Aboriginal post-secondary education got a two-fold boost recently from the province. In the budget, the government announced an additional $5 million in funding through the Post-secondary Education Fund for Aboriginal Learners. The additional support positions Aboriginal institutes of higher learning to achieve even greater student success while continuing to work in partnership with Ontario’s colleges and universities, said Rebecca Jamieson, president and CEO of Six Nations Polytechnic. Jamieson, is also president and CEO of Indspire, a national charity, which received $1.5 million from the province to support Indigenous education.
A report released by Indspire in February 2015 showed that 93 per cent of Indigenous students who received funding from Indspire for their education earned a post-secondary credential, and 82 per cent of those graduates found work.