Indspire, Universities Canada call on federal government for more Indigenous support

November 28, 2018

Although 70% of Canadian universities now have partnerships with Indigenous communities and organizations while Indigenous-centered academic programming has increased by 55%, several barriers to Indigenization in the postsecondary sphere persist, write Paul Davidson and Roberta Jamieson. In addition to problems of basic access to postsecondary education, many institutions are situated far away from Indigenous communities. Indigenous students also need more funding for essential supports like housing, food, and childcare, better infrastructure for on-campus Indigenous services, and mentorship. Davidson and Jamieson state that Universities Canada and Indspire are working toward filling these needs, but that the federal government must increase its investments in First Nations, Inuit, and M├ętis learners as promised in Budget 2017. Universities Canada