Programs benefit adult Indigenous learners

June 15, 2016

Adult Indigenous students are finding education support in innovative programs that provide alternative methods of learning. In the Wet'suwet'en community of Moricetown, BC, adult Indigenous learners are accessing high school and postsecondary courses simultaneously through the University and College Education Program. Through the on-reserve program, students receive instruction and academic support as well as a living allowance. PSE courses are provided in partnership with Northwest Community College, providing students with an idea of what to expect when they move on to further education and training. In Calgary, St Mary’s University has launched a five-week program for adult Indigenous learners who have experienced barriers to education. The program, called Igniting the Fire: Storying the Urban Warrior, explores storytelling and expression through graphic novels, drama, and art. The program is designed to promote engagement in education for adult Indigenous learners not currently enrolled in an education program.