SK commits funding for Aboriginal learners in 2015–16 budget

March 25, 2015

Saskatchewan released its 2015–16 budget last week, committing funds for the province’s Aboriginal learners. The province will allocate $5.1 M to initiatives that address recommendations of the Joint Task Force on Improving Education and Employment Outcomes for First Nations and Métis People, including $2.4 M for the Invitational Shared Services Initiative (ISSI) partnerships. Of this funding, $1.5 M will be used to continue the 10 ISSI partnerships already developed, and the remainder will help develop 6 new partnerships. The province will also provide $30.8 M for Adult Basic Education and Provincial Training Allowance programs through the Ministry of the Economy. $20.2 M in direct funding has been allocated through the Ministry of Advanced Education for PSE institutions that serve a predominantly Aboriginal population. These institutions will also benefit from access to the PSE infrastructure fund of $46.6 M. “A strong Saskatchewan economy needs the engagement of First Nations and Métis people if it is to grow even more,” Government Relations Minister Jim Reiter said.  “I am pleased that in a more challenging budget year, we have been able to stay on track by investing in education and employment opportunities for First Nations and Métis people.” SK News Release (First Nations) | SK News Release (ISSI) | SK News Release (Advanced Education)