Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

March 30, 2010 19:00 ET

Government of Canada to Help Students at First Nations University of Canada Finish Academic Year

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - March 30, 2010) - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians today announced that Indian and Northern Affairs Canada is prepared to invest up to $3M through the Indian Studies Support Program (ISSP) to an eligible post-secondary institution in good standing for expenses related to programming for students attending the First Nations University of Canada so that students can finish their academic year which ends August 31, 2010.

Funding is contingent upon an eligible post-secondary institution in good standing submitting a proposal under the Indian Studies Support Program. The proposal must fall within the guidelines of the program and demonstrate that it meets the needs of the First Nations University of Canada's education programming before funding is approved.

"The Government of Canada is committed to supporting First Nation learners and ensuring they graduate with the skills needed to enter the labour market and fully share in Canada's economic prosperity," said Minister Strahl. "I want to reaffirm that our government remains committed to helping students currently enrolled at the First Nations University of Canada finish their academic year, which ends on August 31, 2010".

Under the current Indian Studies Support Program, eligible expenses include those that support the development and delivery of college and university level courses for First Nation students, and the research and development of First Nation education. Certain expenses are ineligible under this program including core funding, debt payments, and severance pay.

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada currently funds more than 60 institutions through the Indian Studies Support Program, a proposal-driven program designed to support the development and delivery of college and university level courses for First Nation and Inuit students.

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Contact Information

  • Minister's Office
    Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Press Secretary
    819-997-0002
    or
    Media Relations
    Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
    819-953-1160