Aboriginal students at Selkirk College will benefit from a range of new and expanded programs as the result of receiving $75,000 in one-time funding from the Provincial Government.
Selkirk College will use the funding to develop and deliver an introductory course on regional Indigenous languages, cultures and perspectives, and to support the Gathering Place Elders Program.
Selkirk College will use $75,000 in one-time funding from the Provincial Government to develop and deliver an introductory course on regional Indigenous languages, cultures and perspectives, and to support the Gathering Place Elders Program.
“This funding is a much appreciated investment that assists us to further strengthen relationships with our Aboriginal partners and improve services for Aboriginal students,” says Selkirk College President and CEO Angus Graeme.
The targeted funding for Selkirk College is part of more than $1 million that is being provided to 14 public post-secondary institutions throughout the province for programs and services that will help ensure they are welcoming learning environments for Aboriginal students. Examples include Elders-in-residence, summer youth camps, outreach to Aboriginal students and communities, peer mentoring and workshops about Aboriginal history and culture.
Building on the Blueprint
The $75,000 in one-time funding is from the Ministry of Advanced Education in support of B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint and the Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education & Training Policy Framework.
"This funding is aligned with our government's plan to ensure Aboriginal students are prepared to take advantage of job opportunities in our growing economy," says Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister John Rustad. "Aboriginal people play an important role in helping to meet the need for skilled workers in B.C."
The Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education & Training Policy Framework was launched in 2012 to improve post-secondary education, training opportunities and outcomes for Aboriginal people in B.C. The goal is to increase the number of credentials awarded to Aboriginal learners by 75 per cent by 2020-21.
Selkirk College opened its Gathering Place in 2012 with more than 100 invited guests in attendance. Speakers representing Aboriginal governments spoke of the critical need to make post-secondary education more accessible for Aboriginal learners.
“Selkirk College is committed to implementing the Province’s Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education & Training Policy Framework, as well as responding to key recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” says Graeme.