Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

November 30, 2009 14:00 ET

Canada and Ontario Provide $600,000 to Support the First Nations Technical Institute's Moving Forward Plan

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 30, 2009) - Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings, on behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians, together with the Honourable John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and Leona Dombrowsky, Member of Provincial Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings, today announced $600,000 to support the First Nations Technical Institute's (FNTI) Moving Forward Plan.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to partner with the Government of Ontario to support FNTI's Moving Forward Plan," said Mr. Kramp. "With this funding and transitional plan, we are confident that the First Nations Technical Institute will evolve into a fully self-sufficient and sustainable educational institution that will continue to play an important role in improving education outcomes for Aboriginal students in Ontario."

"For more than two decades, FNTI has provided Aboriginal students with the training and skills they need to succeed," said Mrs. Dombrowksy. "Together with the Government of Canada, we're working to ensure that FNTI can continue to make a strong contribution to Aboriginal communities by offering a unique, high-quality learning experience to students."

"This funding commitment supports critical internal and external capacity building for FNTI," said Rebecca Jamieson, President and Chief Executive Officer of FNTI and Six Nations Polytechnic. "The program costing model will be an essential management and planning tool as the institute works towards long-term sustainability and recognition."

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) and the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (TCU) are each providing $300,000 to cost share two projects identified in FNTI's Moving Forward Plan. INAC's contribution will support the institute's organizational development by funding the creation of a program costing model. The model will assist in outlining future program and operational budgets at FNTI. The Province's $300,000 contribution will go towards capacity-building, the development of marketing initiatives and recruitment efforts to generate additional revenue for the institute.

The First Nations Technical Institute is an Aboriginal-owned education and training facility located at the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation (Tyendinaga), outside Belleville, Ontario. It delivers post-secondary education and training programs. FNTI was formally established in 1985, with its major goal being to provide the Aboriginal peoples of Canada with access to high quality, job-oriented learning opportunities at the post-secondary level.

This release is also available on the Internet at: www.inac.gc.ca and www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/tcu/ .

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Minister's Office
    Michelle Yao
    Press Secretary
    819-997-0002
    or
    INAC Media Relations
    819-953-1160
    or
    Ontario Ministry of Training,
    Colleges and Universities:
    Minister's Office
    Annette Phillips (For media)
    416-326-5748
    annette.phillips@ontario.ca
    or
    Tanya Blazina (For media)
    Communications Branch
    416-325-2746
    tanya.blazina@ontario.ca