News March 7, 2016
Ontario is funding a new project at Mohawk College to support the success of Aboriginal learners in our Region
The project focuses on Aboriginal community engagement, AEC membership selection, governance models and methodology for measuring effectiveness.
The second phase of the Bundled Arrows Initiative is continuing to integrate the Bundled Arrows network of institutions with local school boards.
And in addition:
These projects are receiving support from Ontario’s Targeted Initiatives Fund. The province is investing $3 million to the Targeted Initiatives Fund in 2015-16 to support 20 projects at postsecondary education and training institutions, community-based organizations and other service delivery partners. The Aboriginal Institutes Consortium - a group of Aboriginal controlled post-secondary education and training institutes - will also receive support to standardize and harmonize how they collect student and program data to help to monitor the performance of programs and services offered to Aboriginal learners.
This announcement reflects the province’s June 2015 commitment for stable funding of Aboriginal postsecondary education totaling $97 million over three years, including an additional $5 million to support the sustainability of Ontario's nine Aboriginal-owned and operated postsecondary education and training institutes located throughout the province.
Investing in the talent and skills of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit learners is one of the many steps on Ontario’s journey of healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. It reflects the government’s commitment to work with Indigenous partners, creating a better future for everyone in the province.
“The Targeted Initiative Fund supports innovative and thoughtful approaches to helping Aboriginal learners achieve successful outcomes and how appropriate that Mohawk College is receiving support for a project that will positively benefit students in our Regional community for years to come.”
— Ted McMeekin MPP, Ancaster Dundas Flamborough Westdale
"Our new strategic plan calls for Mohawk to further strengthen our leadership role in Indigenous education. The Government of Ontario's $1.25 million investment will help Mohawk and our partners build the region's first Indigenous education plan, share best practices among Aboriginal Education Councils and help us deliver on our commitments to Indigenous students and the communities we serve."
- Ron McKerlie, Mohawk College President
“The Targeted Initiatives Fund will ensure that Indigenous students from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory and Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation will benefit from the programs offered by Grand River Employment & Training. It means urban Aboriginal youth can continue employment training in their own community and lay the foundation for future skilled employment."
-Dave Levac MPP, Brant
“First Nation, Métis and Inuit learners deserve equal access to high quality postsecondary education and skills training programs that will help them get good jobs. The Targeted Initiatives Fund projects will help provide students with direct educational opportunities as well as initiatives that support learning environments that are anchored in the diverse cultural and linguistic traditions of Aboriginal communities.”
— Reza Moridi, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
”The Targeted Initiatives Fund is helping to provide tangible examples of reconciliation that make a difference in the lives of Indigenous students. The programs supported by the fund will give Indigenous students the tools they need to succeed. We will continue to look to them and other Indigenous partners for guidance and leadership as we walk the path of reconciliation together.”
— David Zimmer, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs
For further information, please contact Ted McMeekin MPP 905-690-6552
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