Critics express concern over lack of Indigenous PSE funding in 2016 budget

March 28, 2016

Critics are expressing disappointment over the new federal budget’s failure to include the additional $50 M per year for Indigenous postsecondary funding that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged during his campaign. While many have acknowledged the importance of the $8.4 B that the budget commits to Indigenous initiatives, the Canadian Federation of Students has also said that it is “very taken aback and very disappointed” by the lack of provisions for Indigenous PSE. Critics refer specifically to the lack of new funds for the Post-Secondary Student Support Program, which provides financial assistance to First Nations and Inuit college and university students. “It’s chronically underfunded every year, so many students get denied,” said Coty Zachariah, an Indigenous student at Trent University who works with the CFS. “Now we have to take on debt to go. I didn’t want to not go because I couldn’t afford it. It’s pretty frustrating as a student.” APTN | APTN (Video)