reduce poverty in Ontario.”
“Six Nations Polytechnic is very pleased to actively participate in Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy, Realizing Our Potential. SNP’s collaborative and integrated approach to education and poverty reduction is about empowerment. This project is a unique intervention applying Indigenous and other knowledge systems to effect change at the level of the individual through the pursuit of a lifetime of well-being, personal sustainability and participatory engagement at the community level. The project scope ranges from education and training access to employment retention. It is anticipated that community stakeholders will identify innovative systemic ways to address factors that attribute to poverty and in so doing contribute to reduced community tolerance for poverty.”