AUCC recommends federal investment in Aboriginal Canadians

August 13, 2014

As part of its pre-budget submission, the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) recommends the federal government focus on funding for initiatives to attract Aboriginal Canadians to PSE, as well as for research and innovation and creating an opportunities strategy for young Canadians. AUCC recommends that the government triple support for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada’s Postsecondary Partnerships Program; create 500 graduate scholarships for Aboriginal students; provide more funding to Indspire’s Building Brighter Futures bursary and scholarship program; and invest in “reach back” and transition programs at Canadian universities to support mentorship and recruitment initiatives. AUCC also recommends that the federal government work with Canadian PSE institutions on a targeted communications campaign to increase awareness in First Nations communities about PSE funding options such as Canada Learning Bonds. “Harnessing the potential of Aboriginal youth through a focus on access to high-quality education is critical,” reads the submission. AUCC Submission