Aboriginal students policy paper released by OUSA

June 4, 2014

The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) has released a policy paper on Aboriginal students with several recommendations designed to improve education outcomes. OUSA notes the connections between low high school completion rates and low PSE completion rates, and therefore recommends that the federal and provincial governments invest in Aboriginal K-12 education both on- and off-reserve. OUSA further recommends that the provincial government work to better integrate Aboriginal content into Ontario school curricula and all teacher-training programs. Other recommendations include the removal of the federal cap on funds for Aboriginal education; expansion of the Aboriginal Bursary program; targeted funding for Métis learners; sustainable, long-term funding for Aboriginal student centres; dedicated career services for Aboriginal students; and institutional transformations to “ensure Ontario’s universities provide a welcoming environment, that values Aboriginal cultures and systems of knowledge.” OUSA is also calling for an evaluation framework that will determine the impact of recommended initiatives. OUSA News | Full Report