FNTI caught in funding tug-of-war, may face closure

January 29, 2008

The First Nations Technical Institute is facing a 66% federal funding cut and possible closure.  FNTI's president met yesterday with Ontario politicians in hopes of soliciting provincial funding to keep the institution open.  President Thompson is proposing that FNTI students receive the same level of funding as other Ontario students.  Currently the school's students receive about a fifth of the funding received by others. The province argues that aboriginal education should be a federal responsibility.