Number of Indigenous learners in AB up 70% in 10 years

February 17, 2015

New figures show that more than 10,000 Indigenous people are enrolled at Alberta's colleges and universities, up from 6,236 in 2005. The figure includes students who self-identify as Aboriginal, and may not count those who choose not to identify themselves with a particular ethnic group, said Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education spokesperson Kevin Donnan. Derek Thunder, Aboriginal Liaison Coordinator at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, says that Indigenous students are also enrolling in a wider variety of programs than in the past. "A long time ago it was a lot of people going into social work and teaching and there are so many more possibilities of different kinds of careers out there that everybody is starting to hear about," he said. While the numbers represent a positive trend, most agree that there is still more to be done to support Aboriginal learners in PSE. Student Dawn Lameman says that the success of current Aboriginal students will inspire more to pursue an education. "Seeing what can be achieved once you go to postsecondary, there's more you can achieve when you go home," she said. CBC