BC boosts funding for Indigenous student success
June 20, 2020
Global Korean Post
Indigenous students at public post-secondary institutions throughout British Columbia will have more support to succeed in post-secondary education and finish their studies.
This support includes $6.15 million for initiatives and programs that respond to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and for annual Aboriginal Service Plans that support the goals of the Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education and Training Policy Framework and Action Plan.
The funding will be used by the institutions to develop or enhance respectful and welcoming learning environments, along with partnerships and programs that improve the post-secondary educational experiences and outcomes of Indigenous learners. This includes programs and supports to make post-secondary more accessible and that address systemic barriers.
Programs and activities supported by the funding include:
- outreach activities and events that promote Indigenous cultures;
- Indigenous cultural training for faculty and staff at post-secondary institutions;
- enhanced programs and courses to include Indigenous culture and knowledge;
- support services and initiatives for students, such as financial, academic or career counselling;
- delivery of programs or courses on campus or in Indigenous communities; and
- partnerships and engagement in Indigenous communities, such as through community liaison, peer mentorship or Elders-in-residence programs.