OTTAWA, April 4 /CNW/ - The Canadian Alliance of Students Associations
commends the Liberal Party of Canada's platform commitment to make
post-secondary education funding for Aboriginal Students more
accessible. This strategy promises to remove the current 2% cap on
funding from INAC's Post Secondary Student Support Program.
"CASA has been advocating for this for some time now and we are
encouraged to see that political parties are listening," said Zach
Dayler, National director of CASA. "Helping Aboriginal students access
and succeed in all levels of education will be central to helping
Canada prosper in the future. These are real steps in the right
CASA applauds the Liberals for a $160 million investment in the creation
of a new Canada Service Corps aiming to exchange 150 volunteering hours
for up to $1500 of student debt. "This program rewards students for
becoming engaged in their communities and the dual benefits are clear:
building capacity for the non-profit sector; and creating
career-building opportunities for Canadian post-secondary students,"
says Rob Jones, President, Student Association of Mount Royal
"Funding for aboriginal education, the new Canada Service Corps, and the
previously-announced learning passport are all steps in the right
direction," said Dayler. "We challenge the other federal parties to up
their games on education and reach out to students. Ultimately, Canada
needs a directed federal transfer to the provinces for education. With
such a transfer, we can begin to see the real and permanent
improvements to post-secondary education accessibility that are
CASA recently launched a national campaign designed to encourage
students to take a greater role in the political process. The campaign,
centered at www.studentsneedtovote.ca features key information about parties' post-secondary education
policy, important voter information for students, and a student blog.
It will also feature a video vault, and throughout the campaign
students and others will be asked to contribute their own videos on the
importance of student and youth voting.
The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is a non-partisan,
not-for-profit national student organization composed of 26 student
associations, representing over 320,000 students from coast to coast.
SOURCE CANADIAN ALLIANCE OF STUDENT ASSOCIATIONS
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Marianka Charalambij, Public Relations and Communications Officer
Canadian Alliance of Student Associations
Tel.: 613-236-3457 ext. 224 (c) 613-407-6420